News from National!

I just came back from the EGA Board of Directors meetings in Louisville. I am continually amazed at the amount of work that is accomplished at the two face-to-face meetings conducted each year. And this time was no exception. In addition to the usual executive, personnel, and finance committees meetings, plus the board of directors meeting itself, we met with a Louisville marketing firm, Sheehy Marketing. They were selected from several firms who expressed an interest in working with a non-profit entity like EGA. For EGA to remain a viable organization, we need to attract more members. And to do that, we need to update our image. Sheehy is going to help us do just that. So in the coming months, you are going to hear about their ideas for updating things like our logo and image. EGA is going to be 60 years old in 2018. It’s time to bring it into the 21st century. We are also working on a plan to stagger the terms of the elected officers to provide more continuity on the executive committee. Region directors already serve terms that overlap each other. So this is a continuation of that premise. If you want to hear more about the national meetings, come to the next chapter meeting, day or night.

And speaking of next year, I also have tickets for the drawing for an all-expense paid trip to next year’s national seminar in Louisville where we will celebrate EGA’s 60th birthday. Cost is $10 each; and they will be available at all meetings and stitch-ins. Get yours before they’re all gone.

Joyce McCoig

BLUEBONNET ANG PRESENTS: Janet Zickler Casey “Boo Choo Choo Halloween Train”

Boo Choo Choo Halloween Train SEPT 22-24 2017 (3 Days)

Sign up deadline July 29, 2017

Boo Choo Choo is a whimsical Halloween train stitched on #18 white canvas. Beginning with an engine driven by a skeleton to a “box car” that is actually a coffin on wheels, each car is stitched separately and the completed stand ups are attached to one another, creating a whimsical holiday decoration. including the engine, a coal car “graveyard,” a “box car” coffin, and finally, a spooky caboose.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate Design Size: 10″ x 40″
Kit Fee $250

Due to the larger than typical price of the Kit (It is 4 canvases!!!) we will allow folks to do on installment plan. Total cost is due July 29. If you wish to pay in installments THREE (3) payments will be due on March 31 ($100), May 31 ($100) and remainder July 29 ($75 + ghost fees). Installments can be made with post-dated checks (we will hold until date). No Refunds after July 29. $25 Deposit is non refundable

SCR Group Correspondence Courses

This year they have made a few changes to how the SCR Group Correspondence Courses are being run. The cycle is as follows:

  • March 1 to June 1 – Voting will take place among the region to decide which 5 class selections the region will sponsor.
  • June 1 to September 30 – Sign up for these classes will occur during this time.
  • October 1 to December 31 – Administration and set up of classes for a January 1 start.
  • January 1, 2018 – Start GCC’s.

    I want to encourage everyone to vote. You get to vote 2 times. Voting does not commit you to taking a class. Voting helps the region choose which classes to offer. To take a class you do need to register during the designated sign up time to do so. I will provide ballots along with black and white copies of the course offering so that you can make you choices during the March meeting. A copy of the ballot will be printed in the newsletter. If you would like to look at color pictures while you make your choice, you can look up the classes at Please let me know if you have any questions. Results will be announced at the Annual Region Meeting in Sugarland.

    Happy Stitching!

    Jessica Jones

    Region Rep

Sang Participates in Stitch in Public Day

Members Carol Reeves, Joyce McCoig, Pat Sweet and Joan Vanderbrink taught 4 students to stitch on heart plastic canvas on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Forest Hills Library. The students enjoyed seeing the needle go through the plastic canvas. I sent these pictures to EGA’s Stitch In Public Day on Facebook. Go to this web address and it will connect you to the Facebook page:

Joan Vanderbrink

Outreach Chairman

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

March is starting and we must already be past the “in like a lion “ part! I hope none of us suffered any more than time spent in the cramped, innermost parts of our houses and, maybe, time without power or cable!

Stitch in Public Day was celebrated by teaching children at the Forest Hills Library on the afternoon of February 7. Thanks to Joyce McCoig, Carol Reeves and Joan Vanderbrink for teaching.(Double thanks to Joan for arranging the event and gathering materials for the class). We had a good time with the children-some of whom were familiar faces back for a new project! We then grabbed a quick supper and went to the Maverick Library to stitch in Public for a few more hours! Such a mad social whirl!

Jessica Jones attended the SCR Semi-Annual Meeting in Dallas and brought back many exciting news items. She also brought back the tickets for the opportunity to win a free trip to SCR Seminar 2018 in Dallas. She and I will be carrying those at the meetings and stitch-ins.

At the February SANG meetings it was voted to hold a SCR Seminar here! It will most likely be held in 2020. The committee will be looking for volunteers and ideas for a theme and a logo. I know everyone will want to take part in one way or another.

The Board is trying to take inventory of all the Guild’s “things” (easels, cords, officers’ notebooks, and anything else) SO if things have been stored at your house, please make a list and give/send it to Joan Vanderbrink, our Secretary.

As always, read on for more information about upcoming classes, The “Retro Style” Luncheon, The Seminar and …

Happy Stitching!

Pat Sweet