Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My mom would have called it "Playing Possom"


Hello Everyone,
Spring is soooo in the air, you can almost taste it. It has been pretty warm in the store and we have been opening the door to help cool it down.  Gosh, even this last weekend at home I had the windows open. It was really nice. Even the icky tree in my backyard is leafing out as well as the bush in the corner that my son keeps trying to kill. (Whacks the darn thing down to almost nothing, thinking oh darn.....I've over done it this time and killed it! But no, it just grows back in no time.) Well it is leafing out as well. Fair to say....Spring has sprung! Ohhhh and while I was outside taking the picture (below) of the ever deepening hole. It smelled so fragrant outside. All the Spring blossoms, yummy. I noticed the neighbor had laundry hanging out on the line. A sure sign of Spring! I would have taken a picture but I thought they might think it was weird that someone was taking a picture of their laundry ,or worse , who the weirdo was that was taking a picture of their laundry.

Ok, work with me here. I've kept my promise...... I have barely kept a teeny weeny bear peek of an eye on the building site across the street. Well.....did you read the email that just went out? Yes, real digging should be happening very soon! I think my strategy is working.......Just sayin. I know there hasn't been any back hoes over there. But see for yourself. It seems a little deeper to me. I sorta thought the guy that did the work in the fall left it a bit flatter than this.

See what I mean, Still feels like diggings been happening. I know it's hopeful thinking on my part but I just can't help it!  Sorta kinda makes you feel like dancing! (But privately... The watched pot issue is still in effect.)
See how cute this quilt is? Guess what....it's not even for a child. This very quilt was made for an adult.Really now,  how darn cute is it?



This is Ladies Album by Moda. I just love it! I looked up the history behind Ladies Album Quilting and it was fascinating. I want to make quilts with my friends and sign them and write messages too!

This is the NEW Red Rooster line that depicts all the seasons. Here is a panel with tons of coordinates that you will be able to have the best time with.  The coloration is amazing. 
What can I say.......? This entire line is so currant and fun. From quilts to bags to skirts to room decorating. With so many different bolts/designs to choose from, it just Screams Happy!
   Till next time,
Thimblina

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Open Sew and Giggly Girls

Hello Everyone,
I sure hope all of you had a great weekend and you celebrated National Quilting Day creating your most favoriteist quilt EVER! Coupled with St. Patrick's Day........Oh my gosh, you even had the luck of the Irish on your side. AND Friday was pie day, Thus a perfect weekend.  What's not to love Right?

On Friday I sewed with friends after work, we had a yummy dinner and yes I brought PIE!!! We had the best time ever. Sewing and watching the movie Ever After. (Sew darn cute.) and visiting. Maybe I should mention "All at the same time!" I haven't  laughed that hard in a long time. I don't know if any of us have laughed that hard in a long time. I nearly finished my quilt top, had great food, laughed my self silly and watched the girl get the Prince. Awesome huh?

This Friday is Open Sew night. Sew come on over for a fun night of sewing, eating, sharing , laughing and might I mention it's a great stress reliever, "much cheaper than therapy!" AND we will provide a quick little Easter sewing project that we will make during Open Sew.

Speaking of Easter, it is just around the corner and we really have some cute Easter fabric in stock. The Bunny panel in the picture has some squares in it that are perfect for making an Easter Basket. We have one made in the store for you to see.

You see the squares along the bottom? Perfect for the basket and the Bunny at the top. Wouldn't that make a great pillow? Then you could still use the center of the panel for a quilt or wall hanging. Super cute!


If any of you are wondering about the new building, well I think the old saying of " a watched pot never boils" applies here. I think I just may be watching too much. Soooo now I will pretend not to watch.......just keep a bare tab out of the corner of my eye. THEN maybe something will happen. I think this  calls for an old game I used to play with my cousin. Sneek-um Weak- um Beak-um.  I'll keep you posted......

Till next time,
Thimblina




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Spring must be in the air! I want to sit on a Tuffit!

