Greetings dear sewing ASG Albany members!
This year I am honored to serve as your president and work with our CAB. Not only that, I am very excited about our year ahead together as we find creative ways to be together as a whole and in our neighborhoods groups to share our varied passion of sewing. I invite you on this journey this year, which will again be in part, different than previous years because of the pandemic. That said, this invitation comes with the notion of change but I hope with an emphasis on “let’s have fun!”
Thank you, Sandy Ciani, for not only your leadership last year but also your friendship. Your help along with Kathy LaManna Friedman’s is readying me for this venture. And I thank you both. There are many plans in the making for this year. Neighborhood groups will be involved in planning a variety of events that will be accessible to you. I encourage you to take part in them as you are able (and I am going to say it again...have fun!!). In looking ahead, PLEASE save the date for our November 6th annual luncheon and meeting.
This past year, along with sewing other things I was able to make several quilts. Recently, my son Dan and his beautiful wife Carrie were gifted the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Quilt” featured in our December Newsletter. We delivered it (my husband Dave’s idea) in person to them in Charlotte NC (shortly after Christmas) as they had had their first child (Anderson) in early November. The look on their faces was well worth the trip!
While we were there my son said to me, “Mom why don’t you sell your quilts.” My response to him was that when I make a quilt it is a very personal and somewhat spiritual experience; this is difficult to put in words and you may (or not) understand this. When I make a quilt, it is made with love for the intended person (s). The colors, the pattern, the backing all tie into a message I want to convey to that person(s). So, no I don’t want to sell my quilts, when I make them, I want the experience to continue to be what it is from my hear to the receiver’s heart.
What about you and your sewing? Is there a story? Is there a message you want to convey? What kind of experience is it for you? As I said in my election statement message: I am interested in hearing about your sewing start. I have heard some and I continue to look forward to hearing more of them on our journey together this year! Please stay in touch and involved, and most of all stay well!
Kind regards, Stacey
Posted by Bonny D on January 19, 2021