Monday, February 27, 2017

Quilt-O was a Hit!

Just wanted to shout out to our Kathy O who put in a lot of time and work to provide us with our annual Quilt-O night!  We had lots of winners, laughter and fun!  Already looking forward to next year!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kelly Grant Trunk Show and Class in March

 Kelly Grant
Learn 2 Paper Piece, LLC

Kelly began her sewing career at the age of 6 years old.  Her first sewing machine was a Singer Featherweight and that same machine has been used to create many of her Judy Niemeyer Quilts. 
Kelly’s first quilt was in the early 1990’s but since she had not yet discovered the rotary cutter it was not much fun to trace and cut a million shapes for one quilt.  In October 2010, a friends showed her the Quiltworx website and specifically the “Flowers for My Wedding Ring” pattern and she was HOOKED! She was encouraged to become a certified instructor and in February 2013, she attended a class with Judy in Tucson and began her first project, “Sunflower Illusion.” Several quilts and classes later, Kelly attended another class with Judy and was invited to attend the CI training in Montana in April 2014. She now has as she describes it, “Her dream job.”
Kelly brings experience and fun to her teaching.  She especially loves to teach “newbies” the technique. She is described by students as patient, organized, calm and fun.  She always has many classes going at once and truly loves what she does.  She enjoys traveling, seeing new places and meeting new friends. Her trunk shows are amazing with over 60 completed Quiltworx projects from placemats to queen size. She is comfortable speaking to groups of 40 or 400. One of her favorite things is teaching at retreats.

She is happily married and has two children, Danny and Julia. Her kids are grown and on their own adventures now so it is just her and the “grandcat” in the studio with hubby providing support. (Bio provided to me).

Kelly will be doing a Trunk Show on March 21, 2017 during our regular meeting time.  Add it to your calendar now!
Then the following Tuesday she will be teaching a class for those lucky enough to sign up!  (Not sure if the class is full at this point or not).  That is on March 28th 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The Trunk Show Pattern to be taught is Broken Daisy Placemats.  The patterns are from Judy Niemeyer, Quiltworx, to be taught by Certified Instructor, Kelly Grant.


Please bring any old, unused prescription glasses and/or hearing aids to the next meeting on February 21st.  Joanne will be collecting them to forward on to the Lion's Foundation. The Lion's Foundation is a non-denominational, non-profit, service organization which primarily devoted to vision and hearing issues for those in need. Lion's foundation operates vision and hearing centers throughout the world, including one in Phoenix. So please  check your drawers for any unused glasses or hearing aids and donate them -it won't cost you a thing!

Penny wanted to give an update to our community service night last Tuesday. She says "We had 21 people (including myself) cutting and creating quilt kits. I was so overwhelmed with everyone’s participation and I really appreciated seeing everyone there. We had just enough table lifts, thanks to Bonnie bringing hers! It sure made the cutting night a lot easier on the back.

Just to let everyone know…. We created 58 quilt kits from our work Tuesday! Absolutely amazing! Some came from Joanne who cut squares in advance and sent them in with Berta. We made a huge dent in our uncut fabric that was presorted by the Girl Scouts. I can’t express my thanks enough. All of you make this job so much easier and fun!

On Tuesday, I brought several kits that needed quilting and all were taken home. I will have more this Tuesday and appreciate any help you can provide by taking home a kit to complete the quilting. If you don’t have time to bind it, return it for someone else to take on that job.

Again, many thanks to the 20 quilters on Tuesday and Joanne who spent time cutting squares, rectangles and strips for our quilt kits!"

Penny also adds "just to get everyone thinking… I encourage all of you to consider taking a leadership role with community service starting this summer. The job can be easily split among three people with one person focusing on the Red Cross bags, the second person focusing on what I call the front end of quilts or the piecing portion, and the third person focusing on the back end or the quilting part of the job. All three people would have some fabric in their homes, but splitting the position means you have fewer bins of fabric to keep! The person in charge of Red Cross bags would keep the home dec fabric we use for bags, make kits available for meetings and help collect the completed bags. The person in charge of piecing kits would keep the bins of fabric we use for our piecing. These are generally pieces of fabric smaller than 1.5 yards. This person would make sure kits are available at meetings for people to be able to take home and piece. The third person would take completed quilt tops and place them in second kits with batting, backing and binding. This person would have backing fabric bins as well as a roll of batting at his or her home. The three people could work out how they wish to deliver the completed bags and quilts to our community partners.

