Sunday, December 21, 2008
For More Information - Tucson Quilt Show
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Wow, Johnnie did a great job piecing this block and Kathy did a great job with the embroidery! This is Nimble Thimbles contribution to the new state quilt that AQG is putting together with a block from each of its chapters. It will be a lot of fun to see it. Hopefully, it will be shown at the 2009 AQG quilt show.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Jan 17, 2009
9am – 2pm
Oak Room at the Gilbert Community Center
100 N. Elm St
For more information please call
Phoenix SE Valley Coordinator
Monday, December 8, 2008
Just wanted to remind you that we will be making one more delivery of our donated quilts to The Chandler Fire Department before the end of December.
You can still bring in pieced tops, fabric, and batting, as well as finished quilts to the Holiday Party next Tuesday, or call me to arrange for pick-up. We will add whatever is ready to George's stack of 20 he turned in last month. We are also expecting 4 quilts due back from Cheryl Bennett, who volunteered to longarm quilt for us. She will be able to do a few more for us this month, so bring in your pieced tops. We also welcome donations of 80/20 batting anytime, as per requested by longarm quilters. Thank you all so much for all your generous donations of labor, resources of all kinds, and time. See you at the party!
Delores Jenisch, Community Service Project Chair
Monday, December 1, 2008
Holiday Mail for Heros
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
For more information go to:www.wramc.amedd.army.mil ORwww.redcross.org/holidaymail
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
At the party, we will be collecting the following items for My Sister's Place, a shelter for abused women and children:
- Paper Towels
- Paper Plates
- Toilet Paper
- Cold Cups
- Facial Tissues
- Coloring books for kids
- Washable crayons for kids
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The next meeting Tues. Nov. 11th. We will be meeting at 7:00 at the Chandler Center for the Arts at the corner of Arizona Ave. and Chandler Blvd. We will be having a private viewing of their annual juried art quilt show.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
These are the days I'll be dedicating to the Project Linus quilts.
Tuesday, Oct 21...6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (evening) Wednesday, Oct 22...10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (day)
I have room for:
3 machine sewers...bring your own favorite sewing machine and tools
2 rotary cutters...bring your own favorite rotary cutter (mats provided, or you can bring your own)
4-5 "gophers" to sort/pin/hand sew binding and/or labels
Bring whatever food you need. I'll provide a variety of drinks. Maybe we can do a potluck type lunch on Wednesday?
Please contact Delores or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Community Service Project Chair
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
We are planning a beautiful quilt show, with approximately 15 vendors, many different classes, lectures and an awards banquet at the newly remodeled Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson, AZ. This is a wonderful time of the year to come up and enjoy our Rim Country. This is a new venue of us, recently remodeled, and it will be the Rim Country Quilt Round Up's home for years to come.
Classes are still available, please go to the website, www.rimcountryquiltroundup.com, check them out and get your registrations in. Pam Bono and Brenda Henning are coming from out of state and need to be supported by class attendance. Many ladies from the Valley and all over the State and Country have participated in the past to make this show a huge success. (please note that some classes are being held November 13 to 15 and the quilt show is from November 14 to 16)
Please get your beautiful quilts entered. We would like to hang up to 150 quilts and have many monetary awards along with ribbons for the different categories. Your entered quilt(s) can be dropped off in the Valley at Sally's and Quiltz from November 5 to November 11. Check the website for the address nearest you. These quilts will be picked up on November 12 by Rim Country Quilt Round Up Staff. Make sure your entry confirmation number(s) are securely placed on the bag(s) containing your quilt(s).
Thank you for your assistance and support of our Rim Country Quilt Round Up.
Rim Country Quilt Round Up
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
1) Registrations for the October 11, 2008 Fall Meeting are currently lagging behind our registrations of last year. Therefore, I am extending the deadline for registrations to September 26, 2008. This year’s host chapter, A-Z Quilters have done an incredible job on the
table decorations and favors. You have to see them to believe them! A special thank you goes to our 15 Chapters who donated $25 each for raffle coupons which will be redeemable with our onsite vendors. We will also be having a raffle for a $200 gift basket. We encourage
you to attend this annual meeting to meet up with old friends, find out what’s going on at AQG and hear an outstanding, award winning quilter, Andi Perejda.
