Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2016 Finished Quilts - Thimbleberries Garden Glory - #21

I am kinda all over the place with the multiple programs I participated in over the years.  There are a total of 102, plus or minus, projects to work on at any given time.  So, I have been skipping around choosing the projects I want to work on, moree based on what is my favorites.  

This quilt comes from the program called Room by Room, during the year of 2008.   More Specific this was a kit for the month of May.  The name of the quilt is called Garden Glory.  

I made this quilt right after I was laid off from my job of 7 years, during the downturn of the economy.  It was one of the first projects I worked on during this dark time of my life.  I got the top done, and since I wasn't doing quilting on my domestic machine, I put it aside until late last year.  I pulled out the top and added the borders and sent it off to the long armer.  

This is one of my favorites, mostly because it is a happy quilt, with good colors.  And, it is not a square quilt, so I will fit on a twin bed, measuring 63" X 77".  Sad, because I don't have a twin bed to put it on right now.  I have dreams of owning a cabin, and putting my quilts on lots of beds.  That's a big dream, and just a dream.

Forgive the shadow of the ladder prop, but the rest of the picture shows the pattern blocks in this quilt.  I really like the big floral squares in this quilt.  The print makes me smile.

Here is a close up of the borders and binding.  I always like the way Thimbleberries patterns for borders, they are often different with cornerstones, or different colors, or patterned blocks.

Just like the front of the quilt, the backing is light also.  It is a tone on tone beige, very common for Thimbleberries quilt backings, and background fabric.  Binding is a yellow tone on tone, and it makes the completion of the quilt just perfect.


Size: 63" X 77"
Fabric Lines Used:  Thimbleberries 
Pattern: Thimbleberries Club Room by Room 05/08
Designer:  Lynette Jenson
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan Nelson
Year Began: 05/2008
Year Completed: 09/2016

Monday, June 19, 2017

2016 Finishes Quilts - Thimbleberries Sunrise - #20

Now we are up to 2005 Thimbleberries BOM Club called Sunrise and Sunset.  And, once again, the club offered two color ways, and this year I signed up for both colors.  If you remember, I posted about #18 here, which was the other color way.

Here is the dark color way #18 called Sunset:

This is the light color way #20 called Sunrise:

This light color way quilt is bigger than the dark color way.  The dark one was 64" square.  The Sunrise version is 62" X 72".   Notice the different inner border sashing.  The top and bottom are the same and the left and right are the same.  The sashing like this make these quilts stand out more than the normal blocks quilts with plain sashing.

Even the six blocks are different for the Sunrise.  So, if you wanted, you would have the twelve blocks (normal for a 12 month BOM) and could make a different quilt.  What I like about Thimbleberries blocks is they are very different from the standard kind of BOM blocks normally used.  

This shows the different outer borders in another floral blue (somewhat like the Lakeside Pines).

The backing is another floral blue, and the binding is a tonal darker blue.

Size: 62" X 72"
Fabric Lines Used:  Thimbleberries 
Pattern: Thimbleberries 2005 Quilt Club, Sunrise Sunset
Designer:  Lynette Jenson
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan Nelson
Year Began: 01/2005
Year Completed: 09/2016

Friday, June 16, 2017

2016 Finished Quilts - Basket Case - #19

This is another Thimbleberries BOM Club.  Yes, I have participated in Thimbleberries clubs, programs, and kits from 2000 to 2008, eight years.  That was the period of time, I was working, making really good money (before the downturn of the economy), and buying lots of things online, while sitting in a hotel room with nothing else to do.  I also think it was a way to stay connected to my hobby, since I didn't spent much time at home.  I traveled about 320+ days a year, and I needed something to keep me grounded and attached to my quilting hobby.

Thus, this is the big quilt for the 2004 BOM Club.  It was called Basket Case, and has 12 different basket blocks to make up the quilt.  There were also 12 additional projects / kits available using one of the 12 basket blocks.  I have done a lot of those, because I could get a block done each month, and sometimes took the time to get one of the 12 additional projects done.    There are six pictures of the individual projects on my finished tab here, if you want to scroll down towards the end of the pictures.  Be gentle, this was when I was still learning to quilt, and my work is a bit wonky, especially the machine quilting I did on the projects.  

