November 2016 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for B, C


  • Janice Overton … November 23
  • Ann Stevenson … November 26


I’ve spent the last month remodeling and moving my sewing room. It got me thinking about what it was worth. I’m not even taking into consideration the sewing machines themselves. Embroidery thread $300. Cone thread $100-150. Cutting mats, extra rotary blades, rulers and templates $200-300. Books $5-25 each. Patterns $10 each. I should be buying stock in The Container Store. I made an investment getting it all organized.

If I spent $1,000 a year on fabric and/or kits it didn’t take long to accrue a stash worth $6,000 to $10,000. I think these figures are probably too conservative, but I can certainly see how a quilter’s room could be appraised at $20,000 — easily. Just something to think about.

Happy Sewing!

Tory Swartzwelder


Welcome to our new member, Janet Ward. We are glad that you have joined our Guild!


Scrappy Pillows

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Trick-or-Treat bag contest. I think everyone had a great time and we all got some awesome goodies!

Our program about repair and quilting of antique quilts was great and lots had questions on the topic. Evelyn will bring her box of vintage scraps for anyone who would like to look at them.

Evelyn and I will also cover what you can do with more of your left overs from that scrap pile we always seem to have and how to convert them into great gifts for Christmas!

For our November meeting, we will be learning how to use leftover (or new if you just HAVE to have it) fabric to make a scrappy Pillow.

Also bring any ideas, examples or pictures you have had for leftover scraps to share with everyone!
Carrie Stanford”I am making/collecting quilts to donate to Journey to Dream

Carrie Stanford


We will elect the 2017 officers at our November 7th meeting. The nominating committee, consisting of Carrie Stanford, Shirley Lewis, Kathy Poole, Debi Cypert and Lauren Metang, met immediately after our October meeting and bring the following slate of officers for 2017:

  • President Michelle Rodriguez
  • 1st VP – Programs Carrie Stanford
  • 2nd VP – Workshops Lauren Metang
  • Secretary Becky Petross
  • Treasurer Janis Hill

To clarify, all officer positions are one year terms. After serving one year, officers may be elected to a consecutive one year term. After serving two consecutive years in a position, that officer will not be able to run for that position for a third consecutive


The TAQG Annual Speakers’ Forum will be Tuesday, November 15th. If you have a program or workshop that you would like to present to other quilt guilds, you can register to attend this forum. It is a great place to meet contacts from other guilds There is more information on the TAQG website, or contact Katrina Lindley, email:

Katrina Lindley, TAQG Representative


  • Be sure to wear a name tag at our meetings. If you don’t wear a name tag, you will be charged 50 cents each time.
  • Articles for the newsletter are due by the 10th of the month. Any articles not received by the 10th of the month may or may not get published in that month’s newsletter.
  • The newsletter is published monthly usually within 10 days of the meeting date (first Monday of each month). You will receive an e-mail with a link to the website (
    All previous newsletters are archived on our website. You may also go to our Facebook page. Our newsletter link is posted there monthly. If, at any time, you cannot find your newsletter or have deleted the e-mail with the link, you could do an internet search for “quilter’s guild of grand prairie” to find our website.
  • If you have a question about a program, a workshop, or the block of the month, be sure to contact the person(s) in charge of whatever you have a question about. The names, phone numbers and e-mails are all listed in the newsletter.
  • Please silence your cell phone during our meetings.

Michelle Rodriguez


In December we will be doing our final workshop of the year. I have decided to show you two different quilt options and then you vote on the one that you would like to learn how to piece! The first quilt is called “Gimme Diamonds” and will be a $5 charge for the pattern. You can use yardage or fat quarters with this pattern. The second quilt is called “Jack and Jill.” You can use either yardage or 2 1/2 inch strips (or jelly rolls). I will announce the winner at the November meeting and then share the fabric requirements. The workshop will be held on Saturday December 10, 2016 from 9:00AM-3:00PM and will be a potluck lunch. If you haven’t already signed up for the workshop please email me and indicate which quilt you would rather do at the workshop. Happy sewing!


  • President Tory Swartzwelder called the meeting to order at 7:00.
  • The minutes of the September meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The Guild has 4 birthdays for October: Cathy Mullin, Pam Landrum, Christine Blanton and Shara Hill-Scheibner.
  • Announcements and Remembrances: Nancy Smith reported that Wren is doing well and that her daughter is getting married.
  • Janis reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,713.58. Deposits were added in the amount of $7.50 for dues and $97.50 in advertising.
  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 25 members present. We have one new member – Janet Ward.
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Newsletter, reminded members that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month.
  • Kathy Poole conducted the door prize drawing. Winners were Sue Heard, Margaret Alsup, Lauren Metang and Penny Johnson. Cathy Mullin won the loser drawing.
  • Lauren Metang reported the next workshop date has been moved to December 10th. There are two options for the workshop that were passed around. One option will be $5 for the pattern.
  • Lauren drew Janice Overton as winner for the October “Ohio Star” Blocks. The November BOM will be “Tea Leaf”.
  • Michelle reported that the TAQG next meeting would be programs and workshops.
  • Grace reported that the “Stitch a Bit” group meets on the 4th Thursday – 9:30 to 3:30 at The Woods Methodist Church, Robison at Bardin Rd. The next meeting will be October 27th.
  • Old Business: Carrie Stanford reported that several emails have been sent to Quilt Program speakers. Waiting on responses.
  • New business: New business for the month is voting on a Nominating Committee. The two offices to be filled are President and Secretary. All officer positions are open, but those two positions cannot move on to another one-year term. Carrie Stanford and Shirley Lewis are automatically on the committee. At large members nominated for the committee were Debi Cypert, Kathy Poole and Lauren Metang. A vote for the committee members nominated carried.
  • Show and Tell: Penny Johnson, Margaret Alsup, Janet Ward, Michelle Rodriguez, Janis Hill, Barbara Burnaugh, Jane Lamb and Sue Heard all had Show and Tell.
  • The Trick or Treat Bag “Best Bag” was voted on and the prize for 3rd place went to Janis Hill. First and second place was a tie between Pam Landrum and Jeri Bush – after a tiebreaker, first prize was awarded to Jeri Bush.
  • Evelyn Moore presented the October program. Evelyn restores and repairs vintage quilts. She answered questions about the care of vintage quilts along with several “dos and don’ts”. Current examples of “work in progress” were shown along techniques on repair.

Debi Cypert, Secretary


October 3, 2016

President Tory Swartzwelder called the Executive Board meeting to order at 6:51 p.m.
Executive Board members present were Janice Overton, Debi Cypert, Grace Norris, Michelle Rodriguez, Cathy Mullin, Janis Hill and Shirley Lewis.

Discussion was held on officer positions that will need to be filled for 2017. Tory informed the board that she would not be able to accept another term as President. This will leave President and Secretary positions open.
Shirley Lewis and Carrie Stanford will automatically be on the Nominating Committee and three members will be elected for the at-large members.

Debi Cypert, Secretary


A couple of things: I encourage everyone to shop for Civil War fabric.

I would suggest getting 10-12 fat quarters to choose from for the Blocks of the each month. Please stick to the color scheme that you see each month on the example. The blue can be light or dark for example, but it should be blue.

We will be drawing each month for a winner of the blocks. The finished blocks are 8.5″ squared.

Any questions, contact Christine at or 214-284-4906.

Christine Blanton


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Beginning balance … $1608.58
Advertising … 97.50
Membership dues … 7.50
Ending balance … $1713.58

Janis Hill

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