The Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop  Gilroy, CA

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November 27, 2017
Today marks the start of our new hours.
11-6PM Tuesday - Friday

11-5PM Saturday - Sunday
Closed Monday
I hope this will provide a bigger window of opportunity for our working quilters,
without impacting anyone too much.

Thanks for your support, Linda

December 21, 2016

Hello All,

The holidays are upon us, so forget starting any new projects and have a cookie instead. It has been a wonderful year with a lot of great memories. Thank you all for being part of those memories for me. I love you guys!   Just a few reminders.... things you may find useful or interesting:  

12. Our Floriani Event is January 13-15. If you do machine embroidery, or if you know a friend who does, please consider this weekend. For only $49.95 you get 2 full days of information, examples and ideas along with demos of the latest products and software. There will be deals on threads, stabilizer, designs, software, and even project kits. You also get 2 Old City Hall lunches and a gift package valued at over $500. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

11. The Nimble Thimble will have very erratic hours during the week between Christmas and New Year's. Officially we are closed, but if you should have a quilting emergency, just call. I will in the store most of the week working on some re-organization projects, and you are welcome to stop by. But please call first so that you do not waste a trip.

10. We have lots of new juvenile prints - beautiful pastels, whimsical animals, and some fun alphabets. Keep it in mind when you hear about all the baby showers coming up. 

9. Carol and the embroidery ladies are working hard to complete the HoopSisters Elegant Elements quilt. What a killer E-BOM this is going to be. Stop in and see it evolve on the design wall.

8. We had a cookie exchange to benefit St Joseph's Family Center. Demos! Fun!And we raised $1000 plus toys, toiletries, canned goods and clothing that filled my Mini Cooper to the roof. Yippee!!! Watch for a geared up version of the event every few months.

7. Sandi has designed a beautiful quilt made with the SIzzix cutter. We are having a class on Feb 6 ($35) - pick your fabrics, use the cutter and spend the day making the quilt. Picture Here.

6. Today I unpacked 15 K Fassett stripes and Anna Marie Horner wovens. They are quite a visual experience, with a hand as soft as silk. These would make a stunning quilt, or maybe a nice shirt.

5. We now have monthly groups for machine embroidery, hand embroidery, and wool applique. And there are crowds at each class.  Nice to see everyone relaxed and chatting together. Come join in.

4. Nathan is going to repeat the ever popular Understand Your Serger Class I, for those who can't seem to get the hang of the mysterious workings of their machine. He will explain the WHYs and HOWs so that you can troubleshoot issues. And, maybe not create new issues. THe class is in January. Call for more info.

3. There are many more classes in January and February. check the class calendar on the website.

2. Two turtle doves

1. And a partridge in a pear tree. (I ran out of bullet points)

And in case you haven't had enough....Linda's Ramblings
The store has made real progress this year, and I thought you might enjoy some of the back stories - what happens behind the scenes.  Laughing is supposed to be good for the soul, and we do our share of laughing...especially laughing at me, it seems.
Sometimes I do the darndest things. Like the time last spring when 12 big boxes of new collections came in on the same day as the 28 boxes containing furniture, which happened on the same day as the class for 18 people. How does that happen, and why did everyone assume it was somehow my fault? OK, it was my fault, but that is beside the point. Some of those furniture boxes are STILL in the closet. Oh, that reminds me, the Shirley cabinet is further reduced to $225 (originally $499) so that I can get to the back of the closet. It is a white 4-drawer cabinet with a lowered sewing surface - great for compact space or a beginning sewist.
I recently found a great way to sell panels. All you have to do is empty all the drawers that contain panels so that you can do an accurate inventory (Idle hands and all that, you know). As soon as the panels are all together in the box, the very next customer wants one - happens every time. Of course, it is difficult to root through the box to find the right panel and the remaining panels get a little more mixed up. But that seems to guarantee that the NEXT customer will probably want 2 or 3 panels. Which is a good thing when you have 57 panels in stock. OK,OK, my fault, I know. But it's all a process, right? Again, I got the LOOK!
Then there was the time I got the brilliant idea (even if I do say so myself) to make folded star placemat kits with some of those many panels. The placemats were very cute. It was a little extra work because we had to make one of each different placemat so that we could take pictures for the kits. Anyway, there was a whole tupperware bin full of kits by the end of the day. Next day - where are the kits??? I had no idea where I put them. Now, 6 months later, they still have not shown up. But they will ...I know they will. You got it - the LOOK!
So now you can kind of understand why my dear friends who help me out at the shop sometimes stand around and shake their heads at me. Do you think they call each other just to share the latest "Linda story"? Debby, Sandi, Ronna, Charlie, and Shelly - thank you for putting up with me. I love you.
Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.
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