LCP November 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 3 – November 9, 2017

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Comfort Quilts: Judy Riggle, Linda Janowicz
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 & Fran Weber
Bits and Pieces: Kelly Grace
Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

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

Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 10!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. There were no visitors tonight.

Program:  Mary Huey from Willoughby Ohio, shared with us “An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks”.  Mary splits her quilting time between writing a blog, Through Rose-Colored Trifocals and teaching UFO’s and being obsessed with English paper piecing.

MinutesThere were no changes to the minutes from the August 2017 meeting.  There was a motion to accept the minutes, which carried.

Treasurer Report:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $12,256.11, with Quilts of Valor at $1,209.79 and Home of the Brave at $412.30.  There was a motion to accept the budget, which carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak – Handed out membership card to members tonight and collected more money for memberships which cards will be handed out at the next meeting.

Fair Committee:  Ruth Groot – Nothing new at this time.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle was not present.  Raffle ticket for basket will be chosen this weekend.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler will be hosting a “sew day” QOV Workshop on Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Main Street Building in Amherst. Can bring lunch or eat lunch downtown. She received a $150 donation from VFW in North Ridgeville which was submitted to the Treasurer.

Home of the BraveJanet Alderman reported a great turnout of 10 women which worked very well together and finished 4 quilts.

Youth Sewing:  Lynette Thompson was not present.

Challenges:  Kelly Grace reported to continue working on your UFO’s for this year list.  Start getting ready for your next year list which is due to her by January 31st.

Communication Committee:  Kelly Grace reported nothing new at this time.

Sunshine Committee:  Val Watring reported there is nothing new at this time.

Quilt Show 2018:  Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer Remember to keep working on your projects and your blue and white challenge project.  Pam Scholle and Karen Neuschaefer have finished the Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt top for the 2018 Quilt Show. The quilt will be quilted by Kaye Koler and will be finished by the end of the year.

Hospitality Committee:  Maryann Doucette and Jean Tobia nothing new at this time.

Programs, Events, and Retreats…Oh My:  Donna reported the program for November meeting will be Gayle Pritchard on Ohio Art Quilts and the program for December will be  Terry Hartzell, SASQ (Studio Art Quilts Alliance) Traveling Show – Display of quilts from several different countries.

October 2017: The Berlin Retreat will be in late October, early November (10/29 – 11/1).  See MaryAnn to sign up.

November 2017:  MaryAnn reported that we met our quota for the Umbrella workshop.

February 2018:  NEOROQ has posted their February 2018 Getaway called “Quilting Binds Us Together” and it will be held February 16 – 18, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio.  More information on their new website, which is https://www.neorqconline.org.   Sign up begins 9/1/17.

December 2018: MaryAnn reported that she has planned a quilt cruise for December 2018 which the cruise will be going to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao). The cost is $1,050.00 (if you don’t sew) $1,100.00 (if you do sew) for a 9-day cruise and all the rooms have a balcony!

New Business:  Would like to put a year of rent in a protected fund. A motion was made to put the year of 2018 rent into a CD which carried.

Mutton Hill Quilt Show, Fiber Art Exhibit and Vendor Showcase, Friday, October 13 through Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the John S Knight Center at 77 E. Mill St at Akron, OH. Admission is $10.00.

Announcements:  Chris looked into getting a PO Box but felt it was more than she wanted to pay so she offered her address for mail to be sent to.

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.

Show and Tell:  There were lots of show and tell tonight. Some quilts shown were 3 UFO’s, 2 table runners, row by row quilt, mystery quilt and Baltimore Halloween quilt.

Adjournment:  Meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.  There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Comfort Quilts

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.

November Birthdays

Kelly Grace
Sandy Lambert

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  More UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 65 UFO’s have been finished!!!! Just one more month to finish up for the challenge, we will have some prizes at the December meeting.

Kelly

Treasurer Report

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Remember if you signed up for the UMBRELLA class don’t forget our workshop Thursday!!.  Also make sure you can join us for the meeting because we have art quilter Gayle Pritchard joining us for the evening program.  Gayle started creating art quilts more than 30 years ago, but she has been making art most of her life. From small, intimate drawings to altered and transferred photographs, from collages to three-dimensional assemblages and shrines to gigantic wall quilts, she tells her story. She invites us to to contemplate her experiences as they are presented in her art.  In her work Gayle hopes to touch us on a personal level, making an immediate connection by the familiarity and accessibility of the materials she uses: cloth, paper, photographs, thread, words. Gayle also invites us into HER world, hoping we will be lured to linger by the textural sensuousness we find there!!  It proves to be a MOST interesting night!  Please considering joining us!

Program

October 2017: Umbrella workshop

October 2017: Evening Program – Art quilter Gayle Pritchard (see Notes from the President for more information)

 

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I’ve been rethinking my sewing goals this month.  The good news is that I’ve been working on several projects and have a few things for show and tell which I’m excited about.  But in thinking about the things I plan to do I’ve added a couple more. I realized that my community service part of my quilting has suffered over the years.  At one point I was making  at least 2 baby quilts for donation to our community service chairperson.  It was a good plan–nice simple utility quilts, using up some scraps and maybe even trying a new technique or two.  It was a great way to practice before I started on the masterpiece.  But I’ve not done that in the past few years.  I think it is time to get back to giving back.  Not necessarily because the scrap bin is overflowing, but that might be a part of it.  Many years ago each guild member was challenged to donate 2 community service quilts each year.  I’m challenging myself to do that.  And I’m hopeful that there might be others willing to take up the challenge.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Copied from a recent email: regarding Judy Riggle:  She welcomes visitors.   #315 at (Kendal) Care Center.  It’s 2 hallways past the 3rd art exhibit of photos from Asia.   Ask to ‘hear’ her special card! Sincerely appreciate Kathy Spencer for keeping the guild updated about our gal, Judy!
Val

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

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LCP October 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 2 – October 12, 2017

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leonie
Comfort Quilts: Judy Riggle, Linda Janowicz
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 & Fran Weber
Bits & Pieces Editor: Kelly Grace
Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month
Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 10!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. There was one visitor (Jenny) tonight.

Program: Monique Noonan from Quilts and Sew Forth, Mentor, Ohio presented a trunk show and lecture. She also had some very nice items such as books, lots of fabric, and sewing notions to sale. Monique had a few handouts of quilt patterns.

New President’s Report: I would like to formally introduce myself to everyone and to let you know who I am, and clue you in on WHY I was interested in being your new President. I think it is important for you to truly understand who you elected as your President.

I am from Hamilton, Ohio, in southern Ohio. I am a US Army Veteran. I moved to NE Ohio to go to me. I am no POLLYANNA. I realize in any group you not everyone is going to agree, and good grief, I do realize not everyone is going to “like” everyone else. However, some of the grumblings I have heard “repeatedly” include some people feeling their opinions are never considered; others don’t join committees because their current members may not value their new ideas.

Those things concerned me when THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE. I wanted to see if I could help members feel valued and included. BUT I cannot do it alone. NO officer or committee can resolve everything.

You OWN this guild. Your membership dues are your investment. YOU must participate and want the guild to succeed. You must volunteer not only your ideas, but your time.

I want us to work together to make it the most popular quilt guild in NE Ohio. I want people in other counties to want to join us because they hear such great things about us. I want our quilt shows to be a GRAND success. I want our guild to be here 100 years from now.

Guild Bylaws say… “All members shall contribute to a committee or serve as an officer.” Have you? Do you? The success of our committees ensures the success of our guild. I implore you all to choose a committee and participate. I see the same people volunteering at the fair and at the quilt show. Why are you missing out? Maybe you don’t know what to expect if you volunteer —ask me—I’ve done it.

One of the big complaints I’ve heard is we don’t have enough structured EVENING programming. Our new VP Donna Garrett will be asking for you to volunteer to sit on the PROGRAM COMMITTEE with her. What would that consist of: Finding new teachers, lecturers, quilt shops to present, and coordinating the schedule? Do you have ideas for programs? Do you know someone who may have great ideas you can pass on? Are you willing to help find programs? Okay. Now is the time to put your complaints into action and join the program committee to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

I AGREED to be your President because, I WANTED…to represent the guild and make it YOUR happy place. However, I CANNOT DO IT ALONE. If you think that, you are setting me up to fail. I need YOU to help me by sharing ideas openly, joining committees, volunteering your services and your time. Finally, you will never hear me say the words, “let’s hurry and get through this meeting so you can get home.” I am going to make a big assumption that we are all here because we WANT to be here—right? If you need to leave early, by all means, please do, but I will never rush. I enjoy your company…I love this guild.

