August 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 12 – August 8, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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 On July 11, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There was one visitor this evening.
 
Program:  Evening:  Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate
Day Workshop:  Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July. 
 
President’s Report:  Chris thanked everyone for participating in the Christmas in July Event and the QOV workshop.  Quite a lot of fun was had by all. I want to encourage people to participate in events like we had today. Also, if there are events you think we should have, please take 5 minutes to make a note and toss it in the suggestion box.  I would ask that you use the suggestion box instead of telling me so I don’t forget.  I would encourage you to support our workshops so we can continue to attract teachers.
 
Vice President, Secretary and Treasure – They are a good job to do with more than one person, so if you are interested in doing it on a part-time basis, please get in touch with Susan.
 
Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the June 13, 2019 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.
 
Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $9,993.95 with Quilts of Valor at $1,395.56 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Today Pam put the deposit down to reserve our room for the 2020-2021 year. Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.
 
It is that time to look at our budget planning for next year so we need to know if there should be any changes in finances to you or other committees.  So committee chairs, please touch base with Pam on your individual budgets.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen is not present at the moment but Chris reminded everyone that she will be collecting membership dues in September. Dues will not be going up and are still $25 per Membership year.
 
Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth reported that there were 20 pillowcases, 14 finished quilts, 6 quilts need binding and 3 sewn quilt tops, all turned in within one month. WOW…thank you all.  It has become a community project and it is not all on me.  Thank you.  I will be waiting till after the Fair to distribute the donations. I also have packages that need to be taken home to cut. Please help yourself…it is very much appreciated.
 
Lorain County Fair:  (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) If you are going to enter anything in the Fair…enter it…it doesn’t need to be exact. I want to encourage all to enter to something because now in our department we are going to have hookers and weavers and we don’t want them to outshine us. If you have something that doesn’t have a category look in department 10 under crafts. If you have any questions on how to enter anything, please give me (Ruth) a call. Deadline to enter anything in the Fair is August 5th at 5:00 p.m. Next month I will have sign-up sheet to helpers and demonstrators.
 
Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) We had 33 people working on quilts for QOV and will be showing the quilt tops at Show and Tell.  I would like to thank everyone that came out today to help out with QOV.  We had a great time this afternoon.
 
Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No report at this time. 
 
Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Keep working on your UFO’s challenges. Fat Quarter Exchange is done.  We will be doing sign-ups again in January for the Fat Quarter Exchange.
 
Challenges are: the President’s Challenge, Attic Windows Quilt Challenge and the Miniature Quilt Challenge…more details to follow on the Miniature Quilt Challenge.
 
Chris stated that she is starting to get worried about participation in the President’s Challenge and has been extended another month. So now they are due in September.  I have committed us to the Lake Farm Park show…PLEASE join me in the President’s Challenge.
 
Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.
 
Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  FYI there will be a $20 fee, when you sign up for classes for an outside instructor.
 
JULY
Evening Program:  Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate
Day Workshop:  Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July  – 10 to 4 p.m., brown bag lunch, guild will supply drinks and snacks and there will be several Christmas songs, games and prizes. If participating, please bring one holiday theme fat quarter which will be placed in a basket for a drawing. Come and make holiday gifts for your family or help out QOV as they will be having a sew day.
 
AUGUST
Evening Program:  Lecture by Mary Roesch
Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti
 
SEPTEMBER
Evening Program:  Kelly Beutler
Day Workshop:  Jelly Roll Rug with Joanne Hubbard
 
OCTOBER
Evening Program:  Lecture by Barbara Smith
Day Workshop:  Mystery Quilt with Jeri Fickes
 
NOVEMBER
Evening Program:  Lecture by Kori Turner
Day Workshop:  N/A
 
DECEMBER
Evening Program:  Potluck
Day Workshop:  N/A
 
RETREAT
October 27 – October 30th. –  ZINK IN BERLIN
We will start taking deposits in July.
 
Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Please sign card on back table for Julie which has had hip surgery.   I will be sending card out this week. Send two cards out this week for Barbara Leonis’ husband and Libby which had back surgery.
 
Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.
 
New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements:  Kaye is selling raffle tickets for a quilt that she has quilted for the restoration of the stain glass windows at her church. The Old Uniontown Quilt Guild is having their quilt show Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Five dollars at the door, vendors, etc. Located at the Kroc Center, 527 East Liberty St, Ashland, OH
 
There are hand-outs on the table of: Upcoming Community Events – Road Trips!!!  Please pick one up. 
 
Nominating Committee, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Sue Schillig are seeking candidates for the office of Vice President, Secretary, and an apprentice/intern to work with Pam and become familiar with the Treasurer’s duties. Please contact either Barb or Sue if you are interested. 
 
Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you.
 
Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.
 
Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects. 
 
Show and Tell:  We had 7 quilts, 1 table runners and many QOV quilt tops.
 
Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:15 p.m. 
 
Next Meeting:  Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Community Service Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle 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.

August Birthdays
Mary Lou Brown
Barbara Cowger-Vilagi
Karin Kollar
Valerie Watring

Program

Evening Program:  Lecture by Mary Roesch

Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti

 

 

Workshops

If you are planning on attending the workshops in September or October, please remember there is a $20 fee due at the time you sign up. This fee helps to offset the cost of the instructor. For the August workshop there is some prep work that needs to be done before the class. Any questions, email me at quietlyquilting628@gmail.com.

Donna Garrett

Challenges

UFO Challenge

35 UFO’s have now been finished! Keep up the good work! Please remember that if you want to be in the running for a prize at the end of the year, you need to finish at least 1 UFO to be entered. 

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were sorted and returned at the June meeting. If you were not in attendance, Kelly has your bag of fat quarters. Think about participating next year, sign-ups will begin in January!

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

President’s Challenge
Per our last meeting the 2019 President’s Challenge deadline was EXTENDED until the September meeting.  If you have yours done for August, please bring it and remember rule #11.  You need to Write out a short story (on paper) that describes WHY or HOW this quilt embodies WHO you are.  That story will be displayed alongside your quilt.  Do NOT include your name in the story.  Keep it relatively short, but include important details.  Also, a story can be a couple of sentences.  You don’t have to be novelist.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

For my note this month I would like to state the obvious…IT’S AUGUST ALREADY!!  Writing these monthly notes seems to make time fly for me.  But I think we ALL feel it.  I remember something my mom said over and over again, “Blink your eyes and it’s 6 months from now.”  I remember walking around blinking my eyes like a fool as a kid, hoping I would grow up faster.  If I had only known…right?
 
I starting researching whether or not we could make time SLOW DOWN.  Sure, I know we cannot literally do this, but since time does not literally fly, perhaps we can at least make it seem like time slows down.  During my research I came across this guy named David Eagleman.  He is not just any ordinary guy; he is a Neuroscientist and author. He says, “The way we estimate duration has a lot to do with how much memory we’ve laid down.” 
 
David says it is truly within our power to slow down the perception of time.  We cannot literally make our lives longer, but we CAN make it seem longer. I think you’ll understand what he means when you think of it this way.  Have you ever been on a nice vacation or retreat and at the end you said, “Boy we were only there for a week, but I felt like we were gone forever.”  I’ve said those very words before.  David says all that new adventure slowed down your perception of time because you laid down more memories.   He encourages us, especially as we get older, to seek out new horizons and new “firsts.” 
 
We don’t have to do big things like traveling; we just need to make small changes in our lives or routines to “shake up our neural circuits.”  David said start out slow like switching the wrist on which you wear your watch, rearranging the furniture in your home, driving a different way to the places you go most often.  Switch things up.

I’ve starting looking for ways to switch up my routines.  Once I started, I found tons of ways to mix things up.  Heh, if this helps me re-capture what David calls “my youthful curiosity” and allows me to perceive that time is slowing, I’m all in people!! 

Chris

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Sometimes in our enthusiasm for all things quilt, we create for ourselves some really impossible  tasks.  I am very guilty of starting these sorts of things.  At the time they seem easy.  Make all my nieces and nephews a tshirt quilt?  Well of course I can!  There are only 6 of them! (Only 3 more to go and one of those is nearly finished).  Why of course I’ll be making my grandchildren baby quilts– there were seven of those!  They need twin bed quilts–okay, another seven, with only 3 more of those to go!  But, be wary of the style!  The first two granddaughters I made flower garden quilts for, so the next 3 (didn’t know I was going to have 5 granddaughters at the time) will need theirs too.  It will take well over 100 flowers for the 3 quilts (I think 138 whole flowers and 18 half flowers).  I still have 48 to make, plus some halves, plus putting together the 3.  Fortunately I can piece them on the machine.  Unfortunately it still takes a long time.   So…  the next time I start thinking of a quilt that ALL of a particular group of people will be receiving, I think I’ll start with a look at the ones I’ve already made.  It might be time to start passing those around!

Piecefully,

Sue Schillig

PS.  We are still looking for more officers for the guild.  PLEASE consider helping!!!!!!

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring Thank you for signing a card for Barb Leoni at the July sewing day/guild meeting.  Her husband was having surgery.

July 18, we sent a sympathy card to Cassandra Brown.  Cassandra’s mom passed away this week.  MaryAnn Grayson, I appreciate you always letting me know when to communicate.
We sent a sympathy card to Lindy Sleasman on July 22, 2019.  Her mom passed away. Thanks for the scoops Bobbie and Susan.  Here is a link for the obituary:  https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/morningjournal/obituary.aspx?n=royce-ann-oliver&pid=193412977&fhid=2948%3Cbr
 
“One benefit of summer is that each day we have more light to read by. “
           Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from July meeting.

July 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 9 – July 11, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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

On June 13, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There was one visitor this evening.

Program: Jeri Fickes – lectured on what judges look for when judging a quilt.

