Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

We are closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day!

Just a reminder the Ski to Sea Parade starts at Noon on Saturday, and there is limited access to the shop for a few hours.  We'll be here before and after the Parade - so plan your timing and route accordingly tomorrow.  If you're out and about participating in the race or enjoying the event as an observer have a great long weekend!  

This is our last open Sunday until the rainy season hits again...which in theory starts again after Labor Day, but our weather doesn't always cooperate with our sewing plans right?    

Here is a variation on a coins quilt - we were inspired by one from Humble Quilts when Lori was in town for a lecture at one of our local guilds.  We stitched up a variety of random strips in black, red, claret and shades of blue and had a bit of fun with the sashing strips and mixing fabrics from scraps with a new charm pack featuring vintage shirting and dress prints designed by Barbara Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studios.  Perfect use for a quilt following a patriotic theme as this line of fabric is grown, spun, woven and printed in the USA.  We have some fabric starter kits as well as the charm pack shown.  If you're interested in more details about our quilt or the bundles, give us a call or stop by the shop.

We yelled and cried and carried on and Marcus Brothers heard all about it...the centennial solid fabric in Cheddar is BACK!  We are thrilled and really appreciate that our fabric rep and the company listened - hope this makes your day too.  

And lastly - these hand-dyed twill weave flannels need a new home...they are great paired with wool for applique projects and we've used them on the back of a few of our sample quilts.  Some have more varigation in the color shading than others so you have to see them unrolled for a better idea.  $6.00 / yard til they're gone!  

We hope you  have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.  June is on it's way!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Fabrics

This great cobalt colored background is bright and a gorgeous contrast for the parrot tulips scattered across it.
Spring Glory by Northcott Studio
Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
We've started a collection of Carolyn Friedlander fabrics - beginning with some of the basics, and we'll add in some of the latest prints in the future.  These are great fun to mix-in with a variety of print styles.

And we've added more to the Cotton and Steel collection - these are some fun black and white prints. Great to combine with others or use for a strong contrast and background print.  Can't go wrong with these basics.  

Black and White by Cotton + Steel

Nordic by Camelot Fabrics

As a reminder, we will be closed during the parade on Saturday May 28th  and Sunday May 29th will be our last Sunday before we switch over to our summer schedule (Closed Sundays!).

Hope to see you soon for some summer sewing projects.

Friday, May 13, 2016

New, New and New!

We are excited to be offering some new classes this summer and fall and we're busy working out the details.  We're getting the word out early for this one so you can put it on your fall sewing calendar.  Yep, that's right, the rain will be back one of these days!  Check out this new class (we're working on more so check our website for updates), and our latest new projects...and new fabrics too!

Structural Improv with Krista Hennebury

Do you quilt under the influence of traditional methods and rules?  Do you thrive on pointy points and perfectly square corners but secretly wish you could embrace the creative freedom of this wonky, improvisational business? If your answer is yes, then this class is for you!  Starting with 5” charm squares, Krista will teach you her fun and fast piecing method that utilizes your traditional piecing and rotary cutting skills to create wonky strip units.  There’s no pre-cutting of random strips, no stack ‘n whack, no free-cutting with scissors; she provides a relaxed, fun and encouraging environment where students explore ideas and design their own original quilt.   Krista will bring several examples of quilts made with this piecing technique. Follow one of her samples (pattern included), or create your own design.

Saturday, October 1st
Sunday, October 2nd
10 am to 4:30 pm

Class Fee: $125 for two-day workshop
Stop by the shop and register or sign-up online here

Our latest quilt for the little ones combines brights and soft shades with some animals from the Serengeti - the usual antelope, elephant, etc. A great pattern from Villa Rosa designs that works well for this stripe feature fabric.  The projects features a few prints from the Serengeti Beasties fabric line from Clothworks.   

And no day is complete without some new fabrics don't you agree?  Here are some 1800's reproduction basics - in all the best colors - cheddar is the new black I'm thinking.  

Sampler 2 by Julie Hendricksen for Windham Fabrics
Hope your summer plans are shaping up with time for a few sewing projects! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

What are you making?

We are still getting re-organized after the Carolyn Konig workshops, and missing the great quilt we've had on display in the classroom for a few months.  We do have a few of the bundles left of fat-eighths that Carolyn selected with the Waddington Charm quilt in mind - of course they would work for any scrappy project that you had in mind, with a great mix of motif styles and soft colors.    
We have one more paper foundation class coming up on the 21st with Leslie - the color combinations are endless and it is a great way to try your hand and build your skills at paper piecing and scrap quilting!  These are the modern mini's featuring patterns from Sassafras Lane.

Check out the variation Mary stitched up from one of the earlier classes - we think it's pretty fun!

Here is a snap of the quilt market booth from Art Gallery Fabrics featuring the collection of Forest Floor fabrics which has just arrived - we have some projects underway so we'll have samples soon.  A unique color palette and fun motif's that work for both quilts and wearables.  

Forest Floor by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
The latest edition of the Quilt Sampler magazine has arrived - and it's not too late to put on your creative hat and join the stitch panel challenge.  The deadline for projects is May 23rd, and you only have to use one portion of the panel in your project so you really have some great options!  We've seen a hint or two of fabric combinations but no big unveilings just yet!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Color Club/Leaves and Vine

We have this fun and bright quilt hanging up behind the counter, it is a project from the Sunday Morning Quilts book which we have used for various store projects and scrap control planning!  This one includes some old and new fabrics combining fabric right off the shelves with others from our scrap bin!  A lot of fun to create and we mixed it with some bright leaves done up in wool with a bit of extra stitching for fun.  This project could work in a lot of different color palettes, and you can certainly have a great time playing!  We have some inspiration fat quarter fabric bundles and kits ready to go if you are looking for a new project.
Leaves and Vine 2T version from Sunday Morning Quilts Book
And since we are leaning to the bright side - check out this Aqua bundle of fun!

Just in time for Mother's Day gift-giving, we are introducing our first Color Club Bundle! Individual fabrics may vary, but the photos above should give you an idea of the beautiful fabric combinations you can expect. Each month, we will create bundles within a unique color theme...this month it is Aqua! Each bundle comes with 8 fat quarters, and we even packaged up a few in festive gift boxes. Pick them up individually, or we can sign you up to receive a new bundle each month!

And - there is nothing better than seeing your name in print right?  Two Thimbles is listed on the Sweetwater fabric that has perhaps just a few of your favorite shops listed?  Surely to be a fabric collectors staple.  
Volume II by Sweetwater for Moda

A few new Australian prints have been added to the mix, we've restocked a few of the favorites too!
New Australian Prints