Friday, May 16, 2014

May Newsletter and April Minutes

Tree City Quilters’ Guild
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: May 12, 2014, 7:00 pm
                                      Parkview Christian Church
                                                  1912 Burbank Road, Wooster, Oh 44691
MAY MEETING; Barbara King; Deputy Warden Lorain County Correctional Institution
Barbara will talk briefly about the Ohio prison system and its different levels of security, then she will explain the quilting
 program that she began at the Lorain County facility. She will also bring quilts made by the men in her program. Dottie 
Anderson and Jeri heard her program at the NEORQC meeting and it is fascinating.  Everything they use is through 
donations, so please while you are cleaning this spring, consider bring fabric, notions, cutting boards, rulers, thread, 
and yarn and yes, even rotary cutters and blades (she has a very funny story to tell about that) to the meeting to
 donate to their program.  This would be a great meeting to bring a friend!  
There were 55 people in attendance at our April meeting; 6 guests and 49 members
Jim Rawdon has a new address and email.  Reach him at; 840 Harrison Avenue, Akron, OH 44314.  Email address is now
Sadly, Kathy Ott's, husband, John, passed away Sunday morning. Calling hours will be tomorrow evening from 
7-9 at McIntire, Bradham and Sleek Funeral and the services will be Thursday at 11:00 at The Orrville Christian Church.
Emails and greetings are always welcomed by Helen Iannarelli. 
The 2014 fall quilt camp at Ripley will be October 12-17.  If anyone is interested or has questions, please
Check it out at
·        Have a lot of threads stuck in your cutting matt?  Try using a lint roller on the surface. 
·        Use binder clips to hold all the cords around your sewing room.  Keeps them from tripping people and getting in your way. 
·        Need to purchase more fabric for a project but don’t want to carry all the other pieces of fabric?  Cut small snips of fabric from each fabric and attach them to a 3X5 index card.  The card will fit in your purse and there is space to write yourself notes about what you are looking for fabrics and notions. 
·        When you sew with flannel; increase your stitch length and use low loft batting.  Clean your machine as you work because of the added lint of the flannel. 
Members of the Children's Retreat Committee will be cutting fabric this Friday morning, May 2nd, from 9:00 to 
noon at the church in the fireside room.  This is also the same time and location as the hand work group, but we 
will use the other side of the room. We welcome anyone who is willing to come and help cut the flannel and package it.
This year’s challenge is “Flower Garden”.   It can be any item but MUST be blooming!  We have also been asked to wear something flowery!  The committee has asked that everyone bring 5 fat quarters for the games.  Location and date of the regularly scheduled picnic has been questioned by the committee.  Discussion will be at the May meeting. 
·        Friday, May 2:            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. 
·        Friday, May 30: Postcards & Banners from 9 - 2.  Quick small projects with many possibilities!  Payment; donate 1 project to the church.
·        Saturday, June 28: T-shirt quilts with Jim.  More information to come
Sign up for the 2 workshops TCQ will be offering at the 2014 Quilt Show at meetings (clip board at the sign in table) or by contacting Barb Byler.  Class fee is an equal amount of volunteer hours sometime during the show.  Classes are Friday, September 26; Magic Squares and Saturday, September 27 Storm at Sea.
Nancy Danby is organizing short demonstrations to take place during the show.  If you would like to demonstrate, please contact Nancy to discuss your ideas. 
The committee hopes you are sewing your fingers off during this long, snowy and cold winter and spring!  That way all of us will have plenty of projects to enter into the show.  We continue to meet and plan.  At the end of the newsletter is a copy of the show registration form.  You will need to copy the form; 1 form for every project you plan to enter. 
Are you selling your raffle tickets?  Just a reminder that this is how we support our educational endeavors for the next 2 years.  Tuck the tickets in your purse and show the picture to everyone you see!  You will sell them in no time. 
3-4 lbs clean redskin potatoes, cut into chunks (skin on)
8oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 - 1/2 cup milk (skim is fine)
1-2 T dill weed
  In large pot of salted boiling water cook potatoes until just fork-tender.  Meanwhile in small saucepan cook remaining ingredients, stirring to prevent scorching and until it is smooth and begins to thicken.  Drain potatoes, returning them to the pot for a few minutes, lid off, allowing the cooked potatoes to 'dry' a bit.  Pour the cream cheese mixture over the still-warm potatoes and gently fold all together.  Pour into casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray and place in 350* oven for 30-40 minutes until bubbly.  I usually cover the potatoes until the last 10 minutes or sew of cooking to gently brown the top.  These are AWESOME with Easter ham or pork roast.
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2/3 cup raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing
4-5 cups torn spinach leaves
1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced
1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese, or shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  Combine all ingredients, toss, chill and serve.
Bake 13x9 pan of brownies according to package directions. While still warm, poke holes in brownies with a fork and pour 1/4 cup of Kahula over all. 
  While cooling, prepare two packages of chocolate mousse according to directions. Set aside. 
  Crush 5 or 6 Heath Toffee Bars and set aside. 
  Thaw large container of Cool Whip.
1st layer: In a large parfait bowl, or punch bowl, crumble half of the brownies for the first layer of dessert.
2nd layer: Spread half of the mousse on top.
3rd layer: Spread half the Cool Whip.
4th layer: Spread half of the crushed candy bars on that.
Repeat each of the four layers. Pretty and YUMMY
…will be brought to you by Mary Lou Nuzum, Peggy Hodge, and Rose Marie Baab
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
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, April 14th 2014
Meeting was opened by President Jeri Fickes.    Visitors were welcomed, Mary Stockton, Elizabeth Perkins, Lisa Lang and Mary Gosser. The April Birthdays were recognized.
Treasurer: Report was given by Jolene.  Ending balance is $2618.83   Report accepted without objection.
Secretary: Report accepted without objection.
Quilt show - Nothing new.
Retreat- Vicki handed out the brochures.
Programs-Sally Kitchen- the handworkers group is having fun, and will meet again on May 2nd from 9-12, all are welcome to attend.  On May 30th from 9-2 there will be a Banner and Postcard class taught by Sally. The cost will be the donation of one finished banner. On June 28ththere will be a t-shirt quilt class taught by Jim.
Picnic –Shirley- Don’t forget that the challenge will be “flower garden” whatever you make has to have a bloom in it.  We will be playing a game that will need each person to bring 5 fat quarters.  We are encouraged to dress as “flowery” as possible. There is a question about the date and location; this will be voted upon at the May meeting.
Raffle Quilt –Vicki made a motion that we take $500 of the proceeds from the raffle sales and put it aside to use for shipping finished items to various charitable causes. Lola 2nd, motion carried.  Also Bonnie still has raffle tickets.
Beads of Courage – Shirley has the labels.
Next month we will be having a visit from Deputy Warden Barbara Kane, who works at the Prison Quilting Program. She will be accepting donations for the program, any fabric, patterns, books, rulers, etc would be appreciated.
Children’s Workshop-No news.
We had the PHD (projects half done) show and tell.
Our program was done by Karen Tooley and her husband John. They did a very informative Bed Turning presentation; showing around 30 quilts and the stories behind them.
Show and Tell
There were 2 door prizes, won by Janet McFarland and Bonnie Krueger.

Refreshments/Meeting Adjourned/Respectfully Submitted/Sarah McKee, Secretary

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