Monday, January 14, 2019

Save the date! Margaret Mew & Judy Newman

We've got big news! Incredible quilt-extraordinaires, Margaret Mew and Judy Newman, will be visiting Two Thimbles this summer all the way from Australia. Margaret and Judy are both published authors and experts in their craft. We're thrilled to host them for three days of workshops and learning opportunities. Check out Judy's website here and Margaret's here.

You won't want to miss this! Mark your calendars and get excited; we'll be releasing more information soon.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 What's New?

We're starting the new year out right - project ideas galore, some goals for getting organized and for finishing up a few WIP's...and maybe trying something new?  Does that sound familiar?

YLI Hand Quilting Thread
Kantha cloth from Windham Fabrics

Hoffman Fabrics - College Favorites
Getting organized wool felt containers
We are done wrapping gifts, and have moved on to year-end paperwork and inventory tasks.  Can't wait to check that off the to-do list and start making!  We look forward to the new year and want to know what you'll be making in 2019.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Classes in the New Year


Walking Foot with Tonya Alexander

Come and take a walk on the wild side - of machine quilting!  We'll explore the ins and outs of quilting with the walking foot on your domestic machine and go way beyond 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-stick, wavy echo, big spiral and many more.  Two dates to choose from: 
Sunday, January 27th, 2019
Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Beginning Piecing with Jo Baner

I think the only thing better than receiving a lovingly, handmade quilt is giving one!  If you like to sew but have yet to try your hand at quilt making, now is the time!  Learn accurate and safe rotary cutting, color value, pressing vs. ironing, accurate 1/4" seam allowance and other quilt-piecing-basics in this two-part class with local artist and instructor, Jo Baner.  This two-part introduction to quilt piecing will have you well on your way to a completed quilt top and ready for more quilting activities!  Two 2-part sessions to choose from:
Saturday, February 2nd & 9th, 2019
Thursday, March 7th & 14th, 2019

Photo from Visible Mending by Jenny Cardon

Mindful Mending with Kami Quessenberry

Learn to creatively repair and refresh your items that need mending in this class guided by Jenny Cardon's book, "Visible Mending".  You will learn stitchery and embroidery techniques
that are great for revamping or repairing your favorite denim, sweaters and more.
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Speed Dating with Improv with Krista Hennebury

We're thrilled to host talented and published author, Krista Hennebury for a unique class.  Krista will be coming down from British Columbia for the day to share her expertise and creative energy.  Think of this class as speed dating with fast paced, fun improvisational piecing techniques that include curves and free-cutting.  Several techniques are introduced and demonstrated one after the other with very little time to second guess, stress or obsess over perfection.  Every student will end up with a unique, original quilt!
Friday, March 8, 2019

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 you project but will share her tips, tricks and techniques for better binding.  Learn double fold, bias and machine binding in this 3 hour session.
Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Friday, January 4, 2019

Welcome 2019 with new fabric!

We don't want our creative spirit to go a day without new fabric for inspiration right?

Ikats from In the Beginning

Freespirit English Garden by Anna Maria Horner

Freespirit Savernake Road by Monika Forsberg
Jen Kingwell for Moda
We've got some fun projects and a trunk show coming up - you'll be looking at cotton toweling in a whole new way!  We're adding new colors to our selection - and it's not just for kitchen towels anymore....
Moda Toweling

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Circa 1880 Club

We'd love to have a few more participants in our Circa 1880 Club - have you read all about it on the Heartspun Quilts website or perhaps seen what other shops are posting about it?  Of course there are lots of ways to participate from which projects to sew and how many blocks to make!  Trading blocks will be a fun option if you want to expand your scrappy quilt beyond your stash and of course, you will be a master at small block piecing by the time this project is complete.  

This new program is based around some tiny blocks....made into a big quilt!  Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts has designed this project with a master plan for one big scrappy quilt and 6 smaller exclusive projects to create over the course of a year.  You could turn your blocks into smaller projects or arrange them in a different setting.  Club members will have some additional perks like access to a private Facebook Group hosted by Pam Buda, some special guest speakers and product demos....a bit of fabric history and fun project sharing.  

If you choose to participate in the monthly block trades, each participant will have trading standards and use the same setting fabric so you'll have some consistency for your blocks while adding variety.  Lots of options for how many blocks will be traded, and we can even register to swap with other participating shops!

The project is designed to be created a bit at a time - Pam advocates for an hour a day - so you really can work this into your existing projects and enjoy the fun of fussy cutting fabrics, trading blocks and sharing the process with some like-minded reproduction fabric enthusiasts.  What's not to love?!

Pam's Quilt Market booth