Kimberbell Certified Shop Feature: Thimble Quilts

We have had the most amazing year here at Kimberbell with the launch of our Kimberbell Academy in the Fall of 2016.  During the Academy we have been fortunate to get to know many of the shop owners we have admired so much over the years.  When a shop comes to the Academy, they become certified to teach any of our growing library of machine embroidery events to their customers. We spend 2 -1/2 days with the shops teaching them how to put on a Kimberbell event and they are able to take time for themselves to sit down at the embroidery machine to learn and enjoy! It is truly a treat for these shops and they are just thrilled to be able to go back home re-juvinated and ready to prepare Kimberbell Events for all of you!

Today we are featuring Joyce of Thimbles Quilts who attended our very first-ever Academy in October 2016. Joyce has been able to hold several events including “Oh ,Happy Day!’ and “Valentine Tea Party” and is holding the “Too Cute To Spook” event this fall.  We are so grateful for her support and we are thrilled to see the success of her events!

Kim, Joyce, Joy and Jayme. Thimbles Quilts is a proud graduate of the Kimberbell Academy!

A few words from Joyce Beenes of Thimbles Quilts:

I had the privilege to attend Kimberbell Academy where we made several different projects, which gave us samples for promoting our own events. The enthusiasm was contagious!

The Academy was modeled after an event, so we learned many tips to be successful at our shops, even including games and styles of serving lunch.

The time spent with other shop owners/teachers helped network additional ideas.  But most of all, the time spent as a student and being spoiled, recharged our batteries!


A Kimberbell Valentine Tea Party held at Thimbles Quilts in Lockport, IL


Kimberbell Event – Valentine Tea Party at Thimbles Quilts in Lockport, IL




Kimberbell Pop up shop at Thimbles Quilts in Lockport, IL

Thimbles Quilts customer stitching up her “Oh, Happy Day1” cupcake pillow


Kimberbell Pop-Up Shop at Thimbles Quilts in Lockport, IL


Thank you Joyce and Thimble Quilts for your support of Kimberbell and we are excited for your future events!

To locate and event near you, check out the event schedule HERE!

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  1. Martha Hamilton July 25, 2017 at 2:16 am - Reply

    We love Joyce at Thimbles! She is a great instructor and so enthusiastic!

  2. Jeanne July 25, 2017 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Joyce is an awesome teacher. Love her Kimberbell workshops and Thimbles too!,

  3. Cleo Lampos July 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Joyce is such an amazing individual. She taught my granddaughter how to quilt and was so patient and caring. A loving spirit.

  4. Robin Gabriel July 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I just love Thimbles and Joyce! Thimbles has a great classroom and tons of classes! All the girls there are awesome, and Joyce is no exception! Loved the Tea Party and can’t wait for Halloween with Kimberbell!

  5. Helen Jareczek October 8, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Finished up the Too Cute to Spook with Joyce at Thimbles this weekend. Throughly enjoyed the projects, the easy to follow directions and they are all completed when you leave! Joyce is a great teacher, Thimbles a great atmosphere and all the ladies made it an experience I want to repeat. Thank you all!

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