February 2019 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • February B-O-M
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for S and A



  • Debi Cypert … February 3
  • Carol Franklin … February 7
  • Jeri Bush … February 10
  • Janis Hill … February 20


I was excited to see everyone at the January meeting. We really started the year off great with 22 blocks turned in for the drawing!

Have any of you started new projects this year? There are so many things I want to make, but after rearranging my sewing room I need to get busy and finish all the projects I started in the last few years. I won’t tell you how many UFO’s I have, but there are enough to keep me busy all year.

February is the month for hearts and flowers. Do you display a holiday or seasonal-themed quilt in your home each month? If you have a quilt representing Valentine’s Day (hearts or red/pink quilt), please bring it for show and tell.
Stay warm and keep quilting. See you at the meeting February 4.

Shirley Lewis


In February we will work on a charity project. We will be making fleece blankets for Arlington Cancer Center. The fleece has been purchased and will be ready for you — you should just bring scissors. If you have any other quilts or blankets that you would like to donate, you may bring them to the February 4th meeting and they will be included in our donation.

Michelle Rodriguez


  • The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Lewis at 7:05 p.m..
  • Minutes – Approved as printed in Newsletter.
  • Treasurer Report – Jane Lamb – Approved as printed in Newsletter and filed for audit. Balance same as previous month – $1,553.12.
  • Birthdays for January – Paco (12th), Jane (16th), Becky (20th), Patsy (23rd), Carrie (25th), and Bethany (27th).
  • Announcements and Remembrances – Patsy invited everyone to the Arlington Quilt Guild meeting on Tuesday, Jan 8th, to attend the program on making border quilts. Meet at the Bob Duncan Center.
  • Publicity – Carol Franklin – Has been turned in to Grand Prairie Calendar for the year.
  • TAQG – Janice Overton – Will not meet this month. Next meeting in February.
  • Membership – Jeri Bush – 28 members including one new member, Theresa Sparkman, and 1 visitor,
    Gloria Wilhelm.
  • B-O-M – Elisabeth McMahon – Janis Hill (2), Shirley Lewis, Michelle Rodriguez, Grace Norris, and Jeri Bush showed their completed ‘Be My Neighbor’ tops from 2018. 22 blocks for January were turned in.
    Shirley Allein and Evelyn Moore won 11 blocks each. In February, we will begin a six-month project with the blocks being made from strips. We will make two blocks each month but will not turn them in. At the end of the 6 months, we will have a small top or wall hanging. Instructions will be sent out prior to our next meeting.
  • Workshops – Debi Cypert – Next workshop will be on February 2nd at 1st Presbyterian Church from 9 to 3. This will be another barn quilt workshop so those unable to attend last year will have another chance to make one. Lunch will be brown bag or members may go out if desired.
  • Stitch Group – Grace Norris – Next meeting will be January 24 at the Church. Meet 9 to 3 and would love to have everyone attend. Lunch is on your own.
  • Door Prizes – Barbara Burnaugh – Winners were Ann Stevenson, Barbara Garner, Paco, and Jeri Bush. Remember to check the Newsletter for your month to bring goodies to Barbara for the door prize bags.
  • Old Business – The audit committee, with Ann Stevenson substituting for Holli Blackwell, met before the meeting and audited the books. They found everything to be in order.
  • New Business – Sue Heard requested she be given $20 to purchase stamps for the Guild. Michelle so moved and Debi seconded. Motion carried.
  • Show and Tell: Elisabeth McMahon, Grace Norris, Patsy Martin, and Sue Heard.
  • Our program was presented by Michelle and was on color. She explained different color wheels and how to us them to choose colors for our quilts. The February program will be our charity project, and we will be making fleece blankets for the Arlington Cancer Center. Please bring your scissors as we will be cutting and tying tassels around the edges of the blankets.
  • The meeting adjourned following the program.

Sue Heard


Workshop: Barn Quilt
When: February 2nd
Time: 9:00-3:00
Where: First Presbyterian Church
Lunch: Brown bag

Barn quilt patterns can be found on Pinterest and other websites. The boards that are precut at Home Depot are close to 24” square, but are not exact. This means some changes will need to be made to fit your pattern. Borders can be added or measurements adjusted. The paint can be acrylic or house paint – whatever you might have. Frog tape is best used to mark your pattern lines when you paint-less leakage and mess. We did sand lightly and prime our board before painting, especially the edges and back if you are going to hang your quilt outside. Sealing after you finish is also recommended. It will take a few minutes for your paint to dry between coats so bring a hair dryer to speed up the process.

This is a fun project and is something you will be proud of!

Debi Cypert


  • 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.

Michelle Rodriguez


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

How to make the strips

For the next 6 months, we will be working on a 12-block sampler quilt (wall-hanging or baby quilt).

Each block starts as a strip set, and the cutting instructions are the same for each block.

You will need a total of twelve  2.5 inch strips for all of the blocks.

  1. Choose four  2.5 inch strips. Cut each strip into half lengthwise (long ways). You will end up with eight 1.25 inch strips.
  2. Make a strip set by sewing four different strips together, and repeat for the other set of four strips. Use a very scant .25 inch seam. Press the seams all one way. Use ONE strip this month, and set the other aside until next month.
  3. Using the 45-degree line on your cutting mat or ruler, cut a series of right triangles for the entire strip.
  4. Cut each triangle in half:

You now have enough triangles to create two blocks for this month.

NOTE: Don’t try to save time by just flipping your ruler back and forth to cut the small triangles without cutting the pyramids first. The colors won’t be in the right place to form your blocks.

February’s block arrangement:

2 blocks times 6 months = 12 blocks for your 3×4 sampler. You will need additional yardage strips for setting, and an optional border.

This quilt is based on a method found in a youtube video by Teresa DownUnder. View it at https://youtu.be/N7bEbIt9k1U

Elisabeth McMahon


Janice Overton and Katrina Lindley will be serving as our TAQG representatives again this year.

Please contact one of them if you have questions about TAQG. Here is a list of the topics to be discussed at the meetings in 2019.

The January meeting will be at 10 am on Saturday, January 26, at the Mineola League of the Arts. There will be separate break-out sessions for presidents, treasurers, secretaries, and TAQG representatives. There will be a quilters’ estate sale of quilt related supplies and fabric before and after the meetings. There will also be a hospitality room during the meetings, for any people who want to tag along for the shopping, but do not need to attend any sessions.

The topic for the March meeting will be Fund Raising ideas. The topic for the May meeting will be using social media to promote your quilt guild. July 13 will be RALLY DAY at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite. The speaker this year will be Pam Holland. Quilt Shows is the topic for the July meeting. The topic for September will be Guild Activities and Attracting younger members to your guild.

The November meeting will be the annual Speakers’ Forum.

You are always welcome to go with Janice and Katrina to any of the TAQG meetings of interest to you. Just let them know.

Katrina Lindley




  • Beginning balance … $1,153.12
  • Expenses (stamps $20, TAQG membership dues $25) … (45.00)
  • Income … 500.00
  • Ending Balance $1,608.12

Jane Lamb

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