April 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 8 – April 8, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
Communication Committee: 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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes: At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone to the guild’s virtual meeting conducted over ZOOM.

Program:  The Zoom program was part virtual quilt show and part story.  Some of you know that Chris had a bucket list trip to Sister’s Oregon planned in 2020 that was cancelled like most events due to the Pandemic.  Chris had been wanting to make this journey across the country for about 10 years, but only started planning it about 2 years ago.    She is planning to visit a small town in central Oregon called Sisters, to attend a 5-day quilting retreat called Quilter’s Affair that culminated in a massive outdoor Quilt Show the following Saturday.  Some of you have said you’ve heard of the event, while others have not.  Because it may be something YOU may want to add to your bucket list, Chris thought she would give you an overview of both the Quilter’s Affair and the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show by way of a slideshow and a few video clips.

During the presentation you first learned a little about the Quilt show and how they had to re-imagine the show for 2020; then everyone got to experience 3 of the Show’s Special Exhibits and then Chris closed the presentation by sharing a short slideshow presentation about the Quilter’s Affair event that precedes the Quilt Show.   In case you are interested, Chris saved some of the videos that you can access by clicking the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgDLDpGQv8R1RhIrAWCqVOIwtC21tMa35

President’s Report:  Chris noted that although she always relies on Julie Bragg to speak on the Quilt Show during Committee Reports, tonight she wanted to using her platform as your President to make sure everyone understands how important the Quilt Show is to the guild and how your participation is critical.

Chris wanted to remind long standing members and to inform the new members that the quilt show and the corresponding quilt raffle are the primary fund-raising events for the guild.  Although the quilt show has the potential to bring in much needed money to our guild, Chris pointed out that what people often don’t realize is that to put on a show we also SPEND thousands of dollars before the show even opens for things like hall rental, renting of the stands to hang the quilts, advertising, postcards, flyers, signs, food/snacks, raffle tickets, etc., etc.  If we spend all that money and don’t have a fabulous show, we run the risk of devastating our budget.  We have to put on a fabulous show and bring people in.

The quilt show is also the #1 way we introduce and reintroduce the community to our guild and all the good things we do for the community.  Chris noted that although she had not been a member long, she has had the pleasure of participating in several phenomenal quilt shows here where there have been close to 150 quilts and quilt related items on display. Because of the Pandemic Julie took an early headcount from members via email to find out who things they will have items for the quilt show.  Julie asked everyone to respond to say how many quilted items you “think” you will have.  Out of the almost 80 members we have now, only about 20 people replied and we have a total of approx. 54 items for the show.  YIKES and double YIKES. Some people shared that maybe people don’t think we will really have the show.

Well, just in case there is any doubt, WE ARE HAVING A QUILT SHOW September 10th through the 12th.  We desperately need YOU to enter at least one quilt or fiber arts item each.  However, Chris knows that many of you have many more items to enter.  They don’t have to be recently made items.  They just need to be something you have not already exhibited at one of our shows.  You can enter quilts, table runners, placemats, pot holders, art quilts, etc.

Also, we are going to need people agree to help hang the quilts on September 9th and take down the quilts on September 12th.  We also need people to make a commitment to be present during the show to represent the guild and to answer questions, make sure people aren’t touching the quilts, to take tickets at the front desk, sit at the quilt raffle table, help sell refreshments at the snack bar, etc.

None of the tasks we need help with are arduous or seriously labor intensive.  There is one day of setup and three wonderful quilt show days of sharing our love for quilting and fiber arts and representing our guild to the community.  These are 4 days that Chris said that she is so proud to be a member of this fabulous guild.

So, if you have not done so already, Chris basically begged everyone to take 10 minutes to send Julie an email or give her a quick call or TEXT her to let her know she has your support.  Tell her what items you THINK you will have for the show and let her know you’ll gladly give a few hours of your time or even a day if possible, to help out. Julie Bragg at 440-309-6868 (call or text) or email at jb76quilts@msn.com

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the February meeting were distributed in the Newsletter by email and posted on the webpage.  Hearing no changes, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurers Report: The treasurer’s report was presented by Treasurer, Pam Scholle and will be included in this newsletter and filed for audit.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports all Committees that were present.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:    There are many wonderful items shared over Zoom!  Oh, how I cannot wait to see them in person!!!

Next meeting:  April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM.  The Presentation for April 8th will be made by Debi Reese from Sew Creative Cottage.  Sew Creative Cottage has been an online business since 2009 and opened a retail space in Fairview Park, Ohio in 2020.  The specialize in Machine Embroidery, Quilting & Fabric!  Cannot wait to see what Debi has to share with us!!!

Zoom News:  Chris will send the Zoom LINK early the week of April 5th.  The Zoom link will not work until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8th.  Chris will open the meeting at 6:30 p.m. so everyone can openly chat until the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.  Once the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., please follow the following Zoom Etiquette.

Zoom Etiquette:  Once the program begins, please keep your microphone MUTED at all times unless you have a question or are answering a question.   Remember that we hear everything, including your munching on crackers, clearing your throat, or yelling at your spouse or grandkids (wink wink).  Keep your microphone muted please.

Daytime Stitching:  April 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Even if you don’t have something to sew, you are welcome to stop by and say hello to those of us who are there.  There are typically only a handful of us, and with our giant space, keeping socially distant is not a problem LOL.  Just remember to wear a mask.    We would love to have a few more stitchy friends stop by!!

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

In-Person Meetings and Sew Day Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  It is preferred that there are no more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family; if you are comfortable accepting a 4th person, that is just fine.  Also, you are welcome to sit at the long tables along the side of the room.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

Hello all!  The month of March was big for quilt donations!  We gave a dozen to the Mercy Health Resource Mothers.  They would have taken more but just didn’t have the space.  We also presented 30 to Lorain County Children’s Services.  Both organizations were thrilled with the quilts!

Thank you all for sharing your talents and gifts with our community!

Our Community Sew Day is fast approaching!  I’ve got some fun and exciting things planned to encourage participation and thank everyone for their support.  Take care and keep on quilting!

Marcy

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.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

This month’s stray threads is devoted to explaining the May program.  How do  I go from “April showers bring May flowers to a program on creating and piecing hexies?  Well…   In May I think of tulips. Tulips remind me of Holland and the Dutch. Dutch reminds me of Pennsylvania Dutch.  And if you think about Pennsylvania Dutch long enough, you might just think about hex signs. And if you think about hex signs, perhaps hexies will come to mind and you’ll want to make some! Kelly Grace and I will show a couple different ways to piece them.  Kelly will show the English paper piecing method and provide a sample for you to try if you like.  If you’d like to try it, bring a needle and some thread and scissors. I will show how to draw your own hexagon of any size and explain how to cut and machine piece them using Mary Huey’s method and the Marti Michell templates.   I know some of you have already done hexies, so bring some to the May meeting to show them off!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Membership

We have 4 new members this month.  This gives us 73 members to date this year. Please welcome Laura Williams, Colleen Nelson, Janet McGinnis, and Miranda Smith to the guild.

Karen and Marilyn

April Birthdays
Kaye Koler – April 2
Georgia Forbush – April 10
Barbara Spieker – April 13
Ruth Groot – April 16
Helen Smelser – April 28

Programs/Workshops

April:
During the Day – Sew day until 5pm
Evening program: Sew Creative Cottage Trunk Show – Debi Reese, Owner

May:
During the Day – Sew day
Evening Program: Hexies – Sue Schillig, Kelly Grace

June:
During the Day – Judy Riggle Community Sew Day
Evening Program – Behind the Seams – Cindy Casciato

July:
During the Day – Christmas in July (maybe)
Evening Program – open for suggestions

August:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Designing Fabric and More – Deb Strain

September:
During the Day – Quilt Show Setup
Evening Program – Quilt Show Setup

October:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Open for suggestions

November:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Anything Sews – Chris Brauning

December:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – December Potluck & Celebration

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the many meetings, our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting that we are actually together. Looks like this might be in May! Great job on all the completed projects in 2020!

