July 2017 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell


  • Barbara Garner … July 11

  • Barbara Burnaugh  … July 31


Wow. Can you believe it’s the middle of June already? We are almost halfway through the year. How are you doing on your quilting goals? Are you where you want to be? Are you keeping up with your blocks of the month or any quilt along in which you are participating? Are you part of the Stitch-A-Bit Stitch Group? Have you been to a quilt show? Are you attending TAQG Rally Day in July? How about a retreat? Are you challenging yourself with techniques that you haven’t been comfortable with before? If you put a moratorium on fabric purchases, how are you doing with that? I’ll answer these questions. I am not keeping up with my quilt along or blocks of the month. I have been to a quilt show – Dallas in March,  Kansas City in June and a few more on tap for this year (Ellis County in July, Plano in August and the big one in Arlington in August). I do plan to attend Rally Day in Mesquite on July 8th. I have been on one retreat this year and another one is in the works for October. Retreats with friends are the best!

I have challenged myself with paper piecing and have gotten pretty good at it. I can’t resist purchasing fabric, so never tell myself I can’t buy – I’ll probably write more on this in the next newsletter as I’m going on a shop hop with a stop at Missouri Star – and I know I will be buying fabric!

Create something wonderful this month and don’t forget to bring it to show and tell!

Michelle Rodriguez


Our panel workshop has been re-scheduled to Saturday July 29 from 9:00AM-3:00PM at the First Presbyterian Church where we normally have our workshops and meetings. If you would like to come and have not chosen a pattern please let me know by July 19. If you do not know from which patterns you can choose please contact me and I will send you a list. We will have a potluck lunch and the theme for this lunch will be rainbow. Please contact me if you have any questions either by phone or email. Happy Sewing!

Lauren Metang


In July, we will celebrate the Guild’s 24th birthday!

We will have dinner from Eddlemon’s Barbecue. Officers should bring drinks. Anyone that wants to can bring dessert to share. We will also have our Annual Auction. Proceeds will benefit the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op.

Look around your sewing area and gather up any new or gently used sewing or quilting related items. Orphan Blocks, fat quarters, fabric, books, patterns, notions, anything you don’t want or need.

We will also be collecting non-perishables for the Co-Op. Be sure to look in your pantry. Please no expired food.

September meeting: Mug Rug Challenge

Two categories: Hot beverage & Cold beverage

For each category, you will pick a cup and a small something to go with it. You will also make a mug rug to go with your cup. There are no set parameters for this challenge except that you need to provide a mug or cup and a mug rug that you have made to go with it. The small something else will be of your choosing. The size/design/fabric for the mug rug will be of your choosing. You bring your mug rug challenge items in a gift bag in September. Please make sure that you write either “hot” or “cold” on the outside of the bag.

I will have a sign-up sheet for you to sign up for this challenge. Please place you name under either hot or cold beverage as to which you will be participating in. You can participate in both if you wish. There will be a limit of 2 entries per category.

November meeting: Half Square Triangle Challenge

Your challenge should you choose to accept it, is to take half square triangles….and be creative!

At the November meeting, we will ask anyone who wants to participate in this challenge to bring any size wall hanging or larger quilt (minimum: 12″ x 12″, maximum: unlimited). You may choose any pattern you wish. You may choose any color you wish. The only requirement for the pattern is that you somehow incorporate half square triangles into it. Each entry should be quilted and bound. Upon arrival, you will be asked to turn it over to us in a bag/pillowcase/etc. with your name on it somewhere so we can return it to you when we are finished. We will hang/display everyone’s finished project in an area with only a number on it. Each member/guest in attendance will have a chance to cast votes for their favorites. Once that has been done, the winner will be announced and will receive a prize! And remember, we will also be looking for creativity in how you incorporate the half square triangles!

We will be doing sign-ups for this challenge to ensure we have enough of everything we need to display the quilts for voting. Please sign up with me no later than the August meeting!

Please make sure you contact me either at customerservice@angelsandmoore.com or at (214)415-5251 if you have any questions or concerns! Also, Paco will be sending out a separate email with important information….Please Read!

