December 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 4 – December 8, 2016

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

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

Meeting Minutes

Program:  Mary Ann Grayson introduced Michelle and Diane who were here tonight from Fabric Obsession, which his located in Medina, Ohio.  Michelle and Diane brought a small sampling of many things from their shop, including many sale items.  The ladies noted that they offer a multitude classes at the shop, and they mentioned that the shop also carried wool and wool applique patterns for the woolies in the crowd. The ladies demonstrated making fabric wine bags which were surprising very quick and easy to make, no more than 15 minutes.  They had many kits on sale today. The ladies also passed around a $5 coupon for everyone and held a raffle drawing for 5 lucky winners tonight!!

Michelle and Diane closed by noting that the shop is located at 142 North Court Street, Medina, Ohio.  Although they have a website, it is currently under construction so visit them at their Facebook page for lots of information and photos.  The store is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  The hours are Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting:  Vice President Mary Ann Grayson called the meeting to order as Jean Ruth was out of town.  There were two visitors tonight.

Minutes:  There was one name misspelling noted that will be changed in the official October minutes.

Quilt Show, Quilt Raffle Drawing:  The winner was drawn tonight.  It was Ruth Bradley of Wellington, Ohio.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance was $12,752.16, of which Home of the Brave reported a balance of $782.69 and Quilts of Valor reported a balance of $380.83.  However, it was noted that the Towne Center Fundraiser will add another $605.00 to that total.  Pam also reviewed the 2016-2017 Budget.  A copy of the treasurer’s report and budget were provided for the record.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report and the budget, which carried.

Challenges: Susan mentioned she was considering several challenges including a Row by Row Challenge, a Willful Waste Makes Woeful Want Challenge: where she was inspired by Fran Weber’s Scrap Basket array and Country Store at the quilt show, and a Blue and Yellow Ohio Provencal Challenge.  Talk with Sue if you are interested in any of these ideas or wish to suggest something new!

Community Service:  Judy Riggle will be taking Teri’s place to lead the guild’s Community Service project, and she is asking for volunteers to help serve on the committee.  Anyone interested should speak with Judy.  It was reported that they will be making pillowcases and PJ bottoms in December.  It was also noted that Mary Lou will also be here in January making PJs too.  Please come help sew from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Teri gave 54 baby kits to the quilters at Grafton and they will return them to us for Blessing House when they are completed.

Membership:  It was reported that if you have not paid your dues you will no longer get the newsletter emailed to you.  Reminder that dues are due in August/September every year.

Library:  Vicky reported that the library was up and running.  If you have any donations, please let her know.

Youth Sew/Community Service Combo:  There will be a youth sew at the Zion United Methodist Church on State Route 113 to make Pillowcases and totes for ladies living at the YWCA in Elyria.  Since the exact times are not yet confirmed, please watch your email for confirmation.  Kids and adults welcome!

December Meeting:  The Potluck will begin at 6:30 a.m. and they will also have the Scissor Guy at 3:30 that day.

Announcement:  Mary Ann reminded everyone that this wonderful facility is paid for and open all day on meeting Thursdays so that guild members can utilize all this large space has to offer for working on quilts and any needlework projects!  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

Show and Tell:  There were 16 quilts and one gorgeous bag!!

Next meeting:  Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 6:30 for the Potluck!!  Bring your yummies to share!!

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No report

December Birthdays

Karin Knox
Kathy Keyse
Judy Jamison
Marylou Kucera
Jean Ruth
Nicole Justice

Have you seen Pat Serio’s quilt in Oberlin? Quilt is missing and she’d love to have it back. Please be on the lookout for her quilt – if you have any questions, please contact her at midwife@oberlin.net.

Notes from the President

This year has gone by so fast. In two more weeks it  will be Christmas, and then the new year will be here. I look back on the year and see many accomplishments, a lot of finished projects that have been shown in the Lorain County Fair and in the great quilt show. As I type this I think of all the friendship among everyone who worked on any part of a project. I would like to also thank everyone who came forward  to serve on a committee. I wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year.

Please bring a canned good to the December meeting, we will be donating them for the holidays.