We are up to 9 finishes from the UFO lists! Great start to 2021 UFO’s. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until the end of May – lists will be sent out and fat quarters will be due back in August.

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
Monthly challenge will start up again in May! Finish up your 2 crayon challenges – I still need to finish mine!

String Challenge
The idea of the Strip Quilt Challenge is to use up scraps, in this case, strips. Helen says she has plenty to get shed of, so you may want to contact her if you run low. The deadline is the August meeting, there will be a drawing for a prize, and it will be fun to see what recycling yields. By the way, you don’t have to use jelly roll strips, just whatever strippy beings you have and are keen to use up:

Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without.

Block Exchange 2022
We will put this on hold until next year – but you can show your interest and sign up between now and the end of the year.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: Thanks to Jean Tobias for gathering quilt blocks and delivering them to Mom’s Sewing Basket in my absence.

Newsletter Update:

Previously reported:  Darlene Shimandle passed away.  We offer sincere condolences to our member and Darlene’s husband, Mike!
Darlene’s store:  Mom’s Sewing Basket is still accepting 6.5 inch and 12.5 inch quilt blocks as remembrances of Darlene.

UPDATE:  They are aiming for a May 1st deadline for submissions.  It would be helpful if your block was in a ziplock baggie and had a note/slip with your name and address. There may be enough blocks to make a quilt for Mike and one for Mike and Darlene’s daughter.

http://www.momssewingbasket.com/        1907 Cooper Foster Park Rd, Amherst, Ohio  44001

In lieu of a blue basket; if a guild member wishes to donate fat quarters, the fat quarters will likely be used for sashing and/or pieced for backing for Darlene’s Memorial Quilt.  You may send or deliver your fat quarter to Mom’s Sewing Basket.  If we have an April 8th sewing day and/or meeting; we can collect fat quarters at Russia Township Hall. I am willing to collect and deliver blocks or fat quarters if you give me (Val) a call or text:  440.935.0972.

Fondly, Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Are you ready for some SPRING?  I’m hoping the recent snow we had is the last of it, but perhaps I just jinxed us?!  Hope not!  I would rattle on about flowers and gardening here, but ladies and gents, I don’t have a green thumb.  All my hobbies are indoors.  The closest I get to nature is throwing open the windows in my craft room so the breeze can blow through, and I’m perfectly happy with that.  Although I do help my hubby with the flower beds, I much prefer stitching or appliqueing flowers.

Well, as we talked in our last zoom meeting, we are only 5 months away from our QUILT SHOW (September 10th, 11th, and 12th).  I hope you have been working on a treasure trove of items and have many beautiful things to display in the show. I see the show as a way of promoting interest in quilting and perhaps generating a desire for others to begin their own quilting journey.  Remember, we did get several new members from the last quilt show.

I’m going to start bringing the Raffle Quilt to Township Hall every month from now until the show as a way to remind everyone and so you can pick up raffle tickets for yourself and others.  Remember, you have to pay for the tickets in advance—even if you plan on selling them to others.  That way our accounting is kept straight and there are no mistakes.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5; 12 tickets for $10, or 18 tickets for $15, or 24 tickets for $20—cash or check payable to LCP.

I’m planning on April being our last Zoom meeting.  You will get the Zoom invite by email by Monday or Tuesday.  Remember on April 8th we will be sewing and quilting all day at the Township Hall from 10 am to 5pm.   The zoom meeting will open up at 6:30 p.m. for socializing, then the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.  Beginning in May, we will be holding all meetings in-person at the Hall. With everyone getting vaccinated, I hope to see you all again soon.  However, I make these plans with full knowledge that life changes on a dime, so fingers crossed, keep smiling, and quilt on my friends!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

March 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 7 – March 11, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
Communication Committee: 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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes
At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone to the guild’s first virtual meeting conducted over ZOOM and shared that we had one new member present via zoom!

Program:  The Zoom program was presented by quilting instructor Barbara Eikmeier of Lansing Kansas.  Barb has been quilting since 1984 and teaching quilting since 1990. She is the author of four books, including “Back Basting Applique Step by Step” published by Martingale and Co, has designed seven reproduction fabric collections for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, and is a Craftsy instructor. Her work has appeared in many quilting magazines and she has been a frequent guest on Love of Quilting PBS program.

Barb presented her lecture called “The Random Block Sampler – It’s Not Random!!  We explored the exciting Random Block Sampler in a trunk show featuring quilts and wall hangings made with different size blocks. Barb presented a multitude of ideas for combining orphan blocks into unique quilts or for designing and making one-of-a-kind quilts. It was an informative and hugely interesting program.  Loads of new ideas were had by all!!

President’s Report:  Chris spoke briefly about the guild’s new Zoom account and how they may use it a few times going forward until meeting in person is back to the old normal.  Chris also took this opportunity to remind members that since there is not a program chairperson, she really needs people to give her ideas and suggestions on where to find guest speakers for our meetings.

Approval of the Minutes:  There were no minutes to review as the January meeting was cancelled.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report was presented by Treasurer, Pam Scholle and will be included in this newsletter and filed for audit.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports all Committees that were present.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  Chris reported that she has a special treat lined up for the August meeting.  Chris has secured internationally renowned fabric designer Deb Strain.  Deb has been designing for Moda Fabrics since 1996.  Drawing and painting her fabric designs by hand, Deb has created over 100 collections since she began working with Moda.  She loves working with different colors and patterns, the more intricate the better! A life-long passion for art led Deb to teaching art before becoming a designer.  Her artwork has been featured on many different products over the years – calendars, greeting cards, garden flags, books, framed prints and more.  Recently, she proudly launched a line of notecards for sewing and quilting enthusiasts titled “Sew Noted”.

With traveling to see her children, creating new fabrics and collections, and other types of new art, Deb’s life is happily filled with color, creativity and lots of hugs!  If you would like to learn more about Deb’s lines of fabric and more just google her name and you will be amazed!!  Deb will be presenting a fabulous trunk show AND vending her stunning fabric and more!!   Mark your calendars for August 12th!

Show & Tell:  There were several beautiful items!  Sharing over Zoom is a different animal but no less impressive!

Next meeting:  March 11, 2021.  It will be determined closer to the date whether it will be in person or via Zoom.

Reminders about In-Person Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  It is preferred that there are no more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family; if you are comfortable accepting a 4th person, that is just fine.  Also, you are welcome to sit at the long tables along the side of the room.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

Membership

We have 4 new members this month.  This gives us 73 members to date this year. Please welcome Laura Williams, Colleen Nelson, Janet McGinnis, and Miranda Smith to the guild.

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

No Report

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Zoom Sewing Retreat!
Hello ladies!
Hoping that everyone is well and working on their UFO list! LOL!!

One of my sewing groups did a virtual retreat last week and we thought we’d share with everyone how easy & so much fun it was!

The sewing group consists of five members and we did a virtual sew retreat. We all met using Google Meet (on the computer) and each of us worked on our own project. It was so enjoyable we have scheduled another later this month. We got quite a bit accomplished too!

It was so good to see everyone actually sewing and hearing the hum of the machines…. It was almost like we were all in the same room! We provided our own snacks and beverages….no fuss! We started at 3 and didn’t end up til after 8pm!!

So if you want to get together with your sewing buds, think about giving Zoom or Google Meets a try. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed! It all turned out so much better than we anticipated we wanted share our experience!

SewHappy,
Kaye & crew!

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

My husband said something funny to me this morning.  His comment?  “There is going to be football in the spring.  Boy, that is going to be really weird!”

