December 2016 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Canned goods
  • Christmas Party Gift
  • Potluck dish
  • Drinks (officers)
  •  Door prizes for F, G, H


  • Shirley Lewis … December 15
  • Michelle Rodriguez … December 15


As the holidays are quickly approaching, I’m all too aware of why I usually begin sewing Christmas gifts in July and August but have to admit I have yet to start this year. There is a certain perverse sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a project at the eleventh hour. My all time best was two years ago when I clipped the last thread, wrapped the homemade pajamas and had an hour to spare before my guest arrived. I have the tendency to add more and more to the “to do” pile as we get closer to Christmas. The kids get so excited to see what was created just for them. If they only knew how much I had really wanted to make and simply ran out of time. Something tells me this year will probably be no different and that’s okay. So if you’re like me with your holiday projects….Happy sewing.

Tory Swartzwelder


Don’t forget that the drawing for the free 2017 membership will be at our December meeting.  You are eligible if you have had perfect attendance in 2016.


November is very busy and going by so fast. Christmas is just round the corner and we are having a blast learning more ways to use up all those odds and ends. We found new ways you can use up grandmas old doilies and make some gifts to give away for Christmas. Thank you Evelyn Moore for bringing us a fresh look at old techniques and uses for our stash, and teaching us about the cotton battings as well.

Remember next month is our long awaited Christmas party and everyone who chooses to participate is to bring a new gift between $10-15 for the Chinese gift-exchange. I for one will take this opportunity to bring something that I have worked on and something that I will buy to go with it. This does not have to be quilting related but remember we are a quilt guild (happy shopping all). Also remember to bring your pot luck as we will be eating before the gift exchange. Please remember that our officers will bring drinks and the guild is providing the meat. We look forward to tasting all the wonderful sides and desserts.

December is the month of giving and we will be collecting canned goods (meats are especially needed) and non-perishable items for the Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-Op.

Carrie Stanford


We will elect the 2017 officers at our November 7th meeting. The nominating committee, consisting of Carrie Stanford, Shirley Lewis, Kathy Poole, Debi Cypert and Lauren Metang, met immediately after our October meeting and bring the following slate of officers for 2017:

  • President Michelle Rodriguez
  • 1st VP – Programs Carrie Stanford
  • 2nd VP – Workshops Lauren Metang
  • Secretary Becky Petross
  • Treasurer Janis Hill

To clarify, all officer positions are one year terms. After serving one year, officers may be elected to a consecutive one year term. After serving two consecutive years in a position, that officer will not be able to run for that position for a third consecutive


The TAQG Annual Speakers’ Forum was a huge success, with 27 different people introducing themselves and their area of expertise. Please check out the TAQG website ( for information about resources for quilters in our area. Look under Guild Resources, and you will find a page of teachers. There is also a page that lists resources such as long-arm quilters, retreat centers, and quilt shops. Remember, you do NOT need to login to use this site. The LOGIN is only for the TAQG representatives.

The TAQG meeting in January is a special meeting for all guild presidents, secretaries, and treasurers. It is a great opportunity to learn the responsibilities of these positions and to network with members of other quilt guilds across Texas. If you currently hold one of these positions, or are thinking about one of those jobs for next year, please plan to attend. The meeting is on Saturday, January 28th at 10 a.m. at the League of Arts building in Minneola. There are several wonderful quilt shops in Minneola and along the way. Anyone can attend, so bring some friends and take a quilting road trip.

Mark your Calendars! Rally Day 2017 will be here before you know it. The speaker will be Cynthia Regone of Cajun classics quilts. Rally Day itself will be Saturday, July 8th at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite and it is FREE. There will also be four workshops. Thursday, July 6 and Friday, July 7 in Mesquite and Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 11 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington. The forms to register for the workshops should be on the TAQG website in February. There will be a workshop for each skill level: basic, beginning, intermediate, and advanced. These workshops have traditionally filled up quickly, so check the TAQG website often and be the first to register!

Please contact Katrina Lindley, or (817) 477-5793 if you have any questions about TAQG.

