Our History


Curious about our mascot?


Sewphie was "born" in 2003 and put into the ASG "Time Capsule" to be opened in Houston on ASG's 50th anniversary in 2028!

In 2016, the year of our 20th anniversary, Sewphie's original image (left side) was refreshed into a more modern look (right side).

Sarasota/Gulf Coast Chapter of ASG

Every wonder how we came to be named?   Check out our story....


History: Searching for a Meeting Place by Dora Markle

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We are proud of our member Terry P. who had her tip published in Threads Magazine in 2020.

Sewing Warms the Soul

A smile costs nothing but creates much. It enriches those who receive it without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it and none so poor, but both are richer for its benefits. It creates happiness and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody until it is given away. Nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give.  ...more on our Sewing Warms the Soul page...


  1. Thou shalt enter this room as if walking on pins and needles. 
  2. Thou shalt not touch or attempt to organize this creative mess. 
  3. Thou shalt not use my scissors. 
  4. Thou shalt remember. . .One should not expect meals, clean laundry, or a spotless house when quilting and sewing calls. 
  5. Thou shalt remember... A stitch in time saves nine. 
  6. Thou shalt not stick unthreaded needles in the pincushion. 
  7. Thou shalt not covet this sewing machine, nor this fabric stash. 
  8. Thou shalt not put away the ironing board before it's time. 
  9. Thou shalt remember. . . whosoever enters this room may leave with strings attached. 
  10. Thou shalt give thanks to God for all creative talents.


What is a Fat Quarter? It is a quarter yard of fabric cut on the fold to produce a wider yield. 

How big is a fat quarter? It is 18 inches by 22 inches 

What can be cut from a fat quarter? The chart on the left will help figure it out. 

Check out our Trivia and Tips page...

 The above picture was on the home page of our website managed by Eva Winter (assisted by her late husband Mike) prior to Jan 2015