February 2014 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Program items
  • Door prizes for names beginning with O, P, R


Debi Cypert … February 3
Carol Franklin … February 7
Jeri Bush … February 10
Sue Taylor … February 10
Janis Hill … February 20


It was nice to see so many at our January meeting – what a way to start the year!  If you were unable to attend,  please know that you were missed, and we look forward to seeing you in February.  The new officers have some very interesting projects planned for us with some challenges involved.  I hope that each of you will find the right project for you and will participate when you can.  Show and tell is always a treat, so keep quilting and bringing your quilts, finished or not, for us to all admire.  Until our February meeting, stay warm and well.

Sue Heard



  • Sue Heard called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. and welcomed back Paco who has been teaching a college class on Monday nights.
  • We had 2 birthdays for January…Jane Lamb and Wanda Cargile.
  • Remembrances….Marty has moved to Midlothian and will not be able to continue to be in the guild and Grace’s son has gotten engaged.
  • The minutes of the December meeting were approved as written in the newsletter.
  • Barbara reported no change in the treasury’s report from last month…$1,236.51. Sue H. asked for 3 volunteers to form a committee to audit the bank account. Elisabeth, Michelle and Shirley will meet after the meeting tonight to perform the audit.
  • Door prizes…Jeri, Margaret, Sue Taylor, Lillie and Christine were winners.
  • Michelle reminded everyone the first retreat for 2014 will be May 16th, 17th & 18th (with some going on the 15th).
  • Nine ladies have already signed up and if you would like to go she needs your deposit asap.
  • Evelyn Moore became a new member before the meeting making 26 members and 1 guest, Carrie Stanford, present tonight.
  • Carrie, who is Evelyn’s daughter, also joined our guild after the meeting….welcome to both ladies. The membership fees were due tonight and we will get our guild directory at the February meeting.
  • Janice Overton reported she has set-up a workshop here at the Church for Saturday, Feb. 15th from 9 till 3 with a pot-luck lunch. You will be making a small quilt….you will need 6 colors…colors 1, 2 & 3…1/2 yd ea., color #4…5/8 yd, color #5…3/4 yd, (colors 4 & 5 are the dominate colors), color #6…3/8 yd plus 1 yd for backing. The cutting instructions will be in the Feb. newsletter.
  • Grace won the 23 January B-O-M blocks. Tory gave us the instructions for February’s block….Amish Churn Dash.
  • Old business….TAQG…There was a discussion on the pros & cons of staying in TAQG. Elisabeth made the motion and Michelle seconded for our guild to continue our membership for at least 2014 and to pay the $25.00 membership fees. Sue Taylor agreed to continue to be our representative and Katrina volunteered to go with her to the meetings. Rally Day is July 12th and the guild will need very soon to plan on what we will be making for the gift bags.
  • New business…Grace made the motion, seconded by Sue Taylor, to donate $200.00 to the Church for providing our meeting & workshop space. After some discussion, Grace amended the amount to $250.00, Sue seconded & the motion was approved.
  • Paco explained about the guild website… and about finding us on Facebook. Search for QGOGP on Facebook.
  • Publicity….Carol reported she was able to get all the dates of our guild meetings listed on the Grand Prairie Calendar of Events.
  • Show & Tell… Katrina, Lauren, Tory, Elisabeth & Michelle had items to show.
  • Program…Grace & Jeri had the instructions for a really nice make & take basket using quilt blocks. Grace had a new challenge for the group. She had the instructions for a “special mystery block” for us to make for the December meeting.
  • The program for February meeting….hand piecing.

