Quilt Museum

22 04 2014

Lindy, please forward this (also, Happy Easter to you):

If any of you will be going to be out in New England or would like to go somewhere interesting and pretty this spring and summer, you can check out an exhibit of quilts from Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy’s famous 1,200+ collection at the Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave.; 617-267-9300www.mfa.org) Boston April 6-July 27.It’s a beautiful museum and well worth the trip; when I was a kid our particular favs were the mummies.

The article shows a Double Wedding Ring of primary and other colors on a violet background that is really spectacular. You’ve probably seen some of their other quilts collected over 50 years together in Fons & Porter and other quilt magazines and books.

Susan





Opportunity Knocks

22 04 2014

Caren Young has operated a dress shop at a local Old West Festival for several years, and this year she is expanding into a larger space and offering a wider variety of products.  She plans to add quilts to her offering, and is seeking artisans willing to consign their quilts to her shop.

With the Old West theme, the ideal submissions would be colors and fabrics reminiscent of the period (late 1800′s).  She would like a variety of sizes.  Small quilts will likely be very popular with the masses, but there will be some people who seek the larger sizes.

One novel idea would be to have your group that crafts quilts for the military families make a bunch of small quilts to sell for the purpose of raising money to produce and ship the quilts you send to the military families.  Caren would be happy to make a display explaining your project and the comfort it brings to these families.

If you or any of your group would like more information, you can email Caren at: Cquins2@aol.com

Also, here is a link to the festival web page:  Welcome to the Old West Festival





Quilt Show Pre Entry Form

30 03 2014

The Quilt Show Pre Entry Form is available on the blog, click on Guild Forms and then Quilt Show Pre Entry Form. You can also click here to download the form.





March 2014 Newsletter

13 03 2014

Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 7 – March 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
Hospitality:  Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak and Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Carole Doerr
Bits & Pieces Editor:  Teri Barile
DEADLINE THE SATURDAY (6PM) BEFORE MEETING

Meetings:         2nd Thursday of month
Time:                  7:00 PM
Location:          St. Joe’s Social Hall, Amherst

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

PROGRAMS
About Our Speaker: SUE WILSON

Sue Wilson’s quiltmaking took a radical turn when she attended one of Betty Cotton’s very first “Cotton Theory” classes. Sue was instantly hooked on the reversible, dimensional quilts that resulted, and laid aside 25 years of traditional quilting to pursue Cotton Theory with a passion. She began working for Betty Cotton in 2007, and frequently accompanies Betty as a teaching assistant or in the Cotton Theory booth at quilting shows. When she is not with Betty, you will often find Sue teaching Cotton Theory classes to quilting groups across the country.

Sue has always been a fan of Judy Niemeyer’s exquisite paper pieced quilts, and a frequent student in Judy’s classes. When Judy asked Sue to become one of her certified teachers, she jumped at the chance. Besides teaching Judy’s existing patterns, Sue is working with Judy to create projects which combine the best of Cotton Theory with the beauty of Judy Niemeyer quilts.

Sue is known for her patience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and her ability to help them achieve success! She is certified as a Premium Cotton Theory teacher by Betty Cotton and is one of Judy Niemeyer’s 10 national certified teachers. Sue has been honored to teach for shops, guilds and shows around the country including Alaska. Sue has taught at the 2014 Quilt Camp at Ripley, WV among other retreats and quilt camp locations.

Stray ThreadsSTRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

You may have noticed I missed last month. Daughter Anne was on bed rest, and I was spending a bit more time in Akron.  All is well with the arrival of Alice Louise on February 17th!  The NEORQC Getaway weekend was the last weekend in February and many in the guild were there.  You might think that a person who started making quilts in 1976 wouldn’t have all that much to learn, but seems like there is always something. This time I took Mary Huey’s Tumbling Blocks class using Marti Michell’s templates. I must admit that I began with some trepidation, as I had only previously cut out hexagons by tracing templar patterns and cutting out a quarter edge around, then sewing them either by machine or hand by pinning corners together.  I am hooked on this new way and  have even started making Hex stars, for the seven sisters pattern.  I guess we are never too old to learn some new techniques, and I’m especially pleased to dream about what might be created using this new technique. Something tells me that little  Alice’s flower garden quilt will just fly together ! Piecefully, Sue

Meeting MinutesMEETING MINUTES
Cheryl Majewski

LCP February Minutes

Our Program for the evening was Sharon Morton showing us all of her wool work and giving tips for working with wool.

Our business meeting was called to order at 8:03 by our president.  There were three visitors and a new member, Kathy, who is from Aurora.

Last month’s minutes were in the newsletter.

Pam Scholle had surgery and could not give the treasurer’s report. Maryann reported that we have the same amount of money as last month, minus about $600.00.

Maryann thanked everyone for bringing in fabric for the blue baskets and Kelly Grace and Teri Barile for getting out the information.

