December 2014 Newsletter

11 12 2014

Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 4 – December 11, 2014

President: Mary Ann Grayson
Vice President: Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Cheryl Majewski
Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Carole Doerr
Bits & Pieces Editor: Kelly Grace
Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

Meetings:            2nd Thursday of month
Time:                      7:00 PM
Location:             New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074

Website: http://loraincountypiecemakers.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

ProgramsPROGRAMS
Potluck – Starts at 6:30 pm

 

Stray ThreadsSTRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I hope the holidays will be wonderful for all of you.  Mine has been complicated by an interesting but certainly not well-timed diversion.  A couple of weeks ago, while waiting for the floor to dry, I decided to take a look at what was new in quilting books in the Clevnet system from about 2013 to present.  Turns out there were way more than anticipated.  In fact, I was able to put on hold about 130 titles in about 20 minutes!  They have started arriving, and alas, not at a good time for me to review.  Luckily I was able to suspend the remainder until after Christmas. Meanwhile the stacks are setting upon the counters, taunting me with their pretty covers and interesting possibilities.  Who knew so many treats awaited at the click of a mouse!  Maybe next month I’ll be able to tell you about some of my favorites. Piecefully, Sue

Meeting MinutesMEETING MINUTES
Cheryl Majewski

Maryann called the meeting to order at 7:00, introduced Bruce the scissors guy, and welcomed visitors. The minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report can be found in the newsletter.

Our guest speaker was Marj from The Sewing Connection, who did a demonstration on hand- dyeing fabric. Following the program, we took a short break and did some shopping.

Maryann thanked Karen Knox and Bobbie Bruck for taking care of the sign-in table. She also announced that there would be another T-shirt class on Jan. 8th.

Youth Days for those 8-17 will be the last Saturday of the month at Main Street Amherst. Janice Good and Joanne Palun will be in charge of our library, which we will be able to keep at our meeting place.

Kaye Koler reported that Joann Fabrics donated a used Accu-Cut machine to the guild. Anyone who has dies they wish to share is to contact Kelly Grace so she can make a list of them. Kaye also reported that seven Quilts of Valor were mailed to the Air Force Base in Jacksonville, FL. In January there will be a small QofV workshop.

Forty-seven pairs of pajamas were made last month and there will be another pajama party in January. We need donations of flannel.

Karen Conley is coming to do a seven part Judy Neimeyer Block of the Month starting in April.

Maryann reported that so far 140 people have registered for the NEORQC getaway.

On each table there was a sign-up sheet for people to make suggestions of things to do next year. Our next meeting will be our Pot Luck at 6:30. There will be a board meeting at 5:30.

Our meeting ended with fourteen members having Show and Tell. Donna Clapper showed some of the 115 quilt tops she brought for community service.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

tshirt quilt2Teeshirt Quilt Workshop
We will have another Tee Shirt Quilt Workshop, Thursday, January 8, 10:00-4:00pm at the New Russia Township Lodge, Oberlin, Ohio. Students will learn how to make a teeshirt quilt using little or no math! Really!! Most students will be able to complete at least one row in class. Bring a brown bag lunch or dine in downtown Oberlin. The cost of the workshop is $25 for guild members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are required and must be paid in full prior to class. Seating is limited. The regular guild meeting will follow at 7:00pm. For more information and supply list, contact Kaye Koler at sewhappyquilting@gmail.com.

2015 Challenge FabricBlock of the Month
Would anyone be interested in participating in a block of the month next year? We would do 2 blocks a month, varying in difficulty from easy piecing to applique and even paper piecing – maybe even some hexies! The only requirement is that you must use the 2015 Hoffman Challenge Fabric in your blocks. Please contact Kelly Grace (caelijean@gmail.com) if you are interested, I’d like to get at least 10 people to participate. I need to know no later than the December meeting so I can plan it to start in January.

fat quarter exchangeFat Quarter Exchange
Mary Lou Brown

We are starting our sign up for Fat Quarters Club and will be continuing sign up until March/2015. After the March meeting I will send out the list to those who have signed up. They will have two months to get all of them and turn them in to me at the May/2015 meeting. You will be able to take your quarters home with you. You don’t have to pick a color you can also pick a project or style. Thanks Mary Lou Brown.

