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 - Sewing Classes - Beginner to Advanced

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.

Floriani Canvas Baggers

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

Class - Wool Applique Class with Beth Upstill (all welcome but must RSVP to hold your spot)

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.

Jul 8
Class - Crabapple HIll Salem Witch Guild Stitch-along
Jul 14
Class - Hand Embroidery Workshop - 2nd Friday every month (all welcome but must RSVP to save your spot)
Jul 18
PRIVATE EVENT

Classes


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
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
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
- Jul 07, 2017 10:00 am

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

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
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
- Jul 19, 2017 10:00 am

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

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
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
- Jul 27, 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
Class - Color Sense with Annie
- Jul 28, 2017 10:00 am

Learn to make this stunning quilt, with a strong focus on technique and the use of color. COLOR SENSE, Day One: The Value of Color -- the most important workshop you will ever take. The Quilter's Palette – Materials and supply list MATERIALS LIST:
• 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 beautiful fabric that has some good colors in it that you like as the Color Palette for your quilt ­ and that you will be able to pick coordinating fabrics for. (For example: the fabric may have purple, orange, yellow and green ­­ that would be your palette of colors that you will use for your quilt. Or, you may choose a fabric that has just two colors: blue and green ­­ that would be your color palette) You will need 1 yard of focus fabric. • 3 yards of background fabric. You will use this fabric the most. A light fabric works the best as a background.
 • 16 half­yard pieces of fabric for this quilt, which gives it a more designed look as opposed to a scrappy look. Yes, you do need 16 half­yard pieces. No, you may not accumulate your fabrics as class goes along. You will need all of your fabrics the first night of class. NOTIONS AND OTHER ITEMS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE YOUR QUILT:
 • Your sewing machine and sewing kit, power cord, foot pedal
 • Scissors – A pair for paper and a pair for fabric (should be two different pairs)
 • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
 • Template plastic – two types: frosted white template plastic and a heat resistant template plastic such as Templar®. You will need the first type for the first class, the heat resistant for class three – but I will give you that one, so don’t buy it.
 • Neutral thread for piecing – light gray or beige (I recommend Aurifil® thread for the best value) • A 1⁄4” presser foot for accurate piecing
 • Seam ripper
 • Ball head pins
 • Clover brand fork pins
 • A 1­gallon ziplock bag
 • A permanent pen (Sharpie Ultrafine and Micron Pigma pen)
 • Pencil
 • Cloth tape measure (or plastic one)
 • Schmetz Microtex or Universal sewing machine needles, 80/12
 • Emery board A clearview binder and about 12 page sleeves For Class Three: • you will need to match your thread color to your applique fabrics.
 • An open­toe applique foot ­ This is a must for machine applique. An open toe applique foot has no bars across the foot, metal or clear plastic – the foot is completely open.NOTE: This is not a darning foot. I'll show you what the foot looks like in class. If you think you have one, please bring it to the first class.
 • 1 spool of invisible nylon or monofilament thread – clear, not smoky.
 • Marking pencil – I use Roxanne's Quilter's Choice chalk pencils • June Tailor® Graph­it graph paper pad for drafting
 • 1 can of Faultless or Niagara Regular Spray Starch
 • 1 yard of lightweight fusible web (I prefer Soft Fuse ­ we will discuss this in class before you need it)
 • 1 spool of thread that matches your primary background fabric OPTIONAL: • Add­a­quarter ruler We will choose the sashing fabric for your quilt when your blocks are all completed. There is no border to this quilt. The sashing and binding fabric will be the same and we will get it all at the same time. For the quilt backing (also known as lining), you will need 4 yards of fabric. If you have ANY questions, please contact me by email prior to class. ** I am free to meet with you prior to class at the Nimble Thimble, or to help you make sure that your fabrics are correct and in order. Please RSVP with me by email when you sign up for the class and we can arrange a time. This needs to take place before the first day of class. Annie Smith © 2009 408­706­6487 email: annie@anniesmith.net www.AnnieSmith.net If you have any questions about this list, please email me so I can clarify any issues before class.

Cost: $ 85.00
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
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
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
Class - 60-30 Kaleidoscope Class
- Aug 12, 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.

PRIVATE EVENT
- Aug 16, 2017 10:00 am

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

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 - 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
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
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
- 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!

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 - Quilter's Palette
- Sep 25, 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
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
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!

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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Gilroy, California 95020
(408) 842-6501
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