September 2009 Newsletter


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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with V, B, and C please bring a door prize to the September 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 V, B and C
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell


The year is going by really, really fast — school will have already started by our next meeting.  Where does the time go?  We will appoint the nominating committee soon, so please consider holding an office next year.  Several officers’ terms will be up so several opportunities will be available.  We were all sad that Lisa Boyce had to leave us so soon, but we know that where the job goes you have to follow.  Janice Overton has agreed to complete the year as membership chairman.  Thank you Janice.

Debi Cypert

Lillie Martinez: September 14


We had so much fun at our First Annual Retreat at Victorian House Retreat in Weatherford, that we’re doing it again!  Our next retreats will be Oct. 23-25, 2009 and May 14-16, 2010.  If you can’t make it in October, be sure to start planning for the May retreat.

Since May is still several months away, I won’t need deposits for that retreat until about January.  October is much closer, so I need to know if you plan on going as soon as possible.  Right now I have seven people signed up. We can have up to 12 people.  Because we booked this retreat as we were leaving the retreat in July, we get 20% off in October.  That makes the cost $80 plus tax for the weekend.  The only things you have to bring are your sewing machine, projects and food (or go out to eat).  There are lots of reasonably priced places around town or there is a great kitchen to cook your own food at the retreat.

The 11 of us that went in July had a great time and got lots of sewing done.  Most of us ventured out to the local quilt shops and to Gibson’s, which has lots of Moda fabric at reasonable prices.

Think about if you’re interested in going or talk to the people that went in July and let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to come with us.  October would be a perfect time to work on Christmas presents, or just work on something for yourself.  Who knows, there may be door prizes again!

Michelle Rodriguez


Some members expressed an interest in sewing together the strip blocks for charity quilts that we started earlier in the summer.  I have been trying to figure out a date to do that, but my weekend schedule is so hectic for the remainder of the year that I’m not sure that will be possible.  However, if you would like to work on it individually or in small groups, I am sure we could arrange for you to have some of the blocks to sew together or more strips to make more blocks.  Be thinking about your schedule and we will talk about it at the September meeting.

Shirley Lewis
Today’s batting is definitely not the same stuff our Grandmas used! The batting industry is getting on board with the whole environmentally responsible movement that is sweeping the nation. This has caused many changes in the industry. Our September program is going to begin by covering the basics of batting, such as the terminology, and the types of batting that are currently available, as well as the specific properties of each type of batting. Elisabeth and Susan will be using a review that appeared in a 3 month installment of Unlimited Possibilities Magazine to cover the basics, and branch off into a six month research project that Debbi Trevino and Marcia Stevens conducted. Some of the more in-depth look at the batting manufacturers will include what type of chemicals are being used to process specific batts, and allergic reactions to those chemicals, and if the advertising is factual or not. We will pass around quilts that have a variety of battings inside of them as well as samples supplied by the manufacturers.

Mary Ann Hartsell with the Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-Op came and talked to us at the August meeting about the quilt show she is planning.  This will be Saturday, October 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Grand Prairie and will be in conjunction with the ongoing celebration of Grand Prairie’s 100th birthday.  The proceeds from the quilt show will benefit the Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-Op and tickets will be $5 each.  There is room to display up to 120 quilts, wallhangings, miniatures, etc.  These can be old quilts, new quilts, award winning quilts — any quilt.   If you are interested in displaying a quilt, there is an entry form included in this newsletter.  All quilts should be delivered to the FUM Church on Friday, October 16th and picked up after 4 p.m. the day of the show.

Mary Ann has asked us for help in volunteering during the show.  She will need people to sell tickets and people to walk around during the show.  She has also said that we can have fliers and newsletters out to promote our Guild, so this will be a good way to promote us (even though we’ve been in existence since 1993, some folks still don’t seem to know about us).

If you have any questions, Mary Ann’s contact information is on the entry form included in this newsletter, or you can talk to Marty Staten or Grace Norris at the September meeting.



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  • The  August 3 meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by president Debi Cypert.
  • Thanks to Elisabeth for reserving the meeting room at the library since there was a conflict for us at the Presbyterian Church.
  • The minutes from the July meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report was approved as printed in the newsletter and will be filed for audit.
  • Rembrances:  Cathy’s daughter is doing better.
  • Birthdays:  Lisa, Marty and Joan’s birthday got left out of the newsletter — it’s 8/19.
  • Mary Ann Hartsell with the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op spoke to us about the Quilt Show she is planning at the First United Methodist Church on October 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This will be in conjunction with other activities the City of Grand Prairie has planned to continue its 100th birthday celebration.  She would like for us to enter quilts and help with the show.  We can also advertise our Guild there.  More information is included elsewhere in the newsletter.
  • Membership:  15 members and 3 visitors, Irma Martinez, Leila Kinsey (Sheila’s daughter) and Sue’s granddaughter, Ashlyn.  Jeri Bush joined the Guild tonight.  We need a new membership chair as Lisa moved to Illinois due to her husband’s job transfer (Janice later volunteered to take membership).
  • Block of the month:  9 blocks and Mary won.  Applique Apple for next month.
  • Workshops:  nothing at this time.
  • Retreat:  had a great time at last retreat and next one will be October 23-25.
  • Tonight’s program video on history of quilts.  September:  Batting — the Hidden Hero of Your Quilt.  October:  Magnolia Quilt Works has rescheduled.  Elisabeth mentioned if anyone has empty spools to bring them to her for the librarary crafts.  Door Prizes:  Leila, Marty, Debbie Shanks.  Show and Tell:  Michelle, Debi, Elisabeth, Sandy, Susan, Sheila.

Michelle Rodriguez

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