President’s Report Chris attended the June NEORQC meeting in Louisville, Ohio which was a great event. Molly Todd from Columbus, Ohio gave a presentation on “Turning Children’s art work into a Quilt Legacy.” She began making quilts from drawings made by critically ill children. Her story is inspiring as well as educational. I came up with a workshop for the Mono-printing on Fabric and was selected because it was unique, very interesting and it looked to be very fun. In July they will mail the 2020 getaway pamphlets to shops and guilds and all the information will be on their webpage. Registration opens September 1 and will close November 15th. At that time, the final classes will be selected upon registrations per class. I have to tell you I was SHOCKED to be among the 10 choices. If I don’t get to actually teach, honestly, that will be okay. I truly cannot believe they actually picked my class, especially since it is not a traditional quilting class. All details will be on the NEORQC page later this summer.

Minutes (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the May 9, 2019 meeting. Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $10,073.95 with Quilts of Valor at $1,395.56 and Home of the Brave at $290.91. Today Pan put the deposit down to reserve our room for the 2020-2021 year. Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) No report at this time.

Community Service (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth reported that last year we had 77 quilts and this year we have 57quilts. Last year we had 86 pillowcases this year 103 pillowcases. Pajamas last year we had 87 and this year I talked to Geneses House and they only want adult pajamas. Geneses House receives adult pajama donations from others so we are going to just continue with the quilt and pillowcase donations for this year. Ruth brought in a box with kits made up and some material to be cut for kits. If you can, please take a kit home or a bag of material to be cut for kits. Thank you. Here are some other ways you can help. We need you to cut the fabric into useable pieces, as described below: 1. Large pieces that are good for backings and bindings are ok left whole.  Fabric pieces should be at least 1/2 yard or larger. 2.  When you donate scrap fabric, please cut it into strips or squares before you donate it. 2 ½”, 4 ½”, 6 ½” strips are good for strip quilts and borders. 2 ½”, 5”, and 10” inch squares are good for blocks. If you’d like to put kits together using your scraps, put them in a zip lock baggie and mark baggie with the block sizes and number of pieces. If you’re interested in a community service kit please grab a kit on your way out. It will be very much appreciated.

Lorain County Fair (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth was just made aware of corrections that need to be made in the Fair Book and will be working on making corrections.

Quilts of Valor (Kaye Koler) We did a presentation of a quilt just before our meeting to a gentleman that lives in Wellington and was in the Air Force in World War II.  We did a presentation at the North Ridgeville VFW for three veterans and received a sizable monetary donation from the North Ridgeville FVW. We have several names and the list grows…So here is where we will need your help…getting together, sewing tops and backs together and (quilting them if any of you longarmers are willing) sharing some quality time with one another and of course enjoying a bit of food together! We will be planning another sew day because we are depleted of our supply of red, white and blue quilts. More details will follow. We will have a sew day July 11, before the meeting to make some QOV tops. If you can come out and help us, even if it is just for a little bit, please come. One QOV quilt was taken to be bound.

Youth Sewing (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Chris reported that Lynette Thomson couldn’t be here tonight. She wanted to let you know that she had a sewing event with Forward Bound – 4H Group out of North Ridgeville. She is asking anyone that knows of a 4H group, Girl Scout Troop or Boy Scout Troop to please contact her because she would love to get the youth sewing started again.

Challenges (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Those of you who are participating in the Fat Quarter Exchange your bags are here. I will be bringing the Fat Quarter bags back next month for those of you that weren’t here. Keep working on your UFO’s challenges.

President’s Quilt Challenge which is due back to Chris by August. I’m starting to get worried about participation. I have committed us to the Lake Farm Park show…PLEASE join me.

There is the Attic Windows Quilt Challenge and the Miniature Quilt Challenge…more details to follow.

Communication Committee (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My: FYI there will be a $20 fee, when you sign up for classes for an outside instructor.

JULY

Evening Program: Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate

Day Workshop: Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July – 10 to 4 p.m., brown bag lunch, guild will supply drinks and snacks and there will be several Christmas songs, games and prizes. If participating, please bring one holiday theme fat quarter which will be placed in a basket for a drawing. Come and make holiday gifts for your family or help out QOV as they will be having a sew day.

AUGUST

Evening Program: Lecture by Mary Roesch

Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti

SEPTEMBER

Evening Program: Kelly Beutler

Day Workshop: Jelly Roll Rug with Joanne Hubbard

OCTOBER

Evening Program: Lecture by Barbara Smith

Day Workshop: Mystery Quilt with Jeri Fickes

NOVEMBER

Evening Program: Lecture by Kori Turner

Day Workshop: N/A

DECEMBER

Evening Program: Potluck

Day Workshop: N/A

RETREAT October 27 – October 30th – ZINK IN BERLIN We will start taking deposits in July.

Sunshine Committee (Val Watring) Please sign card on back table for Julie which has had hip surgery. I will be sending card out this week.

Unfinished Business No report at this time.

New Business: No report at this time.

Announcements: Kaye is selling raffle tickets for a quilt that she has quilted for the restoration of the stain glass windows at her church. Don’t forget our July SUMMER POTLUCK starts as 6:30 p.m. There are hand-outs on the table of: Upcoming Community Events – Road Trips!!! Please pick one up. Kaye will be teaching at Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes – Click on link below for classes she will be teaching. https://www.quiltcampcedarlakes.com/108?fbclid=IwAR2hkt3amTykQQzvluxvzDIt0vqrWi11FDab_FCzr5x-6uAzizImUmDs4lo

Nominating Committee, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Sue Schillig are seeking candidates for the office of Vice President, Secretary, and an apprentice/intern to work with Pam and become familiar with the Treasurer’s duties. Please contact either Barb or Sue if you are interested. Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out. Thank you. Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions. Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days. It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting. Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects.

Show and Tell We had a lot of quilts this evening…We had 6 baby quilts, 2 table runners, few matching bags, 1 rug, 1 QOV quilt, 3 applique quilts, 1 summer dress, many UFO’s and 2 flower quilts.

Adjournment: Chris adjourned meeting at 9:20 p.m.

Next Meeting Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. – Potluck

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Leoni

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from June meeting.

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

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.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Thank you for signing the card at the June meeting for Julie Bragg.  We hope she found it encouraging after her hip surgery.
June 30, Vicki Morris let us know that Libby Betounes had back surgery.  We popped a note in the mail to her July 3rd.  Please sign a card for her at our July Guild meeting.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

July Birthdays
Jerri Bachna
Ruth Bradley
Dianne Clawson
Mary Ann Doucette
Carolyn Knipper
Cindy Kraft
Sharon Lutz
Alice Mawdsley
Vicki Morris
Pam Scholle
Mary Jane Toney
Beverly Tucker
Teri Walter

Program

Evening Program: Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate

Day Workshop: Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July – 10 to 4 p.m., brown bag lunch, guild will supply drinks and snacks and there will be several Christmas songs, games and prizes. If participating, please bring one holiday theme fat quarter which will be placed in a basket for a drawing. Come and make holiday gifts for your family or help out QOV as they will be having a sew day.

Workshops

If you are planning on attending the workshops in August, September or October, please remember there is a $20 fee due at the time you sign up. This fee helps to offset the cost of the instructor. For the August workshop there is some prep work that needs to be done before the class. Any questions, email Donna Garrett

Challenges

UFO Challenge

32 UFO’s have now been finished! Keep up the good work! Please remember that if you want to be in the running for a prize at the end of the year, you need to finish at least 1 UFO to be entered. 

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were sorted and returned at the June meeting. If you were not in attendance, Kelly has your bag of fat quarters.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

President’s Challenge
Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I don’t like being judged! That is battle cry heard often when people consider entering one of their treasures in a quilt show or the county fair. The first time I entered one of my quilts at a show and later read the very mild comments of constructive criticism, I took those comments waaay to personally. Honestly, I felt a little scarred from the event and vowed I would never enter another contest. However, after helping with the County Fair for several years and watching the judges agonize over their comments, I realized, they ALSO took the comments very personally and very seriously. So, I decided to get back up on the horse and entered the county fair for the first time a couple of years ago.

Someone had told me that entering a quilt show or any contest will ALWAYS make you a better quilter because if you know it is going to be judged, you will go above and beyond in order to perfect your workmanship. For instance, if you’re piecing and you notice that some of your points aren’t great, you will probably go back and fix them, or better yet, do them correctly the first time. And you’ll pay much more attention to those applique stitches, smooth curves and sharp points. I can tell you that is absolute TRUTH. I made sure every point on my star was very “pointy.” That effort paid off with a blue ribbon in the piecing category of pillows. I took my blue ribbon and $3 and strutted around like I was the Queen of England. You know what—I earned it.

Since I volunteer to help the judges in the categories where I don’t have entries, I make sure to read the comments as often as I can. Those comments are like little pieces of gold. I now finally realize it is OK to take the comments personally, because our art, our craft, is personal. I encourage everyone to enter something into the fair.

Still not convinced or ready to be judged? Then I’ll share one final analogy with you:

If your child or grandchild told you, “Grandma, I don’t want to play in my baseball game this Saturday because we’re just going to lose anyway”, you wouldn’t just say, “OK honey, then don’t play.” No, you would say, “Winning isn’t everything; you just have to get out there and do the best you can whether you win or lose.”

Having your quilts (or needlework) judged isn’t always about winning ribbons; it’s about giving it your best shot. People who consistently enter quilts in shows and contests consistently get better. I’ve seen it in my own work. Hope to see you (and your needlework) at the fair!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

You have seen this one before, but….just another quick reminder that as discussed at the last meeting our Nominating Committee, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Sue Schillig are seeking candidates for the office of Vice President, Secretary, and an apprentice/intern to work with Pam and become familiar with the Treasurer’s duties. If you have not already done so, PLEASE contact either Barb or Sue if you are interested.   If you are still considering it, but are unsure, PLEASE reach out to Barb or Sue.  They would be happy to talk with you about the positions and answer any questions you have. Thank you SO much for considering one of these positions.  Please join me as one of the officers of this fantastic guild!

