Even though it always seems to sneak up on us, the old chapter year is winding down and the new chapter year is gearing up.
To close out 2017, we had our Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 4th at the Brio Restaurant on the Plaza. After a lovely breakfast buffet of stuffed French toast, bacon, potatoes, and fresh fruit, the chapter business meeting was held. The annual business meeting includes a report from all of the chapter advisory board members and the election of officers. A big thank you to those who were pre-sent to cast their vote and those who sent proxy ballots for the elec-tion of officers, as we are required to have a quorum to make our election official. President, Robin Pruitt; Secretary, Debbi Conrad; and Treasurer, Donna Smoller were re-elected to serve again in 2018.
The ladies serving in the appointed positions on the board agreed to continue as well. I hope you will join me in thanking Tina Gordon, Newsletter Editor; Karin Kraft-Stuppy, Education and Events; Marilyn Barbeck, Membership; Judy Rouse, Community Service; and Jill Moore , Publicity and Website for all they have done for us in the past and their willingness to continue to work for the chapter in 2018!
Following the meeting, we had a program presented by Betsy Blodgett on upcoming fashion trends. Betsy also talked about some ways she is communicating sewing news and information through podcasts and blogs. She also told us to watch for information about the Sewing Tour to London she is planning to lead.
The Annual Meeting also included a discussion of what speakers and activities members would like to have the chapter sponsor in the future. If you have any ideas you would like to suggest, please contact me or any of the other CAB members.
The CAB members have been working to make plans for 2018. At our December CAB meeting, we talked about some exciting events, speakers and tours coming up. As you may have seen on our recently updated website, we have scheduled Jennifer Stern-Hasemann to bring her pants workshop to Unity Village this spring. See Page 2 for more details and watch the website for your chance to sign up.
The CAB and I wish you a very Happy New Year, and we hope we will see you soon at a chapter event or a neighborhood group meeting.
As I sat down to write the President’s message for this newsletter, I decided to tally up the number of newsletter messages I have written. I think I concluded this is my 18th article. I found it amazing that there have been that many articles written and I am still as excited as ever to talk about my love of sewing, the American Sewing Guild, and the ASG friends I have made!
A big thank you is due to the chapter for sending me to the ASG National Conference in Orlando last month. On the first day, the chapter president’s met with members of the national board of directors to share notions for addressing chapter opportunities and challenges. The next three days were spent taking classes from nationally recognized sewing educators, visiting the vendor halls, and exchanging ideas with other ASG members from all over the country. I am looking forward to trying out the things I learned in class and the suggestions from the other chapters. Have you ever heard of a Frocktail Party???
I ended up taking three fitting classes at this year's conference. One from each of three very well-known and respected teachers. You would have thought that at the end of the third day, I would have had the answers to all of my fit questions. Instead, I was more confused than ever! Where one person would explain their theory and say, “Always do it like this….,” the next person would say, “Never do it like that…” Upon reflection, I think I learned the most important thing. When trying to fit different bodies with different fabrics there isn’t just one way. For the best results, you have to take all of the lessons, try them, and see what works for you.
July 2018 is the 40th national conference. The venue is the Westgate Las Vegas Resort. Travel to Las Vegas is
usually very reasonable and the national board has promised that the 40th will really be something special, so I hope
you will consider this in your travel plans for next year.
I know many of you are still excited to be with other people like you who love sewing also, so please look over
the rest of this newsletter to see what other great events and activities are planned for the rest of the year.
I hope to see you there.
It was a good day! One morning I was driving near a fabric store. I didn’t really need anything but I was close and I was inspired by the Garment Group’s Sew-With-a-Plan Show and Tell. I was looking for a pattern for a top I wanted to try. I went in and found a seat at the table with four other ladies that were browsing the pattern books. I don’t think any of them knew each other, but one lady mentioned that she was trying to get back into sewing. Each person at the table shared useful hints or ideas to help her with her project. She seemed to listen eagerly to all of the suggestions offered and as she was collecting up the patterns and fabrics she had selected she said, “This has been a good day!” I realized that was exactly how I feel when I get a chance to gather with other ASG members to talk about new patterns, fabrics or techniques. When you find yourselfin similar surroundings I hope you will take the opportunity to invite someone to your neighborhood group meeting or a chapter event to share the energy and inspiration.
