Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15 Newsletter

 It's Show Time!


QUILT SHOW UPDATE

QUILT SHOW ENTRIES  Our Quilt Show on February 18th is 4 days away.   NO FURTHER ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.   All quilts must have a 3-4” sleeve on the back for hanging purposes.  Your sleeve can be pinned on or sewn.  It does not have to be a permanent sleeve.  You must also have some form of identification on the back of your quilt.

Check in and Check out times for your entries.  Please bring your entries to the Santan Room on Friday, February 17th between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  If you are not available during this time frame, ask a friend to check in your items.
Check out is no earlier than 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th, and no later than 4:30 that day.  Any item not picked up will be delivered to the Sewing Room for pickup.

Quilt Show Chinese Auction Tickets == If you would like to purchase Chinese Auction Tickets ahead of time, you may do so at the Thursday meetings.  This way you can sign your tickets ahead of time and have them ready to drop in the containers when you come to the Quilt Show.

QUILT SHOW STAGING ITEMS – Debra Byers along with Pat Marble are heading up the Staging and Design of the show.  They need your help by lending small tables such as end tables, hall or entry tables, benches, rocking chairs,  large floor standing non-breakable vases or vessels, and large wicker baskets.   These items should be delivered to the canopy area outside the Santan Room on Friday, February 17th.   PLEASE BE SURE TO IDENTIFY EACH PIECE YOU LEND WITH YOUR NAME AND SITE NUMBER.

MONITOR REMINDERS FROM JUNE AND JEAN
Machine Repair -- If a rental machine is reported in need of repair, please complete a Machine Service Repair Ticket.  Tickets can be found in the top drawer of the white cabinets where the machine rentals are recorded.  Place the Ticket in the Suggestion Box.  Also remember there are no half day rentals.

Freebie Items – Any item placed on the Accuquilt table must be identified with the person’s name who brought it in, site no. and telephone no. and the date brought in.  It also must identify whether the item is a “freebie” or belongs to a specific person.  MONITORS, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE EVERY ITEM LEFT IS IDENTIFIED.

REMINDERS TO EVERYONE

SUGGESTIONS:  We appreciate any suggestions you make regarding the Sewing Room, but your suggestion must be in writing and SIGNED.  If we don’t know who made the suggestion, we can’t follow up with you and let you know the outcome of your suggestion.
REMEMBER TO CLEAN YOUR TABLE – There are cleaning supplies in the cupboard for cleaning your tables.  Barkeeper’s Friend works very well for removing black markers.  Use a little elbow grease if you have left some bad marks on the tables.
CUTTING WITH FLEECE OR MINKEE.  You are welcome to cut fleece or Minkee on the cutting mats, but please turn the green mats over and cut on the back side.  Do not use the new Martelli mats for cutting fleece or minkee.  Also, pay attention if you have made a mess on the floor from cutting any fabric.  There is a dry mop available for you to use to clean up the floor.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Quilter’s Corner Quilt Shop on Florence Blvd. is closing at the end of the month.  In the meantime, fabric is 60% off and notions are 50% off.
Pat Fryer of Villa Rosa Designs will be in the Sewing Room on Wednesday, February 15 at 10 a.m.    She will have fabric for sale and will be returning finished quilts.  She will NOT be taking quilts back with her until she returns the first week in March.
St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, March 9th after the meeting.  The event will be catered.  Cost is $15.  Signups begin Thursday, February 16th and close on Thursday, March 9th.  The menu is:  Chicken LaSagna with Alfredo Sauce, Ceaser Salad with dressing, French Bread, Dessert, Arnold Palmer Ice tea/water.


FART TRIP UPDATE – The next carpool trip will be to Surprise, AZ on Wednesday, February 22nd.  The next Fart trip is upon us ladies, but hardly anyone as signed up. What's up with that? As I  (Mary Lee) specifically asked if anyone would be interested in going up North and lots of folks raised their hands during our quilt meeting.

Sign up sheet is always on a clipboard next to the sign in table in the Quilt room. Please make sure you put a contact # on the sheet so we can let you know who you will be riding with, if your not a driver.
We plan on going 2/22 (Wed) starting at 8:30 from the sewing room parking lot. We have picked out the three quilts shops listed below, as recommendations. It will be up to the individual cars occupants as to which stores you go to and for how long.

