Wednesday, April 13, 2016

February Newsletter

Text Box:  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: February 8, 2016, 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691
Hi, Quilting Buddies! Happy winter! It sure is cold, but there is no better time to quilt!  Let's think warm thoughts as we prepare to travel to New Orleans, our 2nd stop on our Stash Busting trip!  Last month, after visiting Disney, we learned about our first 2 challenges for this year.  
1.  Share your stash by bringing in a yard of any fabric to give away to those who do not have a fabric stash.   The yard can be in any form: 4 FQ's, 2 half yard cuts, etc... This is due in Feb.! By doing this, you will receive 
   a token to put into the yellow pouch that you got last month. 
   2.  Use theme fabric (fabric with motifs) from your stash to sew any item that is at least 8" by 8" or   bigger.  This item must be made completely from your fabric stash and must be made of at least 65% theme fabric.  (In other words, more than half must be theme fabric.)  You have 11 months to complete this item, and it can be brought in finished at any meeting for show and tell. You will receive one token for this completed project. This is due in Dec. or before at any future meeting.  If you have no theme fabric, that is ok.  Maybe you will be able to enter next month's challenge!  Quilters, let's bust that stash, because we need to buy more fabric! ðŸ˜‰ Onward to the Mardi Gras! Make sure to bring in your card making supplies
to our Feb. meeting to make fabric cards for our Sunshine Committee! Theme fabric 
would be great for this project! See you in New Orleans - I'm thinking super warm thoughts! 
FEBRUARY MEETING: The Mardi Gras in New Orleans!
A combined effort at making fabric cards with Janet and the Sunshine Committee to use on behalf of the guild.  Please bring supplies such as card stock paper, scissors (paper and fabric), glue, glue sticks/gun, trims, lace, fabric, markers, cards, buttons: anything that could be used to make or embellish a card.  Each table is being asked to make 2-3 cards.  
Don’t forget to return with your completed blocks ready to pick up your box!!   Any questions, ask Laura at
January: 53 people were at the meeting.   We now have 68 members!
Gained 2 new members and 2 former members re-joined.  Please add these people to your membership booklets.  
MEMBERSHIP BOOKLET CORRECTIONS: Please make these corrections in your book.  
Sue Smucker; phone number is 330-264-3881
Marilyn Nisius; email address is
Barbara Baldner, April 11      Danette Ferriman, January 29            Karen Marks, June 1  
124 Township Road 75            1924 Burbank Road                            1735 Gasche Street
Jeromesville, OH 44840          Wooster, OH 44691                            Wooster, OH 44691                                                    HM; 419-368-5681                  Cell; 330-201-3678                             Cell; 330-309-3506                         
Heather Weekley, October 24
551 E. North Street
Wooster, OH 44691
The April meeting will be an auction to benefit our Quilt Show.  Please begin to gather items into baskets or packages.  What are you cleaning out of your sewing room?  
·         January is the best time to clean and organize your sewing room/area to be ready for the new year’s projects.  Go through your stash and precut left over fabric into strips and squares.  There are plenty of free patterns to be found on the internet.  Use whatever size strips you have and use up your scraps!  
·         To keep track of smaller templates and specialty rulers, use a large D-ring binder and zippered see-through pockets.  Some templates and rulers come with directions and patterns; place them in the pockets as well.
·         Save batting trimmed from a quilt to use as packing material when moving or shipping items.  Or, use it for smaller items such as doll quilts, table runners, coasters, place mats, small wall hangings, etc.
·         Sewing with denim?  Use paper clips instead of pins to hold seams in place.  
The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers workshop will next meet **Friday, February 5, 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: March 4, April 1, 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
February; date TBD                 Community Projects with Ruth bishop, Janice Miller, and Shirley Rodgers
Saturday, March 5:                 Necktie Purse with Mary Mahoney
Saturday, May 7 & 14             Judy Niemeyer’s Prismatic Star with Laura Nolletti
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
Workshops; continued
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/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! 
CHICKEN WITH FIG SAUCE (yummy!!!) serves 4
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 tablespoon butter 
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 
2 teaspoons soy sauce 
1/2 cup finely chopped dried figs (such as Mission)
        Sprinkle both sides of chicken evenly with 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, salt, and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; keep warm.  Reduce heat to medium; add butter to pan. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth, vinegar, soy sauce, and figs. Simmer until sauce is reduced to 1 cup (about 3 minutes). Add 1 tablespoon thyme. Cut chicken breast halves lengthwise on the diagonal into slices. Serve sauce over chicken.
4 cups rice, prepared 
½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked or shrimp cooked
1 cup peas & carrots, frozen
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs
3 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ cup soy sauce
    Prepare rice according to package instructions to yield 4 cups cooked rice. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, peas, and carrots. Stir fry until tender. Crack eggs into pan and scramble, mixing throughout vegetables.  Add rice, chicken, and soy sauce to pan. Stir in soy sauce and remove from heat.
1 cup strong hot coffee
1 cup hot chocolate
1T vanilla extract
dash(to taste) each cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, sugar
whipped cream
  Mix first 4 ingredients together. Pour into 2 festive coffee mugs. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with another dash of cinnamon.  Feel free to add 1 jigger of Irish Wiskey or Brandy if appropriate 
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
January Minutes
The cold weather didn't stop the Tree City Quilters' Guild from having a great turn out for the New Year.
Cory Yoder our guest speaker had her books and patterns on sale at 6:45 till 7.
Sally brought the meeting to order at 7pm. Sally thanked members and visitors for coming.  Sally had the January birthdays stand and the quilt sang Happy Birthday to them.  Sally introduced the new officers, then they all put on funny hats when Sally explained the programs planned for the year Theme Parks.  The challenges and tokens that would be given out thru the year. Every member received an Owl token at the meeting.  The challenge is to make something out of a theme fabric which can be big or small, but must be 65 o/o theme fabric to get token can do every month or turn in at December meeting. The token for February is an Elephant.

