February 2017 Newsletter

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


  • Debi Cypert … February 3

  • Carol Franklin … February 7

  • Jeri Bush … February 10

  • Janis Hill … February 20


Do you know about all of the free blocks of the month? How about the free Quilt Alongs that are out there? You can find so many online. There are lots of quilting groups on Facebook. Are you participating in the Guild’s 2017 Block of the Month? I am participating, although I may be one of those people that makes 4 or 5 blocks in one month in an effort to catch up. There are so many projects I want to do and so many blocks of the month or sew alongs that I want to participate in that I run out of time every month. Pat Sloan, the book author, pattern and fabric designer, has a free mystery block of the month. She also has other challenges during the year – right now it’s the Solstice Challenge. Every week from the Winter Solstice to the Summer Solstice she puts out a free block pattern. Jump in, take the time to participate in a block of the month or a quilt along. Join one of the quilting groups on Facebook. Get inspired. Use your scraps! Sew, sew, sew!

I hope you are all taking time to work on any projects you have. Remember to bring them to Show and Tell when you get them finished!

Michelle Rodriguez


At the beginning of March (Saturday, March 4) we will be having our first workshop of 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.! We will be working on a quilt that uses only one fabric (not including the borders)! We will make a small one (40″X40″) and if you like the quilt you can make it bigger or you can make another one. You will need to get 1 1/4 yard of STRIPED fabric. You will also need 3/4 yard of coordinating fabric for the border, 1 1/2 yards of backing fabric, and 1/2 yard for binding. For those of you who would be interested in making a bigger quilt, as a reference, I have made a queen size version of this quilt and I used 6 yards of fabric with a little left over. No need to cut before you come; we will be cutting and sewing at the workshop. I hope to see you all there for a fun time! For lunch we will have a barnyard themed potluck. Bring a food or drink item that reminds you of a farm! Happy Sewing!

Lauren Metang


For our February meeting, we are going to stretch our creative muscles! Take a bag and decorate any way you like! You can use a brown paper bag, a gift bag, a cloth bag, paper, scissors, crayons, etc. to decorate your Valentine’s bag any way you choose to and bring it with you to the meeting in February. Once you arrive, your bag will be given a number. Right before the Program, everyone will be given a chance to vote for their favorite bag! There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner chosen. Please make sure to put your name on the bottom of your bag only and not on the sides. Also, remember to bring enough Valentine’s goodies for about 25-30 people to fill everyone’s bags up.

The program will be on the different kinds of precuts so that everyone can be just a bit more informed about the different kinds and some uses for them. There will also be a representative from the Common Threads Quilt Guild in Gainesville joining us for our February meeting in order to show their raffle quilt and sell tickets.

Carrie Stanford


  • January 2, 2017 meeting
  • President Michelle Rodriguez welcomed group to meeting and explained new agenda order. There were no questions or comments.
  • Minutes in the newsletter from the last meeting were approved as written.
  • Treasurer’s report was approved with no questions or comments and filed for audit.
  • Current Treasurer’s report
    • Beginning balance: $1,688.58
    • Less: Gift to Paco: $50.00
    • Less: Christmas Party Expense: $140.00
    • Less: Gift to First Presbyterian Church: $ 275.00
    • Ending balance: $1,223.58
  • January birthdays: Jane 01/06, Paco (The Dude) 01/12, Becky 01/20, Bailey 01/18, Carrie 01/25
  • Rememberances
    • Welcome back Lillie!
    • Congratulations Shirley Lewis on your recent retirement!
    • Please keep Katrina in your thoughts as she is undergoing surgery soon
  • Announcements: Quilt Asylum, in McKinney, will be closing its storefront and will operate as an online store only. 30% off all items in store starts this Saturday.
  • Publicity: No update
  • TAQG
    • Meeting in Mineola on 1/28
    • Rally Day Goody Bags should be ready in May ­— need to start thinking about this
  • Newsletter
    • Items for the newsletter should be submitted to Paco by the 10th of the month
    • If you wish to be tagged in Facebook posts please be sure to “Like” the Guild page or send a friend request to either Paco or Michelle, if you are not already friends on FB
  • Block of the Month
    • Reminder that each person that chooses to participate will keep their blocks each month
    • Quilt has 18 blocks total – some months participants will make two blocks in order to complete the block in the calendar year
    • Contact Christine with questions about instructions — you may also reference the website the pattern was posted on for more details
  • The link to the site was in the first email sent with the January block information
    • Two 10″ blocks will be made for February: The Farmer’s Daughter and Susannah
  • Membership
    • Welcome former member Joann Grant
    • Welcome new member Holli Blackwell
    • 24 members in attendance at meeting
    • Reminder: each member is expected to wear a name tag or pay 50 cents
  • Workshops
    • There is an extra pattern from the last workshop for sale for $5.00 —contact Lauren if you are interested
    • Everyone that completed their quilt from the December workshop showed the group their work
    • There are several ideas for this year — a list of options was distributed to each member for input
  • Program for next month
    • Decorated Valentine Bags and goodies to share
    • Vote will be held for favorite bag
    • Presentation: Review of pre-cut fabric
  • Stitch group
    • Grace reported that the stitch group will resume meeting the 4th Thursday of the month, 01/26, at The Woods United Methodist Church and all are welcome: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
    • The church serves a meal for purchase, please notify Grace ahead of time if you plan to buy the meal so she can give proper notice to the church
  • Show & Tell
    • The following members share their projects with the group: Holli, Jane, Katrina and Sue Heard
  • Door Prizes
    • Kathleen alerted the group that door prizes are getting low and encouraged donations
    • February will be the last month Kathleen will facilitate the door prizes. “I’ve enjoyed being your bag lady,” she said
    • Winners of the January door prize drawing: Debi, Evelyn, Barbara B
    • Winner of the loser drawing: Paco (The Dude)
  • Old business
    • Evelyn called Judy Stewart, to clarify the intended use of grant money we received:

