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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Check out the new group at Cairnlea, Vic!

Coinciding with SewMAYHEM, a new group at Cairnlea started out with a brilliantly colourful first meeting in May, with 16 participants attending, fifteen ladies and one gentleman. Click here to find out location and meeting details.

Group Coordinator, Fay Chiaplias reports:
"We started off with introducing our Guest Speaker, a very talented embellishing artist, Nola Sterling. Nola had a large arrangement of quilts and jackets with lots of different embellishing techniques. One was made using shrinking fabric that she had used in hand bags and jackets. She also had two beautiful shawls, all made from scraps of cotton, lace and wool.  Nola doesn’t throw away any scraps! Instead, she uses them to do crazy patchwork for creating cuffs and collars.  We were all amazed at the beautiful items that she had to show us on the day. An excellent speaker, Nola had us hook, line and sinker and we all agreed to have her back to do a workshop on using wool and scraps to make a beautiful shawl or to use it for collars for a special outfit. Nola told us she uses a wash away stabilizer for this process. Dates will be organised and booked in and put on the syllabus for everyone to know when this work shop will happen."

In addition to the demonstration, here's what people were working on:

Chris - a very intricate diamond cut patchwork piece.
Lorraine -our Regional Coordinator - showed us how she does crazy patchwork and then she uses it on a collar for a Jacket she is making.
Evelyn - our Membership secretary - was drafting a fit from the Palmer Fletch fitting system.
Liz – was making a mobile and a growth chart for her new grandson
Sava – was learning his machine as he will be making a lined vest in a beautiful wool blend. Measurements to be adjusted next meeting.
Leanne has a new machine and was also learning how it works and doing very well with names in different fonts.
Sue – working on her Mums roses’ block
Fay - working on Mums roses block appliqué.  
Are you interested in attending this meeting?
Or any of the Neighbourhood Group Meetings?
You are invited to visit and check us out - no charge for the first two meetings!
Or why not jump right in and join us! We look forward to meeting you!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Free Pattern Friday! Cropped Jacket

The sewing community is so good at sharing! Bloggers & companies are kind enough to share their free patterns on the Internet. On FREE Pattern Fridays we will link you up to a fab and free sewing patten! This weeks pattern is the Cropped Jacket from Camelot Fabrics Design Studio Blog. To get the pattern, click here and you will be taken the original post. Just read the download and printing instructions there.
We would love to know if you make this pattern! Please comment and let us know. If you have a pic of your make you can post it to the ASG Facebook wall or email it to with your thoughts on the pattern.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Gerroa Glows for Sewing MAYHem!

Here's a glowing Sewing MAYhem report from NSW's Gerroa Neighbourhood Group!

What an eye-catching display!

Gerroa Neighbourhood Group set up a display in Spotlight Nowra, who kindly loaned us mannequins for the afternoon. We showcased: garments and other items we’ve made; our plan for the year; contact details. A couple of passers-by who stopped thought our garments were for sale - but it had the desired effect of making them stop! We had good support from our members who helped to answer questions and quite a few people took our flyers, with hopes of joining, though with some rueing the lack of time to sew.

1. Just finished setting up...

2. Two ASG members chatting to one of a few members of the public who stopped to make enquiries

3. Including a past sewing teacher lamenting the lack of time to sew.

4. Showcasing the multiple sewing skills of our members

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Buderim was Buzzing for Sewing MAYHem!



Sue Holmstrom from the Buderim Neighbourhood Group reports:

In keeping with the Sewing MAYhem theme, the Buderim Neighbourhood Group held an Open Day on 17th May to introduce our Group to the local community and welcome anyone interested in joining the ASG. To advertise the Open Day, flyers were made and displayed in local fabric stores, notices were printed in the Community Newspapers and the day was advertised on local radio.

We had a fantastic display of garments, fabric bags, fabric flowers and quilts, with each Member contributing their various creations.

The day was fabulous with visiting ladies sharing morning tea and a chat with our Members about the creations on display, future projects and projects our Group have been involved with in the past, such as making cot covers for premature babies in hospital and attractive bags to allow mastectomy patients to carry drainage bottles.

All-in-all the day was very successful and the “buzz of enthusiasm” in the room was so inspiring that we arranged a “road trip” for the following week to visit The Fabric Store in Brisbane for their “one-day 30% off sale”. What an “awesome” day that was!