Did You Know?

There are groups who will take your donations of yarn, quilting materials, etc….. The Knitters at Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap collect donations of yarn for prayer shawls. You can call 210-736-3132, and can leave yarn donations with Carol Miller (staff) or you can go there on Tuesdays 1:30-3:00 where they will be knitting in the library. Other yarns, especially baby yarn, can be donated to Central Christian Church, 720 N. Main, 210-227-5273. Call ahead to the office so they will know to expect you. Quilting materials can be donated to Threads of Love at Oak Hills Church, 19595 IH-10, 210-279-1717 or 210-691-2105. They make baby things for neonatal babies. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-4.

Programs April 2018

Our April meetings were full of pine trees! Pine tree stand-ups, that is. A total of eight members finished the Mini Pine Tree that we started stitching at the March meetings. Several others took home kits to finish theirs as soon as stitching is complete. If you weren’t at a meeting, and you need a finishing kit, just let Joyce know; and she will see that you get one. And for those who have their finishing supplies, remember she is available at any meeting or stitch-in to help you with your tree. Those who are already finished can attest to the fact that this finishing is quick and easy. Here’s a photo of the ones that were done at the day meeting. We’re now looking forward to having our South Central region director, Shawn Miller, lead us in her stocking project at the spring luncheon on May 12. This will be our last program before the summer break. There will still be lots of opportunities to sit and stitch over the summer months. Library stitch-ins and the Wednesday day stitch-ins will continue as well as the fourth Tuesday night stitch-in at St. Marks Church on Vance Jackson.

-Joyce McCoig

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… May 2018

As I write Fiesta San Antonio is in full swing and the weather could not be more delightful! I hope many of you are taking time from enjoying this time of year to stitch – which, by the way, can be done outside!
The May Luncheon will be held This month at St. Marks and the address and other information is later in this newsletter. It is time to send your dues to Tawney Carter, so we will have all of them together to send them to National by the end of May. Tawney will have a table at the luncheon to save you the postage so bring your check and form (later in the newsletter) if you haven’t already gotten it to her.
The information and coupon for the SANG Retreat are in this issue! Registrations are being accepted so don’t miss out!
There is still time to donate items to our table at the SCR Seminar 2018 Stash sale. Please bring items you would like to donate to this Chapter fund raiser to me or to any of the Board members.
I am looking for two volunteers for the 2018 Nominating Committee. Jessica Jones will be the chairman. Please contact me if you are willing, or need more information.
Hope to see you all at the Luncheon, at the SCR Seminar and at all the stitch-ins which continue all summer!
Happy Stitching!
Pat Sweet

LOVE QUILTS USA

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, I priority mailed Pam Roth, Love Quilts USA, 33 blocks made by our members. We had 21 participants and several made 2, Caroline McCauley made 7. Pam was pleased and thankful for the blocks. If you have Facebook, check out their Facebook page, Love Quilts USA, and see the thank you notes from Pam and several of her followers. You do have to belong but it is worth asking to be part of their group.

Their website is http://www.lovequiltsusa.com . Click on “Photo Site” and it will bring up a list of photo albums. Scroll down until you find “San Antonio Guild 2018” and you will find our photo album. It is heartwarming to see the quilts they have made in the past and the children who are kept warm with them.

Thank you for all your stitching time in making the blocks.

Joan Vanderbrink Community Outreach Chairman

Out Reach -Collections

DON‟T FORGET ABOUT SAVING „ORPHAN THREADS’

We are collecting “orphan threads” as an ongoing project. This includes kit threads, floss with no numbers and threads we are not going to use again and donate them to Threads of Blessings to promote needlework in Uganda. These stitchers are making beautiful pieces out of grass and could use thread. They don‟t need to be full skeins, just a few feet. I will bring a tote bag to collect these threads to the General meetings or if you have them at a stitch in, I will take them.

OUTREACH FOR MEALS ON WHEELS

We are also collecting toiletry items for Meals on Wheels. Anytime you go traveling, please pick up the shampoos, hand soaps, shower caps, etc. from the hotels. I will have a tote bag for these items at the General Meetings or give them to me at stitch ins.

We will make drawstring bags for them at the November meetings. Christian Senior Services Meals on Wheels recommends these items:

Kleenex/Tissue packets, hand lotions, single packaged combs/brushes, toothpaste, mouthwashes, single packaged toothbrushes, shampoos, hand soaps/hand sanitizers, shower caps, soft pair of socks and large puzzle books.

