November 2017 Newsletter

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


  • Janice Overton … November 23

  • Ann Stevenson … November 26


How did it get to be November already? Time flies! Did you make something for the Half Square Triangle Challenge? I hope you are participating. I look forward to seeing what everyone has created. Were you able to sign up for the workshop for the Judy Neimeyer quilt? If you didn’t already have something on your calendar, I hope you signed up for this workshop. It’s a technique that I would love to learn. If you started working on the Guild block of the month and got behind or abandoned the project, I hope you will participate in the workshop that Lauren is planning for December. I fell behind in July and plan to use the workshop to catch up on my blocks.

Don’t forget to make something this month and bring it for show and tell!

Michelle Rodriguez


The nominating committee formed at the October meeting. Automatically on the committee were Carrie Stanford and Shirley Lewis. Elected to the committee were Grace Norris, Marcy Morgan and Sue Heard.
They will bring the following slate of officers to the November meeting:

• President: Michelle Rodriguez
• 1st VP, Programs: Shirley Lewis
• 2nd VP, Workshops: Debi Cypert
• Secretary: Becky Petross
• Treasurer: Jane Lamb

We will elect officers at the November meeting and install them at the December meeting.


The next TAQG meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14th at Garden Ridge Church of Christ, 102 N Garden Ridge Blvd, Lewisville, TX. This month it will be our annual Speaker’s Forum. The TAQG business meeting and a meeting for all people in charge of programs for their local quilt guilds will both begin at 10 a.m (in different rooms). The Speaker’s Forum will begin as soon as we finish a light lunch. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in meeting local speakers, especially if you are responsible for providing programs or workshops for your local guild.

Looking ahead, the January meeting will be for all presidents, secretaries, and treasurers of local quilt guilds. It will be held at 10 a.m. on a Saturday in January at the Mineola League of Arts, 200 W Blair St, Mineola, TX. The exact date will be announced shortly. Please plan to attend if you will be the president, secretary, or treasurer of a local quilt guild in 2018. There are a couple of great quilt shops near Mineola, including Stitchin Heaven. It’s a great chance for a field trip.

Rally Day 2018 will be on Saturday, July 14th at 9 a.m. at the Mimosa Lane Baptist Church, 1233 N. Belt Line Road, Mesquite, TX The speaker will be Deb Tucker, the originator of The Rapid Fire Hunters Star ruler and technique. deb-tucker Details about the workshops will come out in February. The dates of the workshops will be Thursday and Friday July 12 & 13 in Mesquite; and Monday and Tuesday July 16 and 17th in a different location.

If you are interested in attending any of these events, or have questions about TAQG; please contact either Katrina Lindley or Janice Overton.
Katrina Lindley


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 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 (and no, there is no specific binding you have to use. And, yes, wrap binding is acceptable for this challenge!).

Upon arrival, you will be asked to turn it over to us in a bag/pillowcase/etc so no one can see it beforehand 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 November 3!

Paco will send out a separate email with the list of names I have as well as instructions for the Quilt as you go Evelyn did at the October meeting!

Please make sure you contact me either at or at (214)415-5251 if you have any questions or concerns or still want to participate!

Carrie Stanford


  • President Michelle called the meeting to order at 7:05.
  • The minutes of the September meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Janis Hill reported a current balance of $1,411.58 in the guild account. Report was approved and will be filed for audit.
  • Birthdays for October are Shara Hill-Scheibner, Cathy Mullin, Pam Landrum and Christine Blanton.
  • Remembrances: Janice Overton’s mother passed away. Christine Blanton’s cousin passed away. Lauren Metang is expecting. Prayers for Las Vegas, Houston and South Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
  • Carol Franklin reported there are no changes on Publicity.
  • Shirley reported 23 members were present and we have one new member Sharon Schroeder.
  • Katrina reported that the November TAQG meeting will be a speaker forum-programs for quilt guilds. Katrina also shared that TAQG may start charging for Rally Day. This proposal has not been voted on. The last meeting was on social media and how it can be used to promote quilt guilds.
  • Christine asked about promoting the guild through other media besides advertising the meetings and Facebook. Different venues were discussed, including farmers market and/or asking Bob Fitch from Grand Prairie Reporter to publish an article about our guild.
  • Paco reminded everyone that any information printed in the newsletter is due by the 10th.
  • Christine and Grace displayed the October Block of the Month. The BOM for November will be Grandmother’s Choice (1 block) and Clay’s Choice (2 blocks). The instructions will be printed in the newsletter.
  • Carrie reported that the November program is a Half Square Triangle Challenge. The project should measure a minimum 12 x 12 inch and the winner will be voted on by the guild.
  • Grace reported the Stitch-a-Bit group met on September 28th and had 12-13 participants. The next meeting will be October 26th and is the last meeting for 2017.
  • Show and Tell participants were Janis Hill, Marcy Morgan, Christine Blanton, Elisabeth McMahon, Lillie Martinez, Shirley Lewis and Patsy Martin.
  • Elisabeth drew winning door prize tickets for Carrie Stanford, Christine Blanton, Janice Overton and Patsy Martin.
  • Janis Hill reported of an upcoming Judy Neimeyer workshop. Two dates are available – November 16th or December 2nd. A Judy Neimeyer trained teacher will give the class. The cost of the class will be $69.98 plus cost of supplies. There must be 5 participants for a class. A sign up sheet was passed.
  • Under new business, Michelle reported it was time for a Nominating Committee. Shirley Lewis and Carrie Stanford are automatically on this committee. Nominations from the floor were Grace Norris, Sue Heard and Marcy Morgan. Jane Lamb made a motion to close nominations. Jane also made a moved to accept the nominated committee members. Motion passed.
  • The program for October was a “Quilt as You Go” demonstration by Evelyn Moore.

Debi Cypert For Becky Petross


  • 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 November Blocks of the Month are “Grandmother’s Choice” and “Clay’ s Choice.” Please read the tutorials before you start!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Christine 214-284-4906

November – Grandmother’s Choice (Make 1) block tutorial:

November – Clay’s Choice (Make 2) block tutorial:

October – Tassel Flower (Make 1) 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)

 Tippecanoe (4)


Tassel Flower (1) Paper Pieced


Grandmother’s Choice (1) – was Hayes Corner

Clay’s Choice (2)


Weathervane (2) & Assembly Instruction

Christine Blanton


  • Beginning balance  … $1401.58

  • Membership dues  … 10

  • Ending balance … $1411.58

Janis Hill

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