There are some other “good days” coming up. As you read through this newsletter, you will find some outstanding events that Karin Kraft-Stuppy has been putting together for us. Don’t miss the details about the tour of the Vintage Garment Museum at the Johnson County Community College this fall. Also, for the Chapter Annual Meeting in November we will have brunch at the Brio restaurant on the Plaza and a presentation from the Make-It-With-Wool organization.
Please read about the Bag Challenge approved by the Chapter Advisory Board. If you don’t care to sew garments or you are looking for a little project to make and embellish, see page 9 for information on the Bag Challenge. Each member will receive a small gift when they send a picture of a bag made from the challenge pattern. For even more fun, you will be entered in a drawing for a one year ASG membership when you display your bag at the Chapter Annual Meeting.
Speaking of “good days,” I am on to my way the ASG national conference in Indianapolis, Indiana where national sewing educators, other chapter presidents and ASG member gather to immerse themselves in every aspect of sewing. I appreciate the opportunity to represent the Kansas City Chapter and I hope to bring back new information and program ideas for the chapter.
I hope you have a good day!
Kansas City ASG President
It seems that spring has come early this year. We live in the heartland so we cannot be too sure that winter is truly over and the flowers will begin to bloom, but we can be sure that this is the time of year we can shake off the cabin fever and try some new things or learn some new techniques. And the chapter has some great opportunities for getting out to let your skills and imagination blossom.
The big news this spring is our upcoming educational event! We are so pleased to be hosting Kenneth King April 15th through April 17th for three days of information and inspiration. There is still a time to sign up to learn Cool Tricks and Son of Cool Tricks on Saturday, and, Embellishments and Trim plus a session on Handbags on Sunday. You may have seen Kenneth on a video or Craftsy, but you won’t want to miss your chance to see Kenneth King in person. He is very knowable and entertaining. The Friday session is full but, the guild is offering the two-day opportunity for only $125 for member which includes lunch! Non-members are also welcome, so spread the word and sign up soon at kanascityasg.org.
The rest of the ASG year is off to good a start too. Many of the neighborhood groups have planned their meetings and you can read about the programs and activities on page 10, and on the chapter website.
Remember you can attend any of the neighborhood or special interest group meetings. It has been my experience that the members are always welcoming and happy to meet another sewing friend. I had a very good time visiting the Topeka group meeting at the Sewing Workshop in February. If you haven’t been to a small group meeting recently, I hope you will take a look at what’s going on and try one I would also like to invite you to attend a Chapter Advisory Board Meeting. The CAB meets quarterly at the Bernina Sewing Center, 7251 W 97th St, Overland Park, KS. CAB meetings are open to all members. Our next CAB meeting is June 8th at 6:00. If you think you may interested in see what serving on the CAB is all about, or you would like to see what CAB meetings are like, please call me to RSVP.
Wishing you a spring blooming with new opportunities
The new year brings some changes to the Kansas City Chapter. Mary Spence has finished her term as chapter president. We offer our deepest thanks to Mary, a wonderful chapter president, who provided inspirational leadership to the chapter. Also we thank Mary Meyer, Publicity and Cathie Santa, Neighborhood Coordinator who are taking a break from the chapter advisory board.
I am very excited that you have given me the opportunity to serve as the chapter president. For the past three years I have served as the newsletter editor. I joined the ASG in 2003 while living in Omaha. I was elected to the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) and served as the newsletter editor and then Chapter President.
I remember reading the award winning Kansas City Chapter newsletter. I was always intrigued by the variety of educational events and neighborhood and special interest groups. After relocating to the Kansas City area four years ago I knew that getting involved with the sewing guild would be a great way to meet people who also love sewing, quilting and fiber arts, which, to me, is one of the primary benefits of belonging to the guild.
We are very fortunate that Betsy Blodgett has agreed to be the editor of the newsletter. Betsy brings her own fresh style as well as extensive experience in the sewing and fashion industry.
