Stitch-ins For September 2014

Tuesday, September 2 at Maverick Library 6-8 pm, Wednesday, September 3 at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 9 am to 11:00 am, lunch at 11:00 am and more stitching about 12-3 pm, Monday, September 8 at Forest Hills Library on Ingram inside 410, 6-8 pm, Wednesday, September 10, Yarn Barn on McCullough 10:00 am to lunch and stitch until 3:00 pm, Saturday, September 20 at Memorial Library on Culebra 10:00 am to 1:00 pm., Wednesday, October 1 at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 9 to 11:00 am, lunch and more stitching until about 3 pm, Wednesday, October 8 at Yarn Barn on McCullough 10:00 am to lunch and stitch until 3:00 pm and Monday, October 13 at Forest Hills Library from 6-8 pm.

For all you quilters, I saw the Institute of Texan Cultures has a “Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces” exhibit from September 5 through January 11, 2015. For Adults it is $8.00, Seniors 65 & over $7.00 and groups of 10 $4.00 per person. Their hours are Monday – Saturday from 9-5 and Sundays from 10-5. We could talk about taking a Saturday and seeing the exhibit. More about this at the September day and night meetings.

Membership books

2014 Membership booklets have been printed — copies will be available at several August Stitch-ins (August 16th, 26th, and

30th). Booklets will be mailed to members who do not pick up their booklets before September.

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye. -September

The SANG family was saddened to hear of the passing of Yolanda Kujawski on August 15, 2014. She was a good friend and an excellent stitcher. The family had several of her pieces on display at the service including the Millennium Sampler. She had been on the Board for several years. We will miss her.

I want to thank Mary Hodges, Jessica Jones, Pat Allison and Joyce McCoig for stitching with me at the San Antonio Bead Market at Pedrotti Ranch August 16 and 17. We had a list for anyone interested in receiving our newsletter and got nine requests. Hopefully we will see some of them at a stitch in or meeting. The Market is held three times a year so we may be going back.

The Institute of Texan Cultures has a “Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces” from September 5 to January 11, 2015. We will see if we can plan a Saturday to go down there. Groups of 10 are $4.00 each. More in this newsletter. The South Central Region’s outreach of stitching bookmarks is an ongoing project. I did 23 of them this year. It was a lot of fun and I took them everywhere. They conveniently fit in my purse.

Tawney has some fun projects for the rest of 2014 in the August newsletter. Check for supplies we need to bring for the September tin topper and we will finish them at the October meeting.

Our retreat is coming soon. It will be pretty in Kerrville the end of October. I just hope the leaves are changing. This Marylander still misses the change of seasons. Diane has lots planned for us. Check this newsletter for info.

My two knitted afghans for my granddaughter’s baby shower were finished the night before the shower. I keep my cell phone close just in case. So if I leave a meeting early, you will know why. It is baby time.

I hope to see you at a stitch in or meeting soon.

Joan Vanderbrink

Officer Nominations: 2015-2016

Karin Shaw chaired the nomination committee and would like to thank the members their efforts. The committee presents the following slate of officers:

President – Jessica Jones
1st VP (Education) – Pat Sweet
2nd VP (Membership) – Karin Shaw 3rd VP (Day Meeting) – Ruth Krimsky Treasurer – Sue Preston
Secretary – Mary Hodges

Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the October and November chapter meetings. Elections shall take place at the November chapter meetings.

Around the Region: SCR Seminar 2015

Our Lubbock Seminar is off and running! Registration is going well; all classes have their minimum, and all still have room for more. So send in your registration right away!

All Region Day activities (underwritten by SCR) are included in your $5 ticket. You will be treated to a luncheon with Lynn Haney, designer of Lynn Haney Santas, then a Hop-On-Hop-Off CitiBus tour to

our favorite places in Lubbock, including:
 POCKET FULL OF STITCHES (for beautiful needlework items).

 The Museum of Texas Tech, featuring the EGA 2014 National Exhibit and several embroidery-related exhibits, including an exhibit from the West Texas Chapter.