Joan Vanderbrink

SANG Exhibits

Joyce McCoig and I set up our spring exhibit at Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road. Thank you to all who loaned us pieces. If you have time, go by and see it. It is worth the trip or come April 9, 2018 at 6-8 pm when we stitch there and see it.

We are going to have a Patriotic Exhibit there in November, 2018, so start stitching or finding any Patriotic and red white and blue pieces to be on display the month of November. I will need to collect them by October 23 day and night meetings.

Joan Vanderbrink

Continued Outreach

Our ongoing outreach programs are collecting “orphan threads” for Threads of Blessing and toiletries for Meals on Wheels. I will have tote bags at the meetings to collect these items.

Joan Vanderbrink

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… April 2018

Here we are, once again, coming to the end of the “program year”! I hope we all got a start on the “mini Checked Pine”, so you can have it completed in time for the finishing class at the April meeting and to use the 8”x 8” stretcher bars again for the “Peppermint Candy Stocking” at the May Luncheon, taught by Shawn Miller, our Region Director. The May Luncheon will again be held at St. Marks and the information is

later in this newsletter. The deadline to sign up is April 24!!
The next Seminar work day will be April 14! Even if you haven’t been able to join us before, contact Diane

Williams and come to the All Brands Sewing Center on 1604 at 10 AM.

It is time to send your dues to Tawney Carter, so we will have all of them together to send them to National by May. There is also a form for this later in the newsletter (and other hints!).

I will put this item in again as a reminder that we will be having a table at the SCR Seminar 2018 Stash sale. Please bring items you would like to donate to this Chapter fund raiser to me or to any of the Board members.

We still need items to go in our prize basket for the Seminar. Our last baskets have been such a success and this one is off to a good start!

Happy Stitching and Happy Spring!

Pat Sweet

EGA Stitch-Along Group on Facebook

For the last several years, EGA has been making a concerted effort to catch the organization up with the 21st century. The latest effort is a new group on Facebook, the EGA Stitch-Along. Since last September, a new free project has been introduced each month to encourage new stitchers and show off the resources offered by EGA. Projects are geared toward both the beginner and the experienced stitcher. Participants need not be a member of EGA, but the hope is those who aren’t will want to join. Kate Gaunt from the Shining Needle Society also administers the EGA Stitch-Along. On the first day of each month, Kate presents a new project. In January, the project was pulled stitches; February introduced redwork. Several SANG members are working on Ambrosia Honey, the beautiful bargello project that has been in Needle Arts for four issues. As of the end of January, the EGA Stitch-Along has over 14,000 followers. That’s almost 5,000 more than the current EGA membership! Check it out today!

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… March 2018

I will start with congratulations to Stephanie Goaley, Pat Goaley’s daughter, who many of us know from the last Luncheon and the Austin Retreats, for winning one of the two SCR Education and Newsletter Scholarships offered for the first time this year. The scholarship will apply to an EGA Individual Correspondence Course, Group Correspondence Course, Online Class or an Extended Study Program. The purpose of the new scholarship is to help advertise EGA classes and to increase awareness and participation by having individuals that take a class and submit an article for the SCR Stitches Publication. Stephanie, we look forward to your article and hope it will be the first of many!

We held the February Night Meeting at St Marks since The Chandler Center was all but closed and the group really enjoyed the room we are using there. The May Luncheon will be at St. Marks again this year and the information is later in this newsletter.

While I am on the subject of places we meet, I would like to thank The Chandler Center for so many years of providing the Night Group and the Technique classes a home. We will miss the familiar surroundings. Our Swan Song there was Jeanette Rees’ class, “Autumn Tranquility” and it was truly a delight! They have invited us to their farewell party on Sunday, March 4 from 2-4 PM.

One more thank you to all those who made a special effort to come to the Stitch in at the Memorial Library on the third Saturday in February for our special “Stitch in Public Day”.

I will put this item in again as a reminder that we will be having a table at the SCR Seminar 2018 Stash sale. Please bring items you would like to donate to this Chapter fund raiser to me or to any of the Board members.
We also need ideas for things to go in our prize basket for the Seminar. Our last baskets have been such a success!

Happy Stitching! I hope this month will bring good weather and good health to all!

Pat Sweet