Sunday, March 3, 2019


Hello, are you bundled up and waiting for the next snow to fall? How about a little sewing to keep your fingers warm?  

I wanted to give you some hot off the presses information. 

New this year are Open Sew Days. Where you are the master of your sewing.  Our first OPEN SEW DAY will be Saturday, March 16 at 10AM to 3PM at the Bethlehem Town Hall at 445 Delaware Ave in Delmar.  This is a great opportunity to sew with your friends, or make some new sewing friends. Bring your machine, and project, perhaps,  even something you need a little help with. Our group is so generous with their sewing knowledge, there is certainly someone who can help with whatever is delaying you to a finished project. 

There will be a new neighborhood group meeting! The Machine Embroidery Neighborhood Group will meet downstairs at the Mckownville Methodist Church at 1565 Western Avenue in Albany on the last Friday of the month, starting March 29 at 12pm to 2PM through to June. They will break for Summer and resume in September. If you ever thought you may be interested in machine embroidery, this group is for you. If you have a machine and want to chat with others who have one, or want to learn some new tricks, this group is for you!  For these meetings you DO NOT need to lug your machine. The group will share machine information, techniques, tips, projects, chat about stabilizers, it will be fun fun fun! We can thank Shirley for this new group. Thank you Shirley! It sounds like it will be a great success. Best wishes to you. 

The next ASG Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, at 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA from August 1 to 4. This is considered the "Greater Boston Area" which means it is not that far away!! Car pool anyone? Keep an eye for more information, usually in April for the Registration, but meanwhile, you can book your room, here

Did you know that you can visit any ASG Neighborhood Group that meets anywhere in the United States? There is a handy tool on the ASG website (that you don't even need to log in for) to find information on a chapter near your next vacation. For instance, I will be in Las Vegas soon, by using this tool I can find the chapter's information. I can also see their Newsletter (Member Log in required) to find information about their groups that meet and even see their advertisers in case I run out of fabric while traveling or I want a souvenir yard or two. 

Have you been on Craftsy lately? Also known as bluprint. They have a new pricing structure for less than 8 bucks you get one month unlimited access to every class, plus one class you have access to forever. For less than 80 bucks you can have one year long access to all their classes, and 12 classes you can have access to forever. This folks is a very good deal! I just noticed that you can stream these classes on Roku devices. I have to go try that out right now! This means that I can watch- and pause- a class on my TV, which is great, since the bigger screen means better visibility of whatever I'm learning. If you need information on how to add a channel-aka-bluprint to your Roku device click here

Well, that you should be enough to motivate us to get those sewing or embroidery machines humming. 

Be warm, 
Bonny D

Monday, January 21, 2019

A Members Perspective

The Quilted Boutique
by Pat H.
    About 15 months ago I made a queen size t-shirt quilt for my granddaughter as an apartment warming gift.   I had never made one of these before and really didn’t know where to start.   I did purchase a Craftsy (Blue Print) class, The Ultimate T-Shirt Quilt with Winnie Fleming, which was very helpful has far as cutting out the t-shirts for the quilt, how to apply the interfacing to the backside of the t-shirts, and t-shirt layout ideas.   
   When I got to the point of purchasing the interfacing to apply to the t-shirts, I really wasn’t sure what to purchase.    I stopped by The Quilted Boutique and Janlynn, the owner, was very helpful and is very experienced.  She has made a lot of t-shirt quilts and other types of quilts for customers.   In fact she was working on a family type quilt for a customer for a special occasion when I stopped in.    She recommended Pellon P44F at Joanns and the best part is that it was inexpensive, which was good for this project.

  Once I got the top laid out and sewn I went back to The Quilted Boutique with quilt in hand to inquire about batting and having it quilted.   She recommended a batting that she sold there and she also machine quilts for people.   When it was time for the quilting, I brought the quilt and the back piece and purchased the batting there at a very reasonable price and left the quilt to be quilted.   I did not have to put the quilt pieces together, as the long arm does that.   The price for the machine quilting and the batting was very reasonable and I was really pleased with the results.   She also applied the ASG discount.  She offers t-shirt quilt classes (which I didn’t realize at the time of the making of my t-shirt quilt); regular quilting classes; felting classes; basic sewing lessons; and will help a sewer learn their sewing machine.   She advertises in our Chapter newsletter.  Check her ad for store hours and other information.   

    I would recommend The Quilted Boutique in Colonie to anyone.  She is local, reasonably priced, very helpful and knowledgeable, and also has a nice selection of reasonably priced fabrics in her store.   Check it out.   She is located at 4 Vly Rd. in Colonie.   Vly Road is across from the Kohl’s Plaza entrance at the traffic light in Colonie.   She is the second building on the left, a gray house, coming in from Central Avenue.

Posted by Bonny D on January 21, 2019

Sunday, November 4, 2018

I hope you all enjoyed the Annual Meeting this past Saturday. Thank you to all who actually made it happen and to all the models, it was a lot of fun.
Did you see the handouts on the welcome table for the Sulky Thread?  You can check out the offerings of Sulky by clicking on the box to the left, for Sulky! There, you will find a Free Webinar with our very own Pam Damour! If you have ever been to a class you know what a true treat this is! Check it out and let me know what you think.

Chat later,
Bonny D.
posted on 11/4/18