I am a sucker for basket blocks and quilts, and wanted to get this one done.  I did work on the blocks during 2004, off and on, but as my traveling escalated towards 2008, lots of projects like this were put away, not to mention, we moved five times between 2000 to 2008,  and twice since 2004.  So, it got packed away and I finally dragged it out in 2016 to finish.  I sewed the blocks together and added the border.  This is how it turned out after coming back from the long arm quilter and bound.

Looking at it all laid out flat, it is a very different completed top.  for one, the sashing is blocks of nine patch and a variation of flying geese, and some tone on tone green and red blocks.  And, if you notice the outside  top and bottom border (green) is different from the outside left and right border (blue).  Then, the top and bottom inside border is a block (red at top) and appliquéd flowers (bottom).  All around this quilt, the layout is very different from anything I have ever done. 

The following pictures are close up of the individual basket blocks.

Here is one of my most used projects from this quilt.  This is a bag made using the above quilt basket block.  This bag is 20" X 20" and holds a lot of stuff.  When I was traveling, I was able to carry hand work, my purse, and anything else, and was counted as one carry on.  It has been well used over the years, and has held up wonderfully!

More pictures of the quilt blocks in the quilt.

This is the up close picture of the top inner border.

This is an up close picture of the bottom inner border.

The backing is blue that matched one of the thin inner border fabric.  And the red binding makes this quilt pop!


Size: 67" X 72"
Fabric Lines Used:  Thimbleberries 
Pattern: 2004 BOM Club
Designer:  Lynette Jenson
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan Nelson
Year Began: 01/2004
Year Completed: 09/2016

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2016 Finished Quilts - Lakeland Pines - #16

This is another quilt from a BOM club with Thimbleberries.  This was done in 2005 Club year.  This year was one of those years that they did two colorway for two complete design quilts.  You could sign un for either quilt program.  This program was called Lodge & Lakeside.  I only did the Lakeside program, as it was the lighter spring / summer colors.  The Lodge program was the fall / winter colors.

The program also included quarterly kits (at an additional cost of course!), and silly me, I ordered each quarter.  This quilt, Lakeland Pines, was the first quarter project.  The blocks used in this quilt are incorporated also in the big BOM project.  My guess would be that if you make the BOM and all the quarterly projects, you could do some nice decorating with all five of them.  I wish I had a cabin that I could put these in, when I get them all completed.  

I am not a fan of square quilts, and this is a 60" square one.

This is a close up of the tree and star block, that will be incorporated into the big BOM quilt.

Up close picture of the center of the quilt, showing the pine trees in a pinwheel setting.  If you are a fan of Thimbleberries or the designer, Lynette Jensen, then you know that she is designs lots of quilts with trees, particularly pine trees.

The border fabric is one of my favorites, as it is a nice summer floral.

What was nice about this quarterly kits, is that they offered backing at the time of purchase (at an additional cost, of course), so silly me, I ordered the backing too!  But, now that I am finally getting around to getting these done, I am glad I have the backing.  It just makes it easier to get the quilt done.

Remember this club is from 2008.  That's 8 years ago!   My likes must have been so different than they are now, because this is not going to be one of my favorites.  If my hubby and I every go camping, it will get thrown in the camper as a quilt to keep warm.  Maybe if I get all five of them done, this might fit in better as more of a decor piece.  Or if we win the lottery, I can get a cabin to put  these in for a nice decoration and beds.  PS to self, remember to buy a ticket.


Size: 60" X 60"
Fabric Lines Used:  Thimbleberries 
Pattern: Thimbleberries Club Lodge & Lakeside First Quarter Project
Designer:  Lynette Jenson
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan Nelson
Year Began: 01/2008
Year Completed: 09/2016

Monday, June 12, 2017

2016 Finishes - Room by Room Autumn Retreat 05/08 - #15

During the 2006 - 2008 there were several Thimbleberries monthly clubs outside of the regular Thimbleberries BOM Club.   I started working on it back in 2013, you can read the posts about it here.   I finished the top, and put it away until the end of 2016, when I was able to send it off to my long arm quilter.

Here is a list of the clubs I participated in (purchasing a kit a month) during these two years.  With the exception of Anniversary Club, Christmas Clubs, and Cover Story Club, each lasted 12 months, with a kit coming in the mail each month.  60%- 70% of the kits were full sized quilts, with the rest being throws or wall hangings.  The Anniversary Club covered 24 months with a kit coming every other month.  Each of its kits were a full sized quilt, and backing included.  The Christmas Clubs were for six months, and the Cover Story Clubs were four months.

