Thimbleberries Quilts with a New Attitude by Lynette Jensen

A good quilt design can really work in any fabric, whether traditional or modern. 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. In Thimbleberries Quilts with a New Attitude, Lynette Jensen shows just how different a quilt can look simply by “flipping” your fabric choices, from traditional to the bright, exploding colors of the modern aesthetic.

Her new book published by Landauer Publishing is packed full of amazing projects, 23 in all! The patterns are all written in Thimbleberries style with easy to follow instructions and color diagrams.

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.

Take a look at Garden Inspiration featuring Garden Collage by Lynette Jensen and My Blue Heaven featuring Cotton + Steel’s Bluebird. The projects are the same, but look completely different. The result is surprising. Isn’t it? If you haven’t tried fabrics outside your comfort zone, perhaps this will inspire you to take a leap!

Shares Lynette, “I am convinced that a good quilt design works for both traditional and modern fabrics. This is the perfect opportunity for quilters whose fabric preferences differ to learn from each other. The best part of quilting has always been the tradition of passing on the joy of making a quilt with another generation of quilters.”

Lynette Jensen’s new book, Quilts with a New Attitude has arrived and is available from Landauer Publishing and hopefully at your local quilt shop.

Kyoto Fabric with Amy Barickman

Hi! I’m Amy Barickman, founder of Indygo Junction, and I’m so thrilled to introduce my new line of fabric, Kyoto. This collection is the third one from my Vintage Made Modern series. I am excited to share a little of the background behind my inspiration for this line. Check out the Kyoto video here.

My grandmother had a love for Japanese art that always inspired me as I grew up. My uncle and his wife were missionaries in Japan and my cousins grew up there. I am particularly drawn to the Japanese influence in clothing pattern designs. Asian graphics ideal for apparel sewing and quilting as the motifs are timeless. In selecting the prints for this collection, I made sure to select graphics that would work well for fashion like our new Indygo Essentials pattern line featuring simple, yet sophisticated silhouettes.

Contemporary Kimono

This pattern collection is a dressier kind of casual that embraces minimalism to create elegant, classic styles. Since the patterns are simple by design, it allows the beautifully saturated colors and interesting prints to shine.

Easy Top and Tunic

It’s beautiful in blue with the Boardwalk Dress! This would be a great Spring and Summer go-to and a fun way to pair your favorite prints from the fabric line!

Boardwalk Dress

We love this print in our Fabriflair line of dimensional English paper piecing kits as well. The Radiant Star features 60 pieces, so it’s a great way to showcase every print from this pattern. The Brio Sphere is a wonderful option if you’d like an extraordinarily beautiful way to display embroidery.

Completed Radiant Star

No hoops needed here, we have dimensional art for that! May we suggest fussy cutting some of those butterflies and embroidering them before you stitch them into a sphere? We loved that same embroidery idea shown here, in our Mad Money Mini bag,complete with hand-stitched butterfly love on the front.

Mad money mini

It’s sure to be a conversation piece and a wonderful way to showcase your love of needlecrafts. Or how about lining a Brio Sphere Bowl with the Kyoto Camelia in the Sky color.

Brio Sphere

The options are endless: Clothing and handbags too, as seen here with our Everyday Tank, and our Tribeca Tote.

Tribeca Tote and Everyday Tank

However you use it, we cannot wait to see! It is a gift to send fabric out into the world with RJR fabrics and see what magic all the creative people in our community create with it! Tag me on Instagram @amybarickman_studio when you sew with Kyoto so I can see!

Amy in the Essentials Shift Dress

Here’s me hanging out in my studio with one of my girls. I’m wearing our Indygo Essentials Shift Dress which is a favorite of mine, in the Arbor print in Poppy colorway and she’s wearing our Chic Cowl Neck Shift made with the Butterflies print in Poppy as well. You can see the Mad Money Mini bag in action too! If you’d like to see Kyoto sewn up in several different ways you can visit our Indygo Junction blog post, where we share lots of fun patterns in Kyoto!

