August 2016 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door Prizes for M


  • Katrina Lindley … August 4
  • Ruth Goodman … August 9
  • Lauren Metang … August 11
  • Nancy Conner … August 17
  • Judy Meador … August 23


I read a great article the other day about how you don’t need new ideas, you need a new perspective. It talked about how we see our world through countless lenses of assumptions and habits. We quilters are all guilty of this — admit it. It takes walking away from a quilt for a few days or having a friend look at it and comment for us to “see” what we couldn’t but “knew” in the back of our minds. Sometimes I’ll draw my design on paper so I no longer see color but shapes. How about putting those pieces on the wall instead of the floor to change how it’s viewed? The next time you’re having trouble with a design element, try and change your perspective. If you discover a new way to view things, be sure and share your tricks with the rest of us.

Happy Sewing.

Tory Swartzwelder


Our Guild donated 87 pounds of food and non-perishables to the Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-Op after the July meeting. Thanks to Barbara B. for taking care of this for us.


Our July meeting was lots of fun with our birthday party and our annual Auction. We had lots of items donated for the auction and when it was all over we made $300 to send to the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op. Thanks to everyone who participated in a fun time. Look for some of the items to make a return trip to next year’s auction!

Thanks to everyone who brought food to the meeting to donate to the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op.


TAQG Rally Day was held on July 9th and was a big success! Thanks to everyone from our Guild who helped. More than 500 people showed up to hear Kimberly Einmo (and we know it was more than 500 because we ran out of goody bags)! She was a great speaker and lots of fun. The speaker for 2016 will be Cynthia Regone. More information will be shared as it becomes available.


For the August workshop we will be learning a new technique. I will show you how to quilt an easy cathedral window table runner.

There will only be one size of the table runner (26″X18″). If you would like to make a bigger size you’re more than welcome, but I will not have the instructions.

You will need two packs of charm squares (5″ squares that come in a pack of 42). You will not use all of the charm squares. One of the packs of charm squares needs to be a solid (I have used white) and the other pack should be colorful (I used solid colors). If you have any questions please email or call me! Happy sewing!

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th. If you did not sign up at the July meeting, you may sign up at the meeting on August 1st.

Laura Metang


I hope everyone’s 4th of July was a good one whether it was spent getting a great deal at our annual auction, spending time shooting off fireworks or spending time with loved ones or even just curling up with a good book for some down time! For our August meeting, we will be having a guest, Linda McPherson, coming to speak with our guild!

*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!

*Also, we are quickly approaching our September deadline for our UFO challenge. Make sure you are working hard to get them done to present at the September meeting! Please call, text or email me with ANY questions about this challenge.

Carrie Stanford


The North Richland Hills (NRH) Library has a facility called “The Maker Spot” where there are many wonderful opportunities including, two sewing machines, an embroidery machine and a Long Arm Quilting machine that are available free of charge to use.

Requirements include;

  1. Obtain a NRH Library card (requires only a valid Texas Driver’s License) You do not need to be a resident of NRH.
  2. Sign the waver and take the class for the equipment you wish to use. (class is free and can be done in less than one day)
  3. Pass the test following the class
  4. Sign-up online to use and enjoy the equipment.

Other equipment they offer includes 3D printing machines, audio visual production and editing equipment, electronics and a robotics station.

I have completed the embroidery machine course (took two hours one evening) and will be taking the long arm course later this month.

I was also told that “Must Love Fabrics” in Grapevine will provide all the materials (fabrics, batting, etc) to make a quilt for Project Linus and they encourage you to practice on the Long Arm when quilting them. Once it is quilted, give it back to the shop and they will have it bound and given to a child in need. This gives you everything you need to practice on the Long Arm once you have completed the course.

Penny Johnson


  • 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 (
    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


  • Vice President Lauren Metang called the meeting to order at 7:00.
  • The Guild celebrated the guild birthday with desserts before guild business was conducted.
  • The minutes of the June meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The Guild had 2 birthdays for July: Barbara Garner and Barbara Burnaugh.
  • Rememberances: Our House in Milford burned to the ground. Joshua “Batiks Galore” owner has died. Shirley and Byron Lewis celebrated 50 years of marriage this month.
  • There was no treasurer’s report available.
  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 17 members present and 1 visitor, Clara Hensley.
  • There were no door prizes for July.
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Newsletter, reminded members that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month.
  • Lauren announced the next workshop will be “New Cathedral Window Table Runner”. The date for the workshop will be announced at a later time.
  • Christine Blanton, Block of the Month, showed an example of the August BOM “Irish Chain.” The pattern will be published in the newsletter. Christine Blanton won the four June “Railroad Crossing” blocks.
  • The TAQG Rally is July 9th. All volunteers need to arrive by 8:00 AM. Vouchers for lunch will be emailed this week.
  • Old Business, Jane Lamb asked if there had been any news on the $300 grant money and how it will be used. Program Chairman, Carrie Stanford, is checking on what is available, but was not at the meeting.
  • 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. The next meeting will be July 28th. The June meeting was cancelled due to plumbing problems at the church.
  • Show and Tell participant for July was Michelle Rodriguez.
  • The program was our annual auction of quilting and sewing related items. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Food and Clothing Co-Op in Grand Prairie. Canned goods were also collected.

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 or 214-284-4906.

Christine Blanton


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Janis Hill

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