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!

Celebrate Quilt Camp

Occasionally Nimble Thimbles gets emails about events around the area.  Here is info on one of them.  I have no further information so if you are interested contact the folks at the website about this camp.  
Registration is open! 
"Celebrate Stargazing with Quilts"

June 14-17, 2017   Flagstaff, AZ
Join us for our sixth annual quilt camp and show in the cool mountains of Flagstaff, AZ!

Registration and entry forms on-line at
or call 928-526-9403
Classes and events at the Doubletree Hotel and Odegaard's Sewing Center

Daily classes with national and regional quilt teachers including Gina Perkes, Cristy Fincher, Chris Garrison, Linda Martin, Wendy Garrison, Shelly Cordsen, Gina Darlington, Wendy Wetzel, Ruth Dolin, and more! 

Evening programs include:

*FREE Keynote speaker: Gina Perkes
sponsored by Coconino Quilters Guild
  * Meet and Greet Teacher Showcase - Free this year
*Show and Tell 
*Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy 
*Pizza/PJ party
*Closing banquet
*Door prizes


  • Longer lunch breaks. Classes will run from 9-12, and 1:30-4:30. More time to eat and/or shop.
  • No Charge for the Meet ‘n Greet Teachers Market and Showcase. Wednesday evening at 6 pm.
  • Gift Bag Exchange on Saturday. 12:15-1:15 Brown Bag lunch. Come get to know your fellow quilters and share in the fun. Info is on the website. 
  • Block Exchange Event. Participate in the block exchange at lunchtime on Friday and go home with enough blocks for an entire quilt. See details on the Classes page, Friday. 
  • Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. One-hour projects for only $10! No registration fee, so bring a friend, child, or grandchild. Friday night at 6pm. See the Friday class page for information.

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.