Notes from the Vice President
December Activities

‘Pajama Party’
10 am to 5;30 pm
Come and make pajamas and pillow cases for children in homeless shelters. Patterns, flannel, thread and elastic provided. Donations gladly accepted. Finished garments will be donated to Blessing House, etc.

Scissors and Knife Sharpening
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Bruce will sharpen Sewing Scissors, Pinking Shears, Embroidery Scissors (no serrated edges). Nominal fees apply.

Piecemakers Christmas Feast
6:30 pm
Please bring a covered dish. Guild will provide paper products, beverages and fun.

All activities will be held at the New Russia Township Lodge, 43600 Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin

Contact MaryAnn for additional information 440-897-7032

Program
A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • December
    • Annual Guild Dinner at 6:30 pm Scissors and knives (no serrated edges) Sharpening 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • 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

No Report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

We have been dormant for the last few months. We hope to start up again in the new year. I would like to thank everyone who helped with the girls.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

I’d like to thank everyone again for taking part in the fundraiser for Quilts of Valor and making it such a success!

Quilts of Valor will have a sew day Thursday, January 12, at the Lodge. It is our regular meeting day. Well start around 10:00 am. Bring a sack lunch or grab something in Oberlin. We will have lots to do so if you can help were most appreciative! It’s always a wonderful way to get to know other guild members and enjoy a day of giving back…..and sewing!

The NATIONAL SEW DAY for QoV is Saturday, February 4 this year. We will be participating again this year. We’ll meet at the Main Street Community Center in Amherst fro 10:00-4:00.

We have several quilt tops that are in need of quilting. If you are willing to give a little of your time and quilt one or two we could certainly use your help. The quilt tops, batting and backing are all ready to go to make it easy for you ! I desperately need your help here! I do what I can but simply cannot keep up with he number of tops our guild is piecing for Quilts of Valor! Please let me know if you can help us out…..thank you, thank you!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

November 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 3 – November 10, 2016

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

Bits & Pieces Editor: Kelly Grace
Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

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

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

President Jean Ruth called the meeting to order at 7:15pm and announced that tonight was going to be an informational meeting and celebration of the hard work from the quilt show.  We had 10 visitors.

Jean asked if there were any changes or corrections for the September minutes, none were made and Vicki Morris made the notion to accept and Lori Quinones seconded it. Motion approved.

Pam Scholle talked about the quilt show, all the tee shirts are sold, and any unsold raffle tickets need to be turned in so they can be sold at the Nov. 5th Quilt Display at the Avon Town Centre. The drawing for the raffle quilt will be at the November 10th guild meeting.

Community Service: In September Judy Riggle donated baby quilts and Sharon Lutz donated pillow cases. At the October meeting Teri Walter donated 2 baby quilts. Thank you ladies so very much!

Program: Fabric Obsessions, a new quilt store in Medina will come for our November 10th meeting.   Rita, owner of Creations Sew Clever will be doing a workshop on November 16th at the New Russia Township Hall.  It will be a mystery quilt and kits can be ordered and paid for over the phone to the store. Mary Ann is taking sign ups and can answer any questions. A few of the members have taken this workshop in the past and have loved the projects.

Membership:  Karen Neuschaefer has membership forms and an updated membership list will be available soon.

Challenges: Helen Smelser talked about the color block challenges and the guild will vote on them during the break. She will send results in.

Home of the Brave:  Jan Alderman stated that she has mailed out 8 quilts and the staff at Senator Sherrod Brown’s office has volunteered to assist in finding address.

Quilts of Valor:  Teri Walter talked about the upcoming quilt display at the Avon Town Centre. She needs volunteers to distribute flyers, assist at the admission table, displaying the quilts and help where needed. Any questions, please contact Teri Walter.

Library:  Vicki Morris stated that all the books that were on a side table were up for grabs. The leftovers will be donated to the Oberlin Library for their book sale.  She has 2 crates of books to return to the library shelves.

Announcements:  Huge thank yous to everyone for their hard work to make the quilt show a big success!  A celebration cake to share will be available during during break.

