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





October 2014 Newsletter

9 10 2014

Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 2 – October 9, 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 & 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

Sometimes we need to build a better mousetrap, even as a quilter. No, I don’t have any mice here that I’m aware of, but as I was trying to construct a block last night, and ripping out and doing over, I realized that a new plan of construction was needed.  Which of course reminded me of all our other “new mousetraps”.  Take the whole rotary process, which replaced cutting out with scissors.  Then there was y seam construction for 8 point stars, otherwise hand sewing those irascible seams by hand or at a minimum, very carefully.  Piecing my first flower garden quilt, predominantly by hand, versus the new and quick way with templates.  So many improvements on old quilting techniques.  Even machine quilting is now the primary quilting method.  (I’m not saying it is exclusively better, but it certainly has found a place in the quilting world).  So, do you have a project or two that needs a better mousetrap?  Maybe fall is a good time to go exploring through the piles of projects to find the one that will work with some new construction technique.  Happy exploring.

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

community serviceCommunity Service
Teri Whidden

Last week I delivered 30 pillowcases  (16 made by Kathy Clark & 14 made by Barb King), 1 quilt & toothpaste/brushes samples from Ruth Groot,  4 pr. of flannel pj bottoms & 4 burp pads.  Judy Riggle brought more quilts that she had made. Lindy Sleasman donated a small Amish quilt.  Thank you so very much.  Blessing House really has a need and we are helping meet that.

Meeting MinutesMEETING MINUTES
Cheryl Majewski

Our president, Maryann, welcomed everyone at 7:07 p. m. We had two visitors and several past members who rejoined. She also welcomed the ladies from Sew Deja Vu who presented our program. Maryann reported that membership dues was due at this time. There will be a paper-piecing workshop coming up, and the second Saturday in January there will be a Barb and Vicki Show workshop. Maryann thanked Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer for putting together the quilts for the show and Pam Scholle for taking over ticket sales. Kelly Grace will put all the due dates for the show on the guild website. There were two blue baskets this month, one for Sue Moehle and one for Carol Stomieroski. Maryann also brought in an article from the Lorain Journal about our quilted car.

Pam Scholle reported that @ $6,000 came into the treasury and @ $4,000 went out.

Teri Whidden reported that Barb King, Pam Scholle, Kathy Clark, and Judy Riggle all turned in quilts and/or pillow cases for community service.

Janet Alderman thanked those who were at the Home of the Brave work day this morning. There were 88 nine­patch blocks completed. A quilt was sent to the mother of the first soldier from Ohio to die in Iraq.

We had 12 ladies bring items for show and tell. Everything was outstanding.

Maryann thanked everyone who put quilts in the Emma Gatewood show by handing out certificates of appreciation.

Meeting was adjourned.

Following the meeting Karen Neuschaefer measured and took pictures of quilts for the show.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

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.

QOVI’ve mailed off the ten quilts to Cincinnati for the second women’s PTSD group. All of the fabric for those (the very last of it) was donated by JoAnn Fabric Stores. I also contacted them, forwarding pictures, and thanking them for their contribution. I want to do another workshop or two after the first of the year but am waiting to hear back from other merchants to see of they will donate fabric and batting. If you know of a business or quilt shop that would be willing to donate, please let me know……

We also had a donation of FIVE FINISHED QUILTS and presentation cases from Iris Tewsksbury and her First Baptist Church Ladies in Elyria. Thank you SO much! Barb King, Judy Riggle and Lindy Sleasman have turned in another finished quilts. We also had a donation from a guest at the September meeting, of blocks for quilts of valor. I know there are others who come to workshops regularly and do so much. I’m sorry if I’ve neglected to mention it here…….drop me an email and I will be sure to mention it ….

Kaye

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

 

tshirt quilt2Tee Shirt Quilt Workshop

I have new information on the tee shirt quilt workshop! The date and location has changed! I will be teaching the tee shirt quilt workshop on Thursday, November 13, 10:00-4:00, at the New Russia Township Lodge in Oberlin. The cost of the workshop has been reduced too! It is $25. for guild members, $30. for non members. If you would like to attend or would like more information, email me please.

Thank you!

Kaye

Notes from the President:

Greetings,

Just a quick note to say thank you to all of you who attended the 2014 Piecemakers Quilt Show. A few words are not enough to describe our show, new location and enthusiasm of the participating members, but I will try! Stunning, well organized, and fun are my words. Thanks to Julie and Karen, Guild Show Chairs, and our faithful team of workers who made our show a success. Even rain nor snow could stop this show!

We have place a notice on line that my ‘Diamond Double’ quilt disappeared from the show as we returned quilts to members. Please check your quilts to see if my quilt was inadvertently rolled up in one of yours. No blame, just want my quilt back. (NOTE: Quilt has been found!!!)

October meeting: Janice Good has a project for us. She will show us how to make an ironing board. Debriefing conversation regarding the Lorain County Fair and the 2014 Quilt Show AND a surprise for you! We need your feedback and input for future activities.

We will announce the Sewing project for our youth. The plan is to have a monthly time for our youth, grandchildren and friends to sew together. We have Community Service quilts for our young people to sew and they will also be able to work on their own projects. Would you like to be a volunteer to work with our youth? Let’s talk about it at the October meeting.

Enjoy the second ‘Workday Thursday’ from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the New Russia Township LODGE on Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin. The Workday will be followed by our monthly meeting at 7:00 pm.

You can attend a ‘T Shirt Quilt’ class on Thursday, November 13th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The instructor is our own Kaye Koler. The cost of the class is $ 25.00.

Please see Kaye at the October Meeting for more details.

Can’t wait to see you all and to welcome our SIX new members!

Take care,
MaryAnn








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