March 2018

Cedar Hill Quilters Guild March 20, 2018

The stars aligned, the weather was great and we had a great meeting with 39 members and one guest..who became a member.

Our president Claudia opened the meeting by recognizing our past president Diana with a token of our appreciation. Thank you Diana for your time and care! The minutes of the last meeting were approved.

Claudia announced proposed changes to the bylaws:

  1. Nominating committee will form in October instead of December.
  2. Visitors will attend 1st time for free and subsequent visits will be $5.
  3. Charter members will not be required to pay dues.
  4. Program chair will set up the Jan and Feb programs for the next chairperson.
  5. Historian chair is deleted and this responsibility is added to the webmaster role.
  6. TAQG representative is added to board.
  7. Charity workshop director added to board.

A motion was made by Kathy L., seconded by Diana B. and a unanimous vote by the members approved these changes.

Claudia talked of results of the questionnaire filled out with membership. Members do not want to raise dues and DO want a raffle quilt. It’s much to late to start and make a quilt for this year…Claudia and Maryln completed a quilt started by one of our former members Marsha. They completed it and have donated it to be used as this years raffle quilt. She asked for a person to spearhead this project and waited…and waited….and waited… and waited for a volunteer. No response. You will find out what happened at the end of the newsletter. .

Reports from Board Members:

Treasurer: Mary D.- Available on Request

  • Mary shared Thank You letters from Parkland and the VA Hospitals for our charity donations.
  • She also shared an invite from the Town N’ Country Quilt Guild to attend their Threads of Texas Quilt Show, October 5 & 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 12286 South Highway 377 between Stephenville and Dublin, Texas. Cost $7 or $6 if you bring a can of food.

Webmaster: Marcia M. was updating website this weekend, so that might have caused some trouble accessing site. Should be fine now. She updated it from 2011 to 2018! She will be formatting a directory of paid members soon that can be accessed by password from members.

Sunshine and Shadows: Charlotte H. shared that

  • Julie L. mother died on Mar 2
  • Hollie M, husband had pacemaker placed
  • Dora J moving to Colorado
  • Karen A retired (now she can be a full time worker as President of the Cedar Hill Historical Society!)

TAQG: Maryln Z.

  • has tickets for Rally, $5.(you can also buy at door..just have your member card)
  • Pins and lunch tickets for sale. Calling for mini quilts that will be in silent auction.
  • Workshops for Deb Tucker still has openings. Two will be held in Cedar Hill! See Feb 2018 minutes for more info or visit the TAQG website. taqg.org Dropdown from Rally 2018(way over on the right) will get you info and forms.

Formerly Block of the Month: Borders, Margins and Lessons from the Edge of the Quilt (BMLE*): Julie L. regaled in her Vernal Equinox headpiece presented the block participants with an Easter Egg that contained a perfect little rabbit and an encouragement massage from her friend, the great Henri Matisee…”Creativity takes courage” Our March border is a pieced border…any size or shape..can even be the same fabric..as long as it is pieced! Instructions on website, along with ideas and resources. Still time to participate..just start with a center block!! *P.S. Angela has coined an acronym from the title: BMLE

Librarian: Angela C. there are 274 Books in the library!

  • All non quilting books were available for sale at meeting. Proceeds will be used to purchase new books and…prizes for the Library Challenge.
  • Challenge rules:
    • 1. Use a CHQG library book technique, pattern or style, etc into your *BMLE* project and/or the president’s challenge.
    • 2. A prize will be given out monthly for participation by verifiably seeing project at Show and Tell and library loan documentation.
    • 3. Top prize at end of the year will be drawn from all participating monthly winners. Top prize TBD!
  • Highlighted books for inspiration:
    • 60 Pieced Quilt Borders: Mix and Match by Judy Laquidara
    • Borders, Bindings and Edges: The Art of finishing your quilt by Sally Collins Treasury of Patchwork Borders:
    • Full size Patterns for 76 Designs by Elizabeth F. Nyhan. *BMLE* short for Borders, Margins and Lessons from the Edge of the quilt

Charity workshop: Georgia C. and Cheryl S. announced our next workshop for April 17th from 1-4 ( before the guild meeting). We will be making children’s surgical caps. Need 1/4th inch elastic and great children’s print fabric. Easy peasy project (so they say)!

  • Other charity items needed..Special Olympics scarves. They can be knitted or crocheted, any color or colors, but must have some gold color in it. Size 6 X 60(including fringe).
  • We also make baby hats, quilts, lap robes for the VA, pillow cases…and we need to start making comfort pillows for surgical patients.

Hospitality: Julie, Marcia. Tanya and Sarah were our hosts for this month.

Shop News:

  • Ben Franklin: Ragi passed out coupons for 30% off one cut of fabric!.
  • Diana B. announced that April 1st is her 5th anniversary since opening her Seldom Seen Quilting Studio. She will be having a Stand & Stich on Sat April 7. Quilters will be demonstrating longarm quilting..all day. You can rent a longarm to finish all those UFOs! She also offers time for you to quilt charity quilts. Check it out.
  • Corner Square: Rhonda has ordered the perfect backing for the store’s next Block of the Month. It will than be quilted and ready for you to see! It is a beautiful quilt with the most luscious colors!! Whoop-Whoop!!

