Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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 9, 2017; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Quilters!  Another year has zoomed past us with many projects finished and many more on our list to do.  This coming year is our 25th year as a guild and as I reflect back it’s been 17 years since I was president, Wow.  The 25th year anniversary planning committee has been planning some fun things for us in the coming year.  And there will be some challenges and quilty fun as usual. I am looking forward to helping the guild in the next year.  In Stitches, Sarah Bistline
55 people attended the meeting/Christmas Party in December; 2 guests and 53 members. 

Don’t forget to get Barb more envelopes for the newsletters of 2017 if you receive your TCQ Newsletter by mail!!    

Mary was voted Quilter of the Year at our December meeting.  Our guild is a nicer place with you as a member, Mary!!  Congratulations.

2017 is the 25th year since the creation of Tree City Quilters’ Guild.  How much do you know about your guild? 
Do you know why the group of ladies came together and formed the guild?  Do you recognize the ladies in the guild that are the charter members?  Make it a point to know who they are and find out the answer to these questions and others that will come your way throughout this year.  

Take some time right now to plan your year of quilting.  What gifts would you like to give?  Do you have some stash fabrics that you could make up a couple table runners or tote bags for unexpected gifts to give this year?  Make up a couple sets of coasters and snap bags for a quick gift, too.  

Now is the time to give your machine a thorough cleaning.  Take apart your bobbin case and take the bottom off your machine.  Make sure your clean all the lint out, change your needle, and oil if you have a machine that needs you to do that.  Is there a technique you would like to learn?  A skill you want to try?  Do you know someone in the guild that could show or teach you?  Or, is there a local shop where you could take a class?  Plan your year and work your plan.  You and your sewing will thank you at the end of a productive year!!

The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers workshop will next meet **Friday, January 6 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:  February 10, March 10, April 7, May 5, June 9, July 7, August 11, September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1  (Please check with Sally.)

Our 2017 booklets will be ready for everyone at the January meeting.  You must have paid your dues by December 31 to be included in the booklet.  Please check the current booklet or the list that Dot has…..if there are corrections to be made please contact Barb Byler.  

 Vegetable Soup: perfect for the January cold!!
4 tablespoons olive oi
2 cups chopped leeks, white part only (from approximately 3 medium leeks) or onion
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
Kosher salt
2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds (approximately 2 medium)
2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
2 cups fresh green beans, broken or cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes
2 ears corn, kernels removed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 to 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the leeks, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the carrotspotatoes, and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the tomatoes, corn kernels, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with kosher salt. Serve immediately.

Twas the night before Christmas
And all thru the guild
All our members were scurrying
Their quilts they must build.

The blocks are all pieced
Back and batting in place
So much to do
It feels like a race!

The year went so fast
As quick as a flash
And Sally challenged us
To use up our stash.

Quilt Show, Bus Trip
And workshops, too
Our guild always gives us
Fun things to do.

Now Betty, now Ruth, now Kevin and Jeri
On Shirley, on Vicki, Lou Ella and Mary
To the head of the class and stand up tall
Stitch away, stitch away, stitch away all!

While visions of projects dance in my head
With needles, fabric, rulers and thread
Measure, cut, layer and bind
A trip to the quilt shop more fabric to find.

We all look forward to a brand new year
With Sarah to lead us and keep us in gear
Committees and meetings for us to attend
There’s nothing better than a quilting friend!

Friendship, sharing, learning and giving
These are some things that make life worth living
Merry Christmas to you as the day draws near
And we wish you a healthy and Happy New Year!!

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.  www.quiltingbythemill.com  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 specialize in Memory t-shirt quilts and Memory Bears.  I also quilt your tops.   baquilter33@aol.com or 330-988-0992

Tree City Quilters’ Guild; Officers 2017
President: Sarah Bistline         Vice President; Kay Nixon
Secretary; Shirley Rodgers    Treasurer; Bev Fash
Members at Large; Mary Mahoney and Janet McFarland

The Guild Christmas party started with great food and friendships.  After dinner Sally held a short meeting before the Christmas party started.  Sally thanked Cindy from Quilters Fancy for a great program in November, who donated two books to be given away at the meeting.  Sally thanked the Christmas party committee, all committee chairpersons and guild officers present and future. Visitors were welcomed and Happy Birthday was sung to members who had December birthdays.
Our 12th stop in our stash busting travels is Home. No place like home enjoying the holidays with family and friends. Sally compared the Wizard of Oz with being home.
Secretary report was accepted by Krisha and Pat 2nd it. Treasure report was given and accepted by Dorri.
Ongoing handworkers work shop will meet January 6, 2017 at the church from 9-11:50. They meet the first Friday of each month. If school is closed then the hand sewing group is canceled also. Any one is welcomed.  Community projects Ruth Bishop donated blocks to be finished. Trishia will finish the blocks and donate to a charity of her choice.  Jeri made a motion to hold the quilt show every year and Laura 2nd it.  A written vote was done and members voted to keep it every other year .
It was a very close vote.  Denise Mohler announced the quilter of the year Mary Green congratulations to all do for the guild.
Kay sent 20 cards to members during 2016.  Mary Mahoney and her committee did a Great job planning the Christmas
Party enjoyed by all.  Sally thanked Mary Lou for the wool class she taught and members displayed  their projects great job.
Baby quilts for the first babies born in 2017 were displayed by Ruth. Thanks to members who made them.
Show and tell ended the party with members showing off their challenges and other projects they made.
Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
See you next year

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