LCP August 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 11 – August 11, 2016

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month

Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074

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

Meeting Minutes
At 6:30 Jean Ruth welcomed the group and after a prayer the group enjoyed a wonderful and bountiful summer picnic spread!

Immediately following, Jean called the meeting to order.  There was one visitor, Kaye’s granddaughter.

Minutes:  Jean asked if there were any changes to the June minutes, and since none were noted, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report:  The report was tabled until August.  It was with great sadness that Jean shared that David A. Scholle, Jr., passed away suddenly two days ago.  David is the son of our treasurer, Pam Scholle.  There was a recommendation that the guild make a monetary contribution to the Scholle Memorial College Fund. There was a brief discussion of the guild bylaws and with there being nothing that prevented such a contribution, there was a motion that was seconded and approved.  Therefore it was decided that the guild would donate $100 to the Scholle Memorial College Fund in honor of David A. Scholle, Jr.  There was also the suggestion that they pass around a donation envelope this evening for member contributions.  The suggestion was well received.

Sunshine:  Val Watring reported that they have a blue bag for Pam tonight and it will continue next month.  The color is purple.

Community Service:  Teri Whidden shared a thank you from the Genesis House for the quilts, baby blankets, socks, kleenix, toiletries and much more that were donated. Someone asked how many people are served by the Genesis House and Teri replied that it was reported that 12,332 people were served from the previous fiscal year.

Programs:  MaryAnn Grayson shared that in August they will learn all about photos on fabric from Marie from NEORQC. Marie will bring examples and demonstrate several techniques.  September will be all about applique with demos and a trunk show. November is set aside for the Tuffett class, but it was reiterated that the workshop is not inexpensive—but worth it.  Maryann encouraged members to make suggestions for future workshops.  There was a question about whether or not our guild could get together with the Northcoast guild to share the cost of workshops.  Maryann said it can be done but it will take some coordination and effort.  She would look into it further.

MaryAnn reminded the group about the upcoming August AQS bus trip, noting that as of tonight they still had 7 seats available. The trip leaves Friday 8/12 and returns Saturday 8/13.  The low cost of $165 includes hotel accommodations, bus ride, show, dinner, and breakfast.  MaryAnn assured the group that a good time will be had by all.

Quilt Show:  Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer started collecting the Quilt Entry Registration Forms tonight, noting this is the full-sized form, 8.5 x 11.  Julie reminded everyone that she needs one form for each quilt.  If you are entering 3 quilts, she needs 3 full-sized entry forms.  Julie emphasized that she really needs all the forms returned before September. There were limited blank forms tonight but Julie has asked Kelly Grace to make the form available online at the website/blog. Karen distributed blue raffle tickets for the Quilt Raffle tonight.  The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, and it was noted that the winner does not need to be present to win.  Sell, sell, sell.

Julie closed by reminding everyone to please start bringing in items for the three main show projects (1) Guild Country Store (2) Scrap table, and (3) Raffle Baskets.  The items for the Store should be in good condition and perhaps a bunch of handmade items, and the items for the baskets should be new or like new.

Membership:  Marilyn Novak and Karen Neuschaefer reminded everyone that membership runs from September through August so they start collecting dues in July & August.  Everyone must complete a new membership form this year to be submitted along with $25 in dues.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser introduced a new Block Challenge tonight where you get 2 fat eighths from which you are asked to create one 8.5″ block using the provided fabric predominately in the block.  The fat eighths were in two color waves, green or pink.  Helen stated that you can make your block using any method you would like such as applique, paper piecing, embroidery, etc.  However, she did ask everyone to keep in mind that the blocks will be made into a community service quilt for a lucky child. A question was asked if we could add additional fabric.  Helen replied yes, but you must feature the provided fabric as the predominate fabric in the block.  All blocks must be turned in at the October meeting.  See Helen before the end of the meeting for your fabric and instructions!

