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The RSN is coming to the USA 2024

Posted Apr 4, 2024

The Royal School of Needlework is coming to the USA this summer of 2024. They will be bringing their Internation Summer School to Lexington, KY, July and August 2024 with a series of special onsite classes taking place in Lexington, USA, as well as at Hampton Court Palace (in southwest London) and Durham, UK. Here’s an opportunity of a lifetime to learn from some of the best.

To sign up for classes or just check out their website to see beautiful and unique embroidery designs, you won’t be disappointed.

 Youth Sewing Camp Open House April 13th 10:30 – 1pm 

Posted Mar 3, 2024

Do you know a youth who would like to learn how to sew? Then you’re in luck. The University of Sewing, 611 W 11th St Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404, is having an open house just for you!

We invite you to participate in our Youth Sewing Open House on Saturday, April 13th from 10:30 to 1 PM at the University of Sewing. This Open House is for youth (ages 9 – 14) and their parents to visit our shop and ask all their questions about sewing and youth sewing camp.  We will have stations to visit to sew up a small something to take home and another station, where you can learn to thread the machine. We will have 2 machines available. Students will gain knowledge of the sewing craft and test out a sewing machine.  Also, during the open house, we can review the supply list for each camp week, so each student is prepared for their sewing week.

Youth Sewing Camp Dates

Jun 3, 2024 – Jun 5, 2024, 2pm-4pm

Jun 10, 2024 – Jun 12, 2024, 10am-2pm

 This 3-day camp will allow students to learn the basics of sewing by creating two items: a drawstring bag and shorts or skirt.
The supply list will be posted after the Open House.  Or you can receive one at the Open House.

Call the University of Sewing with any questions, 812-323-2665.

Don’t have a machine?  We have 20% off all Bernette sewing machines, always.  We are happy to find the right machine for your sewing student.

Sign up today 

Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined, Fresh Techniques & Design, Allie Aller, 2017.

Posted Jul 7, 2023

Reviewed by ASG member Cindy Baker

I’ve been quilting long enough to remember when stained glass quilts burst on the scene in the 1980’s. They were impressive…lots of black bias binding, curves, & hand stitching…oh my. Well, if you liked ’em then, this book will knock your socks off! The author started making them back then & has progressively refined her technique to make them easier, quicker, & without the hand sewing. Think ribbon of different widths, braid, ultrasuede, even metallics…all kinds of “strippy” things with no-fray edges make the stained-glass technique easier & faster than before. And the patterns–no church windows here–the patterns are fresh & contemporary. The author uses cotton, but she also uses silk, velvet, flannel, & wool. She teaches 3 main techniques: couched fiber, appliqued ribbon & trim, & iron-on leading. A removable pattern sheet to trace is included. A chapter on basic quilt-making instructions is included. I found the chapter on design very useful. She recommends you think of stained glass as out-lined art & any design can be transformed. You can always begin with a coloring book or clip art, but she encourages you to look beyond…applique patterns, redwork, & embroidery transfers are also rich sources of design.

Book Review

Posted Feb 2, 2023

“The Gown”, by Jennifer Robson. Reviewed by ASG Member Linda Abel

 Our web master, Jude Hernly, suggested since I read quite a bit and also sew that I might want to review books that have are of particular interest to us as sewist.  For my first review I picked “The Gown”.  It is an historical fiction that revolves around the making of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress.  (FYI, the dress is still on display.)

from the book The Gown, by Jennifer Robson
Queen Elizabeth’s Gown

My book club, mostly non sewers were impressed with the detail concerning how the embroidery was completed.   The creation, even financing of the dress is scaffolding for the interplay of generations, and friendship well-crafted into the story.  The main characters of the book did not exist in real life; however, the dress does.  The story line pulls you in and makes you care about them all.  Some more than others depending on your own history. 
It provides a view of life in London after WW II.  It touches on the relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter as well as the women involved with the embroidery and fashion at the time.  The author gives a view to her writing process at the end of the book, don’t miss that part, very interesting. 

 As I said before you don’t need to be terribly interested in sewing, or fashion to enjoy this novel.  I will look for other books from this author given her attention to technical facts and her character development.  Put this one on your list to enjoy.


It’s Leap Year – Just So You Know

Posted Feb 2, 2023

Does it seem like happenings are a day or two off this year? Well, your right they are because this year is Leap Year.

And as I was reviewing dates for events, like National Sewing Month, National Button Day, etc., I found the following anomalies.

While National Sewing Day is June 13, 2024, National Sewing Month is September 2024.

The National Button Convention is March 11-18, 2024, but National Button Day is November 16, 2024.

Now I found all this information on the internet, and the internet is always right, right?

Enjoy your extra day of 2024, just so you know.

Pantone Color of the Year 2024

Posted Oct 10, 2022

What’s the 2024 Color of the Year? Why, it’s “Peach Fuzz”. Did you know there actually is a Color of the Year? Read more about it here.

Book Club

Posted Jun 6, 2022

Book, magazine, & pattern reviews by members for members.

Wise Craft Quilts, A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics into Meaningful Patchwork, Blair Stocker, 2017, as reviewed by ASG member Cindy Baker

I wondered what is a “craft” quilt. And then I wondered what’s a “wise” craft quilt. This book is so much more than its title! It is a thoughtful compilation of ideas about what to do with a collection of “special” fabrics. If you have a group of precious fabrics—think baby clothes, daddy or grandpa’s shirts, handkerchiefs, a wedding dress, feedsacks—you can turn them into a memory quilt using the author’s suggested quilt patterns. A vintage tablecloth that dressed your family’s dining room table on special occasions can be transformed into a wholecloth quilt. What to do with a furniture store book of fabric samples? Or a stack of denim jeans scraps? Turn them into a quilt! If you’re a lover of Sashiko like I am, you’ll want to see the Boro quilt project.

