Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Newsletter and May 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: June 8, 2015, 7:00 pm
                                      Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691
JUNE MEETING: Debi Moffitt of Somewhere Sewing
Debi will be talking about the Row by Row in Ohio for 2015 involving 84 shops!  She will present the history and tell us about the program with visuals.  Always a great speaker; see you in June!
Take your pick….National Flag Month and/or national Ice Tea month!
May attendance:  45 people were at the meeting; 1 guest and 44 members.  
New Members; please check the hospitality table as you arrive and sign up for the different committees.  
There are still some open spaces for Refreshments and Housekeeping.    
It was with great sorrow that we learned of the death of Effie Troyer’s husband.  Please express your condolences to Effie.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  
Nancy Danby is recovering after surgery.  Cards would be welcome!  
Thank you to Ellen Horst, Mary Mahoney, and Kevin Horst for providing us refreshments this month!  A reminder to guild members that we are to use just ONE trash container during the evening.  
A vote taken at the May meeting passed the 3 Bylaw changes recommended by the committee.    Please make the necessary changes to your membership booklets.
1.       Article IV – Annual Dues; currently at $15 per year was raised to $20 per year beginning for 2016
2.       Article IV – Annual Dues; states currently that dues are “payable the first meeting in January in order to be included in the directory.” Was changed to “payable by December 31 in order to be included in the directory.” 
3.       Article VII – Executive Board; currently states that the Executive board shall meet once a month to transact business; the week prior to the guild’s regular monthly meeting was changed to meeting a minimum of 4 times per year at a time convenient to the executive members. 
Back by popular demand!  This fall we will be starting a Round Robin quilt with everyone in the guild invited to join the fun!  Each one of us will be asked to provide our own fabrics along with the theme, style, and colors we have chosen for our quilt.  Each month the quilts will be exchanged with other quilters who will make a block or blocks.  Instructions will be provided with options for sizes and difficulty of blocks.  Each month, the quilts will be exchanged and the number of blocks will grow!  This is a fun way to design your won quilt using the blocks that friends in the guild have contributed.  As a part of this new round robin, design options will be provided for designing your quilts.  Please begin looking through your stash or selecting new fabrics to use in this new, exciting round robin venture!!  
The idea for this activity is from the book “Round Robin Renaissance” by M’Liss Raw Hawley.  It is available on Amazon for less than $10 (including shipping) if you are interested in purchasing a copy.  Our project is in chapter 5.  
A marvelous stress-free day trip with great company to 4 stores!  8 am – appx. 6:30 pm.  Registration forms are available at the sign-in table.  
·         $45 per person
·         Lunch is included along with water and snacks on the bus
·         Leaving from the Buehler’s Milltown employee parking lot at 8 am.  This parking lot is behind the store.  Please park far back to leave room for the employees.  
·         Turn in your registration form to Sarah Bistline by August 10
We now have a membership of 74 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!!
I was born in McKeesport, PA but have also lived in Ohio and Minnesota on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.  I have traveled to Italy, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.  I like dumpster diving and flea markets!  I am the mother of 5, was an RN, and enjoy recycling and repurposing furniture.  I especially like designing quilts.  Who am I?! 
Who Is This?  Send your answers to Barb!! 
May Mystery Members were #1; Ellen Horst and #2; Lucille Lozier; Everyone was stumped by these ladies!  Better guessing this month!
Easy Half-Square Triangles
Cut 2 squares 4 1/4 inches and lay them right sides together.  Sew completely around the square using a ¼ inch seam.  Cut in half on the diagonal; cut each half again.  You now have 4, 2 ½ inch half square triangles.  
This method does leave you with some bias to deal with; press carefully!  
2015 QUILTY CHALLENGE: “Learn and Grow”
Progress is being made on this year’s Quilty Challenge.  There are currently 18 TCQ members working in the challenge.  If you are a new member; please check with the Hospitality Committee for the Challenge questionnaire.  Once you have checked off everything that you have done in the past, choose 3 new techniques, colors, styles, etc. and start sewing!  You must incorporate 3 new skills/techniques/colors/whatever into either 1 project or separate projects.  They must be completed by December…..quilted and bound…..ready for show-n-tell.  Happy Sewing! 
