July 2018 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 11 – July 12, 2018

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.  There were six visitors this evening.

Program:  Annemarie Chany – Modern Traditional Quilting

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo)
Thank you community service committee and Ruth Groot for organizing our First Annual Community Service/Charity Sew Event.  Looking forward to the Christmas in July next month as well as our summer potluck!

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

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam was not presented.  Chris reported Treasurer Report dated 5/31/18 shows our total in checking at $8,336.68.  The Treasurer’s Report will be filed for audit.  More details next month.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen reported that we have 76 members. We will start running membership again in August.

Fair Committee:  (Ruth Groot) – Ruth will be bringing in information and form to next guild meeting regard the Fair in August.  Please consider entering…You can enter something other than a quilt…cloths, purse, pillow, etc.

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle) We had a good turnout for our First Annual Community Service/Charity Sew Event for June and look forward to this every year.  Thirty-two people attended and we completed 79 cuddle dolls with 36 to finish, 35 pairs of pajamas, 35 pillow cases and 35 quilts.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) No report at this time.

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

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Please bring fat quarters next month so we can finish up the Fat Quarter Exchange.  Keep working on your UFO’s.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) Kelly thanked Chris for helping out with emails while she was out on vacation.

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

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Pre-Entry and Quilt Entry Registration forms were handed out tonight. Please bring in your Pre-Entry and Quilt Entry Registration forms to the next month meeting.  We have about 50 quilts to display so far.

Equipment for hanging the quilts has been ordered for the Quilt Show.  We have committees in place, advertising has been started and we are looking for volunteers to help with the Quilt Show. Fran and Peggy are collecting items such as notions, fabrics, magazine and books for the Country Store.

We are looking for handmade items to sell and for volunteers to staff the County Store…sign-up sheets will be at the next Guild Meeting.  We are on track and things are starting to come together for the Quilt Show.   Keep working on those blue and white challenges!  Quilt Tickets will be handed out this evening if you are interested in selling them.

Programs, Events and Retreats:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Donna reported program for the
following months:

July:
Day Event –
Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Part 2 – Scalloped borders.  Bring your quilted top or if you’re not that far come anyway.

Sharon Lutz – Christmas in July  (10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.)
If interested in a Christmas Fat Quarter Exchange, please bring a fat quarter.

Evening Event –
There will not be a Program for July…We will be having Potluck at 6:30 p.m.

August:  Applique Quilts and More –Machine applique workshop – have to purchase $35 kit.

October:  Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt
Part 3 – Scalloped Borders.

Reminder from MaryAnn Grayson about the AQS Show Grand Rapids, MI.  Friday, August 24th – Saturday, August 25th. $175; 36 seats, hotel double occupancy. $50 deposit due by May 10th: balance due August 10th. Deluxe coach, show ticket, breakfast and hotel stay included. Any questions, please contact MaryAnn.

New Business:
Cindy from Cindy’s Sew Easy Shoppe, 5278 Detroit Rd., Sheffield Village, OH 44035 will be retiring after 26 year of business. Have lots of fabric and other items on sale. Watch for sales as the Retirement Sale continues.

Announcements:
“A Walk in the Garden”, Quilt Show – Friday, July 13 and Saturday July 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Coshocton Canal 31st Annual Quilters Quilt Show – Entrance $5, children under 12 free
Coshocton County Career Center, 23640 Airport Road, Coshocton, Ohio

Dee Dadik and Molly Butler are licensed quilt appraisers and will take the time to review your quilt, give you interesting information regarding it, and assign a value to the quilt.

Saturday, June 23, 2018, we’re scheduling appointments for those of you that would like to have quilts appraised. Verbal appraisals are $35 and written appraisals are $55. For those of you that may have more than one quilt to appraise, they do offer quantity discounts.

Anyone interested in an August Garage Sale of quilting supplies, please email Kaye Koler.

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

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

Show and Tell:
We had few UFO’s, a couple of modern quilts, deer quilt, bag made out of plarn, pillows with antique lace on them, Baltimore Bunny quilt, small quilt made for mom, tote bag made by a members daughter from fabric on the free table, paneled quilts, hand quilted quilt, blue and white quilt and table runner.

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

Next Meeting:  Thursday, July 12, 2018, Potluck 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Program

Potluck starts at 6:30pm

2018 Quilt Show

As of right now we have about 50 items for the quilt show.  Please continue to fill out the small forms, or start turning in the large forms so we can get our numbers for the show.  Julie will be contacting people in a month or so to see what we have available, if we don’t get the forms in.  We would also like to do an umbrella display if you have yours from the class.  Remember that we will also display bags, clothing and other quilted items   After all, we do have a quilted car.

We are going to need at least 2 volunteers to help Fran and Peggy with the Country Store.  Unfortunately, they are returning to Texas before the show, and won’t be here to run the store.  They have lots of information about what was successful the last show that I’m sure they will share with you.  Plus any new ideas that anyone has to help the Store be successful would be greatly appreciated.  They will need help with organizing and sorting and storing the donations to get ready for the show.

Remember to work on your blue and white projects and other quilts.  See you at the meeting.

Thank you from the Quilt Show 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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

July Birthdays
Jerri Bachna
Cindy Kraft
Ruth Bradley
Teri Walter
Charlene Fischer
Vicki Morris
Sharon Lutz
Dianne Clawson
Mary Ann Doucette
Amy Govoni
Pam Scholle
Kathryn French
Beverly Tucker

Christmas in July Sew-In at the Lodge
July 12, 2018  ………….. 10 AM – 3 PM
Come one – come all … for a (hopefully) fun filled few hours at the Lodge sewing a Christmas item – for you or for someone special.   Some items to consider:  apron, table runner, placemats, fabric bowls, small quilt .. whatever you would like to do. Any Christmas themed project you want to make.  You can have your item pre-cut/pre-pinned, and minimal sewing done if you choose. We will have a show and tell at the picnic in the evening.

We will also have a fat quarter drawing.  For those who want to participate, please bring a Christmas fat quarter to enter.  We will draw a winner at the evening festivities.

Brown Bag Lunch & BYOB

Munchies will be provided

We hope you are able to join us.

Char Fischer/Sharon Lutz

Challenges

UFO Challenge

We have already seen 30 UFO’s finished already this year! Keep up the great work ladies! I can’t wait to see what’s finished this month.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Please bring your fat quarters in their bags to the July meeting and they will be sorted and handed back to you by the end of the meeting.

Trip to AQS Show

Travel to the AQS quilt show in Grand Rapids, MI August 24-25. Package includes deluxe coach transportation, admission to the show and overnight double occupancy accommodations with full breakfast. Dinner on your own on Friday might. The cost is $175 per person. $25 Deposits due ASAP. Final payment due by August 15th.

Parking on east side at Rockside off 271 or Midway Mall in Elyria. We will stop and shop and lunch on the way back Contact MaryAnn.

A-tisket a-tasket, a QUILT SHOW BASKET….AUCTION IDEAS!

Start thinking about what type of Basket you would like to sponsor for the upcoming Quilt Show.  You can make one yourself, or team up with a friend, family member or a small group.  However, we need as many glorious baskets as possible for the Quilt Show because the basket auction was a HUGE success in 2016!! I will have sign-up sheets at the meetings starting this month so you can start letting us know what you will be making.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  This is NOT an all-inclusive list.  YOU get to decide what you want to put together.  Fun Fun!!

Coffee Lovers
Crazy Cat Lady (Cat theme)
Crocheting
Family Game Night
Fun in the Sun
Gardening
Gift Card Frenzy
Gone to the Dogs (Dog theme)
Grilling & Chilling
Kitchen/Chef
Knitting
Night at the Movies
Quilt Kit
Quilting (Blue/White)
Quilting (Holiday)
Quilting (Sports)
Quilting / Sewing (General)
Spa Night
Sweet Tooth
Tea for Two
Tee Time “Golf”
Fat Quarter Buster
Tools/Duct Tape
Ultimate Sports Fan
Win Big (Lotto tickets, etc.)
Wine & Cheese
Wool LoversChris YooNotes from the President
Chris Yoo

I have a new quilting acronym for you to discover today…FOY.  Come along with me and I’ll explain.  I have been told by many older friends and family members that we become more obsessed with time as we grow older.  Since I wrote about time in the last newsletter, and I appear to be writing about it again today, apparently they were onto something.  However, I have never been more acutely aware of time as I was this past weekend when I started sorting through my stash and project boxes to find things to donate to the Country Store and Raffle Baskets for our upcoming Quilt Show.

