October 2009 Newsletter


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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with D, F, and H please bring a door prize to the October meeting and give it to Sue Heard 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 D, F and H
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell


October program: Pam from Magnolia Quiltworks.
Pam will be talking about the store and what they carry, and also the “tips and tricks” that she’s learned that make quilting easier. She will be bringing items to sell, so people should bring their checkbooks.
For November: Bring your sewing kit (including fabric markers, if you have them)  and a baggie of small scraps, buttons, trims and whatnot.


Pat Johnson: October 11
Linda Boggus: October 21
Cathy Mullin: October 27


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


As announced at the September Guild meeting, I don’t have any workshops planned for the remainder of the year.  During 2009 we had the following workshops:  Crazy Quilt, Irish Chain, and blocks for charity.  As discussed at the meeting, some of you could get together in small groups or you could work individually to put together some of the 100 blocks we made at the charity workshop or you could make a quilt using your own pattern.  It doesn’t have to be a fancy pattern.  Also, you could attend the retreat scheduled for October 23-25 and work on a project there if you don’t have any other projects to work on.  We would love to have you join us – it’s a great time for fun and fellowship.

Shirley Lewis


Welcome back to Sandy Holten who rejoined the Guild at our September meeting.
Welcome to our visitors: Shara Hill-Schreibner and her mother, Janis Hill.  We hope you enjoyed the meeting and that you will come back to our October meeting.


Since we talked about bamboo batting, you may find this recent alert from the Federal Trade Commision interesting:
Looking to be a more environmentally conscious shopper? You’ve probably heard about bamboo. Bamboo stands out for its ability to grow quickly with little or no need for pesticides, and it is used in a variety of products, from flooring to furniture. But when it comes to soft bamboo textiles, like shirts or sheets, there’s a catch: they’re actually rayon.
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to know that the soft “bamboo” fabrics on the market today are rayon. They are made using toxic chemicals in a process that releases pollutants into the air. Extracting bamboo fibers is expensive and time-consuming, and textiles made just from bamboo fiber don’t feel silky smooth.
There’s also no evidence that rayon made from bamboo retains the antimicrobial properties of the bamboo plant, as some sellers and manufacturers claim. Even when bamboo is the “plant source” used to create rayon, no traits of the original plant are left in the finished product.
Companies that claim a product is “bamboo” should have reliable evidence, like scientific tests and analyses, to show that it’s made of actual bamboo fiber.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.


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 October meeting.



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  • The September 7 meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by president Debi Cypert.
  • The minutes from the August meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report was approved as printed in the newsletter and filed for audit.
  • Remembrances:  Sheila Kinsey had knee replacement surgery on August 18.
  • Birthdays:  Lillie Martinez.
  • Membership:  12 members, including Sandy Holten who rejoined, and 2 visitors, Janis Hill and Shara Hill-Scheibner.
  • Block of the month:  3 blocks turned in and Marty won the drawing for the blocks.
  • October will be “Falling Leaves, A Pageantry of Color”.
  • Workshops:  No new workshops planned at this time.  Small groups (or individuals) can contact Grace regarding putting the charity blocks together into quilts or taking fabric and making more blocks.
  • Programs:  October will be Pam from Magnolia Quiltworks, the new quilt shop in Arlington.  November will be a game with prizes and December will be our Christmas dinner and gift exchange.
  • Quilt Show:  Mary Ann Hartsell is organizing a quilt show in conjunction with the City of Grand Prairie’s ongoing celebration of its 100th birthday.  The Quilt Show will be October 17th at First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and benefits the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op.  Cost will be $5.  There should be room to display about 122 quilts.  The entry form will be in the newsletter.  Grace and Marty can answer any questions.
  • Show & Tell:  Joan, Michelle, Elisabeth, Grace, Susan, Sandy H.
  • Program:  Elisabeth and Susan gave a very informative talk and demonstration on the different kinds of batting ranging from polyester, cotton, wool, bamboo, and blends.
  • The meeting was adjourned around 8:30.

Michelle Rodriguez

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