December 2014 Newsletter

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(Our Christmas Party)

  • Potluck dish to share (officers bring drinks)
  • Your completed Paper Bag project (this was the 3 fat quarter exchange that some of us participated in back in February) — the big reveal will be during the meeting
  • Canned goods/non-perishables for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op — please no expired items
  • Gift for the gift exchange — this should be a new quilting related item valued at about $10, wrapped (in traditional wrap, gift bag, fat quarter, etc).  If you can’t think of something to bring, get a $10 gift card from Joann’s.
  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Program items


Shirley Lewis … December 15
Michelle Rodriguez … December 15


It is almost time for jolly St. Nick to come, and I hope you are all just about finished with your Christmas projects.  With Christmas and the end of 2014 fast approaching, it is time to sit back and reflect on our accomplishments from 2014 and make plans for 2015.  I hope that you all have had a good 2014 and that you will be spending the holidays with family and friends.  May we all remember the good times and learn from any difficulties we have encountered so that 2015 can be an even better year for us.  Remember that during our meeting this month we will have the ‘big reveal’ of our fat quarter challenge – can hardly wait to see what all of the creative minds in our guild have put together. Let me be the first to say Merry Christmas, and I hope to see all of you at the meeting!

Sue Heard


Welcome to our November guest, Pam Landrum.  We hope you enjoyed your visit and that you will come back to our December meeting.


Seven of us had a great time at our Fall Retreat in October. Because we had such a good time, we have booked our next 2 retreats. Our Spring 2015 Retreat will be May 14 – 17 and our Fall 2015 Retreat will be October 22 – 25.
Both of these retreats will be at Victorian House Retreat in Weatherford.

Cost is $40 per night plus tax with a $40 deposit due when you reserve your spot. You may do a 3 night retreat (Thursday-Sunday) or a 2 night retreat (Friday – Sunday) Space is limited to the first 12 people to sign up. If more than 12 people want to go, we will have a waiting list.

For those of you that have never been on a quilt retreat, we have lots of fun sewing, shopping and eating.
Retreating is a great way to get to know fellow Guild members.

Michelle Rodriguez


  • Sue called the meeting to order at 7:05 and recognized Janice Overton as our one birthday for November.
  • Remembrances…former member, Wanda Chilton says “hello” to everyone. Shirley reminded us that the annual Craft Fair is Saturday, November 8th from 9 till 3:30. It will be here at the church.
  • The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved as written in the newsletter.
  • Barbara reported we have a bank balance of $1,144.72 (1,150.96 + 10.00 dues -16.24 fat-quarters).
  • Shirley stated we had 22 members and 4 guests at the meeting. Pam Landrum and 3 ladies from Corner Square Quilt Shop for the program tonight. Barbara Sessions, Rhonda Montee and Drena.
  • Michelle reminded us of the deadline for submitting articles for the newsletter is the 10th of each month. She also reported 7 ladies had attended the October retreat and she is now accepting deposits for the next retreat scheduled for May 14th thru 17th. She stated also that our ladies have been very generous donating items for the door prizes and tonight she had 9 prize bags. They were won by Shara, Lauren, Pam L., Jeri, Ruth, Barbara B., Jane, Shirley and Lillie.
  • Janice Overton stated she is trying to schedule the T-shirt workshop for either the 7th or 21st of February. She had a sign-up sheet again tonight if you haven’t already signed and would like to attend. More details later.
  • Tory had the instructions available for next month’s Block-of-the-Month block…Amish Roman Stripe. She also had copies of the Row by Row patterns to share. Nancy Mills-Dickens won the 13 blocks for this month.
  • Katrina reminded everyone the next TAQG meeting will be on November 18th , will be on programs and will be an all-day meeting. Grace read the application she has submitted for our guild to receive one of the TAQG grants. We will decide at our January meeting on the gift-bag favors we will be donating for Rally Day. Katrina reminded us that our guild will be on the committee in 2016 to help with Rally Day.
  • Christine stated she will make the labels saying “Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie” for our ladies to attach to our donation quilts. Just let her know how many labels you will need.
  • Grace reported the nominating committee met after last month’s meeting and submitted the officers for 2015…President – Sue Heard, 1st Vice-President, Programs – Grace Norris and Jane Lamb, 2nd Vice-President, Workshops – Janice Overton, Secretary – Debi Cypert and Treasurer – Barbara Burnaugh. The officers were accepted by acclamation. Janis Hill and Nancy Conner will direct the installation of our new officers at the December meeting.
  • Show and Tell….Lauren, Janis H.(challenged everyone to make a miniature quilt for rally day), Tory, Katrina, Barbara G., Evelyn, Shirley and Michelle.
  • Grace reported the Stitch-a-Bit Group will not meet in November or December due to the holidays but will start again in January. She also reminded us to bring our blocks from the 3 fat-quarter challenge to the December meeting.
  • Grace reminded everyone to also bring to the December meeting a $10.00 sewing/quilting item for our gift exchange, canned goods for the Grand Prairie Food Co-op, and something for our pot-luck meal. Officers will bring the drinks.
  • Rhona Hughes-Montee, owner of the Corner Square Quilt Shop in Cedar Hill was our guest speaker tonight. She had lots to share with the group…what all her shop offers to quilters, how to put color in your quilts and to use you small scraps to make unusual quilts. She had several new items to show and books and kits for sell. Very interesting and informative.

