Sunday, January 3, 2016

January 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: January 11, 2016, 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691
Happy New Year, Quilt Guild Friends!  I can’t wait for our year to begin.  Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to travel through our stash busting year!  Our first stop is Theme Parks!  Prepare to enjoy an exciting ride as we meet Cory Yoder, who used to design fabric for Moda.  She will be selling her books and patterns beginning at 6:35.  Remember that refreshments will be at your individual tables beginning at 6:45; just bring your own beverages if you wish.  See you in 2016!  Sally
To Jane Richardson upon receiving the Quilter of the Year!!  Jane, you do so much for the Guild, we thank you!!
Resolve to begin the New Year with a note to your spouse or friends telling them what to do with all your sewing stuff if/when they are in the position of having to clean out your work area.  Do you want it donated?  Sold?  Specific things given to specific friends?  Make your desires known NOW.  
Don’t forget to return with your completed blocks ready to pick up another box!!   Anyone is welcome to join or start making their own blocks each month.  Just join in.  Any questions, ask Laura at
December: 49 people were at the Party.   We are beginning 2016 with 62 members in the guild
·         Basic brown: brown is not on the color wheel because it contains all the colors.  Use brown or tan when the quilt design needs contrast or transition but you don’t want to add another color
·         Binding aid: to easily attach quilt binding, accordion-fold the prepared binding strip, put it in a resealable plastic bag, and tape the bag to the front of your sewing machine table.  The binding will feed neatly into the machine without tangling or picking up every stray hair or thread from your floor!
·         Cutting table: to reduce back strain when cutting fabric; use purchased bed risers (lifts) to raise the height of your work surface.  
·         January and July: pick these months to refold or reroll quilts in storage, folding them differently each time to prevent creases and excessive wear on the fold lines.  
The Handwork workshop will meet **Friday, January 8, 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.  
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
April 15 – 17, 2016:  Stitches in Bloom at Punderson State Park Manor House. 
There will be two classes offered and an open hand sewing studio time for those wanting to bring projects already started. Deadline for registration is December 1, 2015.  Any questions, please contact Felice Troutman: 330-931-1184
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 strips bacon, chopped 
1 small can diced green chilis
3 T olive oil                                
1 cup salsa
1 large onion, chopped              
1 - 49oz can chicken broth
4 stalks celery, chopped            
3 T ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced                  
shredded cheddar cheese
2 - 16oz cans refried beans          
tortilla chips
  In large saucepan cook bacon, onion & celery until veggies are soft and bacon is crisp. (10 min.)  Add olive oil and garlic, beans, salsa, broth, green chilis and cumin.  Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 min., stirring occasionally.  Serve with shredded cheese and tortilla chips.
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 2016
President: Sally Kitchen          Vice President; Sarah Bistline
Secretary; Kim Panter    Treasurer; Dot Anderson
Members at Large; Vicky Hartzler and Kathy Ott