Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Newsletter and February 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: March 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
                                      Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691
MARCH MEETING: Caring for your Machine
Our speaker this month is Tim Drake of Ducks Sew N Vac.  Your sewing machine is a big investment and your hobby centers on these machines.  Let’s discover the simple and easy things we can do to keep it running/working at its best. 
It is NATIONAL QUILT MONTH!!  Yeah!  Saturday, March 21 is National Quilting Day!  What will you be doing?!!
Beginning with the March meeting I would like to change the format of our Show N Tell.  If you have something to Show, could you please lay it out on the bench or on a table when you arrive?  Use the tables closest to the kitchen or along the edges of the room.  Everyone can socialize and meet each other while you have the opportunity to get really good looks at our accomplishments and answer questions from other members.  We will still have a normal Show N Tell portion of the meeting!  You will just grab your project off the table or bench before coming to the front of the room.    Please remember to state your name loudly and clearly when showing your projects.  
I know everyone will have lots to show in March from all the snowy sewing days you have all had!! 
February attendance: 53 people were at the meeting; 4 guests (who ALL joined!) and 49 members.  
Please welcome our 4 new members!  
Janet Zahorsky                                                Jolene Dyer
533 Williamsburg Court, Apt. F                      148 Cannon Drive
Wooster, OH 44691                                        Wooster, Oh 44691
Cell; 412-760-8205                                         Home; 330-264-3031                        
October 24 birthday                                       January 7 birthday
Dorrie Miller                                                   Sandy Gordon
101 Lance Street                                             3061 Fox Lake Road
Creston, OH 44217                                         Wooster, OH 44691
Home: 330-435-6211                                      Cell; 330-465-2535
Cell; 330-466-5180                                                                    June 28 birthday
May 25 birthday                                             
The new membership booklets are at the Hospitality table for you to pick up:  Reminder that you are responsible for your own cover.  
New Members; please check the hospitality table as you arrive and sign up for the different committees.  
*****Quilt Show Committee will meet Monday, March 2, 7:00 at Mary Lou’s.  
Saturday, March 7 is the first meeting of 2015 for NEORQC.  Any member of TCQ is welcome to attend.  The Osnaburg Quilt & Fiber Art Guild will be hosting the March meeting at the East Canton Church of God: 201 Nassau Street E, East Canton, Ohio 44730.  (38 minutes from Wooster).  There will be a business meeting, show-n-tell, a pot-luck luncheon, visiting, etc.  Join us for some fun with other quilters!  
So far, Dot Anderson, Mary Mahoney, and Barb Byler have expressed an interest in attending.  Anyone else?  Email or call Barb.  
Our speaker in April would be a GREAT recipient of some donations.  If you have quilt weight fabric fat ¼ size or larger, lace trims, elastic, or Velcro, The Giving Doll could use them!  Bring them anytime and we will collect the items.  Thank you!  
Thank you to Nancy Danby, Judy Mallonn, and Gwen Alaura Hoover for providing us refreshments this month!  
There are still some open spaces for refreshments; September and October are in need of another person.  
Sue Smucker’s phone number is 330-264-3881; please make this change in your booklets!
Jane Richardson is leading everyone through a Mystery Quilt.  First piece of the puzzle was presented at the February meeting.  It is not too late for you to join all the other sleuths in solving this quilt puzzle!  See Jane and she will give you the first step.  For those of you new to mystery quilts:  one step at a time is given to you.  You do not know what the pattern is or what it will look like until you complete each step!  Jane is asking that the tops be pieced by the September meeting.  We will have a show-n-tell for the quilts with the membership voting on their Viewer’s Choices.  Jane thinks the 1st place prize will be $50!  Lesser amounts for 2ndand 3rd.  Contact Jane at the meeting if you want to be involved in this fun style of piecing a top.
We now have a membership of 70 and we gain new members each meeting.  While this is a good thing we are growing so quickly that there are people we don’t know.  Surveys, or short questionnaires are being distributed at meetings and online to everyone.  Please…..fill them out (I do need to know who the information is from) but do not talk about the information shared.  Each month we are going to share this information with everyone and it will be up to you to discover “Who Is This.”  Turn in your guesses to Barb and the first correct answer will receive a small prize.  Descriptions will be shared in the newsletters…..revealing “Who This Is” will be at the meetings!  You can text, call, or email your guesses to Barb.  Good Luck!!
This month 2 members will be featured.  You must guess both names correctly!!
1.      I was born in Mercer County, PA and at one time was a grocery store owner.  I love traveling and besides 48 states have been to Portugal, Canada, and Mexico.  Quilting is relaxing and rewarding to me.  
2.      I was born here in Ohio but have lived in Austria!  I also traveled behind the “Iron Curtain” when it existed.  I have a teaching background and find quilting relaxing.  
Who Is This?  Send your answers to Barb!! 