Where has he been this past year?  That spring football is the weird part?   As I’ve been working my way through a multitude of UFO’s and trying to stay home and stay sane?  Well, in any event,  weirdness aside, I’ve been getting quite a bit done and not all of it has been visible.  I’m not really one to start and finish a project all in one sitting.  That might explain my consistent UFO list.  But,  I am working on things.  Currently I am doing some work on 7 quilts, all in about 7 different stages.   And when my friend sent me a picture of a partially embroidered top she was about to give up on, I added another.  We have “exchanged” for the time being one of our embroidery projects in hopes the other person will make more headway on it than we would.   I’m hopeful that the feeling of “new” that her project will give me will add a few more stitches to the cause.   Something “new” has always been attractive to me.  New gadgets, rulers, fabric, you name it.  So  we will see how this goes. Meanwhile as the weather warms and we get outside, don’t abandon those projects that have kept you sane all winter. Sew on my friends!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

March Birthdays
Susan Thornton – March 3rd
Donna Garrett – March 5th
Laura Williams – March 9th
Casandra Brown – March 23th
Susan Schillig – March 25th

Programs/Workshops

Remember our March sew day will happen – 10 am – 5pm – Masks required!

Meeting will be via Zoom at 7pm: “A Bucket List trip—The Quilters Affair and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Come along with Chris and discover why she has been planning this bucket list adventure for several years!! “ put together by Chris Yoo

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the many meetings, our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting that we are actually together. Great job on all the completed projects in 2020!

We already have 4 finishes from the UFO lists! Great start to 2021 UFO’s. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until April – this might change depending on when we meet next.

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
Monthly challenge is on hold for the time being, finish up your 2 crayon challenges!

String Challenge
Susan is suggesting a string challenge for 2021, if anyone is interested, please contact her at (allenthornton@earthlink.net)

Block Exchange 2021
One of the quilts I showed at the October meeting was a block exchange quilt top that was completed in 2013. A block exchange is where a fabric is chosen and everyone that joins uses that fabric and any additional fabrics needed to make a block for each person participating. So if we have 12 members that want to participate, you would make 12 of the same block. All the blocks would be turned in to me, sorted so each person gets one and then handed back. You can then set them in any fashion you chose, but you have a quilt that guild members helped you to create. If you’d like to participate please let me know at the meeting or via email. As of right now I have 3 ladies (plus me) that have signed up. I’d like to get at least 3 more before we start talking about what focus fabric we are going to use. This will be a long term project, as tops won’t be completed until December.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: February sewing day; plus ZOOM set up by Chris Yoo.  Wasn’t the presentation by Barb Eikmeier interesting?  https://www.barbsfavorites.com/

Newsletter Update:

We sent a cheerful get well card to Karin Knox, she is recovering from shoulder surgery.  Mid-month, we sent an encouraging cat-themed card to Maryann Doucette as she rallies from back surgery.  We wish both gals comfortable and progressing recoveries.

We had dreadful news that our member Darlene Shimandle passed away.  We sent a sympathy card to her family.

We offer sincere condolences to our member and Darlene’s husband, Mike!

Darlene’s store:  Mom’s Sewing Basket is accepting 6.5 inch and 12.5 inch quilt blocks as remembrances of Darlene.

Reiterated from our email:  The resulting quilt will be displayed at the store.     http://www.momssewingbasket.com/        1907 Cooper Foster Park Rd, Amherst, Ohio  44001

If a guild member wishes to donate fat quarters, the fat quarters will likely be used for sashing and/or pieced for backing for Darlene’s Memorial Quilt.  You may send or deliver your fat quarter to Mom’s Sewing Basket.  If we have a March 11th sewing day and/or meeting; we can collect fat quarters at Russia Township Hall.  I am willing to collect and deliver blocks or fat quarters if you give me (Val) a call or text:  440.935.0972.

Fondly, Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I’m going to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to make a commitment to participate in my last President’s challenge, which was making a fabric postcard. I’ll quickly remind you what you need to do.  You are making a tiny 4″ x 6″ fabric postcard that represents the theme around a favorite vacation memory.

Your postcard needs to consist of the traditional 3 layers of a quilt: top, batting, and back.  The backside should look like a postcard.  You can draw it with a fabric marker on muslin if needed—nothing fancy.  The postcard must be made new for this challenge (no reusing a postcard you made in years past), but it does NOT need to be your original design.  You can use a pattern, cheater fabric, anything, just as long as you made it special for this challenge.  You don’t have to formally bind the tiny card.  You can just zigzag around the edge or drag out your seldom used serger.

Remember, I will be picking 3 of my personal favorites that I believe best represent the theme of a vacation memory.  I’m not looking for the best quilted or the best pieced.  I’m looking for the 3 that I believe shout vacation memory in my personal opinion aka President’s Choice.  There will be prizes my friends!!  All postcards will be exhibited at our 2021 quilt show in a special exhibit.

The deadline for entries was extended until May 13th.  So, make sure I have your finished postcard no later than the May 13th meeting.  Winners and prizes will be announced at the June meeting.  Need some inspiration, just google “fabric postcards” and you will be amazed!!  For full details, see the link to a pdf in Kelly’s Challenges section of this newsletter.

Hope you take my challenge!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

February 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 6 – February 11, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
Communication Committee: 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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes
No minutes from January meeting as the meeting was cancelled due to COVID.

February’s meeting is a Zoom meeting – links will be sent out to members prior to Thursday.

Membership

Please welcome  Lynette Thomson and Carolyn Bradley to the guild.  The ladies have decided to renew their membership.  Thank you ladies.

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service
Marcy Delavan

No Report

 

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Lorain County Piecemakers monthly report:

Guild Checking                 $  9,964.24
Quilts of Valor                   $ 1,220.92
Total in bank                     $11,185.16

10 month CD                    $  1,514.33    Mat. Date 5-03-21
17 month CD                   $  2,043.79    Mat. Date 7-23-2021

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

To quote my great niece, we have entered the month “with all the hearts.”  I guess that’s her way of referring to the month with Valentine’s day.  She is not wrong, of course.  My hubby and I don’t do much to celebrate what he calls another “Hallmark Holiday.”  Yep, he’s soooo romantic (insert me laughing hysterically here). Nonetheless, I do want to wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day and to tell you that you are loved and thought of during this month with all the hearts (smile).

I’m very excited about our first Zoom lecture and meeting on February 11th.  I have had fun visiting with a few of you during the first two Zoom practice sessions.  If you have not had a chance to practice, there is one final zoom practice scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m.  That zoom invitation should be in your inbox.  If you don’t have it, contact me directly.    The zoom invitation for our February 11th program and meeting will not be sent out until the evening of Tuesday, February 9th, sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  The link will start working on Thursday February 11th at 6:45 p.m. and our program will start at 7:00 p.m. sharp.  At that time, I will mute all microphones so that only the speaker can be heard.  She will have a Q&A session at the end so save your questions for the end.  You will have to unmute yourself to speak at that time OR for those using the chat box, ask your question there and she will see it or I will read it to her.

The speaker on Thursday is Barbara Eikmeier. Barb has been quilting since 1984 and teaching quilting since 1990. She is the author of four books, including “Back Basting Applique Step by Step” published by Martingale and Co, has designed seven reproduction fabric collections for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, and is a Craftsy instructor. Barb’s work has appeared in many quilting magazines and she has been a frequent guest on Love of Quilting PBS program. Married to a career Army officer, Barb has lived in several regions of the US, as well as South Korea. A long-time member of the American Quilt Study Group, she considers herself a student of quilt history. Barb is a traditional quilter and applique is her favorite quilting technique. She lives in Lansing, Kansas, with her husband (now retired from the Army) and two dogs.

Barb will be presenting her program entitled “The Random Block Sampler – It’s Not Random!!  Explore the exciting Random Block Sampler in this trunk show featuring quilts and wall hangings made with different size blocks. See ideas for combining orphan blocks into unique quilts or for designing and making your own one-of-a-kind quilt.