Arizona Quilts, 12301 W Bell Rd A109 Surprise, AZ

Sun Valley Quilts, 9857 W Bell Rd Sun City, AZ

Quilter's Paradise, 3639 W Juniper Ave Phoenix, AZ

We are also recommending the restaurant called ...
Babbo Italian Eatery--16433 W Bell Rd Surprise AZ  (Quilters went last year and loved it.)

Hope to see more quilters on the list soon. Thanks
Mary Lee Jones & Judy Patterson


JANOME TRAINING – The next Janome machine training is scheduled in the Sewing Room for 9:30 on Friday, February 24th.  No signups, just show up.


Updated Calendars:   February 2017       March 2017   (click to download)

UPCOMING CLASSES:

             
Tuesdays,  Feb. 14 and 21  at 8 a.m.  Beginning Quilting with Linda Dey
Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.  Sweatshirt to Cardigan with Debra Byers
Monday, Feb. 20 at 9:00 a.m.  Stand and Stow Tote with Jenny Schwieterman
Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.  Caddy Pad, Jr. Iron Tote with Linda Eliason
Friday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. Flower Pot Tote with Carol Tata
Wednesdays March 1 and 8  9:00-4:00 *Flower-Pop Tote/Purse  (a second class offered by popular demand) (this is a two session class)
Saturdays March 4 and 11 10:00-3:00 *Spicy Spiral Table Runner       (a 2 session class)
              (not for beginners)
Tuesdays March 7 and 14  6:00-9:00 PM *Denim Tote Bag         (a 2 session class)
Tuesdays March 7, 14, 21, 28  (4 sessions)  8:00-4:00 *Beginning Quilting   
Mondays March 6, 13, 20, 27  (4 sessions)  9:00-12:00
*Advanced Beginner Quilting 
"Max Bag"   -prep session on Friday, March 17  1:00-3:00
                     -class on Saturday, March 18  8:00-4:00

Spicy Spiral table runner class –If you signed up for this class, the patterns are in and available for your to pick up from the teacher, Sue Brye at Site 1797.

Class...ifieds!

If anyone needs a pattern for the spiral table runner I have one. Carrie Anne  Site Phone: 7825 or Site #1825

NOMINATING COMMITTEE -  Marilynn  Barbour at site 534 has volunteered to head the Nominating Committee.  A slate of candidates will be presented at our annual meeting on February 23rd.  This year candidates are needed for a 2 year term to fill the Program Coordinator position currently held by Mary Williams.  We also need to fill a 2 year term for the Monitor Coordinator position currently held by Jean Prevost.  To qualify you must be available in the Park from November 1 through March 31.  You must also have computer skills and a working printer as each job requires scheduling, preparing the monthly calendar and/or monitor list.  If you would like a copy of the Job Description for these positions, call June Griepp at 7281 or email her at jgriepp@integra.net.  We would like to see several candidates for each position, so please consider submitting your name to the Nominating Committee.  If you don’t, they will come looking for you and the scene may not be pretty.

COVERED LIQUIDS  Effective immediately, during all open sewing periods and classes, all liquids brought in or prepared in the Sewing Room must be kept in a COVERED container.  If you have prepared coffee or tea in the Sewing Room, there are insulated cups with covers available for your use.  If you bring any liquid into the Sewing Room, you must provide your OWN covered container and store your liquid in that container.  Your container must be leakproof and spillproof.  The only exception is cold water from the water cooler.  Please refrain from bringing open water glasses to your tables.  Water bottles should be capped while at the tables.
FLU SEASON –Unfortunately, it is Cold and Flu Season.  If you don’t feel well or have symptoms of a cold or flu, please refrain from coming to the sewing room or attending our weekly meetings.  As much as we love having you around, hopefully your absence while you’re sick will help curb an epidemic and keep the rest of us healthy  Thanks for your consideration.

Jean's Amazing Granny Smith Caramel Apple Dip (by popular request--click to download!)
(I have named it this as I couldn’t find it written in recipe form anywhere)

1 -  8 oz. carton Mascarpone (Italian Style Cream Cheese)
½ of a 16 oz. carton Caramel Dip (for apples)
Heath candy bar(s) (a.k.a. Skor for the Canadians) – one or two crushed
2 large Granny Smith Apples

Put the cheese out to soften.
Cut the Granny Smith into slices, not too thick.
Prepare a bath for the apples – 1 cup of water with 1/8 tsp. salt.  Soak the sliced apples for 3 – 5 minutes and pat dry.  (will keep them from turning brown)

Spread the cheese (less than ¼ inch thick) on a pretty serving tray or plate.  Cover the cheese with Caramel Dip (soften slightly in microwave to make it easy to spread).  Sprinkle on the crushed candy.  Cover with Granny Smith slices – use ALL of the apple, overlapping, as that’s the dipping mechanism for the stuff underneath!