  •   Lynn Haney Collection and Hollyhocks (their wonderful adjacent gift shop).
  •   Snippets Store (for quilting and scrapbooking).
  •   Any other interesting shops that might pop up between now and then.

    In addition, each full registration attendee at the 2015 Seminar will receive a coupon good for a $50 rebate on full registration for the 2015 National Seminar in San Antonio! Now, that’s a GREAT deal! Additional information can be found at the website:

Heart and Hand Winner – our very own Marilyn Veach

The San Antonio Needlework Guild was excited to nominate Marilyn Veach for the 2014 Heart and Hand Award — we were even more excited when she won:)
What does it take to make a Heart and Hand winner? Add nearly 40 years of membership, a couple of terms as Program Chairman, artistry in needlework, mix in a willingness to help one and all and a dash of can-do attitude.

Here’s an excerpt from Marilyn’s nomination:

Marilyn stitched Seeing Stars II, an Alice Landon companion piece to Seeing Stars. After Alice taught Seeing Stars at EGA’s national seminar in 1997, Alice taught the project for our chapter in 1998. She showed us a companion piece that she planned to offer for the EGA National Seminar the following year. Alice was not able to submit the piece due to medical problems. Because she wanted someone to chart and produce instructions for her creation, Alice gave us her notes and a list of the issues of Counted Thread magazine that she used to design the motifs for the project she called Seeing Stars II. With the help of photographs of Alice’s stitched piece, her notes and a stack of Counted Thread magazines collected using Alice’s list, a pattern for the sampler emerged. Marilyn was the driving force in this endeavor from the beginning. With the assistance of other SANG members, she coordinated the collection of the reference materials, selected the colors, and made sure the final product was a true depiction of Alice’s original. Then she spent several months stitching the piece. The project was a challenge because she had only a few photographs, some handwritten notes, and a list of magazine issues to guide her in reinventing Alice Landon’s beautiful sampler. Alice may be gone, but her talent lives on with the help of people like Marilyn Veach…Marilyn is well versed in many types of needlework and has taught many classes for SANG… She is the go to person to teach programs at chapter meetings and mini- workshops.

News From the Region Rep

SCR Seminar 2014 in Baton Rouge was a smashing success! And SANG definitely made its presence known. Tawney Carter and Pat Goaley were the only two entries in the EGA Seminar 2015 logo contest.

Seminar participants were asked to vote for the entry of their choice without knowing who stitched the entries. It was a very close vote, but Tawney was the winner. In addition to having her entry become the cover of the seminar brochure that will come out next spring, she also got a nice crisp $100 bill. Pat was recognized for her recent completion of not one but two Master Craftsman programs, Surface Embroidery and Crewel Embroidery. And a standing ovation goes to Marilyn Veach, one of five winners of the Heart in Hand Award.

Some very important business was conducted at the annual meeting. The budget for 2015 was approved. The nominating committee of Joy Cobb, Lois Albert, and Sandy Crow was formed. These ladies will be working over the next few months to put together a slate of officers for the term 2015-2017. If you have any interest in working at the region level, now is the time to step up.

I’ll be happy to put you in contact with one of these ladies. (I can tell you from experience, working at the region level is very rewarding and fun, too.) Updates to the region standing rules and policies and procedures were presented and approved. Chapters were reminded that all SCR chapter bylaws must be renewed by 2016.

Registration began for SCR Seminar 2015 in Lubbock, TX. Classes will be one or two-days in duration. Because physical space is limited, attendance will be limited to 150. While the event may be shorter, the classes are still the high caliber you expect from an SCR seminar. All the classes have already reached minimum enrollment; but there are still spaces left. All the information you need can be found at

Joyce McCoig
Region Representative

November Outreach

We have a very special community outreach program planned for our November program — but it requires a bit of early planning. We’ll be kitting comfort kits for the San Antonio District Homeless Student Program. Please start collecting the following items: (Travel size is preferable)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloths
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Comb
  • Brush

You can turn the items in to Mary Hodges or any Board Member at any program or stitch-in. We’d prefer you bring the items (or let us know what you’ll be bringing) prior to the November program so that we can plan how many kits to make.