Monday, January 27, 2014

February Newsletter and January 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: February 10, 2014, 7:00 pm

Parkview Christian Church

           1912 Burbank Road, Wooster, Oh 44691


FEBRUARY MEETING; Quilting 101 / Block of the Month

Jeri will introduce us to a beautiful quilt through a block-of-the-month method.  Fabric requirements were passed out at the January meeting but everyone can see the quilt in the January/February McCall’s Quilting Magazine.  Jeri will also demonstrate a hanging sleeve that has some built-in ease for the rod. 



Congratulations to Vicky!  A member since either 2004, Vicky is always serving on committees, sewing and bringing in completed quilts for show and tell, and works full time!  Always ready with a smile, Vicky is a wonderful representative of Tree City Quilters’ Guild.  Please pass along your congratulations when you see her. 



Please welcome our newest members!   Add their information to your booklets.

Kay Nixon                                                        Becky Hamilton

3187 Bayberry Cove                                        131 Cannon Drive

Wooster, Ohio 44691                                      Wooster, Ohio 44691

Cell; 304-914-5302                                         HM; 330-345-1740                        

April 22 birthday                                             June 12 birthday



There were 47 people at the January meeting: 5 guests and 42 members.



Kevin Horst has fallen and broken his leg.  Send some cards and cheerful notes while he is recovering.    

Emails and greetings are always welcomed by Helen Iannarelli. 



Sorry!  Vicky and I do our darndest but we missed this year!  First of all, Janet is no longer secretary…Sarah McKee is!  Please make that correction in your booklets.


In the MEMBERS CONTACT SECTION: Please add an (*) in front of Gwen Hoover’s name and, insert “Alura” before Hoover. 

Sue Smucker’s correct Home Phone is: 330-264-3881.

Carolyn Rasmussen and Suzanne Waldron can be eliminated from the book. 



There is still room for anyone interested in serving on a committee.  Please talk to the first name on the listed committee as that person is generally the one in charge.  Please let me know if you add your name and I’ll let the membership know via the newsletter.  Thank you!


Don’t forget to clean your bobbin case after a session of sewing….or right now for the New Year!  All that fuzz causes a lot of problems for your machines…even broken threads and needles. 

Lackman’s Sewing Center gives a discount for cash purchases! 

Looking for a new machine?  Jeri has a girlfriend selling 2 machines.  Please see Jeri for details. 

Hang of collect the tools/equipment/supplies near where they are used.  For instance, have your pressing cloth, applique pressing sheet, water, iron, and board all together.  Have all your cutters, blades, matts, rulers, scissors, etc. stored together.  Arrange your sewing room in zones for sewing, cutting, pressing, and storage. 

PHD Challenge

Introduced by Jeri, your PHD Completion Program registration is due at the February meeting.  If you need more room, type your PHD’s on a separate sheet of paper.  If you were not at the January meeting, please contact Jeri for a copy of the program. 

Your “tuition” is one-half yard of quilt shop-quality fabric. 



Friday, February 7:    Handwork.  This workshop meets the first Friday of each month from 9-12, at Parkview.  Bring your own work and a snack to share.  The first 15 minutes will be demos. 

Saturday, February 22: Getaway Bag with Kim Panter.  The pattern is available on and is by Aunties Two.  Also available from and other sites.  Remember there are some specific products for you to use so get your pattern and check the supply list.   


We have all been asked to submit ideas for workshops to Jim and Sally.  No dates have been set but they suggested the Sewing and Quilting Expo, the NQA Show, the Amish Shop Hop, and a trip to Charm. 



I was served the following recipe by a friend and her husband and found it to be delicious.  This was a traditional meal for their family growing up…and you cannot serve one without the other.  They are a set!


White Bean Soup

Cover Great Northern Beans with water and cook uncovered for 1 hour.  Rinse with cold water and cover just enough to cook again.  Cook uncovered until the beans are done.  This could be 2-3 hours.  Add more water as needed.  OR, you can choose to soak the beans overnight, add more water and begin to cook until done.  When the beans are as soft as YOU want them for a soup, add 1 tablespoon of butter, some salt, and either cream or ½ & 1/2.  Start with about 1 coup and add until the soup is the way you want it.  You could also add more water.  In place of the cream, you can also use Coffee Rich or creamer or regular milk.  Either is good but the milk does not like to boil so be careful.  You can also add more butter if you like. 

Serve with a sprinkle of Allspice on top – this is a MUST!  I was amazed that soup that only has 4 ingredients would be so tasty but it is!  Try it in this cold weather. 


Dried Apple Pie Pockets – to be served alongside the bean soup

 3 heaping cups of dried apples – let soak overnight of cover with water and cook until tender. 

Add: ½ cup sugar – taste for sweetness and adjust for yourself

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon flour

Cool and fill 5” diameter circles of pie dough.  Fold over, flute edges.  The recipe makes about 10-14 pockets…always food in a lunch for the next few days.

