Saturday, July 20, 2013

SAGA National Convention is coming.......

Have you ever wanted to learn to smock? Do you admire beautiful embroideries from by-gone eras? Do you love to sew for children but your garments have that “homemade look”? Do you read sewing blogs and wonder to what the terms pin stitch, faggoting, hemstitch and featherstitch refer? Would you like to broaden your sewing skills and have a ton of fun? Come join the Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA™) at its annual convention in Frisco, Texas October 23rd-27th, 2013! 
Don’t know anyone? Don’t worry - ladies who stitch are friendly, helpful and love to have fun. There will be a doll clothing contest, sit and stitch, participate in our Wee Care charity project, classes for all levels, and yes, we will even learn to Two-Step! You can read all about it in our Convention Brochure! So come join the SAGA convention by registering now, and make some new friends! If this is your first convention, we have a special information page to help you register. 
Come join our fun, exciting and educational classes!  Each class has been evaluated and approved by a SAGA selection committee so you can be assured that you will be able to expand your sewing skills and achieve the results you desire. From pattern drafting for children, mastering the peter pan collar, designing your own smocked ornament, learning how to shadow embroider, working on pulled thread, tackling the pea hole hemstitch, mastering your pleater, stitching an elaborate Elizabethan Panel, or simply perfecting your smocking, there is something for everyone taught at all levels!
Many of our members have joined SAGA specifically to help their community by using their stitching. Come and learn about the SAGA Wee Care Program™, and get inspired by the talents of our members who donate hand smocked and embroidered gowns and bonnets to local hospitals for neonatal units and bereavement programs.  You can even work on a smocked Wee Care bonnet at convention. 
We hope to see you there, but if you can’t join us, SAGA has chapters through out the United States along with chapters in Mexico and Australia! Local chapters meet monthly, bring teachers for seminars and participate in the Wee Care Program™. If there is no chapter located near you, you can still become involved through the members at large program. For more information, check out the SAGA website at So go dust off your cowboy boots and hat and come Two-Steppin’ with us in Frisco!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Show and Share (Early July)

Bonnie Blue Lydia
Sewing to Rebuild Moore, Oklahoma
Blankets and Burp Towels

Sewing to Rebuild Moore, Oklahoma

Quick Sew #3079 in a size 4T
Twill from Fabric Finders.
Purchased t-shirt with Applique for Kids boat.

Back view of Quick Sew #3079

Quilt is 8" squares of chenille hand tied at each intersection.

Chenille baby quilt

Baby Romper #134 by Creations by Miche.
Fabric from Fabric Finders.
Piping is cornflower blue broadcloth.
Plane applique is from Applique for Kids

Bonnie Blue Lydia
See you at the July meeting!  We will be learning to elastic shirring techniques!