Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Merry Quilting: Nimble Thimbles Holiday Party

Nimble Thimbles Holiday Party
Tuesday , December 14, 2010
At 6:00pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
739 W. Erie ST

Please bring show and tell to hang for all to see and enjoy. We will also be collecting white goods, crayons and coloring books for the residents of My Sister’s Place.

Don’t forget to bring your President’s Friendship Challenge project to share with the group.
And it is the last month for Block Party…so don’t forget your blocks to turn in.
See you Tuesday

It's the end of the year and time to turn in Charity Quilts!

If members have any charity quilts finished, please bring them to the holiday party on Tuesday, December 14th. We are close to the goal of 200 quilts for the year and would appreciate your help. Thanks for all your dedication to the Community Outreach projects.

Monday, November 1, 2010


November 21 - Sew in at Chandler Police Station, 250 E. Chicago, downtown Chandler, from 9-4pm. A great time to finish up your projects or start new ones. No reservation needed...just show up and have fun!!!!!!!!

Meeting for November 16 th is a private showing at the Chandler Center for the Arts

Again we will not be meeting at the Gilbert Historical Museum for our meeting...we will be going to the Chandler Center for the Arts, for a private art show with curator Diane Howell. The Chandler Center for the Arts is on Arizona Avenue, just north of Chandler Boulevard. The program begins at 7:00 pm. See you there!!!

Also a reminder:
--------- Sign up for the Christmas party (bring your check for $10.00)


Please remember to register for the Holiday party and pay your $10 at the meeting on November 9 th.

Christmas party at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chandler, AZ. Hosted by Karen E.and Susie E. Deadline is December 1. Cost is $10.00, with checks made out to Nimble Thimbles. Checks can be mailed to Georgette B. or given to Kathy O. at one of the regular meetings.-------Block party blocks are due at the Christmas party. -------President's Challenge wall hangings are due at the Christmas party (theme: Friendship).-------Bring paper goods, such as paper towel, baby diapers, toilet paper for My Sister's Place. Crayons and coloring books are also appreciated.

Please see previous post about the Holiday party with information on location and time.

Please make note there is NO meeting scheduled for tomorrow on November 2, 2010...please read below.

We have a very special meeting planned for November 9. Road trip to join Cactus Patchers in Tempe for one of our favorite programs of the year: Pat Knoechel. Due to a change in Pat's schedule, we will be doing a joint meeting in Tempe with the Cactus Patchers.


Mission Hall Building, directly behind Mission Del Sol Church, 1565 E. Warner Rd, Tempe Az.


Meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm.
Thank you for joining us!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

MERRY QUILTING: Nimble Thimbles Holiday Party

Nimble Thimbles Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
at 6:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
739 W. Erie St
Cost $10.00
Make checks to Nimble Thimbles
Last day for reservations is December 1 st
Please bring show and tell to hang for all to see. We will be collecting white goods, crayons and coloring books for the residents of My Sister's Place.
Don't forget to bring your President's Friendship Challenge project to share with the group!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010





We have a very special meeting planned for November 9. Road trip to join Cactus Patchers in Tempe for one of our favorite programs of the year: Pat Knoechel. Due to a change in Pat's schedule, we will be doing a joint meeting in Tempe with the Cactus Patchers.


Mission Hall Building, directly behind Mission Del Sol Church, 1565 E. Warner Rd, Tempe Az.


Meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm.
Thank you for joining us!!

Save the date...HUGE SALE!!!!!

Address: 5644 W. Soft Wind Dr.
Glendale, AZ. 85310

Date: Oct. 21st, 22nd, 23rd of Oct.

Time: 9am to 12 noon each day

All fabric is six dollars a yard, (lots of batiks, fall, Christmas, novelty, prints and solids) books at $5.00 each, notions, fat quarter bundles, batting, quilt tops, and more.

We do not have access to a credit card machine so appreciate cash.

