Gee’s Bend Quilts on display at DePaul Art Museum

Whether you’re an experienced quilter, novice, or know nothing at all, you still can appreciate the artistic beauty and historic significance of Gee’s Bend Quilts. Now through June 22, the DePaul Art Museum (located at the DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus),  will display examples from Gee’s Bend in addition to other more modern quilts from the region of western Alabama. Gee’s Bend quilts, some dating back to the 1800s, carry more colorful and geometric designs from the Euro-American quilts of that time. The departure from that style is just one reason why these quilts are so sought after. For more information on the exhibit, visit the DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop in Chicago. It is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit www.depaul.edu/museum.

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This 84-by-87 inch quilt made by Mary Maxtion was made around 1991 and is called the “Everbody Quilt.” It is made of cotton, polyester, wool and rayon. The quilt will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum April 10 – June 22. (Image courtesy of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts)

Dazzling Dancewear

Those attending the 2013 ASG Chicago fashion show were treated to a display of absolutely gorgeous dancewear. These are the creations of two of our members, Karen and Lisa. Enjoy!

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Fabric Challenge 2013

Every year, we give 1 yard of fabric to members who are up to the challenge of incorporating it in a project that falls into one of five categories: children’s wear, toys, quilts, adult wear, accessories or home decor. This year’s fabric was a multi-colored stripe, some on a white background and the rest on a black background. It was donated by ASG Chicago supporting retailer Linda Z’s.

The projects are displayed at our annual meeting/luncheon/fashion show and attendees vote on their favorite in each category. This year, the fabric inspired lots of great entries. See for yourself:

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The voting is anonymous, and it was tough to choose a favorite. They all look like winners, don’t they?

National Sewing Month at Area Libraries

Some enterprising ASG Chicago Neighborhood Groups organized displays at their community libraries to celebrate National Sewing Month. We have pictures of displays at the Oak Forest, Illinois Library, prepared by the “Bobbin Along” group and a northwest Indiana library prepared by the “Thread Heads” of Valparaiso. Don’t they look great?

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Sew for the Skill of It

Internaional Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month and this year’s theme is Sew for the Skill of It. We’re always thinking about ways to sharpen our sewing skills and it’s always exciting when we find new ways to celebrate the gift that those skills are.

Recently, word has been spreading about a fabulous reality TV show called the Great British Sewing Bee that has home sewists competing based solely on their sewing skills. The show sprinkles in some interesting historical information and gives glimpses of the contestants’ backgrounds, but the focus is the craft of sewing and how well the contestants execute the challenges, which include following a pattern, making made-to-measure clothes for real people and upcycling a purchased article of clothing. The sewing room is stocked with exquisite fabrics and trims referred to as the haberdashery. The judges are an expert sewing teacher and a Saville Row tailor and the drama comes, not from personality conflicts, but from hoping the contestants will be able to finish the challenges in time. It’s all very civilized and no bleeping is required. Contestants talk about “unpicking” their mistakes (so much gentler-sounding than ripping) and one remarked that a fabric had a mind of its own so she had to “speak to it very firmly.”  Wouldn’t it be great if we had something similar here in the US? A contest like this would be a great addition to ASG’s National Conference, for instance.

Season Two of the Great British Sewing Bee is in the works and the full episodes from Season One can be viewed on YouTube.  Watching is fun, but doing is what we sewing fanatics love best. Let’s all celebrate National Sewing Month by tackling a project that tests our skills, learning or brushing up on a technique that’s gotten the better of us in the past. Do it for the skill of it.

Are you ready for the Sew Spring Fling 2013?

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It’s that time of year again. Time for Spring Fling 2013! This year’s fling takes place April 27th at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 8149 Golf Road, Niles, IL 60714, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. Feel free to bring guests. Members can buy, sell or donate fabric, patterns and sewing books. Whistle Stop Demos are a wonderful opportunity to learn new sewing techniques. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Members interested in selling fabric please click here for information and to obtain fabric inventory forms.

ASG Chicago Member Wins Sew it All Casting Call

Congrats to ASG Chicago Chapter Member Rhonda Buss! Rhonda is the winner of the Sew it All Casting Contest. Rhonda will demonstrate a dress on an episode of  Sew it All TV that will air in April of 2014. Check out her audition video. Congrats again Rhonda!!!

 

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