October 2015 Newsletter

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


  • Pat Johnson  … October 11
  • Pam Landrum … October 15
  • Shara Hill-Scheibner  … October 17
  • Cathy Mullin … October 27
  • Christine Blanton … October 28


I saw a facebook posting the other day which read “My favorite color is October”. While there may be other parts of the country which have more changing leaves, we have our fair share right here in the Metroplex. Along with the leaves come brisk morning air, shorter days/longer nights, and a sense of change to a little slower pace — at least until we get in that Christmas rush. May we take the days of October to reflect on the months behind us and prepare ourselves for the holiday seasons to come.

I wish each of you a colorful October!

Sue Heard


SEPTEMBER 26 at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The following ladies have signed up to help make “pocket quilts” for Brighter Tomorrows: Janis H., Shara S., Kathy P., Cathy M., Elisabeth M., Sue H., Tory S., and Katrina L.

The instructions for cutting and sewing are listed below for anyone else who would like to make a quilt at their leisure for donation.

You will need to cut 54 strips that are 3 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. You will sew three of these strips together lengthwise and three strips together horizontally.. This will give you 18 squares that are 3 1/2 x 9.

To make the quilt you will sew one set of 3 on the vertical and the second set of 3 on the horizontal together and this gives you one large block. You will make 9 large blocks. Connect 8 of the large blocks together to form a strip. The 9th large block, you will need to put a backing on (right sides to right sides) – sewing of the 3 sides, and then turn inside out. This 9th block becomes your pocket. You will then sew it to the strip right side together. Sew one seam between the two blocks to for 2 pockets. Place on a 2 1/2 binding. Then back the entire strip quilt. It should measure approximately 18” x 79.” Our goal is to have 24 pocket quilts to give to Brighter Tomorrows. All help is appreciated.

Don’t forget the International Quilt Show in Houston on October 29- Nov. 1

This always gets your juices going for quilting.

Janice Overton


TAQG Rally Day was a great success. I think about half of our guild members were in attendance. We made a VERY IMPRESSIVE showing in the silent auction of mini-quilts. We had the most quilts donated by any guild, and the quilts from our guild raised almost $300 for TAQG. I believe Margaret’s turquoise and purple Christmas tree earned the most money, with Sue’s reindeer a close second. I heard several positive comments about our Santa panel in the goodie bags as well. WELL DONE!

For those of you who have not heard, our scheduled speaker Kathy Dunigan was unable to attend because of her father’s unexpected death early that morning. Several of her quilts were on display and we had an excellent fill-in speaker who showed us various techniques including applique, crayon coloring,and pieced blocks. The workshop scheduled for Monday and Tuesday (7/13 & 14) were rescheduled. If you signed up for the workshop and have NOT yet received either your money back or heard of the new date, please contact Rita Watson, 972-814-4573 or rjwatson47@earthlink.net or let Katrina Lindley know.

Save the date for Rally Day 2016. We are on the committee and will need “all hands on deck” that day. It is normally the 2nd Saturday in July, so it should be on July 9, 2016 in Mesquite. I will let you know when they have confirmed the date and place. The guest speaker is to be Kimberly Einmo, who designs quilts using jelly rolls. www.kimberlyeinmo.com The 2016 committee has already met twice.

I have volunteered us to monitor the “donation” quilts on display in the hallway.

We will need at least 6 volunteers to help member guilds find their assigned location, and to police the area making sure they are not expanding their territory. No one will be required to work during the lecture, and you get in early, so there are some “perks” for being on the committee.

There are two more meetings of TAQG in 2015. On September 29th we will meet to discuss membership. November 17th will be our annual Speakers’ Forum.

Both meetings are held at 10 a.m. at the Garden Ridge Church of Christ, 102 N Garden Ridge Blvd, Lewisville, TX 75067. If you are interested in attending, please let Katrina Lindley know and you can ride with her.

Karina Lindley


Hints for achieving nearly, perfectly straight seams in the center of the bow-tie blocks

First let me say that I am a beginning quilter, and most of you ladies probably know way more than I do about everything. However Michelle did say that she wanted each of us to write an article for the newsletter, so here is mine. I have really enjoyed doing the “border by border” quilt each month. It has been really interesting to see how different our quilts look, even though we are using the same pattern. I have learned a LOT making each of these borders. You can notice my progress on this quilt! The points of my stars disappear quite a few times. I did much better on the seams of the bow-ties on the last border.

Somehow I lost track of which border we were doing this month, and I have already done my bow-tie border. So my quilt-top is COMPLETE! Most of you will be doing the bow-tie border as your last border this month. Here are the hints I would like to pass along on how to join the pieces of the bow-tie block so that the seams line up exactly in the center.

1. Make certain that the seam allowances in the two pieces to be joined are pressed in opposite directions of one another. (Re-press some seams, before you try to sew the pieces together, if needed) This will insure that you do not have double the bulk in any one spot, and will make the seams line up more precisely on the front of the block.

