July 2008 Newsletter

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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with J or L please bring a door prize to the June meeting and give it to Elisabeth McMahon. This is a voluntary effort, but most of us like to receive a door prize and we hope everyone will participate. Please bring only quilting related items such as: Quilting Notions, fat quarters, triangle paper, magnetic pin holders, scissors, Pigma pens, etc.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER Happy 15th  Birthday to Us!   I love birthday parties and we get to celebrate ours with our great U.S. of A.  Of course, they are 217 years older than the Grand Prairie Quilt Guild.   It would be nice to see some of our charter members at our birthday bash so if you know of anyone that would like to attend please extend an invitation.  I look forward to seeing each of you at our July meeting and have a safe 4th.

Debi Cypert

GET WITH THE PROGRAM! The Guild will be 15 years old in July!  To celebrate, we will have our annual birthday dinner on July 7 catered by Eddlemon’s.  The food will be paid for by the Guild.  So that we have enough food, we must know by June 27th if you plan to attend the dinner.  Most of you have let us know, but there are still a few of you that should e-mail michelle@paco.org to confirm whether you will be there or not. We are asking the Guild members to bring drinks or dessert, canned goods for the Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-op and­ two or three fat quarters to be used as prizes for Quilto.  Hope to see everyone at the meeting!

Susan Hamilton

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PROFILE This year to help everyone get a little bit better acquainted with the members of the guild, we’ll spotlight a different member each month.

Lisa Boyce

I just joined the guild in April, 2008.  I’ve been doing handwork/sewing/quilting of some type since I was four years old.  My grandmother on my father’s side was a fourth-generation quilter in her family and she used to tell me she wasn’t going to Heaven without leaving someone behind who could quilt, so I am a fifth-generation quilter.  It will probably end with me as my daughter is not very needle inclined (yet, I still have hope).  I like to do applique and redwork and I love to hand quilt.  My piecing skills are not the best so I’m hoping that being in the guild will help me to improve.  I have done several quilts in the past and for piecing, Trudie Hughes’ books were and still are my favorites.  I love to be around other quilters, I find creativity very inspiring.

My favorite quilt shop is on the main drag in Burleson and is called “Country Stitches.”  A huge selection of fabric and some very unusual quilting notions and tools.  Professionally I work part-time as a self-employed insurance underwriter.  My family consists of my husband of 21 years, Chris, and our two children, Sam, 19, and Kelly, 17.  I also have one long-haired piebald dachshund named Andi and three cats, Sophie, Pi, and Baby, all four of whom are terrifically spoiled.  The only other thing to know about me is I’m an awful chatterbox. 🙂


Wild Goose Chase

Aboce, there is a chart. We are going to make your geese using the 4 inches by 2 inches Finished measurements. Read the handout carefully. Pick your fabric for the “goose” — it will be the larger square. Next pick your fabric for the background. It will be the smaller squares. One large square of fabric combined with four smaller squares will yield four Flying Geese. So considering that, you will need to cut three large squares combined with 12 smaller squares. When you have these sewn, and cut, square them up to 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Next sew three Flying Geese together, taking care not to cross the point by noting on the wrong side of the fabric where the point is.
Cut eight rectangles out of a contrasting fabric. Cut these rectangles 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ on the lengthwise grain. One rectangle will be sewn to each side of the 4 sets of Flying Geese. The squares should now measure
6 1/2″ square. They will be sewn together to form a 12 1/2″ square.


  • The  June 2, 2008 meting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by President Debi Cypert at 7 p.m.  The minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter and the treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.  There were 14 members present.  Rembrances:  Pat Johnson had surgery recently and is recovering at home.
  • Shirley gave an update on the workshops.  The next workshop is a UFO workshop on July 26th at First Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  She then asked those that participated in the Jelly Braids workshop to do show and tell.  Mystery Quilt workshop will be in September.
  • Upcoming program is the July birthday dinner.  Eddlemon’s will cater and we need headcount by June 27.  The Guild will pay.  Members should bring drinks or desserts.  Everyone should bring canned goods for the Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-Op.  We’ll play Quilto and everyone should bring a prize for Quilto — fat quarter or such.
  • Carol reported on publicity — write up in the Dallas Morning News calendar on the Grand Prairie page and also in Grand Prairie Today.
  • Old business — Turbans — Wanda made a couple of hats and brought a pattern.
  • Row of the month/Block of the month — Santa Row should be brought to the July 7th meeting.
  • Door prizes were won by Sharon, Wanda and Shirley.
  • Show and Tell — Michelle, Wanda and Carol.
  • Program:  Demos by officers.
  • Meeting adjourned at about 8:30 p.m.

Michelle Rodriguez

WORKSHOP NEWS: July 26 is the date set for the UFO workshop.  It will be at First Presbyterian Church from 9:00-3:00.  Bring your own projects to finish or bring a new one to start.

If you don’t want to work on something of your own, this would be a good day to make cancer hats if you have an interest in that. If you can’t come for the whole time set aside, come for a couple of hours or so.
Bring whatever supplies you need plus your own drinks and snacks.  Lunch this time will be “on your own”.  Bring a lunch or plan to get fast food when you’re hungry.

Hope to see you there.

Shirley Lewis

FROM JANE COFFEY: If you took a Dresden Plate package from Jane to help complete Cheryl Rogers’ quilt, please get with Jane at the June meeting. She needs to make sure that the packages have not been forgotten since there are several still out. Thanks!

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