Following our program and the Q&A we will say goodbye to the speaker and have a regular guild meeting and show-n-tell for anyone who has something to show.

Zoom recommendations:  If you are not an old pro with Zoom, I recommend during the program you set your “view” to full screen and speaker view instead of gallery view.  In Speaker View it will minimize all the guild members screens and maximize the person who is speaking on the screen.  It is easier to see the speaker’s quilts and our show-n-tell that way.  When you have the Gallery view turned on, everyone is small and you can see a lot of members at one time.  That is great, but it is hard to see anything if someone has a show-n-tell item.

Remember to keep your microphone on MUTE unless you are asking a question so we don’t get background noise. I can mute everyone, but you have the ability to unmute to ask questions and talk to someone who may be asking you a question.

Well, time to get back to quilting and stitching!  Hope you can join us on Thursday!!

Your Pres,  Chris Yoo

February Birthdays
Julie Bragg – February 1
Cheryl Majewski – February 3
Dee Martin – February 7
Marilyn Novak – February 24
Boni Grove – February 27
Karen Neuschaefer – February 27

Programs/Workshops

Remember our February sew day will happen – 10 am – 5pm – Masks required!

More to come – See President’s Notes for this month’s program information.

 

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the many meetings, our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting that we are actually together. Great job on all the completed projects in 2020!

We have 11 ladies that have submitted their lists to me for the 2021 UFO challenge with a total of 238 UFOs. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until April – this might change depending on when we meet next.

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
Monthly challenge is on hold for the time being, finish up your 2 crayon challenges!

String Challenge
Susan is suggesting a string challenge for 2021, if anyone is interested, please contact her at (allenthornton@earthlink.net)

Block Exchange 2021
One of the quilts I showed at the October meeting was a block exchange quilt top that was completed in 2013. A block exchange is where a fabric is chosen and everyone that joins uses that fabric and any additional fabrics needed to make a block for each person participating. So if we have 12 members that want to participate, you would make 12 of the same block. All the blocks would be turned in to me, sorted so each person gets one and then handed back. You can then set them in any fashion you chose, but you have a quilt that guild members helped you to create. If you’d like to participate please let me know at the meeting or via email. As of right now I have 3 ladies (plus me) that have signed up. I’d like to get at least 3 more before we start talking about what focus fabric we are going to use. This will be a long term project, as tops won’t be completed until December.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg

Quilts of ValorKaye Koler

No Report.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:    Meeting minutes: Thanks, Chris, for the opportunity for a sewing day.  No January meeting.

Newsletter Update:

Slow guild news day here for the Sunshine Committee.  I realize it is too early for strawberries, but I find the red and white is enticing.  Honoring the red as awareness to heart health.

Fondly, Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

January 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 5 – January 14, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
Communication Committee: 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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes
No minutes from December meeting as the meeting was cancelled due to COVID.

January meeting is also cancelled.
Membership

Membership list was sent out 1/3/21, please advise if there are any updates needed, so we can send out an updated listing.

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

No Report

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Lorain County Piecemakers monthly report:

balance in checking           $10,156.24
Quilts of Valor                    $  1,220.92
Total in Bank                       $11.377.16

17 month CD   $2,043.79  Mat. July 23, 2021
7 Month CD   $1,514.33    Mat.  May 3, 2021

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I’ve discovered throughout the years that winter is my best quilting season.  I get more done in 3 months some years than the other nine months combined.  So, to increase my productivity now, I’ve developed ways handle  “quilting issues”.  Today’s issue was how to continue to machine piece 1 1/2 inch seams correctly to finish the Grandmother’s flower garden quilt for Evie, while maintaining my sanity.  I love to chain piece. And most quilts will lend themselves to doing so very easily.  Not so much this one.  But, I’ve got other projects, soooo….   I  used my Tree of Life quilt that I want to make to piece in between those pesky little seams.  The result was a finished flower garden  (except for two hand sewn seams) and several of my tree blocks are now pieced!  A win for both projects.  I’m now on my way to finishing two quilts instead of one.   If you are not familiar with chain piecing, there are many YouTube videos to explain this time saver.  Meanwhile, I’m working on my UFO list.  I felt so pleased with myself for getting 20 off last year’s list.  Unfortunately, when I went to put together the one for this year there are as many hopeful finishes as before!  But I’m not crazy. I know there are too many this year that will require an amazing amount of time.  But it’s winter…  let the fun begin!

Piecefully,

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: our sewing/meeting was canceled due to the virus.

Newsletter Update:

January 2nd, Pam Scholle emailed us about Darlene Shimandle.  Darlene has been in the hospital.  Thus, I am sending a card out to Darlene ASAP.  Darlene is the owner of Mom’s Sewing Basket in Amherst.  Darlene’s husband, Mike, is also a guild member.

1-8-2021   Follow up:  Darlene is still in ICU.  Darlene’s family requests prayers as she recovers.

Update on Darlene: https://www.facebook.com/momssewingbasket/posts/1813362318813359

Fondly, Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Although our new year has started a tad crazy, to put it mildly, it has only caused me appreciate my stitching hobbies with more fervor than before.  I am reminded of a quote by former First Lady Grace Coolidge that I had read on the internet some time ago.  I dug it up again so I could share it with you:

“Everyone should be taught to sew, not merely for the sake of making something, but as an accomplishment which may prove a stabilizer in time of perplexity or distress.  Many a time when I need to hold myself firmly, I have taken up needle, a sewing thread, some knitting needles, or a crochet hook.  Whatever its form or purpose, it often proved to be as the needle of a compass, keeping me to the course.”

Truer words have never been spoken.  I think many of us can relate.  Stitching in any form has been a calming force in my life this past year.  I find that I cherish my hobbies even more due to the Pandemic.

My focus for the guild right now is twofold:  find speakers and programs for 2021 and making sure we are on course for our 2021 quilt show in September.  Happy stitching, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, appliqueing, etc., etc., etc.  We will definitely stay the course!  Hope to see you all soon!

Hugs.

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

January Birthdays
Barb King – January 3
Marcy Delavan – January 5
Jean Tobia – January 22
Pat Logar – January 26
Peggy Hughes – January 30
Lori Quinones – January 30

Programs/Workshops

Remember our January sew day will happen!! However the meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Hopefully we will see each other in person soon.

 

 

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the December and January meeting our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting. As of 12/31 there were 56 completed items off the UFO lists for 18% completed of the 304 submitted items.

We already have 2 people that have submitted their lists to me, they MUST be submitted to me (either my email or guild email) no later than 1/31/21 in order to be in this years contest. Your list may include anything you want to finish: quilts, pillows, cross stitch projects, knitting, crochet – it just has to be crafting related. Also to participate we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until April – this might change depending on when we meet next.

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!
A checkerboard is a pretty easy quilt to make, and it doesn’t have to be black and white. One time I was Showing & Telling a quilt I’d made, one of the gals commented that it could be considered a checkerboard because it was two alternating blocks, vintage Christmas cards and what I imagined to be a 1940s green print. I also made a red and white one–again just a two-block quilt–that reminded me of Alice’s chess game with the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass.

Actually any Nine Patch that alternates with any other block would do the trick, that or a Double Nine Patch, on which five of the squares could be Nine Patches and the other four could be solids.

Or you could make a Jacob’s Ladder with a little checkerboard nestled in in the lower right-hand corner.

This would be a gratifyingly unchallenging challenge, plus pretty festive and jolly, fun for our Quilt Bonanza next fall.

