Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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 14, 2016; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

Hey Quilt Show Enthusiasts! Wow, we put on an amazing show!!
Not only am I in awe of your amazing talent in making beautiful quilts and handwork, but I am especially proud of how very hard each of you worked to make our quilt guild's show a success! Way to go! Thank you, and if you were not at our last meeting, make sure that you get your little heart charm token for participating in our guild's show. Also, congratulations to all the "Viewers Choice" winners! Remember to bring your quilts, if possible, to our December meeting.
During our October meeting at the Smokey Mountains, we met Yogi Bear and Booboo! We learned to clap our hands loudly to scare bears away at night and to take note of the lovely historic log cabins in Cade's Cove.  I thank Karen Flemming, who showed us how to make handy Carry-alls out of strong dog food bags, Shirley Rodgers and Kim Panter, who demonstrated how to make beautiful 3D Fabric Snowflakes, Kathy Ott, who showed us how to make free standing Flannel Christmas Trees, and I demoed how to make quillies from wool or cotton, which can be used to make cute snowmen, Christmas trees and wreaths.  There are 2 October stash-busting challenges.  Because of our visit to Cade's Cove, you can make a 12" square or larger finished project that must have a traditional log cabin block or an actual appliquéd or pieced cabin on it, and all fabric must be from your stash. The token for this is a silver pine cone charm. The other challenge is to use any flannel from your stash to make a quilt 30" X 45" (crib size) or larger. It must be completely flannel and can be a rag quilt or any quilt pattern. The token for this flannel quilt is a wooden snowman button. You may choose one of these challenges or do both for 2 tokens, and they must be completed by our December meeting.....2 more months to go! That's crazy! 😜
Get ready for a busy, but fun November meeting! We will visit Santa's Workshop, vote for Quilter of the Year and the 2017 officers, sign up for 2017 committees; plus, we will meet Cindy Oravcez from Quilter's Fancy.  Invite your friends to join us for her program on "Dimensional Embellishments on Quilts," plus Cindy will vend beginning at 6:35. Ho, Ho, Ho - see you soon! - Sally
 (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 
September-   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, which   
            must be 65% reproduction fabrics or brown fabrics. Token - clay bead 

73 people attended the meeting in October; 4 guests and 69 members.  We have one new member.  Please welcome Vera Waldman!

Vera Waldman
804 Hoover Drive
Ashland, OH 44805
CELL; 419-908-8402
HM: 419-289-1080
Don’t forget to get Barb more envelopes for the newsletters of 2017 if you receive yours by mail!!    

·         An unused bed makes an ideal storage spot for quilts.  Spread your quilts on the bed, separating them with layers of fabric, sheets, or batting to prevent fabric dye transfer.  
·         If your thimble tends to slip off while you’re stitching, dampen your finger slightly before putting it on.
·         Use perle cotton for big, utility stitches that result in a casual, folk art quilted appearance.  
·         For contemporary designs, consider adding borders of differing widths along each side of the quilt center.  For an asymmetrical look, sew border strips to only two or three sides of the quilt center. 
·         SMELL AWAY: Have you ever worried that your lovely quilt smells like your lovely dog?  ~ Or maybe cigarette smoke, or taco seasoning? We all have familiar odors in our homes that we are not even aware of.  If you hope to display your quilt, give it as a gift, or host a gathering in your home, this spray is a miracle worker!  It will remove all odors and not damage your quilt or fabrics. Try it on your upholstered furniture and toss pillows, too!  It is biodegradable, non-toxic and safe.

The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers workshop will next meet **Friday, November 11, 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:  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, 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 November meeting.  Please check the sheets and sign up to help your guild.  

….are now due for 2017.  Shirley will accept payment of your 2017 dues at the meeting.  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.  

