Monday, December 26, 2011

Mark...Get Set...Go !!! Let's get ready for another wonderful year at Nimble Thimbles !!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

For our first meeting of 2012 there will be a Get Acquainted Ice Breaker. Please come and get to know our members. For anyone interested in visiting this would be a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow quilters and get acquainted with members of our group. Don't forget your show and tell to share.
Can't wait to see everyone!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Party for Board Members is on December 13, 2011

New and previous board members are invited to the Board holiday party on Tuesday, December 13th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Bev's home. Turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing will be provided. Please bring something to add to the meal to share.
To make the transition easier for new board members it would be helpful if outgoing chairpersons would bring in any notebooks or information to pass along to them...this would be very appreciated.
See everyone on Tuesday.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nimble Thimble Holiday Party--- Tuesday December 6, 2011 from 6-9pm

Nimble Thimble's Holiday Party is Tuesday December 6, 2011. Our own members Karen and Suzy always make it a wonderful evening. The fee is $10 which is payable before the party as this is a catered affair. Please bring paper good products for donation to My Sister's Place and can good donations consisting of tuna, corn or fruit for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

It is also the night to reveal your QUILTING MAKES THE QUILT wallhanging...can't wait to see everyone's creativity.

Our last quilt basket raffle of the year will take place during the party. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Lynette has done a great job at putting wonderful baskets together during this past don't miss out on your chance to take home a wonderful basket.

See you for a festive evening!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Very special program on Tuesday, November 8,2011. Pat Knoechel is returning to entertain us with what is new at Quilt in a Day

We are honored and thrilled to once again have Pat Knoechel as our featured program. Cactus Patchers and Nimble Thimbles have teamed up to have a super meeting for Eleanor Burns' sister. Please join us!

Friday, October 14, 2011

YEAH!!!!....Quilto is back for Tuesday, October 18,2011

Come join in the fun of playing Quilto on Tuesday, October 18,2011. If you can play bingo then this is your game....Prizes and chocolate await you for a fun social evening. See you there.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's time for our annual Small Quilt Auction!!!

On Tuesday October 4, 2011 please join us for a fun auction featuring the work of our own Nimble Thimble quilters. An annual tradition that everyone looks forward to! Bring your friends, neighbors, family or perfectly good strangers, etc to join in the bidding fun. The auction is always a fun event and can get a bit rowdy with amazing bidding action...Have fun and let the bidding begin!!!!!

There will also be a quilt show this evening with the opportunity to display your quilts for others to enjoy! It is asked that members bring quilts to display as a back drop to the quilt auction.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

University Night is September 20, 2011

Come join us for an informative and fun evening, as three or four of our Nimble Thimble's members teach us a new technique. It's always great to learn or try something new. We will rotate around the room to observe demonstrations on different topics and have fun in the process. See you on the 20th.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bernina Connection coming to Nimble Thimbles on Tuesday, September 6 ,2011

Val Sparks and Diane Ebner have once again graciously agreed to do a program for us. They are hoping to show us a demo of the Electric Quilting program, as well as a few surprises. Always a joy to have them at Nimble Thimbles

It's time for our third Raffle Basket of the year on Tuesday, September 6,2011

Three Baskets containing kits for complete quilts will be raffled this evening. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Tuesday August 30,2011 is Charity Sew Night...Please join us!

Bonus fifth Tuesday! Bring your projects and equipment and join us for a sew-in from 7-9pm.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Art Quilting with Betty Hahn scheduled for Sunday August 21,2011

Thanks to those of you who have signed up for Betty's class. You are welcome to sign up at Tuesday's Nimble Thimbles meeting if you wish.

Please plan on arriving around 9:30 to set up your machine and be ready to sew at 10am. This educational opportunity is funded by our fabulous Chinese auction held in March 2010.


Intuitive Design, Easy easy curves! Sunday, August 21, 10-3

You will learn free cutting, (no measuring, no seam allowance) and then sewing curved pieces with no clipping and no pins no puckers or wrinkles. It WILL lay flat. We will also learn neighborly piecing, color and value selection.

Intuitive Design, Easy, Easy Curves at Sun Valley Quilts with Betty Hahn

Supply List

Miscellaneous fat quarters and scraps (think big scraps!) in light, medium and dark values

Gray thread for piecing
Rotary cutter and small mat
Iron and small ironing surface (necessary) If you have any additional, please bring.

