It’s been mentioned quite frequently that I am a member of the American Sewing Guild. They are a national organization which promotes sewing as a life enhancing experience, and I can agree with that – sewing has greatly enhanced my life.
It’s also no secret that I originally joined to get the 10% discount that being a member of ASG gets you at Joann’s fabrics, as well as local retailers. I was a member for years and never attended a meeting, or took advantage of all the other wonderful events and discounts offered. Until I took a class at a local shop, which was taught by another guild member. Sue C – you’re responsible for this!
I can say it literally changed my sewing circle. Instead of working in a total vacuum, I had like-minded individuals to get together with. It didn’t matter if our sewing preference was garments or quilts or charity or just puttering around with odd pieces. There was someone local, who I could physically connect with. There was a wealth of experience to draw on when I ran into a problem…and even more surprisingly, there were folks out there who wanted the knowledge I had to offer.
This also lead to workshops and all manner of events. There was Emma Seabrooke, who taught the first workshop I attended. There was Louise Cutting, Peggy Sagers, Linda Lee, Mary Mulari, Patty Palmer, Mary Lou Rankin, and Bobbi Bullard the Queen of Bling. Many others as well, whose names don’t come to mind at the moment.
I took a class to make a pants pattern – fit to my exact measurements, which I still use today (withe a few tweaks added for these additional pounds).
There was the Sew-In – a high point in the summer doldrums of Cactusville.
Part of being a guild member also means the opportunity to attend neighborhood groups. Local folks who meet on a monthly basis, sharing skills, perhaps with a demo or a program or something of interest to all. Last Tuesday, I attended my final neighborhood group meeting in Cactusville.
We made a party of it! Phyllis, our group leader who had been ill was able to attend. There was pie and cake and munchies and drinks. Therisa showed us how to refashion t-shirts, and talked about using dyes to go from washed-out white to a rainbow of colors. It was wonderful. Amazing! Thank you for enriching my life so. I shall miss you all.
Farewell, but not goodbye.