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Deadlines at a Glance

Oct 1st- Deadline for Needle News

Oct 23rd at NOON- Annual Meeting ticket purchase



Oct 4th-  The Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit  begins showing at the Lightner Museum along with a daily High Tea (reservations required). The entire St Augustine community will be offering additional Downton Abbey period experiences. The exhibit’s dates are October 4, 2017 through January 7, 2018. If members are interested we can set up a group Museum Tour, a block of rooms and a bus or carpool. A volunteer would be needed to coordinate this.


Oct 28th- Annual Chapter Meeting and Election of Officers.

Theme is Halloween- members in costume will compete

Time: 10:30 to 3:00

Cost: $30

Location:  Mattison's Forty-One

Address: 7275 S Tamiami Tr Sarasota, FL 34231

Phone: 941.921.3400

Fax: 941.921.3404

Meal Choice: Tuscan Braised Chicken or Vegetable Torte (If Vegan, specify)




The Annual Meeting is fast approaching.  I hope everyone is planning to attend.  We will have installation of new officers, a wonderful luncheon, and a Halloween Costume Parade.  Just to mention a few things.

I realize that Hurricane Irma blew through in September and affected everyone.  I hope you are all  well and returning to normal, if there is such a thing.  

In order to accommodate everyone who suffered through Irma, please read the following:

1.  This is the preferred method.  Please purchase your ticket for the annual meeting from your neighborhood group leader and let her know what your meal choice is.

2.  If you are unable to purchase your ticket from your neighborhood group leader, then please telephone Marie  or Mary Jane Fuller and let us know that you would like to attend and what meal choice you would want and send a check in the mail.  There is still time for that.

3.  If all the above opportunities fail, I will allow payments at the door, as long as you have telephoned or emailed your reservation prior to the cut-off date which is Monday, October 23 at NOON. 

If you plan to pay at the door, and do not attend, your reservation is a commitment and you will still owe the $30.00 as we will have ordered lunch for you and be charged.

I hope these options will allow everyone the opportunity to join us at the Annual Meeting.  It will be fun and I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Thank you,

Mary Jane



Digital Workshop CANCELLED. The library notified us that they will be closed on Nov 10th for Veterans Day and apologized for the scheduling error. Sandi is available to present to your NGs in 2018 so please contact her if youare interested. 


December is filled by Neighborhood Groups celebrating with holiday parties - and holiday dates may affect our normal NG meeting times and dates. We will post the luncheon registration and date/time changes to our NG, Calendar and Events pages as they become available. 


mid Dec- Come visit our ASG booth run by Marie, Kathy, Lorraine and Paulette in Manatee Village Historical Park. The Cracker Christmas Event begins with park opening at 11 AM and runs to 4 PM. Visit Father Christmas, Ebenezer Scrooge and enjoy seasonal choral, instrumental and dance performances. Free Parking. Admission is $5 for Adults, Children under 12 are free.  Address is at 1404 Manatee Ave, E.

Past 2017 Events


In Jan we hosted our ASG  Make It and Take It booth at the Manatee County Fair Members entered their sewing projects into the Arts & Crafts exhibits and won ribbons


Our annual Stash Sale was held in partnership with the East Brandon and Tampa Chapters on February 24 & 25 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Sun City. We had some fabrics and notions, including the Ethnic Textiles of Ann Rashid.



Kathy hosted the sale of sorted items from our storage unit. Items were FREE to Chapter Members.

March 16th was our CHAPTER BUS TRIP TO Lakeland Expo

 $35 included, tip, bus and parking, admission, lapel pin, shopping bag and free class voucher! What a value!


Our ASG Information booth was at the Sarasota 2017 Co Fair in the Arts Exhibit area of the Potter Building. Jan Loy chaired this event. 



We met at the Gulf Gate Library to make our Wish Pillows for "Give Kids the World" in support of ASG National's 2017 service project.

On March 25th our ASG booth was at the Heritage Festival run by Marie and Kathleen in Manatee Village Historical Park. (1404 Manatee Ave East Bradenton, FL 34208). Heritage Days Open House events are from 11am to 4pm. The annual festival explores Manatee’s past through the arts, literature, music and dance. Food and craft vendors are on site.


On April 22nd, Emma Seabrooke presented a lecture and workshop on sewing with knits at the First Congregational United Church in Sarasota. 



May 5-8: The Titusville Chapter hosted our Florida ASG Sew Together in Cocoa Beach. In 2014, the Florida Sews Together Retreat was created to promote and strengthen the bond of our Florida ASG  "family chapters". We always have a great time and have so much fun getting to know the members from our Florida chapters near and far. 

Cost: $75 pays for this year's event....classes, kits, large lunch and drinks (coffee and tea) throughout the weekend.

When: Fri, May 5, 3pm – Mon, May 8, 11am

Where: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cocoa, 301 Tucker Ln, Cocoa, FL 32926 

Limited to 65 participants. More Info at: http://flasewstogether.org/


Paulette sent in the photos below.


4-H Sew 4 Fun Camp

This year's 4-H Sewing Camp was held from June 5th to the 9th at the 4-H Building on the Manatee Fair Grounds. This was our 8th summer of partnership with 4-H. Seven accomplished Chapter Members provided an exceptional sewing experience for 20 eager 4-H members. We had 6 returnees and welcomed 14 new sewists!  


On WED JULY 12TH ASG made a Tour of Give the Kids the World Facilities in Kissimmee. Afterwards we had lunch at (Cuban) Mi Casita BBQ and shopped at Heartfelt Quilting next door. Paulette sent in the photos below.

July 27-31 was our ASG National Conference in Orlando at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista (1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830). 

Florida Chapters were asked to donate a gift to be raffled at the ASG National Conference in July. Many members helped by bringing something to their Neighborhood Group Leader, donating a gift card or making a small money donation. We put a basket together and Paulette delivered it at our Conference. We also sewed Give Kids the World flannel pillowcases in support of ASG National's 2017 Charity Project.



September was International/National Sewing Month. While Pins & Needles was able to present a public Make It Take It, our other Neighborhood Groups had to put their love of sewing on hold due to wide spread power outages of up to 2 weeks in our area.