October 2016 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for S, T, A


  • Christine Blanton … October 29
  • Pam Landrum … October 15
  • Cathy Mullin … October 27


A friend told me I wasn’t allowed to have any more scraps. She called me a hoarder! Let me set the record straight. A hoarder saves every little thing, unrealistically thinking there will be a use for it at some future time. There is no rhyme or reason to how anything is stored and to part with pieces causes such dire distress.

I am a collector. Yes, I like scraps. I create all sorts of things with them, but understand that pieces too small become filling for dog begs to be donated to the local shelter. For the most part, there were just a few impulse buys, but my fabric yardage was carefully considered before I invested in it. It was brought home, lovingly folded and color coordinated into the rest of my stash and I am more than willing to use it up to make room for the next piece of choice fabric that I just have to have. I’ve given far more quilts away than I have kept for myself.

Happy Sewing!

Tory Swartzwelder


Welcome to our visitors for September — Haley Barr, Holli Blackwell, Clara Hensley and Janet Ward. We hope you will come back to our October meeting.


Thanks to everyone who participated in our UFO challenge. Everyone’s quilts were awesome!

For our October meeting remember that we will be having our trick-or treat night. Please remember to bring your decorated bag to place out for everyone to place treats into. Remember to decorate your best! Everyone will vote for their favorite bag! If you forget your bag or there are guests, I will bring some for those to use so they can still participate in getting treats from everyone. Also, everyone remember to bring enough “treats” for at least 25-30 people to make sure there is enough for everyone to get one! (If participating in the bag decorating contest, please put your name on the bottom not on the side of the bag.)

Evelyn will also be giving a program in antique quilt care and restoration for everyone’s enjoyment!

Also, someone from the guild requested the information from Haley Barr, the Girl Scout who came to speak at our last meeting, to be printed in this month’s newsletter. She is working on her Silver award for Girl Scouts. Her email is Haleybarr15@gmail.com. She gave me this information as well:

“I am making/collecting quilts to donate to Journey to Dream. They provide a place to stay for homeless teenagers that are living in the streets due to family issues.”

Carrie Stanford


Don’t forget that the nominating committee will form in October for the election of 2017 officers. The election will be at the November meeting. Carrie Stanford, VP – Programs and Shirley Lewis, Membership Chair are automatically on the committee. As per the updated bylaws, the 3 members at large will be elected rather than selected at the general meeting on October 3rd.


The speaker for 2017 Rally Day has been announced as Cynthia Regone. Rally Day will be on Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Mesquite. Mark your calendars now.

The next meeting of TAQG will be September 27th at Garden Ridge Church of Chirst in Lewisville at 10 a.m.. I would love to have company, if anyone is willing to go along with me. I normally leave around 9 a.m. and will be happy to pick you up.

Our main focus now that TAQG Rally Day is finished is the website. Check out TAQG.ORG. There is a lot of information there.

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 called the meeting to order at 7:00.
  • The minutes of the August meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The Guild has 2 birthdays for September: Lillie Martinez and Margaret Alsup.
  • Michelle Rodriguez reported that a cell phone was found in the church parlor where the last meeting was held.
  • Announcements and Remembrances: Quilters Connection located in Dallas is closing. Congratulations to Tory on a full time teacher position.
  • Janis reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,608.58.
  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 25 members present and 4 visitors- Haley Barr, Holli Blackwell, Janet Ward and Clara Hensley.
  • Janis reported that Diana Darby, former owner of Quilt Strings, has 4 chairs that were used in her store that will be given away. Grace, Christine, Shirley A. and Pam claimed them.
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Newsletter, reminded members that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month. Liza Faust indicated that she will again advertise in the GPQG Newsletter.
  • Kathy Poole conducted the door prize drawing. Winners were Janice Overton, Evelyn Moore, Janet Ward and Lillie Martinez. Haley Barr won the loser drawing.
  • Lauren Metang reported on the “Easy Cathedral Window” workshop and Christine, Kathy and Becky showed their completed table runners. The next workshop will be held in November.
  • Christine drew the September winner, Penny, for the 4 “Little Blue Basket” blocks. October BOM will be the “Ohio Star”.
  • Tory reported that the TAQG Rally Day for next year is July 8, 2017. The Rally Day speaker will be Cynthia Regone. The next TAQG meeting is 9/27/16. Please contact Katrina if would like to attend.
  • 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 September 27th.
  • Old Business: Christine asked the status of the grant money and how it will be used. No news to date.
  • New business: None
  • Show and Tell: Kathy Poole, Lauren Metang, Clara Hensley, Jeri Bush, Sue Heard, Penny Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Pam Landrum, Grace Norris, Janet Ward, Evelyn Moore and Tory Swartzwelder all had Show and Tell.
  • Operation Shoe Box final blocks were turned in.
  • Tonight the UFO challenge ends. Those bringing their final UFO’s were Penny, Lauren, Christine, Shara, Carrie and Evelyn. 3rd place drawing was won by Pam Landrum, 2nd place was Penny Johnson and Grand Prize winner of $44 was Evelyn Moore.
  • The program for the evening was Girl Scout, Haley Barr. Haley lives in Flower Mound and attends Marcus High School. Haley is working on her Gold Award and her project is making quilts for homeless teenagers in the Lewisville area. Haley shared some staggering statistics about the number of homeless teenagers there are in north Texas. Some teenagers are homeless due to abusive homes, economic conditions or foster children leaving the system. Haley shared that a place for a small number of the homeless teenagers is being built in Lewisville through Journey to Dream. Contact information will be printed in the newsletter.
  • Carrie shared that the program for October will be a Trick or Treat Bag Contest. Please bring candy or notions for the bags for all everyone.
  • New Business: Evelyn made a motion that the guild should give Paco $50 gift as a thank you for all the time he spends taking pictures at the meeting and updating the website. He is very much appreciated. Motion carried. Michelle and Shirley L. abstained from voting.
  • Carrie asked the Guild to be thinking about local charities for next year’s focus.

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 … $1608.58
Ending balance … $1608.58

Janis Hill

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