Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August Newsletter and July 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: August 12, 7:00 pm

Parkview Christian Church

1912 Burbank Road



MEETING: Guest Speaker, Jean Evans

Jean Evans, a local quilter from Medina, will be talking about painting on quilts and showing us many of her own creations.  Jean has exhibited and won ribbons for her quilts in Paducah.  Come see new and unique techniques and be inspired! 


Mary Lou posted lots of pictures from the Picnic.  Check them out if you have not already. 


TIP OF THE MONTH:  Frightening Techniques!

Is there a sewing or quilting technique that you think “oh, I’m just not experienced enough to try that!”?  What ever it is, this is the very thing you should make a point of learning.  Often it will be easier than you think.  Do you learn better when someone shows you?  Then why not ask someone in the guild.  TCQ has a wealth of friendly members willing to share with others.  Choose to work on a small project that will stretch your skills and knowledge.  You will keep learning and become a better quilter. 

To make it easier to remove papers from foundation-pieced projects, run the handle end of a pair of scissors along each stitching line to weaken the paper.

To keep appliqué stems from shifting out of position while hand-stitching, pin over, rather than through, them.  Works for machine appliqué, too! 

To make a sewing machine needle easier to thread, shine a beam of light behind the needle’s eye. 


Dates have been set; September 26 & 27, 2014 at the Buckeye Events Center.  Mark your calendars!  There will be a short workshop on Friday and a longer workshop on Saturday.  Keep watching the newsletter for up to date information! 

Challenges for the show will be

1.  A City-scape that could be a city skyline; a "city" view including a scene from above; a close up of an event or location, etc.  These quilts must be 120 inches total perimeter or less.  This means they must measure 120" or less all around.  For example, a 30 by 30 quilt would be a maximum size square.  The measurement of all sides must add up to 120 or less. 

2.  Shades of Blue - This project must be at least 50% blue (backing does not count).  This perimeter limit is 200 inches.  It can be clothing, home decoration, quilt, bag, wallhanging, etc. Clothing, bags, and other like Items do not have size limits. 



Brought to you by Lois Ann Moreland and Toni Phillips



1# short cut pasta cooked al dente and drained
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/3 cup olive oil
2 T reserved pineapple juice (from chicken salad) or 1 T honey
6 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup fresh dill
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
Toss all together and refrigerate until serving.


3 T olive oil
2 T mayonnaise
1 T Dijon mustard
1 T lemon juice
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1 T sugar
dash of salt
1 (16-ounce) package shredded coleslaw mix
1 large apple, diced
4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  Toss all together and chill until serving.  Is great with grilled burgers or chicken!


4 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 medium-sized red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound thin spaghetti
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, dill, salt, and pepper; mix well. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a soup pot, cook pasta al dente; drain and place in a bowl. Cover pasta with chilled tomato mixture, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and serve immediately.


PECAN CAKE ~ A friend’s mom makes this awesome cake and it gets all of us slobbering every time she shares!!

1 Betty Crocker Pecan cake mix

1 cup water

1/2 cup oil

4 eggs

     Mix well with electric mixer.  To mixture add 1 container of Betty Crocker Pecan-Coconut icing + 3/4 cup chopped pecans.  Mix well.

    Bake in greased bundt pan or 9" x 13" pan at 350* for 45 minutes.  Dust with powdered sugar when cooled.

note: icing goes INTO cake, not on it!  


QUICK CRAB DIP1 ¼ c. mayonnaise
1 c. crabmeat
½ c. grated Cheddar
1 T. horseradish
¼ c. French dressing
Mix all together. Chill. Serve with crackers. 



Don’t loose your momentum now!  Quilted and bound pizza box projects are to be shown at the August meeting.  Hope everyone had fun with the challenge…Sally and I had fun bringing it to you! 



Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline, 10368 Old Mill RD, Spencer, Ohio 44275, 330-667-2257 or 330-606-6609,   www.quiltingbythemill.com.  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 rawdon@ohio.net





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: Baquilter33@aol.com










Tree City Quilters Meeting Minutes July 8, 2013


Meeting called to order by Jim Rawdon. 


One guest in attendance – Cindy Demury came with Mary Green.


Jim expressed the guilds thanks to Kim Panter for making name tags for our new members.


Sympathy extended to Tonya for the recent deaths of both her mother and mother-in-law.


We then enjoyed our picnic of delicious food furnished by all.


Pizza box challenge comes to an end this month and all pizza boxes were returned to their owners.  It was a beautiful display of all the handiwork done by our members.


The committee planned games but our picnic was cut short due to threatening storms.


Respectfully submitted,

Janet McFarland, secretary


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