Teri Walter won the People Choice award at the quilt show. Congratulations!

There will be a Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 26th at 11:00am at Sugar Creek in Elyria/Sheffield Village.

Barb King said that the raffle baskets were very successful and thanked everyone who made donations to them.

Lindy Sleasman again made the request for a replacement to send out guild email blasts and Fran Webber volunteered.

Show and Tell:  We saw beautiful pillows, tote bags, kitchen towels, and qults. What a wonderful display.

Next Meeting is November 10, 2016.

Delores Bean made the motion to adjourn and Jerri Bachna seconded it. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted,
Teri Whidden


Community Service

In September Judy Riggle donated baby quilts and Sharon Lutz donated pillowcases.  At the October meeting, Teri Walter donated 2 baby quilts.  Thank you so very much ladies!

Mrs. Novak from the Grafton Correctional Facility Sewing Department and I have been in talks of a partnership.  This would involve the fellows assembling and finishing all the numerous  baby quilt kits that we have.  The only cost to the guild would be spools of thread.

After all the kits have been returned to the guild, they will be donated to the Blessing House and Genesis House in Lorain.

At the meeting, I announced that I can no longer do Community Service.  Hopefully, one or two ladies will be able to take this over and I will be very happy to help in the transition.  It is not a time consuming task and is very rewarding.  It makes your heart smile!


Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Thank you to each and everyone of our members who did not disappoint on Saturday by showing up with a boatload of quilts! Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. We earned almost $600 for the event! Wow!

Thank you!
Kaye

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report


HOME OF THE BRAVE

Janet Alderman
No report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report.

November Birthdays

Toni Buswell
Kelly Grace
Saundra Lambert
Beverly Swonger
Sharon Zacharias
Melanie Kaliszewski

Have you seen Pat Serio’s quilt in Oberlin? Quilt is missing and she’d love to have it back. Please be on the lookout for her quilt – if you have any questions, please contact her at midwife@oberlin.net.

Notes from the President

No Report.

Notes from the Vice President

We are delighted to welcome the one and only Rita FIshel from Creations Sew Clever in Chillicothe. Rita will present our Mystery on Wednesday, November 16th. She will lead us step by step to solve the mystery and create a Quilt! Twenty three Piecemakers are registered. Each person has worked with the Creations staff to pick out their fabrics for their Mystery quilt. Rita’s staff cuts and labels the fabrics you select. Rita will bring the fabric to us on the day of the workshop. The workshop will start at 9:15 am. Please arrive early to set up your sewing machine, etc. and have a cup of coffee! We will have several irons and ironing boards. Rita would like to have a couple of wenches (ladies who are not making the mystery quilt, but would be willing to press or ’unsew’ for the quilters. You will receive one of Rita’s patterns and lunch). Please call MaryAnn 440-897-7032 if you are interested in being a Sewing Wench! There may be a couple openings, call MaryAnn 440-897-7032. You will need to pay $25.00 to Pam Schoelle; make payable to Lorain County Piecemakers. After registrating, call Creations Sew Clever 740-775-1957 to select the fabrics for your quilt.

Membership

Membership dues are now due. Membership period runs from September to August.  If your dues are not paid this will be your last newsletter. Remember the list goes to NEORQC for their membership in December, so if you are planning on going to getaway at the member price you need to be on that list.

If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

Program
A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • November
    • Fabric Obsession of Medina. Michelle will present a demo, trunk show and vend fabrics, wool and notions.
    • Youth Sew Contact Jean or Lynette Saturday, November 26
  • December
    • Annual Guild Dinner at 6:30 pm
    • Scissors and knives (no serrated edges) Sharpening 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • 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

Some days it is very hard to separate the shoulds from the coulds.  I have several projects lined up that I should be working on.  A couple flower garden quilts, a couple “boy” quilts, a Row by Row that a friend and I are each doing. Hers is of course all pieced. Of the 9 rows I’ve gotten 5 finished.  So in the “should” department the sky’s the limit.  However, I opened the cupboard and picked up a packet of 60 degree green triangles that were just sitting in the cupboard. They were left over from another project done years ago.  And, when I went to the Mutton Hill Quilt Show in October in Akron, I stopped at the Akron Public Library to see what quilt books they had. It turns out they had quite a few.   One of the books was a puzzle ball book.  My daughter had wanted me to make a cloth ball for the kids, so lo and behold, there was one made out of those triangle pieces!

