Tuesday, January 29, 2013

civil war sewing box class, etc.

Last Wednesday at Pioneer Quilts we had a class on making a Civil War style Sewing box. It is made of fabric covered paper pentagons that are then sewn together by hand,  assembled and embellished. We used old thread spools and keys and anything else that we have in our awesome stashes! Below are pictures of the projects in progress.

Carol is making great progress.

Sarah has her Sue Spargo Victoria bag with her.

I had a big head start and finished mine in class.

Mary Ann is very serious about her project!

The picture includes the needle keeper that goes on the top.

Gail enlarged her pentagons and will have a little bit larger version.  Great idea.



Nancy had some beautiful flower embellishments to add to hers.


The sewing boxes came together well and they are all unique. We stitched around the pentagons when they were all attached for a nice finishing touch.

On Saturday our Spargonian group met and worked on our wool projects. Here are some pictures.

These aren't designed by Sue Spargo, but she uses the same techniques to get these beautiful flowers. The book is called:

Sue has classes in which the students learn many stitches by making a sampler of leaves. This is a wonderful example.



Our work on the studio is going really well. We have someone coming to give an estimate on new windows. This one will be much bigger.

The window at the end of the wall will also be replaced. Painting is next. We are getting nearer to finishing. My husband, Loren, is a great builder!

Great cubbies for holding wool.


Our first class is this Saturday. I'm very excited about sharing my new space.

I am scheduling  a doll quilt making class in March. In the last post I pictured some samples and a doll bed available at Ikea. The small quilts can be hand pieced or machine pieced. I have some books with information about old doll quilts and they are charming. Let me know your choice of Wed. March 6, 10:30-2 or Sat. March 16 ,same time.

Also, I will offer a pin cushion class. Most of us have many pin cushion patterns and don't take the time to make them. Let's get together and share our wealth. I have wool to share and thread , freezer paper and I will supply the walnut shells to fill.   Here are a couple of dates to choose from. Wed. March 13, 10:30-2 or Sunday afternoon March 17, noon-3ish.

I want these classes to be as convenient as possible. If other times work better for you, please let me know. 

All classes are $10.00
If there are other things you would like to do, I'd love to know that also.
My email is: thequiltingb1947@gmail.com
cell: 503.680.7436

Wisdom Words: Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  Ecclesiastes 4 v9


  1. Looks great. I'm looking forward to seeing yur new space on Saturday. It's going to be fun.

  2. I saw Denise's project on Thursday. She finished it at our Q-FAC meeting. Very nicely done, I might add. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. See you soon.