January, February, March 2024

Volume 15, Issue 2

News From Your President

Dear Members,

Summer will soon be here and many of us will be travelling. Think of travel as an opportunity to visit sewing and quilt shops along the way.  At home, Shop Hop will be taking place, giving us the opportunity not only to acquire more goodies, but also to support our local vendors upon whom we depend so much.  The dog days of summer will give us the incentive to stay home in our air conditioned sewing rooms and complete all those UFOs.

On a sad note, in Oregon, Mary Alto of Palmer/Pletsch Patterns passed away unexpectedly on May 10.  She was a partner of Patti Pletsch for over 40 years.  Their method of pattern fitting is what we use in our garment workshops.  While many of you might already have their books, you can view her on their YouTube videos.
Safe travels, enjoy Shop Hop and remember to check your emails.

welcome new members

Thank you for renewing your membership

A complete list of all current members can be found

on our Members page.


Sewcation - October 15-17

Annual Meeting - November 9

Christmas Luncheon - December 6

Times, locations and details to follow. 

Second Quarter Community Service Report

This quarter, I will be delivering

  • 33 tote bags to the foster children at DSS
  • 27 tote bags to the kids at Safe Harbor
  • 5 quilts will go to Serenity Place or DSS

Again, I thank all those who have been so diligent in making these bags and helping the children of our community. If you still have any kits that are finished, please try to finish them and bring them to the next neighborhood group meeting. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.


Help is needed: if one of you could volunteer to take over the Safe Harbor Bags, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at: jeanvanvalin@gmail.com or 864-469-6151, or cell 352-287-7903 Thanks!!!

You can find patterns and guidelines for making charity projects by clicking here:

Community Service

4-H FUN!

We made cat pillows with a few new girls We tried a little hand sewing but ran out of time Our next 4h is in the morning Wednesday the 27 th with the Christmas in July theme We are making aprons and trying a simple snow man ornament.  



On July 17th we will again be at the Spartanburg extension office with the Christmas in July theme We are making aprons and trying a simple snow man ornament. So far 5 of us are helping. Later I will have a count of students. Please let Karla Milota know if you can help at klmilota@gmail.com


Sewing Travel Tip

A travel size dental floss makes a great travel sewing kit. You can actually use the floss to reattach a button or replace it with a bobbin of sewing thread. Add a needle. No scissors needed.


Sewing fun!

How M&Ms can help with your sewing?


What's going on in the neighborhood?

Greenville Neighborhood Group Meeting

No meeting in July due to the holiday. August and September to be determined later.
Greer Sassy Sewers
Greer Sassy Sewers have had some great meetings with some new and returning ladies. Welcome to new member, Darlene Anasco! There will be no meetings in July and October (due to Sewcation). August and September meetings are TBD. Any ideas for a program or demo are  welcome. Remember that we meet the third Wednesday of the month at the United Faith Methodist Church in Greer. Hope you can join us.!

Asheville Feisty Stitchers


Our June meeting topic will be sergers and July will be a discussion about tailoring tools and we'll be sewing kitty mats for the shelter.




Simpsonville Sew It Alls

The Simpsonville ASG Group will not have a June meeting as this is the week of Shop Hop. We will meet July 12,2024 when Anne Clapper will  present a program on an Alexander Mc Queen Show she attended. We hope you all will enjoy Shop Hop ! We have often talked about field trips to each others homes to view our sewing rooms. Well, here is a chance to do that virtually. We are asking members to take a virtual tour of their sewing room downloading it on a thumb drive and either mailing it to Linda Patton at 114 Sycamore Dr  Mauldin S.C. 29662 or bring it to the July meeting. Then Dave will compile them to view at our August meeting. I look forward to this tour of sewing rooms

Linda & Edy

what else is on the website?

About Us: History of ASG Upstate

Blog: Latest Show and Shares. To see all the photos from a particular meeting, click on the photo or click on Read More. Also, if you can't make it to a meeting and have something to share, send a photo and description to bgcyclist@gmail.com.

Community Service: Download patterns and instructions for all our community service projects. 

And a whole lot more. Just go back to the top of the page and see the whole selections. For Members Only, you will need a password. If you are a member and don't have the password, please contact bgcyclist@gmail.com.