Merrily I have pieced about a dozen of those balls.  In sheer desperation the final triangles have been pieced into a line, about 32 inches by 2 1/2 high.  I’ve used every one of those triangles.  I’ve done lots of “could” sewing and almost none of the “should”.  Anyone have any use for a strip of green triangles?

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

October 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 2 – October 13, 2016

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

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

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


Meeting Minutes

At 7:10 p.m. President Jean Ruth called the meeting to order.  There was 1 visitor and 2 returning members.

Program:  Mary Ann Grayson introduced Ruth Ann Benge of Going 2 Pieces Quilts who was here tonight to share her wonderful applique patterns and kits.  Ruth Ann shared with us that Going 2 Pieces Quilts started in 2006, and she published her first pattern about four years later.  She is proud to say that her patterns are easy to understand and all come with step-by-step illustrations.  Tonight she brought two of the shop favorites, her Wonky Snowman and the Star of Hearts pattern.  Ruth explained she did not have a brick-and-mortar shop, just an online store at Going2PiecesQuilts.com.  The Star of Hearts pattern was a crowd favorite to be sure! Ruth Ann also shared a fabulous trunk show with us tonight, and she made sure we had ample time to do some much-loved shopping!

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

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance was $6,064.76, of which Home of the Brave reported a balance of $804.78 and Quilts of Valor reported a balance of $338.36.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which carried.

Committee Service.  Judy Riggle donated baby quilts for community service and Sharon Lutz donated pillowcases.

Future Programs:  Mary Ann Grayson is taking signups for the Tuffet class in November so if you are interested you need to see Mary Ann ASAP.  Mary Ann also reported that there was some preliminary interest in hosting an Amish Country Retreat in the spring of 2017.  She asked members to sign up tonight if this was something they may like to do—noting that the signup sheet was only to gauge interest to determine if the retreat was something worth pursuing.  She indicated that if there was enough interest, firm dates and costs will be determined.  Mary Ann also shared that she was working on getting Debbie Lee in for a workshop in 2017.

Mary Ann happy to convey that the 2016 AQS bus trip was another huge success, and she hopes to plan another trip in 2017. Mary Ann was also arranging a road trip to Chillicothe, Ohio for a mystery quilt class, so see Mary Ann if you are interested.

Membership:  Marilyn Novak informed members that if they paid their dues last month they should see her for their new membership card tonight.

Home of the Brave:  No Report.

Quilts of Valor:  No Report.

Fair Committee:  Ruth Groot thanked everyone who volunteered to help out as it was a huge success.  Ruth also announced that both Julie Bragg and Barb Spieker were big winners at the fair!  Congratulations Julie and Barb!

Quilt Show Committee:  Julie was happy to report that they have enough Red & White entries to fill both sides of an entire row at the show!  Everyone was reminded to drop off quilts Thursday, October 6th starting at 11:00 a.m., and if you could not make the Thursday drop off she would be accepting quilts on Tuesday, October 4th from 11-5 at the Amherst Library.   Julie Bragg asked for more volunteers and she had the signup sheets ready, noting we need volunteers at all stations and people who can help set up on October 6th and tear down on October 9th.  She reminded everyone that members only have to pay once and they can return as many times as they want to shop, browse, or volunteer.  You don’t have to volunteer all day, just a couple of hours on one day would be a great help.

Julie also reminded everyone to please sell, sell, sell more Quilt Raffle tickets.  It was noted that the drawing for the Raffle quilt would be held at the November guild meeting, which is November 10th.  When asked why we would wait, it was noted that this will give us a chance to display the raffle quilt at the QOV fundraiser at the Avon Lake Towne Center on Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  We will be able to sell tickets all day.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser reminded everyone that the finished blocks for the new fat eights (green or pink) block challenge are due at the October meeting.  Several members were interested in holding another fat quarter exchange in the spring 2017.

