January 2020 Newsletter


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  • Name tag
  • January B-O-M
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door Prizes for E, F, and G


  • Francisco Rodriguez … January 12
  • Jane Lamb … January 16
  • Becky Petross … January 20
  • Patsy Martin … January 23
  • Carrie Stanford … January 25
  • Bethany Evans … January 27


Happy New Year! Do you make resolutions each year? I tend to be careful of the resolutions I make. Maybe I don’t want to fail to live up to unrealistic expectations. However, I plan to continue sewing at least 10 minutes each day and I challenge you to do the same.

If you can’t sew every day, challenge yourself to sew 70 minutes a week even if you break it up into 20 or 30 minute segments or all 70 minutes in one day. Those minutes add up and you can accomplish a lot over the course of a year. Another challenge for you: Try to finish at least one UFO during the year. I plan to finish at least two or three (hopefully that actually happens). If you don’t have at least one UFO, good for you! Stay warm and keep sewing.

See you at the meeting January 6.

Shirley Lewis


The program for January 6th will be the beginning of our UFO challenge. We have done this in the past, and here is the way it will go this year: You will bring your UFOs (UnFinished Objects) to the meeting in January – no more than 5 per person. We will have show and tell of the UFOs and you’ll tell us why you haven’t finished them. I’ll write down the information and perhaps take a picture and then your goal is to finish these UFOs by the July 6th meeting.

THE RULES: for these purposes, a UFO is considered finished when the top is complete – you do not have to have it quilted or bound and to go along with that it will not be considered a UFO if the only thing that needs to be done is quilting or binding. Also for these purposes, a UFO is not considered a UFO until it has been cut out – a fabric bundle with a pattern is an idea, not a UFO. You may bring your completed UFO any time between now and the July meeting for Show and Tell. Each completed UFO will get you one entry into the drawing that will take place at the July meeting.

If you complete all of your UFOs, you will get your name in one additional time (if you have 5 UFOs and finish them all, you will get 6 entries into the drawing; if you have 5 UFOs, but only complete 3, you will get 3 entries into the drawing.) For you to be entered into the drawing, you must bring your UFOs for show and tell. The exception will be if you finished a UFO and gifted it between meetings. For that to be counted towards the drawing, I’ll need to see a picture of the finished UFO.

I hope that you will all participate and that we gets lots of UFOs done in 2020!

Michelle Rodriguez


  • Jane Lamb prayed over our Christmas Potluck Dinner to start our December meeting.
  • After dinner, President Shirley Lewis called the meeting to order with a favorite quilting quote.
  • The minutes of the November meeting were printed in the newsletter. There were no corrections and were approved as printed.
  • The treasurer’s report was printed in the newsletter and there were no additions or subtractions. Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.
  • Birthdays for December were recognized: Shirley Lewis, Michelle Rodriguez and Joanne Grant chose their birthday fat quarter.
  • Remembrances: Janis Hill has talked with Kathy Poole (former member). Kathy reported that she has had two first place and a Grand Prize for quilts she has entered in area quilt shows.
  • Former member Pat Johnson has passed away.
  • Jeri Bush reported that we had 22 members and 1 visitor, Tory S., for the December meeting. It is also time for recognizing perfect attendance for 2019: Jane Lamb, Paco Rodriguez, Janice Overton, Shirley Lewis, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeri Bush, Grace Norris and Elisabeth McMahon. The winner drawn for a paid 2020 membership is Jane Lamb.
  • TAQG will meet January 25th for the first meeting for 2020. The guild needs a TAQG representative to replace Janice Overton. If interested please let Shirley know. Grace Norris made a motion that our TAQG membership be paid in the amount of $25.00 for 2020. Motion seconded by Elisabeth McMahon. Motion carried.
  • Elisabeth McMahon displayed the January 2020 BOM, Dancing Stars. Five members showed their completed December block.
  • Nichole Schmiedeskamp reported that the first workshop for 2020 will be held January 18th at First Presbyterian Church from 9:00 to 3:00. The workshop will be a tote bag. Pattern and additional information will be available soon.
  • Under new business, a motion was made by Elisabeth McMahon that the guild make a donation in the amount of $250.00 to First Presbyterian Church in appreciation of the use of their building for our meetings, workshops and stitch group. Seconded by Evelyn Moore. Motion carried.
  • Also, under new business, an audit committee needs to be selected: Deborah Cypert, Holli Blackwell and Elisabeth McMahon volunteered to audit the Guilds books for 2019. The audit will take place and results reported at the January meeting.
  • Elisabeth McMahon shared that the Grand Prairie Historical Society will have a Quilt Display on January 25th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are looking for quilts to display
  • Paco installed the 2020 of officers of the Quilters Guild of Grand Prairie: Shirley Lewis, President, Michelle Rodriguez, 1st VP Programs, Nichole Schmiedeskamp, 2nd VP Workshops, Sue Heard, Secretary and Ann Stevenson, Treasurer.
  • Barbara Garner asked about the Guild joining Quilts of Valor organization. Discussion was tabled until January meeting.
  • President Shirley had asked for members bring Christmas theme quilted items. Shirley and Michelle brought quilts and a table runner that they had made.
  • Show and Tell items were displayed by Nichole S., Ruth Goodman, Evelyn Moore, Michelle Rodriguez, and Shirley Lewis.
  • Shirley Allein reported that she had spoken with the Girl Scout troupe leader at the church. The troop leaders expressed an interest in the girls learning to quilt. Shirley and Michelle will follow up with the troop leader, Pat Jackson, and let the guild know what transpires.
  • Michelle reported that next month’s program will be reported in the newsletter.
  • There being no further business, the guild exchanged gifts with a fun game.