As I sat completely surrounded by my UFOs, I realized that Juan Ponce de Leon must have either been a quilter or married to one because barring my finding the fountain of youth elixir that will allow me to live forever, there is no way I was ever going to finish all these projects in my lifetime.  I also knew I was not yet finished adding things to my UFO list.  I quickly recognized how very sad I was that the old boy was not successful in his, shall we say, legendary, search for the FOY.

Alas, I am not going to live forever.  Even so, for some strange reason, I am not deterred.  Isn’t that crazy!?  Why do we quilters continue to buy more patterns, dream of the next big project, and grow our UFO  list daily without blinking an eye!??  Sorry, but I don’t have an answer for you, except to say, it is in our blood, our DNA.  We are makers of things, crafters, artists, and quilters.  We need to create.  We are easily inspired by the work of others, and we have a need to make things we love.  Even if sometimes we just dream big, we are no less inspired and happily add new projects to our ever growing UFO list.

I have already warned my niece and her daughter, who are both carbon copies of me, that some day—in the VERY distant future (smile), they will inherit my UFO list and the corresponding stash.

So you see, I have actually discovered the Fountain of Youth for my creative dreams.  Although, I will not live forever, my stash will certainly live on.  So I must leave you now because there’s a sale at Shabby Fabrics, and I need to find a few more projects for that list…

Your Pres,  Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Due to the birth of granddaughter Elizabeth this will be a very brief message.  The fair is coming, so time to sort out those completed projects and choose a few to enter into the fair.  The deadline is early August.  I always feel like I’ll just finish one more before I actually turn them in at fair time, but let me assure you that most of the time that dream does not become a reality.  Work now to finish what you wish, but don’t count on finishing up too much in the last two hours before you head to the fair. Hope you are all having a great summer.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

On Sewing Day I will be showing anyone how to make the kleenex holder You will  need a fat quarter or a 181/2 by 151/2 of faric. bring ruler, rotory cutter making pen ,pins, sewing machine  kleenex box small and also ribbon size 1/4 inch or 3/4/inch wide Bring extra material to make more if you like. If there are any questions, contact Sandy Lambert

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

So far in the last month, I have received NO phone calls, texts or emails…so, I am hoping there have been no illnesses or deaths.  Thank goodness!

Happy Summer!

Fondly, Val

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May 2018 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 9 – May 10, 2018

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.  There were six visitors this evening.

Program:  Lunn Fabric – Denise and Ann gave a presentation on how Batiks are made which was very interesting.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo)
Sewing and Quilting Expo at the IX Center on was tons of fun.  Grand total for $1 raffle tickets was a grand total of $286.00.  A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped out.

I really would like to keep hosting a booth at the Sewing & Quilting Expo. It was a great way to share our guild with NE Ohio and beyond.

Raffle Baskets – We need a bunch of you to sign-up to crate and donate a raffle basket for the Quilt Show.  I hope to get as many baskets as possible because the Basket Raffle was a HUGE SUCCESS in 2016.

NEORQC Meeting: (Sue Schillig)
Our guild is hosting the NEORQC meeting on June 2, 2018. The meeting will be held at Washington Christian Church on Washington Avenue in Elyria. Chris Yoo and I will be making fat quarter cupcakes for our table favors and would be so grateful for any fat quarter donations. Sign up sheets will be at our next meeting for help with NEORQC meeting.

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

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $7,186.68 with Quilts of Valor at $1,131.51 and Home of the Brave at $412.36.  The treasurers’ report was noted that the report will be filed for audit.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen reported that she will be sending out another update for the membership list.

Fair Committee:  (Ruth Groot) – No report at this time.

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle) Suggestion was made to make bigger quilts for children.  A good size would be 45 x 60 for small children.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) No report at this time.

Home of the Brave:  (Janet Alderman) No report at this time.

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

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) UFO’s are going strong and the Fat Quarter Exchanges will be handed out in the June meeting.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) We are looking for someone to help send out emails.  If you are interested please contact Kelly Grace.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Will be sending Judy Riggle a card to let her know we are thinking about her and  her progress.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Pre-Entry forms were handed out to enter items for the Quilt Show which will be collected soon.  We will be handing out more detail forms in July for each quilt.

We we like to do a special display for anyone who made an umbrella, so please, enter those in the Quilt Show.  Also would like to see some quilts enter with the ribbon they won from the Fair.

We will have the Country Store so Fran is collecting items such as notions, fabrics and books.  We are also looking for handmade items to sell. Keep working on those blue and white challenges!

Hospitality Committee:  (Maryann Doucette & JeanTobia) No Report at this time.

Programs, Events, and Retreats:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Donna reported program for the following months:

May:     Nelly Vileikis  of Artelas Quilts – Nature Inspired Quilts.
June:     Anne Marie Chaney – Modern traditional quilts.
July:     Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt (10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.)
Sharon Lutz – Christmas in July  (10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.)
August:   Applique Quilts and More – Machine applique workshop – have to purchase $35 kit
October:  Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt

MaryAnn Grayson handed out flyers on the spring and fall retreats and Alaskan Cruise. For more details contact MaryAnn.

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements: No report at this time.

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:  Some of the items that we had for show and tell were a Summer (no batting) quilt, Four-Patch quilt, Fall Wall Hanging and a couple of blocks made out of ties, several UFO quilts, Zentangle pen and ink on fabric, Jacket Sweatshirt, three Block of the Month quilts, Purse, Pillow, Blue and White quilt, Christmas quilt, Maple Leaf, and a French County quilt.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:45 p.m.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Program

Nelly Vileikis  of Artelas Quilts – Nature Inspired Quilts.

 

 

 

2018 Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,

Just a little blurb from the quilt show committee.  We will start collecting the pre show entries soon.  Forms will be passed out at the meeting in March. What we are looking for at this time is how many quilts and what sizes.  If you have a blue and white quilt, please show that too.  We would like to get an idea of how many quilts we will have for the show to make sure we have enough supplies ordered.  When we do the pre entries, we would also like anyone who made an umbrella to enter that if you would like.  If we get enough umbrellas, we may do a special display.

Thank you very much for your help,

The Quilt Show Committee

Comfort Quilts
Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

No Report

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

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

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

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

I sent a card to Judy Riggle, (Kendal) aiming to be cheerful.  Thank you to Ruth Groot for her update about our gal, Judy.

One of our members, Lorraine (Lori) Quinones’ mother has passed away May 2nd.  Details c/o:
http://www.chroniclet.com/obituaries/2018/05/05/Teresa-Terry-Ann-Sabiers.html

I will bring a card to our next meeting to be signed by guild members.

Fondly, Val

May Birthdays

Joyce Zickefoose
Iris Tewksbury

Challenges

UFO Challenge

We have already seen 21 UFO’s finished already this year! Keep up the great work ladies! I can’t wait to see what’s finished this month.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Please bring your fat quarters in their bags to the May or June meeting and they will be sorted and handed back to you by the end of the June meeting.

Quilters!

Please come with us to browse, shop and enjoy a few events and locations.

1. AQS Show Grand Rapids. MI Friday, August 24th – Saturday, August 25th. $175; 36 seats, hotel double occupancy. $50 deposit due by May 10th: balance due August 10th. Deluxe coach, show ticket, breakfast and hotel stay included.

2. Berlin Retreat. October 28, 29, 30 & 31. Sew, shop or relax in Berlin Oh. And Holmes Co Sunday to Wednesday $150; Monday to Wednesday $100. double occupancy 32 seats open.

3. 9 day Southern Caribbean cruise with or without Sewing option. ONE (maybe two) spaces left $1168. $250 deposit due now. Must have passport. Sewing machine provide; ‘Mystery At Sea’ quilt with Rita Fishel and/or Swing Jacket with Rachel Clark.

Please contact MaryAnn Grayson or I will see you at Guild meeting to sign up for any travel activities.

4. 12 day Cruise Tour to Alaska!! August 16 to 27, Northbound Inside passage on Celebrity Summit, tours, hotel accommodations, train ride and much more. $250 deposit due by May 15th. Final payment due December, 2019

Guild members have priority on all activities, others will be considered next.