This is a lot of kits to complete.  

2006 -             You're Invited Club
2006 -             Limited Edition Club
2006 -             Christmas Countdown
2006 - 2007 - Calendar Table Toppers Club
2007 -             Lynette's Favorites
2007 -             Cover Story I
2007 -             Countdown to Christmas
2007 - 2008 - Beginner's Luck
2008 -             Room By Room
2008 -             Cover Story II
2008 - 2010    Anniversary Club

Now onto this quilt.  It is a kit from the Room by Room Club for May, 2008.  The name of this quilt is called Autumn Retreat, and is a pattern in her BK 290, called Cranberry Harvest.

This is a over-sized twin quilt done in alternating block patterns with a flying geese inner border.

One of the two block patterns.

The other one of the two block pattern.

Backing fabric that matches the fabric in one of the blocks.  I found enough of it online through eBay.  

Right now, it is going into my finished collection.  I don't have any specific plans for it.  When I do, I will be sure to share.


Size: 71" X 87"
Fabric Lines Used:  Thimbleberries 
Pattern: Room By Room (05/08) Autumn Retreat found in Book #290, Cranberry Harvest
Designer:  Lynette Jenson
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan Nelson
Year Began: 2008
Year Completed: 09/2016

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2016 Finished Quilts - Northwoods 4-Patch #14

Back in 2006, we lived in Portland, OR.  At that time, Connecting Threads was open to the public.  Vancouver, Washington is their headquarters and store at the time.  If you live in Portland, all you have to do is cross the Columbia River to Vancouver and then about 5 miles east to their store.  At that time, one could buy pre-cuts, kits, gifts, accessories, thread, and tools.  I was able to go a couple of times before they closed the retail part.  I couldn't find out when the retail closed, but it was only a couple of months after my last visit there.

This quilt, Northwoods 4-Patch, pattern at the bottom of the page.  It was free, and used to be on their website, but since there are so many new ones, I am posting it for anyone who would like to have it.

This is a nice over-sized throw, not quite the size for a twin bed.  The kit had enough to to the top, the back, and a scrappy binding.  It is done in Northcott yummy flannels, and is so soft and comfortable.  The colors are from the warm side of the color chart with brick reds, evergreen green, several shades of browns and tans, and a light background.

When it was finally done, I gave it to my husband for his recliner chair.  It fits him just perfect when he takes a nap and needs a little something to take the chill off.

Like I said, the kit had enough, that I was able to put together a so-called patterned backing.

This shows the whole pattern laid out.  You can see the scrappy binding too, in this picture.

Up close of the front and back with the scrappy binding.

Full-sized view of the backing of the scraps that I had left over from the patterned front.  Not the greatest, but it works for me.

Here is the free pattern.

Size: 47" X 65"
Fabric Lines Used:  Northwood Flannel by Northcott
Pattern: Kit from Connecting Threads
Designer:  Northcott
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan Nelson
Year Began: 2006
Year Completed: 09/2016

Monday, June 5, 2017

2016 Finished Quilts - Unknown Name #13

Finally, the weather has been cooperating with me in order to take pictures of my finishes from 2016. I have 9 quilts that were finished last fall, and I was unable to get pictures of them until now.  You will notice as the days go by, that the number assigned to the quilt will be out of order, and that is because I had to give some away, and I have already blogged about them with very poor pictures.  But poor pictures are better than no pictures, right?

So, to kick off the next 9 quilts, we start with this one.  

It is an approximately twin sized quilt, using the pattern I have no clue, done in Kansas Troubles fabric line.  And, that's all I can recall about this quilt.  Yep, I sewed up the top several years ago, stored it, and brought it out to finish (to meet my 2016 resolution of completing 2 quilts a month), and for the life of me, I can't not remember anything about it, where I got it from, why I chose to do this quilt, or even what the fabric line is called.  Nothing, Nada, Zip, Zero, Zilch, empty brain.....

All lain out, showing the pattern design.

View of the border fabric used.

A picture of the backing, with a better view of the binding, which is the same as the border.


Size: 58" X 85"
Fabric Lines Used:  Kansas Troubles (Not sure which line?)
Pattern: Unknown
Designer:  Unknown
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan Nelson
Year Began: Have to do further research (Probably around 2006 - 2008)
Year Completed: 08/2016