December Notes from the President

Greetings members! Here is wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years Day. It has been a busy and fun year working with the Piecemakers.

It is a pleasure to look forward to 2015, we have great speakers coming to the Guild, workshops with Karen Conley, Kaye Koler, the wonderful Charlotte Routt and more! I am happy to announce that Kaye Koler will be teaching a ‘Tee Shirt Quilt’ class at our January Workday. The cost is $25.00 contact Kaye if you are interested.

Thanks to Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi, our Vice Presidents for scheduling wonderful speakers and there are more to come! Marj Girosky of The Sewing Connection will return in Spring for a fabric dyeing workshop.

Workdays are for YOU to cut your fabrics, sit and sew and hang with members and friends. Bring all your notions, machines, etc. We will have a great day. 10:00 am to 6:30 pm is for you. There is no charge.

A sad note, Ruth Groot lost her Son-in-law last week. Please pray for her family. Lastly, I did spend four days in the hospital and and now nearly 100% again. Thanks for the calls, visits and cards.

I look forward to spending time with you all at our Thursday meeting/Christmas Buffet. Remember that we will start this meeting at 6:30 pm. Board members, we will meet at 5:30 pm.

See you soon,
MaryAnn





November 2014 Newsletter

13 11 2014

Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 3 – November 13, 2014

President: Mary Ann Grayson
Vice President: Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Cheryl Majewski
Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun and Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Carole Doerr
Bits & Pieces Editor: Kelly Grace

Meetings:            2nd Thursday of month
Time:                      7:00 PM
Location:             New Russia Township Lodge, 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074

Website: http://loraincountypiecemakers.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

meeting place

 

 

Meeting Location has changed!
New Russia Township Lodge
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd
Oberlin, 44074

ProgramsPROGRAMS
See Notes from the President

 

Stray ThreadsSTRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

It is hard to believe I’ve been writing this column since at least August 2010.  And how do I know? Because despite my ability to “keep it all together” it seems that little things escape. Like, for example, what is it I have been calling this column all these years!  So, good librarian that I am, I checked the folder and found my answer!   One would think I might have run out of column ideas, but apparently there are still enough brain cells remaining to generate a bit of thought yet.

I was so pleased this week to accomplish 2 things!  One, a baby quilt ready to deliver to a baby in Atlanta due later this month.  Thank goodness for that large hexagon template of Marti Michell’s!  I can finish a quilt in less than a week, even as busy as I am.  And another big thank you for Mary Huey for teaching me how to use the templates!  Secondly, on a more retro side of things, the flowers for the oldest 2 granddaughters have all been pieced and Deb Beard came over to help me “plant” the flowers where they will be in the quilt.  Of course the week would not have been complete without dragging out another project–a gift from Susan Thornton, which I’m trying to do justice to, but will likely mess up by adding too much light, but then that would be my take on the project I suppose.   Finally, I was gifted with a bag of fabric a friend no longer needed.  I’ve stashed it away pretty quickly, as there are those in the house who might think more fabric was unnecessary.  Ha!  What one doesn’t know, one can’t be disgruntled about, right?

Hope all of you have weeks of abundance, in whatever forms they may take.
Piecefully, Sue

community serviceCommunity Service
Teri Whidden

This month, Pat Mahoney turned in a quilt, Ruth Groot and Barb King donated sundries.  Thank you so very much ladies!

Teri Whidden

Also a very special thank you to those who participated in the Blue Basket.  I am deeply touched and appreciate you thinking of me at this time.

Meeting MinutesMEETING MINUTES
Cheryl Majewski

Maryann Grayson opened the meeting at 7:06. After welcoming new members and visitors, she introduced the officers and committee chairpersons.

