May LCP Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 9 – May 11, 2017

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Comfort Quilts: Judy Riggle, Linda Janowicz, Sharon Lutz
Library: Vicky Morris & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox & Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

Website: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Jean Ruth welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.  There were 3 visitors tonight.

Program:  The guild vice president, MaryAnn Grayson, introduced Dennis Moffit from Somewhere Sewing, located in Millersburg.  MaryAnn explained how Dennis was multi-tasking today because in addition to cleaning and checking our sewing machines and sergers all day, he was also here tonight to give the presentation as Debi was unable to attend. Dennis began by talking a little about the shop, and he shared that he has certifications from Janome, Brother and Baby Lock sewing machine training technician courses, and he offers classes on machine maintenance to guilds and retreats in our area.

Dennis also shared some of the new products at the store that included wonderful cutting mats, rulers, rotary cutters, and new packaged thread. Dennis also took this opportunity to share valuable tips of the trade on how best to maintain our machines.  Dennis began by suggesting that we always plug our sewing machine into a surge protector and recommended that we change surge protectors every 18 months.  Throughout his presentation, Dennis highlighted the importance of cleaning our machines, and he gave us some useful tips that we can do at home.  Dennis also noted that if we are going to use oil, make sure it is clear machine oil and use it very sparingly.

Dennis made the presentation very interesting by bringing in props to share with us that helped to highlight the importance of keeping a clean sewing machine.  Finally, Dennis was kind enough to bring gift bags for everyone that contained a spool of Aurifil thread and new chrome needles!  The shop website is somewheresewing.com.  Dennis welcomed everyone to reach out to him if we have any questions. Thanks Dennis!!

Minutes:  There were no changes to the minutes from the March 2017 meeting.  There was a motion to accept the minutes, which carried.

Treasurer Report:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, was not present tonight; however, Maryann presented the budget.  It was reported that the balance in the checking account was $15,289.89, and of that the balance for Home of the Brave is $673.86 and for Quilts of Valor, $1,635.83.  The total balance available for guild use is currently $12,980.20.  There was a motion to accept the budget, which carried.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle announced that Community Service has several quilts that need quilted and bound, so she took this opportunity to ask for volunteers.  They also have 28 quilts for Genesis House, plus the 4 challenge quilts, plus some cosmetic donations.  They will also be making a donation to Project Linus in memory of past guild member Patricia (Pat) Mahoney who passed away at the end of November.

Programs:  MaryAnn reminded everyone of the May retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin.  It was also noted that in the absence of the treasurer, if anyone had any money to turn in they should seek out Lynette Thomson.  MaryAnn also discussed the tuffett project that will be available during the retreat.  MaryAnn indicated that in June we will have Embroidery Day starting at 11:00 a.m. the day of the June meeting.  In July we are scheduled to have the Christmas in July event during the day and the summer picnic in the evening.  Sharon Lutz noted that she will share more information about the Christmas in July event over the next couple of months.

Membership:  See Marilyn Novak to pick up your membership card, as she still has many to distribute.

Challenges: Kelly Grace distributed the fat quarter exchange packets this evening and reminded everyone that the UFO challenge was on-going, noting that we should see several this evening.

Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman reported that during today’s sit-n-sew, they were able to bind 3 quilts!  She also announced that Sherrod Brown’s office has helped her locate some addresses and they now only have 13 names left on the list.  However, they need 25 quilts, and currently she only has 5 quilts total.  Janet shared that she is looking at getting the American Legion in Elyria for a future date in May so they can have an all day workshop to get more quilts made.  Janet also announced that she was moving to Columbus but she really wants to get this project finished before she moves.  Janet stressed that she knows it is possible because they are heading down the homestretch!  Janet will get details about the May HOB workshop in the next newsletter.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler thanked everyone who helped out at the QOV booth at the IX Quilt Show.  She indicated that they also need some work done so she will coordinate with Janet Alderman so they don’t pick the same day in May for their QOV workshop.  It was suggested by a member that they have a combined workshop, but it was noted that some people want to help out both committees, and they would not be able to do that if there was only one workshop.  It was suggested that both committees would be more productive with two separate workshops.  A member questioned how quilts were presented by both HOB and QOV. Janet noted that HOB quilts are usually mailed and Kaye noted that she tries to give the quilts out during presentations, but she has had to mail some quilts.

Old Business:  MaryAnn shared her concerns about not having any Youth Programs organized to date.  It was suggested that they try to organize some youth sews during the summer.

New Business:  It was reported that July 3, 2017 is the annual Blossom Music Center Tribute to America Concert and it was highly recommended.

Announcements:  MaryAnn wanted to make sure to thank Bobbie Bruck who provided lunch for all the sewers at today’s sit-n-sew.  Thanks Bobbie!!

Show and Tell:  There were over 45 projects that included quilts, bags, table runners, pillow cases, and wall art! Many of these items were from member UFO lists!  Way to Go!!!

Next meeting:  Thursday, May 11th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

c/o Kaye Koler:  Helen Smelser is having surgery on Wednesday, May 3. Val sent her a get well card from the guild.

Joanne Palun was a big part of our library committee.  She passed away May 1st.We will have a sympathy card for the guild members to sign for Joanne Palun’s family at the May meeting.  c/o Keri Joanne’s visitation will be Thursday, May 11th at Dovin Reber Jones from 3-8 PM.  The funeral is Friday, May 12th at 10:30 AM (I forgot to get the name of the church, but I’m guessing St. Joes in Amherst). Her daughter is Laurie Broze, 1577 Adlington Dr., Galena, OH  43021 for anyone wishing to send a card. Thank you, Keri, for sharing!

c/o Susan Thorton:  I was afraid we’d be getting this news, that that beautiful lady is gone way too soon during this gorgeous green spring. I thought I’d make a green quilt in memory of Joanne because green was her favorite color and I think it might please her to think of her friends making green quilts inspired by her. I just wanted to pass on this suggestion to anyone else who might like to do this to honor our lost friend Joanne. Susan

Please plan to bring a BLUE fat quarter to the May meeting for our “blue bag” and look on the sign in ~  attendance ~ table for a card to sign for our member, Janet Reynolds.  She lost both her mother AND husband (March 13) within 10 days of one another.     http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/carnie-reynolds-obituary?pid=1000000184502069&view=guestbook
I sent a sympathy card to Janet in April.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY CHALLENGE  ….

July 13th 10 AM – 3:00 PM

It’s not to early to begin planning your table top quilt challenge.  Your table topper must be Christmas themed to be entered for a prize. You can begin sewing anytime after 10 AM.  At 3:00 PM the challenge will end and the tops collected and brought back for our Annual July Picnic.  At which time Guild Members will have the chance to vote on their favorite top.

Now would be a good time to plan your table topper, choose your pattern and fabric. Your project can be pre-cut, just not sewn.  Make it as simple or as difficult as you want … have fun.  Remember there are prizes involved.

A welcome snack will be provided to start your sewing fun.  Also, a light lunch will be served …

At May’s meeting a sign up sheet will be passed out to get an idea of those who may want to join in the festivities.   Christmas Holidays will be here before we know it, seems to come earlier every year.  But this year, you could have that one project finished … or maybe even make it a present for someone special.

