Notes from our President

A note from your chapter president:

Greetings, fellow sewers!

Already July and the summer feels as though it is half over, and I have so much left to accomplish!  (I wonder if we are all feeling this way…) I suppose I feel this way because so much has happened with our guild in the last 3 months.  To recap our recent guild activities:

The April program was presented by our very own member Joan Clawson, a history of the Women behind the Gee’s Bend quilts.  While we may not all be quilters, the program was very informative and entertaining and we all take our collective hats off to those innovative and creative women of Gee’s Bend.  Thanks for your well-produced presentation, Joan!

In May the guild hosted a Silent Auction fundraiser of textiles and all things sewing related.  All other Albuquerque Fiber Arts guild members were invited to this event and they attended in droves and spent freely.  While some of the sellers contributed 15% if the auction price to the guild, many more goods were donated outright to the Sewing Guild.  When all was said and done, close to $1,500 was raised for your guild.  Much of the donated materials came from the estate of a charter member and long-time guild supporter, Glenda Lee, generously donated by her husband, Chuck Lee.  Jane Casey, Renee Hollis and I spent a couple of days sorting, measuring, and pricing her things while other members of your CAB spent much time in the auction set-up and take down.  Our thanks to all of our members that participated, whether in set-up or shopping!

Later in May was the Fiber Arts Fiesta at Expo New Mexico.  Our well-appointed and conveniently located sewing guild booth was well attended by the public.  We gave out a lot of information on joining our guild, and are waiting to see if we really got any takers.  There were no fashion shows this year but there were so many people lamenting their absence that perhaps we will have to bring them back for 2019!

Our June general meeting was moved to the Saturday following our ordinary Thursday meeting and consisted of a Shop Hop to Stitchology, lunch at the Range Café, Nob Hill Fabrics and wound up at the new Hip Stitch off Menaul.  The event was not as well attended as we had anticipated, but those of us who went had a giggle of a good time and scored some really nice fabrics at very special discounts!

Now on to what upcoming general meetings have in store for you!

 July’s meeting on the 13th will be a show and tell of all the children’s clothing goodies that you have fashioned for the Back to School community service project.  Jane Casey, your community service chair on the CAB will be in charge of this meeting.  Don’t forget, you need to provide a complete outfit, not just pants!  Underwear and socks would be greatly appreciated as well.

 FYI  –  The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe has an exhibit which opens on July 9th that might be of interest to us. It is Quilts of Southwest China, a textile collection illustrating the rich heritage of Chinese ethnic minorities. (Even if we aren’t all quilters, the exhibit will excite those who embroider, bead, sew or work with silk fabrics. Road trip, anyone?)

August’s meeting on the 10th will be a recap of the highlights from the National Convention in Orlando later this month.  Nancy Daquino will be attending with me and we both have committed to presenting at least one new technique or some sort of sewing info/program that we picked up in a class we took in Orlando.

September’s meeting is still in the planning stages — we will let you know in plenty of time!

October’s meeting will be a show and tell of State Fair entries (especially from any of the fashion shows, hint, hint!) as well as a chance to strut your Day of the Dead or Halloween costumes.  We are trying to plan something else very special for this meeting, and will keep you all posted.

Of course, November is our general election for a new CAB.  I am determined not to run for President again, and think there may be another opening or two on the CAB as well.  Please consider serving your guild and making it the group you want it to be by joining the CAB in 2018.

I look forward to the remainder of this term and hope that members, old and new, will attend and participate in all our chapter meetings, while forging lasting sewing relationships throughout the guild!

Leslie Ashcraft, 2017 Chapter ASG President

Again, chapter general meeting time has moved up a half an hour to 6 p.m. We hope that will help out some of our members who like to be home before dark!