Friday, October 11, 2013

SSQG Meeting Minutes September 2013

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – September 19, 2013


President Becky Fincher called the meeting to order at 6:30pm welcoming 10 members and 2 guests. 


The meeting minutes were accepted by Valerie Valle and Elsie Hamway, respectively.


Treasurer Heidi Brochard provided the treasurer’s report.  It was reported that there was a balance of $1,074.47 as of August 31, 2013 in the SSQG account. There were no deposits or withdrawals during the month of July or August. Treasurer’s report was accepted as given.   


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.  Elsie Hamway is leading this challenge.  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.  Betty Braud’s son has the tabs that we’ve collected and will make a delivery soon. 


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

Renee Hoeprich provided the report on the quilt show.  There were 67 quilts/garments on display and an additional 25 charity quilts.  Cancer Services received 13 quilts.  Betty Braud and Merlene Lewis donated the quilts to Cancer Services.  Ravens Outreach received 12 quilts.  Renee Hoeprich and Becky Fincher donated the quilts to Ravens Outreach.  Several quilt tops (1.5) were completed for the Kids Draw for Kids art project as part of the quilt show demo day. It took two days to set up the show instead of 3 this year.  Expenses were less than $150, since we already had adequate hanging and display supplies.  Bins were purchased this year to organize and store the quilt show materials.  Teddy Bears (see below) were donated to Cancer Services, Generations Hospice, and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.  The quantity of bears donated was as follows: Cancer Services 54, OLOL 75, and Generations Hospice 25.  Generations Hospice may be interested in receiving quilt donations in the future.   Demo Day was a success once again.


A vote was taken to provide $25 gift cards to the library interns that helped us set up and take down the display.  Betty Braud made the first motion to accept the vote as taken and Karol Guidry made the second motion to accept the vote.  Two gift cards will be purchased from Walmart accordingly.  


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 guild has less than a bin of charity fabric left.  We may have a “Clean out your stash” donation day in the future to build up our charity fabric stash.  Becky Fincher proposed this idea during the September meeting.


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 next 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.


A total of 1,588 bears have been donated to-date.  Merlene received thank you cards from OLOL and Generations Hospice and read them at the September meeting.


Challenge Block

A challenge was issued to members of the guild to make 8.5” blocks that represent the Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild.  Please make a block that represents our guild.  Please bring your finished block to a 2014 meeting.  We will decide which meeting is the due date for the blocks at a later date.  The block will be used on the blogsite as our “official” quilt block that represents the guild. 


New Business


Nominating Committee

Merlene Lewis and Betty Braud have been chosen to be the nominating committee for the new officers for 2014.  The nominations will be presented at the October meeting and a vote will be taken at the November meeting.


Merlene presented a motion at the October meeting to change the term of the guild officers (executive board members) from 2 years to 1 year. An additional change was presented as well.  Each year a nominating committee which is independent of the executive board members will be selected to present the slate of candidates.  An email vote will be taken prior to the October meeting to change the guild by-laws to include these two items.



Betty Braud and Jessie Comeaux – Fabric Pumpkins


Show and Tell


Next month

Sit and sew (machine or handwork)

Please bring a snack to share.

November program – English paper piecing – Becky Fincher