Old Business: None.

New Business: Members were reminded that any unclaimed guild t-shirts will be sold.  Member Kathy Spencer, who works part-time in the fabric section at Ben Franklin’s in Oberlin reported that the store now has 108″ wide fabric and beautiful Christmas items for sell.  Kathy also informed the guild that she is working on a tie quilt and could use some help.  Please see Kathy directly if you can help out.  Sharon Lutz indicated she was looking for fun eye spy fabric for a quilt she is making her grandson, so if anyone has something to share she would work out an exchange of fabrics so stop by and see Sharon if you can help out!

It was reported that member Sandi Grodek recently passed away and there was a question on what they should do in her memory.  It was noted that since the recent block challenge was to be made into quilts for community service, maybe the guild could donate one of the quilts from the challenge to Project Linus in the name of Sandi Grodek.  This suggestion was well received by members.

It was reported that the scissors guy will be at the November meeting.

Show & Tell:  There were 13 quilts, 2 bags, 2 wall hangings, 1 Christmas stocking, and two giant totes!  We do love our totes!

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

Next meeting:  Thursday, October 13, 2016

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE

Janet Alderman

No report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report.

Community Service
Teri Whidden

No Report

October Birthdays

Charlie Barbee
Jackie Harned
Shirley Williams
Becky Lettenberger
Lynette Thomson
Judy Riggle
Christina Yoo
Bobbie Bruck
Frank Chapman

2016 Quilt Show

We would like to thank all the quilt guild members who volunteered their time, talent and quilts, for a job well done before and during our 2016 LCP Quilt Show.

A special “Thank You” for committee chairpersons and their committee members listed below.

Barb King and Committee (Raffle Quilt)
Barb Sieker & Barb  (Raffle Baskets)
Beverly Tucker and Committee (Quilt Show Kitchen)
Chris Yoo  (Signs, Postcards, Posters)
Fran Weber, (Quilt Show Country Store)
Kaye Koler  (Advertising)
Kelly Grace  (Newsletter, blog and Website)
Lindy Sleasman  (E-mails)
MaryAnn Grayson  (Quilt Show Booklet and Ads)
Pam Scholle, (Treasurer)

Our Sincere Appreciation,
Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg
(Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons)

Awesome article about how to save a quilt with fabric bleeding, thanks Karen!

http://www.colorwaysbyvicki.com/save-my-bleeding-quilt.html

Challenges

Please remember to bring in your challenge block made with the provided fabrics and some of your own. These will be made into charity quilts after the meeting.

Have you seen Pat Serio’s quilt in Oberlin? Quilt is missing and she’d love to have it back. Please be on the lookout for her quilt – if you have any questions, please contact her at midwife@oberlin.net.

Notes from the President

No Report.

Membership

Membership dues are now due. Membership period runs from September to August.  If your dues are not paid by the November meetitng, you will be removed from the newsletter mailings.  Remember the list goes to NEORQC for their membership in December, so if you are planning on going to getaway at the member price you need to be on that list.

If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

Program
We are celebrating our Lorain County Fair winners and Quilt Show success at the October meeting. We will be doing a debriefing on both activities. We will be enjoying cake and other refreshments.

Mystery quilt program on Wednesday, November 16th. There is a limit of 25 for the class. Fee: $25 payable to guild, $79.99 for fabric kit payable to Creations Sew Clever. Lunch is included. Deadline is October 31st. Money is due with registration. Registration forms will be available at the meeting, any questions please contact MaryAnn.

There is a new shop in Medina. It is called Fabric Obsession. They will be here in November.

The tuffet class will be held in the Spring due to a low number of signups.

Debbie Lee, designer, long armer and instructor will be here in the Spring. She is bringing a Trun k Show and will do a class and lecture.

There will be a guild retreat in the Spring. Three days or four days will be your option. Date and details in November!

STRAY THREADS…

Sue Schillig

By the time you read this, the quilt show will be history. A big thank you to all those who helped and a bigger thank you to Julie and Karen and all their committee people. We do thank you profusely for taking on this Herculean task, and for more than once!  I’m sure in two years we will all be ready to do it again, but won’t it be nice to have that rest next year!