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported that she mailed 5 quilts today and we were down to 31 soldiers! Janet talked about an emotionally moving phone call she received this week from a father of a service member.  He was overwhelmed that his son was not forgotten. Janet noted that this was the reason we do what we do.  Janet shared that she has received word that since we are not officially “at war” the national Home of the Brave Quilt Project has ended and the Department of Defense will no longer be sending out more names.  However, Janet is determined that we will find our 31!

Quilts of Valor:  The committee wanted to remind everyone of the November QOV fundraiser at the Avon Lake Towne Center. The show will be Saturday, November 5th, the weekend before Veteran’s day.  There are sign-up sheets tonight. We are asking that you sign up to bring a quilt or two, and anyone who would like to demonstrate your process, should feel free to do so at the show.  The Center will be decorated for Veteran’s day!  More information will be shared as we get closer to the date.

Old Business:  None to report.

New Business:  A member raised concerns that the Lions Club in LaGrange was to give out guns at their festival and wanted to ask for volunteers to give out quilts in opposition to the guns.  Another member indicated that the Club was not giving out guns as it was a Gun Raffle to raise money, and it was stressed the gun raffle was very popular in the community.  Nothing further was said on the matter.

Announcements:  It was reported that we had a celebrity in our midst tonight!  Member Charlene Fischer had a quilt in the latest edition of McCall’s Quilting!  Congratulations Char!!  You go girlfriend!

Show & Tell:  There were 10 quilts, 1 table topper, 1 wreath, 2 miniatures, 3 red work projects, 1 vest, 5 wall hangings, 1 jacket, 4 placements, and a finished quilt for the Quilt Show Raffle.  We rock!

There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report.

August Birthdays
Mary Lou Brown
Janet Reynolds
Sonya Zimmerman
Barbara Cowger-Vilagi
Teri Wallace
Ruth Slepecky
Linda Janowicz
Valerie Watring
Sally Roth
Teri Whidden
Wilma Hohn

2016 Quilt Show

Quilt Show reminders………

1.  Please bring items for Guild Shop – (Resale)
2.  We need a couple members to help Fran Weber organize the Guild Shop at the Quilt Show.
3.  Scraps for Scrap Box
4. “Final Quilt Registrations” will be handed out at the June meeting and due by the September meeting – August meeting preferred. Form can be found on the blog or at this link.
5. We can start bringing “new”, (un-used) items to Barb Spieker for Chinese Auction Baskets.
6. We’ll have sign-up sheets at our August – September meetings.

There will be a Quilt Board meeting at 6pm before the August Meeting. 

Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons:
Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer

Membership
Membership dues are due in August and/or September. Please put your $25 (check or cash) in an envelope with your filled out form. The form can be found here. When you turn in the envelope it will be returned to you at the next meeting with your new membership card. If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

Save the Date  
Quilter’s Garage Sale
Sunday Sept. 18, 2016
Amherst Eagles 1161 Milan Ave., Amherst, OH
Free Admission & Parking
One stop bargain hunting for Quilters!
Time to clean out your sewing room, rent a table for $15.00 or 2 for $25.00Table rental call Tammy Pope
440-315-1426

Program

August: All about photos on fabric!
September: All about applique

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

It is sad to think how much time I’ve complained this summer about the lack of rain. Incredibly, we still have an abundance this summer and a large variety of fruits and vegetables to enjoy.  No doubt partly due to the enormous amount of watering, but even that gives time for reflection.  Many years ago a friend and I spent a great deal of time quilting at each other’s quilt frames.  We’d each put in a quilt, and merge our combined 6 children at one house or another and spend the day quilting together.  This lasted many years, until she moved and family situations changed.  This week I went to visit her in her home in Hudson, only about an hour away.  Together we managed to put together a new quilt frame for her, one that would work in her condo.  She has a quilt in the frame, and is ready to start again working on her projects.  In two weeks she is coming here, and expects to work on the quilt  I’ll put in the frame.  No children running around, but I think we will still have a nice visit around the frame.  Machine quilting has enabled many more quilts to find their way into people’s homes and hearts, but I’m still happy to put the occasional quilt in the frame to hand quilt.  And let the visiting commence…

Piecefully,  Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report.

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth
No Report.