A reminder to all members that we are responsible to straighten our meeting room, empty the trash into the dumpster, push in our chairs, and vacuum the floor each month.  We need people to volunteer to help with these chores!!!  
JUNE: Kevin Horst, Ellen Horst
AUGUST: Denise Mohler and Toni Phillips
SEPTEMBER: Shirley Rodgers and Jane Richardson
OCTOBER:   ???
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 June 5, from 9 – 11:50.  Please bring a snack and your handwork.  Prepare for great fun!  Guests are welcome.  Call Sally Kitchen if you have any questions.  
·         Hand Applique: a 2 session workshop: Saturday, June 20 instructions will be on preparation
§  Saturday, June 27 will focus on needle turn, curves, and points
Sally Kitchen is the instructor, sign up at the meeting!
·         2 Color Bargello with Vicky Hartzler will be sometime in August.  Stay tuned for when and where!
·         Tote Bag with Kim Panter will be in September or October: Stay tuned for when and where!
·         String Quilt workshop with Mary Lou Nuzum will be this fall: stay tuned for when and where!
Machine Quilting on Your Home Domestic Machine Workshop: Saturday, May 30 9:30 – 2 with Laura Nolletti
Sign up for this class was at the May meeting.  What you will need:
·         A sewing machine in good working order; hopefully your machine allows you to lower or cover the feed dogs.  Check your manual if you are not sure. 
·         Thread - a variety that you have at home - do not purchase new thread for the class 
·         Needles - variety or whatever you have at home 
·         Scissors 
·         Quilting gloves if you have them  
·         A quilt sandwich - a light or plain colored fabric top about fat quarter size on top of thin batting with the bottom layer being any cotton fabric.  If you don't have batting, let Laura know. 
·         Sack lunch, snack to share if you like 
·         $5 for supplies, printouts 
·         A good attitude, ready to try new things! 
If you have questions, please contact Laura Nolletti at nollettilaura@gmail.com
Please mark your calendars for our annual “summer” picnic!  (the quotation marks are for the variable weather we experience during our festivities!!)
Location: First Church of God: 1953 Akron Road, Wooster, OH in the picnic pavilion 
·         Pot Luck
·         Please bring your own table service
·         The committee has asked that each of us bring 4-5 Christmas items to make our won center pieces for the tables.  They would like us to spread out and sit 4-5 per table 
·         5 fat quarters: rolled and tied!  Repeat: we were asked to roll and tie the fat quarters
·         The committee will supply meat, water, tea, lemonade, tape, scissors, pipe cleaners, yarn, and white plastic table cloths
Our picnics are always fun!  Don’t forget your Christmas challenge and other Show-N-Tell.  See you there!
*** 585 South is closed due to construction.  You must approach the church entrance coming NORTH on 585 If you come from the Smithville or Orrville area: use Geyers Chapel to Long Road; then right/north on 585 to the church.  
·         The West Vitginia Quilt Show: June 18-20, 2015.  For more information: http://www.wvquilters.org/2015festival.html
·         The Mutton Hill Quilt Show; October 16 – 18, 2015 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio
Sponsored by the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio: MuttonHillQuilts.org
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 
3/4 cup butter 
6  T light corn syrup 
10 slices (1 1/4" thick) French bread 
4 eggs, beaten 
2 1/2 cups milk 
1 T vanilla 
1/4 tsp salt 
3 T sugar 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 cup butter, melted 
  In medium saucepan combine brown sugar and corn syrup.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes, or until bubbly.  Pour syrup into lightly greased 9x13 baking dish. Place bread slices over syrup.  Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and salt.  Stir well and pour over bread.  Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours.  Preheat oven to 350*. Combine sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over soaked bread.  Drizzle melted butter over top.  Bake, uncovered, 50 minutes until golden and bubbly. 
