...and this one already has a doozy. First let me say, I needed to start another project like I needed a hole in the head, but you know the story...I'm a glutton for punishment. This quilt is called Hometown Christmas by Thimbleberries. I've loved Thimbleberries for years, especially the older designs. I somehow acquired the 4 pattern books for Hometown Christmas about 5 years ago and I've always had it on my "someday" list.
A few weeks ago, my two partners in crime, Peggy and Robin, brought up the idea of starting Hometown Christmas this year together. Of course, it didn't take much for all of us to jump on board! They both had the kit in their "stash," and I decided I would finally start the search for the original fabrics or something similar that I could use to start piecing the quilt. This is a BIG quilt and I soon found out that finding fabric wasn't going to be an easy task. It's almost impossible to find any of the original fabrics from the Hometown Christmas line for sale and I wasn't having good luck finding substitutions online. I was frustrated! What was I going to do? I couldn't let my two BFF's down! LOL (really...I know this is not a catastrophic problem in the big scheme of things, but...)
One day, Peggy decides to post a question on her blog...."Does anyone have a Hometown Christmas kit for sale?" She'll have to tell you the exact timeline, but I think within a matter of hours, she had THREE people contact her about selling their kit. The best part...one of the ladies also lives in New Jersey! They made plans to meet and "do the deal." LOL There was Peggy...meeting someone at a random exit on the New Jersey Turnpike to buy Thimbleberries fabric!! I can just see it now. Her family probably thought she was crazy...meeting strangers in strange places to buy fabric! But of course, she was another nice quilter, just like you and me. She and Peggy hit it off right away. Quilters are the best, aren't they!!
So now, after a fun visit to Peggy's house on Saturday with Robin, I have the kit in my hot little hands. :) Of course I had to get started right away too!
Here are the first three sections from Book One.
Who knows what other stories this quilt will have, but for now it has a great story of friendship and perseverance behind it! Thank you Peggy for looking out for me and making it happen! :)