Friday, April 24, 2015

Playing with fabric!

Here is a fun quilt using solids from a charm pack of the Denyse Schmidt collection - mixed with a bit of mushroom Kona, and a fun turquoise piping added to the binding.   We enjoy working with a variety of fabrics and styles - and this was a nice change of pace from some of our reproduction fabrics and other recent projects.
Emma Grace
The linen and cotton blend prints are a great weight and texture for totes and purses.  We found a new purse pattern online that is a great size and keeps it nice and simple.  Check out the Phoebe Bag from Artsy-Craftsy Babe.
Phoebe Bag and Lunch Tote
These two cotton chambray's are shot with silver and gold thread - perfect additions to glam up a quilt project or feature in a simple summer shirt?
Metallic Chambray
And this fabric...is so amazing that you have to unroll the fabric to enjoy it's full fab-u-lous-ness!!  This was for sure, my favorite find at quilt market last fall.
Sumi-e from Frond Design
Hope you find some time to sew in between the rainstorms!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two of our favorite things!!

We have a couple of classes added to the schedule and...new fabric.  Does it get any better than that?!

English Paper Piecing 101

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.).  Coverage will include a 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 on 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.

Join Us for English Paper Piecing 101 with Jane Buys

Saturday, June 13th from 10:30-12:30

Cost: $25.00





Patchwork of The Crosses Support Group

On the 4th Tuesday of the month from 10:30-12:30 we will hold a Patchwork of the Crosses Support Group. Join others as you recreate this well-known quilt block. This project is a great way to feature your favorite fabrics and create a project that will be loved for years to come! The Patchwork of the Crosses can be pieced in multiple ways - You can hand-piece the blocks or use English paper piecing methods, or even go your own route and choose a hybrid machine and hand-piecing combination. Class will cover an introduction to hand piecing, English paper piecing, fussy cutting, inklingo printing and more.   

Join our Support Group: 
4th Tuesday of the Month for Six Months beginning May 
from 10:30-12:30
Cost $60.00

Sample Blocks - hand-pieced
Jane's EPP sample
New fabric - a variety of fabric styles and a mix of old and new.  Great pieces to add to your stash or feature in a new project.  



Cotton Linen blend 

Gorgeous bright poppy print

Enjoy the spring sunshine!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Our latest Great Stuff!

Sometimes it just happens - you  have to say yes to the fabric, and you don't have a plan or a place to store it...does anyone know what I mean?  I thought so.

Some of these groups are fresh and different and just not like the others so that seems like a good enough reason!

Totem by Kanvas

Fabracadabra by Benartex

Science 

Heavy Metal from Windham Fabrics

These soft florals are perfect for some pretty spring dresses or a comfy quilt to drape on the couch and lighten up the decor - a perfect welcome to spring weather.  
Ambleside from Moda

Country Orchard Blackbird Designs
Jo Morton oldies but goodies


Ten inch squares of Gathering in Red by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics















A few repeats from previous Jo Morton collections - these are tried and true, and just may be what your unfinished project needs to tie it all together.  These bolts didn't last long the first time we had them, so don't wait too long!  Ten inch squares of the full collection - a great way to work applique or small pieced blocks to get variety and cohesiveness at the same time.  We have a few other layer cakes in stock too - French General with some larger scale prints.

And here is our latest addition to the monthly modern mini collection.  This one might be better titled April Showers, but then again, the sun is shining today!  We have fabric kits and patterns available for this one.  

Mini Northern Lights

And in case you're interested in connecting with other Modern Quilters - there is a local group gathering momentum - it's not too late to join up!

Bellingham Modern Quilt Group meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at Ragfinery(1421 North Forest Street, Bellingham, WA 98225) from 7-9pm. Anyone is welcome to come and don't forget to bring something for sew-and-tell!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blueberries, blue hexies and bookmarks!

We had some fun with the hexagon blueberry block we made for the Tri-County Farm To Market Quilt Tour last month.  In addition to featuring our block on a couple of tote bags, we also incorporated it onto a tea towel - the new hucksack toweling we have in stock was a perfect opportunity to mix some applique and stitching.




