The Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop  Gilroy, CA

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The Nimble Thimble keeps classes simple

 I hope you see something that looks like fun.  Samples are on display at the Nimble Thimble, and we will be glad to help you choose the class that is perfect for you. Is there a special technique or a pattern you have always wanted to try? Let us know and we will do our best to make it a class. 
Our rules are simple, too.
     * Have fun, learn something, and remember there are no mistakes in our classes...only opportunities!
     * Class space is reserved only when your fee is paid. Prices vary, but you can expect about $35 per session for a 3-4 hour class.
    * Supply lists have items required for class. Please bring what is needed, and make sure your machine is in good working condition.
    * Of course, anything you need is available at the Nimble Thimble! Class purchases are discounted 10% in addition to our rewards program.
    * We have machines for rent if you need one, just $10 per session.
    * Cancellations within 2 week of the scheduled class will result in a store credit, not a cash refund.

Come join the fun!

All the Best,
Linda

Class - Beading with Thom Atkins

This class is an over-view of beads (and buttons) and their use on quilted surfaces. The techniques covered in this class will allow the students to actually quilt a piece with the application of beads (and buttons) so that they are an integral part of the quilt, not just surface adornment. Starting with a fabric sandwich aprox. 8”x8”, we will learn the four basic stitches, and their variations, used to apply beads to a quilt. We will also look at fringing and edging techniques. We will look at the basic types of beads and ways to securely attach them to the surface we are adorning. This is a class about process and the students should not expect to go home at the end of the day with a finished piece but rather a road map for future work with beads on quilted surfaces. Kits: Kits include a fabric sandwich, sample needles, thread, and an assortment of beads selected to complement the fabrics. Supply List: Embroidery Scissors Chain-nose pliers are handy but not necessary. Pins Requirements: Some familiarity with hand quilting. A fascination with beads and a willingness to explore and improvise without a pattern.

Class - FTCU Learners: Floriani Machine Embroidery Techniques with Carol

Focus on Floriani's FTCU software and its extremely user-friendly operation. For those who already own it, or for anyone who may be considering its purchase. (Yes, we have it here in the shop) Design and digitizing techniques, applicable in principle to any software package. Work on the principles and methods to create or modify beautiful designs to get beautiful stitches.

Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Aug 25
Class - Airstream Camper Sewing Machine cover
Aug 27
Class - Crabapple HIll Salem Witch Guild Stitch-along
Aug 30
Class - Sewing Classes - Beginner to Advanced

Classes


Class - Beading with Thom Atkins
- Aug 19, 2017 10:00 am

This class is an over-view of beads (and buttons) and their use on quilted surfaces. The techniques covered in this class will allow the students to actually quilt a piece with the application of beads (and buttons) so that they are an integral part of the quilt, not just surface adornment. Starting with a fabric sandwich aprox. 8”x8”, we will learn the four basic stitches, and their variations, used to apply beads to a quilt. We will also look at fringing and edging techniques. We will look at the basic types of beads and ways to securely attach them to the surface we are adorning. This is a class about process and the students should not expect to go home at the end of the day with a finished piece but rather a road map for future work with beads on quilted surfaces. Kits: Kits include a fabric sandwich, sample needles, thread, and an assortment of beads selected to complement the fabrics. Supply List: Embroidery Scissors Chain-nose pliers are handy but not necessary. Pins Requirements: Some familiarity with hand quilting. A fascination with beads and a willingness to explore and improvise without a pattern.

Cost: $ 90.00
Focus on Floriani's FTCU software and its extremely user-friendly operation. For those who already own it, or for anyone who may be considering its purchase. (Yes, we have it here in the shop) Design and digitizing techniques, applicable in principle to any software package. Work on the principles and methods to create or modify beautiful designs to get beautiful stitches.

