Sunday, June 29, 2014

July Newsletter and June 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: July 14, 2014, 6:00 pm
                                      First Church of God
                1953 Akron Road
It’s time for our annual picnic!  As in other years, we will have a pot luck.  Ice Tea will be provided but we all need to bring our own table service and water.  We have been asked to wear something floral, bring 5 fat quarters for playing bingo, and don’t forget your challenge piece……something with flowers on it. 
As this is Ohio and we seem to be in the middle of the monsoon season, don’t forget raingear, even if we do have a wonderful pavilion to shelter us!  We have fun no matter the weather so see you there!   Note the change of time and location
As promised, here is Marilyn’s information for you to add to your membership booklet. 
Marilyn Nisius
PO Box 855
Westfield Center, OH 44251
330-322-3693 (cell)
Jan 10
Jolene’s new address is:
5152 N. Apple Creek Road
Smithville, OH 44677
Phone; 330-669-3216
Cell; 330-466-4771
May Meeting: 59 attendees; 8 guests and 51 members
June meeting: 63 attendees; 13 guests and 50 members
Cost for members is $155. Non-members can sign up right now but will be on a wait list until September to make sure members get the classes they want. After September the signup is open to everybody.  Check out the wonderful classes and get yourself a brochure at the sign in table.  It is your choice to stay at the hotel or commute each day.  Saturday evening the program is open to all TCQ members free of charge. 
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
Ever want to use a variegated thread for quilting but don’t have the right colors?  Some quilters make their own 2 or 3 color combinations!  Thread all the color of threads through the machine and use a large eye needle (embroidery or jeans).  Use the extra spool holders on your machine or place the spools of thread near the back of your machine in mugs and thread the machine in the usual manner. 
·         Saturday, June 28: T-shirt quilts with Jim Rawdon from 10 – 3.  There is still room for more to come to this workshop!  Bring a snack to share, your lunch, and a small donation the church for the use of the room.  Any questions, please call Jim or Sally.   
·         Friday July 11: Handwork group meets from 9 - 12…..Please note the change of date!  Demo will be rug hooking with Mary Lou
Workshops; We currently have 14 members signed up for the 2 workshops.  These are free classes in exchange for you volunteering hours at the quilt show.  The sign-up sheet and pictures of the quilts will be available at the picnic.  Non-members will be able to sign up for these classes.  $20 for the Magic Square and $30 for Storm at Sea.
****Please fill out your quilt registration form and get it into Dot ASAP.   The committee is anxious to see how many quilts the show might have displayed. 
TCQ Boutique will again be available to members during the show.  You can sell sewn/quilt related items with 10% going to TCQ.  Please, no fabric sales as this competes with our vendors. 
Sell your raffle tickets!  This is an easy way for each member to help market our show.  As the show has changed where it has been for years, it is very important for everyone to participate. 
Janet McFarland has a signup sheet and is looking for volunteers to assist her in selling raffle tickets at the Amish Quilt Show a couple weeks before our own show.  Please see Janet if you can help for a couple hours. 
16oz macaroni or any short cut pasta
1 cooked rotisserie chicken, picked and chopped;
1/2 red onion, minced   
1 English cucumber chopped coarsely
bunch red seedless grapes, halved
1 bunch fresh parsley, stemmed and chopped
1/2 cup sliced almonds 
Toss all together and mix with Marzetti's slaw dressing (not reduced fat) if you can find it. If not use Miracle whip thinned a bit with olive oil and vinegar. 
Anyone like Kolrabi?  A great vegetable that you can serve hot or cold.  Peel it and slice it for a snack.  Peel and cube it, boil until tender (like a potato) and serve with salt, pepper, and butter….add some cream, too.
Beets and greens….something I’m going to have an abundance of I can tell already!  Personally, I love young beets so I pick mine when they are pretty small.  But I always cook them with the greens.  Boil the beets, slip them out of their skins, cut them up and throw them back into the pot.  Wash the greens and throw them in.  Add just a bit of water and steam the greens for a few minutes.  Add some butter OR, best yet, a bit of bacon fried crisp and the fat.  (can you tell I grew up with southern and German relatives?) 
It’s grilling time on our patio and what I am keeping in my refrigerator and freezer right now is pizza dough.  I make it in large batches, portion it out and keep it on hand.  My husband and I love rolling out the dough and cooking it right on the grill rack of our weber.  Put it on, wait less than a minute and the first side is done.  Take it off the grill, flip it over and add your toppings (to the grilled side).  Slide it back onto the grill and in less than 5 minutes you have a GREAT supper!  Use fresh herbs and fresh mozzarella, pesto instead of a red sauce, caramelized Vidalia onions, Yummy!!!  Give it a try and let me know how it works for you. 
Are you aware that the Guild keeps a box of supplies in a cupboard for refreshments?  We have a variety of tea bags, plates, cups, napkins, etc.  We are in need of a volunteer to take a look and refresh this supply BYthe August meeting!  Please contact Jeri if you could help take an inventory, shop and re-stock the box.  There is an amount budgeted for this
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
June 9th 2014
Jeri opened the meeting and welcomed our visitors from the Children’s Workshop. 6 of the 8 children came with their families.  Each child and mentor group showed their quilts.     Jim and Jazon; Pat and Erica; Gail and Raven; Tanya and Erin; Mabel & Carol and Brooklyn; Janet and Abby; Ruth and Julie; Mary and Madison.
Papers were handed out with committee update info and picnic info. This was to shorten the meeting.
Refreshments were had including Cake and Ice Cream.
Show and tell and PHD show and tell was held.
Our program was done by Karen Benke from “The Little Red Quilt House” in Medina.  She presented Nifty Notions. Such as: to make a miniature quilt take all the measurements for a queen size and divide each size by 4.  To make a zippered pillow easy use the hotdog technique. Also remember when your life gets hectic to turn to Proverbs 31; the lady mentioned there SEWED, for OTHERS!!!  She also shared an easy “quilting day recipe” take 2-4 frozen chicken breasts, 1 block of cream cheese, 1 can cream of anything soup, and 4 plops of Italian salad dressing, leave the whole thing in the Crockpot all day and serve with angel hair pasta and a salad.
Meeting adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Mckee

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