BEEN ADDICTING DIP (real name is Benedictine, but when you try this you'll understand....)
2 large cucumbers (not English)
1 medium onion
2 - 8oz bricks cream cheese at room temp
  Wash and peel cukes, leaving stripes of green skin.  Split in quarters lengthwise and remove seeds.  Chop and place in food processor. Peel and chop onion and place in food processor.  Process until it is a mash.  Scoop into mesh strainer and allow to drain for 60-90 minutes.  Transfer to bowl along with the cream cheese.  Mix well with fork and add salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate until ready to serve as a dip with veggies or crackers.  Best if made at least one day ahead.  Keeps well and improves as it is kept. I'm thinking of trying it again substituting 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt for 1 brick of cream cheese.  I think it will be more spreadable and fewer calories.  I'll let you know how it comes out!
3 cups fresh brussels sprouts halved
1 large onion, chunked
8 oz mushrooms quartered
2 stalks celery, chunked
1/4 lb bacon chopped
  *can alsew add chunks of butternut squash, cauliflower or broccoli
    In large, deep skillet heat about 2T olive oil. Add bacon and cook until bacon is crispy and well browned.  Add veggies and stir-fry until fork-tender and beginning to brown. Toss with a bit of balsamic vinegar and shredded Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.
1 bag coleslaw mix
2 small or 1 large Granny Smith apple, washed, cored and sliced into julienne strips
1 small jar Marzetti Slaw Dressing
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  Mix all together in large bow and toss with slaw dressing.  Do not put too much dressing on, as slaw dressing gets thinner as it sits. You can always add a touch more dressing 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

October Minutes

Sally welcomed members and guests to the Smokey Mountains. Sally thanked the Quilt Show Committee and guild members who helped the Quilt Show Be a Great success. Cookies 🍪 where give to members husbands who helped At the quilt show. Congrats to the raffle quilt raffle winner and gift basket Winners. We would like to wish happy birthday to the October members who didn't make it to the meeting. It's the 10th stop in our Stash Busting Travels--Smokey Mountain challenge.
There are two challenges for this month you can do one or both. First one Is a log cabin block out of any fabric 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 or larger. Second Challenge is a flannel quilt any type. There are 2 tokens a silver pine cone for the log cabin and a wooden snowman button for the flannel. You can Get both tokens if you do both challenges. Guild members accepted the minutes from the September meeting The Treasure report was given and Sue Smucker accepted it and Janet McFarland 2nd it.
Tonya gave info on the Hunter Stat class she is teaching on October 22 in the meeting room May Lou gave info on the Wool application class she is teaching on November 19. Cost is $20 and will meet in the fireside room. Please let
Her know which kit you would like the star 
or heart . Mary Mahoney gave info on the Christmas party. Challenge is a Wrapped 🎁 and there will be a $15 gift exchange if you would like to do so. Ruth gave quilts to the 180 house, anyone who has any quilts to give out Please let her know. Ruth also gave out labels to members who made Quilts for the first boy or girl born January 2017. Denise gave info on voting for the quilter of the year which will be at the November meeting.
Sally thanked Shirley and Kim for the Caribbean challenge of 5 1/2 yard fabrics, Kim gave info and cost of pattern.
Jeri gave info on the quilt show. She gave the brake down of the cost of the Quilt show. Jeri gave the names of the 1st 2nd winners of the viewers choice.
They were given a label to put on their quilt. The members who received 1st place if they could bring the quilts to the November meeting. Sally Thanked Mary Green for selling the most raffle tickets. Kay sent a card to Dot and will send one to Bonnie. Bev reported on the nomination committee for next year officers which Will be given at the November meeting.
Sarah had committee sheets to sign up to help next year. Please sign up for At least one thing. The program of handmade gifts mountain style, Kathy Ott -flannel trees, Karen Flemming-totes from dog food bags, Shirley Rodgers and Kim Panter-
Fabric snowflakes and Sally Kitchen-fabric quillies. Hope you ladies enjoyed The ideas and will start sewing for the Holidays. Also recipes were given out to Make gift jars. Show and tell ended the meeting.
SEE YOU NOVEMBER 14 with Cindy Oravcez from Quilter's Fancy
Dimensional Embellishments on Quilts and vend

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