Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March Newsletter

Tree City Quilters’ Guild
The purpose of this organization shall be to create, stimulate, and maintain an interest in all matters pertaining to the making of quilts and to establish and promote educational endeavors through quilts
Meeting: March 13, 2017; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

PRESIDENT’S GREETING:
Hi everyone Happy March
I am on my way home from QuiltCon that was in Savanna Georgia. There was lots of great quilts to view and fun venders. I had several great classes and enjoyed touring the city very beautiful. 
We have Mary Huey coming to speak this month. She is always enjoyable with lots of great ideas. Bring a friend

Sarah B

UFO CHALLENGE FOR 2017!
This year’s challenge will be a UFO one   I want you to write 8 projects on two index cards; one for you and one to turn in to me at the February meeting with $5.00.  You can label your projects as follows:  
1.      WIPS- works in progress
2.      UFO- un finished projects 
3.      Nfufo- nearly finished ufo
4.      BBufo- barely begun UFO’s     Whatever YOUR #4 is on the list….It is due by the April Meeting!!!
5.      PIPs- projects in Process
6.      Wisps – works in slow process
7.      Wivps-- works in very slow process
8.      PIGS = projects in Grocery sacks

As you write down your project give it one of these names.  I will give credit to 4,7 and 8. You must have already have the pattern, some of the fabric, drawings in your head or you are thinking, “how wonderful this will be when it’s done.”  You will get your $5.00 back with your first project done, after that each project done will put your name in a pot and at the end of the year we will draw one name for the remaining funds and a special prize. 
MEMBERSHIP
56 people attended the meeting in February: 52 members and 4 guests

THANK YOU; REFRESHMENTS
Thank you very much for our refreshments in March!  Kim Linderman, Vera Waldman, Naomi Lance



25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The committee is looking for a little more help.  If you would be interested in helping plan our celebration evening, please come to the next meeting.  6:00 at Parkview, before our regular TCQ meeting.  Thank you!  

HISTORY HUTCH
What brought the original group of ladies together in the first place?
When and where was the first TCQ Show?

2018 QUILT SHOW
The Quilt Show committee met and has begun work on the 2018 Quilt Show!  On March 4, 2017 at 10 am there will be a meeting at Parkview Church to learn about Quiltworx (Judy Neimeyer) paper piecing patterns.  We will work as a group on our raffle quilt for 2018 - the pattern is “Paradise in Bloom.”  We want this to be an opportunity for guild members to learn more about the quiltworx patterns, paper piecing, and to be able to "assembly line" making the sections of the quilt.  Bring a sewing machine (neutral thread, size 70 needle) OR cutting mat, ruler and cutter OR iron and ironing surface.
Two challenges have been designed for the show:
Applique Challenge - Floral Applique Item of your choice.  Hand or machine applique.  Quilter's interpretation.   (The planning team reserves the right to split the entries into more categories as needed.)
Garden Party Challenge- Floral themed item.  The pattern and/or fabric should have a floral design.  (Again, the team reserves the right to split entries into additional categories.)  Quiltmakers' interpretation.

Reminder to the quilt show planning team that there is a meeting that same day; 9-10.

TIPS AND TRICKS
·         Big, colorful prints sometimes pose design challenges to quilters accustomed to working with smaller-scale prints or tone-on-tone fabrics.  The key to working with large-scale and multicolor pints is to make sure that the shape of the piece you’re using can be distinguished from the piece next to it.  Otherwise, the quilt will be visually confusing.  To ensure that the shapes in a quilt will read clearly, you need contrast between pieces in blocks and between the blocks themselves.  When selecting fabrics, look for contrast in a least one of the following areas:
1.      HUE: the dominant color or colors in the fabrics
2.      VALUE: the lightness or darkness of the fabrics 
3.      SCALE: the size of the motifs in the pints
4.      COLOR COMPLEXITY: multicolor versus solid or tone-on-tone
·         Turn down the contrast in a quilt for a more subtle finish.  Quilts with little contrast are sometimes referred to as having low volume.  To achieve this look. Limit your assortment of prints to neighboring values, such as medium to light only.  
·         Don’t throw away a cracked, bent, or slightly worn cutting mat.  Instead, use tin snips or a utility knife to trim the best portion into a square slightly larger than your favorite block size.  For example, if you frequently make 8” blocks, trim an old cutting mat into a 10” square.  The next time you’re squaring up blocks, place the trimmed mat atop your full-size cutting mat.  The mini mat will rotate easily as you trim your blocks, eliminating the need to move the fabric or yourself around the cutting table.  