Cost: $ 30.00
Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
- Aug 24, 2017 07:00 pm

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Cost: $ 15.00
The Airstream Camper sewing machine cover was completed just in time for Shop Hop and they were very popular. We heard so many ideas for embellishments that it is starting to sound competitive! Looks like there will be a lot of pressure to be clever with your personalization on this project! Class includes the kit, which includes the Insul-shine (a.k.a., aluminum camper material), foam core, doors, windows (1 with sewing machine embroidery), wheels and hubcaps, and 24 page pattern on USB. The class is being offered as a deal - $70 for the kit and the class. The first class is scheduled for August 25th, a Friday. The class starts at 10AM and will likely last most of the day, depending on how much time you want to spend on embellishment. Bring your own lunch or go out - lunch break non - 1pm. You are welcome to stay after the class and sew as long as Linda is here. You will need to bring anything you want to use to embellish/personalize your camper (think Glamping, or maybe you want to mimic the trailer you camped in with your family as a kid). We anticipate that people may wish to bring extra materials to share with other class participants.

Cost: $ 70.00
Whether you want to do the whole quilt, or just part of a panel, come stitch with us. Learn hand embroidery, fancy stitches, use of crayons to colorize the fabric background....Patterns, Cosmo or DMC threads, hoops, thread kits - all available at the shop

Cost: $ 5.00
Learn to sew with Michelle. Start with the basics or pick up where you stopped. Arrange times to fit your schedule: 3:30 until late evening. You pick the project.

Cost: $ 10.00
Class - Git 'er Done! (UFO banishment)
- Aug 31, 2017 10:00 am

The last day of each month (because you SAID you were going to do it this month!) is now dedicated to open sewing to help you get those UFOs finished. Bring your most urgent (or most fun) project down to The Nimble Thimble and stay until you git 'er done! RSVP today to save a spot and plan your celebration for the project completion.

Cost: $ 15.00
Learn from the expert. Beth knows all the techniques, and is good at showing you the stitches you want to learn. She dyes her own wool and makes it available to her students for a very reasonable price.

Cost: $ 15.00
Floriani Canvas Baggers
- Sep 01, 2017 10:00 am

Bring in your special Canvas Bag to get your 20% off.

Zentangle is fun, calming and easy! Come explore the possibilities, and learn how pen and ink combine with paper and fabric to create beautiful designs. Use the techniques you learn to make your own cards, quilt labels, coloring books......

Cost: $ 65.00
If you have seen Angela Walter's videos, you know what we are talking about here. We will work through her quirky, fun projects at the rate of 1 per month. Wine (magic quilting juice), sparkling cider, and popcorn will be provided. September's project will be a group effort and the quilt will be for charity. Learn the techniques and, if you enjoy making the quilt, purchase fabric for your own version for 20% off - offer good that afternoon only. Completed quilt and class fee (minus $5 for shop to cover snacks etc.) will go to charity. Join us for the fun of doing good!

Cost: $ 25.00
PRIVATE EVENT
- Sep 20, 2017 10:00 am

The classroom is booked fora private event. Should your group need a place to meet, please give us a call!

Who doesn't love Jane Sassaman. Her beautiful fabric is now reflected in HoopSisters brilliant embroidery designs. Get all the designs, BQ pattern, You-pick 1 yard of Jane's fabric, and a 3 hour lesson on how to make the best use of the designs. Make the wall hanging or expand the project to something you like even more. Bring your embroidery machine if you like and sew all day. Sandi will also demo the design software which allows you to change up the initial designs to better suit your needs. Learn a lot, play a lot, and go home with the beginnings of a remarkable project. Anything you buy during class for your project is 15% off.

Cost: $ 75.00
Whether you want to do the whole quilt, or just part of a panel, come stitch with us. Learn hand embroidery, fancy stitches, use of crayons to colorize the fabric background....Patterns, Cosmo or DMC threads, hoops, thread kits - all available at the shop

Cost: $ 5.00
Focus on Floriani's FTCU software and its extremely user-friendly operation. For those who already own it, or for anyone who may be considering its purchase. (Yes, we have it here in the shop) Design and digitizing techniques, applicable in principle to any software package. Work on the principles and methods to create or modify beautiful designs to get beautiful stitches.