Bake at 425 until golden


Pie Crust (one of the flakiest recipes I have found)

4 coups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cups shortening (I use Crisco)

Blend well, add approximately 8 tablespoon of COLD water.  Roll out.

**True Confessions: I can my own apple pie filling so instead of dried apples pie pockets, I made m,y own apple pie filling pockets.  Just as long as you make some sort of apple pie pocket to serve with the soup!



The first meeting of NEORQC will be Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 am.  The meeting will be hosted by the Western Reserve Quilters Anonymous at the Brecksville United Church of Christ.  Mystery Quilts will be revealed, Show’n Tell, pot luck lunch, conversation and laughter.  They are also collecting pillowcases for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (pillowcases must be washed and individually bagged in gallon size bags.  Anyone of us is welcome, and encouraged, to attend.  Please check the website for details and directions! 



Quilting by the Mill, Sarah Bistline 10368 Old Mill Road, Spencer, Ohio 44275; 330-667-2257 or 330-606-6609.  You need to have your backing 4” longer and wider than your top.  Batting is available.  Do you want to quilt your own top?  Ask me about renting time on the Gamill Premier. 

Handcrafted by JR, Jim Rawdon 16737 Warwick Road, Marshallville, Ohio 44645.  Long arm quilting, machine embroidery.  See my site on face book “Quilting by JR” Call 330-472-0473 or email

Spoke N Stitch, Kim Panter 16780 Burkhart Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667.  I am willing to pick up and deliver in the Wayne/Holmes area. Phone number; 330 682 0711 (home) and 330 749 0474 (cell) I have my cell with me all the time. Please give me a call!

Tree City Quilters Guild; Officers 2014

President: Jeri Fickes  Vice President; Barb Byler

Secretary; Sara McKee            Treasurer; Jolene Rehm

Members at Large; Mary Green and Sally Kitchen


Tree City Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

January 13th 2014

Meeting was opened by President Jeri Fickes. She welcomed everyone, and explained that we will be meeting in the larger room at the church due to the fact that we have outgrown the other room.  Visitors Dorothy Groover, Marieca LeJeune, Darcy Horvat, Becky Hamilton, and Kay Nixon were welcomed.


A thank you was received from Wooster Community Hospital for the quilts that were donated.

Somebody has 2 Bernina sewing machines for sale. If interested see Jeri.

From NEROC; at their March 1st meeting they will be collecting homemade pillowcases for St Jude’s. See Jim Rawdon if you want to donate.

We have to make 37 more pillowcases to reach our own goal of 500 in memory of Sandy Hook School.


Since last month’s minutes were in the newsletter the reading of them were dispensed without objection.


Report was given by Jeri as Jolene is out of town. Ending Balance is $2388.59. Report accepted without objection.


Sunshine- Jeri reported that Kevin Horst broke his leg.

Quilt Show-Laura Noletti- If you didn’t get the packet of info via email please see her. It will be held September 24-27 at the Buckeye Event Center.

Retreat- Vicki Hartzler-
It will be held either the 3rd or 4th weekend of April 2015. She requested the guild vote to help finance it as necessary up to $1500. Laura Noletti motioned to approve that amount, Lola Franks 2nd the motion, Motion Carried.

Programs and trips- Sally Kitchen- 1st, beginning Feb 7th there will be a Handwork Workshop from 9am –noon on the first Friday of each month. This will be a time for members to work on any hand project that they want to. It will be at Parkview Christian Church. Please bring a snack; a mini-demo will be done at the beginning of each time.   2nd, Kim Panter is doing a “getaway bag/retreat bag” class. The pattern is from Annies2 and they are working on getting them at a discount. February 22nd is the tentative date. A signup sheet was passed around.  Jim Rawdon- several trips were suggested: NQA in Columbus. Sewing Expo in Cleveland. Shop Hop in Amish country.

Children’s Workshop- Jeri Fickes- The grant was received for $6600. It will be held June 3-5 at Edgewood middle school. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the school. They need 15 volunteers and hope to have 15 kids ages 10-13 participate. They will be making flannel rag quilts. The quilts will then be laundered and returned to the kids at the June guild meeting. The kids will also be invited to enter their quilts in the quilt show and receive 2 free tickets to attend the show. Signup sheets for everything will be passed later.

Jeri went over what some of our meeting programs for this year will be.

Jeri handed out a list of “100 things every quilter should do before they die”.

Jeri then presented her “presidents Challenge” all who wish may enroll in their “PHD completion program” PHD = projects half done. Flyers were handed out.
Our program was presented by Jeri Fickes. She went over “quilting 101”. Some of her topics were basic quilting tools, types of thread, types of fabric, and the importance of having a 1/4in seam allowance.

Show and Tell, Refreshments, Meeting Adjourned, Respectfully submitted, Sarah Mckee, Secretary



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