July 2016 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell


  • Barbara Garner … July 11
  • Barbara Burnaugh … July 31


Hopefully spring cleaning was productive in thinning out, organizing, finding and putting things away. For me, this endeavor always leads to generously giving things away and there is no shortage of charities that would happily accept what I no longer need.
July’s up-coming auction is always a fun-filled night of playful, yet serious bidding on another’s spring cleaning attempts. All proceeds benefit the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op. Let’s not forget that it’s not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas that they need canned goods, but summer time as well. The kids are home from school and snack items, drinks and peanut butter could go a long way. I’m told laundry soap and baby needs like diapers and formula are needed as well.

If family and/or travel plans prevent you from joining us on at our next meeting then I wish you a Happy 4th of July. Have fun, be safe, and we’ll see you in August. We’ll try not to brag too much about the great deals we snookered another guild member out of — all in the name of fun and helping a charity.
Happy sewing!

Tory Swartzwelder


Welcome to our newest member, Michelle Atwood. Michelle has visited our Guild a couple of times and decided to join at our June meeting. Her information will be published in the addendum to the membership directory in August, but her email address is: atwoodfamily@sbcglobal.net and her birthday is February 20th.

Welcome to our June visitor, Mary Stark. We hope you’ll come back to our July meeting!


For the July meeting, we will be having our annual auction to benefit the Grand Prairie Food Coop. As I will not be able to be in attendance at this meeting, Michelle and Christine have volunteered to head up the auction! Now is the time to clean out those cabinets and closets! Please make sure that you bring any new and gently used sewing/quilting items, fabrics pre made quilt blocks, books, magazines to donate to the auction. And in addition to the auction, we will be taking in canned goods and food items to donate as well! Also, it was decided at the June meeting for everyone to bring either a desert or drink to munch on during the auction.

If you have an Operation Shoebox box, you can bring it back in July. Just leave completed blocks on the boxes and I will collect all in August! Just pass the box on to the next volunteer!
Also, keep in mind that if you are participating in the UFO challenge, your projects are due in September! If you have questions about your projects you signed up with, please email me!

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


July is our birthday! Our Guild was formed on July 5, 1993. We still have 2 people that have been members all 23 years – Shirley Lewis and Grace Norris. Debi Cypert, Sue Heard and Jane Lamb all joined at the beginning, but were not members of the Guild continuously. Others whose membership dates continuously back to the mid to late 90’s are Carol Franklin, Elisabeth McMahon, Cathy Mullin, Janice Overton, and Michelle Rodriguez.

To celebrate we will have a party. Everyone should bring desserts and whatever they would like to drink. Our program will be our annual Auction. Everyone should bring items from their sewing room that they don’t want, don’t need, will never use, etc. These could be blocks you started and never finished, orphan blocks (one block you made and decided you didn’t want to make more or a leftover block you made and didn’t need), books, patterns, notions, fabric, etc. All of the monies raised at the auction will be donated to the Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-Op. So, let’s clean out our sewing rooms and bring any sewing/quilting/crafting item that you don’t want and be prepared to have a fun time. The auction is always one of the highlights of our year. You never know what the auctioneers have planned. There may be a neat surprise or two up for grabs. As a side note – if you are bringing fabric yardage, please put a sticky note on it notating the size of the piece.


  • 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.
  • The minutes of the May meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The Guild had 4 birthdays for June: Kathy Poole, Grace Norris, Tory Swartzwelder and Nancy Mills-Dickens.
  • Remembrances: Christine’s grandson, Charlie, was hospitalized yesterday. Also, daughter in law was due Friday but has not delivered. Carrie’s friend’s baby had heart surgery. Evelyn asked for help for Peggy, daughter of Flossie Fenner. Flossie passed away recently and had sent a quilt to be quilted. Peggy is searching for the quilt.
  • Janis reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,583.58.
  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 28 members present and 1 visitor. We welcomed new member, Michelle Atwood and visitor, Mary Stark.
  • Janis Hill filled in as Door Prize Chair for Kathy Poole. The winners were Sue Heard, Mary Stark, Shara Hill-Scheibner and Carrie Stanford.
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Newsletter, reminded members that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month.
  • Christine Blanton, Block of the Month, showed an example of the July BOM “Railroad Crossing”. The pattern will be published in the newsletter. Shirley Allein won the six June blocks.
  • The TAQG Rally Day is July 9th. All volunteers need to arrive by 8:00 AM. Any questions please call Katrina.
  • 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 June 23rd. There were 12-13 attendees at the May stitch group. A meal is available. A donation is appreciated for the meal and meeting area.
  • Michelle and Paco have photographed and loaded the entire block library to the website. There were a total of 105 blocks.
  • Christine made a motion, seconded by Shirley Allein that the blocks be auctioned. After discussion, the motion was amended by Christine to donate the patriotic blocks to Operation Shoebox and the remainder be auctioned. Amendment to motion seconded by Janis Hill. Motion failed.
  • Grace Norris made a motion that the Stitch a Bit group take the blocks and make donation quilts with any patriotic blocks to be donated to Operation Shoebox. Jane Lamb seconded. Motion carried.
  • New business was the discussion of the July meeting since it fell on the 4th. It was decided to have desserts and drinks instead of a meal this year. Canned goods will be collected for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-op. We will also have our auction.
  • Show and Tell participants for June were Christine Blanton, Michelle Rodriguez, Sue Heard, Jane Lamb, Carol Franklin, Tory Swartzwelder, Janis Hill, Grace Norris, Shirley Allein and Carrie and Evelyn for Operation Shoebox.
  • Two Round Robin-Operation Shoe Box boxes were returned and redistributed for July.
  • The member-lead program for June was storage ideas. Carrie started with boxes that clip together found at Big Lots, caboddle (make-up box) for tools and an ironing pad/box carrier.
  • Other ideas – Evelyn had lure boxes from Bass Pro Shop for tools and presser feet, a bag to carry your cutting mat that is also an ironing surface and a clear front bag for projects. Christine showed how she organized her fabric by yardage – 1+ yards stored on foam core boards. The ½ yards, fat quarters, 2 ½ squares, 5 inch squares, 4 ½ inch squares and 2 ½ strips are stored in separate boxes/bins. Nancy Conner showed saddlebags she made to fit her sewing chair for her rulers. Shirley Allein stores rulers on S hooks that fit on a curtain rod. Nancy uses the Silica gel packets in her thread boxes to prolong the life of the thread.

Debi Cypert, Secretary


The Executive Board meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Tory Swartzwelder.  Executive Board members present were Janice Overton, Carrie Stanford, Debi Cypert, Grace Norris, Michelle Rodriguez, Christine Blanton, Cathy Mullin, Carol Franklin, Janis Hill and Shirley Lewis.

Discussion was held on the July meeting that will fall on July 4th.  July is the guild’s birthday meeting.  After discussion, it was decided to have a dessert only meeting and the annual auction will be conducted by Christine Blanton and Michelle Rodriguez in the absence of Carrie Stanford.

Debi Cypert, Secretary


Each month, the Warmack Library hosts the “Second Saturday Stitchers.” Join us from 9 am to noon on the second Saturday of each month to cross-stitch, sew, quilt or embroider with other local crafters.

Upcoming sessions are July 9 and August 13. The Warmack Library is located at the corner of Bardin & Robinson Roads.

Elisabeth McMahon 


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
Memberships … $20.00
Ending balance … $1603.58

Janis Hill

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