August 2017 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for H, L


  • Katrina Lindley … August 4

  • Lauren Metang … August 11

  • Judy Meador … August 23


Wow. Almost August. This summer has been busy. My mom and I went on a quilt shop hop road trip to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival in Overland Park, Kansas in mid-June. All I can say is “Wow.” What a great quilt show. They do their show every other year and this was their 2nd show. It was one of the best, if not the best show I have ever been to. We went to Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, MO and our final destination was Branson, MO. In total we went to 5 quilt shops plus Missouri Star (which has 13 buildings/storefronts – 11 of them quilt shops) and the quilt show. What a great time we had!
When you go out of town do you look for quilt shops along the way? I do. When Paco and I went on our vacation to Washington and British Columbia the end of June, we made it to 4 quilt shops. And I bought something in 3 of those shops. The shops in different parts of the country have different fabrics and different fabric manufacturers. For instance, Moda is a big presence in this area because it’s based here, but it is not as big in Kansas, Missouri, Washington and BC.

Don’t forget about the upcoming quilt shows. Ellis County was in July, Plano is in August and the Quilt Expo is also in August – 6 guilds under one roof.

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

Michelle Rodriguez


Grace took the food donated at the July meeting as well as the money raised from the Auction to the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op on Wednesday after our meeting. The total food and other non-perishables collected was 101 pounds (lots of pasta, so not as much weight). Total money raised at the Auction was $450. This total also includes some monetary donations.


Saturday July 29 we will have our second workshop of the year from 9a.m. to 3p.m.! We will be using our panels in different and creative ways. I am providing several different patterns for this particular workshop, with some being free and some you will need to buy. There are three main categories: segmented panels, panels with borders, and horizontal panels. If you haven’t already signed up and would still like to come, there are several free patterns from which to choose. Please contact me by July 27 so I can have the pattern for you. If you do not know the options please e-mail or call me! We will have a potluck lunch with a rainbow theme. Bring some colorful food this time! I hope to see you there. Until then, happy sewing!

Lauren Metang


AUGUST MEETING: I want to thank everyone for their participation in our auction in July! We were able to raise some money for a good charity. In the month of August, we will hosting a school house. We will have four very gracious members who have volunteered to teach a brief program for everyone to enjoy learning. Please come prepared to soak up all of the knowledge!
If you took an operation shoebox bag, please remember to bring it back to the August meeting. Also, September will be the last month to sign up for the mug rug challenge. You can either sign up at the meeting or e-mail me to let me know you would like to participate!

Two categories: Hot beverage & Cold beverage

For each category, you will pick a cup and a small something to go with it. In addition, 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.

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, participants in this challenge should bring any size from a 12″X12″ wall hanging or larger quilt. 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 or at (214)415-5251 if you have any questions or concerns! Also, Paco will be sending out a separate e-mail with important information….Please Read!

Carrie Stanford


  • President Michelle called the meeting to order at 7:00.
  • Jane Lamb said grace over our birthday meal, the guild enjoyed a wonderful dinner.
  • The minutes of the June meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Janis Hill reported a balance of $1,538.58 in the guild account.
  • The Guild has 2 birthdays for July: Barbara Burnaugh and Barbara Garner.
  • Remembrances: Becky Petross was absent due to the death of a good friend of the family. Also, remember Christine as she travels to Africa.
  • Sue Heard reported that she is collecting grocery bags for a friend in Fairfield that is using them to crochet mattresses for the homeless. Please bring them to the next meeting if you have any to share.
  • Carol Franklin reported there is no new news on Publicity.
  • Michelle reminded the guild that TAQG is next Saturday, July 8th.
  • Paco reminded everyone that any information printed in the newsletter is due by the 10th.
  • Michelle showed the BOM for August. The block will be a 5 1/2″ See-Saw block . The instructions will be printed in the newsletter.
  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 23 members and 1 visitor present. We welcomed Karen Tollifson as our guest.
  • Carrie, VP Programs, shared that the August program will be a school house. Evelyn, Shirley, Michelle and Debi will demonstrate different quilting techniques. September will be the mug rug challenge and November will be the Half Square triangle challenge. Carrie also had Quilt of Valor boxes available.
  • The Half Square Triangle project should measure a minimum 12 x 12 inch and will be voted on by the guild. The Mug Rug and Mug can be a hot or cold beverage mug. Two entries can be made per type. The mugs should contain a small surprise for the recipient – such as candy or sewing related items, as an example, that go with the theme of the mug and mug rug.
  • Michelle reported that the Panel Workshop is being held at First Presbyterian Church on July 29th. The lunch will be pot luck.
  • Grace reported the Stitch-a-Bit will meet on July 27th this month.
  • Show and Tell participants were Barbara Burnaugh, Sue Heard, Shirley Lewis and Janice Overton.
  • Shirley reported an updated directory will be available next month.
  • Janis Hill reminded the members of an upcoming Judy Neimeyer workshop. A Judy Neimeyer trained teacher will give the class. Contact Janis if you are interested in going.
  • The program for July was our auction benefitting the Grand Prairie Food Co-op. Always a fun event.

Debi Cypert, for Becky Petross


TAQG REPORT RALLY DAY 2017! I hope you enjoyed Rally Day!   I saw several of you, and you seemed to be enjoying yourselves. It was a very successful day!   The speaker, Cynthia Regone, was very entertaining and inspiring.  She showed us some beautiful quilts combining traditional pieced patterns and applique.  She uses lots of bright colors in her quilts.    I was very proud of our small quilt guild.   We were listed in the program several times.   We donated two door prizes, provided fat quarters for 500 goodie bags, and donated three items to the silent auction.  So pat yourselves on the back, we did good!    Rally Day is the only fund raiser for TAQG. Our attendance was over 500 people, and we earned quite a bit of money with the raffles, pin sales, and the silent auction.   Next year Rally Day will be on Saturday, July 14th.  The speaker will be Deb Tucker.  Check her quilts out at her website Save the date on your calendar and plan now to attend.

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 (
    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

Crazy Ann [MAKE 2] block tutorial:

Seesaw [MAKE 4] block tutorial:




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 (4)


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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