Your Pres,
 Chris Yoo

Repeat Community Service Request

Hello everyone.  As you all know, Ruth is a snowbird.  She is finding that returning from Florida in the spring, she is overwhelmed by the winter donations. Since she and her husband are considering spending extra time in the warmer climates, this problem is only going to escalate.  Ruth is willing to remain chairperson, but she needs some help. Two or three volunteers who would be willing to take fabric donations in and help bag fabric pieces for quilts would be awesome.  These volunteers could also get together with Ruth and other guild members to help organize things for the community sew. Maybe someone who would be willing to pass out quilted items to have bindings added when Ruth is gone. We have been receiving enough donations; however, since they are not cut, we may need a community cut day!!! Here are some other ways you can help.

1. Large pieces that are good for backings and bindings are ok left whole.  These pieces should be at least 1/2 yd or larger.

2. When you donate scrap fabric, please cut it into strips or squares before you donate it. 2 1/2, 4 1/2, 6 1/2 strips are good for strip quilts and borders. 2 1/2, 5, and 10 inch squares are good too. We are trying to reduce the number of different sizes we get.  (This week when bagging pieces, we had 2 ½ in squares, 3 ½ in squares, 4 in, 4 ½ in, 5 in, 6 in, and 6 ½ in squares.  Imagine the confusion)

3. Solids and children’s prints are needed. There is also a shortage of boy suitable fabrics.  We have lots of florals and need fabrics to go with them.

4. If you’d like to put kits together using your scraps, just put them in a zip lock baggie with the sizes of the pieces on the baggie. The number of pieces would be helpful too.   If you used a specific pattern, put it in the baggie also. So remember, although donations are wonderful, we need you to help us by cutting the fabric into useable pieces, as described above.

Finally, PLEASE, PLEASE consider volunteering to join the Community Service Committee to help Ruth.  If you have a few hours a month to lend a hand, please sign up to help.

Thank you for your help.

Miniature Quilt Exchange

As posted on The Quilt Show Blog March 24, 2019

A Quilter from Victoria, Australia / A Quilter from Ohio, USA Exchange Quilts

Here are the quilts for the nineteenth team from the over 320 teams that participated in the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). 201 teams submitted their quilts to be a part of the Exhibition in Houston 2018 and we are featuring the 24 teams selected for the first IMQE Exhibition.

Click here to learn more about the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). Enjoy the quilts from Team 392 created by Brenda Dean and Kaye Koler.
Title of Quilt: Turtle Dreaming
Quilter’s Name: Brenda Dean

Location: Tyabb, Victoria, Australia

Separated by oceans and continents, time zones and hemispheres it’s surprising how much my quilt buddy, Kaye, and I have in common. In addition to our passion for quilting, we love sharing our skills with others. We both live by the water, enjoy time spent with our grandchildren and are both blessed with a sense of humour! We have exchanged numerous emails, shared images of our work, pictures of our family and lots of laughs! I am so happy to have Kaye as my friend! Kaye is an expert in “La Passacaglia” quilting and I decided that my quilt should be made from pieced blocks. Using Aboriginal designed fabric depicting turtles, I worked on an idea based upon the dreamtime story “WAYAMBA THE TURTLE” to illustrate our unique Australian culture. (The story is on the back of the quilt). I was inspired by Maxine Rosenthal’s book “One Block Wonders”, where each hexagonal block is unique. With careful cutting and freehand machine stitching, I made more than sixty 3-inch blocks from the one piece of fabric. I arranged the blocks in a colour and design sequence that would follow the story, beginning at the top right with blocks that represented the home camp, working clockwise to the billabong and the marshland where the women and children foraged for food. This flowed into the hunting ground and then the desert and finally the petal window showing the turtle in the creek.

Title of Quilt: Pineapple Pleasure Quilter’s Name: Kaye Koler Location: Amherst, Ohio, USA

I have done my job as a quilter if this little quilt brings joy and warmth to my partner (#392) on the other side of the world….down under in Australia. I am naturally drawn to antique quilts, a love my Gram shared with me at an early age. And yet, at the same time, the aesthetic of modern quilts continually inspires me. So mixing the two are often a great combination for me. I like to call it modern traditional. Miniatures came to the forefront of my quilting when I discovered foundation piecing more than 20 years ago. I learned I could achieve such great precision rather easily. This miniature was especially enjoyable to create for my delightful partner Brenda! It’s been a pleasure getting to know and love her! We have SO much in common even beyond quilting. A great match and mate indeed! And what better block pattern to use ….? The pineapple is the international symbol of welcome and hospitality! I added a little “sparkle” using thread around the coral and green blocks! So befitting for my
new friend and exceptional experience with the International Miniature Quilt Exchange, 2018!

May 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 8 – May 9, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers

Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes On April 11, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   We had one visitor this evening.

Program:  The program given tonight was by our President Chris Yoo, “Creating a Monoprint on Fabric with the Gelli Plate and Accessories”. Learned a lot and was very interesting and fun.

President’s Report:

Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo. Minutes: (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the March 14, 2019 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:

(Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $10,482.68 with Quilts of Valor at $1252.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  We have our two certificates to security our rooms. Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.

COMMITTEE REPORTS Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak)

Karen report that we have one new member tonight and now have a total of 93 members.  If you have any question regarding membership, please give Karen a call.

Community Service:

(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Our annual sew day for community service will be May 9th, same day as our meeting. Building opens at 10:00 a.m.  It is usually schedule for the month of June but due to a scheduling issue has been moved to the month of May this year. We will only be sewing community service projects all day. Bring sewing machine and sewing supplies to use for the day.  We will have a potluck which Ruth will be providing sloppy joes so please bring a dish to share. It was a huge success last year and we have lots of fun.

Quilts of Valor:

 (Kaye Koler) No Report at this time.

Youth Sewing:

 (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No Report at this time.

Challenges:

(Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly will be closing Fat Quarter Exchange this month and lists will be sent out in April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting. UFO Challenge – we have about ten UFO quilts completed. Other challenges are the President’s Quilt Challenge which is due back to Chris by August.

Communication Committee:

 (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:

 (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) May we will have Laura Nolletti – lecture on paper piecing and a workshop will be held later in the year. Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio will be held Sunday, April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st. Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st. two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy. Please submit $25 non-refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th. Balance due by April 21st.  Please make checks out to MaryAnn Grayson. Thank you<

Sunshine Committee:

 (Val Watring) Mary Ann Doucette lost her sister and I will be sending her a card.

Unfinished Business:

 No report at this time.

New Business:

 No report at this time.

Announcements:

Marilyn Novak appreciated and thanked everyone for the condolences of her daughter. The June meeting will NOT be held in the large hall (Cedar West) where we typically gather.  In June, due to a scheduling conflict, we have to use the Township Meeting Hall two doors East from where we typically meet.  The Meeting Hall is much smaller than Cedar West but there will be no issues with our evening lecture or meeting, but there will be reduced space during the day for open sew. Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you. Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions. Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting. Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects.

Show and Tell:

Tote – purple , blue and green, blocks that where made into a potholder and a pillow, Easter quilt, Pennsylvania basket quilt, UPF’s – scrape basket, attic window, 1900 batik circles and slice and dice quilt.

Adjournment:

 Chris adjourned meeting at 8:30 p.m.

Next Meeting:

 Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from April meeting.

Community Service Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

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.

Thank you, Dear Piecemakers

Yesterday I was reading thru a book from the 1970s I bought at my library; it has b/w photos and patterns with templates and talks about the heritage and history of quilting and beautiful old quilts and houses and museums that have them. It made me very proud I’d fallen into this world and grateful to the people who welcomed me into it.

I joined this guild when my daughter was in middle school, so ~30 years ago. At the time I admired quilts but had zero idea how to make them, plus I’d never enjoyed sewing.

I still don’t like to sew but I love to make quilts and thanks to the exposure to quilt books and patterns and ideas and resources I’ve picked up in our guild, now I can figure out how to make them well enough for my own enjoyment. You all have always been generous with help and inspiration and friendship and fun.

Thankee, gals, for one of the top five best things that ever happened to me.

Your friend, Susan Thornton

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

May Birthdays
Marianne Nolan
Iris Tewksbury
Joyce Zickefoose

Program Laura Nolletti – lecture on paper piecing and a workshop will be held later in the year.

Challenges

UFO Challenge


Wow you ladies are quick! 10 items have already been removed from UFO challenge lists! Keep up the good work!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Numbered bags were handed out at the April meeting. Please remember to turn in fat quarters (in bags) no later than the June meeting.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

President’s Challenge

Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo Everyone loves the vibrancy, the warmth, and the creative genius of quilts. That they have survived as centerpieces of American culture and tradition for centuries is really no surprise to anyone reading this message.  The warmth, charm, and creative designs of traditional and modern quilts are just as at home in a rustic house as they are in a modern apartment. Today quilts are truly appreciated for their craftsmanship and are often the subject of museum and gallery shows celebrating them as works of fine art. Some of us may think quilting is just our hobby, our way of relaxing, something we do because we must create.  However, isn’t it humbling to think that many of our creations will live on for centuries!? With every stitch, whether by hand or machine, we are becoming part of the history of textiles in America.  Everything we make tells a story of where we are at that moment in our life. So cool!! So…continue to sew and create my friends.  No matter how small your project, how simple, or how grand, each creation is a piece of history that tells a story.  I’m eager to see your stories, so I’ll end with another reminder that the 2019 President’s Quilt Challenge entries are due in August.  I hope many of your will be participating. I’ll have flyers again at the next meeting. Hope to see many of you on May 9th as we sew the day away at the 2nd Annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day! Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

Community Service Request

Hello everyone.  As you all know, Ruth is a snowbird.  She is finding that returning from Florida in the spring, she is overwhelmed by the winter donations. Since she and her husband are considering spending extra time in the warmer climates, this problem is only going to escalate.  Ruth is willing to remain chairperson, but she needs some help. Two or three volunteers who would be willing to take fabric donations in and help bag fabric pieces for quilts would be awesome.  These volunteers could also get together with Ruth and other guild members to help organize things for the community sew. Maybe someone who would be willing to pass out quilted items to have bindings added when Ruth is gone. We have been receiving enough donations; however, since they are not cut, we may need a community cut day!!! Here are some other ways you can help.