Thank You,
Sharon Lutz

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

May Birthdays

Rachael Dykes
Iris Tewksbury
Joyce Zickefoose

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s! Anyone that has not yet turned in your fat quarters for entry into the challenge, please bring them to the meeting Thursday (hint hint: Linda Janowicz and Sharon Zacharias). 9 UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Anyone that has signed up for the Fat Quarter Exchange received their bags and list at the April meeting, I have 3 left for members that were not at the April meeting. You can turn in your fat quarters during the May or June meetings. Everything will be sorted during the June meeting and returned before you leave the meeting.

Notes from the Vice President

Well, thirty seven people will spend the next three days sewing, shopping and exploring Berlin in Holmes County.  Lots of UFOs will be finished!  We will be able to shop in case we need more fabric, etc.!  Thanks to all who are participating. Embroidery Day is this Thursday, May 11th!  Please bring your Embroidery Machine, hoops, thread, your manual and enthusiasm!  We will have gals there to help and to guide you through a project.  You can also bring that Embroidered UFO!   We will start at 10 am.  No machine yet, come and look around!  You may want one sooner than you think!

The Guild has a number of new or returning quilters.  We have a wonderful project coming for the Fall.  The quilt project will be coordinated by Ruth Groot!  She will show the project at the May meeting.  We will learn about the project supply list, fabric requirements, cutting instructions and sewing.  This is something we can do on our Workday.  Please let Ruth or MaryAnn know if you want to participate. Quilt can be found at:  http://quiltfrog.com/fourhour.html

Sign up for the annual overnight trip to the American Quilting Society in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The dates are Friday, August 18 to Saturday, August 19th.  The cost is $165.00 per person for double occupancy room, admission to the Quilt Show, deluxe bus transportation and breakfast.  A single is $215.00.  We will visit several shops on the way home.  Deposit of $25.00 due by June 15th.  Balance Is due by August 1st.  Call MaryAnn if you have questions.

I am excited about our Christmas in July,  details soon!

Youth members, young people who are related to our members are invited to start sewing again in June.  Please contact Lynette Thomson to sign up.  Adult volunteers are also welcome to sign up to help our young people.

We will talk about the Lorain County Fair during our June meeting.  Will you submit a project this year?

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • May
    • Embroidery Machine Workday
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May

    STRAY THREADS…
    Sue Schillig

    What can you consider your quilting triumphs this month?  I found it surprising to consider my own.  The first, a star dahlia quilt which has languished on the UFO list for probably about 20 years is now in the frame AND I have turned it twice!  That might not seem like much to most of you but huge for me. Why did it take so long? Probably the number one reason was I don’t really need it for anything.  Then I really wasn’t sure how I was wanting to quilt it.  Plus, a friend of mine who also made one (we pieced them at the same time) still hadn’t quilted hers.  But, she wanted hers in the frame and I realized it was time for me to get it finished.  Not that I’m at all competitive you understand.

    Another triumph was finding one of the UFO’s that I put on the list but had not seen in a decade or more.  I took that embroidery flower wallhanging project with me when I went to stay with the grandkids and Maddie (7) wanted to learn how to embroider.  My heart be still!

    Finally, I   started (by cutting the papers out) the Fire Island Hosta that I thought so beautiful.  I’m likely to need help on this one, as it really goes beyond my comfort zone.  But for me the journey is the best part of the quilting experience, so journey on!  Hope you have many quilting triumphs this month.

    Piecefully,
    Sue Schillig

    Youth Corner

    We will be doing youth sewing June 8, July 13 and August 10 from 10am to 2pm.  All youth 8 years and older are welcome.  Any questions please call me. We will be working on community service projects.

    Lynette Thomson

    Quilts of Valor
    Kaye Koler

    Thank you to everyone who has participated in some way to help us create, sew, quilt, label  and bind quilts for Quilts of Valor!

    We had nine attend our sew day Saturday. My granddaughter Brynn was so excited to come and help us! She helped me measure and write down the measurements so I wouldn’t  forget …..

    Thank you one and all for your help. It was a perfect day to sew, given the weather, and we enjoyed some valuable time visiting with friends….. and accomplished so much!

    On behalf of the entire committee, we thank you!

    Comfort Quilts

    Judy Riggle

    Piecemakers who have contributed are:

    Julie Bragg (12 pillow cases, 5 baby blankets)
    Barb King (4 pillow cases, 50-6” cats to applique)
    Maria Lucki (7 quilt tops, 9 flannel baby blankets, 8 pillow cases)
    Bobbie Bruck (4 pillow cases)
    Cheryl Majuski (4 pillow cases)
    Mary Lou Brown (26 pjs, 2 quilts)
    Linda Janowicz (6 kits, 6 pillow cases, 5 pjs
    Sharon Lutz (pillow cases PLUS pillowcase DEMO)
    Kathy Spencer and Valerie Watring gave toiletries.
    Marlene Calabreese donated totes of fabrics
    In honor of Patricia Maloney (4 baby quilts for LINUS Project)

    Every month members bring bags of juvenile fabrics to be used for chidren’s quilts.  [I’m sewing as fast as I can!]

    March:  Attended a baby shower fund-raiser for Family Promise and donated 2 quilts pieced by Oberlin High School students and finished by Judy Riggle.

    April:  We donated 16 lap quilts, 6 pillowcases, 9 baby blankets and some toiletries to Genesis House.

    The organizations which will receive most of our lap quilt (and other) donations are Genesis House, Blessing House, and Family Promise.

    LORAIN COUNTY SAFE HARBOR/GENESIS HOUSEProvides temporary safe shelter, food, and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children.  Serves roughly 25,000 annually.

    BLESSING HOUSE:  Founded in 2005 to house children, birth to age 12, when their parents are addressing their own crises.

    FAMILY PROMISENewly located next to Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin, Family Promise oversees housing in various churches for a week at a time, and provides counseling and transportation services.

LCP April Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 8 – April 13, 2017

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Community Service: Judy Riggle
Library: Joanne Palun, Vicky Morris & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox & Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

Website: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

At 7:00 p.m. VP MaryAnn Grayson welcomed everyone on behalf of our President Jean Ruth who was unable to attend tonight’s meeting.  There was one visitor this evening.

Program:  Mary Ann introduced Felice Troutman of Felice Quilt Designs.  Felice shared with the group that she began her creative life working as a high school art teacher for over 30 years.  She has also taught photography, drawing, painting and graphic design.  Felice went on to say that she has used this background to develop her quilt patterns which tend toward realism with a modern twist. Felice also shared that she has been a quilter for over 30 years and she does teach for NEORQC.  Felice admitted that working with felted wool is her favorite medium but she does combine it with cotton and lots of embroidery stitches. Many in the guild tonight participated in a Wool Stitch Sampler Workshop lead by Felice earlier this evening.

Felice came prepared to share a PowerPoint slide presentation to exhibit her work and patterns.  She also passed around examples of some of her projects and introduced many to the Appliquick applique tools that she uses. Felice also recommended two of her favorite books for anyone interested in learning more embroidery stitches and techniques. Those books were Right-handed Embroiderer’s Companion by Yvette Stanton and Creative Stitching by Sue Spargo.

