Walnut Creek/East Bay Chapter

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A Brief History: We received our charter to ASG in 1987 after a group of ladies who had been meeting as a sewing group for many years decided to join this national organization of home sewers. Presently we have over 155 members. Please click the image to learn more.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Let’s All Make Camp Shirts!

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Why? The national organization is sponsoring a Contest using ASG Fabric.

See the winning fabric and colors at the bottom of this post.


When:       Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where:      Odd Fellows Hall, 4349 Cowell Road, Concord, CA

Fee:            $15.00 for members / $25.00 for Non-Members

Time:          9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Note:         Bring Your Lunch.

Do you have a question? – Contact Donna Alexander at ssfdonna@gmail.com or (510) 612-0749


Sit and Sew for the ASG Fabric Contest

Our goal is two-fold.  One, to have a great showing of camp shirts made from the ASG Fabric Contest Winning design at this year’s conference in Las Vegas.  The second goal and this is the best, is to have fun with our sewing friends and make a cool camp shirt too!  Not interested in a camp shirt?  Bring anything you would like to work on.

If you have your fabric or can get it in time, pre-launder and bring it with you.  If not, then bring your camp shirt pattern for tissue fitting.  If you would like to make a test garment, cotton muslin, or gingham, or another lightweight cotton, linen, or blend are great for test garments.


Congratulations to Cecelia Harris on her winning design for the ASG 2017 Fabric Design Contest sponsored by Brother. She also created 3 companion designs that will make up our official ASG fabric line and can be purchased at MyFabricDesigns.com.
Cecelia’s winning design was selected by a vote by chapter presidents earlier this year. The winning entry was her original design that featured dress forms with the ASG logo inside, sitting on a background of scripted fabric names.

 Materials List

  •  Basic Camp Shirt Pattern (see below for suggestions) and/or other projects you plan to work on.
  • Measuring tape, notebook, clear tape, pencil, ruler, etc. for making pattern adjustments.
  • Basic sewing supplies such as pins, marking tools, scissors, rotary cutter/ruler/mat if you have, etc.
  • Fabric to make your camp shirt.  Can be ordered on My Fabric Designs website.  See article on pages 13-14 of this newsletter for information on how to order.
  • Bring muslin, gingham, or other fabric to test out the pattern if you have not yet received your fabric from My Fabric Designs.
  • Thread to match or coordinate with the fabric.
  • Sewing machine with cord and foot pedal.

Burda 5161, an older pattern, suggested by Jan Driscoll, that is out of print but might be available online.

Walnut Creek/East Bay Chapter, CA of the American Sewing Guild, Inc.

P.O. Box 5504, Concord, CA 94524-0504

You may choose gray, yellow, turquoise or red. What you see in gray also comes in alternate colors. Please click the link above and type ASG in the site’s search bar.

Community Service

Giving back is a vital part of a full and rewarding life. Nothing is more fulfilling than using your skills and passion to contribute to the quality of life of others in need within your own community. Throughout the country, ASG has become synonymous with sewing acts of kindness.

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Jan Driscol and a few members got together about a month ago and made animal pillows for the “Bay Area Animal Rescue Crew” in Concord. Then, with donations and help from ASG Sewers (mostly Concord NG), 9 beds were completed and donated yesterday January 5, 2018.  BAARC was very appreciative of the donation.

Of course, Sweetie Pie tested them out as I piled them on the floor when completed.We cut, sewed, and stuffed about 3 dozen beds from fabric scraps.

The Walnut Creek Chapter of ASG has partnered with the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.  They have a newborn layette project that has been in operation for over 30 years. Their auxiliary group provides a layette to every new mother and their infants born at the Center in Martinez.

On June 24, 2017, the Walnut Creek Chapter of the American Sewing Guild gathered to participate in an annual day of community service.  The members created 94 flannel receiving blankets, 3 knitted blankets, 4 tied fleece blankets, 1 terry cloth blanket, 1 knitted washcloth, 8 terry cloth washcloths, 10 small fleece blankets and 65 flannel washcloths!  Lunch was provided through generous donations from Safeway, Sam’s Club, and Trader Joe’s.  All of these items were donated to the Contra Costa County Hospital in Martinez.  This is the second year the ASG Chapter has focused on providing materials for the hospital’s newborn layette program.

Here is a year-round community service opportunity that allows you to share your love of sewing by making and donating quilts to those in need.  Attached is a pattern for a quilt top that you can use to cut using your scraps.  In addition, if you attend one of the Chapter’s program events, kits are cut and ready to take home.  You are able to work on the quilt top and then return it to a monthly program, when it is completed.

For more information on cutting and/or assembling these easy quilt tops for donation, please feel free to contact the Community Service Coordinator, Cynthia Cirino, at (510) 435-8381 or via email at CynthiaCirino@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Community Service Quilt Pattern

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