Saturday, January 5, 2019

Happy New Year.

I hope your new year is going well.  At the beginning of each year, I make a list of all of my projects that are in process and post them in my craft room.  Then during the year as I get projects done, I get the satisfaction of checking off the list.  Last year, I got 23 projects done.  My list for 2019 has 24 projects on it.  It just seems that I keep finding more things I want to try and do.

I have missed seeing everyone and look forward to our first meeting of January to catch up.  I am sure we will have a big show and tell time.

Jan 15th - Next regular meeting
Our own member, Kathy Kreig, is going to give us a trunk show about all of the quilt challenges she does during the year.  This will be a great opportunity to get inspired to join in.

Friday, November 30, 2018

December 4th - Holiday party

There are no scheduled meetings for December.  Our holiday party is at Mary's house and she has planned a wonderful night with a vocal concert by a group that brings holiday joy.  Event starts at 6:00, program at 7:00 and dessert at 8:00.

In addition, we will continue to collect our items for My Sister's Place. Any paper products - paper towels, toilet paper, napkins and even diapers. This is a domestic violence shelter for women in Chandler. They have 14 rooms and house up to 14 women and their children at any time.  Each family only stays 4 months and they get help locating a new place to live.


Jan 15th - Next regular meeting

Our own member, Kathy Kreig, is going to give us a trunk show about all of the quilt challenges she does during the year.  This will be a great opportunity to get inspired to join in.


Success - Making a difference with donations

The donations and quilts we have made were donated to Southwest Network. The Phoenix chapter is having a holiday boutique the first part of December to allow people they help to come in and pick out something they need for the holidays.  They were so grateful for our truck of donations.  This will make a such a difference for people.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Events through the rest of the year:

November 6th - NO regular meeting

Our meeting location is also used for voting and we are unable to have a regular meeting.
We had discussed meeting at Bernina Connection and they were putting together a presentation for us on thread and needles but at the last meeting only a handful of members indicated they would go so we have cancelled that program and will ask them to come next year.

Our president has arranged a social sew in at the Chandler Police Station Community Room from 5-9:30.  So go and vote and then join up for some talking and time working on projects.

November 20th - EQ7

We have an exciting program from an AQG traveling teacher, Joanne Rice, about EQ7.  This is a software program that allows you to design quilts before cutting the fabric.  It came highly recommended from several members.

December 4th - Holiday party

There are no scheduled meetings for December.  Our holiday party is at Mary's house and she has planned a wonderful night with a vocal concert by a group that brings holiday joy.  There is a $5.00 charge and appetizers and dessert are provided.   Reach out to Jo to reserve your spot.

In addition, we will continue to collect our items for My Sister's Place. Any paper products - paper towels, toilet paper, napkins and even diapers. This is a domestic violence shelter for women in Chandler. They have 14 rooms and house up to 14 women and their children at any time.  Each family only stays 4 months and they get help locating a new place to live.

Other charity news

Joanne had created wonderful boxes for a non-profit that helps homeless with medical, locating jobs, and even finding placed to live.  These boxes provided a start up kit for someone moving into a new location including a plate, silverware, cup, towel, toilet items, and more. These were a big hit and I would like to create more from the donations I have been getting from everyone.  Please let me know if you have access to paper boxes that we could use to create these start up kits - Debbie
Quilts of Valor

Our wonderful group has donated 4 quilts to Quilts of Valor.  This group gives quilts to nominated individuals who have been effected by war.  I am attaching a picture from one of the awards ceremonies.

One of the recipients wrote:


I would like to extend a very grateful thanks to the people of the Nimble Thimbles for their time and effort in making this quilt. I am very honored to have been selected to receive this gift. I will respect it and use it.



The feeling I had at the time of presentation was one of humility and appreciation.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Small Quilt Auction on October 16th

This meeting will be our annual small quilt auction.  This gives you a head start of buying some wonderful items for friends or even yourself. We will have small quilts, bags, wall hangings, table runners and on.  Donations are still being accepted for the auction.

Bring your checkbook.  Bring your friends.

The meeting will NOT have charity or show and tell so we have time for the auction.


Block of the month - October

The block of the month for October is the Pumpkin.  This pattern takes a lot of small blocks in different orange patterns.  If you don't have enough variety, bring your blocks to the next meeting and exchange with friends.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Last meeting - 9/18

Thank you to everyone that participated in our 'Favorite Things' meeting.  We had some great sharing and we all learned about some new things to try and some new places to go.  Our president took notes and will be sending out a listing of items.

Next meeting - 10/2

Our next meeting will feature Ray from Three Dudes.  This is a speaker requested by many members so look forward to a great night.

The block of the month is due.  For October it was Build a Building - either the house or the barn.
Crystal will be challenging for the next month.  Let her know if there is a special one you want to make sure we all do.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Last meeting on 9/4

Gary Rait gave a very informative speech on treadle sewing machines.  He does a wonderful job of restoring.  His information:  602-723-4182 or rait@cox.net


Next meeting on 9/18

Let's discuss our favorite things.
Our next meeting will be a social time where everyone will get to discuss their favorite things.
Do you have a favorite tool?  Bring it to show.
Do you have a favorite blog or designer you follow?  Tell us about it.
Do you have a favorite store or quilt show you go to?  We want to go also.

We have purchased some of our favorite things and will give everyone a chance to try them and them we will raffle off as door prizes.

We are also hoping to have some great demonstrations.  Come and enjoy your fellow quilters.

Block of the month

You are all so talented and we love seeing your blocks.
The challenge block for next month is Build a Building - Make either the Barn or the House or both.

Small quilt auction

Start your projects.  The small quilt project is Oct 16th.