Watch it disappear magically.

Fry’s carries Mascarpone Cheese in the deli area with the Boars Head Cheeses, etc.
Fry’s has Litehouse brand Old Fashioned Caramel Dip in the produce section

CORN SALAD  (FROM PAULA DEEN MAGAZINE) Thanks, Carol Tata :)

2  15 oz. cans whole kernel corn, drained                                            
1 c. green or red pepper, chopped
2 c. grated Cheddar cheese                                                                    
 ½ c. red onions, chopped
1 c.   mayonnaise                                                                                                   10.5 oz. bag coarsely crushed chili-cheese corn chips

Mix first 5 ingredients and chill.  Stir in corn chips just before serving

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 7 Newsletter

The Quilt Show is Looming! Get involved! Remember that helping hands are gratefully accepted...and expected for the Quilt Show...and everyday...to keep our Sewing Room the wondrous place that it is! We are a self-supporting entity. If you haven't volunteered in the Sewing Room...now is the time to contribute!


QUILT SHOW UPDATE

QUILT SHOW ENTRIES  Our Quilt Show on February 18th is fast approaching.   NO FURTHER ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.   All quilts must have a 3-4” sleeve on the back for hanging purposes.  Your sleeve can be pinned on or sewn.  It does not have to be a permanent sleeve.  You must also have some form of identification on the back of your quilt.

QUILT SHOW STAGING ITEMS – Debra Byers along with Pat Marble are heading up the Staging and Design of the show.  They need your help by lending small tables such as end tables, hall or entry tables, benches, rocking chairs,  large floor standing non-breakable vases or vessels, and large wicker baskets.   These items should be delivered to the canopy area outside the Santan Room on Friday, February 17th.   PLEASE BE SURE TO IDENTIFY EACH PIECE YOU LEND WITH YOUR NAME AND SITE NUMBER.

QUILT SHOW CHINESE AUCTION AND SILENT AUCTION.  Please consider donating an item for our major fund raising events.  We welcome all hand made items such as quilts, table runners, placemats, totes, purses, jewelry or other unique crafted gift items.  In addition, we welcome gift certificates from local businesses, and golf items (for the men in attendance)   Several donation bins have been placed under the Accuquilt table in the Sewing Room.   Drop off your donations at your convenience.  Gift Certificates should be delivered directly to Darlene Norton, Nancy Duitsman or Donna Gregoire.

QUILT SHOW VOLUNTEERS – If you have not yet volunteered to help with the setting up or to work at the show, there is still time to sign up.  This is a great way for some of our new members to get to know their fellow sewers .  It is fun to be part of the action!!  There are plenty of “seasoned” gals to show you the ropes.  Remember, if you use and enjoy our beautiful sewing room, you owe it to yourself and the rest of the group to participate in this important fund raiser.

QUILT SHOW QUILT RACKS.  We ordered 5 Craftgard quilt racks plus some additional crossbars and they have arrived!!  These racks will give us the ability to hang an additional 12 quilts on racks instead of using tables.


QUILT TIL YOU WILT – Wednesday, February 8th 4 p.m.   Thursday is the last day for signup so don’t forget to get your reservation in for the fun.  We will be sewing baby blankets.  Also, remember to pick up a “onsie” or two to donate to the cause.    And, FOOD WILL BE SERVED!!  Bring your own favorite beverage.  Wine and spirits are welcome.  Jan Masselink is the chair for this event, with help from Mabel Halverson and her food crew.

VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCHEON – Thursday, February 9th – after the meeting.  This event is potluck, so “strut your stuff” with your favorite recipe.  Beverages will be provided.  No fee but please sign up at the meeting or in the sewing room so the gals have a count of the number of attendees.
ACCUQUILT TRAINING -  Thursday, February 9th 9:00 a.m.  No registration—just show up.    If you plan to use the Accuquilt Studio machine in the Sewing Room, this training is mandatory.