A-tisket a-tasket, a QUILT SHOW BASKET….AUCTION IDEAS!

Start thinking about what type of Basket you would like to sponsor for the upcoming Quilt Show.  You can make one yourself, or team up with a friend, family member or a small group.  However, we need as many glorious baskets as possible for the Quilt Show because the basket auction was a HUGE success in 2016!! I will have sign-up sheets at the meetings starting this month so you can start letting us know what you will be making.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  This is NOT an all-inclusive list.  YOU get to decide what you want to put together.  Fun Fun!!

Coffee Lovers
Crazy Cat Lady (Cat theme)
Crocheting
Family Game Night
Fun in the Sun
Gardening
Gift Card Frenzy
Gone to the Dogs (Dog theme)
Grilling & Chilling
Kitchen/Chef
Knitting
Night at the Movies
Quilt Kit
Quilting (Blue/White)
Quilting (Holiday)
Quilting (Sports)
Quilting / Sewing (General)
Spa Night
Sweet Tooth
Tea for Two
Tee Time “Golf”
Fat Quarter Buster
Tools/Duct Tape
Ultimate Sports Fan
Win Big (Lotto tickets, etc.)
Wine & Cheese
Wool Lovers

Chris Yoo

Our very own Teri Walter has won a ribbon for her “gramma’s flower garden”, hand pieced hexi quilt, at the  2018 Sauder Village Show !!!! Congratulations Teri!

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy May!! I am so glad the weather has decided to change. However, I will be the first to admit I’m not much of an outdoors person. All my hobbies are indoors. I guess I’m more of a 4-season sunroom kind of a girl! But since I don’t have a sunroom, my crafting & sewing room will do just fine.

Remember Sue Schillig needs volunteers for the June 2nd NEORQC meeting/luncheon and we are folding fat quarter cupcakes at the meeting (Make sure to read the full newsletter here for more details). Please plan on helping because this is another wonderful way to spread the good word about our wonderful guild.

I’m personally also looking forward to an event at Barnes Sewing Center in Cuyahoga Falls on May 12th. I will get to meet Mary Mulari. In case you don’t know her name, Mary has appeared as a guest on over 50 programs of Sewing With Nancy and written 28 creative sewing books. She is not renowned for her quilting, but instead she has developed a national reputation for her unique, stylish, easy-to-sew accessories, clothing embellishments, as well as her sense of humor. She has designed “automatic applique” embroidery cards and publishes her own line of patterns.

I have made MANY embellished sweatshirts over the years due to her inspirational patterns. She is a wonderful lady and I look forward to this all day event. According to the website, there are still seats available. Below is the link. If you have never been to Barnes, note that it is NOT a quilt shop (no fabric). They are a sewing, embroidery, serging and scan-n- cut machine shop! They sell new and pre-owned machines, and they have loads of accessories for all machines and they service most machines. They also have a nice event space.

I am biased, however, as I have purchased all my machines from Barnes, including my scan-n-cut which I use for paper crafting and applique. The event is Saturday, May 12th from 10am – 4pm in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and the $49 includes lunch.

Check out more details at this link: http://barnessewing.com/BSC/event-descriptions

Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I do not really like to take my sewing machine in for repairs.  Even though I can’t claim to sew every day, it seems like something is missing when it is gone.  So I found a place that for an additional $20 would do same day service.   What a difference a few new parts and a cleaning can make!  I always change my needle often, and that certainly makes a difference, but it sounds like an entirely new machine now.  If you haven’t had your machine cleaned in several years I highly recommend  doing so.  I also did a little shopping of course, and discovered there are all sorts of new quilty toys.

For those of you who bake, you might be confused by the newest  “recipe books” at quilt shops.  Cake mixes and cupcake mixes do not necessarily contain calories!  Instead, you receive papers to sew on that creates several different recipes using 5 (cupcake) and 10 (cake) inch squares of fabric.   I guess I knew about purchasing  fabric in charm packs and layer cakes, but the recipe idea was new.  Also new was the window cling that is for the machine so you don’t have to draw diagonal lines when piecing triangles  out of squares or laying squares on top of other squares to  sew diagonal lines.   And of course I looked at a new sewing machine, but now that the old one is fixed, guess I’ll have to really think about that one!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

April 2018 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 8 – April 12, 2018

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 & 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 were no visitors this evening.

Program:  Judy Kessler – In perfect harmony using Fibonacci numbers in quilt making.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo)
Pins & Needles Round-Robin Experience on March 12th.  We need at least 20 people to hold a spot and we are a few short so if you can, bring a friend. FREE test drive on new products and complete a survey.  It starts at 11:00 a.m. and last at least 3 hours.  Our guild will receive an $800 sewing machine for our Quilt Show raffle.

Sewing and quilting Expo at the IX Center on Thursday, April 5th through Saturday, April 7th.  Thursday and Friday we need people from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The sign-up sheet has been broken into 2 hour slots.  If you already signed up – Booth 711 is downstairs.  Also remember to sign-in when you arrive at the Vendor table to get your name badge.  It is not too late to sign-up as a Volunteer Ambassador on the show website.  They desperately need White Glove volunteers.

Raffle Baskets – We need a bunch of you to sign-up to crate and donate a raffle basket for the Quilt Show.  I hope to get as many baskets as possible because the Basket Raffle was a HUGE SUCCESS in 2016.

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

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle)  Pam Scholle was not present so Chris Yoo presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $8,984.55 with Quilts of Valor at $1,131.51 and Home of the Brave at $412.36.  The treasurers’ report was noted that the report will be filed for audit.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak)  Karen reported that she will be updating the membership list.

Fair Committee:  (Ruth Groot) – No report at this time.

Community Service:  (Judy Riggle) Vicki Morris handed out fabric for projects or baby quilts to be made for community service.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) No report at this time.

Home of the Brave:  (Janet Alderman) No report at this time.

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

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly reported four people signed up for the Fat Quarter Exchange.  She will be accepting sign-ups till the end of the month.  Please think about participating in the exchange…we do have fun.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) No Report at this time.

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

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Karen handed out the Pre-Entry forms to enter items for the Quilt Show.  She also said to keep working on your blue and white challenges.

Hospitality Committee:  (Maryann Doucette & JeanTobia) No Report at this time.

Programs, Events, and Retreats:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Donna reported program for the following months:

April:     Lunn Fabric – Short brief presentation on how Batiks are made…Need to come early (4:00 p.m.) to buy material. They will be packing up and leaving after a brief presentation.

May:      Nelly Vileikis – Nature Inspired quilts.

June:     Anne Marie Chaney – Modern traditional quilts.

August:    Appliques Quilts and More – Free machine applique workshop just have to purchase $35 kit.

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements: No report at this time.

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:  Judy Niemeyer quilt, UFO quilts, bird and fox, doll and baby quilt, cuddle doll, a sewing bag and tatted bookmark, two Christmas stockings, machine quilt block, child’s quilt, butterfly quilt and Christmas quilt.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:20 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Program

Lunn Fabric – Short brief presentation on how Batiks are made…Need to come early (4:00 p.m.) to buy material. They will be packing up and leaving after a brief presentation.

 

 

2018 Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,

Just a little blurb from the quilt show committee.  We will start collecting the pre show entries soon.  Forms will be passed out at the meeting in March. What we are looking for at this time is how many quilts and what sizes.  If you have a blue and white quilt, please show that too.  We would like to get an idea of how many quilts we will have for the show to make sure we have enough supplies ordered.  When we do the pre entries, we would also like anyone who made an umbrella to enter that if you would like.  If we get enough umbrellas, we may do a special display.

Thank you very much for your help,

The Quilt Show 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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

3/27/2018…understand there was a Facebook post.  I sent a get well card to Mary Ann Doucette. We wish her a comfortable recovery from surgery on her foot.

Here is hoping with “sunshine” soon; your April showers bring you many May flowers.

Fondly, Val

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

Challenges

UFO Challenge

We have already seen 17 UFO’s finished already this year! Keep up the great work ladies! I can’t wait to see what’s finished this month.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the Fat Quarter Exchange have closed. The list was sent out via email last week, and I will be handing out the baggies at the April meeting. You will bring your fat quarters to the May or June meeting and they will be sorted and handed back to you by the end of the June meeting.