Kaye Koler reported there will be a new group of women in June or July who will need quilts. The people who took home QofV kits need to get them finished and returned. Kaye received a thank you note from the women in Cincinnati who received quilts.

There was no report from Home of the Brave.

Today was the final sign-up for the fat quarter exchange. At present there are eleven people signed up. The lists will go out by the end of the month.

Kelly Grace reported that there are only four people signed up for the Block Exchange. Sign-ups end at the March meeting. Each person needs to make one 12 1/2″ unfinished block for each person in the exchange. Blocks need to be completed by July.

Maryann asked that each member try to have two quilts ready for our 2014 Quilt Show. There was also a call for more members to volunteer to work at the show. The more people who volunteer, the less work for everyone.

We talked about a guild retreat at the Oberlin Inn on May 16, 17, and 18. The cost would be approximately $15 per day  and $45 per night. People could work on their own projects or do binding for Home of the Brave quilts or Quilts of Valor.

The membership committee asked that, if there was any information wrong on the roster, please see Karen Neuschaefer or Marilyn Novak. Applications can be found on the guild blog.

The next computer class will be before the April meeting. Those interested need to sign up at the March meeting.

On March 22nd Karen Benke from the Little Red Quilt House will teach a Diamond Double class at Main Street Amherst.  The cost is $10 for the class and $10 for the pattern.

Eleven people had show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

Reminder to please finish quilt tops or quilt kits that were passed out.  Thank you!

fat quarter club
FAT QUARTER CLUB
Mary Lou Brown

Mary Lou is enjoying the sunshine in Florida and Is extending the Fat Quarter Club deadline until April.

2014 Challenge Fabric

2014 Challenge Fabric

Block Exchange

Looking for a challenge for 2014? Sign up for the 2014 Block Exchange.  We will be using the 2014 Hoffman Challenge fabric.  Signups will continue until the March meeting - the more people that participate the larger and more diverse your quilt will be.

Fabric can be purchased at:

Hancock’s of Paducha - http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item–i-H-L-7292-68

Batiks Plus - https://www.batiksplus.com/SuperStore/SuperStore-Assortment.asp?AssortmentID=1073

Batiks Etcetera - http://www.batiks.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi?cart_id=3037637.IP98.21.252.197IP.12660.s0&product=hoffman_printed_cotton&productid=PCL729268&keywords1=hoffman&sales=0&lastmenu=

For more information or to sign up contact Kelly Grace (caelijean@gmail.com) or see the post on the guild blog at: http://loraincountypiecemakers.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/2013-guild-block-exchange/

I HAVE A NOTION
Teri Barile
While reading a quilting post somewhere on the internet, I came across a small mention of a woman that kept an eyebrow shaper in her sewing kit to use as seam rippers.

eyebrow shapersFor $2.69 I got this pack. They are like little razors. Each has a protective cover for the blade. I have used actual scalpels to take seams out quickly, but there is always the off chance of cutting your finger off or something and large blood stains are hard to get out of fabric.   Of course, I had to try this out.

I really liked them. It quickly took out a long seam, and are inexpensive. Get them quick before someone slaps a “For Quilter’s” label on them and charges $15.00.

I have used a cheap battery powered mustache trimmer to take out seams, now they have a cute purple one for quilters that costs $30.00 .  I’m always looking for non traditional things to use for quilting.  If you have any ideas, feel free to send me some for the newsletter.

sochiI’m sure that you all have noticed the patchwork logo for the recent Sochi Winter Olympics. Bright and colorful.  Hoffman has  released a new quilt pattern “When Bali Met Sochi”.  It is a free pattern, and can be found here.

artist as quilt maker

Artist as Quilt Maker 2014
The entire city of Oberlin will explode with quilts in May 2014! The folks at FAVA would like to decorate the city with quilts, inside and out!

That’s where we are asked to come to their aid. Our guild has been invited to participate in the  “Quilt Bombing” to take place throughout the city.

Here’s what is needed: 12 inch blocks using the specific instruction In the Feb. 2014 newsletter. We are asked to re-use fabric, something from your stash; no purchases for this project please.   Any materials would be great, unexpected materials would be welcome, the only thing that would NOT be acceptable is paper (it would disintegrate in the first rain shower).  (Yes they will decorate OUTSIDE!)

Any techniques are fine:  quilted, knitted, crocheted, woven, surface design, embroidery, embellished.  3D would be ok, as well, as long as it wasn’t too heavy. Keep in mind they will be tied to, and around trees, benches, light poles,etc.  And they need A LOT of blocks to cover the city….So if you can help out please do! It should be a fun event and a little exposure for our (growing (YEAH!) group).

There will be a work shop to make the blocks at FAVA March 8th, 1:00 pm.

