December 2018 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block #12
  • Show-and-Tell



  • Shirley Lewis … December 15
  • Michelle Rodriguez …December 15
  • Joanne Grant …December 21


Wow! It’s December 2018! This year has flown by! We have had great workshops in 2018, great programs in 2018 and donated quite a few things to charity in 2018. We had a fun 25th birthday party in July and December always brings a fun Christmas party. We have had members return after an absence and we have made friends with new members. We have had fun with the Be My Neighbor block of the month – lots of interest late in the year! A few of you are still in the running for the Perfect Attendance Award and that’s great! My 2 years as president is over in December, and I have appreciated your support. I look forward to 2019!

Michelle Rodriguez


Our last workshop of the year will be on Saturday, December 1st at First Presbyterian Church. This will be a UFO workshop. Bring whatever you want to work on – some of us will be bringing the rest of the Be My Neighbor blocks since there are 16 and we stop at 12 with December’s block. We’ll be there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and hope you can join us. Lunch will be brown bag – or you can go to one of the many places nearby.


There is a lot going on for the December 3 program. We will have a pot luck meal to celebrate the Christmas season. Bring your favorite dish to share. Officers (Michelle, Shirley, Debi, Becky, and Jane) should also bring drinks.

We always have a gift exchange. This year we have a different game to play involving the gifts and I think you will find it fun. You could end up with your own gift, so bring a $15 gift that you would be happy to get back. Since this is a quilting organization, only quilting related items should be brought for the exchange. Please, only new gifts. No one wants to end up with a used garage sale gift. I showed lots of suggestions at the last meeting. If in doubt, get a $15 gift card to Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, or a quilt shop. The gifts should be wrapped or in a bag. If you have any questions, please call me.

We will be collecting canned goods and non perishable food and supplies for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-op. They cannot accept expired items.

See you December 3.

Shirley Lewis


  • Meeting called to order
  • Welcome
    • President welcomed group to meeting
  • Approve Guild minutes as in the newsletter
  • Approve Treasurer’s report as in the newsletter
    • Filed for audit
  • Birthdays
    • Ella, Theresa Sparkman, Stephanie Evans, Janice Overton, Ann
  • Remembrances
    • Easton attacked by dog – please pray
    • Christine’s brother in law – very sick – please pray for him
  • Announcements
    • Frisco Quilt Guild selling raffle tickets at the meeting
    • First Presbyterian raffle tickets available from Michelle
    • Carrie’s having twins! Due June 6th
  • TAQG
    • Next week is meeting for people that want to be a speaker to the group. Tue. 11/13/18 in Lewisville
    • Meeting in January for Presidents, Treasurers, and Secretaries
    • Rally day will be in July – speaker focus will be art quilts
  • Membership
    • 28 members in attendance
    • Failure to wear a name tag will result in a $.50 fine
  • Newsletter
    • Items for the newsletter should be submitted to Paco By the 10th of the month
    • Newsletter coming from (Francisco=Paco)
    • Newsletter items can be sent to Paco or Michelle
  • Block of the Month
    • Moda Be My Neighbor
    • 8 Members shared the blocks they made
    • Next month block 12
    • Call Christine if you have any questions on directions
  • Workshops
    • Next workshop will be a Mini-Retreat – bring anything you want to work on
    • December 1st – 9:00 – 3:00
  • Stitch group
    • October was the last month to meet for the year
    • Will restart in January
  • Door Prizes
    • Cathy, Debi, Barbara, Carrie
  • Old business
    • Nominating Committee – Sue, Shirley L., Paco, Cathy and Grace present the following for 2019
      • President: Shirley L.
      • 1st VP: Michelle
      • 2nd VP: Debi
      • Treasurer: Jane
      • Secretary: Sue
      • 2nd made to accept slate
      • Motion carries
  • New business:
    • Vote on TAQG membership – There is a form that needs to be completed
      • Grace moves that we join and pay the 2019 dues. Second by Shirley L.
      • Motion carries
    • 2019 Programs – Michelle is requesting $400 to support the 2 programs
      • One for a charity project and one speaker
      • Elisabeth moves to allocate $400 for programs in 2019. Barbara seconds.
      • Motion carries.
    • Nancy M. shared that family that fosters children and is in need of blankets or quilts – Child Protective Services – children placed in Grand Prairie. Contact Nancy if interested.
    • Stitch group will give the church $150 from money they collected
    • Patsy is going to start working with Quilting with Wool – may be an idea for a program
    • Evelyn’s donation quilt raised $350
  • Show & Tell
    • 7 members shared their quilt projects
      • Katrina, Michelle, Nancy, Shirley A, Elisabeth, Janis, Lauren
  • Programs
    • December program: collecting non-perishable food items; pot-luck meal; officers to bring drinks plus food; gift exchange $15 quilt-related gifts; no food or drink; no used items
      • Suggestions: fat quarters; utility tote; rotary cutter; rotary blades; Micron pens; Number Pins; pre-cuts fabric; Magnetic pin bowl; tote box; gift certificate;
    • Tonight’s program – Patterns

Becky Petross


  • 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


The 2018 Block Party will follow a program from Moda that provided 16 “blueprint” block patterns that comprise the Moda Be My Neighbor quilt.

Quilt Guild members should have received an e-mail from with the quilt’s fabric requirements and layout as well as the pattern for the second block.

The patterns and instructions are freely available on the web and will also be posted in the Guild’s website.

The blueprints are rendered in gray-scale to allow everyone to color their neighborhood using a wide variety of fabric and color choices. These are very scrappy blocks — mix your favorite fabric and colors to create your colorful neighborhood. There are 16 blocks in the quilt top. The quilt top measures 68 inches by 84 1/2 inches.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine.

Instructions (click to download PDF):

Block 11 (click to download PDF):


  • Beginning balance …   $1,553.12

  • Ending balance  … $1,553.12

Jane Lamb


E-books aren’t just mysteries, thrillers and romances – quilt books can be e-books, too! The Grand Prairie Library has more than 200 quilting e-books, from authors like Pam Lintott, Kaffee Fassett, Tula Pink, Carolyn Vegts, and more.

How to get there: Visit and scroll down the page until you see the Hoopla button. Just enter “quilting” or any other topic into the search bar. The first time you use Hoopla, you’ll use your library card number and PIN to create a free account. Once you download a title, it will appear with all photos, charts and instructions. You can download up to 6 titles per month. Hoopla is great to use with a tablet that you can prop right there next to your machine.

Elisabeth McMahon

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