Quilters!

Please come with us to browse, shop and enjoy a few events and locations.

1. Berlin Retreat. April 29-30 + May 1-2. Sew, shop or relax in Berlin OH. Sunday to Wednesday $150; Monday to Wednesday $100, double occupancy 15 seats open. $50 deposit due now or at the meeting, balance due April 26th.

2. AQS Show Grand Rapids. MI Friday, August 24th – Saturday, August 25th. $175; 36 seats, hotel double occupancy. $50 deposit due by May 10th: balance due August 10th. Deluxe coach, show ticket, breakfast and hotel stay included.

3. Berlin Retreat. October 28, 29, 30 & 31. Sew, shop or relax in Berlin Oh. And Holmes Co Sunday to Wednesday $150; Monday to Wednesday $100. double occupancy 32 seats open.

4. 9 day Southern Caribbean cruise with or without Sewing option. ONE (maybe two) spaces left $1168. $250 deposit due now. Must have passport. Sewing machine provide; ‘Mystery At Sea’ quilt with Rita Fishel and/or Swing Jacket with Rachel Clark.

Please contact MaryAnn Grayson or I will see you at Guild meeting to sign up for any travel activities.

5. 12 day Cruise Tour to Alaska!! August 16 to 27, Northbound Inside passage on Celebrity Summit, tours, hotel accommodations, train ride and much more. $250 deposit due by May 15th. Final payment due December, 2019

Guild members have priority on all activities, others will be considered next.

A-tisket a-tasket, a QUILT SHOW BASKET….AUCTION IDEAS!

Start thinking about what type of Basket you would like to sponsor for the upcoming Quilt Show.  You can make one yourself, or team up with a friend, family member or a small group.  However, we need as many glorious baskets as possible for the Quilt Show because the basket auction was a HUGE success in 2016!! I will have sign-up sheets at the meetings starting this month so you can start letting us know what you will be making.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  This is NOT an all-inclusive list.  YOU get to decide what you want to put together.  Fun Fun!!

Coffee Lovers
Crazy Cat Lady (Cat theme)
Crocheting
Family Game Night
Fun in the Sun
Gardening
Gift Card Frenzy
Gone to the Dogs (Dog theme)
Grilling & Chilling
Kitchen/Chef
Knitting
Night at the Movies
Quilt Kit
Quilting (Blue/White)
Quilting (Holiday)
Quilting (Sports)
Quilting / Sewing (General)
Spa Night
Sweet Tooth
Tea for Two
Tee Time “Golf”
Fat Quarter Buster
Tools/Duct Tape
Ultimate Sports Fan
Win Big (Lotto tickets, etc.)
Wine & Cheese
Wool Lovers

Chris Yoo

Treasurer Report
Pam Scholle

Guild cking bal.      $7,186.68
QOV.                       $1,313.51
HOB.                        $ 412.36

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Whew!!  The big Original Sewing and Quilting Expo is here and gone already!  Time surely does fly.  It was a crazy, busy week, but it was full of fun, meeting friends, old and new, and spreading the good word about our guild and selling raffle tickets to the tune of $286!!!   Oh, did I forget to mention we did a little shopping?  Oh yes my friends, there was shopping—waaaaay too much shopping (smile).     You cannot roam the halls for 3 days and not find a few things that you either need or just have to have.  I finally found a small machine to take to guild and for retreats.  I simply cannot manage hauling my large, should never leave my house, quilting machine any more.  So I have no excuses not to be sewing every guild Thursday!!

I’m pretty sure I speak for all of us when I say “Where the heck is spring??!!”  I was driving to the IX Center the other day and the sun was shining and it was still snowing like crazy due to one menacing cloud!!  Winter just won’t let go!  The need for warmer weather and sunshine is showing in my fabric choices because the few fabrics I bought at the IX Center were lovely spring colors.  That is saying something because I typically stick to earth tones.

Speaking of fabric, I hope you are ready for Lunn Fabrics on Thursday!!  I’ll be getting some whites and blues for my little blue & white challenge quilt.  As if coming for the luscious batiks and handdyes is not enough reason to join us on Thursday, please try to make the meeting because we have LOTS of news to share and business to discuss. See you Thursday!!

Come on spring!!

Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Sometimes you plan to do something, and it is so far in the future you just completely forget about it.  That was the case this month when, after the NEORQC meeting in March my friend Judie said to me: “You know your guild is hosting the next meeting in June , right?”   I guess it did come as a surprise, one of the many blessings of getting older.  Fortunately we  have a great group and people that have already stepped up to make this happen.  The meeting will be held at Washington Avenue Christian Church on Washington Avenue in Elyria.  Mary Huey will reprise the program she did for our guild recently, though I’m sure it will include some updates as she has been busy creating new things out of her giant stack of UFO’s.  Chris Yoo and I both came up with the identical same idea for a table favor which I felt was very serendipitous (if that is even a word)   We’ll have samples to show at Thursday’s meeting.  If you would be so kind as to look through your stashes for some brightish fat quarters, we would be grateful for any and all you might be willing to donate.  They will become fat quarter cupcakes.  Chris is printing all the cupcake papers and little topper flags.  Additionally on June 2nd  (the day of the meeting)  I’ll need some help with hosting the meeting, as well as some baked goods for morning snack.  If you plan to stay for the meeting the lunch will be potluck  so bring a dish to share.  I’d like to get a rough idea of who from our guild plans to attend to calculate set up.  Sign up sheets will be at our next meeting for donations of muffins or other morning bakery treats, help with the day, and whether you plan on attending.  One of the great benefits of attending a meeting is the chance to be with quilters from all over Northeast Ohio.  We will be able to share publicity about our quilt show in November. Also there is a show and tell portion of the program so feel free to bring a show and tell to share with the group.  It is always a fun day. Our guild has hosted this meeting at least 3 other times that I’m aware.  I’m looking forward to our opportunity to do so again!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

March 2018 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 7 – March 8, 2018

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 & 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 new member and two visitor this evening.

Program:  Guild President Chris gave a hands-on introduction to Painting on Fabric with Inktense pencils and blocks.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo) Update on Polar Fest:  Our table at the Polar Fest on January 27th and 28th was a big success. WKYC Channel 3 came out Sunday and our booth and Raffle Quilt were on TV.  We sold $125.00 in raffle tickets.

Brought 3 sign-up sheets for the following events:
Pins & Needles Round-Robin Experience on March 12th.  We need at least 20 people to hold spot.  FREE test drive on new products and complete a survey. Starts at 11:00 a.m. and last at least 3 hours.  Our guild will receive an $800 sewing machine for our Quilt Show Raffle.

Sewing and Quilting Expo at the IX Center on Thursday, April 5th through Saturday, April 7th. Thursday and Friday we need people from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet has been broken into 2 hour slots.  So, I will need 3 people every day, besides me.

Raffle Baskets – We need a bunch of you to sign-up to create and donate a raffle basket for the Quilt Show.  I hope to get as many baskets as possible because the Basket Raffle has been a HUGE success in 2016. Please check the LCP January Newsletter for ideas.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There was one correction to the minutes from the January 2018 meeting.
Paid $100 deposit to secure dates for meetings for the year of 2018.  Corrected to:
Paid $100 deposit to secure dates for meetings for the year of 2019.
Minutes are approved as distributed and corrected.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $7,201.18 with Quilts of Valor at $1,186.51 and Home of the Brave at $412.36.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report would be filed for audit.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer & Marilyn Novak) Karen reported we have 2 new members that signed up and there will be updated coming this month.

Fair Committee:  (Ruth Groot) – No report at this time.

Community Service:  (Judy Riggle) Susan Schilling distribute 12 community quilts to Family Promises.  Sue also suggested that we could also make children’s quilts 50” x 60”, Pajama bottoms and pillow cases.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kay reported we had 12 volunteers for sew day on February 3rd.  We had a good time and got much done.

Home of the Brave:  (Janet Alderman) No report at this time.

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

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly reported she received 10 people that signed up for the UFO Challenge.  Will be doing the fat quarter exchange also this year.  Please think about participating in the exchange…we do have fun.  If you have any ideas for challenges please share those ideas with me by sending me an email.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) No Report at this time.

