SEW CENSATIONAL The Sewing Newsletter for the Ames/Central Iowa Chapter American Sewing Guild

The Sewing Newsletter for the Ames/Central Iowa Chapter
American Sewing Guild
Number 67
Published Quarterly
March—May 2009
From your President...
New year, new beginning, and time to finish all of the UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and start fresh ones.
Spring is the time for the blossoming of a wide range of plant species! To help get some ideas blossoming,
we have some great events planned.
In March, we are kicking off a pant measurement program. In April, Dorothy Hellberg will talk about packing techniques for a two week getaway (just in time for summer travels), and we will get information on
how to enter garments in the Iowa State Fair. Finally, in May we will have serger sewing with Mary Jane
Sprage. We guarantee everyone will find something of interest. More details on the inside of this newsletter. Check it out!
I would also like to invite everyone to check out the web
site for this year’s new community service project. We will be
making pillowcases for Albuquerque’s Ronald McDonald
House! The standard pillowcase dimensions are 21”x32”, and
the pillowcases should be made of 100% cotton in children’s
print and bright colors. Many free pillowcase patterns can be
found on the Internet—just enter “pillow case pattern.” I invite
everyone to make at least one, if not more. We will be taking
these to the ASG Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, July 16-20, 2009.
“Giving back is a vital
part of a full and rewarding life. What could be
more fulfilling than doing
what we love to do
(sewing) while contributing to the quality of life of
others in need within your
own community?”
See you at the next meeting,
- Molly
American Sewing Guild Mission Statement
Advancing sewing as an art and life skill
The American Sewing Guild website ( has been updated and you can now join ASG online!
ASG Regional Representative
(303) 364-5522
Susi Perry
[email protected]
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March 2009
2009 Advisory Board
Molly Altemeier….………....221-3444
4828 Park Circle, West Des Moines 50265
[email protected]
First Vice President
Facility/Hospitality Coordinator
Frances Kruse…………..….. 597-2540
PO Box 97, Huxley 50124-9310
[email protected]
Assisted by:
Annamaria Hauser..641-486-2394
PO Box 59, Union 50258-0059
[email protected]
Second Vice President
Education/Community Sewing Chair
Beth Wehrman…………..…. 387-8731
709 Maxwell St, Maxwell 50161-1002
[email protected]
Assisted by:
Janet Hilleman……228-3423
205 9th Ave, Slater 50244
[email protected]
Rita Riskedahl……...…(641) 753-5135
1412 S. 5th St., Marshalltown 50158
[email protected]
Su McCurdy……………..…. 276-2776
7920 Rocklyn Dr, Urbandale 50322-4483
[email protected]
Newsletter/Retail Liaison
Laura DeLong…………..….. 491-4721
4519 Grand #3, Des Moines 50312
[email protected]
Assisted by:
Cheryl Fraracci……279-6245
1009 Kingman Circle, Des Moines 50311
[email protected]
Membership/Neighborhood Groups
Diane Olson Sanders………..836-4660
3108 330th St, Ellsworth 50075-7526
[email protected]
Mary Hilliard…………….… 277-4055
6015 N Waterbury, Des Moines 50312
[email protected]
Assisted by:
Judy Allen……. 382-6181
621 5th St, Nevada 50201
[email protected]
Frances Kruse………….…... 597-2540
PO Box 97, Huxley 50124-9310
[email protected]
Special Events
Lynette Klein………………. 255-7153
4317 Lincoln Ave., Des Moines 50310
[email protected]
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Articles are welcomed and are subject to review and space.
Articles from members who are not on the CAB will earn a free
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Contact the newsletter editor:
Laura DeLong
515-491-4721 [email protected]
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ASG Membership Benefits
Check the ASG website for specials, which will change with the
publication of each new issue of
To see these offers, log onto and click on
“Members Only.” At the prompt,
enter Name: sewing and Password: friends (both words lowercase). Click on “Special Offers.”
Here are some examples:
Chapter Advisory Board
Hancock Fabrics—Receive a
10% discount or pay the sale
price, whichever is lower.
Advisory Board meetings are
held following chapter meetings in the same location as
the meetings.
Saf-T-Pockets Patterns—10%
discount. Enter code ASG08.
Palmer/Pletsch Products
Sixty-inch wide interfacings in
several weights (Sheer, Light,
Medium and Tailor) are on sale
at a discount in packages of 1 or
3 yards at most chapter meetings. Check out their new UserFriendly interfacings at
Call or e-mail Diane Sanders
for discount prices.