Felice talked about the process she follows to felt 100% wool at home, noting she washes the wool in hot water and puts in a hot dryer.  This process shrinks and felts the wool so that it will not fray.  She also shared that she sews at Anna’s Sewing Center on Lorain Road in Fairview Park one day a month.  If you come with one of her patterns or if you purchase one of her patterns at the store, she will help you with the project during these sit and sews.

Felice did bring several of her beautiful pieces to share tonight, but she also noted that she does have a website where she has a larger gallery to view.  On the website we will also find information about upcoming events and there are some items to purchase.  The website is felicequiltdesigns.com.  Felice also had a few items for purchase this evening.  Thanks for a great program Felice!

Minutes:  There were no changes to the minutes from the February 2017 meeting.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle was not present. No report.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle thanked everyone for all the donations.  Donations of fabric, batting and notions were received by Marlene Calabreze; Kathy Kayden donated toiletries, and Marylou has cut out 50 PJ’s which are ready to sew.

Membership & Newsletter:  There was a request for updated membership lists and a several requests that we always use first and last names in all publications such as the newsletters, minutes, and emails to avoid confusion on who should be contacted, especially for special events.  There was also a request when sharing events on the group’s Facebook page that we also give the event location.  These requests were duly noted.

New Business:  MaryAnn announced that everyone who attended the annual NEORQC retreat had loads of fun.  She also shared that guilds take turns hosting the NEORQC regional council meeting, but our guild has not hosted it in quite some time.  There was a suggestion that our guild consider hosting the regional council meeting in June of 2018 but at a different location, perhaps Elyria.  There was no decision made this evening, as MaryAnn just wanted to put the idea on the table for consideration at this time.

There was also a discussion about whether or not we should move or change the time of the April meeting as it is the Thursday before Easter and some members may have conflicts.  There was a long discussion and a vote was taken by a show of hands on whether we should change the meeting date/time or leave it has scheduled.  The vote was overwhelmingly in support of leaving the meeting as scheduled.  There was a formal motion to leave the meeting as scheduled, which passed.  It was noted that there are probably conflicts every month for some people, and the meeting date/time is not adjusted.

Upcoming Events:  MaryAnn reminded everyone that the $25 deposit for the Spring Retreat is due March 16th and the $25 deposit for the AQS bus trip is due April 30th.  It was noted that in Pam Scholle’s absence, the checks should be given to Cheryl Majewski. MaryAnn reported that in April we will have Debbie lee, then in June we will have an Embroidery Workshop.

Quilts of Valor:  No Report.

Home of the Brave:  No report.

Challenges: Kelly Grace announced that tonight was the deadline for signing up for the fat quarter exchange, and she also reminded everyone who is participating in the UFO challenge to remember to bring in their completed projects for Show and Tell each month and make sure to announce to the group that it is one of the items from your UFO list.

Announcements:  Anna Sewing Center in Fairview Park has two featherweight machines for sale at $250 and $350.

Show and Tell:  There were 11 quilts, 4 wool projects, 2 runners, several placemats and 1 pillow!  Loving the variety!

Next meeting:  Thursday, April 13th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

MaryAnn Grayson’s mother-in-law passed away.  I will have a sympathy card to be signed by the guild members at our April 13th meeting.  Please bring a fat quarter of teal fabric for MaryAnn for the guild’s blue bag/basket to our next meeting.
We sent a card to Merridee Pavlenko.  MaryAnn let us know that Merridee had fallen.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

April Birthdays

Ruth Groot
Kaye Holer
Judy Echeagaray
Barb Spieker
Barb Leoni
Mary Wallhead
Helen Smelser

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s! Anyone that has not yet turned in your fat quarters for entry into the challenge, please bring them to the meeting Thursday (hint hint: Linda Janowicz, Julie Bragg, Barb Leoni, Sharon Zacharias and Merridee Pavlenko).

Fat Quarter Exchange

Anyone that has signed up for the Fat Quarter Exchange will be receiving their list and bags at the April meeting. You can turn in your fat quarters during the May or June meetings. Everything will be sorted during the June meeting and returned before you leave the meeting.

Notes from the Vice President

I have scheduled a Retreat at Zink’s Inn in Berlin, OH.  The days are Monday, May 8th, Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th.  The cost is $95.00 per person for double occupancy ($192.00 for a single) and their huge sewing room is included. Deposit of $25.00 due by March 10th.  Balance due by April 30th.

Our annual trip to the AQS Quilt Show will be Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th.  The price per person is $165.00 for double occupancy.  Single occupancy is $215.00.  The price includes motor coach transportation, ticket to the Quilt Show, overnight hotel stay and breakfast.  We will also stop at several amazing quilt shops.  Deposit of $25 is due now.

Look for Embroidery Machine Workday in May (unless it snows)! Machine is not required!  Please sign up so we know what type machine you have and the hoop sizes you have.  We will have several teachers on hand to demonstrate and assist.

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • April
    • Dennis from Somewhere Sewing, Millersburg will be at guild this Thursday.  He will be cleaning and checking Sewing Machines or Sergers.  Please sign up with MaryAnn (440-897-7032) for your required service.  Dennis will also make the evening presentation as Debi cannot attend.
  • May
    • Embroidery Machine Workday (unless it snows)
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May

    STRAY THREADS…
    Sue Schillig

    This blast of cold has brought me back inside to continue work on those UFOs.  I’m happy to report that by the end of Sunday I should be able to cross 3 more off the list. Unfortunately I won’t be at the meeting but will provide proof to Kelly at least. Another one is now a finished top, and I spent several hours working on some twin bed quilts.  I’d say that will just about do it for this month.  I was not sure how I’d feel about the whole “completion” part of this challenge. I’m more inclined to enjoy the process rather than the conclusion. However, I think I’m beginning to grasp the thrill of the finished project. I’d like to think that finishing things may be lightening up my mental baggage. It is also nice to see a stash of finished things available for gift giving or using. I still like the process,  so not to worry!  There are several items already on the list for 2018!

    Piecefully,
    Sue Schillig

    Youth Corner
    Jean Ruth

    Quilts of Valor
    Kaye Koler

    No Report

    Community Service
    Judy Riggle

    No Report

March LCP Newsletter

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Community Service: Judy Riggle
Library: Joanne Palun, Vicky Morris & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox & Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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

Sew Day: Day of meeting from 10 – ? at New Russia Township Lodge

Website: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

At 7:00 VP MaryAnn Grayson welcomed everyone on behalf of our President Jean Ruth who was unable to attend tonight’s meeting.  There were several new members and a guest this evening.

Program:  MaryAnn introduced Joann Hubbard from Milan, Ohio.  Joann has a great blog online called Everyone Deserves a Quilt. Be sure to check out her blog online at http://joanne-everyonedeservesaquilt.blogspot.com.  Tonight Joann is here to share quilts made using precuts such as charm packs, layer cakes, turnovers, and jolly bars, oh my!   Joann asked if we all knew the name of the “original” pre-cut.  Most of us shrugged our shoulders only to hear her shout, FAT QUARTERS, of course!!    Joann told us the dimensions of these popular pre-cuts: charm packs are 5″ squares, layer cakes are 10″ squares, jolly bars are 5″ X 10″, and turnovers are triangles, made from cutting layer cakes or charm squares in half diagonally.  Joann spent the next hour or so wowing us with her trunk show of quilts made from all these delicious pre-cuts.  Finally Joann lead a tutorial on creating small hexagon coasters, and she even provided the fabric with a free pattern!  You rock Joann!!  It was fun and educational.  Thanks Joann!

