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March,2019
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9:00 am
Get UP and GO! CLUB, Free
Have a GO! Cutter? Want one? Want to know what all the fuss is about? Come join us for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat while we demo tips and tricks, along with a fun and easy project. Even easier with a GO! cutter.
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11:00 am
FREE Community Works sew day (Sandi)

Please RSVP to save your spot so that we get enough tables set up.

Come to help sew beautiful scrappy quilts from orphan blocks and other donated pieces. Come to learn (or practice) quilting techniques (e.g. paper piecing, free motion quilting, machine applique, etc.)
Come to socialize with other like minded quilters.
Come join us to build your karma and help out our community!

Bring your sewing machine (don't forget power cord & foot pedal) and neutral color thread (gray, tan, or white). Drop in for as many hours as you would like (11am - 5pm).
The Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop, 7455 Monterey Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA
The Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop, 7455 Monterey Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA
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9:00 am
CUTIE Club, Second Saturday of each month, join us FREE
FIrst off, there will be donuts! Second - Please call and let us know if you are coming, so we can plan for seating and enough donuts!

A BOM program is the focus of this club, but you are not required to participate in that project. Join us to explore the options available with Cutie Packs, 16 Fat eights, mixed and matched to give you a basis to make your own kit. With over 60 patterns, the possibilities are endless. The group is open to anyone who uses cuties, might want to try one, or just wants to see the fun they inspire. During each meeting, we will demo uses for cuties, different tools and the techniques needed for one of the CUTIE patterns.

If it becomes too tempting as we progress, you can join the BOM at any time and start with the current month's block. We will be glad to help you catch up with the earlier blocks as you go, or, when we finish the project, we can continue with the blocks you missed,. Either way, you win.

The BOM is Inez's Walk Around the Block, a 9-month sampler, using 1 CUTIE PACK with 4 different backgrounds and 2 optional borders. Total investment is one CUTIE PACK, your choice of 7 3/8 yards for backgrounds. Final size is 90"x90" (79"x79" without borders).

BOM participants will receive the kit components at 10% off, and you get the pattern free.
10:30 am
FTCU Embroidery Software Users Group

FTCU Embroidery Software Users Group

If you own Floriani's Embroidery software, or if you are considering a purchase in the future, this is the group for you. Learn to use the full capacity of this amazing design and digitizing system. This hands-on group discusses a specific topic or feature of the program each month, with Q&A and assignments to reinforce new techniques. See the link below for more information on the software.
Fees: $30/session

 rnkdistributing.com/pro.....ware/
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12:30 pm
PEO basket day - Private
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7:30 pm
Pajaro Valley Quilt Assn Meeting, Aptos
Come join us! Details at pvqa.org/about-pvqa/
Beth-El Jewish Community Center
Beth-El Jewish Community Center
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7:00 pm
South Valley Quilt Assn
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11:00 am
FREE Community Works sew day (Sandi)

Please RSVP to save your spot so that we get enough tables set up.

Come to help sew beautiful scrappy quilts from orphan blocks and other donated pieces. Come to learn (or practice) quilting techniques (e.g. paper piecing, free motion quilting, machine applique, etc.)
Come to socialize with other like minded quilters.
Come join us to build your karma and help out our community!

Bring your sewing machine (don't forget power cord & foot pedal) and neutral color thread (gray, tan, or white). Drop in for as many hours as you would like (11am - 5pm).
The Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop, 7455 Monterey Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA
The Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop, 7455 Monterey Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA
4:00 pm
Private lesson (Sandi)
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Worldwide Quilting Day
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Quilting with rulers, 2 days with Paula Reid - $170 (2 lunches included)

Quilting rulers let you create reproducible free motion designs without a computer.  If you are not familiar with this relatively-new process, copy and paste this link to see a quick video. drive.google.com/file/.....aring.  

This class will teach you the techniques to make several patterns, using tools that will allow you to continue to grow in your skills with additional practice. The teacher, Paula Reid, is a nationally-known quilt artist who specializes in workshops such as these. More info about Paula and her classes is available at her website. See her workshops for Ruler Play I and II at www.battsintheattic.com/book-a-workshop.htm

This class is 2 full days - all day Saturday and Sunday. Old City Hall is the venue, and lunch both days is included in the class. You may choose to leave your personal items in the classroom: however, Neither the restaurant nor NT can accept responsibility for anything left over night. 

Required tools include rulers/feet, a ruler foot (appropriately sized for your machine), an extension table and an optional, highly recommended slider sheet.  NOTE: If you do not have these items, the Nimble Thimble is glad to order them for you. Total cost of rulers is $215. Sew Steady extension tables range from $119-$230, depending on size. 

All tools must be ordered and paid for at the time of sign-up. Please bring a foot from your machine (REMOVED AT THE SCREW) if you are not sure whether you need a long or short shank foot.  

