February 2015 Newsletter

Get the latest newsletter on PDF by clicking the image above.

(If you don’t have Acrobat Reader installed, you can download it here.)



  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Program items
  • Door prizes for names beginning with C or F


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


I don’t know how the rest of you feel about cold weather, but I could personally enjoy summer all year. I have never been a cold weather person – keeps me in the house too much and is usually cloudy. That being said, this is really a good time to get our sewing rooms in order and start those quilting projects which we put off from 2014. I hope to get some of my pieced tops machine quilted and even a little hand quilting done while it is still cold. Let’s get those creative juices flowing and have lots of good show and tell for our February meeting.

See you there!

Sue Heard


Welcome to our newest members, Pam Landrum and Bailey Morris.  They joined at our January meeting.  Please be sure to introduce yourself the next time you see them.


At the January meeting, Grace talked about instructions for a border quilt. If you are interested in participating but did not put your name on the list for the instructions, please contact Grace prior to the February meeting, as the instructions for the first border will be handed out at the February meeting. To start the border quilt you will need a center that measures 18 1/2 by 18 1/2. If you have any further questions, please contact Grace.


  • Sue called the meeting to order at 7:00.
  • We had 3 birthdays for January, Jane Lamb, Carrie Stanford and new member, Bailey Morris.
  • Remembrances: Former member Shelly Pace lost her husband. Sandy Harris, teacher, passed from pancreatic cancer. Carol Franklin lost her sister. Friend of Kathleen Pool, Sue Jenn, is fighting cancer.
  • The minutes of the December meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter
  • Barbara stated that the balance in the guild account is $1,049.81. Disbursements of $25.00 for TAQG dues and $69.91 for the purchase of fleece were posted. The treasurer’s report was approved and will be filed for audit.
  • Shirley reported we now have 28 paid members. 25 members and 3 visitors were present at the January meeting. Our three visitors were Deborah Proctor, Ruth Whitehead and Becky Chevalier. We welcome our newest members, Bailey Morris and Pam Landrum.
  • Sue thanked Carol Franklin for continuing in her role as publicity chairman.
  • Michelle reminded everyone to have newsletter information to her by the 10th of the month.
  • Michelle reported retreat is scheduled for May 14-17, 2015. Eight have registered. Retreat is $40.00 per night + tax.
  • Door prizes were won by Jeri, Tory, Debi and Margaret.
  • Janice reported on the “Mystery Quilt” workshop to be held February 7, 2015. Cutting instructions will be printed in the newsletter.
  • Tory reported that the BOM theme for February will be “Think Pink” using the fractured four patch. The 39 blocks entered for January were won by Tory.
  • Sue reported on TAQG in Katrina’s absence. The Kaufman guild received a grant from TAQG and used the grant to hire a national speaker. The speaker will speak at the Landmark Church of Christ in Kaufman on February 3, 2015. Several people made suggestions for the goody bag items that the guild will donate for the Tag Rally Days. The guild will decide at the next meeting.
  • There was no old business
  • New business was the formation of the audit committee. Elisabeth, Kathleen and Cathy volunteered to serve on the Audit Committee and will audit the books for 2014.
  • Elisabeth, Carol, Sue and Michelle had show and tell.
  • Grace explained the “Stitch a Bit” group for the new members. The group meets on the 4th Thursday at The Woods United Methodist Church.
  • Grace brought examples of the “border quilt”. The border quilt starts with an 18 ½” center block and would get one border per month through October. The Mystery Block — with variations from last year — could also be a fun project for this year.
  • The program was presented by Grace and Jane. Each member was given a name tag to paper piece. Members were present to help with instructions on paper piecing by machine and by hand.

Debi Cypert


  • Articles for the newsletter are due by the 10th of the month. Any articles not received by the 10th of the month may or may not get published in that month’s newsletter.
  • The newsletter is published monthly usually within 10 days of the meeting date (first Monday of each month). You will receive an email with a link to the website. The website is: https://qgogp.wordpress.com . All previous newsletters are archived on our website. You may also go to our Facebook page. Our newsletter link is posted there monthly. If, at any time, you cannot find your newsletter or have deleted the email with the link, you could do an internet search for “quilter’s guild of grand prairie” to find our website.
  • If you have a question about a program, a workshop, or the block of the month, be sure to contact the person(s) in charge of whatever you have a question about. The names, phone numbers and emails are all listed in the newsletter.
  • If you are using our Guild directory to set up an email list for yourself, please be courteous and don’t take advantage of our group’s email addresses being made public.
  • Please silence your cell phone during our meetings.

Michelle Rodriguez


At our January meeting it was decided that we would vote on what we would do for the Rally Day Goody Bags at our February meeting. The choices discussed during the meeting were: Paper pieced name tags (like what we did for our program that evening); small paintbrushes that would help keep lint out of your sewing machine; charm squares; keychains as demonstrated by Christine and Lauren; Tootsie Tool (this can be viewed on the Moda website here: http://www.unitednotions.com/print_tootsie-tool.pdf.

After the meeting, Shirley also volunteered to donate 500 Santa panels that could be used for the Goody Bags. Any of these items would require us to also get business cards printed or have mailing labels printed with the Guild’s name and other important information. Be prepared to vote on this at the February meeting. We will have to have to have our items ready for Katrina by our May 4th meeting so she can take to the TAQG board meeting later in May. Further information about TAQG and Rally Day can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.


In 2015 the Block of the Month will be a little different. Tory has picked out a pattern for a block. Each month you will make that block.

The difference between the months will be the theme. The theme for the February block is “Think Pink” (pattern inserted, see the picture of the blocks on the Guild’s Facebook page).