Minutes: The minutes were completed by me (one last time) and with the assistance of Communications Chair Kelly Grace, the minutes have been distributed by both email and published on our webpage. Are there any corrections? Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of the 2017-2018 Budget for Review: We distributed the Treasurer’s Report, the 2017-18 budget, and a ledger showing how we spent the money over the past year. The Treasurer’s Report will be filed for audit. There was much discussion and many questions about the budget. There was a motion and a second to approve the 17-18 budget which passes.

However, Chris Yoo stated that it is important for us to understand that budgets are not “written in stone” because the financial position of the guild may change during the year. A budget is a guide that can help us plan for the future as well as assess our current financial situation. We need to “stick to the budget” but it can and should be fluid when necessary.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Membership: Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak – We are in the process of collecting dues for next year. We are having computer issues and will hopefully be able to get membership cards to you by next month.

Karen asked about a 6 month membership for snow birds. It was brought up for discussion and that due to the fact that are dues are so minimal at this point and time we are not going to have a 6 month membership.

Fair Committee: Ruth Groot thanked everyone for helping out which was wonderful because they had enough help. People coming through want to know when we are having our next quilt show and we would like to pass out postcard like we did last year. Fran and her sister made a quilt throughout the week, we had machine embroidery, rug hooking, placemats and Karen did paper piecing which they want her back next year.

Ruth would like to have a form with information regarding the project that you will be presenting so start getting ready for Fair now. Many asked questions regarding the project that it would be nice to have that information for them next year.

Community Service: Judy Riggle reported a donation of toiletries, quilts from student at Oberlin High School 4 pajama bottoms, 8 pillow cases and 25 quilts.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Kohler will be hosting a “sew day” QOV Workshop on Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Main Street Building in Amherst. Please bring lunch and beverage.

Teri Walters reported the PBS special on the Vietnam War is scheduled for WVIZ our local PBS station at 8.00 and again at 9.30pm this Sunday night. The segment is to include information / interview on John Musgrave. John is the Purple Heart recipient Dave and I were honored to meet and gave a QOV to him in Iowa in July. If you miss the program Sunday I was sent a link to view it, I assume after Sunday night. http://video.iptv.org/video/2365492259/

Home of the Brave: No report as Janet Alderman was not present. Chris reported that Janet will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, Oct.12th 9:30 a.m. at the hall before our meeting.

Youth Sewing: Lynnette Thomson that she only has 2 youth as of now. She will be having classes when children are off of school and on Saturdays. Please get the word out that classes are available and she takes boys and girls.

Challenges: Kelly Grace reported prize drawing for the UFO Challenge will be held at the December Potluck/guild meeting. But until then continue working on your UFO’s for this year list. Start getting ready for your next year list which is due to her by January 31st.

Communication Committee: Kelly Grace commented that if you want an email to go out to everyone in the guild to please send it to the guilds email address and not her personal email address. If it’s an email for her personally then you may send it to her personal email. Thank you for your cooperation. Also when you are replying from 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 reported there is nothing new at this time.

Hospitality Committee: A big thank you to Maryann Doucette and Jean Tobia for stepping up and volunteering for the Hospitality Committee…they even started tonight. A big thank you.

Programs, Events, and Retreats…Oh My: Chris Yoo thanked Ruth Groot for hosting a very wonderful workshop on the Carpenter Star. There were 28 folks that participated. Congratulations!

Donna is not from around the area would like assistance from a few people to join the committee to help out with program and workshop ideals. This would be very much appreciated. We will really need to make the Quilt Show as successful as we can in order to make some of these programs to be possible.

October 2017: Home of the Brave Workshop, Thursday, Oct.12th 9:30 a.m. at the hall before our meeting.

October 2017: Evening Program – Mary Huey has a new lecture called, An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks! Mary’s new lecture reflects on how she has updated her quilting style in the past 5 years while striving to use her copious fabric stash and learn some new tricks from modern quilters.

The Berlin Retreat will be in late October, early November (10/29 – 11/1). See MaryAnn to sign up.

November 2017: MaryAnn reported that she has Joanne Hubbard lined up for an Umbrella workshop during the day in November. Will need a head count by October’s meeting.

February 2018: NEOROQ has posted their February 2018 Getaway called “Quilting Binds Us Together” and it will be held February 16 – 18, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio. More information on their new website, which is https://www.neorqconline.org. Sign up begins 9/1/17.

December 2018: MaryAnn reported that she is planning a quilt cruise for December 2018. She will have more information in the next newsletter but it is a cruise to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao). The cost is $1100 for a 9-day cruise and all the rooms have a balcony!

New Business: Kaye Koler was asking about having mail sent to a PO Box for the Guild. Chris will be looking into this and maybe having a PO Box in Oberlin.

Pam Scholle reported that a code will be given to a guild members which will have to start to open the hall up on Thursday mornings. The code can be given to any guild member to open up the hall since the code changes monthly

Announcements: Chris reminded everyone that November 11/9/18 – 11/12/18 is the weekend for the quilt show and we need to start planning now so we are ahead of the game. Some ideal we discussed where: having a small Quilt Raffle
Committee to complete the quilt for raffle by January or February 2018, more members to help out on making gift baskets and more project to sale at the quilt show. If you have a personal quilt for sale, suggestions made were to put a form on your quilt with rip-off tabs with your phone number. Sue Thornton had a few suggestions to help make the quilt show successful. Have an area to display projects from the fair, products from UFOs and project from challenges. Have a blue and white challenge and also have a bake sale.

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.

Show and Tell: There were lots of show and tell tonight. We had so many projects with ribbons from the fair…We ruled at the Fair!!! There were 6 Carpenter star quilts, couple of purses, child’s dress/purse set, pot holders, UFOs, Crabapple (done in crayon) quilt and a raw edged wall hanging.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m. by Chris Yoo. There was a motion which was approved and carried.

Next Meeting: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

October Birthdays

Shirley Williams
Lynette Thomson
Judy Riggle
Christine Bereznay
Bobbie Bruck
Christina Yoo

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  More UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 59 UFO’s have been finished!!!!

Kelly

It’s Membership Renewal time!!

All members need to renew in September for the 2017-18 year. Click HERE to download and print the membership form and bring it to the meeting this week. There will also be forms available at the meeting if you can’t get this form. Turn money ($25 cash or check made out to Lorain County Piecemakers) into Karen Neuschafer or Marilyn Novak.

Dues were due at the September meeting, please turn in your dues or contact Karen/Marilyn. If we do not have your dues before the November meeting you will no longer receive the newsletter.

Christmas Fabric Raffle

The Community Service Committee recently received a donation of Christmas Fabric.  We will hold a raffle on a basket filled with approximately 13 yards of various Christmas fabrics.  The monies collected will buy needed supplies for future Community Service projects.  Raffle tickets will be available at the Guild Meeting, and the cost of each ticket will be $5.00.

The Community Service Committee

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

NOW WHERE IS THAT BUTTON??!!Although I am at the age where I can say I did not grow up using computers or cell phones, I’ve recently discovered that I am definitely influenced by the “computer age.” I made this revelation after a couple of odd momentary lapses in judgment that happened both inside and outside my quilt studio. In both situations, I found myself reaching for a nonexistent button. Let me explain…It all began as I was feverously trying to finish a quilt top that needed to be shipped to my niece in Kentucky. Excited as I neared the finish line, I was zipping along with the pedal to the metal but then stopped abruptly when I realized I had made a serious error in judgment. I had just sewn the wrong two rows together and at that exact moment my right hand flew up to press a button… to press what??? What was I looking for?? Well, the UNDO button of course!! Honestly, for a full five seconds I was momentarily stunned, staring at my sewing machine…only to realize…heh, there’s no UNDO button on this thing!?! Nope, not kidding.

I would have laughed at myself but I groaned instead as I realized what I needed to UNSEW. So I just sat back and grimaced for a moment, trying to understand what had just happened. I am obviously a computer junky. This odd, compelling urge to reach for a nonexistent UNDO button had everything to do with my use of computer software at work. Those programs allow me to make mistakes and simply press the almighty UNDO button to start over. Magic. As we all know, the key to undoing this particular mess was called the “seam ripper.”

Well friends, as a follow up to that rather odd occurrence, I recently learned that my orange Honda Element (aka my pumpkin) also does not possess such a button!! The horrors!! That discovery was made as I backed out of the garage one bright morning and heard a crunch, shatter, and crack. It was a rather odd feeling to have my right hand flinch toward a non-existent UNDO button yet again. I settled for mumbling my new mantra…undo, undo, undo. Made me feel better anyway. I quickly came to the realization that I don’t really need a right passenger-side mirror anyway.