Note that every student MUST have an extension table for their machine. It’s impossible to do this work just over an accessory box (most of them curve and then the ruler wobbles) and even worse over a free arm.Custom items (tables) must be pre-ordered Prior to Feb 23. Rulers include the Westalee Sew Steady Ruler Foot Starter Package (includes ruler foot, 12” Arc Ruler). Templates Required for Workshop: 10” Spine (#WT-FSPINE10), Spacing Gauge and 4 Piece Feather Template Set (#WTFS4) in the shank height appropriate for your machine. 

Samples made in the class are just that: samples. If you use coordinated fat quarters, they could easily be made into a pillow, bag or wall hanging. 

MATERIAL LIST - RULER PLAY I:

*Your sewing machine, along with the power cord, foot pedal, manual and all the other bits and bobs
*Thread that will blend or contrast with your practice pieces
*Water soluble marker, such as Mark-B-Gone
*Ruler for marking orientation lines; I used a 3”x18”, but anything similar would work 

For each practice piece, you will need:
 2 fat quarters fabric in a medium value color, either solid or tone on tone. Using fabric with a medium value color will make it easy to see your orientation markings for accurate ruler placement. Once you are comfortable with the techniques and ruler usage, then you can bring out all the wild things! 
 Batting, also fat quarter size; wool, cotton, bamboo will all work. High loft poly batt is not desirable in that it will push the quilt too high, interfering with the ruler process. 
 Preparation before class would be to make a practice sandwich by either spraying with temporary adhesive spray or pinning with safety pins. The Nimble Thimble highly recommends powered adhesive as an alternative to the spray.
 Plan on having at least two practice pieces assembled; if you are a fast stitcher (you know who you are!), plan on making 3-4 pieces. 
 NOT REQUIRED BUT HELPFUL: The more of these classes I teach, the more feedback I get back from students that using a slider sheet on their extension table really helps them to move the fabric sandwiches easily while doing ruler work. These sheets are tacky on the back to adhere to your extension table and slippery on the top to help your fabric move. They are easily removable and repositionable without leaving residue on your machine or table. There will be Free Motion Gliders ($40 for 12’x18” size) available for purchase at the workshop; other common brands are Sew Slip and Supreme Slider. The Free Motion Gliders are very competitive price-wise, so if you don’t already own one of these sliders, you can purchase it in class. 

RULER PLAY II: YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
At least 2 more FQ sandwiches
*Thread that will blend or contrast with your practice pieces.
 Water soluble marker, such as Mark-B-Gone. Test on your fabric first to make sure that the marks will show up.
 Ruler for marking orientation lines; 3”x18” or something similar. Westalee also makes a Crosshair Ruler that is excellent for this.
St Patrick's Dinner for St Joseph's
12:30 pm
PEO basket day - Private
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Quilting with rulers, 2 days with Paula Reid - $170 (2 lunches included)

Quilting rulers let you create reproducible free motion designs without a computer.  If you are not familiar with this relatively-new process, copy and paste this link to see a quick video. drive.google.com/file/.....aring.  

This class will teach you the techniques to make several patterns, using tools that will allow you to continue to grow in your skills with additional practice. The teacher, Paula Reid, is a nationally-known quilt artist who specializes in workshops such as these. More info about Paula and her classes is available at her website. See her workshops for Ruler Play I and II at www.battsintheattic.com/book-a-workshop.htm

This class is 2 full days - all day Saturday and Sunday. Old City Hall is the venue, and lunch both days is included in the class. You may choose to leave your personal items in the classroom: however, Neither the restaurant nor NT can accept responsibility for anything left over night. 

Required tools include rulers/feet, a ruler foot (appropriately sized for your machine), an extension table and an optional, highly recommended slider sheet.  NOTE: If you do not have these items, the Nimble Thimble is glad to order them for you. Total cost of rulers is $215. Sew Steady extension tables range from $119-$230, depending on size. 

All tools must be ordered and paid for at the time of sign-up. Please bring a foot from your machine (REMOVED AT THE SCREW) if you are not sure whether you need a long or short shank foot.  

Note that every student MUST have an extension table for their machine. It’s impossible to do this work just over an accessory box (most of them curve and then the ruler wobbles) and even worse over a free arm.Custom items (tables) must be pre-ordered Prior to Feb 23. Rulers include the Westalee Sew Steady Ruler Foot Starter Package (includes ruler foot, 12” Arc Ruler). Templates Required for Workshop: 10” Spine (#WT-FSPINE10), Spacing Gauge and 4 Piece Feather Template Set (#WTFS4) in the shank height appropriate for your machine. 

Samples made in the class are just that: samples. If you use coordinated fat quarters, they could easily be made into a pillow, bag or wall hanging. 