The author gives us courage to cut into our most precious fabrics by offering her strategies how to transform odd-shaped fabric pieces into cohesive quilt blocks.  Twenty-one projects are beautifully photographed. Templates and basic quilt-making instructions are included.

Looking For Someone to Service Your Machine?

Posted Jun 6, 2022

The topic “Where can I get my machine serviced?” has been a conversation topic at many Neighborhood Group meetings. There are several, which are listed below.

Can you add to the list, or are there errors?   If so, please contact

Indianapolis area

* Select Sewing Service, 2415 E. 65th Street, Indianapolis, 317-255-6332

* Indianapolis Sewing Machine Company, 6830 Industry Place, Suite A, Indianapolis, 317-322-0875, industrial machines expert

* Quilt Quarters, 9504 Haver Way, Indianapolis 317-757-8340 (near 96th & Keystone)

* Husqvarna Viking store inside JoAnn Fabrics Castleton, 8714 Castle Creek Pkwy East Drive, Indianapolis, 317-594-9900

* French Seam, 9335 Castlegate Drive, Indianapolis, 317-841-1810, near 96th Street & I-69

Outside Indianapolis

* Mike White, Coatesville, IN, H: 765.386.2707, C: 317.730.5926 – Certified Sewing Machine Repairman.  Drop your machine off at Locker Room Sporting Goods in Danville, next to the Mayberry Restaurant. Mike’s wife, Suzanne, works there.

* Always In Stitches, 1808 Conner Street, Noblesville 46060, 317-776-4227

* Nancy Reagan, Lebanon, 317-840-3678, recommended by Jack Watts (former Carmel Hancock Fabrics repairman), works from home

* Josh Moore, Moore Sewing Machine Repair, Lebanon 46052, 765-336-1047

* Sew Crazy, 3623 E. 25th Street, Columbus 47203, 812-418-8200

* Pohlar Fabrics, 941 W. Coe Road, Liberty 47353, 765-458-5466

* Mann’s Sewing Machine & Sweeper Repair, 2640 W Kilgore Ave, Muncie 47304, 765-282-1880. They offer $5 off tune up when you show your ASG membership card.

Sew & Vac Authority, Janome & Brother machines, South of County Line on 135, Greenwood: 317.882.6672. They do send the machines to their location in Louisville, KY.  Services and/or repairs are not performed at the Greenwood location.

*The Tailored Fit, 611 W. 11th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404  #812-323-2665. We service any brand of mechanical sewing machines and sergers, we also service all Bernettes and Bernina machines including sergers, and longarms.  We offer in-home service of Longarms within 120 miles, for a fee.  Website is 

Tips From Tammy

Posted May 5, 2022

Dear Tammy,
I’m struggling to find time to sew. I want to sew, but it seems the days are filled with so many things already. How do I get more sewing time?
Frustrated in Fortville

Dear Frustrated,
I understand! I’ve got 3 suggestions for you that helped me find more sewing time.

  1. Schedule time for sewing. Write it on the calendar. It’s an important appointment you’re making with yourself, just like a doctor or dentist appointment.
  2. Baby steps. Instead of thinking about the whole mending pile, select 1 item from the stack – that 1 item you really want back into circulation before the season changes – & get it mended. One item done is better than none; & if you happen to get 2 items fixed, well, that’s icing on the cake!
  3. Habit. Get into the habit of rewarding yourself. You work, you volunteer, you have kids, you have a husband…reward yourself for all the the things you do for others with a little “me” time.


Teaching Children To Sew

Posted May 5, 2022

You may not realize it, but you have several options for sewing classes. Both children and adults, female and male, enjoy sewing. Whether the initial motivation is a costume, special project, or something more basic, it’s important to give them a good start. The sewing skills they learn will carry with them the rest of their lives.

  • First, consider Indy ASG members who teach. There’s a “Classes” tab on the Home page where you will find a list of members who offer lessons.
  • Next, 4-H is a great organization for teaching children, 3rd grade through high school, life skills such as sewing.
  • JoAnn Fabrics offer classes, as well as independently owned fabric and quilt stores. Check with your local store.
  •,, or whatever social media app you favor can be very helpful. Whether you’re asking about sewing lessons or a plumber, members enjoy sharing their experiences with you.
  • Finally, do you have a neighbor who sews? I bet you do and you don’t know it. Ask around.

Antique Quilts versus Contemporary Quilts–What’s the Difference?

Posted May 5, 2022

Contemporary quilts differ from antique quilts in several easy-to-spot ways. You don’t need to be a quilt historian to see the differences. When judging the age of a quilt, look at:

  • Quilting stitches – Antique quilts are usually hand quilted, whereas contemporary quilts are usually machine stitched.
  • Quilt size – King and queen size beds are a relatively modern invention.
  • Binding – Is the binding a separate strip of fabric sewn on? Or is the back fabric brought around to the front, folded, and sewn in place? Bringing the back fabric around to the front has fallen out of favor with today’s quilters.
  • Quilt block pattern – Some patterns, such as the Nine Patch, will always be popular, but others are much more common in antique quilts…Lone Star, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Dresden Plate, and all appliqué patterns.
  • Fabric – Quilt historians look at the fabrics and date according to the “youngest” fabric.

Finally, keep in mind, a quilt could have blocks from one century & sashing from another century. Quilters make quilt tops and quilt blocks, then store them away for finishing later. Sadly, some quilters never got around to finishing them. When another generation finds those stored treasures, these quilts-to-be get another chance to become display-worthy and useful.

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