Margaret Alsup


FEBRUARY 15, 9am-3pm
We will have a potluck lunch and plan on eating around noon — so if you can’t come for the workshop — bring a dish and join us at the church and see all the “fun”.
Fabric Requirements for the quilt we will be making are :
Color 1 1/2 yard
Color 2 1/2 yard
Color 3 1/2 yard
Color 4 (dominant) 5/8 yard
Color 5 (dominant) 3/4 yard
Color 6 3/8 yard
Backing 1 yard
Binding 135 running inches of doublefolded binding or bias binding from your fabric.
Cutting instructions are as follows:
Baggie A
Color 4 — Cut (20) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 squares
(I would suggest cut a 3 1/2 inch strip of your fabric and then cut it into the squares. You will probably need 2 strips.)
Color 3 — Cut (48) 2 x 2” squares — use method above and save some time.
Color 2 — Cut (32) 2 x 2” squares — use method used for color 4.
Baggie B
Color 2 — Cut (20) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2 rectangles — once again cut a strip 1 1/2 inches from the width of your fabric and then cut this into the 4 1/2: rectangles — saves a lot of time.
Color 1 — Cut (20) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2 rectangles.
Baggie C
Color 4 — Cut (1) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares
Color 4 — Cut (2) 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 squares
Color 3 — Cut (4) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 rectangles
Color 3 — Cut (2) 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 squares
Color 2 — Cut (8) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares
Color 6 — Cut (8) 1 1/2 x 1/1/2 squares
Color 5 — Cut (4) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangles
Color 5 — Cut (4) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 squares
I will give you the last cutting instruction at the meeting in February. If you will not be at the meeting, but are coming to the workshop, I will e—mail it to you before the class. I would suggest pick your favorite color and build around it. We will be able to finish this quilt in 1 day.

I have completed the quilt and discovered two additional pieces of cutting you will need to do before coming to the workshop.
There are flying geese in this quilt. There are two ways to do them and I am suggesting using the half square triangle units instead of paper piecing. This goes much faster than paper piecing, but I will have handouts at the workshop on the paper piecing. (Suggestion: Place these in a baggie by themselves. Makes life a lot easier.)
There are also some inside borders that were not in the original cutting.
So here is what was missing:
Flying Geese
Cut 80 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch rectangles — Color 5
Cut 160 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch squares — Color 1
Draw a line diagonally across the 1 1/2 squares. If you want to be even further ahead — go ahead and make the flying geese. There will be 80.
Make units of 4 flying geese. There should be 4 flying geese in each unit. 20 units . Each unit should measure 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.
Border Cuts
Color 5
Cut 2 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch strips
Cut 2 2 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch strips
Cut 2 1 1/2 x 18 1/2 inch strips
Cut 2 1 1/2 x 20 1/2 strips
Color 6
Cut 4 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 squares
The more you do the less time it will take in the workshop.
Have fun and enjoy your quilt. See you at the “meetin!”

Janice Overton


Margaret Alsup will present our February program.  She does all her piecing by hand and will show us her method of hand piecing.

You will complete a 6 1/2 inch square completely hand pieced by you.  Everything will be provided, but you will need to bring a sewing kit with needle, pins and scissors.  Those that use a thimble should include one.

The March program will be a school house with various members set up at stations.  More info to come!

Janice Overton


Grace and Jeri want to challenge us — this is a voluntary challenge.
On February 3rd at the Guild meeting, bring a brown paper sack with 3 fat quarters of your choosing. The sack will be given a # and Jeri will be the keeper of the code. Your sack will be given to another participant, name not revealed. You have until the December meeting at our Christmas Party to complete the 12″ to 24″ block. You will use the fabric you find in the bag when you get home (no peeking inside the bag until you get home). You can take this anywhere your mind will let you go. It can be a plain or embellished block. It needs to be finished (backed and bound)and ready to display when you bring it back in December.
The person bringing a sack needs to keep in mind that whatever they receive should be pleasing to them if they put colors they like in their bag.
You received something that someone in the Guild took the time to complete just for you, not knowing who you are.
At the December meeting, Jeri will break the code and you will be surprised and hopefully treasure what someone did for you.
If you take a sack at the February meeting, remember, you are making a commitment to make the block for someone else and bring it back in December.


Pattern is on pages 3-4 of the newsletter.

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