I have since day dreamed about what it would be like for LIFE to have an undo button. Can you imagine?! But that was really a little too much perhaps. But what about a sewing machine with an UNDO button?! Although it would also be nice if my rotary cutter had one too, and perhaps my pumpkin, the oven, my hair stylist, and well…. a girl can dream can’t she? Wink wink.

Please try to join us in October! Mary Huey will be here to present her newest lecture called, An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks!  Mary says that this lecture reflects on how she has been updating her quilting style in the past 5 years while striving to use her copious fabric stash and learn some new tricks from modern quilters.  I know I am eager to learn some new tricks, even if I can’t have an undo button!

See you in October!

Program

October 2017: Home of the Brave Workshop, Thursday, Oct.12th 9:30 a.m. at the hall before our meeting.

October 2017: Evening Program – Mary Huey has a new lecture called, An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks! Mary’s new lecture reflects on how she has updated her quilting style in the past 5 years while striving to use her copious fabric stash and learn some new tricks from modern quilters.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Who doesn’t love a nice quilt show?  Especially one you don’t have to do anything but view the beautiful quilts?  Certainly I’m always happy to attend, but I’ve discovered there are problems involved. In my continuous effort to FINISH what I’ve begun, I am often distracted by that which I may some day WANT to make.  The problem is only made greater when I ogle all the other beauties that have been created.  It is just way too easy.  Here is a book with that very pattern! And look! You can use these strips to create it!  About 60 dollars poorer, I now have the start of the next one down the road.  The problem begins when I look at the list of first, those that I have to get done (count them, 3 baby quilts–two babies are already born; 4 more grandchildren quilts   which are partially started, and 3 more tshirt quilts to make), plus the number that I’ve started and WANT to finish, and finally those that are somehow started and I am clueless why I did.  Then we add the other ones–the ones that NOW I want to make!    I’m not really trying to justify my lengthy UFO list, but rather explain how innocently a list  can be created.  And the quilt show will only multiply the problem.  But I guess if I’m going to be troubled by something, too many quilts to make might not be all that bad.  Plus you know I’m going to that quilt show….

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

At this moment, there has been no news sent to me from members about illnesses or bereavements in the guild.  Let’s count those blessings.The prayer list seems long lately.  So, as I get a moment; I choose to focus on fabric vs. fiends in the news, on TV.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

Comfort Quilts

Judy Riggle

I would like to commend Mary Ann Serezin, aged 91, Kendal resident, who has finished the binding on about 20 community service quilts!  She feels proud of her contributions, saying it’s me and her against the world! since most of the quilts we make together with occasional others donated by guild members.

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.

September 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 1 – September 14, 2017

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Comfort Quilts: Judy Riggle, Linda Janowicz, Sharon Lutz
Hospitality: ?
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
Bits & Pieces Editor: Kelly Grace
Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month
Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 MaryAnn Grayson welcomed the group and asked everyone to make their way to the Library Book sale that was currently taking place.  All books were $2 each and the metal cabinet was also for sale.

MaryAnn thanked Fran Webber for hosting another wonderful Iron Caddy workshop today.  Fran indicated that they had a wonderful turnout and everything went very well.  Fran thanked everyone who participated.

Treasurer Report:  Treasurer Pam Scholle was not present; however, the Secretary Chris Yoo reported that the total balance in checking for club use was $12,561.97, which included $522.01 for Home of the Brave, and $1,378.69 for Quilts of Valor.  It was also noted, however, that the balance did not take into account several pending expenses, such as rent and insurance.

MaryAnn Grayson reminded the group that at the last guild meeting, we had the unhappy task of reporting that the New Russia Township Trustees had decided to raise the rent on the hall from $100 to $150 a month.  However, since that time, Pam Scholle, with the assistance of Karen Neuschaefer went to the last meeting of the trustees and made a presentation that detailed all the contributions made by our guild, which included all the community service projects, HOB, QOV, Youth Group, our collaborative relationship with the Grafton Prison, and so much more.  The trustees were so impressed that they unanimously voted on the spot to reduce the rent back down to the original $100 a month.  Wonderful!!  Thank you Pamela and Karen!!

Fair Committee:  Ruth Groot with the assistance of Judy Pickworth from the Fair discussed all the important details about the upcoming Fair.  Ruth discussed all the areas where volunteers were needed and presented sign-up sheets.  Ruth stressed that on Monday when assisting judges, we cannot help them in any way, and we could not answer any questions about the items being judged.  All questions should be directed to Ruth or Judy.  Judy reported on the judges, noting that they try to switch up the judges from year to year so we get a fresh viewpoint.

It was shared that as long as someone from the guild was present in the Needlework Barn, the guild could distribute flyers promoting our guild, which could include a membership form.  Please consider helping Ruth and Judy this year!  Any questions, contact Ruth.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Kohler announced that they received 4 or 5 quilts back tonight so she wanted to thank everyone who has helped.  Vickie Morris took this opportunity to share that she had the pleasure of presenting a QOV to a 101 year old WWII Army Nurse.  It was a very moving experience.  Teri Walter reported that the Purple Heart recipient that she discussed last month mailed her a book of his poems.  His name is John Musgrave and his story will be part of the Vietnam War Special that will air on PBS in September.

Sunshine Committee:  MaryAnn Grayson asked Val Watring to stand and be recognized for all that she does as the sole member of the Sunshine committee.   MaryAnn reminded everyone to make sure Val is aware if there is a member suffering from an illness or if a member loses a spouse or child so that we can support them with a blue basket.  Thank you Val!!

Home of the Brave:  No report as Janet Alderman was not present.  However, MaryAnn also wanted to thank Janet for all that she has done in locating the families of lost soldiers.  The program has almost reached its conclusion, and Janet should be proud of all her hard work.  Thank you Janet!

Community Service:  No Report as Judy Riggle was not present.  However, MaryAnn reminded everyone of the Christmas fabric raffle basket and asked members to remember to purchase tickets next month.  100% of the proceeds go to Community Service.

Hospitality Committee:  It was reported again that both Karin Knox and Bobbie Brooks have stepped down after years of dedication to the committee, so we really need a couple of members to step up to fulfill this role.  According to the bylaws, the responsibility of the hospitality committee includes setting up the room before meetings, greeting visitors, maintaining sign in sheets and name tags, and making sure the room is in order following the meeting.  Please consider helping out!

Programs, Events, and Retreats…Oh My
August 2017:  The AQS bus trip is next week and it will probably be the last time we do the trip.
September 2017: Day Workshop:  Ruth Groot will be leading the Carpenter Star workshop and in the evening Monique Noonan from Quilts and Sew Forth will vend and present a trunk show!
October 2017: The Berlin Retreat will be in late October, early November (10/29 – 11/1).  See MaryAnn to sign up.
November 2017:  MaryAnn reported that she has Joanne Hubbard lined up for an Umbrella workshop during the day in November.
February 2018:  NEOROQ has posted their February 2018 Getaway called “Quilting Binds Us Together” and it will be held February 16 – 18, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio.  More information on their new website, which is https://www.neorqconline.org.   Sign up begins 9/1/17.
December 2018: MaryAnn reported that she is planning a quilt cruise for December 2018. She will have more information in the next newsletter but it is a cruise to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao). The cost is $1100 for a 9-day cruise and all the rooms have a balcony!

Announcements:  Val Watring reported that they discovered that this facility has a very large First Aid Kit.  She shared that one of the children who were here sewing today learned a valuable lesson about HOT irons.  The very well stocked First Aid Kit is in on the right side of the large kitchen located back by the restrooms.  The kit contains Burn Spray.  It was also pointed out there is an AED by the front door. Val happily reported that the child was okay.  It was duly noted that this was all excellent information to share.

MaryAnn reminded the group that our 2018 quilt show will be in November since we lost the October dates due to a mix up.  However, she reminded everyone that we have secured the second weekend in November (11/9/18 – 11/12/18) for show.  There was brief discussion about how the preparation for the November 2018 quilt show should begin sooner rather than later.

Bobbie Brooks reported she knows of two featherweights for sale, so if anyone is interested, they should contact her.

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.

By the end of the night Vickie Morris was able to report that they made $154 on the sale of the library books and shelving unit.  A big thank you to Vickie Morris, Janice Good, and the late Joanne Palun for their hard work and dedication over the years as they maintained our library.  It was noted that the remaining books would be donated to the Friends of the Oberlin Library and to the Grafton Prison.

