Thursday, October 5, 2017

First October Meeting Fun!

In addition to our small quilt auction this past Tuesday we had a fun guest speaker.  Kim Murray is our AQG Board Buddy and she stopped in to tell us about AQG and join the fun of our small quilt auction.  She is the co-chair of communications and is a geologist and self professed computer geek by day.  She loves traditional patchwork and hand quilting.  (She also loves Electric Quilt!).  She made her first quilt in 1998 and only a few years ago did she join her first guild.  It wasn't long and she was doing the AQG website, Patchwork Chatter and the newsletter!  It keeps her busy but she really enjoys it.  She is a member of the Night Owls.
It was fun to get to know our board buddy and to learn a bit about AQG too.  She encouraged us to go the 40th Anniversary celebration (on the right, click and log in for more information).  AQG has been up and running for forty years!  While we have about ninety members of our guild, AQG has about 1900!  AQG gives us more buying power so we can see and afford to see great national teachers, (did you sign up to see Charlotte Angotti?)  and helps us to be able to put on a great quilt show (sign up is here to enter your quilt in the next show) and of course provides us insurance for our activities and camps too. 
Speaking of camp, Colleen shared the camp newsletter and supply list with all who were at the meeting.  Last chance to buy raffle tickets for the opportunity quilt is our next meeting.  One dollar for one, five dollars for six tickets!

We are still making and turning in our Christmas Star blocks for our BOM too.  We have quite a few already but you have until the next meeting to get yours done and in the mix.  I am really hoping to make a few myself now that I am on Fall Break!
Our next meeting we are making rag rugs--led by Debbie!  No idea if this picture I found online looks anything like what Debbie has in mind, but if you want the pattern to this one the link is on the bottom.  Otherwise, come to the next meeting, bring one inch strips in whatever colors you like and your scissors.  The guild will provide you with the "toothbrush" tool or some such thing and you will be on your way to making a giant rug (or a mug rug!).




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Small Quilt Auction!

We had 55 donated items for our quilt auction including our Helen Robinson quilt and two charity quilts made by our recently passed and prolific charity quilter, Gudrun.  Money for her two charity quilts will not go into the general fund, but back into charity.  Two lucky folks will be taking home some really special stitches.  Here are photos of most of the donated items, I hope at least one went home with you!













 Thank you to all who donated, all who bid and bought and all who helped out!  Check in helpers were Ruth, Judy and Karen, auctioneers were Colleen and JoAnn, our "Vannas" were Kathy O., and Leslie and check outs were manned by Susan and Jo.  Thanks to Crystal and Debbie for all they do every meeting too!  Thanks also to Cher and Michelle for snacks.  Nimble Thimbles would not be what it is without all of you!



Monday, September 25, 2017

Coming Up: Small Quilt Auction

October 3rd is our small quilt auction.  Are you working on your donation yet?  If not, you still have some time!  Barb is all ready with this sweet embroidered little quilt.  Love that sewing machine!



A little upside down, but do not forget to work on your Christmas Star BOM.  We get two extra weeks to make these blocks as the next exchange won't happen til a little later on.
I think this block is Crystal's--she is ahead of the game if it is.  Now where is that pattern, I need to get started!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Quilt-O was Fun!


 If you missed our last meeting we had a lot of fun.  There was show and share as always and I had to get  a picture Fran's beautiful Blue Ridge Beauty--a Quiltville quilt! 

 Also snapped one of Debbie's gorgeous flower.  So many great quilts as always!


 My table had some serious Quilt-O players.  I think most everyone won the game at least once!  Thanks to Kathy O. for running bingo and for everyone who helped with prep, setup, take down and calling.  We appreciate your hard work!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Next Up: Small Quilt Auction


Did you see this beauty that Carrie Bloomston graciously donated to our Small Quilt Auction?  I hope you are saving your pennies, sewing your own donation quilt and/or inviting our friends and family to do some early Holiday shopping at our next meeting!

October 3- Small Quilt Auction Fundraiser:  Join us for our annual fundraiser. Please consider donating a small quilt or quilted item (bag, potholders, place mats. etc.) to be auctioned off on this fun night. Likewise, please invite a friend or two who might appreciate purchasing items. This is a great time to grab a one of a kind gift and it happens right before the holidays!

You can drop off your donated auction items early if needed to Debbie A. She is also seeking some help with the auction.She is looking for volunteers to help check in quilts, auctioneer, display quilts in the room, notating auction results, and cashiers.  