1.   Large pieces that are good for backings and bindings are ok left whole.  These pieces should be at least 1/2 yd or larger. 2.  When you donate scrap fabric, please cut it into strips or squares before you donate it.  2 1/2, 4 1/2, 6 1/2 strips are good for strip quilts and borders.  2 1/2, 5, and 10 inch squares are good too. We are trying to reduce the number of different sizes we get.  (This week when bagging pieces, we had 2 ½ in squares, 3 ½ in squares, 4 in, 4 ½ in, 5 in, 6 in, and 6 ½ in squares.  Imagine the confusion)

3. Solids and children’s prints are needed. There is also a shortage of boy suitable fabrics.  We have lots of florals and need fabrics to go with them.

4. If you’d like to put kits together using your scraps, just put them in a zip lock baggie with the sizes of the pieces on the baggie. The number of pieces would be helpful too.   If you used a specific pattern, put it in the baggie also.  So remember, although donations are wonderful, we need you to help us by cutting the fabric into useable pieces, as described above. Finally, PLEASE, PLEASE consider volunteering to join the Community Service Committee to help Ruth.  If you have a few hours a month to lend a hand, please sign up to help. See you on May 20th during the day for the 2nd annual Judy Riggle Community “Cut” and “Sew” day (lunch potluck). Thank you for your help.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee

Val Watring

April 13, 2019 we sent a sympathy card to Mary Ann Doucette. Mary Ann’s sister passed away in Florida.

April 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 7 – April 11, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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 On March 14, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   We had two visitors and two new members this evening.

Program   Dee Hart – My Quilt, My Life was here to give a workshop on coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons and a trunk show.

President’s Report:   I think it is important to represent the guild at the IX Center and next year when we have a raffle quilt displayed on the table it will be more important to have volunteers.  Because we have to have guild member represent the guild in order to get a table. We don’t have a table this year but we were offered a table but we don’t have anything to display on the table.  It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer this year.  There are lots of simple things you can sign up to do.

I received six tickets for the IX Show for free admittance for our representation last year.  There were six lucky winners that received the tickets to go to the IX Show.  I want to thank everyone that volunteered at the IX Show.

Minutes: (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the February 14, 2019 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $10,979.56 with Quilts of Valor at $1205.15 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  We have our two certificates to security our rooms.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen report that we have one new member tonight and now have a total of 93 members.  We will be getting our NEORQC membership shortly and as soon as I get those I will be passing them out.

Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported that Ruth will be back the first part of April and we will get going on community service again. I would like to thank everybody that brought in donations of quilts, pillow, cuddle dolls, batting, toiletries and fabrics tonight and wants to remind everyone that our annual sew day for community service will be May 9th, same day as our meeting. Building opens at 10:00 a.m.  It is usually schedule for the month of June but due to a scheduling issue has been moved to the month of May this year. We will only be sewing community service projects all day, please bring food to share.  It was a huge success last year and we have lots of fun.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Teri thanked everyone who signed up to become a member of QOV.  We will be getting ready to give a presentation in May.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No Report at this time.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly will be closing Fat Quarter Exchange this month and lists will be sent out in April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.

UFO Challenge – we have about ten UFO quilts completed. Other challenges are the President’s Quilt Challenge which is due back to Chris by August.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) April program is to be announced and in May we will have Laura Nolletti – lecture on paper piecing and a workshop will be held later in the year.

Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio will be held Sunday, April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st. Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st. two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy.

Please submit $25 non-refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th. Balance due by April 21st.  Please make checks out to MaryAnn Grayson.  Thank you

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time

Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.

New Business:  North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild have stopped taking bags of scraps so I will be announcing when I will be collecting bags of scraps so I don’t get overloaded with too many bags of scraps. Pat Catan’s will be closing…Fabric sold by the bolt is 50% off and 30% by the yardage.

Announcements:  Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you.

Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.

Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects. 

Show and Tell:  Several Crayola Crayon wall-hangings – from workshop, Flower quilt, Dog quilt, Quilt from cruise, Christmas Pickle quilt,  Tote bag made from shirt and jeans, Lots of UFO’s – Blue, Black & White Star quilt, Checkered quilt, Fireside quilt and a Paper pieced red, yellow quilt.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:25 p.m. 

Next Meeting:  Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from March meeting.

Community Service Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

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.

Quilts of Valor Kaye Koler
I’d like to thank everyone who signed up for the Quilts of Valor membership!  We have some new members as well as renewals ! Thank you! You should have received an email confirming your membership. If not please let me know.

And a BIG thank you to Teri Walter for handling membership sign ups in my absence. Very much appreciated Teri!

sewHappy,
Kaye

The final summary is in! We are well on our way toward 300,000 service members and veterans being awarded a Quilt of Valor—one quilt and one recipient at a time—thanks to YOU! You also ‘counted what counts’ and here is the final summary

  • Over 4,100 of you—more than double of last year—volunteered to sew, quilt (longram or machine quilt), cut, press, and beyond!
    • About 3,000 represent almost one-third of the current QOVF membership
    • About 1,000 represent first-time volunteers
  • You represented the entire United States as well as Australia and Canada
  • The final ‘counts’ reported as of  February 19:
    • Tops: 617.5
    • Quilts: 276
    • QOVF Block Drive Blocks (Floating Ohio Star): 3,853
    • Other Blocks: 4,179

In just one day, you created about 1,297 comforting and healing Quilts of Valor for America’s finest service members and veterans.

Click Here for inspiring and fun comments from NSD participants; the list of prize winners; and our sew day supporters that provided almost $5,000.00 in prizes. You will not want to miss participating in next year’s National Sew Day on February 1, 2020!

April Birthdays
Judy Echeagaray
Georgia Forbush
Ruth Groot
Kaye Koler
Barbara Leoni
Helen Smelser
Barbara Spieker
Audrey Spreng
Mary Wallhead

Program

Monoprinting on Fabric

Challenges

UFO Challenge


Wow you ladies are quick! 17 items have already been removed from UFO challenge lists! Keep up the good work!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Lists were sent out last week, numbered bags will be handed out at the April meeting. Turn in fat quarters (in bags) no later than the June meeting.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

President’s Challenge

Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo.

Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio

Greetings one and all. The Retreat will be held Sunday April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR   Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy. Please submit $25 non refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th.  Balance due by April 21st. Thank you
MaryAnn

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Ready to Represent?!

Our guild is great because we have many wonderful members who work together to get things done, like our wonderful quilt show!  One of the greatest ways to enjoy our guild is to jump in and help MAKE things happen.  One of the BEST ways to do this is to volunteer to be an officer.  You do not have to reinvent the wheel as the jobs are very well organized.

I’ve included a list of the current officers and a quick summary of the duties of these elected positions below. Feel free to contact the current officers if you want more information.  The term of each office is 2 years.

President:  The President presides at all meetings and has the power to call special meetings when necessary and appoint the chairperson of standing committees.  The President shall also be authorized to sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer.  Current:  Chris Yoo.   I have served 2 years in this position.  Although I am happy to sit another 2 years, I personally believe that everyone should step up to lead the guild at one time or other. 

Vice President:  The Vice Present assume the duties of the President in their absence and is the responsible for securing programs and workshops for the guild. Current:  Donna Garrett.  Donna has served two years in this position and she is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new VP this year.

Secretary:  The Secretary keeps a complete and permanent record of all meetings by taking minutes each month, which are presented in the monthly newsletter.  Current:  Barb Leoni.  Barb has served two years in this position and she is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new Secretary this year.

Treasurer:  The Treasurer handles all organization monies including but not limited to recording receipts and disbursements authorized by the membership, closing the books each August 31st for audit, creating an annual budget; securing the meeting facility and obtaining appropriate insurance forms each year, and preparing all necessary tax filings.  The treasurer will need a working knowledge of Excel or similar program.  Current:  Pam Scholle. Pam has held this position for a LONG time and is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new Treasurer this year.

The guild bylaws state that the current President is to appoint a Nominating committee at the June meeting then a slate of officers will be presented and an election held at the July meeting.  The new officers will assume their duties at the at the end of the August meeting.

If you are interested in one of the above positions, please contact me or the current officers directly to find out more.  No one is going anywhere so we will all be here to help you!  Once the nominating committee is formed in June, all officer candidates will be asked to confirm their interest at that time.

Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

It is about this time of year that the UFO challenge begins to seem a little daunting.  I’ve worked a couple months and have a couple finished projects. But then life starts to interfere and the finishes keep coming ever so much more slowly. It isn’t that I actually stop quilting.  More likely, I’ll work on a project for awhile and get it further along and then take a break.  Perhaps I’ll work some on another quilt or two.  No matter how much the sewing machine runs or how sore the fingers are, I just don’t seem to make much progress.  Then it warms up and I go outside until fall. This year I’m hoping to focus on at least one quilt to finish each month.  Fortunately there are some that are far enough finished  (thanks to those years of stalling out) that I might just be able to finish one each month.  Meanwhile, if, like me,  you like to work on one for awhile and then set it aside, rest assured you’ve made progress. It will be great to see those finished projects at a show and tell sometime!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Becky Lettenberger suffered issues with her heart and was hospitalized in late March. Susan Thorton shared that you may recall seeing her at Quilts and Kreations.  We sent her a get well card to her home:  243 Princeton  Elyria, Ohio   44035

March 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 7 – March 14, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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 On February 14, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 8:40 p.m.  Happy Valentine’s Day!!  We had one visitor this evening.
 
Program   Karen Benke with Little Red Quilt House from Medina was here for a trunk show and vending.
 
President’s Report :   I have been President for some time and I have no plans of going anywhere as long as you will have me as your president.  However, our other offices, would like to give you this heads up that they are interested in stepping down, thus, giving YOU the change to serve.  This summer I will be asking our nominating committee to help find a new Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Although I enjoy serving as your President, if there is anyone else who really wants to serve in this capacity, please let us know.  I will let you know more this summer.
 
Currently we only do raffle quilts during the years that we hold a quilt show.  I would like for us to start thinking about having an annual raffle quilt so we can host an annual table at the IX Center Quilt show.  They always offer us a free table which is very easy to advertise our guild with a quilt behind us. So if we have an annual raffle quilt and have an interest in helping with that I will be a good way to keep our guild present at the IX center. It is too late for this year but I would like to keep it open for discussing in the future.
 
Finally, make sure to pick up a flyer up front regarding the President’s Challenge. I hope to get a lot of participants so we can have a special display at our 2020 quilt show.
 
Minutes: (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the January 10, 2019 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.
 
Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $10,929.56 with Quilts of Valor at $1,252.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit. 
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen report that we now have a total of 92 members. 
 
Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported she received some donations of quilts, pillow cases and fabrics tonight and wants to remind everyone that sew day for community service will be May 9th which has been changed from the month of June.
 
Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye and Teri wanted to thank everyone that came out for National QOV Sew Day.  You can sign up for QOV membership which is $5 and will be collecting again next month.
 
Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No Report at this time.
 
Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Fat quarter sign-ups will start in January, lists will be sent out in March or April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.
 
UFO Challenge lists will be due by the end of January (either at meeting or emailed by Jan 31st) and a Sign-up fee of $5 for prizes at December’s meeting. So far, we have about 13 signed up the UFO Challenge.  Other challenges are the President’s Challenge and the Attic Window Quilt Challenge.
 
Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) If you are not getting our emails, make sure you confirm your email address with either Kelly Grace or Chris Yoo.
 
Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time.
 
Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Dee Hart will be having a workshop and evening lecture in March.  The day workshop will be an introduction to hand coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons for a small pattern fee.  Dee will show you how to transfer patterns to fabric, color and do shading with that pattern.  In the evening she will be giving a trunk show – My Quilt; My Life
 
Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.
 
New Business:  There was a motion made to book the building for 2020-2021 which carried.
 
Announcements:  Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you.
 
Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.
 
Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects. 
 
Show and Tell:  Lot of UFO quilts – Watercolor, Sampler and Wall Hanging, Purse, French Country Quilt, Jinny Beyer Quilt, Snowman Quilt, Ohio State Quilt, Christmas and to BOM Quilts.
 
Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:25 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Leoni Treasury Report Pam Scholle No Report

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

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.

March Birthdays

Janet Alderman

Casandra Brown

Donna Garrett

Susan Schillig

Susan Thornton

Program

Dee Hart will be having a workshop and evening lecture in March.  The day workshop will be an introduction to hand coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons for a small pattern fee.  Dee will show you how to transfer patterns to fabric, color and do shading with that pattern.  In the evening she will be giving a trunk show – My Quilt; My Life

 

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Wow you ladies are quick! 10 items have already been removed from UFO challenge lists! Keep up the good work!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the fat quarter exchange are still open. You can sign up through the end of March, lists will be sent out in April and will need to be turned in by the June meeting.

2019 Challenge

Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio

Greetings one and all.

The Retreat will be held Sunday April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR   Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy. Please submit $25 non refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th.  Balance due by April 21st.

Thank you

MaryAnn

Notes from the President

Chris Yoo

For my President’s note, I am going to borrow some information from the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo website.  If you are not familiar, the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo brings lots of fun and excitement to Cleveland.  It is the biggest national touring sewing and quilting show to grace this part of northeast Ohio.  They have classes and workshops, displays, great shopping and so much more!  The Expo brings together a unique, talented community of sewers and quilters for three days of inspiration and fun. You can represent our guild by volunteering to become a part of this great event by becoming an Expo Ambassador! The Ambassador Program is open to individuals as well as members of groups and guilds like ours.  As a Volunteer Ambassador, you’ll earn great personal rewards, including free general admission on the day you volunteer (minimum 4-hour same-day commitment), special Expo prizes and even free class sessions!  There are dozens of volunteer opportunities. 

During our last meeting I spoke about having an annual presence at this show.  The kicker is that in order for us to have a FREE booth, we have to have volunteers at the show.  With several volunteers working a few shifts, we will earn a free booth! In the booth space, we can sell raffle tickets, sign up new members, promote your group’s upcoming events, and show off the beautiful work we are doing which will inspire everyone who passes by.

Please consider representing our guild and earning a FREE admission to the show.  If you cannot make it this year, definitely mark it down for 2020 because that is our quilt show year, and we will have a raffle quilt to display.  For more information about volunteering either this year or next, please check out this link   http://www.sewingexpo.com/Volunteer.aspx

Finally, because we represented so well last year, the show sent me 6 FREE tickets for this year’s show.  So, if you cannot volunteer, but want to attend the show, I will be giving away these 6 free tickets at the March meeting!  Make sure to put your name in the hat when you sign in at the front desk!!  Free—it’s a good thing!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…

Sue Schillig

No report

Sunshine Committee

Val Watring

Our member, Marilyn Novak, lost her daughter February 20. Lori Novak passed away and the funeral was February 25. Please be ready to share some YELLOW fabric for our blue bag for Marilyn. I will bring a blue bag for Marilyn (membership committee) to our next meeting, March 14.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

February 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 6 – February 14, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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

On January 10, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  We had five visitors this evening.

Program:  Elizabeth Bauman, A quilt artist and chair of Hiram College’s Theatre Arts Department, gave a presentation on storytelling, art history and an artist’s viewpoint (as a woman connected to quilt makers of the past) intermingle in Betsy Bauman’s works. Wonderful presentation…

President’s Report:  Chris reported there will be an increase our rent from $100 to $125 starting next year, in 2020. Chris noted that if this trend continues, we may need to start talking about a small increase in membership dues because the membership dues are just enough now to cover the cost of the hall rental, and nothing else.  If it were not for the Quilt Show, we would have no extra money.

You may have noticed how cold it gets at the evening meetings.  The heat is programmed and nothing can be done to change the temperature.  So please dress accordingly for the evening meetings as it is cold during the winter months.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There was one correction to the minutes from the December 10, 2018 meeting.

There is a group of ladies from the, First Baptist of Elyria helping out with making quilts and they have 33 quilts ready to go. Corrected to:

There is a group of ladies from the, Second Baptist of Elyria helping out with making quilts and they have 33 quilts ready to go.  The minutes as corrected are hereby approved.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $13,039.56 with Quilts of Valor at $1,252.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.

There was a discussion of Pam taking out an addition $2,000 certificate which would be enough to cover rent and insurance.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen report two people signed up to be members tonight.  We also have two lifetime members. We now have a total of 80 members.

Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported she received some donations tonight and want to remind everyone that sew day for community service will be May 9th which has been changed from the month of June. Helen reported that she completed 6 dog beds and received donations of more cuddle dolls.

When making the community Service Quilts a decided was made that the size of the quilts need to be about 40” wide x 50”- 60” long for the older children at Blessing House.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye has a request to present five quilts on May 2019 at the North Ridgeville VFW.

We will be participating in the national Sew Day for QOV on Saturday February 2, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Amherst Main Street Community Center.  You do not need to be a member of the guild or QOV to come and volunteer time to sew on Saturday.  Kaye will bring sign-up sheet to renew your membership the QOV which is $5.00.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Chris asked for ideas regarding youth sewing and to please place suggestions in the Suggestion Box.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Fat quarter sign-ups will start in January, lists will be sent out in March or April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.

UFO Challenge lists will be due by the end of January (either at meeting or emailed by Jan 31st) and a Sign-up fee of $5 for prizes at December’s meeting.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) Kelly reminded us that when we are replying to an email from the guild you are replying to everyone in the guild.  So if you have a response that you just want it to go the individual then you need to change the guild email address to the persons personal email address.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time.

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson)

January 2019:  Kaye Koler gave a wonderful workshop on Collage Quilts.  We did lots of sharing.  Thank Kaye we had a lot of fun.

February 2019:  Little Red Quilt House from Medina will be here with their rules and will be doing some vending as well.

Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements:  Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you.

Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.

We have the entire day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. before the guild meeting to use the building for sewing or project to complete for the guild.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 28th Annual Quilts 2019 will be held on February 8th through March 10th at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, Ohio.

Show and Tell: We had a Quilt make from fat quarters, Art quilt, Pickle Christmas quilt, UFO quilt, Baby quilt, Purse from our workshop, Placemats and Quilt from feed sacks.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:05 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

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.

February Birthdays
Julie Bragg
Sally Gezzer
Bonita (Boni) Grove
Cheryl Majewski
Karen Neuschaefer
Marilyn Novak

Program

Evening Program:  Little Red Quilt House from Medina will be here with their rulers and will be doing some vending as well.

