Wednesday, June 09, 2010

ASG Program & Trip

I never did report on the program I did for the Omaha ASG. It was such fun! What a great group of ladies. It's never boring to talk sewing, is it?

It was a rainy evening, but that didn't dampen any spirits. I took along a large group of garments that had begun with a SWAP I did several years ago. I've been adding things to my wardrobe since then that still coordinate with the original group of garments, as well as replacing items that needed it as I went along. So we had lots to talk about and discuss.

They seemed to enjoy seeing my shoes as well, and we're talking about a Shoe Workshop sometime, which I think would be so much fun!

I happened to be there on a special night as well. A longtime member was divesting herself of her stash, as she was moving, and health issues were also coming into play. There were tables and tables of fabric, patterns, notions, books, etc. All were first-come, first-served with donations asked for the ASG group. She lived only a couple blocks from the old Pendleton Outlet, and guess where a lot of her fabric came from? Now, how much did she have? They counted as they put it out, and there were 700 pieces. Yes, SEVEN HUNDRED individual pieces of fabric, and almost all were at least 3 yards, and most were larger. I don't think I'm quite in that class yet, but it does make you stop and take a breath, and just think about what you're collecting, and what will happen to it. And yes, I took a few pieces. I let the members go first, though.

Also, the Omaha ASG is doing a bus trip to the Kansas City area on Saturday, June 26th. I'm going along, and we'll be at various fabric stores, textile shops, etc. in KC, St. Joseph and Overland Park. I'm not sure what all we'll see, but it sounds terrific. They have a few places left, and it's only $25 for non-members. Quite the bargain, so if you're in the Omaha area, come on along!

The clean-out of my parents home is going well, I think. We had a big tag sale last weekend, and are going to repeat this weekend. We keep finding more stuff my Mom had tucked away. Today I am finally feeling slightly recovered from all the work we've been doing over the last 2 months. It's been every day, mostly evenings and late into the night, and it's been some time since I did so much lifting and carrying, etc. Last night I went over there and met a young man who was hoping to buy my Mom's sewing machine for his mother. It's an older Necchi, and he wanted me to show him that it worked. I had planned to test the machine earlier, but honestly I'd forgotten with everything else we were doing, and so it was a cold test, but that machine came through with flying colors. Made me think I should have kept it, but no, I don't need another back-up machine. He got quite the bargain, though, and I hope his mother likes it.


gwensews said...

I sure wish I lived in your area. I would have loved your ASG meeting. And all that fabric up for grabs? How good is that? And, to take your shoe workshop would be fabulous!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I'm glad the ASG meeting went well...and I probably have more than 700 pieces and some day my poor children will be figuring out what to do with it...but I'm glad that fellow sewists had first dibs at her collection.

I have to admit though that my mouth got dry when you said her collection was predominantly from Pendleton...I did think if I could have only gotten a piece...sigh...a fabricaholic to the end! *LOL* Enjoy the trip to Kansas City!

Summerset said...

Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time and is going to have a great time going to KC! A shoe workshop would be a great opportunity for you.

Ivalyn "Tee" Jones-Actie said...

Hi, I'm the President of the Maryland Chapter of ASG. Wish you lived nearby, we'd love to have you do a program for us. Glad it went well.