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 (
    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


Saturday December 10 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM we will be having our final workshop of the year. We will be learning how to piece the quilt called “Gimme Diamonds” and there will be a $5 charge for the pattern.
You can use yardage, fat quarters, or layer cakes (a package of 10″ squares) with this pattern.
If you haven’t already signed up for the workshop and paid your $5 please do so before the December meeting. Once you have signed up and paid $5 for the pattern I will e-mail you the cutting instructions.
E-mail me if you did not receive the fabric requirements. There will be a pot luck lunch. Happy sewing!

Lauren Metang


  • President Tory Swartzwelder called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.
  • The October minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • The treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.
  • Happy November Birthday to Janice Overton and Ann Stevenson.
  • Remembrance — thank you card from Lillie Martinez was read. The guild welcomed back Barbara Garner after an lengthy absence due to illness.
  • Shirley Lewis reported attendance of 23 members and 1 guest, Heidi Garner.
  • Door Prizes were won by Shara Hill-Scheibner, Pam Landrum, Michelle Rodriguez and Tory Swartzwelder. The “Loser” prize was won by Shirley Allein.
  • Michelle reported no new news for the newsletter.
  • Christine reported on workshops for Lauren. The workshop will be held 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., December 10th at the church. The pattern will be Gimme Diamonds at a cost of $5.00. Attendees should bring potluck for lunch.
  • Christine displayed the December block of the month, Christmas Wreath. Instructions will be e-mailed and printed in the newsletter. The Two November blocks, Tea Leaf, were won by Janice Overton.
  • Katrina reported that the next TAQG meeting will be a speaker forum-individuals that do retreats and/or program speakers.
  • A motion was made and seconded that the guild renew their membership in TAQG for 2017 in the amount of $25.00.
  • Grace reported that the October Stitch-a-Bit was the last for 2016 and will resume in January 2017. The group raised $400 to donate to The Woods as a thank you for the use of the building for the last two years.
  • Under old business, Carrie and Evelyn are still looking for a guest speaker to use as part of or all of the $300 grant money that the guild had been awarded by TAQG. It was noted that the guild had wanted a teaching program or workshop with this money.
  • Under new business, Michelle reported that the Ricky Tims Quilt Luminarium is an annual two day event that will be held in May. Michelle contacted the organization about promoting the Luminarium by sending out e-mails promoting the event. In exchange, the guild will receive free stuff for getting the word out. Contact for this event is
  • The nominating committee presented the slate of officers for 2017:
    • President: Michelle Rodriguez
    • Vice President-Programs: Carrie Stanford
    • Vice President, Workshops: Lauren Metang
    • Secretary: Becky Petross
    • Treasurer: Janis Hill
  • President Tory asked if there wee any nominations from the floor, hearing none, the slate of officers were elected by acclamation.
  • Show and Tell participants were:
    • Tory Swartzwelder
    • Kathy Poole
    • Christine Blanton
    • Katrina Lindley
    • Sue Heard
    • Pam Landrum
    • Shirley Lewis
    • Michelle Rodriguez
    • Shirley Allein
  • The program was presented by Carrie Stanford and Evelyn Moore. The theme of the program was “What to do with Fabric Odds and Ends.” Shown were string quilted pillow covers, doilies, rice bags for hot and cold compresses, pot holders and pillow cases. A pattern was given to members for a microwave potholder bowl. A pillow was drawn for and won by Becky Petross.
  • The December meeting will be our annual Christmas party. Janice Overton made a motion that the guild buy the meat (Eddlemon’s), sides and dessert will be brought by members and officers will bring the drinks. Sue Heard seconded. Jeri will order the meat. The program for December will be white elephant gift exchange. The gift should be new and range from $10-$15.
  • Canned goods will be collected for the Grand Prairie Food Co-Op. Participants will be entered in a drawing.
  • Evelyn Moore will pay Paco’s membership for 2017.

Debi Cypert, Secretary


We had officer elections at our November meeting. Congratulations to the 2017 officers:

• President Michelle Rodriguez
• 1st VP – Programs Carrie Stanford
• 2nd VP – Workshops Lauren Metang
• Secretary – Becky Petross
• Treasurer – Janis Hill


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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Beginning balance … $1713.58
Ending balance … $1713.58

Janis Hill

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