Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Dress and Home Ec

Hello everyone! It's Hannah giving you an update today. I whipped out this little number yesterday, and so far, it's my favorite summer wardrobe piece!

I found this dress online and loved it, but naturally, decided I could make a better one for cheaper! My dress fits me a lot better, our dress form is too small. Anyway, I mixed 3 different new look patterns (one for the bodice, one for the back, and one for the skirt), and I am thrilled with the way it turned out!

I'm thinking this might be a potential Home Ec project. Hmm.....

Speaking of Home Ec....

Look what my girls did!

This is Elaine's picnic quilt that we worked on last session. She finished it on her own and brought it back to share with me, She did a beautiful job!!

Elaine's zippered tote that we made last night. It's so cute!

And here's Victoria with her completed tote. 

Good job ladies! I'm so proud!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

We Love Him!

This adorable yo-yo clown was made by our wonderful instructor, Linda Pietz. We just think he is so cute! Linda used all kinds of our vintage fabrics to create the yo-yos for him. 

Here's a close up of his adorable fabrics

I love yo-yos. They are so versatile and add great details to all sorts of projects. The vintage fabrics Linda used are just perfect. They complete his vintage-y feel. And there's god news if you love him as much as we do! Linda is teaching a class on how to create a yo-yo clown of your own. May 15th from 12:00-4:00. Call us for details and to sign up! 

All of here at the Thimble say hello! As always, we hope you're busy with your spring projects and we always love to see them.  

Thursday, April 15, 2010

We haven't forgotten!

Mom and I (Hannah) have completed one more piece each for our summer wardrobes. 

Look at these! They're made from a 1930's pajama pattern (yes, an 80 year old pattern). Isn't that awesome? Mom made them out of white linen and a vintage hanky-print cotton. Although their supposed to be pj's, mom and I agree that they would be a pain to sleep in, so she's gonna wear them outside of the house. Here they are without the Jacket...

And a detail of the buttons, ties and fabric...

Well done Mom, they're beautiful!

And here's my piece. Yes, another blouse. I'm desperately trying to finish a pair of shorts but I keep running into issues. I promise you'll see something other than shirts eventually! haha. Anyway, this one's made with a New Look pattern and some really cool fabric I found on another fabric store (I know, I'm a traitor).

A detail of the fabric and mother-of-pearl buttons I used. This little number actually turned out to be a challenge. I thought it was gonna be easy and that I could whiz right through it, however, that did not turn out to be the case. In the end though, it was worth it. I think it's really cute. 

More clothes coming soon! Leave comments, tell us what you think of our wardrobes so far!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What a Fantastic Weekend!

Our student art show was an absolute success! Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us and our wonderful students. We had our largest turn out yet!

Lisa's beautiful table of delicious food, the perfect addition to our party.

Thank you Joy and Brian for pouring for us!

We're excited for next years show. Hopefully we'll have more students enter their pieces and even more people show up to see the show! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Funny Story...

Hello everyone. It's Hannah writing to you today. I hope your all enjoying this beautiful sunny weather! Before I give you the update on our creative endeavors, I have a little story to share with you and hopefully it'll make you laugh as hard as I did.

So the other night I'm laying in my bed trying to fall asleep and I keep hearing this very loud puuuuurrrrrring sound. I get up and look in all the places where my cats normally sleep; under the bed, near my computer, etc. I can't find the happy cat anywhere, so I finally open my closet door and...

...there is my 18 pound cat named Flicka sleeping contentedly amongst my underwear. Apparently it's her new favorite spot. I had to rewash and relocate my unmentionables because she keeps coming back. Anyway, it cracked me up and I thought i'd share. 

In other news, Emma finally finished my pajama pants!!!!!

This is big news because these pajama pants are two christmases and my birthday present. Needless to say, they've been a few years in the making. I came into work the other day and they were sitting on my desk with a note that said "I love you Hannah!". I was jubilated. Emma did such a beautiful job making them and I love them! Thank you sister!

Mom has been workin away on her summer wardrobe, and I'll have pictures of her latest piece soon. My wardrobe has been put on hold because I've been sewing examples for our upcoming Home Ec classes, but hopefully I can pick it up again soon!

Sun Hat

I'll be teaching a class on how to make this hat for one of April's Home Ec classes. This will be the third class in the series. If you're interested in learning about this and other Home Ec projects, visit the website.

Another reminder!!! Our student art show and 3 year anniversary are happening this weekend! The art show starts on Friday and extends through Sunday, come check out the pieces! Please call for details about entering pieces, we would LOVE to have a full show. Join us on Friday at 6:00 for our 3 year anniversary party, there will be local wines and small Hors d' oeuvres. We hope to see you all this weekend!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rose's Quilt

Janet, our quilting instructor, has been helping Rose make this fantastic t-shirt quilt for her son.

And Rose, the sweetheart that she is, brought sparkling apple juice and chocolates the other day to celebrate the completion of her quilt!

This was Rose's first quilting project, ever.  And she did an absolute FANTASTIC job.  Janet is so proud.  Here they are, Instructor and Student:

So, if you ever have a hankering to make a t-shirt quilt, Janet is always available for one-on-one lessons to help you along the way! And, her Beginning Quilting Series starts this month!  Saturday, April 10th.  We'll be making a quilt like one:

Give us a call at 916-652-2134 if you'd like to join us!  The more the merrier!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

SO Many Sewing Machines!!

Home Ec was Busy Busy Busy last night!  Katie and Hannah were teaching the girls how to make Scrappy Quilts and Scrappy Eye Masks and everyone was having SO much fun!  Thank you to everyone who came and joined in.

April's Home Ec series is "Life is a Picnic".  We'll be making napkins, a picnic quilt, a sun hat and a zippered tote.