I know I've been a bit light on my blog posts this week. My husband and I just got home from Colonial Williamsburg. Please come back later this week as there was the most incredible exhibition of antique Baltimore Album quilts, and they allowed photos, so I will be sharing!
Today I am going to talk about a quilt I made long ago--way back in the late 90s. Maybe 1998? I was in the very first "edition" of the Thimbleberries club. What sparked this post is that Kim, over at Kim's Big Quilting Adventure, blogged recently about making the quilt from that first year.
Here is her picture of the quilt. When I was making it back in the 90s, McCalls Quilting had just had a hugely successful "serial" quilt in their magazine by Robert Callaham called "Grandma's Country Album." I was in love with it, but at that time, I didn't applique. Following on the success of the first quilt, Robert designed another quilt, and it was running in McCalls at the same time as I was starting Thimbleberries Club.
Here is my version!
I used to really love Thimbleberries fabrics, patterns, and BOMs, but after a while, I found the patterns to be a bit simplistic for me. They are perfect for beginners! I also am really ambivalent about make the exact same quilt as potentially hundreds of other people. I love how this version is very unique! I think I did one more year of Club and then I stopped. Now I'm trying to "use up" all my Thimbleberries stash and haven't been buying any more. Her pallette is just too brown and dark for me these days. By the way, I did teach myself to applique so that I could make the first Grandma's Country Album. Maybe I will show a picture of it at a later date.
I hope everyone has a great day!