I come from a long family of quilters.  Grandmothers, Great grandmothers, sisters, fathers, even my father in law helped make quilts.  And flowers  have also been a big part of our family history .  I was reminded of this when I picked a couple of dahlias this morning to decorate my table.  Quilts and flowers often share names, and the dahlia is no exception.  My aunt gave me the star dahlia quilt that my great grandmother made, but before she did, I so admired it that I pieced one of my own.  A quilting friend and I each pieced one, and the hope is that this next year both will finally see a quilting frame. Stay tuned, and maybe in a couple years it will appear in our next quilt show. It remains to be seen if I can keep dahlia bulbs going that long…

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Thank you to everyone who graciously signed up to work the QUILTS OF VALOR booth at our October show! It is the perfect way to share the story with those who have not heard of Quilts of Valor.

Coming up will be the mini show and fundraiser for Quilts of Valor at the Towne Center’s Main Street in Avon Lake, Saturday, November 5, 10-4 pm. We will need members to participate by bringing some of your favorite quilts to talk about and share with the residents there, as well as the public.

Looking back to last year, some of us went out and took quilts. I remember how utterly excited they were to have us and the quilts to look at, talk about and pull up some long forgotten memories of their families and days gone by. This year is special because it will be a fundraiser for our Quilts of Valor committee to purchase supplies for making our quilts. A light lunch of soup and chili will be available along with coffee, for purchase. ALL money (net) will be given to our QoVcommittee! (including the admission fee donation!) I’ll have sign up sheets at the meeting so if you are able and willing to share a bit of time and your love of quilting we’d love to have you help us out! You will have your own table provided to display your quilts. Please let me know or sign up so they can get a table and chair count. We also need “ticket takers” at the door. So if you like to do that we’d love to have you!

Thank you so much!!

SewHappy,
Kaye

Raffle Basket Winners

Congratulations to all our winners!

  • Laura Schmigel – Kids Fun Basket
  • Murphy Gregory – Purse Play Basket
  • Carolyn Bryan – It’s Christmas Basket
  • Janet McGinnis – Gorilla Glue Basket
  • Pat Bowman – Wine Country Basket
  • Cathy Jones – Craft & Sew Basket
  • Bev Tucker – Fabric Heaven Basket
  • D. Haynes – Let’s Go Fishing Basket
  • Linda Janowicz – Star Trek Basket
  • Chris Dezina – Michael Miller Basket
  • Vicki Morris – Autumn Splendor Basket
  • Sandy Pawlak – Quilt Time Basket
  • Ruth Groot – Jelly Roll Fun Basket
  • Mary Krauss – Coffee Break Basket
  • Barb Gath – Wine & Quilts Basket
  • Elaine Jameson – Longaberger Fun Basket
  • Elaine Repede – Sewing Fun Basket
  • Dorothy Jackson – Flannel Frolic Basket
  • Kelly Grace – Red, White & Blue Basket
  • Debi Bly – Quilting Fun Basket
  • Hazel Stewart – Pretty As a Picture Basket
  • Kelly Grace – Summer Rose Basket

Bev McGinnis won the Wagon Wonder Door Prize!!

 

LCP September 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 1 – September 8, 2016

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

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

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


Meeting Minutes

At 7:10 p.m. VP Mary Ann Grayson called the meeting to order as Jean Ruth was unable to attend tonight’s meeting. There were 4 visitors tonight.

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

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance was $5,610.00.  The treasurer’s report was approved.

Fair Committee:  Ruth Groot had signup sheets for the fair and reported that she needed at least 10 people to help with the judging on Monday, August 22nd.   Ruth reported that there 529 entries, of which 80 were quilts!  She shared that they hope to have another display of Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave quilts and was making arrangements for those to be delivered to the barn.  Ruth indicated that although they can distribute post cards for the upcoming Quilt Show during the fair, they will not be permitted to sell raffle tickets inside the barn.