 

 

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Sign ups for the 2019 UFO challenge have now closed. Please make sure your $5 gets to Kelly.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Signups for the fat quarter exchange are also now open. You can sign up through the end of March, lists will be sent out in April and will need to be turned in by the June meeting.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

President’s Note.  February 2019.

Hope everyone made it through the big deep freeze of the 2019 Polar Vortex!  My hot flashes got me through without any issues (smile).  Although 2019 started out a little slow for me, old man winter has kicked my creativity into overdrive because I’ve made 7 art quilts in the span of a few weeks!  Yes, they are all small, approximately 9 x 11, but I’m still thrilled to be creating.  I’ve made a commitment to use up everything I have before I buy anything new.  I had to pass on Kelly’s UFO challenge this year because I’m repurposing old UFO’s and using all the fabric for new art quilts.  All that sad fabric was just languishing in my closet.  Now it is getting a new life, in a new project, in this new year.  Speaking of new projects, I’m also working on my 12 x 12 self-portrait quilt.  Hope you saw my President’s Challenge email and are thinking of participating.  I’ll have more information and handouts at the February meeting!  Happy Creating, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

When dinosaurs roamed the earth, quilts were cut out with a pair of scissors.  Sometimes the pattern was cut from a cereal box and traced onto the fabric.  But then someone (probably a quilter in a pizza shop) created the rotary cutter and we’ve been piecing strong since.  This past week I  needed to cut out the pieces for my Getaway project.  Knowing I’d be cutting through multiple layers, I decided to…  wait for it…  change the blade!!!  If you are like me, you think it is important to get every last cut out of that thing possible.  So, by the time the blade is changed you are pretty much using a hacksaw to chew through the fabric.  Don’t ask me how I know this.  So, when I changed the blade it  became a life changing moment for me.  The old adage that something is so sharp it is like cutting through butter is oh so very true!  I urge all of you who have been sawing through your fabric to make February “change the blade month”.  What a difference it makes!   Of course, if I’m the only one who does this, please just disregard this month’s column.

Piecefully,

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

January 10, we learned that Lynette Thomson’s husband had been in the hospital over the holidays and is now in rehab.  We sent a card to Lynette wishing her husband a smooth recovery and her, plenty of patience and self-care.

After the meeting, Argena Patouhas told us MaryAnn Grayson had been in the hospital.  Chris Yoo reached out and had a message from MaryAnn.  MaryAnn had been in the hospital twice (5-6 days each), having Influenza B.  After a bout of respiratory issues, MaryAnn is resting at home.  We sent MaryAnn a card supporting her recovery.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

The Quilts of Valor committee would like to thank everyone who came to the National SewDay! I do believe everyone had a grand time! We got lots of positive feedback and questions about when we we do this again!?

We produced two new tops and got binding in the works for four more quilts!

Attention ladies that took quilts home to bind, I will bring labels to the next guild meeting so they can be attached to the back. I apologize  for forgetting them on Saturday ….

Thank you one and all!
The Quilts of Valor team

   

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January 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 5 – January 10, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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

On December 13, 2018, President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
We had 2 visitors and 1 new member this evening.

Program:  Sister Mary Berigan, Executive Director of BLESSING HOUSE.  Sister Mary talked a little bit on how they use are donations and about Blessing House. They focus on children from birth to age 12 in Lorain County.  They opened in 2005 and can have up to 10 children at one time.  Their mission is to keep our children safe and to gift them with what they need. Children receive one of our blankets which stay with them the entire time they are at Blessing House and when that child is ready to go home that blanket goes home with them. The children also receive a pillowcase (Go-Home Bag) to carry their belongings around at Blessing House and then take their belongings home in their pillowcase. Blessing House is so very grateful for those blankets and pillowcases. Thank you!

President’s Report:  Chris thanked everyone that participated in the quilt show. Everyone was very pleased with the quilt show and had many complements regarding the show.  Many comments were made on the umbrellas and the Blue and White challenge quilts on how nice they looked.  A big thank you to all that help in making the show such a big success.  We could have not done it without you. THANK YOU!

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the October 2018 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking $15,953.45 with Quilts of Valor at $1,252.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.  Pam took out a 13 month certificate which matures December 3, 2019 for $1,212.04.
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Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen reported she had a couple of new members this month. Membership cards are at front table if you have already paid your membership fees.  If you sign up tonight cards will be at the front table next month.  Karen will be updating the membership list and will be sending an email to all members.

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth has a box at the guild meeting to collect donations for community services.  Ruth or Vickie will make sure that any donations to Blessing House from the box will be delivered.

Sew day for community service has been changed from June to May 9th, during the day before the guild meeting. Ruth brought in two quilts to have completed which were handed out to volunteers.

There is a group of ladies from the, Second Baptist of Elyria helping out with making quilts and they have 33 quilts ready to go.  Also Iris Tewksbury has headed up a group of ladies from the Second Baptist Church of Elyria making flannel quilts and they have 12 quilts completed.  The church groups have been such a big help to us. Thank you!

When making the community Service Quilts a decided was made that the size of the quilts need to be about 40” wide x 50”- 60” long.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler)  Kaye appreciated and thanked everyone that help to hand-out information at the QOV table for the Quilt Show.

Kaye presented four quilts at the North Ridgeville VFW on December 6, 2018. There is a request from them to do another one for five quilts in May of 2019. (So we have some sewing to do!)

We will participate in the national Sew Day for QOV. Saturday February 2, 2019, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Amherst Main Street Community Center.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Chris asked for ideas regarding youth sewing and to please place suggestions in the Suggestion Box.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Sue thanked everyone that participated in the Blue and White Challenge.  It was a great turnout.

Fat quarter sign-ups will start in January, lists will be sent out in March or April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.

UFO Challenge lists will be due by the end of January (either at meeting or emailed by Jan 31st) and a sign-up fee of $5 for prizes at December’s meeting.

2018 UFO Challenge – the following people have completed UFO projects:  Kelly Grace completed 3, Susan Thornton completed 6, Sue Schilling completed 7, Cheryl Majewski completed 3, Kaye Koler completed 9, Helen Smelser completed 6, Georgia Forbush complete 3, Judy Echeagaray completed 1, and Sharon Lutz completed 4 for a total of 42 UFO’s completed. Great Job!  We will be doing this challenge again next year. If you would like to participate, Kelly will need your list by the end of January.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time as Val was not present.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Admission was $5 with a free door prize ticket.  Six hundred and eighteen people attended according to the count of red door prize tickets. The door prize was a sewing machine from Pins and Needles. Margaret Greene from Cleveland Hts. OH won the sewing machine.

We showed 159 quilts and 6 umbrellas (which was a big hit) and 45 members participated out of our total of 75 members. We had 24 members entered 44 small quilts, (48” and smaller) 27 members entered 32 “Blue and White Challenge” quilts and 41 members entered 83 large quilts.

We had 42 beautiful baskets in the Chinese auction with many thanks to Barb Spieker, Barb Cowger-Vilagi and Vicki Morris and members donating items and a big thanks to Cindy Kraft for the sewing machine donation.

The “Raffle Quilt” was pieced by Karen Neuschaefer and Pam Scholle, long-arm quilting by Kaye Koler. Lucy Barzellato from South Euclid, Ohio won the raffle quilt.

Viewer’s Choice was awarded to Bonita Grove for her hand appliquéd and hand quilted Christmas quilt “Noel”.

We had six Vendors; Cindy Sew Easy Shoppe,  Mom’s Sewing Basket,  Wool Yankees,  Mercantile on Main, Appliqué Quilts & More and Polka Dot Pin Cushion.

Country Store with Fran Weber, Peggy Hughes, Jean Tobias and Maryann Doucette did an excellent job of marketing our un-wanted material and new crafts and second-hand items.

Bev’s Kitchen by Beverly Tucker and committee provided the food and drink all day and every day. Thank you everyone who donated cookies, bars and sweets.

Karen Neuschaefer and MaryAnn Grayson did a great job on the show programs and selling of ads.

Besides all the beautiful quilts and the people heading up the committees, the quilt show still cannot happen without volunteers to help set up, tear down, and may I put in a special “Thank You” for the men that came to help. Those who worked the admissions table, Chinese Auction, Raffle Quilt ticket sales, White Gloves, Country Store, Kitchen and Quilts of Valor a big thank you,  Members were very generous with their time and volunteered on one or more of the committees and filled one or more time slots.

We also to thank Pam Scholle for being Treasurer, Val Watring for all the advertising and Chris Yoo for making signs,  ribbons,  boxes, vendor bags and seeing to many details we would of never thought of.  What an awesome group to work with.

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson)

January 2019:
Workshop:  Kaye Koler – Collage Quilt – chose from a sewing machine or a fish. Class fee is $35 and will have to be paid for in advance. Please bring light neutral piece for background 20 x 24, lots of scraps, iron and ironing surface, scissors, fabric glue, pencil or pen, and sewing supplies.
Evening Program:  Stories in Fabric – Elizabeth Bauman, Associate Professor, Hiram College.

Donna Garrett Workshop, Making Bags (Crossover and Tote) was a big hit.  She does have extra patterns available if you are interested in buying a pattern please see Donna.

Potluck Dinner was wonderful. We had lots and lots of food which everyone enjoyed. Yum…

Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements:  Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you.

Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.