2. Place the two pieces you are joining, right sides together, and line up the center seams, meshing the seam allowances, so there is no gap, and no extra bulk. I found it easier to do this by “feel”, rolling the seams until it felt just right, perfectly flat.

3. About 1 -2 inches from the raw edge, Place a pin along the existing seam line, with head near the center of the block, the point pointing toward the seam you will be sewing; so that the pin is going through the stitches of the previous seams. Turn the block over and insure that the pin is going through exactly on the stitching on both pieces. (I place the pin “backward” and so none of the pin is within the seam allowance of the new seam so that I can sew the new seam in the center, without moving the pin, or breaking a needle because I sewed over a pin.)

4. Starting near the center of the new seam, sew about an inch on either side of the seams on the pieces you are joining, to anchor the center. (You have now just sewn the center only of the new seam). Unpin and turn the block over to insure that the seams match exactly in the center. Rip out the seam, and redo the previous steps on the same pieces until you are satisfied.

5. Sew from the center out to one edge. Then flip the block over and sew from the center out to the other edge. Make sure that you start sewing and sew exactly on the anchor stitching when you complete the seam.

You probably think this sounds like a lot of extra work. But believe me, in the long run it is quicker than doing a lot of ripping and re-sewing because your blocks do not meet exactly in the center. It seemed like every time I got “cocky” and tried to sew a seam from one end to the other, without anchoring the center first, I had to rip it out and start again.

Good luck!

Katrina Lindley


The program for October will be a bridal shower for our youngest member, Lauren Charron . Lauren is registered at Kohl’s, Macy’s and Target. Her bridal party will be wearing RED, and she also loves fall colors, such as: sage green, gold, browns and rustic or burnt orange.’’

Please bring a shower gift and join the fun celebrating Lauren’s future.

Punch and a cake will be served.

Grace and Jane


  • The September meeting of the Quilter’s Guild was called to order by President Sue at 7 p.m. Sue introduced our two visitors Baby Jack and Daddy Anthony Stanford.
  • The Guild had 4 birthdays for September: Lillie Martinez, Pam McCall, Margaret Alsup and Evelyn Moore.
  • Remembrances: Christine gave an update on grandson Charlie. He is doing well and is gaining weight. Also, we want to remember our First Responders and keep them in our prayers.
  • The minutes of the August meeting were approved as printed.
  • Barbara reported there were no deposits or disbursements. The balance remains $1,319.14.
  • Debi read the minutes of the Executive Board.
  • Shirley reported there are 23 members present and 2 guests. The Texas Quilt Museum has joined the Guild as a new member.
  • Michelle reminded all persons that the newsletter information needs to be in by the 10th. Retreat is coming up on October 22. There are 6 signed up. If you are interested please contact Michelle.
  • Door prizes were won by Janice, Cathy, Margaret and Jeri.
  • Janice reported the workshop will be September 26th. The project will be bed runners to be donated to Brighter Tomorrows. The bed runners are designed to go across a twin bed with pockets on either end. The pockets hold Coloring Books and Crayons. Prints and Solids are suggested. The workshop is pot luck and will start at 9 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church.
  • Elisabeth reported the Mystery Block Bags can be picked up at the end of the meeting and are due back in November.
  • Tory reported the October BOM will be the fractured four-patch and the theme is “Mad For Plaid”. The September blocks were won by Cathy Mullin.
  • Katrina reported the next TAQG meeting will be on membership. Kathy Dunigan’s workshop that was postponed from the Rally Day will be held next Monday and Tuesday in Cedar Hill.
  • There was no new business or old business.
  • Sue reminded the guild that next month the Nominating Committee for 2016 will be formed.
  • Members with Show and Tell were Tory, Christine, Janis, Lauren, Kathy, Jane, Elisabeth and Grace.
  • Sue told the guild about a video tour of Missouri Star Quilt in Hamilton, Missouri.
  • Grace reported that Stitch a Bit had 12 attendees last month. The next one will be September 24.
  • The final border of the border project is the bow tie. Katrina and Janis displayed their quilts.
  • Next month’s meeting will be Lauren’s Wedding Shower. The happy couple is registered at Kohl’s, Target and Macy’s.
  • The program for September is the School House. The stations set up were Bias Binding taught by Shirley Lewis, Mitering by Nancy Conner, Redwork by Janis Hill, Scrap Bag by Evelyn Moore and Portable Design Wall by Debi Cypert.

Debi Cypert



The Executive Board meeting of the Quilter’s Guild was called to order by President Sue at 6:50. Members present were Shirley Lewis, Tory Swartzwelder, Jane Lamb, Janice Overton, Barbara Burnaugh and Debi Cypert.

There being no business to discuss a motion to adjourn was made by Janice Overton, seconded by Barbara Burnaugh.

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 “Mad for Plaid.”

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

If you have any questions, please contact Tory.

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Beginning balance …$1,319.14

Deposits: Texas Quilt Museum Membership … $20

Disbursements: None

Ending Balance … $1,339.14

Barbara Burnaugh


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Michelle Rodriguez

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