November 2015 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Program items
  • Door Prizes for HJ and L


  • Vickie Bramblet … November 11
  • Janice Overton … November 23


WOW!!!! It is November already, and I am wondering where the year has gone. Seems to me that time is moving faster and faster, and I am not sure there are still 24 hours in each day. This month will mark the beginning of our holiday season with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day just around the corner. Everyone will be soooo busy with cooking, shopping, decorating, shopping, wrapping presents, shopping — well, you get the idea. Please remember to take time for yourself as we go through the next few weeks so that you are able to enjoy the time with friends and family.

Sue Heard


Thank you ladies for all the wonderful scraps.  I have gathered so many that I am now out of storage room and my friend has a garage full of dog-bed-scraps, so I can’t collect any more.   Thank you all again.



The program for November TBA. If it is decided to do a Make and Take item for Christmas we will send a special e-mail advising what you need to purchase to complete the project. It will be of nominal cost.

Elisabeth will be completing her Mystery bag project and we will share the project results of those that participated. We will complete the border quilts with a final Show and Well Done.

Grace and Jane


Thanks to those people who submitted items during the last year for the newsletter challenge. The people that participated will have their names in a drawing at the November meeting for a prize. Participants were Grace, Sue, Jane, Barbara B, Katrina, Shirley and Janice O.

Michelle Rodriguez


I wish to personally thank Tory, Janis H, Cathy M, Elisabeth M, and Kathy P for all their support on the “Pocket Quilts Project.” I turned in 31 pocket quilts with toys and gizmos to Brighter Tomorrows. They were amazed and greatly appreciative for the gift.  As most of you may know, our goal was 24 quilts. We went over and beyond and I thank you greatly, again. I left the door open for them to contact me when they need some additional support from our guild.

I wish the new workshop leader the best for next year. I look forward to supporting this person. See you at the November meeting. This always gets your juices going for quilting.

Grace and Jane


“Trash” Thread Holder

I read about a neat way to use batting scraps. Cut the scraps into pieces (about 5” x 5”) and pin one of the scraps to your clothing. After cutting threads, place “throw away” threads on the scrap. When you finishing sewing, dispose of batting scrap with threads on it.

Barbara Burnaugh


  • Sue called the meeting to order at 7:00.
  • The Guild had 5 birthdays for August: Pat Johnson, Pam Landrum, Shara Hill-Scheibner, Cathy Mullin and Christine Blanton.
  • Remembrances: Carol Franklin had complications from a recent back surgery. She is undergoing physical therapy at Matlock Place, Room 817. Charlie, grandson of Christine Blanton and nephew of Lauren Charron has come home from the hospital and continues to do well. Kathy Poole’s husband has had a triple bypass.
  • The minutes of the September meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Barbara reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,339.14.
  • The Executive Board met and adjourned due to no new business to discuss.
  • Shirley reported we have 21 members present.
  • Door prizes were won by Barbara Burnaugh, Janice Overton, Nancy Conner and Christine Blanton.
  • Michelle reminded us that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month. Retreat in Weatherford is October 22-25th with 6 members signed up– there are still openings available.
  • Janice Overton reported there were 5 members present at the workshop. There were a total of 31 quilts turned in with 5 or 6 still out. The “pockets” on the quilts were filled with toys. The quilts will be distributed to kids in crisis.
  • Tory reported that the BOM theme for November is “Flower Power” using the fractured four-patch method. The seven “Mad for Plaid” blocks were won by Janis Hill.
  • Katrina reported on the TAQG meeting. The next meeting will be held 11/17/15 and will be the annual speakers forum.
  • Elisabeth reported there are 8 participants in the “Mystery Block”. The blocks are due at the November meeting.
  • There was no old business.
  • New business was the annual election of the Nominating Committee. Grace Norris and Shirley Lewis are automatic members of this committee. Christine Blanton, Janice Overton and Jeri Bush volunteered.
  • Nancy Conner and Christine Blanton had show and tell. Border Quilts were shown by Barbara Burnaugh, Nancy Conner and Christine Blanton.
  • Barbara reported that the fleece quilts were delivered to the Arlington Residence and Rehab center.
  • Grace reported that the “Stitch a Bit” group meets on the 4th Thursday – 9:30 to 3:30 at The Woods Methodist Church. The last meeting of the year will take place October 22.
  • Our program for the evening was a bridal shower for Lauren and Patrick.
    Debi Cypert.

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 November block is “Flower Power.”

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

If you have any questions, please contact Tory.

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Beginning balance …$1,319.14

Deposits: None

Disbursements: Check #1995 Program Expenses …   50.56

Ending Balance … $1,288.58

Barbara Burnaugh


The Nominating Committee was formed at the October meeting for the purpose of bringing a slate of officers to the Guild for 2016. The Committee was made up of Grace, Shirley, Christine, Jeri, and Janice O. They will bring the slate printed at right to the November meeting. Nominations may also be made from the floor. Keep in mind that the Committee positions may also change on January 1st.

