September 2010 Newsletter

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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with J, K or L please bring a door prize to the September 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 J, K or L
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell


Hello everyone…. sorry I missed our last meeting.  Sounds like it was a lot of fun and want to look into that prairie point ruler.  Thanks Shirley for filling in for me.    I had a wonderful time spending a little over a week with my daughter in Missouri.   We went to several quilt shops and enjoyed admiring all the fabrics and patterns.   Of course,  I brought some back but not very much as I was flying and didn’t want to go over the max on my suitcase.  Next time maybe I will drive and take a trailer.   Anyway, lot of fun and as always good to be home.   See you at the next guild meeting.

Marty Staten


The membership directory was available at the last meeting.  The following are the corrections:

Margaret Alsup phone:  972-660-2020

Nancy Conner email:

Susan Hamilton email:

Lillie Martinez:  Birthday 9/14

Judy Meador:  1379 Melissa Lane, Stephenville, TX 76401, 817-637-8995,

Michelle Rodriguez


Lillie Martinez… September 14


What influences you when you choose a quilt pattern?  Is it color placement, the design, a special occasion?  For the Amish, it’s a sense of making something colorful and useful and incorporating intricate quilting stitches to showcase the solid colors of their quilts.

Our September 6 program will explore the use of bold colors that are unique to the Amish.  Come join us!

Elisabeth McMahon & Shirley Lewis


Several of us have read, or are currently reading the Elm Creek series by Jennifer Chiaverini.  There is a quilt featured in one of the books that has really set the quilting community on fire, much like the “Dear Jane” quilt did a few years back.  It’s called “Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler” and features 140 six inch blocks.  Jennifer Chiaverini has a pattern book with all the blocks in it.  Some are traditional piecing, some are paper piecing and some are done with templates.  I really want to make this quilt and think that it would be great to have others make it with me.  Are any of you interested in participating?  This is not a project that would be completed in a couple of months.  This is a project that could be ongoing for more than a year.  My thinking is that we would make 2 or 3 blocks a month (or more if the consensus is to do more) and be each other’s inspiration to keep going.

I will bring the pattern book to the September meeting, or if you have it (it’s called “Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler”), look through it and give me your input in September.  Each person participating would need to purchase the book so that the templates and paper piecing patterns were fresh.

Michelle Rodriguez


Our next workshop will be on Saturday, July 24th at First Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a charity workshop. We will work on making string quilts from Grace’s strips. She will have all the fabric and the foundation blocks for us to use. Come for an hour or two or come for the whole time. Any and all help will be appreciated. Lunch will be on your own or we will order out for the people there at lunch time.

Michelle Rodriguez


Beginning balance: 1344.39

Ending balance:  1344.39


  • The August 2nd, 2010 meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by Vice President, Shirley Lewis.
  • The minutes from the last meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report:  no activity, ending balance is $1,344.39.
  • August birthdays:  Nancy, Marty, Joan, Judy.  Membership:  18 members and 4 guests.
  • Membership directories are available at the sign-in table.  Let Janice Overton know of any errors.
  • Upcoming programs: watch the newsletter for details.
  • Workshops:  13 attended the charity workshop on July 24th.  Retreat:  11 people have signed up for the October retreat.
  • Block of the month:  4 turned in.  Michelle wins.
  • Watch the newsletter for the September block of the month.
  • New business:  Grace talked about the charity quilts/quilt blocks that were made at the workshop.  She had packets of blocks grouped together for people to take home and make and bring back.  If you want to make your own squares, cut the foundation squares 11 X 11.  She also mentioned that she would be willing to have people over on Saturdays during football season to help with making the squares.  Anyone interested should contact Grace.  Door prizes:  Jane, Pat, Shirley.  Show and Tell:  Michelle, Susan, Shirley, Elisabeth.  Program:  Schoolhouse demonstrations by several members.  Meeting adjourned.

Michelle Rodriguez, substituting for Wanda Cargile


Cross and Chains 1938: Pattern is page 3 and the insert of the newsletter.

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