Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fall Classes in the Queue

We've got a few classes still in the works, but wanted to start spreading the word on these sessions on the calendar so far.  We look forward to reclaiming our classroom - a bit less 'sweat shop' and more creative space is the goal for the fall sewing season!  You can register online or stop by the shop - we hope you are inspired to join us and make something!    

                                                            Scrap Science Club 
                                                              Tonya Alexander 

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 September 29th, October 27th, and November 17th 2018
                                                                 10:00am - 2:00pm

Fee: $90.00
Level:  Confident Beginner

Caorl's WIP

Jean's One of a Kind

Imagine Your Design 

with Jane Buys

Create your own project and build a quilt during this 6-month class series combining multiple techniques (applique, English paper piecing, patchwork, etc.)!  Start with what inspires you; a vintage quilt, fabulous fabric, or a special focal block and then design a unique project as-you-go.  Class time will include show and tell and individual consultation with guidance for design possibilities.  Inspiration and motivation to help you personalize and design a quilt that's just as you envision it!    

3rd Tuesday of each month for six months beginning October 16, 2018.  
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Class-Series fee: $60  

8-Point Star 
with Jane Buys


Join Jane for this 3 month series where she'll share her tips and tricks for combining points and assembly methods for the sometimes-tricky-to-tackle 8-point star!  This class allows you to choose your own pattern and design (Carpenter's Star, Lone Star or Le Moyne Star are some examples) and construction method (hand stitch, machine stitch or English techniques).   This class is appropriate for quilters with some prior handwork experience.    

Last Wednesday of each month for three months beginning September 26, 2018.  
10:00am - 12:30pm
Class-Series fee: $45 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Which one of these is not like the others?

Not really a fair question when we are so obvious about our favorite time of year right?  We have received a few new prints, released by Jaftex as the new owners of the Freespirit company designers, the Orchid print below is one of them. 
Orchids Blue by Kaffe Fassett
And as we prepare for fall, there is the good and the bad.  We look forward to some cooler and wetter weather (perfect for sewing?), and yikes! school activities start next week...but then, these fabulous fabrics start rolling in and it seems like the right thing.  If you want some great seasonal table toppers, pillow cases or other festive projects, now is the time. 
Me & My Ghoul Friends 

Haunted Lotions & Potions by Alexander Henry

Haunted House by Alexander Henry

Haunting by Renee Nanneman
Harvest Moon by Renee Nanneman
Hope you have some ideas for fall sewing projects!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Upcoming Show

Some of our quilting friends from North of the border are gearing up for a big show....

Save the date for some modern quilts on display in a great venue!  Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th.  You can see more details about the show on their  website.

Friday, August 10, 2018

New Fabric and Versatile Batiks

We have used this straight forward, quick to piece pattern by Villa Rosa designs more than a few times, and each time it looks like a new quilt!  This one features some dark navy and plum tones that appear darker in the photo and are more vibrant in person.  It makes a perfect throw size quilt and we are happy to help select a custom mix of colors if you have a specific someone on your list!

Intrigue Quilt 

We are always sprinkling in a few fabulous batiks that would make great centerpieces to build a project around.  These are just a few of our latest additions, shown below.  

New Batik
These glorious florals work well in combinations, highlighted with a few subdued prints and solids or featured solo for a summer tote bag.  It's hard to choose a favorite!
Anna Marie Horner

Something Blue by Laundry Basket Quilts

Paris Postcards for Timeless Treasures
This elephant print is back in stock, but disappearing quickly!  

Caravan Elephant
Our latest addition to the reproduction fabric collection from Windham fabrics features a unique combination of clear and crisp charcoal greys with pink to rose red.  A nice mix of motifs and scale change this will work in well for a scrappy quilt or featured in a lightweight summer throw.

Sussex by Nancy Gere for Windham Fabrics

Friday, August 3, 2018

What to make next?

The list of just what to make next is getting longer, not shorter...how about for you?  We just received a few new, perfect for wearables, substrates to add to our growing collection.  The black and white/cream Kokka fabrics are super light weight in sateen and lawn - a simple shirt for this hot weather seems like a good idea!  The solids are the brussels washer linen, a blend of linen and rayon that is drapey and soft after washing.  Great for cool pants and dresses.

Of course the rayon fabrics would look amazing in the Charlie pattern, shown below....

And once the weather cools - this jacket in the Outback Wife bark cloth is going to be a staple item.  This pattern is a pdf download that was fun to stitch up - it is the Sapporo Coat from Paper Cut Patterns.

We think this little knit sleeper would be pretty comfy - maybe it wouldn't be so cute in adult size, but we're tempted!  Pajama/lounge pants in these soft knits or in the rayon prints would be pretty awesome too. You can find the free pattern for this newborn sleeper from stitched-together - we've linked it on our pinterest board Just follow This Link

Knit Newborn Sleeper

This Range Backpack is heading off to school this fall with someone special - don't think she'll have to worry about finding her bag in amongst all the boring solid color bags out there!  The Noodlehead patterns have great instructions and diagrams - great references for all the hardware and they are rewarding to put together.  I used some of the navy blue cork on the base of this bag for some added durability and texture.

Hope your summer days include something fun to sew!