Your pal Susan
Challenge enthusiast

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. We had 6 people that completed and showed their new technique projects at the meeting. I had fun learning to quilt with rulers! The crayon Challenge will now be due at the next face to face meeting. This challenge is to make something (any size) using the 2 crayons that you chose at the October meeting. 1 additional fabric can be added if needed. If you’d like to participate and weren’t at the October meeting, email me and I can get you 2 crayon colors. Since we’ve extended this challenge and you’d like to participate – let me know and I’ll get you crayon colors.

Block Exchange 2021
One of the quilts I showed at the October meeting was a block exchange quilt top that was completed in 2013. A block exchange is where a fabric is chosen and everyone that joins uses that fabric and any additional fabrics needed to make a block for each person participating. So if we have 12 members that want to participate, you would make 12 of the same block. All the blocks would be turned in to me, sorted so each person gets one and then handed back. You can then set them in any fashion you chose, but you have a quilt that guild members helped you to create. If you’d like to participate please let me know at the meeting or via email. As of right now I have 3 ladies (plus me) that have signed up. I’d like to get at least 3 more before we start talking about what focus fabric we are going to use. This will be a long term project, as tops won’t be completed until December.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg

December (12/10/20) Meeting Cancelled

Unfortunately our December meeting and sew day have been cancelled, due to an increase in COVID cases in Lorain county. Please note prizes for the UFO challenge will be given at the next meeting we are together. Also, keep working on your crayon challenge, we’ll show those at the next meeting we are together.

Have a great Holiday!!

November 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 3 – November 12, 2020

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
Communication Committee: 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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes
At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone.  There were 25 members in attendance.

Program:  We had the special honor tonight of welcoming our very own Susan Schillig as she presented a program entitled, “How did this become a UFO?  Six common traps and how to avoid them.”  Sue presented not only a fabulous slide show, but she also brought along with her, many actual show-n-tell items to share.  Sue also shared many wonderful stories about her quilts.  It was absolutely fabulous time!!  Thank you again Sue!

President’s Report:  Chris Yoo thanked the group for the many wonderful comments she received following the video slide show she created from last month’s meeting show-n-tell. Chris shared that she will continue to share such videos so the members who cannot attend the meetings will continue to enjoy seeing their friends and their projects.

Approval of the Minutes:  Chris indicated that the draft minutes from the September 2020 meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage.  When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections necessary; therefore, the minutes from the last meeting, September 2020, were approved as distributed and considered final.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report has been filed for audit by the Treasurer, Pam Scholle.  For a detailed report of from the Treasurer, please review the Treasurer’s Report section of this Newsletter, which is included, by reference, in this document.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports all Committees that were present.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: It was noted that the only unfinished item at this time was the issue of purchasing new Guild T-shirts.  Chris indicated that more details will follow, most likely in early 2021.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  Loads of wonderful quilts, pillows, stuffed animals, banners, table runners and more!!  Wowza!!  Keep creating friends!!

Next meeting:  11/12/2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

Reminders about Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  It is preferred that there are no more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family; if you are comfortable accepting a 4th person, that is just fine.  Also, you are welcome to sit at the long tables along the side of the room.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.

Membership

Hello everyone,

Thank you to all who have paid their dues. Despite the corona virus atmosphere, we have 49 paid members. If you would like to pay dues to continue to receive the emails, updates, and newsletters prior to the meeting, please feel free to send them to Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

Hi all! I know many of you are still uncomfortable attending the community sews and meetings. I am willing to accommodate you by dropping off kits for quilt tops, pillow cases, or cutting jobs. If you would like me to do this please email me at Marcylongarms@gmail.com and let me know what you would like. I can also pick up things that you have already made. Just let me know. This has been a weird year. We were unable to have out community sew day so we don’t have as much to share with out community partners at this time.

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Lorain County Piecemakers monthly report:

Guild Balance                $9721.24
Quilts of Balor               $1,220.92
Total in Checking           $10,942.16
Certificates                   17 month $2,043.79      July 23, 2021 Maturity
7 month   $1,514.33      May 3, 2021 Maturity

Our taxes have been filed and accepted for last year.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: We just learned from Karen N. that Fran Weber should receive a get well card from the guild.  Val shared a Trick or Treat:  Tootsie Roll Pop suckers plus a fun list to use the candy as a quilter’s tool c/o Moda Fabrics.
See link: http://www.unitednotions.com/print_tootsie-tool.pdf

Newsletter Update:

Thanks, Karen Nueschaefer, for letting us know Fran Weber is under the weather. We sent Fran a sunny card October 9, 2020. Easy does it, Fran.

Kind thoughts for our gals.

Fondly, Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

November Birthdays
Kelly Grace – November 8
Katherine Diesch – November 18
Melanie Kaliszewski – November 28
Saundra Lambert – November 30

Programs/Workshops

The program for November will be “One Wild & Crazy Maker of Things.”  The lady we all know as our “Pres” will bring you along on a journey.  Come join Chris Yoo for an evening of Show and Tell that may not be what you expect!  Let Chris take you back in time and introduce you to how she became the creative junky she is today.  On this journey you will learn how she started channeling her hidden creativity.  Chris will show you some of her favorite tools of the trade, and present not only a live Show-N-Tell of all the crazy things she makes, but also a video montage that will take you back to the very beginning.  Not to be missed!  Bring your favorite beverage and a snack!  November 12th @ 7:00 p.m.

LOOKING FORWARD TO A GOOD TURNOUT.

WE SIT SIX FEET APART AND EVERYONE WEARS MASKS
Cincy Kraft

Challenges

UFO Challenge

It’s fall, have you been working on UFOs? A few UFO’s were shown at the October meeting, including 2 of mine! We are now up to 46 items completed off the lists as of the October meeting. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email or bring it for show and tell.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating next year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start in January.

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. We had 6 people that completed and showed their new technique projects at the meeting. I had fun learning to quilt with rulers! The new Challenge that is due at the December meeting is to make something (any size) using 2 crayons that were chosen at the October meeting. 1 additional fabric can be added if needed. If you’d like to participate and weren’t at the October meeting, see me at the November meeting or email me and I can get you 2 crayon colors.

Block Exchange 2021
One of the quilts I showed at the October meeting was a block exchange quilt top that was completed in 2013. A block exchange is where a fabric is chosen and everyone that joins uses that fabric and any additional fabrics needed to make a block for each person participating. So if we have 12 members that want to participate, you would make 12 of the same block. All the blocks would be turned in to me, sorted so each person gets one and then handed back. You can then set them in any fashion you chose, but you have a quilt that guild members helped you to create. If you’d like to participate please let me know at the meeting or via email.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

November is the month we are reminded to take a look at what we have to be thankful for. In a year where so much has been out of the ordinary, so much turmoil, so much loss has happened, the blessings can be harder to see, but when we do see them, they shine even brighter.  Who would have thought we’d be longing to sit shoulder to shoulder, and to hug dear friends and family close, and longing for just a glimpse at a few smiles?  I know many of you are still longing to return to a guild meeting and to show off all your UFO’s during show-n-tell.  It is such an odd time in history my friends.

One of the things I am thankful for is YOU! All of You!  I am thankful that we are staying connected, if not at meetings, then on Facebook or email.  I know many of you connect outside of guild as well.  Staying connected and united as a guild is critically important to the guild’s mission and to our guild’s continual survival during the heart of this Pandemic.

As we enter into November with shorter days, dealing with winter, and possibly isolation for some of our members, please continue to reach out to each other, share your good and tough times, and know that you are supported, cared for, and needed in this time. I am thankful, yes. I am thankful for my extended family that I met here at the Lorain County Piecemakers.

Hope to see some of you on November 12th, but if not, I’ll be sure to share the program with you through email.  Know that you can connect with us many ways, other than in person.  Sending you all a giant virtual hug!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Quilt Show
Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized  that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink  or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.

Sincerely,

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show

October 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 2 – October 8, 2020

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
Communication Committee: 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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and greeted visitors.  There were 25 members in attendance and no visitors.

