Minutes / Newsletter - August 2018

August 20, 2018 

     Cedar Hill Quilters Guild 


Great meeting, opened by our President Claudia. 36 members present. The Arlington Quilt Guild brought their Raffle Quilt, “Web of Colors” for our viewing pleasure and a chance to buy raffle tickets. Those that bought 6 tickets got a ring pin cushion!

Reports from Board Members:

Sunshine and Shadows:

Jean S. is having day surgery on Friday to put in stints. Prayers that all goes well.

Karen A. is recuperating well from shoulder surgery.

Angela C. is on the mend from a leg problem

Rhonda H has a new grand daughter! She and Dreena went to Italy to care for the new arrival and her mom.


 Cheryl S. commandeered a small group in making microwave bowls, casserole carriers and plastic bag holders at Corner Square Quilt Shop today. The patterns are on the website, cedarhillquiltersguild.org so be sure to make some of these. We will be selling them at the Country Day on the Hill.

Cheryl also announced that she has 4 blue t-shirts available for purchase. Sizes XL, 2XL. men’s L, and a mens XL.

We will have another workshop on Sunday September 9that the 1890 House from 10-5, making items to sell at Country Day on the Hill. It is a come and go, so you have time for Church and other obligations. It is fun and you learn to make something that would be a great gift!! (Everyone needs one of each of these items!) 


Angela C. has quilt novels for the taking. We will only have room for quilting books. Keep checking out books and using ideas in your quilts! She puts your name on a list for a drawing at the end of the year. Prizes! There are 274 books in our collection!

Raffle Quilt:

Judy has tickets for you to sell. Asking for new places to sell raffle tickets. Call her if you have a place in mind! Mary G took the quilt to The Tumbleweed Festival of Quilts in San Angelo and sold $284 worth of tickets! Way to go Mary!!

Formerly Block of the month, now BMLE (Borders, Margins and Lessons from the edge of the quilt):

Julie L. announced the last border called freestyle, which means that you can do anything that you want!  Those who showed their Embellished borders were rewarded with a quilt postcard, hand crafted by Julie. Danna, Hollie, Julie, Barbara, Claudia and Rheta showed their progress in this fun project. All who participated… Be sure to bring your finished  (or unfinished) project to the September meeting. Everyone wants to see them!

Treasurer’s report:

Mary D. reported our expenses and expenditures. 

Christmas Quilt:

Jean S. was checking that all blocks are in and she will begin to put it together and be ready for the Christmas meeting.


Ruth M. said refreshments furnished by Pam P, Rita A and Sarah G. Door prizes given by Tana, Sarah G and the CHQG.

Shop News:

Corner Square Quilts: Row by Row, Kits, Christmas fabrics, patterns for small projects. Corner Square’s Labor Day Retreat at Greenbriar in Eustace still has a few openings. Call shop for details.

Ben Franklin Pharmacy: Has row by row. Shop is looking for someone to make shop samples. Go by if you are interested.

President’s Challenge:

September meeting. The judges will be a group of committed (or is that “should be committed”) husbands. Remember the challenge…using a panel to make a quilted quilt, wall hanging, table topper…whatever. We also will have a guest speaker that is a maker of wood items for the quilter. He also plans to bring his guitar, so we may also be serenaded.

***Please note that our meeting will be on September 18, the Third Tuesday. There is no Taste of Cedar Hill this year.***

Something to think about:

Our annual Cedar Hill Quilt Retreat will be Feb 28, 2019 to March 3, 2019. The price is going up $10/night, so from Thursday to Sunday is $294.30 and Friday to Sunday will be $196.20. Just giving you notice to start your planning early and get it on your Calendar 

Show and Tell:

Julie L. had a quilted top made by someone in the guild a while back She quilted it and it is now ready for donation. She used to teach at Joanns and brought a kids project quilt made with bandanas.

Judy P. A wool table sign decoration, one side Christmas, the other side Fall.

Maryln Z, 7 baby hats, A hand appliqued, hand quilted Hawaiian Quilt and a beautiful one block wonder quilt.

Mary D, 2 donation quilts, one was an envelope quilt made from exchange blocks (she is not doing an envelope quilt again)’ A scrappy quilt made from leaders and enders, and a Sampler Block quilt. She is making great headway in getting her closet full of old projects out and completed!

Rheta G. Beautiful Crazy Quilt in Creams and whites , panel quilt with feathers and black and white, scrap charity for QBB.

Hollie M. Texas Longhorn quilt X2..she was afraid the first was too big for the dorm room, so she made a smaller one.

Danna J. Her son’s T-shirt memory quilt.

CJ - 2 casserole carriers for gifts to her daughter and daughter-in-law (she’s getting a head start on Christmas), Her Quilt of Valor for her brother-in-law Ray won 3rdplace at Ellis County

Gina P: Baby quilt for great nephew’s baby. She made the baby’s name with a great embroidery font, but discovered she did not have an I..so she improvised by using the letter F and made it an I. So crafty!

Georgia C: Signature quilt for her uncles 90thbirthday. She discovered how hard it was to get those signature blocks collected and learned that pigma pens work the best for the writing. Great transfer photos on the quilt.

Helen C. She was given 400 spools of colored thread so decided to try thread painting. Skill and excellence always wins. She had a framed butterfly surrounded with pretty flowers. Certainly more to come.


Gina has known our speaker Tana Mueller since 2004 and gave a nice introduction

Tana began by telling us of her 25 years in law enforcement (and shared a few war stories) and her long time love of drawing. She started sewing in 2005, then went into applique and then into color crayon patterns . Now, in 2018 she has 29 lines of fabric. Her latest line is the Thin Red Line. These fabrics are so timely now with the horrific fires on the West coast. Blank fabrics may have to do a second manufacturing as it will be selling off the shelves. This line is a great tribute to our firefighters. She also showed us her earliest black and white fabric for coloring quilts, Most of her earlier ventures are western themed.

Tana described the process of hand drawing the picture to create a black and white pattern. The artwork is transferred to fabric and then stabilized with EZ Pellon. Color is applied with Crayola crayons and colored pencils using her techniques for coloring and shading. Final details are added with pigma pens. The artwork is sent to Blank Quilting Corp, in New York, NY. The design team there scans the original artwork to create the fabric collection. Engraving plates are made and the magic begins. Tana said that she has full control of the process, has to approve of how the color goes to fabric and can dictate changes along the way.

A very interesting program about the journey of creating , selling and marketing an idea. Can’t wait to see what comes next, she is working on some modern creations. Also showed us some collage ideas in the works.


Many new ideas in our heads and visions of great quilts as we closed the meeting and headed home.

Added 09/04/18