There are some things that won’t be changing. For one, Karin Kraft Stuppy has lined up some great events for this year. The chapter will be hosting Kenneth King for our spring educational event, April 15th through April 17th. See all the details on pages 3 and 4 of this newsletter. You will not want to miss learning with one of the premiere sewing educators. Sign up
on the chapter website.
Another thing that won’t be changing is that your CAB and neighborhood group leaders will be working to bring you entertaining and informative events and activities at a great value all year long. Suggestions or requests about what you would like to see are always welcome. I look forward to seeing you at the coming events or neighborhood group meeting!
Kansas City ASG President
I’m happy to inform you that all of the more recent recordings of the ASG Online Classes will now play on your IPad, tablet or smart phone. National is also in the process of converting all the earlier classes so that they too will play on these devices for your on-the-go viewing pleasure. The newest addition to the online classes is an Intermediate Series on Machine Embroidery.
ASG has an outstanding list of classes planned for the coming months so watch for new class announcements soon.
We managed to keep the snow away on Saturday, November 15, and have a fun time at our Annual Meeting.
During the business meeting, the current President (Mary Spence), Secretary (Debbi Scheufler), and Treasurer (Susie Wood), all of whom were unopposed, were re-elected. Then, Betsy Blodgett of Indygo Junction – and our former Education VP – treated us to a trunk show of purses, totes, and other creative items from Indygo Junction.
Following lunch, several members modeled their creations. It was a great representation of the talent within the Kansas City Chapter of ASG! Some attendees then volunteered to model garments made from Indygo Junction patterns, as well as one or two from Amy Barickman’s new book, The Magic Pattern Book: Sew 6 Patterns into 36 Different Styles!
We also raffled off signed copies of Nancy Zieman’s book, Seams Unlikely, as well as copies of Lynda Maynard’s book, The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results.
Your Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) will meet in early December. We expect to be able to finalize (or nearly finalize) our events calendar for 2015 so we can publish it in the Winter edition of the newsletter. Among the events planned for next year, are a presentation from Amy Barickman, a tour of the McCalls Pattern Factory in Manhattan, KS, and a two-day event with Daryl Lancaster (http://www.daryllancaster.com/index.html). Several KC ASG members attended Daryl’s workshops at the ASG Conference in July and were enthralled with her beautiful work.
I hope all of you are looking forward to spending time with your fellow sewists at Neighborhood Group Meetings and Chapter events in 2015!
Saturday, November 15th, 10:00 a.m. Join us on Saturday, November 15, 2014 for the Annual Meeting and Election. Our program for this year's meeting will feature Betsy Blodgett, who will host a Chapter Fashion Show. Betsy, a long-time Kansas City ASG member, is with Indygo Junction Patterns and Crafts, Amy Barickman Designs. She will be bringing garments constructed from Indygo Junction patterns, which attendees may model. Or, you are welcome - and encouraged - to wear something you have made from any pattern in the fashion show.
Amy Barickman not only has fashion patterns, but also bags and home décor patterns, as well as a line of Crossroads denim fabric. Fabric and patterns will be available for purchase at this event. We hope all attendees will participate in the fashion show. If you wish to model trunk show garments or any of your own creations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know - the sooner the better.
Door prizes include autographed copies of Nancy Zieman's "Seems Unlikely," and Lynda Maynard's "Couture Sewing Techniques." We also expect to have some fabric for sale.
The business meeting and election will start at 10 a.m., followed by lunch (included) and the fashion show. We expect to conclude at approximately 2 p.m.
Please advise us by Wednesday, November 12th, if you have any dietary restrictions (email@example.com). This event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park Convention Center at 5800 College Blvd. in Overland Park, KS 66211.
Go to the payment page of www.kansascityasg.org to sign up, or send your check for $15 made payable to "Kansas City ASG" to: Susie Wood, KCASG Treasurer, 8110 Ravenswood Lane, DeSoto, KS 66018
Please welcome new CAB members: Christy Zehnder, Membership; Debbi Scheufler, Secretary; Judy Rouse, Community Service; Mary Meyer, Publicity; and Meg Green, Website Manager.
A few more members must attend tomorrow's Annual Meeting or return proxy ballots to reach a quorum.