April 2009 Newsletter


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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with F or H 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 F or H
  • Block party Block
  • Show-and-Tell

PRESIDENT’S CORNER The Crazy Quilt Workshop was well attended and it was a great time to share stories, lunch and techniques.  Thank you Shirley for your time and effort to organize these workshops.  We really appreciate each person’s contribution to making our group successful.  Also, thanks to Michelle for getting us the information on available retreats.  I think we have agreed on July 24-26th as the retreat weekend and have made a deposit to hold our spot.  I have lost all my emails so I can’t remember where we are going, but no matter where it is it will be great fun.  I hope others will consider joining us.

Debi Cypert
Elisabeth McMahon: April 17
RETREAT We have scheduled our retreat for Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26.  The location will be The Victorian House in Weatherford.  The maximum number of “retreaters” is 12.  Right now, we have 8 people signed up.  If you are interested and have not signed up, please do so as soon as possible.  Once we have all 12 spots reserved, we will start a cancellation list.  Cost for the retreat will be $110 for the two nights, no meals included.  A deposit of $50 will reserve your spot.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Michelle Rodriguez

PROGRAM The April program is going to be from the book Casting Shadows – “Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts” by Colleen Wise. We will be exploring using color and value to create depth in your quilts. This book has several techniques to create shadows in your quilts, but we will concentrate on just one this month, the drop shadow in a pieced block.

Susan Hamilton


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Pattern: UMBRELLA- “April Showers Bring May Flowers”

This pattern is applique

Items Needed

  • Pattern of umbrella
  • One 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 square of white, white/white
  • white muslin
  • Small piece of material for umbrella
  • Small scrap for handle and knob
  • Optional: small scrap for raindrops

This pattern will take using your imagination.
Use colors of your choice.
Use application method of your choice.*

*I used a fusing web to apply pattern to the block
The machine can be used to zig-zag or other embroidery stitches can be applied.


MARCH WORKSHOP We had a good turnout for the Crazy Quilt Workshop March 7.  Everyone got a good start on their project.  Hopefully everyone will bring something for show and tell at the April meeting.  As always, we had great fun, food, and fellowship.  We also talked about the service project quilts and more information will be available at the April meeting.

MAY WORKSHOP May 16 is the date set for the Irish Chain Workshop at First Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This is a very traditional block and often is a two-color quilt, but there are many variations of the original pattern.  Everyone should choose the pattern of their choice and buy fabric accordingly.  You might even have something in your stash!  I will bring books and magazines with pattern ideas to the April meeting and the sign up sheet will be available.  Strip piecing will make the project go quickly.

Shirley Lewis


I think the church has the measurements as Needles and Pins has made them.  I cut the base squares for the lap robs 10 1/2 by 10 1/2.  I believe we use four completed squares across and six or seven down.

White fabric/muslin 2 pieces 11×13 inches
Sew seams 1/2 inch leaving a 4-inch opening on the 11 inch side for turning and stuffing.
Pillow Case — use a cheerful print and cut two pieces 11×16 inches.  Sew 1/2 inch seams on three sides leaving one 11inch side open.  Turn down 1 inch and stitch.  Pillows need to be firm.

Newborns 36″x45″
Toddler to 6 years  45″x45″
Cotton material preferred as these go through hospital laundry. If anyone wants to do ABC quilts I have the complete instructions for them.
Grace Norris

Beginning balance: 1465.70
Income (dues): 35.00
Income (advertising): 53.00
Expenses: (21.09)
Ending balance: 1532.61


  • The March 2, 2009 meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by President Debi Cypert at 7 p.m.
  • The minutes from the February meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.  The treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.
  • Remembrances:  Sandy Shown will be having surgery, Carol Franklin will be having surgery, Wanda Cargile’s daughter in hospital, Cathy Mullin’s daughter, former member Audrey’s Lord’s husband is very ill, Sandy Holton is having vision problems, former member Joanne Grant will be moving away from Grand Prairie later this year, and Ernestine Redman recovering from surgery.
  • Membership:  19 people in attendance including one visitor, Lillie Martinez’ niece, Linda Moya and new member Ruth Callahan.
  • Block of the Month:  There were 15 or 16 blocks turned in and Lillie won the drawing for the blocks.
  • April block of the month pattern will be in the newsletter.
  • Workshops:  This Saturday, March 7 is the Crazy Quilt Workshop.  Bring your own crazy quilt projects to work on and a dish to share with everyone for lunch.
  • May 16 will be the Irish Chain workshop.  Everyone will pick their pattern and work on it that day.  We have had fabric donated to us and need to set aside some time to do a Service Project workday or program.
  • Retreat:  If anyone is interested in going on a Guild retreat, please let Shirley or Michelle know.
  • April program:  Shadow Quilt Blocks.  More information will be in the newsletter.
  • New business:  City of Grand Prairie Health Fair for city employees on March 31 at the Bowles Life Center.  If there is enough interest, we can have a table.
  • Old business:  The 2008 treasurer’s books were audited by Cathy, Grace and Michelle and found to be in order.
  • Door prizes were won by Linda Boggus, Lillie, and Michelle.
  • Show and Tell:  Shirley, Michelle, Sandy, and Sheila.
  • The program was presented by Linda LeFleurs with The Berry Patch in Fort Worth.  She talked about the Martha Pullen Gift of the Month Club and some other classes and clubs they have at the store.  She also talked a little bit about the Forth Worth Quilt Guild having a quilt show on August 7 and 8.
  • The meeting adjourned at about 8:30 p.m.

Michelle Rodriguez

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