Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Patterns, Blogs and More

Good morning everyone:
I know that you are amazed that I'm posting.  This is a first for me.  So I hope you will bear with me.
I found a few blogs, you tube videos, block of the month and free patterns sites that I'm in love with.  So I hope that you will take time to look at them.  I will only post a few at a time so you will be able to enjoy them.  Have a great day and hope to see everyone tomorrow at our meeting.  Judy Laquidara  This is a fabric store but it has over 1500 free (yes I said free) blocks, patterns and mysteries.  I must admit I have not joined this ($24 for a year or $2.99 a month) but  I'm thinking about it.  They have lots of free videos some are just a few minutes so they can lure you in but others are an hour long.  A lot of subjects are covered. 

Have Fun!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Meeting Minutes - July 19, 2012

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – July 19, 2012

President Becky Fincher called meeting to order at 6:30pm welcoming 11 members and 1 guest. 

The meeting minutes were accepted by Karol Guidry and Jessie Comeaux, respectively.

Treasurer Heidi Brochard reported a balance of $1,220.73 in the SSQG account. There were no deposits or withdrawals made to the account during the month of June.   A copy of the treasurer’s report was given to the secretary.  Treasurer’s report was accepted by Renee Hoeprich and Dee Jeffers, respectively.   A question was brought before the guild as to reimbursements for items related to the quilt show such as a sandwich tray and drinks for the open house for guild members, payment for materials used to make the jacket hangers, and the payment that will be made for the library worker that helps to hang the quilts.  There was a motion made to authorize the spending of $350 to cover these costs.  All folks were in agreement when a vote was taken.  Next year a budget for the quilt show and any batting needed for the charity quilts will be agreed upon before the planning process starts.

Blog Site – Valerie Valle

                Valerie provided an overview of posts and the blogsite.  Meeting minutes and pictures 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 Fincher took the can tabs that were donated during the July meeting.

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.   The guild has finished 10 UFO’s so far this year through June 2012.  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.  

The important dates are finalized - Quilts will be hung on July 26th and July 27th at 9am each day.  An additional day will be chosen and that will be announced, as necessary, if more time to hang the quilts is needed.  Volunteers are needed to help hang the quilts.   All quilts/display items were brought to the July meeting. 

The title of the show will be Kaleidoscope of Quilts 2012, so that eventually the name of the show will get some recognition. 

                Members from each organization receiving charity quilt donations will be invited to the open house.  One quilt will be given to each group during the show and the remainder of the quilts will be on display during the entire duration of the show.  Karol will contact Cancer Services and Jessie will contact the Veteran’s Home to invite them to the open house and let them know that their organizations have been chosen to receive the community service quilts this year.  We are also inviting the OLOL Emergency Room representative to accept a donation of teddy bears (see more on project below).  Between 15 and 25 charity quilts were made in 2012 for donation.

                There will be an open house on Saturday, August 18, 2012. The Storybook Room will be available during the open house for the guild’s use and we will have sandwiches and drinks available.

 The time will be from 11am-2pm.  Voting for viewer’s choice quilts will be held during the open house.  There will be ribbons given to winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) of the viewer’s choice selection.  A discussion related to prizes occurred for the viewer’s choice and it was agreed upon to discuss with the library first.

There will be various demonstrations to the open house: a felt board to arrange quilt blocks and coloring pages for the kids, a community sewing machine (April), stuffing donation bears (Karol), locker-hooking (Becky Frederick), Alt. quilt demo (Valerie Valle), handquilting (Jessie Comeaux), redwork (Merlene), Swedish embroidery (Elsie Hamway).

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 was held on Saturday, July 14th from 10am-2pm. We met at the Target on Millerville at 8:30am that morning to carpool to Krotz Springs.   Eight members of the Sassi Strippers were in attendance and it was a lovely event.  A thank you card was given to Jessie Comeaux to give to members of the Krotz Springs Quilt Guild thanking them for the invitation and the kind hospitality.  The flyer for their quilt show was passed around at our July meeting because it contained the Sassi Strippers’ name in it.

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 from 11am-2pm on Monday and Tuesday in an “old time” quilt bee fashion.  For more information, contact Renee.  

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 hospital mentioned that they look forward to getting more 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 the next meeting.  If you do not have the instructions, please let us know and we can provide extra copies at the next meeting.

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.  We will be using the Bento box pattern.  Valerie Valle sent out an email to the guild on May 17, 2012 with the pattern instructions.  Lap size quilts will be made.  Renee provided a handout with websites that have value layouts and an alternate piecing method during the June meeting.

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.

There are between 15 and 25 quilts that will be finished in time for presentation at the quilt show.


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.

The June block is Anvil.  Remember that we are making 12” finished blocks.

Other items

A&E Pharmacy in FL and JoAnn’s gives discounts to quilt guild members, just show your membership card. 

The guild still has cookbooks for sale.

We have a Bingo game and we will be playing in the future.

Kalpana, a member of our guild is moving, and she donated the blocks of the month she made to the guild which Jessie will put into a quilt and enter into the Giving Quilt Show in her name.  We will miss you, Kalpana.  Good luck in your new town. Keep quilting!


Collection of quilts for quilt show

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 were drawn during the June meeting.

Show and Tell

There were 12 folks in attendance at the meeting – 11 members and 1 guest.