Monday, June 27, 2016

Change is good!

We moved a few bolts...okay maybe a lot of bolts around along with some of the fixtures and we think it's a big change for the good!  We're still fine tuning, but every new shipment and shop sample is a good excuse for a new display.  If you haven't been in lately, stop by soon and let us know what you think!  We've had a busy few weeks getting summer underway with a late anniversary celebration, shop hop and rowxrow now underway.  

Suz has done it again - these sewing houses are pretty fun - you can mix and match and embellish all you want.  There is a place for your thimble, pins, scissors, etc. Just what you need to have on your sewing table?
Houses to Sew In
Pattern by Suz Litzsinger
Look at this cutie!  A travel iron that steams (these will be back in stock soon!) and a nice little case for it.  We have the ironing board fabric available by the yard so you can make a fresh new ironing board cover your your 'big' iron too if you need it!
Caddy Pad Jr.
Pattern by Sisters' Common Thread
We operate on the theory that no day is complete til there is some new fabric in the stash - how does that logic work for you?
Stars and Stripes by Whistler Studios for Windham
Eastham by Denyse Schmidt 

Candelabra by Verna Mosquera

Modern Backing by Whistler Studios for Windham
Enjoy the summer sunshine!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Row by Row 2016

We are busy making our last minute preparations for the start of RowXRow tomorrow...Do you  have plans to tour quilt shops this summer and collect rows?  This is our 2nd year participating in this event, and we chose to interpret the Home Sweet Home theme into a view we see daily featuring Mt. Baker.  

Mt. Baker Vista 

We collaborated on our design - thanks to some early brainstorming by the DiJulio family and sketching and pattern testing by some of our other team members.  Quilting for this piece was done by Nikki Crisp and we think that added lots of impact.  We have kits available and of course, you can pick up the free pattern starting tomorrow!  

row x row 2016 close-up

And to round out the fun, we chose a favorite slogan for our license plate - and those will be available for the event as well.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Happy Anniversary!

Can you believe it...we are already into our 10th year in business!  That is pretty unbelievable even to me when I've pretty much lived here for the last 3,200 days give or take a few.

Thank you to all of our great customers, employees and friends who have shared in this journey along with a few bolts of fabric that have been shared amongst us.  We're celebrating with a SALE for now and we will eventually get to some of the other fun things we like to do, like an anniversary doll quilt and a fabric / quilt block related we're going to make this anniversary really stretch and keep it going right into NUMBER 10.

Here's the scoop for now!  Hope you'll join us ~

Two Thimbles Turned NINE and it’s our
Anniversary Celebration Sale

June 16th, 17th, 18th
Thursday – Friday – Saturday
10am – 6pm

25% Off Fabric From the Bolt
SALE fabric priced at $5.95/yard
Special Anniversary Prizes and Daily Drawings!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Stitch Panel Challenge

Well...some of these need a closer inspection so stop by in June to see some of the details and get inspired to use up a panel!  We have a couple of stitch panels left for purchase, but these ideas just may get you inspired to use some orphan blocks and panel fabrics you have been storing too.  

We opted to make a sewing machine cover that doubles as a table mat with pockets for your gadgets.  This was fun to put together although I recommend you do some measuring and planning before you start know, paint yourself into the corner right?!   

2T Version
Here  are a few wall hangings that combine different blocks and panel sections - alot of possibilities when you start with black and white.  You can change up the style, flavor and mix and match in so many ways!  

Linda's Dresses

Leslie's Go Sew 

Suz's Alphabet
Some of the entries combine embellishing techniques and fun combinations - and one tote that serves a useful purpose....big enough to hold 50 fat quarters.  Now why would someone need to know that do you think?
Sheri's Garden

Sheri's Tote
Thanks so much for those of you who joined the fun, we appreciate your generous contributions of time and thought that went into your pieces, and for making a great display for us!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

We are closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day!

