Saturday, May 12, 2018

Save the Date! June De-Stash in Baltimore!

Do you have patterns, fabric, yarn, and other sewing assortments (even magazines and books) inciting guilt? Would you like to find a good home for these and possibly leave with stuff that makes you infinitely happier? Then you'll want to save June 24 as Renee, the blogger for Miss Celie's Pants has an awesome event planned! Registration for tickets will open on Friday, June 1, and even if you don't find a taker for your unloved items, Renee will make sure they find a home!

Start your personal de-stashing now, and plan on meeting cool sewists from around the region! Don't have a car? No convenient way to get to Baltimore? Stay tuned!

More details can be found here: Save the Date Swap and De-Stash 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kenneth King Sit & Sew Planned for June 29-30, 2018

The Kingstowne Clothiers of the Northern Virginia Chapter American Sewing Guild have planned a Sit & Sew Weekend with Kenneth King for Friday, June 29 (10 am - 6 pm) and Saturday, June 30 (10 am - 5pm)!

At a Sit & Sew, you bring your projects to work on, and Kenneth King will be available to offer advice  and recommendations.

It will be held at the Fabric Place Basement, 6660 Richmond Highway, Alexandria (located in the old Hancock's Fabrics in the Beacon Mall Shopping Center)
The cost is $233 for ASG members and $275 for non-members.

Space is limited to 15 participants and is filling quickly.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so don't wait! A deposit of $100 is due by April 7, with the balance due May 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Marois at
Friday June 29 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) - Saturday June 30 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Let's Go To NYC!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Departing Fair Oaks Mall at 5:30am
& Departing NYC at 7:30 pm

Join us for a Bus trip to NYC for a day of fun, fabric shopping, theater, or whatever your heart desires in the Big Apple.  Plan your own day - there is no tour guide.  Dress comfortably!

Cost is $65 roundtrip per person.

Sign up by May 1, 2018 (no refunds after April 19)

Family and friends are welcome, you don’t have to be an ASG member to travel with us!

The bus loads ½ hour prior to departure.  We must have 50 people or the trip will be canceled. 

Send restaurant suggestions and fun places to visit to  A list of stores in the garment district and your NYC suggestions will be distributed on the bus.

Arrangements will be made with Fairfax Mall Security to park in one of their parking lots - you will be notified of the location of secure parking before the trip. 

If you wish to stay close by, consider the Fairfax Marriot at Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, Virginia, 703-352-2525.
Please complete and return the registration form (found in the latest issue of "Full Seams Ahead" or on MyGrove) with check payable to NO VA ASG.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winter Retreat Coming Up!

38 people are signed up for this year's ASG Northern Virginia Winter Retreat at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, VA!

DittoForm will be doing body scans for those who want accurate measurements and made-to-measure mannequins.

Sewing games will be played (looking forward to "Left, Right and Center" with fat quarters and sewing notions).

Sewists will have opportunities to visit local purveyors of craft, knitting, and sewing supplies and make visits to local restaurants and tea shops!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017 Community Service Project

Our chapter has decided to make the 'Wish pillows' for our charity project.

Give Kids the World Village is a non-profit resort that provides cost-free, week-long vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Approximately 21,000 Wish pillows are given away each year to visiting children.

There will be three opportunities for you to participate and meet other ASGers:

1.  Suzie's Quilt Shop,10404 Portsmouth RD,(Westgate) Manassas,VA
July 8, 2017 10:30 There will be sewing machine work stations already set up OR bring your own machine. If you can bring 1 yd. of flannel and 1/2yd quilting fabric that will make 4 pillows.

2. At the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
July 8th, 2017 9:00-11:30 They will be making the pillows too. Bring your machines and fabrics

3. Shenandoah Valley Girls will also being doing a Charity sew event on Sept 23, 2017 from 10 am to 4pm, Berryville VFW Post 9760, 425 Buckmarsh Street, Berryville, VA 22611

Neighborhood Group Updates

Alexandria Seamsters

The Alexandria Seamsters meet the third Monday of the month at the Alexandria Burke Branch Library at 7 pm. The topic for July 17 is choosing programs for the upcoming year.  There will not be a meeting in August.