Cost: $ 30.00
Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
- Sep 28, 2017 07:00 pm

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Cost: $ 15.00
Bring your featherweight and join Dave Trebotich from the "Twice Nice Shoppe" as he walks you through problem solving and how to service and maintain your featherweight Sewing Machine. In this 3 hour, hands-on class you will learn to inspect, adjust and lubricate your machine. You will learn how to handle thread jams and about all those amazing parts and attachments. And wait until you see his snazzy re-dos of featherweights! Check out Dave's shoppe on line at http://twiceniceshoppe.com/

Cost: $ 35.00
Class - Quilter's Palette
- Oct 02, 2017 10:00 am

The Quilter’s Palette quilt is a one-of-a-kind sampler quilt -- a sampler of techniques. Making this quilt will teach you techniques that will challenge quilters of all levels. We will make blocks that use y-seam construction, appliqué, and paper piecing. All along the way, you will learn tricks of the professional quilter to make this, and future quilts, easier to make. With this sampler, you will learn: - 3 different types of machine appliqué - 5 different ways to paper-piece a block - How to draft a block - How to make perfectly butted seams - Y-seam construction - How to work with templates - Expert fabric selection - And Annie's tips and tricks for quilting There is a major plus to this class: while you're creating your sampler, you will have access to Annie's Online class lessons to use as refreshers. If you happen to miss a class, you'll have access to the lesson materials and video instruction, so you really won't miss a thing! Quilter’s Palette Sampler Quilt with Annie Smith Supply List: (Yes, you will need all of your fabric for the first class. You cannot add fabrics as you go.) • First, choose a focus fabric. This may or may not be your background fabric or one that you will use the most. It should be a fabric that has some good colors in it that you like and that you will be able to pick coordinating fabrics for. So the amount that you will need to get is up to you – as to how much you like it and how much you think you will use it. • 3 yards of background fabric. This is the fabric that you will use the most of. • You will use 17 half-yard pieces of fabric for this quilt, which gives it a more controlled look. This quilt is not meant to be scrappy-looking. This approach was adopted for a specific class where the challenge was to use only those fabrics for the whole quilt – adding no more. All of your fabrics should be pre-washed prior to class. Bring to class, each class: • Your sewing machine and sewing kit, power cord & foot pedal • Scissors for paper and for fabric (should be two different pairs) • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • Template plastic • Neutral thread for piecing • When we get into machine appliqué, you will need to match your thread color to your appliqué piece – we’ll go into more detail about this in upcoming classes. • An open toe appliqué foot. We will look at what you have the first night of class so if you don’t have one, you will have time to get one for your sewing machine. This is a must for machine appliqué. • Seam ripper • Pins • 1 yard/package of lightweight fusible web (SoftFuse) – Wait to get this until I tell you that you will need it. • 1 1-gallon ziplock bag (this goes with the fusible) • Permanent pen (Sharpie or Micron Pigma pen) • Pencil • 1 spool of invisible nylon thread – clear, not smoky • 1 spool of thread that matches your primary background fabric • 1 can of Faultless or Niagara Regular Spray Starch I will provide a sheet of heat-resistant template plastic for one of the methods for machine appliqué. We will choose the sashing fabric for your quilt when your blocks are completed. There is no border to this quilt. If you need help choosing your fabrics, please let me know if you would like my help, as soon as you register for class.

Cost: $ 195.00
Learn from the expert. Beth knows all the techniques, and is good at showing you the stitches you want to learn. She dyes her own wool and makes it available to her students for a very reasonable price.

Cost: $ 15.00
Come sew with Charlie. Whether it is simple stitches or a project with embellishment, work with friends and get guidance as needed. Drop in OK, but please notify shop so you are added to the notification list.

Cost: $ 20.00
PRIVATE EVENT
- Oct 18, 2017 10:00 am

The classroom is booked fora private event. Should your group need a place to meet, please give us a call!

