June 2016 Newsletter

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


  • Kathy Poole … June 1
  • Grace Norris … June 19
  • Tory Swartzwelder … June 29
  • Nancy Mills Dickens … June 30


Happy Spring! You know what that means….spring cleaning. It may take time away from sewing but it can be well worth it to clean, refold, consolidate, organize and put things in their place. I’ve been known during this process to find a particular item I had long since forgotten or given up locating.

I sew more during the winter months and find it especially important to clean and oil my machine. Consider taking it in to be professionally serviced. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your needle, do so now. Believe it or now, that small act, really does make a difference. Get on a roll—replace the blade in your rotary cutter and treat yourself and have your scissors sharpened. Take care of your investment so you can enjoy many more hours sewing this spring. I look forward to seeing your creations at the next show and tell.

Happy Sewing!

Tory Swartzwelder


Michelle Atwood was a returning visitor to our May meeting. We hope that you will return to our June meeting and join our Guild!


The June meeting is going to be focused on storage!!! I will be bringing some examples of storage for the sewing room/area, storage for ongoing projects and some possible storage ideas for when we go to a workshop! Remember to bring your favorite storage ideas to share with everyone! Storage can be for fabrics, ongoing projects or even just your sewing notions!

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 inch block. 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!!!)

Carrie Stanford


Rally Day 2016 will be Saturday, July 9th at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church, 1233 N. Belt Line Road, Mesquite, TX 75149. Doors open at 9 a.m. Admission is FREE to members of our quilt guild. Goody bags will be given to the first 500 in attendance. Door prizes will also be awarded. The first door prize awarded will be a sewing machine. The guest speaker this year is Kimberly Einmo. Her website is kimberlyeinmo.com.

Thanks to all of you who volunteered to help at Rally Day. If you are working at Rally Day, you need to arrive at 8 a.m. I have Sue Heard, Barbara Garner, Janis Hill, Nancy Mills-Dickens, Shara Scheibner, and Tory Swartzwelder working at the doors. Lillie Martinez, Grace Norris, Jeri Bush, Shirley Lewis, Michelle Rodriguez, Barbara Burnaugh, Kathy Poole, Debi Cypert, and Penny Johnson have volunteered to work with the Raffle Quilts.

Thanks so much for your participation in items for a door prize and the 5” squares for the goodie bags. Also thank you so much all of you who purchased tickets for the pre-rally day basket and pins.
There will be multiple workshops by Kimberly Einmo, this year’s speaker: a 2-day workshop on Thursday and Friday before Rally Day in Mesquite; Two one-day workshops in Arlington, one on Monday and another on Tuesday after Rally Day. If you are interested, please pull a form off the TAQG website taqg.org and mail it in with your payment as soon as possible. The workshops have traditionally filled up quickly. There is a fee for the workshops.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at krazykat1952@gmail.com or call me at (817) 691-5433 or (817) 577-5793.

Katrina Lindley, TAQG Representative


  • Be sure to wear a name tag at our meetings. If you don’t wear a name tag, you will be charged 50 cents each time.
  • 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 e-mail with a link to the website (qgogp.wordpress.com).
    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 e-mail 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 e-mails are all listed in the newsletter.
  • Please silence your cell phone during our meetings.

Michelle Rodriguez


  • President Tory Swartzwelder called the meeting to order at 7:00.
  • Tory introduced Linda McPherson visiting from Quilters Guild of Arlington to sell tickets for their raffle quilt. The raffle quilt is 80 x 80 and was designed by Ginny Miller.
  • The minutes of the April meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The Guild had 2 birthdays for May: Sue Heard and Shirley Allein.
  • Remembrances: Shirley Allein has a new great granddaughter, Logan – 8 lbs. 2 oz. Lauren updated the group on her friend that was pregnant. The baby was delivered but did not have to have surgery. Mom and baby are doing well.
  • Janis reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,583.58. A deposit of $15.00 was added to a beginning balance of $1,568.58.
  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 27 members present and 2 visitors. We welcomed visitor Michelle Atwood and Linda McPherson from the Arlington Guild.
  • Kathy Poole, Door Prizes, held the door prize drawing and the winners were Nancy Mills-Dickens, Nancy Conner, Lilli Martinez and Janice Overton.
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Newsletter, reminded members that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month.
  • Lauren Metang, Workshops, reminded everyone that the tumbler flag workshop will be May 21st from 9:00 to 3:00. Please see Lauren to sign up. Lunch will be pot-luck.
  • Christine Blanton, Block of the Month, showed an example of the June BOM “Star of the West ”. The pattern will be published in the newsletter. Christine Blanton won the ten May blocks, “Louisiana”.
  • Katrina Lindley, TAQG representative, reported she still has pre-raffle tickets for sale along with lunch tickets for Rally Day. This is the last opportunity before Rally Day to purchase TAQG items.
  • Grace reported that the “Stitch a Bit” group meets on the 4th Thursday – 9:30 to 3:30 at The Woods Methodist Church, Robison at Bardin Rd. The next meeting will be May 26th. There were ten attendees at the April stitch group.
  • Under Old Business, the block library will be tabled until next month. The guild has 100+ blocks in the block library.
  • Under Old Business, Jane Lamb asked about use of the $300 grant money from TAQG. The program committee will look into what is available within this price range and report to the guild.
  • Show and Tell participants for May were Lauren Metang, Tory Swartzwelder, Christine Blanton, Pam Landrum, Margaret Alsup, Grace Norris, Barbara Burnaugh, Shirley Lewis, Katrina Lindley, Jeri Bush, Carrie Stanford and Evelyn Moore.
  • Barbara Burnaugh also showed the guild a “Rare Bear” that she had made. A Rare Bear is an unstuffed bear for children with rare diseases that are matched with other children that have the same rare disease.
  • The Operation Shoe Box boxes were returned and redistributed for June.
  • Janice Overton, Chairman of the By-laws committee, read the Standing Rules and By-Laws with Michelle Rodriguez reading the current Standing Rules and By-Laws. Members questioned the absence of copy of the Standing Rules and By-Laws before reviewing voting. Copies were not available.
  • Standing Rule 6d was amended from the revision to add “and permission”,
  • Standing Rule 9 was amended from the revision to add “and permission”,
  • Standing Rule 9a was amended from the revision to add “approved by executive board”,
  • Standing Rule 9b was amended from the revision to add “approved by executive board”,
  • Evelyn Moore made a motion to approve the Standing Rules, seconded by Christine Blanton. Motion carried.
  • By Law 5.05 was amended from the revision “This committee shall be elected at the annual December meeting” (changed from selected).
  • Janice Overton, on behalf of the By Laws commitee, made a motion to accept the By Laws as presented. Motion carried.
  • Our program for May was a wedding shower for Nancy Conner. Nancy and Wren Smith will be married on May 7th.
  • The June program will be Storage Solutions. Bring your storage ideas to share.

Debi Cypert, Secretary


A couple of things: I encourage everyone to shop for Civil War fabric.

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


Beginning balance …$1583.58
Beginning balance … $1583.58

Janis Hill

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