WORKSHOPS
The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers will meet on the first Friday of each month from 9:00 to 11:50 at Parkview Christian Church, in the Fireside Room.  Meeting dates for 2017:  March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1.  (These dates are subject to change)  Join us and bring your handwork of any kind (no sewing machines) a small snack to share, and show and tell.  Guests are always welcome.  Contact Sally Kitchen with any questions.  

ACCUCUT
Please see Becky Hamilton if you wish to use the guild’s AccuCut.  

QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the MillSarah Bistline 10474 Old Mill Road, Spencer, Ohio 44275; 330-667-2257 or 330-606-6609.  You need to have your backing 4” longer and wider than your top.  Batting is available.  

Spoke N Stitch, Kim Panter; 16780 Burkhart Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667.  I am willing to pick up and deliver in the Wayne/Holmes area. Phone number; 330-682-0711 (home) and 330-601-6096 (cell) I have my cell with me all the time. Please give me a call! 
barb’s Bobbin Box Sewing; Barb Byler; 239 Jane Drive, Smithville, Ohio 44677.  I specialize in Memory t-shirt quilts and Memory Bears.  I also quilt your tops.   baquilter33@aol.com or 330-988-0992




Tree City Quilters’ Guild; Officers 2017
President: Sarah Bistline         Vice President; Kay Nixon
Secretary; Shirley Rodgers    Treasurer; Bev Fash
Members at Large; Mary Mahoney and Janet McFarland




Sarah welcome members and visitors to the meeting. Happy birthday was sung to members who had a February birthday. The secretary's report was accepted by Kim and 2nd by Kevin. Bev gave the treasures. The sun shine committee said no cards
were sent out. Committee chair persons gave their reports: Vicky gave info on the Quilt retreat March 31- April 1 & 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn. There is still room for anyone who wishes to attend see Vicky or Tonya. Peggy Is looking for a roommate if anyone would like to share a room with her. Jeri showed samples of the Judy Niemeyer pansies place mates that Laura
will be teaching later this year. If you interested please let her know. Also Jeri gave info on the Quilt Show raffle quilt if you would like to help they are meeting March 4 at the church in the fireside room.  Betty Boreman and Jennifer Babcock gave an Audit report and several questions were raised that will be discussed at a later time.  Kim Panter gave info on future workshops. Kim and Kay are planning a Quilting 101 help day for everyone. A vote was taken and most members
liked the idea. If you have anything you would like to know more about let Kim or Kay know.  Shirley Rodgers gave info on the community project making bibs on February 18 to be given to area nursing homes. Also she announced the winners of the 5--1/2 Yard challenge. Thank you ladies for a great job.  Linda Miller was the program for the evening discussing the Giant Dahlia quilt top. Linda will also be the teacher for the Giant Dahlia class at the retreat. She had a sample she displayed and showed slides of different colors of the Giant Dahlia quilt top. Also she showed black and white pictures to show what colors stood out in the quilt. She sold templates and passed out info sheets for those who were taking her class.  The program ended with show and tell. See March 13 when the program will be A Trunk Show with Mary Huey.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

February Meeting

Tree City Quilters’ Guild
The purpose of this organization shall be to create, stimulate, and maintain an interest in all matters pertaining to the making of quilts and to establish and promote educational endeavors through quilts
Meeting: February 13, 2017; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

PRESIDENT’S GREETING:
Happy February fellow quilters!  This Month we will have my friend Linda Miller, That’s Sew Special, will talk about color choices for the project that she will be teaching at our April retreat, but learning colors and what works is great for any project you are starting. I think this will be a great program that we can use. 
I hope I did not confuse everyone with my UFO challenge, what you need to do is list eight projects and if you want put one of the listed acronyms behind it will be great, example
1 Judy Niemeyer- Double Wedding Ring- WIVPS (7) 
Below is what I handed out at the guild in January.   make sure your Name is on the card
Happy 25 Years to Tree City   Sarah B.

UFO CHALLENGE FOR 2017!
This year’s challenge will be a UFO one   I want you to write 8 projects on two index cards; one for you and one to turn in to me at the February meeting with $5.00.  You can label your projects as follows:  
1.      WIPS- works in progress
2.      UFO- un finished projects 
3.      Nfufo- nearly finished ufo
4.      BBufo- barely begun UFO’s
5.      PIPs- projects in Process
6.      Wisps – works in slow process
7.      Wivps-- works in very slow process
8.      PIGS = projects in Grocery sacks

As you write down your project give it one of these names.  I will give credit to 4,7 and 8. You must have already have the pattern, some of the fabric, drawings in your head or you are thinking, “how wonderful this will be when it’s done.”  You will get your $5.00 back with your first project done, after that each project done will put your name in a pot and at the end of the year we will draw one name for the remaining funds and a special prize. 