Show and Tell: We had 2 Pink and Gray quilts, T-Shirt quilt, Red and Green quilt, Blue and White quilt, Lone Star quilt, Fish Quilt, Car Quilt, 2 Patchwork quilts, cute… Gift Card Holders, Sunshine Quilt, Blue and Gray quilt, 3 Baby quilts, Pennsylvania quilt, Christmas quilt, Oho Star Quilt, Aqua, Blue, Purple quilt, and Notebook and Tote Salvage bag.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:25 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

January Birthdays
Barb King
LIbby Betounes
Jean Tobia
Pat Logar
Peggy Hughes
Lori Quinones
Marcy Delavan

Program

Workshop:  Kaye Koler – Collage Quilt

Evening Program:  Stories in Fabric – Elizabeth Bauman, Associate Professor, Hiram College.

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Sign ups for the 2019 UFO challenge are now open. Sign up by the end of January (list and $5 to Kelly Grace) to join.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Signups for the fat quarter exchange are also now open. You can sign up through the end of March, lists will be sent out in April and will need to be turned in by the June meeting.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report (see meeting minutes)

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy New Year!  So, what are your quilting resolutions for the year?  I’ve made a resolution to sew art quilts all year long.  Since several of my UFO’s are art quilts, I may actually finish a few of them!  I stopped making resolutions like eat healthier or exercising because honestly, I’m tired of that game.  There are so many quilting inspired resolutions you can make and actually keep, so why not try a few, such as:

    • learn a new technique, one you have always wanted to know.
    • sign up for a retreat (a whole uninterrupted weekend to sew with friends!)
    • start on your quilt submission for our 2020 Quilt Show
    • make (or remake) a nametag for yourself to wear at meetings and sew-ins – they are a great way to show off a little bit of your quilting style!
    • make plans to come to several sew days in 2019 to enjoy our wonderful facility!  Other guilds would give anything to have use of such a beautiful facility. We forget how lucky we truly are.
    • promise yourself you will finish just one UFO this year.
    • bring a friend to a guild meeting—even if they don’t sew.
  • put a couple of suggestions in the “suggestion box” for new lectures or classes.

Hope you found one or two quilting resolutions you can make this year.  Finally, a big thank you to everyone who brought something yummy for the December potluck.  I know I speak for many of you when I say it was scrumptious and a great way to end our hugely successful year!

See you on Thursday!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Many of us may be busy putting together our new and improved sewing supplies we received as gifts.  Or perhaps like me you are revisiting your fabric stash–touching and feeling and admiring the beautiful collection, while at the same time trying to minimize the  appearance to a spouse or family member that you might be able to open your own shop soon.  Maybe you’ve (also like myself) have uncovered another UFO long lost to the bottom of a bin.   Hint: Kelly–I might need to do the UFO challenge again!  But what has come to my mind most today is the relief that many of my fears are unfounded.  Here are just a few of my unfounded  fears for 2019:

1. I may run out of hand quilting thread.  Turns out that despite the lack of hand quilting thread in many modern quilt shops, I do have enough to keep a quilt in the frame at least for the next decade or two. Also, if anyone wants to quilt with some rust colored thread I’d be happy to pass that along.
2.  I’ll finish my UFO list. Despite working steadily, I have accumulated almost as many as I’ve finished.
3.  I’m running out of fabric.  Likewise false.  But that’s not to say that sometimes I don’t have the RIGHT fabric, so will still need to shop for a few pieces in 2019.
4. I can’t think of any more quilts I want to make.   LOL.
5. Maybe I already have too many quilts.  I have 7 grandchildren and they’ll need some.

Having dispelled these fears, I’ll press on to the next project/UFO/ new dream to turn into something really fun!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

FYI:  Our former member, Beverly Macbeth’s mother, Winifred Charlton, passed away December 16, 2018.  If you wish to send condolences to Beverly, Beverly’s address is:  1004 Provincetown Court, Grafton, Ohio  44044.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

QOVF National Sew Day.
February 2, 2019

Save the date! Our annual National Sew Day for Quilts of Valor will be held at the Main Street Community Center,
255 Park Ave.
Amherst, OH.
10-4 pm

Details will follow.
Thank you SO much,
Kaye

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

Blessing house – Sister Mary was our last meeting we discussed the size of Quilts. It was decided they should be 40 ins by 50 or 60ins.

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.

December 2018 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 4 – December 13, 2018

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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 report for November meeting, as this meeting was not held due to the Quilt Show.

Thank You!!!

We would like to thank all the quilt guild members who volunteered their time, talents and quilts, for a job well done before and during our 2018 LCP Quilt Show.  Hanging the quilts before the show went smoothly with many helping hands, the generosity of your time and the husbands that helped set up.

A special “Thank You” for committee chairpersons and their committee members.  Without you the quilt show would not be possible.

Barb Cowger-Vilagi and Barb Spieker (Baskets)
Beverly Tucker and Committee (Quilt Show Kitchen)
Chris Yoo (Signs, Postcards, Posters)
Fran Weber, Peggy Hughes, Jean Tobia and Maryann Doucette (Country Store)
Val Watring (Advertising)
Kaye Koler (Sewfie the  quilted car)
Kelly Grace (Newsletter, blog, website and keeping our forms up to date)
MaryAnn Grayson (Booklet and Ad work)
Pam Scholle (Treasurer)

And to all those who donated, baked, and quilted to help make this show a success.  Thank you so much.

Our Sincere Appreciation,
Karen                                     Julie
Karen Neuschaefer              Julie Bragg

Reminder for the collage class in January.

I will bring a sign up sheet to the December meeting and the fee $35 must be paid in advance. I will also bring the class samples…. You can choose sewing machine or fish for your collage piece. If you have any questions please email me…. Thank you Merry Christmas ! Kaye

We received this email from a basket winner and I wanted to share it with everyone (She did give her permission for me to share it in the newsletter!) Kelly
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Hello to the loraine county piecemakers,

I had attended your quilt show a couple weeks back and boy was it wonderful. I really enjoyed the car cozy you made it was spectacular!!! Never saw one before.

Your quilts were beautiful and inspiring and it was so much fun to take our time looking at all of them. And we also enjoyed your vendors. We knew only a couple of them so they were a few that were new to us.

I can’t believe I actually won a basket!!!  I’ve never won a basket at a quilt show so I was thrilled !!!!  it was the purse/tote basket with a beautiful purse made by Pat Logar.  I was amazed how heavy it was it ended up having about 46 patterns. Along with a few books. Plus thread plus batting, fabric plus this gorgeous, gorgeous purse that I got to say Pat did a fabulous job on, its professionally made. I’d like to send a letter to Pat to thank her(him?) for such a beautiful purse.  Could someone please forward her (his?) address to me if you’re able?

I was overwhelmed by the amount of items in that basket and was thrilled going through it it was so exciting and I’m inspired to make so many gorgeous totes and purses. Thank you so much for your generosity that was one basket; I saw all the beautiful basket you ladies (gents?) made and they were outstanding!!! Thank you so much for my awesome basket !

Mary Mahoney
Tree city quilt guild member

Wooster

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

Quilts of Valor.  

A Heartfelt Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone who helped with the QUILTS OF VALOR table in our absence at the quilt show. It is wonderful to know that so many of you support our committee and are willing to step in, helping to raise awareness for QoV when we weren’t  available.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

Sew Happy, Kaye, Helen, and Teri

QOVF National Sew Day.
February 2, 2019

Save the date! Our annual National Sew Day for Quilts of Valor will be held at the Main Street Community Center,
255 Park Ave.
Amherst, OH.
10-4 pm Details will follow.
Thank you SO much, Kaye

Community Service Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

Delivered: Nov.  Blessing House
9 quilts, burp clothes, bibs and gloves.

Dec. Genesis House
33 quilts, 11 pj’s

Oberlin Family Promise house closed down.

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.

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

December Birthdays
Diane Duly
Darlene Fedor
Nicole Justice
Kathy Keyse
Karin Knox
Marylou Kucera
Argena Patouhas
Sandy Pawlak
Jean Ruth

Challenges

UFO Challenge

We have already seen 35 UFO’s finished this year! That is 21% of the UFO’s submitted that are now completed! Keep up the great work ladies! I can’t wait to see what’s finished this month.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above). Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Just a quick note this month because I’ve managed to over commit myself this holiday season!  I’m sure that has NEVER happened to any of you!?  LOL as they say.  I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make our 2018 quilt show a HUGE success.  I have not seen the final numbers but even without the financials, I can tell you the show was outstanding!  I have heard from many people who are not even quilters who have said they enjoyed the show so much they want to join our guild just to be a part of our creative group!  I’m pretty sure they were only joking, but…who knows.  During the 3 days I had countless other guild members coming up to me asking what magic we used to create just a wonderful show.  I admit, I had to tell them all big secret—hard work and true commitment by our quilt show committee and members.  I am so proud to be part of the leadership team of our guild.   There are many of you have served as President of this guild over the decades and you now this job can be frustrating at times, but it can also be a pleasure.  I can tell you all that it is my PLEASURE to serve as your President.    I hope to see a large group of you at the December potluck to help us ring out this very wonderful year!

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig This weekend we went through our ornaments and decorations and we are keeping only the ones we actually use. Don’t worry, there are still plenty.  I had a random thought that maybe I should do the same with my quilting supplies. Granted, that thought lasted a nanosecond, but still, the fact that it merited even that makes me wonder what I was thinking!  Instead, I’ve decided to approach things just a little bit differently.   My extra sewing machine is being gifted to the eldest granddaughters.  It will reside at a house I visit often so I’m in effect just spreading out the quilt love a little farther down the line.  Additionally I’m gathering up some stray squares for them to sew, a few of my extra supplies like needles and thread, so they can begin their quilting journey.  While they are in school on the days I am there I suppose I might borrow it, maybe give it a cleaning and a test run or two.   They are eager to sew and my husband is eager for me to share.  I think this has the potential for great things and a merry time for all!  Here’s hoping it leads to the next generation of quilters!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee

Val Watring

11/25/2018   Mary Wallhead shared that her older sister, Florence Long, has passed away.  A sympathy card was sent to Mary.