Janice Good shared that her daughter-in-law’s mother, Barbara Raymond, wrote a book called the Baby Thief which is now being made into a movie.  It was suggested that Janice share more information on the blog.

Show and Tell:  There were 2 pillows, and 16 quilts, which included several baby quilts, a cowboy quilt, a great grandmother quilt, a CLE Monsters T-Shirt Quilt, a Fat-Quarter quilt, several angel wall quilts, some UFOs, a Quilts & Kreations block of the month giant, a Carpenter’s star, and even a Trip Around the World!!  What creativity!  We are sure to rule at the Fair!!

Next Meeting:  Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
For the last time as your secretary,

Chris Yoo

Comfort Quilts

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.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

It’s finally going to happen!  Come to the meeting this week and sign up to help us COMPLETE what is needed for Home of the Brave.  On Thursday, Oct. 14th we will meet from 9:30 to just before our meeting is held.  I will have sign up sheets for different jobs and ALSO what extra items will be needed. I have 1 ironing board and a couple others would help  (with your irons).  We will need people to measure and cut fabric, sewers for sections, maybe 1 or 2 to iron, and if people would be willing to sew to create whole tops it would be MARVELOUS!!!!  If lots of people come to help I hope we will be able to make the 10 more we need.  For the ten remaining soldiers, we need 13 more quilts!!   OUR GOAL – 13 QUILTS

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!!!

September Birthdays

Pat Serio
Merriedee Pavlenko
Dot Glover
Sandi Morse
Edie Manuel
Anne Schaefer
Fran Weber

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  7 UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 49 UFO’s have been finished!!!!

Kelly

Interesting article about straight pins sent via a guild member. 

https://okanarts.com/straight-pins/

It’s Membership Renewal time!!

All members need to renew in September for the 2017-18 year. Click HERE to download and print the membership form and bring it to the meeting this week. There will also be forms available at the meeting if you can’t get this form. Turn money ($25 cash or check made out to Lorain County Piecemakers) into Karen Neuschafer or Marilyn Novak.

Christmas Fabric Raffle

The Community Service Committee recently received a donation of Christmas Fabric.  We will hold a raffle on a basket filled with approximately 13 yards of various Christmas fabrics.  The monies collected will buy needed supplies for future Community Service projects.  Raffle tickets will be available at the Guild Meeting, and the cost of each ticket will be $5.00.

The Community Service Committee

Fat Quarter Exchange

2 members still need to turn in their fat quarters in order to receive your pack of fat quarters chosen by your friends. Please bring them to the meeting.

We will be doing another exchange next year, please think about joining us!

Hi all,
I have had some requests for doing a class on the Milefiori / LaPass quilt blocks that I brought for show and tell last month. It is English Paper Pieced which is all hand work. (A great take along project!!) If you are interested please email me or let me know at the meeting  so I can arrange a class. I would love to share this with everyone that is interested. There are lots of options and could make this work for everyone!.

Thank you,
Kaye Koler
sewhappyquilting@gmail.com

Notes from the President

Happy September!  I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to autumn—my favorite season.  I can almost hear the rustling leaves and smell the wood burning fireplaces!  With the onset of fall, it’s also the beginning of our guild’s fiscal year. By the time you read this, the guild officers and I will have met to begin discussing some plans for the coming year, which includes planning for our 2018 Quilt Show and finding ways to bring in more evening programs and lectures.  At the September 14th meeting our Treasurer, Pam Scholle, we will be presenting the budget for the year for your review and approval, so please try to join us that evening.

While researching some new program ideas, I came across an interesting article that got me thinking about my “day job.” (Yikes).  I work in Human Resources.  One of our agency goals is to push wellness initiatives on employees.  I don’t always help the initiative when I bring in donuts on Mondays and lead the occasional charge down the street to Starbucks.  However, after reading this interesting article, I just may have to start a new wellness initiative called “Getting Healthy Creatively.”

The article actually said that quilting improves our health in ways even exercise cannot.  You don’t say?!  The study only confirmed what I have known for a long time—quilting improves our well-being in ways that physical activities cannot, and it prompts a creativity that is often stifled as we become adults.

The study was conducted at the University of Glasgow.  They interviewed quilters and found the activity of quilting helps our cognitive, creative and emotional well-being—particularly among what they refer to as “older” people (yours truly included).  The use of all the bright colors was found to be ‘uplifting’, and the activity of quilting distracted participants from the stress of work, and offered mental challenges such as using complex mathematics and geometry. They also found quilting increased confidence and had an important social side that was almost overlooked.

The article pointed out that doing something that engages us and that we enjoy is key to our well-being.  As adults, we don’t often get the chance to do things we may consider fun or playful.  The article concluded that engaging in any hobby that you love, and the simple act of being CREATIVE may be fundamental for our wellbeing.

Since I have 101 hobbies, I am pretty sure I’m going to live to be 101.  How about you?  I don’t know a better reason to continuing creating quilts and coming to our guild meetings to socialize!

Live Long and Prosper Peeps!!

Your New President,
Chris Yoo

Program
Monique Noonan from Quilts and Sew Forth will be vending and will be present a trunk show/lecture at our meeting. She will be setting up about 6pm. During the day is the Carpenter Star Workshop with Ruth Groot.

 

 

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I’ve been too busy to sew.  Blasphemy I know.  But with all the produce rolling in, my time has been spent in the kitchen. With that in mind, I’m more than a little excited to undertake the Carpenter’s Star that Ruth will be leading on Thursday. I’ve already prewashed my fabric, cut it all, pinned pieces together to sew the triangles, and have it all set.  So now the temptation mounts. Can I make it an entire week without starting on it ahead of time?  I wouldn’t want to place bets! There has been such a long span of sewing desert in my life lately that I am fast approaching what I call the “stolen moments” sewing.  Doing laundry?  No problem. I can sit here and sew while the dryer finishes that load I HAVE to hang up. Just put on that canner of spaghetti sauce?  There’s another 35 or so minutes to work.  It could be that by the time Thursday rolls around, I’ll have to cut out another one!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillg

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

We presented a Quilt of Valor to Robert Klein of Avon Lake over Labor Day Weekend. He was nominated by his daughter-in-law Debbie. She wanted to surprise him! He was very gracious and appreciative. Debbie and her husband also made a monetary donation to our Quilts of Valor fund. As always we felt so privileged to be able to present one of our quilts to this amazing veteran. I know he doesn’t look it….. He is 92 years young!!! God Bless him!

We will be hosting a “sew day” QoV workshop on Saturday, October 21, 10-4 pm at the Main Street Building in Amherst. We will have a bring your own lunch and beverage. Many of us also bring a snack to share but is not necessary. It is always a fun and relaxing day so if you’d like to join us, we would love to have you!! Bring a friend …..you don’t have to be a member of Piecemakers.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

I am pretty sure most everyone has family and/or friends somehow impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Prayers to all!  Hopefully Mother Nature will send a bit of SUNSHINE their way soon.

Since our last guild meeting, we sent a card to Cheryl Majewski as her husband is recovering from a heart attack.  Mary Wallhead was sent a bereavement card since both her brother and cousin have recently passed away.

…just wish to reiterate our LCP By-Laws

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

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

LCP August Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 12 – August 10, 2017

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month
Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

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


At 6:30 Guild President Jean Ruth welcomed the group, which included 6 visitors. After a prayer the group enjoyed a wonderful summer picnic! Immediately following, Jean called the meeting to order.

Minutes: There were no changes to the minutes from the June 2017 meeting, so a motion to accept the minutes as distributed, carried.

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

Membership: There was a reminder that the annual dues of $25 are payable in August and September as our membership runs from 9/1 through 8/31.

New Business: Although the treasurer, Pam Scholle was not present, Jean Ruth wanted to bring several financial issues to the group’s attention tonight. The first issue involved the facility rental. The rent for the building has been raised from $100 a month to $150 a month. There was discussion about the increase. It was noted that even though it was a 50% increase, we are still paying $100 – $150 less than than a member of the general public for use of the hall for an entire day. There was a motion to have the treasurer pay the rent as increased. The motion carried.

MaryAnn Grayson and Jean Ruth also discussed the need for committee chairs to seek advance approval for purchases that are expected to exceed $100. There was a question as to whether or not this included Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave as those committees had designated budget amounts. It was discussed that this expectation would be for everyone. Any expense over $100 should be brought to the Treasurer’s attention before the purchase is made.

