Committee Leaders

Community Liaison

Neighborhood Group Coordinator

​I don’t know about you, but it feels like winter doesn’t want to let go even though the ground hog said only six more weeks! I hope everyone has accomplished lots of sewing. I, on the other hand, have not gotten done as much as I would’ve liked. 
Last year's Stash Sale was so much fun we're doing it again! The sale is on again this year on April 6th from 10:00 to 2:00. Start saving/sorting/organizing your stash! We've done our best to be sure that EVERYONE has a chance to participate.
​​I’m looking forward to this year’s planned activities with the Sewing Guild...hope you are too!​

This year’s community sewing days will both be on Fridays. The first one is scheduled for April 19 at the North Branch Library from 10:30 – 3:00. We will be working on cot sheets for the Crittenton Center.

The next one will be on September 19 (same location and time) and we will work on Anti Ouch Pouches.

As always we will gladly accept donations of fabric (cotton and flannel) for our projects. We also could use ¼ inch elastic, ½ inch Velcro, thread. If you happen to have some spare time and want to sew up one of our community service projects, you can get the instructions on our website under Chapter Info.

This year’s annual sewing retreat is scheduled for August 26 – 28 at the Chiara Center in Springfield, IL. This is a great time
to work on all those UFO’s you have floating around your sewing room. We always have a great time at these retreats.

I highly recommend going to a retreat for these reasons:

     1) You can accomplish a lot of sewing.
     2) Lots of resources if you encounter an issue.
     3) Lots of fun, games and gabbing!

​Kim Caywood, Community Liaison

​​ While we will be organizing most of our "stashes" on Friday morning, we're starting later on Saturday so those of you from out of town have time to bring your stashes between 8:00 and 10:00 the morning of the sale and not have to travel
on Friday to organize.

Remember when you were a young woman and just falling in love with sewing? Revisit the energy and joy you experienced then by participating in the ISU Fix It Friday events. This is an opportunity to share our love of sewing AND build relationships with the fabulous young people of the ISU Fashion Design and Merchandising Program. You know they might become ASG members in the future. To learn more, check out this link: Contact Charlotte Cronin at [email protected] or 309-253-4276. Upcoming dates are March 1st, April 5, April 26, and May 3.

Another great volunteer/outreach event for our ASG chapter is the Peoria Playhouse “Maker Workshop:
Make Your Own Superhero Cape” on Saturday, April 6th from 2:00 to 4:00PM. Cyndy Monier, Patty Schmidt, Pat West, and Charlotte Cronin volunteered in December and had a blast. Little kids finding their first love of sewing. The job is easy. Re-threading sewing machines, encouraging words. You can’t beat it. This will be the same day as our Stash Sale so will involve some time juggling. But just cave to the day. Let Charlotte know if you're up for some fun.

We have THREE more One-Day Sewing Retreats planned this year at United Presbyterian Church in Peoria.
They're all on Saturdays; March 2nd, May 4th, and July 6th, 8:00 to 4:00. Mark your calendars and join us! Come when
you can. Leave when you have to. So much fun, so much laughter. Bring your project. Bring your gear. Stitch. Laugh.
Sew. $5 to "rent" a table supports the United Presbyterian Youth Group Mission Trip. Contact Charlotte Cronin
at [email protected] or 309-253-4276 to participate.

Charlotte Cronin, Neighborhood Group Coordinator