Chapter Reports: Nimble Thimbles

2016 Reports

October 2016

The Nimble Thimbles group was treated to a unique trunk show by our very own, Merci. She introduced the group to her wonderful quilts that are Mexican inspired. The collection of quilts focused on Nativity scenes put all of us in the Christmas spirit.

Our group is also focused on making the favors for the AQG Fall Meeting on November 12, 2016. We have decided to make scissor cases with patriotic fabric to go along with the theme for the meeting. One of our members, Colleen, has made them for our quilt camps and they were a hit since it allows you to carry those small scissors without poking through the bag. Here is a picture of some already done by one of our members, Amy.

 


 

September 2016

 

Nimble Thimbles has started off the year with two president challenges. The first is a wall hang-ing of a birdhouse. The kit included the background fabric and the pattern for the birdhouse. All other embellishments are up to the quilter. Our group hopes to submit these again as a group challenge for the AQG quilt show in March. We can’t wait to see what wonderful and creative quilts these birds can come up with.
The second challenge was strip blocks. This is a chance for everyone to try their hand at a new type of block and all blocks will be sewn into charity quilts. This will be a great ‘seek and find’ type of quilt for one of our charities to give to kids. So far we have had 97 blocks do-nated. Judy went a step ahead and not only did 35 blocks but even put one to-gether into a quilt top. These are a great way to get rid of those little bits of fabric we have left over.
Our group is also working on the favors for the Fall AQG meeting. We decided to do scissor cases in patriotic fabric to go along with the theme. This favor will allow you to carry your scissors with you and protect the ends from poking through your bags. We can’t wait to share with all of you that will be attending the meeting.
Feel free to always drop in and attend our meetings in Chandler on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.Nimble Thimbles has started off the year with two president challenges. The first is a wall hang-ing of a birdhouse. The kit included the background fabric and the pattern for the birdhouse. All other embellishments are up to the quilter. Our group hopes to submit these again as a group challenge for the AQG quilt show in March. We can’t wait to see what wonderful and creative quilts these birds can come up with.

The second challenge was strip blocks. This is a chance for everyone to try their hand at a new type of block and all blocks will be sewn into charity quilts. This will be a great ‘seek and find’ type of quilt for one of our charities to give to kids. So far we have had 97 blocks do-nated. Judy went a step ahead and not only did 35 blocks but even put one to-gether into a quilt top. These are a great way to get rid of those little bits of fabric we have left over.

Our group is also working on the favors for the Fall AQG meeting. We decided to do scissor cases in patriotic fabric to go along with the theme. This favor will allow you to carry your scissors with you and protect the ends from poking through your bags. We can’t wait to share with all of you that will be attending the meeting.

Feel free to always drop in and attend our meetings in Chandler on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.


August 2016

Nimble Thimbles celebrated the great work of our president, Susie Seckel, by presenting her with presidents quilt. The quilt was designed by Berta Knapp and Patt Glenn. Johnie Schofield printed all of the members names. Kathy O’Brien and Cheryl Benjamin finished the quilting and binding. Susie introduced some wonderful new additions to our monthly meetings by starting each meeting with a positive quote and inviting a member each meeting to introduce themselves in our Quilters Spotlight. This allowed the members to get to know each other better and find those connections. What a beautiful way to create a stronger community and make friends.

Susie ended her year with homemade gifts for all of the current board members and speakers throughout the year. She had a wonderful collection of pin cushions in beautiful tea cups and even made small pin cushions using bottle caps. Homemade gifts are the best.

Nimble Thimbles will start our new year with a new board and one of our favorite meetings, PUP. PUP stands for poor unfinished projects. Each year we invite all members to bring in 3 unfinished projects and as a group we vote on which one they are challenged to complete over the next year. You can bet we do not select the easy one that only needs binding.


 

May 2016

Nimble Thimble Have Best Spring Camp Ever

The Nimble Thimbles Chapter of AQG reports that their annual Spring Camp/Get-Away at Emmanuel Pines in Prescott was a complete success. The ladies attending enjoyed almost 4 days of quilting and sewing bliss with no interruptions, except to go down to the dining hall for fabulous meals or skip out to town to buy new fabric, or check out flea markets. Some members attend just to take long quiet walks in the pines or see the deer cross the road every night at dusk. Many thanks to Colleen Euge, Camp Director for her long hours of planning and her tireless efforts to make sure every aspect went smoothly. The Camp Quilt Auction was also a huge success and proceeds benefited either our camp site directly, or the Nimble Thimbles Camp fund for capital outlay items like new irons, and other quilting supplies. On Tuesday, April 5, NT had a great program on Color Theory with Lucy Mansfield. She made the color wheel simple and helpful for us and helped members select just the right colors to bring our quilts alive. There was even a raffle for 10 patented “3 in 1 Color Tools” for attending the meeting! Members were also able to purchase the tool after the Lecture/Presentation. On April 19, 2016 the entire membership met at the Gilbert Historical Museum for a fast business meeting and then, an entire evening of vising the Quilts on display at the Museum’s yearly show titled, "The Art of Quilting.” Hats off, and thank you to everyone who participated in the recent AQG Quilt Show, especially all of you who allowed your “President’s Challenge 2016” quilts to be displayed. We had a great display, did we not! All quilters of every style and level of skill are welcome at our meetings, which are held on the first and third Tuesday evening at 7 pm of every month year round at Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W Erie Street in downtown Chandler.