JANOME TRAINING Friday, February 10th at 9:30 a.m.  No registration—just show up.  This training is for individuals who wish to rent our Janome machines and are unfamiliar with their use, or for monitors who wish to learn more about the Janome rentals.



Updated Calendars:   February 2017       March 2017   (click to download)

UPCOMING CLASSES:

             
Monday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m.  MiniStar Table Runner with Linda Eliason
Tuesdays,  Feb. 14 and 21  at 8 a.m.  Beginning Quilting with Linda Dey
Friday, Feb. 10 at 12 p.m.  Mesh Market Tote Bag with Suze Pezzano
Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.  Sweatshirt to Cardigan with Debra Byers
Monday, Feb. 20 at 9:00 a.m.  Stand and Stow Tote with Jenny Schwieterman
Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.  Caddy Pad, Jr. Iron Tote with Linda Eliason
Friday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. Flower Pot Tote with Carol Tata
Wednesdays March 1 and 8  9:00-4:00 *Flower-Pop Tote/Purse  (a second class offered by popular demand) (this is a two session class)
Saturdays March 4 and 11 10:00-3:00 *Spicy Spiral Table Runner       (a 2 session class)
              (not for beginners)
Tuesdays March 7 and 14  6:00-9:00 PM *Denim Tote Bag         (a 2 session class)
Tuesdays March 7, 14, 21, 28  (4 sessions)  8:00-4:00 *Beginning Quilting   
Mondays March 6, 13, 20, 27  (4 sessions)  9:00-12:00
*Advanced Beginner Quilting 

New classes open for registration on Thursday, Feb. 9 are:

"Max Bag"  
-prep session on Friday, March 17  1:00-3:00
                     -class on Saturday, March 18  8:00-4:00


OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF

Palm Creek Quilt Guild  “Quilts of Valor”


Mission:  to make quilts to present to active or veteran military personnel from the US or Canada to honor their service to their country whenever/wherever that may have been.

Note:  We are not affiliated with the national Quilt of Valor Foundation.  Therefore, our requirements are not as strict.  We distribute our quilts personally to friends, families and local veterans.

Considerations: 
 
  1. Quilts will be of good quality fabric and accurately sewn
  2. We have fabric, patterns, kits and batting for these quilts or members can utilize their own.
  3. We meet on Friday mornings at 9am but people may choose to work on their own at any time.You may want to make a block, a top or to quilt or bind.All contributions are welcome.
  4. All colors and patterns are acceptable but patriotic fabrics are fun, showy and loved.
  5. Most sizes can be used.A good average throw is 50-60 inches.Very large quilts are costly and difficult for us to quilt.
  6. We will provide a label for all quilts.
  7. We will provide a letter to thank the soldier for service and to tell who we are.
  8. We can provide a pillowcase for presentation.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE -  Marilynn  Barbour at site 534 has volunteered to head the Nominating Committee.  A slate of candidates will be presented at our annual meeting on February 23rd.  This year candidates are needed for a 2 year term to fill the Program Coordinator position currently held by Mary Williams.  We also need to fill a 2 year term for the Monitor Coordinator position currently held by Jean Prevost.  To qualify you must be available in the Park from November 1 through March 31.  You must also have computer skills and a working printer as each job requires scheduling, preparing the monthly calendar and/or monitor list.  If you would like a copy of the Job Description for these positions, call June Griepp at 7281 or email her at jgriepp@integra.net.  We would like to see several candidates for each position, so please consider submitting your name to the Nominating Committee.  If you don’t, they will come looking for you and the scene may not be pretty.

COVERED LIQUIDS  Effective immediately, during all open sewing periods and classes, all liquids brought in or prepared in the Sewing Room must be kept in a COVERED container.  If you have prepared coffee or tea in the Sewing Room, there are insulated cups with covers available for your use.  If you bring any liquid into the Sewing Room, you must provide your OWN covered container and store your liquid in that container.  Your container must be leakproof and spillproof.  The only exception is cold water from the water cooler.  Please refrain from bringing open water glasses to your tables.  Water bottles should be capped while at the tables.

FLU SEASON –Unfortunately, it is Cold and Flu Season.  If you don’t feel well or have symptoms of a cold or flu, please refrain from coming to the sewing room or attending our weekly meetings.  As much as we love having you around, hopefully your absence while you’re sick will help curb an epidemic and keep the rest of us healthy  Thanks for your consideration.