Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tips and blogs

Good afternoon everybody:
Just wanted to share some more finds:
This is is full of eye candy and she has some cute tutorials for the 4 seasons.  She also has a link for her scrap quilts that are a breath of  fresh ideas.

Have you been to Tip Nut? It has just about everything you need to know about cooking, cleaning, embroidery,  quilting, sewing, gardening, and more.  I can't remember all of the topics.  Did I mention they have free patterns too! You can sign up and they send a newsletter.

I know you have heard of 15 minutes of play.  I went back to the site today because I still can't throw away my scraps.  She has several different ideas on how to use your made fabric.  I hope you will check it out.

Well that's all for today.  See everybody tomorrow

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Show and Tell from Past Meetings - Pictures!

August 2012 Meeting Minutes

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – August 16, 2012

President Becky Fincher called meeting to order at 6:30pm welcoming 14 members and 1 guest. 

The meeting minutes were accepted by Jessie Comeaux and Valerie Valle, 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 July.   A copy of the treasurer’s report was given to the secretary.  Treasurer’s report was accepted by Elsie Hamway and Renee Hoeprich, respectively.

Quilt Show – August 2012

Betty Braud gave an update on the details of the show.  The members started hanging the quilts on Thursday and Friday, July 26th and 27th and completed hanging the quilts on Wednesday, August 1st. Approximately 85 quilts were submitted for hanging this year and many items were brought for the display cases.  The donation quilts were displayed on the ledges on both sides of the central lobby.  The library staff and the public were very appreciative of the many talents of our members.  The guest book that was on display in the lobby contained many positive remarks about the show and the quilts.


Many members showed up for the work days and the committee appreciated all the help that was provided.  Hanging this show is time consuming and hard work, but many hands made it possible. 


Our demo day was on Saturday, August 18th from 11am to 2pm.  We had several demonstrations going on at the time and representatives from the chosen organizations were invited to receive the quilt donations.  The presentation took place at 1:30pm.  Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge (contact - Lindsey Wilson in charge of children’s programs) received one of the quilts that were made during the presentation.  The remaining quilts will be brought to the Veteran’s Home (contacts - Ms. Charlie Kelly and Mr. Paul Hiestand) and to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge after the quilt show is taken down.  Bears were made for Our Lady of the Lake children’s hospital during the show.  Viewer’s Choice awards were also given out during the show.  Jessie Comeaux provided the ribbons for the contest.  The awards went to the following individuals: 1st place - #33 Celebration by Merlene Lewis, 2nd place - #3 Barn Raising by Karol Guidry, and 3rd place - #83 Lovebird Lane by April Reeves.  Renee provided business cards which described the guild and the meeting time to hand out during the demo day.  Refreshments were provided in the library conference room.  Madelon Mitchum ordered the sandwiches and picked them up from Albertson’s.


The take down day for the display was Thursday, August 30th. (The take down day was moved up due to Hurricane Isaac approaching the gulf coast.) Workers helped to organize and hold the quilts as they were taken down.  Renee took the quilts that were not picked up to her house until she could meet with the quilt owners due to the expedited schedule.


A quote from Betty Braud at the last meeting, “I am proud of the work our small guild has done and hope that we can continue to create quilts for our own enjoyment and to share with those in need in our community.”





New Business - Planning for Future Quilt Shows and Activities


                The remainder of the August meeting was spent planning for future meetings and soliciting ideas from the guild members.


During the August meeting, Becky requested input from the quilt show committee regarding the following: (1) How many quilts will we be limited to for future years?  85 quilts, 6 garments


This year we had 18 charity quilts completed by the August meeting. 


For budgeting purposes, there will be 2 separate line items added to the budget and a vote will be taken to approve the expenditures at the beginning of the year. One line item is for the quilt show and the second is for our charity projects.


                The guild is looking for a volunteer to chair the charity quilt committee.  Please contact a board member if you are interested in volunteering for this role.  The person is responsible to choose a project/pattern and provide it/them to the guild for a vote. 


Other items were discussed as possible opportunities for future meetings/events:

-          Sit and sew after business meetings

-          Group activities

-          Quilt show/charity quilt items

-          Issue a challenge for our own guild, quilt could go to charity or to keep

-          Community outreach project

-          Field trips

-          Ideas for modern quilt guilds

-          DVDs, videos with techniques

-          Technique demonstrations

-          Ruler/gadget day

-          Block swaps

-          Popcorn and movie night with quilt videos


As a follow-up to the meeting, please ideas send to Becky Fincher and Jessie Comeaux and they will work to prepare a survey after the next meeting.  April Reeves agreed to help Becky and Jessie prepare a survey to send to the guild members to take a vote on future activities.


                Becky read an amendment to the treasurer’s duties.  A vote was taken in favor of the updates to the by-laws.


The guild also decided not to participate in the Giving Quilt challenge this year and to table the Alzheimer’s Quilts discussion for another time.


Just-Do-It Chair

                Pam Tennyson volunteered to be the guild’s Just-Do-It chair.  She will send out emails every so often planning activities for the guild.  The first one was a lunch after the quilt show demo day at George’s on Coursey and the second event is a Teddy Bears for Kid’s sew day (Bear Bash Day) at Pam’s house on Saturday, September 15th at 10am.  Contact Pam via email for more details.


Name the Quilt Block Game

                This game was played as a guild activity during the August meeting.


Old Business


Blog Site – Valerie Valle

                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.


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…


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 were 18 quilts finished in time for the August meeting.


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. 


Please note that each block will be 12” finished.


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.  


The June block is Anvil. 


July – Lady of Lake II

August – Easy Pieced Butterfly

September – Bear Tracks


See 9/12/12 email from Becky Fincher to guild –


October – Shooting Star 2

November – Sting Stars 2

December – Friendship Circle


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.


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 July meeting.


Show and Tell

There were 15 folks in attendance at the meeting – 14 members and 1 guest.


Next Month’s Program

                Jessie Comeaux will present half square triangle techniques.  Please bring your half square triangle quilts.


October – Healthy Quilting presentation

November – Movie and Popcorn night

December – Guild Christmas Party

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

U tube

Good afternoon:
I just wanted to let you know I found this lady on u tube.  It's called Missouri Quilt Company.  They have some really neat ideas to use jelly roll, layer cakes and you know all the lingo.  But one that I like was called Amazing jelly roll by 3 Guys.  I hope you will enjoy this site.

I found a website that has 260 free quilt patterns.  I hope that you will find at least one thing you like. 

As you all know I love scrap quilts (well any quilt to tell you the truth) I went to Bonnie Hunter's website and she has over 50 quilts to share with you.  If you need inspiration check it out

I hope to see you at the next quilt meeting September 20, 2012