Minutes:  There were no changes to the minutes from the January 2017 meeting.  There was a motion to approve the minutes, which carried.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance in checking is $12,188.68, with $573.86 for Home of the Brave, and $1,035.83 for Quilts of Valor.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which carried.

Quilts of Valor:  MaryAnn introduced Kaye Koler to the new members and reminded everyone to contact Kaye if they were interested in helping out the committee.

Home of the Brave:  No report as Janet Alderman was not present.  However, MaryAnn reminded the group to reach out to Jan if they were interested in helping.

Future Programs:  MaryAnn distributed a flyer that contained all the details about both the Spring Retreat in Berlin (May 8th – May 10th @ $96) and the 2017 AQS Bus Trip to Grand Rapids (August 18th – August 19th, @ $165).  MaryAnn reminded everyone to give deposit checks to the treasurer, Pam Scholle.  The $25 deposit for the Spring Retreat is due by March 16th with the balance due April 30th and the $25 deposit for the bus trip is due by April 13th with the balance due by July 30th.  For more details on either, contact MaryAnn at 440-897-7032.  MaryAnn reminded the group that in June we will have an Embroidery day, and there is the Christmas in July program the day of our Summer Picnic.  MaryAnn also took this time to ask the group to give her programs ideas.  She reminded us that this was OUR guild, so we should make suggestions about the type of programs we would like to see and experience.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle thanked everyone profusely for all the support, as the number of donations was so long she had to provide this note taker a list to ensure everyone was recognized!  Community Service accepted a total of 5 baby blankets, 7 quilt tops, 12 pillowcases, 2 quilts, and 5 pairs of pajamas!!  These wonderful donations were from Linda Janowicz, Maria Lucki, Mary Lou Brown, Barb King, and Julie Bragg. Judy reminded everyone that the beneficiaries of these wonderful donations are Blessing House (http://www.blessinghouse.org), Family Promise (http://www.familypromiselorainco.org), and Genesis House (http://www.genesishouseshelter.org).  Judy also shared with the group that at 4:00 p.m., next month before the meeting on March 9th the committee would be meeting here at the hall to sew quilt kits, make comfort quilts, pillowcases, pajamas, and more.  Please join them for community service!

Sharon Lutz then demonstrated the Basic Sausage Roll Pillowcase with French seams, and shared the instructions with everyone!  It was wonderful to have Sharon take the time to share with the group!  It was noted that her tutorial would be a great help when creating pillowcases for a community service project!  Thanks Sharon!!

Challenges: Kelly Grace reminded everyone that she is taking signups for the fat quarter exchange tonight and next month.  She also shared that we ended up with 13 signups for the UFO challenge.  Kelly also reminded everyone that signed up for the UFO challenge to remember to bring in their entry fee of 2 fat quarters.  She also took the time to remind all UFO participants to make sure to bring in completed projects for Show and Tell each month and make sure to announce to the group that it is one of the items from your UFO list.  This will ensure you get credit for a finish!  Any questions, contact Kelly!

Membership: Marilyn Novak reminded all paid members to pick up their membership cards as she still has a large stack and the cards get us 10% off at Joann’s!

Show and Tell:  It has been a productive winter so far as there were 10 quilts, 3 quilted wall hangings, and 2 table runners to share!  Continue working on your UFOs!!

Next meeting:  Thursday, March 9th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

Things are going slow but at least we are working.  4 of the long arm quilters (including Keri Celik and Barb Stiner) are quilting 6 quilts!!  I have met with 2 other ladies who handed me 8 quilt tops!!!  3 just need quilting and 5 need backs and quilting.  I’m happy to say that I mailed the first 2 quilts of the year.  MSG William Louis McDaniel II died 2002 and Omer Thomas Hawkins II died 2004, quilts were sent to their mothers.  MSG McDaniel II’s mother put a picture on Facebook within 1 1/2 hours of receiving it!!!  She was thrilled! Say your prayers that we might be able to locate the remainder and complete this project.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!!
Janet Alderman
Ohio Coordinator
Home Of The Brave
101st Airborne Association Member

March Birthdays

Susan Schillig
Susan Thornton
Janet Alderman
Donna Garrett
Casandra Brown

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s! Anyone that has not yet turned in your fat quarters for entry into the challenge, please bring them to the meeting Thursday.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Sign-ups for the Fat Quarter Exchange will continue through the March meeting, lists will be handed out in April and fabrics due in May/June. Start thinking about what color/theme you’d like for this year! Do you need a variety of blues for a project? Maybe you want cat fabrics? Join us!!

Spring Retreat

Berlin, Ohio

Monday, May 8, Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th

Shop, Sew or just relax! Your Retreat will give you time to work on those UFO projects or layout something new. In addition to your double occupancy sleeping room includes a refrigerator and microwave, your breakfast is also included. This is an ‘on your own’ retreat as there are plenty of places to eat or you can prep something yourself.

Set up your sewing station in the work room Monday and break it down on Wednesday; you can sew all day and night. There are cutting tables, irons and ironing boards in the workroom so you don’t have to haul as much. There are five shops in the area to visit and several will offer discounts.

The cost is $96.00 for two nights and three days of sewing. This is per person. If you want a room by yourself, the cost is $ 192.00.

Deposits of $25.00 are due by March 16th. Balance is due by April 30th. Please list your roommate with your deposit. Someone asked me if a husband can come, the answer is yes.

Please sign up at the March meeting, for more details, call MaryAnn at 440-897-7032.

Thank you for all the support, phone calls, and cards.  It has been very uplifting to know how great my sewing family is and that you are all there for me.

Karen

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • March
    • Join us for our monthly workday from 10:00 am until ..Wool Stitch Sampler Workshop with Felice Troutman. 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Workshop is free, RSVP Required.  Kits will be furnished for those who register.Call or text  MaryAnn.  Deadline is Tuesday (3/7).

      Trunk Show with Felice will start at 7:00 pm with our meeting to follow. She will have items to vend.

  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

It has been a very  busy quilt month.  Shortly after our last meeting was the NEORQC Getaway weekend.  I took a machine quilting class for the third time, and I think this time it might have worked! I can finally go beyond meandering.  Yes, even feathers on quilts!   I’d like to say this will help with my UFO’s, and maybe it will, but of the five projects I’ve finished, only one was on the list.  Today Cheryl Majewski, Pam Scholle and I attended our first NEORQC meeting in a very long time.    It is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from over 40 guilds in NE Ohio.   The next one will be in June, in Kent. I highly recommend attending.  Today’s program was about a quilter who rummages for fabric using 100% cotton men’s shirts she finds in garage and  rummage sales.  Her quilts were beautiful, soft and had a very wonderful older quilt patina about them.  Apparently you can get about a yard of fabric out of a large man’s shirt.  She   can fit 27 shirts into a paper bag, the kind often used for those “all you can fit in a bag for a buck” sales.   Imagine–3 cents a yard for fabric!  Something to think about…  after I use up enough of my stash to make room for another 27 yards of fabric!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report

February 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 6 – February 9, 2017

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Community Service: Judy Riggle
Library: Joanne Palun, Vicky Morris & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox & Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 Jean Ruth welcomed everyone.  There were 4 guests, including a former member.