Jean Ruth and MaryAnn also informed the group that during an inspection of the hall, we were informed that the guild could no longer store any materials on site, including the large library cart. There was a suggestion that we store the books offsite and make a list available for checkout. However, that suggestion was not well received as someone would have to be responsible for storing the books and transporting books back and forth. There was also a suggestion that we have a book sale ($2.00 a book) at the start of the August meeting, and if there were any remaining books, those could be donated to the Grafton prison. This suggestion was well received. There was a motion to liquidate the library and donate the remaining books to the prison. The motion carried. Jean also took this opportunity to remind everyone that when you bring something in for the FREE table, you are responsible for retrieving your items if they do not find a new home before the end of the meeting. If you don’t want the item, it should be put in the trash before leaving the hall. Please do not leave your free items for someone else to clean up. Thank you.

Finally Jean pointed out that since we did not have a contract yet, the Township Hall gave away our 2018 October dates for the Quilt Show. However, we have secured the second weekend in November (11/9/18 – 11/12/18) for our Quilt Show. MaryAnn noted that this could be a good thing and a bad thing as we will be the only quilt show in town during November as most are held in September/October. Therefore we will need to make sure to advertise well. It was suggested that we handout information regarding our November Quilt show to the October quilt shows that we attend. It was point out that this may be the first time we have had a show that fell on one of our regular meeting nights. There was a question about how we will handle the meeting since the hall will be full of quilts. It was agreed that we will discuss that topic down the road. It was also noted that we will need to start planning for our 2018 show sooner rather than later.

Hospitality: Karin Knox indicated that after volunteering for 16 years she would like to step down from Hospitality and would like a couple of new faces to step up to the role.

Community Service: Judy Riggle shared information about distributing 80 quilts and 36 of those were donated from the Grafton prison and given to Blessing House and Genesis House which was very much appreciated. Judy noted for the record that she did purchase a large bolt of Warm and Natural batting which cost more than $100. Judy informed the group that there were several baby quilt kits assembled by Teri Whidden that are ready to be sewn. She asked for volunteers to sign out a kit.

Judy also pointed out that there is a basket full of Christmas Fabric being raffled off tonight. The tickets are $5 each. Judy noted that there were over 15 yards of fabric in the basket, which was donated by Teri Whidden. There was a motion to have the proceeds from the raffle basket ticket sale go to community service. The motion carried.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler reported that she needs volunteers to bind several quilts and to quilt at least one. Kaye also commented that if we know anyone who wants or deserves a quilt of valor, that we should contact one of the QOV committee members. Kaye then asked Teri Walter shared some exciting news about a few of her husband Dave’s quilts.

Dave’s quilt “Three Tours” was chosen for display at the Iowa Quilt Museum for 6 weeks. A total of 25 quilts were chosen from all over the US. Following the display the quilts will be awarded to a recipient. They had also entered their Purple Heart Quilts. Although not chosen for the museum, they were asked if we would be willing to donate their two Purple Heart Quilts to two deserving veterans. One PH quilt was presented Memorial Day weekend to a WWII veteran. The second PH quilt was awarded on July 9th at a large presentation at the conclusion of the QOV display.  Teri’s husband Dave made all 3 quilts– -with a little help from Teri of course! The recipient on July 9 had earned 3 Purple Heart medals during his service and will featured in a PBS documentary in September 2017.  Thank you for sharing Teri! Wonderful news! Congrats to you and Dave!

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported that she has 10 names left on the list. Janet shared some problems she is having printing certificates and labels; however, MaryAnn Grayson volunteered to see if she could help. Janet indicated that in August she will bring in loads of scraps so that anyone interested could help her cut fabric to prepare kits for more quilts. Janet thanked everyone one for their participation because we are making a difference!

Programs & Workshops: Vice President MaryAnn Grayson thanked Sharon Lutz for hosting a wonderful Christmas in July Table Topper Challenge today. The Table Toppers were on display tonight for judging by guild members. Members were to vote on the top three. The winners were announced as First Prize – Chris Yoo, Second Prize – Tina Rose, Third Prize Pat Logar. Great job ladies and congratulations to everyone! It was clear that the event was a success and many members shared that they hoped it becomes an annual event. Thanks again Sharon!!

August 2017: August 10th: Fran Weber will host another Iron Caddy workshop in August. A sign-up sheet was passed around tonight. Fran will be contacting everyone who signs up with more details, and it was noted that the cost is $10. Also anyone interested in helping Janet Alderman cut HOB pieces for kits, should plan on stopping by the lodge on August 10th!!

August 18th & 19th: Maryann reminded everyone that there are still a few seats left for the August AQS bus trip. Cost is $165.

September 2017: On 9/14/17, Ruth Groot will lead a workshop during the day to make the Carpenter’s Star pattern.

October 2017: Mary Ann reminded everyone of the next retreat at Zinck’s in Berlin. The dates are October 29 th – November 1 st . The cost will be only $96 for the 29 th through the 31 st , noting that there will be an extra change for November 1 st . She also shared that the Amish Shop Hop begins in November 1 st . Maryann also reminded the group that the fall Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes is being held October 15 – 20, 2017. Details can be found at Pegspatches.com. You can sign-up for 2-day classes or one 4-day class.

Fair Report: Ruth Groot distributed handouts regarding the fair, which included the Open Class Entry Form. She reminded everyone that for $25 you can enter as many items as you want, but you can only enter one item per class. August 5, 2017 is closing date for entries. Ruth shared that with your entry you will receive 7 gate entries into the fair. Ruth also reminded everyone that she will need a lot of volunteers again to help sign in entries on Saturday and Sunday 8/19 and 8/20 from Noon – 5:00 p.m. and again on Monday 8/21 to help with the judging. She will also need help with pick up following the fair. Ruth will have sign-up sheets at the next meeting. Please considering helping out and representing your guild.

Unfinished Business: None

Show and Tell: There were 17 quilts, which included a five-year hexie-quilt, a Baltimore album, a Judy Niemeyer, an Eye Spy, a monkey quilt, and a Kwanza quilt! There was also a gorgeous applique pillow, a beautiful butterfly quilt, and too many amazing millefiore quilt cogs to count. I hope we see some of these beautiful items in the fair!! We rock!

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo

August Birthdays

Donna Clapper
Linda Janowicz
Janet Reynolds
Barbara Cowger-Vilagi
Valerie Watring
Rosemary Goodwin
Mary Lou Brown

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  7 UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 49 UFO’s have been finished!!!!

Kelly

Interesting article just found online.

http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/are-you-an-accidental-thief/

It’s Membership Renewal time!!

All members need to renew in August or September for the 2017-18 year. Click HERE to download and print the membership form and bring it to the meeting this week. There will also be forms available at the meeting if you can’t get this form. Turn money ($25 cash or check made out to Lorain County Piecemakers) into Karen Neuschafer or Marilyn Novak.

Christmas Fabric Raffle

The Community Service Committee recently received a donation of Christmas Fabric.  We will hold a raffle on a basket filled with approximately 13 yards of various Christmas fabrics.  The monies collected will buy needed supplies for future Community Service projects.  Raffle tickets will be available at the Guild Meeting, and the cost of each ticket will be $5.00.

The Community Service Committee

Fat Quarter Exchange

3 members still need to turn in their fat quarters in order to receive your pack of fat quarters chosen by your friends. Please bring them to the meeting.

We will be doing another exchange next year, please think about joining us!

Notes from the Vice President

2017 AQS Quilt Show

Quilters,

There are still spaces for the trip to The AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, MI from Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th. The cost is $165.00 includes deluxe coach transportation, admission to the Quilt Show and double occupancy hotel room and breakfast. We will attend the Quilt Show on Friday afternoon, go to dinner, check in hotel. Saturday’s schedule starts with breakfast, check out, stops at two quilt shops and return home. Please call MaryAnn to sign up or for more information.

Program
Fair project review, Carpenter’s Star prep and Iron Caddy Show.

 

 

 

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Sometime maybe back in  the ’80’s or ’90’s there was a whole system of making quilts that utilized the PPM.  PPM was Private personal measurement.  I think the whole purpose was to help beginning quilters who were perhaps using sewing machines that were not particularly designed for quilters.  It worked very well for any piecing in which the seams one way were the same number as the seams the other way.  Four patches, nine patches and piecing squares together worked fairly well.  As long as you cut the width of your sewn strips or blocks rather than follow the directions, rail fence worked well too.  I’m sure you can catch on, we just sewed 3 strips together, measured, then cut the sewn strips apart at that PPM. With the advent of sewing machines that catered especially to quilters, or the invention of the quarter inch foot, I’ve not really heard much about it lately.  But it is a good concept to keep in mind, especially if you are just learning to sew. If you measure the size of whatever you have made–even if it is now 8 3/4 inches instead of 9 1/2, as long as the setting squares are the same size as the blocks, no problem.  You might end up with a smaller quilt or need to make larger borders, but it will all work out.  I really like that about quilting. It is incredibly forgiving.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Youth Corner

LCP Youth Quilting will be meeting this Thursday from 10am till 2pm.  We will be making community service quilts.  The youth are to bring their own sewing machines if they have access to one and thread (neutral colors).

