December 2010 Newsletter

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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with V, A or B 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 V, A or B
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell


Wow! My one-word description of the International Quilt Show in Houston. Jeri and I spent  three wonderful days shopping and being inspired by the awesome quilts….How do they do that?   My pocketbook is empty but my head is full of so much inspiration and now to decide what to try first.

Marty Staten


There were 11 of us that attended retreat in October.  We had a wonderful time and did lots of sewing, shopping and eating!  Our next retreat is scheduled for May 13th – 15th, 2011.  Once again it will be held at Victorian House Retreat in Weatherford.  We will have room for the first 12 retreaters who make a deposit and I am currently accepting deposits.  The cost for the weekend is $40 per night plus tax; total $85.60 plus food. Deposit is $40.

Michelle Rodriguez


If you or any of your quilting friends are in the market for a quilting frame, please contact Michelle or Shirley.  A friend of ours has a new quilting frame that she would like to give to a good home.  If you or someone you know wants it, please let one of us know and we will put you in contact with her.

Shirley Lewis


Shirley Lewis …. December 15
Michelle Rodriguez … December 15



December 6 is the date of the next meeting.  I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year!  As is our custom, we will begin the evening with a covered dish dinner.  Everyone should bring a dish to share and officers should also bring drinks.  It usually works out that we have a nice variety of food without advance planning – of course if we end up with all desserts, we could live with that!

After the dinner, we’ll have a meeting and installation of the 2011 officers before the program.  For the program, everyone that wants to participate should bring a wrapped quilting related gift valued at $5 – $6.  I’ll read a story and we’ll pass the gifts around.  It’s always a lot of fun.  For show and tell, it would be fun for you to bring gifts you’ve made for Christmas or a special quilt you always display for the holidays.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we will also collect food for the Grand Prairie Food Co-op, so clean out your pantry or buy extras when you shop between now and then.  Remember, no expired goods.

Shirley Lewis and Elisabeth McMahon



The Stitch a Bit Stitch Group will begin meeting again on the 4th Monday in January (January 24th) to begin working on Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler.  This is the quilt that has been made popular in the Elm Creek Quilts series of books.  Included in this newsletter is a spreadsheet showing our meeting dates and the blocks we will be working on at each meeting.  Please keep in mind this is a rough estimate.  We may need to adjust blocks as we see how everything goes.

We will meet each 4th Monday at 7 p.m. at The Woods United Methodist Church, 1350 W. Bardin Road (cross street is Robinson).

Michelle Rodriguez


Beginning balance: 1354.39
Ending balance:  1354.39



The November meeting of the Grand Prairie Quilt Guild was called to order by Marty at 7 p.m. on November 1,2010

  • The minutes of the October meeting were approved as written in the Newsletter.
  • Treasurer’s Report: Remained the same as the October report.
  • We had 17 members present
  • Birthdays: Janice Overton and Sheila Kinsey
  • Remembrances: Jane had her surgery and is now home recovering.
  • Michelle advised that there will be no more workshops until after the first of the year. Also, that the retreat was a success and everyone had a good time. The next one will be May 13, 14 & 15th. The cost is $40 per night and she is now taking deposits.
  • Block of the month: Was won by Janis Hill and the block for next month will be Pine Trees.
  • New Business: The nominating committee met after the October Guild meeting and presented the new slate of officers:  President, Marty Staten; First Vice President, Shirley Lewis; Second Vice President, Michelle Rodriguez; Secretary, Sue Heard; Treasurer, Grace Norris.
  • Motion was made by the committee and seconded by Debi Cypert to accept the slate of officers.  The vote was affirmative.
  • We will have our annual Christmas pot luck dinner for our December meeting. Bring canned goods for the food bank and a quilting gift costing approximately $5.
  • We had a very interesting program from Shirley and Elisabeth covering a variety of books along with a sheet oftides and info about them. (Not a “western” among them).
  • Meeting adjourned.

Wanda Cargile


When Elisabeth McMahon dropped off blankets and totes at Children’s Medical Center, they gave her an information packet that included a wish list of toys for patients at the facility (find attached the list to this newsletter). Sixty percent of their patients are under the age of 3 and they also provide services to many teenagers. Only new stuffed animals may be accepted as donations due to infection control policies. Gift cards are also welcomed from Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us and will be used to purchase supplies and specific requests from patients.


Pattern is page 3.

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