Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Newsletter and February Minutes

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: March 12, 7:00 PM
Parkview Christian Church

1912 Burbank Road

MARCH MEETING: Quilt Show Preparations

MARCH REFRESHMENTS: Brought to you by…..

Dorothy Pearson, Gwen Hoover, and Jolene Rehm

REMINDER: August 50/50 auction

Proceeds form the sale of auction items will be split between the owner and the guild. That is where the 50/50 name comes form….everyone is a winner! If you would like to be on the suction committee, please contact Cassie. Baskets of sewing/quilt goodies make great auction items! See if you can pull together several items to make up a themed basket.


Some of our members are experiencing allergic reactions to heavy scents during our meetings. Please consider reducing or not using a scent due to other’s sensitivity.

If you happen to see a meeting notice regarding TCQuilters in the paper, could you please clip it out and bring it in to Janet? She would appreciate your help very much!



Next workshop will be the One Block Wonder with Jeri Fickes on Saturday, April 14.

Trip: the Sewing and Quilt Expo Friday March 30. sign up at the March meeting. We will carpool.


From Cassie: In a large heavy duty plastic zip lock bag mix one package ANGEL FOOD CAKE mix and one package ANY OTHER REGULAR CAKE MIX (not angel food). Squish it together with your hands. Take out 3 tablespoons of mix, place in small glass bowl (1 cup at least). Add 2 tablespoons water and mix with a whisk. Do not grease bowl. Put into microwave for ONE minute. Remove using pot holder and invert over serving plate. Let cool before eating. (we didn't and got burned). Can be served with fruit, whip cream or is fine just plain. I used a milk chocolate regular cake mix and the smell drove the kids wild. The recipe is known as 3, 2, 1 wonder. It is just right when you want just a little something sweet.

Corn & Bean tortilla Casserole

1 pkg. 12 corn tortillas

1 c shredded cheddar cheese

1 onion rough chopped

12 oz pkg frozen corn

1 cup matchstick carrots

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

8 oz fat free ricotta cheese

4 oz fat free yogurt

2 cans green enchilada sauce

In 9X13 pan, pour enough enchilada sauce to coat the bottom. Quarter 4 of the corn tortillas and lay them out over the bottom of the pan, on top of the sauce. In separate bowl, mix together corn, beans, onions and carrots. Spread half of this veggie mixture over the tortillas. Sprinkle this with 1/3 cup of shredded cheese. Mix ricotta and yogurt together and spread half over the casserole. Repeat with more quartered tortillas, the rest of the can of enchilada sauce, the rest of the veggies, 1/3 cup shredded cheese and then the rest of the ricotta mixture. Top with remaining 4 tortillas quartered and remaining shredded cheese. Pour half the second can of enchilada sauce (or salsa of your choice) over all. Cover with foil sprayed with Pam and bake at 400* for this, you can sauté burger or shredded chicken and mix with taco seasoning, then layer it on top of each of the first 2 layers of tortillas.


2 1/2 C cooked brown rice
3 green onions, chopped
1 C lowfat cottage cheese
1 tsp dillweed
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/2 C Lowfat Milk
Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Pour into a lightly greased casserole. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.


A magnet kept near your sewing machine helps with locating dropped pins before your feet find them!


Sarah Bistline has graciously consented to order the books and rulers needed for this class. Jeri will have a sign up list ready at the meeting. Anyone interested in purchasing these supplies should be on the list and paid by April 1.


To be clipped out and added to your 2012 Membership booklet:

Under Article XI:

Section B. These bylaws were patterned after the resource Robert’s Rules of Order, and this book shall serve as the official reference guide when dealing with the workings of this organization. Any proposed amendment to the Bylaws must be in line with the guidelines contained in the most current edition. Also, any confusion and/or disagreements that may arise during the running of this organization shall be clarified or settled according to the guidelines in Robert’s rules of Order.

Under Article III – Membership:

Section A. Each member shall complete an information form and pay appropriate dues to the treasurer.

Article IV – Annual Dues:

Section A. Membership dues will be $15.00 per year payable by the first meeting in January in order to be included in the directory. Dues are nonrefundable.