They will need to bring a brown bag lunch.  Dessert will be furnished.  Any questions please contact me. I will be bringing some extra machines for the youths that do not have a machine.

Lynette Thomson

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Comfort Quilts
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.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY …. 

A big thank you to all who were able to come out and play with us. Those working on table toppers and to those who just came out to sew on their own thing and visit. It was a lot of fun for me. Couldn’t have done it without Elf Charlene Fischer and her food contributions and Elf Christina Yoo and her fun Christmas music.  A big thank you to Lynette Thomson and her coffee making magic, couldn’t have started the day without her!!!!  Also to the “table mover” helpers … you did a marvelous job!

So, are we gonna see any of those table toppers finished come to the August meeting?

Below are some of the “happy” sewing gang that showed up. I think I have seen a couple of these guys on a wanted poster!

Sharon Lutz

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

July 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 11 – July 13, 2017

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month
Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Jean Ruth welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. There were no visitors tonight.

Minutes: There were no changes to the minutes from the May 2017 meeting, so a motion to accept the minutes as distributed, carried.

Treasurer Report: Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget, noting that the balance in checking was $12,444.20, with Home of the Brave at $522.01 and Quilts of Valor at $1,635.83. There was a motion to accept the budget, which carried.

Programs: Vice President MaryAnn Grayson highlighted the sewing that took place today at the Lodge, which included an Iron Caddy Project, led by Fran Weber and the Youth Sewing group, led by Lynette Thomson, made several community service quilts. MaryAnn also reminded us of the the Christmas in July event that will be hosted by Sharon Lutz during the day on July 13th here at the Lodge from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Also the annual Summer Picnic is on July 13th starting at 6:30 p.m. so remember to bring food and a healthy appetite.

MaryAnn reported that Fran Weber is going to host another Iron Caddy project and a Placemat Project in later this summer and early fall. More details to follow. MaryAnn was happy to share that the 37 people who participated in the retreat at Zinck’s in Berlin had a wonderful time– -so much so that they are going to do it again in October. The dates being held are October 29 – November 1st. The cost will once again be only $96 for the 29th through the 31st, noting that there may be an extra change for November 1st. MaryAnn shared that the Amish Shop Hop also begins on November 1st.

MaryAnn also noted that the fall Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes is being held October 15 – 20, 2017. More details can be found at Pegspatches.com. You can sign up for two 2-day classes or one 4-day class. MaryAnn reminded everyone that we have the AQS bus trip coming up August 18 – 19th at the cost of $165.

Fair Report. Ruth Groot reported that the 2017 Fair Books just came out. She reminded everyone that for $25 you can enter as many things as you want, but you can only enter one item per class. August 5, 2017 is the closing date for entries but it is best to tell yourself the deadline is August 1st to make sure you don’t miss it. The dates for the fair this year are August 21st – August 27th. She suggested that we wait until we are sure about what items we would like to enter because we cannot add items to the entry form after it is submitted. If you forget an item, it will cost you another $25 to enter it; so, remember to enter everything on one form. Ruth also reported that our $25 entry fee will also get us 7 gate entries into the fair.

Ruth announced that we have a judge from outside Lorain County this year. Ruth also reported that we are going to need volunteers again for setup, judging day, and tear down. She will have sign-up sheets at the next couple of meetings. It was also reported that when you make an entry, you automatically get the fair book the following year.

Community Service: Judy Riggle shared information about the phenomenal work that is performed every day by both the Genesis House and the Blessing House. These non-profit agencies serve the community in more ways that we can image, everything from domestic violate shelters, crisis shelters, crisis hotlines, educational programs, supplemental after care, intervention services, and so much more. Judy reported that she donated the 24 quilts from the Grafton prison to the Blessing house, which were much appreciated. Judy also reported that Linda Janowicz donated quilts, fabric, PJs, and pillowcases. It was also shared that Mary Lou Brown was working on organizing a PJ party in the fall– -more details will follow.

Membership: It was noted that 6 membership cards were still not picked up. It was suggested that we mail those out. The suggestion was noted. There was also a reminder that the $25 dues will be collected in August/September for the new membership year, which runs September 1 – August 31.

Challenges: Kelly Grace shared that the fat quarter exchange packets were due today and everyone who turned in their FQs were given their packets. Those who forgot to bring their FQs will get their packets when they turn in their FQs. She also reminded everyone to keep working on their UFOs and noted how nice it is to see them at every show-n- tell.

Home of the Brave: No Report.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Kohler reported that the committee presented a quilt last month and accepted a donation of $30 from a friend of the veteran who was honored. Kaye indicated that they distributed QOV membership cards tonight for everyone who signed up previously. She also shared that they have 4 quilts that need quilted so if anyone who can help out, please let her know.

Sunshine: It was reported that Teri Whidden’s sister passed and the group would like to honor her by putting together a blue basket; however, the bylaws only recognize spouses and children. There was a motion that passed to allow a basket for a sister. Therefore, it was reported that Teri’s color was brown
batiks (per the 2015-16 membership listing her favorite color is teal).

Unfinished Business: None.

New Business: The nominating community of Vickie Morris, Barb Spieker, and Barb Cowger-Vilagi reported that they had a slate of officers to present this evening. The slate consisted of four uncontested candidates: Chris Yoo for President, Donna Garret for Vice President, Barb Leoni for Secretary, and Pam Scholle for Treasurer. Since the slate of officers was running unopposed it was suggested that the guild members elect the slate of officers by acclamation (unanimous consent). It was agreed. The new officers were elected and will take office following the August 2017 meeting.

It was reported that the North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council aka NEORQC has a new website which can be found at neorqconline.org.

Show and Tell: Show-n- Tell is a fabulous way to get to know your fellow guild members so always remember to state your name before sharing your treasures. We had a full showing of wonders this evening: 18 quilts, which included 3 baby quilts, a memory quilt, a celebration quilt, and even a t-shirt quilt!

We also saw 3 iron caddies, 1 table runner, a gorgeous embroidered purse, and 3 art quilts! There is serious creativity in this group! Thank you for sharing!

Next meeting STARTS EARLY!! Thursday, July 13th @ 6:30 p.m. for our summer picnic!

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

6/8/17   Thank you for signing the card for Teri Whidden.  Her sister had passed away.  I mailed the card on my way home from the meeting.  At the July meeting we will have a blue bag.  Teri’s  2015-2016 membership information lists her favorite fabric color as TEAL.  Please bring a teal fat quarter of fabric to add to Teri’s bag.

6/9/17…we sent a card to Karen Neuschaefer as she recovers from her reconstructive surgery.

This Lorain County Piecemaker is looking forward to the Christmas in July gig and our Potluck.  Now that is sun-shiny.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY ….
TABLE TOPPER FUN!!

Pre-picnic fun …. 10AM to 3PM
at the Lodge on July 13th

A welcome snack, with coffee and juice to begin the festivities.  A light lunch will be provided.  You will need to bring your own beverage for lunch.

Of course .. table topper needs to be Christmas themed.  You can pre-cut (not sewn), and you have from 10AM until 3PM to work on your project.  Finished or not, they will be collected at 3PM and returned at our picnic in the evening.  Guild members will vote on their favorite table toppers.

Table Runners: min. size of 20″ x 14″

Table Toppers:  min. size of 18″ round/square

Placemats:  min. of 2 @ 18″ x 12″ ea.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

July Birthdays

Maryann Doucette
Kathryn French
Betty Durack
Beverly Tucker
Pam Scholle
Dianne Clawson
Sharon Lutz
Judy Krugman
Shirley Mayo
Vicki Morris
Charlene Fischer
Teri Walter
Mary Jane Toney
Ruth Bradley
Cindy Kraft
Alice Mawdsley

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  8 UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 40 UFO’s have been finished!!!!

I finally have a finish this month too!!

Kelly

Pillowcase Information ….

I recently pulled out  my instruction sheet that I had distributed to make my grandson a pillowcase.  Long story short … I have incorrect fabric sizes needed to make the pillowcases.    Please correct your copy to read as follows:

 

BODY …………….         42″ x 27″   (3/4 yd)
CUFF ……………..         42″ x 10″   (1/3 yd)
ACCENT ………..         42 ‘ x  2″  (1/8 yd)

NOTE:  the width for all 3 fabrics should be 42″ wide. This will make a standard pillowcase.

