Asa, COVID, and the State Fair Sewing Contest

By Debbie Reid

Every week one of the grandkids come over for “Grandma Night.” Sometimes we would cook or work on some other project, but mostly we sew. About a year and a half ago, Asa wanted to make a jacket. He had already done simpler projects so I thought he was ready for the challenge of zippered pockets and a lining.… Read the rest

Sewing Slump…Conquered!

by Kris Peterson

I was recently asked to write a blog post for Plano ASG, the topic to be determined by me! First, I have never written a blog, and have actually read very few; secondly, I had no idea of any topic that would be of interest to anyone! And to top it all off, I have been in a huge sewing slump, which showed no signs of ending.… Read the rest

What’s on Your Bookshelf?

We asked our members to share their favorite sewing books and it was so much fun to see what they had to say.  Some sent reference books and some novels about sewing.  Regardless of what you are in the mood to read or learn, there just might be some new ideas for you in the list.… Read the rest

Ginny and the Vintage Sewing Center

Don’t you just love unexpected surprises?! Well, GOOD surprises, that is. Plano ASG member, Ginny Stein, shared a very pleasant, unexpected surprise from her trip to Tulsa earlier this year. We think you will enjoy it!


On a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma the last weekend of February, I enjoyed an unexpected surprise.… Read the rest

March Madness and March Sadness

Plano ASG member Melanie Fredrickson has three great loves – family, sewing and sports … March Madness basketball in particular.  But time is at a premium so how could she bring all three of her great loves together? How could she get quality time with all three? 

The perfect answer to this question emerged when Melanie’s son gave her a surprise birthday gift in 2017. … Read the rest

Summer Sewing Inspiration

Are you thinking about summer sewing?  We are!  We reached out to a few of our members and asked if they had any summer inspiration to share.  Whether you are looking for machine embroidery, quilting, garments, bags or even beading and weaving, we have a few ideas to get your summer creative juice flowing!… Read the rest

Can Sewing Save the Planet?

And now in other news….
Today is Earth Hour Day.  What is that?!?!

It is a day we are encouraged to turn off our lights from 7:30 – 8:30 PM CT as a reminder that we can all make a difference………. even in small ways. 

I had never heard of Earth Hour Day before this year, but it made me think once again about what I can do within the framework of my much-loved hobby. … Read the rest

Conference 2020 – What’s In It For You?

We’ve all begun hunkering down away from social gatherings with our minds on COVID19. It can be exhausting to constantly listen for the latest news so we thought, why not take a break and dream about the summer?

Every year ASG hosts a conference somewhere in the US and every year lots of people go. … Read the rest

Travel and Fabric and Sewing! Oh My!

If you are reading this article, I suspect you are a lover of fabric. Those of us sharing that love usually have a stash and the individual pieces of that stash sometimes have a story. Here are stories from Karen, Markita and Sheryl, a few of our Plano ASG members who have had the opportunity to wander the globe and love to feed their stash with souvenirs from their travels.… Read the rest

State Fair Sewing

Plano ASG member, Debbie Reid, tells us her story of entering Texas State Fair sewing competitions over the years. We were so impressed and think you will be too.
Debbie wearing her 2019 winning entry

I have loved the Texas State Fair since childhood but it never occurred to me to enter a contest until a colleague at work encouraged me to give it a try.… Read the rest

Janelle’s Journey into Kantha

Submitted by Janelle Brantley

My sister Jacki called me on a Monday, from a Tues. Morning in East Texas, telling me about some Kantha throws she’d found and how wonderful they were.

They reminded her of  jackets she’d seen on Pinterest and in magazines and thought the throws would be perfect for a project.… Read the rest

Get ready for a Sewing Retreat!

Plano ASG’s annual retreat will be held on February 6th – 9th 2020. Registration will be coming soon! Be on the look-out for the email if you are interested!

Photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash

We are headed back to Sunset, Texas! Time to pack your sewing gear and spend the weekend with your sewing buddies’ sew-cializing for a few days!… Read the rest