[email protected]
(515) 836-4660
Button Drawer—15% discount.
Enter “ASG Notions” in the comments field.
L.J. Designs—Save 10% on all
regularly priced merchandise. Call
or go online to order and mention
LaFred Patterns—Free shipping
on online orders. Enter “ASG
Member” in the comments section.
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March 2009
Our Sewing Guild Programs
March 21—Pants Measuring We will pair up to take measurements needed to draft a personalized pair of
pants using Connie Crawford's technique. Drafting directions can be found in Connie's books, Fashion
Your Own Pants the Simple Way or Patternmaking Made Easy. Both are available at, and Patternmaking Made Easy is also in the guild library. Measurement sheets
will be provided. Bring narrow elastic or twill tape to determine waistline, tape measure, pencil, and calculator, if desired. For measuring accuracy, models will remove their shoes and should wear undergarments
normally worn under pants.
Hostesses: Marshalltown
April 18—Packing/Contests 2 topics—Dorothy Hellberg, of Marshalltown, will present Tips on Packing. She covers how to select clothes and pack travel items in one carry-on bag. Gather tips on travel by
air and how to take advantage of hotel amenities to reduce travel stress and cost. The goal of every trip is
not checking a bag! Sewing Contests—Learn from the experience of members that have entered sewing
competitions including the Iowa State Fair and the ASG Creativity Contest. Be inspired to take your sewing to a new level and win a blue ribbon!
May 16—Serger Sewing Member Mary Jane Sprague will help you improve your serging skills with a
morning Trunk Show including garments, home dec, and heirloom projects. She will use the samples to
teach serger techniques, stitches, and thread selection. An afternoon Workshop lets you create a serger
project: "Soft flannel and pearl rayon thread combine to create this adorable little bonnet for boys or
girls. A rolled hem stitch with rayon thread is the perfect edge finish, and three rows of decorative flatlock
are also stitched with the rayon. The back edge folds forward to create a casing; the boy's casing is strictly
functional, while a deeper fold creates a feminine little ruffle. Both versions are finished with a turned-back
brim and silk satin ribbon ties." The kit includes complete instructions, white flannel, Pearl Crown thread,
and silk satin ribbon for $10 payable to the guild. Please RSVP with your choice of pink or blue thread/
ribbon to Mary Jane at [email protected] or 712-563-4567 by May 10. Bring: serger and machine manual, rotary cutter, mat, ruler, 3 spools white thread, scissors, and basic sewing kit.
June 20-Community Service Sewing Save the date to sit and sew together. Most likely we will construct
Ronald McDonald House pillowcases as the national service project.
Regular guild meetings are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in
Huxley. Regular meeting fee is $2 for members and nonmember guests. Guests may attend up to two
meetings prior to joining the chapter. Turn at the overhead traffic light on Highway 69. Church phone
number is (515) 597-2625. Coffee and tea are provided by the Guild; hostesses for the meeting provide
snacks. Gathering starts at 9:00, and the meeting begins promptly at 9:15. If the weather could be a concern for traveling, please listen to WHO radio (1040 on the dial) or call the chapter president (Molly
Altemeier 221-3444)
Welcome New Members
Please welcome these new members to Chapter sponsored activities
and neighborhood meetings:
Val McMullen—Roland
Isabel Dunsmoor—Knoxville
Margery Sudbrock—Indianola
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March 2009
Iowa State Fair News
wo of my greatest joys as a member of the
American Sewing Guild are learning new techniques, and sharing knowledge and inspiration with
other sewing enthusiasts. We have the opportunity to
do both at the State Fair this year.
Several members were involved in assisting the
textiles superintendent in revising the garment
sewing classes. The list is expected to be posted on
the fair website about the first of May
( All of our suggestions are
not confirmed; however, you can expect to see one
new class for “Garment using independent pattern
company pattern – must include copy of pattern envelope.” A list of independent pattern companies can be
found on our chapter website under “links.”
In this class, there will be the usual blue, red and
white ribbons. In addition, three designers are enthusiastic in offering awards for use of their patterns:
Linda Lee - Sewing Workshop Patterns
2 patterns of choice and $50.
Marcia McClintock – Saf-t-pocket Patterns
2 patterns of choice and $25.
Peggy Sagers – Silhouette Patterns
2 patterns of choice and $50.
example, the most deserving will get the designer
award, even though it does not necessarily win a State
Fair ribbon.
