Learn, be inspired, and have fun with us!

Due to the pandemic, the meetings scheduled for 2020 and detailed below were canceled but we wanted to leave them up as examples of the many different projects our neighborhood groups enjoy. We would love to have you join us when we are able to meet again. In the meantime, stay safe and keep sewing! 



You may attend two neighborhood group meetings before you would be required to join ASG - so give us a try! Contact the group leader to let her know you will be joining us. And bring  your Show and Tell - we love sharing our passion for sewing! Oh, bring any sewing questions or challenges, too - we also love giving each other creative input and lots of kudos! 


Below you will find our neighborhood group project schedules. Take a look and join us!

Fort Wayne Neighborhood Groups Monthly Schedules

Sew Inclined - 2nd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.,  JoAnn Fabrics

 Please contact leader Suzanne Frederick at sf450@frontier.com  for information.  


 April 14 - Scarves, scarves, scarves! We love them and Linda Duesler will show us some of her tips and techniques for working with various fabrics and styles.


May 12 - They come in all sizes and colors and are fashion-fab in purses, clothing and home dec. This month Judy Whitney will present a program "Decorating with Grommets." 


Garment District - 3rd Tuesday, 10 a.m., Hobby Lobby

    Contact Darlene Hoover, leader, at Darlene.Hoover@Yahoo.com 


Sew Fun - 2nd Wednesday, 1 p.m., JoAnn Fabrics

Monthly Schedule





January 8

Folded Star Hot Pad

February 12

Sew Easy Jar Opener – choose a mug or an owl.  - Meeting cancelled due to bad weather.

March 11

Sew Easy Jar Opener  

April 8

Choose your own pattern! We are making a purse out of vinyl that Carolyn received from Wolfe Bedding.

May 13

Field trip to a Fort Wayne thrift shop for our recycle project. Destination TBA

June 10

Back at JoAnn Fabrics – we will be turning our thrift shop ‘find’ into something new and exciting!

July 8

Christmas in July – We’re making holiday tea towels from the book “Sewing Seasons Greetings” 

August 12

Mittens will keep our fingers warm this coming winter and we will be making them from recycled wool sweater thrift store finds. Some will be heading for donation to the needy.

September 9

Carolyn has fabric with dog motifs – we will be considering what to make of it for this gathering.

October 14

We are making a super cute table runner from the book

“Love to Sew”.  


November 11

We will dress up our tissues with a fancy tissue holder from  the  book: “50 Fat Quarter Projects”.


Contact Carolyn Hormann at (260) 749-0763 or email jahormann@msn.com


Pictured below are Sew Fun 2020 projects, left to right: Folder Star Hot Pad, Sew Easy Jar Opener, Holiday Towel and Table Runner. 

Southwest Sews


Monthly Schedule







January 23

Nancy Wagner

Grocery Bags – It’s a Sew Simple pattern by McCall’s (Walmart) or bring your own. 

NOTE: Bring your Christmas “ugly” sweater that you picked up at a thrift store and we will take pictures of you with it.

February 27

Sandy Ladd

No one makes welt pockets like our Sandy! Join us to learn her trusty technique and you’ll be adding them to jackets, tops, purses and more.

Supplies: Two 12-inch squares of fabric - each a different color; thread that is a different color that will show up on the samples we are making; and bring a fabric marking pin and regular sewing supplies.

March 26

Betsy Gemmer

Pillows – we all make them but with Betsy’s zipper technique we can take ours to the next level. And she will show us how to avoid wimpy corners.

Supplies: Fabric you want to make a pillow out of – we will be making a 16” pillow. The zipper needs to be longer than the pillow is wide so make sure your zipper is 20” or 22”.

April 23

Mary Chase

We will learn paper-piecing by making a quilted star that the author of “50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars” book allows organizations to use. If we love the technique, we might want to buy the book!


May 28

Debbie Morgan

Serger threads – what they are and how to use them. There are two categories of serger threads: 1/Construction (all-purpose) and 2/Decorative, which includes variations of thin, thick, slippery, fragile, rayon, silk, metallic, cotton, polyester and lots more. Because you can use so many different threads on your serger, this will be a demonstration with a handout including where to buy them and serger settings to use for success.

June 25

Linda Wojewuczki

Sewing with one of our newest fabrics – cork! We will make a Monogram Key Fob that is super cute – and/or you may choose to make a heart. You’ll learn how to sew cork with Linda. See the photo of the cork key fobs Linda made.

July 23


Christmas in July – We’re taking our Christmas “ugly” sweaters we photographed in January and turning them into something fun! Sweaters, scarves, Christmas tree ornaments – the sky’s the limit! Christmas cookies are promised for this afternoon of sewing, too. 

 Above: Debbie’s ‘ugly’ sweater – before upcycling…

August 27

Lisa McCabe

Recycle a 100% wool sweater from thrift store and make mittens. Lisa has patterns we can use for children through adult sizes. Great for family and as donations.