Community Service

Teri Whidden

Judy Riggle brought 3 quilts and Barb King gave me a big bag of toiletries.

Thank you very much ladies!

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Our blue bag will again be available at the August meeting. Please consider bringing purple fabrics for Pam Scholle, our treasurer.  Pam’s son passed away in July.

Thanks SEW much!
Val

Blog Content Request
Kelly Grace

Looking for things to post on our blog. Is there something you’d like reviewed? Is there something you’d like to review? Please feel free to send me anything you’d like posted on the blog – reviews (books, notions, patterns), tutorials – either ones you’ve written or ones you’ve found online, etc. Remember this is our guild – you can contribute to the blog as well!

LCP June 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 10 – June 9, 2016

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month

Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074

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

Meeting Minutes
Jean Ruth called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There were no visitors this evening.

Minutes:  Jean asked if there were any changes to the April minutes, and since none were noted, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report:  The Treasurer, Pam Scholle, noted that they have paid the rent for the facility use for the upcoming October Quilt show.  Pam reported that the Balance as of April 1 is $7,955.67, with HOB at $1085.55 and QOV at $203.36. There was a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report which was seconded.  Motion carried.

Program:  Noella and John from Quilter’s Source in Parma were present tonight to talk about pre-cuts.  Noella distributed a very helpful precut conversion chart for anyone who wanted to create their own jellyroll, charm pack or layer cake.   Noelle also shared several demos that featured patters from Missouri Star Quilts.

Community Service:  Teri Whidden shared with the group that Lynn Novak at the Grafton Correctional Institution has invited members to attend a Quilt and Community Service Show at their facility on Monday, May 23rd.  Teri noted that flyers were available tonight for anyone who was interested.  Teri shared that you had to RSVP for the event so that the facility could get your name for a required name badge, which would be available at the gate.  Anyone attending had to bring official ID to claim their name tag to enter. Teri closed by noting she had several kits for anyone who would like to take one tonight.

June Program:  Ruth Groot announced that Judy Pickworth from the fair would be present at the June meeting to discuss the 2016 fair, noting that the 2016 fair books were not yet ready.  Ruth also asked if she could get a couple of volunteers to bring in quilts because they will have a former fair quilting judge present at the June meeting who will explain how quilts are judged at the fair.  Ruth also announced that this year the youth participants would have their quilts judged according to their age group.

Ruth reported that August 1st was the deadline for entering quilts.

Youth Group:  Jean Ruth reported that they would be meeting this Saturday from 12:30 – 4:00 at the Zion United Methodist Church on SR 113. Jean reminded the group that everyone is welcome.  Jean also noted that the Youth Group would be meeting here, at the Lodge, for the months of  June – August.

Membership:  Karen Neuschaefer reported there were no new members and there were approximately 115 members as of last month, and membership dues run September – August. Karen indicated they will probably start collecting membership forms in July.

Challenges:  Sue Thornton reviewed the current Red & White challenge and encouraged members to take part.

Quilt Show Committee:  Julie Bragg announced that she and Karen Neuschaefer would be collecting the pre-registration forms this month and next so that she can start planning the layout of the show.  Julie stressed that it is very important that members list the dimensions of their entries because those measurements help assure that there is room for every quilt and that the layout makes sense.  Julie noted that it would be very helpful if everyone could have their pre-registration forms turned in by the June meeting.

Julie announced that they plan on having a Guild Country Store table that would be used to raise donations for the guild. They will start taking donations for that table at the next meeting.  Julie noted it would be nice to fill the table with as many handmade items as possible and that members should round up their nice “extra” items for donations. The committee asked that the items for the store be nice—not garage sale stuff (smile).  Julie noted that Barb Spieker would be putting together the Raffle Baskets and would like to ask for donations of new or like new items to start filling the baskets.  The Quilt Show committee is asking everyone to donate something for the baskets to make them fabulous!

The Committee also reported that they hope to have a Scrap Box Sale in conjunction with the Country Store that would be full of fabric scraps that can be purchased for a small amount of money for an entire bag full of scraps.  So if you have a bunch of fabric scraps, please also consider donating those for the Scrap Box Sale.

