2014 ASG National Conference in St Louis

ASGConf14_hires_print_2in2014 ASG National Conference will take place in St Louis at the Arch, from Wednesday, July 23 to Monday, July 28.

ASG Conference offers workshops, seminars and lectures in two-day, all-day, half-day, two-hour and 90-minute formats. Classes are tailored to every sewing interest and every level of sewing skill.

The online registration begins TODAY.… Read the rest

Beginner Freemotion Stitching

ArtJournal-300pxFollowing Maggie’s Table Topper / Table Runner Sew Along, I want to share this with some of you that might be new to freemotion stitching/quilting.

Bernina has developed this little eBooklet (downloadable for free here) to try several beginner stitches techniques.

At the end all the different exercises are combined in a little art book.… Read the rest

For Sale: Cynthia Guffey patterns & Husqvarna Viking Diamond Deluxe

For Sale by Becky

Becky has duplicates of the following Cynthia Guffey patterns.

These patterns have not even been opened.
She would like to sell them for $15 each or both for $25.
Or she is willing to trade one for pattern J-5040 (see below)

Interest? Contact Becky


J-5051   Retail  $20

S-4020    Retail $18



For Sale by Terri

Terri has a Husqvarna Viking Diamond Deluxe Sewing/Embroidery machine for
sale.… Read the rest

Podcast with Folk Fibers

Sheryl sent me a follow up on our previous blog about Thread Cult podcasts.

The creator of the Thread Cult podcasts and the Daughter Fish blog, Christine, just had a baby, but she’s back with new podcasts.

Thread Cult’s January podcast is with Maura Grace Ambrose:

“Maura Grace Ambrose is an Austin-based artist and founder of Folk Fibers.Read the rest

Saturday Stitchers: Hat Pincushions

No plans yet this Saturday?
Then come to the Saturday Stitchers Neighborhood Group!

This group meets every 4th Saturday at 10:00am at the Christ United Methodist Church (SW corner of Parker Rd./Coit in Plano).

This month’s meeting will be a planning meeting for the year, so bring your ideas about what you want the group to do this year.… Read the rest

New Neighborhood Group: Sew Simple (formerly: Luv2Sew)

A new Neighborhood Group –Sew Simple– has joined Plano ASG and will start in February. Vicki Burns and Mitzy Pearson will be co-leaders of this group and the name of the group may still change in the future.


Group Name – Sew Simple
Meets – 2nd Tuesday from noon – 3 PM
Email – if you want to join the group, contact Vicki and Mitzy
Location – White Rock Hills Library  9150 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228

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The first meeting will be February 11.… Read the rest

2014 Retreat Pictures

Roxanne sent me these pictures of the Annual Chapter Retreat at Cedar Mills Resort on Lake Texoma.

Looks like they had a lot of fun together and finished quite a few outfits too!


Becky working on her new shirt.


Becky T-shirt

Dinner Friday night

Friday Night Dinner




Robin & Kathy

Robin and Kathy

Robin + Sisters

Robin and sisters

Robins Sis & Sandy

Robin and sister Sandy




Sandy Ironing

Snow skirt prototype

The Snow skirt prototype

TJ & Mollie-

TJ hand sewing

TJ hand sewing her coat

TJ new Coat

TJ’s new coat

TJ New Skirt

TJ’s new skirt

Friday dinner all--

Everyone in the picture, including Roxanne!… Read the rest

From craft to art: Richardson quilter brings home the gold

Special Contributor of Dallas News
(original article)

When Melissa Sobotka quilts, there are no pinwheels, no wedding rings, no log cabins.

There are, instead, sinuous waves, Christmas-like ornaments filled with swooping whorls and re-creations of painted masterpieces.

Sobotka’s quilts are art, hanging in private collections and galleries.Read the rest

January Group Schedule Online

The new Neighborhood Group Schedule for January is online and can be downloaded from this page.

Our special events committee has been working hard organizing many exciting events for 2014! Read more about it in the newsletter and keep an eye on this blog.

Scheduled are the Annual Retreat January 16 -19, A Sew Along and Show Off in March (more info soon!),… Read the rest