MEMBERSHIP
57 people attended the January meeting; 1 guest and 56 members.  

Don’t forget to get Barb more envelopes for the newsletters of 2017 if you receive your TCQ Newsletter by mail!!    

THANK YOU; REFRESHMENTS
Thank you very much for our refreshments in February!  Mary Mahoney, Kevin Horst, and Ellen Horst.  

25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The committee is looking for a little more help.  If you would be interested in helping plan our celebration evening, please come to the next meeting.  6:00 at Parkview, before our regular TCQ meeting.  Thank you!  

HISTORY HUTCH
How many original members comprised Tree City Quilters’?  
Where was the first meeting held?

2018 QUILT SHOW
The Quilt Show committee met and has begun work on the 2018 Quilt Show!  On March 4, 2017 at 10 am there will be a meeting at Parkview Church to learn about Quiltworx (Judy Neimeyer) paper piecing patterns.  We will work as a group on our raffle quilt for 2018 - the pattern is “Paradise in Bloom.”  We want this to be an opportunity for guild members to learn more about the quiltworx patterns, paper piecing, and to be able to "assembly line" making the sections of the quilt.  Bring a sewing machine (neutral thread, size 70 needle) OR cutting mat, ruler and cutter OR iron and ironing surface.
Two challenges have been designed for the show:
Applique Challenge - Floral Applique Item of your choice.  Hand or machine applique.  Quilter's interpretation.   (The planning team reserves the right to split the entries into more categories as needed.)
Garden Party Challenge- Floral themed item.  The pattern and/or fabric should have a floral design.  (Again, the team reserves the right to split entries into additional categories.)  Quiltmakers' interpretation.

TIPS AND TRICKS
·         Brown is not on the color wheel because it contains all the colors.  Use brown or tan when the quilt design needs contrast or transition but you don’t want to add another color.  
·         Triangle-square stability:  to more easily make triangle-squares from marked squares, press the sewn triangles open BEFORE you cut them apart.  This method stabilizes the bias edges and prevents stretching
·         For contemporary designs, consider adding borders of differing widths along each side of the quilt center.  For an asymmetrical look, sew border strips to only two or three sides of the quilt center.
·         To organize units for strip piecing, arrange them on 81/2 X 11” foam sheets (found at craft stores) the fabric does not slide on the foam, and you can stack the sheets easily in a tote bag when you take your project to a class or a retreat.  This method is also great for storing and transporting applique shapes

WORKSHOPS
The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers will meet on the first Friday of each month from 9:00 to 11:50 at Parkview Christian Church, in the Fireside Room.  Meeting dates for 2017:  February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1.  (These dates are subject to change)  Join us and bring your handwork of any kind (no sewing machines) a small snack to share, and show and tell.  Guests are always welcome.  Contact Sally Kitchen with any questions.  

ACCUCUT
Please see Becky Hamilton if you wish to use the guild’s AccuCut.  

QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the MillSarah Bistline 10474 Old Mill Road, Spencer, Ohio 44275; 330-667-2257 or 330-606-6609.  You need to have your backing 4” longer and wider than your top.  Batting is available.  

Spoke N Stitch, Kim Panter; 16780 Burkhart Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667.  I am willing to pick up and deliver in the Wayne/Holmes area. Phone number; 330-682-0711 (home) and 330-601-6096 (cell) I have my cell with me all the time. Please give me a call! 
barb’s Bobbin Box Sewing; Barb Byler; 239 Jane Drive, Smithville, Ohio 44677.  I specialize in Memory t-shirt quilts and Memory Bears.  I also quilt your tops.   baquilter33@aol.com or 330-988-0992



Tree City Quilters’ Guild; Officers 2017
President: Sarah Bistline         Vice President; Kay Nixon
Secretary; Shirley Rodgers    Treasurer; Bev Fash
Members at Large; Mary Mahoney and Janet McFarland




January 2017 Minutes:
Sarah Welcomed members and visitors to the first meeting of the new year.  Happy Birthday was sung to members who had January birthdays.  The secretary report was accepted by Laura and 2nd by Kim. Bev gave the treasure report and was accepted by Denise and 2nd by Janet McFarland.

The 2017 challenge is UFO. There are 8 different projects for the UFO's. look over the list you were given and write 8 projects on the 2 cards. Give one with $5.00 to Sarah and keep the other for yourself. You will get your $5.00 back
when your first project is done.