Also, we have several pieced tops that need quilting. Think about taking a quilt top home to put your finishing quilting touches on it. Use it to practice your quilting skills or do a simple stitch in the ditch pattern."
If you have any questions about the Community Service job, just let Penny know.

We are planning another Quilters University for April 4th and we would love volunteers to teach on that night!  If you are interested please let someone Berta, Pat, or on the board know.

This Tuesday our meeting is the annual Quilt-O event by Kathy O!  Bring your buttons and play some Quilt-O (Bingo!) and win some prizes!  I believe all camp money is due to Coleen as well!  See you there!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Save those Spools!

 Our very own Colleen is collecting spools (wooden or plastic) for a friend of hers who earns her living by making things from them.  As you empty those spools set them aside to bring to meetings for Colleen if you would.  THANKS Nimble Thimbles members--you are making a difference with all these little things you do.
Hope to see you this Tuesday at the Charity Sew-In!

GracieBee Quilting Frame for Sale

Recieved thsi by email in case any members are interested:
We have a GracieBee Quilting frame for sale, never used, can be set up in 19 sizes, 2x2 to 8x12
Retail is $399.95.  Will sale for $250.00  We will deliver to your location.

Bob and Jennie Osborn, Queen Creek, AZ.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Laura Heine Class in April

Nimble Thimbles is hosting a Laura Heine Class on Friday, April 14th (location to be determined).  If you want to see her work you can visit her website

The sign up is now available per the chatter.  If you are interested in this class, please go out soon and sign up either on-line or via the form in the chatter.

The cost for the class is $40.00 plus supplies but as a Nimble Thimble member the board voted to extend a $15.00 credit to any member who attends the class.  This means you will need to sign up and after confirmation of the class we will reimburse you the 15.00.  Please contact Debbie with questions. 

 The class options are the dog and cat below.  Join us!

Look What You Missed in January!

 Hi I am Angela and I am now going to be doing some blogging for Nimble Thimbles!  If you know me, you know I am Bonnie Hunter's # 1 fan so I thought I would start out with all the Quiltville quilts and blocks that turned up at guild tonight.  This first beauty is Kathy's Allietare!  This was Bonnie Hunter's mystery last year and it is a showstopper!

The above photo is blocks from the Midnight Flight workshop--I know many of you attended and have this one in progress.  I know a few other folks had their blocks done that day, but I did not get pictures of them.  Do not look too closely at the blocks above as a few of us (ahem) had some unsewing to do at this point (and perhaps some later on too!).  Above blocks are mine and Kathy's, Becky's, Barb's and Laura's. 
Here is Fran's completed wall hanging size top!  I forgot to bring mine but is is just this size too.  Fran has the best purples in there (the picture does not show those batiks off enough and a cute little bee fabric which reminds her of her mom too. 
 Judy brought her very first block from Midnight Flight too.  She is going for a lap size quilt.  I hope as we finish all of these you bring them in to share--they are fun in every colorway.  Judy's is going to be gorgeous!
Above is mine and Kathy's baby top.  A few of my hst geese have rebelled and flown the other way but I am pleased with it anyway.  I am looking forward to seeing and sharing many more of these quilts!
And this year's mystery is En Provence--I know many of you have this one in progress too.  This one is another Kathy's first block.  This is her very first Quiltville quilt---talk about jumping in with both feet.  Her blocks and sashing are beautiful!  She thinks she might go more scrappy next time now that she has seen some others but she admits she has the bug!  The En Provence below was shown by Terri at our Midnight Flight workshop.  You can see the sashing in this picture too.

This is Lori's son's much loved Bricks and Stepping Stones.  Love a scrappy quilt that has some element that brings it all together like the black and white four patches do.  This is one to snuggle under for sure!
So that is just some of what you have missed so far in January at Nimble Thimbles!  Come and see us and bring show and tell--especially the Quiltville quilts!