Friday, February 1, 2013

February Newsletter and January 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: February 11, 2013, 7:00 PM

Parkview Christian Church

1912 Burbank Road

MEETING: Sewing Straw Hats

How many of you are aware that our very own Sarah McKee is involved with re-enacting? Sarah does quite a bit of sewing to make her period correct clothing. Plus, accessories! Sarah will be showing us how to sew our own straw hats. See you there!

National Quilt Association

At the January meeting our membership voted that the Tree City Quilters will join the National Quilting Association as a chapter. One of requirements of the NQA to become a chapter member is that there are at least five individual members who belong to the chapter. If you are a member of the NQA, please e-mail Jeri Fickes ( or call her (330-201-0932) with your NQA membership number so she can complete the chapter application. Thank you.


Please welcome Ellen Horst. 1639 Oakwood Court, Wooster, OH 44691

330-262-3361, birthday: April 18

Mary Lou posted lots of pictures from our December party. Check them out if you have not already.


You may not believe that kit is coming, but Spring will soon be here and with it….the TCQ Retreat! What a wonderful time has been planned with great instructors and tons of fun! Even if you cannot sew all weekend, plan to attend the trunk show and lecture with Janet Andrews Saturday, April 6 at 7:00. You could also come for dinner! The lecture and trunk show is free for Tree City Quilters. Take advantage of this opportunity and have some fun at the same time.

Sandy Hook Pillowcase Project

It was agreed at the January meeting that we would make pillowcases to donate to local children who are in need in the memory/honor of the students from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Ct. Janet McFarland and Jeri Fickes will be leading a workshop/workday in the near future to make as many pillowcases as possible, with an ultimate goal of 500. We can do this! Many hands make light work! That being said,
we will need as many hands as possible (and fabric donations—Jeri has a friend at work who would like to donate money to buy fabric--I'm sure we can get other financial donations as well, in addition to digging into our own stash). We will need people to cut, pin, sew, turn tubes (you'll see what this is) and iron. More information will be coming!


  • Do you ever get confused with multiple sizes and fabrics to cut? Before you start, transfer all your cutting directions for each fabric, onto a dry erase board. Prop the board near you. As you cut each fabric and each size/piece, erase the board. Confusion eliminated!

  • Do you have a tangled mess every time you want to use your safety pins for basting? Store your pins on long, knitting, stitch holders…available in many sizes in knitting department. These holders resemble safety pins and will hold your pins open and ready to use in a neat, orderly manner!


  • Oops! Under Quilter of the Year….the list should read: 2004 Dorothy Pearson, 2005 NO NAME, 2006 Mary Lou Nuzum. Please make these corrections in your book.
  • Attached is a copy of the 2013 Committee list. Please copy the page, cut it in half if needed, and glue it on top of the current blank Committee page in your booklet.


Brought to you by; Janet McFarland, Karla Vogt, and Janice Miller


Here are a couple mid-winter belly warmers!

2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans cream of celery soup
2 - 15oz cans chicken broth
1 small jar chopped green chilies
1 - 16oz jar salsa of your choice
1 clove garlic
2 cans cheddar cheese soup
1 onion, chopped
1 - 15oz can diced tomatoes
4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
Mix all together in large stock pot. Bring to simmer, cover and simmer for 1 hour stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Corn and black beans are an excellent optional addition to this hearty soup. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

1 - 16oz bag frozen hash browns, thawed
1 chopped onion
8 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 can shoe peg corn (undrained)
1 can cream-style corn
1 can roasted garlic flavored chicken broth
1 ½ cups milk (whole or skim)
Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Stir gently.
Cook on low 6-8 hrs. Serve with sour cream or shredded cheese.


Beginning in March we will be participating in a Round Robin Challenge….contained in a pizza box, hence the name! Sign up is at the February Meeting.

February; sign up, receive your pizza box and instructions

March; bring your now personalized pizza box and your center medallion measuring

12 1/2 inches, trade boxes, receive border #1 choice/instructions

April; bring in your pizza box with the first border completed, trade boxes, receive border #2 choices/instructions

May; bring in your pizza box with the second border completed, trade boxes, receive border #3 choices/instructions

June; bring in your pizza box with the third border completed, trade boxes, receive border #4 choices/instructions

July; bring in your pizza box with the 4th border completed, Get Your Pizza Box Returned, receive finishing choices/instructions

Sally and I hope you will join us on this journey!