Chris Yoo distributed a couple dozen Quilt Show Postcards to several tables and Julie read the cards to the group.  It was noted that they should change silent auction to Chinese auction. Therefore, the change was noted and Chris was to order 2500 cards so they could start distributing them to members at the June meeting.  Members will  be asked to take stack of cards to share with their family and friends and to take to church, work, etc.  Someone asked about the door prize and it was noted that there was not specific prize in mind yet.

Barb King talked about the raffle quilt and that they would be finishing up a few missing blocks and then start sewing the quilt together.  Barb reminded the group that anyone who wishes to help is welcome.  The group discussed that it would be nice if a photograph of the quilt so they could advertise the quilt to sell raffle tickets.  There were comments that there was no need to rush the quilt for photographs as even a photo of one completed block would be great.

Julie noted that in August & September they will be asking for volunteers to work at the show, noting that sign-up sheets will be available at both the August and September meetings.  Julie indicated that they will need volunteers for everything, including set up, tear down, help with the guild country store, ticket table, etc.  Julie asked that everyone start bringing in their donation items in June.  They need nice, handmade items for the country store, and new or like new items for the raffle baskets.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler reported that they received $100 donation for the Amherst VFW Post 1662.  Kaye shared information about one recent presentation and noted that in June they will have a group presentation and that she would send out more information about that as the date gets closer.  Kaye reminded the group of the November QOV fundraiser at the Avon Lake Towne Center, but indicated that she did not have any more information at this time.  She would share details with the group as the date gets closer.

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported that she was able to mail out 10 more quilts to family members of fallen soldiers.

Down to 39 soldiers!  Janet thanked everyone for their help and support.

Fat Quarter Exchange:  Kelly Grace accepted many fat quarter bundles tonight and indicated that the rest are due in June and that they will be distributed back to participants at the June meeting.

Old Business:  None to report.

New Business:  Board meeting on June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Quaker Steak & Lube.

Sunshine:  Val Watring reported that they have a blue bag for Bobbie Bruck this month and next (autumn colors), as Bobbie lost her mother.

Announcements:  It was reported that the LCP had the most members present at the NEORQC Get Away, well, at least we were tied for 1st place!

Show & Tell:  There were 17 quilts, 6 bags, neonatal dolls, and 5 art pieces.

There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Blog Content Request
Kelly Grace
Looking for things to post on our blog. Is there something you’d like reviewed? Is there something you’d like to review? Please feel free to send me anything you’d like posted on the blog – reviews (books, notions, patterns), tutorials – either ones you’ve written or ones you’ve found online, etc. Remember this is our guild – you can contribute to the blog as well!


Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Quilts of Valor! America Quilts Des Moines was a fantastic experience. We worked hard but also found a little play time too! The Iowa Quilt Museum with their exhibit of red and white quilts was outstanding!

The show proved to be one of the best and I’m sure will continue next year. The production lines were a success largely in part to Helen Smelzer, Teri Walter and Georgia Forbush, thank you ladies for all your hard work! We received a rather sizable fabric donation from Northcott and some other companies in the works! A little networking was very fruitful!

There will be another Quilt of Valor Presentation on June 20 at 7:00 pm at the Main Street community center, 255 park ave. Amherst.

June Birthdays
Barb Stiner
Ursula Marciniak
Patricia Mahoney
Diane Shepherd
Joanne Palun
Dolores Bean
Deb Beard
Janet Shirba
Keri Celik
MaryAnn Grayson

Notes from the President
Memorial Day has come and gone, the summer season has started, schools have let out for the summer and the County Fair is just around the corner along with the quilt show. I have been working on things for the Fair, and hope to get them done in time.My prayers go out to Bobbie, Joann and Kathy on their losses of family members.Hope to see you all at the meeting on Thursday and remember, blue bags and fat quarters.Jean Ruth

