Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sally Kitchen Named "Quilter of the Year"



Sally Kitchen was chosen as "Quilter of the Year" at the 2010 Tree City Quilt Guild Christmas party. She was selected by all the members of the guild at the November 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.” The "Quilter of the Year" is 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, or significant production of quilts and related projects or other attributes that promote the purpose of our guild.

In the past, the following people have been chosen for Quilter of the Year: 2009-Jeri Fickes, 2008-Barb Byler, 2007-Laura Nolletti, 2006-Mary Lou Nuzum, 2004 -Dorothy Pearson, 2003-Mabel Stocker, 2002-Effie Troyer, 2001-Betty Hofstetter.

2010 Guild Christmas Party

Members of the Tree City Quilt Guild held their annual Chrismas party on Monday night. Here are photos from that party:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Newsletter



Tree City Quilters

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 13, 6:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road

DECEMBER MEETING: CHRISTMAS PARTY!

This is it! Our annual TCQ Christmas Party is Monday, December 13. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. Your table service, rolls & butter, and beverages will be provided. Supper will be at 6:00. Cost is $1.00.

The party will include a Winter or Winter Holidays challenge. Make something associated with winter or winter holidays. You can use stash or new fabric and make your project any size. The gift exchange will be a $10.00 gift, hand made or store bought, and is optional.

2011 COMMITTEES

Four reasons why you should join a TCQ Committee:

Lots of fun
Great way to get to know other members
Your ideas contribute to the function
It’s your club…why not help run it?
Still plenty of openings on our committees and refreshments groups for next year. Please make an effort to sign up at the November meeting.

2011 DUES
It is that time of year again! Your annual dues are $15.00 and they should be paid by the end of the December meeting in order for your information to be included in the 2011 membership booklet.

TCQ RETREAT

A retreat has been planned for April 29, 30, and May 1 2011. Deadline is January 10 to sign up and join in the fun! Never been to a quilt retreat before? Now is the time to experience the fun, motivation and friendship that is to be found!! Price and registration information is available at the meeting and with Jeri Fickes. Plan to attend…you won’t want to miss this fun time!

JoAnn Fabrics

JoAnn Fabrics has a VIP card that you can sign up for via their website. This card entitles you to 10% off whenever you shop. It is for guild members.

QUILT BLOCK: WHIG ROSE

All the fashions leaders were the ladies from wealth and they had the time to make fine appliquéd quilts. Most wealthy families supported the Whig Party and showed it with a quilt pattern named for the party called the Whig Rose. Traditionally it was made in madder red, pink, chrome yellow and green on white muslin.

Being such a beautiful appliqué pattern, many ladies even in rural areas made a version of this quilt to decorate their home following the fashion of the time. Also it could have been an expression of their support for public school education which was part of the Whig Party platform to build public schools and normal schools to train women teachers to educate children to build a better economy for the country. Public school was a radical new idea in education and was not being done in Europe and an issue that would have appealed to mothers.

More on this pattern next month!

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/

Mary Lou has posted pictures from the quilt show! Check it out!

STASH TIP of the MONTH

Well…it has been a year of trying to sew out of our stash. How does yours look, any differently from last January? Are you satisfied with your year of sewing? January 2011 is coming up and you have the opportunity to make changes for another entire year! why not make yourself a list of stash fabrics you will use, projects to complete, and a change to your sewing room that will assist in organizing yourself. DO IT NOW! That way, when New Year’s Eve is over, you are all ready to begin! Happy Sewing to you.

KITCHEN KORNER

PUMPKIN DIP
Mix together: 8oz cream cheese
2C powdered sugar
Add: 15oz pureed pumpkin
1T cinnamon
1T pumpkin pie spice
1tsp frozen orange concentrate
Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with apple wedges or ginger snaps!

FESTIVE BERRY MOLD
2 - 3oz pkgs raspberry Jello
2 cups boiling water
1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 cups chunky applesauce
Dressing:
8oz cream cheese
8 oz sour cream
Mix Jello and boiling water together until blended. Add cranberry sauce and applesauce and stir well. Pour into large, greased Jello mold. Chill overnight. With electric beater, mix together softened cream cheese and sour cream. Blend until smooth. Chill. Place this inside the ring of molded fruit as an accompanying dressing.

RITA’S SAUSAGE-VEGETABLE SOUP
1lb smoked sausage, Polish sausage, or kielbasa ~ cut to bite size
1 large onion, chopped
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 cans beef or chicken broth
1 large can Veg-All (the kind for stew)
1 small head cabbage, chopped
Place all in stock pot and simmer for 1 hour or longer. Tastes like it's been cooking all day! It's even better the second day! Plus it’s a nice break from turkey and turkey!

TIP OF THE MONTH

Everyone should sew on the best machine they can afford. There is nothing more frustrating than a machine that doesn’t work properly. If you buy a new machine, take advantage of any classes that come with it. You also have quite a source of information within TCQ regarding machines. Everyone has loyalties but if someone can tell you 3 things they want in a machine…you can mull over all the thoughts and make a better informed decision for yourself.

QUILT SERVICES

Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Handcrafted by JR: Long arm quilting, machine embroidery. See my site on face book “Quilting by JR” Call 330-472-0473 or e-mail rawdon@ohio.net

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010

President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com

Minutes of October meeting



Tree City Quilt Guild

October 14, 2010

Vice President, Mabel Stocker, called the meeting to order.
Guests were Tanya Bishop and Susan Neilson. Mabel thanked Sue Justli, Peggy Hodges and Gwen Hoover for providing refreshments.

Sign up sheets were passed around for committees for 2011 and for refreshments for 2011. Questionnaires were available for anyone who didn’t fill one out for ideas for programs and classes for next year.
Minutes were approved for the September meeting.
The sunshine committee announced that Lou Ella Imhoff’s sister passed; Helen Iannarelli is home from the hospital and doing better; Edna Chapman’s husband died and she is currently at Smithville Western Commons; Cassie Anderson had knee surgery in Columbus.
The Christmas committee—the dinner will be at 6pm at the church. Bring a covered dish, and a $10 gift if you want, and the challenge is anything winter or holiday related.
Nancy Danby will have a purse workshop on Sat, 10-30-10 from 9am to 3pm. Bring lunch, a yard of fabric for the teacher and snacks to share.
Dues for next year will be collected in November and December. Be sure to pay so your name will be included in the membership booklet. They are $15.
Other classes and shop hops were announced: Amish Shop Hop November 3-6; The International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati 4/8/to 4/10, 2011; Monday, 11/15/10 at the Episcopal Church in Hudson is a class by Frieda Anderson on “Sundance” raw edge fusing and a lecture at 7pm on fabric dyeing.
Stash attack show and tell—the winner of the drawing was Nancy Danby.
The program was on unique edges and borders by Betty Hofstetter and Effie Troyer. Great job!!

Respectfully submitted,

Vicky Hartzler

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Newsletter



Tree City Quilters

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: November 8, 7:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road

NOVEMBER MEETING: “Panels! Panels! Panels!”

Our November meeting will be centered around pre-printed panels and making them into quilts. Do you have a quilt at home made out of pre-printed panels? Please bring it with you to the meeting!

2011 COMMITTEES

Four reasons why you should join a TCQ Committee:

Lots of fun
Great way to get to know other members
Your ideas contribute to the function
It’s your club…why not help run it?
Still plenty of openings on our committees and refreshments groups for next year. Please make an effort to sign up at the November meeting.

2011 DUES
It is that time of year again! Your annual dues are $15.00 and they should be paid in November and December in order for your information to be included in the 2011 membership booklet.

