January 2009 Newsletter


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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with L, M or N please bring a door prize to the January 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.


  • Name tag
  • Door prizes for L, M or N
  • Block party Block
  • Packages row for the Row Quilt
  • Show-and-Tell

PRESIDENT’S CORNER Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  What will our New Year bring…with the financial crisis and bailouts there will be a few challenges ahead.  Quilters have always known how to make do when times are tough, even the tiniest bit of fabric was made useful.  Talk about recycling… quilters invented the word.  I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  Thanks to all of you for making 2008 a successful and fun year for the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie.

Debi Cypert
Jane Coffey: January 2
Wanda Cargile: January 25

DUES ARE DUE Membership dues for 2009 are due at the January 5 meeting.  Dues are $20 for members under 65 and $15 for members 65 and over.  Be sure to also check your directory information and make any changes so that we have an updated Membership Directory.  Lisa Boyce will be our new membership chair for 2009.

JANUARY PROGRAM Our program on January 5th will be Tracy Dally from Arlington Sewing Machine.  She will be demonstrating an embroidery machine and telling us how she uses it in her quilting.  Make plans to attend.
For those of you who missed our Christmas party, you missed good food and a fun gift exchange.

2009 BLOCK PARTY We haven’t done the “traditional” block party in a few years, so we’re going to start back up with it in 2009.  Grace Norris will be in charge.  Here’s how it works:  Each month there will be a block pattern handed out at the meeting and put in the newsletter.  It will tell you what color combinations to use and it will most likely be a block that finishes 9″ or 12″.  Be sure to use decent cotton fabric.  You’ll write your name on two pieces of paper and pin them to the block.  One goes into the drawing and one stays with the block.  We’ll draw at the meeting and whoever wins will get all the blocks that were turned in.  The more blocks you make, the better your chances of winning.  We hope to have lots of participation.  It’s always more fun to win when you have lots of blocks to play with — maybe even enough for a whole quilt top!  The block to be turned in at the January meeting is included in this newsletter.

ROW QUILT By the January meeting, we should be on the last row.  I know, some of us aren’t, but for those of you that are on the Packages Row, bring it to the January meeting.  All that will be left after that will be the borders.  Thanks to Grace for leading us in this project.

VISITORS We had three visitors at our December meeting:  Shirley Coffey, daughter of Jane Coffey, Joan Vega, returning visitor, and Becky Petross. We’re glad you visited with us and hope to see you at the January meeting.

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS We’ve postponed our installation from the December meeting to the January meeting.  All new officers should plan on attending the January meeting.

FOOD CO-OP We donated a total of 76 lbs. of food to give to the Grand Prairie Co-op after our December meeting. Thanks to Grace for taking it!

PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD Congratulations to Michelle Rodriguez for the Perfect Attendance Award for 2008.  She receives a free membership for 2009.  Others with perfect attendance in 2008 and entered in the drawing were:  Marty Staten, Shirley Lewis, Wanda Cargile and Grace Norris. Be sure to plan on coming to all the meetings in 2009 to be entered to win a free membership for 2010!

pattern2Block Party is a fun way to hopefully win the blocks turned in on one of the 12 months in 2009. The block chosen for the month of January is the Snowball block. The Snowball block is an old traditional block and offers up numerous possibilities when putting it together. Whoever wins the blocks will receive some ideas of how to put them together. It works well alone or with a pattern that has a three (3) grid, such as nine patch. This block is very easy and hopefully you will be able to get one done for the first meeting in January. I plan to have the February block ready to pass out at the meeting and it will also be printed in the newsletter.

Make as many blocks as you’d like, just remember to put your name on every block times two. You have one chance to win the blocks with each block you turn in. The more blocks you turn in the more chances you have to win.

Purchase: two fat quarters, one white and one medium blue.

Directions are simple:

Step 1 Cut four (4) 4 1/2 inch medium blue blocks.

Cut five (5) 4 1/2 inch white blocks.


Finished size should measure 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 (includes 1/4 inch seam allowance).

Step 2 Cut 20 1 1/2 inch medium blue squares..

Cut 16 1 1/2 inch white squares.

See-diagrams below for how to piece the 9 blocks.

Sew a 1 1/2 inch square of opposite color to each 4 1/2 square . (cut away the excess material that happens when you add the 1 1/2 inch squares on each corner leaving a 1/4 inch).

Sew the 3 units together, alternating light and dark to form the block.

Sew the blocks together, alternating blocks one and two exactly as shown.



  • The December 1, 2008  meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by president Debi Cypert at 7 p.m.
  • Grace did the blessing and we had a wonderful potluck meal.  After dinner, we got to the business portion of the meeting.
  • The minutes from the November meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report was approved as printed and filed for audit.
  • There was a check written tonight for $35.87 for stamps and birthday fat quarters.
  • Rembrances — Eula Lewis (Shirley Lewis’ mother-in-law and Michelle Rodriguez’ grandmother) will be 100 on December 12th.  Shirley has a card she would like everyone to sign.
  • Birthday fat quarters were given to Sharon, Michelle, Shirley and Joanne.  n Membership:  17 members and 3 visitors; Joan Vega, Shirley Coffey, and Becky Petross.
  • Perfect Attendance Award:  There were 5 members with perfect attendance for the year — Shirley, Michelle, Marty, Grace and Wanda.  The winner of the drawing was Michelle.  She will receive her 2009 membership for free!
  • Block of the Month:  Christmas Row Quilt — next month is the last row —packages row.
  • Discussion on next year’s block of the month.  Motion was made and seconded to do Block Party.  Grace will furnish instructions for a block and you make however many blocks you want, put your name on it twice — once for the drawing and once to stay with the block.  Whoever’s name is drawn wins the blocks.
  • Workshops:  suggestions for next year were printed in the newsletter.  Shirley asked that any other suggestions be submitted to her so she can plan.
  • January program will be Tracy Dally from Arlington Sewing Machine.  She will demonstrate an embroidery machine and how to use embroidery in your quilts.
    n Door prizes were won by Sandy Shown, Carol, Marty and Linda.  Show and Tell:  Carol, Michelle.
  • New business:  Motion was made and seconded to give First Presbyterian Church a church use gift of $200.  We normally do this earlier in the year, but failed to do so this year.  Audit committee will be Michelle, Grace and Cathy.  They will meet before the January meeting to audit the 2008 books.
  • Installation of officers is postponed to January.  Program:  Left/Right Gift Exchange.
  • Meeting adjourned around 8:30 p.m.

Michelle Rodriguez

WORKSHOP NEWS I have not yet scheduled dates for the 2009 workshops, but will be working on that soon.  I have not received suggestions from anyone about possible workshops other than what I listed in the last newsletter.  Those suggestions included:  Crazy Quilt, Irish Chain, Log Cabin, Mystery Quilt, a charity project such as making something with strips that Grace has, and putting together the patrioic squares Juanita has.  I would like your thoughts on these so I know which would receive the most support and participation.    Happy 2009!

Shirley Lewis

AUDIT COMMITTEE The audit committee formed at the December meeting.  Cathy Mullin, Grace Norris and Michelle Rodriguez will audit the treasurer’s books prior to the January meeting.  The committee should come plan to be at the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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