Program:  We were joined by Suzanne Bednarchik owner of the Quilting Bee located at 15709 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood, OH.  As she indicates on her webpage, the Quilting Bee is a gathering place for Quilters of all experience. Established in 2019, the shop offers fabric From Moda, RJR/Cotton +Steel, and Clothworks to name a few. Also notions, Patterns, longarm services and memory Quilts.  Check out the website at www.thequiltingbeeonline.com.  Suzanne brought a large selection of items from her shop for us to buy this evening.  It was wonderful!!  Can you say ROAD TRIP!!  Lakewood, here we come!! A huge thank you to Suzanne!!

President’s Report:  President Chris Yoo reminded everyone to please remember to give Cindy ideas for lecturers, teachers, trunk shows, etc.  If you are hesitant to suggest something, put it in the Suggestion Jar during a break or on your way out. Chris also let everyone know that the 2020 President’s Postcard Challenge entry deadline has been postponed to May 2021. Please consider participating. Kelly will include a link to the challenge instructions here in the newsletter. Finally, Chris let everyone know that starting with today’s meeting she will be taking photographs of the Show-n-Tell section of our meeting so she can share it with members who are not yet ready to venture out. Chris reminded the group to make sure to let her know if they did not want their photograph taken.

Approval of the Minutes:  Chris indicated that the draft minutes from the August 2020 meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage.  When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections necessary; therefore, the minutes from the last meeting, August 2020, were approved as distributed and considered final.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report has been filed for audit by the Treasurer, Pam Scholle.  For a detailed report from the Treasurer, please review the Treasurer’s Report section of this Newsletter, which is included, by reference, in this document.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports all Committees.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: It was noted that the issue of Guild T-shirts has not been finalized.  Chris Yoo agreed and promised to move the issue up on her “to do list.”

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  As evidenced by the video Chris shared, everyone had their “A” game going this month!  We are one creative bunch of quilters!!   If you missed the video, you can see it by clicking HERE.

Hope to see YOU and your projects in October!

Next meeting:  10/8/2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

Reminders about Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  It is preferred that there are no more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family; if you are comfortable accepting a 4th person, that is just fine.  Also you are welcome to sit at the long tables along the side of the room.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.

Membership

Hello everyone,

As you know, our dues run from September to August. The updated forms will be available on the website or you will be able to get them at the meetings. Dues are NOT going up, they are still $25 for the whole year!! If you don’t want to attend a meeting just yet, you can mail your form and check to us at:

Karen Neuschaefer
313 Augusta dr
Elyria, oh 44035

Thank you everyone for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the future. Stay safe and healthy,

Karen and Marilyn

Marcy Delavan

Just a brief note regarding Community Service. I have been in contact with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. They provide beds for children in need in Lorain County. I mentioned quilts and pillow cases. They have just started a new chapter and once it gets going they will contact me. I have also seen all the great ideas on the facebook page from you all. Keep those ideas coming. I’m planning to have some kits ready on Thursday. See you then!

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Lorain County Piecemakers monthly report:

Guild Balance                $9,639.41
Quilts of Valor                $1,220.92
Total in Checking           $10,860.33
Certificates    17 month  $2,043.79
July 23, 2021 Maturity
7 month   $1,514.33
May 3, 2021 Maturity

The books for last year have been turned over for audit and we should have a report at our October meeting.  I also request that we use the same budget as last year since we had not used as much due to not meeting for three months.   Those present agreed. I also informed those present that this was my last year as treasurer.  I will continue for the year of 20-21 and work with Lori who will take over next fall.  We are putting her on the checking accounts as a signor along with Chris and me this year.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

How did your quilting journey begin?  Was it a friend who talked you into taking a quilting class with them?  Did someone gift you with a quilt and you wanted to be able to do the same?  Or like myself, did you have a very patient grandma who took pity on the 8 year old who wanted to sew.

And what was that first “project”?  Mine was a nine patch block.  I have no idea what ever became of it but it is not on the UFO list so that’s a relief I guess.

Sometimes it is good to take a look back on the journey, if only to see how far you’ve come.  That is an especially good idea when you are facing something new.  Our October challenge was to try a new thing.  I’m still not sure what mine will be yet.  Creating my first Zoom meeting is pretty hard to show and tell.  And that using of the Bitmoji can’t really count either in my opinion.  So, we’ll just see if I manage to find something new.  If not, the instapot is still in the box….

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: The sunshine committee is sad that the sunsets are arriving earlier in the evenings.

Newsletter Update:
Yesterday (10/1), MaryAnn Grayson shared that Cheryl Majewski had a fall.  Today’s mail has a card for her.

Today (10/2), Sue Schillig called to say Deb Beard’s mom has passed away.  A sympathy card is ready for Deb.  I will send it today.

Kind thoughts for our gals.

Fondly, Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

October Birthdays
Mike Shimandle – Oct 1
Tina Bowers – Oct 10
Lynette Thomson – Oct 23
Chris Yoo – Oct 25
Judy Riggle – Oct 25
Christine Bereznay – Oct 28
Bobbie Bruck – Oct 28
Carolyn Bradley – Oct 30

Programs/Workshops

Fellow Guild members,
This month we are in for a treat, No tricks involved!

“How did this become a UFO? : six common traps and how to avoid them.”

Our program is presented by  Susan Schillig. Here is a little about her:

I have been quilting all of my adult life and bits and pieces before that.  As I’m nearing the Medicare window, that is plenty of years.  I began with scissors and cereal box templates, progressed to the rotary cutter and have dabbled in computer generated patterns.  I am a traditional quilter who is not good with following a pattern’s directions exactly and like to play with color enough to never   use the “designated” fabrics with a pattern.

I have been married for 41 years to the same man.  Most everyone in my family has been or is currently a quilter, for the exception of a few of the guys.  Grandchildren are more interested in fabric than they have any normal right to be.  Grandma is trying to learn to share.  I have made more quilting mistakes than some people have made quilts, and I have quilting friends that have on more than one occasion bailed me out of a quilting emergency.   When not quilting I am in the garden or the kitchen or helping my parents who often think they can do more than their age suggests.

Please join us for the fun!
Cindy

PS Ladies I really need help with programs in November and December. We can not do our pot luck for Christmas so we need a program! Sue stepped up and is helping this month. I’m sure there are others who could share too. Please email cindykraft2211@yahoo.com

Challenges

UFO Challenge

It’s fall, have you been working on UFOs? I have been! 2 more completed and hopefully another done soon. We are up to 37 items completed off the lists as of the September meeting. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email or bring it for show and tell.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were passed out at the August meeting, what wonderful fat quarters everyone picked out! I can’t wait to use mine in one of my projects. Please think about participating next year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others!

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for August-September and due in October is learn something new and make something! It could be a new technique, now hobby – entirely up to you! Any size is great!  A new challenge will be announced at the October meeting.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

A few of the cool, crisp days of autumn had me dreaming of apple picking, cozy socks, carving a pumpkin, and bowl of steaming chili.  I have thrown open the windows a few times to enjoy the sweet smell of the season.  The shortening of the days and the cooling of the weather always bring a smile to my face.  You might catch a glimpse of that grin were it not for this dreaded face mask; but I digress.  I refuse to let COVID ruin my favorite time of the year.

Fall is a wonderful time, and I find I’m most creative between September and November.  I sit at my sewing machine, with the window thrown open and gaze out at the changing trees and think of all the projects I need to make for the holidays. Sadly, reality slips into my thoughts, and I start to wonder if traveling to see my many nieces and nephews is really the best thing to do this year.  So, I start thinking of things I can make that can easily be mailed.  Stupid COVID.

We all need to shake off reality for a second, and just enjoy this moment and the time we have.  We need to set ourselves up for a happy holiday season, and we all need to continue to do our best to stay healthy.  Just remember that we are in this together. So, reach out and connect with your people—no matter what that looks like this year.

