2019 November Newsletter / Minutes

November 19, 2019 Newsletter/Minutes

Cedar Hill Quilters Guild


Meeting called to order at 7 PM by President Claudia Klipp. We had 36 members present and 69 volunteer hours.  Brenda Wilson’s sister Donna was visiting us. One signed as a new member, Debra House. She has been visiting us and has shown us some of her exceptional quilts.

Our Christmas Party/Guild meeting will be December 10 (note date!).  The dinner starts at 6:30. The guild will furnish Turkey, Ham and drinks. If you did not get a chance to sign up at Oct meeting, bring a side dish..veggies, salad, or dessert to go with the Ham and Turkey. We have a few vegetarians, so think about something for them!!  Be sure to get there early as Patty is organizing a super fun game and you cannot be late!! Also…bring your show and tell!

*******We need a few volunteers to arrive at 6 to help set up******

It has been customary to have a Christmas Quilt raffle at this meeting for members only. This year we will have a quilt plus several other items available to win. Patty showed us a table runner that will be in the offing. For $20, you will get 5 tickets and if you renew your membership at the meeting, you’ll receive an additional ticket. You choose what item/s in which you wish to place your ticket/s for a chance to win.

If you are new, we exchange homemade Christmas ornaments. Bring it in a brown paper bag.

Meeting is at Judy Purcell’s Cresthaven Community  Center. 1108 Cresthill Drive, Cedar Hill, Texas. Carpool if possible. The code to get in the gate will be 1210 on that evening.

Committee reports:

President Claudia Klipp presented the new slate of Executive Board members for the 1920-21 years. She wielded the powers “vested in me by my own ego” to pronounce them official. This was done after asking if there were any volunteers from the floor. None. Motion offered and all present voted aye and motion was seconded by Kathy Longstreet We are looking forward to two great years..and thanks to all that served for the last two years.

President : Gina Padgett

Membership/Vice President: Patty Hofer

Secretary: Barbara Sessions

Treasurer: Kim Davis

Hospitality: Charlotte Humphrey

Program: Danna Johnson with sidekick Hollie McNeely

Workshop: Rheta Grove

Charity Workshop: Georgia Calloway

Sunshine and Shadow: Mary Dunkerley

Librarian: Angela Childs

TAQG: Maryln Zelenz

Block of the Month: Debbie McCann

TAQG: CJ Francis announced the 2020 rally day speaker would be Marty Michell. She will be doing 3 workshops at a cost of $79. Each. More info later. Rally day is in July. She said that each guild would have two spots to show our guild quilt and a quilt of valor.

January meeting for TAQG will include info for The President, Treasurer and TAQG rep.

Block of the month: Julie Landrith gave instructions for blocks to make 2 quilts of valor. One pattern will be half square triangles. We need 80 blocks, The other pattern is a scrappy rectangle quilt. 64 blocks are needed.  Please check website for directions and colors. www.cedarhillquiltersguild.org These blocks are due by January.

Hospitality:  Ruth McKinney said door prizes furnished by Mary Dunkerley, Cheryl Sullivan and Linda Dorsett. Refreshments by Mary Dunkerly, Cheryl Sullivan and Candy Moltz.

Librarian:  Angela Childs did an inventory of books at the last workshop wit the assistance of CJ Francis, Julie Landrith and Linda Dorsett

Sunshine and Shadows:

CJ Francis brother-in-law Ray passed away. CJ and her husband Rex took great care of him for the past 5 years, spending much time taking him to doctors and hospital. His service will be at the DFW National Cemetery on Dec 2nd at 11:am.

Keep Rhonda Hughes-Montee in your thoughts as her family deals with the death of her son-in-law Aldo.

Treasurers Report:

Mary Dunkeerley reported a balance of $8456.15 in account. 

Retreat: Check your calendars, and save the date -- March 5-8, 2020, our annual Cedar Hill Quilters Guild Quilt Retreat. Sew much fun and quality sewing time. Many Projects finished and/or started. Eat, Sleep, Quilt!


  • Sunday at 12:00 to Wednesday 2:00 - $294.30
  • Friday to Wednesday 2:00 - $196.20

Meals start on Monday. Visit the Compass Centre website to check for directions, centre info and amenities. Money due by Feb Quilt Meeting. Checks Please. Email Barbara Sessions or call for info 214-534-8203 if you plan on going. Sign up and info will be available at quilt meetings. 

Show and Tell:

Patty Hofer: Kid’s quilt made with embroidered pieces of a shower curtain. She has two more curtains to give to anyone that wants to make a quilt.

Julie Calcote: Pink Snoopy baby quilt

Jean Carson: Field Study, red green and gold

Bobbie Pawsey: Christmas Stockings

Aleycutty Jacob: a mini quilt with the card trick pattern. She said it was supposed to be easy..NOT. She did a great job on it!

Debra House: Sample quilt

Maryln Zelenz: 3 pillow cases, Scrappy quilt for a church group in Illinois.

Charlotte Humphrey: Sampler from a block of the month a few years ago, Flannel baby quilt for great grandson due in January.

Helen Currier: Halloween quilt, Doll quilts and a table topper. Cheryl Stutzman: Mystery “block of the month” lap quilt’ UFO exchange “gobble me up” turkey mini quilt. She plans on putting this in the mini auction at Dallas Quilt Show

Julie Landrith: Mini teal swap by her swap partner in New Hampshire

Rheta Grove: Little girls-Slow Road to Kansas, Mystery quilt Blues-Arrows quilt with minky back. TIP: use a ruler plate for quilting on minky.

Angela Childs: Thanksgiving placemats and silverware holders-matching.

Ruth McKinney: Corner Square Super Bowl mystery quilt, guild mystery quilt top

Claudia Klipp: Fall wall hanging , Students quilt, table topper from workshop

Rheta Grove would like some baby crochet patterns

Shop News:

Mary Gajdica: all 42" fabric on sale! Buy 1 Yard, get 1/2 yard or 2 fat quarters FREE!

Diana Buckley: still time for those Christmas quilts to be quilted!

Program Tommy Harris

Tommy had a woodworking hobby and that was expanded to include quilting, by virtue of marrying past CHQG member and past Cedar Hill Quilt shop owner Susie Harris.  He had an early love of quilts because of the well-loved threadbare quilt made for him by his grandmother. He brought it for show. 

He went to the State Fair in 2001 and took a shine to a fancy computerized sewing/embroidery machine. Came home with a new machine (since he likes computers) and made a crazy quilt with embroidered blocks in the center.

In 2005 he and Susie opened their quilt shop in Cedar Hill and he became the store Sample maker.

An illness sidelined him for a while and in 2015, at the Houston Quilt show he met a leather quilt artist Kathy Wiggens. He now is doing extraordinary quilting on leather.

He discussed different types of leathers to use, dyes and paints, stabilizing the leather for quilting and the best approach to quilting on leather. He leaves the outside unbound and natural or cuts a thin strip of leather for a conventional binding and glues it down with Elmers glue. He had some of his completed works. One, an Eagle, he painted to give it a patriotic look. He doesn’t advise paint as it cracks when the piece has to be rolled up for transport. Still—an impressive Eagle. He made a Texas Tech leather piece, with red thread on black leather.  He talked of using Soral paper to draw designs on the leather. It has chalk on one side. Can be ordered on Amazon. One member said it was sold at Hobby Lobby.

Tommy said that he was willing to give classes on leather quilting.

It was a good program learning about his journey in the world of quilting and as Angela Childs always says…”the possibilities are endless”.

Meeting adjourned on time!

Added 11/28/2019