The Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop  Gilroy, CA

Linda’s current pick for cruzin’ the internet:

Baby Lock sewing machines. Come in for a test drive, and be sure to ask about the specials! If you want to shop on line, go to On the product page, just click on COMPARE MODELS. This allows you to see each model, feature by feature, so that you can find the machine that best meets your needs. Then come see me for a really good deal!

Kid's or adults want to learn to sew. Jo Anne Kerr is now set up in her own studio. She is a great resource for those with the passion to stitch. Email her for more info on weekly classes or parties.

Are you into wool applique? If so, or if you are curious, check out A Plaid Wool Company Beth Upstill is a local Gilroy Girl who dyes her own wool and makes spectacular projects. She offers a wool workshop at the Nimble Thimble on the first Friday of each month.

Does your current machine need a little TLC? Nathan at S.O.S. Machines is a wizard with any brand, and he especially loves vintage machines. You can drop your machine here at the NimbleThimble, or contact him directly. Nathan Lazar, 408-207-8986,

We in the Silicon Valley area are very lucky to have the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. They have rotating exhibits and many special events.  Check it out at their website, .

Local Quilt Guilds are worth checking out. Some are traditional, while others are modern or artsy. They are a great place to meet fellow quilters and to hone your crafting skills. Each one does remarkable charity work.

Piece By Piece Quilters, Morgan Hill,
Pinnacle Quilters of San Benito County,
South Valley Quilt Assn of Morgan Hill,
Santa Clara Valley Quilt Assn, San Jose,
Pajaro Valley Quilt Assn, Santa Cruz,
Monterey Penninsula Quilter's Guild,
Amador Valley Quilters of Pleasanton,

Craftiness is Not Optional” That’s a nice sentiment, right? is a blog written by Jess, a local Gilroy sewing whiz. She writes about her projects and those of her creative friends, but most interestingly she showcases her adorable children. I subscribe because it brings a few minutes of sunshine into my day, and often see things I want to make. Check out the blog entitled PRINCESS BRIDE FILM PETIT. It is touching, and so funny. Jess, you rock!

And, just for fun, go and see the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.  It is seriously remarkable.  (I have a season pass – Tee Hee.)

Store Location:

7455 Monterey Street
Gilroy, California 95020
(408) 842-6501
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Store Hours:

Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Closed Sunday