Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Meetings

Happy Holidays

Enjoy the holidays with your families. 
Nimble Thimbles will resume regular meetings on Jan 7th.

Holiday party on December 10th for those who registered and paid.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 19 - Two reasons to enjoy this program.  Sue Williams, a past President and member of Nimble Thimbles, will providing a trunk show of her quilts.  She is a prolific quilter and it is always wonderful to see her quilts.  And we will have having a great pumpkin celebration.  Don't forget to bring your favorite pumpkin desert.  If you forgot to email your pre-email your recipe, bring it with you.

Additionally at the November 19 meeting,
  • bring your donations of white goods (toilet paper, paper towels, crayons and coloring books) for the Nimble Thimbles donation to My Sister's Place Women's Shelter.  
  • and/or bring your donations of dry, mashed potato flakes and desert mixes for the Church collection
  • and bring your $10.00 check to reserve your seat at the Nimble Thimble annual Christmas party on December 10th.

Monday, October 21, 2013

November Meetings

There is a change in meeting dates for November. We will be meeting on the 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

November 12 - Our program will be provided by Pat Knoechel from Quilt in a Day.    Pat is Eleanor Burns' sister.  We have been fortunate to have Pat present programs to us in the past and they are always great!  She usually brings books, rulers, and patterns for sale.  The meeting is held in in Classroom 6. Park on the east side of the Church building and enter through the open entryway.

November 19 - Two reasons to enjoy this program.  Sue Williams, a past President and member of Nimble Thimbles, will providing a trunk show of her quilts.  She is a prolific quilter and it is always wonderful to see her quilts.

Additionally at the November 19 meeting, we will be having a Great Pumpkin  celebration:  Everyone is invited to bring his or her favorite pumpkin creation (one we can eat--not an artfully carved jack-o-lantern) and we will have a pumpkin patch feast!  As an added bonus, if each quilter who is bringing something yummy would email the recipe to Mary the week before, let's say the deadline is Thursday, Nov. 14, she will put together a copy of all of the recipes for everyone to take home.  Please write RECIPE in the subject line to make it easy for her to recognize.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Charity Sew In – Tuesday October 29, 2013

Join us for the fifth Tuesday in October (10/29/13) at the church for a Charity Sew In from 7:00-9:00pm. Please Note: The location has changed to Classroom 1 (Fifth Grade) and Classroom 2 (Sixth Grade). The location change is needed for this Sew-In as the church will be using the gymnasium. You will need to park at the East Side parking lot in the church complex. The classrooms are in the northeast building of the complex and entered via the courtyard from the parking lot. Bring your sewing machine - we will have lots of different kits available to sew or bring a project you are working on. Refreshments will be provided. This is our last Sew-In of the year - we hope to see you there!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Regression to Childhood

At our next meeting we are going to relive our childhood my making Shrinky Dink embellishments. Sarah Meland will be visiting us on Oct. 15th and will demonstrate how to make these.
Post Meeting Note:
A big thank you to Sarah Meland for giving the Shrinky Dink program which was lots of fun. She also showed some projects for which she provides free patterns on her blog - http://thriftstorecrafter.com/. Check out the beautiful Ferris Wheel quilt she is working on.
She also mentioned http://justsomethingimade.com/ as having a lot of free printables.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Trunk Show

Our next meeting on Sept. 17 will be a trunk show by Nimble Thimble Cher Benjamin. She is a great long arm quilter and we are excited to see her quilts.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Our next meeting on Sept. 3 is going to be a fun game of Quilt-O. Just like Bingo but with quilting terms and of course quilting / fabric prizes! If you want to play please bring 50 cents (to get 50 pennies to put on your Quilt-O cards) and a fat quarter of fabric.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Meeting August 20th

For our meeting August 20th Denise from Sew from the Heart will talk about long arms, quilting and how to prep your quilt for a longarmer. Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Two Blonde Mice

For our meeting on August 6th we will enjoy a presentation from Two Blonde Mice. They make hand embroidery patterns. They will bring some of their work to show as well as patterns to purchase.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Charity Sew In – Tuesday July 30, 2013

Join us for the fifth Tuesday in July at our usual meeting place at the church for a Charity Sew In from 7:00-9:00pm. We will be cutting kits so please bring a ruler, rotary cutter, and cutting mat if you want to help with cutting. We will also have kits available to sew and we have a few quilts ready for binding and also a few sandwiched to do quilting. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Tutorial at Sew in

Laura A. has offered to teach people how to make the Star within a Star block at Nimble Thimbles next sew in on July 14th. If you would like to participate bring 6 coordinating fabrics, template plastic, and Best Press or spray starch. You might want to bring more than 6 fabrics so that you have more choices when making your block. Don't forget your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. See you there!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fun in the Heat

We had a great time at our Christmas in July meeting. We did some paper crafts and took a trivia quiz. It was a great time!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Christmas in July

For our meeting July 2nd we are going to celebrate Christmas in July. Bring any Christmas quilt or craft for show and tell. We are going to have some fun and games and of course time to socialize! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Meeting June 18th

For our next meeting on June 18th we will be having a trunk show of the quilts of Arlene Southworth. It is always fun to look to quilts!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tea Towel Aprons

We had a great time at our meeting modeling aprons and learning how to make tea towel aprons. Here are the directions on how to make them. Simple Tea Towel Apron

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

June 4th Nimble Thimbles Meeting

Our next meeting on June 4th will be about aprons. We are asking members to bring their favorite aprons to show and share. They can be ones you have made, found at antique stores, or the beloved one with food stains all over it! Also there will be an easy make and take. We will have a couple of sewing machines set up and will show how to make a simple apron. If you want to participate bring a tea towel and 2 yards of matching 1 inch ribbon.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

We all enjoyed the presentations at Nimble Thimbles Quilter's University.  I tried using a Haiku Deck presentation along with my actual paper piecing samples.  I thought some of you might like to be able to review it again.   Just click on the center of the picture to advance through the slides.   Haiku Deck is new to me and so I'm learning different ways to use it.