Laura gave info on the 2018 Quilt Show which will be April 20 and 21 at the church of the Nazarene on Oak Hill. The theme Paradise in Bloom garden party.  Floral theme item of your choice. There will be a work shop on March 4, to
start on the 2018 raffle quilt. Any one wishing to help can let Laura know.

Vicky gave info on the Quilt Retreat that will be March 31 and April 1 & 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The classes offered are Giant Dahlia and Rainbow Swirls They is still room for anyone who wishes to attend. Linda Miller will be the Program at the February meeting telling us about colors. She will also be the teacher for the Giant Dahlia class at the retreat. She'll have the templates For the class for $25.00. Anyone who are planning to take her class see her after the meeting. Members who are planning on taking the Rainbow swivels Class the pattern is $4.00 and if a anyone needs the ruler you can purchase
it at 15% off at the retreat.

Requests were made to increase the use of the church to $200 and increase speakers for the guild to $700. These increases were accepted by the members.

Sally gave a count on the members who received the charms from the challenges in 2016. These members were given additional charms.

Pam Russell and Sarah gave info on making Figet Quilts to be used in Nursing homes. A Sample was shown and types of material to use for them.

REMINDER Members who are working on the 5-1/2 yard challenge be sure to bring them to the February meeting. If you only have the top done that Is ok, be sure and bring it

The meeting ended with Show and Tell.
See you in February

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January Newsletter

Tree City Quilters’ Guild
The purpose of this organization shall be to create, stimulate, and maintain an interest in all matters pertaining to the making of quilts and to establish and promote educational endeavors through quilts

Meeting: January 9, 2017; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

PRESIDENT’S GREETING:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Quilters!  Another year has zoomed past us with many projects finished and many more on our list to do.  This coming year is our 25th year as a guild and as I reflect back it’s been 17 years since I was president, Wow.  The 25th year anniversary planning committee has been planning some fun things for us in the coming year.  And there will be some challenges and quilty fun as usual. I am looking forward to helping the guild in the next year.  In Stitches, Sarah Bistline
MEMBERSHIP
55 people attended the meeting/Christmas Party in December; 2 guests and 53 members. 

Don’t forget to get Barb more envelopes for the newsletters of 2017 if you receive your TCQ Newsletter by mail!!    

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARY GREEN!  
Mary was voted Quilter of the Year at our December meeting.  Our guild is a nicer place with you as a member, Mary!!  Congratulations.

HISTORY HUTCH
2017 is the 25th year since the creation of Tree City Quilters’ Guild.  How much do you know about your guild? 
Do you know why the group of ladies came together and formed the guild?  Do you recognize the ladies in the guild that are the charter members?  Make it a point to know who they are and find out the answer to these questions and others that will come your way throughout this year.  

TIPS AND TRICKS
Take some time right now to plan your year of quilting.  What gifts would you like to give?  Do you have some stash fabrics that you could make up a couple table runners or tote bags for unexpected gifts to give this year?  Make up a couple sets of coasters and snap bags for a quick gift, too.  

Now is the time to give your machine a thorough cleaning.  Take apart your bobbin case and take the bottom off your machine.  Make sure your clean all the lint out, change your needle, and oil if you have a machine that needs you to do that.  Is there a technique you would like to learn?  A skill you want to try?  Do you know someone in the guild that could show or teach you?  Or, is there a local shop where you could take a class?  Plan your year and work your plan.  You and your sewing will thank you at the end of a productive year!!


WORKSHOPS
The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers workshop will next meet **Friday, January 6 from 9 – 11:50. Please bring a snack and your handwork.  Prepare for great fun!  Guests are welcome.  Call Sally Kitchen if you have any questions.  Future Dates:  February 10, March 10, April 7, May 5, June 9, July 7, August 11, September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1  (Please check with Sally.)

2017 GUILD BOOKLETS
Our 2017 booklets will be ready for everyone at the January meeting.  You must have paid your dues by December 31 to be included in the booklet.  Please check the current booklet or the list that Dot has…..if there are corrections to be made please contact Barb Byler.  

KITCHEN KORNER
 Vegetable Soup: perfect for the January cold!!
4 tablespoons olive oi
2 cups chopped leeks, white part only (from approximately 3 medium leeks) or onion
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
Kosher salt
2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds (approximately 2 medium)
2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
2 cups fresh green beans, broken or cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes
2 ears corn, kernels removed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 to 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the leeks, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the carrotspotatoes, and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the tomatoes, corn kernels, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with kosher salt. Serve immediately.

