January 2017 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • 2017 Dues payment
  • Door prizes for L


  • F. Rodriguez … January 12
  • Jane Lamb … January 16
  • Bailey Morris … January 18
  • Becky Petross … January 20
  • Carrie Stanford … January 25


Happy 2017! January is the time for resolutions. Some of the most common resolutions are to lose weight, to exercise and be healthy and to spend less and save more. What about your quilting resolutions? It seems like the most common quilting resolutions are to finish the UFOs, destash, and to not buy fabric unless it’s necessary. Those resolutions work sometimes for some people. I know every year I say I am going to work on UFOs and I am not going to buy fabric unless I have to have it. I have some friends that started their moratorium on fabric buying October 1st. They vowed that they will only use what they have and will not buy anything for one year. I wish them luck. I couldn’t do that.

One thing I can do is to encourage everyone to finish projects – new projects or UFOs. So, I am issuing the 2017 President’s Challenge. This challenge will start at the January 2nd meeting.

For every month that you bring in an item for Show and Tell, your name will go into a drawing for a prize that will be given away at the December meeting. Your Show and Tell has to be quilting/sewing related. If it is a quilt, the top needs to be done, but does not need to be quilted. The items cannot have been shown before – (if you bring it in as an unquilted top, you may bring it again once it is quilted, but your name won’t go into the drawing again). The items have to have been completed in the last 3 months and they have to be photographed at the meeting – I have to have some record of who has show and tell and the pictures posted on Facebook help me with that. If you bring an item for Show and Tell every month in 2017, your name will go into the drawing one extra time for a possible total of 13 times. Happy sewing!

Michelle Rodriguez


Congratulations to Jeri Bush on winning the perfect attendance award for 2016. Her 2017 membership will be free. Hats off to the other people who had perfect attendance in 2016 – Michelle Rodriguez, Shirley Lewis, Debi Cypert, Jane Lamb, Grace Norris and Barbara Burnaugh.
Be sure to try for the 2017 perfect attendance award. If you come to all the meetings in 2017, your name will be entered into the drawing for a free 2018 membership.


Don’t forget that 2017 dues are due at the January meeting. Regular members are $20 and persons age 65 and older are $15. If you pay your dues in January you will be listed in the membership roster that will be distributed in February.


Thanks to everyone who brought food for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op at our December meeting. We collected exactly 100 lbs. Thanks to Grace for taking the food to the Co-Op for us.


I know several quilters listen to audiobooks while they sew, and the Grand Prairie Libraries recently added a new source of online audiobooks, much easier to use than our older source.

The Grand Prairie Libraries recently added half a million audiobooks to its online collection via hoopladigital.com. Also available: ebooks, music, movies, tv shows, and documentaries. Use your library card to download up to 8 items per month. Get an online-only card at: http://tinyurl.com/online-library-card

Access audiobooks from authors like Dan Brown, Karin Slaughter, Patricia Cornwell and Lisa Kleypas today at hoopladigital.com

Elisabeth McMahon 


Thanks again everyone for making our December Christmas program so much fun! Hoping everyone is having a great Christmas and New Year so far!

For our January meeting program, we be discussing “12 months of giving for a quilter”: 12 small but appreciated gifts and “to tag or not to tag” a quilter’s guide for finding the right tag for your project.

We will also be having a short discussion on Operation Shoe Box and choose the charity we would like to donate our quilts to this year!

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 year.mailto:krazykat1952@gmail.com


For our final workshop of 2016, we worked on a quilt pattern called “Gimme Diamonds.” Nine people came and we had fun drooling over everyone’s fabric picks! (See the Facebook Workshop photo album) I think it is so incredible to see how personalities shine through the fabric people have chosen and how each quilt looks a little different when you use different fabric. If you came to the workshop please remember to bring your quilt to the next meeting so that you can show everyone, even if it is not finished! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happy sewing!

Lauren Metang


  • 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


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


  • Minutes

  • President Tory Swartzwelder called the meeting to order at 7:02.

  • Nancy Conner said grace over our Christmas meal, the guild enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner.

  • The minutes of the November meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.

  • The Guild has 2 birthdays for December: Shirley Lewis and Michelle Rodriguez.

  • Announcements and Remembrances: Kathy Poole asked the guild to remember her sister’s daughter. She lives in Arizona and suffers with bi-polar disorder. She is having a difficult time. Lauren raised $280 with the raffle quilt she made in honor of her friend.

