SANG Visits “Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail”

l-r: Artist Laura Gibson, Marilyn Veach, Marsha Boysen, Joan Vanderbrink, Diane Williams, Joyce McCoig, Pat Sweet, Beverly Moltz, Mary Layman, Ruth Krimsky

I’ve lived here over 30 years, and San Antonio is still surprising me! Beverly Moltz read of an interesting art exhibit and passed it on during a stitch in … next thing I knew, SANG had arranged an impromptu outing to see “Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail,” by artist Laura Gibson. I had never heard of the gallery which held the exhibit (Bill Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road, across from Tip Top Café. The Gallery is only open Friday and Saturday from 1-4. The gallery is located behind the gates of the Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments.)
On November 18th, we gathered outside Bill Haus Arts and were met by the artist herself! Laura Gibson was gracious enough to take time out of her schedule to talk with SANG and answer any questions we might have about the Exhibit. It was a bit like going to the Sistine Chapel and having Michelangelo docent the tour!

Laura created hand-embroidered and drawn works on 1920s era player-piano rolls that portray vignettes of her observations or stories learned on her travels on the storied roadway. Laura is an extraordinary multimedia artist. The piano rolls are an unusual canvas to work on. After telling us how she prepared the rolls — Laura offered us some of her unused rolls to create our own art. I think we should take her up on it!
The exhibit is well worth seeing, and will be showing through mid January. There is a very nice article about Laura and her art in the Nov/Dec issue of San Antonio Woman. The article is also available online at:

by Joan Vanderbrink and Mary Hodges


THANK YOU for a successful Community Outreach project

We asked SANG stitchers to make “Any Child” squares in support of Love Quilts USA. They chose their patterns and got right to work! Some members may have grumbled about working with Aida cloth (Joan and I were in our element!!!), others hadn’t made items for young children in quite some time, so borrowed patterns from other stitchers.

SANG chose to stitch squares for the “any child” quilts — quilts that are put together on short notice. The first finished square arrived shortly after our first article ran in the May newsletter (Pat is such an overachiever) and the last square was finished the weekend before turn ins were due (umm, that would be mine).

I cannot thank our generous members enough — we had squares turned in from local members, plural members, even one member in Maryland (thanks Carol). Final count for our guild — 15 completed squares. That will be a nice stash of completed squares for the volunteers of Love Quilts USA to stitch a quilt to brighten a young child’s room as they struggle with medical issues. Our day and night meeting attendees are posing with a few of the squares. Well done!

November 12: Elegant Holiday Tree

Many, Many Thanks to Jessica Jones for teaching this class and for drawing the trees on our canvases and even taping them!! We were able to dive right in and some of us were finished by the next week!! It was fun and a great ornament or box top or….

If you need help with this or other projects, please bring them to any of the stitch-ins, etc. and someone will be glad to help.

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

It is hard to believe that it is December. As the year and the month come to an end, so too does my tenure as your president. I would like to thank my board. I could not have done my job as president without all their help and support.Thanks to:

  •  Pat Sweet – Education
  • Karin Shaw – Membership
  • Ruth Krimsky – Day Meeting
  • Sue Preston – Treasurer
  • Mary Hodges – Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Outreach
  • Joan Vanderbrink –Region Representative, Publicity, Historian
  • Diane Williams – Special Events
  • Joyce McCoig – ByLaws, Newsletter Distribution
  • Tawney Carter – Website
  • Doris Johnson – Courtesy

    As January starts I will be handing the reins over to Pat Sweet and her board. I am looking forward to taking on a supporting role in the coming year in hopes that it will give me more time for stitching. This group means the world to me and it was an honor to serve as your president for 2015-2016. What we accomplish together as SANG matters and it matters not only on a local level but to others in our stitching community. As I look back on the past 2 years here are some of the things I am most proud of:

    • We learned to dye fabric and floss.
    • We taught several children how to stitch at our local libraries.
    • We have put on several amazing displays at our local libraries.
    • We have had several of our articles reprinted in other EGA newsletters.
    • We learned how to bead a Star.
    • We learned how to frame our own projects.
    • We introduced Threads of Blessing to EGA
    • We stitched a lot of blocks for Quilts of Love.

      If you loved stitching the Aida blocks for Quilts of Love, I have been told that we will be continuing it next year as part of our outreach program. So if you’re a slow stitcher like me, you might want to get a head start for next November’s turn in.
      I enjoyed seeing everyone at our December Luncheon.As always happy stitching,

      Jessica Jones