Craftsy BOM 2016 Garden Charm Quilt

Craftsy Block of the Month 2016

We’re excited to share Lynette Jensen’s all new 2016 BOM class, Garden Charm. It’s a free block of the month class exclusively available through Craftsy.

Craftsy Block of the Month 2016 Yardages

Along with the Free Class, Craftsy is offering an exclusive kit featuring beautiful, hand-picked fabric from Lynette’s two newest RJR collections, Home Again and Sand & Stone. Warm, welcoming and adorned with charming ditsy and floral prints, these fabrics come together for an enchanting, 84″ x 92″ quilt that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Neutral Territory by Audrey Wright


Hello Quilters! I am excited to be able to share with you my Neutral Territory fabric line. The colors range from cream-tan-grey and black. This reproduction group was inspired by the Civil War Blacksmiths and their traveling forge who traveled with both the North and South Armies to repair the wagons, artillery, horse shoes and tools.

Web In The Window Pattern by Legacy Patterns

This quilt Web in the Window was created using Neutral Territory and a Black Cotton Supreme Solid by RJR Fabrics. I like the way the shades of fabric blend to give the quilt depth. This quilt is designed for the confident beginner and goes together in a snap! It is available on the Legacy Patterns website.

Another pattern that will be released in January is called Salt & Pepper. It was designed using precut 2 1/2” Pixie Strips. It is perfect for a retreat or weekend project. I love the time saving feature using the precuts.

Salt & Pepper by Legacy Patterns

Watch the Legacy Patterns website at, follow the blog at or on Facebook for more great patterns using the line.

Octopurse with The Sultan’s Garden and Vintage Made Modern

Octopurse at Home

I’m a Belgian woman, 36 years old, with 2 kids, who studied history. I’ve been a bookseller for 12 years. I started to sew 7 years ago and my fingers have never stopped moving. My hobby transformed into a craft with Octopurse’s birth. Octopurse was born after I created some purses as gift for the teachers of my kids and they love it. I’ve done many tests to find the best shapes and a great “puffy touch”.

Vintage Made Modern 2471-03 + 2472-04 (for lining) 2475-04 + 2472-03 (for lining) 2476-04 + 2477-02 (for lining

Vintage Made Modern
2471-03 + 2472-04 (for lining)
2475-04 + 2472-03 (for lining)
2476-04 + 2477-02 (for lining

Octopurse allows me to share my love for colorful japanese and US fabrics. Meeting a lot of kind people all around the world is the best reward 🙂

Sultan’s Garden 2533-01 or 02 (Motif) and 2535-01 or 02 (dots for lining) 2532-01 or 02 (tossed), with same lining are beautiful, too!

Sultan’s Garden
2533-002 (Motif) and 2535-02 (dots for lining)
2532-01 or 02 (tossed), with same lining are beautiful, too!

The beautiful clutches can be can be purchased at her etsy shop.

Let’s Travel through the Shades of Autumn with Dan Morris

Shades of Autumn 2344-00 bottom stripe

“This is the first time I have designed a Fall/Harvest collection for RJR. I focused on the traditional icons and colors associated with the fall season. I wanted this collection to be timeless and versatile to compliment a variety of quilting projects and home décor. The colorations are inspired by the rich, vibrant shades of New England fall foliage. I have often enjoyed driving country roads throughout New England to take in the changing of the season.”

Shades of Autumn 2343-001

“The panel design is extremely versatile. The individual squares in the focal panel print measure 5 ¼ inches. They can be fussy cut individually or combined and used in a multitude of ways— grouped in fours and pieced together in a larger panel, combined in rows for borders or in elongated projects, such as table runners, and so much more.”


To celebrate the changing of the seasons, we’d like to share a fat quarter bundle of Dan Morris’ fabric collection, Shades of Autumn. To be entered in to win a fat quarter bundle, please leave a comment below about your favorite part of the changing of the seasons for Fall.

Shades of Autumn 2344-001 top stripe