Notes from our President


Greetings, fellow sewers!

Before I forget and by way of emphasis, we have changed our general meeting time to 6 p.m., still on the 2nd Thursday of every month. We are trying to get us home a bit earlier.  It probably does not matter as much during the summer months, but we hope that it will help out next fall and winter when it grows dark so much earlier. We will start each meeting with a short business meeting and proceed directly to the program, without any breaks between.  When the program is over, those who wish to shop the trading post table and continue visiting with friends may stick around for another half hour.  In fact, we encourage you to do so!

I have to say, how well I think the new rotating committee of program planning has worked out so far this year. The Textile Reincarnation program in February enjoyed a moderate success as it was a new concept and it wasn’t clear to some members what we were doing.  We may try that program again later, but with more than one month to “reincarnate” a show and tell item.  March saw our field trip the Albuquerque Sewing Factory for a peek inside the garment factory industry.  Even though the location was across town, and many of us car pooled, the attendance was very good and the trip fun and informative.

This month’s meeting, April 13th, will be a program entitled, “The Women of Gee’s Bend Quilts” presented by our own Joan Clawson.  This promises to be both entertaining as well as informative.  April 13th is Maundy Thursday, but we are assured that we still have our space in the church so don’t miss this!

May’s meeting will be a chapter fundraising event, a silent auction of textiles and any and all sewing related items.  10% of sales will go to your chapter. This event will be open to members and non-members alike so please plan to sell something and buy some more with your friends and family!

Don’t forget the upcoming Fiber Arts Fiesta, May 19 – 21 (that’s right, it is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this year).  For those of you who have not volunteered yet to work at the Fiesta, Ria Russell, your Fiesta liaison, will be circulating sign-up sheets at the April general meeting.  Remember, you are waived the cost of Fiesta admission on the days you volunteer. Anyway, I’m sure that you all want to attend to see the lovely entries, not only in sewing, but in all the other divisions and do some great shopping at the Vendor Mall, so don’t be shy about volunteering.

June is another field trip, this time to a fabric printing facility in Santa Fe.  This is a home furnishings manufacturer of bedding, window coverings and tablecloths which print their own designs on fabric.  This field trip will be on a Saturday in June, which Saturday, still being negotiated with the owner.  You’ll know when I know! We will certainly try to get carpools set up for this field trip.  There will be no Thursday general meeting in June.

A new program committee is forming right now to plan programs for July, August and September.  Janice Hennequin and Kathy Adams have already agreed be on this committee, headed by a CAB member (this time around, me), but we still need one more person to round the committee out.  Four heads are better than one, so contact me (Leslie 281-5993) if you are interested in being an active program planner for just 3 months.  Such a small commitment for such a short time; such great fun!


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!