February 2016 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Program items
  • Door Prizes for N, O and P


  • Debi Cypert … February 3

  • Carol Franklin … February 7

  • Jeri Bush … February 10

  • Janis Hill  … February 20


A friend gave me an embroidery kit for Christmas.  My  New Year’s resolution to finish a project first before beginning a new one was quickly overruled  and this new project was started.  I haven’t embroidered in a long time and was quickly reminded how much I missed doing this form of needlework.  It’s relaxing and slow going, but oh so rewarding to see the picture of stitches develop before your eyes.  It made me think of my mother teaching me to sew when I was a young girl—just has her mother taught her and so on back,  Mothers taught daughters the fine art of  needlework as it was a necessary skill to operate a household.  Times change and what was once a necessity has now become a hobby.

Even the simple skill of sewing on a button is becoming lost in our society.  So few of us sew today that when people see it being done, they watch in awe.    Perhaps in our quest to finish projects this year we also take time to remember that by-gone era of hand sewing and challenge ourselves to work on this again or teach it forward to the next generation.  Happy Sewing!

Tory Swartzwelder


The presentation for February will be on Vintage Quilt repair and tricks for cleaning and preserving your vintage quilts presented by Evelyn Moore. I will also be signing up anyone that would like to participate in our UFO challenge. You will need to bring in your UFO and pay your $1.00 in February to participate. Remember that there will be a cap of up to 5 UFOs, and it will cost $1.00 per entry you wish to enter with. I will have a full printing of the rules and the date you will need to have them done and bring back with you upon sign up at the next meeting!

Also, please make sure that if you volunteered to take a box last month for Operation Shoebox that you bring it back for the next meeting so that someone else may have a chance to make a block for our charity quilt! Remember, you may use the fabric in the box or you may use any in your stash, but please make sure either way there is enough fabric left in the box for the next volunteer to make a 12 inch by 12 block. Also, there was a question after the meeting about the number of fabrics that may be used. You may use 2 or more fabrics. There are no minimum fabrics that must be used and you may use ANY pattern you wish and the fabric must be red, white, blue or any combination of these colors! (And on a side note, overachievers are MORE than welcome for this particular project and will not be turned away! If you can only make one block, we understand completely, but the more blocks we have, the more quilts we could make. So if you would like to make more, they will be gladly accepted!!!)

*Note: the March program will be a make and take program. We will be making a scented pot holder. I will provide a bit more information at the next meeting, but just in case you would like to plan ahead, you will need either a finished 9 inch OR 12 inch block (your choice).

*Also, if you would like to make a presentation or teach something at any of our meetings or if there is something you would like to learn, please feel free to e-mail or call me or even catch me and talk to me after a meeting. I would love to hear any feedback you wish to share with me! Remember…I don’t know if you don’t tell me!
Carrie Stanford

Carrie Stanford


FEBRUARY 6, 2016 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Grand Prairie

Lauren Metang


  • January 4, 2016
  • Tory called the meeting to order at 7 p.m..
  • The Guild had 3 birthdays for January: Jane Lamb, Carrie Stanford and Bailey Morris.
  • Remembrances: Charlie, grandson of Christine Blanton and nephew of Lauren Metang has been ill with a form of bronchitis. Please remember this family in your prayers.
  • The minutes of the December meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Barbara Burnaugh reported that the balance in the guild account is $988.58.
  • The Executive Board met and received written a request calling for a review of the By-laws and Standing Rules. The last revision was in 2001. Janice Overton will be the Committee Chairman.
  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 31 paid members. Visitors at the January meeting are Becky Petross, Shirley Allein, Donna Reid, Sally Richardson, Sara Schaeht, Ann Stevenson, Penny Johnson, Gail Walsh. Shirley and Becky joined.
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Door Prizes, drew the winning door prizes: Sara, Barbara, Sally, Cathy and Carrie.
  • Membership was reminded that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month
  • Christine reported that the BOM theme for the year will be Civil War Blocks using the colors noted in the instructions for the month. The 15 January Civil War blocks were won by Shirley A.
  • New business was the appointment of an Audit Committee. Cathy, Elisabeth and Debi volunteered.
  • Christine was the only show and tell for the evening.
  • Grace reported that the “Stitch a Bit” group meets on the 4th Thursday – 9:30 to 3:30 at The Woods Methodist Church, Robinson at Bardin Rd.
  • Debi Cypert, Secretary, read a letter from 1st Presbyterian Church thanking the Guild for the donation for $275.00. Also, a thank you for the 40.5 pounds of food donated to the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Assistance Co-Operative was received.
  • Lauren Metang, Workshops, has planned a Mystery Quilt workshop for February 6th at First Presbyterian Church. The workshop will be from 9:00 to 3:00 with pot luck lunch. One layer cake will be needed, plus additional fabrics.
  • Carrie Stanford, Programs, had several ideas for the year. The first will be a Round Robin-Operation Shoe Box that will be a box with enough fabric to complete a 12 inch square. The first four boxes were distributed. These will be re-distributed monthly for completion of a new block. The fabric needs to be replenished before being redistributed. The blocks will be used to make donation quilts for completion in December.
  • Also, a UFO challenge will be held starting in February. Each person will bring a UFO (up to 5 per member) that will be finished during the year. Each entry in the UFO challenge will be $1.00. Each totally complete quilt (quilted/ tied with binding) will be an entry to win the cash.
  • Our program for the evening was Donna Reid from the Irving Quilt Guild. Donna is the chairperson for the Angel Quilt program. The quilts the guild makes are small – 90 inch or large >90 – 120 inches. The quilts are collected and taken to Scottish Rite Hospital. The Irving Guild made more than 300 angel quilts in 2015. The quilts are labeled with the name of the maker and the Irving Quilt Guild. The makers earn points that can be used for a reward program used in the guild.
  • Contact information for Scottish Rite Hospital is Stephanie Brigger, Stephanie.brigger@TSRH.org.
  • Carrie shared the February program will be presented by Evelyn and will be repair of vintage quilts. The March program will be a “Make and Take” and will require a 9″ block plus 2 coordinating fabrics.

Margaret Alsupfor Debi Cypert


Couple things: I encourage everyone to shop for Civil War fabric, Evelyn Moore will be bringing some to the January meeting so you can see an example or you may purchase. Also, there are several shops that carry it including Peggy’s Quilt Studio in Pantego & Common Threads Quilting in Waxahachie to name 2 of them. I would suggest getting 10-12 fat quarters to choose from for the Blocks of the each month. Please stick to the color scheme that you see each month on the example, the blue can be light or dark for example, but it should be blue. We will be drawing each month for a winner of the blocks. The finished blocks are 8.5″ squared. Any questions, contact Christine at blntn606@sbcglobal.net or 214-284-4906.

Christine Blanton

For Directions, visit this site: civilwarquilts.blogspot.com




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Michelle Rodriguez

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