Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Change to Sunday Sew-ins

It was announced at last night's meeting that there has been a change to the Sunday Sew-in.  The Chandler Police Substation has had a lot of demand from quilt groups for use of the room.  So, they have decided to have the room open on the last Sunday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for any quilters that would like to use it.  This is a longer time than we used to have available.

So bring your project, maybe meet some quilters from other groups, chat with folks from our group, and have some fun.  This can be a good time to get other opinions on a project or pattern with which you are having some difficulty. You don't have to stay for the entire time.  You can arrive and leave whenever you want between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to clean up after yourself before you leave.

Note:  The Police do have the right to cancel the Sew-ins at the last minute if they need the room for a meeting.  This does not happen often.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SewBella's Quilt Cart Tonight

Tonight’s meetings is an affiliate AQG business, SewBella.  She will be bringing her trailer of goodies and setting up in the parking lot before the meeting. She will be doing a presentation of some great new tool or concept during the business portion. More information on her facebook page-- SewBella

The owner, Fran Kingston-Dill worked in quilt stores for over a decade before embarking on her own journey of owning a business.  Her concept is unique in that she brings the store to the quilters.  Sewing groups, AQG Chapters, and similar groups of sewing enthusiasts are all enjoying this wonderful concept.  Her trailer is stocked with pre-cuts, kits, Aurifil Thread, rulers, patterns, and notions.  SewBella is a quilter’s dream shopping experience as Fran offers a broad selection of the contemporary and bright fabrics that are so popular right now.

(Info from our president, Debi)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

May 2nd Meeting

Come on over to the May 2nd meeting where our own members Phil and Connie will be doing a trunk show of all of their favorite quilts.

Congrats to Crystal Bray who was voted in as our next President at the last meeting.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Sew In

The next Sunday Sew In is on April 30th.  The is an open sew from 8:30-4:30 located at the Chandler Police Station located at 250 E Chicago, Chandler.  Feel free to bring your project and enjoy the company.

The police station has asked us to clean up after ourselves so just make sure to pick up any stray threads or fabric.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Neck Cooler Wraps

Thank you to everyone that is bringing in the neck coolers for the Aris Foundation.  We will be bringing more crystals to the next meeting.  If you want to purchase your own, you can get them in the gardening section.

Below is a pattern from Kathy O'Brien that she is using.
Carol Dimpsey has supplies a link to another pattern: 

Neck Coolers using Water Crystals
          For the Inside portion of the neck cooler:
·       Cut muslin or other lightweight fabric 5 inches x 18 ½ inches
·       Double over muslin. Sew sides and bottom. Divide as shown above, leaving the top open. 
·       Using a funnel, fill the four 4.5 inch Pockets with 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of the Water Crystals. Experiment with the first one, and then do an assembly line for future neck coolers.
·       Fold over top and sew closed securely.
For the Body of the Neck Cooler:
·       Cut Cotton outside fabric 5 inches x width of fabric (42 inches)
·       Double over cotton fabric, right sides together.
·       Leaving an 18 inch opening in the center top, sew to either side, narrowing to a point.
·       Trim excess fabric in the point areas. Turn. Iron.
·       Iron the top 18 inch opening, so that the quarter inch seam allowance is set.
·       Insert the muslin filled with the water crystals.
·       Sew along either side of the muslin lining to secure it in the cotton neck cooler.
·       Sew along the top 18 inch edge, catching muslin layer in the ironed seam.  Finish the seam along the entire length of the neck cooler.  

18 inch opening

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Meeting on 4/18

Join us for our next meeting on 4/18.

We will be voting in our next board of directors.

We WILL be having Linda McCurry, an art quilter from Gilbert as our presenter.  Her work is unique and we think you'll enjoy it.  You can find her work on her website quiltsong.

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 AQG Quilt Show

Joanne Reiter's quilt won honorable mention.  I am having trouble getting the picture to download due to the size of the file.  If you have one please send it to me here and I will add it.  Also if i missed your entry please send me the info and picture and I will add it.
Kathy Obrien's  quilt won 2nd place and then was chosen by the Quilters Hall of Fame.  It was quilted by Penny Boese.
Congratulations winners!  Did you see all of the Nimble Thimbles mystery quilt entries?  We had an impressive wall of quilts!

Nimble Thimbles Cat's Meow Mystery Quilts at the AQG Show

Penny Boese's rendition

Marguerite Jones' rendition
Michelle Bagshaw's rendition

Susie Seckel's rendition

Kathy O'Brien's rendition

Merci Apodaca's "Heart Strings" rendition

Kathy Krieg's rendition

Angela Neff's rendition

Judy Walmsley's rendition

Hopefully I have the right name with the right quilt.  So nice to see nine mystery quilts that look so different.  Thanks again Kathy Krieg for all your hard work getting us going on the mystery quilts!

Kathy Kavanaugh was a first time entrant with her Allietare quilt.

Becky Brown hung her Garden Party quilt.

Angela Neff hung Talkin' Turkey.

Again, if I missed your quilt please email NimbleThimbles (at) so I can add you!  CONGRATULATIONS ALL!