One other new class is for a recycled garment. It’s
good to have this advance notice, since entry in the
class requires a photo taken before the makeover.
Our chapter is also offering awards of $50 and a oneyear membership to the guild for Sweepstakes in
Adult Clothing, Best of Show and Best Suit (lined).
There are other ways to show off your talents. The
textiles superintendent has suggested that we have a
style show in the Fabric & Threads department and is
willing to help make it a successful experience.
Watch for more information in the next newsletter.
Make & Take It sessions are another source of sharing your sewing talents while encouraging others.
They are 1 or 2-hour sessions starting at 10:00, 1:30
or 4:00. Six sewing machines and an iron are available for use. The instructor and the guild will each
receive $4.50 per student. Deadline for turning in the
title and time is March 30.
Our April 18 program will include tips from our
members on entering—and winning—at the State
There will also be an award from Jill Mead of Rag
Merchant patterns, but I don’t know what prize Jill is Fair. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me
with any suggestions or questions regarding the Fair.
I believe we have a tremendous talent pool. Let’s see
what we can do to kick it up a notch!
How this will work: The State Fair ribbons will be
awarded for the entire class. In addition, if there are
- Diane Sanders, State Fair Liaison
some garments made from Silhouette patterns, for
Give the Gift of the Guild
Donna Deal
Share the pride, perks and pleasures of being a
member of the American Sewing Guild. Give a
gift of the guild to a friend or family member
who enjoys sewing or would like to learn to sew.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving all year long!
One of our long-term members, Donna Deal of
Boone, passed away on Christmas day. She has
not been active in the guild for some time, but
we will miss her.
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No more “Yabut’s”,
Sewing Road Trip
Let’s declare a
moratorium on
Don’t know what a “yabut” is? Read on. . .
e love it when we receive a compliment
about something we have made, be it sewn,
knitted or even glued! However, following that
compliment, do you reply “Yabut, I made a mistake
here” and then proceed to show that person your
badly sewn seam, incorrect fit, or whatever you
have deemed not perfect.
Let’s stop and realize the person commenting
probably doesn’t see the imperfection you so willingly pointed out. Could it be the person commenting likes what she sees, be it the color, design or
how well it looks on you? Let’s start replying
“Thank you!” and leave it at that. If you feel you
must elaborate on the person’s comment, then include something positive—you found the fabric at a
favorite shop; it was something in your stash for
several years and it now works perfectly for this
project; or you’ve never worked in this color before, but now it’s become a favorite!
Yes, Virginia, there are times when self critiquing
is necessary or is wanted. I belong to a small
neighborhood group where we share the good and
bad of a pattern, a particular fabric, or a sewing
mishap. This way we hope to save other members
time and energy when they have more knowledge.
Would I go into this type of detail upon receiving a
compliment at a social or work gathering? No!
Save the self critique for the right venue.
So the next time you receive a compliment about
something you’ve created, just say “Thank you!”
The person may surprise you by continuing with
additional compliments. Give that person your biggest and brightest smile while thinking to yourself
“Whew, she didn’t see my mistake!”
- Vicky Konrady
March 2009
- Laura DeLong
ne sunny day, Cheryl Fraracci and I took a
road trip to visit Grinnell Fiber Works in its
new location. They claim to have the same products
they used to have but now are in a much smaller
space. They’ve moved just around the corner (you
can see the old place from the new front door).
805 4th Ave., Grinnell
M-F 10-5:30; Th 10-7; Sat 10-5; Sun 1-4
(641) 236-7026
On the way home, we stopped at Three Sisters Fabric & Fashions in Montezuma. One of the sisters,
Joan Ahrens, told us how they’ve managed to stay
in business 17 years by being the go-to place in a
small town, providing everything from custom sewing to tuxedo rental to UPS service. While their
fabrics have moved from fashion to quilting, they
do have a big wall of JHB buttons and more metal
YKK zippers than I’ve ever seen. Give them a call.
They’re sure to have the zipper you need among
such variety of color and length.
305 E Main St, Montezuma
(515) 623-5640
After a surprisingly delicious lunch at the bowling
alley (a wrap at a bowling alley?), we swung by
Newton to check out Cornerstone Quilts. We were
accosted in the parking lot by a woman from Marshalltown, who couldn’t believe we were leaving a
fabric store empty handed. Yes, it definitely is a
quilting store.