Membership:  Marilyn Novak and Karen Neuschaefer reminded everyone that there were collecting membership dues tonight and again in September as the guild membership runs from September through August.  Everyone must complete a new membership form this year to be submitted along with $25 in dues.

Program:  Marie Ralston from NEORQC was present tonight to talk about memory quilts and printing on fabric.  Although Marie had previously presented the guild with a trunk show on the subject of memory quilts, she noted that tonight she would go into more detail about the actual process and share with the group her methods, including successes and failures.

Marie distributed a handout that covered tips for using inkjet printable fabric sheets. She discussed the wide variety of options available on the market today and brought in samples using all of the techniques to share. Some of the brands and products discussed included Bubble Jet Rinse, June Tailor fabric sheets, Printed Treasurers sheets, and EQ printables. After discussing all the brands and ways you can print on fabric, Marie shared that her least favorite product was the bubble jet rinse, and the product that she found she used the most was Printed Treasurers. Marie said no matter what technique you use, always buy more sheets than you think you will need because “stuff” happens. She also indicated you really need to pay attention to the package instructions regarding how the product can be laundered.  Some products cannot be washed with soap. Also, do NOT use a laser printer. All the products discussed are made for inkjet printers. Marie also stressed that you should always use white fabric, even if you want a sepia-toned picture. She said you should find computer software to edit your photo so it prints sepia toned. The handout Marie distributed also gave information about Young’s Screen printing.

Sunshine:  Val Watring reported that they have a blue bag for Pam tonight.

Quilts of Valor:  The committee wanted to remind every one of the November QOV fundraiser at the Avon Lake Towne Center. The show will be Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and it is the weekend before Veteran’s day.  It was noted that if you have quilts to sell, that will be possible at the show. The committee is asking everyone who would like to participate to please let them know.  The Center is going to advertise the show across multiple platforms with a widespread promotion.  The Center is printing hundreds of flyers and the committee hopes to bring some to the September meeting for distribution.  It was also reported that there will also be a Home of the Brave display at the show to help honor Veterans.  The Committee also shared that they have several QOV kits for distribution tonight if anyone would like to take one.

Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman reported that she mailed 4 more quilts and now there are only 27 soldiers that need to have their loved ones found.

Quilt Show:  Julie Bragg distributed sign-up sheets for all the volunteer opportunities at the October Quilt Show and reminded the guild members that this was our show and that the Committee needed many volunteers to make it a success. Julie also reported that if you have a small business and would like to purchase an Ad in the Quilt Show Brochure that you should speak with Julie, Maryann Grayson, or Karen Neuschaefer.  They have quarter-page, half-page, and full-age page Ad space.

Julie reminded everyone that they must turn in the long quilt show entry forms to Karen before September.  If anyone did not have them tonight they should make arrangements to either email them or snail mail them to Karen or Julie.  There was also the option of leaving the forms with Ruth at the fair.  Julie suggested that everyone keep a copy of their own forms as a reminder.

The Committee also encouraged everyone to please bring in more donations for the various Quilt Show efforts:  the Guild Country Store, Scrap table, and especially the Raffle Baskets.

Karen continued to distributed blue raffle tickets for the Quilt Raffle tonight. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, and it was noted that the winner does not need to be present to win. Sell, sell, sell.  The goal is for each member to sell 20 tickets.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser reminded every one of the new Block Challenge that they introduced at the August meeting. The challenge consists of getting 2 fat eighths from which you are asked to create one 8.5″ block using the provided fabric predominately in the block.  The fat eighths were in two color waves, green or pink.  Helen stated that you can make your block using any method you would like such as applique, paper piecing, embroidery, etc.  However, she did ask everyone to keep in mind that the blocks will be made into a community service quilt for a lucky child.  Helen reminded everyone that the finished blocks must be turned in at the October meeting.

New Business: Visitor Tammy Post was present at the meeting to gauge interest in her hosting a Quilter’s Garage Sale on Sunday, September 18th at the Amherst Eagles on Milan Ave.  Although there was some definite interest, guild members brought up multiple conflicts with the date so Tammy was pretty sure the date was a bust.

Upcoming Programs:  Reminder that the program theme for September will be Applique!