Awl (critical)

Sewing machine and standard sewing supplies

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CheriGood Designs coming on August 16, 2011

Local pattern makers Cheri Maniz and Audrey Goode will join us for a trunk show and pattern sale. It should be a fun evening. Please join us at 7pm for a great evening of fun.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Christmas in July ... join us on July 19th for a make and take event.

Tuesday's Nimble Thimble program will be Christmas in July, where we will be making folded fabric ornaments. Please bring your basic sewing kit with needle, thread, scissors, thimble, etc. Material will be provided.

See you there.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Is you P.U.P. ( Poor Unfinished Project) ready for this Tuesday, July 5th???

Last year's Poor Unfinished Projects are due this Tuesday, July 5th! Really makes us wonder just how fast time flies by!

And for next years P.U.P. challenge members are invited to bring in three Poor Unfinished Projects (PUPs) that they have hanging around their sewing room (sometimes it is hard to decide which three). Each member will be allotted about 2-3 minutes to describe the items and then the entire membership gets to vote on which one you finish by July of the following year.

So, even if you aren't currently working on a PUP for this year, try to think about what three unfinished projects you will bring to the July 5 meeting.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Free class by Betty Hahn to be offered to Nimble Thimbles members

Hi everyone,

Who: The class will be taught by Betty Hahn, Sun Lakes speaker and teacher.

What: Nimble Thimbles is offering a Free class to its members, on a variation of a Jean Wells quilt.

Where: Chandler Police Department, 250 E. Chicago, Chandler (one block off Arizona, directly east of the new city hall)

When: 9am-1pm, Sunday, August 21, 2011

Why: Just for fun - to try a new technique. Educational forum funded by Chinese Auction held March 2010.

Please plan on attending. A sign up sheet will be available at the July 5 and July 21 Nimble Thimbles meetings.

Thank you,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Magazine and book swap on July 19,2011

Tidy up your sewing room and share with your quilting buddies as Nimble Thimbles will be having a magazine and book swap on July 19. Any remaining books will be donated to the Chandler Public Library. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Barb Janson from Scottsdale will be visiting N.T. on Tuesday, June 21

Nimble Thimbles will be hosting Barb Janson on Tuesday, June 21. Barb is from Scottsdale, and recently won first place in the themed category at the AQG show. She has several interesting tips and a great show and tell for us. See you then!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Poor Unfinished Projects (PUPS) due July 5th....How are you doing on yours??????

Poor Unfinished projects are due in just a few weeks! Members are invited to bring in three Poor Unfinished Projects (PUPs) that they have hanging around their sewing room (sometimes it is hard to decide which three). Each member will be allotted about 2-3 minutes to describe the items and then the entire membership gets to vote on which one you finish by July of the following year.

This year's PUP challenge will take place on Tuesday, July 5. So, even if you aren't currently working on a PUP for this year, try to think about what three unfinished projects you will bring to the July 5 meeting.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Repurpose your scraps of fabric and batting...

Nimble Thimbles now has a place to donate completed dog beds. Arizona Friends of Gilbert has agreed to take donated beds to go with the adopted pets. If you go to their web site, you can gain more information.

As to making the beds, it is very easy. The size of dog beds vary by the size of the folding cages that the organization uses to transport them to be adopted. Here is a sampling: 12 x 20, 30 x 30, 18 x 30, 16 x 22, 24 x 38, 22 x 34, 27 x 45, 16 x 20, 26 x 42.

The material needed for the beds are fabric scraps and batting pieces. A recommended depth for the scrap filling is maybe 2-3 inches. Please go through donated material a second time to ensure that pins, needles, paper or trash is not present.

Bring your donated scraps to any Nimble Thimble meeting and give to Kathy O'Brien
Thank you.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fiber artist Betty Hahn will be our guest on June 7,2011

Betty Hahn will join Nimble Thimbles on June 7, traveling from Sun City. She is an multimedia fiber artist who does very interesting visual media, combining techniques and materials with surprising results. You may view some of her work at her blog spot, or at the Arizona Quilter's Hall of Fame website.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday sew in at Chandler Police station on May 29,2011

It's time to enjoy the day again doing what we love to do...come join us from 9-4 and spend the day sewing with friends. Address is on the calendar to the right.
Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

June 7, 2011 is Raffle Basket Night

Here is your chance again to win one of the wonderful raffle baskets that Lynette has put together. This is a fund raising event for Nimble Thimbles and something to look forward to. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Nimble Thimbles Opportunity

Nimble Thimbles is planning a totally awesome program in the future. We have the opportunity to have one of our members essentially BE THE PROGRAM.