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

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Karen reported to keep working on your blue and white challenges.  Julie will be answering emails and phone calls regarding questions about the Quilt Show.  Chris Yoo will also be taking any questions regarding the gift baskets or donations to the Guild.

Hospitality Committee:  (Maryann Doucette & JeanTobia) No Report at this time.

Programs, Events, and Retreats:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Donna reported program for the following months:

March 2018:    Judy Kessler – In perfect harmony using Fibonacci numbers in quilt making.

April 2018:    Lunn Fabric – Short brief presentation on how Batiks are made… Need to come early (4:00 p.m.) to buy material. They will be packing up and leaving after a brief presentation.

May 2018:       Nelly Vileikis – Nature Inspired quilts.

June 2018:      Anne Marie Chaney – Modern traditional quilts.

August 2018:   Appliques Quilts and More – Free machine applique workshop just have to purchase $35 kit.

New Business:  Kaye Koler wanted to let everyone know she saw Judy Riggle and that she is doing very well with her recovery.

Announcements: Quilts 2018 is running from February 9 through March 11, 2018 at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio.

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:  We had 3 UFO quilts, 4 table runners, QOV quilt, 2 blue and white quilt challenges, 2 fish quilts, triple Irish chain, Guild table banner, t-Shirt quilt, purse, and 3 community service quilts.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:00 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Program

Judy Kessler – In perfect harmony using Fibonacci numbers in quilt making.

 

 

2018 Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,

Just a little blurb from the quilt show committee.  We will start collecting the pre show entries soon.  Forms will be passed out at the meeting in March. What we are looking for at this time is how many quilts and what sizes.  If you have a blue and white quilt, please show that too.  We would like to get an idea of how many quilts we will have for the show to make sure we have enough supplies ordered.  When we do the pre entries, we would also like anyone who made an umbrella to enter that if you would like.  If we get enough umbrellas, we may do a special display.

If anyone has any blue and white quilts, please bring them to the guild meeting this month so we can take some pictures and start working on the postcards.  We would like to have postcards for the IX event.

Thank you very much for your help,

The Quilt Show 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.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

March Birthdays
Janet Alderman
Susan Thornton
Donna Garrett
Casandra Brown
Susan Schillig

Challenges

UFO Challenge

We have already seen 11 UFO’s finished already this year! Please remember (if you haven’t already) I need $5 from each participant that will go toward prizes at the end of the year. For each finish you will get an entry into the prizes.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the Fat Quarter Exchange have started and will continue until March 30. In April I will hand out the baggies with the list of what needs to be bought. You will bring your fat quarters to the May or June meeting and they will be sorted and handed back to you by the end of the June meeting. As of right now, only 4 ladies have signed up to participate this year. Please think about joining us!

A-tisket a-tasket, a QUILT SHOW BASKET….AUCTION IDEAS!

Start thinking about what type of Basket you would like to sponsor for the upcoming Quilt Show.  You can make one yourself, or team up with a friend, family member or a small group.  However, we need as many glorious baskets as possible for the Quilt Show because the basket auction was a HUGE success in 2016!! I will have sign-up sheets at the meetings starting this month so you can start letting us know what you will be making.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  This is NOT an all-inclusive list.  YOU get to decide what you want to put together.  Fun Fun!!

Coffee Lovers
Crazy Cat Lady (Cat theme)
Crocheting
Family Game Night
Fun in the Sun
Gardening
Gift Card Frenzy
Gone to the Dogs (Dog theme)
Grilling & Chilling
Kitchen/Chef
Knitting
Night at the Movies
Quilt Kit
Quilting (Blue/White)
Quilting (Holiday)
Quilting (Sports)
Quilting / Sewing (General)
Spa Night
Sweet Tooth
Tea for Two
Tee Time “Golf”
Fat Quarter Buster
Tools/Duct Tape
Ultimate Sports Fan
Win Big (Lotto tickets, etc.)
Wine & Cheese
Wool LoversChris YooTreasurer Report
Pam ScholleNo Report.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

While attending a quilting lecture alone at Lake Farmpark last month I sat with ladies I did not know, and we easily talked about our quilting projects and our shared fabric obsession.   Isn’t it funny how you can talk to other quilters as if you have known them your entire life even though you just met?!?  One lady said she was a member of a virtual, online quilt guild, but she missed this type of personal interaction.  I encouraged her to join a local guild.  Too bad she lives in eastern Lake County or I would have dragged her to our next meeting.

A few days later I was talking with guild members and the conversation turned to “the good old days,” and one person mention that our guild used to have a lot more members.  We pondered why people don’t join guilds as much as they used to, and I wondered if it was due to the digital age.  A lot of modern quilters are online and I know many of you LOVE your online block of the month groups and/or mystery quilt groups.  I also learn a lot from trolling the internet.  Trust me; I can learn just about anything watching a YouTube video!  However…

There’s nothing like being surrounded by people who are cut from the same cloth, sharing the same passion for fabric, sewing, color, and beauty.  I can learn more from my guild buddies than I do on YouTube.  I’ve also discovered a literal patchwork quilt of personalities in this guild!!   However, we all share a common thread, and this gang understands all the hard work I put into my projects!

We quilters are a very social crowd. Although it is fabulous to bring in guests to lecture and workshop teachers, I truly think most of you really enjoy the social time and show-and-tell even more!  I think being a part of a guild gives us a place to go to be around like-minded people who love to create, socialize, and talk about their projects. I never tire of hearing the enthusiastic ooohs and aaahs during show and tell.  Bring it on!!

I really want our guild to grow and prosper in the years to come, but that won’t happen if we all hide behind our computers and “dream” about quilting.  That won’t happen if we hold up in our quilting caves at home and never come out to share the love.

Everywhere you go, share your love of quilting and get people interested.  Bring a friend to guild one month to introduce them to your addiction.  Do you know someone who may love to be here but they cannot drive?  Can you bring them?  It’s only one day a month.

I’m doing my best to spread the joy of the good old fashion quilt guild because I don’t want it to go the route of the dinosaur.  Please join me in celebrating our guild!  Woot Woot!

We rock!

Your President, Chris Yoo
March 2018

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I’ve been trying to work on my quilt in the frame.  The best plan is to thread a few needles and plan to quilt that much.  For the most part, that works. However, there are some problems that may occur.  One of the biggest is that in order for that to work you need to be home!  Seems like there are many days I miss out because I’m out and about.  The latest current distraction is my new chicks.  Even though I chose older ones, it still means several trips down to the barn to check on them. Naturally I’m inclined to stay for a bit to visit.  Which brings me to my last obstacle.  I enjoy listening to books while I quilt.  Sometimes I run through an entire author’s works.  And then I’m stuck!  If any one has any good titles to recommend, I’m up for that!  Hope you are staying warm this fine winter day.  At least the weather is doing its best to keep me in and on task!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

I have not been notified of any correspondence needed at this time. Please let me know if one of our members could use a get-well card, a cheerful note, or a sympathy card.  Blue “baskets” are for the loss of a spouse or child.

Thanks!
Fondly, Val

February 2018 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 6 – February 9, 2018

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 & 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 this evening.

Program:  Linda G. Miller from “That’s Sew Special,” did a presentation on the Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo) Brought 3 sign-up sheets for the following events:

Polar Fest – Sitting at table for an hour or two on January 27 or January 28 to help sale Raffle Tickets for our Quilt Raffle.

Raffle Baskets – We need donations of raffle basket for the quilt show. If you don’t know what type of basket you will design please sign-up to indicate a commitment to putting together a basket. I hope to get as many baskets as possible because the Basket Raffle was a HUGE success in 2016. Please check the LCP January Newsletter for ideas.

Pins & Needles Round-Robin Experience on March 12th.  Need 20 people to hold spot.  FREE test drive on new products and complete a survey. Starts at 11:00 a.m. and last at least 3 hours.  Our guild will receive an $800 sewing machine for our Quilt Show Raffle.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the December 2017 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $8,483.18 with Quilts of Valor at $1,186.51 and Home of the Brave at $412.36.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report would be filed for audit.

Paid $100 deposit to secure dates for meetings for the year of 2019.  We need to start thinking about meeting dates to secure for 2019.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer & Marilyn Novak)  Karen reported we one more name to add to the Membership.