September 24


Field trip! Destination to be determined but we are leaning toward Field’s Fabrics in Kalamazoo … Stay tuned!

October 22


Community Service project – We will use the $30 Community Service stipend the chapter provides for supplies for a project TBD.

NOTE: We will also plan our 2021 projects.




Due to the holidays, Southwest Sews doesn’t meet in November and December; however, we join other Sew Inclined NG for a December Christmas party.


Questions? Contact Debbie Morgan, NG Leader at d.morgan376@comcast.net or phone or text at (260) 710-1379.


All Southwest Sews meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month - January through October - from 1-4 p.m. at the spacious Aboite Community Room, 11321 Aboite Center Road. We sew at every meeting - so bring your machine and supplies and join us for the fun! Below are pictures from our meetings in 2020. 


January - No more plastic bags! We made cute fabric bags we can use at the fabric store and grocery! Also pictured - several of us are showing our Ugly Christmas sweaters we will remake into something else during our Christmas in July meeting. We brought them and got ideas for our remake! 

Pieced Together - 4th Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Peace Lutheran Church

Monthly Schedule


> Feb 25.  How to print on fabric, portrait quilt.  Brenda


> March 24.  Road trip to the Red Barn.


> April 28. Folded fabric a spiral ornament.


> May 26.  Double wedding ring quilt.  Janice Mullins


> June 23.  UFOs, bring your sewing machine and unfinished projects.


> July 28.  Honor quilt, bring a finished 12 1/2 inch red, white, and blue block. 


> August 25. Borders and edgings.  Brenda


> Sept 22.  Landscape quilting/ houses.  Janice M.


> Oct 27.  Christmas potholder.


> Nov 24. Planning meeting for next year.



 Contact leader Brenda Gensic at bltg53@aol.com for information.

Sew Creative in Van Wert - 3rd Monday, 10 a.m., St. Mark's Lutheran Church


In January, Joanie Nijak demonstrated how to make Microwave Bowls using 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread throughout. Pictured at left, the bowls save fingers from getting hot when taking bowls of soup and other foods out of the microwave.


In March, the program will be given by Diane Mercer who will talk about sewing tips, techniques and notions. Fun!


In April, Carol Greulach will demonstrate making prairie points - a staple design for making mug rugs to  bed-size quilts.
In June,  Debbie Morgan will demonstrate machine embroidery on wood - really, balsa wood. Come watch how it is done.


Below are photos of their group meetings in 2019.

For information, contact leader Marilyn Morgan at mnmsews@gmail.com

Machine Embroidery - 2nd Monday, 10:30 a.m., Hobby Lobby

For information, contact leader Sherry Filson at s1072filson@yahoo.com

Kids Sewing Camp - 3rd Saturday, 9 a.m., Golden Years Homestead





Making pillowcases was a fun learning experience recently for our junior members! Each month they make a project they can take home and use or give as a gift - all the while learning how to sew. And as you can see they are pretty good at it! 

FitNice Judy's Girls - 1st Friday, 10 a.m., Peace Lutheran Church


Join us on Friday, April 3 as we continue to work on making pants that actually fit! Using Judy Kessinger's Master Pants pattern and her fitting techniques, we will achieve success and have fun along the way!


To attend, you must have the Master Pants pattern. You can buy it online at Judy's website:  https://fitnicesystem.com/product/master-pants-pattern/


If you have the pattern and have also been measured by Judy,  please bring those measurements. Members will be working on their pants - some will be drafting their first patterns, others will be tweaking theirs or making a new pair and sewing them up. 


Contact for questions and supplies needed:


Marilyn Morgan at mnmsews@gmail.com

Debbie Morgan at d.morgan376@comcast.net


We will be working on pants for several months. Join us!

Last year we explored Judy's tops - see pictures and information below.

It was all about the Two-toned Dakota Top, drafted in June, when we met at Peace Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne on July 5. This one was a bit more complicated to draft and sew, but as you see below our 'Judy's Girls' rose to the challenge!  We also have a mother and daughter team who drafted their master patterns and created beautiful V-neck, sleeveless tops. We have fun!  Check below all of our pictures to see what is coming up next.

In May we drafted Judy's  Surena Jacket and we wore them to our meeting at Peace Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne on June 7.  Take a look at how different they look in the fabrics we each chose. How fun is being your own creator - and with Judy's master patterns we don't have to worry about getting a good fit. Check out Marsha's - she made two! I think we will all be making more of these and trying out different seam finishes. This pattern is very serger-friendly! 

In April we used our master patterns to draft the Tuscan Tie Top - and we wore our new creations to the meeting in May. Take a look at our lovely ladies and how different the tops look based on the fabric used and the collar designs. That is the fun of Judy's system - you are the designer!  Included is our newest member who is beginning work on her master pattern (bottom photo, right.) We'll see what she comes up with in the months to come!

Our first meeting, pictured below, was filled with fit, fashion and lots of fun! We used our master top patterns to create and draft patterns for Judy's Soho top. Here we are in action at the March 1 meeting held in the New Haven Branch Library.