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Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 31, 2019 at 4:59am

It will be interesting what you come up with, Riana.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 30, 2019 at 9:56pm

On my small design wall today..( and maybe the next 7 or 8)... starting an impromtu quilt using some of these parts & pieces l've accumulated. I fell in love with a small remnant of bug border print, and am happily tearing into my scrap stash to find clear brites to put with it :-))

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 30, 2019 at 9:54pm

Thanks for sharing Ginny. That is a touching story!!

Comment by Ginny Andersen on October 30, 2019 at 7:28pm

Can you imagine what your life would have been like without color? I was sent this and thought of myself and all my quilty friends. I dare you to not tear up! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 30, 2019 at 3:51pm

I'm so sorry that you are not feeling well, Linda.  It is sad when the pain is so bad it interferes with the hobby that gives us so much pleasure.

I love the Thimbleberries colours and also the quality of the fabric.  It feels nice to work with.

I'm glad that my daughter is fine after the surgery.  My son has the same problem with his retinas but he does not have glaucoma like she does.

Comment by Linda Koller on October 30, 2019 at 3:38pm

Oooooh, I love Thimbleberries!!!!! I have Pansy Garden cut out and ready to start sewing for my bed. I love the book that pattern came out of and would love to make every single one of those quilts!! Just need to get my sewjo back...and my back repaired so I can manage to sit at the machine for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. I'm managing small projects only.

Next month are all the appointments to find out the results of all the tests I've been thru this month and to find out what the next steps will be. The 2 temporary nerve blocks  have lowered my pain level as long as I don't twist or bend wrong. But these cold mornings are getting to me.

Good news about your daughter's eye surgery, Elizabeth.

Comment by Gail Brown on October 30, 2019 at 12:11pm

I know that you understand my love of Thimbleberries, Elizabeth.  A lot of my current friends don't understand my fixation with Lynette's designs and fabrics.  I did so many of those club projects, a lot of little wall hangings.  One of my favorites is the Christmas wreath wall hanging, about 42 inches square.  Right now I have a large throw with pumpkins and leaves hanging in my living room. I have about 15 of her books and about 20 FQs and a small mount of yardage.  I can still find some on ebay and etsy.  She occasionally puts out a new line of fabric, but, she is really retired.

So glad your daughters surgery went well.  I know about expensive eye drops.  I was diagnosed with early stage glacoma and have to use eye drops that are very expensive.  I told my Hubby that cuts into my quilting budget, but, since I have to see to quilt I'll just have to go with it.  He pointed out that I could probably make 100 king sized quilts with what I already have that it shouldn't be too much of a hardship.  Guess he's right, but, you never know what you'll find that you must have.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on October 30, 2019 at 11:48am

Hi Gail, Funny you should mention Thimbleberries fabric.  I looked after the Thimbleberries club many years ago when I worked in a quilt shop.  I made many of the samples to advertise the club projects.  When I left, the owner gave me 11 fat quarters as a Christmas gift.  I sewed them into a king-size quilt.  They are still only sewn into rows all ready to sew together into a top.  I ;also made a queen-size Thimbleberries BOM at another quilt shop more recently.  I have also mixed my Thimbleberries with Civil War Repro fabric. in other quilts.  I just donated many Lynette Jennings patterns to our QOV garage sale.

I have taught jelly roll race but this is the first I've done too.  I used to make charity quilts I called "garbage can" quilts just sewing same width strips the same length and sewing them together.  Same look but not the same technique.

I phoned my daughter last night.  Her surgery went well and did not take too long and they were able to drive back home by the early afternoon.  The Dr. made vents in her eyes with the laser so the pressure could be released.  She will not have to take drops now which were very expensive and irritated her eyes.  She had a terrible head-ache but hoped it would be gone today.

Comment by Gail Brown on October 30, 2019 at 11:31am

Can't wait to see that baby quilt Elizabeth.  I've seen the jelly roll race, but never done one.  I told my Hubby that after Christmas I am going to make things that I want for myself.  I have a bunch of old Thimbleberries patterns and some of that fabric that I have been hoarding for years.  Lynette Jennings was always my favorite designer and had some very nice fabric.  Her colors and designs always appealed to my taste.  I have one more craft fair to do on November 9 and then I'll be done with them until April.   

I hope all goes well with your daughters surgery, Elizabeth.  I have a daughter that has several retina surgeries so I am familiar with what that's like.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on October 29, 2019 at 4:05pm

Thanks, Elizabeth!! You are too!!


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