Sunday, January 15, 2017

1876 Centennial Quilt Project

1876 Centennial Quilt Project

with Anne Dawson

We are so excited to be able to share this project with you in 2017 - This is a spectacular quilt that has been revealed for our study and Anne has diligently drafted the patterns so you can recreate these blocks in your chosen style.  This is a sampler quilt with 81 blocks and border combinations that cover a wide range of construction techniques and options for piecing methods with lots of learning possibilities!  The original quilt features some amazing fabrics with thoughtful use of stripes and bold patterns but there are some versions under construction with the current group of students featuring contemporary fabrics (Kaffe, batiks, taupes, etc.) so there are lots of ways to re-envision the past!

The project will start in March and run for 14 months with 6-8 block patterns distributed each month.  The monthly class will include instruction and analysis of the blocks as well as sewing time and individual consultations.  Multiple construction methods and detailed block instructions are included.  The class fee will be $50.00 per session, for 14 months.  Actual class dates to be determined at registration and Anne is well-prepared for distance learners with detailed pattern instructions, video tutorials and options for online participation.  So if you're not close by, but want to tackle this amazing quilt we can make it happen!  

There will be an informational meeting on January 30th, if you're interested in the project - give us a call or stop by to learn more about the quilt and get some details on the meeting!!  

The blocks shown below are a few from my WIP 1876 quilt featuring fabrics from the shop and my stash!   

Please stop by soon if you'd like to see a photo of the original quilt, or have any questions about the project.  If you are thinking this might be the significant quilt you've been looking for to enhance your skills and bring some focus to your quilting life please sign up to attend the informational meeting on January 30th!

Friday, January 13, 2017

New Year, New Fabric, New Project?

All of us at Two Thimbles would like to wish you a very healthy and prosperous 2017, added to our  standard wish we make every year....may you find more time for stitching and sewing and enjoying time with fabric and family and friends!

We are excited to present some new fabrics this year - new designers, new substrates, new fabric lines, they just keep coming.  We are working on a few class ideas with some of our favorite local teachers, anxiously awaiting the delivery of some great new books, and planning too many projects for the days in the year!  We hope you enjoy what's coming and can find time for a bit of stitching each day!

New Australian Fabrics
We are continuing to expand our offering of Australian prints, and here are some new prints or new color ways for 2017!
Laminate Squirrel 
Laminate Dog 
Some new options in laminate - great for a rainy day coat for a 4-legged friend, placemats or bibs for kiddo's...lots of possibilities.  We've got several new prints and basics from the Dear Stella division of Timeless Treasures - these would make some pretty sweet frocks for some little ones or a quilt or two?  What types of sewing goals and projects are on your list for 2017?    

Honey Bee by Stella

Foxtail by Stella

Flannel Foxtail

Scallop by Stella

And for no particular reason - we just add a few bolts for fun right?  What do you think of these basics for your stash?  

Stay warm and bind a few quilts!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Whats New (fabric) and totes

We can't say we're keeping warm with these recent temperatures along with a bit of snow and ice, but we're happy to say that isn't slowing down the fabric deliveries!  We are starting to switch things up in anticipation of spring (it really will be here soon!), and sneaking in some sewing time to move a few projects along.  We are beginning to build our class offerings for the year and have a few great programs detailed and more in the works.
Rhapsody in Blue by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics
These are a few pieces from the Maritime collection for Birch Fabrics.  The Charley Harper prints are unique and make inspired pillow cases and home dec projects.  We will be featuring more Charley Harper fabrics in late spring when the Western Birds line is released.
CH Organic Birch Fabrics

The totes pictured below are simple to construct with no lining or fusibles - just one layer of heavy weight cotton/linen blends combined with the kraft paper (faux leather) product for accents and stability.  It seems I'm always looking for another bag to transport a project, travel items or groceries!  
Bag Lady Pattern 
Thank you all for your business support in 2016, we hope that 2017 brings you good health and lots of sewing time!  Stop by and check out our latest items and help us greet the new year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

