Saturday, November 7, 2015

November Newsletter

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: November 9, 2015; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691
NOVEMBER MEETING: A Little Something for Christmas
Jane, Janet, Kathy, and Barb have put together a few gift ideas for you.  Some are quick, some are easy, some do not require sewing; they are for stocking fillers, last minute gifts, ideas for someone at work or a gift exchange.  There will be copies of directions for the 9 ladies that do not have email.  A sign-up sheet for each idea will be provided to be sent via email for everyone else.  Join in the fun of homemade gift giving!!
November is also the month that you vote for the Quilter of the Year; and the officers for 2016.  
Don’t forget to return with your completed blocks ready to pick up another box!  Laura Nolletti will answer questions during refreshment time if anyone needs help.  Laura will have the third month of instructions and the sign out sheet for the boxes.  
Barb mentioned 2 books during her program; Quilts in Community; Ohio Traditions by Ricky Clark and books by Barbara Brackman.  
October: 38 people were at the meeting; 4 guests and 34 members.  
2016 Dues are $20 and must be paid by December 31 to retain your membership and appear in the membership booklet.  ***When you pay your dues please remember to check the alphabetical member listing for the correct spelling and listing of your name, address, phone numbers, and email address!!!
Refreshments for the November meeting will be brought to you by Tonya Wellert, Marian Wellert, and LuElla Imhoff.  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.   
****Don’t forget: Kathy Ott would like to meet with people that sign up for refreshments BEFORE the November meeting: 6:00 at the church.  Designate one person from each month to attend and hear about the changes in refreshment format for the next year.   
·         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”
December is the last month to present a project included in this year’s Learn and Grow Challenge.  There are currently 18 TCQ members working in the challenge.  Please remember that it is your choice to make one project with 3 new techniques or make 3 separate projects showcasing your new techniques but either way, your project (s) 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!!!  
NOVEMBER:  Janet McFarland and Mary Mahoney (again!!)  Thank you very much!!
DECEMBER:  Jane Richardson and Gwen Hoover
Our annual Christmas party will be December 14!  The committee has announced “Poinsettias” as the challenge theme.  Any project you submit to the challenge must incorporate poinsettias.  The committee also announce that they would be providing Honey Baked Ham and Turkey for our pot luck; we are to provide sides and desserts.  If you would like to participate in the gift exchange the gift is a $15 limit and does not have to be related to sewing and quilting.  
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!  
The Salvation Army has scheduled the Tree City Quilters’ Guild for Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 9-5 at Buehlers Downtown in 1-hour increments.  (The 5-9 slots for Dec. are scheduled with other individuals.)  This will require only a minimum of eight members.  We can schedule two at a time also.
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, November 13, 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. 17 Table Runner with Jane Richardson at the church 9:30 – 3 ($5)
·         Sat., Nov. 14 String Quilt with Mary Lou Nuzum at the church 9:30 - 3
March 16-19, 2016: Quiltweek in Lancaster, PA  More information at
March 17-20, 2016: Spring Training Camp; Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley, WVA; www.pegspatches,com
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! 
9" pie plate, lightly greased
2 C milk
1/2 C Bisquick
3/4 C sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 C flaked coconut
    Place all ingredients except coconut in large bowl and mix on medium for 3 minutes.  Pour into greased pie pan and let rest for 5 minutes.  Top with coconut and back at 375* for 40 minutes.  Serve warm.  Mmmmmmm......good!
1 container (32oz)sauerkraut; rinsed and drained
1 cup low calorie Russian salad dressing
6 bonless, skinless chicken breasts
1 T prepared mustard
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
fresh parsley
    Place half the sauerkraut in a 3 1/2 quart crock pot.  Drizzle on about 1/3 cup of the dressing.  Top with 3 chicken breast halves and spread the mustard over the chicken.  Top with the remaining sauerkraut and chicken breasts.  Drizzle another 1/3 cup dressing over the casserole.  Refrigerate the remaining dressing until serving. Cover and cook on the low heat setting about 3 1/2 to 4 hours, or until the chicken done.
   To serve, spoon the casserole onto 4 or 5 plates.  Sprinkle 3 to 4 T of cheese over and drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the Russian dressing on top.  Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup sour cream
6 green onions, finely chopped
8 oz package noodles, cooked & drained
1 cup grated, sharp cheddar cheese
     Saute meat and garlic over med-high heat until meat is cooked through.  Drain and stir in tomato sauce.  In medium-sized bowl combine cottage cheese, sour cream, onion and cooked noodles.
  In 3-quart casserole alternate layers of noodle mixture and meat mixture, beginning with the noodles. Cover and bake at 350* for 30 minutes.  Remove lid, sprinkle with cheese and return to oven for 10 more minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
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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