President … Tory Swartzwelder
1st Vice President, Programs … Carrie Stanford
2nd Vice President, Workshops … Lauren Charron
Secretary … Debi Cypert
Treasurer … Janis Hill


The final workshop with Kathy Dunigan which was postponed from Rally Day was held last month at the 1890’s House in Cedar Hill. Several of our guild members attended. It was a very informative workshop. Although TAQG did make a profit from Rally Day, the reports have not yet all been completed, so I don’t have a final figure. Our quilt guild donated a total of 13 mini quilts to the silent auction which were sold for a total of $347. WELL DONE LADIES! Thanks to Janis Hill for challenging us to step up and make mini quilts.

There is one meeting remaining for TAQG this year. It is the annual speaker’s forum. It is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you are interested in getting on the list of local speakers (Which will be posted on the TAQG website in January), please send information including your name, topics, contact information, and price to Charna Gray On the day of the forum, speakers will be given a small table on which to place a display and/or handouts and will be given a few minutes to introduce themselves and describe the programs they are willing to present to other guilds. This is a great meeting to attend if you are in charge of programs or workshops next year. Let Katrina know if you want to attend, and you can ride with her. TAQG meetings are held at Garden Ridge Church of Christ, 102 N. Garden Ridge Blvd, Lewisville.

The TAQG meeting in January will be held on a Saturday. (Probably January 17th, but that has not yet been determined). There will be break-out sessions for presidents, secretaries, and treasurers. This is a wonderful opportunity for new people in leadership positions to learn about their job in the guild, and to network with others holding the same position in other guilds across North Texas.

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY is asking for donation quilts to be auctioned off as a fund raiser for the museum. They are looking for both antique quilts and newly made quilts. The deadline is in April 1st. Watch the TAQG Roundup newsletter for more details.

The Dallas Quilt Show is March 11, 12, and 13th. TAQG has a booth. If you volunteer to work for a couple of hours in the booth, you can get into the show FREE. If you are interested in volunteering please let Katrina Lindley know.
TAQG Rally Day 2016 will be on Saturday, July 9. Remember that we are on the committee this year. So SAVE THE DATE. The speaker will be Kimberly Einmo They are asking guild members to make a quilt using one of her patterns and to have it complete by March 11th so that we can display them in the TAQG booth at the Dallas Quilt Show to advertise Rally Day. There will be 4 individual one-day workshops, two in Mesquite before Rally Day and two in Arlington after Rally Day. They are thinking about scheduling one on Sunday. So let me know ASAP if that seems like a good idea to you.

We are going to need at least 10 volunteers to work at Rally Day. Our guild has been assigned three responsibilities: Entry Doors, Donation Quilt area, and Guild Rosters.

We will begin having short meetings in February following our regular guild meeting, to make sure we are ready when the day comes. (It will be here before we know it.) Also be thinking about an item we can make for the 500 Goodie bags, and be gathering nice new items that we can use to make a gift basket for the door prizes.
Please contact me (Katrina) if you have any questions. My email address is My home phone number is (817) 477-5793. My cell phone number is (817) 691-5433. Thanks for your support!

Katrina Lindley, TAQG Representative


It’s time for the National Quilt Museum’s 2016 Quilts for Quilting Campaign to begin.  The Quilts for Quilting Campaign is one of The National Quilt Museum’s largest and most important fundraisers.  Last year over 500 quilt enthusiasts participated.  We hope that you will participate this year and help the Museum achieve its fundraising goals.

How it works?  The program is simple and everyone can participate.  To get involved simply donate a full size quilt or miniature quilt to the Museum for fundraising purposes.  The quilt can be a new creation or an antique and it can be any size.  Most donated quilts will be a part of one of our three annual auctions.  In a few cases they are held to be used in later events.  The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Over the last 6 years, the Quilts for Quilting Campaign has led to critical funding for the Museum.  The dollars raised in this program have helped us expand several programs and expand our promotional efforts.  These proceeds along with other donations have ultimately led to thousands more people experiencing the work of today’s quilting community through educational programs, in-facility exhibits, travelling exhibits, and other programs.

In addition to helping the Museum, each campaign donator will receive a free gift.

How to donate your quilt to the “Quilts for Quilting” campaign:

1. Send quilts to:

            National Quilt Museum

            215 Jefferson Street

            Paducah, KY 42001

2. Please write “Attn: Quilts for Quilting” on the box.

3. Include your name, address, and contact information so that we may send you a receipt and a gift.

There is no limit to the number of quilts you may donate to the campaign.  We welcome multiple donations.  If possible, please donate by April 1, 2016.

Thank you so much for your donation.  The Museum relies heavily on the generosity of the quilting community for funding and we need everyone passionate about quilting involved.  2016 is the Museum’s 25th Anniversary and we would love to ring in this wonderful milestone with the most successful auction ever!

If you have any questions about this program please contact Lori Robbins or Amanda Ball at 270-442-8856.


Frank Bennett


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Michelle Rodriguez

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