All Boxed In Pattern

19 05 2015

Here’s a link to the All Boxed In pattern shown by Joanne Hubbard from last weeks meeting.





Fifty States Fat Quarter Exchange

19 05 2015

Would any 49 of you want to do a 50–count, em, 50–states fat quarter exchange at the Christmas Potluck? We could draw a state out of a container, order a fat quarter from that state, and then at the Potluck participants could pick a state at random out of another container.

Of course this would be easier for the people who go on the Michigan or Shipshewana trip or the West Virginny retreat and of course for whoever gets Ohio.  This’d be like $3 for fat quarter and ?$3? postage so a pretty cheap Christmas gift. If you’d want to do it, I could rig up a map and map pins.

Your pal,
Susan (Thornton) the Geographyhead





Red and White Challenge?

15 05 2015

Hey, want to have a red and white quilt challenge? By that I mean managing to get the combination red-and-white on a quilt, even if you surround it with other colors; then we could all display them on an applicable date and get ideas; we wouldn’t have to vote if we didn’t want to.

I’m spooked by using them together because I believe the red is YEARNING to bleed all over the white but they sure look great when people manage to do it.

Just saying,
Susan





Quilts and Sew Forth Info – March Meeting

31 03 2015

 

Disappearing 4 patch Tutorial (cheat sheets for other disappearing blocks at the bottom)

Pictures are of 2 examples

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Cutting with a Die Cutter

14 01 2015

Jelly Roll Cut by StudioThe list of all Go and Studio dies owned by the Guild or guild members has been added to the blog (click here or go to About the Guild ->Accuquilt Dies). I thought that I’d show an example of what is left after cutting a jelly roll into 2″ squares (from one of my recent projects). The jelly roll had 40 strips (4 of each color) and each set of color strips was cut into 80 2″ squares for a grand total of 800 squares and minimal waste after only 45 minutes of work. All the squares are exactly the same size and ready to be used. If you have questions feel free to email me!

Kelly





January 2015 Newsletter

8 01 2015

Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 5 – January 8, 2015

President: Mary Ann Grayson
Vice President: Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Cheryl Majewski
Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Carole Doerr
Bits & Pieces Editor: Kelly Grace
Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

Meetings:            2nd Thursday of month
Time:                      7:00 PM
Location:             New Russia Township Lodge, 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074

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

NOTE: Board Meeting will be at 6pm before our meeting on January 8th.

ProgramsPROGRAMS

See President’s Notes

 

Stray ThreadsSTRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

There is an upside to being a librarian.  You can play around with looking for books really rather quickly, as was shown last week when I mentioned putting over a hundred on hold while the floor was drying.  This month I’d like to share a few that I thought might be worth looking at by others.  This is only a small sampling, and somewhat selective based on what I like, but you might want to see one or two of them yourself.  All are available to request through the CLEVNET system. If you have an Elyria, Lorain, Vermilion, Medina, Cleveland or a card from any other CLEVNET library, you too can take a look at some of these.

Basic General Quilting Books:

Quilter’s Handy Guide to Supplies & More by    Dawn Cameron-Dick  – Basic information on those supplies you’ll be purchasing to make your quilts.

Quilting by Jennifer Fulton – This one is from the idiot’s guide series. It is all in color and does cover most things a quilter needs to know.

Quilting: the Complete Guide by Darlene Zimmerman – Another good beginner’s guide which covers most everything.

Quilting Patchwork and Applique DK Publishing – Most DK books are pretty good, this offers all the usual quilting info with a bit of a British spin.

Some I just liked that didn’t fit into a category:

Big Print Patchwork: Quilt Patterns for Large Scale Prints by Sandy Turner   – sometimes you just need to showcase a fabric in your quilt and this has some good ideas.

Mug Rugs by Christa Rolf – I fell in love with the cupcake shaped ones. Enough said.

101 Fabulous Small Quilts   published by Martingale – Sometimes you just need a small project… There are lots of ideas here.

Quilting on the go by Jessica Alexandrakis – English paper piecing ideas and how tos.   Even if you use Marti Michell’ s templates and machine piece, there are some cute ideas here.

Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen or a King, Twin, or Lap!   By Sally Schneider – Nice quilts and someone else has done the math. Gotta love that!

Like to Paper Piece? These are for you!

Best of Fons & Porter Paper-Pieced Quilts   – The title says it all.

Paper Piecing Perfect Points by Debby Kratovil – I fell in love with the hosanna palm leaf block.

A Quilter’s Ark by Margaret Rolfe – Over 50 animals you never thought you’d be able to piece.   There is a cute koala of course.

Need a Baby Quilt?

Animal Parade: Adorable Applique Quilt Patterns for Babies by Cheri Leffler   – Pretty simple applique and they are adorable!

The Big Book of Baby Quilts another Martingale publication. 87 patterns!

Nap and Nod by Myra Harder – I want to make the quilt on the cover. The polar bear is too cute.

Civil War Patterns

The Blue and the Gray by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene   – Some of you will want to look at this one.

Civil War Legacies II by Carol Hopkins – These are small but may be fun to make.

