September 2018 Newsletter

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  • Name tag
  • Block party block #9
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for C, E, FG



  • Holly Blackwell … September 13
  • Lillie Martinez … September 14
  • Margaret Alsup … September 23
  • Evelyn Moore … September 27


Labor Day! Hard to believe that it’s the “end” of summer. This year has gone by so fast! Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us. Have you been working on the projects you want to give as gifts? If not, you should probably get started soon!

It looks like we’re having a schoolhouse program in September. That should be a lot of fun and we should all learn something new.

Keep sewing and I’ll see you at the September meeting.

Michelle Rodriguez


For the September program we will have four members set up at individual tables to demonstrate different projects. I will have you divide into groups so we have an equal number of people at each table. It’s always fun to learn something new.

See you September 3.

Shirley Lewis


• General Meeting
Discussion was held on where to move the regularly scheduled meetings. These are held every other month — currently in Lewisville. Suggestions include moving the meeting further south so guild’s like Ft. Worth and Centerville would be closer. Another suggestion was to move to Dallas to the Salvation Army Christmas Store on/ near I-35. Discussion is on going.

The Rally Day Report was given out in hard copy (25 pages). Bottom line – NET PROFIT: $3,972.73 There were $6,500 in rally day gift contributions. Plano Guild shared expenses for the guest speaker — Deb Tucker.

Pam Holland will be the speaker in 2019 and Marti Michell will be guest speaker in 2020.

• Discussion Program:
Numerous growth tips were discussed, including:

  1. Welcome packet passed out by city to new comers – include a page with when, where, and what to bring to guild meetings. Copies of newsletters.
  2. Have business cards printed with guild information: Web site, phone contact for guest to use.
  3. Recognition when they join – “official name tag”, T-shirt presentation, a special applause.
  4. Give a fat quarter to someone who brings a guest.
  5. Stand up at a meeting and say “why” you joined our guild.
  6. Give guest “old” quilt magazines and books for their use. as a remembrance of their visit.
  7. Have an active Facebook Group just for our quilt guild.
  8. Do simple demos at meetings.
  9. Host an open house – advertise through local information channels or Facebook.
  10. Be friendly
  11. Engage members in “a block for the soldiers”. Pass out material and patterns to be returned next meeting. KEEP IT SIMPLE.

Katrina Lindley  & Janice Overton,
TAQG Co-Representative


  • The minutes of the July meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Jane Lamb reported a balance of $1,533.12. The treasurer’s report was approved and will be filed for audit.
  • A thank you note was received from the Grand Prairie Food and Clothing Co-op. The guild donated the proceeds from our Birthday Auction in the amount of $737.00 and 127 pounds of food. The food will help 30 families this month with food, clothing, utilities and prescriptions.
  • The Guild has 5 birthdays for August: Katrina Lindley, Ruth Goodman, Lauren Metang, Nancy Connor Smith and Judy Meador.
  • Remembrances: Carrie Stanford’s husband’s grandmother passed away.
  • Janice Overton reported on the TAQG meeting. The TAQG meeting was discussion on moving the regular meetings from Flower Mound. The discussion is ongoing. Also, Janice reported on the results from Rally Day. A total profit was $3,972.73. Plano Guild picked up part of the cost of the Rally Day Speaker, Deb Tucker. Marti Mitchell will be the 2020 speaker. The program was ways to grow membership. Some ideas were to have literature about the guild in welcome packets for new residents, have business cards printed to hand out, give members Fat Quarters for bringing a guest, special recognition for new members-such as T-shirt, Pin or Official Name Tag. Also, have members tell why they joined the guild, give new members a quilting magazine or book, have simple demos at meetings. Social Media is a great way to find new members.
  • In Christine’s absence Michelle reported on BOM. Several members displayed their completed blocks. Block #9 will be published in the newsletter and will be a 15 x 18” block.
  • Debi Cypert reported that the next workshop is to be held September 15th at First Presbyterian. The Twister is the theme of the workshop. Those wanting to participate will need a pattern of their choice along with the twister or pinwheel ruler in the appropriate size for their pattern choice. It is recommended that the preliminary sewing of the blocks be done before the workshop.
  • Grace Norris reported that there were 6 attendees at the July Stitch A Bit group. The next meeting will be August 23 and lunch will be brown bag.
  • Elisabeth McMahon drew for door prizes. Winners were Grace Norris, Shirley Lewis, Evelyn Moore and Carol Franklin.
  • Sue Heard, Membership, reported we have 30 members present. Sue also reported we have 12 members with perfect attendance.
  • Show and Tell participants were: Debi Cypert, Nancy Connor Smith, Michelle Rodriguez (with a quilt started by Suzanne Maas), Ann Stevenson, Evelyn Moore, Barbara Burnaugh, Lauren Metang, Jeri Bush and Carrie Stanford.
  • There was no old business.
  • There was no new business.
  • Shirley reported that there were 137 pillowcases made for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. Special thanks to Jeri Bush for the help in getting the cases ready to be delivered.
  • The September program will be a School House with four stations doing demos. The October program is a guest speaker.
  • The August program was presented by Shirley Lewis and was on the history of Redwork. Redwork became popular during the Civil War. Turkey Red thread was used in embroidery because it was colorfast. 100% cotton fabric should be used for Redwork and two strands of embroidery floss. All members were given a small redwork project to complete.
  • Elisabeth had a special prize drawing for a redwork embroidery kit. Cathy Mullin won the kit.

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 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 (Francisco Rodriguez) or 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 9 (click to download PDF):


  • Beginning balance … $1,533.12
  • No deposits or expenditures
  • Ending balance … $1,533.12

Jane Lamb

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