Christmas Quilt -Jean S. and Diana B. of their own volition have volunteered to make our Christmas Quilt!! Jean will have the blocks ready for us at the April meeting.

Show and Tell:

  • Claudia K. showed a blue and white quilt left at the Christmas dinner. Was a mystery fabric bag challenge. Will find owner(hope springs eternal)
    • Brown and Black large quilt for nephew John Janet S: Crocheted baby quilt String pieced quilt with yellow border Star quilt(from Missouri Star download), all for Charity
  • Sue M: I showed one of the VA charity quilts I pick up at Corner Square frequently. Sue gets them from her Piecemakers Guild. One member that can not attend meetings is a prolific VA quilt maker and often will have 25-30 quilts.
  • Mary W: Our member that lives in Colorado..joins to have a place on our retreat roster! She made 3 lovely and colorful baby quilts.
  • Charlotte H: Wild animal print pillowcase.
    • “Bali Crossroads” made from her own designed pattern. A perfect example for our BMLE monthly venture. Bobbie P: Colorful quilt made from a 2005 kit. (Heck, that’s only 13 years ago..bet some of us could better that!)
  • Helen Carr: Quilt from scraps Trick or Treat quilt..made from blocks that came from all over the country. Quilt made from a block exchange. Helen made good use of the 5 inch squares..she says she has a 1000 more 5 inch blocks at home!
  • Sara G; Antique blocks purchased and in need of putting together, also a finished top that has the same blocks. The pattern is unusual. All hand pieced.
  • C.J: Airplane mug rugs made from Ragi’s pattern Hippie Quilt.
    • CJ makes a Hippie quilt each year in honor of a young man who died of cancer. His family founded a charity foundation and CJ makes a quilt each year as a fund raiser. One of our members Pat K. won the quilt a few years back. Her husband did not like the bright colors, so Pat said she would leave it in her will for CJ. Pat is moving to Florida now and will not have room for it so she gave it back to CJ. A real cheery quilt.
  • Angela C: Framed farm applique quilt. Angela purchased this in Waxahachie. Looks like that great applique we often see from the Central Americas.

Trash and Treasures: We talked at board meeting of having a way to get rid of unwanted items in our sewing rooms. It was announced on facebook to bring items and it was a resounding success..may need 2 tables next time. Bring something you no longer need or want, place it on the table. Someone may love it! And you may find something you absolutely can’t live without!

Cedar Hill Quilt Retreat: We had a great time even though our group was a small baker’s dozen. Many quilts were put together and we had fun fellowship.

  • Put it on your calendar, Feb 28 to March 3, 2019 for next year’s retreat.

Upcoming Programs: Kathy L. announced the next 2 programs:

  • April 17: Modern Quilting-Trends in Design, speaker Robin Williamson
  • May 15: Panels, speaker Susie Crowell

Tonight's Program: Waste not Want not-

  • Brenda Parry is our speaker for Waste Not-Want Not. Kathy said that she has been here before but we may not recognize her as she has lost 60 pounds! She brought 4 HUGE suitcases chock full of great quilts.
    • One of her first quilts that she ever made was hexies made with polyester fabric..it was a large bed quilt. The quilt holders could hardly lift it…and Brenda made them lift it high! She should gift it to Maryln to go with her polyester bathrobe!
    • As she moved into cottons, her quilts quickly turned into creative uses of blocks and unique borders. One quilt was a disappearing 9 patch. She placed the blocks on point and then used partial blocks in the borders.
    • Another string quilt had black sashing and a French braid border. She said she hated batiks..with horrified gasps from her audience..then said “hold your horses”(or something like that). She was given batiks to make a Debbie Maddie quilt and NOW likes batiks!
    • She had made a quilt out of her husbands neckties that caught the attention of Richard Larson. He asked her to make a quilt of his old ties. She did and he quilted it. She entered it in the Dallas Show and it got Nothing. She then entered it in three other shows and got ribbons. Richard gave the quilt to her, so she can now have it for her trunk shows.
    • Brenda likes piano key borders, so has containers of made up piano keys made from scraps. She doesn’t waste containers either. Fruit and other food containers are put to use for her premade 9 patches, half square triangles, piano key rolls.
    • Another good idea..when she makes a quilt, and has so much leftover fabrics, she resizes the pattern and makes a miniature quilt! Says she likes to resize patterns.
    • A great program, full of ideas and humor.
    • Brenda wore a pretty button necklace made by a friend, said she couldn’t wear it before on her larger body!

Now time for the end of the meeting..we went over time due to the fun and frivolity.

Claudia says to us..now I have given you all time to consider taking on the raffle quilt..who will step up? (paraphrasing). Judy P. raised her hand…YEA JUDY!! A few good women agreed to help her, but it is the job of ALL of us good women to help her make this quilt a success. “It takes a village” is very true. When you get your envelope with the picture and tickets..go forth and sell. When you get the call to sit with the quilt at venues, sign up! If you have a place where you can show the quilt, set a date. This is a magnificent quilt with a heartwarming story to share.

Meeting was adjourned at around 9:30.


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