• Welcome to the Suncoast Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  
  • Details of our chapter and the American Sewing Guild are on our About page .
  • On this page are some upcoming and past events. 
  • See more details of neighborhood groups  here.

UPCOMING EVENTS ARE ARE MOSTLY TAKING PLACE VIRTUALLY.  CHECK THE MONTHLY LISTINGS FOR SPECIAL ZOOM EVENTS.

FOR MORE SPECIFICS CHECK WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS ON THE  “CONTACT US” PAGE.  

PLEASE CHECK OUT FIBER FUN.  SEE VIDEOS OF CLASSES MEMBERS HAVE TAUGHT

SEPTEMBER  2021 MEETINGS

Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting: Wednesday, September 1, 1-3, Zoom

Keep on Stitchin’,  Thursday September 2, 1:00-3:00 PM, Check with Leader 

Our annual field trip to Quilted Twins will be on September 8 from 10:00 -3:00, Lunch afterwords**

Loose Threads, Wednesday September 8, 10-12, No Meeting, Join the Field Trip to Quilted Twins

Thursday’s Threaders, Thursday September 9, 10-12, Check with leaader

The Material Gals, Thursday September 9, 10-12,  Check with Leaader

Happy Hoopers, Wednesday, September 15, 10-12, Cutwork Beginning to End

Our beloved LAUNDRY DAY T workshop will be held again this year on September 18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church*

Designing Ladies, Tuesday September 21, 10-12, Check with Leader

Skipped Stitches, Wednesday September 22, 10-12, Telephone Stand by Joann Ruby

 *LDT Details: Imagine making a Tee in the amount of time it takes to do a load of laundry. Well, it’s true and we are going to show you how.   Love Notion Patterns https://www.lovenotions.com/  has the Laundry Day Tee (LDT) and it’s so simple to make you can do it in the same time as a load of laundry!! It has several variations of the sleeve, hem line and collar to mix it up yet still take a short time to complete. Join us as we make the basic version. Do you have a woven? Get their Harmony pattern for wovens. See pattern view options on page 10. You will need 2 – 3 yards of light flowing fabric.  I used rayon knit; basic sewing supplies and a sewing machine or serger.  If you are on Facebook you can get the pattern for FREE. Go to : https://www.facebook.com/groups/lovenotionspatternsupport/ and read the Pinned Post at the top of the page, it will give you the password to download the pattern for FREE. Print the pattern and instructions, tape together and you will be ready for class. I will have patterns in sizes small to XXXL available to trace the morning of class. Come join us, September 18th and see how addictive this pattern can be. Lunch to be determined as we get closer.  Refund Policy:2 months prior to event, full amount 1 month prior to event, 50% Week of event, no refund.  All refunds are subject to a $5.00 handling fee.

**Quilted Twins Details: Our annual chapter field trip to Quilted Twins is the second Wednesday in September.  Please check out this fabulous store, they keep getting better every year.  https://www.quiltedtwins.com/  They are opening their shop/warehouse just for us on that day. Please contact Chris Belisle if you will be going so they have an approximate head count so they can have enough staff on hand that day. FYI last year we got there when a whole order of rayon batiks had just arrived. Needless to say a huge amount of that new inventory made it to our cars.  Most of us plan to go to various restaurant locations either in Dade City or on the way home. We are not planning for just 1 big lunch at 1 location

OCTOBER 2021 MEETINGS

Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting: Wednesday, October 6, 1:00-3:00 

Keep on Stitchin’:  Thursday October 7, 1:00-3:00 PM  Check with Leader

 Lunch & Annual Meeting Banquet Masters, Clearwater, Saturday, October 9, 10:30AM-3:00 PM.Barbara Green from the Homeless Empowerment Project is our speaker, Refer to you Newsletter for Ballot and Ticket

Loose Threads:  Wednesday, October 13, 10-12, check with leader,  

Happy Hoopers: Wednesday, October 20, 10-12, Check with Leader

Thursday’s Threaders: Thursday, October 21, 10-12, Check with Leader

The Material Gals:  Thursday, October 21, 10-12, Check with Leader

Designing Ladies:  Tuesday, October 26, 10-12, Check with Leader

Skipped Stitches, October 27, 10-12, Mesh Beach Bag with Pat Kraft

OUR MEMBERS HAVE NOT BEEN SITTING IDLE

The following article by Karen Bishea appeared in our Jan/Feb 2021 newsletter

Skipped Stitches has recently picked up a new organization for the donation of the beautifully created children’s clothing sewn by many of its members (see masks and clothing below):  Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP), Clearwater Florida.  Founder Barbra Green graciously came to Skipped Stitches September 23, 2020 meeting to fill us in on the organization, mission, and volunteer opportunities.  Barb enthusiastically shared with the group about HEP and the various programs.  It started humbly as part of a church outreach. Overtime it became clear of the enormous need for services for homeless in the Clearwater area and the church and the outreach part of the organization split.

HEP serves veterans, children, families, and individuals. The scope of help is broad, starting with basic needs of food and shelters, but also covers mental and physical health, community resources to help with assistance and self-sufficiency programs. The donated children’s outfits, made by our members, will be used to help children who come to the shelter in need.

There is a range of volunteer opportunities including a thrift store that help fund many of the programs. Vicki Bishop, a Skipped Stitches member, is one of the many volunteers that generously donates her time weekly.

From the website: “HEP is the only social-services agency of its kind in Florida, offering shelter care and supportive services for the entire homeless population.”Here is the link to their website:  https://www.hepempowers.org

About Barb Green, Founder

Barb has dedicated her entire life to going above and beyond for those less fortunate. From serving meals out of her home (still located on campus) before HEP’s kitchen was established, to cleaning the bathrooms of HEP’s very first dorms. Today, because of her hard work, HEP spans a beautiful 8-acre campus.

 

WE HAVE BEEN SEWING CLOTHING AND PILLOWS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN

THE MATERIAL GALS HAD A MARKET TOTE BAG CHALLENGE