This year, my Thimbleberries Club, for those of us who are not doing this year's projects, came up with two alternate block of the month ideas. There's a calendar block series (I don't have the book, so I didn't pick that one) and there's the very first block of the month project Lynette Jensen designed. I started Thimbleberries Club a couple block-of-the-month years later, and I always wanted to do that first one. I've even found and bought those original patterns but I didn't do anything with them. And then it was all reprinted in a book--which I also bought. So I figured now was the time to get around to doing it. And each month, if we've completed the month's block, we'll get a ticket for the door prize drawing. I like incentives!
I still have a pretty hefty stash of Thimbleberries scraps, so I decided I will work from my scrap drawer in completing the quilt this year. I got started today with the January block:
And then I decided I didn't really want to end up doing the February block AFTER Valentine's Day, and since I already had everything out . . .
I made the February block. Now you know, I think, that I often use the scraps from making flying geese blocks to make tiny half square triangle blocks, right? So I put my tiny half square triangle blocks together--one ones I made from the January block leftovers--and added a little applique . . .
and I ended up with a really cute mug mat. I just wish I had leftovers from the February block so I could make a mug mat for next month. I guess I'll just keep it in mind in case I end up with leftovers from other projects.