December 2009 Newsletter

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NEXT MEETING: DECEMBER 7, 2009

DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with N, O, P and R 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.

WHAT TO BRING TO THE MEETING

  • Name tag
  • Door prizes for N, O P and R
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Items for the December program (read below)

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

I missed you guys last meeting!  Before I left I attended the Grand Opening of the Farmers Market in downtown Grand Prairie!  It was so good to see so many people attending that I am hoping it continues to be a draw for the downtown area.  The Brass Bean had so many customers that the owner said they might have to close that Sunday because they might run out of food!  If you were not able to attend please make it a point to visit – it is not just vegetables, but coffee, honey, homemade soaps and even baked goods.

I am so excited about our new officers and appreciate their willingness to serve.  Can you believe Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner – it is almost too late to start early on getting those projects done in time for the holidays.  Our installation and Christmas party are just a few weeks away and I look forward to seeing you all then.

BIRTHDAYS

Michelle Rodriguez: December 15
Shirley Lewis: December  15

NEW OFFICERS FOR 2010

Congratulations to our members who were elected to office for next year.  The Guild officers for 2010 are:
President: Marty Staten
1st Vice President, Programs:  Shirley Lewis, Elisabeth McMahon
2nd Vice President, Workshops:  Michelle Rodriguez
Secretary:  Wanda Cargile
Treasurer:  Grace Norris
The Guild has many committees.  If you wish to be on a committee, be sure to talk to Marty at the December meeting.

VISITORS

Welcome to our visitors in November, Caroline Milan and Maria Quintana. We hope you join us again at our December meeting!

HISTORIC QUILTS EXHIBITION

The North Texas History Center is excited to announce its first ever exhibit of historic quilts. The exhibit is titled Pieces of the Past, and will feature quilts from the 1870’s to the 1930’s.

Many of the quilts are from the History Center’s private collection, but the exhibit will also include quilts loaned to us from the personal collections of local residents. The exhibit will open on November 21, 2009 and run through January 16, 2010 with the grand opening on November 28.

Starting with the grand opening, we will have special events scheduled every weekend during the exhibit that will include quilting demonstrations, collection care workshops, and other special events. We are very excited to share these historic quilts with the public for the first time and would like to invite your guild to come and enjoy them with us.

If you would like more information on the exhibit or would like details on the events scheduled, please contact us at 972-542-9457. NTHC is located in downtown McKinney in the historic 1911 post office at 300 E. Virginia.

Admission for this exhibit is $5. NTHC has space available if you’d like to schedule a meeting with your group during the run of this exhibit.

For information about scheduling a meeting at NTHC or a group visit, please contact Sarah Hatcher at 972-542-9457 ext. 102 or sarah@northtexashistorycenter.org .

northtexashistorycenter.org

QUILTER’S GUILD SPRING RETREAT

We had a great time at our October retreat!  Lots of shopping, eating, and of course, sewing.

I can’t wait to see all the finished projects.

Some were completed at retreat and some may not be completed until our next retreat in May!  Speaking of our next retreat, we have it scheduled for Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Victorian House Retreat in Weatherford.

The cost will once again be $80 plus tax plus food (eat in, dine out, or combination) for the weekend since we booked at the end of a previous retreat.  Space will be limited to 12 people maximum, 5 people minimum.

I will begin taking deposits ($40) at the January 4, 2010 Guild meeting and must have the minimum commitment then.

If you’ve never been on retreat, ask one of the previous “retreaters” how much fun they had!

Michelle Rodriguez

WORKSHOPS

I am already thinking about workshops for next year and have a few ideas.  If there is something that you would really like to do as a workshop, please let me know as soon as possible.  I am planning to have the first workshop February 6 and the second workshop in late April.

