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Message Board > Miscellaneous > ASG members !!!!!!Help!!!!!! ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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I am going to be the 1st vice president
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Date: 9/19/13 12:07 PM

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In a moment of insanity I agreed to be the 1st vice president of our sewing guild. That means I have to come up with 12 really wonderful programs.

This chapter has been in existence for 20 years. After so many years of programs what is left to do?

I am looking for idea's. Since I am a garment sewer most of the idea's I have come up with have been related to garment sewing and are things I would want to learn about, however the majority of our members are not into garment sewing, mostly charity sewing and quilting.

Most of our members are older and use to make garments but for some reason or another stopped.

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Date: 9/19/13 12:27 PM

Congrats on your new and prestigious job! I'm sure you'll enjoy the increase in pay too. I'll put my thinking cap on but the first thought is to look at the Fabric Mart Contest that just started. The initial challenge was just completed and is a flexible idea that could be applied to garments and anything else that can be sewn- using something that would have been thrown away and create with it. See 1st week's entries with lots of creative approaches. We even have 2, that I know of, PR folk in the competition. Peg and Shams. Fabric Mart might have other challenges in the contest that will give you ideas.

Another thought- having a simple project to work on at home, like a mug rug. Members can bring them to a meeting with a show and tell. Plus bring materials to use/share to make more based on the ideas that come from the ones done in advance. There'd be lots of technique sharing too. It's a great gift and we are coming to that time of year.

And also, although a program has been given, it can still be well worth doing again. And again! Can you survey your members to get their input on what they now want and to test their interest in your new ideas? You're a good egg to do this and have fun.

So, where are you going to spend your fabulous salary?

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Date: 9/19/13 4:56 PM

I know the things I'd like to see or have seen at our ASG meetings: different methods of pleating; heirloom sewing...pin-tucking, etc.; silk ribbon embroidery; draping on a dressform, creating a dressform.... Definitely would get members' ideas, too. Good luck to you!

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Date: 9/19/13 5:10 PM

I'm not in ASG, but am curious what types of programs you do. Are they contest type activities? Or just themed sewing exercises? Or instructional?

Some random general thoughts / themes that could be morphed to fit pretty much any of those:

- holiday decorations (runners, stockings, spice pads, tree skirts, ...)

- pillow cases (quilted, or holiday, throw or bed, for charity or for oneself)

- unstructured quilted jacket (one with very little fitting but some garment sewing for those interested in trying it, and some quilting for those interested in trying that) - could have an actual quilted yoke area vs just quilt stitching.

- stuffed animals or letters for gifts or charity

- grocery bags (simple but practical)

- Faux Chenille projects (particularly scarves) (make sure you have electric or roller scissors for this!) Layering a holiday print so that it stacks makes a really wonderful look.

- free motion quilting if they haven't done that; it might be a new skill for them to try.

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Date: 9/19/13 7:26 PM

Ada, check with a local sewing store. Often they will send out someone to show uses for the various feet (which usually pertain to most machines), and for free. After all, they are advertising just by being there.

Maybe more programs aimed at garment sewing will bring in more members, the ones who do that kind of sewing.

I don't understand this quilt sewing thing at ASG since there are already multitudes of places to go for quilting. Can you tell that I don't quilt?

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Date: 9/19/13 9:20 PM

Ada, since you are in a leadership position, ask the President to give you the username and password for the leadership area of ASG. There you will find all sorts of files and I know there is something there on program ideas. If you don't see it, PM me-- I know I saw it once. If not, your President can give a shout out on the President's forum for someone to find it and forward it to you. It is chocked full of program ideas!

Our chapter is small, but we have a Program Chair. I didn't feel it right to stick the 1st or 2nd VP with the duty of having to come up with all the programs. Our Program Chair only has to have some programs ready to roll in case a program has to cancel. We ask our members to volunteer at the annual meeting in Dec to do a program. Our program chair takes January, then we ask for volunteers for each month, until we have them all filled. They have to come up with the program and do it. Many times, it's not where we bring our machines, but just a demo of something. I find show and tell takes forever, and the ladies like visiting too -- so a simple demo is always good.
My turn is in November - general sewing tips, and I'm not even sure I'll be ready for it!
When all else fails - schedule a charity sew in.

It's really too much to expect one person to come up with all the programs. I would ask for some changes to be considered at at your next CAB meeting. Perhaps ask for a committee to be formed to help you, at the very least. Do you also have to present each program? Or just find people to conduct them?
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Date: 9/19/13 9:57 PM

I have been a member for about a year. In that time we have had
a quilting demo for a quilt block (can't remember the name of the block).
A civil war reenactor who sews his own uniforms and battle flags.
Hands on folded fabric star ornament.
A demo of Derwent Watercolor pencils making quilt blocks.
A trunk show of quick projects for holidays and other gift giving occasions.
On two occasions the meeting was held at a quilt shop.
I did a program on beginning fit.
Tips for working with knits.
The seamstress from the local theatre brought some costumes.

Our membership is around 80 women. Approx 30 members attend the monthly meetings. I started a neighborhood group focusing on garment fitting, anywhere from 1 to 8 women attend this.

southernstitch; Since no one is running against me in the November election, I think I will be a shoe-in. Once that happens I will ask for the password.

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Date: 9/19/13 10:20 PM

Definitely get your President to get that file for you with all the program ideas. That's a lot of people attending a monthly meeting. We only have around 33 members at any given time, and about half to three quarters attend monthly.
I wish we could generate interest in neighborhood groups, but most aren't interested. They just like the monthly meetings. We do have about half of us who still sew garments, and the other half quilts. It's hard coming up with programs that will appeal to everyone. I hope we get enough people to sign up to do programs next year.
I like the idea of using locals to present programs too. We had a great serger class last year given by a semi-local sewing teacher.

In October, we draw the name of our quilt raffle winner. This raffle has raised over $1,000 in profit for our little chapter, and I'm so happy about that. We can now do the Sulky Guild program next year. Do look into that one. The info is on Sulky's website. The great thing is they pay the instructor's travel expenses, and the instructors are willing to stay with a guild member as long as they have their own bedroom and bath. They supply door prizes, and also items that the guild can sell to offset costs. This program is VERY affordable, and they have many choices.

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Date: 9/19/13 10:40 PM

Thanks southernstitch. I will look into the Sulky program.

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Date: 9/20/13 2:13 AM

One of the programs I did with my local ASG group was to guide a tour through our one and only independent fabric store which has mostly garment fabric. I went ahead of time and asked a clerk to show me around. While she was giving me a tour I took notes of where things were located. I made a map of where different types of fabric were located which I copied and gave to all of the members on the tour. Many have told me that they still have their maps and use them when they go shopping there.
At another meeting we each brought in our favorite sewing gadget and explained how it was used. Another time we brought in various kinds of tube turners and showed them off.
I am doing a program in November discussing a few different types of cotton and giving out samples of lawn, voile, and batiste along with appropriate uses and sewing suggestions. The same could be done with wool, silk, or linen.
I have been a vice president in the ASG also but was not responsible for planning all of the programs. We have a committee who plan the programs with input from other members. I think that it should not be one person's job.
Kathy

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