Then we got carried away with some little bitty hexagons - I'll do the full disclosure and admit that I never would have created this if I had not inherited this stack of prepared blue 1/2 inch hexagons!  But this was the reason I'd been storing them for the last decade...and I used every one of them in this project, and know that Octavia would be pleased with the way her basket (her plan for them) morphed into this waterfall.


Blue Waterfall
And then I played with some larger hexagons (1 inch) in a combination of blue solids and put this grouping of berries together for a fun wall hanging, incorporating some machine stitched leaves on an osnaburg background.  I think this method of using hexagons Modern Hexies Tutorial has alot of potential for all kinds of fun.  


And here is a little picture of the bookmarks we made using some of the charms various shops were offering during the Tri-county Tour.  We have lots of fun ribbons, and a few sewing themed charms.  You can use old buttons and beads or jewelry to create some fun embellished bookmarks (you know for the old-fashioned books with paper pages...)!


Happy Stitching!

Friday, April 10, 2015

What's new?

Yep....we got fabric!
Mourning Grays and Purples

Settlement Collection by Jeanne Horton for Windham Fabrics


Shirts and Ties by Judie Rothermel for Marcus. 

Nomad by Urbanchiks for Moda
Riley Blake 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Tri-County Quilt Tour

What is round, blue
and grown here 
And good for you too?

Yep you guessed it, I'm a quilter and not a poet...


We stitched up a couple of different totes that feature our blueberry block on the pockets.  These are both from free pattern tutorials and could certainly be varied with your block and fabric choices.  Here are the two links for these totes.  Tote and kidlet tote .  Great for gifts or a treat for yourself...

Something to crow about? 
Speaking of treats, a little low-calorie pie?  Blueberry pie pincushion that is....

Washington State Stitchery panel
We went a bit overboard, and included lots of fruits and vegetables produced here in Washington State on this cotton and linen blend stitchery panel - and of course, blueberries are featured in the tri-county area!  This is a fabulous pre-printed panel, created exclusively for Two Thimbles!  Thank-you Suz we love your execution!  You can stitch as much or as little as you like, color in with felt pens and/or crayons and practice your embroidery stitches.  I'm thinking we may just keep the kids busy at the Easter dinner table with some felt pens.   Framed on the wall or stitched on a pillow or tote - this would make a great reminder of a visit to our state.   I may learn to do embroidery yet...

The tulips are blooming early in the Skagit Valley, so don't wait too long to take those in this year - last year I was hosting Mary Elizabeth Kinch from Toronto, and we caught a beautiful day in the fields.  


The Tri-county Quilt Tour is happening through Saturday, so take some time out for a bit of fabric therapy!  Happy Stitching.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring sewing fever?

Have you been doing some spring cleaning, finishing up projects and getting organized?  I think it must be in the air along with all the pollen and dust!  Happy Saint Patrick's day...Easter will be here before we know it so if you need a little something to spruce up your holiday decorating scheme - we have a couple of kits left for the colorful egg table runner.  It is a fusible applique project, so you still have time to get this done!

We have some new products in stock as well overflowing fabric shelves.  Our latest and greatest addition ....some of the aboriginal australian prints from M&S Textiles.  These are so colorful and varied in the prints that you can't go wrong.  They are fun to work with and combine well with solids and some of our other contemporary lines of fabric.  Stop by soon and check them out!  

M&S Textile Aboriginal Prints
If you are ready for some stitching - huck toweling is the 'new' alternative to counted cross-stitch.  You can keep it simple and just do some geometric designs, or use a vintage towel for inspiration.  These two samples were stitched up and combined with a bit of fabric trim.

Huck Towel Samples

And we have a few new notions as well - the beeswax is great for smoothing threads for handquilting or other hand stitching.  And the little colorful clips will keep your bobbin and threads matched or ensure you have the right combination when sewing at retreats.  The colorful strips shown in the photo are actually a stack of the "Quilter's Magic Wand" - the perfect tool for marking the diagonal sewing lines on squares.


Don't forget the Tri-County Quilt Tour coming up at the end of the month March 26th - March 28th...we are busy pulling together our Farm to Market plan, and I'm sure it's going to be great!!!