Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Carolyn Konig Workshop

We are starting to gear up for the Carolyn Konig workshops we will be fine-tuning the supply list and sourcing some materials in the coming days.  Thank-you so much for registering to those of you who jumped on board - we'll be touching base soon as we get the details nailed down.

Until the date arrives - here is some eye candy that Barbara Brackman posted on her blog Material Culture showcasing the recent exhibit of Carolyn's work held at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  We are anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Waddington Charm quilt, to be shipped here from Colorado so we'll be able to feast our eyes on that soon!

We had a great time in our last tuffet class - each one has been different and they are a bit addictive as several customers have moved on to a second or third one!  We have one spot left in the class coming up on Friday the 26th.  After this, we'll have enough graduates that we may offer a class in the square shaped versions that are starting to appear so we have that to look forward to.  Here is a photo of some of the fabric variations from our earlier class - and below that is the set-up for the one Leslie shipped off to the other Washington for her daughter to enjoy.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What are you working on?

Do you make an effort to document, photograph or otherwise keep track of your creative efforts that get disbursed throughout the year?  It's easy to forget all the projects we've accomplished once they are out the door and on their way to new homes.
Several of our customers stay busy all year long contributing to several causes near and dear to their hearts as well as gifting quilts to family and friends.  A few of our customers are dedicated contributors to Linus Quilts, and we know of many who participate in providing quilts of all sizes and colors to various military, hospital and health care related purposes.  A big shout out goes to all of you who are so generous with your time and materials to contribute!  Quilts certainly make the world a better place.

Here is a quick recap of some of the community activities we supported in 2015 with some of our store projects and quilts...

The Blaine Fine Arts Association
Campfire Samish and Camp Kirby
Love INC of Whatcom County
The Firs
La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
United We Dance
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

And sometimes...we just take time out to make other stuff too!  Here are some photos of recent activities at the shop and customer finishes.  Keep up the great work everyone!

We had a full house on Sunday for valentine stitching - the valentines and chocolate were flowing along with the creativity!

The following photos are from prior tuffet classes we've held, there are no two alike!  We have another class coming up this Saturday so we'll see what new color combinations come together.

We hope you're enjoying some sewing time with these rainy days!  Spring is around the corner, and we've got some fun activities planned so watch for more updates soon.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

One month into 2016

Wow...where did January go?  We did get some store clean-up accomplished along with year-end inventory, but we still have a long way to go on the path to organization!  A little bit of sewing mixed into the daily chore routine seems like a good balance right?

If you've admired this quilt in the past that features the contemporary color combination of yellow, black and grey - we are getting ready to retire it, and have 2 kits left, 25% off if you'd like to grab one up for a quick finish.  It makes a healthy throw size project so a versatile option for gifting or freshening up your decor.  Quilt features the Cosmopolitan line from Benartex.  

Cosmopolitan Black Tulip
And we just received a new shipment of wool felt - perfect for valentines projects and we've added some spring colors too.  This felt heart garland is a quick option and you can find the tutorial here on Betz White's website.

Our other recent projects include this fresh version of the Charming Fractions quilt - a fat quarter friendly and multi-size project.  Just goes to show what a difference the fabric makes - this is the same pattern we used to feature our australian fabric collection.

Melbourne fabrics 
And for some new fabric - we have a bit more than what is showing here as always but these are a few of the new groups we've added to the shelves.  We also have charm packs available for this mixologie group so if you like a variety of geometrics this is a great collection.

Mixologie by Studio M for Moda

Isabella by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics 

Margo's Mignonettes by Margo Krager for Andover Fabrics

Saturday, January 23, 2016

New Fabric and samples

We needed something bright and fresh to contrast with these drizzly grey days, I think this quilt fits the bill!  The project is from a great fat quarter friendly pattern by Abbey Lane Quilts and we featured several of the prints from Lotta Jansdotter's "Lucky" line with Windham Fabrics.
Lotta meets Sergeant Pepper 
As we retire the Christmas decor, we are moving things around and rearranging some of the wall displays.  More is on the way, and we hope you're ready for some spring sewing soon.  Here is a new grouping from Windham Fabrics, Drift Away.  We haven't had too many mermaids featured on fabric lately, and I think the seahorse is a first for us.

Drift Away
And a quick update, the Pies & Tarts quilt really is growing!  That's 8 x 10 blocks now in case you've been keeping track.  I know it's slow, but it is steadily getting bigger.  Not sure how much longer I'll be at this one, but maybe it is easier to keep going then tackle the next phase as I'm thinking it might need to be hand-quilted.  Hmmm.

Pies & Tarts wip

Here is a sampling of some recent reproduction fabrics that we just added to the mix - these are from Barbara Brackman's latest line with Moda.  We didn't get too many and the colors in the photo are a bit off from the real thing - you'll have to check them out in person!

Old Cambridge Pike by Barbara Brackman for Moda

We hope you'll stop by soon to see some of our latest fabric additions and new samples!
Happy Sewing!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Konig Workshop Details

Finally....the details you've been waiting for!  Don't wait ~ you'll want to run down to the shop, sign up on our website OR give us a phone call and we'll happily register you for the upcoming applique workshop with Carolyn Konig.  That will be two full days of stitching and creating...hope you are excited to learn some tips from Carolyn!

The project for the workshop is the Waddington Charm quilt, from Carolyn's book "Creating Heirlooms: One Stitch at a Time". The centerpiece of this quilt is the medallion, which combines applique, english paper piecing, and hand embroidery. Below is Carolyn's description about the design source for her quilt:

"The embroidery in the original exquisite British medallion coverlet was wrought in wool and silk thread. In the center, the maker stitched "Ann Stevenson 1734" but the actual coverlet wasn't completed until 1820-1840- a common practice of the day. Families often saved pieces of embroidery and incorporated them into later needlework projects."

