Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's the Great Pumpkin!

Thank you to Betty and Jessie for our program this evening. We grew a pumpkin patch.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pictures from Quilt Show Demo Day - August 2013

SSQG - August 2013 Meeting Minutes

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – August 15, 2013


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


The meeting minutes were accepted with a correction to the quilt show take down dates by Renee Hoeprich and Merlene Lewis, respectively.


There was no treasurer’s report read as Heidi Brochard was not in attendance.


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


Pictures from the library quilt show were posted to the blog site.


Unfinished Projects (UFO’s) – Jessie Comeaux 

Jessie Comeaux is the chair for 2013.  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.). 

Please bring your UFO lists to the next meeting!  A copy of the blank list has been posted to the blog site.  There are 5 participants and 3 completed projects for 2013.  One additional member joined this month. Keep up the good work.


Send Jessie Comeaux an email with the name of the quilts that you complete throughout the year.


Tabs – Becky Fincher

Becky Fincher 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 New Orleans for 2013. 


Door Prize Drawing – April Reeves

April Reeves volunteered to be 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.


Quilt Show

The quilt show has been scheduled for August 2013.  There were approximately 50 quilts turned in.  Demo day was held on August 17th, which was the 3rd Saturday of August.  Demo day was be held from 10-2pm, and will include the Charity Bears, Handwork, YoYos and Children’s activities.  All quilts/quilt items were collected at the July meeting.  WAFB noon show with Diane Deaton announced quilt show and demo day.  For the kid’s table this year, the kids will be drawing on quilt blocks to make a quilt during the show.  We need teddy bear bodies ready to stuff for the 17th.  Viewer’s choice awards will be given out during demo day.  The Advocate fun section will announce the show.  Lauren Westbrook will send a camera crew to cover demo day, if available.  The 2 story book rooms were used to store food and other items for demo day.  Tables, easels, chairs and podium were provided by the library.  The library published the notice of the quilt show and demo day in their publication.  Karol, Merlene, Becky, Elsie, and Betty helped with the charity bears during demo day.  April and Renee helped with the kid’s quilt activities.  Jessie did hand-quilting, Desiree demo’d yo-yos and Valerie did woolwork.  Quilts were taken down on August 29th.


April provided sandwiches for the group and others contributed water and sweets. Thank you.


Charity Quilts

The guild will continue to use its donated fabric to construct charity quilts.


Merlene Lewis and Elsie Hamway are the co-chairs for 2013.  Members can choose whatever pattern they would like as long as it makes a lap size quilt (50”x60”).  The due date for charity quilts was the July 2013 meeting.


Representatives for charities (Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge) were present at the Demo Day on August 17th.  Merlene reported that Generations Hospice of Denham Springs is excited about giving teddy bears for dementia patients.  River City Quilt Guild is also making bears at this time.  Raven’s Outreach did not attend the quilt show demo day, but will receive some of the charity quilts for 2013.


During the August meeting, Elsie Hamway was given an award for making the most charity quilts in 2013.


Connie Boudreaux of Cancer Services of Baton Rouge donated fabric to the guild for use in charity quilts. The library received a donation of 2 sets of books. Members were encouraged to take the ones they wanted at the August meeting and the remainder was donated to River City for their auction.


Block Exchange – Jessie Comeaux

We have decided to have members continue by bringing another set of blocks to exchange.  Same rules as last month – see below.


If you wish to participate in the block exchange for 2013 for Sassi Strippers, please bring the following to the July meeting:


5 (or 10) completed Split 9 Patch Blocks - you get the same number back that you bring in!

Please bring multiples of 5.


See the following link for the pattern -


The block is 9" finished (9.5" unfinished).


Cream-based fabrics should be used for the lights and you can use any color you wish for the darks. (In the pattern, several different red fabrics were chosen.)   You can choose either to bring scrappy blocks or ones that look more like the pattern pictures.  It’s the way you construct the quilt at the end that will make the quilts interesting.


Teddy Bear’s for Kids

Merlene Lewis presented this charity project before the guild (as noted in August 2011 minutes and voted on in November 2011).  Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s Hospital 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.


Please see the blogsite for a posting of the pattern.


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, anything you want to use.  Please let us know if anyone would like some of the guild’s donated fabric to make the bears.


Merlene went to Generations Hospice in Denham Springs in May.  A representative was interested in the bears and would like to come to talk to the guild.  A vote was taken to provide bears to Generations Hospice in the future. After the first delivery of bears, we will invite the representative to come to speak at a future guild meeting.


New Business



Merlene Lewis presented a technique for quilting with flowers. 


Show and Tell

Block Exchange

Door Prize


Next month
Discuss presentation of officer candidates