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS QUILTERS STYLE
Twas the night before Christmas
And all thru the guild
All our members were scurrying
Their quilts they must build.

The blocks are all pieced
Back and batting in place
So much to do
It feels like a race!

The year went so fast
As quick as a flash
And Sally challenged us
To use up our stash.

Quilt Show, Bus Trip
And workshops, too
Our guild always gives us
Fun things to do.

Now Betty, now Ruth, now Kevin and Jeri
On Shirley, on Vicki, Lou Ella and Mary
To the head of the class and stand up tall
Stitch away, stitch away, stitch away all!

While visions of projects dance in my head
With needles, fabric, rulers and thread
Measure, cut, layer and bind
A trip to the quilt shop more fabric to find.

We all look forward to a brand new year
With Sarah to lead us and keep us in gear
Committees and meetings for us to attend
There’s nothing better than a quilting friend!

Friendship, sharing, learning and giving
These are some things that make life worth living
Merry Christmas to you as the day draws near
And we wish you a healthy and Happy New Year!!

ACCUCUT
Please see Becky Hamilton if you wish to use the guild’s AccuCut.  


QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline 10368 Old Mill Road, Spencer, Ohio 44275; 330-667-2257 or 330-606-6609.  www.quiltingbythemill.com  You need to have your backing 4” longer and wider than your top.  Batting is available.  Do you want to quilt your own top?  Ask me about renting time on the Gamill Premier.  

Spoke N Stitch, Kim Panter; 16780 Burkhart Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667.  I am willing to pick up and deliver in the Wayne/Holmes area. Phone number; 330-682-0711 (home) and 330-601-6096 (cell) I have my cell with me all the time. Please give me a call! 
barb’s Bobbin Box Sewing; Barb Byler; 239 Jane Drive, Smithville, Ohio 44677.  I specialize in Memory t-shirt quilts and Memory Bears.  I also quilt your tops.   baquilter33@aol.com or 330-988-0992



Tree City Quilters’ Guild; Officers 2017
President: Sarah Bistline         Vice President; Kay Nixon
Secretary; Shirley Rodgers    Treasurer; Bev Fash
Members at Large; Mary Mahoney and Janet McFarland


The Guild Christmas party started with great food and friendships.  After dinner Sally held a short meeting before the Christmas party started.  Sally thanked Cindy from Quilters Fancy for a great program in November, who donated two books to be given away at the meeting.  Sally thanked the Christmas party committee, all committee chairpersons and guild officers present and future. Visitors were welcomed and Happy Birthday was sung to members who had December birthdays.
Our 12th stop in our stash busting travels is Home. No place like home enjoying the holidays with family and friends. Sally compared the Wizard of Oz with being home.
Secretary report was accepted by Krisha and Pat 2nd it. Treasure report was given and accepted by Dorri.
Ongoing handworkers work shop will meet January 6, 2017 at the church from 9-11:50. They meet the first Friday of each month. If school is closed then the hand sewing group is canceled also. Any one is welcomed.  Community projects Ruth Bishop donated blocks to be finished. Trishia will finish the blocks and donate to a charity of her choice.  Jeri made a motion to hold the quilt show every year and Laura 2nd it.  A written vote was done and members voted to keep it every other year .
It was a very close vote.  Denise Mohler announced the quilter of the year Mary Green congratulations to all do for the guild.
Kay sent 20 cards to members during 2016.  Mary Mahoney and her committee did a Great job planning the Christmas
Party enjoyed by all.  Sally thanked Mary Lou for the wool class she taught and members displayed  their projects great job.
Baby quilts for the first babies born in 2017 were displayed by Ruth. Thanks to members who made them.
Show and tell ended the party with members showing off their challenges and other projects they made.
Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
See you next year

Friday, December 9, 2016

December Newsletter

Tree City Quilters’ Guild
The purpose of this organization shall be to create, stimulate, and maintain an interest in all matters pertaining to the making of quilts and to establish and promote educational endeavors through quilts
Meeting: December 12, 2016; 6:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

