April 2016 Newsletter


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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Program items
  • Door Prizes for B, C


  • Elisabeth McMahon … April 17


As a quilter, we all have a clear understanding and great appreciation of what textile art is all about. Although many quilts made and displayed prior to the 1970s can now be defined as art, the form was most importantly recognized as legitimate art in the 1971 Whitney exhibit,Abstract Design in American quilts. The presentation of pieced quilts, with their emphasis on color and geometric forms, fit perfectly into the art modes of the time.

In the 1970s, Miriam Schapiro was a ground-breaking artist known for pioneering the Feminist Art Movement in the United States. Her works reexamined women’s roles and “traditional” women’s arts and crafts. Using pieces of embroidery, threads, knitting, scraps, sequins, buttons, and other material from crafts and decorative arts, she combined these in collage projects to create what she coined “Femmage.” She also insisted that society should revise the value placed on women’s creations by furthering their use in new and innovative art projects.

We’ve come a long way from simply creating functional quilts. What about the quilts that avoid all the traditional rules: sloppy work and assembly, bizarre color combinations, or nasty materials. Are these pieces still considered art? Just something to think about the next time you’re at a quilt show. Happy Sewing!

Tory Swartzwelder


  The April meeting is Bring a Friend/Game Night Month!!! Please remember to bring 8 5 inch Charm squares to participate in our games! If you bring a guest, also please make sure you have enough squares for them as well so they can play the games!

Also, please make sure that if you volunteered to take a box last month for Operation Shoebox that you bring it back for the next meeting so that someone else may have a chance to make a block for our charity quilt! Remember, you may use the fabric in the box or you may use any in your stash, but please make sure either way there is enough fabric left in the box for the next volunteer to make a 12 inch by 12 inch block. There are no minimum fabrics that must be used and you may use ANY pattern you wish and the fabric must be red, white, blue or any combination of these colors! (And on a side note, overachievers are MORE than welcome for this particular project and will not be turned away! If you can only make one block, we understand completely, but the more blocks we have, the more quilts we could make. So if you would like to make more, they will be gladly accepted!!!)

*Also, if you would like to make a presentation or teach something at any of our meetings or if there is something you would like to learn, please feel free to e-mail or call me or even catch me and talk to me after a meeting. I would love to hear any feedback you wish to share with me! Remember…I don’t know if you don’t tell me!

Carrie Stanford


TAQG is the Texas Association of Quilt Guilds, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to share information between guilds and preserve the art of quilting. I am your representative and attend a bimonthly meeting on your behalf. This year our guild is on the committee to organize and support TAQG’s major annual event, Rally Day.

Rally Day 2016 will be Saturday, July 9th at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church, 1233 N. Belt Line Road, Mesquite, TX 75149. Doors open at 9 a.m. Admission is FREE to members of our quilt guild. Goodie bags will be given to the first 500 in attendance. Door prizes will also be awarded. The first door prize awarded will be a sewing machine. The guest speaker this year is Kimberley Einmo. Her website is kimberlyeinmo.com.

Thanks for your help making the baggies with the 5″ squares as our contribution to the goodie bags.. If you took some bags and business cards home, please bring them to our April meeting.. Also remember to bring a new item to go into our basket we will donate to be used as a door prize.
Thanks to those who have signed up to work. I have Sue Heard, Barbara Garner, Janis Hill, Nancy Mills-Dickens, Shara Scheibner, and Tory Swartzwelder at the doors. I have Lillie Martinez, Grace Norris, Jeri Bush, Shirley Lewis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Barbara Burnaugh monitoring the Raffle Quilts. Kathy Poole, Debi Cypert, Penny Johnson,and myself will be floaters (going wherever most needed). All volunteers need to be in Mesquite at 8 a.m.

Also thanks to Elizabeth McMahon, Grace Norris, and Jeri Bush who volunteered to make an item for the silent auction to raise funds for TAQG.

There will be multiple workshops, a two-day workshop on Thursday and Friday before Rally Day in Mesquite. Two one-day workshops in Arlington, one on Monday and another on Tuesday after Rally Day. If you are interested, please pull a form off the TAQG website taqg.org and mail it in with your payment as soon as possible. The workshops have traditionally filled up quickly. There is a fee for the workshops.

We are selling pre-Rally Day raffle tickets. The grand prize and the 2nd prize both contain a sewing machine. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5 and will be available until our general meeting on June 6th. The drawing will be Friday, July 8th. You need not be present to win. There will be an additional Raffle on Rally Day itself. The grand prize for this raffle also includes a sewing machine.
We are also selling advance tickets for a box lunch on Rally Day. Tickets are $10 and there are four menu choices. McAllister’s is the caterer this year. We will be selling these until June 6th as well. You may also purchase a Rally Day 2016 pin for $5 from me.

If you have any questions, please contact Katrina Lindley.

