December 2017 Newsletter

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


  • Shirley Lewis … December 15
  • Michelle Rodriguez … December 15
  • Joanne Grant …December 21


December! Hard to believe it’s time for the holidays! It was great to see participation in the Half Square Triangle Challenge. Congratulations to the winners — Patsy, Janis and Jeri. The December meeting should be lots of fun with the Christmas party and gift exchange. Don’t forget we’ll have drawings for the perfect attendance award and for the President’s challenge. Many of you have participated in show and tell this year. For each month you brought something for show and tell, your name will go in the drawing one time. So far, the highest number is 8. That person will get her name in 8 times. December’s show and tell will count.

So, don’t forget to make something this month and bring it for show and tell!

Michelle Rodriguez


Don’t forget that the drawing for the free 2018 membership will be at our December meeting. You are eligible if you have had perfect attendance in 2017.


The next TAQG meeting will be on Saturday, January 27 at 10 a.m. There will be 3 break-out meetings, one for presidents, one for secretaries, and one for treasurers of local quilt guilds. It will be held at the Mineola League of Arts, 200 W. Blair St., Mineola, TX. Please plan to attend if you will be the president, secretary, or treasurer of a local quilt guild in 2018, or are considering one of those positions in the future. There are a couple of great quilt shops near Mineola, including Stitchin’ Heaven. It’s a great chance for a field trip. There will even be a room set aside for people who have car-pooled down with others, but do not need to attend a meeting themselves. It’s a great way to meet other quilters. Bring some hand-work and come along!

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. Details about the workshops will come out in February. The dates of the workshops will be Thursday, and Friday July 12 and 13 in Mesquite; and Monday and Tuesday July 16 and 17 in a different location. For the first time ever, TAQG will charge admission to Rally Day. It will be $5 for guild members with a valid membership card, and $10 for guests. This is still a bargain, so make plans now to attend. The workshops are expected to fill up quickly, so if you are interested, be sure to contact one of us (see below) immediately after the January TAQG meeting on the 27th, so that you can mail in your enrollment form with the fees ASAP.

If you are interested in attending any of these events, or have questions about TAQG; please contact either Katrina Lindley (817) 477-5793 or Janice Overton (972) 978-8333.

Katrina Lindley


We will be having our last workshop of the year on Saturday December 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have been interested in working on the block of the month this will be the perfect time to catch up! Just a reminder that we have been working on the Modern Sampler Quilt-a-Long from the Elven Garden. Please make sure to print out your directions and any paper piecing that you will need. I will have one copy of each block for a reference, but I will not have extras for paper piecing. We will have a holiday themed pot luck lunch. Bring a dish that you enjoy eating during the holidays. Until then, happy sewing!

Lauren Metang


December is upon us once again! For this meeting we will be having a potluck and gift exchange game! Bring a covered dish to share and the officers should also bring drinks. For the gift exchange, please bring a gift to play the game. The dollar amount cap will be $15. The gift does not have to be quilting related, but remember your audience when choosing gifts! We will also be collecting canned or non-perishable goods for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op. Hope to see everyone there….It will be tons of fun!!!

Carrie Stanford


  • Meeting called to order
  • Welcome
  • President welcomed group to meeting
    • Cakes donated by the ladies from the Woods UMC for the meeting
  • 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: $1,411.58
    • Membership deposits:
    • Ending balance: $1,411.58
  • Birthdays
    • Ann
    • Janice Overton
  • Announcements
    • Cedar Hill Quilt Guild selling raffle tickets for their quilt
    • 11/21 is the draw date
    • 11/11 Craft Fair at First Presbyterian
  • TAQG
    • Next meeting 11/14 is annual speakers forum – all day meeting 10 a.m. to noon regular meeting noon to 2 p.m. is speakers forum
  • Newsletter
    • All are encouraged to like and follow the group’s Facebook page – QGOGP
    • Link Newsletter is also on this site
    • Items for the newsletter should be submitted to Paco By the 10th of the month
    • Newsletter coming from (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
    • All who did the block last month showed their block
    • Last block is Weathervane
  • Membership
    • 27 members in attendance
    • 4 guests: Donna, Phyllis, Julie, Cathy
    • Failure to wear a name tag will result in a $.50 fine
  • Workshops
    • Next workshop will be to work on BOM December 2nd
      • Holiday potluck lunch
  • Program for next month
    • White Elephant Gift Exchange
    • Cap of $15 – does not have to be quilt related
    • Potluck – Officers will provide drinks
    • Food drive for Grand Prairie Food Co-op
  • Stitch group
    • Grace reported that the stitch group will not be meeting again this year due to the holidays.
    • The group collected $300 to donate to the Woods UMC
  • Show & Tell
    • The following members share their projects with the group
      • Lauren, Christine, Katrina, Michelle, Shirley L., Elisabeth, Marcy, Patsy
  • Door Prizes
    • Janice O., Barbara B., Alice, Janis
  • Old business
    • Janis – spoke to instructor about class – has supply list for everyone on the list
      • Bring a box of baggies to the class to make things easier
      • Class is November 16 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Nominating committee
      • Slate as nominated has carried
  • New business
    • Christine has a stand-up quilter free to a good home for hand quilting – call Christine for details
  • Program for this month
    • Half-Square Triangle Challenge
      • 13 submissions to vote on
      • Winners were Patsy, Janis and Jeri.

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 December Block of the Month is “Weathervane.” Please read the tutorial before you start!

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

December – Weathervane (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 (1) & Assembly Instruction

Christine Blanton


  • Beginning balance  … $1411.58
  • Ending balance … $1411.58

Janis Hill

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