PRESIDENT’S GREETING:
"Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true!" Hi, Quilting Friends!  It has been a fun year of serving you!  Thank you for allowing me to share my dreams.  I enjoyed our stash busting year of pretend travels! Isn't make believe fun - even at our age? :) Especially when it moves us to be creative and productive!  So far, 45 of you have participated in the stash busting challenges. Congratulations; you all should be proud of yourselves!  While visiting Santa's workshop, we learned that our last challenge is to make something that is any size from your Christmas stash fabric. Those who were at our meeting received a Christmas charm square treat from Sally-Santa. Whether you make one challenge item from your stash or from your charm square treat, you will receive a very cute token - a wooden Christmas stocking button.  However, if you make one or 2 items using both the charm square and your Christmas stash, you will receive 2 tokens: a wooden stocking button and a small gold bugle bead.  Have fun. You can make a Christmas ornament, a quilt, or anything you choose, and the sky is the limit! This last challenge was planned to be fun and easy! I hope you all do it!
Our November meeting was busy, but fun! First we voted for Quilter of the Year, thanks to Denise Mohler and committee for guiding us; the winner will be announced at our December meeting. Congratulations to our 2017 officers and thanks to Beverly Fash and the nominating committee for a job well done. Then we were in awe of the lovely Viewers Choice award quilts, and thanks to Mary Lou Nuzum for photographing them!  Cindy Oravcez from Quilter's Fancy presented a great program, and we loved her beautiful embellished quilts! 
Now, are you all ready to party? I can't wait! See you on Dec. 12 for our Christmas party, and remember that we begin at 6:00 with our carry-in meal. (Special thank you to Mary Mahoney and committee for planning this exciting event!) Sarah will have the sign-up sheets for 2017 committees, so make sure that you each sign up for at least one committee. We will end our party with show and tell! Lastly, I thank the 2016 officers, the committee chairs, and all the guild members for making this quilting year very enjoyable, educational, and filled with fond memories!  I do care about all of you!
And just for the record, " There's no place like home....click, click, click."🙂
️ Sally
(Below is the list of challenges so far this year.)
Jan. - theme fabric - token is an elephant bead
Feb. - purple & yellow or purple & green fabric (Mardi Gras) - glass bead token
March (2 challenges) plaid or check fabric - glass bead token; 
         Celtic Theme item for a token that's a Celtic Cross or tree of life charm 
April - Floral fabrics (60% floral - may add other fabrics from stash) - token is a       
             wooden butterfly button or butterfly charm
May- All Neutral fabrics or neutral fabrics plus one color fabric (must be 50% neutral 
          fabrics) - make an item at least 8" square and receive 3 tokens or make a   
          modern quilt for our quilt show challenge with the above fabrics and receive 
          5 tokens. - token is neutral colored chip beads
June - Make an 8" square item or larger. It must be made of 100% patriot   
             fabric or red white and blue fabric, all from your stash. You will receive 2 tokens    
             - a star charm and a red pearl bead 
July - Choose ocean fabric, water fabric, or blue fabric from your stash to make  an 
          item that is at least 8" square.  You may use other fabric from your stash, but this 
          item must be at least 60% ocean fabric, water fabric or blue fabric. A shell bead 
          is the token reward for completing this project.
August - Make an item 12" or bigger & it must be made of 75% batiks or bright fabrics 
           plus any other fabric of your choice, all from your stash. Token - wooden fish 
           button
September-   Use reproduction fabrics (like Civil War fabrics, Downton Abbey, & 30's     
            fabrics) or use brown fabrics - all from your stash. You may add muslin, tan or 
            cream fabrics from your stash to compliment your 12" or larger project, which   
            must be 65% reproduction fabrics or brown fabrics. Token - clay bead 
October - 2 challenges - make a pieced or appliquéd log cabin item that is at least 12" square from your stash - token is a silver pine cone charm; and/ or using flannel from your stash, make a crib size quilt (may be a rag quilt) or larger (must be at least 35" by 45") - token is a wooden snowman button. If you do both challenges, you will get both tokens!
Note: All challenges must made from your stash and be presented during show and tell to receive the token reward, and they must be finished!:)

MEMBERSHIP
63 people attended the meeting in November; 2 guests and 61 members.  We have one new member.  
Please welcome Christina Conn!
1056 Mindy Lane Apt. 804
Wooster, OH 44691
330-347-0840

Don’t forget to get Barb more envelopes for the newsletters of 2017 if you receive your TCQ Newsletter by mail!!    

