Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Krotz Springs Quilt Show

Here is the information I got from the Lafayette Guild.  Address and time.  See everyone on the 21st.

Krotz Springs Quilt Show
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
At the Alon Rec Club Building, 324 South Levee Road, Krotz Springs, LA
Free Admission / Free Parking / Handicap accessible
Door prizes available, Indoor Display of Beautiful Quilts, Raffle Quilt - Tickets $1.00, Silent Auction, Quilts for Sale, Boutique with lots of great buys, Mystery & Challenge Quilt Exhibit and Needle Work Demonstrations
Our Guest Quilters this year: The Sassy Strippers

Saturday, May 5, 2012

SSQG April 2012 Meeting Minutes

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – April 19, 2012

President Becky Fincher called meeting to order at 6:30pm welcoming 12 members.  Becky thanked Jessie Comeaux for running the March meeting in her absence.

Secretary’s report was accepted by Karol Guidry and Kalpana Parekh, respectively.

Treasurer Heidi Brochard reported a balance of $1,220.73 in the SSQG account. This includes the previous month’s balance of $935.23 and a deposit of $285.50 (based on 2 paid memberships and proceeds from the used book sale).   A copy of the treasurer’s report was given to the secretary.  Treasurer’s report was accepted by Elsie Hamway and Valerie Valle, respectively.   

Blog Site – Valerie Valle

                Valerie provided an overview of posts and the blogsite.  Meeting minutes are posted on the blogsite.  If anyone has info to be posted on the blogsite, please give it to Valerie Valle.

Guild members are encouraged to look at the blog site to access meeting minutes, pictures of guild events, etc. and also to make comments on the posts.  The address for the blog site is


                Madeline Monroe is the guild contact for this charity project.  Please detach the flip tops from all aluminum soda, soup, juice, vegetable, etc. cans.  Bring them to the meeting.  Tabs will be sent to Ronald McDonald House in Monroe for another year.  Becky’s sister will take them when she travels to Monroe.   Becky read a thank you note dated March 8, 2012 from the Ronald McDonald House thanking the Sassi Strippers for their last donation.  The employees at the OLOL blood bank collect tabs for the Sassi Strippers to donate.   Merlene brought a huge bag of tabs that we will donate soon.  Valerie Barth will send a thank you note to the employees at the blood bank.

Unfinished Projects (UFO’s) – Jessie Comeaux 

Jessie Comeaux is the chair for 2012 and has copies of forms for members to sign up.  The quilt needs to be quilted and finished to be counted as completing the UFO.  You can add a quilt at any stage to the list (blocks, fabric, kit, etc.) at the start.  It’s not too late to sign up for the UFO challenge.  Just give your list to Jessie Comeaux.   Jessie reported that she finished two quilts on her list.  Get quilting ladies…

Quilt Show – August 2012

                We are back on the books for our annual quilt show at the Jones Creek library.  Our month is August once again.  Betty Braud and Renee Hoeprich will co-chair the show.   Betty,  Renee, and Merlene met at the library to start the planning process.

                Most quilts will not be able to be hung until August because the library has another display planned for July.  There are some areas where quilts/items will be able to be displayed earlier than others. 

                Bring all quilts to the July meeting (July 19th is the meeting date).  All quilts must have labels and hanging sleeves.  Progress was made collecting information from the last years’ shows to help with the planning process.  Valerie Valle has the quilt hangers in her garage and is providing them to the show committee to take inventory.  This year we are looking at having some stands for quilted jackets.  There will be a small AAQI quilt display as part of the show.

Krotz Springs Quilt Guild

                The Sassi Strippers accepted the invitation from the Krotz Springs Quilt Guild to bring a show and tell of our quilts to their quilt show which will be held on Saturday, July 14th from 10am-2pm.  Lunch will be included and the Sassi Strippers would need to be in Krotz Springs for approximately four hours.  More discussion to come in the future about transportation and logistics.  You can bring as many quilts as you would like to the show and tell. The Krotz Springs quilt show will include a “boutique” with items for sale.  Since the Sassi Strippers will be helping out with the show, the Krotz Springs Quilt Guild invited the Sassi Strippers to come at 9am to shop early before the show.  There will be door prizes given as part of the quilt show.

Fabric swap

We will not be completing a “brown bag” fabric swap this year.  Activity was cancelled due to lack of interest.

New Roads Quilt Show

                Jessie Comeaux provided an update about the New Roads quilt show.  There was a judged quilt show in New Roads on March 22 through the end of March.  Jessie Comeaux had quilts hanging in the show.  One of Jessie’s quilts won Viewer’s Choice.   Jessie said that it was a good show and that the Sassi Strippers should keep it in mind for next year, as they award good prizes at the show.

Alzheimer’s Priority Quilts (AAQI)

                Please see the following website for more information:

The River City Quilt Guild issued a challenge to other local quilt guilds (including the Sassi Strippers) for quilts.  Alz. quilts were collected at the March meeting.  A total of 5 quilts were collected and these will be displayed in the GSQA quilt show in Slidell.  They were displayed as numbers 138-142 at the GSQA show and will also be found on the AAQI website for sale in the future.

The library quilt show planning committee would like to have a small display of Alz. quilts to hang in our library quilt show as well so there is still time to make one.   Quilts can still be donate to AAQI at any time.