Minutes:  There were no changes to the minutes from the December 2016 meeting.  There was a motion to approve the minutes for December 2016, which carried.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance in checking is $12,480.41, with $782.69 for Home of the Brave, and $778.50 for Quilts of Valor.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which carried.

Membership: Karen Neuschaefer indicated that they currently have 88 members, and she announced that if anyone needed an updated member list to let her know.  It was also reported that NEORQC would like our email addresses to send communications.  There did not seem to be a resistance to this notion, so it was approved to give NEORQC member email addresses.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler talked about their workshop that was held today, noting although they had a very light turnout, they were able to get kits cut and some started.  Kaye reminded the group that Saturday, February 4th was National Sew Day.  They will meet at the Main Street Community Center, 255 Park Ave., Amherst, from 10am. – 4p.m.  Kaye encouraged more people to join them on February 4th to help sew quilts for our veterans, even if for only a couple of hours.  There will be plenty to do, even if you don’t want to sew. There will be kits to cut, piecing, quilting, binding, ironing …. something for everyone.   Kaye reminded anyone who wished to come that they need to bring all the basic sewing supplies and you can either bring your lunch or plan on dining at one of the local venues.  Finally Kaye announced that it was time to renew the group membership.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle indicated they will have more to report next month.  Right now they are looking for a place to store donations.

Challenges: Kelly Grace discussed the current UFO challenge noting she was collecting lists today from anyone who was ready, but she will continue to take lists by email until the signup deadline of  January 31st.  Kelly reminded everyone that the entry fee is 2 fat quarters.  When your UFO is completed bring it in for Show and Tell and make sure to announce that it is one of the quilts on your list so it can be marked as completed.  Each completed UFO will get you one entry into the prize drawing which will be held at the December Potluck meeting.  Any questions, contact Kelly Grace.

Kelly also noted that she will start taking signups for another Fat Quarter Exchange at the February meeting.  The more members who sign up, the more fat quarters you get.  Kelly reminded everyone to come prepared with what color fat quarters they want, maybe for a project you are currently working on or one you are planning: batiks, white on white, themed fabric, a very specific color?  The last exchange was a huge success and many members commented that they missed out so don’t miss your chance this year!!  Kelly noted that they would hand out lists in April and fabrics would be due back in May/June.

Helen Smelser reported that from the previous challenge they have 2 tops completed, with one in Show and Tell tonight and the other quilted.  They will be donated in the name of past members.

Home of the Brave.  No Report

Announcements:  The new idea of Show and Tell tables seemed to be a big hit tonight.  Members had time to gather for close-ups of the quilts before shown to the group.  It was a nice way to socialize before the meeting and everyone thought it was a big success.  Sharon Lutz shared that she wanted to offer up another idea.  She would like to host a Christmas in July event here at the Townhall the Thursday of our meeting in July so members can plan on spending the entire day sewing on Christmas projects early instead of waiting until the last minute as we all tend to do.

It was noted that the July meeting, which is July 13th, is also the date of the summer picnic.  However there was a suggestion that it did not matter because people who wanted to sew all day from perhaps 10 to 3 could still do that and have plenty of time to go home and get ready for the evening picnic that typically begins at around 6:30p.  There was a large contingent of members who thought the Christmas in July event was a good idea.  It was agreed they would talk more about it a future meetings and then ask for signups for anyone interested.

Vicki Morris announced that Mom’s Sewing Basket is having a new block of the month so make sure to stop by and see her in the next week or two.  They have a lot of new items.

Upcoming Guild Programs:

  • February: Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced.
  • March: Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April: Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May: To be announced, but there will be a Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, Ohio May 8 – 10.  Cost is expected to be $95 for 2 days, double-occupancy, but much more info to come.
  • June: Embroidery Day
  • July: Summer Picnic and possibly Christmas in July during the day as we discussed early!
  • August: AQS Bus Trip, August 18 – 19.  Cost expected to be $165 and it includes, bus, room and entrance ticket.  It was also reported that they have secured the great driver from 2015.

Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Local Events:
Quilts 2017 at the Lake Farmpark February 17 – March 29th, Tuesdays – Sundays.  Vendor Days are March 3-5th.
Original Sewing & Quilting Show:  March 3 – March 5th at the IX Center.
North Coast Needlers Quilt Show, April 22 – 23rd, at the Westlake High School is located at 27830 Hilliard Blvd.
Sauder Village 41st Annual Quilt show, May 2 – 7th.

Show and Tell:  Members shared 19 beautiful quilts.

Next meeting:  Thursday, February 9th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,  Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman
No report

February Birthdays

Maryilyn Novak
Janice Good
Margie Lowery
Julie Bragg
Cheryl Majewski
Kathy Spencer
Karen Neuschaefer

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s! Anyone that has not yet turned in your fat quarters for entry into the challenge, please bring them to the meeting Thursday.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Sign-ups for the Fat Quarter Exchange will start in February and continue through the March meeting, lists will be handed out in April and fabrics due in May/June. Start thinking about what color/theme you’d like for this year! Do you need a variety of blues for a project? Maybe you want cat fabrics? Join us!!

Spring Retreat

Berlin, Ohio

Monday, May 8, Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th

Shop, Sew or just relax! Your Retreat will give you time to work on those UFO projects or layout something new. In addition to your double occupancy sleeping room includes a refrigerator and microwave, your breakfast is also included. This is an ‘on your own’ retreat as there are plenty of places to eat or you can prep something yourself.

Set up your sewing station in the work room Monday and break it down on Wednesday; you can sew all day and night. There are cutting tables, irons and ironing boards in the workroom so you don’t have to haul as much. There are five shops in the area to visit and several will offer discounts.

The cost is $96.00 for two nights and three days of sewing. This is per person. If you want a room by yourself, the cost is $ 192.00.

Deposits of $25.00 are due by March 16th. Balance is due by April 30th. Please list your roommate with your deposit. Someone asked me if a husband can come, the answer is yes.

Please sign up at the March meeting, for more details, call MaryAnn at 440-897-7032.

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

If memory serves, Charles Dicken’s book A Tale of Two Cities begins with “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”  That is how I’m feeling about this UFO challenge right now.  On the best of times front, I’ve finally sewn one border on a quilt that has been hanging on a hanger for a couple of months now.  And border two is begun.  Since the beginning of January I’ve pieced 65 flowers for the flower garden quilt. Which is also a fantastic accomplishment.  However, in the hunt for fabric I’ve unearthed 2 more UFO’s–hence the “worst of times”.  I’m becoming somewhat fearful that there might be  more.  So, I’m planning to be a bit more cautious in fabric forays in the future.  Plus, there are some pieces that could possibly extend a UFO which I have… are you ready for this?… Tossed into the trash can!!!!    I’m not even feeling all that guilty about it, nor did I try to recut them into squares to add to the bags full of cut squares.

