Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Semi-Annual Clearance Sale Summer 2019

We're offering a special sale for our favorite customers-- You! Our semi-annual Clearance Sale is an incredible opportunity to get your hands on some great deals. Various stock items will be going for as much as 75% off. Stop by to find your next project.

Sale starts Thursday, regular business hours 10-6pm

Monday, July 29, 2019

All Hallows Eve minus the pumpkins and chocolate!

We've recently brought in some deliciously spooky fall-appropriate fabric for your next Halloween quilt! The All Hallow's Eve collection from Fig Tree & Co. for Moda has a lovely blend of muted grays, blacks, and pumpkin orange...not a pumpkin in sight and yet perfect for a festive fall project.  You can always have your pumpkin and chocolate on the side right?!

Check out this list of free patterns from Moda here to find the perfect project.

If you want to get your stitching done in time to display this fall...now is the time to get started!  We have some wool applique and embroidery projects and loads of our favorite fabrics to inspire you.  

EEK! pattern by Plumcute Desings
Harvest Blessing pattern by Heart to Hand

Cherish pattern designed by Villa Rosa
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Mew / Newman Workshop Recap!

Highlights from our visit with Margaret Mew and Judy Newman

The much anticipated workshops with the Australian contingent held in June were great fun and it's been exciting to see and hear about continued progress on some of the projects started in class.  We had a wonderful time with this team and they had stacks of quilts to share with us!  Thanks so much to our customers who attended this event...we appreciate your support and recognition of these ladies talent and skills.  We were even joined by a dedicated long distance student who arrived from Australian too!

Rosa B by Margaret Mew
We not only had 3 days of workshops with this team - but we also put the ladies to work the moment they arrived in Bellingham with an impromptu trunk show for some of our local stitchers that happened to be spending some quality time at their LQS!  Judy and Margaret also had time to peruse our shelves and came up with some fun fabric selections for starter kits for a few of their quilt projects.  It is almost like they'll be watching over your shoulder as you work on one of these quilts!

We have a few patterns and starter kits available for the Cleland Coverlet and the Indiana Medallion - including hand-picked fabrics by Margaret!  Give the shop a call or send us an email if you're interested.  We have the EPP coffin shapes in stock as well to finish up the Cleland.  
Cleland Coverlet by Margaret Mew

Indiana Medallion by Margaret Mew

Judy isn't a fan of dark colors, so you'll see a distinct shift in color palette with her fabric picks for Emma Mary and County Claire (shown below).  We have the fabric starter packs, acrylic templates for County Claire, and a couple of patterns with the EPP shapes for Emma Mary - give us a call or email and we'll get you set up!  

County Claire by Judy Newman

Judy at work!
We did our best to show these ladies a good time while here in Bellingham, a bit of touring and some outside summer dining, sweetened the deal with our favorite treats and a fabric fix....we may see these ladies back at a future date if their travel schedules permit!  Until next time...

Monday, July 22, 2019

Christmas in July!

We're celebrating Christmas in July with the latest holiday fabric and fun gifts!

If you're a person who starts counting down the days to the holiday season as early as possible, we've got the fabrics for you! Now that the sun is out, we're feeling festive and bringing in several new holiday-themed lines from Moda, Cotton and Steel, and Andover Fabrics. Whether you like to go a more classic route or opt for something a bit more fun, we've got plenty of styles to choose from! We also have some great Christmas-y kits and patterns that would make a great holiday project. 

Christmas Hexagon Stars by Jane Buys
Paper pieces and fabrics available for purchase

Splendid by Robin Pickens for Moda
Waku Waku Christmas from Cotton & Steel and 12 days of Christmas
Mistletoe from Andover Fabric 

Forest Frost Glitter Favorites by Moda

Ruff Life
Gorgeous Holiday quilt kit that makes a perfect size throw quilt and coordinating yardage from 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics.   How many projects are on your holiday sewing list now?!  

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Arlo Quilt Club

Arlo Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander
All photos courtesy of Carolyn Friedlander

Arlo Quilt Club

Are you a fan of Carolyn Friedlander's projects and overall style?  We are enamored with her latest fabric collection 'Instead' showcased perfectly in the Arlo Quilt!  Fabric bundles will be arriving any day now and we are ready to get this project started.  We'll be hosting a four-session sew-along to create the Arlo quilt, Carolyn's modern take on a classic hexagon. 