Katrina Lindley, TAQG Representative


  • 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.
  • If you took business cards and Ziploc bags home from the March meeting, bring them back to the April meeting with your 5-inch charm squares (four in each bag).
  • To bring eight 5-inch charm squares to the April meeting for the program. If you bring a friend, make sure you bring enough for them.
  • Remember to bring your item for the TAQG Rally Day door prize bag to the April meeting. Items should be brand new and quilting related. Katrina will be accepting these items.


  • Tory called the meeting to order at 7:15.
  • The Guild had 1 birthday for March: Penny Johnson
  • Remembrances: Sue Jenn, a former co-worker of Kathy Poole has terminal cancer.
  • The minutes of the February meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
  • Janis reported that the balance in the guild account is $1,568.58. A deposit of $35.00 was added to a beginning balance of $1,533.58.
  • Shirley Lewis, Membership, reported we have 30 members present.
  • Janice Overton, By-Laws, reported that the vote on the By-Laws and Standing Rules would be delayed until May. Until then the current By-Laws and Standing rules are valid.
  • Kathy Poole, Door Prize, held the door prize drawing and winners were Elisabeth McMahon, Tory Swartzwelder, Jeri Bush and Shirley Allein.
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Newsletter, reminded members that the newsletter information deadline is the 10th of the month.
  • Lauren Metang, Workshops, reported that the first workshop of the year had 20 members present and was a great success. Some of the members that attended shared their completed quilt tops. The next workshop is tentatively scheduled for May 21st and will be a tumbler flag quilt using a 5” tumbler template.
  • Christine Blanton, Block of the Month, showed an example of the April BOM “Missouri Star”. The pattern will be published in the newsletter and the color scheme can be either one shown in the instructions. The drawing for the March blocks, “Empty Spool” was won by Christine.
  • Katrina Lindley, TAQG representative, reminded the guild if anyone is interested in the TAQG workshops they need to get registered. There is a two day workshop or 2 one day workshops. Katrina has pre-Rally Day raffle tickets for sale along with T-Shirts, pins and lunch tickets for volunteers and those attending Rally Day.
  • Grace reported that the “Stitch a Bit” group meets on the 4th Thursday – 9:30 to 3:30 at The Woods Methodist Church, Robison at Bardin Rd. The next meeting will be March 24th. Please e-mail Grace in advance if you want the meal provided by the church so that they can prepare sufficient food.
  • Under old business, Grace Norris questioned what would happen to the Block Library since that committee is being eliminated. Janice Overton volunteered to explore where these could be used.
  • There was no new business.
  • Carrie Stanford, 1st VP-Programs, reported that the April meeting is “Bring a Friend” night. Please bring 8-5” charm squares for yourself and 8 charm squares for your guest. The charm squares will be used as prizes.
  • Show and Tell participants for March were Grace Norris, Katrina Lindley, Tory Swartzwelder, Evelyn Moore, Christine Blanton and Penny Johnson.
  • The Round Robin-Operation Shoe Box boxes were returned and redistributed to Elisabeth, Becky, Shirley A and Penny for next month.
  • Our program for March was a Scented Potholder Make and Take. Members brought a 9” or 12” quilt block with two pieces of coordinating fabric for the envelope back. Evelyn and Carrie made the spice sachets that were used in the potholder and provided instructions and machines to complete the potholder. Additional spices can be purchased from “Years to Your Health” on 2nd Street in Irving. Thanks to Evelyn and Carrie for the fragrant program.
  • Special thanks to Kathy Poole for the delish “homemade” brownies.

Debi Cypert


March 7, 2016

The Executive Board meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Tory Swartzwelder. Executive Board members present were Janice Overton, Lauren Metang, Janis Hill, Carrie Stanford, Debi Cypert, Grace Norris, Michelle Rodriguez, Kathy Poole, Christine Blanton and Shirley Lewis.

Shirley Lewis questioned changes to the Quilter’s Guild of Grand Prairie By-Laws and Standing Rules. One question was the role of the Hospitality Chairperson for Birthday Party and Christmas Party when these functions are part of the First Vice President-Programs.

The second discussion was the standing rule concerning fat quarters in payment of programs presented by members and is defined under “Money received from workshops taught by guild members”. The fat quarter “payment” was originally a thank you from the guild for members that presented a program that was not part of their elected duty.

Grace Norris questioned what would happen to the block library since that standing committee will be eliminated.

Debi Cypert, Secretary


A couple of things: I encourage everyone to shop for Civil War fabric.

I would suggest getting 10-12 fat quarters to choose from for the Blocks of the each month. Please stick to the color scheme that you see each month on the example. The blue can be light or dark for example, but it should be blue.

We will be drawing each month for a winner of the blocks. The finished blocks are 8.5″ squared.

Any questions, contact Christine at blntn606@sbcglobal.net or 214-284-4906.
Christine Blanton

For Directions, visit this site: civilwarquilts.blogspot.com


Beginning balance …$1568.58
Deposits/Withdrawals … 0
Beginning balance … $1568.58

Janis Hill


  • 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

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