Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spring Flowers and class pictures

It is almost 10 pm and I have been trying to download pictures from my phone. I have never had trouble doing this before, but since my phone did some updates, nothing looks or acts the same. So now it is my bedtime and I finally have pictures. I don't want to have wasted all that time so I am now going to use them. It is hard to acclimate to all my new technology even when I know it shouldn't be that difficult.

A long time ago our neighbors planted 100's of crocus bulbs. About this time each year they bloom all over the green lawn. Before mowing must begin we get this wonderful carpet of purple. Check them out!

There was this one sunny day last week and they all bloomed their little faces towards the light. It was a sight to behold and so much promise of spring.

Last Thursday I had the privilege of having four friends over for a day of sewing in my wonderful studio! The walls are all painted and every weekend Loren does something more to make it homey. This Tuesday we get new windows installed....anyway, back to the sewing. Below are pictures of our current projects.

Susan is looking through pattern pages of a newly chosen project.

Nancy and Tracy

Beverly and Nancy

Beautiful appliqued blocks.

For lunch we had soup and salad and fruit and Tracy made us this tasty and pretty dessert.

Saturday began at 10 am with the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle at Pioneer Quilts.

I am including pictures of just some of the wonderful quilts brought for Show and Tell.

Linda with her stars.

A yoyo treasure.

Can you sense a theme here?

The light kind of hinders the colors on this great little quilt.

You will notice that most people only want their quilts pictured and not their lovely faces!

Pam is peaking from behind her cutey.

Take a look at the tiny little yoyos! The next picture is a close up.


Not long ago I had pictures on my blog from a class making the Civil War Sewing Box.

Nancy made hers in a completely different color scheme and included many really person items. I think you will love it.

Inside the lid, many of us put a picture of something fun. Notice what Nancy did.

She does beautiful work.

A little later in the day our Spargonians met for an afternoon of stitching and visiting and even learned a little.
Here is some of what we were doing.

Sarah is finishing her miles of stem applique!!

These ladies bring me joy and inspiration every time we get together. I am truly blessed to spend time doing what I love to do and  getting to do it with women who are kindred spirits. Thank you all for what you add to my life. God has blessed me with so many things and to have all of you participate just adds variety and spice and giggles and so much fun.

This week brings the second half of our Firefly Sewing Envelope class and I get to go to Puyallup to the sewing show. I'll let you know how great those events are.

Wisdom Words from Isaiah 40:31 Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Class pictures and new projects

I have so much to share today. We had our first class last Saturday and made snowmen! We had a great group of women sewing and visiting and snacking. Here are some snowmen in progress.

Studio is finally ready for use....a few more things to be done before it is finished, but a great space.

Carol at work.

Dorothy chose a waffle weave for her man and it looked very cool.

Linda is getting her scarf just perfect.

Teri came a long way to be with us and we are glad she did.

Judy is hard at work with her needle.

Susan is just about finished!

Carol is planning her strategy!!

Here are mine. You can't tell, but one is a clean cream man and the other one is over dyed muslin to make a kind of  weathered one!

We had a great time and have scheduled our next meeting. Saturday March 16 from 11-3 we will gather and make some more snowmen like these:

This pattern is in the Primitive Quilt issue Summer 2011 page 28. Let me know if you'd like to come.


Today I spent the day at home getting some samples ready for upcoming classes. We have a group called Girl Gang that meets at Pioneer Quilts on the 2nd Monday of each month. Next Monday is our day. We have started a couple of projects and this is a sample of the first two blocks.

Some of the flowers lap over onto a block that will be next to it. It will then be appliqued to finish it. There are lots of blocks to go and if you are interested in knowing more about the class or what this pattern is, let me know.

I am teaching a class called Firefly Sewing Envelope. The class will be at Pioneer Quilts on Wed. Feb.20 & 27th from 10:30-2:30. I have a finished sample at the shop but decided to make another one. Sue Spargo has new fabric just out and I wanted to use some of that and so here is the beginning on the inside and the front and center of the outside.

I love the bright green with the brilliant blue and lots of polka dots. I hope you can join us for this really cool project. It will have two zipper pockets and other pockets that you can put pens and rulers in also.


I have talked about the Prairie Women's Sewing Group before and we had our first time together. The second quilt that we will get patterns for at the next class (Sat. Feb. 23) is this Log Cabin.

Each time we meet we also make yoyos and here are a few of mine.

We have to make 60+ of them, so that is my evenings entertainment.

in previous posts I have talked about other classes that are coming up.

I will let you know about the others that will be at my home. 

If you have any questions, please email me  or phone me, cell number


Nice chatting!

Wisdom Words:
Through love serve one another. Galatians 5 v 13

Friday, February 1, 2013

Upcoming Classes

Just a quick post today.
I am really looking forward to my first class held at my home tomorrow in my Quilting B studio. It isn't quite finished but is looking better all the time. 

I'd like to remind you of a few classes that I do each month. Most of you know about the Spargonians that meet the 4th Sat. of each month at Pioneer Quilts. We meet from 11:30-2:30. We just began our new Prairie Women's Sewing Circle last Sat. with 18 ladies. it was great. Ask me for details.

I have a class coming up this month at Pioneer Quilts called Firefly Sewing Envelope. It is designed by Sue Spargo and I am delighted to be able to teach it. Here is a picture:

It measures 9"x12" closed and 27"x12" open. It has compartments and pockets and a cool pin cushion on the inside. There is a sample at Pioneer Quilts . It is scheduled for Feb.20 and 27th from 10:30-2:30.

I also have a group called "Betty's Bunch" that meets on the first Friday of each month at Quilters Corner in Oak Grove. We work on wool projects and then go have lunch! Quilters Corner is on a corner on Oak Grove Blvd. I also have a hand piecing class there Feb. 8 and 22.

The Civil War Sewing Box that I showed in a previous post will be available as a class and the Ladies of  Liberty quilt shop in Independence, Oregon on March 2. The store features civil war fabric and a lot of great period patterns.


The following pattern is free on the Marcus Fabric website and is one that I'd very much like to do as a monthly class. Here is the link

I can save the picture to word but can't seem to paste it here.

It is 60"x 84" and uses fabric by Judie Rothermel and the New England Quilt Museum. The quilt is by Jean Ann Wright. Interested in working on this??? Let me know.

I hope to have lots to show you about our class tomorrow~~~~stay tuned!