May 2015 Newsletter


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


  • Sue Heard … May 16


Have you given any thought to why you choose a particular quilt pattern to make or why you choose a particular fabric as the focus fabric in your quilts?  This time of year, I tend to choose vibrant colors and feel that the flowers I see everywhere lead me to the colors.  The April showers have done their job this year as the May flowers are spectacular, and I am ready to make some new quilts.  I hope each of you has time to devote to your quilting during this coming summer season and look forward to seeing what you have made during our Show and Tell.  See you at the meeting.

Sue Heard


When we ordered business cards, we ordered enough for our members to take some and pass out. If you would like a few to keep with you, they will be available at the next meeting.


From August to November, you can join in a mystery mini swap. You’ll make a mini quilt for someone with their fabrics, and someone will make one for you, with yours.

If you’d like to participate, in August bring 3 fat quarters (or the rough equivalent) AND a quilt square. Your square can be any size or pattern. You don’t have to have made it yourself; maybe you won it as a block of the month, or bought it at the auction.

Everyone who participates will get a sack containing someone else’s block and the fabric that goes with it. Use those to make a completed mini quilt (backed, quilted and bound). Your mini can be any size, but you can only use the fabric you’ve been given on the front. You can supply fabric for the back and binding, if you choose. You must use the quilt block on the front of the quilt, and you can’t alter it (i.e., no “disappearing nine-patch”).
Bring the mini you make back in November. It will help if you keep the bag it came in.

Elisabeth McMahon


  • Sue called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Guild had 1 birthday for April: Elisabeth McMahon
  • Remembrances: Christine Blanton is on her way to Africa on a mission trip. Congratulations to Lauren Charron on her engagement – no date set yet. Carol Franklin is home and progressing well. Angels and Moore will be closing May 2nd.
  • Four members of the Fort Worth Quilt Guild attended the April meeting to sell raffle tickets.
  • The minutes of the March meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Barbara reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,420.64. A deposit was made in the amount of $300 – grant from TAQG. Disbursements were $107.77 for fleece and $96.99 for business cards. The treasurer’s report was approved and will be filed for audit.
  • Shirley reported we have 24 members present and 7 visitors. We had three new and renewing members, Pat Johnson, Vickie Bramblet and Debora Proctor.
  • Michelle reminded us that the newsletter deadline is the 10th of the month. Retreat in Weatherford is May 14-17. Business cards are available for members to distribute.
  • Door prizes were won by Grace Norris, Lauren Charron, Heidi Statch (visitor) and Sue Heard.
  • Janice Overton reported the next Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 6th. The pattern for the workshop will be “Star Gazing” and the finished size is 50 X 50. The workshop will be from 9:00 to 3:00.
  • Tory reported that the BOM theme for May is “Under the Boardwalk” using the fractured four-patch. The April “Oh, Baby” blocks were won by Nancy Mills Dickens – a total of 33 blocks.
  • Katrina reminded the guild that the mini quilts for the TAQG Rally Day would be due by the May meeting. Rally Day is July 11th and is free to guild members (bring your membership card). The speaker this year is Kathy Dunigan. Katrina has Rally Day Pins to sell at $5.00 each. Katrina also reminded the group that our guild will be responsible for working the rally next year.
  • Katrina is taking orders for Guild T-shirts. Polo and T-shirt styles are available and are $13.25 for S-XL Polo and $11.00 for the T-shirt style. Larger sizes are available.
  • Elisabeth reported that the “Mystery” project guidelines were is almost finalized, and will be presented soon.
  • Katrina, Lauren, Jane and Tory had show and tell.
  • Grace reported that the guild was contacted by the “Singing Quilter”. The speaker would be available to speak and present a trunk show at our Guild for the November meeting. The program would cost the guild $300.00 plus one night’s lodging.
  • Jane made a motion, seconded by Kathleen Poole that we would decline the speaker and instead look for a “teaching” program instead. Motion carried.
  • Grace reported that the “Stitch a Bit” group meets on the 4th Thursday – 9:30 to 3:30 at The Woods Methodist Church. 7 members were present at the last meeting.
  • Grace reported the third round of the Border Quilt is Checkerboard. Instructions were distributed.
  • Tonight’s program was presented by Janice Overton, “The Underground Railroad – “Hidden in Plain View”. Quilts were used to mark the path to freedom. Blocks such as Monkey’s Wrench, Flying Geese, Wagon Wheel, Bear’s Paw, Crossroads, Log Cabin, Shoofly, Drunkard’s Path, Northstar and Tumbling Blocks were used as guides.

