Thursday, September 3, 2015

September Newsletter and August 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: September 21, 2015; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691
SEPTEMBER MEETING: Progressive Quilt
The program for September (presented by Jeri Fickes) will be demonstrations on making the Progressive Quilt blocks for the first month; how to make sure you are sewing an accurate quarter inch seam; different methods for making half square triangle blocks; different methods for making flying geese; machine embroidery tips.    
If you are planning to participate in the monthly progressive quilt block program, you will need to bring your box of fabric and completed paperwork to the September meeting. Boxes will be exchanged at the meeting. You will receive instructions for making the blocks for your quilting friend to bring back in October.  Many have asked how much time will be involved - my best guess is between 1 1/2 to 3 hours per month depending on skill level and difficulty of the blocks you choose to make.  You will have a choice of two out of three each month.  It is highly recommended that you locate of copy of the book "Round Robin Renaissance: by M'Liss Rae Hawley.
Questions may be directed to Laura Nolletti 330-466-0822.  
SEPETEMBER is National Sewing Month!!
August attendance:  54 people were at the meeting; 1 guest and 53 members  
Refreshments for the September meeting will be brought to you by Bev Fash, Kathy Ott, and Shirley Rogers.  Thank you ladies very much!!!
The Board met August 10 before the regular meeting.  
Members were asked to serve on the Nominating Committee: Bonnie Krueger, Becky Hamilton, and Michele Reed.  
ELECTIONS: during our November meeting we will elect the officers for the upcoming year.  As per our bylaws, the nominating committee will present a single slate of nominees for officers of the organization.  Nominations from the floor will also be taken.  Please consider serving as an officer!  It is fun and a great way to get to know other members.  
PROPOSED BYLAWS AMENDMENT; That Tree City Quilt Guild invest in a 2 year membership to the newly elected VP for as long as the guild elects to renew the biennial NQA membership.  
EXPLANATION:  TCQ has elected to be a chapter member of NQA for several years but each time we need to renew our membership it is very difficult to find 5 members that we are required to name as a chapter.   If we begin to purchase each newly elected VP’s NQA membership; TCQ will have 2 of the 5 required members.  
·         TCQ membership: $45 biennial (every 2 years) plus 5 member numbers
·         A 2 year membership; $50
·         By purchasing each newly elected VP a 2-year membership, the memberships will overlap and provide TCQ 2 of the 5 required members.  
·         At any time the guild decides not to renew their membership to NQA, purchasing the single member 2-year memberships would cease automatically without needing a second vote from the club.  
·         Our current NQA membership has lapsed because we cannot locate 5 current members provide their membership numbers required for our renewal.  
Refreshments for the September meeting will be brought to you by Bev Fash, Kathy Ott, and Shirley Rogers.  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 September meeting.  Please remember to sign up.
Ruth Bishop is organizing the Fair domos for this year.  Anyone interested in demonstrating an aspect of quilting should contact Ruth and become part of the group ASAP!  This is a fun way to meet people and let them know about the great art of quilting as well as grow our membership.  
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 right here in Wooster but have traveled to Europe 8 times and visited 20 different countries plus Australia.  Besides quilting I enjoy photography, digital painting, biking, golf, and tennis.  I am (or was?) a teacher and used quilting as an outlet for creativity.  
Who Is This?  Send your answers to Barb!!   
·         When sewing a quilt for someone’s wedding: use a transfer of their wedding invitation as the label
·         To wash small pieces of fabric without fraying the edges, put them in a salad spinner rather than a washing machine.  
·         To make a sewing machine needle easier to thread, shine a beam of light behind the needle’s eye
·         To make machine-applique circular or oval pieces, first make marks that imitate the hours of a clock face on each applique shape.  Pivot the fabric at each hour mark when you stitch.  
·         To make it easier to remove papers from foundation-pieced projects, run the handle end of a pair of scissors along each stitching line to weaken the paper.
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!!!  
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 Friday, September 4, 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.  
·         Sat., Oct. 10 Mini Professional Tote with Kim Panter at the church 9:30 - 3
·         Sat., Oct. 24 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
·        Medina Honey Bees will have a Quilt show at the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Mapleside Farms,  294 Pearl Rd, Ohio  September 12 & 13, 10-6 each day.  Raffle tickets are available from Sarah Bistline for a quilt made with Downton Abby fabrics
·         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! 
4 slices bread  
2 tablespoons olive oil  
4 tablespoons basil pesto  
1 ball fresh mozzarella, room temperature, sliced 1/4 inch thick  
1 large ripe tomato, room temperature, sliced 1/4 inch thick  
    Heat a non­stick pan over medium heat. Brush the outside of each slice of bread with oil, spread the pesto on the inside, place the mozzarella on the pesto on of one slice of bread, top with the tomato, and finally top the other slice of bread pesto side in. Saute the sandwich and until golden brown and the cheese has melted. 
2 pounds tomatoes, cut in wedges  
1 red pepper, cut in half and seeded  
1 onion, sliced into rings  
4 cloves garlic, whole and unpeeled  
olive oil  
salt and pepper to taste  
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika  
1 teaspoon oregano  
2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth or chicken stock  
1/4 cup heavy cream, optional  
    Place the tomatoes, red pepper, onions and garlic on a baking pan with the cut sides up. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over everything and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a 375* preheated oven for 45 minutes. Place everything but the cream into a sauce pan and simmer for 15 minutes.  Puree with a hand blender to desired consistency and mix in the cream. Serve with crisp salad and crusty bread.
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium-size sweet onions, chopped
Vegetable cooking spray
1 medium-size Yukon gold potato, sliced
1 medium-size zucchini, sliced
4 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
     Preheat oven to 375°. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a medium skillet over medium heat; add onions, and sautĂ© 10 to 12 minutes or until tender and onions begin to caramelize.  Spoon onions into a 10-inch quiche dish coated with cooking spray. Toss together potatoes and next 4 ingredients. Arrange potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes in a single layer over onions, alternating and overlapping slightly. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. melted butter. Cover with aluminum foil.  Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Remove foil, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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


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