2015 QUILTY CHALLENGE: “Learn and Grow”
Distributed at the January meeting was the 2015 Quilty Challenge.  Inside there is a list of all sorts of things related to quilting.   The idea is for you to circle everything on the list that you have done before.  Now, search through the list and see what you have not tried.  The Challenge: make 1 project from start to finish within this year.  There are no size restrictions however, you must incorporate 3 new skills/techniques/colors/whatever and be able to tell us what these are.  Or, make 3 projects with 1 new “something” in each.  Pick up your Quilty Challenge list at the Hospitality table.  Happy Sewing!
Peggy Hodge is looking for someone to share a room at the Hilton Garden Inn during the retreat.  If you are interested in splitting the cost of the room, please give Peggy a call: 330-263-0076
A new committee has been added to our list.  The church has requested that we (as well as any other group that meets in their rooms) either pay a fee for a custodian or do our own clean up.  Tthis is not a new procedure from the church….we just didn’t know about it in past year!) We opted to do our own as the church custodian charges $50 per cleaning!  This includes taking out our trash (now a part of the Refreshment Committee duties) and sweeping the floor and straightening the tables and chairs.  Sally Kitchen volunteered to do this every meeting and we passed around a sign up for people to assist.  
FEBRUARY: Bev Fash and Mary Mahoney                  JUNE: Kevin Horst, Ellen Horst
MARCH; Ruth Bishop and Gwen Alaura Hoover        AUGUST: Denise Mohler and Toni Phillips
APRIL: Mabel Stocker                                                 SEPTEMBER: Shirley Rodgers and Jane Richardson
MAY: Vicky Hartzler                                                    
***October, November, and December are open.  Please take a turn!  The sign-up sheet is at the Hospitality Table when you arrive.  Thank you for your generous support!!
Out of consideration for fellow quilt members; some new and learning, some of us forgetful!, please wear your name badge to meetings.  Or, fill out a temporary name badge at the hospitality table.  Thank you!  
Quilts or comforters for babies, toddlers, young children and teens are needed in our community.  Sizes could be 40 X 40 for babies, 50 X 56 for toddlers, 68 X 89 for children and teens, lap robes 56 X 70.  Please use your judgment; all sizes are welcome!  Ruth Bishop will collect these quilts from us all year.  
The Handwork workshop will meet March 6 from 9 – 11:50.  Please bring a snack and your handwork.  Prepare for great fun!  Reminder: if the schools are closed there is no workshop.  Guests are welcome.  Call Sally Kitchen if you have any questions.  April’s Handwork class will meet the 10th…the second Friday of the month.  
VANISHING HOURGLASS:  Re-scheduled to Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 to 3:30 with Jane Richardson.  
SUMMER SOLSTICE CUTTING DEMO (for those taking this workshop during the April retreat); Saturday, March 14, 12:00 – 2:00 with Laura Nolletti
When planning a quilt, it is a good idea to make a sample block to test the accuracy of the pattern and your seam allowance, as well as to decide how you like the positions of your fabrics in the block.  Save all your sample blocks and put together a sampler for yourself showing your quilts through the years.    
If you have never visited the annual quilt show at Lake Farmpark, you are missing out!  Yes, it is a bit of a drive but well worth the visit.  They also offer great workshops and classes and lectures.  This year the featured artist is ReNae Merrill author of Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts and also Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts.  Lecture and trunk show Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 pm with ReNae Merrill.    
Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup currants
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk
1.      Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet, set aside. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange peel. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in currants. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
2.      In a small mixing bowl combine egg and buttermilk. Add all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.
3.      On a lightly floured surface gently knead dough to form a dough (about 4 or 5 times). Shape into a 7-inch round loaf.
4.      Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, make 2 slashes across the top of the loaf to form an X, cutting all the way to the edge. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.
Please see Becky Hamilton if you wish to use the guild’s AccuCut.  
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; 840 Harrison Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44314.  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 330-601-6096 (cell) I have my cell with me all the time. Please give me a call! 
ThreeB’s Memory Quilts, Barb Byler; 239 Jane Drive, Smithville, Ohio 44677.  I design and sew your t-shirts (sweatshirts, button-downs, etc.) into quilts.  Photographs can also be added. or 
Tree City Quilters’ Guild; Officers 2015
President: Barb Byler  Vice President; Sally Kitchen
Secretary; Kim Panter    Treasurer; Dot Anderson
Members at Large; Jane Richardson and Tonya Wellert
February minutes:
Barb brought the meeting to order at 7 PM. She welcomed the following guests: Jolene Dyer,
Sandy Gordon, Dorie Miller and Janet Zahorsky. Jolene, Sandy, Janet and Dorry all joined!
Dot Anderson gave the treasurers report. Our beginning balance was $7180.48 we had an
income of $75.00 (dues) Our total expenses for the month were $476.10 leaving us with an
ending balance of $6779.38.
