Happy New Year! Welcome to the Winter edition of the Nimble Thimble. Lots of good thing going on in the chapter. In this issue:

ASG fabric contest part 2. Use the ASG fabric to make something, send in a picture, and help the chapter win a national educational speaker!  Order the fabric and get started.

The Spring Sew Fun is coming in April with Judy Kissinger. Sign up by March 24. 

See pictures from the annual meeting and hat contest and  read the state of the chapter.

Plus the usual community project, membership and neighborhood group reports. 

Click here to go to the Members-Only download page.

While we use the web site to promote Chapter-wide events and gatherings, the real life-blood of the Maryland Chapter is our Neighborhood Groups.  The groups provide a place for members to meet up at least monthly to share their creations with like-minded sewers (Sew 'n Tell); to share news about local and national sewing-related sales, museum shows, and conferences; to run educational and Sit-n-Sew programs; and to enjoy each others' friendship.  We have 16 Neighborhood Groups across the state, so if you are thinking about joining Maryland ASG or want to get more out of your membership, please take a closer look!

....drumroll, please!  In 2016, our Chapter made and delivered over 300 duffel bags for foster care kids in Maryland!  This far outstrips our commitment of 250 bags for the year. and the Social Services Group in Maryland has been able to put them to use.  Thank you to all our members and Neighborhood Groups who have given their time and talents to this rewarding sewing project.

September 1, 2017 - update 

We would like to acknowledge Lee Andersen, owner of Lee Andersen Fashion Design & Manufacturing Company in Laurel, Maryland for her contributions to The Duffel Bag Project. She has offered to partner with us by helping the ASG get great prices on fabric and then storing it until we have time to cut it on her industrial-length table with her industrial-strength knife. This saves the ASG money, time, and energy.

Thank you, Lee, for your generous contributions, patience, and kind spirit!

Sincerely, Carolyn Pesterfield – Community Service Chair

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