11/10/2018   As we were getting ready for the Quilt Show, gals signed a card for Cheryl Majewski; her husband was in the hospital undergoing heart care.

Also, we signed and sent a card to our member, Helen Smelser.  She was in the hospital but rallied in time to visit the Quilt Show on Sunday.

I will be absent from the December meeting.  Please text if Sunshine-y tasks are needed:  440.935.0972.  Thank you!

Program December – Potluck at 6:30pm

Bring something yummy!!

November 2018 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 3 – November 8, 2018

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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

On October 11, 2018, President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
There was 1 visitor and 2 new members this evening.

Program:  Button Down Designs (Emilie Collens Illson) Emilie gave a very informative discussion on different types of antique buttons such as Bone, Vegetable Ivory, Porcelain, Tin, Painted Wood, Bison Horn, Mother-of-Pearl, Celluloid, and Bakelite.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo) PROMOTE OUR QUILT SHOW!  Getting the word out that we are having a show is critical to attendance.  Just let everyone know we are having a show.  The clock is ticking and unbelievably, the show is NEXT MONTH! And finally, don’t forget to sign up to VOLUNTEER at the show.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the September 2018 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking $7,562.17 with Quilts of Valor at $1,077.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.  Speaking of Audit, Chris informed membership that the budget is audited once a year and this year it was audited by Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Vickie Morris.  

Barb and Vickie indicated that Pam does an excellent job and they could find no errors; however, they did make one recommendation. They recommended that the money collected for workshops and events be managed by the organizer and only turned into Pam once all payments have been received so she can deposit and write a check out for the amount to the organizer or venue. This way it will be much easier to track and audit workshops.  Barb and Vickie indicated that allowing payments to come in sporadically makes it almost impossible to track and audit events and workshops.  There was a comment that it would be helpful if the organizer could turn in collected money to Pam more than just at the end because then they are responsible for holding onto a lot of money.  They would rather have the option of turning it into Pam as they collect the money.  It was noted that the sporadic collection of payments and multiple deposits is what is causing the confusion and trouble.  Therefore, the suggestion was made that we start enforcing strict deadlines for payments for workshops and events to avoid sporadic payments.  If you miss the deadline then you don’t get to attend.  Setting strict deadlines for payments and enforcing them will stop the intermittent collection of payments.

Chris Yoo noted that she would talk with Pam and the other officers and review the bylaws to see if anything special needs to be done to take the recommendations into consideration.

Pam also took this opportunity to note that the 1-year CD they bought to cover the rent will come due soon and she wanted to know if she could reinvest the money for 2 years and look into getting a higher interest rate.  There was a motion that was seconded to have Pam look into getting a 2-year CD with a higher interest rate.  Pam will investigate and report her findings to the group. 

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak)   Karen report she had new members last month and a couple of new members this month. Membership cards are at front table if you have already paid your membership fees.  If you sign up tonight cards will be at the front table next month.  Karen will be updating the membership list and will be sending an email to all members.

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris)   Ruth brought in 11 quilt tonight that need binding and asked for some help in binding (no hurry) the quilts for community service. She also wanted to thanked everyone for the help she received for the fair.  Ruth also indicated that the fair book was under revision.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler)   Kaye will be out of town and would appreciate any help to hand-out information at the QOV table for the Quilt Show.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Chris asked for ideas regarding youth sewing and to please place suggestions in the Suggestion Box.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser)   We have at least 19 Blue and White quilts and have also met our 150 quilts quoted for the show.  Helen suggested Attic Window block for the new 2018-2019 challenge. Also suggested is a 20” x 20” mini quilt challenge  wherein you would turn to page 20 of a magazine and get inspired from what you see on that page and make an art quilt.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Julie is asking everyone to please return Raffle Tickets that you have not sold to Chris or herself.  We order 2000 tickets and have sold a little over 1000 tickets so we want to be able to use up what we have before ordering anymore tickets. 

We will not have a Guild meeting on Thursday, November 8th it will be a work day to get ready for the Quilt Show.  We will be preparing the room to hang quilts from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  At 11:00 a.m. we will be receiving quilts to hang.  There will be a line so please be patient.  You will be giving a receipt when you drop off your quilt. You will need this receipt to pick up your quilt on Sunday, November 11th at 4:00 p.m.  If you can’t be there you will need to give your slip to someone responsible to pick up your quilt. There will be a line so please be patient. We are taking extra precautions to make sure we don’t lose anyone’s quilt.  We haven’t lost one quilt yet and don’t want to start.  If you have any questions regarding the quilts you entered in the Quilt Show please call Karen.

We have sign-up sheets for white glove, table with raffle tickets, QOV table, raffle baskets, hanging quilts and taking down quilts.  Please bring a step ladder if you signed up to hanging or taking down quilts.

Regarding the admission fee…everyone will need to pay $5 to enter even if you are member, participating or volunteering.  If you are coming to work all three days we still need your admission fee of $5 but just one time. 
It is a small price to pay to support your Guild.  You will also get a ticket for a chance to win the door prize which is a sewing machine.

It was reported that we have over 30 wonderful Raffle Baskets.  Cindy has donated a raffle basket with a sewing machine.  Barb Speaker thanked everyone for bringing in baskets and items for the baskets. You can also bring the basket in with the items and we will put the basket together.

Fran Webber thanked everyone for their donations of materials, notions, books, and magazines for the Country Store.  There is so much they will need 3 or 4 tables for the collected items! 

We will be collecting the ads we have received to put into a booklet.  So if you are interested in placing an ad in the booklet it is not too late…come see or call MaryAnn or Karen.

Programs, Events and Retreats:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson)

October
The Berlin Retreat is Sunday, October 28th to Wednesday, October 31st. We have three rooms available (double occupancy) available. $150 per person for Sun to Wed; $100 per person Monday to Wednesday.  Deposit due now; balance due by October 22nd. Please contact MaryAnn.

November
No Program – We will be setting up the Quilt Show.  Please consider signing up to help us.

December
Day Workshop:  Donna Garrett – Making Bags
The pattern for the purses will be less than $10 which you can pay for the day of the class. Or you can pick up the pattern at the Quilt Show. She will be making both bags Crossover and Tote.  Made modifications to pattern for the crossover bag which is slip pockets will be replacing the zipper pocket.
Evening:  December potluck begins at 6:30 p.m.  Please remember to bring a dish to share and arrive by 6:30.

January
Day Workshop:  Kaye Koler – Collage Quilt – chose from a sewing machine or a fish. Class fee is $35 and will have to be paid for in advance.
Evening:  T.B.D.

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements: Please keep Marilyn Novak in your prayers as she has had surgery and needs your prayers.  Also remember there is NO meeting in November as we will be setting up for the quilt show. 
Thank you  

Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you.

Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.

Show and Tell: We had a beautiful vintage applique quilt, 2 purses, French braid quilt, child’s small quilt, block of the month, French county scallop, UFO quilt, panel quilt, baby quilt with receiving blanket, bibs and burp cloths.  Some placemats, panel quilt that took a 3rd place ribbon from the Fair, pillow, crochet coasters, jacket, 1930 – 40’s rescue quilt, jelly roll baby quilt and a blue and white mini quilt.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:10 p.m. 

Next Meeting:  Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30pm
                          December Potluck:  Remember to come early!

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

November Birthdays
Kelly Grace
Saundra Lambert
Melanie Kaliszewski

A quilter has an exhibit at the Vermilion library right now of what I guess would be called art quilts, even including a fish tapestry or rug, mixed media wall quilts, lap quilts, and various other bright and breezy quilted objects. I think the maker could do a great program that the group would like a lot.

I’m into dreary Civil War quilts and deep colors but even I liked these a lot, cheerful and bright and modern though they are.

I picked up one of her cards in case you’d like to contact her to talk to our guild; I think the gals would like her work a lot.

Mary Roesch
https://www.facebook.com/mary.roesch.9
roeschmbi@hotmail.com

She calls her program “With My Hands.” Chances are she has a site or page or something if you don’t want to go to Vermilion to look at her stuff.

I was impressed.

Susan

Challenges

UFO Challenge

We have already seen 35 UFO’s finished this year! That is 21% of the UFO’s submitted that are now completed! Keep up the great work ladies! I can’t wait to see what’s finished this month.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Treasury Report

Pam Scholle

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Memory Keepers

Thinking of quilts as keepers of our memories is not a new concept.  Quilts were traditionally made from repurposed clothing and fabric scraps. All those random pieces of fabric bring with them a bit of history and stories. 

We can all look at some of the quilts we have made and we are instantly reminded of a particular moment in time or of a particular person.  Often, we can even remember where we got each piece of fabric.  Isn’t that amazing?!  Quilts can truly embody special memories and serve as reminders of places, people, events, and ideas.

Quilts are very comforting but they can also be powerful when they are attached to strong memories. When I’ve given quilts that are made of materials that remind the recipient of family or friends this often brings on powerful memories for the recipient and overwhelming emotions.  It is at that moment I am reminded of how powerful quilts are at connecting us with the past and with each other.

Long after we are gone our quilts will live on.  We are memory makers and they are our memory keepers.

I am so looking forward to sharing our memory keepers at our November show.  I could not be prouder of you all!

Your pres,  Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Marilyn Novak was in the hospital again.  We sent a card to bolster her spirits.

Sunshine-y thought:  ~ bet everyone is looking forward to the Lorain County Piecemakers 2018 Quilt Show.

Program

No Meeting for November – we are setting up for the quilt show!

December – Potluck at 6:30pm

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

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.

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