August 2008 Newsletter

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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with M please bring a door prize to the August 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 It was good to have the Dallas Morning News present at our 15th Birthday party.  We have been lacking in the publicity department for several years and I want to thank Carol Franklin for getting the word out about our organization.

I am in the process of finding which UFO I want to work on during the July 26 workshop, which is a major task since all of my projects are UFOs.  I hope to see many of you there and maybe we can get Shirley to pick up Don Juan’s for us…

Debi Cypert

Marty Staten: August 4
Lisa Boyce: August 16

PROGRAM NOTES! The August 4 program will be presented by our own Grace Norris.  Grace will do a trunk show for us and talk to us about her quilting journey.  Grace has lots of great quilts, so plan on coming to the meeting.

Did you know?
As a guild we used to be pretty good about bringing fat quarters to our members who were asked to do programs.  This was their “payment” for taking the time to prepare a program. We’ve gotten out of that habit in the last few years.  Let’s all try to remember to bring Grace a fat quarter for taking time to present the August program.

Beginning Balance: 1435.55
Dinner for Guild’s birthday: 178.50
Final Balance: 1257.05

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.

Grace Norris

I am a charter member of the Quilters’ Guild of Grand Prairie. I have been sewing since my high school years. It was then that I took sewing for credit. At that time I was mainly interested in making wearable items, and made most of the clothes I took to college.

While in Nursing School, I started collecting material from my friends who also made many of their clothes. My mother took these pieces of material and helped me cut out circles to make yo-yos. The inspiration for making a yo-yo quilt came from seeing a quilt at the home of Thomas Jefferson in 1953, when we traveled from New Jersey to our new home in Florida. Years later, a picture of that quilt was seen in a magazine. I still have that picture. I also still have the wooden shaving lid I used as the pattern for cutting out the yo-yos. That quilt was completed in the early sixties, and the inspiration for over fifty quilts and wall hangings I have completed.

Quilting is fun and I enjoy seeing what can be created.
I have served in many positions in the guild and credit the Guild for my interest in quilting. I have made many new friends and value all the wonderful programs presented by these ladies.
My favorite quilt shop is  Quilt Country in Lewisville.


• You will need a dark for the 3″ squares. Cut nine 3″ squares of the dark fabric.

• You will need a medium for the 4F template, and a light for the 4F Reverse template.
Cut a 2″ strip from the medium and another 2″ strip from the light.

• Lay the template 4F on the 2″ medium strip and cut 9 angles, to make the proper shape.
Lay the reverse side of the 4F template on the light fabric strip and cut the angles 9 times.

• Mark the holes on the wrong side of the medium and light strips, as well as the corner of the squares. See example in book.

We will sew the medium strip to the dark square, stopping at the hole marks. Repeat for the light strip, again stopping at the hole marks. Next, sew the 2 angles, again stopping at the 1/4″ mark. Place your nine blocks together, and sew into rows.


  • The July 7th meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by president  Debi Cypert at 6:55 p.m.  The minutes from the last meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter and the treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.  There were 20 members present and 2 guests, Deborah Fleck, a reporter for The Dallas Morning News and Rex Curry, photographer.
  • Remembrances: Pat Johnson is doing better after her surgery a couple of months ago.
  • Website: Michelle has been in touch with someone that is interested in coming to a meeting that found us through our new website.
  • Programs:  August — trunk show by Grace Norris.
  • Workshops:  July 26th UFO workshop from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, bring your own project to work on or work on cancer hats, lunch will be on your own.  Mystery Quilt will be September 27th.
  • Door prizes were won by Sue  Heard, Debi Cypert, Lillie Martinez, Susan Hamilton and Linda Boggus.
  • Publicity:  Deborah Fleck and Rex Curry were at the meeting representing the Dallas Morning News.  Deborah talked to several people about the Guild’s 15 years and Rex took some photos.
  • Row Quilt:  This month was the Santa Row.  September will be the Stockings Row.  Grace is not following the pattern and indicated that she would be doing the Gingerbread Men next.
  • There was lots of show and tell.
  • Dinner was catered by Eddlemon’s and members brought drinks or dessert.  We then played Quilto.

Michelle Rodriguez

WORKSHOP NEWS: The next workshop will be September 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.  This will be a mystery quilt.

I want to give you fabric requirements so you can be choosing from your stash or looking for the perfect color combination:  You will need 1/4 yard (or 1 fat quarter) each of 5 different light prints, 5 medium prints, and 5 dark prints.  That is  15 pieces of fabric in all.  You will need an additional 1-1/2 yards for the border.  The fabrics in each value group can be all the same color (such as 5 different off whites for the light, 5 different blues for the medium and 5 different dark browns for the dark).  OR, you can use totally different colors for each – such as dark green, navy, red, brown, black for the dark.  Whatever you like.  I will bring some examples to the next meeting.  The scrappier your fabric assortment is, the more important it is to have distinct value contrast.  This amount of fabric will make a 48″x60″ quilt, including borders.  This is lap size, or you might want to choose fabrics for a baby quilt.  The pattern could be enlarged by adding more blocks.

I will have a sign-up sheet at the August and September meetings.  There is no charge for the workshop.

Shirley Lewis

The next row of the Row Quilt that many of us got the pattern is the stockings row. If you’re not doing the stockings, but are doing your own thing, that’s OK, but let’s all try to bring the next row to the September meeting.

Open—either trash to treasures or leftover blocks sale.  If you have a preference (or if you have another suggestion), please email Susan at .
October: Donna Bell from Quilt Parts in Lewisville
November: Ugly Fabric Style Show
December: Christmas Party

Thanks to all who brought canned goods and other non-perishables to the July meeting for the Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-Op.  Thanks also to Marty Staten for delivering it the day after our meeting.  Our contribution weighed in at 93.5 lbs.  Way to go!

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