Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stacking the Shelves!

We've got all kinds of fabrics coming in to fill the shelves!  Lots of variety for projects, wearables and of course quilts quilts quilts!  We have a nice collection of knits on hands, a few rayon prints, some cotton lawns, and a great mix of canvas weight fabrics for bags and home dec projects.  
Menagerie by Rifle Paper for Cotton and Steel
Dear Stella Feline Myself and Catitude

Dear Stella Hook Line and Sinker

Hazel Plum by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda
Hello, Baby! Flannel

Marcia Derse Treasure Hunt for Windham



Friday, December 8, 2017

Classes 2018

Kick off the New Year by experimenting with your scraps!  

Join Tonya for a 3 month series in the scrap lab (aka Two Thimbles classroom)!  Tonya will share Stash Lab scrap results and include her analysis and theory on the power of contrast, creating color-blocks and developing color stories!   Each session will include project ideas, block instruction, activities and sew-time to build fabric confidence.  The club will be a casual learning environment with an emphasis on fun and sharing - you won't want to miss this chance to get some great ideas to bust the scrap bucket!


Saturday January 27th, February 24th, and March 31st 2018
Last Saturday of the month
10:00am - 2:00pm

Fee: $75.00

Level:  Confident Beginner 


Telara's Circles 

Cathy's Circles

Stitch Around The Wool with Cathy Callan


Do you love wool and needle work?!  If you answered, "yes" and would like to take your embroidery stitches to the next level, then you'll want to join Cathy Callan in some wool circle play!  In this six month class series, you'll learn some new stitches, how to make an insect or two and some new uses for buttons and beads.  All, while creating a beautiful mini-quilt that will double as a living stitch sampler reference tool!

3rd Wednesday of each month for six months beginning January 17, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Class-series fee:  $75.00



      Piecing Basics with Krista Moser

For those who have admired a beautiful quilt with its tiny stitches and perfectly placed fabrics and wondered....how??  This Piecing Basics class with Krista Moser will take the mystery out of quilt construction and focus on basic cutting (with a rotary cutter), the art of pressing , the elusive "accurate 1/4" seam allowance, and a few additional quilting basics including color value, terminology  and how to "nest" a seam.  This 3 hour introduction to quilt piecing will have you well on your way to a quilt top and ready for more quilting activities.  

Two dates and two times to choose from:

Saturday February 3, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm OR 1:30pm - 4:30pm
OR

Saturday March 3, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm OR1:30pm - 4:30pm

Class fee:  $75.00 (fee includes fabric for quilt top)

Click on the class title above and you can sign up for these classes directly on the website, or stop by the shop for a closer look at our class samples!  Space is limited so we will get a waiting list started as needed.  


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Just around the corner!

Wow - how did we get to December already?  I kind of feel like it should be about mid-November in terms of what is still on my list of things to do.  If you are ahead of schedule, or have some time for last minute items for your own decorating, or as gifts to give - we have some fun projects. 

The placemat and table runner option - Fundamentally Fun pattern works so well with large scale prints that we'll be featuring this project for every season I think. 


Of course Holiday pillowcases are easy and the perfect size for everyone, but these pillows add some fun and festivity to your house.  These are iron-on shapes - and have a fuzzy soft finish, like velveteen without the thickness.  We put the snowflake on the textured essex sparkly cotton linen canvas for some glitz - and this could easily take you through winter, not just the Christmas season. 




And of course - we have key fobs and zipper pouches and grocery/shopping bags with fabric choices galore so you can personalize your project for just about everyone and it's almost as easy to stitch up two (one to keep right?!) at a time so stop by for some inspiration and project fixin's!





Thursday, November 23, 2017

What's black and small and full of ....turkey?

Yep, that's us, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and soon to be stuffed from Turkey Thursday!  We have been watching the deluge of advertisements and enticements about all these calendar events and we really aren't ready to get up early and compete with big box stores for some combat consumption. 

Instead, we just want to say Thank-you for your business and friendship!  We have many things to be grateful for including our wonderful customers - Happy Thanksgiving!



We are closed Thursday and are open regular hours Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm.

In store special Friday, Saturday and Sunday ~ we're offering all of our SALE fabric at $5.00 per yard, one yard minimum cut. 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and that you have the opportunity to enjoy some quality time with family and friends and safe travels! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fresh Ideas and Fall Leaves

Check out the latest patterns from our local talent Stash Lab Quilts!  Congratulations Tonya on the logo update and new pattern release ~ we love the pressed leaves table runner at this time of year - and we even have a kit ready to go, so you really could get this done for an upcoming dinner celebration or hostess gift if you're lucky and have an invitation out!



Tonya and I met up last week for a quick quilt market recap and update on what's on her sewing table - we even hatched up a plan for something fun in 2018 so watch for news soon!

Ooooohhhh this is the new Liberty of London quilting cotton weight - not the typical london lawns but the familiar small florals!  Perfect for combining with some chambray or art gallery denim! 


Of course a few bold batiks could brighten up your sewing table too - the photo below shows just a few of what we added to the shelves.   


