Hot in Texas

Even though we have been seeing record temps of over 100 already this summer, the quilting ladies have been keeping busy.  Some ladies have been putting out some great quilting projects.  Although many were shown in our Monthly Newsletter, others need to be mention and bragged on for the beautiful projects that have created.
Mary Mitchell as usual has been creating some beautiful baby quilts for our donation to the Wise Choices Pregnancy Center.  She continues to  amaze all with her lovely piecing and quilting techniques.
Here are two more of her pieced quilts she completed this last month.  A BIG Thank You to Mary for all that she does for our guild.

Also, Marie West has been VERY busy with her machine lately.  Marie brought us many of her projects that she had been working on to show and tell us about.

Bus Trip - Fun for All!!!!

The guild went our bus trip on May 26th.  There were 28 ladies who joined us this year.  We had one new member sign up.  We visited the Alford Inn in Van Alstyne, Quilt Asylum and Happiness is...Quilting in McKinney.  We ate at the Durning House Bed & Breakfast.  The food was delicious.  All of the quilt shop staff were so gracious and helpful with our needs. 
During our trip down the road east we played games and had loads of fun just visiting with each other.
Karen Summit did great job again this year with the planning, the coordination, coming up with the games and prizes as well as making the trip a fun experience for all.

Everyone enjoy visiting the Alford Inn, where they had several demonstrations set up for us to learn about different products and ways of doing things. 
The weather was perfect for our trip, so after shopping many enjoyed the comfortable atmosphere outside the Inn just sitting and relaxing.
While at Happiness is ... Quilting, we just happened to catch Sue Daley there teaching classes.  She was in between classes when we arrived and she so graciously gave us a little demonsration of her clam-shell paper piecing technique.  She had many of her quilts hanging on display for us to drool over.  Debbie Gaston came back up to join us on our bus trip.  It was fun having her join us. As you can see, she was very interested in Sue's demonstration.

5-19-12 Meeting
Our meeting ended with a couple of great demonstrations from two very talented ladies.  Paulette Murphy, one of our members is a very talented applique'r, applique' person, anyway, she does very beautiful applique' work.  She showed several of our members some of her favorite techniques.
We also had a visit from Anne-Marie Jennings.  She is the past president of Lady of the Lakes Quilt Guild in Lewisville.  She has over 25 years of quilting experience and she is an expert in paper piecing.  Here are a few of the quilts she brought for us to see.

Until next time.

Show & Tell Overload

At the April Meeting there was an overload of great projects brought for show and tell.  We have such a great group of talented ladies in our guild.  We also have several of us who are new to quilting and are picking up all of the knowledge our experts have to offer.  
Joyce Betty
Paulette Murphy

Gaila Coursey (front)
Gaila Coursey (back)

Shirley Rutherford (1)
Shirley Rutherford (2)

Donna Roth
Mary Mitchell

Reminder:  Sign Up for WCQG Bus Trip
You must sign up by the May meeting.  Contact Karen Summitt for details.  More information is listed on previous post as well in the last few newsletters which you can access at the top of this blog.
This is a picture of the quilt that will be given away as the "Grand Prize" during our Annual Bus Trip.  So get your tickets today...  Thanks to Karen Summitt for this gorgeous quilt made with some of the fabric from the 2011 Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop.  Yee! Haa!

Block of the Month - WINNER
Carolyn K. Watkins
Perry Crews
and Diane Elliott (no pic)

Quilting Project Going Strong

Karen Summitt has put together a series of quilting demonstrations and projects for the year that are turning out to be so much fun and informative.At the March meeting Karen and Shirley Rutherford held two separate demonstrations for us to enjoy.  Shirley talked with us about resizing quilt blocks and how different they look in different sizes.  She shared with us a few of her favorite tools also. 
Karen went into detail about how you choose fabrics for a quilt.  All of the different aspects you need to think about when choosing fabric.  Whether it be color choices, types of fabric, and how you can determine what kind of fabrics you have.  I myself learned alot for both ladies.
Meeting Minutes
You can now find your meeting minutes (in full) by clicking on the Newsletter tab at the top of the page.  This will take you to a full copy of the monthly newsletter as well as previous monthly issues.

Quilts Stolen
We want to do our part to help out our fellow quilters.  On March 16, 2012, Karen Combs an internationally known quilt teacher, au-thor and fabric designer had her rental car broken into in New Braunfels, TX and her teaching suitcase was stolen. Inside the suitcase were the quilts from her popular Patchwork Illusions class, as well as all of her teaching supplies and step-by-step demos from her classes. She asks that if you happen upon any of these things to please contact her at: You can see more information on her website:

WCQG Annual Bus Trip
Date of Trip:  Saturday, May 26, 2012
Depart: Wal-Mart (Decatur) Parking lot at: 9:00 am
Return: Wal-Mart (Decatur) at 7:30 pm
Cost of Deposit:  WCQG Members - $35 Non-Members - $45
Price Includes:  Bus Trip to The Alford Inn Quilt Shop, Denison, Texas and to Quilt Asylum, McKinney, Texas . There will be a lunch option (have not finalized where or price) at a CafĂ© near Denison and Dinner at Cracker Barrel (your expense) Goodie bags, Soft Drinks and Water, Demos, Lectures, and a lot of Shopping Time, plus much, much more.
Contact:  Carolyn K @ A&K Quilting 940-748-2060 to RSVP and to put your deposit down to hold your seat.
Make checks out to Wise County Quilt Guild and mail or Drop off at A &K Quilting - 12101 FM 2210 E, Bridgeport, Texas, 76426
We have ONLY 50 seats available, so make sure you sign up quickly.

