February 2009 Newsletter


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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with O, R or S please bring a door prize to the February 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 O, R or S
  • Block party Block
  • Show-and-Tell

PRESIDENT’S CORNER Holidays are over for a while and we can get back to what we love to do … quilt. We had a very good participation on the block of the month in January and — surprise — I have even started on my February block (in the correct color range, Grace). I ran into Vickie Bramblett at Quilt Among Friends and told her that I was disappointed that she was not at the meeting to witness that I actually finished a BOM and remembered to bring it to the meeting. Maybe I have finally cured that procrastination gene that has always plagued me. See you in February!

Debi Cypert
Carol Franklin: February 2
Debi Cypert: February 3
Debra Johnson: February 28

DUES ARE DUE Don’t forget dues for 2009 are due. If you haven’t paid your dues for the year, please do so at the February 2 meeting. Lisa Boyce is in charge of membership this year and will have a draft of the membership directory at the February meeting for everyone to check and make sure their information is correct. If you have changed your address, telephone number or e-mail address, please let Lisa know prior to the February meeting. Her e-mail address is alb6094@gmail.com.

JANUARY PROGRAM “Quilt Book Show & Tell, Featuring Crazy Quilt Books” Please bring a favorite quilt book and tell us why it’s valuable to you. It could be the first one you bought, the one you learned to quilt/sew/piece with, or it could be one that has patterns you go to over and over again. Susan will show a few crazy quilt books (this ties in nicely with the workshop Shirley is having March 7) and Elisabeth will show off new books from the Grand Prairie Public Library.


pussCut 4 — 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares, solid red or pink
Cut 4 — 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles, white,
unbleached muslin or white on white
Cut 1 — 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ square, red or pink print
Cut 1 — Heart, solid red or pink. Add
1/4 inch seam allowance to pattern

Turn under edges of heart 1/4″ and
applique in center of print square.
Sew on side rectangles.
Sew top and bottom rows together, (solid square, light rectangle, solid square) and then add center section matching comers. (This is a block where pressing seams toward dark or printed fabric helps you match comers when sewing rows together.
Block size is 12 1/2″ square for a finished 12″ block


WORKSHOP NEWS March 7 is the date set for the first workshop of 2009. It will be at First Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will be learning about crazy quilts and will work on our own creation. I will have information for everyone. Start gathering your fabrics. You can use cottons or a collection of “fancy” fabrics such as silk, satin, velvet, brocade, etc. Old ties can be used as well. If you are interested in learning the techniques but don’t want a quilt, consider making a pillow or table runner or wall hanging. It will be fun to learn something different.
As always, you will need to bring all your sewing supplies and your sewing machine. We will also bring a salad or other covered dish to share for lunch as well as snacks and drinks.
More information at the February meeting.

Shirley Lewis


  • The January 5 meeting of the Grand Prairie Quilt Guild was called to order by President Debi Cypert at 7 p.m. The minutes of the December 1st meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.
  • Birthdays this month are Jane Coffey and Wanda Cargile.
  • Membership: 15 members re-joining, 1 new member, 1 visitor. The new member is Becky Petross and the visitor was Susan’s friend, Becky Powell.
  • We received correspondence from the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-op acknowledging the 76 pounds of food we donated in December. We also received an acknowledgement from First Presbyterian Church of Grand Prairie regarding the $200 church-use gift we sent in December.
  • The San Antonio Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Expo will be January 22-24. See http://www.sewingevents.com for more details.
  • Block party had 12 Snowball blocks turned in and the winner of the blocks was Shirley Lewis. For the February block, Grace went way back to a block party pattern from 1996. The Puss in the Corner with an appliquéed heart pattern is found in this newsletter. Be sure to use the colors listed on the pattern. Attach your name to your block twice, once for the drawing and once so the winner knows who made the block.
  • Workshops: March will be the Crazy Quilt Workshop. A date will be determined (see newsletter article for more details).
  • The program for the February meeting will be to bring your favorite quilt book or pattern and tell the group why it’s valuable to you. It could be the first one you bought, the one you learned on, something you use over and over, etc. Susan will also show a few crazy quilt books and Elisabeth will show new books from the library.
  • Door prizes were won by Nancy, Grace, Sue, and Debi.
  • Show and Tell: Christmas Row Quilt should be done. Marty, Grace and Michelle showed their completed or mostly completed tops. Other show and tell was Susan, Marty, Wanda, and Sandy Shown.
  • Old Business: Audit committee will try to meet before the February meeting at 6:30 p.m. We were not all able to be here tonight. Tonight’s program was presented by Tracy Dally of Arlington Sewing Machine. She demonstrated the embroidery machine and discussed how she incorporates it into her quilting. She had a beautiful trunk show to share. Be sure to visit the Arlington Sewing Machine web site to see their latest news.
  • Grace installed the 2009 officers.
  • The meeting adjourned around 8:45 p.m.

Michelle Rodriguez

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