Everyone has their favorite designer. Mine is Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries fame. Her sense of style is the reason I became a quilter and then a designer.
Before I ever started to quilt, I started collecting Thimbleberrie books and patterns. I loved her style and wanted my home to look just like Lynette's. I read her books from cover to cover like a novel. I loved her sense of warmth, her use of plaids, and the incorporation of antiques into her home. I remember reading about how she decorates, and she said, use what you have. Those words have rung true for years and I use what I have. I don't go out and buy something new, I go shopping in my own home, move things around, and make my rooms look new, even though some of the items are older than dirt.
I own every book, manual and a lot of Thimbleberrie patterns and fabrics.
Here is one of the Thimbleberrie quilts I made and notice I hand quilted it! That was back in the day when I had time to hand quilt.
So let me set the stage. I received a call from RJR fabrics last July. They told me Lynette Jensen was coming out of retirement and would I be interested in re-creating my Butterscotch Baskets pattern in Thimbleberrie fabrics for a Block of the Month. WOULD I!!!!!! I remember asking the VP of sales on the other end of the phone line if she could hear my heart beat outside my chest! I was beyond over the moon. I was speechless. Ask Mr. Joe, that doesn't happen often.....if ever.
Here is my original Butterscotch Baskets.
Here she is again hanging on the wall in one of the guest rooms at the cabin. The throw pillows on the bed are from a Thimbleberries pattern and fabrics.
I went straight to work creating with the digital swatches RJR sent me from the Autumn Landscape line. Here is a digital version of the New and Improved Butterscotch Baskets.
Here is an alternate border idea.
The boxes started to arrive on my doorstep. I starched, ironed and folded all of the fabrics and put them in my little basket.
I cut strips the size I knew I needed and loaded up my Strip 'N Sew that Mr. Joe makes.
I'm ready to create! Stayed tuned to see what I made this week with the strips. I think you will be surprised.