Class - 60-30 Kaleidoscope Class
- Oct 21, 2017 10:00 am

Ever wonder what to do with those beautiful, large symmetrical prints? In this workshop, you'll learn how to combine complex symmetrical fabrics in a simple block to create stunning effects. You'll also learn to draft perfect angles and sew dissimilar angles together, basic skills for going on to make more complicated kaleidoscopes. Class supplies [students should bring these items]: ** Scissors: one pair for cutting template plastic and one for cutting fabric ** Sewing machine (with straight stitch for piecing). Be sure to include your power cord and foot pedal! **Fine pins **Thread for piecing, either matching your fabric or a neutral color **Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat for trimming finished blocks Additional specialized items will be provided as a class kit. This includes your choice of two bi-directional symmetric fabrics selected during class.

Whether you want to do the whole quilt, or just part of a panel, come stitch with us. Learn hand embroidery, fancy stitches, use of crayons to colorize the fabric background....Patterns, Cosmo or DMC threads, hoops, thread kits - all available at the shop

Cost: $ 5.00
Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
- Oct 26, 2017 07:00 pm

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Cost: $ 15.00
Learn from the expert. Beth knows all the techniques, and is good at showing you the stitches you want to learn. She dyes her own wool and makes it available to her students for a very reasonable price.

Cost: $ 15.00
Come sew with Charlie. Whether it is simple stitches or a project with embellishment, work with friends and get guidance as needed. Drop in OK, but please notify shop so you are added to the notification list.

Cost: $ 20.00
PRIVATE EVENT
- Nov 15, 2017 10:00 am

The classroom is booked fora private event. Should your group need a place to meet, please give us a call!

Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
- Nov 23, 2017 07:00 pm

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Cost: $ 15.00
Whether you want to do the whole quilt, or just part of a panel, come stitch with us. Learn hand embroidery, fancy stitches, use of crayons to colorize the fabric background....Patterns, Cosmo or DMC threads, hoops, thread kits - all available at the shop

Cost: $ 5.00
Learn from the expert. Beth knows all the techniques, and is good at showing you the stitches you want to learn. She dyes her own wool and makes it available to her students for a very reasonable price.

Cost: $ 15.00
Come sew with Charlie. Whether it is simple stitches or a project with embellishment, work with friends and get guidance as needed. Drop in OK, but please notify shop so you are added to the notification list.

Cost: $ 20.00
PRIVATE EVENT
- Dec 20, 2017 10:00 am

The classroom is booked fora private event. Should your group need a place to meet, please give us a call!

Whether you want to do the whole quilt, or just part of a panel, come stitch with us. Learn hand embroidery, fancy stitches, use of crayons to colorize the fabric background....Patterns, Cosmo or DMC threads, hoops, thread kits - all available at the shop

Cost: $ 5.00
Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
- Dec 28, 2017 07:00 pm

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Cost: $ 15.00
PRIVATE EVENT
- Jan 17, 2018 10:00 am

The classroom is booked fora private event. Should your group need a place to meet, please give us a call!

Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
- Jan 25, 2018 07:00 pm

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Cost: $ 15.00
Whether you want to do the whole quilt, or just part of a panel, come stitch with us. Learn hand embroidery, fancy stitches, use of crayons to colorize the fabric background....Patterns, Cosmo or DMC threads, hoops, thread kits - all available at the shop

Cost: $ 5.00
PRIVATE EVENT
- Feb 21, 2018 10:00 am

The classroom is booked fora private event. Should your group need a place to meet, please give us a call!

Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
- Feb 22, 2018 07:00 pm

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Cost: $ 15.00
Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
- Mar 22, 2018 07:00 pm

Prizes are NT gift Certificates. Demos, snacks, and it is all for charity. Sign up now to get on the list. Preference given to those who attend to sign up for the next session. Waiting list will be kept for open spots.

Cost: $ 15.00
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