Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Recipes from our Holiday Party

Here are a couple of yummy recipes for appetizers that were brought to our recent meeting and Holiday Party. Enjoy!!


Tortilla Pinwheels from Mary B.
  • 2 pkgs (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 envelope ranch dip
  • 1 envelope italian dressing
  • 1 box frozen chopped spinach - cooked and squeezed dry
  • 2 (2 oz each) packages chipped beef (Buddig), diced small
  • 6 flour tortillas (largest size)
  • picante sauce

Mix all ingredients except tortillas and picante sauce. Spread evenly over tortillas. Roll tightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill. Slice and serve with picante sauce.


Sausage Cream Cheese Balls from Ellie S.
  • One 8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • One tube jimmy dean hot sausage (16 oz)
  • One large tube Grands flaky biscuits (8 biscuits)

Sauté sausage in fry pan for about 15 minutes. Add cream cheese when still warm to melt. (I softened it in microwave for about 45 seconds on 50 percent before mixing with sausage; just makes it easier to mix). Refrigerate overnight or a few hours to get cold. Cut each flaky biscuit in six sections flatten in a sort of circle and fill with a teaspoon of sausage mixture and pull up biscuit around sausage and pinch closed. Make 48 balls. Bake 15-17 min at 350 deg. My oven is funny, so I baked for 18 or 19 minutes.

Serve hot, room temperature or even cold!

If you have a recipe from the party that you'd like to share with the group, please email it to us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com, and I'll be happy to publish it here. I'd like to see that chocolate cake recipe and those phyllo-mango-red pepper things for sure!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 8, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our wonderful Holiday Party Committee: Cathy Roberts, Trisha Swank, and Denise Wertz. You all did a fantastic job putting together a wonderful party for all of us!!

** Photos from this meeting are posted here **

1. At the beginning of our meeting, everyone loaded up their plates with lots of yummy appetizers, poured some delicious punch or soda, and then we began the meeting portion of the day as we ate.

2. We had 21 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, December 8, 2013. We did not have any new members, so our total membership remains at 56.

3. Treasurer’s Report: We have $1296 in our guild checking account.

4. Upcoming Meetings:
  • We will have a sew-in after our meeting on January 12, 2014. Bring whatever project you would like to work on. This meeting will be from 11:00 – 4:00. We will also be kicking off our 2014 Block of the Month program (see “New Business” below for more information).
  • We are still in planning for the rest of our 2014 meetings. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email them to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

5. Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, has six Project Night Night kits which could be sent to the Washington, IL tornado victims. We took a vote and unanimously decided to send six total quilts with member Darlene M. to the Washington area. We will continue to collect quilts for Project Night Night. Please email Laura if you are working on a quilt for this charity ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
  • We are still in need of a committee chair for our workshop committee. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in helping with this.

6. Upcoming Quilt Shows:
  • Salt Creek Quilt Guild "A Patchwork of America" in Clarendon Hills, 10am - 5pm, March 1 – 2, 2014
  • Pride of the Prairie Quilters in Plainfield, March 8 – 9, 2014

7. New Business:
We will be starting a Block of the Month (BOM) program in January. All blocks for 2014 have been chosen; we will be using blocks from everyone who submitted one. Some months will have more than one block presented. Paige will be contacting each member who submitted a block within the next week to further discuss their blocks and the program’s expectations and requirements. Each month, detailed instructions and photographs for making the block(s) will be posted on the website. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.

8. Show and Tell: Several members brought their favorite holiday quilt to show at our holiday party.

9. Reminder: Please make and wear your nametag to each meeting.

10. The meeting portion ended, and we continued with our holiday party.

11. We had a swap of hand-made ornaments, followed by a Bingo game using Bingo cards members had made at home and brought with them. Winners of Bingo received a set of three fat quarters in red and green fabrics which had been donated by members at the November meeting.

12. We enjoyed yummy desserts during the white elephant UFO exchange. Members brought a UFO (UnFinished Object) in a paper bag and got to bring home someone else’s UFO. There were a few very *interesting* UFOs which were exchanged.

13. If you brought a home-made food or beverage to the party, please remember to email your recipe to the guild so we can share them with everyone who attended! crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com

We wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa!
Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Milwaukee MQG Modern Quilting Event

The Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring a fun weekend event January 11-12, 2014 at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilting and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin!

They have lined up a panel of four modern quilting "rock stars" to present a full day of trunk shows, lectures, book signings, and a panel discussion as well as lunch and a tour of the museum's new "Modern Perspectives" exhibit on Saturday. On Sunday, Jacquie Gering will guide 20 participants in a Slice and Insert Improvisation Workshop.

The registration fee for Saturday's event is $49, and Sunday's workshop fee is $59. Click here to register for either or both events. Registration is open to everyone.

Full details of the program are included in the photo images below.



Monday, December 2, 2013

This is your last chance...

To RSVP for the CLMQG Holiday Party!


Sunday, December 8, 2013
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on sidebar)
12:00 - 4:00pm

Send your RSVP to Trisha Swank at trishaswank (at) gmail (dot) com

Remember to bring:
  • the food item you signed up to bring
  • your "white elephant" UFO exchange item in a paper bag
  • your fabric bingo card
  • a wrapped handmade ornament if you are participating in the ornament exchange
  • your favorite holiday quilt for show and tell
A short business meeting will be held at noon followed immediately by the PARTY!  We hope to see YOU there!