426 1st Ave East, Newton
(641) 792-6274
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March 2009
Spring Cleaning
You’ve cleaned up your sewing spot.
Now what do you do with the sewing stuff you
no longer want?
How do you help a sewing friend who’s
downsizing and needs to clear out her stash?
Our chapter can help!
Our ever-popular free table – Display your unwanted items on our FREE table to allow others to
use your cast offs.
UFOs – Release your Unfinished Fabric Objects by
placing them on the free table. Get them off your
shoulders and give someone else the opportunity to
turn them into completed projects.
The catch? If no one takes your “stuff”, the stuff is
yours again to cart away. Please check the free table at the end of the meeting and dispose of any of
your items that have not been taken.
Trim - The State Historical Society is looking for
sewing supplies for craft projects they coordinate
for school children. They need all kinds of trim:
buttons, lace, spangles, baubles, hem tape, satin
roses, sequins, beads, ribbons, etc.
Charity - The Fabricators will use any fabric in
their charitable quilts.
Laura DeLong will take your scraps and trim to
their new home. Track her down at meetings and
tell her you have something for her to take with her.
Murphy’s Law for Seamstresses
Is it wool?
The answer is 19 years old, but still relevant.
I have many woollike fabrics and yarns, but I don’t
know which are all wool and which are blends.
How can I test for polyester, nylon, or acrylic content?
—Crystal Boogaart, Grand Rapids, MI
David Coffin replies: The easiest way to test fabrics and yarns for content is by burning a few
threads. The way the sample burns, how it smells,
and what the ash is like can quickly tell you
whether you have a blend. Snip off a short length of
yarn, or a tiny swatch of fabric, making sure you
have both warp and weft threads, hold it over a
white plate with a pair of tweezers, light it, and
watch how it reacts. Remove it from the flame before it all burns, and notice if it continues to burn or
goes out. Blow out the flame if necessary and smell
the smoke; then look at the burned portion. Let it
cool for about a minute; then try to crush it against
the plate. Detecting the presence of synthetics in a
blend is usually easy because most will melt, forming a hard bead that won’t crush, even if there’s
only a little in the blend. All natural fibers leave
behind ash (plant fibers) or crushable beads (animal
fibers). To more precisely distinguish between the
components in your sample, consult a chart that
describes in detail how each fiber reacts. There’s a
good one in Threads, No. 1, p. 68, and in Claire
Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide (Chilton, 1989),
p. 6. It’s also advisable to test a few samples of fibers whose content you know so you can make a
comparison. Dyes and fabric finishes can somewhat
alter how a fiber burns, but they won’t change the
basic reaction.
©1989 The Taunton Press, Inc.
Reprinted with permission from issue #26
of Threads magazine, Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506.
To order a copy of Threads, call 1-800-888-8286
or visit our website at
A newer question:
Is this slinky polyester or acetate?
The pattern you wanted to make again will
have one key piece missing.
Put a little fingernail polish remover (acetone) on
the sample. The fabric will melt if it is acetate
(a better quality of slinky than polyester).
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March 2009
Hiding Fabric
Fold it large and put it evenly under the mattress –
you can get a hundred yards under there!
There’s no chance hubby will find it – How
often does he make the bed?
You can also fold some and put it under each chair
and sofa cushion.
Hang a yard on a coat hanger, then cover it with a
piece of clothing – hence, 100 coat hangers/100 yards of fabric! 3 closets – 300 yards!
Get a large trash can, remove the cover and have
someone cut a round piece of plywood. Put
stash in can, put on wooden cover, place a
pretty 70” round tablecloth on it – a beautiful
lamp on top – and who’s to know it’s full of
fabric? (A good way to hide the ironing, too!)
If you have space under the bed, buy some flat
Rubbermaid tubs and fill them with fabric.
Now when you’ve bought more fabric than you can
store in these five ways, you just aren’t sewing
From Sew Tasteful, Birmingham ASG Collection of Recipes
Leap and the Net Will Appear
First choose what you would do. The how usually falls into place of itself.
-Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way
Whenever we begin a project or set out in a new direction, we are opening to our creativity. As
human beings, we are all creative and our creativity yearns to be expressed. By expressing it, we
are honoring the natural order of life: pure creative energy. We don’t need to be completely
ready, informed, or skillful; we just need to be willing.
So, go ahead, choose a project, craft, or mission. Find something that you love, that gives you
happiness and purpose, and then leap into it. Leap and the net will appear.