Thank you,
Sharon Lutz

Christmas Fabric Raffle

The Community Service Committee recently received a donation of Christmas Fabric.  We will hold a raffle on a basket filled with approximately 13 yards of various Christmas fabrics.  The monies collected will buy needed supplies for future Community Service projects.  Raffle tickets will be available at the Guild Picnic, and the cost of each ticket will be $5.00.

The Community Service Committee

Fat Quarter Exchange

3 members still need to turn in their fat quarters in order to receive your pack of fat quarters chosen by your friends. Please bring them to the sew-in or the meeting.

We will be doing another exchange next year, please thing about joining us!

Notes from the Vice President

2017 AQS Quilt Show

Quilters,

There are still spaces for the trip to The AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, MI from Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th. The cost is $165.00 includes deluxe coach transportation, admission to the Quilt Show and double occupancy hotel room and breakfast. We will attend the Quilt Show on Friday afternoon, go to dinner, check in hotel. Saturday’s schedule starts with breakfast, check out, stops at two quilt shops and return home. Please call MaryAnn to sign up or for more information.

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

Potluck – starts at 6:30

 

 

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

My granddaughter Maddie is just so eager to learn to sew. On Grandma’s sewing machine!  I hate to think I’m not the sharing type, but I’m a little hesitant to just let her have a go at it. Luckily daughter Anne came to my rescue.  In our family, it has been a tradition to begin by sewing without thread down the lines of notebook paper.  Yes, it dulls the needle, but no matter, it saves on thread and teaches control before adding the other complications of fabric and thread.  And Anne made sure that I had planned for Maddie to begin like her grandmother and mother and aunts who came before.  So, at grandma camp this year, I dutifully dug out the really old (and heavy) Singer, stuck in a new needle and let her rip through two sheets of paper.  Before she left, I promised the next time she could use thread and fabric.  Now the dilemma, Does she sew on my machine or maybe I’ll dig out the old Bernina I bought and learn to use it myself.   At any rate, the next generation is ready to sew!!!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Youth Corner

LCP Youth Quilting will be meeting this Thursday from 10am till 2pm.  We will be making community service quilts.  The youth are to bring their own sewing machines if they have access to one and thread (neutral colors).

They will need to bring a brown bag lunch.  Dessert will be furnished.  Any questions please contact me. I will be bringing some extra machines for the youths that do not have a machine.

Lynette Thomson

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Hello everyone!
Fourth of July is but a (wonderful) memory …..hope you all enjoyed it! Nothing new to report  for Quilts of Valor. We do still need help with quilting some of the tops ….. Backing and batting is included. We don’t want you to have to supply that. So, if you longarm and would like to help we would be most Grateful…If you can help us please let me know and I can bring the tops to the meeting.

Thank you Sew much!!
Sewhappy,

Kaye and the Quilts of Valor committee.

Comfort Quilts

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.

LCP June 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 10 – June 8, 2017

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month
Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Jean Ruth welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. There were 2 visitors tonight plus a couple of returning winter Texans.

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

Treasurer Report: Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget, noting that the balance in checking was $13,428.70, with Home of the Brave at $522.01 and Quilts of Valor at $1,635.83. There was a motion to accept the budget, which carried.

Community Service: Judy Riggle reported that they have accepted 24 quilts for Genesis House, plus toiletries that were donated previously and even more accepted tonight. Judy also shared that the 24 quilts displayed here tonight were donated and made by the Grafton inmates, and those quilts will be presented to Blessing House. Judy announced that the Correctional Institute in Grafton will be holding a Quilt Show on May 23rd from 11am – 1pm, however anyone interested in attending must RSVP to Judy so she can add your name to the visitor list. You will be asked for a photo ID when you arrive. Also, guests to the show are encouraged to bring a quilt to share with the inmates who rarely get a chance to see other quilts. Someone asked if they could donate quilt books to the inmates. Judy replied that she thought it was permissible because we have donated thread before, but she was not 100% sure.

Finally Judy shared that a friend of hers is selling some vintage quilts so if you are interested talk with Judy.

Future Projects: Vice President MaryAnn Grayson indicated that several members tonight had upcoming projects lined up so make sure you take note. Those projects include:

On June 8th at 11:00 a.m. Member Fran Weber will host a workshop during the day here at the Lodge. We will be making the Sister’s Common Thread Caddy Pad which is a clever iron tote and ironing pad all in one. Fran distributed a sign-up sheet at the meeting so she could get the kits together for next month. Fran will contact those who sign up with more details. However, if you signed up and missed that message, you should plan on bringing the following: sewing machine and all the basic sewing supplies including thread, cutting board, rotary cutter; your main outer fabric for the pad which should measure at least 28″ x 21″ fabric for your binding and handles (1/4 yard of WOF or a fat quarter); two 1″ or larger buttons (shank type is best but flat one will work); and $10 for the required kit. Optional accessories to bring include walking foot and iron. Fran will bring the kits with other materials. Fran estimates the project will take approximately 2 hours. Remember June 8th at 11:00 a.m.

On July 13th at 10:00, Member Sharon Lutz will host a Christmas in July event. Part of the event will be a table topper quilt challenge.  Sharon noted that our table topper must be Christmas themed to be entered for a prize, and we can begin sewing any time after 10 a.m., then at 3 p.m. the challenge will end and the tops collected and brought back for our Annual July Picnic which is the same evening.   Guild Members will then have the chance to vote on their favorite table topper. Sharon noted that your table topper can be pre-cut, but it cannot be sewn. A welcome snack will be provided to start your sewing fun and a light lunch will be served so please make sure to RSVP to Sharon. She has a sign-up sheet going around tonight. Sharon noted that even if you don’t want to participate in the table topper challenge, you can come join the fun and work on one of those Christmas project or gifts ahead of time this year!  Remember July 13th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Member Ruth Groot also shared a quick and easy quilt pattern called Carpenter Star, which is also referred to as the 4-Hour Quilt Top. Ruth noted that this was a nice pattern to work on during the fall, perhaps in September. She indicated that for the quilt all we need is 1 yard of a dark fabric, 1 yard of a medium fabric, 1 yard of border fabric, and 2 1/2 yards of background fabric. She highlighted the fact that you need to have a good contrast between the background fabric, the medium fabric and the dark fabric, to ensure the design of the pattern will stand out.  The pattern can be found at the following link: http://quiltfrog.com/fourhour.html

Maryann reported that the Berlin retreat was a lot of fun and everyone had a wonderful time. MaryAnn went on to say that the event was SO popular she is planning another retreat in the fall, perhaps October 29 – November 1st. More details to come. MaryAnn also reminded everyone of the upcoming August Bus trip to AQS.

Membership: See Marilyn Novak to pick up your membership card, as she still has many to distribute. There was also a reminder that they dues will be collected in August/September for the new membership year.

Jean Ruth also took this opportunity to request at least 3 people volunteer to head up the Nominating Committee for officers because they will be voting for at least a new President in September because she, reluctantly, needs to step down as the guild president due to competing priorities right now. Jean assured the group that she will be staying on as a member, but she cannot serve as an officer at this time.

Challenges: Kelly Grace shared that the fat quarter exchange packets are due back either tonight or in June so she can sort them and return to everyone at the June meeting. She also reminded everyone to keep working on their UFOs.

Susan Thornton shared that she is challenging herself to make a green quilt in memory of Joanne Palun because green was Joanne’s favorite color. Sue thought it might please Joanne to know that her friends are making green quilts inspired by her memory. Susan wanted to pass on this suggestion to anyone else who might like to do this to honor our lost friend Joanne.

Vickie Morris took this opportunity to remind everyone that Joanne Palun was a big part of our guild’s library committee. Vickie also commented on how moving it was to see that Joanne’s family had displayed her beautiful quilts during the funeral calling hours. There was a motion to take up a collection to make a donation in Joanne’s name for cancer research. Although well received, many people were unprepared to make cash donations tonight and asked if this could happen in June. Therefore, anyone who wishes to make a donation in Joanne’s honor may contribute in June.

Home of the Brave: No Report.

Quilts of Valor: The committee thanked everyone who helped with the QOV event last Saturday as they had a good group. They accomplished so much, including binding, labels, finished several projects and many are ready to be quilted. The committee put out a call for volunteer long-arm quilters. They hope to make another presentation soon.