Thank you,
Kaye Koler

sunshine committeeSUNSHINE COMMITTEE

Please remember to let us know if there are any member concerns or achievements.

Regards,
Carole Doerr

Home of the BraveHOME OF THE BRAVE
Janet Alderman

Just wanted to let everyone know that I was lucky to make it through our Quilt Getaway!!  However, what a birthday present I received.  I was down watching Bennett (my week)  when my daughter went into labor.  Little Elliott Schaffer Schultz was born March 1 at 4:21 pm.  7lb  9 oz  20 inches long.

Nice to have some good news!!

old lady quilt

Diamond Double Workshop
LCP Retreat Information





Weaving Loom

28 02 2014

LADIES:

I am acquainted with a gentleman who runs estates sales and he has a weaving loom that he needs to sell.  (He lives next door to my daughter.) His name is Al, the business is Granny’s Attic, the phone number is 216-973-4121 and his email is “grannysestates@aol.com“.

Al has a weaving loom that he is anxious to sell, so if you or anyone you know is interested, you can contact him direct.  Sorry that I don’t know any further details.

Barb King





Show and Tell – February 2014 Meeting

14 02 2014




February 2014 Newsletter

14 02 2014

 Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 6 – February 14, 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
Hospitality:  Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak and Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Carole Doerr
Bits & Pieces Editor:  Teri Barile
DEADLINE THE SATURDAY (6PM) BEFORE MEETING

Meetings:          2nd Thursday of month
Time:              7:00 PM
Location:                St. Joe’s Social Hall, Amherst

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

ProgramsPROGRAMS

Your guess is as good as mine…

Stray ThreadsSTRAY THREADS…

Sue Schillig

Meeting MinutesMEETING MINUTES

Cheryl Majewski

LCP January 2014 Minutes

We began at 7:10 with a program presented by Karen Benke from The Little Red Quilt House. As usual she was very entertaining and informative, showing us some new tricks and tips.

The meeting was called to order at 8:45 by our president. There were several cards for us to sign for some of our members. MaryLou Brown and Delores Bean lost their son/grandson over the holidays. Barb Spieker’s husband Dave fell and is in the hospital in Florida. Bev Tucker’s home froze and she is staying with her daughter. Joanne Palun is being treated for cancer and is staying with her daughter in Columbus.  Keri Celik made a friendshiup quilt for Joanne and asked members to sign it.

We had two new members. Our youngest member is now Nicole, aged 9.

The minutes from the last meeting were in the newsletter.

Pam Scholle reported that there is $8175.41 in our treasury with $958 of it belonging to Home of the Brave.

Over 50 pairs of pajamas were donated to children in need and there will be another work day in February to make more.

On January 18 Barb King and Vicki Morris will lead a workshop from 10:00 to 4:00 at the old post office on Park Ave. in Amherst. There will be a potluck and everyone who can is asked to donate $1 for material for the pajamas our group is making. Those who are going can pick up cutting instructions from Barb and Vicki.

Kelly Grace signed up anyone who wanted to join the fat quarter exchange. Signup will end at the end of February.

Maryann said she was proud of everyone who made quilts for our 2013 Quilt Show and encouraged people to start on quilts for the show in 2014.

Sandy Miller will teach computer classes before our meetings to fill in for Kelly Grace until after she has her baby. We still need volunteers to lead classes or projects once a month.

Our LCP retreat has been tabled because of weather.

Anyone interested in volunteering to be an ambassador for the Sewing Expo at the IX Center can go to SewingExpo.com to sign up.

Sue Schillig reported there will be a Sit and Sew at the Elyria Public Library North Branch on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00. You may register on the library website. Amherst Library has a Sit and Sew on the last Monday of each month.

A copies of the new by-laws were passed out. Lynette Johnson and Libby Betounes assured everyone their email addresses would remain private. Sonya Zimmerman moved, and Judy Riggle seconded the motion to accept the changes. Motion carried.

Meeting was adjourned.

Eleven people had something for Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

distracted

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

Ladies, if you took a kit (s)  to make tops or quilts for Community Service and have not returned them, please put them on the to do list for finishing.   Thank you.

artist as quilt makerArtist as Quilt Maker 2014
The entire city of Oberlin will explode with quilts in May 2014! The folks at FAVA would like to decorate the city with quilts, inside and out!

That’s where we are asked to come to their aid. Our guild has been invited to participate in the  “Quilt Bombing” to take place throughout the city.

Here’s what is needed: 12 inch blocks using the specific instruction below. We are asked to re-use fabric, something from your stash; no purchases for this project please.   Any materials would be great, unexpected materials would be welcome, the only thing that would NOT be acceptable is paper (it would disintegrate in the first rain shower).  (Yes they will decorate OUTSIDE!)

