Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April 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: April 11, 2016, 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691
Sunny greetings and Happy Spring!  I enjoyed traveling to Wales, Scotland and Ireland with all of you during our March meeting. Didn't you love those castles? Here is a review of the March challenges - There are 2, and you may participate in both or just pick one. Remember that we need to bust our fabric stash to make room for more! :) As always, you have until December to complete them.
1st March Challenge - Use homespun, plaid, or check fabric from your stash (in honor of Scottish kilts) to make an item that is at least 8" square.  You may add other fabric from your stash to make this item, but whatever you make must be at least 50% of the fabric listed above.  The token for this will be a lovely sparkling, multi-colored glass bead.
2nd March Challenge is to use anything from your fabric stash to make a Celtic theme item 8" or larger.  This item must have a Celtic design or block on it.  Celtic blocks are more challenging to make, but there are many free patterns on line, like Quilter's Cache. The token for this will be either a tree of life charm or a Celtic cross charm.
In April, we will be traveling to Hawaii! Ready to do the hula? Lol Well, we may not have time to dance, as we get ready for our fun auction! Remember to contribute gently used quilt related items in good condition that someone will want to bid on, including quilt related services (like long arm quilting or offer to do binding or even a meal). Have them ready and packaged in such a way that says, "choose me!" Make sure to tape a 3x5 file card to each item that you bring in, with your name on the card, plus a description of your item.  This card will be used by the auctioneer.  Try to bring your items in between 6 & 6:30.  Refreshments will begin at 6:30, but will not be at each table.  You may get them from the kitchen serving counter.  Bring your own drink, as always.  Remember to bring in a small contribution to donate to the auctioneer's favorite charity. Get ready to bid and support our upcoming quilt show! See you in the tropics! Aloha! :o) Sally
Auction: 3 X 5 card, 6:30 arrival
Remember to contribute gently used quilt related items in good condition that someone will want to bid on, including quilt related services (like long arm quilting or offer to do binding or even a meal). Have them ready and packaged in such a way that says, "choose me!" Make sure to tape a 3x5 file card to each item that you bring in, with your name on the card, plus a description of your item.  This card will be used by the auctioneer.  Try to bring your items in between 6 & 6:30.   Remember to bring in a small contribution to donate to the auctioneer's favorite charity. Get ready to bid and support our upcoming quilt show!
Each month Sally is presenting a challenge and passing out beads and/or charm embellishments.  Our challenges are to be made out of our stash fabrics.  Challenges can be turned in monthly or by the December meeting.  Vicky Hartzler and Kathy Ott have the beads and charms and the monthly check list.  
January; use theme fabric, create something 8” or larger / elephant bead
February; use Mardi Gras colors, create something 8” or larger / glass bead
March; use plaid and/or homespun, create something 8” or larger / glass bead
             Create a Celtic block 8” or larger / Tree of Life or Celtic Cross charm
The May meeting will feature a program on the various ways to put your blocks together.  
March:    people were at the meeting.   We now have 72 members!
Please welcome back former member Alison Schmidt.  Please add her information to your membership booklet.  And, 1 new member: welcome Leslie!
Alison Schmidt                                    Leslie Counts
1629 Sandifer Street                           9170 W. Old Lincoln Way
Wooster, OH 44691                            Wooster, OH 44691                                HM 330-601-0440
                                                            Cell 330-773-9992
Hospitality committee needs at least one more member to help them greet everyone as they arrive at our meetings each month.  If you can help on this committee (you would need to be able to arrive early to our meetings) please email or call Betty Boreman, the chairman, or Sally Kitchen.
·         Remember that wood is acidic and that any fabric that is in contact with wood for a period of time will become stained.  What does this mean to you?  When you are storing quilts, (or anything of fabric)  please do not lay them on bare wood in a drawer or cedar chest.  Use acid free tissue paper (paper is created from wood) When displaying quilts on an old ladder or quilt rack, cover the rungs with acid free tissue or muslin.  
·         Store each project you are working on in a large white gift box with a label.  These boxes stack easily in your closet or slide underneath your bed.  
·         Having trouble remembering all those great ideas you see for a quilt?  As you are inspired with patterns in carpets, windows, architecture, or nature; take a picture with your phone!  You’ll have the reference handy to keep you inspired and to refer back to as you create that quilt.  Then, when you are asked for the story of your quilt you’ll have your inspiration handy! 
The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers workshop will next meet **Friday, April 1 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.  Future Dates:  May 6, June 3, July 8, August 5, September 9, October 7, November 11, December 2.
2016 TCQs Workshop Schedule
Committee: Vicki Hartzler, Mary Lou Nuzum, Marilyn Nisius
All classes will be held at PCC; dates subject to final approval by Parkview
Saturday, May 7 & 14             Judy Niemeyer’s Prismatic Star with Laura Nolletti
(You must sign up and pay for this class at the April TCQs meeting.)
Saturday, June 18                    Pansies in Paradise with Vicki Hartzler
July; date TBD                         Tuffet with Kim Panter
Saturday, August 13                Lg. Bag with Sarah Bistline
Saturday, November 19          Wool Applique with Mary Lou Nuzum
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
The Christmas Party committee has announced that the challenge for this year is a “wrapped present”.  Your decision as to what form you present this challenge!  Also, if you would like to participate in the gift exchange, the limit is $15 and there are no restrictions regarding the gifts.  
3 separate challenges for you to try!  
·         Scarlet and Gray Challenge- Two Categories 
o   Quilt/wall-hanging - 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 pkg crescent roll dough
1 small tub soft low-fat cream cheese
1 jar raspberry preserves
In greased 8" or 9" square pan, place 4 crescent dough pieces and pat seams closed. Spread cream cheese over dough.  Spread preserves over cream cheese and top with remaining dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over top and bake at 350* until golden and bubbly.  (about 20 min)
4-8 pork cutlets pounded thin
1/4 cup flour
olive oil and butter
1 tsp minced garlic
2 T whole grain mustard
1 container of chicken stock
green onions, chopped to include tops
8oz sliced fresh mushrooms
In large, deep skillet melt 2 T butter in 3 T olive oil over medium-high heat.  Salt and pepper both sides of the pork and lightly dredge in the flour.Saute them in the olive oil/butter on both sides until crisp, brown and done through. Don't crowd the pan. You may need to do this in 2 batches.  Remove to a deep plate and keep warm with a tent of foil, or in a warm oven.  
To the drippings in the pan add 2 T more butter and saute the onions and mushrooms until tender. Add garlic and continue to cook.  Add mustard and stock and cook until it begins to thicken.  You may want to add about 1-2 tsps of cornstarch to thicken to gravy-like consistency.  Pour over cutlets to serve.
Hello Fellow Quilters!
We are getting ready to hang our 14th Sunbury Piece Corps quilt show! We need your help. Would you be willing to email or contact every quilter that you know to tell them about our show? It is going to be on Saturday, April 16th at the Sunbury United Methodist Church from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Our fundraiser quilt this year supports The American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" -- the women's heart health initiative. We invite you and your guild members to come and enjoy the quilts and camaraderie.
There will be several local vendors and lunch will be available. Along with our display of over 100 quilts, we are planning demos, displays of charity projects, and a showing of story quilts. You will not want to miss our boutique of quilted items. And for the bargain hunters, we will have all kinds of donated fabric and quilt supplies in our “Granny's Attic”. Admission is a $4 donation. 
We are located in Sunbury on the Northeast  corner of Route 3 and Routes 36/37. From highway 270, drive up Route 3 through Westerville or from highway 71, use exit 131 and drive 4 miles east on route 36/37. (We are 10 miles north of the Columbus Polaris Road exit.)
For more information, contact us at
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 330-988-0992
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
March minutes:

