September 2015 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Program items
  • Door Prizes for B, C


  • Lillie Martinez … September 14
  • Pam MccAll … September 18
  • Margaret Alsup … September 23
  • Evelyn Moore …September 27


It’s September!!!!!! Time is moving so quickly that it absolutely makes me dizzy. School has started, the hot temperatures are still here, and Christmas is just around the corner. I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and are getting for the fall season. Cooler weather and color changes in nature will certainly provide inspiration for quilting, and I know that we will all be busy with projects for the next few months. Be sure to bring your finished projects to share with us at the meetings.

Hope to see all of you for our schoolhouse meeting!

Sue Heard


Congratulations to Carrie and Anthony Stanford on the birth of their son, Jack Daniel Stanford, on Thursday, August 13. Also, congratulations to Evelyn Moore – Jack is her 3rd grandchild! Everyone is doing great!


At 9:00 all hands are requested to help with a simple quilt workshop for children. Our goal is to provide several (at least 24) pocket quilts for children that are staying at the battered women’s shelter. I will work through Hannah’s (Brighter Tomorrows) to coordinate this gift.

This is considered a charity workshop and will go toward any “volunteer hours” anyone may be collecting for various awards or projects.

The workshop will be a pot-luck (so bring your best dish) to be shared around 12 noon on Saturday September 26, 2015. The requirement for the workshop as far as fabric is approximately 3 yards of brightly colored print or solid fabric. We will be sharing the fabric to make a greater variety of quilts. Anyone who has flannel of any color or size, they would like to donate, would be appreciated for backing. We will not use batting, but sew the top and use the flannel for the backing, flip and stitch down around the edges. Simple and don’t worry — be HAPPY!

Let me know if you can come by signing up at the September meeting or sending me an e-mail at or call me at 972-264-3472. I will pass out the cutting instructions at the September meeting. See you then.

Appreciate ALL your help.

Janice Overton


The September meeting will be a Schoolhouse format, six 10 minute presentations by members of our guild. The following subjects will be presented:

  • Shirley — bias binding
  • Lillie — importance of accurate measuring
  • Janis Hill — red work
  • Debi — design wall
  • Nancy Conner — mitering
  • Evelyn — to be announced

Bring your border quilts and receive the instructions for the last border.

Grace and Jane


  • Sue called the meeting to order at 7:00.
  • The Guild had 5 birthdays for August: Katrina Lindley, Ruth Goodman, Lauren Charron, Nancy Conner and Judy Meador.
  • Remembrances: Charlie, grandson of Christine Blanton and nephew of Lauren Charron is now 2 lb 3 oz. He is gaining weight and the heart valve has closed. Carrie is scheduled to deliver Baby Jack on the 13th.
  • The minutes of the July meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Barbara reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,435.64. A disbursement of $116.50 was made for the meat for the guild birthday party, leaving a balance of $1,319.14. The Grand Prairie Food Co-op received funds of $668.00 ($630 from our auction and $38.00 in donations for food) and food totaling 108 pounds as a result of our guild birthday party and auction. The treasurer’s report was approved and will be filed for audit.
  • Shirley reported we have 25 members present and 3 visitors. Liz and Nancy of the Land of Lakes Quilt Guild visited and sold tickets for their donation quilt.
  • Carol Franklin reported that the guild meeting had been posted on the City of Grand Prairie website.
  • Door prizes were won by Nancy Conner, Debi Cypert, Evelyn Moore, Tori Swartzwelder and Janis Hill. Texas Star Quilters Guild sent two tickets for their quilt show. Margaret Alsup won the tickets.
  • Michelle reminded us that the newsletter deadline is the 10th of the month. Retreat in Weatherford is October 22-25th – there are still openings available.
  • Janice Overton reported the next Workshop would be held on Saturday, September 26th. The workshop will be a “Pocket Quilt for Kids”
  • Tory reported that the BOM theme for September is “Midnight on the Orient Express” using the fractured four-patch method. The 12 August “Stars and Stripes Forever” blocks were won by Cathy Mullin.
  • The Guild had 13 members that attended TAQG Rally Day. Sharon Wilhelm was the substitute speaker for Kathy Dunigan. Kimberly Einmo will be next year’s speaker.
  • Elisabeth reported that the Mystery exchange brown bags would be distributed at the September meeting. The bag should contain a center square (any size) with 3 fat quarters. The completed Mystery quilt will be returned to the owners at the November meeting.
  • There was no Old Business
  • There was no New Business
  • Tori Swartzwelder, Evelyn Moore, Kathy Poole and Barbara Garner had show and tell.
  • Grace reported that the “Stitch a Bit” group meets on the 4th Thursday – 9:30 to 3:30 at The Woods Methodist Church. The next meeting is August 27th.
  • Grace reported the next round of the Border Quilt is to add a bias vine to the plain border. Instructions were distributed. Michelle, Shirley, Janis, Nancy and Jeri showed the progress on their border quilt project.
  • Next month’s program will be our School House demos. There will be 5 stations with informative demos by members.
  • Becky Chevalier presented the program. Becky founded an organization called “Quilt for Kids, Lone Star Chapter” while waiting for a foster child. She demonstrated how to make 3 “kid quilts” from 3 yards of coordinating fabrics.

Debi Cypert



August 3, 2015

The Executive Board meeting was called to order at 6:45 by President Sue Heard. Executive Board members present were Janice Overton, Grace Norris, Jane Lamb, Barbara Burnaugh, Tori Swartzwelder, Carol Franklin, Debi Cypert and Shirley Lewis.

There being no business to conduct a motion was made by Barbara, seconded by Shirley, the meeting was adjourned.

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 August block is “Midnight on the Orient Express.”

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

If you have any questions, please contact Tory.

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Beginning balance …$1,319.14

Deposits: None

Disbursements: None

Ending Balance … $1,319.14

Barbara Burnaugh


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Michelle Rodriguez

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