Arlo Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander
All photos courtesy of Carolyn Friedlander

This is not a how-to class, rather we're offering a guided sew-along for stitching and conversation. Although general sewing skills and ability will be required, the Two Thimbles team will be stitching along with you, and provide support and consultation.  Come together with like-minded stitchers for a fun opportunity to create a beautiful modern quilt in a group setting and channel some Friedlander style. This is a customizable project, so quilters can choose from several different project sizes ranging from a mini quilt to a traditional throw size. This project was designed to allow for various construction methods too - you can machine piece, hand piece or English Paper Piece this project - so pick your favorite style of working.  

Club members will receive half-off the participation fee with the purchase of Carolyn's curated fat quarter bundles from Two Thimbles. 

Instead Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander
All photos courtesy of Carolyn Friedlander

The $50 participation fee includes four sessions and the pattern for the Arlo quilt. Join us every third Thursday beginning in August (8/15/19) from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m for this fun activity!  Give us a call or stop by the shop soon to register.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New Fabric - All the options!

We have been unpacking boxes and enjoying all the variety of fabric options - polka dots aren't for everyone so we like to have choices!  Holiday fabrics will be appearing soon...and just remember Halloween is right around the corner!  

Stacks by Marcia Derse

Good Vibes Only

Regency Sussex
The fussy cutting an broderie perse options for both of these large scale prints are pretty endless - lots of colors to blend with all your fabrics!
Rochester by Di Ford and Charlotte by Michelle Yeo

Rochester and Charlotte

We have a few fat quarter bundles available and the full line in stock of this fabulous group by Margo Krager for Washington Street Studios....anyone else been waiting patiently for another Dargate collection?  These aren't available on the website yet, but we'll add them as soon as we can (provided doesn't disappear too fast)... give us a call and we can get something set aside for you!  

Dargate Jellies by Margo Krager

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

What's new?

What's new at Two Thimbles?

Although it may not feel like it here in Bellingham, summer is in full swing! We've been working on some fun projects and bringing in products designed to make the summer sewing process as smooth as can be, to keep you cool under the sun (or clouds!).

On our summer reading list:

We have several new publications that would be a great addition to your beach bag.  We recently received "Hidden Treasures: Quilts from 1600 to 1860" by Lori Lee and Kay Triplett. It's a lovely book full of rarely seen creations from the pre-Civil War era.

The newest Quiltmania addition is also now available. This book is entitled "Labors of Love" and highlights quilts created by the Secret Sewing Sisters. And if you're looking for something a little more unique, "Blended Embroidery" by Brian Haggard might be the right choice for you. It's a book that covers repurposing old textiles to create new treasures.

The Wildflower Cushion pattern was created by one of our recent teachers, Margaret Mew. Margaret is an Australian quilter who came to visit our store last month.

Our newest 3-Yard quilt design! Perfect for the kiddos in your life.

Some of our favorite notions that have recently found a place in our shop. We especially like the needle storage tubes which use a magnet to fan out sewing needles for super convenient selection.  Hope you have a great time checking out the local quilt shops where-ever your summer travels take you.  Come back and tell us about any new treasures you discover that have you excited to sew! 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Closed July 4th

We are closed Thursday July 4th to enjoy the day with family and friends.  We hope you find time to relax and stitch!  We'll be open regular hours on Friday! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Summer roadtrip essentials

Projects to take on your next road trip!

This boxy pouch is the perfect travel bag for any summer road trip. Use this compact little bag as a place to store makeup, toiletries, or any other gear that you need on hand. Choose a print that pops and get stitching! Free pattern available here.  The Riley Blake "Washington" fabric is the perfect remembrance for your summer visit or a great going away gift for someone leaving the state too!

Stitch your way across the USA!  Another great idea from Laundry Basket Quilts:  Use this linen panel as the foundation for your beautiful embroidery stitches, maybe applique a piece of fabric from favorite quilt shops visited during your travels or a piece of foam board as backing would allow for pins to mark where you've been and where you're headed....the possibilities are endless!

Keep your bags distinguishable with this super cute luggage tag. We've got basic instructions to complete this tag with your next purchase of cork or kraft tex - perfect combination to go with any fabric choice!  Make it for your own bag or gift one to a friend for the perfect travel gift.