Neil and I have just returned from a delightful trip to Iceland, where we spent our 49th wedding anniversary. Certainly, 49 years ago, it never entered our minds that we would be in Iceland for the occasion. This was our 4th trip to that wonderful island country. Twenty some years ago, I met Gudfinna and Helgi, the owners of Virka, a fabulous quilt shop in Reykjevik. She arranged a seminar in her store for me to spend a few days with her customers. That started a love affair with the country and the people as well as a wonderful friendship with dear people who we consider the real treasure of the island. We always stay with them their home and have met their children and now grandchildren and experience the culture the way everyone should be able to get to know a country, its customs and its people…through the eyes of those who love their country and are proud of every square mile. They have made sure we have experienced everything wonderful there is to see and taste in Iceland. We have also been able to spend time on their private little cluster of islands off the east coast of Iceland, which is difficult to explain how wonderful that experience is. We have been there in every season of the year and all have been wonderful…even experiencing the days of 24 hour sun. But, for me, August is the best. By now, I am really eager for some relief from the heat an humidity of the summer and the busy summer schedule. It is cooler there, but not cold as many people think. It was a wonderful break for us and a truly restorative vacation. Our thanks to Gudfinna and Helgi for another wonderful visit. In the end of it all, the friendhsips that I have developed over the past 30 years of being involved in the quilting industry, are the most valuable part of having my little Thimbleberries business.

Of course, when we returned, there is a lot to catch up on. Aside from the new book that I am working on with my team, there is a lot of pressure here to get the quilts I am working on with my grandchildren, Taylor and Ella ,on their way. They have finished drawing their blocks and would like to see those quilts done ASAP. This weekend, I sewed Taylor’s blocks together and collected fabrics (Cotton+Steel fabrics leftovers from the quilts from the new book) for the borders. As usual, I don’t have enough of anyone fabric so the borders will be a “mixed bag”, just like the stripping around the blocks. It just might be best…it will look like I planned the whole thing, when in fact, every pieced used was a left over fabric.   Check it out so far. I will get the borders on this week and off to the quilter. And then, Ella’s is next on my list.  The dog block below is my personal favorite.

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9 Comments on 49 AND COUNTING

  1. Mary Kay Kreiter
    August 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

    What brand/kind if markers did they use for the grandchildren quilts?

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    • thimbleberries
      August 29, 2016 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Mary Kay,

      The markers are by Kids Made Modern. I found them at Target awhile ago. You might check kidsmademodern.com.
      Others might be available at art stores.

      Lynette

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  2. Amy
    August 26, 2016 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

    Absolutely adorable!! What type of markers? Does it need to be heat set?

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    • thimbleberries
      August 29, 2016 at 10:42 am (2 years ago)

      I used markets that I purchased at Target by Kids Made Modern. You might try kidsmademodern.com. I think others can be found at art stores.
      Lynette

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  3. Rosanna Flournoy
    August 26, 2016 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

    What an unusual and interesting vacation. Would love to see pictures of Iceland. Love Taylor’s quilt.

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  4. Valeria Russell
    August 26, 2016 at 5:41 am (2 years ago)

    Priceless!

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  5. Susi Mccarthy
    August 26, 2016 at 5:03 am (2 years ago)

    I have been a fan of Thimbleberries “forever” and have collected your books just because they are so beautiful and inspirational. The quilts you’re creating from the drawn pictures – – what a very cool idea! I have a honorary grandchild and I’m going to incorporate this technique with some of her artwork also. Thanks for the great idea!! Hugs, Susi

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  6. Eleanor Brickhouse
    August 26, 2016 at 4:28 am (2 years ago)

    Wonderful Art Quilt!!! Kids did a great job!!!

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    • thimbleberries
      August 29, 2016 at 10:44 am (2 years ago)

      I finished the quilt today and it is off to the quilter tomorrow. Can’t wait to show him when it is done.

      Lynette

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