The Creative Thimble Blog

Where Laura and Mike (AKA Mr Laura) document their thoughts and adventures
QuiltWeek at Daytona Beach

QuiltWeek at Daytona Beach

The Creative Thimble workshop is a flurry of excitement as we get ready for AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona Beach next week. We will have several new kits to choose from, and we are so excited to debut them! Last year at Daytona’s Quilt Week we sold out of our new pattern,...

Back to Blogging

My how time flies! Recently, a friend of The Creative Thimble *helpfully* pointed out that we haven’t blogged since April of last year. How very embarrassing. All we can say is that the siren call of Grandbaby snuggles always seems to hit right when an excellent blog...

Good People doing Good Things

Good People doing Good Things

Mike aka Mr Laura here. It is always good to be reminded that the world is really mostly made up of good people doing good things. Laura received this note this week from Kathy. Bless you Kathy and Ruth for your good work and Thank You for sharing it with us. Kathy...

Announcing the Portable Portfolio

Announcing the Portable Portfolio

Mike, aka Mr Laura again. As promised we have a new announcement! Laura's latest pattern title is now available for order on the website. Laura introduced the new pattern at the Daytona Beach AQS show last month and was a tremendous hit outselling her other titles by...

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"I have been meaning to send you a message about both the regular Professional Tote and Mini Professional Tote patterns. I teach many bag classes at our local quilt shop in Prescott Valley AZ. In fact, I am know as the Bag Lady! I want to tell you that without a doubt your patterns are the best that I have taught! They are not the simplest by any means, but they are so well written, the illustrations are clear and I simply love the sheet of cutting labels. I have taught the regular Professional Tote 3 times and the Mini once and in all of the classes every student went home with a finished bag. No UFOs! Even the beginner sewers were able to complete it. Thank you for taking the time to make sure that your patterns are correct. I look forward to seeing new projects!"
~ Joan C.

"Laura's patterns have great instructions! I have made dozens of tote bags, but when I need a quick bag to give as a gift, I always come back to Laura's Tote. All of "Laura's patterns have clear instructions, and are easy to follow. I recommend Laura's patterns to all of my friends who are looking for tote bag patterns."
~ Lori R.

"The tote is done and I wanted to tell you how very much I enjoyed making it. Your instructions were marvelous. I am sending you pictures...I just wanted you to see how beautifully it turned out."
~ Janet J.

"BY FAR, your design is the most impressive that I have worked with to date, including the well known international companies. You covered all the bases from start to finish. Everything about the construction and design of this tote is expertly thought out and executed. The instructions are easy to understand, thorough, but not too overstated or understated - just perfect... Thanks so much!"
~ Deb