Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 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: October 10, 2016; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

Happy Autumn, Everyone! I love the fall and all that comes with it: colorful leaves, pumpkins, apples, and Indian corn! I know we are all breathing a sigh of relief as we are at the quilt show finish line! I am writing this a few days before our show, and I am going a little nuts. Ha! By the time you read this, I know you will be patting yourselves on the back and saying, "Well done!" You can all be proud of the work you are doing for our guild. What a joy to quilt and share it with our families, friends and our community! A special thank you to our quilt show chairmen, Laura Noletti and Jeri Fickes, and to our great committee for all their hard work! What an amazing show it will be!
Last meeting we journeyed to one of my favorite places, Colonial Williamsburg.  Thank you to Shirley Rodgers and Kim Panter for doing a fun program on a "Cruise Challenge!" Our September challenge, not to be confused with the "Cruise Challenge," is to use reproduction fabrics (like Civil War fabrics, Downton Abbey, & 30's fabrics) or use brown fabrics - all from your stash. You may add muslin, tan or cream fabrics from your stash to compliment your 12" or larger project. Your item must be 65% reproduction fabrics or brown fabrics. Bring it finished to any of our meetings this year and receive a unique clay bead for your token. Next month, we will camp out at the Smokey Mountains and enjoy the program, "Handmade Gifts, Mountain-Style!" Karen Flemming, Kathy Ott, Shirley Rodgers and several others will be our mountaineer tour guides! 
Autumn Blessings to you all! đź™‚ Sally
P.S. At our October meeting, Sarah Bistline will have the sign-up sheets for her 2017 committees! Yes, it is that time already. Crazy! Be thinking about what committee(s) you would like to serve on for next year.
(Below is the list of challenges so far this year.)
Jan. - theme fabric - token is an elephant bead
Feb. - purple & yellow or purple & green fabric (Mardi Gras) - glass bead token
March (2 challenges) plaid or check fabric - glass bead token; 
         Celtic Theme item for a token that's a Celtic Cross or tree of life charm 
April - Floral fabrics (60% floral - may add other fabrics from stash) - token is a       
             wooden butterfly button or butterfly charm
May- All Neutral fabrics or neutral fabrics plus one color fabric (must be 50% neutral 
          fabrics) - make an item at least 8" square and receive 3 tokens or make a   
          modern quilt for our quilt show challenge with the above fabrics and receive 
          5 tokens. - token is neutral colored chip beads
June - Make an 8" square item or larger. It must be made of 100% patriot   
             fabric or red white and blue fabric, all from your stash. You will receive 2 tokens    
             - a star charm and a red pearl bead 
July - Choose ocean fabric, water fabric, or blue fabric from your stash to make  an 
          item that is at least 8" square.  You may use other fabric from your stash, but this 
          item must be at least 60% ocean fabric, water fabric or blue fabric. A shell bead 
          is the token reward for completing this project.
August - Make an item 12" or bigger & it must be made of 75% batiks or bright fabrics 
           plus any other fabric of your choice, all from your stash. Token - wooden fish 

54 people attended the meeting in September; 2 guests and 52 members.  We have one new member.  Please welcome Stacie Miller!

Stacie Miller
7236 Haas Road
Wooster, OH 44691
Cell; 330-345-1217
Don’t forget to ready envelopes for the newsletters of 2017 if you receive yours by mail!!    
·         Needle Storage: pin quilting and sewing needles to felt rectangles, then slide the rectangles into plastic sleeves designed to hold business cards.  Label each felt rectangle with the needle sizes it contains so you will be able to find just what you need at a glance.
·         When designing a quilt, periodically hold up the work in front of a mirror.  This artist’s trick will give you a new perspective.
·         Instead of using leaders and enders when you’re chain piecing, sew off and onto units of an alternate quilt project you keep next to your machine.  Before you know it, you will have a second project pieced!
·         Periodically remove the blade from the cutter and carefully wipe away any lint and residue. Take the cutter apart, one piece at a time, laying out the parts in order.  Add one drop of sewing machine oil around the center of the blade before reassembling the cutter.  High humidity can cause a rotary cutter blade to rust.  To prevent this, store your rotary cutter in a cool dry place.  Save the packets of moisture absorbent from your new shoes and store your cutters alongside them.  

The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers workshop will next meet **Friday, October 7, 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:  November 11, December 2.
Remaining 2016 TCQs Workshops
Committee:  Vicki Hartzler, Mary Lou Nuzum, Marilyn Nisius
All classes will be held at Parkview Christian Church, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, October  22*, Tonya Wellert, Hunters Star
            *Note change in date.  This class will be held in the Fellowship Hall.
Saturday, November 19, Mary Lou Nuzum, Wool Applique

Can you believe it is time to plan for next year already?!  Sarah Bistline will have the 2017 committee lists and sign-up sheets at the October meeting.  

Dot will accept payment of your 2017 dues, too.  Please remember to check the membership list and make corrections as necessary.  All dues should be paid by December 31 to be included in the 2017 booklet. 
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.  