October 17th Meeting Toothbrush Rag Rugs. 
Debbie is hosting this  hands-on class learning how to make Toothbrush Rag Rugs. It's fun and easy and requires only 2 supplies- fabric strips and a tool Nimble Thimbles will be supplying.
What do you need to bring:
  • A pair of scissors
  • 1 inch wide by WOF (with of fabric) strips in your choice of color. Bring as many as you like since you can add later to make a bigger rag rug. We will bring extras for guests.

October 19 or 20-22 Quilt Camp in Prescott-  This is a great time to get away and sew at the beautiful Emanuel Pines Camp in Prescott. The price is inexpensive,  sleeping accommodations are simple, the food is good and the company is phenomenal! You will be inspired by all the different types of projects folks are working on and it is a great time to seek help if you are stuck on something.  Only 2 spots are available. Call Colleen for more information.

Save the Date! 
December 12- Annual Nimble Thimbles Christmas Party. Mary Platt  will host the party again at her lovely home. She and Kathy O'Brien, our dynamic duo, have been planning and will send out an evite in November. They could use some additional help that week. Please contact Mary by email if you want to help.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Up Next: QUILTO with Kathy O.


Join us on Tuesday to play QUILTO and win great prizes!  Don't miss this popular annual event!  Kathy O. is graciously hosting again.  QUILTO is exactly like BINGO, but uses fun quilting terms like thread, bobbin, and scissors.  


Some show and tell.
 Thanks Jo for sending me some pictures!  I am guessing these two gals won the flying geese blocks this month! The next block is a Christmas Star if you are interested in joining in.
 Our speaker Carrie Bloomston looks very relaxed surrounded by her gorgeous quilts!

Coming up:

October 3- Small Quilt Auction Fundraiser:  Join us for our annual fundraiser. Please consider donating a small quilt or quilted item (bag, potholders, place mats. etc.) to be auctioned off on this fun night. Likewise, please invite a friend or two who might appreciate purchasing items. This is a great time to grab a one of a kind gift and it happens right before the holidays!

You can drop off your donated auction items early if needed to Debbie Ament. She is also seeking some help with the auction.She is looking for volunteers to help check in quilts, auctioneer, display quilts in the room, notating auction results, and cashiers.  Please connect with her at Tuesday's meeting or at  Debbie's email

October 17th Meeting Toothbrush Rag Rugs. 
Debbie is hosting this  hands-on class learning how to make Toothbrush Rag Rugs. It's fun and easy and requires only 2 supplies- fabric strips and a tool Nimble Thimbles will be supplying.
What do you need to bring:
  • A pair of scissors
  • 1 inch wide by WOF (with of fabric) strips in your choice of color. Bring as many as you like since you can add later to make a bigger rag rug. We will bring extras for guests.

October 19 or 20-22 Quilt Camp in Prescott-  This is a great time to get away and sew at the beautiful Emanuel Pines Camp in Prescott. The price is inexpensive,  sleeping accommodations are simple, the food is good and the company is phenomenal! You will be inspired by all the different types of projects folks are working on and it is a great time to seek help if you are stuck on something.  Only 2 spots are available. Call Colleen for more information.

Save the Date! 
December 12- Annual Nimble Thimbles Christmas Party. Mary Platt  will host the party again at her lovely home. She and Kathy O'Brien, our dynamic duo, have been planning and will send out an evite in November. They could use some additional help that week. Please contact Mary by email if you want to help.

 Nimble Thimble  Roster List   There have been some requests for access to the roster. I am happy to send that out. Of course we would ask everyone to use the list for personal contact information only. (No solicitations or sharing with third parties please.)  If you would prefer your information to not be included, please contact me by next Tuesday and let me know. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Upcoming Meetings-Carrie Bloomston

September 5- Carrie Bloomston- This gifted artist designs patterns and fabric for Windham. Remember those cute paintbrushes with collaged words? Her newest line is called Dreamer. She has also written a book called The Little Spark about encouraging creativity. She  is a terrific, motivating speaker-don't miss it!  She says the short version of who she is is "My family is my reason. I believe in my hands and what they can do. I follow my heart. I offer you words + art, beauty + truth, love + soul."


September 19th- QUILTO. Hosted by Kathy O'Brien.  Like BINGO, but more fun because you can win great quilting supplies. 

October 3-Small quilt auction.  Bring items to donate, money to bid and friends to bid along!