April 2017 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for P, R, S


  • Elisabeth McMahon … April 17


Can you believe it’s April already? Where has the first quarter of this year gone? Easter will be here soon. Then it will be Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and the 4th of July before we know it. People will be planning vacations — I have two trips scheduled in June! What are you doing this Spring and Summer? Hopefully you are working on creating some wonderful projects. Maybe you went to the Dallas Quilt Show and got inspired. Maybe you saw a magazine with a fantastic quilt pattern. Maybe you pulled out a UFO and got to work on that. Whatever you are doing, be creative and sew, sew, sew!

Michelle Rodriguez


 Saturday March 4 we had the first workshop of the year! 15 people came to work on “the stripe quilt.” We used one piece of striped fabric for the entire quilt. The patterns all varied depending on how the pieces were cut and arranged and of course the design of the stripes. It was great to see all of the ideas that were brought into the quilts. For our next workshop I will be teaching about the different ways to use a panel. If you are planning to come, start shopping for your panel now!

Lauren Metang


Welcome to our new members, Marcy Morgan and Alice Hicks.  We are happy that you have joined our Guild.  Welcome back to Shara Hill-Scheibner who rejoined the Guild in March.


“For our April meeting, we will be having our “Bring a Friend” and game night meeting! Please remember that if you would like to participate in our game fun you will need to bring five 5X5 charm squares. Please make sure that if you do bring a friend that you make sure they have enough to participate as well. Come enjoy all the fun…..and don’t forget to bring a friend or two!

Please remember to bring back your boxes for Operation Shoebox to the next meeting! We made 15 quilts last year to donate to our veteran’s at the VA hospital. We definitely want to keep those blocks coming to donate as many as we can as a guild!”

Carrie Stanford


  • Meeting called to order
  • Welcome
  • President welcomed group to meeting
  • Approved Guild minutes as printed in the newsletter
  • Approve Treasurer’s report as in the newsletter
    o No questions or comments
    o Filed for audit
  • Current Treasurer’s report
    o Ending balance: $1,783.58
  • Birthdays
    o None
  • Remembrances
    o Please keep Katrina in your thoughts as she is undergoing surgery soon
  • Announcements
    o Evelyn has discounted tickets to the Dallas Quilt Show available
    o Ellis County Quilt Guild is selling raffle tickets for their quilt during the meeting
    o Pam is selling an Arrow Sewing Cabinet new. See her for details.
  • Publicity
    o All QGOGP meetings are in the city calendar of events
  • TAQG
    o Need one more item for silent auction – one has been donated already
    o Fat quarters for goody bags are all in and we have enough for the 500 requirement
    o Collected donations for TAQG door prize baskets
    o Janice Overton will serve as co-rep while Katrina is recovering from her surgery
    o TAQG Rally day is second Saturday in July – Free for QGOGP members
  • Newsletter
    o Items for the newsletter should be submitted to Paco by the 10th of the month
    o Christine asked about adding a favorite shops section
  • This will be added to the website
    o Paco indicated that any lists we would like added to the web site can likely be done. Just let him know.
  • Block of the Month
    o Reminder that each person that chooses to participate will keep their blocks each month
    o Quilt has more than 12 blocks total – some months participants will make more than one in order to complete the block in the calendar year
    o 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
    o Christine distributed a schedule of blocks for the rest of the year
  • Block for next month is Arrowhead
  • Membership
    o 28 Members in attendance
    o Alice Hicks – Guest
    o Linda Ray – Guest
    o Marcy Morgan – new member
    o Shara – returning member
    o Reminder: each member is expected to wear a name tag or pay $.50
  • Workshops
    o February’s workshop was nice – everyone that participated showed their projects
    o Next workshop will be working with panels and will likely be in May
  • Program for next month
    o Bring a friend day and game night
    o Bring five 5″x5″ squares of fabric for each person attending in order to participate in the game
  • Stitch group
    o Grace reminded everyone that the group will be meeting on 3/23/17 at The Woods United Methodist Church and all are welcome
  • 09:30 am – 03:30 pm
    o 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
    o The following members share their projects with the group
  • Kathleen, Katrina, Evelyn, Carrie, Becky, Christine, Janice Overton
  • Door Prizes
    o Winners of the March door prize drawing
  • Alice Hicks, Carrie, Janis, Evelyn
    o Gifts from Ricky Tims event that were sent to us
  • Barbara G., Christine, Cathy, Barbara B., Shirley L., Becky, Debi
  • Michelle explained that the guild has one free entry for the 2-day conference. See her if you are interested in this.
  • Old business
    o Grant money
  • Motion: Christine motioned that the money be used to have Shirley A’s daughter come and teach a class. Katrina seconded. Discussion took place.
  • Vote: For-13 / Against 15
  • Motion failed
  • Motion: Katrina made a motion that the money be used to hold a class on binding. Christine seconded. Discussion took place.
  • Vote: For – 5 / Against – 15
  • Motion failed
  • Motion: Elisabeth motioned that the money be returned to TAQG. Evelyn Seconded.
  • Vote: For 14 / Against 6
  • Motion passed
  • New business
    o None
  • Program for this month
    o Operation shoebox
    o Discussion and samples of batting, backing, and binding
  • Meeting adjourned.