2016 Quilt Show
We’ll have a short Quilt Show meeting at 6:00pm before the Guild meeting Thurs. June 9th.Quilt Show reminders………1.  Please bring items for Guild Shop – (Resale)
2.  We need a couple members to help Fran Weber organize the Guild Shop at the Quilt Show.
3.  Scraps for Scrap Box
4. All “Pre Quilt Registrations” forms must be in at the June meeting.
5. “Final Quilt Registrations” will be handed out at the June meeting and due by the September meeting. (sooner if possible)
6. We can start bringing “new”, (un-used) items to Barb Spieker for Chinese Auction Baskets.
7. We’ll have sign-up sheets at our August – September meetings.Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons:
Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer


Program

Ruth Groot and Judy Pickworth from the fair will be going over fair entries. Ruth is looking for a few volunteers to bring in some quilts so a former fair quilting judge will be explaining how quilts are judged at the fair.


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Blue bags will be at the June meeting for the following:
Bobbie Bruck – Death of mother – Autumn colors
Joanne Palun – Death of husband – Prefers greens
Kathy Clark – Father died – Enjoys blues


STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Thoughts of retirement are blossoming these days as I am now into day four of my next life adventure.   So naturally the question beckons, do quilters retire too?  I only have my family history to use as a resource, and that is varied.  My 95 year old mother-in-law just decided at one point she really couldn’t do it any more.  And she did not have a “stash” or lots of leftover quilting things. She just used up what she had and was done.  On the other hand, my grandmother did have some bits and pieces left.  She worked at stitching until the Parkinson’s wouldn’t let her do any more.  That last few blocks were maybe not all pieced as accurately, but they were pieced with love, and my daughters had some very nice doll blankets to help them remember Great Grandma.   I’ve plans to work like crazy in my retirement to “finish” all my started projects.  But I imagine daughters  Sarah and Anne, and the granddaughters, Maddie and Bekah, and possibly Alice and Evelyn will be waiting for the leftover scraps.  I’ll try to leave them some real treasures!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig


Community Service

Teri Whidden

Janice Good, Linda Janowicz & Kathy Spencer turned in finished baby quilts.  Thank you so very much!

The guild received an invitation to attend the 6th annual quilt show that was being held at the Grafton Correctional Facility.  What a great show it was!  There were tons of items that the inmates made for their community service projects that will be going to different organizations in Lorain County. Baby items, crochet hats, mittens & scarves for the homeless veterans, tote bags, teddy bears and so much more. They also made several quilts for “Quilts of Valor” that will going to the veterans home.

There is zero budget for any materials and so they rely on any and all donations thru churches, guilds, family and private sectors and they are so very appreciative of them. Our guild was recognized as a large donor.

Pat Serio, Kathy Spencer, their friend, and I attended the show.  I did not know what to expect and was so very pleasantly surprised at the volume, range of talent, creativity and how they made beautiful items from our discards and leftovers.

Mrs. Novak has brought in 2 ladies that come once a week to teach those who are interested machine quilting. The fellows that decided to learn this have done so with great results.  It was amazing to see the difference since they started 5 months ago.  I know Marion and Pat and they told me that they are having such a blast teaching and watching these fellow grow and they are very glad that they said yes to doing this.

I am so very thankful that I went.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Please remember to bring your bags of fat Quarters to the June meeting. I will be doing the sorting during the meeting and passing them back out before you leave. If you can’t make it to the June meeting, please let me know ahead of time!

Thanks!
Kelly

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

Hello everyone,

I first want to thank all of you for the time, work, effort and money you have put in to helping with the HOME OF THE BRAVE.  I wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t because of all the work you and your guilds have done.

I am just so EXCITED of the number of quilts sent to the spouses, mothers and fathers. 378 quilts have been mailed out from the beginning of our involvement in the NATIONAL HOME OF THE BRAVE PROJECT.  I hope you will be as excited as I am with the fact that there are only 37 soldiers that need to have their loved ones found.  That can mean anywhere from 37 quilts to as many as 111 more quilts to meet the need of all our Fallen Heroes. I just received an email with addresses for 6 of those 37 soldiers from a supporter like you who wants to help make a difference!

What I am asking is for every guild to please make 10 or more quilts.  Some of you are individuals, so what ever you could do to help reach our goal is welcome.