Kay Lenschow at it AGAIN!!!
Kay surprises us each month with some of the many projects she is working on.  Last month she brought in some of the bags she has been working on for our Veterans project.  The guild has several on-going projects for different organizations that we donate to.  Thanks Kay!!

Paulette Murphy and Alice Robinson
Gaila Coursey and Karen Summitt
and Debbie Mathews

Until Next Month,
Gaila Coursey (webmaster)

Attendance Soars at February Meeting

We are not for sure, but we believe the headcount was somewhere around 40+ attending.  We had a great turnout and several new members signed up.
 As always before our meeting begins, we had good fellowship and good eats.  A big Thank You to the ladies that were so generous with their culinary skills.
 Highlights of Meeting Minutes:
  • Meeting called to order by President Marilyn McShan, prayer and welcome to members and visitors.  January minutes read.  Marilynn Collins treasurer report.
  • New Committee Chairs decided.
    • Blocks of the Month - Diane McGee
    • Publicity - Paulette Murphy
    • Quilt Show - Karen Summitt
    • Donation/Raffle Quilt - Karen Summitt
    • T.A.Q.G. Representative - Kay Fannin
    • Fabric Swap/Fat Quarter Lotter - Diana West
    • Community Service - Mary Mitchell
    • Greeter/Hospitality - Marie West and Phillis Parsons
  • Discussion on donation quilt from Karen Summitt.  Discussion over "Paper Bag Project". Discussion over "Get to Know Your Quilt"
  • Show and Tell
  • Fat Quarter Lotto drawing
  • Mary Mitchell reported on totals from last years donations.
    • Wise Choices - 40 quilts, 117 Christmas Stockings
    • Wise County Relay for Life - 1 quilt
    • Veterans - 206 bags
  • Two donation quilts distributed - 1 to Darlene Skelton for her grandson to raise money for a racing wheel chair, and 1 to Peggy Smiley for volunteer fire department to raise money.
  • Presentation to Phillis Parsons as out-going president.
Get to Know Your Quilt
Some of our "over-achievers" had already completed their block project and brought to show prior to exchanging patterns with others.  So be sure and bring your patterns for swapping with others.  If you have already swapped your 3 copies that were sent, feel free to make more copies to be able to swap with more people to get more block designs.
 Kay Lenschow, Shirley Rutherford, Donna Hill, Karen Summit,
Marilynn Collins, and Peggy Smiley

Stocking Fabrics
Also, as a reminder, Kay Lenschow shows us some of the many different fabrics that can be used for stockings.  Many different kinds of things can be used besides just Christmas fabrics, especially for the kids (sporting themes, guitars, robots, etc.)

REMINDERS: (with contact)
Membership Dues - Marilynn Collins
16-patch block swap - Jo Ellen Brown
4.5"x 8.5" Strips - Marilyn McShan
Paper Sack with 10" square - Karen Summit
Copies of Quilt Blocks - Karen Summit


Peggy Smiley and Darlene Skelton
Until next time,
Gaila Coursey

New Officers for the New Year

Welcome to a New Year with the Wise County Quilt Guild.  We are starting the year off with  the election of new officers. 
Marilynn Collins, Treasurer; Carolyn K. Watkins, Secretary; Gaila Coursey,
2nd Vice President; Karen Summitt, 1st Vice President, and Marilyn McShan, President.
And of course, with the election of our new President, Marilyn McShan, we had the passing of the gavel (made by passed member Carol Florence), from outgoing President Phillis Parsons.  Many thanks to Phillis for her great leadership throughout the 2011 year.
President Marilyn McShan and outgoing President Phillis Parsons

Membership Dues
Marilynn will be collecting your yearly membership dues, $20 at the next meeting, February 18th.  There will be forms for you to update your records, as well as forms for our New Members to fill out.  Please pick these up at the door upon your arrival and fill out during the meeting and give to Marilynn with your dues at the end of the meeting.

Triangle Blocks from Marilyn
Please remember to bring your sewn triangle block or blocks from the January meeting that Marilyn pinned on each one of you.  These will be assembled into baby quilts for one of the organizations we support, the Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center.

Jo Ellen's 16-Patch Block Swap
Your patches are due to be turned into Jo Ellen at the next meeting.  Please have your 20+ blocks completed and ready to swap.  This should be interesting to see all of the different patched blocks and fabrics used. 

Barbara Peel and Joyce Betty