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 OFFICERS
President; Sarah Bistline, Vice President; Kay Nixon
Secretary; Shirley Rodgers, Treasurer; Bev Fash
Members-at-large; Mary Mahoney and Janet McFarland

A LETTER TO THE GUILD
A general letter to the membership of Tree City Quilters’ Guild-
At the recap meeting of the quilt show planning team, we discussed the pros and cons of having a quilt show every year versus our current way of having a show only every other year.  We are asking the guild membership to vote on this at the December meeting so we know which way to proceed.  Please review the following and give it some thought so we can move ahead either way.
One question that was asked at the meeting was “What is the purpose of the quilt show?”  This is a very good question and sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do.  The purpose of the guild is to create, stimulate, and maintain an interest in all matters pertaining to the making of quilts and establish and promote educational endeavors through quilts. (There is more if you want to look in your bylaws.)  As you consider which way you will vote, please keep the purpose of our guild in mind.
Having the show every other year- 
·         we will either limit the number of quilts guild members may enter, find another venue (larger), or use the gym at the church as additional display area (the gym is farther back into the building).  We can no longer display quilts in the hallway to keep the fire marshal happy.
·         Less work to plan the show but much more work to set up and hang (and the reverse when its over) around 300 quilts
·         Plenty of time to plan, prepare, make quilts
·         Can focus on other quilt guild events such as retreats, classes, etc.
Having the show every year-
·         Less quilts to hang and display.  However, you would have an opportunity to show quilts that may be given as gifts - keeping gift quilts for one year is easier than keeping them for two.
·         Opportunity to make money (the show netted over $2000 without the auction)
·         More of a routine – for guild members, attenders, vendors, etc.  
·         Plenty of room (at the Nazarene Church) to display all quilts
·         More opportunity to network and get to know each other as we “work” the show
·         Concern that it’s too much work - burnout
There are other pros and cons and every individual may have concerns or excitement regarding this decision.  Some other things that were discussed at this meeting in regard to future shows were-
·         Availability of church facility (although once we are booked, they do not bump us out for any reason)
·         Timing of the show – the end of September conflicts with Wayne County Fair, Streetsboro Show, Woosterfest and in 2018 the Ashland guild quilt show.  The committee would select the next date.
·         What about a raffle quilt?  To have one ready for 2017 would be pushing it so maybe for this one year, someone might donate a quilt (or be reimbursed) to use as the raffle quilt.
·         There are a number of things at the quilt show that we feel could be improved.  Almost all comments we have received were positive.  Almost all the vendors would like to return when we have our next show.
·         We have a core group of the committee who are willing to stay on for at least another year.  We would like to see a few new people join us and have some from each year stay on for the next year so the committee would have continuity and fresh ideas every year.
If you have questions or comments you may ask a quilt show planning team member or bring them up during discussion at the December meeting before we vote.  Please keep in mind that we want to keep the business part of the December meeting/Christmas party to a minimum.   As always, you are not required to participate in the show but our hope is that every member would like to
·         join in and share his or her quilts,
·          participate in the show either by planning, working and/or attending
·         Support fellow quilters in this endeavor
Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2016 show.  It was a great success and we look forward to our next show whenever it may be.
This will be discussed and voted on at the December meeting.  Please attend and vote!
TIPS AND TRICKS
The best thing you can do for your machine during this busy season is clean out the bobbin area!  AND, take off the bottom of your machine and clean out the lint that accumulates there, too! 

WORKSHOPS
The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers workshop will next meet **Friday, December 2, from 9 – 11:50.  Please bring a snack and your handwork.  Prepare for great fun!  Guests are welcome.  Call Sally Kitchen if you have any questions.  Future Dates:  January 6?  (Please check with Sally.)

2017 COMMITTEES
Sarah Bistline has the 2017 committee lists and sign-up sheets ready.  Please sign up to assist your guild on at least ONE committee!!    

DUES
….are now due for 2017.  Shirley will accept payment of your 2017 dues at the meeting.  Please remember to check the membership list and make corrections as necessary.  All dues should be paid by December 31 to be included in the 2017 booklet.  

CHRISTMAS PARTY
The Christmas Party committee has announced that the challenge for this year is a “wrapped present”.  Your decision as to what form you present this challenge!  Also, if you would like to participate in the gift exchange, the limit is $15 and there are no restrictions regarding the gifts.  What you need to bring to the party:
·         Your own beverage
·         A dish to share
·         A wrapped gift if you desire…with your name on the gift
·          Your challenge sewn item (Wrapped Christmas Present)
See you there!  

KITCHEN KORNER
CREAMY CHICKEN MUSHROOM SOUP    
3 tbsp. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 large carrots, sliced into 1/4" rounds
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 c. milk
1 c. basmati or jasmine rice
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
   In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter. Add mushrooms, onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender and liquid has evaporated, 6 minutes. Add chicken and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes, then add garlic, thyme, and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Add flour and whisk until golden, about 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth and milk and season with salt and pepper. Add rice and bring to a simmer until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through.