Happy Autumn.
Happy Halloween.
Happy Fall Y’all.

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized  that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink  or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.

Sincerely,

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

Happy Fall!
I’ve been missing everyone and our meetings!

We have been busy though and have awarded three QoVs in
spite of COVID. Our own Vicki Morris has been sewing mightily on her own to make quilts for QoV. She will award those quilts for Veterans Day. TBD Thank you Vicki your time and effort is greatly appreciated !!!!

I am also very happy to report that our group in now a OFFICIAL MEMBER once again of Quilts of Valor. If you would like to join on your individually, go to
QUILTSOFVALORFOUNDATION.ORG.  All the information is there on the website.

The list for recipients continues to grow. If you would like to make a top on your own we welcome you to do that. There are free patterns on the above mentioned website. There may be a sew day in our future….. February is the month for the  national sew day. We’ll discuss and get back to you.

Once again we thank you for all your support of our Quilts of Valor group!!

As always,
SewHappy,
Kaye

September 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 1 – September 10, 2020

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
Communication Committee: 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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and greeted visitors.

Program:  The program this evening was presented by Elizabeth Bauman who serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Hiram College.  Betsy as she likes to be called, is a teacher and artist whose love of fabric, drama and history led her to the theatre and a career as a costume designer. She brings her knowledge of fashion history and sewing construction together with her sense of color, line and shape to help actors tell a story. These are the same things that draw her to work as a quilt artist.

Betsy presented a fabulous trunk show, everything from traditional to modern to art quilts, to, well, just about everything and anything!  Her unique style and flair were evident.  It was plain to see and hear that her quilts were admired by all, especially when a loud oooohhhhh, aaaaah, was heard floating across the room.

A huge thank you to Betsy for sharing her talent, her gift, and her obvious love for the art of quilting!

President’s Report:  Chris Yoo began by giving a HUGE thank you to Marcy Delavan for stepping up to Chair the Community Service Committee, which allows the outgoing Chairperson, Ruth Groot, the opportunity to step down knowing the committee is in good hands.  Chris also thanked Ruth for the wonderful work she has done during her time as Chairperson.  Finally, thanked everyone for coming out this evening as there was a nice group of around 35.   For those not in attendance, Chris noted here for the minutes that everyone was wearing a mask and minding social distance rules that are in place.  We will beat back COVID sooner rather than later if we all keep this up!

Approval of the Minutes:  Chris Yoo indicated that the minutes from the July 2020 meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage.  When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections; therefore, the minutes from the last meeting, July 2020, were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle was not at the meeting but she did pass along the treasurer’s report to Chris Yoo for reporting.  It was noted that the total in checking was $9,935.33.  Chris noted that the treasurers report would be filed for audit.

Committee Reports:  The membership heard reports from all Committees.  Committees will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  It was so inspiring to see the wonderful quilts and quilted projects on display this evening!!  In case no one has told you this lately—YOU ARE ALL SO TALENTED !!!!

Next meeting:  9/10/2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

Reminders about Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  It is preferred that there are no more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family; if you are comfortable accepting a 4th person, that is just fine.  Also you are welcome to sit at the long tables along the side of the room.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.
Membership

Hello everyone,

As you know, our dues run from September to August. The updated forms will be available on the website or you will be able to get them at the meetings. Dues are NOT going up, they are still $25 for the whole year!! If you don’t want to attend a meeting just yet, you can mail your form and check to Karen.

Thank you everyone for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the future. Stay safe and healthy,

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

No Report

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Guild Balance                                   $ 9,289.41
Quilts of Valor                                     $1,220.92
Home of Brave move to QOV
Total in checking                              $ 10,510.33

CDs
17 month  $2,043.79      mat.  July 23, 2021
7 month     $1,514.33      mat   May 3, 2021

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I hope all of you are still getting some quilting projects worked on.  Summer is not my normal sewing time, only snatches here and there.  I’ve had a binding to sew on for over a month now and a quilt layered ready to machine quilt. But, the nearly 4 bushel of tomatoes in the garage and other gardening pursuits are cramping my quilting style and making it hard to believe I’ll actually meet my goal of 20 quilts in 2020.  Even if I don’t, what I’ve accomplished this year is not too shabby.  It is good to take time to reflect on our accomplishments sometimes and not only on our UFO’s.  Hope this rainy day will give you a few hours of sewing peace.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: I have been aiming to supply a few cheerful songs, graphics lately.

Newsletter Update:
Susan Thornton let us know Keri Celik has some foot surgery.  We popped a card into the mail for her.  Keri, here is hoping you are dancing at your quilting machine soon.

September 1st, Kaye Koler’s father, Raymond Pope, passed away.  Kaye’s sister, Joy Zickefoose, has been a Piecemaker member.    I have sent a card “Wishing You Peace”
to Kaye September 2nd.  We are so sorry for your loss Kaye and Joy!!!

Fondly, Val Watring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQetemT1sWc

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

September Birthdays
Genny Dangerfield
Judy Fiest
Terri Girz-Kiedrowski
Dorothy (Dot) Glover
Sandi Morse
Anne Schaefer
Fran Weber

Programs/Workshops

September Program
We will be joined by Suzanne Bednarchik from the Quilting Bee, At 15709 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood, OH. It is a gathering place for Quilters of all experience. Established in 2019, the shop offers fabric From Moda, RJR/Cotton +Steel, and Clothworks to name a few. Also notions, Patterns, longarm services and memory Quilts. Suzanne, the shop owner, Will be our guest as the speaker at our September meeting and will share some of the shop’s favorite items. Please join us.
Cindy

Challenges

UFO Challenge

With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 30 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email or bring it for show and tell.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were passed out at the August meeting, what wonderful fat quarters everyone picked out! I can’t wait to use mine in one of my projects. Please think about participating next year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others!

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for August-September and due in October is learn something new and make something! It could be a new technique, now hobby – entirely up to you! Any size is great!  A new challenge will be announced at the October meeting.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

One of the highlights of each guild meeting is the Show & Tell time when members proudly display the quilts and other projects they have made. Those who are in attendance each meeting truly enjoy these projects, and we all receive inspiration from each of them.  I would encourage everyone who plans on attending a meeting to bring something to share.  It does not have to be quilting, but it should be fiber arts.  Many of us have multiple hobbies, so please share your quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, rug hooking, embroidery, etc.  Why?

When fellow quilters share their work and tell us a little bit about the process they have used, they are helping others to be inspired to try new techniques or color combinations in their quilts. This is a great way to help your fellow quilter to break out of their “box” of quilting knowledge.

When you show your project and tell what tools you used for your construction start letting us know about tools that worked well for you, or ones you found challenging and not worth the money.  We have all looked at tools at shows or online and wondered if there were really as good as they were marketed to be, so by sharing your experiences using these tools, others will know if they should save their money for something else or that this would be a great purchase for them.

When you show your project, you can ask for advice!  Have you been working on a quilt and you just keep feeling like it needs “something else” but you can’t decide what that is? Show and Tell can be the perfect time to ask for feedback and ideas of what that “extra little something” could be. We would all be happy to help!

When you show your project, you are helping motivate others to do the same.  Let’s face it, there are some people who are ever present at meetings, but they are shy, or concerned that their work “isn’t good enough”.  But, by seeing that there are lots of people sharing their quilts and fiber projects at all different skill levels, you may encourage them to share for the first time, so go forth and show that beautiful art that you have created and invite your friends to do the same.  There are no quilt police here.  So please consider sharing a project.

Finally, because there are many of our members not ready to venture out, I would like to start taking photos of the Show-n-Tell and share it with our members who are at home.  I will always ASK before I take a photo, but hopefully you will join me in helping to share the love with those members who cannot join us at guild.

Quilt on, Stitch On, and Rock on!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized  that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink  or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.