2010 QUILTER OF THE YEAR

November is the month we vote for our Tree City Quilter of the Year. Please think about whom in the club best exemplifies our purpose. Who has motivated you, pushed you a little beyond your comfort zone, or taught you something? The result of the vote will be at our Christmas Party in December.

OHIO STAR BLOCK

The Ohio Star quilt block pattern, like most traditional patchwork quilt patterns, grew from an undocumented origin and evolved over time to become a standard design today. Ohio Star quilts have been dated back to the early 1800s. Ohio Stars, like other patchwork patterns, gained popularity from the ability to create them using scraps of fabrics. The Ohio Star quilt block appeared regularly in Depression era and post-Depression quilts of the 1930s. It was a popular pattern among Scottish and Irish immigrants in the Midwest and frequently used by the Amish

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/

Mary Lou has posted pictures from the quilt show! Check it out!

STASH TIP of the MONTH

Think of non-quilting ways to use those stash fabrics. How about lamps shades? You can make one for every season and change them to brighten a room. Make sweatshirt jackets for yourself and add cuffs to the sleeves with stash fabrics. Sort through your stash and see if you still feel the same about those fabrics. Give them away, designate a project for each fabric, or consign it to the “back of the quilt” stack.

CHRISTMAS PARTY!

Our TCQ Christmas Party will be held Monday, December 13. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. Your table service, rolls & butter, and beverages will be provided. Supper will be at 6:00. Cost is $1.00.

The party will include a Winter or Winter Holidays challenge. Make something associated with winter or winter holidays. You can use stash or new fabric and make your project any size.

The gift exchange will be a $10.00 gift, hand made or store bought, and is optional.

WEBSITE

Sarah Bistline sent this address for everyone to check out. Very interesting!

http://www.longarmohio.com/index.html

KITCHEN KORNER

It is fall and the perfect time for a clambake! Here is the recipe I use for clam chowder that everyone loves! Have a great time at your clambake!

Clam Chowder

Pot #1: 1 quart whole milk

6 – 10 peeled, cubed potatoes

2, qt. cans of clams and juice

2 Tbl. chicken base

¼ t soda

½ pepper

1 t thyme…or to taste

Pot #2: 10 oz. diced salt pork

1 stick butter

1 lg onion, diced

¾ cup celery, diced

1 cup flour

Pot #1; heat the milk, add everything except 1 can of clam juice (save for pot #2) and simmer until potatoes are soft. In the meantime, in pot #2; brown the salt pork. Add the butter, melt and sauté onions and celery until soft. Add flour and mix thoroughly. Add the clam juice and stir until smooth…..no flour lumps! Mix pot #1 into pot #2 while stirring. Bring to a simmer while stirring. Simmer approx. 30 minutes….ENJOY!

PUMPKIN CAKE

1 (15 oz) can solid pack pumpkin

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a mixing bowl, beat the pumpkin, sugar and oil. Add eggs and mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to the pumpkin mixture and beat until blended. Pour into a greased 15 X 10 X 1 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool.

Frosting: 3 oz. cream cheese

5 TBL butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ¾ cup powdered sugar

3-4 teaspoons milk

Chopped nuts - optional

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Gradually add sugar; mix well. Add enough milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake, sprinkle with nuts. Can double the frosting recipe!!

TIP OF THE MONTH

Be leery of teachers who tell you there is only one way to do something. There are a hundred different ways to do every part of quilting. To find the methods and styles that work best with your personality and quilting style, take classes from different teachers and read a variety of books and magazines. Take what works FOR YOU from each teacher, book, or magazine.

SHOP HOP

2010 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop: November 3 – 6

QUILT SERVICES

Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010

President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com

Monday, October 11, 2010

October Newsletter


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: October 11, 7:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road

OCTOBER MEETING: “Unusual Borders”

Our October program will be presented by Effie Troyer and Betty Hoffstetter. Their topic will be borders and they have asked for your assistance. Please plan to bring any quilts you have that were made with unusual borders. They could be Prairie Points, wavy edges, pieced, appliquéd, etc.

2011 COMMITTEES

October is the month we choose which committee we would like to work on for the coming year. Members should consider their choices before the meeting. Choices will be: Community Quilt Projects, Hospitality (Greeters), July Picnic, Christmas Party, Membership Booklets, Nomination, Meetings and Programs, Workshops and Trips, Quilter of the Year, Sunshine, Wayne County Fair, and NEORQC. The refreshment list will also be included.

FOR SALE

Edna Chapman has a Pfaff sewing machine for sale. This will include the oak cabinet that opens 2-ways. $1,000.00. Please contact Edna for more information.

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/
Mary Lou has posted pictures from the quilt show! Check it out!

STASH TIP of the MONTH

Throw pillows or pillow covers, pillow cases, stockings, coasters, placemats and table runners, totes and gift bags are all great gift ideas. This year, see how many gifts you can make using your stash fabrics. Better get started now!

CHRISTMAS PARTY!

Our TCQ Christmas Party will be held Monday, December 13. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. Your table service, rolls & butter, and beverages will be provided. Supper will be at 6:00. Cost is $1.00.

The party will include a Winter or Winter Holidays challenge. Make something associated with winter or winter holidays. You can use stash or new fabric and make your project any size.

The gift exchange will be a $10.00 gift, hand made or store bought, and is optional.

WEBSITE

Sarah Bistline sent this address for everyone to check out. Very interesting!
http://www.longarmohio.com/index.html

WORKSHOPS

Purse Workshop; October 30. Please sign up during the October meeting. At that time, you will receive the fabric requirements and where to order the pattern.

KITCHEN KORNER

PESTO RISOTTO
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups white wine
1 red onion, chopped fine
3 ribs celery, chopped
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
fresh pesto sauce (see recipe below)
Heat chicken stock in sauce pan and simmer until needed. In large pan or Dutch Oven heat 3-4 T olive oil and sauté onions and celery until tender. Add garlic and sauté about 5 min. more. Add raw rice and cook, stirring until all grains are coated with oil and rice turns translucent on outside, opaque inside. Pour in wine and cook/stir until wine is absorbed. Gradually add simmering stock, one ladle-full at a time, continuing to stir. Add more stock only as previous is absorbed. After about 20 minutes, when rice is creamy and all liquid has been added, stir in pesto. Top with extra parmesan.
Pesto Sauce
I make this with whatever I have on hand, and in whatever quantity I feel like throwing in the food processor. It always turns out great!
In food processor with chopping blade, place a large fistful of fresh, cleaned basil leaves. I usually throw in several mint leaves to wake up the basil. You can add a chopped celery rib or leaves, or shredded carrots. Add about ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese and about ¼ cup olive oil. Lock lid onto processor and pulse or blend until all is processed. Continue to process as you stream in more olive oil, taking the pesto to the consistency of sour cream. Often at this point I add lemon zest and the juice of one lemon. I sometimes add plain yogurt, Greek yogurt, or sour cream to my pesto. (Especially if I want to use it up!). You can also add and process maybe 1/8 cup toasted almonds, pecans or walnuts to the pesto. Mix the pesto into the risotto and enjoy!

TIP OF THE MONTH

Finish your projects while you are still excited about them. That way you won’t end up with too many UFOs!

SHOP HOP

2010 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop: November 3 – 6

QUILT SERVICES

Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010

President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com

Minutes of September Meeting


TREE CITY QUILTERS GUILD
Minutes of September Meeting

Laura Noletti, President, called the meeting to order. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as presented in the Newsletter. She thanked the refreshment committee of Mary Lou Nuzum, Barb Byler and Jane Richardson.