These are the people who used to own craftmart and they have 1000 yards or more of fabric.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Come learn something new !!!!

On Tuesday, October 19, Nimble Thimbles will hold its second Teaching Techniques class of the year. These small group demonstrations will enable us to learn or try something new. Please join members Darlene Reid, Johnie Scofield and Patty Hatvick as they teach us three different and interesting techniques. It is always fun to learn something new!

Let's help out fellow quilters in need!!!

A group of quilters in Double Adobe, Arizona lost their trailer and all their quilting supplies in a fire. They have received donations of fabric and sewing machines but still need thread and needles. Kathy Krieg is collecting donations of small quilting supplies for these ladies. If you would like to donate please bring it to the next Nimble Thimbles meeting or the Sunday sew-in at the fire station on Oct. 24th.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


It's official - We have Thursday!

Quilt Camp is coming up so fast! Less than 2 months until quilting, and eating, and quilting, and sleeping, and quilting, and talking, and quilting, and walking, and quilting - well you get the idea.

If you haven't already signed up for camp there's still time. All monies need to be paid by October 12th or you will have to pay a late fee. We'll be opening spaces for other (non-NT members) on Monday Sept 27th - if you know someone you think would like to go the only requirement is that they MUST belong to AQG. This is so they are covered by insurance. It's a MUST, NO exceptions!

Questions? Or if you want to sign up for camp - see Lee Anna at upcoming meetings or you can email her.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Please join our Nimble Thimbles group for the annual Small Quilt Auction! It will be held on Tuesday, October 5, starting at 7pm. If you haven't made your masterpiece to auction off, it's time to get started. Any form of quilted item is accepted: table runners, small quilts, totes, miniatures, pin cushions, you name it. See you there!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


On Tuesday, September 21, Janet Moreau will share a trunk show of wool penny rugs with our Nimble Thimbles group. Janet has taught for years, and has quite a collection to share. As an added bonus, Janet and Nancy Haldeman have made up a project that we will each be bringing home. How fun! We are all looking forward to a great evening with our speaker.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Social Evening and Quilter's Bingo for September 7,2010

The September 7 Nimble Thimbles meeting will be a social/friendship evening. The first half of the evening, please bring extensive show and tell (some have been working on their pups and CPUPs!). For the second half of the evening, we will be playing Quilt-O, a version of quilter's bingo, with a collection of prizes (including chocolate) for winning rounds. It should make for a lively evening! And don't forget the chocolate...

Trunk Show by Diane Pitchford on August 17,2010

Diane Pitchford has graciously agreed to do a trunk show for Nimble Thimbles on Tuesday, August 17. Diane has been quilting for over 30 years, and is a long time Nimble Thimbles member (including past President). She is active in several quilting groups around the state and beyond, including the National Quiltering Association. Diane also has a love for antique quilts and hand quilting. Please join us for a tremendous trunk show from Gilbert, Arizona's own award winning longarm quilter.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Make and Take Classes with Barb Cressy

Thanks to all of you who signed up for the Barb Cressy class on Sunday, August 22. The class is free and will be conducted at the Chandler Police Station, 250 E. Chicago in downtown Chandler. The police station is directly behind the new city hall that is being constructed on Arizona Avenue. The class is scheduled to run from 9am-4pm. Two patterns are being covered: a reversible tote and clutter bag. Please bring a standard sewing kit, your sewing machine and the supplies outlined in the supply list. Supply list will be provided when you sign up for the class.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Applique classes with Nancy Busby

Nancy's wonderful trunk show at our last meeting generated much interest in learning her technique and so 2 classes are being offered.

Full day (10am-4pm), Celtic quilt class (four patterns) on Saturday, Sept.4, fee:$35.00

Half day (10am-1pm), Japanese flower quilt class (one pattern) on Saturday, Sept. 25, fee: $15.00

Please contact or see Kathy O'Brien for enrollment.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Program for August 3, 2010 ~ Favorite Tools and Tips

Nimble Thimbles will have a tools and tips show and tell/social evening on Tuesday, August 3. Please bring 1, 2, or 3 items to share (just in case someone else thinks that the item is fantastic)! Everyone is sure to learn something new about a technique or tool that they never dreamed of. Please join us.