Deborah Cypert, for Sue Heard, Secretary


The next workshop will take place Jan. 18, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nichole will have more details at the January meeting.


  • 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 (qgogp.wordpress.com).
    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.


The next meeting of the Texas Association of Quilt Guilds will be on Saturday, January 25th at 10 a.m. There will be separate sessions for guild presidents, secretaries, treasurers, and TAQG reps. Everyone is invited to attend. Contact Katrina Lindley if you are interested in attending or have any questions.

We need a new TAQG rep! The duties are to attend 6 meetings each year, most are at noon in Mesquite; and to report back to the guild about TAQG activities. Contact Shirley Lewis or Katrina Lindley if you are interested.

Save the date! TAQG Rally Day is Saturday, July 11th at 10 am. The featured speaker will be Marti Michell. She will also be leading workshops on July 8, 9, and 10. The cost is $79 each. Registration for the workshops will begin on January 25th. If you are interested in attending a workshop led by this nationally renowned speaker, please check the TAQG website taqg.org (under the Rally Day 2020 Workshop tab in the pull-down menu). Download the registration form and mail it in as soon as possible.

We are expecting the workshops to fill up quickly.

Katrina Lindley, TAQG Representative


The Texas Quilt Museum has opened a call for entries into a special exhibit that will be hung in the Museum in 2020. “Texas Grand Masters” will focus on the work of quilters age 75 and over. You can find information and the entry form at texasquiltmuseum.org.

The museum is also open for entries into a bird-themed exhibit, “Flying High.” Information about that even can also be found at the same website.


The Grand Prairie Historical Organization Museum will host An Extravaganza of Quilts on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a suggested $5 donation for viewing, and donations go toward the GPHO Museum.

Quilters and Quilt Owners

Please use the entry form at grandprairiehistorical.org. Quilts will be accepted at the museum on Friday, January 24th, between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the museum, 1516 W. Main, Grand Prairie, TX.

Following the show, owners may take their quilts. Visitors will be encouraged to vote f or People’s Choice awards.

Note From Elisabeth: Your entry form may be mailed to the GPHO (address is on the flier) OR bring it to the January meeting to give to me, and I will e-mail it in for you. There is NO CHARGE for displaying your quilts.

The Historical Society will show both old and new quilts, but are especially interested in historical quilts made in Grand Prairie. The building housing the exhibit has a monitored, electronic security system. If you have questions, please e-mail the Historical Society at treasurer@grandprairiehistorical.org.


Congratulations to Jane Lamb for winning the Perfect Attendance Award for 2019! Her prize is free membership for 2020. As a reminder, if you have perfect attendance for the year, your name is put into a drawing for a free membership for the following year. Will you be the next winner?


Barbara B. took the can goods to the Coop and we collected 42 lbs. of food and $30.00 cash.


If you have any questions about these directions, please contact Elisabeth McMahon.

Click the image to get the Dancing Star:

Elisabeth McMahon


Beginning balance … $1,220.03
TAQG Dues … <$25>
Church Use Gift … <$250>
December ending balance … $945.03

Jane Lamb

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