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.

Class - Sew for Love - Charity Sewing

Volunteers Welcome. No charge. All projects are donated free of charge to kids, seniors, battered women, or other needy groups. Bring a sewing machine if you have one. We guarantee you will have a great time.

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.

May 25
Class - BUNCO, 4th Thursday Night
May 26
XxClass - Landscapes with Geri Patterson-Kutras
May 27
Class - Fabric Painting with Vicki Johnson, a series of 3

Classes


Volunteers Welcome. No charge. All projects are donated free of charge to kids, seniors, battered women, or other needy groups. Bring a sewing machine if you have one. We guarantee you will have a great time.

Cost: $ FREE
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
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
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
Creating a Quilted Landscape Story Geri Patterson-Kutras – Instructor Website: geripkartquilts.com email: geripkartquilts@aol.com Level: Some knowledge of machine piecing is helpful but not necessary. A sense of adventure to learn a new technique to express your own Artist Within! Length: 1 day Description: Think about all those inspiring landscape photos you’ve taken on your journeys with the intention that they would make great quilts. We will first examine how artists use a variety of media and approaches to translate their inspirations into intriguing landscapes. Then Geri will guide you through creating your own unique artwork using simplified layers of free motion cutting, color choice and attention-grabbing details. Our goals for this one day workshop will be learning the techniques and design elements of this method by working on a small art quilt. About the Artist: Ms Patterson-Kutras is an accomplished fiber artist living in Northern California. Her work has been shown in regional, national and international juried shows and expositions as well as being featured in fiber art publications. She has completed commissions and has had her work purchased by private collectors. Her creations are noted for her interpretations of the colors and shapes found in natural landscapes, architecture and the human form. Supply List: -Perfection is not necessary, just a willingness to learn! Think about some of the most interesting aspects of nature, flaws are interesting. Just bring your sense of adventure to explore a new technique that helps you express your Artist Within! -Fabrics: Fat quarters work great for this class. Bring 3-4 color value assortments from very light to very dark. Pull a range of shades and tints from each color group you choose. This is a technique class, so we’ll be working on several small samples. Fabrics that look textural with small textural prints work well as do tone on tones, hand dyes, or any of the wonderful hand dye look a likes at the quilt shops. Color value and contrast is key for this technique. o If you have difficulty identifying value I recommend Joen Wolfrom’s 3-in-1 Color Tool. It’s never let me down, one of the best tools in my studio. Another great way to understand value is to pick up a few color chips at your local paint store. Each chip shows you a range from light to dark of a given color. o Bring 2-3 “surprise” colors (an orange, red or purple perhaps) that will give pop and interest in small amounts. Let’s stick to cottons for this class, as you develop your technique later on you may want to add silks or other fun fabrics that will need special handling. -Batting & backing: You’ll need 3-4 12”x12” squares of batting to make technique models. Hobb’s 80/20 Heirloom, Quilters Dream or Warm & Natural work well for wall hangings, you need a firm, low loft batting for this type of art quilt. -Thread: Bring a large spool of neutral cotton thread. Medium grays and beiges work very well for most piecing. Please pre-wind 2 bobbins so you’re ready to go! -Rotary cutter: Make sure you have a new blade in it, this is very important. I like the 45mm size cutter for this rather than anything larger. -Rotary cutter mat: 18”x24” works fine if you have one. -Small rotary cutter ruler: We’re doing free motion cutting so a 3”x18” is just to cut batting or square your pieces up. -Sewing machine in good working condition with a new size 12 needle. This is a one day class and you don’t want to spend your time hassling with a broken machine. • Extra sewing machine needles: Schmetz or Superior Threads needles work great • Walking foot if you have one. If you don’t it’s a great investment for all sewing projects. • Sewing machine extension table • Portable sewing light -Scissors: sharp fabric scissors for clipping curves and thread snips -Seam ripper: hopefully we won’t have to use it! -20” x 30” piece of foam core board covered on one side with flannel or felt to use as a design wall. The dollar store has foam core you can cover that will work just fine. -Notebook with pen or pencil: something to take notes in and perhaps make sketches in for ideas. I like using an art notebook so I can go back later and review my notes or use watercolor or colored pencils to enhance my sketches for future quilts. -Sewing Pins: Fine, glass head pins work very well. -Small digital camera: if you have a phone with a camera that works great -Large Ziplock bag to hold your project at the end of the day. If you have any questions please contact me at geripkartquilts@aol.com. See you in class! Nice to haves: -If you have a bad back you may want to bring your own chair -A chair cushion -Lunch: We’ll take a one hour break at noon for lunch and walking to get some nourishment and exercise and be refreshed to get back into our sewing zone. -A bottle of water. Please make sure it’s in a bottle or container that can be tightly closed so there are no accidents.

Cost: $ 75.00
Vicki will provide all the materials. You bring the fabric, and play! Learn to create texture, landscape features, and more. You can see photos of samples on Vicki’s website www.vntgraphics.com.

Cost: $ 55.00
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
Floriani Canvas Baggers
- Jun 02, 2017

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

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. May's project will be a group effort and the quilt will be auctioned 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.

Volunteers Welcome. No charge. All projects are donated free of charge to kids, seniors, battered women, or other needy groups. Bring a sewing machine if you have one. We guarantee you will have a great time.

Cost: $ FREE
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
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
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 (1.5 yards each), available at the Nimble Thimble.

Vicki will provide all the materials. You bring the fabric, and play! Learn to create texture, landscape features, and more. You can see photos of samples on Vicki’s website www.vntgraphics.com.

Cost: $ 55.00
PRIVATE EVENT
- Jun 21, 2017

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
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
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
- Jul 19, 2017

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
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
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
PRIVATE EVENT
- Aug 16, 2017

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
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
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

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
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
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
- Oct 18, 2017

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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
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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