Program for July 20, 2010: Nancy Busby

Nancy Busby will be joining us for a trunk show of her applique work. In her 30 years of quilting, she has class samples, queen sized quilts and a wide range of knowledge in the history of quilting. Nancy teaches an applique class at Cutting Edge Quiltworks, and as always, would love to see new people enjoy the art of applique quiltmaking. Please join us for a great evening.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Please note correction for date of sew-in for June

On an earlier post the date was incorrect and stated June 20, but the correct date for sew in at the Chandler Police Station is Sunday, June 27. Pass the news along!
The earlier post has been corrected.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Upcoming Events for Nimble Thimbles

July 6 - Poor Unfinished Projects Due / Bring 3 New PUPs to vote on.
Sew – Ins : Chandler Downtown Police Station on Chicago
· Sunday, June 27, 9am – 4pm.
· Sunday, July 25 (possible NT class - TBA)
· Sunday, August 22 (possible NT class - TBA)
Block of the Month - Completed 12 ½ inch blocks due on : June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, and November 16.
October 5 - Annual Small Quilt Auction - Make wall hanging, tote, pillow, table runner, etc. to auction off.
November (11),12,13,14 - Emmanuel Pines Camp - Optional: Make wall hanging, tote, pillow, etc. to auction off.
December - President’s Challenge Wall Hanging - Theme: Friendship. Bring completed wall hanging, table runner, wearable art, tote, pillow, etc. to the Christmas Party.
Quilting Makes the Quilt - Challenge details to come, due in 2011.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Trunk Show by Ken Casey

On Tuesday, June 15, Nimble Thimbles is pleased to have Prickly Piecer Ken Casey present a trunk show for us. Ken has been quilting for years and has amassed a tremendous collection of quilts. His creations are interesting, colorful and fun. He has won awards for his quilting efforts, and has been featured in several regional shows. Please join us and welcome Ken to our Nimble Thimbles group.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Count down for P.U.P. Projects : aka Poor Unfinished Projects

Where has the past year gone? Time is quickly approaching for the reveal of our P.U.P. projects at the July 6 meeting. You still have 6+ weeks to complete your project and hopefully you haven't waited to the last minute. If you have, then get busy because for those that have finished will be entered into a prize drawing. Please bring your P.U.P. to the meeting in whatever stage it is in on the July 6 meeting for all to enjoy. Get stitchin!!!!

If you want to participate in the P.U.P. project for next year, then start digging in your sewing room and on July 6 bring in 3 options of unfinished projects and the fun begins when the members vote on which project you will be working on for the next year.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's Time to Renew Your Membership!!!

A friendly reminder that the time has come for everyone to renew their AQG and Nimble Thimble membership. The cost is $25 for AQG and $20 for Nimble Thimbles and this will give you a full year's membership. Last membership drive we had the choice of renewing for 6 months or 18 months, because the fiscal year of AQG was changed to July-July, but now all memberships are due to expire. Georgette will be at next Tuesday's meeting on 5/18 to collect. If not done at that time remember there is a late fee if postmarked after June 1,2010.
Membership forms will be at the welcome desk.

We are looking forward to another wonderful year at N.T. and it's the members that make it so much fun!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

University Night Program

The June 1 Nimble Thimbles meeting is sure to please, as we are having our first of two teaching nights. Four ladies have agreed to teach us techniques and tricks for making our quilting life easier. Please join us as we explore the how-to's and have some fun visiting at the same time. Small groups will lend themselves to everyone participating. See you there!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bags, bags and more bags!