MATERIAL LIST - RULER PLAY I:

*Your sewing machine, along with the power cord, foot pedal, manual and all the other bits and bobs
*Thread that will blend or contrast with your practice pieces
*Water soluble marker, such as Mark-B-Gone
*Ruler for marking orientation lines; I used a 3”x18”, but anything similar would work 

For each practice piece, you will need:
 2 fat quarters fabric in a medium value color, either solid or tone on tone. Using fabric with a medium value color will make it easy to see your orientation markings for accurate ruler placement. Once you are comfortable with the techniques and ruler usage, then you can bring out all the wild things! 
 Batting, also fat quarter size; wool, cotton, bamboo will all work. High loft poly batt is not desirable in that it will push the quilt too high, interfering with the ruler process. 
 Preparation before class would be to make a practice sandwich by either spraying with temporary adhesive spray or pinning with safety pins. The Nimble Thimble highly recommends powered adhesive as an alternative to the spray.
 Plan on having at least two practice pieces assembled; if you are a fast stitcher (you know who you are!), plan on making 3-4 pieces. 
 NOT REQUIRED BUT HELPFUL: The more of these classes I teach, the more feedback I get back from students that using a slider sheet on their extension table really helps them to move the fabric sandwiches easily while doing ruler work. These sheets are tacky on the back to adhere to your extension table and slippery on the top to help your fabric move. They are easily removable and repositionable without leaving residue on your machine or table. There will be Free Motion Gliders ($40 for 12’x18” size) available for purchase at the workshop; other common brands are Sew Slip and Supreme Slider. The Free Motion Gliders are very competitive price-wise, so if you don’t already own one of these sliders, you can purchase it in class. 

RULER PLAY II: YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
At least 2 more FQ sandwiches
*Thread that will blend or contrast with your practice pieces.
 Water soluble marker, such as Mark-B-Gone. Test on your fabric first to make sure that the marks will show up.
 Ruler for marking orientation lines; 3”x18” or something similar. Westalee also makes a Crosshair Ruler that is excellent for this.
National Quilting Day
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7:00 pm
Pinnacle Guild, Hollister
Check out the website at www.pinnaclequilters-sa......org/.. Please come join us.
San Juan Community Center, 10 San Jose Street,
San Juan Community Center, 10 San Jose Street,
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7:00 pm
Piece By Piece Guild meeting - Morgan Hill
We meet at the Presbyterian Church on Dunn Ave. Check out the website at www.piecebypiece.com. Please come join us.
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10:00 am
Wool Applique Workshop w/Beth $15
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10:00 am
English Paper Piecing with Lydia $45
You can achieve those beautiful kaleidoscope effects by choosing the right fabrics, accurate fussy cutting, supported by accurate estimates for required fabric. If you think this is machine paper piecing, you are wrong. You won't have to lug your heavy sewing machine here.


This class teaches you how to cut out pieces of fabric, wrap them around paper shapes (hexagons, for example), then sew them together by hand. English paper piecing (EPP) began in England in the 1770's, and Lydia will teach you the basics as well as modern EPP techniques.

Come join us...no experience necessary. Just bring your supplies - or buy them at the shop - and let's get started!

Materials:
Bring what you have from the list below, and you will find other items for purchase at the shop. We currently carry the papers and acrylic templates for Brimfield Awakening (shown in the picture on the calendar) and 2 of the Tula patterns. We are always willing to order other pre-packaged papers or kits from PaperPiecing (www.PaperPiecing.com), in case you want to get all the templates you need for larger projects such as ... well, maybe, Dear Jane.

Required:
Basic hand sewing supplies - fabric scissors, paper scissors, pins, pincushion, seam ripper, etc.
Hand sewing needles - Milliner or straw size 10 or 11. Richard Hemming & Son, Bohin or Roxanne
Mechanical pencil, black sharpie fine point, chalk, fabric markers, Micron, or Linda's favorite Pilot pen.
Rotary cutter
6" quilter's ruler
Clover wonder clips
Thread - hand quilting thread for basting and and standard sewing thread (Mettler, Aurifil or Quilter's Select) for sewing
Fabric - assorted fat quarters or Fat eights for practice. We will go over estimating fabric for larger projects in class.
optional - Magic mirror for quilters

Lydia will provide hexagons, glue pens and other supplies.
Bring a lunch or plan to order out for a 30 minute lunch break


Recommended books:
Flossie Teacake's Guide to EPP" by FLorence Knapp
"All Points Patchwork" by DIane Gilleland
"The New Hexagon" by Katja Marek

48 hours notice for cancellation required for refund.

Contact Lydia or view her work at Lydiacheneystudio (Instagram and Facebook) or lydiacheney@outlook.com.
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