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!)


Hi. I'm the State Coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation in Ohio. Quilts of Valor's mission is to cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. This foundation is not about politics; it's about people. We get requests for quilts in three ways:

1. Requests made on our website for individuals. These are usually requested by family members.
2. Small group requests. Right now QOVF Ohio is working on supplying 25 quilts for a veteran's retreat in the spring in Dayton.
3. Standing requests for quilts to go to Germany and Afghanistan. They request hundreds of quilts a month for injured service people and we aren't able to fill all the need.

There are several ways that your guild could help.

1. Let members know about the group so they can donate quilts if they are interested. If they just want to make the tops, we have volunteer long arm quilters who will quilt the tops. Some guilds have sewing days to make tops.
2. Have a block donation at a meeting. Everyone can donate a block to be made into quilt tops. You can sew the tops together or just send the blocks to me.
3. We accept donations of fabrics especially in red, white, and blue.

These quilts are greatly appreciated by the service members and veterans who receive them. They are touched that someone cared enough about them and their sacrifices to make them a quilt.
For more information about Quilts of Valor, including the specifications for the quilts please visit

Quilts of Valor Ohio has a new page at I am also happy to answer any questions that you may have. Thank you for helping me spread the word about Quilts of Valor, Heather Raynack, State Coordinator; Quilts of Valor OH


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: Jim Rawdon Vice President: Jeri Fickes

Secretary: Janet McFarland Treasurer: Jolene Rehm

Members at Large: Mary Green and Sally Kitchen

Newsletter: Barbara Byler:

Tree City Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes January 14, 2013

Meeting was called to order by Pres. Jim Rawdon.

Guests attending were Andrea Todor and Janie Terwilliger.

The committee sign up sheet for 2013 has been misplaced and a new sign up sheet was circulated. All members were encouraged to participate in a committee.

At the December meeting we missed taking up a collection to give to the Church for use of the facility in addition to what we pay them yearly. A basket was passed around for that donation.

Membership booklets are available tonight.

Treasurer reported a balance of $5133.63.

Secretary reported two corrections to last months’ minutes. Lois Moreland won the tree squares and Wilma McCurdy won second place in the snowflake challenge.

Jim read a card from Janet McFarland thanking the guild for selecting her as Quilter of the Year for 2012.

New Business:

Retreat – still spaces available. Everyone encouraged to attend the trunk show on Sat eve Apr 6th at 7-8:30 even if you don’t attend the retreat. Also the evening dinner is available at a cost of $10. Patterns and supply lists for those attending the retreat will be available at the Feb. meeting.

Jeri Fickes spoke to us about a project she wanted to do for the school children affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook schools in Connecticut. After getting in touch with the school she found they do not have a need and was asked that we go forward with the project and make a presentation to local children in honor of the children at Sandy Hook. After discussion we decided to make pillow cases for local agencies. Jeri & Janet will come up with a plan and possible work day.

Jeri also asked if the guild would like to become a member of NQA (National Quilters Association). Benefits include: access to insurance coverage for our quilt show, ribbons at a lower cost, Quilting quarterly magazine and free advertisement for our quilt show, retreats etc. Cost is $45 for two years. Jeri made a motion that we join NQA, Laura Noletti seconded the motion – motion passed.

Sign up sheet was circulated during the meeting for our next quilt show committee. Laura Noletti is the chair person. She announced that the first committee meeting will be January 28th at 7PM at the Wayne County Library.

Program was presented by Barb Byler. She told us about a pizza box challenge. Those participating will made a 12 ½” center medallion quilt square. She showed samples of what that might be and what to include in the pizza box. The challenge lasts until July. Each month your box will be passed on to another member and a border added to your block. You will end up with your own block at the end. More information and instruction sheets will be available at the next meeting.

Show and Tell.


Meeting adjourned

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