  • Janis reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,638.58. Expenses were reported in the amount of $50 – gift to Paco. and TAQG dues of $25. Expense not reported in the balance was $140 for the Christmas meal.

  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 26 members present.  Shirley reported that there were 7 members with perfect attendance. Barbara Burnaugh, Grace Norris, Shirley Lewis, Jane Lamb, Debi Cypert, Jeri Bush and Michelle Rodriguez. Jeri Bush’s name was drawn from these entries for a free ‘one year membership. Member dues are due in January, members under 65 dues are $20 and over 65 are $15.

  • Michelle Rodriguez, Newsletter, reminded members that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month.

  • Carrie Stanford, VP Programs, asked the group what charity would be the recipient of the Operation Shoebox for 2017.

  • Kathy Poole conducted the door prize drawing. Winners were Cathy Mullin, Tory Swartzwelder, Debi Cypert and Shara Hill Scheibner. Grace Norris won the loser drawing.

  • Lauren Metang reported the next workshop date will be December 10th.  The pattern will be “Gimme Diamonds.” The lunch will be pot luck.

  • Janice Overton won the two blocks for the December BOM. January will begin a new BOM and will be a sampler quilt. The 18 blocks will be published each month – with some months having two. The first block will be a 20” block called Dutch Rose. The color is not specified.

  • Jane Lamb made a recommendation that we not make a BOM but instead do a monthly block and then at the end of the year maybe have a workshop to finish the sampler quilt. A show of hands adopted this plan.

  • Grace reported the Stitch a Bit would resume January 28th.

  • Evelyn and Carrie asked the guild what type of program/workshop does the guild want with the $300 grant money and are we willing to spend more than the $300 if a good prospect is available. Shirley Allein reported that her daughter teaches workshops and she could check with her on what she type of workshops she might bring us. Several members stated they would be interested in a Judy Neimeyer class. More information to come at a later date.

  • New Business: Shirley Lewis brought up that an annual donation to the church is voted on in December. Elisabeth McMahon made a motion that a donation be made to First Presbyterian Church in the amount of $275 in appreciation for the use of the building for meetings and workshops. Grace Norris seconded. Motion carried.

  • The installation of 2017 the officers was conducted by Tory Swartzwelder. New officers for the next year are:

    • President: Michelle Rodriguez
    • 1st Vice President: Carrie Stanford
    • 2nd Vice President: Lauren Metang
    • Secretary: Becky Petross
    • Treasurer: Janis Hill

  • Show and Tell Participants were:

    • Jane Lamb
    • Christine Blanton
    • Lauren Metang
    • Becky Petross
    • Shirley Allein
    • Michelle Rodriguez
    • Carrie Stanford and Evelyn Moore – VA quilt made using Quilt Library Blocks
    • Elisabeth McMahon
    • Jeri Bush
    • Grace Norris
    • Barbara Burnaugh

  • After show and tell the program was a “white elephant” gift exchange.

Debi Cypert, Secretary


(** Original directions found at http://theelvengarden.blogspot.com)


Fabric requirements are:
Background fabric — 3 yards

Inner border fabric — 1/2 yard
Outer border fabric — 1 5/8 yards
Blocks – a total of about 5 yards of fabric (ie 20 fat quarters, or 10 half-yards or a combination)

Feel Free to use any color/collection combination you like. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s finished January Block next month. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Christine Blanton 214-284-4906

From: Modern Sampler QAL Tutorials

The January BOM:


In January we will be making the first Block for the 2017 BOM, A Modern Sampler from Elven Garden Quilts, http://theelvengarden.blogspot.com. This first block is a 20″ block (so 20 1/2″ unfinished). There is only one of these in the quilt – If you’ve made a swoon block, it’s pretty similar. All seams are a scant 1/4″ unless otherwise noted. The more contrast between the light and dark fabrics the better.

Fabric Requirements:

You can use Fat Quarters for this square. You will need:


1 Light & 1 Dark Fabric for outer Circle &
1 Light & I Dark Fabric for Inner Star


Cutting Background Fabric cut

34 — 3″ squares
4-3 1/2″ squares.

This next diagram shows how we’ll be splitting the block up to make it. The letters (A, B, C) refer to the units we’ll be making (four each of A and C, and one B) and the L1, D1 etc refer to the fabrics I’ve used.


