January 2018 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for A, B



  • F. Rodriguez … January 12
  • Jane Lamb … January 16
  • Becky Petross … January 20
  • Carrie Stanford … January 25


Hard to believe it’s already 2018! Time goes by fast! This year, challenge yourself to do something new in your sewing/quilting. Do something outside your comfort zone. Be sure to join the Block of the Month — The Moda Be My Neighbor blocks look great and should be fun. Look for the 2018 President’s Challenge info in the February newsletter.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the January 1 meeting!

Michelle Rodriguez


Dues are due at the January 1 meeting. Dues are $20 for regular members are $20 and $15 for those age 65+. To have your information published in the directory you will need to pay your dues on or before the January meeting. Remember there will be a drawing in December for the perfect attendance award. Congratulations to Barbara Burnaugh for winning the free membership for 2018!


Thank you for everyone’s participation in our wonderful Christmas celebration. I think everyone had a lot of fun! Also thank you to all who generously donated to the Grand Prairie Co-Op. It has been a great two years and I have enjoyed being your first vice-president and trying my best to create enjoyable programs for all of you! Also thank you to all who have helped me along the way in making these programs work for our guild! I wish my successor all the best!

Carrie Stanford

Thank you to all who rocked to make 2017 a great year for the guild. Special thanks to Carrie for the monthly programs, Lauren for the workshops, Grace for stitch group, and Christine for leading block of the month!

Becky Petross


Thanks to everyone who brought food for the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-Op at our December meeting. We collected 89 lbs. Thanks to Jeri Bush for taking the food to the Co-Op for us.


The Grand Prairie Historical Organization is holding a quilt exhibit on January 20 from 10 am to 2 p.m. They are looking for quilters to lend quilts to be displayed. Quilts will be accepted the Friday night before, and available for pickup after the event ends. There is no charge to display a quilt; GPHO asks for a $5 donation to view.

Call 214-674-0200 with questions. Visit the guild’s website at qgogp.wordpress.com or the GP Historical Organization’s at gphistorical.com to download a mailable form. You can also e-mail treasurer@gphistorical.com.


“The Choices We Make” is the theme for 2018. In January we will focus on fabric. Each month we will have a special program show and tell in addition to the regular show and tell. For January, please bring a quilt you have made from pre-cuts. Be sure to share the pattern name in case anyone in the Guild is interested.

See you January 1, 2018.

Shirley Lewis


  • Meeting called to order with Grace doing the blessing over potluck dinner.
  • Welcome
    • President welcomed group to meeting
  • Approve Guild minutes as in the newsletter
    • Correction to last month’s minutes: the stitch group donated $350 to The Woods United Methodist Church
  • Approve Treasurer’s report as in the newsletter
    • No questions or comments
    • Filed for audit
  • Current Treasurer’s report
    • Beginning balance: $1,411.58
    • No activity
    • Ending balance: $1,411.58
  • Birthdays
    • Shirley L. & Michelle – 12/15
    • Joanne – 12/21
  • Remembrances
    • Shara’s dog passed
    • Carrie’s friend’s baby is having surgery next week
    • Katrina’s daughter recently had a baby
    • Paco passed his last test and has been awarded a B.S. Information Technology
    • Please keep Evelyn’s family in thoughts as her mother had been diagnosed with dementia
    • Christine is having biopsy next week
  • 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
  • TAQG
    • Thank you notes for rally day mini-quilt donations were distributed
    • Quilt show information was relayed to group
    • TAQG dues are $25 for the year
      • Grace made a motion that QGOGP pay $25 to be a member of TAQG
    • Debi seconded the motion
    • Membership voted
    • Motion carried
  • Block of the Month
    • 2018 BOM will be the Moda “Be My Neighbor”
    • Copies of each month’s block will be available
  • Membership
    • Perfect attendance drawing for free guild membership was won by Barbara Bernaugh
    • Failure to wear a name tag will result in a $.50 fine
      • $27.50 has been collected in total for name tag violations
    • 2018 membership dues are due at the January meeting
  • Workshops
    o December workshop had 10 participants
    o The project was finishing the 2017 BOM
  • Program for next month
    o Shirley L. will be the 2018 program chair
    o 2018 Theme is “The choices we make”
    o January program will be The choices we make in fabric.
    o Show-n-tell theme is pre-cuts
  • Publicity
    • Quilt Guild meetings are in the calendar of events for Grand Prairie for the rest of 2017
  • Stitch group
    • The group shared the quilts made from the guilds block library – 10 quilts were made
      • Discussion of what to do with the quilts is tabled until next meeting
    • Stitch group will start again in January
  • Show & Tell
    • The following members share their projects with the group
      • Janis, Shara, Sue, Lauren, and Christine
    • Sue was the winner of the president’s show-and-tell challenge
  • Old business
  • New business
    • Installation of officers
    • Elisabeth made motion to donate $250 to First Presbyterian Church
      • Motion had 2nd, group voted, motion carried
    • Audit committee established and audit is to take place in February
      • Audit committee is Barbara B., Debi, and Grace
  • Program for this month
    • Christmas gift exchange.

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 (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 2018 Block Party will follow a program from Moda that provided 16 “blueprint” block patterns that comprise the Moda Be My Neighbor quilt.

Quilt Guild members should have received an e-mail from contact@paco.org (Francisco Rodriguez) with the quilt’s fabric requirements and layout as well as the pattern for the first block.

The patterns and instructions are freely available on the web and you can follow the links attached to this story to download them.

The blueprints are rendered in gray-scale to allow everyone to color their neighborhood using a wide variety of fabric and color choices. These are very scrappy blocks — mix your favorite fabric and colors to create your colorful neighborhood. There are 16 blocks in the quilt top. The quilt top measures 68 inches by 84 1/2 inches.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine.

Instructions (click to download PDF):

Block 1 (click to download PDF):


  • Beginning balance … $1411.58
  • TAQG Membership … (25.00)
  • Church Use Gift … (250.00)
  • Ending balance … $1136.58

Janis Hill

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