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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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!

2 - 3oz pkgs raspberry Jello
2 cups boiling water
1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 cups chunky applesauce
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.

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!


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.


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. 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

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:

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