Bagpipes and scenes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales greeted the members as they came to the meeting in March.
Sally called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. Happy birthday was sung to members who had a March birthday. Sally thanked Janet, Lola and Kay for a great grogram, 96 cards were made and Betty Boreman said 3 cards were sent to members.
Marilyn Nisius gave charms to 14 members who helped with the service products. Kay Nixon was thanked for the tags she made to put on the Service quilts.
Stash Busting travel to Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Sally gave information on all countries. There are 2 challenges for March.
(1). Make something from your stash using checks, home spun or gingham, 50% and 8 by 8 or larger. (2) Make something using the Celtic know theme 8 by 8 or larger. You can receive 1 or 2 beads for this challenge.
Bonnie Krueger gave the guide lines for the quilt show and they have been emailed to the members. Any questions you can ask anyone on the Quilt Show committee listed in your membership booklet. Jane Richardson gave raffle tickets
to members who weren't at the meeting last month. Anyone needing more raffle tickets can see Jane. Also posters and bookmarks are available from Jeri. Please let her know where you are putting the posters. The quilt show committee is also collecting newer magazines to use at the quilt show.  Michelle Reed gave information on the No Frills Retreat. Last day to register was March 15, names will be put on a waiting list there is still one opening for Saturday and
Eight for Sunday. Jane and Kim showed items they will be teaching on Saturday.  Bonnie Kruger gave information on the quilt retreat for 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn and asked if the guild would give $1,000.00 to help fund the retreat. Laura
Nolletti made a motion to give the money requested and Kim Panter 2nd it.  Quilt Auction sign up as to what you are bringing make information card as to What you are bringing, please put your name on the card. Come early between
6-6:30 to set up and check out items being auctioned off. Thanks to Barb we will have Eli Troyer has our Auctioneer. Since he volunteered it would be nice to take up a collection to be given to his favorite charity.  Members voted to accept revised #2 and 3 by laws for NEORQC. Sarah made a Motion to accept and Mable 2nd it.  The. Ext class will be May 7 & 14 taught by Laura Nolletti for Judy Niemeyer "Prismatic Star" 10-4 in the PCC fireside room. Cost is $28.00 payable to
Laura Nolletti by the April 11 meeting so Patterns can be purchased.  Marilyn and Ruth gave information on the service quilts which were displayed in the hall any thanked everyone.  Mary Mahoney, gave the challenge for the Christmas party which is "Wrapped Christmas Gift" and there will be a $15.00 gift exchange for those who would like to take part.
Jane Richardson and Bev Fash did an audit on the treasury books kept by Dot and everything was correct.

The program was products made from Wool.  Marilyn: Gave information on wool where to find it and what to look for. How to get it ready to use for you products.  Sally: Gave information on using wool for appliquĂ© on wall hanging, table toppers,
And quilts. Finished products can be washed in cold water and best to use a Color sheet in the washer. You need to pre wash the wool and cotton before Using. Cotton and wool can be used together.  Mary Lou: Explained Rug hooking with wool using different size hooks and wool Cut into different widths called noodles or worms. You can get preprinted
Patterns or you can make your own. You can dye wool to get the colors you need.

Mary Mahoney had her class give show and tell on the neck tie purse she taught. Then show and tell for members who did the February challenge and their own quilts.  A bead was given to members who did the February challenge by Vicki. Also a Christmas tree pattern was given for those who would like to put all of their Charms and beads on.
See you at the next meeting April 11 for the Auction.

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