Sally gave a final report on the quilt show. Mabel Stocker made a motion to send $1000 to Ida Sue School and $1000 to Bridges of Hope; seconded by Jane; then the motion was amended to be $1500. was; motion passed.

Workshops: Nancy Danby reminded everyone of the UFO at Parkview Church on Sept. 23. There will be Purse workshop, taught by Nancy, on Oct. 30. Bring the usual items.

The stash attack was won by Peggy Hodge. Laura congratulated the Fair winners - Jeri. Vicky, and Janet; and Mabel thanked the demonstration ladies at the Fair.

Community project - The Pregnancy Care Center asked for a quilt to be used as a raffle quilt. Vicky will donate one to them.
Nominating committee of Donna Willams and Jane Richardson presented a slate of officers for 2011-12:
V.P. Cassie Anderson; Secretary Vicky Hartzler (1 year); Treasurer Jane Richardson; Members At Large Bev Haven and Pat hall. Voting will take place at Nov. meeting.
Christmas Committee - had no report - but watch the news-letter.
2011 Retreat Committee- presented by Vicky. 2 instructors have been lined up - one for beginners and on for more advanced quilters. Hilton Garden Inn is the place - Apr.29,30 and May 1. Vicky made a motion to continue with the plans for the retreat, Cassie second; motion passed. Mary Lou made a motion to spend the $250 on the place, second by
Janice; motion passed.

Octobers meeting will be "Unusual Borders" by Betty Hostetter and Effie Troyer.

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Richardson, Secretary

Friday, September 3, 2010

September Newsletter


Tree City Quilters

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: September 20, 7:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road

SEPTEMBER MEETING: ***Please note that we meet the 3rd Monday of September because of the Fair.
“First and Early Works”

Please plan to bring your first quilt project or a very early one to share with the guild. Share the story of your first projects with us. Tell us, and show us, how you have changed and grown. The more sharing we do, the better the program! Plan to be involved with the bits of history from each other!

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT; Possible raffle quilt and baby quilts

Bev Haven, our Community Service Project Chair, is looking for some interested quilters to assist with a project for the Women’s Pregnancy Care Center. The center has asked if TCQ could provide them with a quilt to raffle for a fundraiser. They would need the quilt early in 2011. The Center has also asked if we could sew baby quilts for them. So…..Bev is asking if TCQ has people interested in forming a committee to sew a raffle quilt and/or, do we have people that could sew baby quilts?

ITEM FOR DISCUSSION: Hosting a 2011 NEORQC Meeting

As everyone knows (or should be aware..) TCQ is a member of the North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council. Meetings are open to anyone in the guild. Meetings are held quarterly with the location changing each time. Various guilds volunteer to host the meetings …….would you, as a guild, be interested? We would be considering either the March or June meeting in the year 2011. The guild receives $250.00 to assist with the cost. We would be responsible to locate a venue, host a light breakfast, declare some sort of lunch plan be it brown bag, pot luck, or catered and receive around 100 guests to our meeting. The guild will be asked to vote on this subject…so give the idea some thought.

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/

Mary Lou has posted pictures from the quilt show! Check it out!

STASH TIP of the MONTH

Have you ever sewn a scrap quilt? Challenge yourself to make a top with pieces out of your scrap stash. Use larger pieces for the backing. Appliqué with stash fabrics…viola! An entire quilt of stash and scraps!

TCQ 2010 QUILT SHOW:

What a wonderful quilt show! Thank you, Sally Kitchen for all your hard work and the wonderful little details that you included that made the show so special. Thank you to everyone on the committee that dedicated time throughout the year to the planning and execution of the show. And, last but not least, thank you to every member that volunteered her time, her husband’s time, or her family’s time to help set up, work, tear down, and advertise the show. Please take a moment to check out all of Mary Lou’s wonderful pictures on the TCQ website! They are great!

WAYNE COUNTY FAIR

The Wayne County Fair will have taken place by the time we meet. Tree City (in the guise of Mabel Stocker) has asked for 2 demonstration times during the week. Each time slot will be one and one half hour long (1 ½). Mabel would like 3, 30 minute demonstrations for each of the time slots. PLEASE consider giving a demonstration at the Fair…it is fun and does not have to be anything complicated. Let Mabel know if you have an idea or know that you would like to volunteer. This is such a great opportunity to promote the guild and the art of quilting.

CHRISTMAS PARTY!

Our TCQ Christmas Party will be held Monday, December 13. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. Your table service, rolls & butter, and beverages will be provided. Supper will be at 6:00. Cost is $1.00.

The party will include a Winter or Winter Holidays challenge. Make something associated with winter or winter holidays. You can use stash or new fabric and make your project any size.

The gift exchange will be a $10.00 gift, hand made or store bought, and is optional.

WEBSITE

Sarah Bistline sent this address for everyone to check out. Very interesting!

http://www.longarmohio.com/index.html

WORKSHOPS

Purse Workshop; October 30. Please sign up during the September and October meetings. You will receive the fabric requirements and where to order the pattern.l

UFO Day; Friday, September 24th at Parkview Christian Church from 9 – 3. Doors open at 8:45 to set up. Bring all your sewing stuff, a bag lunch and a snack to share.

KITCHEN KORNER

FRESH SUMMER SALSA

(amount of ingredient is up to you)

sweet or red onion

tomato (seeded)

cucumber (peeled and seeded)

green pepper

corn (fresh-cut off cob)

garlic

salt

cilantro or flat leaf parsley

Finely chop/dice all veggies in a fairly equal ratio. Add salt just before serving as it causes cucumber to release water. If stored for a day or two, drain juice before serving. OMGosh is this yummers!


CARROT BISQUE

1 lb carrots, chunked and cooked “al dente”

2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Sauté garlic and onion in 2 T butter and about 4 T olive oil. Add Cream of Mushroom soup + 1 soup can white wine. Stir until sauce is well blended. Add drained carrots and simmer for 10-15 more minutes. Puree in food processor and return to pan to keep warm. Thin with milk or cream if desired. Serve topped with fresh parsley or dill and a dollop of sour cream.


SUMMER VEGGIE/PASTA TOSS

I like to use what I have, sew this is what I made. Concoct your own dish from the produce you have on hand.

1 red onion, chunked

1 zucchini, chunked

3 large cloves garlic, minced

3-4 ribs celery, chopped

8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms

In large pot with hot olive oil and 1T butter, sauté veggies until they begin to brown, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, in food processor puree:

Large bunch of fresh basil

Bunch fresh flat leaf parsley

2 ribs celery

1/3 cup grated Parmesan

As this processes stream in olive oil to desired consistency. Toss with sautéed veggies and add 3-4 large chunked beefsteak tomatoes. Serve topped with feta crumbles.

(I also added grill teriyaki grouper to this dish)

TIP OF THE MONTH

Cut all of the pieces for a project and store them near your sewing machine. When you find a few minutes, there is something ready and waiting at the machine.

SHOP HOP

QWM: Quilting with Machines: September 22 – 25; www.quiltingwithmachines.com

2010 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop: November 3 – 6

QUILT SERVICES

Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010

President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com

A Message from our president


A Message from our president:

For your consideration-

It has been suggested that we plan a quilt retreat on the opposite years of our quilt shows. This could be the type of retreat where you go somewhere and stay (overnight) or just “commute.” One or two teachers could be brought in to do presentations and/or workshops. A committee could be appointed to explore whether we have enough interest to pursue planning this type of event and proceed from there. Of course, we could invite others to join us. The guild has funds that we could use to partially fund an event like this.