December Sale

Early Bird Sale

December 28th

Winter Sale

December 29th & 30th

Finish the Bolt
Up to 40% off on specific Bolts

Last of items!
One of a Kind
kits, pattern, and miscellaneous

Select Holiday Fabrics
40% off
(1/2 yard minimum cut)

Hand-picked store samples
for sale

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Treats for Stitcher's

If you're in that last minute scramble for gift ideas, quick finish projects or stocking stuffers - we can set you up!  We've got some great Tulip needle packs, some fun fat quarter boxes (yep, they do look like chalk all rolled up!), some cross-stitch kits and all kinds of fabrics - it's never too late to stitch up a personalized pillow case, pencil case or tote bag right?

We have some great lavender ribbon that takes about 10 minutes to turn into a great sachet gift!  Add some handmade soaps or gourmet tea and you've got a great hostess gift or one size fits all item!  Here are a couple of our latest additions - some skull candy and cute and bright dogs - these don't glow in the dark, but certainly look like they could.  The 2nd group below is digital prints from Hoffman - the Mastery collection which is part of the Hoffman Challenge collection this year - anyone working on something for that event?

We're open regular hours until Saturday December 24th, hope you're enjoying all the holiday madness and stitching away!

Holiday Hours
Closing at 3:00pm on Saturday December 24th and 31st
Closed Sunday December 25th and Monday December 26th

Monday, December 12, 2016

Snow Falling

Today we are closed - which is our new normal for Mondays since we are open on Sundays now (as of this past Labor Day).  However, today there is snow so we're happy to have the excuse to watch from the window and relax with some stitching.  Or catch up on myriad tasks from holiday prep to year-end paperwork!  Does that sound like your day too?

Since our weather has been variable - you may want to call and confirm our local conditions before you head out our way this week.  Our weather from one side of town to the other can be different and especially if you are coming from the north or the south...

We've got some great new fabrics - and we're playing with double gauze now too (these latest two are nani iro), great for wearables and perfect for infinity scarves - the one size fits all quick gift!  Just in case you haven't quite got all your gifts planned out just yet!  

Double Gauze Birds Eye

Double Gauze Fuccra Rakuen
Circus of Wonders

Kokka Watashino Blue and White 
We've added some great projects to the shop displays - and we have some ideas at the ready if you need a quick gift for a quilter or a last minute project or just some final stocking stuffers to round out our shopping.  

Felt ornaments are a great craft for the kids and you can keep it simple and use glue and glitter for keeping it simple or get fancy with extra stitches and buttons depending on how dedicated your crafters are.  We have a variety of wool felt colors to choose from and loads of floss, some holiday sequins and fancy ribbons too!  The kart paper/fabric tags you see hanging in the photo above are also great projects to add a personal touch to your gift giving and creative projects.  We have this product in silver grey and kraft brown.  You can color, stitch, paint, glue...and just about everything else on this product besides sew it!  Lots of possibilities - we've added it to some of our tote bags recently.

Just a reminder we're closed on Monday's (even when we don't have snow!).

Sunday, December 4, 2016

New additions

We are not ready for December...and it looks like it's here and going to come with some cold weather this week.  Not ready for that really either!  The sewing room is looking cozy and is there anyone out there keeping me company and burning the midnight oil in Santa's workshop?

We have lots of new fabric coming in and some great new products and gift ideas for sure - so watch for more updates along those lines in case you are in charge of filling your own holiday wish list?!  We have a quilt on display from Wyndham fabrics featuring the Studio Alphabet line from Marcia Derse so you might want to pop in and view it before it has to continue on it's travels.


glow in the dark
We've added some small quilts to the mix - good for a quick gift or new accent for your decorating, add a few pillows or a fun pillowcase to 'gift-wrap' the project in and you're set!

Tumbling Blocks Pattern using Modern Tyke fabrics
modern tyke

barnacle bay 

Barnacle Bay Quilt