Perhaps the biggest detriment to the whole notion  of trying to finish UFO’s is the very likely possibility that more may be discovered or found.

I hope the rest of you are dealing with this challenge better than I am. Good luck!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth
No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Our Quilts of Valor National Sew Day was a great success!! Thank you to all thirteen of you that were able to come and sew!!

We got a good bit accomplished and enjoyed the day immensely!

Thank you all so much from all of us !
The QoV committee.

Community Service

Judy Riggle
No Report

January 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 5 – January 12, 2017

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Community Service: Judy Riggle
Library: Joanne Palun, Vicky Morris & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox & Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes

At 6:30 Jean Ruth welcomed everyone to the 2016 Holiday Potluck & Meeting.  After enjoying a wonderful feast, Jean called the meeting to order.

Minutes:  The minutes from the November 2016 meeting were approved.

Treasurer Report:  No report.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler reported that the committee has several quilt tops that are in need of quilting. Anyone who is willing to help should let a member of the committee know, as everything is ready to go for you.  Please help if you can!  Kaye also announced that the committee will be hosting a sew day on Thursday, January 12, at the Lodge, which is our regular meeting day. Sewing will commence at around 10:00 am.  If you can join the group, bring a sack lunch or plan on grabbing something in Oberlin. The committee indicated that they will have lots to do sew, and will welcome as many quilters that can help out.

Kaye closed by reporting that the National Sew Day for QOV is Saturday, February 4th this year and the committee will be participating. They plan on meeting at the Main Street Community Center in Amherst from 10:00-4:00.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle reported that they received a thank you letter from Grafton Prison for the donations, and the committee thanked Kathy Kayden for her generous donation of toiletries, which are always much appreciated and needed.

Hospitality:  No Report.

Membership: Karen Neuschaefer reminded the paid members to pick up their membership cards as they can use them for 10% discount at Joann’s.  Karen also distributed updates to the master membership list and a new 2016 Officers and Committee Chair list.  Karen indicated that if your information has changed and/or if you are still missing from the list to let her know and she will make sure the information is changed on the next scheduled update.

Communication:  Kelly Grace reminded everyone that only paid members will be receiving the electronic newsletter so make sure your membership is up to date.  If you are not sure, contact a member of the membership committee, which includes Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak.

Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman recapped a very successful 2016 for HOB!  She reported that 34 families were located so the number is down to 15.  For the families found 54 quilts were sent out in 2016!  Janet also shared that at the November QOV quilt fundraiser she had very positive interactions with people volunteering to help out and find families.  With the new help from techies, and considering all her existing efforts that are already in place, Janet has true hopes that we will find the last 15 families! Janet also reported that she hopes to get the American Legion Hall in February 2017 at no cost for sewing kits, so more info to come.  She also indicated that, sadly, she received an email this week about another soldier who died recently at the Walter Reed Hospital.  Judy thanked everyone for helping make 2016 a very successful year for the committee.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser indicated that from the fat eighths green or pink block challenge they were able to make 4 baby quilts, 2 girl and 2 boy.  Kelly shared that she is considering a UFO challenge for 2017.  Although she had no details yet, she wanted everyone to start digging out their UFOs.  More details to come!

Youth Group:  Jean reported that at the last youth sew, 4 children made 21 pillowcases!  It was unanimously agreed that this was a fantastic accomplishment!

Quilt Show Committee:  Julie Bragg submitted the official summary of the 2016 Quilt Show and read the highlights to the group tonight.   Some highlights of the report included Attendance: 625; Quilts displayed: 153; Garments: 2; Participating members: 50; Viewer’s Choice Honoree:  Teri Walter.  The final totals reported:  Collected: $6,712.67; Expenses: $3,246.72, and Profit:  $3,465.95.  FANTASTIC!  Julie went on to thank everyone who helped to make the show such a resounded success! She reiterated that the show would not happen without volunteers.  This year they had 50 volunteers!  On to 2018!!

Announcements: 

A suggestion was made that prior to the meetings everyone who brought a show & tell item should display them on tables along one side of the room for everyone to see up close and personal. Perhaps the quilter could share a pattern or design inspiration. This way anyone who wants to can share in some social time before the meeting starts and get an “up close” look at the beauties!!  The suggestion was well received so a decision was made to start this with the January meeting.

Sad news was reported that member Patricia (Pat) Mahoney passed away at the end of November.

Show and Tell:  The group shared 10 beautiful quilts, 1 wall hanging, and at least 5 blankets for Blessings House (sorry but this note taker was so overwhelmed from the cuteness she lost count!

Next meeting:  Thursday, January 12th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,  Chris Yoo.

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Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No report

January Birthdays

Barb King
Libby Betounes
Jenae Manuel
Jean Tobia
Pat Logar
Carolyn Bryda
Peggy Hughes
Lorraine Quinones

UFO Challenge

Ok, it’s that time of year to think about all those unfinished quilt projects you have stashed away. I’m talking about UFO’s (Unfinished Objects), PIGS (projects in grocery sacks), WIPS (works in progress), PhD’s (Projects Half Done), whatever you want to call them!

Here are our rules for the challenge:

  • List is due by the January meeting, or it needs to be emailed to Kelly (caelijean@gmail.com) by January 31st.
  • Entry fee is 2 fat quarters
  • When your UFO is completed bring it in for Show and Tell – make sure we know it is one of the quilts on your list so it can be marked as completed!
  • For each completed UFO you will receive an entry into the prize drawing
  • Each participant will also have an entry into the prize drawing
  • Prize drawing will be held at the December Potluck/guild meeting

If there are any questions, please contact Kelly.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Sign-ups for the Fat Quarter Exchange will start in February and continue through the March meeting, lists will be handed out in April and fabrics due in May/June. Start thinking about what color/theme you’d like for this year! Do you need a variety of blues for a project? Maybe you want cat fabrics? Join us!!

Notes from the President

No Report

Notes from the Vice President

No Report

Need a way to organize your projects this year? American Quilter’s Society has pages you can print out and use. Click here to download January pages!

Program
A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

    STRAY THREADS…
    Sue Schillig

    It is easy to start this UFO challenge.  I’ve probably got a  good twenty projects to put on a list.  But the contemplation of such a long list led me to think of an even more grandiose list of projects–the ones I’ve dreamed of making but never will.  So, just for fun I’ve put together that list.

    1. Baltimore Album leads the way. No way am I going to finish one of those.  My best shot would be one block. Why?  I now have to do applique without my glasses.  Plus, I really don’t think I like doing needle turn applique all that much.

    2. My own flower garden quilt.  Not because I can’t, but because I’ve made so many already for others there is no chance I’m going to make one for myself.

    3. Lone Star Quilt – Those diamonds! Enough said!

    4.  A Yo-Yo quilt — I’ve made a few yo-yo’s in my time but there will never be an entire quilt.  Why?  It just doesn’t seem practical enough to suit.

    5.  Crazy quilt  — I might sew a bunch of fabrics together and call it crazy, but the addition of fabric variety and fancy stitching just isn’t in me.

    There are probably many more, but it’s time I get back to creating a list of those HTFOD  (Hope to finish one day) projects.

