July, August, September 2023

Volume 14, Issue 3

News From Your President

I hope that everyone has had a fun summer, and although it still feels like summer here in the upstate, autumn is almost here. Fall conjures up thoughts of the beautiful colors that will surround us soon. Road trips to quilt shops during this season might inspire our creativity.
Our annual Sew-Staycation will run from October17 thru 19. Details and registration forms have been e-mailed. If you haven’t received yours please contact me.
costaphyllis367@gmail.com There are still some places left.

The fourteenth Annual ASG Meeting will take place on November 11 with guest speaker Bill Mitchell, owner of Billiam Jeans in Greenville.
Invitations to this event will be handed out at our neighborhood meetings and will be postal mailed to those members who are unable to attend.
The show and tell projects that have been shown at our neighborhood meetings have been beautiful and inspiring, so let’s get sewing.

Warm regards


There's still some spots available for the

SEW-STAYCATION October 17-19.

Bring your machine on Tuesday, set it up and leave it  until Thursday afternoon. You get to go home and sleep in your own bed but still spend 3 full days sewing with some of your best sewing friends.

Lunch is included.

Contact Phyllis at costaphyllis367@gmail.com for more information.

Save the Date! Your invitation is coming soon!

slate of officers for election at meeting

President    Phyllis Costa
Treasurer    Marcia Baker
Secretary    Sue Dolinar

Thank you for renewing your membership

A complete list of all current members can be found

on our Members page.

We continue to sew our community service projects. 30 tote bags were delivered to Safe Harbor in July and the last 5 flannel blankets were delivered to DSS in August. Linda and Margaret have continued their sewing of chemo caps and tote bags and will soon be delivering 40 totes and 30 caps to the Gibbs cancer center.

DSS has requested the Christmas Stockings again this year, so I will be bringing some kits to meetings this fall. The pattern and instructions can be found on our website. If you have some extra Christmas fabric, you don’t have to wait for a kit.

We will of course be continuing our tote bags, chemo chaps, and blankets throughout the year, so your help and support with these community service projects is needed and greatly appreciated.

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

Community Service

What's going on in the neighborhood?

For the Asheville Feisty Stitchers---
We have been an “out and about” group this past quarter.  Many have been entertaining, some of us moving, and some taking excursions outside of Asheville. No matter, all of us have had a busy summer.
During June, we were out and about to visit a local sewing studio, owned, and operated by Stina Andersen. Her business is known as ARTeries—where she creates her own line of fashion design, along with upcycling fashion garments that speaks to the community of Asheville. Her business is tailored (yes, every pun intended) toward creating enthusiasm for wearable art and fashion that greatly inspires fiber artisans of all ages to discover their own talent for sewing and design. (To learn more, visit ARTeriesByStina.com.)
During August, we had the opportunity to learn about fabric print designs from various parts of Africa. Santie Coetser gave a wonderful discussion on this topic and shared the many designs she has collected over the years, to include Shweshwe, Kent/Kente, Toghu, Dutch Wax, Capulano, and many more. Living in South Africa more many years, Santie was surrounded by this fabric. She has a personal understanding about African textiles—how some were named, how they were developed and how they were used. She shared much of her research and knowledge. Thank you, Santie!
Coming this Fall—We will hold several meeting sessions on dyeing techniques. Also, we will be visiting a designers’ studio & workshop in the River Arts District.

Dianne Sneath

Simpsonvillle Neighborhood Group Meeting

The Simpsonville Neighborhood Group will be meeting at Marietta's Quilt and Sew on Thursday October 12, at 10:00 AM. There will be demos by Jean VanValin and Phyllis Costa.
Jean will demonstrate how to easily change a pashmina into a shrug. If you're interested, bring the following: a shawl, pins or clips, tape measure, small ruler and a fabric marking pen. In a few minutes you will have your pashmina pinned and ready to sew at home.
Phyllis will be presenting "Hemming with a Serger" in which she will demonstrate the use of a blind hem on garments.
As always bring your sew and share. Hope to see you there!
Edy and Linda

Greenville Neighborhood Group Meeting

The Greenville Neighborhood Group will meet at Bernina We’re in Stitches Tuesday, October 3 at 10:15. Jean Van Valin will be presenting how you can turn your pashmina into a shrug. This quick and easy method makes your pashmina much easier to wear without struggling to keep it on your shoulders or wrapped around your arms.If you want to get yours ready to sew, bring the following supplies: 

                                      a pashmina or similar shawl

                                      pins or clips
                                      tape measure
                                      small ruler
                                      fabric marking pen
In just a few minutes, you will have your pashmina pinned and ready to sew when you get home.

Greer Neighborhood Group Meeting

We meet at the United Faith Methodist Church in Greer on the third Wednesday of the month from 2-4. There will be no October meeting because we will all be at Sew-Stacation. I hope that you can join us.