Although ThimbleCreek has switched towns in the past decade, its mission to inspire quilters remains the same.
Since it was first featured in Quilt Sampler 2000 magazine, ThimbleCreek has moved from Walnut Creek, California, to nearby Concord and has become a husband-wife partnership. Today co-owners Roxie and Joe Wood teach classes, design patterns, and stock quilting supplies with hopes of inspiring quilters to expand their skill sets.
Sitting from left: Chickie Riccardi, Sue Falowski, Molly Wood, and Lori Lott; standing from left: Sue Bone, Ann Loar, Roxie Wood (co-owner), Joe Wood (co-owner), Virginia Palmer, and Sandy Newman.
Owner Joe Wood has expanded his role to from beginner quilter to quilt designer. Ichabod Hollow (hanging), a block-of-the-month quilt, and Everything Old Is New Again (draped on table) are examples of Joe’s designs.
Joe used fabric by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda in Parisenne Stars (on table) and Vintage Stars (draped on table). Nationally known designers, including Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.; Sandy Klop of American Jane Patterns; and Laura Nownes, co-author of Quilts, Quilts, Quilts, teach classes at ThimbleCreek.
ThimbleCreek devotes a section to wool. Big Flowers Pincushions from Bird Brain Designs help fulfill customers’ desire for small projects.
Vintage Spring Baskets (right) by Roxie Wood for ThimbleCreek Patterns hangs in the pastel section of the shop.
Hand embroidery and redwork patterns are popular with ThimbleCreek customers.
Designer Roxie Wood makes quick, rectangular pillows in many different sizes for display at ThimbleCreek. To enhance a pillow, Roxie recommends embellishing the center panel, adding stitchery for an heirloom look or yo-yos to a 1930s print.