Hello Everyone,
Spring must be in the air because it's sunny one minute and snowing the next. Ya just gotta love our weather!
The Olympics have been really fun to watch while we sew don't cha think? Oh my gosh, when one of them falls......Scrud you could poke your self with a pin or something. I am the worst for holding my needle with my lips while I get my thread ready. NOT during the Olympics though. You could gasp and suck that thing right down your throat! I can read the headlines now.......Olympic fall  kills Woman ! 10 thousand miles away (I really have no idea how far away Sochi  is) It was her last gasp that did her in! "I just might possibly see too much television!" Any way for safety's sake....
Use a needle nanny.


While I'm at it, another notion that get sorta forgotten.  Lets talk straight pins for a moment. Some of us have our mothers and possibly our grandmothers old pins. (Worked for them ) Sorry to say....they get dull and really we need to replace them. I was sewing with a friend last week and she mentioned that every block she sewed she had to unpick and re do like three times to get her point right. She couldn't figure out what was up. She was pinning and matching her points everything she could think of.. I offered her to try a couple of my  favorite pins. She did mention that she had lots of pins and that she had been pinning all along. But to be nice she tried my pins and WaLa  spot on!
These pins are very sharp and fine. Sometimes when we pin, we can't tell but we are actually shifting the fabric a bit therefore we don't line up where we want to. But these pins really do the job.
Plus the ends are kinda clear and sparkly and yellow and blue! They scream CUTE!
One of our awesome employees brought in a Tuffit for me to see. Can I just say... I need a Tuffit. I didn't even know that I needed a Tuffit, but after seeing one. I really do "NEED" one or maybe three.  She is looking into the supply list and she said she would teach us (that's right, all of you as well.) how to make one....or in my case maybe three. SEW stinkin cute!

This is all you get! Now you can figure out who the awesome employee is! 
This line is so precious and sweet and the pastel Stonehenge is perfect with it.

St Patrick's Day is coming and  this Stonehenge line is perfect.

Mustache fabric is so hot right now.

How cute is this?

Don't you just love this color combination?

Downton Abby
We have so many new fabric lines in the store and more coming all the time, I'll post a few, but come on in and see for your self's. Oh, we just got in the Zip Zoom line that is featured in  the latest Fon's and Porter.

One last thing, my daughter brought this over to share when her family came to dinner and all I can till you is that it was yummy....... Thought I would share and remind you that Open Sew is this Friday February 21,2014. You can come any time, but those of us that work the store don't go down until after 6:00 pm. I will bring this salad to share and we will have chilli and cornbread as well as sewing and laughter and heaps and gobs of fun!

Ingredients:
3 cups water
1 small pkg orange jello
1 small pkg cook and serve vanilla pudding
1 small pkg cook and serve Tapioca Pudding
1 8oz. tub Cool Whip
2 cans mandarin oranges, drained

Directions:
  • In a saucepan, bring water to a boil
  • Add all three packages, jello, pudding, tapioca pudding
  • Boil for 2-3 minutes
  • Cool completely
  • To cooled mixture, add Cool Whip and mix well
  • Fold in drained oranges carefully
Refrigerate at least 3-4 hours

Yummy!

Till next time,
Thimblina

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hello Everyone,
I hope all of you had a great Christmas and I hope this New Year will prove to be the best ever for all of us!

Life at my house was loud and crazy. Well at least during the times we were all together that is. I laughed when my grandson came in the kitchen to escape the mayhem of his mom and uncles. I reminded him when he and his sisters get older they will be the same way. He smiled and said "I know!" We both laughed. You know how it is when you get with friends and family and you all start reminiscing. Oh my gosh , now that is when the fun begins! You know what? This is also the time when the secrets come out. All the details that were supposed to be kept from mom........yep, I learn all kinds of stuff at these little get togethers!

Things are happening across the street with the new building. Only it's not the things you can see. Still mucking through the red tape. We really hope and plan to start digging next month. When it happens I will post pictures for sure!

It's crazy to think that in a week or so we will be back to Shop Hop Planning for this year. I for one am super excited! I do love Shop Hop. Some of the customers that come through live far enough away that once a year is all we get to see them. So I get really excited knowing that time will be here soon and we can catch up! All of us quilters get to become such great friends don't we......