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March 2009
Garment Sewing —
It’s a Treasure Hunt
by Laura DeLong and
Cheryl Fraracci, Retail Liaison
ince 2005, this column has told you about 13
independent stores that have supplies for garment sewers. Of the 13, almost half have closed.
Sewing stores need your business. Stop and think
before automatically going to the internet for supplies. With some creative thinking you might find
what you need locally—and help ensure the business is still in business next time you need something for a sewing project.
— —
A recent trip to Indianola revealed two sewing
finds: a dress form and an old Singer industrial
sewing machine.
The dress form is an Acme size B adjustable, for
$65.00. It will expand to the middle forties (inches)
in the hips.
The industrial machine’s sewing base is set off its
table about five inches, so it is a free arm. The instruction manual is for models 153w101
thru153w103 and 154w101. I couldn’t find the
model number (the lower level of the building isn’t
well lit). Here is a description of the machine:
Lock stitch cylinder machine with a
compound feed, belt drawn rotary sewing hook on a vertical axis and a safety
clutch which protects the hook from
damage. Asking $200.
You can find these items at the Indianola Flea Market, 301 2nd – Highway 92, Indianola. The telephone number is (515) 250-6875.
— —
Textile Studio of Iowa is now open under new
ownership. The store is still located at 2745 100th
Street in Urbandale. Phone (515) 270-0320
— —
It calls itself “Winterset’s Newest Secret. ” While it
does not have fabric, the Heartland Fiber Co. offers
unique fibers such as bamboo, corn, soybean, milk,
banana, nettle, and hemp. The shop is full of handdyed, natural yarns and fibers as well as kits and
notions for craft projects.
Heartland Fiber Co.
Located just off the square at
114 S 1st Ave, Winterset
(515) 468-8593
— —
Linda Lee and Louise Cutting have introduced a
new pattern line called “Shapes.” You can see and
order the designs at
One of Des Moines’ better kept secrets is the fabric
available at dornink, a couturier headquartered in
the East Village. In the back corner of the shop is a
collection of the most georgeous silks you can
imagine. Don’t be timid about asking for information or prices. The price list is kept behind the sales
counter and not posted on or near the fabric itself.
After you’ve dreamed over so much luxury, treat
yourself to a bag of scraps for $5.
518 E Grand, Des Moines
(515) 255-7528
— —
“Where can you get scissors sharpened?” That
question rang out at the end of our February program. Vicky Konrady recommended sending Gingher scissors to the company for their guaranteed
expert sharpening. Instructions are on the website
For other brands, refer to the information on page 4
of the June 2008 Sew Censational. You do keep all
issues of our newsletter, don’t you? If the dog ate
your copy, you can find this and some other back
issues in the Members Only section of our website
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March 2009
Creative? Who, me?
-Diane McCauley
will let you in on a little secret – Yes, YOU are
creative! As a sewer, every time you pair a particular fabric or fabrics with a pattern, you are
making a creative choice. Choosing the buttons –
another creative choice. The finished length of a
skirt - you got it – creative! Sewing requires the
construction skills of an engineer AND the creative
vision and choices of an artist or designer.
You may think that creativity requires something
totally new. But how many truly new things are
there in this world? Rather, creativity is the ability
to combine "things" in new or unique ways – and
those "things" could be colors, fabrics, ideas, images, patterns, techniques -- just about anything! A
few simple examples:
● A quilt pattern piques my interest but I don’t
want to invest the time to make a quilt. I resize and
modify the quilt block and add a pieced yoke to a
jacket that originally had no yoke.
● After a demonstration on sewing fabric bowls, I
am intrigued by the sculptural, three dimensional
shapes. Rather than make a bowl, I adapt the technique to add dimensional shaping to a handbag.
Neither the quilt block nor the bowl technique was
my idea or technique, but the way that they were
adapted or combined with another concept WAS
my creative solution.
As sewers, you face creative design decisions repeatedly whether you realize it or not. Though
every one of you is creative, you may wish to be
more comfortable with your decisions, be more
decisive, or have the courage to step a little farther
out of the box in your designs. Eons ago, I was an
art education major (and still intrigued by the design process) so I know that there are concepts and
tools that can give anyone a better understanding
of design.