Article V – Officers and Members-at-large

Section B. The officers and members-at-large shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws:

Section E. Members-at-large shall represent the concerns of the membership and assist the President.

These were all changes and amendments made to our TCQ bylaws in 2006 and 2007. Each and every one of us should be concerned with being knowledgeable of our Bylaws. Please clip and paste these changes to the bylaws into your 2012 booklet.


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

Plastic Canvas by Donna; I make cube shaped plastic canvas tissue box covers for most occasions and designs for same. Designs include some for babies and have a number of quilt designs - Ohio star, log cabin, bow tie, etc. I also make flannel baby receiving blankets in sizes ranging from 40-42" x 45-50". For more information call Donna Williams at (330)264-8802.

Tree City Quilters Guild Officers 2012

President: Cassie Anderson Vice President: Jim Rawdon

Secretary: Janet McFarland Treasurer: Naomi Lance

Members at Large: Sarah Bistline and Gwen Hoover

Newsletter: Barbara Byler:


President Cassie Anderson called the meeting to order. Two guests were present. Laura Noletti’s daughter-in-law Jessica and Mabel Stocker’s sister Carol. Cassie thanked the refreshment committee Jane Richardson, Danette Ferriman and Jeri Fickes.

Barb Byler is requesting newsletter information to be to her by February 22.

Four upcoming events were mentioned. Garage sale in Brimfield, application forms on table. Amish Country Quilt Show in Dalton June 7-9. Sewing Expo at the IX Center in Cleveland March 21. Mrs. Millers Mini Shop Hop in Charm March 23 & 24.

Book Review presented by Sally Kitchen. She shared information and pattern ideas from Folk Quilt Applique.

Janet made correction to January minutes adding the last name Ralston to our guest from NEORQC.

Treasurer Naomi Lance reported a balance of $1427.49.

Committee Reports:

Ruth Bishop and Mable Stocker attended the fair board meeting and presented our requests to them for more space in the Buss Building. They reported that the board was respectful and listened to their ideas, but they had no questions. It is not clear if any progress was made. The board will meet again in April to go thru the building. Guild members are encouraged to attend.

Jane Richardson will conduct a workshop on a reversible table runner Feb. 25 from 9-3 at the Church building.

Barb Byler will place by-laws correction in the next newsletter

Vicky Hartzler gave a presentation on the Retreat for 2012. The committee is looking for a less expensive option. There was discussion of responses to the survey from the last retreat. We need more participants. The instructors for the next retreat will be Janet Andrews and Judy Smith. There can be a maximum of 35 people. The date will be April 5-6-7, 2013. Vicky made a motion that the guild subsidize the retreat up to $2000. Laura Nolletti seconded the motion. After discussion a vote was taken and majority ruled. Motion passed. Ruth Bishop questioned the benefit of the retreat to the guild since not very many participated. Laura Nolletti commented that everyone had the same opportunity to attend but some chose not to.

Sara Bistline gave a presentation on our upcoming quilt show. August 10&11, 2012. The name of the quilt show will be JOYFUL QUILTS. She passed around ballots for a vote on the wording on quilt raffle tickets. It was a yes or no vote that the tickets will not state where the proceeds are going. Just the quilt show name, date of show and drawing date for the raffle. Yes votes were in the majority.

There will be a boutique where members can sell items. 10% of the sale will go the guild treasury.

There will be a challenge “Lincoln Highway Runs through Tree City Country”

Each member was given a fat eighth of black fabric to be used for the road and asked to create a scene from anywhere along the route to hang at our quilt show.

New Business:

Ruth Bishop has had a request from the library to put up another display. She asked for items to add to the display and said she would take charge of it again.

It was decided we should have a table at the Dalton Quilt Show in June where we can display our raffle quilt and sell tickets. Janet McFarland to call and find out about that.

Cassie reminded us about the auction in May and asked for volunteers for recorders. We will need 3 or 4 plus our treasurer.

Program: Sally Kitchen presented a variety of heart shaped blocks and has put together a heart block swap. A sign up sheet was passed around. However many sign up will be responsible to make that many 6 ½” quilt blocks with a pink/red heart on white background.

Janet McFarland was winner of this month’s trivia question.

Show and Tell


Respectfully submitted,

Janet McFarland

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