For the Outer set of Light & Dark, from each fabric, you’ll need to cut

* 8- 3″ x 5.5″ rectangles (you’ll end up with 16 rectangles 8 of each color)
* 4- 3 1/2″ squares (end up with 8)
4- 3″ squares (& 8)


Cutting the Inner 8-Point Star Fabric

You will need to cut 4 3 1/2″ squares from each of two different fabrics giving you 8 total squares

Making the A Units


For Each Unit A you’ll need:

* 2 Light/2 Dark- 3″ x 5.5″ background rectangles (this will create 4, one for each unit.
6- 3″ background squares
1 light/1dark 3 1/2” squares to make Half Square Triangles

First of all, take your 3 1/2″ squares of light and dark fabric and make HST. (To make a Half Square Triange, take a light print and dark print, printed sides together, draw a diagonal line through the centre. Pair each of them with their dark .. .partner and sew 1/4″ either side of the line.


Cut along this line, press your HSTs and trim them down to 3″ square. You will have four dark/light HSTs.

Assembling Unit A blocks

You’ll end up with 4 identical Unit A blocks

Assemble your HST with the dark fabric toward the bottom as shown in the centre of these photos.
Place a 3″ x 5.5″ light rectangle at the bottom of the block, and a 3″ x 5.5″ dark rectangle at the top right (these blocks are marked on the diagram below showing where to place the 3″x5.5″ blcoks. Place a 3″ dark square and 3″ light square in the place where it says 3″x3″.


Flip each of your 3″ print squares over and draw a line diagonally through the centre as shown. Place them back on their rectangle partner, making sure the line is at the correct angle to form diamond shapes as shown:


Sew along the drawn line for each of your rectangle/square pairs (you should have eight total), press. This is what they will look like:


Next take eight background 3″ squares and draw a line diagonally through the centre. Place one of these on each of your print rectangles, making sure the line is at the same angle as the one you just sewed.


Sew along this line, trim 1/4″ away and press again.

Arrange these rectangles back in the Unit A layouts. Now it’s simply a matter of sewing the bits together.
Start by sewing the HST to the background 3″ square next to it.


Then sew the 3″ x 5.5″ background rectangle on as shown:


Next sew your unit sections into rows


And finally, sew your rows together.


Trim Unit A pieces to 8″ square. Make 3 more of these for a total of 4, set aside.

Making Unit B

Using 3 1/2″ squares, pair up 2 of EACH of the print fabrics. Make HSTs out of all of these squares. For the four patch below.

Pair up the remaining print pairs with the 4 background squares, so each pair has one of each print.

Take the centre pinwheel HSTs and sew these into a four patch. This should measure 5.5″ square, and it is Unit B in the block. Set this aside until later.


You should have 8 HSTs after putting together the 4 patch. Arrange your HSTs as shown, to create an eight pointed star:


Take each of the pairs of star points, and sew them together.


Press your seam – we’ll be using these soon when we make the Unit Cs. It’s useful to place them around the central pinwheel so you can be sure the fabrics are in the right place when the block goes together.


Making Unit C


We’ll be making four of the above Unit C sections.

You will need the remaining eight 3″ x 5.5″ print rectangles (four light, four dark), and sixteen 3″ background squares. Draw a line diagonally through the centre of all sixteen background squares.

Lay out your Unit A blocks with a space between them, and place a light and dark rectangle vertically between them as shown.


Place a 3″ background square at the top of each of your rectangles, with the lines angled as below (so they meet in a point at the top). Sew along this line on each of your eight rectangles, trim 1/4″ away and press.


Sew along this line on each of your eight rectangles, trim 1/4″ away and press.


Take the remaining eight 3″ background squares and place them at the other end of the print rectangle, with the line at the same angle as the seam you just sewed.


Again, sew along this line, trim 1/4″ away and press. You’ll end up with 4 pairs.


Sew each pair together, ensuring you pair up the correct fabrics. Press your seam.

Finally, take the star points you sewed into pairs in Unit B, and sew one to the bottom of each of your Unit C pairs. Press.


This unit should measure 5.5″ x 8″.

Putting the Whole Block Together:

Lay out your block as shown below:


Sew each of the units into rows, and then sew the rows together! You should end up with a 20” block.


Beginning balance … $1713.58
TAQG Dues … 25.00
Thank you gift … 50.00
Eddlemon’s … 140.00
Church use gift … 275.00
Ending balance … $1223.58

Janis Hill


Thank you, ladies of the QGOGP, for your thoughtful and generous gift. I haven’t decided how I’ll use it yet (don’t worry, I will), but I wanted you to know how grateful I am.

F. Rodriguez (The Dude)

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