Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bright and Cheery

Bright seems to be the theme of things these days at the shop- this collection from Michael Miller blends with coordinates in dots and stripes. Primary colors pop in these new arrivals. If you look closely, you'll see that some of the dot prints vary in color and size as you move across the width of the fabric. We have these funky dots in shades of blue, reddish pink, and a green and blue combination. You'll have to come see for yourself- could be the start of a bright new project or a perfect addition to an old one! We're working on a quilt and kits using these fabrics and our classic Feng Shui pattern-so watch for that soon!

It seems that sometimes, simple is best- at least, that seems to be the case with our chair quilt. This simple quilt uses only 4 fabrics, and yet no one can argue that it doesn't succeed in popping with color! The pattern comes from Cherry House Quilts, and our take on it was only one of a number of options- in other words, you could pick a favorite focal fabric (even a directional one will do) and a couple of coordinating solids, and have yourself this fab throw in no time!

For those of you on our mailing list, you've heard the news about the club that will be starting up soon at Two Thimbles. We've got a display board and some sample blocks up at the store, so come see for yourself what the fuss is all about! More information on the Clubhouse is available so stop by or give us a call- and for those of you not on our email list, please send us an email if you'd like to be added!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stitching up a storm

Hopefully everyone got through that windstorm over the weekend without too many power outages - it's no fun (and pretty difficult) to sew in the dark!

Looking for a relatively simple, yet striking new project? This pattern, featuring the Moda line Maison de Garance, combines traditional reds and browns with geometric appeal to create an eye-catching result. The pattern is available on the Moda website - and you can find the fabrics here! Let us know if you want some help putting the ingredients together for this fabulous quilt. We added some borders to our version, which just goes to show - in quilting, there's never harm in adding your own twist to make it fit your vision!

Speaking of adding charm to projects, take a look at this darling dress- it started with a store-bought shirt! We used organic gingham from Michael Miller to create the skirt and trim. Perfect for a walk in the park- on the sunny day that is SURE to be coming up soon!

On another note, Jo Morton's new line is here! Hurrah is a 20 piece collection, featuring navy and medium blues, strong reds, and cream shirtings. Patterns range from large stars to small starbursts and stripes. Our monthly Jo's Club gave their approval of the new fabrics this morning, so be sure to come check it out if you are a Jo fan!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pictures are here!

Ok, I know that we are supposed to move forward to new and exciting fabric ventures, but we couldn't resist sharing these pictures from the Karin Franzen workshop from the end of last month. Three days of designing and creating ended with some pretty amazing results! Check out some happy artists and a few works in progress:

We hope to have Karin return in the future-we'll keep you posted! On another note, we are very excited to have Gwen Marston visit in May- and we are still taking sign-ups! Feel free to call or email for more information.
Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Red and Pink

The Karin Franzen workshop this weekend was a success! Karin was a real inspiration and participants had a wonderful time. Pictures coming soon! Now, back to real life...

New month means new pincushion at Two Thimbles! Check out the Victorian Slipper that's being featured as the February Pincushion of the Month. We got the idea from a fellow blogger who first created this shoe out of paper. The soft floral design makes this tool a pretty addition to your sewing room. The toe is stuffed to keep your needles in check, and the heel has enough room to hold a little pair of scissors or a spool of thread. Kits will be available later this week!

Some more inspirational ideas include a sweet little lunch bag (for some sweet treats!) or a darling stuffed Scottie. This festive wallhanging is displayed behind the counter with an addede banner hanging in front- just folded paper and ribbon, is that a great idea for a party decoration or what?

With these fun new Valentine projects, you just need to add some chocolate and it's a celebration! Happy Stitching!