Fair Committee:  (Ruth Groot) – No report at this time.

Community Service:  (Judy Riggle) Susan Schilling will be taking things home for community service.  Receive 12 quilts from Deb Beard and two bags of quilt that Mrs Novak gave from the prison.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye will be hosting a “sew day” QOV Workshop on Saturday, February 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Main Street Building in Amherst. Bring lunch or eat lunch downtown.

Home of the Brave:  (Janet Alderman) No report at this time.

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

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly reported she received 4 people that signed up for the UFO Challenge.  No changes can be made on your list after January 31st. Will be doing the fat quarter exchange also this year.  Please think about participating in the exchange…we do have fun.  If you have any ideas for challenges please share those ideas with me by sending me an email.

Communication Committee:  Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) Kelly reported nothing new at this time.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Val reported that Karen Knox had surgery and sent her a card.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Keep working on your blue and white challenges.

Hospitality Committee:  (Maryann Doucette & JeanTobia) No Report at this time.

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

February 2018:  Chris Yoo – A hands-on introduction to Painting on Fabric with Inktense pencils and blocks.

April 2018:  Lunn Fabric – Short brief presentation on how Batiks are made…Need to come early to buy their material. They will packing up and leaving after their presentation.

May 2018:  Nelly Vileikis

June 2018:  Anne Marie Chaney

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements: Quilts 2018 running from February 9 through March 11, 2018 at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio.

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:  We had a hand pieced and quilted grandmothers garden quilt, two blue and white quilts, one UFO black and white quilt, carpenter star quilt, quilt that was given as a gift, umbrella from a workshop, a couple of nightgowns, a pillowcase and a LCP white and blue banner.

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

Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Program

February Lecture:  Discover the MAGIC of Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks.   This presentation will be given by your President, Chris Yoo.  Chris has prepared a multi-media presentation that includes a hands-on demonstration.  Everyone in attendance will get a chance to try this fabulous product and get creative!  Don’t miss this fun, interactive presentation on Thursday February 8th @ 7:00 p.m.

2018 Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,

Just a little blurb from the quilt show committee.  We will start collecting the pre show entries soon.  Forms will be passed out at the meeting in March. What we are looking for at this time is how many quilts and what sizes.  If you have a blue and white quilt, please show that too.  We would like to get an idea of how many quilts we will have for the show to make sure we have enough supplies ordered.  When we do the pre entries, we would also like anyone who made an umbrella to enter that if you would like.  If we get enough umbrellas, we may do a special display.

If anyone has any blue and white quilts, please bring them to the guild meeting this month so we can take some pictures and start working on the postcards.  We would like to have postcards for the IX event.

Thank you very much for your help,

The Quilt Show Committee

Comfort Quilts

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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Our National Sew Day for QoV was very successful! We had a great time!

Thank you ladies for all your work and great company!

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

February Birthdays
Julie Bragg
Marilyn Novak
Bonita Grove
Karen Neuschaefer
Sally Gezzer

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Signups are now closed for the 2018 UFO Challenge. 10 brave ladies have signed up for a total of 166 projects to be finished this year. No further changes to your list will be allowed, let’s get started working on the UFO’s! Please remember (if you haven’t already) I need $5 from each participant that will go toward prizes at the end of the year. For each finish you will get an entry into the prizes.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the Fat Quarter Exchange have started and will continue until March. In April I will hand out the baggies with the list of what needs to be bought. You will bring your fat quarters to the May or June meeting and they will be sorted and handed back to you by the end of the June meeting.

A-tisket a-tasket, a QUILT SHOW BASKET….AUCTION IDEAS!

Start thinking about what type of Basket you would like to sponsor for the upcoming Quilt Show.  You can make one yourself, or team up with a friend, family member or a small group.  However, we need as many glorious baskets as possible for the Quilt Show because the basket auction was a HUGE success in 2016!! I will have sign-up sheets at the meetings starting this month so you can start letting us know what you will be making.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  This is NOT an all-inclusive list.  YOU get to decide what you want to put together.  Fun Fun!!

Coffee Lovers
Crazy Cat Lady (Cat theme)
Crocheting
Family Game Night
Fun in the Sun
Gardening
Gift Card Frenzy
Gone to the Dogs (Dog theme)
Grilling & Chilling
Kitchen/Chef
Knitting
Night at the Movies
Quilt Kit
Quilting (Blue/White)
Quilting (Holiday)
Quilting (Sports)
Quilting / Sewing (General)
Spa Night
Sweet Tooth
Tea for Two
Tee Time “Golf”
Fat Quarter Buster
Tools/Duct Tape
Ultimate Sports Fan
Win Big (Lotto tickets, etc.)
Wine & Cheese
Wool Lovers

Chris Yoo

Treasurer Report
Pam Scholle

No Report.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I was talking to a co-worker about how difficult it is to motivate people to volunteer.  She made a weird face and crunched up her nose and shouted, “Why would ANYONE want to volunteer?!”  I was dumbstruck.  I cannot think of a really good reason why someone would NOT want to volunteer, but that’s just who I am.  That got me researching the topic of volunteering.  If you need motivated to raise your hand or to sign a list to volunteer the next time someone asks, here are a few good reasons that I found particularly inspiring:

I VOLUNTEER BECAUSE…

… it continuously teaches me something new about people, about cooperation, about compassion, and about myself.

…I have the time. I recognize that time is something I can give, if not money.

…It often lets me get closer to a community, the people and the region—I discover so much more than simply having travelled through.

…life has so much to offer if we remember to look beyond ourselves.

…I often learn something new or acquire a skill that I lacked.

…I can. It’s as simple as that. If you could do something to help the world around you, why wouldn’t you?

…‘to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.’ — Luke 12:48.

…it takes me out of my daily life.

…in helping others, I am reminded that we are all in this together and we need to remember to support each other.

…I love my community and I need to give back something to it other than tax dollars.

…my soul needs redemption, and I simply enjoy helping people.

…I want to make a difference.

I volunteer for the same reason as I quilt—because I have to.  It is an addiction.  Every fiber of my being screams for me to be creative and to hold out my hand to help others when I can.

Does that mean I sometimes I do too much?  You bet!  However, each time I flop on the couch and prop up my aching feet, I feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment because I know, for a short period of time, I actually made a difference and someone truly appreciated my efforts.

Please consider raising your hand or signing your name to a list.  You won’t regret it.

Your President,
Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I’ve not looked for the groundhog today, but it is currently snowing with the sun shining.  I don’t know what that means. But I can tell you that it makes for great sewing and quilting weather!  January was a good month for working on my UFO list.  Of all the resolutions, the one that I can do best is to keep at those projects! I’m hoping for good work in February as well.  Though I’ve got lots of other quilter-based activities to fill in the days.  The Alliance guild has a tea on the 10th that I almost always attend, and the next weekend is Getaway.  I don’t do many of these, but I’ve been doing this one which is now in Boardman Ohio for more years than I care to admit.  Plus there are some other projects I’ve promised to help with, which will cut into my sewing time.  But there are months like that.  Some of January was spent with my husband’s family as we gathered to celebrate his stepmother’s 97 years and recent passing.  Of all the amazing things about Gert, the one that I found hardest to wrap my head around was the fact that to my knowledge she left no UFO projects.  None.  She rarely did work on more than a couple at a time.  At some point she just decided she was done starting new things.  She remained interested, but not a participant in the last few years of her life.  I think that may be rare. Certainly I can barely finish two or three of the old projects before a new one pops up.  And based on the leftovers that appear on our free to a good home table I am not alone in that regard.  I hope all of you are enjoying the winter sew time and dreaming up new projects.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

January 12, we sent a card to Pat Predmore to cheer her up following shoulder surgery.  We left a condolence for the children of Shirley Williams January 22nd on the Cowling Funeral Home website.

Please wash your hands often, let’s avoid the flu.
Fondly, Val

January 2018 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 5 – January 11, 2018

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 & 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 7:07 p.m. Guild President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order after potluck dinner. There were no visitors this evening.

Program:  Traveling Exhibit from Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) Ohio.  SAQA Representative:  Terry Ann Hartzell

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo) We will host a booth in April at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the IX Center.  We will display our blue and white raffle quilt and sell raffle tickets.