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

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 … $1,410.64


Memberships … 50.00

Total Deposits … 50.00


Check #1103 (Sue Heard reimbursement for fat quarter purchase) … (45)

Total Disbursements …  (45)

Ending Balance … $1,425.64

Barbara Burnaugh


The May program will involve member participation. Have you ever made an OOPS in a quilt project??I wager to bet everyone of us has made an error in a quilting project. Bring your examples and be ready to explain how you remedied them or just decided to live with them. Hopefully your example will keep someone else from making that same mistake.
I have often heard, and it was an often stated quote from my Mother, “Learn from the mistakes of others, you cannot make them all yourself.”

Border Quilt block. Continue to work on your border block. Bring them to the meeting for all to see your progress.

Stitch A Bit to meet Thursday, April 23 at The Woods 9:30 to 3 p.m.. Come join in fellowship.

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


Please welcome our new (and returning) members:

Pat Johnson
718 College Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
October 11

Vickie Bramblet
852 Colson Drive
Arlington, TX 76002
November 11

Debora Proctor
1330 S. San Saba 75052
Grand Prairie, TX
June 26

Welcome to our visitors in April. We hope you will return to our May meeting!


1. Thanks everyone, and especially Shirley Lewis! We completed the 500 items for the goodie bags for Rally Day.
2. The size of the mini-quilts for the auction at Rally Day in 2015 is a maximum of 24 x 24 inches. If you are interested in making one, please give them to Katrina and complete a donation form by our May meeting.
3. The speaker for Rally Day 2015 is Kathy Dunigan, an expert on applique. Rally Day is the 2nd Saturday in July (July 11, 2015), at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church, 1233 Belt Line, Mesquite from 9 am until 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, bring your membership card.
4. Katrina Lindley has Rally Day pins $5, Lunch tickets $10, and raffle tickets for the pre-rally day gift basket (includes a Janome sewing machine) $1 each, or 6 for $5 available for purchase. Please contact her if you are interested and miss her at the meeting.
5. There are two workshops by Kathy Dunigan offered in conjunction with Rally Day. The first will be in Mesquite on Thursday and Friday, July 9&10. Kathy will teach the Baltimore Hanging Basket block. The second will be at Trinity UMC in Arlington on Monday and Tuesday, July 13 & 14 and will feature a block called Addie’s Delight. Both workshops are all day (9-2). The cost of each workshop is $100, plus $25 for the optional kit for the block. Forms for the workshops are available from Katrina or on the TAQG website.
6. TAQG meetings for 2015 are from 10 am until noon at Garden Ridge Church of Christ, 102 N Garden Ridge Blvd. in Lewisville. The tentative topics for the breakout sessions each month are:
May 26th: Info about offering educational workshops for the community
July 28th: Info about sales tax
Sept. 29th: TBD
Nov. 17th: Info about programs/speakers
(10 am – 2 p.m.)
If anyone is interested in attending a particular meeting with Katrina, please let her know. Nancy Mills-Dickens accompanied Katrina last week. Thanks Nancy
7. Remember that we have volunteered to help with Rally Day 2016. The speaker has been announced. It is Kimberly Einmo, who has published books with patterns using jelly rolls. The committee working on Rally Day 2016 met last week. I volunteered our guild to be in charge of registration and monitoring the Donation Quilts in the hallway. We will need at least six people to arrive early to help with these tasks. Please mark your calendars to save that date for next year. Thanks!

Katrina Lindley


June 6 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bring your pot luck lunch.

I will have colored pictures of the finished quilts so you can decide which type of quilt look you are seeking and if you want to learn the particulars about this quilt. Remember we need at least 5 people to have this workshop.

Cutting instructions will be e-mailed to everyone who signs up for the workshop at the April meeting. That will give you about a month to get it cut out. Workshops are always a lot of fun and there will be prizes too.

See you at the April meeting and come prepared to join the fun!

Janice Overton

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