Sincerely,

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show

Quilts of Valor>Kaye Koler

No Report

August 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 12 – August 13, 2020

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
Communication Committee: 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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. sharp President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone back!!  Tonight, marked the first meeting since the Pandemic was declared in late March 2020.

Program:  Tonight, we had the pleasure of hosting Darlene and Mike from Mom’s Sewing Basket.   Darlene shared a fabulous quilt-as-you-go technique using new Hexagon templates in various sizes.  It was absolutely fascinating and I believe I speak for many of us when I say my mind was racing with all the endless possibilities using these templates!  Darlene shared that you can watch a Missouri Star Quilt Youtube video on how to use these wonderful templates.  Thanks Darlene!!  Oh, and there was shopping…wonderful shopping!!  If you are interested in the video, click HERE.

President’s Report:  Chris gave everyone a virtual hug and let them know how very happy she was to see their faces, even though they were covered with masks.  Chris shared that she has kept busy during the Pandemic so far, as she has been blessed to be able to continue to work her day job AND she has taken up a new hobby of cross stitching.

Chris reported that they had 11 people today at the annual Christmas in July event and good times were had by all.  She showed an example of the quick and easy holiday ornaments that everyone made today and several people had items for the show and tell.  It was a happy, jolly, and joy filled day.  If you would like the instructions on how to make the ornament, Chris has included a Youtube video tutorial HERE.

Chris also shared that the Community Service Chairperson, Ruth Groot is stepping down at the end of August so we need a new chairperson.  Chris explained to the group the duties of the position and asked if someone would please consider taking on this very rewarding role for the guild.  Everyone joined Chris in thanking Ruth for everything she has done in this role!!

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the March 2020 meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage.  When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections; therefore, the minutes from the last meeting, March 2020, were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, was not present today.  The treasurer’s report is on file for audit at any time.

Committee Reports:  The membership heard reports from all Committees.  Committees will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter.

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  Although we were a small group of around 25, I was delighted to see so many wonderful projects.  However, I’m not sure why I am surprised since we have all been keeping busy during the Pandemic.

Next meeting:  8/13/2020 @ 7:00 p.m.  Speaker will be Elizabeth Bauman with an entirely NEW program!    Chris noted that as long as the hall will allow meetings and as long as there is no mandatory shelter in place order, the guild will continue to meet and attendance, as always, is 100% optional.

Reminders about Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  No more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family.  Please avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.

Membership

Hello everyone,

As you know, our dues run from September to August. The updated forms will be available on the website or you will be able to get them at the meetings. Dues are NOT going up, they are still $25 for the whole year!! If you don’t want to attend a meeting just yet, you can mail your form and check to us at:

Karen Neuschaefer
313 Augusta dr
Elyria, oh 44035

Thank you everyone for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the future. Stay safe and healthy,

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

I am very happy to let everyone know that Marcy Delavan is now in charge of Community Service. She will need our help, so let’s all support her.

She will do a wonderful service to our Guild.

Ruth

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

On file, Contact Chris Yoo or Pam Scholle with questions.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

It is always this time of year that I wonder if I’ll ever finish another quilt.  They just sit there, gathering dust, as I garden and cook and can and take care of the hens and ducks.  I’d like to know why I get the summer quilting doldrums every year but I do.  This year I’m trying to finish 20 quilts in 2020.  I’m feeling a little pressure to get SOMETHING finished, but apparently not quite enough.  Hopefully fall will give me the renewed energy I need to get back on track. Anyone else have a time of year when quilting just doesn’t happen?

Piecefully,  Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Yippeeeeee…we had a meeting in July!     Meeting minutes: nothing new at this time.

Newsletter Update:
Good news:  Karin Knox had surgery recently and is home on the mend and doing well.  We sent Karin a card from the guild.   Karin, we are wishing you a comfortable recovery.

Fondly, Val Watring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQetemT1sWc

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

August Birthdays
Barbara Cowger-Vilagi
Karin Kollar
Valerie Watring

Programs/Workshops

Piecemakers,
Our August meeting will bring us Elizabeth Bauman who serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Hiram College.

Betsy is a teacher and artist whose love of fabric, drama and history led her to the theatre and a career as a costume designer. She brings her knowledge of  fashion history and sewing construction together with her  sense of color, line and shape to help actors tell a story. These are the same things that draw her to work as a quilt artist.

TRUNK SHOW     Betsy will bring quilts and talk about where her design ideas came from and how she approaches construction techniques for each of them. Her work ranges from traditional with a twist, to whimsical themes, to innovative art quilts.  Please join us at 7PM on August 13. Remember your mask!

SEPTEMBER 10    Suzanne Bednarchik, The Quilting Bee, Lakewood, Ohio Suzanne will share all about this new shop and their online store.

PROGRAM UPDATE   Last week I attended the first of three online meeting of The Global Quilt Connection. This is a group of over 90 teachers who are working together to facilitate online classes for guilds. I will have lots more to announce at our September meeting.

During this time when many of us are not comfortable attending a “live” lecture or workshop it would offer an alternative. It would also offer the ability to have guests from across the country without the concern of travel or lodging bills for the guild. I will let you know what I learn.

Have a great month,
Cindy Kraft

Challenges

UFO Challenge

With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 22 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters are due back to me at the August meeting, if necessary we will move that back to the September meeting. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful fabrics everyone has picked out!

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for March-July is NAME TAGS!  We had 1 person that created a new name tag! A new challenge will be announced at the August meeting.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo
Well, it has finally sunk in that our 2020 Quilt Show is not going to happen.  Back in March, like many people, I thought this would all be over soon.  Well, I would say that I was naive, but since we have never been through anything like this, I don’t feel so bad for thinking otherwise.   So many things have cancelled this year.  I was sulking over all the events that am missing personally, then I came across the headline in a recent Forbes Magazine article which read, “Coronavirus Cancellation Tracker: More Than 83 Million Affected After Events Cancelled or Rescheduled.”  Over 83 million?!  Good gravy!!    I’m just one little peep.  Boy, a lot of disappointment out there.

Well, I have to always try to put a positive spin on everything, as that is part of my coping mechanism.  I don’t know about you, but I often think planning for an event or bucket list vacation can be just as much fun as experiencing the event (or vacation).  However, planning lasts longer and so does your expectation and anticipation.  The event itself is often over before you can blink an eye.  You are left reeling afterwards thinking, “Is it really over already?!?…come on man, really!?!”

So, we have rescheduled our quilt show for next year, September 10, 11, and 12 of 2021.  We have more time to prepare, more time to plan, more time to make wonderful fiber arts and quilts.  We have more time to anticipate how much fun it will be to celebrate the glorious hobby we all share in common.

I for one cannot imagine going through this pandemic without a hobby…can you?!?!  So many of my co-workers and family members were saying how “bored” they were shortly after the shelter in place order was first issued.  All I could do was slap my forehead and say, “Geez, get a hobby people!!”    LOL, but this is coming from a woman with one too many hobbies!!  I am never, ever bored.  I don’t even really know what that means.  We are so very lucky to enjoy creating.

Ladies and gentlemen, things are still crazy out there, but Lorain County has gone down one level from 3 to level 2, and the Townhall is still letting us meet, at least as I type this.  We are not a huge group, and the hall is gigantic, and the last I checked, we are all responsible adults who will wear masks, social distance, and practice good personal hygiene.  So as long as things don’t get out of hand, and we are still permitted in the hall, I’ll be there.  I have to make a giant quilt for my sister ASAP so if I can get the fabric washed, I’ll be there on August 13th, all day, doing the crazy quilting dance of cutting up perfectly good fabric, just to sew it all back together again.

Stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.  Quilt on, stitch on, and rock on!!

Your Pres,  Chris Yoo

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized  that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink  or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.

Sincerely,

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show