Last night was open sew and we had the best time! Yep, we were here super late but who cares? Good food, great company and lots of laughing, story telling, sewing and sharing. Doesn't get any better than that!!!!!

Classes here at Thimbles and Threads have started with more to follow. If you haven't signed up, now's the time. Check out the website, the list is there including pictures.

We have several new lines in including some great jelly rolls.
Moda Front Porch . I totally love this line. I can hardly wait for it to come in.  The Heart and Home book shown in the picture is perfect for this group.

How cute is the Downton Abby fabric?  This group is such a keeper! I don't even watch the show, but now I will!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you can't help but love this fabric!

Look how cute this banner is. We even have a class available. 

Here is the new Adorn it line in both color ways.

  I sure hope all of you have a great weekend and find some time to SEW!

Till next time,
Thimbleina

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Almost Christmas

Hello Everyone,
Well I don't know about you but, "I hear those Sleigh Bells ringing a tune!". I soooo love all the traditions and smells and magic that Christmas Time brings. Although  I do feel ever so unready for the big day. Yep, I've gotta get crackin!

This is just the best time of the year. My heart swells and I tend to tear up over the kindness of others. The Festival of the Trees was great and my son and I have the best time going each year. Just makes me want to decorate, decorate, decorate! Ok, to help me with this urge, I went down stairs and decorated a table. I felt better. NOW to do it at home!

I've been sewing, have you? I would tell you what I've been sewing but, my kids read this blog and I'm not letting the "Elf" out of the bag!

Some of you have had some interest in the Burlap Stocking I made. We will have some basic instructions written up today. Also we have the lace here for it. Leesa was kind enough to get it while she was in Arizona. Yea!!





We have buttons and fabric and Trims !


My most favorite type of sewing is when I can just create. Make it up as I go. You know how you can see something and then all of a sudden those creative juices start flowing and you start gathering supplies and Ideas keep coming? Well before you know it ....... Wa-La.. presto, Burlap Stocking is made! It doesn't matter if it's a quilt or a garment. Ok, so sometimes the out come is a bit scary.  Sometimes.......it was a really nifty idea. Burlap is soooooo very in this year. And  Sew fun to play with. And here we all thought it was just a gunny sack!

Many of you have seen or possibly own one of the Super Cute USB drives. Mostly we think of using them only if we have an embroidery machine for storing our designs.  But, what a perfect tool for storing quilt patterns or any inspirational sewing, crafting, scrap booking thought we might have.
Way to many times I remember something I have seen on Pinterest and for the life of me, I can't find it when I need it. Sew having a USB drive that looks like sewing is my answer!  Otherwise I was plugging in every darn one I own and that is a hassle! Problem solved. NOW to help solve yours.....We will have these Handy Dandy USB drives. on sale , Reg. $23.99  NOW through Christmas $14.50 each.
My daughter wants the Owl and I want the Tape Measure. Hummmm which one will you choose?


Our Customer Trunk show is still in full force. If you haven't voted as yet, please do. We have some that are running neck and neck, Your vote may just break the tie!

We also have some really fun new fabric lines that have just come in and more coming daily.

There are even ribbons to match the Fabric!
This is the New Adorn it Daisy line in two colorways, Crazy Cute!
This is the She Who Sews line. You can't help but love this group. Oh..how fun would a project bag be out of this ?
Honky Tonk by Moda. It even has mustache fabric. So very cute.

Lots and lots of NEW Batiks by Jo Morton

This Camping Fabric is Darling. Do you see the Fire Fly's?

We are thinking PINK!


Saturday we will have our NEW class list available. Now's the time to get signed up for our January, February and March classes. We will have a  couple of event Classes as well. The Event Classes are All Day  Classes where you bring your machine and we serve lunch and snacks. We have some new Block of the month classes and beginning quilting classes and advanced quilting classes. Crochet and Knitting, Bias Binding, an adorable project bag, also The Art Quilt Club (this is an on-going class where you learn and try new things, like thread painting and free motion quilting and fabric dyeing and beading and applying paint to fabric, rough edge applique. this is the perfect place to think and play outside the box.) So come on in and grab a list and we'll get you signed up!

Merry Christmas!
Till next time,
Thimbleina