My new book, Quilts with a New Attitude has arrived and is available from Landauer Publishing and hopefully at your local quilt shop. This was a fun book to work on using traditional quilt designs and showing them in both traditional and modern fabrics.  I am convinced that a good, well written quilt pattern works for all fabric preferences. Thimbleberries patterns have always been the “go to” for teaching new quilters.  Showing the quilts made  in a variety of fabric collections helps everyone imagine the possibilities.


Throughout the book, each quilt was made using vastly different fabrics.  In some cases the same block was used but half sized.  In some cases, the same blocks were used but sashing and borders were eliminated and in many cases an alternate size quilt dimension was the result.  A touch of appliqué now and then also changed the flavor of the quilt.   Below is large Autumn Crescendo with appliqué and the second one is a half size version with wool appliqué.



Following, the Citrus Crush quilt used very bright hot pink and orange prints.  A stark contrast to the traditional version using the same block and quilt design as the Autumn Crescendo quilt.  This makes the book a treasure of multiple projects.20170304181125599

I worked with my fabrics for the traditional quilts and used a variety of prints from the Cotton+Steel collection for the modern versions of the quilt designs.  Many of the quilts have already found homes to nestle into to add that charm only a quilt can give to a room.

As usual the blocks that were used for the quilts are simple.  The instructions are illustrated in color and so easy to follow.  A great example of the versatility of the quilts in this book involves the Very Merry Tree Skirt and the Black, White and Bright crib quilt.  Both use the same block construction  However, the tree skirt used the 8 inch block and the crib quilt used the same block but half sized at 4 inches.  The tree skirt used traditional red and green fabrics and the crib quilt used a large variety of black and white fabrics with a variety of solid bright colors.  The piping on the Black, White and Bright quilt is a unique mix of two different sized checked fabrics…a nice detail on this small quilt.

Here you see the Black, White and Bright quilt on my daughters new gray tweed couch.  It is a perfect accent to her contemporary room adding a bold, bright accent.  The Very Merry Tree Skirt has been tucked away for her tree next holiday season.  It will be a perfect Thanksgiving surprise to kick off the holiday season.IMG_0020IMG_003020170305081350782

10 Comments on NEW ATTITUDE

  1. Mary Chambers
    March 22, 2017 at 6:02 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Lynette,
    I finally completed my Thimbleberries Block of the Month
    Now I can not find the name or date and I was hoping you could help.
    I believe it was your first block of the month, ?1998, Feb-hearts, April-tulips, May-basket, Oct-pumpkins, Dec-tree

    • thimbleberries
      April 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm (4 years ago)

      It was simply called, Thimbleberries Block of the Month. It was one of the first of that kind of project and I think you might be right about the date.

  2. Lisa Keefe
    March 10, 2017 at 6:13 am (4 years ago)

    Hello Lynette
    I just ordered your new book can’t wait to read it I have a question for you can you tell me where I might find the fabric for Autumn crescendo?

    • thimbleberries
      March 16, 2017 at 8:36 pm (4 years ago)

      The only shop in my area that I have personal knowledge that had the Autumn Crescendo fabric was Quilt Haven on Main here in my hometown. If they don’t have exactly what was used they certainly could put together a quilt kit for you that would closely resemble the sample. I dropped off a book the other day so they would have one to reference if callers needed help putting together fabric for a project. There number is 888-843-8215.

  3. Deb Kueter
    March 8, 2017 at 2:00 am (4 years ago)

    Love these especially the Autumn Crescendo’s. Sure hope you do some kits for them!!!!

    • thimbleberries
      March 8, 2017 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

      Since I do not have a shop, I can’t do kits. However a quality quilt shop will be able to put together kits that will give you the same look you are seeking. If you are not near a shop, you can always call Quilt Haven on Main at 888-843-8215 and their skilled staff can put together a kit that will closely resemble what you see in the book depending on fabric availability.

  4. Patti Quinn
    March 6, 2017 at 7:20 am (4 years ago)

    I am so excited…I just started quilting last year and a friend introduced me to your books and fell in love with your designs. Please continue to publish books, we love you.

  5. Martha Wells
    March 6, 2017 at 3:02 am (4 years ago)

    What a versatile book this will be! I will get one ordered right away.

  6. Sheila
    March 6, 2017 at 1:01 am (4 years ago)

    I meant to say that I placed my order right away

  7. Kristi
    March 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I am so happy to see that you are still writing quilting books! I will definitely be looking for your new book at my LQS.


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