October 2010 Newsletter

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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with M or N 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 M or N
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell


Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler days and the much needed rain.   Of course, it is sad that when some of us get the welcome rain, other areas have to be flooded.   Anyway, as we are jumping into the fall, we can enjoy the cooler weather and perhaps work on  projects that we have been putting off.   Several of our guild members are reading the “Elm Creek “ series by Jennifer Chiaverini.  This set of books really inspires  me  to make quilts Sylvia would be proud of.   Sure wish there was an Elm Creek camp that we could attend and learn all the tricks of the trade.  See everyone at the next guild meeting.

Marty Staten


Welcome to our newest member, Barbara Burnaugh.  Her directory information is as follows:

Barbara Burnaugh

3638 Park Ridge Drive

Grand Prairie, TX  75052


Birthday:  7/31

Email:  vbburn@sbcglobal.net

Michelle Rodriguez


Pat Johnson … Oct. 11
Shara Hill-Scheibner  … Oct. 17
Cathy Mullin … Oct. 27


Choosing your quilting design is the topic for the October 4 program.  After working hard to complete a beautiful quilt top, you have to decide how to quilt it to showcase your work.  If you make an Irish Chain, do you want it quilted with shamrocks?  If you  have a fall quilt with some Halloween fabric in it, do you want it quilted with pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns?  You could choose spider webs or ghosts.  The quilting pattern you choose can change the look or projected image of your quilt top.  We’ll discuss all that and more at the October meeting.  Come join us.

Elisabeth McMahon & Shirley Lewis


We had a lot of interest in starting a group to work on the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Quilt.

To recap my article from last month, if you follow the Elm Creek Quilts series of books by Jennifer Chiaverini, there is a quilt called Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler in the sixth book of the series.  Jennifer has compiled a pattern book for the whole quilt and the pattern is 140 6 inch blocks.  This is a quilt that I want to make, but know I will lose my inspiration after the first few blocks.  To get and keep us inspired, I asked the Guild at the September meeting if there was enough interest in making this quilt to re-start the Stitch-a-Bit Stitch Group.  There was sufficient interest, so we will re-start the Stitch Group in January, 2011.  The day that worked best for most people was the 4th Monday.  So, the first meeting of the group will be on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 7 p.m.  The location is still to be determined, but I’ll let you know when a location has been confirmed.

This group is for anyone interested in making any or all blocks of the quilt.  If you don’t want to make all the blocks of the quilt, feel free to pick and choose which blocks you want to do.  There are blocks for all skill levels.  Some blocks are paper pieced, some are template pieced, some are traditional piecing.  There are some blocks with applique.  We can use the monthly meeting time to work on the month’s blocks, to get help if we’re having trouble with a particular block, or to get nudged into catching up.  Hopefully we’ll all stay caught up, but really, sometimes life just gets in the way.

Everyone will need to purchase the book and it can be found on Amazon.com or Connectingthreads.com for about $20 (you get free shipping at both of these websites if you meet minimum order requirements).  You may be able to find it at Joann’s and if you have a coupon, you could get it cheaper than the retail of $28.95.

If you want to know fabric requirements, the pattern in the book lists about 28 yards of fabric needed for the entire quilt.  You could use fabric from your stash or scraps or purchase all new fabric for your quilt.  Or, you could do a combination of all three.  It’s your quilt.  The sky is the limit.

For those of you interested in making the quilt, I will work up a spreadsheet with the blocks and the order we’ll plan to do them.  I’m thinking we’ll plan to do 3 or 4 blocks each month, but when we get to blocks that are more involved, we may change the number of blocks for that particular month.

Michelle Rodriguez


Beginning balance: 1344.39
Deposit: 10
Ending balance:  1354.39


The September 7th meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by president Marty Staten at 7 p.m.

  • The minutes of the August meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.
  • Birthdays were Lillie and Margaret.
  • Membership: 18 including 1 guest, Carol Murphy and 1 new member, Barbara Burnaugh.
  • Remembrances: Carol Franklin’s daughter in law and Eula Lewis, grandmother of Michelle Rodriguez and mother-in-law of Shirley Lewis.
  • Programs: Tonight will be about Amish quilts.  October will be about quilting designs.
  • Retreat: October 22, 23, 24.
  • Block Party: 2 blocks turned in and winner was Grace. Next month will be “Autumn Leaf.”
  • Sue talked about the lack of school zone signs that say cell phone use is not allowed when going through them. She urged everyone to email or call the people on the City Council to get these signs up.
  • Michelle talked about starting a group to make the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilt from the Elm Creek Quilts series of books.  Anyone interested in participating in the group will meet for a few minutes after the meeting and discuss re-starting the Stitch a Bit Stitch Group for this project.
  • Sheila talked about the Joann Fabric VIP card.  This card entitles you to a discount at Joann’s.  Go to Joann.com/VIP to find out more info.
  • Door prizes:  Carol F., Jeri, Sheila.  Show and Tell:  Grace, Nancy, Sheila, Michelle, Sue, Margaret.
  • Program:  Amish quilts and Sue won the special prize drawing during the program.

Michelle Rodriguez, substituting for Wanda Cargile


Autumn Leaf: Pattern is page 3 and the insert of the newsletter.

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