Carrie Stanford


  • Meeting called to order
  • Welcome
    • President welcomed group to meeting
    • Each member and guest was invited to stand and introduce themselves and provide a brief summary of their sewing/quilting experience and when they joined the guild
  • Approve Guild minutes as in the newsletter
    • Approved as written
  • Approve Treasurer’s report as in the newsletter
    • No questions or comments
    • Filed for audit
  • Current Treasurer’s report
    • Beginning balance: $1,538.58
    • no activity
    • Ending balance: $1,538.58
  • Birthdays
    • Kathleen Poole 6/1
    • Alice 6/2
    • Grace 6/19
    • Nancy 6/30
  • Remembrances
  • Announcements
    • Grace brought antique quilt tops to sell – all money will be donated to The Woods United Methodist Church
  • Publicity
    • No update
  • TAQG
    • Rally Day is 7/8 – lunch tickets must be purchased by 6/5
    • Cynthia Regone is speaker
    • Workshops have been decreased to 2 and there is a discount if participants choose both
    • Next meeting 7/25 in Flower Mound from 10:00 – 12:00
  • Newsletter
    • Items for the newsletter should be submitted to Paco By the 10th of the month
    • Newsletter coming from contact@paco.org (Francisco=Paco)
  • Newsletter items can be sent to Paco or Michelle
  • Block of the Month
    • Reminder that each person that chooses to participate will keep their blocks each month
    • Everyone that completed the June blocks shared with the group
    • Block for July will use a template
    • Call Christine if you have any questions on directions
  • Membership
    • 24 members in attendance
    • 1 visitors – Zoila Sustaita
  • Failure to wear a name tag will result in a $.50 fine
  • Workshops
    • The June workshop was postponed due to scheduling conflict
    • More to follow on rescheduling
      • There will be 9 options for using a panel
        • Horizontal
        • Segmented
        • Attic Window
        • Multiple panels
        • Detailed boarders
      • Program for next month
        o Birthday Party / Auction to benefit GP Food Coop
        – Janice made a motion that the guild purchase the meal from Edelman’s
        • Motion passed
        – Guild officers will provide drinks
        – Members are encouraged to bring a dessert of their choice
        – Bring canned goods as well as items for auction
        o August meeting will be Schoolhouse
        o September meeting will be mug-rug challenge – details will be e-mailed
        o November meeting will be Half-Square Triangle challenge
  • Stitch group
    • Grace reported that the stitch group will meet the 4th Thursday of the month, at The Woods United Methodist Church and all are welcome.
      • 09:30 am – 03:30 p.m.
      • 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
    • June 22nd will be the next meeting
  • Show & Tell
    • The following members shared their projects with the group
      • Lauren, Christine, Michelle, Janis, Shirley L., Jeri, Barbara B., Grace, Sue H.
  • Door Prizes
    • N/A
  • • Old business
    • Judy Niemeyer
      • Pattern $21.99 + Ruler $12.99 Class is $35
      • Sending list for best dates or times
  • New business
    • Christine shared information on the Quick Curve Ruler Class being offered by The Old Craft Store in Carrollton
    • Christine suggested the Show-and-Tell each month have a set theme – this may be discussed more as the new year approaches
  • Program for this month
    • Quilted Wreaths
      • Carrie demonstrated in detail how to create the wreaths along with variations on embellishing and using them.
      • Instructions will be e-mailed with links to patterns

Becky Petross


 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 Regone.  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

More information about the content of the workshops is available online or from Katrina Lindley. There are fees connected with each workshop. if you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact Katrina Lindley. There is a special deal, if you take both workshops, you save $15. You pay $55 for the first workshop and $40 for the second.

Thanks to Janis Hill, Elisabeth McMahon, and Jeri Bush for donating items for the TAQG Silent Auction. Thanks to all of you who donated items for our door prize and fabric for the goody bags. Hope to see you all at Rally Day!

(You can get the Summer 2017 TAQG Roundup by clicking here.)

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 June Blocks of the Month are “Pinwheel Skew” and “Pieced Star.”

Please read the tutorials before you start!

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

Christine 214-284-4906

July – Wandering Foot block tutorial:

Download the Wandering Foot template here.

June – Pieced Star block tutorial (make 3):

How to print a PDF file at 100 percent:



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 (3)


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 …$1538.58
  • Ending balance … $1538.58

Janis Hill

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