Monday, October 1, 2012

October Newsletter and September Minutes

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 8, 7:00 PM

Parkview Christian Church

1912 Burbank Road

MEETING: Aprons with Arlene Amstutz!

No information is available regarding the program…..come see what it’s all about!


Please welcome the following new members to our guild.

Shirley Rodgers

467 Woodland Avenue

Wooster, Ohio 44691


Heather Sensibaugh

13500 Overton Road

West Salem, Ohio 44287


Please add their information to your membership booklets and welcome them the next time you see them!


The TCQ annual Christmas Party will be held Monday, December 10. Announced at the September meeting was the snowflake challenge and the 10” TREE exchange block. More information to come!

TIP OF THE MONTH: Machine Quilting

If you are having problems with threads breaking, perhaps the following tips will help. Quilts can be basted too tightly; especially if you have a system of 2 poles holding your quilt. Loosen up a little bit….

There is a right and wrong side to the batting. If you are getting batting punched through with every stitch, it is on the wrong side and making it tough for the needle to slide through.

Double check your needle size, use a NEW needle, and re-thread your machine.

Hope these tips help with your work. Have fun!


The Harmony Handbag Workshop is Saturday, October 27th, 9-3 with set-up starting at 8:30. Bring your sewing machine, usual supplies, cut out pattern pieces, lunch, and something to share. Since I have so much fabric, I am asking for $5 instead of a yard of fabric. Any questions please call me at 330-345-5210. Nancy Danby


January 41, February 35, March 34, April 43, May 38,

There were 37 members and no guests at the Picnic. Plus one new member….Heather. Welcome!


Did you know that we are in the Sesquicentennial commemoration of our country's Civil War? That's just a fancy way of saying it's been 150 years since the Civil War. This commemoration will last for 3 years. There are some very beautiful Civil War replica fabrics in the stores. Why not choose to make a quilt and learn about our country’s history at the same time? Visit a battle field, museum, or historic house. Learn something about Ohio’s role in the Civil War. Quilts and quilters played a part in the war whether they were sending quilts with their soldiers, sending quilts to the hospitals, using quilts as signals on the Underground Railroad, and I’m sure in other ways. This is a good time to contemplate our history and make a quilt in remembrance.



8-oz package refrigerated imitation flake-style crabmeat

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 tsp lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon)

14oz can Progresso artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped

8-oz pkg cream cheese, cubed

French baguette or cocktail rye bread to spread crab dip on.

Spray 1 - 1 1/2 qt slow cooker with cooking spray. In this mix all ingredients except bread. Cover and cook on low for 1 - 1 1/4 hours (or high for 30-45 min) until cream cheese melts. Stir until cheese is smooth. Scrape down sides of cooker with spatula to prevent burning. Serve on bread or crackers.


4 oz noodles, your choice
8 oz plain yogurt
1/2 C cottage cheese
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and sqeezed dry
3 green onions, chopped
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
Add noodles to rapidly boiling, salted water so that water continues to boil; cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender. Drain.
Preheat oven to 400. Combine yogurt and cottage cheese; combine noodles, spinach and onion with cottage cheese mixture. Pour into 1-quart baking dish; top with Cheddar cheese. Cover and bake 20-25 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese is melted and brown.


1 large spaghetti squash
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 - 10 oz package froz/chopped spinach thawed and drained
2 eggs
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 3/4 cups spaghetti sauce
Pierce squash several times with large knife, wrap in paper towels and microwave on high power 20-30 min (depending on size and microwave power) until squash is cooked through. Allow to stand and cool for about 20 minutes. Slice in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Scrape pulp into large bowl.
In medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, spinach, eggs, and seasonings; mix well. Spread evenly in a 13x9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread the Parmesan and 1/2 mozzarella cheese over spinach mixture.
In a large bowl combine the squash and spaghetti sauce; toss to coat well. Arrange squash mixture on spinach mixture; top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil; bake at 375* for 30 minutes.


3 T butter
8oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped
1 spaghetti squash, cooked as in previous recipe
4 boneless chicken breasts,
cooked and cut into thin strips
1/2 cup crushed seasoned croutons
8 oz sour cream
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and next 4 ingredients. Saute for 5 mins or until tender.
Add spaghetti squash, chicken and crushed croutons, cook 4 min, stirring constantly.
Stir in sour cream, cook, stirring constantly, just until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat.
Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand for 1 minute.
To bake, prepare mixture according to directions and spoon into a lightly greased 1.5 quart casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 20-25 mins.


It is election time and the Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to fill the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. If you are interested, please contact Susan Pierce @ 330-875-0678 or Sharon Patterson @ 330-494-4114 and they will explain the duties and responsibilities associated with each position. If you have never served before, please consider doing so now. What I'm asking each contact to do is: 1) Announce the above information at each guild meeting through January 2013. 2) Ask for volunteers. If anyone is interested, even the slightest bit, please get their name and contact information and send it to us and we will contact them. 3) Ask the person responsible for your guild's newsletter to put the above information in every month through January 2013.

Information regarding the 2013 NEORQC quilt Getaway weekend has been posted on the site. Check it out! (But sign up for the TCQ weekend FIRST!)


TCQ will be voting at our November meeting for whomever we (you!) think is the Quilter of the Year. Please begin considering who you would like to nominate. You might consider reading the purpose of our guild and thinking who best exemplifies this purpose. Keep in mind that we only bestow this honor once…a list of recipients can also be found in your membership booklet.

The presentation will be made at our annual Christmas party.


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 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:

Tree City Quilters Guild, Meeting Minutes September 17, 2012

Meeting brought to order by Pres. Cassie Anderson.

Thank you to Refreshment committee, Betty, Janice and Lucille.

Carolyn Jackson from Dalton visited our meeting.

Minutes of last meeting stand approved as appeared in Newsletter

Jane read list of September birthdays.

Mabel gave an update on the fair demonstrations and a thank you to all the helpers. Demonstrations and presenters were:

Sara McKee – hand quilting

Peggy Hodge – edible pin cushion an pin wheel block

Kevin Horst – jelly roll quilt

Ruth Bishop – pillowcases

Mabel Stocker – floating pineapple and reversible table runner

Janice asked that we continue to invite more people to the spring retreat. Laura encouraged more sign ups and also reported that we have received some since last meeting.

Jim Rawdon gave brief update on Christmas Party. There will be a challenge of anything snow flake related. There will also be a block exchange 10” block anything tree related.

Nancy Danby distributed patterns for the Purse workshop “Harmony Handbag” to be held Oct. 27th. More room available, but you will need to purchase your own pattern.

Mabel Stocker motioned that we give $1000 of our quilt show proceeds to Ida Sue School, Laura seconded and after discussion the motion passed.

Julie McCoy gave a delightful presentation on wool appliqué. Those who wished to participate made a wool “mug rug”.

Show and Tell, Refreshments, Meeting adjourned

Respectfully submitted

Janet McFarland, secretary

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