April 2018 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for M



  • Elisabeth McMahon … April 17


Welcome Spring! It’s hard to believe it’s Spring! This year has started off fast! I hope you are all taking time to do some sewing. Spring brings quilt shows. The Dallas Quilt Show, the Original Sewing Expo, Ellis County and Plano are a few that come to mind. Do you go to quilt shows? We go on a regular basis. I am always looking for inspiration as well the newest innovation. Take time to do something sewing related this month. Continue on with the Be My Neighbor Block of the Month, or if you haven’t started it, start it. Go to a quilt show. Participate in a workshop. Do something wonderful!

Michelle Rodriguez


Don’t forget about the president’s challenge. How it works: get a 5 inch square from me and make a 12 1/2 inch finished block using all or mostly all of the 5 inch square. This block can be any pattern of your choosing and should be made with all cotton fabric. Pin your name somewhere on the block and I will vote for my favorite and the winner gets a prize. After all the blocks are turned in, I will make the quilt, have it quilted, bind it and donate it to a charity that the Guild is supporting this year. Blocks are due to me no later than the June 4th meeting, but can be turned in at any meeting between now and then.

Michelle Rodriguez


Welcome to our new member, Natalie Wilson. Natalie is friends with Barbara Garner. Welcome to our March visitors, Ella Bonfiglio and Sue Lacy. They are friends of Natalie’s. We hope you return for our April meeting.


The April program will be given by Sarah Parker of Fabrics-4-You in Seagoville. She will share her quilting journey, tell about her shop, and give a program. She will either demo something, show a new pattern, or both. I have asked her to bring items from her shop to sell, so bring a few $$ in case she has something you like or need or want. I’m looking forward to having a guest speaker and hope you are too!

Thank you to everyone who brought items for the Arlington Cancer Center gift bags. We have 26 completed bags. Our goal is to complete 100 bags. We have plenty of pens/pencils and snacks to complete 100 bags. We still need the following items: 64 small packages of Kleenex, 67 lip balm, 50 hand sanitizers, and 74 puzzle books. If you could donate, I will be collecting these items at the April meeting.

Ten completed pillowcases were turned in for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. Thank you! I have several more in the works. I will be collecting those at the April meeting also.

See you April 2nd!

Shirley Lewis


Save the date! Rally Day will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 14th at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite Texas. The speaker this year will be Deb Tucker. The cost will be $5 for guild members, and $10 for non-members. Check out her web page to find out more about her quilts.

Thanks to all who brought fat-quarters for the goody bags this year. We have 500 fat quarters. We are still collecting new sewing related items to use to assemble a door prize, so use your extra Joann coupons to pick up something to bring for that. Thanks to those who already brought items.

Thanks to Janis Hill for volunteering to make a mini-quilt or other item for the Silent Auction. We still need one additional person to volunteer to make a quality hand-made item to donate. If you make a mini-quilt, no side can exceed 24 inches in length. Items which have sold well in the past are table runners and purses

Registration has begun for the workshops. The cost is $79 for guild members. Each participant must also purchase a pattern and any rulers required for that quilt. If you mail in your registration form prior to March 31, you can enter your name in a drawing for a set of rulers. If you did not get a registration form at our meeting, you can download them from the TAQG website. Be sure to mail them in along with a check payable to TAQG to the address on the form ASAP. We are expecting these workshops to fill up quickly this year. Don’t miss out. Here’s a link to the forms http://taqg.org/rally-day-forms-2018/. You do NOT need to logon to download the forms. Here is a list of the 4 different workshops offered this year.

  • Thursday, July 12 in Mesquite Hot Flash
  • Friday, July 13 in Mesquite Love Links
  • Monday, July 16 in Cedar Hill Signs of Autumn
  • Tuesday, July 17 in Cedar Hill Carolina Lily Four Block

We will begin selling admission tickets, lunch tickets, Rally Day pins, and pre-Rally Day raffle tickets at our May meeting. If you have any questions about TAQG or Rally Day, please contact Katrina Lindley (krazykat1952@gmail.com) or Janice Overton. (972) 264-3472

Katrina Lindley


Thank you to all who donated fat quarters for the Rally Day goody bags! We collected 500 and they are all wrapped with a card advertising our guild.


  • Meeting called to order
  • Welcome
    • President welcomed group to 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
  • Birthdays
    • Sharon
  • Remembrances
    • Margaret is feeling better
    • Michelle’s dad / Shirley’s husband out of hospital
    • Paco’s parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
  • Announcements
    • Linda and Nancy are visiting from the Arlington Quilt Guild selling raffle tickets for their donation quilt to benefit Komen
    • Dallas Quilt show is this weekend
    • 4/13 – 4/14 there is a quilt show in Beaumont
    • President’s Challenge – there is more fabric available
    • Blocks due by the June meeting
  • Membership
    • Members in attendance 33
    • New members: Holly, Marcy, Natalie
    • Guests: Ella and Sue
    • Failure to wear a name tag will result in a $.50 fine
  • TAQG
    • Next rally day is second Saturday in July
    • Deb Tucker is this year’s guest speaker
    • Katrina has information on all workshops – see her for registration details
    • Regular meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Let Katrina know if you want to attend
  • Block of the Month
    • Reminder that each person that chooses to participate will keep their blocks each month
    • Moda Be My Neighbor
    • Next month block 4
    • Call Christine if you have any questions on directions
  • Workshops
    • Mystery Quilt workshop 3/24 9:00 – 3:00
    • Bring power strip
    • Brown-bag lunch
  • Newsletter
    • Items for the newsletter should be submitted to Paco By the 10th of the month
    • Newsletter coming from contact@paco.org (Francisco=Paco) — watch for new e-mail address qgogptx@gmail.com
    • Newsletter items can be sent to Paco or Michelle
  • Stitch group
    • Next meeting March 22nd at The Woods United Methodist Church and all are welcome.
      09:30 am – 03:30 pm
    • 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
  • Door Prizes
    • Winners of the door prize drawing
    • Shirley L., Lillie, Ella, Alice
    • Show & Tell
    • Lauren, Christine, Carrie, Evelyn, Janet, Grace, Katrina
  • Old business
    • None
  • New business
    • None
  • Programs
    • Make-and-take design wall
    • Next month – guest speaker, Sarah Parker from Fabrics-4-You in Seagoville

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 second block.

The patterns and instructions are freely available on the web and will also be posted in the Guild’s website.

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 4 (click to download PDF):


  • Beginning balance … $1,751.58
  • Deposit … $55.00
  • Ending balance … $1,780.91

Jane Lamb

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