This Owl panel "Majestic Woods" from Hoffman Fabrics - has so much detail included you might be fooled into thinking it is one of their digitail prints - but it is regular screen printing.  Anyone needing a quilt for a woodsy cabin or something that pairs well with flannels - this combination would be perfect!



Happy Stitching -

Saturday, November 11, 2017

New Fabrics and Books

If you need a hit of warm and bright - here are some great florals and bold prints, fun motif's and whimsical animals - can't go wrong with any of these new fabrics.  

Freespirit


Michael Miller

Riley Blake
Riley Blake
And we've got the best mix of poison green, chrome yellow and mourning grays (lavendars) in subtle prints, the entire Jamestown collection from Windham, so there are several more prints in than those shown below.
Jamestown
And these great books have just landed on the shelves as well - a fun variety and sure to get you inspired for a new project.




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Quick Change


Well - what a difference a few days makes...we still have some residual snow from Friday, and I guess that means a changeover in the holiday decor and closet too.  We think this lovely faux fur infinity scarf is purrrfect for transitioning the seasons in style.  We've got a kit with instructions so you can grab and go - ready for the next round of blustery weather!



This new publication, Curated Quilts has alot of great photos, inspiration and perfect to snuggle up with for a lesiurely read when it's too cold and dark to go outside.  This will be a quarterly publication and would make a great gift for someone on your shopping list.




New yardage with some fresh florals will make it easy to start a new quilty project and the first two pictures below feature Alison Glass prints - a couple of lawns and a linen/cotton blend that would stitch up nicely into wearables.

Andover Alison Glass

Andover Alison Glass


Moda Tuppence 

And there is a bit of progress to share on the Pies & Tarts quilt - it has been under construction for so long now that maybe you thought it was a 2nd quilt...but slowly it is growing and I am a bit behind with the tarts, but I think the end is in sight.  Goal for 2017!

Pies and Tarts Update

This english paper pieced project designed by Sue Daley is a great project for travel and certainly has a wow factor that is hard to beat.  You can shop online for the paper pieces and starter fabric bundles if you want to whip one out just like ours!  Fat eighths and Starter Kits available here


Sloth Quilt
This fun jungle print features the latest animal of the moment - a lovely grey sloth!  There are a few other hidden creatures and the tiger and zebra  offer a brighter pop of color - great for a young animal lover!  

Stop by soon for  some fresh inspiration and a new fall sewing project.  Stay warm and Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Flannel Projects!

It's almost time for the temperatures outside to be a bit too close to freezing...and that means a flannel project is starting to sound pretty good!  We have some great bundles if you want to get a rag quilt project started.  We made this sample holiday-esqe rag quilt a few years ago and although we don't have these exact fabrics, we do have some great options - denim and gray colors or fun new plaid and tweed textures.  Let us help you choose a combination that will work for your decor. 



Christmas Rag Quilt
Link to instructions below:
How to Make a Rag Quilt

Or try a log cabin quilt block - this project can be as scrappy as you want to make it - we have some scrap bags of strips and squares you can supplement your scraps and get going on this cozy project now.  Since the seams can be a bit bulky with flannel - a log cabin block is a good choice.  



We have a bunch of flannel choices for the little ones - a few bright and bold choices along with this softer palette from Bunnyhill.  Great for receiving blankets and accessories! 


Burp Cloth Tutorial here


Mitered Corner Tutorial here

We've combined a bunch of different prints for grab-and-go receiving blanket options - these are a great alternative for an easy baby shower gift or an acquaintance who deserves a handmade gift - these are ideal to stitch up in a hurry or keep on reserve for a go-to gift item.  

Hope you're ready for some fall sewing! 



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New For the Stash!

Look at this glitzy cork fabric - it makes a great accent for a zipper pouch or bag! 


And to contrast with our gray skies - we have some bold prints from Freespirit Fabrics - a mixture of Philip Jacobs, Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mabley prints.  






We also have added some gorgeous new lawns, knits, denims and a few rayon prints as well.  These are great for wearables and the knits are fun additions for leggings, fingerless gloves & hats so you can mix and match your project choices.  The extra width for alot of these substrates also means a backing fabric that is soft and just wide enough you may not have to piece it.  Super soft and extra touchable - a knit swaddling blanket for a baby or a quilt backing of cotton lawn. 

We also have vinyl fuse - the easy way to add a waterproof finish to create your own laminate - perfect to line a cosmetic bag or lunch bag but still use your favorite fabric! 





A couple of new collections - this one from Moda, Hushabye includes a few brushed cotton prints and charm squares and the woodsy creatures are super cute!  This is a special one so you may want to stock up for when the time is right. 


Some bright and wild motifs on this collection "Neptune and the Mermaid" - these are unique prints and offer some great fussy cutting potential. 




And a bit calmer palette - but still an amazing range of colors that can be enhanced with pops of teal, ochre and aqua....this would be a great combination for table toppers that add color without dictating a particular style with specific motifs. 


Lots of great fabrics to get your projects off to a great start!