Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quilt Show 2012 - Pictures

September 2012 Meeting Minutes

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – September 20, 2012

Secretary Valerie Barth called the meeting to order at 6:30pm welcoming 14 members.  President Becky Fincher arrived a little late due to an appointment, but took over where Valerie left off on the agenda. 

Three new members joined the guild this month – Beverly Fortenberry, Carolyn Blanchard, and Kathy Sandahl.  Welcome new members! 

The meeting minutes were accepted by Dee Jeffers and Jessie Comeaux, respectively.

Treasurer Heidi Brochard was absent from meeting, but sent Becky Fincher a report to be made regarding the treasury.  Becky Fincher reported a balance of $1,220.73 as of August 1, 2012 in the SSQG account. There were deposits of $12.00 (2 paid memberships) and withdrawals of $445.84 (batting for charity quilts, supplies for hanging quilts, supplies for jacket stands, sandwich tray for open house) made to the account during the month of August.   The balance as of August 31, 2012 is $786.89.  A copy of the treasurer’s report was given to the secretary.  Treasurer’s report was accepted as given. 

Sharon Holder asked if the guild was registered as a charitable organization.  The guild does have a tax ID, but is not registered as a federal charitable organization.  Sharon offered to look into this registration for the guild.

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. 


                Please see new pictures of past meetings and the quilt show posted to the blog site in September and October 2012. 


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.  Thank you Dee, for your donation of tabs in September!


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 15 UFO’s so far this year through September 2012.  Get quilting ladies…




Teddy Bear’s for Kids (Just Do It Activity for September 2012)

                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 a future 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.  


An update from the “Just Do It” activity for September 2012- app. 100 bears were made at a sew-in at Pam Tennyson’s house.  Another batch of bears was being completed during the meeting in September 2012.  Guild will send a batch to Cancer Services as well as OLOL Emergency Room as mentioned above. Merlene will have a final count at the next meeting on how many bears were completed.


Quilt Show – August 2012

There will be a wrap-up report given by the planning committee next month.


Thank you Karol Guidry for donating the water for our lunch during the open house!


Some astonishing totals!!! – 22 quilts were donated in all, 11 went to Cancer Services, along with a bag of bears, and 11 were given to the Veteran’s Home in Reserve, LA.  Good job ladies!  Thanks for your help in making these items.


                Betty Braud read a thank you letter from Ms. Trish Mann, Program Director for Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.


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.  Contact Pam via email for more details.  See Teddy Bears for Kids discussion above for details on September’s activity.


Charity Quilts

                The guild will continue to use its donated fabric to construct charity quilts.  Please bring back any charity fabric that you have left over from this year’s charity quilts.  The fabric will be collected at the October meeting.  Merlene Lewis and Elsie Hamway volunteered to be co-chairs for 2013.  Merlene showed a pattern for a heart quilt, which will be used as one option for charity quilts for 2013.


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


Christmas Party Planning


                Dee Jeffers volunteered to reserve the room at City CafĂ© for this year’s party.  It is located at the corner of O’Neal Land and George O’Neal.  The party will take place at 6:30pm on December 13th. Please note this is not our normal meeting date, due to its close proximity to Christmas.


                Two options were given for this year’s gift exchange – a $15 quilting gift to exchange or a collection of $15 for charity (to put towards batting for our charity quilts).  Participation is optional.  The guild voted that a collection of $15 dollars will be taken at the party for the purchase of batting for 2013 charity quilt projects.


Old Business


**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. 


**Cottonport Quilt Show – 10/6 and 10/7 at the Cottonport Museum.   Jessie has details.


**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 September meeting.  Cathy Sandahl and Valerie B. won door prizes.


Program – Jessie Comeaux – half square triangles


Activity Survey – planning for next year, if you did not get to fill out the survey, please contact Jessie Comeaux


Show and Tell


Next Months’ Programs 

October – Healthy Quilting presentation (Sharon Holder), does the guild have an interest in getting CPR certified???  More info. In October.

November – Movie and Popcorn night (Stitched)

December – Guild Christmas Party