Carolyn Woods from Totally Tidy Organizing of Gilbert is going to be our guest speaker on August 2. One of the various programs that she offers is to do a room make-over for one of our members. She is currently doing this for another guild and the Nimble Thimbles board was supportive. That is where, you, the members come in.

If you are interested in being the subject of a before and after make-over, there are a few things to discuss before submitting your name at the Nimble Thimbles meeting on June 7.

Please see the details in the newsletter to determine your interest.

Website is

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sue Bunch from Back to Back will be providing a wonderful program on May 3,2011

Sue Bunch will join us again for a special program focusing on the unique and interesting wool batting created from an Alpaca. We will do a felting demonstration as an added bonus. This is a great evening.

Here's your notice...we have a new location starting May 3,2011

Our new location is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 739 W. Erie St in Chandler.
See you this Tuesday!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Our last meeting at the Gilbert Historical Museum will be a tour of the Quilt Show on Tuesday, April 19,2011

For our last meeting at the museum we will be touring the museum to see the Quilt Show. This will be a social evening, to allow us time to visit and enjoy the show. We will start the tour at 7pm as there is no business planned for this meeting.

Have you marked your calendar for this Sunday's sew in?

Come join us for a casual day of sewing at the Chandler Police Station from 9-4pm on Sunday,April 17th. The address is 250 E. Chicago St in Chandler. Bring your own projects and make yourself comfortable. There is room for sewing machines and a table for you to spread out or just bring handwork. You can come and go as you's a great way to spend the day. See you there!!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Have your heard??? We are moving to a new location.

Effective May 3,2011 Nimble Thimbles will be meeting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 739 W. Erie St, Chandler,AZ.
If you have attended the holiday party the last 2 years...that's the place.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quilters of Trilogy at Power Ranch present their 8th annual quilt show

Quilt show is Friday, April 1,2011 from 10am-4pm. Lots of gorgeous quilts. Quilting demonstrations. Raffle quilt and sale. Lunch available in the cafe.
No admission fee.

Where: Trilogy Club House in Power Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona
4369 E. Village Parkway (south of Queen Creek on Ranch House Road)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Please join us on April 5,2011 to learn more about Batiks from our own member Evelyn Link

Evelyn Link and Judy Berry have had the great opportunity of traveling to Bali and have an up close and personal look at Batiks and their construction. Please join us!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Get ready for a wonderful evening with Julie Hocker on March 15, 2011 at Nimble Thimbles

Julie owns Lady Hawk Designs who will inspire us with her quilts and motivational words to "Kick Start Your Creativity". Please join us for a fun and entertaining evening

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Here's the latest on Spring Camp...from LeeAnna aka Camp Queen

We have THURSDAY!! Camp this spring is April 7, 8, 9 and 10. We can arrive at Emmanuel Pines starting at 2:00 pm. I'll be there to start setting up tables and getting the power set up. We have the space until 2:00 pm on Sunday, meals start on Friday evening and we do have lunch on Sunday.

I am opening up our camp to Non-NT members this week - so if you want to reserve your space, let me know and send me your $10 deposit. We have 20 people signed up so far, the limit is 30. If you have a friend or family member that would like to attend camp - the only requirement is that they belong to AQG since we use the guilds insurance.

Remember to have your payments completed by March 15th or there is a $10 late fee. We'll have lots of fun, the small quilt auction, a gift exchange, opportunity quilt sales, a pot luck on Thursday and lots and lots of quilting!! Let me know if you have any questions or would like to reserve your space!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Here is your first chance to win a raffle basket on March 1, 2011.

Three Baskets containing kits will be raffled off. Nimble Thimbles will be doing this raffle four times this year. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Remember you can't win if you don't have a ticket!!!

