Monday, November 14, 2016

It's In The Bag

Last Wednesday the Sewphisticuts learned how to make an "easy-peasy" bag, led by Pat M.  Sewing this bag gave us a chance to learn and share bag-making tips and techniques.  The bag was originally designed to be a catch-all bag for your car, with a strap to hang it from the gearshift.  But we thought up some other uses as well, from hanging on a doorknob to catch keys and other items that you want to have handy as you come and go in the house to a scrap-catcher bag next to your sewing machine or serger.  By the end of the meeting everyone had finished their bags; we had a variety of color choices and even one with a design addition (Judy added a pocket and rolled-over edge to hers).

In other business, we decided to skip our December meeting due to its proximity to Christmas.  Everyone had other commitments that made moving the date problematic.  So we will hold a dinner meeting in January, weather permitting, that will be our program planning meeting as well.

We had some Show-and-Tell items also - pictures follow here.
Connie made a baby quilt from a panel.

Kathia's Halloween bags

Tote bag for large cutting boards

Cut-work embroidery by Kathia

More embroidery by Kathia

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Making a Difference

Last Saturday, October 22, members of the Hudson Valley Chapter of ASG did their part to make a difference for someone less fortunate.  Once again the Poughkeepsie Plaza graciously hosted us, letting us use an empty store space.  The staff at Sew 'n Vac lent us sewing tables and chairs, and later a vacuum to tidy up after ourselves.  Quite a few people spent part or all of the day pinning, pressing or sewing to make pillowcases, caps, neck gaiters and scarves to be donated to local shelters.  Here are a few pictures from the day, showing only a few of the many folk who helped out that day.