Another suggestion has been made and that is that we use the funds from our raffle quilt sales to further the purpose of our 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.” In the recent past and this year, the guild has voted to donate much of the raffle sales funds to causes such as Ida Sue School (where we hold our quilt show), Viola Startzman Clinic, food banks, etc. Please give this some thought for the next time we have a raffle quilt or other funds available for our use.

While you are thinking about that, a third idea has come up- shall we make and sell a raffle quilt every year? We do not necessarily have to have a show- just a date- to draw the winner. One way would be to have a committee to make the quilt and another to “sell” it- with the help of the entire guild, of course. The committee could involve more guild members by making blocks if desired.

These ideas will be discussed in future meetings. We probably won’t tackle them all at once. Please give each of these suggestions some thought as to whether we as a guild want to implement them and how you personally might be involved.

Thank you.

Laura Nolletti, President

Minutes of August Meeting


Tree City Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes, 8/9/10

The August meeting of the tree city Quilter’s Guild was opened by president Laura Nolletti with a moment of silence for Lynn Drumm. The TCQ will send a $50 donation to the Lynn Drumm Memorial Music Scholarship fund.

Mabel Stocker asked for volunteers to demonstrate at the Wayne County Fair. The days that are available for demonstrations are: Tuesday from 3 – 4:30 and Thursday from 2 – 3:30. She is requesting three 30 minute demonstrations. Members who are interested were to talk to Mabel after the meeting.

Lots of members had beautiful show and tell items, as usual!

Vicki Hartzler added a reminder that the deadline for registering articles to be displayed and judged at the fair is this Saturday, August 14, 2010/

President Noletti thanked Barb Nemeth and Naomi Lance for the refreshments.

Peg Bingham entertained us with a very good slide presentation bout technology and the contemporary quilter.

Laura announced that there will be a special show and tell for the September meeting where we are to bring our very first quilt project to share with everyone.

There will be a block of the month project that will begin in October and go for several months. Pat Hall passed out folders with patterns for this. This quilt will be 90 x 102 when complete.

Sally Kitchen had several announcements about the quilt show pertaining to raffle tickets, the boutique, refreshments for the workers during the show, dropping off quilts, picking up quilts, the judging, pin cushion display, signs, President’s cookbook and the display at the Wayne County Library.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeri Fickes for Jane Richardson.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

TCQ August 2010 Show



Tree City Quilt Show 2010 was held on August 13 and 14 under the direction of Sally Kitchen, Chair. There were over 180 entries by guild members. These included bed quilts, wall hangings, baby quilts, clothing, home dec, carry-alls, art quilts, miniatures and Christmas items. Click on the picture above to see 180 pictures of the show.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Newsletter

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: August 9, 7:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road

AUGUST MEETING: “Using Technology to Design our Quilts”
Peg Bingham, a noted quilt teacher and designer of northeast Ohio, will present the program Using Technology to Design our Quilts. Peg will show us how Electric Quilt works using the latest fabrics or your stash to design and plan your own quilt. Even if you do not care to use this technology, Peg will have much to share about quilt design, fabric color and values, etc. that will enhance your work. She will show us some start to finish projects and has great ideas that will spark your creativity. This will be an exciting, informative program. Be sure to invite quests to this meeting!

KOODOS!!!
Our very own Sarah Bistline, NEORQC President and quilting “goddess”, entered a quilt - Dragon Fly Dance – into the NQA show this year and received an award!! Congratulations, Sarah!! We’re proud of you.

ITEM FOR DISCUSSION: Hosting a 2011 NEORQC Meeting
As everyone knows (or should be aware..) TCQ is a member of the North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council. Meetings are open to anyone in the guild. Meetings are held quarterly with the location changing each time. Various guilds volunteer to host the meetings …….would you, as a guild, be interested? We would be considering either the March or June meeting in the year 2011. The guild receives $250.00 to assist with the cost. We would be responsible to locate a venue, host a light breakfast, declare some sort of lunch plan be it brown bag, pot luck, or catered and receive around 100 guests to our meeting. The guild will be asked to vote on this subject…so give the idea some thought.

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/
Check it out! This year’s mystery quilt can be found on the website along with the 2010 categories for the quilt show. If there are any suggestions regarding what to post, please see Laura and Mary Lou.

STASH TIP of the MONTH
That fabric you bought because it just takes your breathe away every time you see it? Instead of hiding it in your cupboard, shelves, or bin turn it into decorative pillow covers for your bedroom. That way, you can use large pieces and see it every time you walk into your bedroom.

TCQ 2010 QUILT SHOW:
Wednesday, August 11: 4:30 to 7:30 - bring your quilts to Ida Sue. If you can't bring them during that time frame, have a friend bring it for you; or you can bring them to our August meeting, or to Sally Kitchen's home or Jane Richardson's home, as long as you call them first.
(We will be setting up the poles in the gym at Ida Sue that night.)
Thursday, August 12: judging and hanging of the quilts begins at 8:30a.m. with the day ending at 6:00p.m. (Please remember the shifts that you signed up to work and please be on time.)
Friday, August 13: show opens at 10:00 with the first shift starting at 9:15. The day ends at 7:00p.m.
Saturday, August 14: show opens at 10:00 with the first shift starting at 9:30. The show ends at 4:00 and we will strike or break down the show from 4:00 to finish. Quilts may be picked up from about 4:30 to 5:30 from the person in charge of check out. You must show your tickets to get your quilts and you will receive your judging form at that time.

Help is needed to hang the show, assist with judging, and work during the show hours. Admission is $3.00 for EVERYONE, including guild members UNLESS you are working at the show.

Donations have been requested in the form of breakfast and lunch items to feed the volunteers during judging and the days of the show. Please contact Bev Karaiskos if you can help. 330-264-2503 or bibiquilt@yahoo.com

***Quilt entry forms are due at our August meeting! Sally needs to let the judge know how many quilts she will be seeing.

Quilt Raffle money was due at the picnic. Please get your money and extra tickets to Mabel Stocker so she knows how many tickets she has to work with during the show.

WAYNE COUNTY FAIR
The Wayne County Fair is fast approaching! Tree City (in the guise of Mabel Stocker) has asked for 2 demonstration times during the week. Each time slot will be one and one half hour long (1 ½). Mabel would like 3, 30 minute demonstrations for each of the time slots. PLEASE consider giving a demonstration at the Fair…it is fun and does not have to be anything complicated. Let Mabel know if you have an idea or know that you would like to volunteer. This is such a great opportunity to promote the guild and the art of quilting.

WEBSITE
Sarah Bistline sent this address for everyone to check out. Very interesting!
http://www.longarmohio.com/index.html

KITCHEN KORNER
ZUCCHINI RISOTTO
7 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups Arborio rice, uncooked
1-2 medium zucchinis, julienne with veg. peeler or chopped small
1 red or orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
¼ cup crumb cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves, or to taste
Bring vegetable or chicken stock to a boil in a medium stock pot, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Melt butter in a large, heavy bottomed stock pot over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook for 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted. Gradually ladle in simmering vegetable stock, stirring continuously. Risotto will become "creamy" and slightly sticky, yet still firm in the center, or al dente. When almost finished, stir in the zucchini and red peppers, adding stock as needed and stirring continuously. Stir in basil and cheese just before serving.

EASY PEACH CUSTARD PIE
6 peach halves (sliced if that is what you prefer!)
1 9 inch pie shell
¾ cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup flour
1 t vanilla
Peel and slice peaches into the pie shell. Cream butter and add sugar. Add egg and beat well. Mix in flour and vanilla. Mixture will resemble a thick paste. Pour over peaches and bake. 325 for 1 hour.

