Saturday, May 11, 2013

SSQG - April 2013 Meeting Minutes

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – April 18, 2013

President Becky Fincher called the meeting to order at 6:30pm welcoming 9 members.                                                                         

The meeting minutes were accepted by Renee Hoeprich and Karol Guidry, respectively.

Treasurer Heidi Brochard provided the treasurer’s report that was read at the meeting.  Becky Fincher read the treasurer’s report.  It was reported that there was a balance of $1,040.47 as of March 31, 2013 in the SSQG account. There was a deposit of $36.00 from dues collected during the month of March.  TA copy of the treasurer’s report was given to the secretary.  Treasurer’s report was accepted as given by Jessie Comeaux and Merlene Lewis, 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.    


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 May meeting!  A copy of the blank list has been posted to the blog site.  There are 5 participants and 3 completed projects for 2013.  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 Monroe for 2013. 


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.   There was no door prize given at the April meeting as April Reeves was not in attendance.  There will be two door prizes given at the May 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.  For the kid’s table this year, the kids will we be drawing on quilt blocks to make a quilt during the show. 


There will be a quilt show committee meeting in May.  Renee Hoeprich will send out a notice of the date of the meeting.


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 – Michelle Scott at Raven’s Outreach.  There are 50 people that stay at Raven’s Outreach at a time.  Only men stay at Raven’s Outreach.  Michelle with Raven’s mentioned that someone donated quilts in 2008.  The guild recommended that individual quilts be donated and that they would be close to lap size (50” x 60”).  Please consider making quilts that are patriotic for this charity as well, although it is not necessary. The quilts should be masculine. 


Betty Braud will contact Cancer Services and we will vote on whether we should send some of the quilts to this charity during the May meeting.


Contact Merlene Lewis if you are in need of batting for the charity quilts.  Elsie Hamway still has some fabric if you would like to make a scrappy quilt.


There are 20 charity quilts completed thus far for 2013.  Keep up the great work ladies.


To label the charity quilts, please use the following text –


Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild



Block Exchange – Jessie Comeaux


There were a large number of participants in the block exchange during April.  We have decided to have members continue in May 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 April 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 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.    


We had a wonderful turnout at the Giving Quilt show during the month of March.  Members of Sassi Strippers demonstrated the preparation of the bears and the public was allowed to participate while working at our booth.  We stuffed over 200 bears.  The remaining bears were stuffed at the April meeting.


Thank you to all who came to help with the project.  We had run out of stuffing and the Giving Quilt show went out and purchased a huge box of stuffing for the Sassi Strippers to use.  A thank you note was provided to Candy Bergeron and members of the Giving Quilt organization for the donation.


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 the July meeting.  We will take a vote for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and all blocks will be displayed in our library quilt show.  The block will be used on the blogsite as our “official” quilt block that represents the guild. 


New Business


New charity project – It was suggested that the guild make pillows and bags for female cancer patients. We would like to look into this project further and take a vote on it at the May meeting.




The program involved members bringing a project which had a problem with putting it together or to tell the process that you were using. 


Becky showed how to use borders to bring all the colors of a scrap quilt together. Merlene showed how to use just 3 colors to make a quilt stand out. Betty showed up that you can use cotton and wool to make a quilt.  Desiree explained that she likes to work on lap quilts at this time.  Jessie explained that she is learning a new technique for applique and its called “back baste.”


Block Exchange time


Next month

Bring your quilts with flowers or embroidery to celebrate May Flowers.