Committee Leaders

Community Liaison

Neighborhood Group Coordinator

​One of the exciting parts of the role I have on the Chapter Advisory Board is that I get to hear about the creativity going on all over the chapter. The Bloomington/Normal group is launching a new format. Rather than having a two hour meeting with a program and show and tell, they are meeting for a full day with a program and sew time. This is allowing 
Hello! My name is Kim Caywood and I am excited to be your new Community Liasion for the next year.​​

I've been sewing for about 30 years and enjoy sewing pretty much anything...except alterations! Recently I've been sewing for my daughter and my one year old niece. 
​​members ​the opportunity to ensure they get some sewing done every month, and they have fitting help right in the room as they sew!​​

I also get to hear stories of individuals who are taking on new challenges. My favorite one from the past few months came from Karen Fyke, founding member and recently retired Woodford County Neighborhood Group leader. She sent me this photo of her grandson, Alex, who loves dressing in costumes. Karen taught her grandson how to sew on his 1961 Pfaff sewing machine. From the fabric of a pantsuit of his Grandmother Bill’s, he saw the potential for a deerstalker (AKA Sherlock Holmes) hat. Karen made the comment that he is indomitable in what he attempts.

With a pattern from the internet and some cotton drape, he began putting the hat together. And, as Karen said, “Thought you’d like to see what can happen when you blend a sewing machine with someone who doesn’t know enough to be afraid to try!” That got me to thinking, as I have grown in my sewing knowledge, sometimes it makes me less apt to try something. I know it might be difficult.

What could we accomplish as sewers if we were fearless in our approach to projects? Have you done anything lately that scared you a bit? Let’s seek to model Karen’s grandson and approach an upcoming sewing project with inventive boldness.

​Martha Gamble​​​​
​​​​I have an embroidery machine and I love to embellish items as well as make stand alone embroidery projects. Joining the sewing guild has been a very inspiring and encouraging experience and I've made some great friends.​​

Our first community sewing day will be Friday, April 20 at the North Branch Library in Peoria. We will be working on anti-ouch pouches. The Anti-Ouch Pouch is a pillow that hangs from the shoulder, fitting snugly under the arm to cushion the area after breast surgery or during radiation treatment. The wedge shape gently holds the arm away from the body when the user is standing. There is a great need for these pouches in the Peoria area...1000 a year! The Guild's goal is for everyone to sew 18 in 2018! If you are unable to attend our sewing days, please consider getting together with fellow sewists in your area and stitch up some of these pouches. They will be available in kits from each Neighborhood group leader. They are very much appreciated by the ladies who use them.

I recently took a tour of the Crittenton Center which was very informative. If you have never taken a tour of this facility, I suggest you do. They do many wonderful things for the children in our area that are in crisis. Our second community sewing day will benefit the Crittenton Center and is scheduled for September--place and time/date TBD. We will be working on bibs and cot sheets.

Our next retreat is scheduled for August 27-29 at the Villa Maria in Springfield. This is a great time to finish those UFO's or start something new and it's also a great time to get to know your fellow American Sewing Guild Members. It's nice to be able to get away for a couple days and do nothing but sew. No cooking, cleaning...just sewing, talking, laughing and having a good time. Mark your calendars and join us for a stitching good time!

​Kim Caywood