Friday, February 1, 2013

January Newsletter and December 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: January 14, 2013, 7:00 PM

Parkview Christian Church

1912 Burbank Road

MEETING: Medallion Quilts

Barb Byler will present a program “centered” on medallion quilts! (Sorry, that was a bad pun but I couldn’t resist!) For those of you that didn’t catch the pun….come and learn about this traditional quilt pattern. We will also be introducing a “pizza box” project for the first part of our new year. Hope to see everyone there!


I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Years. Did anyone get anything neat like a new machine? I am sure there were a lot of resolutions made to use all of your stash, finish UFO's, get organized etc. I hope you are successful in your tasks. The Board had our first meeting at Cassy's house and discussed the coming year. I think that we have an interesting year ahead of us. It was brought to my attention that we did not take a collection to give the church at the Christmas party so we will do that at the January meeting. We have a new committee that is forming that should interest a number of you. See you at the meeting.

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


Happy New Year! It is time to refresh your sewing area/room/studio and begin with a clean slate. First; change the needle in your machine. Second; change your rotary blade. Third; arrange to get your scissors sharpened. Fourth; just clean up from all that sewing you did in December! Last….sit down and consider what it is you would like to accomplish in 2013. Are there some UFO’s that could be finished? Do you have a new technique or pattern that you would like to try? Have you ever tried embellishing a quilt with beads? Would you like to introduce a color you never use into your palette? Consider events that may occur in this coming year and plan ahead. I like to give my self most of a day just to “tinker” in my studio; cleaning, planning, and dreaming. It is very satisfying. I hope you give yourself a gift of time….and clean up!


The 2013 Membership Booklets will be available at the January meeting. There are about 12 members that have not paid dues for 2013. If you are planning on remaining a member, please contact Naomi Lance immediately. (if not sooner) Your name and contact information will not be in the new booklet unless Lola tells that committee that you have renewed.


Sally Kitchen and Shirley Rodgers will be providing the refreshments in January. We usually have 3 people…anyone interested in helping, please contact Sally and Shirley.


RITA'S FAVORITE VEGETABLE SOUP [read through before making]

(pre-heat oven to 425* and leave jellyroll pan in oven as it heats)

2-3 large carrots, scrubbed and chunked

2 large onions, peeled and chunked

1 large sweet potato, scrubbed

1 small bag (maybe 2-3 cups) frozen Italian green beans, thawed

8oz fresh mushrooms, clean

2-3 ribs of celery, cleaned and chunked

(I don't like to peel my veggies. First, I'm lazy. Second, fiber and vitamins hang out in the skin. Alsew, use any veggie you like!)

1) I plop my sweet potato in my fabric potato-baker bag and microwave on high for

3-4 minutes. It doesn't need to be completely cooked through, just softened.

2) In large bowl toss all the remaining chunked veggies in about 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread evenly across the (now hot!)

jelly roll pan. Roast these veggies for 10 minutes. Turn with spatula, then roast

for another 10 minutes, or until veggies are just beginning to brown.


In large stock pot heat:

1 box chicken or beef stock

ANY (or no) meat of your choice, cooked [browned ground beef, chopped cooked

chicken (rotisserie is great!), shredded cooked beef]

1 large can stewed tomatoes

1 small head cabbage, chunked

Simmer the contents of the stock pot for 30 minutes, or until cabbage is very tender. Remove roasted veggies from oven and add to stock pot. Continue to simmer for as long as you are busy with something else. Anytime before serving (hours or minutes) use an immersion blender and blend up all the veggies in the soup. They don't need to be pureed, just broken down. This thickens the soup nicely. If you don't have a blender, use a potato masher. If you don't want to smash anything smaller, that's fine, too! Serve with crisp tossed salad and crusty, hearty bread.

This soup is super-easy to make! I use whatever I have on hand and no peeling, slicing, or dicing is required. Plus, the flavor of the roasted veggies is outstanding!


[I have a lovely bread maker, but I like to use it to mix and raise my dough, then I bake the loaf in my stonewear bread pan. This way it gets a lovely crust!]

1 1/4 cups buttermilk (I use powdered ~ 5T + 1 1/4 cups water)

2 C whole wheat flour

1 cup white flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 T butter

2 T molasses

1 tsp baking soda

1 T active dry yeast

Place all ingredients in breadmaker pan. Select dough setting and press start. After bread has risen remove (remember to remove the mixing blade!!) and place in greased bread pan. Bake in pre-heated oven at 375* for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool a bit before cutting.


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 Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes, December 10, 2012

Vice President Jim Rawdon called the meeting to order after we all enjoyed a delicious array of foods brought by each member.

He thanked the committee for a great Christmas party – Barry Jolliff, Betty Boreman, Ruth Bishop, Jim Rawdon and Bonnie Krueger

Vicky Hartzler announced that Janet McFarland was chosen quilter of the year.

The Snowflake challenge items were voted on by the members and 1st place was won by Pat Hall. ____________________ won second place.

Lois Ann _______________ won the tree blocks.

Barry Jolliff led us in a musical activity to help us burn off the calories we consumed tonight.

Those who participated in the gift exchange chose their gifts and shared with everyone what they received and who gave it.

A very good time was had by all. Respectfully submitted, Janet McFarland, Secretary

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