Wednesday, May 24, 2017

June 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: June 12, 2017; 7:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

PRESIDENT’S GREETING: June
Welcome to June, Tree City Quilters!  What a great Party we had at our May meeting, I was so happy to see former members come and enjoy our company. I hope they will decide to come back as members.  I want to thank the 25th year committee for all their hard work. And Jane for the wonderful pins.  And with a new Tree City Quilt.
For our June meeting I have a friend of mine Nancy Tester coming to give us a trunk show of her wonderful wool quilts. She has taken lessons from Sue Spargo and joined her monthly projects group. Sit back and enjoy her wool and hand embroidery embellished quilts. Nancy is willing to do a workshop if anyone is interested.  
In Stitches, 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   Whatever YOUR #2 is on the list….It is due by the JULY Meeting
3. Nfufo- nearly finished ufo  Whatever YOUR #3 is on the list….It is due by the JUNE Meeting!!
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          Whatever YOUR #5 is on your list…It is due by the MAY Meeting!
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
We had 67 people attend our May 25th Anniversary Celebration meeting!  63 members and 4 guests.  

THANK YOU; REFRESHMENTS
A big thank you to Sally Kitchen, Betty Boreman, and Sandy Gordon for our June refreshments!  

WOOSTER LIBRARY QUILT DISPLAY
In celebration of the guilds’ 25th anniversary, Mary Green, Cyndee Gamery, and Gloria Cantleberry have obtained the middle display case.  The display will be up June 1 – the 29th.  Go take a look!  Take your family and friends…spread the word!  

2018 QUILT SHOW
The Quilt Show committee met and has begun work on the 2018 Quilt Show!  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.

TIPS AND TRICKS
Attend as many educational events that you can afford!  Ask questions of your fellow quilt guild friends.  
Experiment with small projects; try a beautiful rayon thread, or combine a metallic thread with a normal thread, try a heavier thread……see what you like and what works for you!  
Sew table runners to try out patterns and quilting.  They’re small and easy to finish.  
Create a regular sewing date with 1 or 2 friends.  Then, stick to those dates.  You’ll soon finish a project.
If you have 10 minutes; wind bobbins
If you have 15 minutes, cut out pieces for your new quilt

KITCHEN KORNER
CHEESY CHICKEN AND RICE  
1 c. white rice
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, quartered
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 c. dry white wine 
1 c. low-sodium chicken stock
1/4 c. heavy cream
2 c. frozen peas
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan, divided
   Preheat oven to 450ยบ. Prepare rice according to package directions, less 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. In a medium mixing bowl, drizzle olive oil over chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until golden all over, 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet and heat over medium. Add garlic and onions and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine, chicken stock, heavy cream, salt and pepper; bring to a boil and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Add chicken (and juices from the plate), cooked rice, peas, parsley, and 1 cup Parmesan. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.

GRILLED ZUCCHINI
2-4 medium zucchini, washed, ends removed and sliced lengthwise into 1/2" slices
olive oil, salt, pepper, shaved Parmesan cheese
 Brush both sides of zucchini slices lightly with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Place on hot grill 3-4 minutes per side. Place on serving platter and sprinkle generously with shaved Parmesan.

WATERMELON, FETA AND ARUGULA SALAD
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2  tsp balsamic vinegar
2 cups arugula
2 cups baby spinach
1 small red onion thinly sliced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
2 cups bite-sized watermelon chunks
   Whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a bit of salt together. In large salad bowl toss all ingredients with the dressing. Serve chilled.

WORKSHOPS
Twisted 4-Patch Table runner:  Saturday, June 24
Christmas Tree applique: Saturday July 22
August Bus Trip: watch for date and details!
Let’s Go Somewhere Sewing!  September 22 & 23
Dresden Plate Handbag: November 4

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:  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 Mill, Sarah 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



The Tree City Quilters' Guild celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a great potluck dinner. Sarah welcomed members and guests. Happy birthday was sung to members who had May birthdays.  Barb Byler introduced the charter members of the guild Jeri Fickes, Gwen Alaura Hoover, Mary Lou Nuzum and Mabel Stocker. Mary Lou told how the guild started and grew to what it is today.  The 25th Anniversary Committee did a Great Job in planning and making the evening a great success. The 25th pins given out were very nice, wear
it on your name tag. The committee unveiled the quilt they made for the guild. Thanks to everyone who designed and worked on it and Kim Panter for quilting it.  The UFO for June is #3 and the UFO for July is #2. Keep working on your UFO's ladies.  Laura gave info on the Quilt Show being on Facebook so let your friends 
know it will be April of 2018. Also we will the Boutique again with Mary Green in charge. So if you are planning on making items to sell let her know. 10% of the sales go to the guild.  Mary Mahoney gave info on workshops coming up. Look for sign up sheets at the June meeting. Samples were showed of the items being taught.
A bus trip is planned for August more info to follow.  Kay gave info on the Let's Go Somewhere Sewing September 23-24 a two day get together. If you are interested be sure and sign up cost is $10 a day 
and if you wish to spend the night we have a place to stay. Which will be about $25 for the night depending on how many will stay.  Michelle gave info on the no frills retreat for March 2018. If you would like to
help plan this please let her know.  Kennetta said the challenge for the July picnic will be Rain Bows. You can
make whatever you want as long as it has a rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ in it somewhere.  Shirley said 120 bibs and 18 quilts were given out to local health care groups.  Laura's place mats class showed their finished projects. 
The meeting ended with Show and tell, great work ladies.  See you in June for a Trunk Show with Nancy Tester