Michelle Rodriguez

DECEMBER BLOCK PARTY

Pine Tree. Download the newsletter (link at top of page, and below) and print pattern (1 page)

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TREASURER’S REPORT

Beginning balance: 1,417.31
Ending balance: 1,417.31

MINUTES

The Nov. 2, 2009 meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by Susan Hamilton at 7 p.m.
  • The minutes from the October meeting were accepted as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.
  • Remembrances:  Janice Overton has a new granddaughter, Grace.
  • Birthdays:  Sheila, Janice Overton.
  • Membership:  18 members, 3 visitors.  The visitors were Maria Quintana,  Caroline Milan, and Chuck Kinsey.
  • Block of the Month:  11 blocks turned in and Marty wins the drawing.
  • Next month’s block is a tree block.  Grace says to pay attention to the pattern.
  • Retreat:  7 people attended our October retreat.  Thanks to Grace for the paper piecing lesson and Jeri for the needle tatting lesson.  Next retreat is May 14-16, 2010.  Michelle will start taking deposits at the January meeting.
  • Program for December will be our Christmas dinner.  All the details will be in the newsletter.
  • Old business:  Quilt Show at First United Methodist Church benefitting the Food and Clothing Co-Op raised about $600.  Grace and Marty said that there were about 100 quilts displayed.
  • The city of Grand Prairie has asked Mary Ann Hartsell to do another show next year.  Hopefully more of our members will participate.  Grandprairiereporter.com has pictures.
  • New business:  nominating committee met and brought the following slate of officers to the membership: President, Marty Staten; First Vice President, Programs, Shirley Lewis, Elisabeth McMahon; Second Vice President, Workshops, Michelle Rodriguez; Secretary, Wanda Cargile; Treasurer, Grace Norris.  There were no nominations from the floor and no discussion, so the committee moved that the slate be accepted.  Motion seconded and approved.
  • Grace asked for new ideas for block party.  One idea is similar to the Round Robin concept called the Paper Bag Project.  Bring ideas to the December meeting and we will decide for next year.
  • Door prizes were won by Joan, Sandy Holton and Nancy Conner.
  • Show and Tell:  Marty, Wanda, Shara, Janis HIll, Nancy Conner, Elisabeth, Grace and Jeri.
  • Program for tonight was to make a nametag.  At the appointed time, Grace judged the nametags and 3 people received prizes:  Janis Hill, Jeri, and Michelle.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Nov. 2, 2009 meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by Susan Hamilton at 7 p.m.
  • The minutes from the October meeting were accepted as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.
  • Remembrances:  Janice Overton has a new granddaughter, Grace.
  • Birthdays:Sheila, Janice Overton.
  • Membership:  18 members, 3 visitors.  The visitors were Maria Quintana,  Caroline Milan, and Chuck Kinsey.
  • Block of the Month:  11 blocks turned in and Marty wins the drawing.
  • Next month’s block is a tree block.  Grace says to pay attention to the pattern.
  • Retreat:  7 people attended our October retreat.  Thanks to Grace for the paper piecing lesson and Jeri for the needle tatting lesson.  Next retreat is May 14-16, 2010.  Michelle will start taking deposits at the January meeting.
  • Program for December will be our Christmas dinner.  All the details will be in the newsletter.
  • Old business:  Quilt Show at First United Methodist Church benefitting the Food and Clothing Co-Op raised about $600.  Grace and Marty said that there were about 100 quilts displayed.
  • The city of Grand Prairie has asked Mary Ann Hartsell to do another show next year.  Hopefully more of our members will participate.  Grandprairiereporter.com has pictures.
  • New business:  nominating committee met and brought the following slate of officers to the membership:  President, Marty Staten; First Vice President, Programs, Shirley Lewis, Elisabeth McMahon; Second Vice President, Workshops, Michelle Rodriguez; Secretary, Wanda Cargile; Treasurer, Grace Norris.  There were no nominations from the floor and no discussion, so the committee moved that the slate be accepted.  Motion seconded and approved.
  • Grace asked for new ideas for block party.  One idea is similar to the Round Robin concept called the Paper Bag Project.  Bring ideas to the December meeting and we will decide for next year.
  • Door prizes were won by Joan, Sandy Holton and Nancy Conner.
  • Show and Tell:  Marty, Wanda, Shara, Janis HIll, Nancy Conner, Elisabeth, Grace and Jeri.
  • Program for tonight was to make a nametag.  At the appointed time, Grace judged the nametags and 3 people received prizes:  Janis Hill, Jeri, and Michelle.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Michelle Rodriguez

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