SLOW-COOKER POTATO CORN CHOWDER
1 - 16oz bag frozen hash browns, thawed
1 chopped onion
8 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 can shoe peg corn (undrained)
1 can cream-style corn
1 can roasted garlic flavored chicken broth
1 ½ cups milk  (whole or skim)
Place all ingredients in slow cooker.  Stir gently. Cook on low 6-8 hrs.  Serve with sour cream or shredded cheese.
POPPY SEED CHICKEN
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts,chopped
1 large onion, chopped
8oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
3T butter
2T Worcestershire sauce
2-3 T poppy seeds
8oz. container sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ cup cracker or potato chip crumbs
Preheat over to 350*. Sauté onions and mushrooms in butter and Worcestershire sauce. Combine this with chicken, sour cream, soup and half the poppy seeds. Pour into greased casserole. Sprinkle w/ cracker crumbs and remaining poppy seeds. Bake 30 min. Serve w/ rice or noodles.

ACCUCUT
Please see Becky Hamilton if you wish to use the guild’s AccuCut.  

QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline 10368 Old Mill Road, Spencer, Ohio 44275; 330-667-2257 or 330-606-6609.  www.quiltingbythemill.com  You need to have your backing 4” longer and wider than your top.  Batting is available.  Do you want to quilt your own top?  Ask me about renting time on the Gamill Premier.  

Spoke N Stitch, Kim Panter; 16780 Burkhart Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667.  I am willing to pick up and deliver in the Wayne/Holmes area. Phone number; 330-682-0711 (home) and 330-601-6096 (cell) I have my cell with me all the time. Please give me a call! 
barb’s Bobbin Box Sewing; Barb Byler; 239 Jane Drive, Smithville, Ohio 44677.  I design and sew your t-shirts (sweatshirts, button-downs, etc.) into quilts.  Photographs can also be added.  baquilter33@aol.com or 
330-988-0992
Tree City Quilters’ Guild; Officers 2016
President: Sally Kitchen          Vice President; Sarah Bistline
Secretary; Shirley Rodgers    Treasurer; Dot Anderson
Members at Large; Vicky Hartzler and Kathy Ott




FOR SALE: Brother PR-620 (6) needle embroidery machine
Jim Rawdon is selling his embroidery machine.  It has been overhauled recently and in good shape. It comes with the factory stand, PE Design Plus software a couple of hoops and about $150 - $200 worth of thread. I am asking $4500 but will negotiate. It will make a good addition to your quilting and makes beautiful cloths for the grandkids. Also a wonderful Christmas present. Jim:  330-472-0473, jdrawdon@att.nett     (Picture is sideways!)



Sally Welcomed visitors and members to Santa's work shop. Sally thanked the refreshment committee and the October program presenters. Happy Birthday was sung to members having November birthdays. The 11th Stop in Stash Busting Travels Santa's Workshop "A Quilters Dream" this is the easiest challenge. Make anything any size From Christmas fabric, if you use the Christmas fabric given to you at the Meeting you'll receive 2 tokens a Christmas stocking and a gold bead.  Members accepted the minutes and the treasure report was accepted by Dorri and 2nd by Kevin and Kim.  Mary Lou gave info on her wool appliqué class she is teaching on November 19 Please let her know which design you want cost is $20.  Mary Mahoney reviewed the Christmas party plans a wrapped gift as the Challenge made from fabric and a $15 gift exchange for those who wish To do so.  Ruth reminded members who were making quilts for the first boy or girl born  In 2017 to bring them to the December meeting. Twelve quilts were given by Members for the community projects to be given out to local organizations.
Kim gave info on the Caribbean challenge due In February using 5 1/2 yard fabrics to make a quilt using 3 shapes
Denise Mohler passed out ballots to vote for Quilter of the Year to be Announced at the Christmas Party.
Bev Fash passed out ballots to vote for officers for 2017. President Sarah Bistline, VP Kay Nixon, Treasurer Bev Fash, Secretary Shirley Rodgers, Members at Large Mary Mahoney and Janet McFarland.  The 2017 sign up sheets are on the table please sign up for at least one thing.  The dues are $20 and need to be paid by December 31, so your info can be Put in the membership book.  Jeri and Mary Lou announced show and tell for members who won viewers  Choice for their quilts and displayed them at the meeting.  Kay sent cards to Dot.  At the December meeting members will vote on whether to have the quilt show
Yearly or every other year. So be thinking about that.  Cindy Oravcez from Quilter's Fancy in Cortland gave a program on "Dimensional Embroidery on Quilts very nice problem and had products to sell  Show and Tell was 1st with Tonya and members who took her Hunter Star class,  then everyone showed there quilts and challenges
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and your families
See you December 12 at 6:00 for the Christmas Party cover dish