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 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: May 8, 2017; 6:00 pm
Parkview Church of Christ
1912 Burbank Road
Wooster, OH 44691

PRESIDENT’S GREETING: May
Happy May Tree City Quilters
Are we ready to party? Let’s celebrate our 25 years! I know we are in for an exciting evening, just being with each other and enjoying the day will be fun, remember that we are starting early. 
I love the spring with all the wild flowers that bloom in my woods, I was walking in the woods two days ago looking for the bellwort it only blooms in one little spot in my woods but I always have to search for the spot. The dog went over the rise and I could see her tail wagging, I called to her then she looked up, she was covered in swamp muck. Needless to say I did not find my flowers we had an unplanned bath to do. 
In Stitches
Sarah B.
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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     Whatever YOUR #3 is on the list….It is due by the JUNE Meeting!!
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          Whatever YOUR #5 is on your list…It is due by the MAY Meeting!
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
49 people attended the meeting in April: 48 members and 1 guests
Please welcome our newest members: Lisa Shingleton and Etta Trempi
Enter their information into your Membership Booklets!
Lisa Shingleton                        Etta Trempi
816 Gashe Street                    922 Mindy Lane
Wooster, OH 44691                Wooster, OH 44691
Cell; 330-466-2637                  Cell; 330-465-4245
Doxie007@yahoo.com            ettaLT14@yahoo.com

THANK YOU; REFRESHMENTS
Because we will not be serving refreshments at the May Meeting, our 3 volunteers have moved to assist with other months.  Shirley Rodgers will help in August with Jennifer Babcock and Denise Mohler
Carol Remington will help in September with Jolene Dyer and Becky Hamilton
Peggy Hodge will help in October with Cyndee Gamery and Christina Conn
Thank you ladies for being so flexible!!!

25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm with a pot luck supper.  Please bring a variety of dishes except dessert!  We will have cupcakes on every table for you.  Beverages can be an item you bring.  Your table service will be provided for you that evening.  We hope to see you for this special anniversary evening!  

2018 QUILT SHOW
The Quilt Show committee met and has begun work on the 2018 Quilt Show!  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.

TIPS AND TRICKS
·         Try out Jeri’s “wasteless” flying Geese; actually doing the method will help you learn it
·         Sign up for a class somewhere; the more you join others in a class, the more you will learn and get better at your preferred hobby!
·         If you pin something on Pinterest…..try it or make it!  Don’t just be a collector of pins!
·         Talk to people at the TCQ meeting!  You have a wealth of knowledge in that room every month.  If you have a question, chances are someone else does, too.  
·         Start a class of your own.  Ask a couple other people from the Guild to join you and sew together.  You’ll have fun, help each other and get something accomplished!





KITCHEN KORNER
SPRING ASPARAGUS RISOTTO
4 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus, divided
3 C chicken broth, divided
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
1 lg onion, chopped
2 cups uncooked Arborio rice or other medium-grain rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup grated fresh Parmigian cheese, divided
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    Place 1 cup asparagus and 1 cup broth in a blender; puree until smooth. Combine puree, remaining 2 cups broth, and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup broth mixture; cook 2 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining puree mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total). Stir in remaining 3 cups asparagus; cook 2 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese, cream, salt, and pepper. Transfer risotto to a bowl. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

SPAGHETTI SQUASH PRIMAVERA
1 spaghetti squash 
2 T olive oil 
1 onion, chopped 
1 large clove garlic, minced 
1 large zucchini, cut into bite-size pieces 
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    Pierce the shell of the spaghetti squash with a fork and place on paper towel; cook in microwave on High for 12 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Slice in half lengthwise; remove the seeds. Use a fork to pull the flesh of the squash away from the shell and place into a large bowl; fluff with the fork to separate the strands as much as possible. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion and mushrooms in the hot oil until just tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking and stirring another 3 minutes. Stir the zucchini, tomatoes and basil into the mixture. Pour into small casserole, top with grated Parm and bake 8-10 min @ 375 to melt the cheese.


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:  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

Minutes from April:

Sarah welcomed guests and members to the meeting. Happy birthday was sung to members who had an April birthday. The secretary's report was accepted by Becky, Dot and the guild. Bev gave the treasure report and was accepted by Kim P.
and Janet. Sunshine report everyone doing ok no cards sent Mary Mahoney let members know there will be an Accucut workshop on July 22.  It will be a skill class and project class. Signup sheet at the May meeting.  Laura will teach the inpatients place mat class May 6. Let her know if you are planning to take the class so she'll have enough patterns.
Vicky gave a report on the Quilt Retreat and members who attended showed their quilts they started in class. Great time was had by everyone who attended. The Retreat Committee did a GREAT job again.  Barb gave info on the 25th Anniversary which will be May 8 and start at 6:00 with the pot luck. Table service and desert will be provided. Bring your own
drinks. Lots of fun and surprises so don't miss out.  The UFO for May is #5 projects in process so be sure and get it finished for
May. #3 UFO nearly finished is for the June meeting. Members who finished their April UFO received their $5 back.
Jeri showed the different steps to make easy flying geese without any fabric waste. Jeri passed out a worksheet for future reference for everyone.  Different members showed tools they used for quilting that can be bought at stores besides quilt shops.  The program ended with show and tell great quilts ladies.
See you May 8 at 6:00 for the 25th Anniversary pot luck.