    Piecefully,
    Sue Schillig

    Youth Corner
    Jean Ruth

    No Report

    Quilts of Valor
    Kaye Koler

    This kind of weather brings people together, so friendships can grow. Lets begin the new year by SEWING!! Join us Thursday, January 12 at the lodge for a Quilts of Valor Sew Day! It is our regular guild meeting day.There will be a lot to accomplish… kits to cut and sew, bindings to attach, and backing pieced. So, if you are able and willing Please join us and enjoy a day of fellowship and sewing! Its a great way to get to know other members who share our love of quilting while filling a need for this worthy cause. And it will be fun, I promise!

    Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a trip into town for some tasty options. Things to bring, sewing machine, cutting mat, iron and ironing board/mat….

    Email me with any questions…..
    Thank you!
    Kaye

    No soldier forgotten…

2017 UFO Challenge

Ok, it’s that time of year to think about all those unfinished quilt projects you have stashed away. I’m talking about UFO’s (Unfinished Objects), PIGS (projects in grocery sacks), WIPS (works in progress), PhD’s (Projects Half Done), whatever you want to call them!

Here are our rules for the challenge:

  • List is due by the January meeting, or it needs to be emailed to Kelly (caelijean@gmail.com) by January 31st.
  • Entry fee is 2 fat quarters
  • When your UFO is completed bring it in for Show and Tell – make sure we know it is one of the quilts on your list so it can be marked as completed!
  • For each completed UFO you will receive an entry into the prize drawing
  • Each participant will also have an entry into the prize drawing
  • Prize drawing will be held at the December Potluck/guild meeting

If there are any questions, please contact Kelly.

December 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 4 – December 8, 2016

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Community Service: Judy Riggle
Library: Joanne Palun, Vicky Morris & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox & Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes

Program:  Mary Ann Grayson introduced Michelle and Diane who were here tonight from Fabric Obsession, which his located in Medina, Ohio.  Michelle and Diane brought a small sampling of many things from their shop, including many sale items.  The ladies noted that they offer a multitude classes at the shop, and they mentioned that the shop also carried wool and wool applique patterns for the woolies in the crowd. The ladies demonstrated making fabric wine bags which were surprising very quick and easy to make, no more than 15 minutes.  They had many kits on sale today. The ladies also passed around a $5 coupon for everyone and held a raffle drawing for 5 lucky winners tonight!!

Michelle and Diane closed by noting that the shop is located at 142 North Court Street, Medina, Ohio.  Although they have a website, it is currently under construction so visit them at their Facebook page for lots of information and photos.  The store is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  The hours are Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting:  Vice President Mary Ann Grayson called the meeting to order as Jean Ruth was out of town.  There were two visitors tonight.

Minutes:  There was one name misspelling noted that will be changed in the official October minutes.

Quilt Show, Quilt Raffle Drawing:  The winner was drawn tonight.  It was Ruth Bradley of Wellington, Ohio.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance was $12,752.16, of which Home of the Brave reported a balance of $782.69 and Quilts of Valor reported a balance of $380.83.  However, it was noted that the Towne Center Fundraiser will add another $605.00 to that total.  Pam also reviewed the 2016-2017 Budget.  A copy of the treasurer’s report and budget were provided for the record.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report and the budget, which carried.

Challenges: Susan mentioned she was considering several challenges including a Row by Row Challenge, a Willful Waste Makes Woeful Want Challenge: where she was inspired by Fran Weber’s Scrap Basket array and Country Store at the quilt show, and a Blue and Yellow Ohio Provencal Challenge.  Talk with Sue if you are interested in any of these ideas or wish to suggest something new!

Community Service:  Judy Riggle will be taking Teri’s place to lead the guild’s Community Service project, and she is asking for volunteers to help serve on the committee.  Anyone interested should speak with Judy.  It was reported that they will be making pillowcases and PJ bottoms in December.  It was also noted that Mary Lou will also be here in January making PJs too.  Please come help sew from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Teri gave 54 baby kits to the quilters at Grafton and they will return them to us for Blessing House when they are completed.

Membership:  It was reported that if you have not paid your dues you will no longer get the newsletter emailed to you.  Reminder that dues are due in August/September every year.

Library:  Vicky reported that the library was up and running.  If you have any donations, please let her know.

Youth Sew/Community Service Combo:  There will be a youth sew at the Zion United Methodist Church on State Route 113 to make Pillowcases and totes for ladies living at the YWCA in Elyria.  Since the exact times are not yet confirmed, please watch your email for confirmation.  Kids and adults welcome!

December Meeting:  The Potluck will begin at 6:30 a.m. and they will also have the Scissor Guy at 3:30 that day.

Announcement:  Mary Ann reminded everyone that this wonderful facility is paid for and open all day on meeting Thursdays so that guild members can utilize all this large space has to offer for working on quilts and any needlework projects!  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

Show and Tell:  There were 16 quilts and one gorgeous bag!!

Next meeting:  Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 6:30 for the Potluck!!  Bring your yummies to share!!

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No report

December Birthdays

Karin Knox
Kathy Keyse
Judy Jamison
Marylou Kucera
Jean Ruth
Nicole Justice

Have you seen Pat Serio’s quilt in Oberlin? Quilt is missing and she’d love to have it back. Please be on the lookout for her quilt – if you have any questions, please contact her at midwife@oberlin.net.

Notes from the President

This year has gone by so fast. In two more weeks it  will be Christmas, and then the new year will be here. I look back on the year and see many accomplishments, a lot of finished projects that have been shown in the Lorain County Fair and in the great quilt show. As I type this I think of all the friendship among everyone who worked on any part of a project. I would like to also thank everyone who came forward  to serve on a committee. I wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year.

Please bring a canned good to the December meeting, we will be donating them for the holidays.

Notes from the Vice President
December Activities

‘Pajama Party’
10 am to 5;30 pm
Come and make pajamas and pillow cases for children in homeless shelters. Patterns, flannel, thread and elastic provided. Donations gladly accepted. Finished garments will be donated to Blessing House, etc.

Scissors and Knife Sharpening
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Bruce will sharpen Sewing Scissors, Pinking Shears, Embroidery Scissors (no serrated edges). Nominal fees apply.

Piecemakers Christmas Feast
6:30 pm
Please bring a covered dish. Guild will provide paper products, beverages and fun.

All activities will be held at the New Russia Township Lodge, 43600 Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin

Contact MaryAnn for additional information 440-897-7032

Program
A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • December
    • Annual Guild Dinner at 6:30 pm Scissors and knives (no serrated edges) Sharpening 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day


STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

We have been dormant for the last few months. We hope to start up again in the new year. I would like to thank everyone who helped with the girls.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

I’d like to thank everyone again for taking part in the fundraiser for Quilts of Valor and making it such a success!

Quilts of Valor will have a sew day Thursday, January 12, at the Lodge. It is our regular meeting day. Well start around 10:00 am. Bring a sack lunch or grab something in Oberlin. We will have lots to do so if you can help were most appreciative! It’s always a wonderful way to get to know other guild members and enjoy a day of giving back…..and sewing!

The NATIONAL SEW DAY for QoV is Saturday, February 4 this year. We will be participating again this year. We’ll meet at the Main Street Community Center in Amherst fro 10:00-4:00.