TIP OF THE MONTH
If you tend to get off to a rough start (your machine tangles and bunches threads) stitch first on a scrap that leads directly into your project. Without much fabric for your machine’s feed dogs to grab onto, the first few stitches can be swallowed into the machine’s throat plate. Work out the kinks before you start piecing blocks by first sewing across a fabric scrap. Begin in the center of the scrap then chain-piece by feeding subsequent pieces under the machine needle without lifting the presser foot. Trim off the starter scrap when you’re done. Repeat the process each time you begin and end a line of stitching.

SHOP HOP
QWM: Quilting with Machines: September 22 – 25; www.quiltingwithmachines.com
2010 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop: November 3 – 6

QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010
President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com

Minutes July Meeting



Minutes, July 2010

The Tree City quilter's Guild met for a picnic at the Church of God on Akron Road on July 12, 2010. The members brought a dish to pass - and they were all delicious – even though I did not personally taste them all. There was 1 guest - Jim Rawdon - and if I am correct he will be joining our guild.

There were several games played, show and tell, and the paint chip awards. There was a very short business meeting and a review of things to do for the quilt show by Nancy Danby in Sally's absence.
The evening was then over, all went home and will meet
again on August 9, 2010

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Richardson, Secretary

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Message from our President



For your consideration-
It has been suggested that we plan a quilt retreat on the opposite years of our quilt shows. This could be the type of retreat where you go somewhere and stay (overnight) or just “commute.” One or two teachers could be brought in to do presentations and/or workshops. A committee could be appointed to explore whether we have enough interest to pursue planning this type of event and proceed from there. Of course, we could invite others to join us. The guild has funds that we could use to partially fund an event like this.

Another suggestion has been made and that is that we use the funds from our raffle quilt sales to further the purpose of our 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.” In the recent past and this year, the guild has voted to donate much of the raffle sales funds to causes such as Ida Sue School (where we hold our quilt show), Viola Startzman Clinic, food banks, etc. Please give this some thought for the next time we have a raffle quilt or other funds available for our use.

While you are thinking about that, a third idea has come up- shall we make and sell a raffle quilt every year? We do not necessarily have to have a show- just a date- to draw the winner. One way would be to have a committee to make the quilt and another to “sell” it- with the help of the entire guild, of course. The committee could involve more guild members by making blocks if desired.

These ideas will be discussed in future meetings. We probably won’t tackle them all at once. Please give each of these suggestions some thought as to whether we as a guild want to implement them and how you personally might be involved.

Thank you.
Laura Nolletti, President

July Newsletter

Meeting: July 12, 2010 6:00 PM
First Church of God
1953 Akron Road
APOLOGIES!
Sorry I’m soooo late! Just a very hectic month and I just plain forgot!

JULY MEETING: Picnic!
Everyone is to bring your own place setting. The committee will supply beverages and cups. We have lots of games planned…
• bring a fat quarter and your best throwing arm
• your paint chip challenge project AND the paint chips. Put the chips in an envelope and write the name of the person it goes to on the outside.
• 25 buttons or something to mark the bingo game board
• FOOD! to share…what ever makes your mouth water.

ITEM FOR DISCUSSION: NEORQC
As everyone knows (or should be aware..) TCQ is a member of the North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council. Meetings are open to anyone in the quild. Meetings are held quarterly with the location changing each time. Various guilds volunteer to host the meetings …….would you, as a guild, be interested? We would be considering either the March or June meeting in the year 2011. The guild receives $250.00 to assist with the cost. We would be responsible to locate a venue, host a light breakfast, declare some sort of lunch plan be it brown bag, pot luck, or catered and receive around 100 guests to

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/
Check it out! This year’s mystery quilt can be found on the website along with the 2010 categories for the quilt show. If there are any suggestions regarding what to post, please see Laura and Mary Lou.

STASH TIP of the MONTH
If you have so much fabric to use, you will miss out when there are new fabric patterns to try. To use your stash, don’t plan one fabric as your “starter.” Grab randomly from your stash and use 2 – 3 each time.

TCQ 2010 QUILT SHOW: “Rainbow of Quilts”
Ida Sue School
Friday, August 13: 10am – 7pm
Saturday, August 14: 10am – 4pm
$3.00 admission fee
Your quilt entry forms are due at the July meeting.

RAFFLE TICKETS
Please bring your sold raffle ticket money or your left over raffle tickets to the July picnic meeting.

WAYNE COUNTY FAIR
The Wayne County Fair is fast approaching! Tree City (in the guise of Mabel Stocker) has asked for 2 demonstration times during the week. Each time slot will be one and one half hour long (1 ½). Mabel would like 3, 30 minute demonstrations for each of the time slots. PLEASE consider giving a demonstration at the Fair…it is fun and does not have to be anything complicated. Let Mabel know if you have an idea or know that you would like to volunteer. This is such a great opportunity to promote the guild and the art of quilting.

WEBSITE
Sarah Bistline sent this address for everyone to check out. Very interesting!
http://www.longarmohio.com/index.html

KITCHEN KORNER
TOMATO-CHICKPEA SALAD
2-4 large (beefsteak are best!) tomatoes quartered, then halved
1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
Chopped basil
olive oil
1/4 c. crumbled Feta cheese
Mix tomatoes, chickpeas and basil. Drizzle with olive oil. Mix in feta cheese. Also good with artichokes and/or spinach.

SHOP HOP
QWM: Quilting with Machines: September 22 – 25; www.quiltingwithmachines.com
2010 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop: November 3 – 6

QUILTING/CRAFTING GARAGE SALE
Presented by the Western Reserve Quilters
Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Elmwood recreation Center in Independence Ohio
FREE Admission; Bake Sale and Refreshments.
Tables are available for $15 (Quilting and Crafting items only)
Contact Lucille Seskes; 330-666-2098
For more information, contact Monica Massinyi; 330-467-4948, Ruth Albright; 330-923-8686 or Joyce Wiley; 440-526-9447

QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010
President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com

Minutes of June Meeting



Minutes of June 14,2010

President Laura Nolletti welcomed everyone to tonight's meeting. She thanked the refreshment committee of Jeri Fickes, Jolene Rehn; and Betty Boreman.

Announcement was made that Lynn Drumm is now home; so please send all cards to her at her home address/

Mary Lou Nuzum gave us her story about going to a Ricky Tims Seminar April 29, 30 and May 1. All 3 days were lectures and she highly recommended the seminar.

The July Picnic is 6 p.m. at the Church of God on Akron Rd or Route 585. Bring a fat quarter, paint chip game, a dish to pass and taqble service.

The Stash Attack projects were shown. The Christmas Committee needs 1 or 2 more ladies - Janet McFarland and Vicky Hartzler volunteered.

The August Show - Sally handed out sheets for show work days and papers to put on each quilt. The master show list from each girl should be turned in at the July meeting. Dorothy Pearson subbed for Mabel with show tickets.

Laura asked the nominating committee of Jane Richardson and Donna Williams to get busy - Need V.P., treas, 2 members at large.

Sarah Bistline reported on NEROCQ.

Nancy Danby presented the evenings program on Fabric Origami. Many members brought in fabric to try this out.