Becky Petross


Thanks for bringing in your fabric and fat quarters. Because of the generosity of you and our anonymous member, we have enough for 500 Goody Bags. Thanks also to Shirley Lewis for volunteering to roll them and attach our Grand Prairie Quilt Guild business card. Thanks also to Janis Hill for donating a small handmade over-the-shoulder purse for the silent auction. We still need at least one more member to donate a mini-quilt (no larger than 24” on every side) or any other quality handmade item. These need to be turned in by our May meeting.

Janice Overton has volunteered to serve as our co-representative to TAQG. Thanks Janice! She is also pulling together items and will assemble our door prize donation. If you forgot to bring a new, sewing related item to our last meeting, it is not too late. Just bring it to our April meeting.

Save the date for Rally Day 2017. This is a FREE all-day event for members of TAQG guilds (and yes we are a TAQG guild). Non-quilt guild members pay a $5 entry fee. The guest speaker is Cynthia Ragone. If you want to check out her quilts, her website is cajunclassicsquilts.com. Here are the dates:

Thursday, July 6th Zydeco workshop in Mesquite

Friday, July 7th Gypsy Moth workshop in Mesquite

Saturday, July 8th RALLY DAY at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite

Mon & Tues, July 10th Joyeux Noel workshop in Arlington.

More information about the content of the workshops will be available online or from Katrina Lindley soon. There are fees connected with each workshop. Registration began on February 1st for guild members. The workshops will be open to non-guild members beginning May 1st. So if you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact Katrina Lindley.
Katrina and Janice will begin selling lunch tickets, Rally Day pins, and the tickets for the pre-Rally Day raffle at the April meeting. These can be purchased from them up until our July meeting.

Katrina Lindley & Janice Overton


  • 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


The Guild has one free ticket to the Ricky Tims Quilt Luminarium on May 12th and 13th in Richardson. If you are interested in going, please contact me before April 10th so that the paperwork can be filled out. This ticket would be $199 if purchased at the door.

Michelle Rodriguez


The April Block of the Month “Arrowheads.” This Block is actually different from the block in the initial block placement (“Rolling Pinwheel”).

The Arrowheads Block final is a 20″ block. You’ll only need one.

We will be making 4 different units to complete this block, 4 patch, corner unit, flying geese & Quarter Square Triangles.

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


Christine 214-284-4906

April – Arrowheads block tutorial:


Download PDF file here.



Dutch Rose (1)


Savannah (2)

Farmer’s Daughter


Another Star (1)

Jack in the Box (2)


Arrowhead (1) — Was Rolling Pinwheel


St Louis Star (1) Paper Pieced


Pinwheel Skew (2) Paper Pieced

Pieced Star (2)


Wandering Foot (1) Template


Crazy Ann (2)

See Saw (8)


Windblown (3)


Tassel Flower (1) Paper Pieced


Grandmother’s Choice (1) – was Hayes Corner

Clay’s Choice (4)


Weathervane (2) & Assembly Instruction

Christine Blanton


Beginning balance  … $1783.58
Membership Dues  … 55
Ending balance  … $1838.58

Janis Hill


Two colors

  • 1. The flange color will be cut to 1 ¾ inches.
  • 2. The other color will be cut to 1 ¼ inches.

Sew the two strips together (right sides together)

Press them so the edges match.

Attach the non flange color side to the back of the quilt and fold over so you can top

stitch in the ditch on the flange.

Match the corners for the flange (the hardest part).

Easy peasey ….

Kathy Poole

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