At our May 18 Nimble Thimbles meeting, we are pleased to welcome Barb Cressy. Barb is a local teacher who is known by many people, having taught at several shops and venues over the years. She is joining us to do a trunk show of bags, totes, purses, carry-alls, and miscellaneous fun projects. Her creativity and clever tricks for changing patterns is her trademark. We are really looking forward to having her join us!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I received a call this morning from our contact at the Desert Breeze police substation. She has been a sweetheart to us for several years, and as you know, advised me about the changes for our Sew-Ins due to the budget constraints. Because of a lack of personnel, she was calling to cancel our sew-in on April 25.

So, effective on April 25, and moving forward, I have booked the Chandler police station at 250 E. Chicago for our sew-ins, every 4th Sunday, through the summer. The time will still be the same, 9-4pm.

Monday, April 12, 2010

May 4, 2010 Nimble Thimbles program

May 4, 2010 Nimble Thimbles program:

Nimble Thimbles is extremely fortunate to have national teacher, Susan Vassallo, join us on Tuesday, May 4. Susan is an award winning artist and quilter, who will share a extensive trunk show with us. Please join us from 7-9pm.
This program is possible due to the continuing education funds raised at our fabulous March Chinese auction. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Special Viewing of the Gilbert Historical Museum Quilt Show

Nimble Thimbles will have a special members showing of the Gilbert Historical Museum's quilt show on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, from 7:00-9:00pm. The show this year includes "Clothes Line Art" ~ a cute hint at the underclothes, aprons and other interesting items on display, in addition to the wonderful quilts. Please join us for good treats and an evening of visiting.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

You are invited to join us for a ?"Sewing For The Children" day.? Where: Community Room at The Gilbert Historical Museum (Gilbert Rd & Elliott)When: Tuesday, March 23, from 1:00 - 8:00. Pick a time slot that best suits your schedule.What to bring: your sewing machines, extra needles, threads, sewing and cutting equipment, mats, rulers, etc. Our goal is to:1. Assemble Carry Bags with straps for Child Protective Services.2. Assemble ?Quilt Sandwiches? of the sewn tops in our stash. Optional, for those who prefer to:1. Stitch together precut kits.2. Machine quilt ?Quilt Sandwiches? as we get them prepared. We will have one ironing board and iron available in the roomThe dinner hour will be creatively addressed by those present at the time. Thank You to the Gilbert Historical Museum for the room use as a way of supporting our sewing for The Children.Contact Delores Jenisch or Jean Nielsen for more information

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Getting to know you"

There will be a " meet & greet" at 6:30 pm prior to our April 6 meeting. This will be a time to not only welcome new members and potential new members, but also to have an opportunity to just visit. Please join us.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Our April 6 meeting is our very own Nimble Thimbles past president, Sharon Neidigh. Sharon has amassed a collection of vintage aprons, plus has made several, and is willing to share her collection with us. Her program is fun and interactive.

Please bring 1-2 aprons that you may have - I know there are several out there that have them stashed away from Grandma or Mom. It will add to the show and tell/program for the evening. Hope to see you there!
On March 16, 2010, YOU ARE OUR MEETING. Members are to bring any and all older quilts they have access to -- anything made between 1850 and 1950. Quilt historian, Barb Eckoff from Iowa, will be joining us to talk about quilt history. The program on March 16 is dependent on members bringing something to talk about - no matter what condition the quilt is in!

Barb places the quilts in date order, and then talks about the particular fabrics that are in the quilt - reflecting style and colors of the time, as well as the quilt pattern names. It is helpful if members have a tiny bit of the history of the quilt - who made it, the part of the country it was made/found in, any dating in the stitching, and family stories. Even if you don't have a family heirloom, it's fun to hear other stories and see the interesting quilts. Please join us!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

2010 Spring Camp Emmanuel Pines

It's official....we have Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for camp!!! The dates are April 15 -18, 2010. Check in time is noon on Thursday. If you are planning on arriving on Thursday, then the cost is $92.00 , if not until Friday then the cost is $80.00. Payment needs to be made in full by March 15. Start planning on your projects and packing and we'll see you at camp!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chinese Auction