Show & Tell:  There dozens of beautiful quilts, table runners, wall hangings, purses and bags, and many Red & White challenge items displayed tonight!

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth<

No Report.


September Birthdays
Donna Christian
Marianna Crawford
Dorothy Glover
Sandi Morse
Anne Schaefer
Fran Weber
Merridee Pavlenko
Lindy Sleasman
Pat Serio

 

2016 Quilt Show

Quilt Show reminders………

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

Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons:
Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer

Quilt Show Flyer
Raffle Quilt Flyer

Have you seen Pat Serio’s quilt in Oberlin? Quilt is missing and she’d love to have it back. Please be on the lookout for her quilt – if you have any questions, please contact her at midwife@oberlin.net.

Notes from the President
No Report.

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

Program

Members and guests are invited to an Appliqué Workshop on Thursday starting at 2pm.
Please contact MaryAnn so that we will have the room setup for Our instructor, RuthAnn Benge. There is no charge, but you should bring your machine and notions.  Please see the list from RuthAnn or contact MaryAnn at 440-897-7032 for a copy.  This will be a wonderful workshop, please attend!

RuthAnn will have a presentation and trunk show at our meeting.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

September is a bittersweet month.  For  those who love fall, the anticipation mounts as mums and pumpkins and apples begin to fill the farm stands, not to mention the possibility of cooler weather.  But for those who treasure summer and all the bounty that it provides, the loss is visible.  The gardens are only about half full, the beans are buggy, the eggplant’s leaves are droopy from the flea beetles.  Tomato plants look blighted and unsightly.

Additionally, our thoughts may turn to school.  For quilters, what could that mean?  One idea I’m considering is picking up a book  of new techniques and trying out a few.  Perhaps it is time to take a class.  Have you signed up for NEORQC Getaway that takes place in February?  Will a new quilting revolution  be happening this year?  I can’t help but remember how awkward that rotary cutter felt the first time I picked it up!  After two classes I can more or less machine quilt a small item, but again, machine quilting has transformed all that we know about quilting.  Are you ready for what  ever will be next!  Lifetime learning….Yeah!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

We are getting there!  Especially after the help of our own Libby Betounes!  She reached out to a friend who also works for Sherrod Brown.  They received permission to try and help us find the 10 earliest missing families/spouses of our fallen heroes.  She has given me so much hope!  I realize they too may not be able to locate the families we need and I will work on accepting the fact that there may just be some we never find.

The summer has been filled with people machine quilting (thank you Keri and Barb S.) and people finding some of our missing.  With two quilts I have ready at home, two from the HOB exhibit and the ones we put binding on, there will be 10 more ready to be mailed.

Slowly we are getting there.
See you at the meeting.

Gone But Not Forgotten!

Quilts of Valor

We had the pleasure of awarding quilts to two female residents at the Ohio Veterans Home this week! Jackie B. U.S. Navy, Viet Nam And Coleen G. U.S. Navy, W.W. II.

Reminder of the mini quit show at Avon Towne Center on November 5th, 10-4. Everyone there, including the residents are gearing up and are so excited to have us come and share our love of quitting with them. And this will definitely be a HUGE event for Quilts of Valor! Thank you to those who have already signed up ! If interested, please see one of us on the QoV committee!

Thank you!
Kaye

Community Service
Teri Whidden
No Report

LCP August 2016 Newsletter

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

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Business:  None to report.

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report.

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

2016 Quilt Show

Quilt Show reminders………

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

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

Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons:
Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer

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

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

Program

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

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

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

Piecefully,  Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report.

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth
No Report.

Community Service

Teri Whidden

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

Thank you very much ladies!

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

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

Thanks SEW much!
Val

Blog Content Request
Kelly Grace

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

LCP June 2016 Newsletter

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

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

Meetings:  2nd Thursday of month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Business:  None to report.

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

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


Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

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

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

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

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

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

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


Program

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


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

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


STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

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

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig


Community Service

Teri Whidden

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

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

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

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

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

I am so very thankful that I went.

Fat Quarter Exchange

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

Thanks!
Kelly

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

Hello everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Challenges

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