1# ground beef, browned and drained
1 can whole kernal corn, undrained
1 can small red beans
1 can tomatoes with green chilis
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can beef broth
2 T. taco seasoning
1# Velveeta Cheese
4oz block cream cheese
  Pour all into slow cooker and cook on low all day, or heat on stove over medium heat for an hour or sew, stirring frequently to prevent sticking or burning.

1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup raspberry viniagrette salad dressing
4-5 cups torn spinach leaves
1 Granny Smith apple cored and chopped in chunks.  (leave peel on)
1 T lemon juice
  Sprinkle lemon juice over chopped apple chunks and toss well.  Combine all ingredients, toss, chill and serve.

1 pkg. Stove Top Stuffing Mix for chicken (prepare as directed on box)
1 large crisp apple, cored and chopped
1 small onion, chopped finely
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup golden raisins or cranberry raisins
¾ cup Honey Dijon Dressing, divided
6 boneless chicken breasts
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  In large bowl combine prepared stuffing, apples, pecans, onion, raisins and half the dressing. Mix gently. Pour into greased 9x13 casserole dish. Top with chicken and then drizzle the rest of the dressing over all. Cover loosely and bake at 375* for 35 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and bake 15 minutes more or until chicken is done. Let stand 10-15 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 330-988-0992
Tree City Quilters’ Guild; Officers 2016
President: Sally Kitchen          Vice President; Sarah Bistline
Secretary; Shirley Rodgers    Treasurer; Dot Anderson
Members at Large; Vicky Hartzler and Kathy Ott

September Minutes:
Meeting September 19. Sally welcomed visitors and members to Colonial Williamsburg.  She thanked Sarah and Janet for the wonderful bus trip to the different quilt shops.  Sarah will be passing out question sheet for future bus trips.  Congrats to all quilt guild members who won ribbons at the County Fair.  Happy Birthday was sung to September birthdays

The 9th stop in our stash busting travels-Colonial Williamsburg. Sally gave info on What it was back then regarding fabrics, quilts and sewing machines. The challenge is using reproduction fabrics or 20&30 fabrics. If you don't have any of these fabrics you can use brown and cream fabrics. Whatever you make should be 65% challenge fabric and 12X12 or larger. A clay bead will be given For the challenge.

Kay and Jane accepted the secretary minutes and Krisha and Kim accepted the Treasure report

Marilyn let the guild know about the last 2 workshops left for the year.  Tonya is teaching the Hunter Star class October 22 from 10-4. She had the Pattern sheets for $6 for those who are taking her class.

Mary Lou is teaching the Wool AppliquĂ© class November 19, cost is $20 which Includes the kit. Let her know which kit you would like to do stars or strawberries.  Mary Mahoney gave info on the Christmas party. There will be a $15 gift exchange
If you wish to do so. The challenge is a wrapped Christmas gift.

Ruth gave info on the fair demo's she did with Kevin and Peggy and the community Quilts she gave to Orville Salvation Army.

The Quilt show committee Jeri, Bonnie, Laura, Mary, Jane, Becky and Vicky gave Info on when and what is needed when you bring your quilts for the show Wednesday September 28. Anyone that can help Thursday the 29th will be
Appreciated. If you are selling anything at the boutique please give items and Info price sheet to Mary Green
Sunshine report Kay sent cards to 2 members. Denise Mohler gave info on Voting for the Quilter of the year which will take place in November

Shirley and Kim gave the program for a half yard challenge which will be do in February. Samples and rulers were shown cost is $3 for printed patterns or $2 for on line pattern.  Show and Tell was started with Sarah's zipper bag class then Kathy and Vicky.  We're 2nd Then everyone had show and tell.  Net meeting October 10 with Smokey Mountain hand made gifts.
See you there.
A Vintage Singer with case and bench.  Not sure what year it was manufactured.  It comes with the original machine manual, buttonhole and hemstitch attachments as well as several others. The machine was refurbished in 1999.  At that time the knee control and motor lead cord were re-wired. The seat of the bench lifts off for storage of the power cord and attachments.  
The finish on the cabinet is damaged from water. The machine, however, did not get wet or damaged at all.  
Asking price is $90.  Please contact Barb Byler at 330-988-0992

FOR SALE:  Bernina Virtuosa 155 QE.  In excellent condition.  Serviced and cleaned regularly by Chestnut Ridge.  Knee operated Free Hand System.  28 built-in embroidery stitches.  Automatic needle threader.  Extra presser feet.  Hard shell carrying case.  I love this machine!  I have replaced it with a 440 and would like to find a good home for my 155.  Asking $650.  Text Marilyn at 330-322-3693 or email

FOR SALE:  Elna 4-cone Serger Model Pro 704 DEX: Comes with a table and 2 boxes of cone serger thread.  $200 or make an offer.  Call or text Barb Byler at 330-988-0992 or

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