Saturday, October 19, 2019

Did You Know?!

Did you know that you can reserve the 2T Classroom?  Yep, you sure can!  For $5 per stitcher (groups of 3 or more) reserve the day and you can hold a stitching retreat with your friends in our expanded (and now air-conditioned for those warm summer days) classroom space.  

We've got some flexible table space, the same great design walls...and a few comments that we've even turned up the lights!  It's nice to spend the day stitching with friends, get away from household and family obligations and not have to pack your overnight bag! 

Reservations and deposit are required to ensure we've got the space you need.   Call the shop or email to check availability and to reserve your next sew date!

Where everybody knows your name!?  A group of happy 2T "regulars" working on their UFOs and WIPs.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ready for Fall!

One of our favorite quilter's and master of fall decor, Betsy Chutchian, has been posting on her Instagram some of her favorite Halloween displays. 

Take a look below! 

For all the pumpkin spice lovers, this is how I like it. ๐ŸŽƒ not in coffee, desserts, anything. I’m sure I’m in the minority here. Give me pumpkins and jack o’lanterns ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ Swipe for a closer look. Hard to photograph ๐Ÿ‘ป Treasures from friends including hand painted bowl by my very talented friend @marilyn_mowry ๐Ÿ‘ป Cold this morning after the 90’s yesterday. Hailstorm last night as cold front blew in. Today’s mug shot is on Licorice Whip in Just Treats, No Tricks with a nod to International Day of the Girl. Who knows what she capable of achieving. Super powers, hopes, and dreams lie beneath the costume she wears. ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿค”๐Ÿงก ๐Ÿ•ธ ๐Ÿ•ธ ๐Ÿ•ธ #decoratingforhalloween #pumpkinjack #tismyseason #justtreatsnotricksbook #betsychutchian
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She's getting us inspired! We found some of our own Halloween favorites! Curated bundles and fabulous black, purple and orange pairings, and some favorite Halloween projects. 
We wish October lasted longer! 

Come and take a look at our Fall picks before the holiday is over! 

Hocus Pocus Quilt
Fundamentally Fun Placemats
"EEK!" By Tracy Souza

A spooky panel from Andover Fabrics
Seasonal fabrics! Fat quarters and precuts available, too! 

Monday, October 14, 2019

New Fabric Additions

We've been diving deep into quilting season with tons of new fabric! With a few contemporary designs, we're excited for all the possibilities new fabric brings us. Come to the shop to take a look or give us a call! 

Make Today Awesome for Clothworks
Make it Snow for Clothworks
Bubble Pop by American Jane for Moda
Narrow Off The Grid for P&B Textiles
Ebb and Flow by Janet Clare for Moda
Restocked! Northwest for Riley Blake Designs
Apollo 11 The Eagle Has Landed for Riley Blake Designs 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Lucy Boston Sample and New Reproduction Fabrics

One of our 2T regulars, Evelyn, has loaned another quilt to enhance our shop displays!  We appreciate her amazing workmanship and productivity and generosity in sharing her results with us!  

This EPP project - based on the original Lucy Boston quilt - is all about the fabric!  We love all the different combination of reproduction fabrics, the varying color coordinations are beautiful and each block is unique and special. A closer look at the quilt itself shows Evelyn spent lots of time fussy cutting. We're excited to have this quilt on display, come take a look! Get some inspiration for your next project, perhaps? 

Also new to our reproduction room....more fabric! We have the brand new County Clare collecting designed by Karen Styles.  This line includes the gorgeous focal panel (1.25 yards, each block is 8.5 inches).  This is going to be showcased in lots of projects and we can't wait for Karen's upcoming Quiltmania book.  Now is the time to embrace some broderie perse applique I'm thinking!   

We've also added the Moire collection by Di-Ford for Andover which are some wonderful textural solids that would be a fabulous addition to any stash, but these colors are made for combining with reproduction fabrics and we haven't seen anything quite like them... 

County Clare by Karen Styles for Marcus Fabrics

Moire by Di-Ford from Andover 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Hope's Journey Update

Our Hope's Journey class has been meeting for nine months now and we only have a few more class dates left! Hope's Journey is Betsy Chutchian's most recent book, it focuses on classic blocks, reproduction quilts and stories of pioneer days. We've loved seeing our fellow quilters create a new mini quilt each month, and work towards a bigger quilt adding blocks each month.  Take a look at some of the projects over these past nine months! 

We have everything you need to start your own Hope's Journey! Come take a look at the book and 2T curated small quilt kits for each chapter thus far. 

Class WIP
Chapter 2 
Chapter 6
Chapter 8: 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fun Fabrics!