Just a reminder the Ski to Sea Parade starts at Noon on Saturday, and there is limited access to the shop for a few hours.  We'll be here before and after the Parade - so plan your timing and route accordingly tomorrow.  If you're out and about participating in the race or enjoying the event as an observer have a great long weekend!  

This is our last open Sunday until the rainy season hits again...which in theory starts again after Labor Day, but our weather doesn't always cooperate with our sewing plans right?    

Here is a variation on a coins quilt - we were inspired by one from Humble Quilts when Lori was in town for a lecture at one of our local guilds.  We stitched up a variety of random strips in black, red, claret and shades of blue and had a bit of fun with the sashing strips and mixing fabrics from scraps with a new charm pack featuring vintage shirting and dress prints designed by Barbara Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studios.  Perfect use for a quilt following a patriotic theme as this line of fabric is grown, spun, woven and printed in the USA.  We have some fabric starter kits as well as the charm pack shown.  If you're interested in more details about our quilt or the bundles, give us a call or stop by the shop.

We yelled and cried and carried on and Marcus Brothers heard all about it...the centennial solid fabric in Cheddar is BACK!  We are thrilled and really appreciate that our fabric rep and the company listened - hope this makes your day too.  

And lastly - these hand-dyed twill weave flannels need a new home...they are great paired with wool for applique projects and we've used them on the back of a few of our sample quilts.  Some have more varigation in the color shading than others so you have to see them unrolled for a better idea.  $6.00 / yard til they're gone!  

We hope you  have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.  June is on it's way!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Fabrics

This great cobalt colored background is bright and a gorgeous contrast for the parrot tulips scattered across it.
Spring Glory by Northcott Studio
Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
We've started a collection of Carolyn Friedlander fabrics - beginning with some of the basics, and we'll add in some of the latest prints in the future.  These are great fun to mix-in with a variety of print styles.

And we've added more to the Cotton and Steel collection - these are some fun black and white prints. Great to combine with others or use for a strong contrast and background print.  Can't go wrong with these basics.  

Black and White by Cotton + Steel

Nordic by Camelot Fabrics

As a reminder, we will be closed during the parade on Saturday May 28th  and Sunday May 29th will be our last Sunday before we switch over to our summer schedule (Closed Sundays!).

Hope to see you soon for some summer sewing projects.

Friday, May 13, 2016

New, New and New!

We are excited to be offering some new classes this summer and fall and we're busy working out the details.  We're getting the word out early for this one so you can put it on your fall sewing calendar.  Yep, that's right, the rain will be back one of these days!  Check out this new class (we're working on more so check our website for updates), and our latest new projects...and new fabrics too!

Structural Improv with Krista Hennebury

Do you quilt under the influence of traditional methods and rules?  Do you thrive on pointy points and perfectly square corners but secretly wish you could embrace the creative freedom of this wonky, improvisational business? If your answer is yes, then this class is for you!  Starting with 5” charm squares, Krista will teach you her fun and fast piecing method that utilizes your traditional piecing and rotary cutting skills to create wonky strip units.  There’s no pre-cutting of random strips, no stack ‘n whack, no free-cutting with scissors; she provides a relaxed, fun and encouraging environment where students explore ideas and design their own original quilt.   Krista will bring several examples of quilts made with this piecing technique. Follow one of her samples (pattern included), or create your own design.

Saturday, October 1st
Sunday, October 2nd
10 am to 4:30 pm

Class Fee: $125 for two-day workshop
Stop by the shop and register or sign-up online here

Our latest quilt for the little ones combines brights and soft shades with some animals from the Serengeti - the usual antelope, elephant, etc. A great pattern from Villa Rosa designs that works well for this stripe feature fabric.  The projects features a few prints from the Serengeti Beasties fabric line from Clothworks.   

And no day is complete without some new fabrics don't you agree?  Here are some 1800's reproduction basics - in all the best colors - cheddar is the new black I'm thinking.  

Sampler 2 by Julie Hendricksen for Windham Fabrics
Hope your summer plans are shaping up with time for a few sewing projects!