--- Amy

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quilter's University

Our next meeting on May 21st will be a Quilter's University.  4 of our members will teach different techniques.  This is always a fun time so come and join us!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Meeting May 7

Our next meeting May 7th at 7:00 at the church will feature guest speaker Linda Pohlenz from California. She is part of Butterfly Express Quilting and will have patterns and a trunk show for us. Should be fun!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Charity Sew In

On Tuesday April 30th we will meet at the church at 7pm to sew quilts for charity.  Kits will be available if you want to bring your machine.  If you prefer to cut bring a mat and rotary cutter.  You are also welcome to just show up and socialize.  Come join the fun!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Night at the Museum

Our next meeting on April 16th will be held at the Gilbert Historical Museum at 7pm. We will meet at the museum instead of our usual meeting place. We will then tour their annual quilt show. The museum is on the SW corner of Gilbert and Elliot .   See you there.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Meeting April 2

Our next meeting April 2nd will be a slide show of the quilts in the AQG show.  Come take a look at all the great quilts that were in the show.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Color Challenge

We thought it would be great to get a challenge going this year. The challenge is to make a finished project using only black, white, and your favorite color.  You can use as many shades as you want of your favorite color.  The project can be any size you want and can be an item such as a bag or pot holder.  It just needs to be finished!  The challenge items are due at the Christmas party.

Good luck!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ice Cream Social

For our meeting March 19th we are going to do an ice cream social. The hot weather means it is time for ice cream!  Bring handwork to do while chatting with friends.  Bring you favorite ice cream topping to share as well.  See you then!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Spring Quilt Camp April 11-14

If you’d like to spend a weekend working on your projects, sleeping, eating, walking, talking and laughing, laughing, oh and quilting, then join us at Emmanuel Pines in Prescott.  We start at 2:00pm on Thursday, (Yes, we do have Thursday!) and we have the space until 2:00pm on Sunday.  Our camp is very easy, the only times to remember is when camp starts, when it finishes and when it’s time to eat! 

The only requirement is that everyone (your sister, Mom, Aunt, friend) MUST belong to AQG.  This is for insurance purposes.  There are NO exceptions.

Costs: Friday - Sunday = $84.00, Thursday to Sunday = $98.00.

The $10 deposit is Non-Refundable, and no refunds are given less than 30 days prior to camp. 

For those that have not enjoyed camp before - here are some things to plan for:

  - Emmanuel Pines starts cooking for us at Friday dinner.

     - Some of us do a potluck for Thursday dinner; others go into Prescott. 

               - Same for Friday breakfast/lunch

  - We have a quilting gift exchange - $20 limit.  If you bring a gift, you'll get a gift.  Please wrap your gift.  We usually do the exchange on Saturday after lunch.  Participate only if you want to.

  - We have a small quilt auction on Saturday night.  Money goes to the camp fund.  Again, participate only if you want to.

  - We hand out Door Prizes on Friday night so you can shop the local stores on Saturday!

  - Bring munchies to share... bring drinks and ice (we have space on the deck for coolers), coffee, tea and hot chocolate is provided by Emmanuel Pines. (Bring a coffee cup, they only provide those little tiny Styrofoam cups).

Here is a link to the Emmanuel Pines website, check out the sewing/sleeping spaces and directions to camp.


We sleep in the Oak Lodge and sew in the Cedar Chapel.

Questions?  Or to sign up for camp; please see me at one of the meetings or you can email me.  If you can’t find me – then feel free to give your money to Kathy O’Brien (our Treasurer).


Lee Anna

Camp Queen

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Quilter's University

For our March 5th meeting we will be having a Quilter's University.  We will have stations where a technique will be demonstrated for 10 minutes to a small group.  The group will rotate stations every 10 minutes until all the stations are completed.  This is always a fun meeting so come and join us!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Meeting Feb. 5th

Tonight (Feb. 5th) we are having a speaker Annette Mahon. She is an author who writes mysteries about Hawaiian quilting.  Come join us!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Angle Play Table Runner Class

We excited to have Ken Casey teach us his traveling teacher angle play class.  Due to popular demand there will be two classes April 7th and April 21st from 9-4.  Sign up for one or the other at Nimble Thimbles (or contact Kathy K.)  Cost is $10 to buy the pattern. Please pay ahead of time at Nimble Thimbles.  The actual cost of the class will be paid for by Nimble Thimbles from money budgeted for classes - you only have to buy the pattern to take the class.  Kathy K will have a supply list available.  Both classes will be at the downtown Chandler police station community room.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Charity Sew Night

There is a 5th Tuesday in January so let's get together and sew.  We will making tops for charity Tuesday January 29th. Bring your sewing machine to the church and there will be kits available to work on.  If you prefer, bring whatever you would like to work on or if you just want to come to socialize that's great too!  See you then!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy New Year!

   Every new year brings with it it's own expectations, opportunities, limitations and change. Some doors open, others close. Quilters are a hardy breed. We've known how to work within limitations, for that is where quilting has come from. Some call it frugality, or thriftiness. I prefer 'artistic challenge'.
   This year, both our Chapter and AQG will offering wonderful opportunities for learning,  creating and showing quilts. Be sure to check the AQG website and this blog for upcoming opportunities. Kathy Krieg and Becky Brown are putting a banner year of activities together, so let's enjoy their hard work, along with ours and have indeed, a happy new year.

your President,
Joanne Reiter