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Hello! If you’ve found this website, you’re doing better than we are, because Sara Henson was supposed to register the URL, but apparently she spelled something wrong, and no one can find it now. So if you could copy it down and email it to us, we’d be grateful.
The Sew Sassy Stitchers was founded in 1998 when Lori Anderson and Jennifer Stevens drank too many appletinis at the neighborhood Christmas cocktail mixer and temporarily forgot their deep and abiding hatred for one another. Believe us, they remembered again when they were sober and had to decide who got to be president first. Jennifer won, of course, since she has a good fifty pounds on Lori and tends to spit when cornered.
The Stitchers are involved in several charity and community service projects, or at least we are when we can get enough people to get off their duffs and participate. PLEASE NOTE: As of this year we are no longer making “boobie” pillows for mastectomy patients. Somebody got her knickers in a twist because we weren’t also making “nutty” pillows for testicular cancer patients, and apparently the majority of the membership thinks boy things are too icky to deserve a comforting pillow. So now we can’t give body part pillows to anybody.
Our guild meets on the third Wednesday of every month in Meeting Room 12 of the Community Center. Sex Addicts Anonymous meets next door in Room 13, and we better not have any more stray visitors who decide to just “hang out” or we will call the cops. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and ends around 9, if everything goes well, and usually it doesn’t. If you join the guild you will be required to provide refreshments for at least 2 meetings per year and no exceptions. We know where you live, we know most of your friends, and we will not hesitate to bring Jennifer out of retirement if we have to.
Our annual quilt show is held in the gymnasium of the local high school. Anyone is welcome to enter a quilt for consideration, but if you object to having your quilt come back to you smelling like sweaty socks you might want to rethink that entry. We have several categories and give out ribbons for each, such as Best Baltimore Album, Best Hand Quilting, Best Paper Pieced, and so on. And we’re not supposed to say so, but pretty much anybody who enters gets a ribbon. It’s a really small show.
However we have decided to eliminate art quilts from consideration this year as the only person who was entering was threatening to make her next quilt a “performance” piece called Working Blue. We have no idea what that means and we don’t want to.
The Sew Sassy Stitchers are an equal opportunity quilting group and we do not discriminate based on race, age, gender, sexual orientation, employment status, quilting skill level or questionable fabric choices. Our mission is to promote the knowledge and love of quilting and to enjoy the company of fellow quilters and to show off how much better our appliqué is than yours at show and tell. I’m going to get in trouble for saying that, but really that’s pretty much the main reason most of us show up. That and the chocolate coconut bars Janine Bryson sometimes brings even when she’s not on refreshment duty. That woman can bake.
If you are interested in membership you could email our Membership Director, but she probably won’t email you back since she says “emails are rude” and “why don’t people use phones like they used to,” but she won’t let us give out her number. Your best bet is to just show up at a meeting and wave a check around at somebody who looks like they might be in charge.
Benefits of guild membership include:
• A Sew Sassy Stitchers tote bag. No it’s not quilted and it doesn’t say Sew Sassy Stitchers on it. It says Bob’s Linoleum World. But it’s free.
• Access to the guild’s lending library of books and DVDs. The books are all pretty much from the early eighties and are being held together with duct tape and prayers. And the DVDs aren’t commercially sold, professionally produced DVDs. They’re copies of VHS tapes that somebody took several years ago of Show and Tell time, and the best part is, whoever took the video can be heard whispering all kinds of nasty things about the quilts and quilters she is filming. I’m telling you, Show and Tell is the best part of being in this guild, hands down.
• A subscription to the Sew Sassy Stitchers monthly newsletter, the second best part of being in the guild. (Okay, third. Those chocolate coconut bars are amazing.) Written and printed entirely by Rita Prager, since she’s the only one who knows how to make nice columns and boxes and stuff, the newsletter may or may not be about quilting and guild business and is just as likely to be about whatever fool thing has been on Rita’s mind lately. A few months ago she subjected everyone to a rambling query about the different colors of her infant daughter’s diaper output and what they could possibly mean. But last month, we got a full account of all the ways she has been trying to deal with her husband Brian’s sudden erectile dysfunction problem. Rumor has it that Rita’s latest “solution” involves lots of UPS deliveries. Lots of long UPS deliveries. In her house. While Brian is at work. Really, the November newsletter cannot come soon enough.
• A 10% off coupon for Pizza Hut.
New officers are elected every November, so campaign season is in full swing—which also means this is a great time to be a new member. So come on by, wave that check around, and see what nifty bribes the candidates will try to buy your vote with!