Margaret Alsup


Don’t forget that if you have perfect attendance for the year your name will be put into a drawing for a free membership for next year!  There are still a few people that are eligible for the award as of the November meeting.


The block for the November Block Party is Roman Stripe. Don’t forget the theme this year is Amish. Be sure to keep the theme in mind when making your block for the drawing. One color should be black and the other color should be solid. You may make the block you keep for yourself anything you’d like.

Please visit online
to view and print the instructions to the Block of the Month. The Quilter’s Cache’s terms and conditions
for this pattern ask that it not be reproduced on a Quilt Guild’s web site.


Beginning balance … $1,144.72
Ending Balance … $1,144.72


The December Meeting is our annual Christmas Celebration meeting. Each member is asked to bring a covered dish to share. The officers are responsible for the drinks.

The following are other things to bring:
*1. The brown bag Mystery gift wrapped
2. A $10 wrapped quilting inspired gift for the exchange
3. Food for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-op

*Note: Brown Bag Mystery block should be wrapped in the manner you prefer. Jeri will call your name and reveal the person who will receive your handiwork. You will then present it to the HAPPY recipient. We hope everyone that participated will be happy with their gift.

Jane Lamb will be helping Grace with the programs for 2015. They will be providing you with a questionnaire to help them get your input on the programs you want for 2015. Please be prepared to take a few minutes to give them your wants and needs.

Grace and Jeri


Our next workshop will be on February 7, 2015. It will be a mystery quilt. More details will be coming at the December meeting.

We only had a couple of people sign up for the T-shirt workshop so I am moving the mystery workshop to February.

I will have a sneak preview at the December meeting. We need at least 5 people to sign up for the workshops.

If you are interested in the February workshop, please contact me at: or 972-264-3472. Leave a message if I don’t answer, please.

Thanks for all your support.

Janice Overton


At the November meeting Janis Hill showed a Halloween miniature. When she made it, she made a second one to donate to TAQG (Texas Association of Quilt Guilds) Rally Day for the silent auction. She issued a challenge to each person in our Guild to make a miniature for the silent auction. Be planning yours now – before you forget. The miniatures will need to be turned in by the May TAQG meeting. Katrina Lindley is our TAQG rep and will have all of the information we need soon – including the dimension range.

For those of you unfamiliar with Rally Day, it is a Saturday in July where 35 (or more) member guilds from North Texas come together for a day of fun. Upon arrival each person receives a Rally Day goody bag (our Guild will be making something after the first of the year to donate to the goody bags) as well as a door prize ticket (our Guild will also donate something for the door prize drawings). You can look around and see all the donation quilts that member guilds have on display (and buy raffle tickets if you are so inclined). You can bid on the miniatures in the miniature silent auction. You can buy raffle tickets for the Rally Day Raffle Basket (which has lots of neat prizes in it). There is a national speaker the will give a talk in the morning and an additional talk in the afternoon. Rally Day is a great way to see a national speaker and share the love of quilting with others from around the Metroplex. There is no cost to members of our Guild because our Guild is a member of TAQG. The national speaker for 2015 is Kathy Dunigan, a national applique teacher.


Since Janis issued her challenge, I am issuing a challenge of my own. I challenge each person in our Guild to send me an article for the newsletter during 2015 (does not have to be long – a short paragraph will work – or you can write as much as you want ) – you can submit this to me anytime from the time you get this newsletter until November of 2015.
It MUST be sent via email. If you already send me something (the minutes, the program, the president’s corner, TAQG news) that doesn’t count for the challenge.

What you send me can’t be something we would already put in such as the calendar with quilt show dates. Examples would be tips, tricks, favorite websites where you buy fabric or other things you think would be interesting. If you are a new member (joined in 2012 or after), send me a little bio so that we can get to know you.

As a bonus for reading this article, at the end of the year I will have a drawing with the names of everyone that participated in this challenge and the winner will receive a prize.

Michelle Rodriguez

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