February 2011 Newsletter

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DOOR PRIZES: If your last name begins with H or J please bring a door prize to the September meeting and give it to Jeri Bush 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 H or J
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell



Happy New Year to everyone…we started our year off right at the first meeting of the year by bringing those UFO’s out for all to see.   Can you believe how easy it is for us to get sidetracked on new projects and leave the started ones behind.  It was a lot of fun and looking forward to seeing how many get finished during the year of 2011.    The weather is really cold so now is a good time to stay indoors and work on those projects.

Everyone stay warm and see ya next month.

Marty Staten



Dues for 2011 are due. If you did not pay in January, please pay at the February meeting. Dues are $20 for regular members and $15 for members age 65 and over.  Don’t forget that we have a perfect attendance prize at the end of each year.  If you have perfect attendance for the whole year, your name goes into a drawing for a free membership for the next year.

Michelle Rodriguez



Debi Cypert … February 3

Carol Franklin … February 7

Janis Hill … February 20



Our first workshop for the new year will be a Mystery Quilt Workshop on Saturday, February 12th at First Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Several people have signed up.  If you find that you can’t make it after all, please let me know.  If you haven’t signed up and want to participate, please let me know that also.  If you have signed up, you should have received fabric requirements and cutting instructions.

Lunch will be a potluck lunch.  Please bring a salad or dessert to share with the group.

Michelle Rodriguez



We are restarted the Stitch a Bit Stitch Group in January.  We will meet the 4th Monday of each month (February 28th).  Many of us are working on Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilt blocks (this is the quilt made popular by Jennifer Chiaverini and her Elm Creek Quilts series of books), but anyone may come and work on anything they wish.  The blocks for February are: Amethyst, Tennessee, and Cats & Mice.  We’re planning on working on the blocks at the Stitch Group meetings.  You’ll need to bring whatever you need to work on them:  your machine, your cutting mat, rotary cutter, etc.  We’ll meet at The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie which is on Bardin Road just west of Robinson.

Michelle Rodriguez



Our program for February will be on Redwork.  Redwork is not a new concept, but is a fast and easy way to showcase your embroidery talent.  If you have a project that was inspired by Redwork, please bring it to share.

Have you finished one of your UFO projects yet?  If so, bring it for show and tell so you can enter your name in the drawing.

Shirley Lewis



Beginning balance: 1369.39

Ending balance : 1369.39



  • The January 3rd meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie was called to order by Marty Staten with the announcement that we sent 69 pounds of food to the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-op after our dinner meeting in December.
  • As there were no corrections to the minutes of the December meeting which were published in the newsletter, they were filed for audit.
  • Grace Norris announced no change at this time in our bank balance of $1,369.39
  • Birthdays for January are Wanda Cargile and Jane Lamb.
  • Janice Overton reminded us that dues for 2011 are now payable.  We had 17 members and 1 guest present.  There were 5 people eligible for the perfect attendance reward of a free membership in 2011 – Jeri Bush, Nancy Conner, Shirley Lewis, Elisabeth McMahon, and Michelle Rodriguez.  Michelle won!
  • Michelle reminded us of the Mystery Quilt workshop to be held February 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.  We will have a pot luck lunch.  If you have signed up and find you cannot attend, please notify Michelle so that she will not set up a work station for you.  The spring retreat at Victoria House in Weatherford scheduled for May 13 – 15 still has two openings.  The cost is $40 per night plus tax.  The deposit of $40, or one night, is due at time of sign-up.
  • The program tonight will be a show and tell of UFO’s.  Next month will be red work.
  • Stitch-a-Bit will begin meeting this month on the 24th of January and will meet every 4th Monday of the month.  We will meet at The Woods UMC, located at 1350 W. Bardin Road at 7 p.m.  Many of us will be working on our Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler, but all members of the guild are welcome to come and bring their own projects, questions, ideas, etc.
  • Jeri Bush won the ‘block of the month’ blocks and was promised several more blocks by members who either forgot or couldn’t find theirs.
  • Several members had show and tell:  Nancy, Jane, Janis Hill, and Joan Vega.
  • Shara Hill-Scheibner asked anyone who has t-shirts for breast cancer to please contact her as she has a friend to give them to.  Cathy Mullin’s friend, Francie Tucker, has fabric for sale after the meeting.
  • Door prizes were won by Sue Heard, Nancy, and Joan.
  • UFOs abounded tonight with Shirley, Michelle, Sue Debi Cypert, Jeri, Nancy, Lillie Martinez, Elisabeth, Margaret Alsup, Janis, and Grace Norris showing things they have started but never finished.  For each of the projects they finish this year, their name will go into a basket for a drawing at the end of the year.  Let’s all encourage these ladies to finish lots of projects and see who can do the most.  For the ladies who have no unfinished projects at home – good for you.  Shirley will figure out something for you.
  • Meeting adjourned.

Sue Heard


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