Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Party Pictures Available

09 TCQ Christmas Party

Just click on this photo to see the pictures of the guild Christmas Party.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jeri Fickes Selected "Quilter of the Year"

Jeri Fickes was selected as "Quilter of the Year" for 2009. This was announced at the December guild meeting.

Tree City Quilt Guild annually recognizes a quilter from the guild who supports the purpose of the guild: “The purpose of the quilt guild 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.”

In the past, the following people have been chosen for Quilter of the Year: 2008-Barb Byler, 2007-Laura Nolletti, 2006-Mary Lou Nuzum, 2004 -Dorothy Pearson, 2003-Mabel Stocker, 2002-Effie Troyer, 2001-Betty Hofstetter. Members who have already been selected as Quilter of the Year are not eligible to be selected a second time.

Members select someone who exemplifies the guild's purpose. This has been someone with outstanding quilting skills, outstanding service to the guild, outstanding teaching skills of quilting and quilt related topics, outstanding leadership skills, outstanding people skills with members and guests, exemplary improvement in quilting skills, significant production of quilts and related projects or other attributes that promote the purpose of the guild.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 2009 Newsletter

Meeting: December 14, 2009 6:00 PM
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road

DECEMBER MEETING: Christmas Party!
Notice we begin an hour earlier! We will be meeting at the church with our pot luck in hand. The committee will provide our place settings, beverages, bread and butter. We do the rest! Also, don’t forget your $10 gift exchange, if you would like to participate. The Snowflake Challenge is due…..Your project must be a minimum of 12 inches and a maximum of 30 inches. Somewhere in the quilt, or on the quilt, must be a snowflake or snowflake fabric. See you there!

Rita’s Walnut Flounder
4-6 flounder filets
1 ½ cups toasted walnuts (bake at 350 until they smell toasty) and chopped
¾ cup flour
2 tsp salt
3 Tbl. Dill weed
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-2 eggs
½ cup salad dressing of choice
Olive oil
3 shallow bowls
In one bowl mix flour, parmesan, dill weed and salt. In another bowl whisk eggs and salad dressing. Place chopped walnuts in the third bowl. In deep frying pan or wok, heat oil and butter. Pat filets dry. Dip and roll both sides of flounder in flour, shake off excess. Dip both sides in egg mixture, then roll in toasted walnuts. Place in hot oil. Repeat with each filet. Turn carefully to cook on both sides until golden.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
4 potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾ “ cubes
1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into ¾” cubes
2 large McIntosh apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 can chicken stock
1 cup water
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Dash of nutmeg
Salt & pepper

Combine the potatoes, squash, apples, onions, broth and water in crock pot. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 – 8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours, until potatoes are very tender. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Let sit 3 minutes to blend flavor. Just before serving use a potato masher and moosh down the chunks to thicken soup.

This is your last chance! Are you stitchin’ away? We will show our last completed UFO’s this month and then draw for the winner of all the ½ yard cuts. Hope you have had a satisfying year…I have! And, I intend to keep on working at my list although I am allowing myself to begin some new projects. I am pretty anxious to cut and sew something entirely new….and complete it before it becomes a new entry on the list!

MEMBER PROFILE: If you have a member profile to turn in, please get it to me so we can get to know all of our members!

I am always trying to keep organized in my sewing room. This past summer and fall have been especially trying as I have been bringing home nostalgic bits from my mom’s sewing room as she cleaned it out and moved to a new home. I just couldn’t throw out her old sewing box (!) Who cares that it is 60 some odd years old…it’s pretty! So…I just sorted and put all my rolls of ribbon and trim in that box. Now I’m “allowed” to keep it! I have also gone through my sewing supplies and sorted them into pretty photo boxes that cost me about $1.50 at Pat Catan’s. They look so nice stacked and labeled on my sewing counter. And, when I need binding or ribbon or hem tape…I know just where to find it!

Every year in November 2 of my quilting girlfriends and I go away for a weekend. For 10 years we attended the Shawnee Getaway but have now ventured into renting a cabin or room and doing our own getaway quilt weekend. During last month adventure I asked a question and now ask that same question to you.
When, at what point, does a project become a UFO?
Does it have to be incomplete a certain undetermined amount of time? Does having the pattern, fabric and the intentions of making a specific top make that a UFO project? We made certain decisions regarding these questions “just so we understand for the future!”
They have followed our TCQ UFO Challenge with interest and are waiting to hear who wins the fabric!

• Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, Spencer, Ohio 44275, 330-667-2257 or 330-606-6609, You need to have your backing 4" longer and wider than your quilt top. Batting available.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2008
President: Jeri Fickes
Vice President: Laura Noletti
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Lucille Lozier and Vicky Hartzler
Newsletter: Barbara Byler