Monday, March 18, 2013

Quilt Inspiration and Free Patterns

Betty Braud found this website.  It has great ideas and free patterns for quilts.

Thanks Betty!

Quilt Inspiration

Friday, March 8, 2013

Sassi Strippers Meeting Minutes - February 21, 2013

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – February 21, 2013

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

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

Treasurer Heidi Brochard reported a balance of $1,004.47 as of January 31, 2013 in the SSQG account. This included a previous balance of $819.89, a deposit of $302.00, and an expense to purchase charity batting of $117.42.  A copy of the treasurer’s report was given to the secretary.  Treasurer’s report was accepted as given by Betty Braud and Jessie Comeaux, respectively.   

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.    


Valerie Valle reported a good use of the blog site. April Reeves offered to help make the design of the blog site “more quilty.”  Thank you, April!


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


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 March meeting!  A copy of the blank list has been posted to the blog site.


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 Monroe for 2013.  Becky’s sister will make another delivery soon. 


Door Prize Drawing – April Reeves


April Reeves volunteered to be the guild contact in charge of door prizes.  Thank you April!


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 February meeting. 


Quilt Show


The quilt show has been scheduled for August 2013.  Demo day is going to be on August 10th, which is the 2nd Saturday of August.  Demo day will be held from 11-2pm.  The hanging of the quilts will take place on August 1st or earlier depending on the library’s schedule.  All quilts/quilt items will be collected at the July meeting, which will take place on July 18th.  At this time, we are not at a point to limit the number of quilt entries for the quilt show.


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 is at the July 2013 meeting, which will be held on July 18th.  


Becky Fincher found a contact for homeless veterans – Raven’s Outreach and Sharon Holder will contact Jefferson Manor nursing home.  Elsie indicated that Raven’s Outreach said that they can take donations during normal business hours and that they have twin beds.  Sharon will follow-up on Jefferson Manor and we will continue the discussion during the March meeting.


Becky has been given some batting and polyester fiber-fill that can be used for charity projects.  There are about 3-4 partial bags of fiber-fill and 3-4 full/queen size batting.  Becky will organize it.  Contact Becky Fincher if you would like to use it for your charity quilts.


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 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.


Karol Guidry sent an email to the guild members on April 2, 2012 which included the instructions for the 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.


It was noted that Pentel gel pens work well with drawing faces on the bears.    


Renee brought some donations from Wasted Women that can be used to make the bears.  Members took these items home with them at the February meeting.  Thank you, Renee and Wasted Women members.


Renee H. is the activities chair for the Giving Quilt.  She invited the Sassi Strippers to make teddy bears during the Giving Quilt quilt show to be held at Lamar Dixon on April 6th. The show is from 10-3pm.  The teddy bears will be demo’d as part of the “Community Projects” exhibit.  Please bring your bears to the 3/21 meeting (March meeting).


The guild discussed the possibility of having a sew-in to make the bears.  The possible dates for the sew-in are either in conjunction with the River City quilt guild Sat. sew-in which is held on the second Sat. at St. Paul’s or the 2nd and 4th Tues. at St. Margaret’s when the Wasted Women meet to sew.  More information to be sent via a separate email if a sew-in is scheduled.  In the meantime, members are encouraged to work on the bears at home on their own.


Block of the Month (BOM) – Becky Fincher


Please bring completed 2012 BOM quilts to the March meeting for show and tell.  We decided not to do a BOM for 2013.


Block Exchange – Jessie Comeaux


There were a large number of participants in the block exchange during February.  We have decided to have members continue in March by bringing another set of blocks to exchange during March. 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 March 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.



Frixion gel erasable pen demo – Valerie Valle

                Use a high heat hair dryer to remove marking, put in freezer to make the marks come back.  The pens are sold at local quilt shops like Red Stick, Quilted Owl, Cottage Creations, etc…


Valentine’s party – Thank you to those who brought treats to share.


Heart block program (demonstration of how to construct 7 various heart blocks) – Valerie Barth


Show and Tell