2) We also have a number of vacancies for Andi Perejda classes. If you are unfamiliar with Andi’s classes and her expertise, I encourage you to visit Perejda’s website is: www.andiperejda.com.
3) The deadline for Ricky Timms group reservations has passed but we have extended the deadline for individual registrations until October 1st. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!
4) Also, please not the following corrections to the Traveling Teacher schedule for Audrey Waite which was published in the September Chatter.
Sep 16, not Sep 18 for Miniature Applique Landscape at Estrella Mountain Quilters
Sep 26, not Oct 4 for Not Necessarily Navajo at Quail Country Quilters
Sep 27, 2008, not 2009 for Watercolor at Prickly Piecers
In short everyone, we need and would appreciate your support and participation in these activities. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I appreciate your assistance and support!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
WILDHORSE RANCH RESCUE
Phone: (866) 926-8007
Address: Wildhorse Ranch
P.O. Box 415 Gilbert, AZ 85299
Web site: http://www.mudpony.com/
Wildhorse Ranch Rescue
Public Hours for Gift Shop and Ranch are noon to 6pm Saturday and Sunday and during special events Physical address: 11811 S Lindsay Road Gilbert, AZ 85296 (county street
Monday, August 25, 2008
The Sept. 16th meeting will feature Sylvia Hirsch of Triangles on a Roll. She will show us what's new as well as reviewing her older products.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
We are sure that our quilts will not only provided physical comfort in needy situations, but their visual appeal and quilted beauty will bring refreshment to the very hearts of each person receiving them. Thank you all who donated these quilts.
Friday, August 8, 2008
We will be starting in October and will have a new clue each month (except December) to make a 51"x51" mystery quilt.
Dark fabric 2 yards
Medium fabric 1 1/2 yards
Light Fabric 1 yard
Backing and batting 57" x 57"
The fabric requirements include borders and binding and you will even have some fabric leftover.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The AQG Fall Meeting will be on October 11 at ASU West. You must pre-register and there is a fee because you will be getting lunch. Information is available in the AQG Newsletter.
The 2009 AQG Quilt Show will be March 13 and 14 at the Mesa Convention Center. Mark your calendars now.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Info on buying Stitch N' Pitch tickets
AZ Diamondbacks info about event
Official Stitch N' Pitch website
Friday, August 1, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Click here to see the results I got for desert quilts. As usual there were some results that were useful to me and some that were not. I can save the pages that are useful into a stack.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
If you have some other favorite links for free patterns from vendors, let me know and I'll add them to our list. You can email email@example.com or just click below to leave a comment.
Monday, July 7, 2008
UFO, stash builders, and charity quilts. Also, the August 5th
meeting is Carol Rich talking about appraising quilts.
I'm looking for volunteers (3) to come do a Quilter's University for the Prickly Piecers in Ahwatukee on Thurs. Sept. 18th at 7:00pm. I will be happy to give a ride to any volunteers. -- Kathy
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Power Paws has agreed to do the program at the July 15th NT meeting. The meeting should be fun, we may have some 15 week old Golden Retriever puppies at the meeting.
Hope to see you all there!
Friday, June 20, 2008
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(These tips are also pretty good for preparing your quilt for your own quilting too.)
· Press well!!!
· Get all of the stray threads and hanging threads off the quilt. You might want to use a lint roller to assist. You don’t want anything that could get caught in the sewing foot and cause a rip in your quilt.
· Get the borders on the quilt properly. Measure through the middle of your quilt horizontally and vertically and cut your borders to this size. This will make your quilt square up properly. Back tack all seams on the border. Consider adding ½ inch extra to the border to allow for truing up when trimming.
· You might want to straight stitch around the outside edge of the quilt 1/8 of an inch from the edge to prevent stretching.
· Try to keep all fabric weights and types similar.
· On backs rip fabric at edge to find the straight of grain. Use this as your straight edge. When sewing seams use 1” seam allowance and then trim down to ½”. Use a smaller stitch length on the back and always back tack at the start of seams. Always press seams to one side on the backing, do not press them open. the backing needs to be a minimum of 3 inches bigger than the top all the way around - 4 or 5 is better.
· If you provide batting to the quilter, always provide the package it came in so that quilter can determine how closely the quilting needs to be done.
· Make sure you discuss clearly with your quilter what you want done on the quilt and what color thread you want used.
· If you are allergic to cats or dogs, ask the quilter if they have pets in their home. If they do, you should consider using another quilter because it is almost impossible to keep pet hairs 100% out of quilts.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
July 1st is Gudrun giving a trunk show. Also we are going to do a book and pattern exchange so everyone can bring patterns/ books they no longer want.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
You can come for part of the day or the whole day. You can bring a sack lunch or make a quick trip to a nearby fastfood place to get your lunch.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
On Saturday, May 24, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Nimble Thimbles joins with Prickly Piecers for a Community Service Projects Sew-In.
We will meet at The Fire Station at 40th and Chandler Blvd, west of the 10 & 202 interchange, Ahwatukee
If you can be there over the lunch hour, please bring a brown- bag lunch and drink for yourself, as well as a munchy item to share with others.
Using the traditional 3 piece block pattern, we will be cutting some of our Nimble Thimble stash into kits...and making a few quilts if we hustle! We will also be closing George's openings on his quilts, as well as putting labels on finished quilts.
Please bring your own
cutting mat and cutter
8” - 10” plastic cutting template.
And/Or, if you'd like to sew as others cut, bring your own:
traveling sewing machine
neutral colored thread (beige, winter white, pale gray)
preferred sewing tools.
Please get in touch with Delores Jenisch if you would like to:
a. Be a “Quilt Boss” for the Saturday sew-in b. Host a small group Community Service Projects Sew-in/luncheon at your home
*Here is a photo of Courtney Woods and Kanika of The Chandler Fire Department picking up George’s quilts on May 15. “Oh, these quilts! We love these quilts.”
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
A Quilter's University will be held at the May 6th meeting. This is lots of fun. Teachers will be set up at different tables. Every 10 minutes you can rotate tables to learn something new. We have Kim showing how to do her clutch bags, Kathy showing counted cross-stitch, Johnie will show stamping on fabric, Sharon and Jan will do postcards, and Delores will demonstrate her weaving.
There is a meeting scheduled for May 20th at which Ken Casey will present a trunk show. (I'm currently having trouble getting it to show on the calendar to the right.)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The craft fair is on May 4th and we will be selling items to raise funds for Nimble Thimbles. It is from 10 to 3. The temple is on Rural Road between Baseline and Guadalupe. The address is 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona. (This is not the Temple where we normally meet.)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Shirley selling opquilt tickets to men in the parking lot outside the sewing building. She did an amazing job. (from Martha)
Looks like lots of fun was had and lots of work got done at Spring Camp this year!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
The Artist's Studio at The Farm at South Mountain is located in the far NW corner of The Farm: 6106 South 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042. For information and to register for classes, please call The Artist's Studio at 602-268-5905.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Thank you, Sharon Neidigh, for being our hostess last Friday, March 28, for our Charity Quilt Project Sew-In. As you can see in these photos, we had plenty of room to do everything we set out to do for the day.
Sharon had sewing machines ready for us to use, as well as cutting mats and hot irons for pressing. Being able to sew for four hours, stopping only for lunch, was a real plus. Speaking of lunch, the pot-luck food was quite tasty and varied. The food was so good, and the sun so warm, that several of us got a little drowsy afterwards.
There were nine quilters present, including a new friend discovered by Sharon Neidigh and Delores Jenisch at the AQG quilt show. What a treat to have her join in with us for the day. Her name is Kathy O'Brien, and we look forward to seeing her at meetings when her schedule allows.
Please keep in mind that Nimble Thimbles will no longer be using the 5th Tuesday of the month for Charity Quilt sewing at our regular meeting place. Instead, we will meet in homes and/or at the Chandler Police Dept., Desert Breeze substation at 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. This will allow us to have a longer sewing time per meeting. We will rotate the times of our meetings so as to accommodate to our members' varied schedules.
If you would like to hostess a Charity Quilts Project Sew-In, please let us know. The date and place of the next Charity Quilts Project has not been decided yet, but we'll let you know ASAP.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
substation from 9-5 on Sunday March 30th. (all the Sat. were busy)
This is so people can work on things for the craft fair. But anyone is welcome to come and work on whatever they feel like. Food is allowed so we can bring things to share. The substation is at 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd which is just north of Chandler Blvd between McClintock and Rural.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
And, yes the book is by Rose Wilder Lane daughter of Laura Ingels Wilder.
-- Amy Monahan
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Have you noticed that magic happens when we quilt? I've seen it happened again just since January 1. First there were Muriel Radcliff's two child-sized quilts. Then there was our work night with George's 22 quilts and Jan Koehn's bright "Attic Window." We had three quilts from late December, two preemies by Delores Jenisch and a purple beauty made by Shirley Hughes, which we have added to the count.
In February we took in several more quilts, including a pink and green four-block, (with a touch of purple) from Shirley Hughes; a stunning "Slanted Star" scrappy on white done by Kathy Krieg; a lap-size purple beauty pieced by "Annie Anonymous," quilted by Barb Barrow, and bound by Martha Hunter; and an original design by Cindy Johnson done in blues, browns, and greens. Suzie Evenstad's friend, Marilyn Walters, stitched six tops for us, using up some precut blocks from our stash. Three bags of fabric stash were donated, to be used by us or passed along, and Sharon Neidigh donated a small sized pieced top.
Please enjoy these January and February Charity Quilts Project photos.
You can also enjoy seeing theses quilts on display at the Gilbert Historical Museum Quilt Show, from March 1 through May 31. The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 to 4:00. Our members who donated these Charity Quilts have agreed to show them in a group theme display to encourage other quilters to participate in the making and giving of comfort quilts for needy folks through an organization of their choice. The display includes a short description of Nimble Thimbles.
-- Delores Jenisch
Monday, February 25, 2008
March 15 9:00 am to 4:00pm
ASU West, 4701 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ
We have a great local show put on annually by the Arizona Quilter’s Guild. This years show theme is Wish Upon a Star. There will be quilts made to theme but also many quilts following a theme of the creators choosing. Over 400 quilts will be on display.
This year there is a featured Arizona quilter – Sharon Schamber, who is nationally known. She won the 2007 $100,000 Quilting Challenge. She will have several quilts on display. I have been fortunate enough to see some of her quilts in the past and to hear her speak. They are incredible works of art.
If you are interested in purchasing quilts, there is a small quilt auction. The silent auction runs through noon on Saturday and the live auction takes place at 1:00pm Saturday. Several of the chapters of AQG usually are selling tickets for full size opportunity quilts as well. There will also be a vendor mall with fabric, patterns, and other quilting items for sale on both days.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Please attend the February 19th Nimble Thimble meeting to listen to Sharon Neidigh’s presentation regarding her 24-year adventure in the quilting world. You’ll also be
viewing some of the quilts from her collection. This “seasoned” quilter makes, collects and is consumed by quilting, and has a lot to share. Sharon also loves wearable art and will bring a few samples of her work.
Sharon moved to the Valley just a year ago from her birthplace, San Diego, CA.
She had been proactive in the area guilds and was past president of 2 guilds, one of which she spearheaded and lead early in her quilting career.
Being a wife, mother and grandmother of 6 (all boys) has kept Sharon on her toes (and a little insane), but quilting has remained her therapy throughout.
You won’t want to miss this meeting. Handouts will be shared with you.
Monday, February 18, 2008
In Fiber Arts and Art Quilts
With Evelyn Link and Judy Berry
Nimble Thimbles Workshop, March 1, 2008, 9:00am to Noon
8 to 10 - Ten-inch squares of black cotton fabric, pre-washed and pressed
Pad of 3 x 3-inch Post-it-Notes
Masking tape or blue painters’ tape, 1-inch wide
1 plain, black, barbeque-style apron (We will have these available for $8.50)
Additional fabric squares in other colors
Chunky rubber stamps
Scissors for fabric and paper
Wear old clothes or bring a smock or apron to protect clothing
Leave the sewing machines at home!
We will supply the following: (Supply Fee - $5.00)
Shiva Paintstiks to use in class, Rubbing Plates,Irons and boards, Table coverings, Pallets/Plates/Brushes, Paper Towels, Stencils/stamps, Written Instructions
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
We still need small quilts for the Small Quilt Auction! The deadline will be extended to the 20th of February. Please either use the drop off sites listed on the AQG web site, www.azquiltersguild.org - Small Quilt Auction, or, send or bring them into the AQG office.
We are going to have an ugly fabric exchange and challenge. The exchange will occur at this meeting. If you want to participate, bring a 1/4 or 1/2 yard cut of ugly fabric to the meeting. You will go home with a different ugly fabric. The challenge is to make a wallhanging usting it. The ugly fabric has to be on the front of the wallhanging and be recognizable.
February 19, 2008—Sharon Neidigh, Nimble Thimbles Vice President, will present a trunk show.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Evelyn Link and Judy Berry have formed a partnership called Creative Adventures in Fiber Arts and Art Quilts. They will present a trunk show on February 5 to acquaint Nimble Thimbles members with the techniques they are playing with. These include decorating fabric with Shiva Oil Paintstiks, bleach discharge, painting on fusible web, heating fibers to change their appearance, making memory quilts and fabric jewelry with photos and other innovative techniques. Come to the meeting to see these fun and exciting things quilters are doing with fabric.
Evelyn will be teaching the class using the Shiva Oil Paintstiks at the Desert Breeze Police station on Saturday, February 9, from 9a.m. to noon. You will have the opportunity to decorate fabric and take home your own painted apron. These paints look like fat Crayons and are easy to use. You can design your own fabric to make an art quilt or make them into traditional quilt blocks. It’s fun and easy!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
14 or 12) among us quilters. Come with a comfortable fitting thimble too.
We have all become good friends because we have a shared love of quilting. My first quilting teacher always said, "There's a lot of good woman talk that goes on around the quilting frame." and that is certainly true there. We solve the problems of the world (and
ourselves) and have lots of wonderful laughs that mostly only women can understand. If you've gone to quilt camp you'll know what I mean.
I always say that I think I should pay the museum for the privilege of seeing some of the wonderful old (and new) quilt tops that are brought in to us. And the stories that come with some of them are wonderful too.
I know the spirits of those long ago quilters are heaving a sigh of relief that their quilt top is FINALLY being quilted. All of us can relate to that!
You don't have to quilt every day or for long periods of time. It's whatever amount of time you have to give. I've ran down and quilted for an hour just to have some quilt therapy time.
The Museum will be having its 3rd Quilt Show, starting the first week in March until Memorial Day. We would love to have Nimble Thimbles members enter your quilts in the show. Kim will have paperwork available for you to fill out if you are interested. If you have a quilt in the show you will not have to pay the museum admission fee.
The quilts in the show are enjoyed and admired but not judged.
Hopefully your experience will inspire you to enter your quilt in upcoming Arizona Quilters Guild shows where they will be a part of the judging process which is meant to help and support you not discourage you.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Charity Project Options:
- George has over 20 charity quilts ready for us to close the opening where he turned them. We can also sew the Nimble Thimbles labels on the back. If you want to work on these, just bring basic hand sewing supplies - needle, thread, pins, small scissors.
- Delores also has fabric that needs to be cut up and put into kits. If you want to work on this, bring your rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
- You can bring your sewing machine if you would prefer to begin sewing a kit together.
- It is always helpful if someone brings an iron and ironing board.
Our charity quilts this year will be donated to the Chandler Fire Department and Project Linus.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I must admit that I have been somewhat intimidated in the past by all the great quilts in the show. To quote Nike, I decided to just "Do It" when it came to entering a quilt. It is okay if it is not 100% perfect. I'm not sure that I'll never make a 100% perfect quilt. It is okay if I get some comments from the judges about how to improve my quilting. That is how I will learn and improve. And, it is okay if I don't win a ribbon. My quilt is called Fancy Chicks and is based upon the Arlene Walsh pattern Roadwalkers. It is a fun quilt and I hope you enjoy it when you go to the show. I hope those of you who might be hesitating too, will decide to just "Do It" and enter a quilt also.
Arlene Walsh has given a great program to Nimble Thimbles in the past. You might want to check out her website - http://www.quiltersstoresedona.com/kits.htm.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
January 29, 2008—This is a work night. We encourage everyone to attend and enjoy working on projects and visiting with other members and guests of Nimble Thimbles. You can bring your own project to work on or work on charity quilt projects. If you want to work on charity quilts, bring a basic handing sewing kit, your sewing machine, iron, or rotary cutter, ruler, and mat. There will be materials available at the meeting and you can chose to cut material up for a kit or start sewing on a charity kit that has been already cut.