March 2 - Chinese Auction - 7pm at the Gilbert Historical Museum community room. Please bring your quarters and loose change ( and maybe a few dollars) to the Nimble Thimbles version of a Chinese Auction. Don’t forget to invite your friends and their quarters. We have beautiful baskets of quilting and non-quilting related items for auction that have been generously donated by our members. We have also collected donations from vendors at the Phoenix Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival and our local Quilt Shops, thanks to Barb Barrow. Once you add your quarters to the basket, one lucky chopstick is chosen as the winner of the basket - but, you have to play (or pay) to win! Join the fun as Vice President Nancy Haldeman auctioneers for what will prove to be a wild evening, guaranteed.

Gilbert HIstorical Museum Quilt Show

Quilts will be collected at our next meeting on February 16 and if you like the entry forms can be downloaded from:

Please follow the instructions on the form for the labeling and identification of your quilts.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pam's Piece by Piece Quilt Designs

Please join us for a trunk show and pattern sale on February 16 by Pam's Piece by Piece Quilt Design. Pam McMahon is from Mesa, Arizona and a former Nimble Thimble who started her own pattern company a few years ago. She describes her work as classical patterns with a twist. Her designs and color choices make them exceptional.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nimble Thimbles Spring Camp 2010

Yes..it is months away, but mark your calendar for April 16 -18, 2010. LeeAnna will not know if we get to arrive on Thursday until 60 days before camp starts. Keep tuned in for updates as time get closer to camp.
Quilt camp is a wonderful weekend spent with new and old friends at Emmanuel Pines Camp in Prescott. Bring your own projects to start or finish while someone else does the cooking.
Please see LeeAnna at one of the meetings to sign up.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

February 2,2010 meeting

Much better than a Hallmark card, Nimble Thimbles will be having a Valentine Social on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 7 pm.

~ Please bring show and tell with a heart theme or a sweet story attached to it, as well as any other current projects to share.

~ We will have themed block packets to take home ~ either to make for a loved one, or to donate as a charity quilt block.

~ Bring your handwork and enjoy the company of your fellow Nimble Thimbles and, of course, sweet treats.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chinese Auction

It's in the planning and Nancy H. has put out the call for items to be donated for the Chinese auction , that is scheduled for March 2,2010. She is asking for any items that you might no longer need and willing to donate for a good evening of fun and bidding. The items don't necessarily have to be sewing related, but can be any household item. For example: candles, picture frames, cooking items, decorating items, garden things...etc. She is collecting at all the meetings thru February and can't wait to put the items in gift baskets for the auction. Nancy is also collecting any 2 1/2 inch strips you might have and also any width strips for donation to the auction. Thanks for your help.

Friday, January 8, 2010

President's Challenge

Our new president, Kathy has challenged us to create a small quilt that represents friendship and what our group means to us individually. Don't panic you have until the holiday party in December to create your quilt. It doesn't need to be big, just a small quilt size.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Bit of Alaska in Arizona

Two ladies from Alaska will be our guests on January 19, 2010, Mary Stenros and Becky Moore. Evelyn Link met them while visiting her sister, Hazel, last summer in Soldotna.

Mary Stenros started designing a series of quilt patterns using Alaskan wildlife as her subject. Since then she has expanded the pattern series to include The Western Series, The North American Series, The Vanishing Series, and Favorite Places Series. She is introducing a couple new patterns, a covered bridge and a lighthouse. Take a look on the Willow Bend Creations web site: www.willowbendcreations.com

Mary and Becky will give us an overview of the easy technique that will produce a wall hanging or pillow cover.

Would you like to make one of these beautiful quilts? Here’s your chance! Becky and Mary will teach a class for us on January 20. You can sign up for the class at the January 19th meeting.

Here are all of the details:
Date: January 20, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Evelyn’s house
Cost: $25.00