Included in the price of the class is a lecture "Reproduction Quilting and Design Techniques" on Friday evening April 29th at 5:30pm.  Reservations are required, call or come in to register.  If you would still like to attend the lecture, but are not registering for the class, there is a $10.00 fee.

For details and to register online, visit our website: Two Thimbles Events

Waddington Charm Workshop

Saturday, April 30th AND Sunday, May 1st
10:00 am-4:30 pm
Cost: $200 for two-day workshop

Monday, January 11, 2016

Learning and Creating

We have some great ideas in the works - if you've been thinking about improving your skills or learning some new tricks to keep the creativity flowing, you'll want to consider some of these offerings:  

English Paper Piecing 101 with Jane Buys

Friday, January 15th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Cost: $25.00 
Learn paper piecing techniques with this introductory class!
This introduction to English paper piecing techniques will review a variety of methods and products that can be used to create all kinds of hand pieced projects (tote bags, wall-hangings, quilts, etc.).  Will review fabric considerations (such as value and fussy cutting motifs), various methods of basting papers as well as finishing techniques and ideas for a variety of projects.  

You'll have a chance to try these methods and sample a variety of product options - plus get some construction tips from an expert!  We'll provide 1 inch hexagons to get you started  OR if you have a particular project or paper piecing shape that you want to work with, please bring it and you can get some personalized instruction too.

Sunday Stitch with Suz Litzsinger

Spend a couple of hours to learn a new technique and expand your sewing skills. Suz will share ideas and tips for how to include some extra fun in your creations! Beginning in February and continuing until the end of the year, each month will have a different focus.  These will often fall on the last Sunday of the month, but will vary on occasion.  Let us know if you want a complete list of topics and dates and we'll provide the details.

Each class will be from noon until 2 pm, with an optional third hour from 2 pm to 3 pm. The class time will include a demonstration and sharing of ideas along with an opportunity for some hands-on practice. Supplemental kits may be available, depending on the topic, and some classes will require a sewing machine.

Join the fun, come for one or make it a monthly routine!

Cost: $25.00 per session OR
$20 per session for 3 or more sessions

Here's a look at the first three sessions :

February 28th- Huck Toweling
Create a tea towel with Swedish Weaving.

March 20th- Prairie Points and Scallops
Learn more about these techniques; easy methods and examples of how to use them (like on the top edge of the Gypsy Bag shown above!).

April 24th- Beading Basics
Discussion of beads, threads, and needles. Hands-on practice of simple beading stitches.

Modern Mini Foundation Paper Piecing Class with Leslie Hnosko

Lombard Street
Lantern Lane
Churndash Court

Have you wanted to refine your skills at paper foundation piecing or is this technique on your list of goals?  We're offering three different sessions, each focusing on one of the foundation paper-pieced mini quilts shown above featuring patterns by Sassafras Lane. Build your skills while working toward finishing one of these beautiful quilts. The patterns and foundation papers for the featured mini quilt are included in the class fee.  These are set up to progress in level of difficulty and also provide some chance to work on color and value placement depending on your fabric choices.  A great opportunity to play with color combinations and create a special work of art.  

Classes are offered on the 2nd Friday or the 3rd Saturday of the month, March through May. Sign up for one, or sign up for all three for a discounted price! 
Cost: $35 per session, or $90 for all three

Session 1- Lombard Street 
Friday, March 11th         10 am-2 pm
Saturday, March 19th     1 pm-5pm

Session 2- Lantern Lane 
Friday, April 8th              10 am-2 pm
Saturday, April 16th        1 pm-5 pm

Session 3- Churndash Court 
Friday, May 13th              10 am-2 pm
Saturday, May 21st           1 pm-5 pm

And if you are ready for some fast fun projects these shoe bags are a great gift for anyone who travels, or totes shoes to the gym or office - we added some fancy ribbon to a couple of our versions to make them extra special.  Fabric choices are endless!  

Shoe Bag
Free Tutorial at Betz White
And this embroidered linen ribbon is perfect for a sachet - a great option for your favorite valentines or a treat for yourself!  We have alot of great ribbon choices to embellish projects and create something unique.  
Lavender Sachets

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

January Sale

Accumulate Discounts Each Week to Use During the Final Week of January

Each week we will roll out a new category of selected sale items, and when you spend at least $20 on the weekly featured items you will earn a stamp for that week. You may only earn one stamp per week.

Each stamp is worth 10% off your total purchase during the last week of January (24th-30th), for up to 30% off your total!  (some exclusions will apply)   Here's what you can expect to see on sale each week...

January 3rd-9th: Close out patterns, books and Holiday items

January 10th-16th: Selected notions

January 17th-23rd: Featured kits and clearance fabric

There is still time to take advantage of this week's promotion - and we still have our Christmas Fabric on sale at 30% off through Saturday January 9th!  Stock up now for next years projects!

And if you're like some of us, itching to start a new project here are some fun fabrics we've been unwrapping! 

Check out these bold patterns - the possibilities are pretty amazing and maybe you've already signed up for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge?  There will sure to be some great things coming from this group.  Riley Blake Fabric Challenge- The Modern Quilt Guild

Sashing Stash by Eleanor Dugan for Riley Blake Designs
Discover the possibilities at Sashing Stash
The mini charms for this collection, First Crush - will be perfect in the pixelated heart quilt like the on we stitched up last year.  Just in case you need to make another one to keep or give!

First Crush by Sweetwater for Moda 
Loire Valley by Karen Styles for Marcus Fabrics