We have several quilt tops that are in need of quilting. If you are willing to give a little of your time and quilt one or two we could certainly use your help. The quilt tops, batting and backing are all ready to go to make it easy for you ! I desperately need your help here! I do what I can but simply cannot keep up with he number of tops our guild is piecing for Quilts of Valor! Please let me know if you can help us out…..thank you, thank you!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

November 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 3 – November 10, 2016

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun, Vicky Morris & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox & Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace

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: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

President Jean Ruth called the meeting to order at 7:15pm and announced that tonight was going to be an informational meeting and celebration of the hard work from the quilt show.  We had 10 visitors.

Jean asked if there were any changes or corrections for the September minutes, none were made and Vicki Morris made the notion to accept and Lori Quinones seconded it. Motion approved.

Pam Scholle talked about the quilt show, all the tee shirts are sold, and any unsold raffle tickets need to be turned in so they can be sold at the Nov. 5th Quilt Display at the Avon Town Centre. The drawing for the raffle quilt will be at the November 10th guild meeting.

Community Service: In September Judy Riggle donated baby quilts and Sharon Lutz donated pillow cases. At the October meeting Teri Walter donated 2 baby quilts. Thank you ladies so very much!

Program: Fabric Obsessions, a new quilt store in Medina will come for our November 10th meeting.   Rita, owner of Creations Sew Clever will be doing a workshop on November 16th at the New Russia Township Hall.  It will be a mystery quilt and kits can be ordered and paid for over the phone to the store. Mary Ann is taking sign ups and can answer any questions. A few of the members have taken this workshop in the past and have loved the projects.

Membership:  Karen Neuschaefer has membership forms and an updated membership list will be available soon.

Challenges: Helen Smelser talked about the color block challenges and the guild will vote on them during the break. She will send results in.

Home of the Brave:  Jan Alderman stated that she has mailed out 8 quilts and the staff at Senator Sherrod Brown’s office has volunteered to assist in finding address.

Quilts of Valor:  Teri Walter talked about the upcoming quilt display at the Avon Town Centre. She needs volunteers to distribute flyers, assist at the admission table, displaying the quilts and help where needed. Any questions, please contact Teri Walter.

Library:  Vicki Morris stated that all the books that were on a side table were up for grabs. The leftovers will be donated to the Oberlin Library for their book sale.  She has 2 crates of books to return to the library shelves.

Announcements:  Huge thank yous to everyone for their hard work to make the quilt show a big success!  A celebration cake to share will be available during during break.

Teri Walter won the People Choice award at the quilt show. Congratulations!

There will be a Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 26th at 11:00am at Sugar Creek in Elyria/Sheffield Village.

Barb King said that the raffle baskets were very successful and thanked everyone who made donations to them.

Lindy Sleasman again made the request for a replacement to send out guild email blasts and Fran Webber volunteered.

Show and Tell:  We saw beautiful pillows, tote bags, kitchen towels, and qults. What a wonderful display.

Next Meeting is November 10, 2016.

Delores Bean made the motion to adjourn and Jerri Bachna seconded it. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted,
Teri Whidden


Community Service

In September Judy Riggle donated baby quilts and Sharon Lutz donated pillowcases.  At the October meeting, Teri Walter donated 2 baby quilts.  Thank you so very much ladies!

Mrs. Novak from the Grafton Correctional Facility Sewing Department and I have been in talks of a partnership.  This would involve the fellows assembling and finishing all the numerous  baby quilt kits that we have.  The only cost to the guild would be spools of thread.

After all the kits have been returned to the guild, they will be donated to the Blessing House and Genesis House in Lorain.

At the meeting, I announced that I can no longer do Community Service.  Hopefully, one or two ladies will be able to take this over and I will be very happy to help in the transition.  It is not a time consuming task and is very rewarding.  It makes your heart smile!


Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Thank you to each and everyone of our members who did not disappoint on Saturday by showing up with a boatload of quilts! Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. We earned almost $600 for the event! Wow!

Thank you!
Kaye

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report


HOME OF THE BRAVE

Janet Alderman
No report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report.

November Birthdays

Toni Buswell
Kelly Grace
Saundra Lambert
Beverly Swonger
Sharon Zacharias
Melanie Kaliszewski

Have you seen Pat Serio’s quilt in Oberlin? Quilt is missing and she’d love to have it back. Please be on the lookout for her quilt – if you have any questions, please contact her at midwife@oberlin.net.

Notes from the President

No Report.

Notes from the Vice President

We are delighted to welcome the one and only Rita FIshel from Creations Sew Clever in Chillicothe. Rita will present our Mystery on Wednesday, November 16th. She will lead us step by step to solve the mystery and create a Quilt! Twenty three Piecemakers are registered. Each person has worked with the Creations staff to pick out their fabrics for their Mystery quilt. Rita’s staff cuts and labels the fabrics you select. Rita will bring the fabric to us on the day of the workshop. The workshop will start at 9:15 am. Please arrive early to set up your sewing machine, etc. and have a cup of coffee! We will have several irons and ironing boards. Rita would like to have a couple of wenches (ladies who are not making the mystery quilt, but would be willing to press or ’unsew’ for the quilters. You will receive one of Rita’s patterns and lunch). Please call MaryAnn 440-897-7032 if you are interested in being a Sewing Wench! There may be a couple openings, call MaryAnn 440-897-7032. You will need to pay $25.00 to Pam Schoelle; make payable to Lorain County Piecemakers. After registrating, call Creations Sew Clever 740-775-1957 to select the fabrics for your quilt.

Membership

Membership dues are now due. Membership period runs from September to August.  If your dues are not paid this will be your last newsletter. Remember the list goes to NEORQC for their membership in December, so if you are planning on going to getaway at the member price you need to be on that list.

If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

Program
A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • November
    • Fabric Obsession of Medina. Michelle will present a demo, trunk show and vend fabrics, wool and notions.
    • Youth Sew Contact Jean or Lynette Saturday, November 26
  • December
    • Annual Guild Dinner at 6:30 pm
    • Scissors and knives (no serrated edges) Sharpening 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Some days it is very hard to separate the shoulds from the coulds.  I have several projects lined up that I should be working on.  A couple flower garden quilts, a couple “boy” quilts, a Row by Row that a friend and I are each doing. Hers is of course all pieced. Of the 9 rows I’ve gotten 5 finished.  So in the “should” department the sky’s the limit.  However, I opened the cupboard and picked up a packet of 60 degree green triangles that were just sitting in the cupboard. They were left over from another project done years ago.  And, when I went to the Mutton Hill Quilt Show in October in Akron, I stopped at the Akron Public Library to see what quilt books they had. It turns out they had quite a few.   One of the books was a puzzle ball book.  My daughter had wanted me to make a cloth ball for the kids, so lo and behold, there was one made out of those triangle pieces!

Merrily I have pieced about a dozen of those balls.  In sheer desperation the final triangles have been pieced into a line, about 32 inches by 2 1/2 high.  I’ve used every one of those triangles.  I’ve done lots of “could” sewing and almost none of the “should”.  Anyone have any use for a strip of green triangles?

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig