The Glass Thimble
3434 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Toll Free: 800-323-1725
The Glass Thimble - Setting the Standard for Quality
Quilting Fabrics, Notions, Classes, Bernina Sewing
Machines, Gammill Machines, Customer
Service, and FUN in Central Ohio!!!
Store Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday--10am-5pm, Tuesday & Thursday--10am-8pm
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Meet the staff and teachers here at The Glass Thimble
Christy – After trying other hobbies and failing miserably, I found myself hooked on quilting. Over 20 years later, my passion for quilting is the same as when I first began. The Glass Thimble quickly became my “Cheers” hangout as I wanted to learn everything I could about quilting. Mary Ellen Hopkins (machine piecing) and Harriet Hargrave (machine quilting) greatly influenced me and I still use their techniques today. I love all aspects of machine piecing and machine quilting and can’t wait to share the tips and tricks with others. My quilting philosophy is you can never have enough fabric, books, or rulers! I am a member of the Crazy Quilters of Union County quilt guild in Marysville, Ohio, and have been a past officer. The best part of quilting is the people you meet—there’s nothing like sharing the same addiction!
Gloria - Clintonville has been home for over 20 years to my family, which includes my husband and two children. I have been an avid quilter for nearly 15 years and find that I am drawn to all types of fabrics, but batiks are my first love, aside from my family of course. I am a member of the Common Threads Quilt Guild and am one of the co-presidents for 2011. I retired from The Ohio State University in 2008, and since then have had more time to devote to quilting and my other hobbies which include gardening, reading and playing bridge.
Grace – My first quilt was a cathedral window baby quilt in high school that went to the State Fair. After that quilting went to the wayside due to college and graduate school. I restarted quilting, wall hangings during my residency at Children's Hospital in the early 1990's. I now do more than wall hangings and even got my sister (who never sewed) addicted to quilting. If my sons can't find me they know to look in my quilt room!!
Janet - My grandmother was my mentor and we tackled many 4-H projects when I was young. I am so lucky to have in my possession my Grandmother's old black Singer sewing machine. As a family consumer science teacher for 30 years, I mainly taught the sewing classes which included garment construction and quilt making. When it is snowy and rainy, I'm sewing, but if it is sunny and warm I am out playing golf, my other lifetime passion!
Judy – I started quilting about 20 years ago as a hobby and relaxation from an IT job. It soon turned into an addiction, and I have enjoyed it ever since. My fabric stash ranges from reproductions to batiks with flannel in between. I like to take classes, as there is always something more to learn. Also, the inspiration from students makes teaching very rewarding. Most of my quilting is traditional, with hand quilting and hand appliqué being my favorite methods, but, UFO’s are my specialty! Whenever I do finish something (after doing the “done dance”) I celebrate by starting multiple projects.
Kathy S – I have been quilting for approximately 30 years. My mother talked me into taking a class with her, but I had no interest in quilting, however, I took the class to humor her. Now I’m the one who is addicted and she hasn’t made a quilt for many years. My first quilt was a queen size hand appliqué quilt. Since then, appliqué, both hand and machine, has always been my favorite technique. I also love working with color. Appliqué offers such a wide variety of color and fabric choices. My second vice is beading. I started out beading on fabric and then learned how to make jewelry. Now I teach beading classes at The Glass Thimble along with machine appliqué.
Lorraine – I have been doing hand appliqué for over 10 years. I started doing appliqué because it was something simple to pack up and take with me while I waited for my sons at hockey practice. I love handwork and am always trying to find new ways to embellish my quilts, but my favorite thing is helping people pick out fabrics and colors for their quilts and other projects.
Meg – I've been sewing since I was a little girl beginning by hand sewing my Barbie clothes - I designed them by tracing my Barbie on paper. I continued on by sewing most of my own and most of my daughter's clothes until she was in 5th grade and started begging for "store bought clothes". I started quilting in 1995-Believe it or not, it was a rail fence quilt made entirely by machine for my daughter. Nothing matched. I then took a hand piecing class and haven't stopped since. I love all types of quilting but my favorite is still hand piecing. I started dyeing fabric about 9 years ago by taking a class from a friend. I have since studied with some really great dye artists including Christine Zoller, Ann Johnston, Carol Soderlund, Heide Stoll-Weber, and Rayna Gillman.
Sandy – Inspired by my grandmother and aunt, I started quilting in 1992. I am probably best know for large scrap quilts, but also enjoy making “Stack-n-Whack”, foundation-pieced, and miniatures. I feel you can’t have too many fabrics in a quilt and often challenge myself to not worry about fabric placement when making a project. I have designed a few patterns which are available at The Glass Thimble. My pattern line is called “Scrapperole Quilts”; just as you make a casserole from leftover food, a scrapperole quilt is made from leftover fabric. I have been an officer of the Crazy Quilters of Union County Quilt Guild in Marysville, Ohio.