Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Three Yard Quilts

Some of our favorite quilts are simple, 3-yard quilt projects. A great beginning quilt for new quilters, or a refreshing project after a long and detailed quilt. This project can be whatever you want it to be! We have curated combinations ready to go, or come in and pick three of your favorite fabrics. Its versatility allows for mixing and matching - a variety of pattern designs and only 3 fabrics, mean you won't get overwhelmed making decisions.   

Along with our curated bundles, we have several patterns that work specifically with 3 yard quilts.  These projects are great for stash busting too if you have some feature fabric cuts - all you need is a couple of supporting fabrics.  Below are two pattern options that we have in stock! 

Boxes and Bows
Pattern by Donna Robertson for Fabric Cafe 

Stepping Stones 
Pattern by Donna Robertson for Fabric Cafe

If you need a quick gift, or want to want to add a splash of something new to your holiday decor - these are great options and are well suited in size to quilting at home on a domestic machine.  You can get these accomplished and start enjoying them right away!  

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Reuse and reduce!

After all our sewing and stitching projects, once our thread has run out....what to do with empty cones and spools? All that waste can beg the question, how can we find ways to be more eco-friendly? 

Well, Superior Threads went ahead and answered our question! In a recent blog post, they share different ways to reuse spools and cones. 

Some of our favorites are:
  • Reusing empty thread cones by wrapping your binding around a cone! 
  • Repurposing them to be Christmas decorations! 
For more tips, visit their website here

For quilters who are trying to be more eco-friendly in their sewing practices, Two Thimbles does carry YLI quilting thread, typically used for hand quilting, that comes on a wooden spool.  

Another thread favorite, Aurifil is taking measures to be an environmentally conscious company. They have partnered with an organization whose main objective is to eliminate plastic in our oceans. Though their spools and cones are still plastic based, Aurifil is taking measures to help eliminate their plastic use! To learn more about their efforts, visit their website here

We recycle plastic wrap that encloses new fabric bolts shipped from several companies as well as the empty cardboard bolts.  We'd like to see more fabric companies skip the plastic wrap - one of our points to bring up at quilt market this year in Houston when I mingle with fabric reps and company owners!  

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

1800's Fabric Collection

Our 1800's Reproduction fabric room features a new display! See the connection between antique machinery including antique sewing machines and fabric from the same time period! From 1898, Montgomery Ward & Co. had a ten-year warranty on their sewing machines. This new display is brought to us by Jane, who shared this combination of vintage and salvaged items at the Farm and Tractor show this past summer. Come take a look!  It's fun to compare some of these original antique fabrics with what's on our shelves today...!  

1898 advertisement from Montgomery Ward & Co.

A few of our latest fabrics in the photo above from designers Jo Morton and Pam Budda that were recently added to the 1800's shelves!  

Monday, October 21, 2019

Skill building classes!

We have a few spots left in a couple of our skill-building classes that are just around the corner!  

 If you have some lingering projects to finish but have been hesitant to tackle the binding this Better Binding class with Jo will get you on your way!  

And - perfect for travel, rainy days and 'on location' sewing - learn hand work skills in this Beginning Hand-piecing class so that you don't ever have to stop sewing!  Sharon will cover the basics, offer some tips on tools and techniques and even get you started drafting your own templates!

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 collection 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.