THANK YOU! from the beginning of Beverly Macbeth’s time to when I took over in 2011 YOU have been there supporting our OHIO FALLEN HEROES. Let’s make sure ALL of their families know they may be Gone But NOT Forgotten!

Youth Corner
Jean RuthWe met in May and continued to work on the tops. I wish I could pick out fabric like they can. We are planning the next three meetings on the Thursdays we have Guild (June, July and August) at 10 in the morning until about 2. We find that with classes that are too long the girls start to get restless and lose focus. Hope to see you on Thursday.

Challenges

The Red and White quilts are going to be an on-going challenge in 2016, please think about participating in this challenge! Nine beautiful quilts were shown at the December meeting, get yours started now for the next deadline at the July potluck. All quilts shown will be in the special “What’s Red and White and Quilted All Over?” exhibit in our 2016 quilt show.

LCP April 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 8 – April 14, 2016

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes
Jean Ruth called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There was one visitor.  The program for the evening was Nine Nifty Notions, which was presented by K.C. from the Little Red Quilt House in Medina.  K.C. started by pointing out that the shop has been open since 2009, and they offer a nice selection of traditional quilting fabrics, patterns, kits, and of course, NOTIONS.  The shop is located at 3616 Ridge Road in Medina.  Following a very informative and entertaining presentation there was lots of shopping to be had.  K.C. also distributed a generous 20% coupon for the shop!

Minutes:  Jean asked if there were any changes to the February minutes, and since none were noted the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report:  It was reported that $7,610.15 in our Treasury, with the Home of the Brave at $1,085.55 and Quilts of Valor at $203.36.  Vickie Morris made a motion to approve the financial report, which was seconded by Libby Betounes. The Motion passed.

Community Service:  Teri Whidden was present with several quilt kits for anyone interested in helping out.

Future Programs:  MaryAnn Grayson informed the group that in April will have either Quilter’s Source or Debbie Lee.  Also, in April and May, Gloria Kellon will be teaching classes during the day on making her glorious jackets and vests.  There was a sign up tonight for the classes.  Mary Ann reminded the group of the August AQS Trip.

Membership:  No Report.

Home of the Brave: No Report.

Quilts of Valor:  It was reported that the February 22nd event was wonderful and very moving!! They presented Quilts of Valor to five local veterans on Monday night in a wonderful ceremony. A thank you note from one of the recipients was read to the group.  It was also shared that there was another beautiful note of gratitude in the Newsletter that just came out.
Fat Quarter Exchange:  Kelly Grace reported that she had 13 sign ups as of tonight and she would keep taking names until next month.

Quilt Show 2016:  Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer reported that pre-entry sign up forms would be distributed at the April meeting as they need 150 quilts for the show.  Everyone was welcome to sign up to bring up to 3 quilts each.  The form would ask you to list your quilts and the dimensions for each.  Julie indicated that there would also be a line on the form where you can enter the number of additional quilts you could bring if they find they need more quilts.  Julie also stressed that she really needs the dimensions as she uses those to chart out the quilt show layout.  There were a few questions for the Show Committee:

1) Can we submit quilted garments?  YES.
2) Can we submit antique quilts?  YES, but don’t submit items that are too fragile to be hung up using clips.
3) Could you use antique dress forms to display?  YES

Julie reported that she would be out of town in April so the next Quilt Show Committee meeting would be held in May @ 6:00 p.m. before the regular guild meeting.

Show & Tell:  There were 21 quilts, 5 bibs, 7 bags, and 1 door hanging.

There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

Just before Easter I was able to mail out 9 more quilts to the Columbus Survivor Outreach Service Coordinator who plans on delivering the quilts to 4 of our fallen hero’s families.  That now brings our number to 43!!!  (Though one more is needed for a father if she can locate him.)

Don’t faint but I WILL BE ATTENDING the guild meeting this Thursday.  If you enjoy hand stitching the bindings (I’ll have them sewn on by machine)  please come early.  I have 8 quilts that will be completed when the bindings have been sewn.  We can sew and chat as we work away.  Feel free to bring something to nibble or drink (just make sure the beverage has a lid on the container.)   I will be there around 4pm.  I’ll probably eat a late and larger lunch.

