May 2018

Cedar Hill Quilters Guild

May 15, 2018

The President, Claudia opened the meeting by welcoming the members. There was 29 members present, 1 guest present Betsy W. There is one new member Aley J. from Desoto. Judy made a motion and Kathy seconded the motion to approve the previous months minutes, all approved. 

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.

Webmaster- Marcia M. - all the pictures are going sideways on the website. If you want to look at the pictures go to Facebook. Please note - Pictures are now posted on our website correctly. 

Sunshine and Shadows: Charlotte H.

-Gail G. in rehabilitation after surgery (cellulites in one leg), a card was sent 05-07-2018.

-Claudia K. knee replacement surgery, a card was sent 05-08-2018.

-Cynthia B. Birthday this month.

TACQ: Maryln Z.

-Has pins, admission tickets, and lunch tickets to sell.

-Has forms for workshops, and mini-quilt donations.

-There are still a lot of openings in the Cedar Hill workshops and we are trying to keep them viable.  Please consider this great opportunity to have a National known speaker in our area and sign up.  Also, anyone who has a working knowledge of Deb Tuckers rulers see me if you are planning to attend Rally Day.

-she asked for volunteers at TACQ meeting.

Formerly Block of the Month: Borders, Margins and Lessons from the Edge of the Quilt (BMLE*) - Julie L.

-This month we are continuing our appliqué experience.  Julie provided an apology for NOT telling everyone that appliqué will last for two whole months.  She provided peppermint treats for everyone participating.  Peppermint oil provides an invigoration of the mind and is used by some for headache treatment. (That might be useful when approaching appliqué.)  Julie also handed out the May instruction sheet which had many online references and YouTube videos for appliqué methods and hints to make the “A word” easier.  Progress is being made on this border of the month project!

Librarian: Angela C. - there are 274 books in the Library.

-Library challenge: Use any book from the guild’s library in your BMLE project and/or the President’s challenge and be entered into the Library Participation drawing.

                The following quilters participated in the library challenge-

                Helen C.

                Julie C.

                Barbara B.

                Sara G.

                Kathy T.

                Angela C.

                                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 verifiable seeing project at Show and Tell and library loan documentation.
  3. Top prize at the end of the year will be drawn from all participating monthly winners. Top prize TBD!

Highlighted books for inspiration are available in the back.

  1. So Easy Celtic: Designing Simplified, Appliqué Perfected by Angela Madden, MCQ Publishing (Apr 01, 1993)
  2. Better Homes and Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks, A Treasury of Patterns for Patchwork & Appliqué, Joan Lewis, Better Homes & Gardens Books (Sep 1994)
  3. A Perfect Union of Patchwork & Appliqué, Darlene C. Christopherson, Watson-Guptill Publications (Apr 2003)

Charity workshop: Georgia C. and Cheryl S.: Cheryl announced there will be a Casserole carrier workshop June 5- 1st Tuesday at the 1890’s House, please RSVP before June 3rd. Cheryl stated the t-shirts got in after 4 months, next month if there are any extras available for purchase if you didn’t already order one, we can do reorders with a minimum of 6.

Georgia handed out a basket full of pillow cases, and a few kits to make a charity quilt (just needed to sew up like a pillow case. Georgia also stated that 34 dog beds were donated to the Tri City Animal Shelter, 114 hats and 52 surgical caps to Parkland.

Refreshments: Ruth:  Refreshments and door prizes were given by Cindy F., Jean C., and Sara G this month. The recipients of the Door prizes were: Cynthia B, Tonya J., Sara G., Ruth M., Claudia K., and Angela C.

Shop News:

Ben Franklin: coupons for 30% off one cut of fabric located on the back table.

Show and Tell:

Judy P.:  Early 1900’s Drunkards Path bought in Paducah antique store.

Tonya J.: Two charity quilts

Claudia K.: Mini quilt for Dallas Quilt Guild 2019 auction.

Maryln Z:  14 baby hats, 1 baby afghan, and 2 baby quilts for charity. 1 Bag she made for herself.

Mary D.:  Kolorful Kozy Kats for Kris

Gina P.:  Quilt from the pattern “Tree Branches”; graduation quilt for grandson.

Sara G.:  Iridescent Shino 9 patch ceramic quilt.

C.J.:  5 baby hats- Duncanville Women’s Club


Upcoming Programs: Kathy L.: 

  • June 19 From Kits to Custom speaker Robyne Gotch.

Tonight’s Program: What to create with your Panels

From the flier given at the meeting:

Panel Ideas

Many companies offer a free downloadable pattern for many of their panel designs. P&B Henry Glass often have fee patterns for their panels. Use the patterns for other panels from the same company that might work for your panel.

Panels with Small Squares can be used to make sampler quilts/table runners/coasters/pot holders/wall hangings.

Medium Size Block panels work well for a courthouse step block alternating with a panel square or use a simple block such as a nine patch to make a fun quilt.  Some blocks can be used in a split 9 patch quilt as well.  Pillow cases, table runners and small wall hangings work well for rectangular blocks for a panel.

Use Jordan Fabric method to add background color to any size panel block.  This method works well for panels that have multiple sized blocks. You can find a video for “Panel Quilts made Easyon YouTube channel.

Many panels measure 24 to 42.  Depending on the size of the feature of the printed panel you can use the panel as a chenille wall hanging or as a floor mat.  For a floor mat use a piece of muslin for the bottom, apiece of batting, and at least 3 panels layered on top of each other to create a fun project.  The key is to avoid small prints and to layer the panels precisely.

Northcott makes beautiful patriotic panels. has a free simple pattern download available for patriotic panels that meet the size requirements for a Quilt of Valor quilt.

Some panels have a theme that will allow you to use the middle of the panel as the center of a themed quilt and add pinwheels/charm squares or multiple borders to make an interesting quilt.

Panels can also be used to make a Kaleidoscope quilt just as you would with fabric yardage.  Line the fabric panels up in the desired number of layers for the type of kaleidoscope you are making.

With a large print panel, you can also cut the panel in various vertical strips and add another fabric between each strip.  Depending on the size of the print and the width of the fabric between the strips you may need to adjust the vertical placement of the strips to make offset appear appropriate.

Panels sometimes are a bit off grain appearing and may need adjusting prior to creating your masterpiece.  Do a bit of stretching on opposite corners to straighten the appearance.  You can then press with steam to get the print to appear straighter.

Meeting was ended around 8:45 p.m.