Quilting and Patchwork haven

Nimble Thimble Buckingham my new crush

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I am in awe of this wonderful haven of Quilting loveliness … such a wide range of quilting cottons, everywhere you look something will catch your eye. But that is not all, Nimble Thimble also stocks a wide range of yarns keeping knitters and crochet queens satisfied too. I popped by before Christmas and discovered that they have a visiting sewing machine repair and service guy who is more than happy to take on the challenge with older machines so I have somewhere to go if Betsy has a wobble! They also offer courses, workshops and social stitch sessions too!

Not having much experience in quilting and patchwork and with some rather off centre half square triangles on a recent cushion it was clear I needed to update my skills. The Nimble Thimble in Buckingham have a range of quilting workshops and courses, I chose a beginners 9 patch and booked on!

I raided my stash and came up with a range of cottons and poly-cottons which I felt offered a reasonable selection to make my quilt from, ½ meter of this, a meter of that and a fat quarter together with Wadding and a walking foot borrowed from mum and my requirements list was complete. I put the sewing machine in the car and I was off, getting there early and bagging a spot in the staff car park!!! I was nervous, accuracy and stitching straight lines is outside of my normal remit but I needn’t have worried. With a cup of tea and Val’s slow, clear instruction, and ongoing support we were off. I have to confess to being somewhat cavalier normally with my rotary cutter but having a safety briefing and instructions to cover the blade every time you stop to move fabric has made me more mindful of the very sharp blade.

 

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I made reasonable progress with my quilt on the Saturday but we didn’t complete the quilt in the day, I did get the top done but still had to quilt and bind. The shop was busy on Saturday so Val was involved in a wide variety of queries during the day. I was some impressed with the customer service she and the team offer, working through quilting problems, difficulties with patterns but also ordering in haberdashery and yarns, supplying and offering advice on sewing machines and even doing stitching jobs too!

We were invited to come back to complete the quilt anytime the shop is open, I returned on the following Thursday and found the shop to be the same social hub, really enjoyable with a relaxed atmosphere. As I quilted and bound my little quilt the regular Knit and natterers arrived over lunch time and the social stitchers came along to work on quilting and stitching projects after hours.

I had a lovely time at Nimble Thimble and I will be back! I have improved my skills in quilting and will be doing more in 2018 and I feel I did well to resist the temptation – those fabrics…..

If you want to make more use of the wool on sale there are also lessons in knitting and crochet [link to workshop area of website] and if dressmaking is more your thing there are lessons on that too.

Do support Nimble Thimble if you are in the Buckingham area at any time, they are a super team and a fabulous social hub and so generous with their time and knowledge. Thank you Val and the team!

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