The block swap was completed with the following getting a mixture of the blocks brought in- Effie and Betty H; Betty Boreman, Jane Richardson and 2 others- can't remember who.......(memory is slipping)

Evening ended with Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Richardson, Secretary

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June Newsletter



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: June 14, 2010 7:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road

JUNE MEETING: Fabric Origami
Our June meeting will be Hands-On! You will need to bring a few supplies.
• Two contrasting squares of fabric 12 X 12, bonded together
• Small iron (steam is good), pad, extension cord (or bone folder)
• Pressing cloth, baking parchment or anything that will prevent scorching the fabric square
• Straight pins
• Needle and thread
Join with the rest of your quilting friends as Nancy Danby leads you into a new dimension.

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/
Check it out! This year’s mystery quilt can be found on the website along with the 2010 categories for the quilt show. If there are any suggestions regarding what to post, please see Laura and Mary Lou.

STASH TIP of the MONTH
That absolutely gorgeous fabric that you purchased and have never used? Try working it in as a contributing fabric instead of as a focus. Use it for some quick window treatments…that way you can see it everyday and may not have to cut it up!

NEW YEAR’S BABY QUILTS
Just a reminder for those of you who signed up to make the baby quilts this year- please pass on the project as you complete your part.

Girl: Piecing- Mary Green
Quilting – Lola Franks
Binding- Bev Haven

Boy: Piecing- Betty Hofstetter
Quilting- Sarah Bistline
Binding- Rose Marie Baab
Labels (for both) Mary Lou Nuzum
Cards/Wrapping/Delivery- Mabel Stocker

Thank you to all who are participating. It would be great if they are done in time for the Christmas party so everyone can see them.

JULY PICNIC
The July meeting will be our annual picnic. The Committee is planning lots of fun for you, beginning with the “paint chip” challenge. Hope you are working on your project!

For the picnic, you will need to bring: your own place-setting, 1 fat quarter, a dish to share, and a willingness to have fun! We will supply beverages, games, prizes, tablecloths, party favors, smiles, and FUN!

TCQ 2010 QUILT SHOW: “Rainbow of Quilts”
Ida Sue School
Friday, August 13: 10am – 7pm
Saturday, August 14: 10am – 4pm
$3.00 admission fee

Categories for Quilt Show Ribbons:
Kit Quilts 1st & 2nd place
Wearables 1st & 2nd place
Miscellaneous: Carry – Alls (purses, totes, bowls, bags) 1st & 2nd place
Home Dec. (pillows, placemats, table runners) 1st & 2nd place
Christmas – (wall hangings, stockings, tree skirts) 1st & 2nd place
Pictorial/Art Quilts: (innovative, combined techniques) 1st & 2nd place
Bed Quilts: 1st & 2nd place pieced, 1st & 2nd appliquéd/mixed
1st hand quilting
1st machine quilting
1st long arm quilting
Wall Quilts: 1st & 2nd place pieced, 1st & 2nd place appliquéd/mixed
1st hand quilted
1st machine quilted
1st long arm quilted
Crib/juvenile Quilts: 1st & 2nd place pieced, 1st & 2nd place appliquéd/mixed
Miniature: 1st & 2nd place pieced/appliquéd/mixed

Special Ribbons:
Guild Challenge – 1st & 2nd place
Best of Show - 1
Viewers’ Choice – 2
Honor Awards: Ida Sue Administrator’s choice – 1 (choose from large & wall quilts_
Mayor’s Choice – 1 (choose from crib & miniature quilts)
Other – (choose from wearables & misc. items)
EXHIBIT ONLY – Does not go through the judging process, but will compete for the “Viewers’ Choice” and “Honor Awards”.

TRIPS
Friday, June 18: NQA Quilt Show – Greater Columbus Convention Center

WEBSITE
Sarah Bistline sent this address for everyone to check out. Very interesting!
http://www.longarmohio.com/index.html

KITCHEN KORNER
Broccoli & Cauliflower Toss
Use amounts suited to your needs:
In large, deep skillet heat olive oil and sauté broccoli and cauliflower florettes, minced garlic and chopped onion. When veggies are tender and onions begin to brown, pour into serving bowl and toss with black olives, red pepper and feta cheese. Serve immediately

BAKED HALIBUT
2-4 fresh or thawed halibut steaks
1-2 onions, sliced very thin
2-3 tomatoes, sliced very thin
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
juice/zest of 1 large lemon
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese.
In greased baking dish, place halibut steaks. Cover with thinly sliced onions, tomatoes, and chopped parsley. Sprinkle with lemon zest and lemon juice, then top with shredded parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 30 min.

LOW-CAL BERRY FOOL
Large container of plain Greek yogurt with honey
2T vanilla
cinnamon
fresh mint
Fresh berries of your choice
Whipped cream, or whipped topping
Stir vanilla into container of yogurt, and mix to incorporate with the honey. In parfait glasses layer berries with yogurt until glasses are full. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with sprig of fresh mint. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

TIP OF THE MONTH
For borders that won’t stretch out of shape, cut border strips on the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvages). If you must piece strips to get the required length, sew them together using straight seams as diagonal seams add stretch. Debbie Roberts; owner, The Quilted Moose, Nebraska

SHOP HOP
NQA Show; Columbus Ohio: June 17-19; http//www.nqaquilts.org
QWM: Quilting with Machines: September 22 – 25; www.quiltingwithmachines.com
2010 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop: November 3 – 6

QUILTING/CRAFTING GARAGE SALE
Presented by the Western Reserve Quilters
Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Elmwood recreation Center in Independence Ohio
FREE Admission; Bake Sale and Refreshments.
Tables are available for $15 (Quilting and Crafting items only)
Contact Lucille Seskes; 330-666-2098
For more information, contact Monica Massinyi; 330-467-4948 , Ruth Albright; 330-923-8686 or Joyce Wiley; 440-526-9447

QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010
President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com

A Message from our President



For your consideration-
It has been suggested that we plan a quilt retreat on the opposite years of our quilt shows. This could be the type of retreat where you go somewhere and stay (overnight) or just “commute.” One or two teachers could be brought in to do presentations and/or workshops. A committee could be appointed to explore whether we have enough interest to pursue planning this type of event and proceed from there. Of course, we could invite others to join us. The guild has funds that we could use to partially fund an event like this.
Another suggestion has been made and that is that we use the funds from our raffle quilt sales to further the purpose of our 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.” In the recent past and this year, the guild has voted to donate much of the raffle sales funds to causes such as Ida Sue School (where we hold our quilt show), Viola Startzman Clinic, food banks, etc. Please give this some thought for the next time we have a raffle quilt or other funds available for our use.
While you are thinking about that, a third idea has come up- shall we make and sell a raffle quilt every year? We do not necessarily have to have a show- just a date- to draw the winner. One way would be to have a committee to make the quilt and another to “sell” it- with the help of the entire guild, of course. The committee could involve more guild members by making blocks if desired.
These ideas will be discussed in future meetings. We probably won’t tackle them all at once. Please give each of these suggestions some thought as to whether we as a guild want to implement them and how you personally might be involved.

Thank you.
Laura Nolletti, President

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May Newsletter

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: May 10, 2010 7:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road

MAY MEETING: “What’s New?”

Linda Myers from Helping Hands Quilt Shop will be presenting the latest and greatest in quilting. She will also have items for sale. Come see what new and exciting stuff is out there to make our hobby quicker/easier/better/….anything you can think of!! Check out their website: orders@helpinghandsquilts.com

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/

Check it out! This year’s mystery quilt can be found on the website. If there are any suggestions regarding what to post, please see Laura and Mary Lou.