In August we will once again host a booth at the Lorain County Fair where we act as docents and trustees for the needle work barn.

In November we will be hosting our own 3-day Quilt Show.

Please join me in 2018 and volunteer to make our guild more successful.  Please plan on signing up to help man the booth at the IX show, at the Fair and our own Quilt Show.  Volunteers are a work of heart!

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the November 2017 meeting.  Hearing NO corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $9,067.68 with Quilts of Valor at $961.69 and Home of the Brave at $412.36.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report would be filed for audit.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer & Marilyn Novak)  Karen reported we have 74 members. Membership list was sent out this month and will be sending an update for you to add two more members to your list.

We do have membership cards to give out.  Please check with Karen if you haven’t received your membership card.

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

Community Service:  (Judy Riggle) Judy Riggle was not present.  She is working on getting well and making good progress.  Kelly Grace reported there was a Warm and Natural big roll of batting donation for Community Service. Chris feels the one of the most important thing that we do is community service and would like get a committee going for community service.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye will be hosting a “sew day” QOV Workshop on Saturday, February 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Main Street Building in Amherst. Bring lunch or eat lunch downtown.

Home of the Brave:  (Janet Alderman) Janet will be moving next week and will continue to look for the last 10 families that need to receive quilts.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Lynette is looking for kids that are interested in sewing.  If you have a group of kids let Lynette know so she can set up a date and time for sewing.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly reported to start getting ready for your next year list which she will be taking starting January 1st and is due to her by January 31st.  No changes can be made on your list after January 31st. We will be doing fat quarter exchanges this year. Please think about participating in the exchange…we do have fun.

Top three winners for the 2017 UFO Challenge – Barbara Leoni, Helen Smelser and Susan Schillig.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) Kelly reported nothing new at this time.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Val reported nothing new at this time.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Julie reported that the Raffle quilt is 84 x 96 with two pillow cases. Remember to keep working on your blue and white challenge project…10 months to go.  We would like to get postcards out by spring and need to take pictures of some of the blue and white projects…so keep working on them.  We would like to try and sell 2000 raffle tickets. We need to account for all 2000 tickets so the tickets you don’t sell need to be brought back to the guild.

Hospitality Committee:  (Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia) No Report at this time.

Programs, Events, and Retreats:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Donna reported the program for

January 2018:  Quilt Camp – Slide presentation given by a Quilt Judge that will be taking over the Quilt Camp.

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 September 1, 2017.

April 2018:  Lunn Fabric – Short brief presentation…Need to come early to buy their material.

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 (if you don’t sew) $1,100 (if you do sew) for a 9-day cruise and all the rooms have a balcony!

New Business:  Susan Schillig will be keeping track of the Quilt Raffle tickets and has also offered to take the raffle quilt to NEROC to show and sell tickets in February. Thank you, Susan

Announcements:  Northcoast Promotions and Lisa Nemeth have extended a special invitation to the guild to attend or participate in January 27 – 28, 2018 – Winter Festival, Polar Fest at 19201 East Bagley Road Middleburg Heights, OH on Saturday Jan. 27th 9 – 3pm and Sunday Jan 28th 11 – 3pm. If you wish to vend and sell your quilts or fiber art, please ask Chris Yoo for a vendor application.

Quilts 2018 running from February 9 – March 11, 2018 at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio.

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:  We had several quilts – Dear Jane (signature quilt) Star Trek, carpenter star, blue & white.  We had some wall hangings such as candy drop, wool, flower basket and Christmas wall hanging and dinner placemats.

Adjournment:  Chris asked if there was any more business…Pause…then adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Program

Quilt Camp – Slide presentation given by a Quilt Judge that will be taking over the Quilt Camp

 

 

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

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Just a reminder the National Sew Day for Quilts of Valor is February 3, 10-4. We’ll gather at the Main Street Community Bldg., 255 Park Ave. Amherst .

Hope see you there! Thank you very much!
Kaye and Quilts of Valor committee

January Birthdays
Peggy Hughes
Lorraine Quinones
Pat Logar
Jean Tobia
Libby Betounes
Barb King

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Awesome job to our winners of the 2017 UFO Challenge! Barbara Leoni finished 14 of 15 UFOs, Helen Smelser finished 8 of 9 UFOs and Sue Schillig finished 10 of 29 UFOs! Signups for the 2018 UFO Challenge are open until January 30th. Either send me (Kelly) an email with your list or give it to me at the January meeting. After January 30th no additions/changes to the list will be allowed.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the Fat Quarter Exchange will start at the January meeting and will continue until March. You will bring your fat quarters to the May or June meeting and they will be sorted and handed back to you by the end of the June meeting.

A-tisket a-tasket, a QUILT SHOW BASKET….AUCTION IDEAS!

Start thinking about what type of Basket you would like to sponsor for the upcoming Quilt Show.  You can make one yourself, or team up with a friend, family member or a small group.  However, we need as many glorious baskets as possible for the Quilt Show because the basket auction was a HUGE success in 2016!! I will have sign-up sheets at the meetings starting this month so you can start letting us know what you will be making.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  This is NOT an all-inclusive list.  YOU get to decide what you want to put together.  Fun Fun!!

Coffee Lovers
Crazy Cat Lady (Cat theme)
Crocheting
Family Game Night
Fun in the Sun
Gardening
Gift Card Frenzy
Gone to the Dogs (Dog theme)
Grilling & Chilling
Kitchen/Chef
Knitting
Night at the Movies
Quilt Kit
Quilting (Blue/White)
Quilting (Holiday)
Quilting (Sports)
Quilting / Sewing (General)
Spa Night
Sweet Tooth
Tea for Two
Tee Time “Golf”
Fat Quarter Buster
Tools/Duct Tape
Ultimate Sports Fan
Win Big (Lotto tickets, etc.)
Wine & Cheese
Wool Lovers

Chris Yoo

Treasurer Report
Pam Scholle

Guild bal.    $8,483.18

Quilts of Valor.    $1,186.51

Home of Brave.   $412.36

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy New Year!!   Hope you are all keeping warm in this frigid January!!  These frosty days are perfect for sipping hot cider and quilting!  Although winter has only just begun, I’m already looking forward to spring and what lies ahead.  In March I have secured a date at the Middleburg Heights Pins and Needles for a round-robin demo and test-drive event for interested guild members.  It is a FREE event but you have to dedicate 3 hours of your time for FUN and learning new products.  The date they are holding for us is Monday, March 12th.

Attendees will get to see demonstrations of quilting and embroidery machines, specialty pressure feet, all kinds of new products, and we get to test-drive those machines!  We will leave with a quilted case we made using those new products!!  We will be asked to fill out a short survey about the various products we tested and for doing so our guild will receive a FREE sewing machine valued at $800!!  This will make a wonderful addition to our Quilt Show door prize!

We have to get at least 20 people who are willing to participate.  The date I was able to secure is Monday, March 12th and the event starts at 11:00 a.m. sharp and is expected to last 3 – 4 hours.  You can bring a sack lunch and/or we can take a break for lunch or order in Pizza. They are very flexible.  I will have a sign-up sheet at our next meeting.  Please check your calendar and try to attend.  I realize some of you may need a weekend date, but those were booked solid until summer.  If you would like to attend on a Saturday, I’ll have a separate sign-up sheet for weekend interest and work to set up another round-robin this summer.  However, I hope to get a group of you interested in the March 12th event.  I need to confirm that we have at least 20 people; however, they CAN accommodate up to 40, so please ask a friend and sign up to join us for this fun event!