Fairfax Seams Sew Fun

Fairfax Seams Sew Fun meets the 1st Friday of the month at Quilters Studio in Fairfax at 10:30 am. Remaining 2017 meetings and programs include:
July 7 - Gifts for Men and Boys
Aug 4 - No Meeting
September 1 - All About Thread
October 6 - Making Pillows
November 3 - Chapter Challenge

Fredericksburg Notion to Sew

Fredericksburg Notion to Sew Neighborhood Group has changed its meeting place; it will no longer meet at Hobby Lobby. We will meet in the morning at Salem Church Library in Fredericksburg.

In July, we invite any ASG member who wishes to join us in making the National Charity Sewing project to come to Salem Church library (Fredericksburg) on July 8th in the morning, meeting rooms 3 and 4. Bring your yard of cozy flannel (solid suggested) and 12 inches of a kid friendly print fabric and we will assist you in putting together 4 wish pillows. These need to be finished by the date of the National meeting in Orlando; we now have an address where they are to be sent. Pillows are NOT to be stuffed before sending.

Our August meeting, again at the Salem Church Library, encourages you to bring a project you stopped working on as you needed fitting help or construction help. Those present will be glad to assist. Some of our members who missed making the jewelry roll meeting are looking forward to making it at this meeting. All welcome to join us.

Kingstowne Clothiers

Kingstowne Clothiers meets the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria. We are working on the best way to take measurements, how to build a pant and bodice sloper, and using that sloper and/or measurements to alter the patterns for a perfect fit.

Life in the Hoop

This group is paused over the summer and resume meeting on Oct. 25th.

Manassas Sew n’ Tells

Manassas Sew n' Tells meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at Oh Sew Persnickety, 1512 Washington Street, Suite 116, Haymarket, Va., at 5 pm to 7 pm.  The 2017 schedule of upcoming events includes:
July 20 - Tabula Rosa Jacket
August 17 - Complete Tabula Rosa Jacket
September 21 - Burda Pattern - cut out
October 19 - Complete Burda Pattern
November 16 - T-shirt Quilt
December 21 - Complete T-shirt quilt.

Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley ASG meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Berryville VFW at 10 am.
The rest of our schedule for the year is:
July 26 - Road Trip to Harrisburg to visit Quilt Museum and shops
August 23 - Learn to Crochet a messy bun hat
September 23 - (special Sat. Meeting) Sew In- pillow cases for Give Kids the World Village
October 25 - Alteration tips from Dolly Lyles
November 22 - No Meeting
December 6 - Holiday Luncheon

Springfield Sharing Threads

Springfield Sharing Threads meets the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at Bonny’s Fabric and Sewing Center, the corner of Edsall Road and Cherokee Avenue. Here’s are some of our upcoming topics:
July 19 - Tapes and Glues
August 16 - Convex and Concave

Sterling Sew n’Sews

Our group, the Sterling Sew n' Sews, meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, typically at the Sterling substation of the Loudoun Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Wearable Arts Group (WAG)

The Wearable Art Group (WAG) meets the 2nd Friday of each month in Manassas. For our June, July, August, and September meetings, we will continue learning and experimenting with various wearable art techniques using the book 'Stitch Magic' as our guide.

Woodbridge Loose Threads

Woodbridge Loose Threads meetings remain the second Monday of the month from 6-8 pm.  July meeting will be Christmas in July, and there is no meeting in August.

Volunteers Needed at the Original Sewing and Quilting EXPO

The Original Sewing and Quilting EXPO is going to be 5-6-7 October,  in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The EXPO is looking for volunteers Ambassadors to work in classrooms, to take tickets and help vendors.
We also have a booth for the three days. If you are interested in helping out with our booth and / or with the EXPO, please contact Kathy Saladino.