STASH TIP of the MONTH

How do you know how much fabric to purchase if it is only to be stashed away for the project you might do, someday? Chances are you will not have enough if it is to be the focus and a border. Or, you will have to sew smaller quilts to use some of the wonderful focus fabrics. Of course you can tell I am advocating NOT having a huge stash. How about concentrating on stashing the fabrics that will combine with a wonderful focus fabric. These types are the ones you go to for making pillows, purses, and that quick gift for someone.

JULY PICNIC

The July meeting will be our annual picnic. The Committee is planning lots of fun for you, beginning with the “paint chip” challenge. If you did not sign up for this and are interested, you MUST contact Pat Hall by the May meeting. May is your last chance!

For the picnic, you will need to bring: your own place-setting, 1 fat quarter, a dish to share, and a willingness to have fun! We will supply beverages, games, prizes, tablecloths, party favors, smiles, and FUN!

Quilt Designer: Amy Butler

If you have been in a quilt shop in the past couple of years, you have noticed the line of fabrics and patterns by Amy Bulter. Did you know she is an Ohio girl? In fact, her aunt is a Wayne County lady!! Check out her site, fabrics, and patterns. They are great!

TCQ 2010 QUILT SHOW: “Rainbow of Quilts”

Ida Sue School
Friday, August 13: 10am – 7pm
Saturday, August 14: 10am – 4pm
$3.00 admission fee

Sally Kitchen is our chair woman this year. Please give her your support and assistance. Do you have your raffle tickets and photo of the quilt yet? Contact Mabel Stocker. The entry categories is at the very end of the newsletter.

TRIPS

Friday, June 18: NQA Quilt Show – Greater Columbus Convention Center

WORKSHOPS

1 MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE

American Patchwork & Quilting has published a challenge to all quilters. ConKerr Cancer is a nonprofit organization that aims to make children’s hospital stays more pleasant. It’s pillowcase project, A Case for Smiles, was begun in 2006 and volunteers have made more than 140,000 pillowcases for children in hospitals and pediatric hospices in North America and South Africa. YOU can be a part of this challenge! Visit their homepage: http//www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases.

KITCHEN KORNER

ORANGE CHICKEN WITH RICE
1 T olive oil
2 T minced garlic
1 onion, chopped
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 ¼ cups orange juice
8oz broccoli florets, chopped
1 med. zucchini, chopped
1 small can Mandarin oranges, drained
6 cups cooked brown rice
Heat oil in large skillet and sauté garlic, onion and chicken for 5 min, or until lightly browned. Stir in orange juice and simmer for 20 minutes. Add broccoli and zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes. Gently stir in the oranges and rice and heat through (about 5 more minutes).
CAULIFLOWER SALAD
2 heads cauliflower
4oz Dijon mustard
1 ¼ cups mayonnaise
salt, freshly ground pepper
¼ cup sour cream
1 T dillweed
Break cauliflower into small florets and cook in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Immediately blanch in cold water. Drain. Combine all other ingredients and whisk until creamy. Pour over cauliflower and gently toss until cauliflower is coated. Chill and garnish with parsley.

TIP OF THE MONTH

The moisture from steam may cause fabric to stretch when you’re working with it. And stretched seams can be annoying if a project requites precise piecing. (Amy Butler)

SHOP HOP

“A Baker’s Dozen” Sweet Treats Shop Hop: April 24 – May 8

NQA Show; Columbus Ohio: June 17-19; http//www.nqaquilts.org

QWM: Quilting with Machines: September 22 – 25; www.quiltingwithmachines.com

2010 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop: November 3 – 6

QUILT SERVICES

Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010

President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com

Minutes of April Guild Meeting


Minutes of the April 12th meeting

The meeting was chaired by Mabel Stocker, vice president.

She thanked the refreshment committee of Dorothy, Mary Green, Janice Miller and Mabel. There were 3 guests present:Toni Phillips, Angie Burkhardt, and Dot Anderson.

Janice Miller reported a sympathy card had been sent to Dorothy Pearson.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved as printed.

No treasurer's report.

No old business.

New business: We sold 400+ raffle tickets at the Amish County Quilt show. Regarding our quilt show in Aug. Sally reported on the shows progress and talked about the list of categories. Nancy Danby sent around the latest sing-up sheets.

The May meeting will be Helping Hands showing and talking about "What's New".

Volunteers for the baby quilts for 2011 can be offered on a sign-up sheet.

Regarding the July picnic - there will be a game of making something for someone matching color chips of their initials.

Stash attack projects were shown.

Mary Lou Nuzum presented the program for tonight -

"Thread Embellishing- Whole Cloth Thread Art".

Next was show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,

Jane Richardson, Sec.

Categories for Quilt Show Announced


Categories for Quilt Show Ribbons:

Kit Quilts: 1st & 2nd place
Wearables: 1st & 2nd place
Miscellaneous: Carry – Alls (purses, totes, bowls, bags): 1st & 2nd place
Home Dec. (pillows, placemats, table runners): 1st & 2nd place
Christmas – (wall hangings, stockings, tree skirts) 1st & 2nd place
Pictorial/Art Quilts: (innovative, combined techniques) 1st & 2nd place
Bed Quilts: 1st & 2nd place pieced, 1st & 2nd appliquéd/mixed
1st hand quilting
1st machine quilting
1st long arm quilting
Wall Quilts: 1st & 2nd place pieced, 1st & 2nd place appliquéd/mixed
1st hand quilted
1st machine quilted
1st long arm quilted
Crib/juvenile Quilts: 1st & 2nd place pieced, 1st & 2nd place appliquéd/mixed
Miniature: 1st & 2nd place pieced/appliquéd/mixed
Special Ribbons:
Guild Challenge – 1st & 2nd place
Best of Show - 1
Viewers’ Choice – 2
Honor Awards: Ida Sue Administrator’s choice – 1 (choose from large & wall quilts_
Mayor’s Choice – 1 (choose from crib & miniature quilts)
Other – (choose from wearables & misc. items)
EXHIBIT ONLY – Does not go through the judging process, but will compete for the “Viewers’ Choice” and “Honor Awards”.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mystery Quilt 2010 Continues, Step 5

 

Mystery Quilt 2010 Continues, Step 5

Take the background triangles and the accent triangles and sew them together to make 68 half square triangles. You will have 4 triangles left of the accent fabric. These will not be used in the quilt.
Press the seam allowances toward the accent fabric.
Trim your dog ears!
Oh yeah, least forget, set aside 4 of the sewn triangle blocks for corner stones.
Whew, that is a lot of sewing but take your time and do a good job.

See you next month!

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Bold and Beautiful" Art Quilts


Mary Lou Nuzum presented the program at the April Tree City Quilt Guild meeting. She taught "Thread Embellishing, Whole Cloth Thread Art." Many techniques she used were based on the book Bold and Beautiful: Quilts from Just One Fabric by Judi Dains. Photos of the process of making the quilts can be found by clicking this link:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mlnuzum/BoldAndBeautifulArtQuiltsApril2010#

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April Newsletter

Tree City Quilters
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: April 12, 2010 7:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road

APRIL MEETING: Thread Embellishing, Whole Cloth Thread Art


Mary Lou Nuzum will be presenting our program this month. Her programs are always very well organized, full of information and inspiring! Come join the fun!

TCQ WEBSITE! http://treecityquiltguild.blogspot.com/
Check it out! This year’s mystery quilt can be found on the website. If there are any suggestions regarding what to post, please see Laura and Mary Lou.

STASH TIP of the MONTH
Go shopping and look around the store carefully at all the beautiful fabrics and new patterns. Then, think about all that you have wasting away in your stash…..if you are like me, you want to sew with some of the beautiful patterns and fabrics that are in the stores NOW. That is incentive enough for me not to be a stash quilter but to give myself the gift of shopping and using the best and brightest each time I want to sew.