    • It is to be used for anything we want that teaches something
    • Evelyn has a list of several options and will interview each with a report out next month
  • New business
    • Audit committee needs to be formed tonight

    • Volunteers are Debi, Holli, and Becky
    • Audit committee will meet before the next guild meeting to preform the audit
  • Program for this month
    • Evelyn shared several great ideas of how to “stash-bust” by donating items no longer needed or used to schools, upcoming artists/crafters, and look for pattern-swaps online
    • There were many fantastic gift ideas that were all made with scraps
    • Discussion led by Evelyn on the use of tags on quilts
    • Operation Shoe Box will start in February:

    • Beneficiary will be VA Hospital Dallas
    • Carrie requested volunteers to piece and quilt the finished projects
    • Each lap quilt will be 9 blocks plus sashing to result in a 40×40 quilt

Becky Petross


TAQG Rally day is July 8th in Mesquite.   We need to start now to do our part.  There are three things TAQG asks each guild to do.

  1. We need to provide an item for 500 goodie bags.  It needs to be something simple and inexpensive for us to do.  Bring your ideas to our next meeting.
  2. We will also need to put together at least one door prize.  If you have new, unused items that you would be willing to donate, please bring them to a meeting.
  3.  We will need to supply at least two high-quality hand-made items for the silent auction.  These can be a mini-quilt (no side over 24”), table runner, tote bag, or whatever you can create.  If you are willing to make an item please contact Katrina Lindley.

Katrina Lindley


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


(** Original directions found at: Farmer’s Daughter and Susannah )

Hello Everyone,

Here are the blocks for February. You will need to make 1 of the Farmers Daughter and 2 of the Susannah.

I have tried to go thru the blogger’s directions and make sure they “work”. If at any time, you struggle with the directions, feel free to go the website listed below for her directions.

I will not be there for February (I’ll be on a cruise ship-woopee!) but Lauren will be presenting March’s for me.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks, Christine 214-284-4906


Feb – Farmers Daughter block tutorial(http://theelvengarden.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/qal-susannah-block-tutorial.html)

FD title blockThis is a 10” finished block and you will only need to make one.

Cutting Instructions:

You will need 5 fabrics/fat quarters (5 fabrics in total: 4 fat quarters and a background) for this block.
Background fabric – 8 x 2.5” squares
Grey print – 4 x 2.5” squares
Floral print – 1 x 2.5” square
Background fabric – 4 x 3.25” squares
Light “Pink” print 1 – 4 x 3.25” squares
Dark “Pink” print 2 – 4 x 3.25” squares

Making the corner units


Step 1 – Using the 3.25” squares, take all the background squares and 2 of the light & dark pink & make HST squares (draw a line diagonally through the centre and sew 1/4” on both sides of the line, cut on line). Put the extra pink squares aside for later.


3. Press seams open.
4. Trim squares to 2.5”.
You should have 4 HST’ with the dark pink and 4 HST’s with the lighter pink.
Step 3 – Using the 2 Light pink squares 2 dark, make into HST.


Press the seams open and trim squares to 2.5”.You should have 4 of these HST’s.


Step 4: Using the HST’s you just made, lay them out to make 4 units the same as above w 1 background square. Sew them together just like a 4 patch block. Sew the top 2 squares together and the bottom 2 squares together using 1/4” seam allowance and press the seams open.

Sew the 2 rows together and press the seam open. You should have 4 of these units measuring 4.5” square.
Making the middle units/2 patch units:

Step 1 – Take 4 of the 2.5” background fabric squares and the 4 grey print squares. Pair them up & make 4-2 patch units. Press seams open. You should have 4 rectangles measuring 2.5” x 4.5”.
Putting the block together
Lay all the completed units in position. Sew together like you would a 9 patch block.

Sew the units together to make 3 rows. Press the seams open. Trim to 10” square.

February – Susannah Block Tutorial – Make 2 BLOCKS (http://theelvengarden.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/qal-susannah-block-tutorial.html)


The Susannah block will make a 10 1/2″ block unfinished (so it will be 10″ finished). You will be MAKING 2 blocks.

This is a fairly straightforward block. It is effectively a four patch block, each ‘patch’ consisting of a two-patch unit and a “half-flying geese” unit. All seams are sewn with a scant 1/4″ seam.

You will need to cut the following from your fabrics to make the 2 BLOCKS
16- 3″ squares of background fabric
8- 3″ x 5.5″ rectangles of Fabric 1 (the orange blockprint blossom here)
8- 3″ squares of Fabric 2 (the aqua circular design here)
Start by taking 8 of your background fabric 3″ squares to make “half flying geese”, place one of your background squares on top of one of your Fabric 1 rectangles draw diagonal line, sew 1/4” to the right of the line:


Trim 1/4″ away from your seam as below:

Press your seams. Repeat this process for the remaining 7 sets of rectangles and background squares.

Making the Two Patch Units:
Take your 8 squares of Fabric 2, and the remaining 8 background squares. Pair each of the background squares with a Fabric 2 squares
Sew each of your pairs together, and press. You should now have 8 2-patch units like this:


Putting the Block Together:
You will need to pair each of your 2-patch units with a half-flying geese unit as per below. When you sew these together, make sure the background triangle is on the opposite side to the background square (as shown in this photo).

Sew these together, and press your seams. You’ll end up with 8 units as above. Arrange your four units as shown and assemble:

Trim to 10″ Square

Christine Blanton


Beginning balance … $1223.58
Membership Dues … 460.00
Ending balance … $1683.58

Janis Hill

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