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

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

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

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

Red Hot Mess Challenge

What do you do when you receive a donation of a LARGE bolt of red knit fabric and a TUB full of tape measures? How about a challenge?! Our Special Events team created a fun challenge to find ways to incorporate both into any kind of project our members could dream of.… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Anita Morris of Anita by Design

We had an incredible 37 minutes with this lovely lady! You will love her exuberance, authenticity, joy and sparkling smile. Anita Morris of Anita by Design shares her passion for helping people learn to sew, her unique way of planning her sewing projects, as well as how she has weathered some of life’s hardest moments.… Read the rest

Makers Gonna Make

Plano member, Annette Berlyn, splits her time between her home in South Africa and her daughter’s home here is Texas.  If one thing is true about Annette, it is that she will create the most interesting things out of anything she can get her hands on!

We hope you enjoy her story of how a simple museum visit with a friend turned her into an entrepreneur artist for the museum gift shop.… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop

We recently had the pleasure of doing this 20 minute interview with Kimberly Jolly. Kimberly is the owner of the Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma. Between those two companies, she covers all sorts of quilting and cross stitching fabrics, supplies, and patterns. It was great fun to hear how this accountant turned creative and made her journey to where she is today.… Read the rest

Advancing Sewing Skills Online

Over the past few months, our members have shared their favorite source of sewing inspiration and their favorite books.  This time some of our members are sharing their favorite online learning opportunities.  We have heard several people lament that the pandemic seems to be dealing a blow to their sew-jo. … Read the rest