Barb gave Sally a small token of appreciation for volunteering to make sure our housekeeping
responsibilities are taken care of each month. Thanks Sally!
Betty Boreman won this months "Who is this" challenge when she gave the correct answer of
Kim Panter to Barb first.
There are lots of things to sign up for and get involved with on the welcome table. Also
Membership booklets and cards are at the welcome table.
Barb then reviewed the Quilty Challenge. She had originally said 1 project with three new
things. That has now been changed to that you can do three separate projects if you want. She
also showed us the gift basket that can be won at the end of the year.
Sally then showed us one of her favorite tools. Sally loves using stilettos and showed us her
favorite which is a porcupine quill. Her second favorite is an orange stick!. She also showed us
another favorite tool which is Bohn's chalk pencil.
Barb then asked for volunteers to help Kim review our by laws. Cassie Anderson, Sue
Smucker and Shirley Rodgers volunteered to help out.
Becky Hamiltion volunteered to be the keeper of the guild's Accuquilt and dyes for the year. If
you would like to sign it out please check with Becky.
The next NEORQ meeting is March 7th. Anyone is allowed to attend as we are all NEORQ
Next came the discussion on name badges. A motion was made that you will be fined 25¢ for
not wearing a name badge. After some discussion that motion failed. Another motion was made
that we should wear name badges out of courtesy to the other members. Especially our
numerous new members. There will be paper ones available at the welcome table if you don't
have one or forget yours.
Sunshine committee
Past member Vera Reed who had Parkinsons recently passed away. She was living in Texas.
Barb Nemeth's husband also passed away.
Community Projects
Ruth Bishop asked that for a community project we make toddler and baby quilts to distribute
to local shelters and hospitals for children in need. We can have a workshop and you may make
them at home. New member Dorry Miller says that there is a huge influx of infants at Children's
Quilt Show
Laura told us that the quilt show will be the last weekend of September 2016 at the Buckeye
Events Center. The first committee meeting will be February 16th @ 7:00PM at Mary Lou's.
(subsequently changed to March 2nd for weather)
Trips and Workshops
Raffle quilt committee was chosen, members are Jane Richardson, Sarah Bistline and Gwen
Next meeting of the Monthly Handworkers will be March 6th form 9:00AM to 11:50AM in the
Fireside Room. Aprils meeting will be on the 10th at the same time.
There will be 2 hand applique classes taught by Sally The first will be March 14th from 9:30
until 2:00. This one will be on Backbasting. The second class is on March 21st at the same time.
Both classes will be in the Fireside Room.
Jane will be teaching the Vanishing Hour Glass on February 21st in the Big Room from 10:00
until 3:00.Number of squares for each size are as follows: Lap 12 , Twin 20, Queen 42, King 56.
You need 1 contrasting and one background 10x10 fabric square for each block.
Jane also started our Mystery quilt. It will run until September. Cost is $5.00. Finished size
without borders is 51x68.
The program on button collecting given by Susan Chisnell-Spires followed. Refreshments were
provided by Ruth Bishop and Sue Jusli.
Respectively Submitted by,
Kim Panter, secretary.
WHO IS THIS?: If you would kindly fill out this sheet and hand it or email it to Barb, it would be greatly appreciated!  Tell us about yourself…with a little paragraph or a listing of facts.  Please DO NOT show or share this information with anyone.  The following list is a few prompts for to get you started.  Feel free to add more!  
Born where
Lived in different places:
Do or did for a living:
Special talents:
Someone “famous” in your family tree?
Like what about quilting?
Prepare your space;
Good light 
Cutting matt and cutter, scissors
Add a quarter tool, pencil
Pressing iron, tool, or iron
Ironing board or matt
Set your machine to 18-20 stitches per inch
Use a size 90 (90/14) needle; the larger size helps perforate the paper for ease in tearing
Trace using tissue paper; I find copying designs on a machine leads to distortions and the paper too heavy
I purchase tissue (boxes of paper you use to grab a donut….comes in lots of sizes) from Friendly Wholesale down on Cushman Street (off Spink) in Wooster.  
Use pieces of fabric; no need to cut endless shapes
            Can place fabric regardless of grain
            Way to use small scraps
Place fabric #1 RIGHT SIDE UP over the lines (back side) to see if it will fit – use a light!
Wrong side of paper to wrong side of fabric
Always stitch on the lines you TRACED; stitch on line between pieces 1 and 2
Extend your ones slightly to make crisp points
Stitch in the direction of points
Fold back paper, add a quarter seam allowance and trim
Begin Again!  Follow numerical order of the lines

Leave the removal of the paper until your blocks are sewn together.  Don’t just start ripping!  You can break stitches or cause distortion.  Carefully tear, hold seams and points

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