The minutes of the last meeting were in the newsletter.

Pam Scholle reported that the quilt show had a profit of $2120.17 so far. Our total guild budget for next year is $5968. Teri Whidden moved and Vicki Morris seconded that we accept the budget as presented. Motion carried.

Janice Good gave a demonstration on making portable ironing boards.

Ruth Groot gave a report of the fair. This year there was the lowest number of quilts ever entered. Next year a woman from the fair will come in June to help register our quilts. It was suggested that next year our guild have a banner for the fair and that volunteers wear name tags. Ruth was presented with her own tiara as Queen of the Fair.

Marianne suggested we have a junior membership for the guild. Kaye Koler made a motion that we charge $10.00 for members 8 thru 17. Karen Neuschaefer seconded the motion. Motion carried. The youth will sew at Main Street Amherst the last Saturday of the month to work on Community Service or their own quilt. Jean Ruth has put together a package for them.

It was reported that the quilt show went well this year. There were many suggestions on how to improve the next show, such as: Form a committee a year ahead, Open earlier on Saturday, Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave should be up front, Vendors need signs, Make a raffle quilt,

Have demos at the show, Give fat quarters to volunteers, Fill out forms on line, Take pictures of all quilts after they’re hung for the record, Sell CD’s of the quilts, Use hand stamps instead of tickets, Preprinted tickets could go into a special drawing, and Have a kids area and a man cave. Dot Glover was given a 2014 Quilt Show Ambassador ribbon for walking everyone around the show.

Everyone was reminded that we can come and sew from 10:00 until our meeting starts each meeting day. There will be two people in the room at all times. Bruce the scissors guy will be here next month from 2:30 until 7:00 to sharpen scissors for $4.00 a pair. Quilt camp is next week in Ripley and NEORQC getaway is Feb. 20­22, 2015.

Membership cards were passed out.

Teri Whidden asked members to bring in hotel samples for community service.

Meeting was adjourned followed by show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

fat quarter exchangeFat Quarter Exchange
Mary Lou Brown

It’s almost time to sign up for the fat quarter exchange! You buy a fat quarter for each member that signs up with whatever color/pattern the member requests. They will then get sorted and turn handed back out. Let’s beat last years number and get 20-25 members to sign up!

2015 Challenge FabricBlock of the Month

Would anyone be interested in participating in a block of the month next year? We would do 2 blocks a month, varying in difficulty from easy piecing to applique and even paper piecing – maybe even some hexies! The only requirement is that you must use the 2015 Hoffman Challenge Fabric in your blocks. Please contact Kelly Grace (caelijean@gmail.com) if you are interested, I’d like to get at least 10 people to participate. I need to know no later than the December meeting so I can plan it to start in January.

QOVHappy Fall Greetings Everyone!

It is without a doubt my favorite time of year! Hope all of you have enjoyed it too!

I mailed of seven R,W & B quilts to the Jacksonville Naval Air Station last week. They will be taken to a returning warrior group in Puerto Rico later in the month. I have also signed up to do the women friendly (colored) quilts for the PTSD group in Cincinnati, Ohio in September of 2015. They were thrilled with the beautiful quilts that were sent this year. It means so much to them that they are remembered and know that others care deeply about them and their service to our country.

Thank you to all of you who have helped in this rewarding endeavor.
Kaye

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

 

tshirt quilt2Tee Shirt Quilt Workshop

​Also one last reminder that we will have the teeshirt quilt workshop on Thursday, November 13, 10-4 pm. There are still two empty seats remaining if you’d like to join us. If you are interested email me for cost and the supply list.

See you all at guild!

Happy Autumn!

Notes from the President:

About our November speaker
Marj Girosky has been the owner of The Sewing Connection in Milan since 1993. She is a licensed instructor for Martha Pullen and Sulky of America, and her fiber art has been shown at the Textile Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art runway show. She has won awards at the Huron Art show.