Quilting and Chilling
Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Happy New Year!  And yet, when I checked my Facebook page this morning, it appears that nothing much in my quilting life really changes.  Two years ago I put a quilt in the frame on January 6th.  This year it was January 5th that I put my first quilt for the year in the frame. I’m one of those quilters for whom quilting really did start with, uh, quilting. I did piece a top in high school that my mom and grandma quilted for me, but I truly learned to hand quilt before I did much piecing. So even though  it is all about the machine these days I still like to hand quilt  at least one a  year.  It isn’t so much that one way is better than another. There are some beautiful machine quilted handwork and there is some really bad hand quilted ones.  But I tend to think better when hand quilting than I do when I machine quilt.  Less noise and a better rhythm for me.  Now of course I machine quilt more than I do by hand.  There are so many more that I want to make and really so little time.  So I plan for one method or the other, depending on which works the best on the quilt.  The one I’m hand quilting will be for the next grandchild to be due in early July.  Since I’m using retro 30’s fabrics it will look best hand quilted I think.  When I make a tshirt quilt and for most of the ones using batiks machine quilting works best.   While the grandkids are learning about good and bad decisions, this grandma is just making quilting decisions. Neither one is good or bad.  I hope all your quilting decisions make you happy this year.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

We sent a get well card to Karin Knox 12/18/2018 as she had knee surgery.
According to Bobbie Bruck, Karin is home and going through rehab.
Good luck, Karin, with your recovery.Warm wishes this new year:  hot cocoa, chamomile tea,
wool socks, velour robes,
flannel sheets, best of all = QUILTS!!!

December 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 4 – December 14, 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 & 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 this evening.

Program: Gayle Pritchard on Ohio Art Quilts. Gayle’s public commissions include: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Quilt Project, the Smithsonian Craft Archives in Washington, D.C., the opening for the Peter B. Lewis building in Cleveland, Ohio and she is an author of a book called Uncommon Threads: Ohio’s Art Quilt Revolution.

Minutes: There were no changes to the minutes from the October 2017 meeting. Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report: Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $10,943.04, with Quilts of Valor at $937.61 and Home of the Brave at $412.30. There was a motion to accept the budget, which carried.

Opened a 1 year certificate for 2018 rent for the building as suggested.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Membership: Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak – Need to collect money for 2 members then will send out membership cards. You will start to receive the monthly newsletter and emails once your dues are paid.

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

Community Service: Judy Riggle was not present. Chris reported that she received 9 baby quilts.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler reported that they a great turnout for the “sew day” October 21. She will be having a couple of presentations coming up. If you are interested in attending please email Kaye and she will send dates and times.

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported she was able to get everything complete that she brought to the last workshop and thanked everyone that helped. She mentioned that this might be her last meeting because she will be moving in December.

Youth Sewing: Lynette Thomson and Jean Ruth – No report at this time.

Challenges: Kelly Grace reported to continue working on your UFO’s for this year list. Start getting ready for your next year list which she will be taking starting January 1 and is due to her by January 31. No changes can be made of your list after January 31.

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

Sunshine Committee: Val Watring reported that there is a card to sign a front table for Judy Ruggle.

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 JeanTobia nothing new at this time.

Programs, Events, and Retreats…Oh My: Donna reported the program for December will be Terry Hartzell, SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Alliance) Traveling Show – A display of quilts from several different countries.

Umbrella Workshop was lots of fun. Everyone finished their umbrellas and they turned out very nice and we had so much fun.

Chris reported that the Berlin Retreat was wonderful and is looking forward for next year’s retreat.

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 September 1, 2017.

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 (if you don’t sew) $1,100 (if you do sew) for a 9-day cruise and all the rooms have a balcony!

Announcements: Potluck 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. Please, bring more heathy foods and less desserts.

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: We had 5 umbrellas from the workshop all finished and looking very nice, coffee and donut wall hanging, license to play quilt, table runners, snow globe towel, Dear Jane (block of the month) – UFO, water color quilt, baby quilts, carpenters star quilt and purses.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m. There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. – Potluck

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.

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Well, the holidays are in full swing yet we managed to fulfill requests for for two presentations! The first one was the North Ridgeville VFW and the second at the American Legion in Elyria.

I’d like to personally thank everyone in our guild that share your talents so freely with Quilts of Valor!  That allows us to provide beautiful, quality quilts to our veterans right here in Lorain County. Two of the quilts were made personally by Libby Betounes and the remaining five were from our guild members’ many hands that worked on them! As always the veterans were most appreciative and thankful!

Everyone who helps, in any way, on these quilts for Quilts of Valor is greatly appreciated by all of us on the committee. It is with a heartfelt appreciation, we say THANK YOU!!

We also had a beautiful quilt top donated by THE BARNYARD QUILTERS in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

SAVE THE DATE!!
We will participate in the annual National Sew Day for QoV, Saturday, February 3, 2018. This workshop will be held at the Main Street Building, 255 Park Ave., Amherst, Ohio.  10-4pm. We’d love to share the day with you!

Special thank you to Helen Smelzser who never appears in any of the photos because she is our official photographer!!  Well done Helen!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone!

 

December Birthdays

Argena Patouhas
Kathy Keyse
Karin Knox
Jean Ruth

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  More UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 68 UFO’s have been finished!!!! Just a few more days to finish up for the challenge, there will be some prizes at the December meeting.

Kelly

Treasurer Report

No Report

As discussed at the last meeting we will be collecting items to donate to Genesis House. Below is the post from Facebook as to what is needed. A box will be at the December meeting/potluck and MaryAnn Grayson has volunteered to take our donations to Genesis House.

Friends, if anyone would like to do a donation drive for Genesis House this upcoming holiday season, we sure would appreciate it! These are our donation shelves, and they’re usually overflowing. We’ve had more folks in shelter than ever before lately. That also means more folks are being helped in Aftercare programming. We’re in need of so much! Here are some things we could use:

Shampoo and conditioner sets
Feminine hygiene products
Body wash
Deodorant
African American hair care products
Toilet bowl cleaner
Bathroom cleaner, like Scrubbing Bubbles
Paper towels
Postage stamps

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

As 2017 comes to a close, I cannot help but look ahead at 2018 with eager anticipation.  I’m excited about all the wonderful opportunities ahead for spreading the news about our quilt guild.  In April we will host a booth at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the IX Center. It will be an opportunity to display our blue & white raffle quilt and sell raffle tickets, as well as give us a chance to share our guild with the thousands of visitors to that 3-day event.  In August we will once again host a booth at the Lorain County Fair where we act as docents and trustees for the needlework barn.  Finally, there is no better way to share our passion with our friends, neighbors, and fellow quilting enthusiasts, than hosting our own Quilt Show.  In November we will do just that as we welcome visitors to our glorious 3-day quilt show once again.Spring, summer, and fall 2018—three wonderful opportunities to share our love of quilting.  As I typed those words I got a lump in my throat as I remembered one of the late Nancy Zieman’s quotes, “The love of sewing is our common thread.”  This common thread binds us together as Piecemakers.  Let us all step up in 2018 and volunteer to make our guild even more successful.  Please plan on signing up to help man the booth at IX show, at the Fair, and then finally at our own Quilt Show.  In my opinion, Volunteers are a work of heart!

Hope you can join us in December for our annual Potluck Holiday Celebration!!  Remember we start @ 6:30 for dinner!

Your President,
Chris Yoo

Program

Potluck!! Starts at 6:30 pm

Terry Hartzell will be arriving around 3:30 pm to setup the Roadshow display. Please allow her time to get setup.

 

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I’m climbing down from my mountain high: finished another UFO and most of my Christmas shopping so this may seem a bit more rambling than usual.  The adrenaline charge I get from finishing something that was on not just the 2017 UFO challenge list but also the 2009 list is pretty incredible! I’m hoping to keep the ball rolling and finish at least one more by Thursday’s meeting.  That will mean I’ve done pretty well.  Sadly, there are still a good number on the list.  I’m not sure they’ll show up on next year’s list either.  There are a few projects that will be relegated to what I call the “Unlikely to ever finish list”.  I’ve one that will top the list for sure.  It will be on that list for 2 reasons. First, I didn’t start it to begin with —  it was a hand me down from a long deceased relative and secondly it is applique that is both tedious and troublesome.  There may be another option for some UFO’s as well. Last month I was talking to our umbrella instructors about UFO’s and she suggested a great idea.  Sometimes we get all excited about a project and buy all the fabric and the pattern and before we get a chance to actually begin we lose interest.  The book and fabric sit in a box or bag somewhere.  In our heart of hearts we know the quilt is a goner, but don’t know what to do about it.  Her solution was a good one.  Release the fabric back to “the stash” and either donate or put the book on the shelf.  I’m thinking I may have at least one that I can put out of its lonely misery and release.  Do you?

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

I guess we are beyond the two front teeth mode.Sew…this quote and graphic seem appropriate at this time of year.All I want for Christmas is time to quilt.Fondly, Val

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

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.