Each person should make the block using that theme, bring it to the meeting in February, and then be entered to win all the blocks that were turned in. In March, you will make the same block that you made in February, but with different fabrics — to go with the March theme.

If you have any questions, please contact Tory.

0115pattern01 0115pattern02


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


Beginning balance … $1,049.81

  • Membership Dues …  480.00

Ending Balance … $1,429.81


The February meeting will be all of us working on our yearly service project. We will be making fleece blanket throws using the tie method. Please bring a pair of sharp scissors. Everyone will be asked to complete one throw.

If you are working on the border quilt you should have your 181/2 inch focus block. You will be receiving the instructions for the first border to be added,which is flying geese.

TAQG ­— It is time to decide on some item to be made for the gift bags for Rally Day.

Grace and Jane

Mystery Quilt — February 7, 2015

This is a reminder that we will be eating lunch at the class around 11:30 — 11:45 — depending on stopping place. Everyone needs to bring some kind of dish to share with everyone. Right now I have 12 people signed up for the class. Everyone ask for recipes, so if you bring something special to your family, try and bring the recipe. Everyone brings their own drink. I will provide plastic cups and ice.

At the meeting I said I would send some time saving tips for this quilt. So here goes:


VERY IMPORTANT — get baggies and label your cut pieces — Example: In Step 1 it asks you to cut 3 strips of fabric that are 3 1/2″ by width of fabric. Then subcut:

FIRST BAGGIE: Twelve 3 1/2 squares (Label baggie (B))

SECOND BAGGIE: Cut one strip into four 9 1/2 x 3 1/2 pieces (Label baggie A)

You have 1 strip left. This will be used in step 3.

THIRD BAGGIE: Label this baggie B-C unit for 3rd strip.


Cut three 3 7/8 by width of fabric. (CHANGE THIS TO 4″ by width of fabric)

From one strip, but 24 4″ squares — or however how much fabric it takes. Label Baggie i. DO NOT CUT IN HALF) 

It also says to cut one more of the 9 1/2 x 3 1/2 blocks as mentioned in the Second Baggie. Put this block

(9 1/2 x 31/2 in Second baggie. You now have four 9 1/2 x 3 1/2 strips in baggie A.)



Cut 7 strips of 3 1/2 by width of fabric.

Take 2 of these strips and sew them to the strip in Third baggie (B-C). See below:

[Color 1]
[Color 2]
[Color 1]

Sew the 3 strips as shown above into 1 long piece. It will be a 45″ strip of the 3 colors sewn together like a flag.

Then cut the strip into 3 1/2 in smaller strips:

______________________ Color 1
______________________ Color 2
______________________ Color 1
Before cutting

_____ Color 1
_____ Color 2 These rows are 3 1/2″ by 9″ (approximately)

_____ Color 1

You will need 10 of these 3 1/2 x 9 inch blocks — Put these back in baggie B-C.

Cut 3 of the strips into (16) 6 1/2″ pieces x 3 1/2 — and place in baggie “L.”

Follow the rest of the directions as in the instructions for the “J” squares and put these into a baggie “J”. Do not cut — only MARK.


Cut two FOUR inch (NOT 3 7/8″) by width of fabric. Then cut these into (20) 4″ squares. DO NOT CUT IN HALF. Label this baggie (E).


No change, just put into Baggie F.


Cut these 4″ not 3 7/8. DO NOT CUT IN HALF. There will be 20 of these squares and sew them to Baggie E. Then cut in half.

If there are any questions, please call Janice at 972-264-3472. Have fun and remember this is for fun — so “Don’t worry — be Happy!”

See you at the meeting in February.

Janice Overton

(Cutting instructions originally in January Newsletter)

1st AND FOREMOST: This is your quilt so choose the colors you want to use.
This is a suggested quilt color combination to give you an idea of light vs. dark colors.
If you have questions, please call me 972-264-3472; leave a message if I don’t answer — PLEASE.

Approximate size 45 x 45

2/3 yard dark red or green (accent color) Could use dark red, dark blue, etc.)

3/4 yard white or white on white (could use off white but make sure there is a definite contrast between this color and the next color as this is your background color)

1 yard tan (darker than color above)

1 1/8 yard black – no substitution on this one

Step 1 Cutting Instructions Label each step and place in separate baggie with label such as (A or B…..Z)

Cut three 3 1/2 inch fabric strips (width of fabric) of white on white (A))

Cut one strip into 3 1/2″ squares (12 squares)(B).

Cut one strip into four 9 1/2″ strips(B-C).

Cut three 3 7/8″ fabric strips (width of fabric) of white on white

Cut 3 7/8 strips into (24) 3 7/8 squares.

From remaining fabric – cut one 3 1/2” x 9 1/2” strips (B-C) strips

Cut seven 3 1/2” by width of fabric of black (B-C)

Set aside 2 black strips for later

Subcut three strips into (16) 6 1/2 pieces – Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each square. (L)

Cut two 3 7/8 “ black strips width of fabric.

Subcut strips into 20 3 7/8 squares (E)

Cut two 3 1/2” by width of fabric of tan – subcut into twenty 3 1/2” squares (F)

Cut two 3 7/8” by width of fabric of tan. Subcut into twenty 3 7/8” squares. (D)

Cut two 6 7/8” by width of fabric tan. Subcut into eight (8) 6 7/8 squares. Cut each square in half on diagonal giving you 16 half square triangles. (K)

Cut one 3 1/2” by width of fabric of red (dark color). Subcut strip into eight 3 7/8 squares.

Cut five 2 1/4 by width of fabric strips of red for binding.

A lot of cutting but well worth it. See you in January and have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Be safe!

Janice Overton

Creative Commons License