Any techniques are fine:  quilted, knitted, crocheted, woven, surface design, embroidery, embellished.  3D would be ok, as well, as long as it wasn’t too heavy. Keep in mind they will be tied to, and around trees, benches, light poles,etc.  And they need A LOT of blocks to cover the city….So if you can help out please do! It should be a fun event and a little exposure for our (growing (YEAH!) group).

Quilt bombing instructions

Thank you,
Kaye Koler

QOV Donation winter 2014Our guild members should be very proud of themselves! I mailed ten quilts to the VA hospital in Cincinnati in late December. The recipients are women veterans who are being treated for post traumatic stress syndrome ( PTSD). Tracy Butts, the program coordinator was Thrilled to get the beautiful quilts that you all worked on. We also had a donation of some retired Vera Bradley items from Judy Recknagel, owner of the Mermaids Tale, that included small tote bags, and sunglasses with hard cases. Each one of the ten women received a pair of glasses and a tote.

I sent Judy a thank you for her generosity, but if you happen to frequent the Mermaids Tale, please thank her in person! She is a great business women with a kind heart!

More quilts will be needed in June or July for another group of women, so I’m quilting the remainder of tops from our workshop as fast as I can! I’ll be bringing in a couple of quilts that need to be bound in February. If you like to help out, just let me know!

Thank you for your continued support!

Sewhappy Quilting,Kaye Koler

2014 Challenge Fabric

2014 Challenge Fabric

Block Exchange

Looking for a challenge for 2014? Sign up for the 2014 Block Exchange.  We will be using the 2014 Hoffman Challenge fabric.  Signups will continue until the March meeting - the more people that participate the larger and more diverse your quilt will be.

Fabric can be purchased at:

Hancock’s of Paducah – http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item–i-H-L-7292-68

Batiks Plus - https://www.batiksplus.com/SuperStore/SuperStore-Assortment.asp?AssortmentID=1073

Batiks Etcetera - http://www.batiks.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi?cart_id=3037637.IP98.21.252.197IP.12660.s0&product=hoffman_printed_cotton&productid=PCL729268&keywords1=hoffman&sales=0&lastmenu=

For more information or to sign up contact Kelly Grace (caelijean@gmail.com) or see the post on the guild blog at: http://loraincountypiecemakers.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/2013-guild-block-exchange/

valentine

From the desk of the
President
MaryAnn Grayson

Greetings,

This has been a busy month, ladies. Since our last meeting, it has been sooo cold, most of us have been staying indoors … and quilting?? I expect we’ll see a lot of quilts at our February meeting!

The meeting room was almost as cold as outside, but that didn’t stop Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House from making a great presentation and bringing a nice assortment of fabric and notions to vend. She will be the instructor at our Double Diamond all day workshop on Saturday, March 22nd 10 am to 4 pm. Cost $10 for pattern, $10 for the class. You can sign up at the February or March meeting. Limit 20.

On January 18th, we attended the ‘Barb & Vickie’ Show workshop. Nine members attended. Thanks for the $5 donations to be used for flannel for pajamas.

Bonnie’s layout with assorted colorsbonnie

Beverly’s finished two color quilt top beverly

Next up, another Pajama Party on Saturday, February 15th 10 am to 4 pm. We purchased more flannel with the cash donations made at the ‘Barb & Vickie’ Show. Additional donations will be appreciated. We made more than 50 pair of pajama bottoms! There is still a need. Thanks to everyone who worked on this project AND those who worked on them at home.

I am saddened to share that Barbara Spieker, Vice President, lost her wonderful husband, David at the end of January in Florida. David was the brother of Marilyn Novak, membership co-chair. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, February 15th at 11 am at St. Paul’s Church in Amherst. We will also have Blue Bags for Delores Bean (who lost her grandson and MaryLou Brown, the mother of the same young man. Their blue bag colors are Barb (blue), Marilyn (blues/green), Delores (green) and MaryLou (purple). Please remember their Blue Bags at the February meeting (bringing one fat quarter per bag shows we care).

Thanks to Keri Celik for designing, making and quilting the beautiful quilt for JoAnn Palun, our librarian who is in back and forth to Columbus and undergoing chemo here. Thanks you mem-bers for signing this quilt. Our hopes and best wishes to Joann.

It is finally here! The NEORQC Get Away will be February 21 – 23 at the Bertram Inn in Aurora. Thirteen Piecemakers will be attending! Total registered: 139! It is going to be fun with classes and Open Studio, too. Hope you will join us next year!

We talked about a Retreat for the Guild members. There is an open weekend in May…we will talk about at this meeting.

It is time to think about a Quilt Show! What…no, I just want you to think about the quilts for the October, 2014 show. We will need a lot of volunteers, hope you will help! There are a lot of learning to do to get ready for the show!

See you all very soon!
MaryAnn

Schmetz Color Code Chart
Save my Bleeding Quilt








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