In the future, we will look at the principles and elements of design through the lens of a sewer. By
examining design in this way, you will gain better
analytical skills to identify good design (and what
factors make it good!) Then, you can put those
same skills to work as you make your own creative
Meet our new president –
Molly Altemeier
ike so many of us, Molly began her sewing
“career” with Barbie clothes in grade school.
She was required to cut out the clothes her mother
made for her while she was growing up (her mother
hated to cut). When she went to college, however,
she began to sew her own clothes. She won Sweepstakes at the Iowa State Fair two times and has won
many awards in the Make It with Wool contest. Not
bad for a woman with an accounting degree!
Molly is a Des Moines native. She graduated from
Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman
State University). She and her husband Kent have
two boys, 13-year old Taylor and 8-year old Christopher.
She enjoys using her favorite pattern line (Vogue)
to sew garments, and has been a member of the
ASG since 1997.
The Mary Alice Gallery’s newest exhibit is For
Homemaking and a Trade: The Role of Sewing in
Women’s Lives, 1870-1920. The gallery is at 1015
Morrill Hall on the ISU campus. Regular gallery
hours are 11-4 Monday through Friday. The exhibit
continues through April 25.
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March 2009
Neighborhood and Special Interest Groups
ur Neighborhood and Special Interest Groups are alive and well! One of our groups is
truly “in the neighborhood” in Urbandale. The other two are attended by some who
drive way outside their neighborhoods to share a common interest.
focuses on the finer
details of fitting, construction techniques,
marrying the fabric to
the design, and
couture details that
take their sewing
passion from ordinary” to “gourmet.”
MaryJo Pucelik
March 10 part of show & tell:
- T-shirt results from Marcy Tilton’s
CD last year
- fashion sketching: bring articles
and information you have on the
2nd Tuesday
every month
April 14: ALL DAY sewing retreat.
Meeting room A is booked from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library. Bring
machines, notions, projects to work
on that you might need help with
(fitting or technique), or just want
time to work on
12:30 p.m.
3520 86th Street,
1:00 p.m.
May 12: Mary Jane Sprague will
teach some heirloom techniques, by
machine this time. She will supply
kits, at a cost probably under $10.
More information closer to May.
Pattern Testers
members bring garments made using the
independent pattern
companies and share
their experiences.
Members can audition (and often try on)
patterns as potential
projects of their own.
Dorothy Pimlott
Sew Friendly
has a broad focus,
depending on member interests.
Sondra Sinclair
4th Monday
every other
7:00 p.m.
92 Lakeview
(near entrance to
Creekside on S.
16th), Ames
1st Saturday
every month
3520 86th Street,
1:00-3:00 p.m. Urbandale
You do not have to live near a neighborhood group to participate in that group. You are welcome to travel
to any or all of the locations, if you choose to. Or, consider beginning a new group in your area or for your
special interest.
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Make Connie Crawford proud of us
y friend, Lori Rinehart, started and runs an
organization for girls called Geez Louise
(named after Louise Noun). In a recent conversation, she stated that some of the girls want to learn
to sew. They aspire to be fashion designers and
need help. Here is our chance to help create the
next generation of sewers. They are on 28th street
just south of Ingersoll in Des Moines. The best
times are Monday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30
pm. They have $500 to invest in sewing patterns,
material and trim to start them on their sewing
adventure. Call Cheryl Fraracci 279-6245.
- Cheryl Fraracci
March 2009
Artichoke Dip
1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts packed in water
(drained and roughly chopped)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup sour cream
Dash garlic powder
Blend together the mayonnaise, cream cheese and
sour cream
Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Bake in a 325
degree oven for 30 min. until bubbly.
Serve with toasted garlic bread or crackers.
- Lynette Klein
Benefits of Being a member of ASG
National Publication, Notions
Annual Convention, featuring seminars from nationally recognized professionals, special events and workshops
Discounts from national fabric store chains, sewing catalogue companies and local independent retailers
Discounts of many sewing publications, books and magazines
Chapter events with expert speakers, fashion shows, lectures on a wide
range of sewing and fashion topics
Neighborhood Groups to provide opportunities for sharing ideas and
hands-on sewing experiences
New product information from the sewing industry
Current information and classes on sewing-related topics
Renewed enthusiasm for creative sewing
Opportunities to sew for others
Opportunities to trade sewing supplies and ideas with others
Sew Censational newsletter
Molly Altemeier
4828 Park Circle
West Des Moines, IA 50265-5249
Don’t Forget...
May 10 is the deadline to
register for a special
serger project (see page 3).