Friday, January 3, 2014

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 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

Parkview Christian Church

           1912 Burbank Road, Wooster, Oh 44691


JANUARY MEETING; Quilting 101!

Jeri will open the New Year with Quilting 101 a 3- part series.  Hope everyone can make it to see what new tips and techniques we can learn from Jeri. 



Your $15 dues for the year 2014 are due by the end of the January meeting. 



The new booklets will be available during the January meeting. 



There is still a need for members to sign up for various committees, including the monthly refreshments.  The 2014 Membership Booklet will be published on Friday, January 10.   Until then, please contact me by phone or email and I will add your name to the various committees.  This is the best way to meet and get to know your fellow members and to contribute to the Guild.  Committees marked with an “*” or a blank after the refreshments indicates places where more help is needed. 

*Christmas Party; Kim Panter, Cyndee Gamery, Mary Green

Community Projects; Jane Richardson, Jim Rawdon, Carolyn Jackson

*Hospitality; Andrea Fodor, Naomi Lance, Barb Nemeth

*July Picnic; Shirley Rodgers, Denise Mohler, Carol Remington

*Nominating; Janice Miller

*Quilter of the Year; Cassie Anderson

*Sunshine; Jean Brugger

*2015 Programs; Barb Byler, ____________ , _______________

Trips & Workshops; Sally Kitchen, Jim Rawdon

*Wayne County Fair; Kevin Horst

By-Laws & Finance (appointed by the president, as needed)

2014 Quilt Show; Chair Laura Nolletti, Jeri Fickes, Barb Byler, Vicky Hartzler, Bonnie Krueger, Dot Anderson, Cassie Anderson, Mary Lou Nuzum, Ruth Bishop, Mary Green,

2015 Retreat; Chair Vicky Hartzler, Bonnie Krueger, Jeri Fickes, Sally Kitchen, Tanya Wellert, Barb Byler,


JANUARY; Bev Fash, Susan Wilson, Sally Kitchen

FEBRUARY; Danette Ferriman, Gwen Hoover, _____________

MARCH; Jane Richardson, Janice Miller, __________________

APRIL; Shirley Rodgers, Kim Panter, Denise Mohler

MAY; Mary Lou Nuzum, Peggy Hodge, Rose Marie Baab

JUNE; Kevin Horst, Ellen Horst, _________________________

AUGUST; Betty Boreman, Janet McFarland, Effie Troyer

SEPTEMBER; Karla Vogt, ________________, _____________

OCTOBER; Barb Nemeth, Andrea Fodor, Naomi Lance

NOVEMBER; Cassie Anderson, Toni Phillips, ______________



How long has it been since you replaced your pins?  Pins get bent and dull from use.  And, there are so many different types to consider…flat head pins, extra-long, tiny applique, extra fine….using the best equipment and keeping that equipment at its best is one way to ensure good result. 

It’s also time to check your needle supply.  Set aside your used, dull needles for sewing on paper.  While there are good sales going on, go out and purchase new needles for your projects.  Consider trying the needles for sewing metallic threads and trying some new quilting. 

In my sewing room, it is time for a through vacuuming.  I got to the point on Christmas Eve that I was just tossing the threads I was snipping off onto the floor!  Forget the thread catchers I have hanging everywhere!  I find it very relaxing and cleansing to give my space a thorough cleaning right now.  I have just got to be ready for whatever new projects this year will bring.  I also find it very helpful to inventory my basic supplies; threads, batting, stabilizers, blades, etc.  I keep a running list so I am ready whenever I happen to walk into a store.  It also helps my husband have a point of reference for gifts!


Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

3, 15-oz cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

3 celery stalks, finely diced

3 green onions, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

1 cup chopped cilantro

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 lime

Tortilla chips

Add the black-eyed peas to a large bowl.  Add the celery, green onion, red bell pepper, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro and salt.  Squeeze in the lime and stir it around until all combined.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.  Serve with tortilla chips.  YUMMY!  And, black-eyed peas are “good luck” for the New Year!


Hoppin’ John (another traditional southern New Year’s tradition)

4 cups dried black-eyed peas

4 tablespoons (1/2stick butter

1 large onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 green pepper, seeded and diced

1 red pepper, seeded and diced

1 orange or yellow pepper, seeded and diced

2 celery stalks, diced

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

5 cups chicken broth

1 or 2 ham hocks (or 2 cups diced ham)

2 tablespoons white vinegar

Cooked white or brown rice

Soak the balck0eyed peas in cool water for 4 to 6 hours; drain and rinse.  In a large pot, melt the butter and add the onion, garlic, bell peppers, and celery.  Stir and add the black-eyed peas along with the salt, pepper, cayenne and chicken broth.  Add the ham hocks or ham.  Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour.  Check for consistency.  If it’s still to soupy, cook an additional 15 minutes with the lid off.  Too dry, then add more broth.  Stir in the vinegar and taste for seasoning.  Serve over the cooked rice alongside your favorite cornbread recipe!

Two of my favorite shows are on Saturday mornings!  Of course, you can always watch them on the computer, or DVR them if you are able.  I pick up a lot of technique and tips from these ladies!  They make me want to sew my very best.  Other shows are available online at all times.

Fons & Porter; Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM, WVIZ channel 9 (in Smithville at least!)

Sewing with Nancy; Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM, WVIZ channel 9

Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims; online

Sewing with Martha; online



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 Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes, December 9, 2013

President Jim Rawdon opened our meeting and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

Treasurer reported a balance of  $2414.65

Jim stated that dues must be in tonight in order for your name to be included in the 2014 directory.

Jim also informed the group that NEORCQ membership dues of $15.00 plus $1.00 for each member are now due for 2014.  Laura Noletti motioned we pay the dues to NEORCQ and Kim Panter seconded the motion - no discussion - motion carried.

Laura Noletti informed us that there will be a spring workshop at Ripley and we could go onto their website for details.

Barry Jolliff said that he will be holding two workshops in his barn this winter.  One will be on Saturday January 11th and one on February 8th. 

Janet McFarland shared that she received a call from a lady who had been a recipient of pillowcases from Community Action..  Danielle Payne from Brunswick is looking for someone to make satin pillow cases for her for a business she is starting.  If interested call her at 216-402-6829 for more details.

Our delicious potluck dinner was enjoyed by all. 

The Christmas party committee had activities for us to do and Jolene Rehm read a unique poem which gave us directions on exchanging our gifts.

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