AMISH COUNTRY QUILT SHOW
Mark your calendars for April 8, 9, & 10. The show is being held at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton. We will have a space at the show to display our raffle quilt and sell tickets and also promote our guild. One person is still needed for the 10- 1:30 shift on Friday and one person for the 1:30 – 5 shift. If you are interested in helping, please contact Laura Nolletti.

TOOL TIME
Have you seen or heard about a product called “Texture Magic”? It is manufactured by Superior Threads and I purchased a package at Polka Dot Pincushion, a store on rt 303 and 21. The stuff looks and feels like tricot (what slips are made from) but is just a bit stiffer.

To use this product, you cut a piece the same size as your fabric, sew the two together using a grid system of your choice. Once it is sewn, place the fabric side down on your ironing board and steam the Texture Magic…never allowing the iron to touch it. Wow! The stuff shrinks before your eyes and scrunches up the fabric. It is amazing! I used it to make a purse and it is so darling! Not sure if JoAnn’s carries it, but keep looking for it. It makes a great accent to small projects. A piece 47” X 18” was $12.00 so a bit expensive to use in a large project.

TCQ 2010 QUILT SHOW: “Rainbow of Quilts”
Ida Sue School
Friday, August 13: 10am – 7pm
Saturday, August 14: 10am – 4pm
$3.00 admission fee
Sally Kitchen is our chair woman this year. Please give her your support and assistance. Do you have your raffle tickets and photo of the quilt yet? Contact Mabel Stocker
TRIPS
Friday, April 9: Amish Country Quilt Show – Dalton/Buckeye Event Center

Friday, June 18: NQA Quilt Show – Columbus Hall C, Greater Columbus Convention Center

WORKSHOPS
Cotton Theory with Lou Ella Imhoff: Friday, April 23, 9:30 – 3:00 pm. Lou Ella will have instructions ready at the April meeting.

1 MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE
American Patchwork & Quilting has published a challenge to all quilters. ConKerr Cancer is a nonprofit organization that aims to make children’s hospital stays more pleasant. It’s pillowcase project, A Case for Smiles, was begun in 2006 and volunteers have made more than 140,000 pillowcases for children in hospitals and pediatric hospices in North America and South Africa. YOU can be a part of this challenge! Visit their homepage: allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases.

KITCHEN KORNER

PARMESAN ASPARAGUS ORZO
In saucepan combine 1 can chicken broth, 1 c. uncooked Orzo pasta, and 1/3 cup water. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 7 min. Stir in 1 lb. fresh asparagus chopped in 1” pieces.


Cook 5-8 more minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese and serve.


ORANGE ASPARAGUS CHICKEN
1 T olive oil
2 T minced garlic
1 onion, chopped
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 ¼ cups orange juice
12oz jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 lb asparagus, chopped into 1” pieces
1 smalll can Mandarin oranges , drained
6 cups cooked brown rice


Heat oil in large skillet and sauté garlic, onion, asparagus and chicken for 5 min, or until lightly browned. Stir in orange juice and simmer for 10 minutes. Add artichoke hearts and cook for 2-3 minutes. Gently stir in the oranges and rice and heat through (about 5 more minutes).


STRAWBERRY SLAW (an old favorite!!)
3 cups bagged slaw mix
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 green onions, minced
1/3 cup poppyseed dressing


Toss together gently. Chill until ready to serve.

TIP OF THE MONTH
To perfectly match seam intersections, try using fork pins. These super-sharp pins have two “legs” which can be put on either side of the seam line.

If you sew exactly on the ¼ inch line, some of the fabric is used in the fold of the seam and the block will shrink, especially if there are many seams. So let “scant” be your friend.

SHOP HOP
A Baker’s Dozen Sweet Treats Shop Hop: April 24 – May 8. 13 shops/13 days/13 quilt blocks/13 recipes!! Visit www.quiltersfling.com for a listing of the shops involved.

QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, 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 quilt top. Batting available. Do you want to quilt your own quilt top? Ask me about renting time on the Gamill premier.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2010
President: Laura Noletti
Vice President: Mabel Stocker
Secretary: Jane Richardson
Treasurer: Bonnie Krueger
Members at Large: Jolene Rehm and Danette Ferriman
Newsletter: Barbara Byler: Baquilter33@aol.com







Minutes of March Guild Meeting


Minutes of March 8, 2010


Laura Nolletti, President, opened the meeting with a welcome to everyone and thanks to the refreshment committee - Nancy, Cassie and Peggy.

Janet McFarlin showed 2 quilts made with homespun fabrics that were donated by another member. These will be sent to the Linus group.

Jeri Fickes, Sunshine, report Helen Iannelli is at Glendora. Lola Franks thanked everyone for all the cards, emails and the quilt that was made for her. She is coming along great.

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as presented.

Bonnie, Treasurer, reported a balance of $3,286.71.


Old Business and New Business - None

Laura reminded the guild ladies of the block swop in June.

The 3rd and 4th mystery quilt instructions were handed out.

Nancy D. sent around the sign up sheets for trips and workshops.


Amish County Quilt Show - TCQG will have a booth to promote our show and sell raffle tickets.

The May meeting will be Helping Hands - What's New in fabric and gadgets.

The guild was asked to think about making the 1st girl and boy quilts for 2011.

Sally reported on the Quilt Show. Linda Miller will judge our quilts on 8/12. Mabel handed out raffle tickets.

Next meeting will be Mary Lou Nuzum on "thread embellishments"

Stash attack items were shown, then Show and Tell.

The Program was Lou Ella Imhoff on "Cathedral Windows" The guild girls had the opportunity to make some by hand. Mabel showed how to make the same on the machine.

Jane Richardson, Secretary

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Quilt Judging Standards


In preparation for our upcoming quilt show in August, some members had questions about what judges are looking for when they judge quilts. Sarah Bistline provided the following information:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sarah Bistline Wins First Place



Sarah Bistline won a first place ribbon at Lake Farmpark Quilt Show! Congratulations, Sarah! The show is absolutely beautiful…..the best of show quilt is spectacular….took 9 years to complete and is an original design.

Sarah is a long time member of the Tree City Quilt Guild and owns a long arm quitling business called Quilting by the Mill, 10368 Old Mill RD, Spencer, Ohio 44275, 330-667-2257 or 330-606-6609, www.quiltingbythemill.com. She has quilted many quilts for guild members and is now renting out time on her Gamill premier long arm quilting machine. Sarah is currently the president of NEORQC, North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council, a postion she has held previously.

Congratulations, Sarah, on this first place quilt.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mystery Quilt 2010 Step 3 and Step 4


STEP 3


Arrange your nine patch blocks into rows 3 by 4. Next make yourself some snowballs like this: Using your 6 1/2 inch background squares sew a 2 1/2 inch accent fabric square to each corner. Use 2 squares of one fabric on one side (left side, top and bottom) and 2 squares of a second fabric on the other (right side, top and bottom). Make 17 whole snowball blocks.
Make 14 half snowball blocks. Sew two of the same 2 1/2 inch accent fabric squares to the
rectangles.


Okay that is it until next month. You are looking great and doing fine!!!


Step 4


Sew the center of the quilt together by making horizontal rows.
Press all of the seam allowances away from the Snowball and Half Snowball blocks.
Sew the rows together. Press the seam allowance away from the nine patch rows.
A diagram is available by email. Contact nuzum@sssnet.com for the diagram.


See you next month for your next step.