 


 

April 2016

The Chandler based Nimble Thimbles Chapter has just returned from a fabulous four day Spring Quilt Camp at Emanuel Pines Campgrounds in Prescott. Just think of it: Four days filled with sewing and quilting and conversation, plus a wonderful Camp Small Quilt Auction, and the announcement of the Spring Camp Quilt winner. There was time for walks in the woods and shopping for new fabric, and of course home-style meals in the dining room. Nimble Thimbles puts on the very best camp around! With camp over it is now time to put the finishing touch on all the quilts headed for the up-coming AQG Quilt Show, especially those group submissions from President Susie Seckel’s Challenge, “What Nimble Thimbles means to me.” Please check us out under the Group Category.

We all brought our sewing machines on Tuesday, March 1st and had a sew-in to make pin cushions for the Arizona Quilters Guild (AQG) Show/Sale.

On Tuesday, March 15, our presentation was about Antique Sewing Machines, how to care for them and what makes them so special. Since March had a 5th Tuesday we all came together and had a sew In to support community service. Nimble Thimbles is an active chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild which meets twice each month year round. Our meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church located at 739 W. Erie Street in Chandler, Arizona. Come and visit us any time!

 

 


 

March 2016

The Nimble Thimbles Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild is fast at work on all their Spring Projects. First off, a big “thank you” goes out to our Charity Chairs, Penny Boese and Judy Walmsley for all the hard work and many hours these two ladies have put in. Thank you to all who made quilts or bags this year, or helped in any way. To date more than 150 quilts have new homes: The NT Charity staff delivered 90 plus quilts to the American Legion for our veterans, and 33 went to the Red Cross for RC emergency needs. NT members have completed 40 carry bags and delivered 25 quilts to Save the Family for their charity requests. Again, thank you one and all.

Colleen Euge, Camp Coordinator, reminds us that it is time to sign-up for camp, if openings remain, and to complete your payment in full ASAP for our Spring Camp, March 31st to April 3rd . For more information check directly with Colleen, at 602-928-9421. NT is especially grateful to Colleen for all the work and planning she does to make our camp the best in all of AQG. Do not forget to bring or donate a small quilted item for the Camp Auction, and please, buy lots of tickets on our gorgeous Spring Camp Quilt!

In January, we saw a superb Trunk Show by Ann Peterson, and came away with lots of new ideas for our own quilts. In February, our Trash to Treasure Auction was lots of fun and very successful, and NT thanks all who participated. Also, in February, the membership saw a Trunk Show by Cheryl Hough, who showed us how to use machine embroidery in our quilts. Looking ahead to March: on the 1st, NT will have a sew-in to make pin cushions for the AQG Quilt Show. On March 15th, there will be a program you will not want to miss on Antique Sewing Machines, and on March 29th, there will be a 5th Tuesday Charity Sew Day, where members can work on Community Service or personal projects. As always, we meet on the first and third Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 West Erie Street in downtown Chandler. Come on by and check us out.

Lastly, it is time to think about YOU volunteering for the 2016-2017 NT Board, as most Board positions must be filled with new people. All positions can be shared by two individuals (cochairs), and most required only a few hours a month, so please volunteer because without YOUR support NT will not endure

 


 

February 2016

The Nimble Thimble Chapter has lots of things planned for spring including a wonderful Spring Camp at the Emanuel Pines campsite in Prescott from March 31st to April 3rd. Also in the works, are plans to enter the AQG Quilt Show in the Group Category with some of our many Presidents’ Challenge quilts: “What Nimble Thimbles Means to me.” We are also very pleased that noted applique quilt artist, Nancy Busby, is giving a 4 month long workshop using her very pretty “Southwest Basket” design. If you have not been to a meeting lately and are interested, contact current President Susie Seckel for details and to find out if you can join in on the fun. The February 2nd meeting is very special, as we have designated that night as our “Trash to Treasures” Auction. Monies earned at the auction will be used to bring in even more fabulous teachers and to help with our community service projects. Any AQG member is able to come and bid on the items. In the past, we have even had sewing machines donated and our program Directors (Joanne Reiter and Berta Knapp) are hoping for a nice barely used Mercedes or Porshe. The Nimble Thimbles Chapter meets on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month year round, from 7 pm to 9 pm in the evening at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W Erie Street in downtown Chandler. We welcome quilters of all styles and expertise, from beginners to advanced. Come over and check us out on any meeting night; you are sure to learn something new and meet some very nice people.

 


 

January 2016

The Nimble Thimbles Chapter had a wonderful 2015 year and ended it with a very special Holiday Party on December 8th 2015. There were over 20 submissions for the Susie Seckel’s President’s Challenge (What Nimble Thimbles Means to Me) and all were quite wonderful. Plans are in the making to have most, if not all of the President’s Challenge Quilts entered into the AQG Quilt Show in 2016, in the Group Category. What a wonderful and winning Idea! Please check them out for yourself!

Grateful thanks for another wonderful Holiday Party goes to Karen Ewart and Suzie Evenstad, party co-chairs, and to Suzie’s daughter, Jennifer and her husband Jim, who helped prepare and serve our meal. Our joint meeting with the Cactus Patchers and Prickly Piercers with Pat Knoechel was a huge success and an excellent time was had by all attendees. We truly enjoy seeing what is new with “Quilt in a Day” and look forward to each of Pat’s visits.

NT reminder: The 'Trash to Treasures' Auction will be held on February 2nd 2016 and NT members are asked to bring their donations to the January meetings for sorting and packaging.

 

 

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