Christmas Quilt Books – it is not to early to start some for next year!

Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place a Martingale Publication

Christmas Is Coming: Applique Quilt Patterns to Celebrate the Season by Cheryl Almgren Taylor

Modern Holiday: Deck the Halls with 18 Sewing Projects by Amanda Murphy

Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon   – not sure what is “modern” about the silver Christmas tree on the cover. Both my grandparents had silver trees at one time.

Hope you enjoy looking at a few new books this month. I’ll be returning them soon….

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

Meeting MinutesMEETING MINUTES
Cheryl Majewski

No minutes from December Meeting.

QOVQuilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

 

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

 

fat quarter exchangeFat Quarter Exchange
Happy New Year!! Well we have to get working on all of our projects. What better way to do that then getting more stash and colors with the FAT QUARTERS CLUB. Sign up soon (by March’s meeting) so we can get the exchange done at the April meeting. At this time I am unable to come to the meetings but you can email me at marybrown.mlb@gmail.com or call me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Lou Brown

community serviceCommunity Service

Barb King made 4 pillowcases, Judy Riggle made 5 quilts, Donna Clapper made 12 quilts, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi, Barb King, Barbara Stiner, & Fran Weber all brought toiletries and Barbara Stiner donated yards of flannel fabric that is greatly appreciated for quilt backings.  Mary Lou Brown gave me 61 pair of flannel pj bottoms that the guild had made.

Blessing House was so very thrilled to receive these items before Christmas.

Thank you ladies for all that you do.  It does make a big difference!

tshirt quilt2T-Shirt Quilt Class

Just a reminder for the tee shirt class on Thursday, January 8 at 10:00 am.
Many of you asked for repeat in January and I only have one person signed up. I need a minimum of six students to hold class. If you are interested I need to hear from you immediately please! The cost of the class is $25 for guild members and must be paid in full before class.
Thank you sew much!
Kaye

Block of the Month
Ok, I listened to everyone at the December meeting and decided that if you want to participate, you can use whatever fabric you want. Right now 8 brave people have signed up, so I will be designing the quilt this month and the first 2 blocks will be available by the February meeting. I will be posting them on the blog so anyone that hasn’t signed up will still be able to participate.

Kelly

Winter in Ohio

January Notes From the President

….. about our speaker “Creativity”

Come and meet Gloria Kellon of Shaker Heights. She is an award winning quilter, doll maker and teacher. She is the current president and co-founder of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild of Warrensville Heights. Mrs. Kellon’s quilts, dolls, vest and jackets have been included in local, national and international shows and exhibits. Her works are included in a number of books. In addition to the show in S. Africa, Gloria made a number of dolls and lead a drive to take 100 soft body dolls and 100 soccer balls to children in orphanages in S. Africa. Gloria is an excellent Storyteller. She is an active member and presenter in the National Association of Black Storytellers National Conference. She volunteers time to schools and groups. Gloria will be teaching a Wearable Art Class at the NEORQC Get Away in February.

‘Thursday Workdays’ are for YOU to cut your fabrics, sit and sew and hang with members and friends. Bring all your notions, machines, etc. We will have a great day. 10:00 am to 6:30 pm is for you. There is no charge. Thanks to Rachael, Donna (Coffee Queen) and Jean Ruth, our volunteer staff.

Kaye Koler will be teaching a ‘Tee Shirt Quilt’ class at our January 8th Workday. The cost is $25.00 contact Kaye if you are interested. Reminder: Judy Neimeyer class with Karen Conley will begin in April. Please contact Rachael to sign up.

Jean Ruth will host our ‘Youth Sew’ on Saturday, January 31st at Main Street Amherst on Park Street in Amherst. Please contact Jean to sign your young person up for the day. The hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Jean can be reached at 440-221-3409. Jean will provide the schedule for the rest of the school year and summer at the ‘Youth Sew’.

Marilyn Novak is now recuperating at home after a brief stay. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. This flu/cold is dangerous…stay away from the hospitals, gatherings and stores if you are not feeling well.

Please bring cotton thread to our February meeting to send to the Grafton Prison Quilting program. Julie Bragg will collect the thread and deliver it to the program coordinator. Thanks!

scissorsAre you interested in adding more scissors to your notions? We will have an assortment of scissors for you to order in February & March!

See you soon,

MaryAnn

fuse workshop

Things to think about….

  • Do you want to go to the August, 2015 AQS Show in Michigan?
  • How about a shopping ‘Road trip’?
  • Volunteer projects PJ Party, Quilts of Valor, Home of the Brave Quilts, Baby Quilts
  • Skill Stops or Intro classes?
    1. Cotton Theory
    2. One block wonders
    3. Serger activities
    4. Embroidery sessions
    5. Hexies/English Paper Piecing
    6. Borders & Bindings

Please let MaryAnn or Cheryl know what YOU would like to do.





