March 2015 Newsletter

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


  • No birthdays in March.


Signs of spring are everywhere from warmer days to buds on trees to the first spring flowers.  We have all weathered the cold, damp days of winter and can now look forward to warmer weather and time to be outside.  I enjoy the bright colors of spring and am inspired to use these colors in my quilts.  While we tend to spend more time outdoors during warmer weather, we still have time to work on our quilts, table toppers, table runners, etc.  The sunshine of spring and summer always energize me and renew my desire to use bright colors in any quilts I make during this time.  I hope each of you finds the inspiration you need with the onset of this wonderful time of year.

Sue Heard


Please update your membership directories to include Barbara Garner and Pam McCall. They both joined or rejoined at our February meeting. If you don’t know these ladies, please be sure to introduce yourself the next time you see them.

Barbara Garner
556 Parkview Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
July 11

Pam McCall
633 Lynne Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
September 18


The first border for the border quilt is Flying Geese.  Grace handed out instructions at the February meeting.  If you missed the meeting, the instructions are included in the newsletter.  Instructions for the 2nd border will be handed out at the March 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.
  • The Guild had 4 birthdays for February: Debi Cypert, Carol Franklin, Jeri Bush and Janis Hill.
  • Remembrances: Katrina has a new grandson, Anderson Floyd Walton – 9 pounds 9 oz.
  • The minutes of the January meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Barbara Burnaugh stated that the balance in the guild account is $1,529.81. Total deposits made were $480.00. The treasurer’s report was approved and will be filed for audit.
  • Shirley reported we have 31 paid members. 26 members and 1 visitor were present at the February meeting. Our visitor was Marlene Tanner (a former member).
  • Michelle reminded us that the newsletter deadline is the 10th of the month. Retreat in Weatherford is May 14-17. 8 currently signed up-facility holds 12.
  • Door prizes were won by Barbara Burnaugh, Lillie Martinez, Barbara Garner, Jeri Bush and Margaret Alsup.
  • Janice Overton reported the “Mystery Quilt” workshop will be held February 7, 2015 starting around 8:30 – 9:00.. 10 are currently signed up. To save time sew D and E squares together and A and B strips.
  • Tory reported that the BOM theme for March is “How Green Was My Valley” using the fractured four patch. The February blocks were won by Grace – a total of 44 blocks.
  • Katrina reminded everyone that the Kaufman Guild has a national speaker, Faye Labanaris speaking February 3rd at the Landmark Church of Christ in Kaufman. Several people made suggestions for the goody bag items that the guild will donate for the TAG Rally Days. A ballot was given to all members. The majority voted on the Santa Panels donated by Shirley Lewis.
  • Old business was the audit of the treasurer’s books. The audit committee reported that they found no discrepancies.
  • Grace reported on the grant application made to TAG. The application states that the money would be used to teach young people about quilting and /or for visiting speakers for the guild. A grant in the amount of $300 was approved but the check has not been received as of the meeting date.
  • A motion was made by Michelle and seconded by Grace that the guild order 1,500 business cards from Vista Print to be used for the TAG Rally Days goody bag items. Motion carried. This will be enough cards for more than 1 year.
  • A motion was made by Shirley and seconded by Jeri that a donation be made to the 1st Presbyterian Church in the amount of $250.00 for the use of the church each month. Motion carried.
  • Katrina, Lauren, Nancy D., Elisabeth, Grace and Tory had show and tell.
  • Grace reported on the “Stitch a Bit” group. The group meets on the 4th Thursday – 9:30 to 3:30 at The Woods United Methodist Church.
  • Next month the new Mystery project will be revealed.
  • The 1st round of the Border Quilt will be flying geese. The center block should be 18 ½“. The fast flying geese method was demonstrated.
  • The program tonight is a service project and members will make fleece blankets. The blankets will be donated to ARC (a nursing home- formerly Dalworth Care Center). ARC currently has about 86 residents. A motion was made that the guild give only the 43 blankets made tonight to ARC. Motion Failed. A new motion was made by Grace and seconded by Kathy Poole that our service project should be that all residents receive a fleece blanket – 86 total- and that they are delivered when we have enough for all residents. Motion carried.

Debi Cypert


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 March block is “How Green is My Valley” (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 March, 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.

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Our Spring 2015 Retreat is 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 … $1,529.81


Membership dues … 60.00
Donation … 6.50
2015 Ads … 75.00
Total Deposits … 141.50


Check #1099 (Charity Quilt Fleece) … (96.61)
Check #1100 (Meeting Place Donation) … (250.00)
Total Disbursements … (346.61)

Ending Balance … $1,324.70

Barbara Burnaugh


The Program for March will involve everyone. We will prepare the 500 items needed for the TAQG Rally Day goody bags.
We need the following items brought to the meeting:

  • Rotary cutter, Ruler, Cutting Mat (need at least 6-8 people to bring rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat.)
  • Narrow ribbon any colors that you are willing to donate or Raffia that you are willing to donate
  • Scissors
  • Single hole punch (if you have one).

Some of us will cut the panels, some will punch the cards to be attached, some will roll the panels and some will tie the cards on with ribbon on the panels. There will be work for everyone. We should be able to finish in one meeting. If you have an empty copy paper box, please bring it. We will need a couple to put the completed panels in.

We will NOT do another mystery block by a member, for a member this year.

Border quilt–you will receive the directions for the next border to be added.

Grace and Jane


  • 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: . 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


TAQG Information…Rally Day is Saturday, July 11 at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite.  Admission is free to members of member guilds if you bring your membership card. A lunch from Panera Bread will be available.   Lunch tickets are available for $10 from Katrina Lindley.  Katrina also has Rally Day pins for sale for $5.  She will have them at the next few meetings.    She also has pre-rally day raffle basket tickets, which are $1 each or 6 for $5. The speaker this year is Kathy Dunigan, an expert on applique.      There are two workshops this year, each with a different title.   The first workshop, entitled “Baltimore Hanging Basket”  is on Thursday and Friday,  July 9 & 10 in Mesquite.    The second workshop, entitled “Addie’s Delight” is on Monday and Tuesday, July 13 & 14 at Trinity UMC in Arlington.   Each workshop costs $100 for TAQG members.   A kit will be available by Kathy for an additional $25.   You may obtain an application form from Katrina.    If you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible, as the workshops are filling up quickly.


Many quilters after a long day at a retreat or workshop suffer leg cramps. Recently I discovered a miracle cure. Take 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard and swallow it immediately.

Works within seconds, and no longer than a minute if it works for you.

 Submitted by Grace Norris


BOM Block Of the Month

DSM Domestic Sewing Machine

FART Fabric Acquisition Road Trip

FOB Fear Of Binding

FQ Fat Quarter

HST Half Square Triangle

LAQ Long Arm Quilter

LQS Local Quilt Shop

MAQ Mid Arm Quilter

OBW One Block Wonder

PhD Projects half Done

PIGS Projects In Grocery Sacks

PP Paper Piecing

QAYG Quilt As You Go

RR Round Robin

SABLE Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy

SEX Stash Enhancing Experience

SID Stitch In the Ditch

SnW Stack and Whack

Squishy Envelopes filed with swap fabric or gifts sent through the mail

STASH Special Treasures All Hidden Secretly

TGIF Thank God It’s Finished

TOT Tone On Tone

UFO UnFinished Object

WWIT What Was I Thinking

WISP Work In Slow Progress

WOF Width Of Fabric

WOMBAT Waste Of Money, Batting And Time

 Submitted by Sue Heard

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