The Sewing Connection, http://www.sewing-connection.com, features Husqvarna Viking and Bernina sewing and embroidery machines, batik and hand dyed fabrics, and many decorative threads for machine quilting and embroidery.

Workday Thursdays
I am happy to announce that Kaye Koler will be teaching a ‘Tee Shirt Quilt’ class at our November 13th Workday. The cost is $25.00 contact Kaye if you are interested.

Bruce ‘The Scissor Guy’ will be at the Lodge from 2:30 pm until 7:00 pm sharpening your sewing scissors, shears and pinking shears AND your kitchen scissors. Bruce says that he can now sharpen your Rotary Cutter blades! The cost is $4.00 per pair for the scissors. I do not have the blade price yet.

Workdays are for YOU to cut your fabrics, sit and sew and hang with members and friends. Bring all your notions, machines, etc. We will have a great day. 10:00 am to 6:30 pm is for you. There is no charge.

PAJAMA PARTY
Thanks to MaryLou Brown for another successful ‘Pajama Party’, thanks to Judy Riggle for coming out to cut fabric and taking pieces home to sew.

See you soon,
MaryAnn





Tee Shirt Quilt Workshop

8 11 2014
Hi Everyone!
This is a friendly reminder that Thursday, November 13, 10:00 am is the
tee shirt quilt class you are signed up for. I’ve also sent along a supply list
just in case you need another….
Thank you so much for signing up ! It promises to be a fun AND productive day! I’m looking forward to it!
If you have any questions please email me…..Thank you!
SewHappy,
Kaye

SewHappyQuilting

Supply list for tee-shirt quilt workshop.

Tee shirts 10-15 is a good starting point.

Enough fabric for sashing (if using sashing) Cut this into several strips, some 2½, 3½ and 4½ inches. You’ll probably use more of the 2½ inch strips than the others.

Basic sewing supplies, thread, bobbins, tape measure, pins, etc.

Scissors, rotary cutter and mat, 18-24 inch ruler for cutting shirts.

Sewing machine in good working order. Don’t forget the foot pedal.

Iron/ ironing surface or board.

Extension cords.

The lightest weight fusible interfacing you can find. I use Pellon from Joann‘s. (not the stretchy kind!)

Pressing cloth. This can be a square of muslin big enough to cover the front of the tee shirt.

A chair cushion if you need one.

A traveling table top light if you need one.

Brown bag lunch or hit downtown oberlin…..
😉
Thank you !
Kaye




Tee Shirt Workshop

26 10 2014

November 13, 2014

10:00-4:00

There are still a few openings for the tee shirt quilt workshop. Come on ! Plan on joining us for this fun filled day!

Please email Kaye (sewhappyquilting@gmail.com) for questions or more information on attending.

New Russia Township Lodge 43600 Butternut Ridge Road Oberlin, OH





Cases needed

22 10 2014

I am in need of FIVE  presentation (pillow) cases that are red, white, and blue for the latest donation of quilts for Quilts of Valor. I would be so grateful if any one has a spare few minute s and could help me out.
Thank you, thank you very much!
Kaye





Queen of the Fair & Quilt Show Ambassador

9 10 2014

Queen of the Fair – Ruth

Dot - Quilt Show Ambassador

2014 Quilt Show Ambassador – Dot

 





Beck Center for the Arts

9 10 2014

Beck Center for the Arts
Lakewood , OH

Opening reception  Friday Oct.10th
5:30 – 7:30
refreshments and cash bar

Free and open to the public
Oct.10th – Nov.9th

Viewers of ‘ Material Evidence ‘ will see
. collaborations with silk worms by Liz Burgess
. innovative weaving techniques by Si-Yun Chang
. photographs of iron-breathing organisms, printed on cloth, by Linda Grashoff
. hand-dyed abstractions from nature by Sue Copeland Jones
. quilts with something to say about food by Ruta Butkus Marino
. mixed media work on the subject of drones using fiberglass screening by Kathleen Van Meter








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