December 2014 Newsletter

11 12 2014

Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 4 – December 11, 2014

President: Mary Ann Grayson
Vice President: Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Cheryl Majewski
Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Carole Doerr
Bits & Pieces Editor: Kelly Grace
Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

Meetings:            2nd Thursday of month
Time:                      7:00 PM
Location:             New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074

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

ProgramsPROGRAMS
Potluck – Starts at 6:30 pm

 

Stray ThreadsSTRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I hope the holidays will be wonderful for all of you.  Mine has been complicated by an interesting but certainly not well-timed diversion.  A couple of weeks ago, while waiting for the floor to dry, I decided to take a look at what was new in quilting books in the Clevnet system from about 2013 to present.  Turns out there were way more than anticipated.  In fact, I was able to put on hold about 130 titles in about 20 minutes!  They have started arriving, and alas, not at a good time for me to review.  Luckily I was able to suspend the remainder until after Christmas. Meanwhile the stacks are setting upon the counters, taunting me with their pretty covers and interesting possibilities.  Who knew so many treats awaited at the click of a mouse!  Maybe next month I’ll be able to tell you about some of my favorites. Piecefully, Sue

Meeting MinutesMEETING MINUTES
Cheryl Majewski

Maryann called the meeting to order at 7:00, introduced Bruce the scissors guy, and welcomed visitors. The minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report can be found in the newsletter.

Our guest speaker was Marj from The Sewing Connection, who did a demonstration on hand- dyeing fabric. Following the program, we took a short break and did some shopping.

Maryann thanked Karen Knox and Bobbie Bruck for taking care of the sign-in table. She also announced that there would be another T-shirt class on Jan. 8th.

Youth Days for those 8-17 will be the last Saturday of the month at Main Street Amherst. Janice Good and Joanne Palun will be in charge of our library, which we will be able to keep at our meeting place.

Kaye Koler reported that Joann Fabrics donated a used Accu-Cut machine to the guild. Anyone who has dies they wish to share is to contact Kelly Grace so she can make a list of them. Kaye also reported that seven Quilts of Valor were mailed to the Air Force Base in Jacksonville, FL. In January there will be a small QofV workshop.

Forty-seven pairs of pajamas were made last month and there will be another pajama party in January. We need donations of flannel.

Karen Conley is coming to do a seven part Judy Neimeyer Block of the Month starting in April.

Maryann reported that so far 140 people have registered for the NEORQC getaway.

On each table there was a sign-up sheet for people to make suggestions of things to do next year. Our next meeting will be our Pot Luck at 6:30. There will be a board meeting at 5:30.

Our meeting ended with fourteen members having Show and Tell. Donna Clapper showed some of the 115 quilt tops she brought for community service.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

tshirt quilt2Teeshirt Quilt Workshop
We will have another Tee Shirt Quilt Workshop, Thursday, January 8, 10:00-4:00pm at the New Russia Township Lodge, Oberlin, Ohio. Students will learn how to make a teeshirt quilt using little or no math! Really!! Most students will be able to complete at least one row in class. Bring a brown bag lunch or dine in downtown Oberlin. The cost of the workshop is $25 for guild members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are required and must be paid in full prior to class. Seating is limited. The regular guild meeting will follow at 7:00pm. For more information and supply list, contact Kaye Koler at sewhappyquilting@gmail.com.

2015 Challenge FabricBlock of the Month
Would anyone be interested in participating in a block of the month next year? We would do 2 blocks a month, varying in difficulty from easy piecing to applique and even paper piecing – maybe even some hexies! The only requirement is that you must use the 2015 Hoffman Challenge Fabric in your blocks. Please contact Kelly Grace (caelijean@gmail.com) if you are interested, I’d like to get at least 10 people to participate. I need to know no later than the December meeting so I can plan it to start in January.

fat quarter exchangeFat Quarter Exchange
Mary Lou Brown

We are starting our sign up for Fat Quarters Club and will be continuing sign up until March/2015. After the March meeting I will send out the list to those who have signed up. They will have two months to get all of them and turn them in to me at the May/2015 meeting. You will be able to take your quarters home with you. You don’t have to pick a color you can also pick a project or style. Thanks Mary Lou Brown.

December Notes from the President

Greetings members! Here is wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years Day. It has been a busy and fun year working with the Piecemakers.

It is a pleasure to look forward to 2015, we have great speakers coming to the Guild, workshops with Karen Conley, Kaye Koler, the wonderful Charlotte Routt and more! I am happy to announce that Kaye Koler will be teaching a ‘Tee Shirt Quilt’ class at our January Workday. The cost is $25.00 contact Kaye if you are interested.

Thanks to Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi, our Vice Presidents for scheduling wonderful speakers and there are more to come! Marj Girosky of The Sewing Connection will return in Spring for a fabric dyeing workshop.

Workdays are for YOU to cut your fabrics, sit and sew and hang with members and friends. Bring all your notions, machines, etc. We will have a great day. 10:00 am to 6:30 pm is for you. There is no charge.

A sad note, Ruth Groot lost her Son-in-law last week. Please pray for her family. Lastly, I did spend four days in the hospital and and now nearly 100% again. Thanks for the calls, visits and cards.

I look forward to spending time with you all at our Thursday meeting/Christmas Buffet. Remember that we will start this meeting at 6:30 pm. Board members, we will meet at 5:30 pm.

See you soon,
MaryAnn








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