Quiltin B’s new project “Storm at Sea”

New Project for the Quiltin’ Bs Neighborhood Group

The Quiltin’ Bs newest project is a “Storm at Sea” Quilt.  The Storm at Sea block gives the illusion of curved pieces, but without having to stitch curved lines.  This block is very versatile and leaves lots of room for the creativity of the quilter. … Read the rest

Organization – Part One – Fabric

Shelving and Yardage


For a while now, I have been asking my fellow sewists how they organize, categorize, and otherwise find and use their fabric treasures.  There are as many methods as there are types of sewists, but maybe you can take away a hint or two on this old notion of fabric organization.  … Read the rest

All about member Lu Peters

shear-accident-smallWe are proud to have the very talented Lu Peters as one of our members.   She is a frequent attendee of the Toujour Couture neighborhood group, that meets the first Thursday of the month at Fabrique! fabrics.  AND Lu will be teaching one of our workshop seminars at the upcoming “share fair” on September 27th.… Read the rest

Not a size 2? Neither are most of the rest of us!

keep calm with curvesOne of the reasons you may sew is for fit.  I know I have fitting challenges with asymmetrical hips and a tummy that curves out instead of Jessica Rabbit concave.   Big and baggy, or stretched way too tight flatters no one.  How to gauge whether a style or pattern will look good on your figure?  … Read the rest

July – August – September Newsletter Online

The Plano TX Chapter newsletter for July –  September  has been posted. It can be downloaded  here. You’ll need your Plano ASG password to get into the page (hint: 2 words, no break, no capitals).

This edition of Material Issues has the following items:

  • President’s Corner – Planning your sewing
  • Neighborhood Group Schedule
  • Our first “Sewing Boot Camp” Review
  • Founding Plano ASG member highlights – Maggie and Jami
  • Our first ever “Share Fair” is coming
  • Annual Luncheon and Elections
  • Photo highlights from Sew Along and Linda Lee Workshop

Enjoy reading the newsletter!… Read the rest

Vintage, what is old is new again

simplicity halter

Have you notice the resurgence of vintage?  Simplicity and Vogue have been re releasing vintage patterns, Butterick has a line of retro inspired patterns with the designer Gertie of the blog “blogforbettersewing.com“.  Pattern review is running a vintage sewing contest.  I adore the 1950’s playsuit by Madssews.   http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/ContestGallery.pl?ContestID=208

I started sewing very early on, but in all the moves from high school to college, from this place to that place, I only kept one of my patterns from my high school sewing days.  … Read the rest

Plano ASG June Fashion Show


Fashion Word CollageEvery year, the Plano Chapter of ASG provides an opportunity for its members to be in the limelight. The annual Fashion Show invites every member to participate by showing us those special works that have come to life in your sewing room. Garments, accessories, home décor…come and show them off on the RUNWAY!… Read the rest