The AAQI challenge is to make a quilt that is a maximum of 9 x 11 inches.  It has to have a hanger (either o-rings or fast-triangle method).  See the websites for tutorials on the hangers if necessary.  Every quilt must be accompanied by a registration form.

If you use a pattern that has a copyright, then you need to obtain permission to use it for your AAQI quilt.  Please attach the permission slip to the registration form.

You can use any 8” block or smaller and turn it into a quilt.

Louisiana Bicentennial Quilt

The Louisiana Bicentennial Quilt, titled “Stitch by Stitch, Binding Together 200 Years of Louisiana History.” Will be unveiled at the Louisiana State Archives during a ceremony on April 26, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm.  It is not too late to see the quilt. It is still on display at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.

Earth Day Quilt Exhibit

                Jessie Comeaux will have a quilt display at the BTR Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2012 in downtown BTR.     

Hand Quilting at the Rural Life Museum

The Rural Life Museum wants folks to hand quilt at the museum on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Renee has volunteered to help.  The group meets for 2 hours on Monday and Tuesday in an “old time” quilt bee fashion.  For more information, contact Renee.  Jessie Comeaux appeared in the newspaper while quilting there.

Quilt Guild Book Sale

                The Sassi Strippers were given a collection of magazines/quilt books after the last library quilt show in August 2011.  An additional donation of books/magazines was recently made to the guild.  A total of $261.50 was presented to the treasurer for deposit of proceeds from the sale.  The remaining books that were not sold were donated to the library.  Ms. Yvonne who is head of the Jones Creek library said that the books will be sent downtown to be put into circulation or into the recycle book program.  Any duplicates will be given away as door prizes at future meetings.  The magazines will be used as door prizes as well.

Teddy Bear’s for Kids

                Merlene Lewis presented this charity project before the guild last year (as noted in August 2011 minutes and voted on in November 2011).  Our Lady Of The Lake Regional Medical Center Emergency Room called & notified Merlene that they very much wanted the bears Sassi Strippers was offering to make for child patients. The lady asked her how many were already made up & could she deliver them right away.   Merlene made 76, Karol Guidry made 15, and Betty Braud made 1 to fulfill the hospital’s request.  Merlene was scheduled to meet with Katie Duhe of the Child Life Center at the hospital on April 20, 2012 to drop off the first group of bears.

Karol Guidry sent an email to the guild members on April 2, 2012 which included the instructions for the bears.  

Please feel free to make as many as you would like to & bring them to next month's meeting.  If you do not have the instructions, please let us know and will can provide extra copies at the next meeting.

Merlene, Karol, and Betty brought some to show guild members who haven't seen them.

They can be made of materials you have in your stash, plaids, prints, solids or Flannel, what ever you want to use.  Please let us know if anyone would like some of the guild’s donated fabric to make the bears.  Let’s keep this project going for the remainder of the year. 


Charity Quilts

                The guild will use its donated fabric to construct charity quilts.  Jessie provided 6 different patterns and the guild voted on 2 choices during last month’s meeting.  Jessie presented the winners Bento Box Block (#1) and Nine Patch Lattice (#2) during the March meeting.  Lap size quilts will be made. 

We will have a sew-in at the library and the date will be announced in the future.  Another option would be to meet at River City’s 2nd Sat sew-in to work as a group. 

There will be no River City sew-in during May due to it falling on Mother’s Day weekend, so this is not an option for this month.   Please note that in your calendar - May 12th is not a sew day for the charity quilts as was originally discussed. 

Two charities were contacted for possible quilt donation – Cancer Services on Lobdell, which will take any size quilts, and a veteran’s home, which will take lap/twin quilts.

At this time all the fabric has been distributed to wash and press.   I thank you for your help.  The remaining donated fabric has been organized into two bins to be cut and bagged to create kits at a future sew day.


Block of the Month - Becky

                 We are doing a block of the month project for 2012.  Becky Fincher is the guild contact for this activity.  Becky sent out an email with the details as well as the blocks for January, February, and March.  Please note that each block will be 12” finished.  Several members brought their blocks.

See 2/23/12 email to guild from Becky Fincher (copy below)…

Dear Ladies,

I don't know where the last week went. I apologize for taking a week to get this out. I will have printouts at the next meeting to be copied if you have problems downloading. Call me if you have a problem and maybe I can walk you thru. I went back to for free blocks we can use. Each person will be making their own quilt.

Fancy Stripes for January, Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie for February, and Four Corners for March, if you want more let me know.

Enjoy making new blocks,

Becky Fincher

The April block is Soaring Past Time and the May block is the Snowball block.   Please remember that we are making 12” finished blocks.

Future Programs

                The following future programs were discussed: Bingo, LCR, any other ideas???

Program – Valerie Valle

Valerie made a presentation to the group on making fabric choices for using in your quilts.

Door Prize Drawing

                Andrea Keith is the guild contact in charge of door prizes.  These were items donated by other guild members or members of the quilting community.  If there is something that you don’t use or have a duplicate of something in your quilt room, please consider donating it to the group to use as a door prize.  Stay tuned for more chances to win a door prize at a future quilt meeting.  Winners during April were Elsie, Heidi, and Pam.

Show and Tell

There were 12 folks in attendance at the meeting – 12 members.

Next month – Merlene Lewis will make a presentation on making quilted jackets and will bring several of the quilted jackets that she made for the Hoffman challenge… and JoAnn is open so we will be creating guild membership cards so that you can get your JoAnn discounts…