Sally thanked Kim Panter and committee for a great Christmas party. No minutes this month.Dot Anderson gave the treasure report the guild has a balance of $2890.82. Jane Richardson made a motion to accept and Shirley Rodgers 2nd it.

The Quilt Show will be September 30 and October 1st, at the Wooster Church of the Nazarene on Oak Hill Rd. Sarah Bistline showed the quilt that would be raffled off for the quilt show. Jane Richardson, Mary Green, Gwen Hoover, Betty Boreman and Sarah Bistline made the quilt. There will be voting for different catalogues of quilts.  Also there will be vendors and demos thru out the show.  Ribbons will be given out at the October meeting for the winners.  There will be an Auction at the April meeting and all proceeds going to the Quilt Show. So as you are cleaning your sewing rooms keep that in mind.

Marilyn Nisius gave info on quilt classes planned.  Anyone who would like to teach a class let her know.  Classes can be during the week or Saturday has long as the fire side room is open. Kathy Ott will be teaching a class on January 23 from 9:30 - 4:00.  Quilt is called Stixs and Stones, cost is $5.00 paid to Kathy Ott.

Sunshine committee Janet MacFarland, Kay and Lola will be the program in February. We will be making greeting cards to send to someone who needs cheering up. Please bring blank cards and different embellishments to work on at the meeting. 

No Frills Retreat will. E held April 23 & 24 at Barry Jolliff's barn. Registration forms will be emailed to members on             February 1st by Sue Smucker, committee me,bets need to send theirs before then.  Jane Richardson showed the wall 

hanging she will be teaching at the retreat also Kim Panter will teach a purse class. The cost is $10.00 per day.

Program by Cory Yoder titled "For the Love of Fabrics" she explained how she had no sewing interest then she went into Millers fabric shop and saw all the different fabrics.  She started buying fabric thinking she would give to her mother to put tog. Then she got hooked the Maple Leaf quilt was the first one she made.  From there she jointed different quilting bees and round robins and made quilts for different fabric companies started her own business for children's clothing and designed fabrics.  She showed the quilts that she made thru the years and the patterns she designed which she had for sale. Very interesting program. 

Show and tell and box exchange ended the meeting.
Be sure and bring a yard of fabric at the February meeting see you there.

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