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Thread: Lynette Jensen's "Thimbleberries" Website and Store closing

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    Lynette Jensen's "Thimbleberries" Website and Store closing

    Lynette sent out an email today saying the website and studio is closing December 20th. After 26 years, she is taking the opportunity to enjoy family, friends and gardening at a slower pace. She will continue to design for RJR fabrics and publish quilting books. When I returned to quilting a little over 2 years ago, my first Craigslist sale buys included two gorgeous Thimbleberries samplers and a handful of her books (often found on my night stand). I am linking Lynette's website as she has lots of free patterns AND wonderful recipes. Check out the link to the Charitable Initiative tab, too- there's a free pattern there, too. http://www.thimbleberries.com/

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    Wow, that surprises me! My first quilting book was from Thimbleberries.

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    I think she is great and hope she enjoys slowing down a bit to enjoy her family. I would bet that most of us have at least one of her books. :-)

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    I have several of her books from way back. I love her colors, prints and patterns. I always like the "country" style of hers...

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    I have many of her books, and a lot of fabric...mostly from 8 years ago and older. I love how so many of her fabrics work with the reproduction fabrics that I mostly buy now.

    She certainly has inspired a lot of quilters over the years...and can understand taking time for family.

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    I like the Star of Hope pattern on that Charitable Initiative tab. I've always loved Lynette's patterns and have several of her books. Happy for her she's "retiring", if that's what she's doing, but she'll surely be missed by all us quilters.

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    I have made some of her patterns. They are very cozy patterns.
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    I love Thimbleberries fabrics! They always make me feel 'warm'.
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    Can't blame her but she'll be missed. I met her years ago & we had a great chat as she sat next to me at the meeting
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    thanks for the info

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    My first quilting book was Thimbleberries! Love it! Thanks for the information.

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    After 26 years, can't blame her !! She's had a great run. When I worked and taught at LQS 15-20 years ago, her fabrics and patterns were our BEST sellers.
    TB lines don't sell like they used to, so many other fabric lines competing today. The shops here haven't carried TB for a few years now. I had to buy online to finish a border for a Christmas quilt last yr.
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    Thimbleberries is my all time favorite fabric and quilting books/patterns. I have been slowly buying all her older books I can find. I love to just sit and read her books and look at her patterns and pictures. There is something so comforting about her designs and fabric. I think it may be that "country" influence that I feel in her quilts. I am sorry to hear so is retiring but glad that she will continue to design fabric and publish some books from time to time.

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    Were any of you members of the 2004 Thimbleberries Club? If so, I have lost my August-December patterns. Of course, moving, moving, moving across the country and back 2 times since then hasn't helped... I had them organized in 2 three-ring binders and my second binder is gone. Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbo117 View Post
    Thimbleberries is my all time favorite fabric and quilting books/patterns. I have been slowly buying all her older books I can find. I love to just sit and read her books and look at her patterns and pictures. There is something so comforting about her designs and fabric. I think it may be that "country" influence that I feel in her quilts. I am sorry to hear so is retiring but glad that she will continue to design fabric and publish some books from time to time.
    Same here. I have a few of her books,fabric too, and I still keep dreaming of the quilts I'm gonna make.

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    Oh no! I didn't know she had a website (duh!) She is my favorite, and I love her decorating, she just has a warm home style!!!

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    Thanks for letting us know this, I have met her too and have a few patterns/
    books of hers. She deserves to enjoy family and some time for herself.

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    One more tidbit... in case you missed it like I did. Under the "Quiltmaking Basics" tab is a lot of info that may be helpful to newbies or even a resource for those of us who can no longer claim "newbie" status but still need help. The General Instruction link includes hanging sleeve directions. Remember the site goes down Dec. 20th.

    Here's an additional page including corrections for patterns and books:
    http://www.thimbleberries.com/pages?id=146
    Last edited by AUQuilter; 12-14-2012 at 07:47 AM. Reason: found one more thing for you who own her patterns/books-CORRECTIONS

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    Probably would a good idea for those who love her work to buy her books cheap now on Amazon. They seem to have plenty of them still.
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    Thanks for the info - Thimbleberries was my very first "favorite" - loved the patterns and fabric and it's kind of what drew me into wanting to try to quilt.

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    I live in Hutchinson, where Lynette's quilt store was located, it was lovely. I wish her nothing but the best for her semi retirement. I haven't been a quilter long, so I didn't get in on her classes. The new owner has already opened the quilt store, is enlarged some, and has a great variety of fabrics. I look forward to spending some time there shopping.

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    Thanks for filling us in the new store owner. As a small business owner, Lynette not only is successful in her quilting business but she made the decision to close her store on her own timetable. Just a funny aside, I was spiffing up my library for the holidays and discovered that I have two of her "A Thimbleberries Housewarming" books. How did that happen?

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    Thanks for the Imfo, surely We all gonna miss her (Lynette Jensen) She did a lot for Quilting World or for Us Quilters. We all can use some Break or slow down a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUQuilter View Post
    Thanks for filling us in the new store owner. As a small business owner, Lynette not only is successful in her quilting business but she made the decision to close her store on her own timetable. Just a funny aside, I was spiffing up my library for the holidays and discovered that I have two of her "A Thimbleberries Housewarming" books. How did that happen?
    You're not alone, AUQuilter ... HOW DOES that happen ?? LOL ... I have quite a few of her books, and recently I found 2 of her Cozy Flannel Quilts book on my shelves ! I'm gifting the unused one to a quilting buddy.

    Happy "semi" retirement, Lynette !! You've brought a lot of quilting joy and inspiration to others !
    Last edited by TexasGurl; 12-18-2012 at 02:46 PM.

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    I have several books my Lynette Jenson.
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