Friday, December 13, 2013

SSQG Christmas party at City Cafe

Many of the Sassi Strippers met last evening at City Cafe for a wonderful night of good food, drinks, gift exchanges, and of course, quilt talk.  We all laughed at the number of people who poked their heads into our room after hearing that "strippers" were having a party there.  We think something was lost when the reservations were made.

Everyone loved the gifts they received.  All of them were quilt related, and included fat quarters, quilting tools, decorations and practical items.  A lot of thought and love went into choosing the gifts.

The  group presented a quilt to outgoing President, Becky Fincher.  The quilt was made from split nine-patch blocks donated by the membership, pieced and quilted by Jessie Comeaux, with the binding sewn on by Karol Guidry.  We all recognized blocks we had donated.  Becky loved the quilt.

Everyone have Joyous Holiday, a very Merry Christmas, and a Wonderful New Year!  See you in January!

Monday, December 9, 2013

November 2013 Meeting Minutes

Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes – November 21, 2013


President Becky Fincher called the meeting to order at 6:40pm welcoming 10 members. 


The meeting minutes were accepted by Rene Hoeprich and Jessie Comeaux, respectively.


Treasurer Heidi Brochard provided the treasurer’s report.  It was reported that there was a balance of $855.93 as of October 31, 2013 in the SSQG account. There were no deposits or expenses during the month of October.  Treasurer’s report was accepted as given by Elsie Hamway and Karol Guidry, 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 will be updating the website to include the new officers.


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 next meeting!  A copy of the blank list has been posted to the blog site.  Elsie Hamway won this challenge for 2013. 


Tabs – Becky Fincher

Betty Braud 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.  No door prizes were given in November.


Quilt Show

We are on the library’s schedule for August 2014. The tentative date for the demo day is August 23, 2014.


Charity Quilts

The guild will continue to use its donated fabric to construct charity quilts in 2014.


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.


Becky Fincher is waiting on feedback from Raven’s Outreach for the quilt donations made for 2013.


If the guild makes a special request to The Giving Quilt, charity fabric from their stash can be donated to our guild for use during 2014. More discussion to come…


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 1,617 bears have been made to-date.


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.  Renee Hoeprich made a motion and the guild voted to make the blocks due at the February 2014 meeting. 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 were presented at the October meeting and a vote was taken at the November meeting.


The slate has been presented as follows:

Karol Guidry – President

Renee Hoeprich – Vice President

Becky Fincher – Secretary

Elsie Hamway – Treasurer


The slate of candidates was accepted unanimously.  There will be a meeting of the executive committee held after the holidays.


Christmas Party

Elsie reserved a room at City Café. The party will take place on December 12th at 6pm. A vote was taken to bring a quilt-related gift (value $15) to the party for a gift exchange.



Livonia Sit and Sew

Held the fourth Monday of each month from 9am until. Guild members are invited to attend.  The first sew day is January 27, 2014 and its held at the First Baptist Church in Livonia.



English Paper Piecing – Becky Fincher


Show and Tell


Next month
On-going program – Bring a mottled background fabric that is tone on tone to act as a frame.