Situated in the beautiful Pinewood community, off HWY 48, 6794 Piney River Road North (be sure and add that “North” into your GPS!) Piney’s Needle is the private studio of quilter and artist, Deborah Boutwell. Deborah and her daughter, Sally Springer, love creating works of art using various fabrics and materials to create unique pieces. Deborah is more of the traditional artist, while Sally leans more toward alternative works of art, incorporating vintage fabrics and techniques into her design.
Influenced by the talents of Deborah’s mother, the late Frances Lewis, and her grandmothers, she and Sally both learned the arts of needle and thread from expert seamstresses, quilters and artists. Determined to continue to share the techniques their ancestors have used for years to care for their families, Deborah and Sally each work to provide opportunities to share their legacy through selling handmade products and teaching classes.
At stop #26, you’ll find a sampling of quilts (in various sizes), table runners, wall hangings, baby blankets, aprons, paintings, altered books, jewelry, and other various items. Throughout the day, Deborah will be giving demonstrations of traditional hand quilting on her grandmother’s hand-made quilt frame and her favorite method of hand quilting, with a hoop. You will also have the opportunity to try the quilt frame on your own, “quilting a reach”, and making quilt blocks on your own using vintage sewing machines. Deborah uses a domestic sewing machine to do most of her quilting and would be happy to show you how that works also. Come watch Sally work on one of her altered books and see how she turns books headed to the trash, into a piece of art.
Stepping into Deborah’s log house, built by her husband, Ken, and father, James Lewis, you can see a display of quilts created by her mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers (display only, not for sale). Then to top off the stop, try some of Ken’s famous BBQ and have a cool drink of water…and don’t forget the pie! Sally will have pies for sale, by the slice or whole pie. She’s the pie maker of the family and they are delicious and always in high demand!
Deborah and Sally both do custom work upon request. Sally, with a degree in fashion design, does custom gowns, clothes, and alterations. Deborah will work with you to design a new quilt or finish up quilt tops that you’ve had in your trunk, unfinished, for years. Or, sign up for a monthly quilting class and learn to quilt your own work of art! Don’t know how to sew? They can teach you. They both believe in starting early, so they will gladly teach young children eager to learn to sew (ages 8+) or any other type of art they do.
Folks that visit Piney’s Needle have said it’s like visiting a museum. Come on out and see why. Don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter and a chance to win a bag full of goodies!
Learn more about Deborah’s and Sally’s art through their websites.