Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Newsletter and September Minutes

Meeting: October 12, 2015; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691
OCTOBER MEETING: Historical Bits and Pieces with Barb Byler
Using vintage quilts, Barb will share bits of history with the guild.  Do you know the first blocks that were sold as a kit?  When and where this happened?  How about the colors of the National Temperance Society?  Come find out!!
Don’t forget to return with your completed blocks ready to pick up another box!  Tonya Wellert will answer questions during refreshment time if anyone needs help.  Tonya will have the second month of instructions and the sign out sheet for the boxes.  
September attendance:  52 people were at the meeting; 3 guests and 49 members.  Please welcome our newest member: Betty Swartz.  3410 West Salem Road, Burbank, OH 44214.  Home phone; 330-624-3410, Cell; 330-465-7388.
Birthday: October 11  
Refreshments for the October meeting will be brought to you by Shirley Rodgers, Kim Panter, and Dot Anderson.  Thank you ladies very much!!!
Yes!  It is THAT time of year already!!  Sally will have the list of committees for the 2016 year at the October meeting.  There are some new committees and changes to familiar ones; please read descriptions so you understand.  Every members should make an effort to be on a committee.   Your dues for 2016 ($20) are payable BY December 31.  
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!!
This TCQ member loves the hot weather although born in Gary IN.  Has traveled to Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands and all but 8 states.  Is a member of Phi Theta Kappa – Golden Key Honor Society and inducted into Beta Theta Sigma – International Nursing Honor Society.  Has special talents tie dying, and counted cross stitch.  Has rumors of William Seward (Secretary of Treasury under Lincoln) being in the family tree!  
Who Is This?  Send your answers to Barb!!   
·         Elevate your cutting table to a comfortable height by purchasing table extensions from a DIY store.  Or, place several books under the legs.  
·         A fingertip moistener, available at office supply stores, makes a great substitute for a finger stall when pulling your needle through those tougher spots while quilting.  
·         Save the little packets of silica that come with new shoes or other items.  Store them with your needles, scissors, and pins to help prevent rusting.  
·         Replace your pins once in a while!  No one says you have to keep using the same dull pins you purchased 20 years ago!!
·         If you have difficulty threading your needles, you may be working from the wrong side of the eye.  Spin the needle to the opposite side and try again.  
·         When adding borders to your quilt it is important to measure your quilt and cut the border to fit the quilt; not just make a long strip and sew it on and cut when you get to the end.  This is more important the wider the border gets.  To measure for your border, take 3 measurements.  One on each side of the quilt and one in the middle.  Add these three figures and divide by 3.  This is how big your border should be.  
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!!!  
OCTOBER:  Janet McFarland…..anyone want to assist?  It isn’t hard and doesn’t take too long!!
NOVEMBER:  Still need people
DECEMBER:  will be the party committee
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 **Friday, October 9, from 9 – 11:50.  This is a change to the second Friday of the month!  Please bring a snack and your handwork.  Prepare for great fun!  Guests are welcome.  Call Sally Kitchen if you have any questions.  
·         Sat., Oct. 10 Mini Professional Tote with Kim Panter at the church 9:30 - 3
·         Sat., Oct. 17 Table Runner with Jane Richardson at the church 9:30 - 3
·         Sat., Nov. 14 String Quilt with Mary Lou Nuzum at the church 9:30 - 3
·         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:
·         Quilt National ’15 is the nineteenth international juried exhibition of 84 innovative quilts at The Dariy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio until September 7, 2015.
3 separate challenges for you to try!  
·         Scarlet and Gray Challenge- Two Categories 
o   Quilt/wallhanging - greater than or equal to 240 inches perimeter 
o   Other- accessory, clothing or small wall hanging, less than 239 inches perimeter 
Rules- Must be greater than or equal to 50% Red and Gray; You can only use Black and White as the other colors in the quilt. 
·         Modern Quilt Challenge 
Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design.  Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt.  These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints; high contrast and graphic areas of solid color; improvisational piecing, minimalism; expansive negative space; and alternate grid work" (quilting patterns).   
For the show, everyone is encouraged to try something different.  Entries will not be disqualified if attempts are made to try something different that could be considered modern.  This is more for fun than to have to adhere to strict rules.  Have fun with it! 
  1 - 16oz bag frozen hash browns, thawed
  1 chopped onion
  8 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
  1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  1 can shoe peg corn (undrained)
  1 can cream-style corn
  1 can roasted garlic flavored chicken broth
  1 ½ cups milk  (whole or skim)
Place all ingredients in slow cooker.  Stir gently. Cook on low 6-8 hrs.  Serve with sour cream or shredded cheese.
2 c. self-rising flour       1 cup mashed sweet potatoes  (1 lg. sweet potato will do)
¼ cup sugar    3 T. shortening   1/3 c. milk    2 T. butter
Preheat oven to 400*.  Combine flour and sugar in med. Bowl.  Cut in shortening and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add potatoes and milk and mix until ingred. are just moistened.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead 4-5 times.  Roll dough to ½" thickness.  Cut w/ biscuit cutter and place onto lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 15 min. or until golden.  Remove from oven an lightly butter tops of biscuits.  Makes 12 biscuits.
Cube 6 medium potatoes.  Add just enough chicken broth to cover.  Simmer until potatoes are soft. Sauté 1 diced onion and 3 stalks diced celery in 1 stick of butter.
Meanwhile, cook 1 small package of Reames Frozen Noodles in 1 large can of chicken broth. In stock pot or large Dutch oven, combine (undrained ) potatoes celery, onion and undrained noodles. Add to the soup 2 cups milk and 1 cup (or more) of instant mashed potatoes.  Salt & pepper to taste. Simmer 30-60 minutes and serve topped with shredded cheese.
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.  
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! 
Barb’s Bobbin Box Sewing; 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
Sept 21, 2015
Barb brought the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. There were 49 members and 3 guests in
attendance. One of those guests decided to become a member! Welcome Betty Schwartz!
This months Who's Who winner this month was Jeri Fickes when she correctly guessed that
Jolene Dyer was the mystery member. Barb Then congratulated our members as a whole for
our great showing at the fair!
Last month we had a discussion on whether or not we should join NQA, well that is no long an
option since NQA has disbanded!.
We are reminded that elections of officers are coming and our nominatiing committee are
looking for your suggestions for who you would like to see in the leadership roles or if you would
like to fill an office. Also think about who you think should be Quilter of the Year.
Dues for 2016 can be paid at any time. This year the dues go up to $20.00.
There was nothing to report from the Sunshine Committee.
Ruth from Community Projects thanked Kim and Kevin for helping out at the fair with the
demonstration at the fair. She also told us that she got a Thank You note from the Salvation
Army in Orrville for the toddler blanketss.
Sally Programs and Workshops-
Janes table runner class is moving to 10/17 9:00 Bring sewing machine and jelly roll or 40 2 ½
inch strips.  Mary Lou's Strip Quilt class will be 11/14 at 9:30
Kim's Mini Pro Tote Class will bee 10/10 at 9:30
Sally then announced some changes for next year. She wants to form a 25th TCQ birthday
commitee. (2017) Next year there will be a Trips chairman (Sarah Bistline) and a workshops
chairman (Marilyn Niscius). She wants the Sunshine committee to send cards made with fabric.
She has appointed a chairman for refreshments and refreshments will be on the tables during
the meetings not served afterwards. If you want a drink, bring your own.
Vicky talked about the 2017 retreat. The samples for the classes were shown and we were
asked to vote on our top two choices for classes.
Respectfully submitted
Kim Panter, secretary

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