August 2013 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for names beginning with S, T, A


Marty Staten … August 4
Ruth Goodman … August 9
Lauren CHarron … August 11
Nancy Conner … August 17
Judy Meador … August 23


At our July meeting we celebrated our 20th birthday! A very special thanks to Shirley Lewis, Pat Johnson and Grace Norris for supporting the guild with their continuous membership for the past 20 years. We had a great time, lots of very good food and lots of fun with our auction to raise money for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-op.

This time of the year it seems everything slows down. However, I am sure that there are some of our quilting friends that are already busy making Christmas items. We are looking forward to seeing what you are busy making, even if it isn’t Christmas related.

Happy quilting!

Jane Lamb


  • Our meeting tonight was a “Potluck” birthday celebration for the quilt guild —twenty years. Jane gave the blessing and everyone enjoyed all the good food and fellowship.
  • Barbara was the “Birthday Girl” for July and chose her fat-quarter.
  • Lillie was able to attend the meeting tonight and is doing fair in her recovery.
  • Both Marty and Vickie are great-grandmothers with great-granddaughters.
  • Janis explained about the 5×5 I-Spy quilt blocks. She needs a total number of ladies that are participating to be able to tell everyone the number of blocks to cut and bring.
  • The treasurer’s report as stated in the newsletter of $1,245.71 will be filed for audit.
  • There were 24 members present tonight. Jane recognized Shirley, Pat and Grace as being charter members continuously, having joined in 1993. Debi, Sue Heard and Jane also joined in 1993 but had some breaks in their membership.
  • The next retreat is Oct. 18th, 19th and 20th. Michelle has 7 ladies signed up so far, possibly 8. She needs your deposit as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
  • Elisabeth reported the first part of the workshop went great and most everyone got to Step 5. The next workshop planned for July 27th will continue with Step 6 thru the finish of the quilt.
  • Janice Overton won the 11 Block-of-the-Month blocks. Janis had the colors and directions for next month’s block: Cat-in-the-Corner. There were 7 blocks displayed in the 12×12 challenge tonight. The theme was Nature’s Beauty. Nancy asked Jeri to give us our theme for the September meeting…..”Purple Passion.”
  • Sue Taylor had “last chance” tickets for sale for $1.00 each for the drawing at the upcoming TAQG Rally Day on July 13th. She also suggested it is helpful if you bring address labels to help when you enter any of the drawings held during the day. Michelle stated that she has the new web site address for TAQG.
  • Jane reported that The Summit has a bus leaving at 9:30 on Aug. 9th going to the Plano Quilt Show if anyone is interested.
    Show & Tell: Janis, Nancy Mills-Dickens, Elisabeth, Kathy Poole and Barbara all had things to show.
  • Janis and Nancy auctioned off all the many donated sewing and quilting items. It was great fun and all the money raised will go the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op.

Margaret Alsup


Our Guild’s 20th birthday party was a success!  We had good food and good fun.  Jane recognized the 3 members who joined the Guild in 1993 and are still members (Shirley, Grace and Pat) and the 3 members who joined the Guild in 1993, took a break and rejoined the Guild (Jane, Sue H and Debi).  We collected items for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op, and we had a fun auction of sewing/quilting related items that we no longer wanted.  The auction raise $212 for the Co-Op.  Great job!  Start thinking about items for next year’s auction.  I’m sure we’ll even see a few of this year’s items back in the mix.

The Guild also collected 167 lbs of canned food.


Eight of us had a great time at Part 1 of the Mystery Quilt Workshop on June 29th.  Based on the person that got the farthest, we will start on Step 6 at the continuation of the workshop on July 27th (or whatever step you left off – if you don’t want to do any at home).  If you weren’t able to make Part 1, ask Elisabeth for the instructions for Steps 1 -5 and come and join us for Part 2.  Be sure to bring a potluck dish to share.  Workshops are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  So that the workshop can start promptly at 9 a.m., please arrive a few minutes early to set up your workstation.


A few of our members went to Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite on July 13 for the 14th Annual Texas Association of Quilt Guilds (TAQG) Rally Day. For those unfamiliar with this event, TAQG lines up a national speaker to talk about their passion for quilting.  Each member of a member guild gets in free to the event.  Member guilds participate by providing items for the “goody bags,” miniature quilts for the silent auction and by furnishing door prizes.  Member guilds can also bring their raffle/donation quilts, set them up and sell tickets (what better way to sell tickets than to an audience of 400-500 quilters).  This year’s speaker, Sue Reich, quilt historian, had an interesting morning lecture and trunk show about Crazy Quilts and and a very interesting afternoon lecture and trunk show about World War II quilts.

Next year’s speaker will be Pat Speth author of the “Nickel Quilts” books and the “Five Inch is a Cinch” quilt patterns.  Be sure to mark your calendar for July 12, 2014.  Watch for more information as it becomes available.


  • The program for the August meeting will be a “Surprise Make and Take”.  Everyone should bring scissors, needle and any color thread.  Janis H. and Nancy C. will provide everyone with a packet with the remaining items needed.


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