Beth Chambers - 1st Vice President of Neighborhood Groups
I grew up in Napa California which is where I met my husband Jeff. We have been married for 47 years this summer. We have three grown children: two daughters and a son, spouses for each and 4 grandchildren -three boys and 1 girl between them all. We live in Woodland with our 6- year old Airedale Miley Jane and my three sewing machines.
I learned how to sew through the 4-H Club when I was eleven. Being the oldest of 5 children, my mom never had time to teach me and goodness knows I tried to get her help! I continued with clothing construction classes in Jr and Sr High School. I didn’t have a chance to take a college level sewing course until my 40’s and WOW – pattern alterations and drafting were eye openers – my sewing hasn’t been the same since! My instructor, Marie Mashmayer at Sac City College introduced me to ASG. She invited the entire class to what I think was the Spring luncheon, complete with speaker with a trunk show – I was mesmerized! I wasn’t able to join until I found a neighborhood group that met at night. I have been a member of Sacramento ASG since 9/2010. I started attending the Sacramento Chapter with the Couture Neighborhood Group while I was still working – it was the only group that met in the evening that was within driving distance of my office. Since acquiring a Serger, I also attend the Serger NG, Fitting Divas, and Pattern Making and Design NGs. I still remember my first neighborhood group meeting; I felt like I had finally come “home.” Over the years I have met some truly wonderful people and treasure the friendships that I have made within this group.
I made quilts for a few years when I was having difficulties with alterations for myself, but decided clothing construction was my passion and so I stopped making quilts except for the occasional baby quilt gift or one of the unfinished objects that are still lingering in my sewing room gathering dust. I have been back to making primarily clothes for more than 15 years and at one point in my life I actually made all my clothes, especially in 9th – 12th grades. Those years are labeled “BC, BW and BM” = before children, before working full-time and before marriage – not necessarily in that order!
I have made lots of clothes primarily for myself, my daughters and other relatives including prom dresses, wedding dresses, school clothes, and Halloween costumes. I have also made a life-time of curtains for the various homes I have lived in as well as craft and holiday items.
After 24 years of working for the State of California, I retired from the Energy Commission as a Supervisor/Sr. Scientist on June 30, 2014, the same day as my husband, who also worked for the State. I enjoy traveling, gardening, reading and cooking when I’m not sewing.
I have served as the President for four years, two years as the Secretary and one year as Co-Coordinator of Special Events. I was also a member of the Fabric Sale Committee.