Isn't it wonderful to have this beautiful weather? We've loved welcoming so many "winter visitors" in the past few months to enjoy it with us! And our loyal "locals" understand how fabulous it is to be able to have the door sit wide open in the middle of winter. We were especially grateful for the Valley climate last week when the new shipment of Best Press Starch Alternative arrived from Minnesota - FROZEN - that's right each and every bottle had at least a small iceberg in it, some almost solid. It had been on the truck for 3 or 4 days, but was still THAT cold!!
We've had some exciting new adventures this past week. Our first Civil War History group began this weekend with: A Woman's Work is Never Done: Civil War Women Quilt Block of the Month. Are you interested in learning more about women's lives during the Civil War and enjoy sewing? Please join us at Zoe's Trunk in Chandler, Arizona as we explore the daily life of women in 1864 and how the war and society impacted women's lives.
A Woman's Work is Never Done
Designed by Roberta Bowen
The story will be developed using a series of letters between a "typical" wife and her soldier husband, based on letters, diaries and literature from that time. We'll make a quilt that helps tell the story using period appropriate patterns and reproduction fabrics. We'll learn about the fabrics and the quilt patterns in use at that time, the receipts and literature, and the resourcefulness of the women as they strove to keep their families intact. Cost is $20 per month for the class, pattern & fabric kits. We meet the 4th Saturday of each month at 10 AM, pattern and fabric kit. For additional information please contact Zoe's Trunk (480) 857-4833, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We held our first of 6 events, a social gathering for Ladies who would like to make small 19th century era projects. The B&B Society will meet every other month at 9 AM before the Civil War Women BOM class. These two classes will showcase one of the treasures we have here at Zoe's Trunk. Our facilitator, Roberta Bowen, LOVES to research history, civil war history, women's history, American history, just ANY history.
Jelly Stars & Peanut Butter Bars, by Kaye England for The Bread 'n Butter Society.
Our 19th Century fabric section is one of the largest and most varied in the Valley and our awareness of the time period is without question the best informed through our constant study.