We've said it before, and we'll say it again... we love all things fabric!! We have some new additions that illustrate how much we appreciate variety.  Stop by and take a look!

Fox and Friends


Kokka Linen/Cotton Canvas

Banyan Batiks
Restocked!!  Dogs from Timeless Treasures
Designs by Kaffe for Free Spirit 
Pretty much all the projects are possible with this mix up of fabric options!  Hope you're inspired to sew all the things....or at least start a new project.  

Monday, September 30, 2019

Upcoming classes

Classes in session! We have a few more classes coming up this fall. Come learn some new skills or advance the ones you already have! 

Walking Foot with Tonya Alexander

Come and take a walk on the wild side - of machine quilting!  We'll explore all the ins and outs of quilting with a walking foot on your domestic machine and go beyond the tried and true stitch in the ditch.  Topics include basting, set-up, and design decisions as well as several techniques to use walking foot quilting in your projects.  We'll sample match sticky, wavy echo, big spiral, and others.  Learn more details here. ONE spot left!  Call the shop to enroll. 

Better Binding with Jo Baner

You selected the most fabulous fabrics, pieced to perfection your quilt top and quilted a masterpiece!  Now what?!  You gotta bind your baby....that's what!  Jo's going to be back in the 2T classroom to not only help you put the finishing touches on your project but she will also share her tips, tricks and techniques for better binding.  Learn double fold, bias and machine binding in this 3 hour session.  Visit our website for more information. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Arlo Quilt Project WIP

Are you a fan of Carolyn Friedlander's work?  We are...and we love the color palette of this latest collection "Instead"!  It's a perfect combination of vibrant tones and a mixture of textures with the addition of Essex cotton and linen blends.  Kami's work-in-progress is coming along quickly - she opted for machine piecing this project.  

We've got fat quarter bundles and patterns in stock.  You can also choose english paper piecing or hand piecing construction methods - Carolyn has templates available to support multiple construction methods too - this pattern design is versatile!    

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Latest Additions

We've always got new fabric rolling in.  Sometimes it's basics and neutrals sometimes it's restocking the color-wall, and sometimes, it's just lovely colors and textures!  We like it all so a mixture of styles and fabric types are what makes for a great day at Two Thimbles.  

Batiks by Hoffman 
Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics
Braveheart by Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics
Evergreen by Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics

Shelbyville by Jo Morton for Moda
Sometimes the color palette feels spot on with our current weather and season - like these Evergreen and Shelybville groups.  We hope you're ready for some fall sewing!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Little Projects

As fall approaches we're updating our go-to project lists. In addition to our quilting we've been looking at small projects we can work on when we need a break from our long-term projects or need a quick gift item for a special event. Take a look at some of our favorite little projects! 

Keychain Wallets 
Never again leave your home without your wallet! This little project is awesome for those who like fussy cutting or quick sewing! Fabric Mutt provides a free tutorial, click here to access it. 
Mitered Napkins
The hard part is choosing only one fabric, so mix and match napkins is one way to go!  These make great housewarming gifts and are prefect for the hostess that has everything!  These mitered napkins are an easy rainy-day project and satisfying to stack up for gifting.  Any of our fabrics will work wonderfully for these and we've got some fun and funky choices to personalize your options!   

Project Bags
A fabulous gift for the quilters in your life, or yourself! These project bags help to organize your project components and set you up for on-the-go stitching!  The front is vinyl making it easy to view the contents on the project bag. We used a variety of our favorite French General fabrics for these bags shown above.  

Waxed Canvas Go Green Bag
The Waxed Canvas Go Bag is a modified version of the Go Green Bag we've used for years - the addition of waxed canvas makes it more durable and perfect for fall weather.  It also features longer handles we find more versatile.  It's a great way to stay eco-friendly and satisfy every stitcher's project list.

Easy Folded Hotpad
Whether for seasonal or everyday use, these hotpads only take 3 fabrics, 1/4 yd each. The pattern features hotpads, coasters or ornaments!  A fabulous Christmas gift for those gift exchanges and extended family members you never know what to get?

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Fabulous and Bright fabrics!

We've got a fun variety of new fabrics hitting the shelves this month.  Lots of options for all kinds of sewing - kids quilts, wearables, some home dec projects - what creative ideas do these fabrics spark for you?!
Safari Life by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda

Grove by Makower UK Fabrics

Wild Berry by Alexander Henry Fabircs 

Frida's Garden by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Second Nature by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics

Vibrant Blooms by Shannon Newlin for Free Spirit Fabrics

Happy Stitching!