Saving a Quilt with a Past

by Jane Dempsey

When I graduated from high school, my grandmother gave me a hand-pieced quilt. Since Grandma Ann didn’t have the money for new fabric, my mother bought the fabric. My grandma and mom didn’t have a wonderful relationship, so their cooperation with each other was noteworthy. In the past, Grandma made all quilts out of pieces of dresses that had worn out, and my mom knew I would like a pink quilt.… Read the rest

Dollmaking in the time of COVID

By Jami Roux

The Covid lockdown gave me an opportunity to practice my doll making skills. When the lockdown began my first thought was to make a doll as I didn’t need to sew more clothes for myself. I also knew everything to make a doll was in my stash.

With all the time to sew, I have made fourteen dolls for gifts, group challenges, tested new patterns, and just because I wanted to try something different.… Read the rest

My “Duh!” Moment Finally Arrived

by Beverly Vance

For the past few years (since my retirement), and especially during our long seclusion while the pandemic wreaked its havoc, I’ve been so thrilled at having so much time to sew that I just kept churning out garments and buying more fabric. Unfortunately, too many of those makes are orphans – they don’t go with anything else.… Read the rest

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

Fireside Chat with Ann Williamson

Creative inspiration Alert! Our newest Fireside Chat with Ann Williamson is sure to get your creative juices flowing full force. Watch our 30 minute chat with her to learn about her creative process, her love of kimono silk, and her fun interaction with Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Follow Ann on her blog and Instagram.… Read the rest

Upcycle

verb reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

At the end of this interesting year, I would like to share with you 3 upcycle projects. In Dallas/Ft. Worth we have many talented and creative folk. Some of them share and inspire on the Facebook page DFW Wearables

First up Aimee Wilson, who also just happens to have started and is an admin for the Facebook group DFW Sewing .… Read the rest

Looking Back at Native American Heritage Month

November was Native American Heritage Month. Celebrating belatedly with Plano member, Debbie B as she shares her journey into her heritage and learning to make Choctaw apparel. Enjoy this 30 minute interview!

Learn more about the Choctaw heritage on their Main Website and their YouTube Channel. See more about the traditional dressmaking process here.… Read the rest

The Ladybug Vera

A past visit to MAD (Museum of Arts and Design) New York January 2020, before we were aware of the deadly spread of COVID-19. I happily walked the streets of New York, engaging in my favorite pastime – Museum exhibits.

How many Vera’s come to mind when you think of fashion?… Read the rest

Celebrating Button Day with Benno’s Buttons

What better way to celebrate National Button Day than to spend a little time exploring the world of buttons with Jerry Dawson from Benno’s Buttons. Watch this video to learn a little bit about buttons and see some of the beautiful and unique buttons Benno’s offers. As Jerry says at the end of the video, what better way to celebrate the day than to buy a special button!… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Oonaballoona

Join us for another episode of American Sewing Guild Fireside Chats. We spent an enchanting 40 minutes with actress, singer, sewing blogger and all around merry-maker, Marcy Harriell (a.k.a Oonaballoona). She shared both the serious and the shenanigans in this interview and we think you will find her to be just as entertaining as we did.… Read the rest

Meet Makers Who Just Happen to be D/FW Men

The sewing community is made up of talents from all ages, sex, religions and races. In this post, I wanted you all to meet some talented men makers. We never want to assume that our readers and members are only women, to do that would exclude so much creativity!

First up, let me introduce you to a young talented designer.… Read the rest