Tonight’s Program: MaryAnn reported that approximately 15 people came to today’s Embroidery Sew Day. A big thank you is going out to Karen Neuschaefer for all her help. MaryAnn noted that some participants used their embroidery machines for the very first time today! MaryAnn also shared an important warning, Dot Glover’s embroidery machine bites!! Stay clear.

MaryAnn took this opportunity to present Karen Neuschaefer’s Embroidery Trunk show that included quilts, pillows, jackets, placements table runners, wall hangings and so much more! Sue Shillig also shared some examples of old fashion hand embroidery that were absolutely stunning! A big thank you to both Sue and Karen for sharing their talent and inspiration!! It was quite a sight to behold ladies!!

Youth Sewing: Lynette Thomson shared that they will host a Youth Sewing group on June 8th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. here at the Lodge for anyone who wishes to bring a kid or two and help out. We need you to also bring your sewing machine and basic supplies and the Youth Group is asking for donations for community service quilts as they need kits for the kids to new. Boys and Girls are welcome. Please consider joining the group.

Announcements: Iris Tewksbury reported that she is looking for a pattern that she saw in the Quilters Newsletter in either 2008, 2009, or 2010 so if you have a stack of this publication, maybe you can help her? Please contact Iris at irisquilt@yahoo.com. We will try to get a photo of the pattern in the newsletter.

Show and Tell: There were so many wonderful quilts, including several UFOs that this quilter lost count. Thank you for sharing ladies!! We are so creative!

Next meeting: Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

As of today, June 1st:  no illnesses or bereavements to report.

Yippee!

Let’s focus on having a sunny disposition.  Quilting sure helps!

Val

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
AT THE LODGE ….
July 13th .. 10AM – 3PM

Just a reminder that we will be having a table topper contest on our regular meeting day at the lodge.  Christmas themed, hence; Christmas in July.

To participate you will need to make either a table topper/table runner or at least 2 placemats.

Rules are simple .. Christmas themed: you can have your project pre-cut, but not pre-sewn. Projects will be collected at 3PM, finished or not; and they will be returned in the evening at our picnic for the Guild members to vote on them.  Yes, prizes to the top 3…..

A welcome snack, coffee and juice will begin the festivities.  A light lunch will be provided.  You will need to bring your own beverage for lunch.

Sign up sheet will be at the June meeting.

Thank you … hope you join in the
fun!

Sharon Lutz

June Birthdays

Dolores Bean
Deb Beard
Barbara Stiner
Kathy Kayden
Keri Celik
MaryAnn Grayson
Janet Shairba
Carol Stomieroski

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s! Anyone that has not yet turned in your fat quarters for entry into the challenge, please bring them to the meeting Thursday (hint hint: Sharon Zacharias). 8 UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Anyone that has signed up for the Fat Quarter Exchange received their bags and list at the April meeting. Please remember to bring your fat quarters in the bags to the June meeting. Everything will be sorted during the June meeting and returned before you leave the meeting. Can’t wait to see what everyone has picked out!!!

Notes from the Vice President

2017 AQS Quilt Show

Quilters,

There are still spaces for the trip to The AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, MI from Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th.

The cost is $165.00 includes deluxe coach transportation, admission to the Quilt Show and double occupancy hotel room and breakfast.

We will attend the Quilt Show on Friday afternoon, go to dinner, check in hotel. Saturday’s schedule starts with breakfast, check out, stops at two quilt shops and return home.

Please call MaryAnn to sign up or for more information.

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

No Report

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

This month’s threads are more random than most, due in part to so many interesting thoughts I’ve had about quilting this month and  upcoming quilt activities.  First, let me just say that the time before the guild meeting may be as much fun as the meeting itself–no offense to our wonderful speakers and president.  I hadn’t “gone early” to sew for quite some time so was surprised that some had hauled in food for lunch.  Many were doing as much visiting as they were sewing.  I had come with the intent to do some serious sewing and could not help but get pulled into all the fun.

Then while teaching my granddaughter to embroider, she made the most interesting comment to me while attempting to stall on the getting ready for bed routine. Her quote, which went straight to my heart, was, “Doesn’t Mom know that sewing is my LIFE?” Words from a 7 year old, so probably not to be taken too seriously, but still…

Finally, my friend and I so enjoyed last year’s row by row experience that we are eager to start a new one this year. Free patterns are available at participating quilt shops all over the United States and some countries.  The link is  http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/  and it starts June 21st. This year’s theme is “on the go”.  Hope you are all getting a little sewing done in between your summer fun.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Youth Corner

LCP Youth Quilting will be meeting this Thursday from 10am till 2pm.  We will be making community service quilts.  The youth are to bring their own sewing machines if they have access to one and thread (neutral colors).

They will need to bring a brown bag lunch.  Dessert will be furnished.  Any questions please contact me at (440)365-6954. I will be bringing some extra machines for the youths that do not have a machine.

Lynette Thomson

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

It was asked at the last meeting how many quilts we, as a guild, have furnished for Quilts of Valor. I began volunteering for Quilts of Valor back in 2009. Since then there has been 97 quilts either mailed or presented to our veterans and tops waiting to be quilted. Below is a breakdown, as best as I can determine. There are several variables such as outside donation of quilts from non guild members, quilt tops made by members on their own, and tops that have been quilted and returned directly to QoVF,  JoAnn Hubbard workshops and our own QoV sew days. And outside groups from local churches.

Also included are the 16 tops I have on my shelf that need to be quilted. I am immensely proud of our guilds hard work and amazed to say that I have personally quilted eighty three of those quilts! Thank you Judy for asking that burning question ! ! My paper work is now organized and accounted for. Having a committee has helped me far exceed any expectations I may have had…….The numbers speak for themselves……Thank you Helen Smelzer, Teri Walter and Sandy Lambert!

2009   12 quilts
2010   11
2011     2
2012     4
2013     5
2014   21
2015   16
2016   18
_________
89

2017   so far this year 8.

It is with a full heart that I say thank you to each and every one of you that have helped in any way, large or small make this happen!

SewHappy…….

Welcome to Spring everyone!

We presented a quilt to Jeff Newcomb on May 17th. It was truly our pleasure to meet him and get acquainted. He is a remarkable man who has served his country for many years and is now retired. Thank you Jeff, we salute you! And thank you to his friend Lori C. for nominating him and also for her
Donation to QoV.

I will have some quilts that need binding done and some that need to be quilted. If you like to help, please see me at the meeting …… thanks goes out to all those who continually give of their time and talent  for our Quilts of Valor committee. We very much appreciate it!

Kaye Koler

Comfort Quilts

Judy Riggle

No Report.

2 of the many quilts recently made by the inmates at Grafton Correctional for Blessing House are shown below.

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.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

May LCP Newsletter

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

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month
Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

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

Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

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

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS IN JULY CHALLENGE  ….

July 13th 10 AM – 3:00 PM

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

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

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

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

Thank You,
Sharon Lutz

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

May Birthdays

Rachael Dykes
Iris Tewksbury
Joyce Zickefoose

UFO Challenge

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

Fat Quarter Exchange

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

Notes from the Vice President

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

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

    STRAY THREADS…
    Sue Schillig

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

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

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

    Piecefully,
    Sue Schillig

    Youth Corner

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

    Lynette Thomson

    Quilts of Valor
    Kaye Koler

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

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

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

    On behalf of the entire committee, we thank you!

    Comfort Quilts

    Judy Riggle

    Piecemakers who have contributed are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LCP April Newsletter

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

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month
Time:        7:00 PM
Location:  New Russia Township Lodge,
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quilts of Valor:  No Report.

Home of the Brave:  No report.

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

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

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

April Birthdays

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

UFO Challenge

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

Fat Quarter Exchange

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

Notes from the Vice President

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

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

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

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

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

    STRAY THREADS…
    Sue Schillig

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

    Piecefully,
    Sue Schillig

    Youth Corner
    Jean Ruth

    Quilts of Valor
    Kaye Koler

    No Report

    Community Service
    Judy Riggle

    No Report

March LCP Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 7 – March 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

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

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

March Birthdays

Susan Schillig
Susan Thornton
Janet Alderman
Donna Garrett
Casandra Brown

UFO Challenge

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

Fat Quarter Exchange

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

Spring Retreat

Berlin, Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karen

Notes from the President

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Program

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • March
    • Join us for our monthly workday from 10:00 am until ..Wool Stitch Sampler Workshop with Felice Troutman. 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Workshop is free, RSVP Required.  Kits will be furnished for those who register.Call or text  MaryAnn.  Deadline is Tuesday (3/7).Trunk Show with Felice will start at 7:00 pm with our meeting to follow. She will have items to vend.
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

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

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

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Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

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Community Service
Judy Riggle

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