The Christmas quilt for my bed is out of the closet and on display. It's Thimbleberries Hometown Christmas by Lynette Jensen.
Right after I "graduated" from my beginner quilting class, the quilt shop offered this quilt as a 12 month class. When I asked about signing up for the class the shop owner said she didn't think I was experienced enough. I know that sounds a little harsh, but I really respected the fact that she didn't want me to take on more than I could handle. She could have just taken my money and after some convincing she did. The only thing that quilt owner knew about me was that I was a new quilter, she didn't know that when someone tells me I can't do something, that just motivates me to not only do it, but do it well. Since I was new to quilting, and didn't really have much in the way projects, I decided to make 3 of these quilts. One for me, my folks, and my daughter. I figured if I didn't make the block right the first time, maybe I would get it right the second or third time.
Luckily for me, this was not a hard quilt to make, and the pattern directions were great. My quilt is Quilt # 13, my folks quilt is Quilt # 14, and my daughter's quilt is Quilt # 15.
When I go into a quilt shop, these Thimbleberries fabrics don't jump out at me like some family of fabrics, but I can't imagine any other fabric working better for this pattern.
I had enough fabric left over for a 4th quilt! But I'd had enough, so with the help of my quilt club we used the leftovers to make this quilt for an auction for the local hospice organization. Each member made a block and another member assembled it.
Speaking of the number 13,
that's how many mail order catalogs came in today's mail! A new household record. And yes, my mailman does hate me.
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