1 cup mixed long grain and wild rice (raw)
1lb cooked, shelled shrimp (or crab)
1 peach, peeled, pitted, chunked
4 scallions, chopped
¼ cup slivered almonds
1T finely chopped fresh mint
1 T. olive oil
2 tsp lime juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 T honey
Cook rice in 2 cups boiling water until tender. Transfer to large bowl and add shrimp or crab (or both!). Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over rice mixture. Toss well and let cool. Add all the rest of the ingredients just before serving, stir gently and serve with crusty bread. 
ISLAND CHICKEN  (serves 4) 
4 - boneless chicken breasts
1 onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
     Sauté these in olive oil until onion is tender and chicken is beginning to turn golden. At this point add white wine to cover chicken. Cover pan and simmer 25-30 minutes, until chicken is done. Remove chicken to platter and keep warm in oven. To wine sauce add:  1 pt. sour cream
         8 oz fresh sliced mushrooms
         2 cups sliced seedless grapes
Heat through. Pour over chicken on platter and serve with rice or pasta.
CAKE: 1 box Butter Golden Cake Mix, 1/2 C oil, 3 eggs, 1 (15 ounce) can Mandarin oranges, including juice 
     Place all ingredients into large mixing bowl (you can remove several Mandarin orange slices to use for garnish) and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Grease and flour 2 - 9" round cake pans.  Pour batter equally into these 2 pans and bake in pre-heated 350* oven for 30 minutes.  Remove from pans and allow to cool completely.  
FROSTING: 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding, 1 (12 ounce) container cool whip, thawed.  Place Cool Whip in large mixing bowl, add vanilla pudding and crushed pineapple with juice.  Mix gently with wooden spoon.  Ice cake as desired and top with remaining Mandarin orange slices.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  As pretty as it is delicious!!
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.  www.quiltingbythemill.com  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.  
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.  baquilter33@aol.com 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

Barb brought the meeting to order at 7:00 with 45 members and one guest present. Shirley
Rodgers made a motion to accept the minutes from the April meeting. Jane Richardson
accepted.  Passed
Barb said that our NQA dues are due in June.
The recommendations of the By Laws review committee were then presented. Shirley Rodgers
made a motion that we accept the recommendations. Laura Noletti 2nded the motion. Lola
Franks made a comment that she thought we should vote on each recommendation separately. Barb asked for a show of hands who would like to vote each article separately or vote on them as a whole with no response by the group.  Motion passed that they were accepted as presented by the committee.
Community Projects- Ruth gave 3 quilts to the Salvation Army.
Ladies wanting to make doll quilts for "The Giving Doll" should make them 24"x24".
Workshops and Trips- Next hand-sewing group meeting will be June 5th in the fireside room
from 9:00 t0 11:50.
On May 30th Laura Nolletti will be teaching machine quilting from 9:30-2:00
Sally will be teaching Hand Appliqué on June 20 and 27.
Vicky will be teaching a 2 color Bargello class in August.
Kim will be teaching the Mini Professional Tote on either September or October.
Sarah Bistline is planning a bus trip on August 19th. Cost $45.00
Quilt Retreat- Tonya gave a financial report on the quilt retreat.
Vicky says that is was suggested to have a retreat every year. If anyone is interested in taking
charge of a yearly retreat, go for it!
Dot Anderson gave the treasurers report for the month of April. Beginning balance was
$7220.53. We had income of $125.00. Our expenses for the month were $4856.42 (quilt retreat)
And that leaves us with an ending balance of $2489.11
Barb said that the next NEORQ meeting is June 6. We learned that Effie Troyer's husband
passed away. Nancy Danby's surgery went well and she is home recuperating.
Shirley gave info on the picnic. We will again be having a potluck.
1. Bring your own table service
2. bring 5 fat-quarters, rolled and tied.
3. Christmas themed center piece contest.
4. Committee will supply 1) meat 2) water, tea, and lemonade. 3) Tape, scissors, pipe
cleaners, plastic table cloths and yarn for the centerpiece contest.
Laura Then presented the program on managing your scrap stash. She showed different quilts
made from her scraps. She also had many patterns and books for us to look at.
Refreshments and social time followed.
Respectfully submitted by Kim Panter (with help from Shirley Rodgers!)

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