Please join us on March 1,2011 for a wonderful evening with Lenna DeMarco and Anne Hodgkins

Lenna and Anne have an unbelievable collection of mid to late 1800's quilts in red and green. They will share their treasures with us, along with history and tales; they are great fun and entertaining.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mark your calendar for Sunday Sew In at the Chandler Police Station on February 20,2011

Please join other Nimble Thimble members and friends at the Chandler Police Station for a sew in day from 9-4pm. This is the perfect time to plan a day dedicated to sewing and visiting. For those of you that have not been you'll be surprised at the nice location and the fun that is had. The police station is at 250 E. Chicago Street in downtown Chandler. Bring anything that you are working on and lunch/snacks to get you thru the day... or you could go out and pick up lunch.
Don't forget an extension cord!!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Quilting Makes The Quilt Challenge


We would like to invite all members to participate in this year’s Quilting makes the Quilt challenge.
Everyone that joins in the fun will be given the fabrics ( not the backing ) and instructions for making the wall hanging , but the challenge will be in how you quilt the block. Since many of us fear the quilting part, we thought this would be what sets us free in letting our quilting juices flow!!!!!!!!!
We hope to have kits ready by the first of March .
The cost will be $15 and payment will be due by February 15, 2011.
See Kim, Patty, Martha, Bev or LeeAnna for any ?’s

Get ready for a wonderful evening...Barb Eckoff is returning!!!!!

Join us on February 15th for a wonderful evening with a return guest. Barb Eckoff from Iowa joins us again for a special evening of antique quilts. She is sharing several quilts that she has "found" in Arizona, and will relate some history of the fabric, patterns, and significance to us.

Calling all Quilts for the Gilbert Historical Museum Quilt Show

It's that time again to show off your talent and love of quilting by placing your quilts in the Gilbert Historical Museum's Quilt show. Any size and style of quilts are welcome. Entry forms are available at the museum and at our regular meetings. Quilts need to be dropped off by February 22,2011. The show starts March 2,2011 and runs thru May.
There will be demonstrations at 11am to noon on Saturdays during the show. Please visit the Museum's website for info on demos.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Raffle Baskets

Our Ways and Means chairperson, Lynnette has put together beautiful raffle baskets that will be raffled off during the year at scheduled meetings. Your first opportunity to win one of these wonderful baskets is on March 1,2011.
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Mark your calendars for March 1, June 7, September 6, and the holiday party for your chance to win. Just remember you can't win without a ticket!!!!!!

Quilt Study Gathering

All with an interest in 19th and 20th century antique quilts are invited to a gathering to share, study and learn. The gatherings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Nest meeting is February 9,2011 at 10am. For more information and location contact Lynn Miller at

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine theme for Show and Tell on February 1, 2011

Our show and tell host, Berta would like to invite everyone to bring a Valentine themed project to our next meeting on February 1,2011. This could include anything red, pink, with hearts, etc...get the idea? Berta has a lot of ideas for show and tell, so return to the blog often.

Message from LeeAnna about spring camp

Spring Quilt Camp at Emmanuel Pines in Prescott is coming up fast! It's early in April - Friday, April 8th through Sunday, April 10th. I'll let you know if we have Thursday in February.
> If we get Thursday we can show up at 2:00 pm and we have to be out by 2:00 pm on Sunday.
> Costs have gone up just a bit (like everything else!) so this time around the fees are as follows:
> Costs: 3 days = $82.00
> 4 days = $94.00
> This is a $2.00 increase in fees.
> If you haven't come to camp before here are some things to plan for besides quilting, eating, quilting, sleeping, quilting, fun, quilting and laughing!

> For full details about camp see LeeAnna at any of the meetings.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Trunk Show by Cindy Banna...February 1, 2011

Cindy Banna from Sun Lakes will be treating us to a trunk show. She is an Agave Quilter who makes extraordinary color and pattern choices. Please join us for a special showing of her quilts!

January 18 - Getting to know you social.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00pm for a NT getting-to-know-you social. BRING A FAT QUARTER FOR A GAME/EXCHANGE - make it a beautiful one! See you then!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Trunk Show to start the New Year...January 4, 2010

Apache Junction quilter, Janet Real, will be sharing about 20 quilts with us. She does beautiful applique work, often without pattern, only working from a photo she sees. She has also rescued several quilts which were completed halfway. What a gift! It will be a treat to see her work.

Join us on Tuesday at 7pm for our first Nimble Thimbles meeting of the year!