I truly want to thank the outpouring of support.  We are making such a difference.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!!

Community Service

Teri Whidden

In March, Sandy Lambert, Barb Steiner, & Kelly Grace donated lots of toiletries!  Barb King, Judy Riggle, Kelly Grace, Mary Lou Brown & Janice Good donated baby quilts!  Linda Janowicz donated a bin of misc. some that was  given to the Grafton facility.  Thank you so very much ladies!

Sunshine Committee
No Report

Blog Content Request
Kelly Grace

Looking for things to post on our blog. Is there something you’d like reviewed? Is there something you’d like to review? Please feel free to send me anything you’d like posted on the blog – reviews (books, notions, patterns), tutorials – either ones you’ve written or ones you’ve found online, etc. Remember this is our guild – you can contribute to the blog as well!

Notes from the President
Well, Mother Nature has done it again, which means we can stay in the house and quilt away. We had a great time in West Virgina and even got the class project done and will have for show and tell. I hope this letter finds everyone well and coming to the meeting Thursday to have fun. My understanding is that we will have a class on either a jacket or a vest­ ­hopefully the things we need will be in this newsletter.Hope to see you all Thursday.
Jean

Program

Speaker is a surprise!

MaryAnn needs to hear from anyone that plans on taking the jacket class. Please call her (440-807-7032) ASAP for details. Six have already signed up and class is 10:30 am to 3:00 pm in April and May. Cost is $35.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

April Birthdays
Georgia Forbush
Judy Echeagaray
Ann Wadas
Barbara Spieker
Ruth Groot
Kathy Clark
Kaye Koler
Nancy Tester
Mary Wallhead
Betty Roll
Helen Smelser
Nina McClain
Elsie Kral

Fat Quarter Exchange

List will be passed out at the April meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting please let Kelly know so other arrangements can be made. All fat quarters will need to be brought in to the May meeting. If you’d like to sign up (last chance!) or have any questions contact Kelly Grace (caelijean@gmail.com).

Challenges

The Red and White quilts are going to be an on-going challenge in 2016, please think about participating in this challenge! Nine beautiful quilts were shown at the December meeting, get yours started now for the next deadline at the July potluck. All quilts shown will be in the special “What’s Red and White and Quilted All Over?” exhibit in our 2016 quilt show.

Youth Corner
Jean RuthThe girls met during spring break and sewed away. A lot of them are still learning but the quarter inch seams are coming along. We plan to meet on the 23rd of April at 10:00 a.m. For a brown bag lunch—bring a sewing machine if you have one. Also looking at the 23rd of May, same place and time and requirements as April.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

We’ve had a pretty productive few weeks! I have three tops quilted and will  be bringing them to the meeting. If you are interested in binding them let me know.

We had another top and presentation case donated by Lindy Sleasman. Also a complete quilt by former member Donna Clapper. Thank you ladies, thank you!

We also had several members volunteer their time at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Cleveland last week! Thank you for all your hard work, it was so much FUN!! The tops that were made there will be going to AMERICA QUILTS EXPO in Des Moines later in May.

Plans are moving ahead for the Quilts of Valor fundraiser in November. I will furnish details as I get them.

Also, we will plan to do another QoV presentation in June or July.

Thank you all so much for making the last presentation an overwhelming success!

SewHappy,
Kaye

Quilt of Valor Presentation

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild will present a QUILT OF VALOR to several local veterans in a ceremony thanking them for their service, sacrifice and valor. Quilts of Valor Foundation is a National organization recognizing veterans and service members by presenting them with a quilt made entirely by volunteers.

The Quilts of Valor we make are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts to comfort those who have given so much to maintain the many freedoms we enjoy today.

The presentation will take place Monday, February 22, 2016, 7:00 pm. at the Main Street Community Center, 255 Park Ave., Amherst.  

Thank you for all that signed up and volunteers to bake!

Kaye, Teri, Helen and Sandy.

 This event is free and open to the public.

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