Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March 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: March 13, 2017; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

PRESIDENT’S GREETING:
Hi everyone Happy March
I am on my way home from QuiltCon that was in Savanna Georgia. There was lots of great quilts to view and fun venders. I had several great classes and enjoyed touring the city very beautiful. 
We have Mary Huey coming to speak this month. She is always enjoyable with lots of great ideas. Bring a friend

Sarah B

UFO CHALLENGE FOR 2017!
This year’s challenge will be a UFO one   I want you to write 8 projects on two index cards; one for you and one to turn in to me at the February meeting with $5.00.  You can label your projects as follows:  
1.      WIPS- works in progress
2.      UFO- un finished projects 
3.      Nfufo- nearly finished ufo
4.      BBufo- barely begun UFO’s     Whatever YOUR #4 is on the list….It is due by the April Meeting!!!
5.      PIPs- projects in Process
6.      Wisps – works in slow process
7.      Wivps-- works in very slow process
8.      PIGS = projects in Grocery sacks

As you write down your project give it one of these names.  I will give credit to 4,7 and 8. You must have already have the pattern, some of the fabric, drawings in your head or you are thinking, “how wonderful this will be when it’s done.”  You will get your $5.00 back with your first project done, after that each project done will put your name in a pot and at the end of the year we will draw one name for the remaining funds and a special prize. 
MEMBERSHIP
56 people attended the meeting in February: 52 members and 4 guests

THANK YOU; REFRESHMENTS
Thank you very much for our refreshments in March!  Kim Linderman, Vera Waldman, Naomi Lance



25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The committee is looking for a little more help.  If you would be interested in helping plan our celebration evening, please come to the next meeting.  6:00 at Parkview, before our regular TCQ meeting.  Thank you!  

HISTORY HUTCH
What brought the original group of ladies together in the first place?
When and where was the first TCQ Show?

2018 QUILT SHOW
The Quilt Show committee met and has begun work on the 2018 Quilt Show!  On March 4, 2017 at 10 am there will be a meeting at Parkview Church to learn about Quiltworx (Judy Neimeyer) paper piecing patterns.  We will work as a group on our raffle quilt for 2018 - the pattern is “Paradise in Bloom.”  We want this to be an opportunity for guild members to learn more about the quiltworx patterns, paper piecing, and to be able to "assembly line" making the sections of the quilt.  Bring a sewing machine (neutral thread, size 70 needle) OR cutting mat, ruler and cutter OR iron and ironing surface.
Two challenges have been designed for the show:
Applique Challenge - Floral Applique Item of your choice.  Hand or machine applique.  Quilter's interpretation.   (The planning team reserves the right to split the entries into more categories as needed.)
Garden Party Challenge- Floral themed item.  The pattern and/or fabric should have a floral design.  (Again, the team reserves the right to split entries into additional categories.)  Quiltmakers' interpretation.

Reminder to the quilt show planning team that there is a meeting that same day; 9-10.

TIPS AND TRICKS
·         Big, colorful prints sometimes pose design challenges to quilters accustomed to working with smaller-scale prints or tone-on-tone fabrics.  The key to working with large-scale and multicolor pints is to make sure that the shape of the piece you’re using can be distinguished from the piece next to it.  Otherwise, the quilt will be visually confusing.  To ensure that the shapes in a quilt will read clearly, you need contrast between pieces in blocks and between the blocks themselves.  When selecting fabrics, look for contrast in a least one of the following areas:
1.      HUE: the dominant color or colors in the fabrics
2.      VALUE: the lightness or darkness of the fabrics 
3.      SCALE: the size of the motifs in the pints
4.      COLOR COMPLEXITY: multicolor versus solid or tone-on-tone
·         Turn down the contrast in a quilt for a more subtle finish.  Quilts with little contrast are sometimes referred to as having low volume.  To achieve this look. Limit your assortment of prints to neighboring values, such as medium to light only.  
·         Don’t throw away a cracked, bent, or slightly worn cutting mat.  Instead, use tin snips or a utility knife to trim the best portion into a square slightly larger than your favorite block size.  For example, if you frequently make 8” blocks, trim an old cutting mat into a 10” square.  The next time you’re squaring up blocks, place the trimmed mat atop your full-size cutting mat.  The mini mat will rotate easily as you trim your blocks, eliminating the need to move the fabric or yourself around the cutting table.  

WORKSHOPS
The Monthly Ongoing Hand Workers will meet on the first Friday of each month from 9:00 to 11:50 at Parkview Christian Church, in the Fireside Room.  Meeting dates for 2017:  March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1.  (These dates are subject to change)  Join us and bring your handwork of any kind (no sewing machines) a small snack to share, and show and tell.  Guests are always welcome.  Contact Sally Kitchen with any questions.  

ACCUCUT
Please see Becky Hamilton if you wish to use the guild’s AccuCut.  

QUILT SERVICES
Quilting by the MillSarah Bistline 10474 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.  

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




Sarah welcome members and visitors to the meeting. Happy birthday was sung to members who had a February birthday. The secretary's report was accepted by Kim and 2nd by Kevin. Bev gave the treasures. The sun shine committee said no cards
were sent out. Committee chair persons gave their reports: Vicky gave info on the Quilt retreat March 31- April 1 & 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn. There is still room for anyone who wishes to attend see Vicky or Tonya. Peggy Is looking for a roommate if anyone would like to share a room with her. Jeri showed samples of the Judy Niemeyer pansies place mates that Laura
will be teaching later this year. If you interested please let her know. Also Jeri gave info on the Quilt Show raffle quilt if you would like to help they are meeting March 4 at the church in the fireside room.  Betty Boreman and Jennifer Babcock gave an Audit report and several questions were raised that will be discussed at a later time.  Kim Panter gave info on future workshops. Kim and Kay are planning a Quilting 101 help day for everyone. A vote was taken and most members
liked the idea. If you have anything you would like to know more about let Kim or Kay know.  Shirley Rodgers gave info on the community project making bibs on February 18 to be given to area nursing homes. Also she announced the winners of the 5--1/2 Yard challenge. Thank you ladies for a great job.  Linda Miller was the program for the evening discussing the Giant Dahlia quilt top. Linda will also be the teacher for the Giant Dahlia class at the retreat. She had a sample she displayed and showed slides of different colors of the Giant Dahlia quilt top. Also she showed black and white pictures to show what colors stood out in the quilt. She sold templates and passed out info sheets for those who were taking her class.  The program ended with show and tell. See March 13 when the program will be A Trunk Show with Mary Huey.

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