October 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 22 Issue 2 – October 14, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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: No meeting due to Quilt Show setup!

Membership

It is once again time to renew our memberships.  Please see Karen or Marilyn to keep things updated.

The following people have rejoined or joined the guild this year.  Please welcome them aboard. Judy Echeagaray, Stephanie Feador, Debbie Huffman, Sandi Morse, Janet Shairba, Barbara Stiner, Patti Worcester, Denise Maggard, and Libby Betounes.

Their information is in the updated membership list – this will be sent out via email.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Karen & Marilyn

The Grafton Prison is taking items for their sewing projects. This includes items such as fabric, yarn, thread, needles and knitting needles. NO sewing machines. Julie Bragg will be at the guild meetings to take your items for the Grafton Prison.

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy Fall Y’all!!!   First let me say WOWZA!!  What a fantastic quilt show we put on my quilty friends!!  Given the current state of Covid, the show was successful beyond my wildest dreams!!  I know I have said it already but I need to say it again.  A HUGE thank you to the quilt show committee and to everyone who volunteered during the show, and another HUGE thank you to everyone who entered a quilt or needlework item into the show.  To the volunteers who helped, please know that without you we could not have pulled this off.  No task was too small.  To everyone who entered an item to be displayed in the show, please know that it was loved and photographed and praised by hundreds of happy visitors.  The show would not have been the same without your talent.

I am so very blessed to be the president of this guild.  You guys make me proud!  I could go on for days telling you how much praise we received from other guilds and even a couple of NE Ohio needlework guilds.  Everyone was so amazed at the talent in our guild.  We signed up several new members during the show, and I hope a few of them are present at the October meeting!  To everyone who volunteered and/or entered an item into the show, be sure to pat yourself on the back.  Not only did we rock it, but friends, we hit a grand slam!!  THANK YOU ALL!!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: No meeting.   Everyone…please take a bow!  Our 2020-2021 Quilt Show was a masterpiece.

Newsletter Update:
October   6…thanks, Sue Thornton and Karin Knox for letting us know about our member, Libby Betounes.  Libby’s husband passed away…I believe October 2.  A condolence card has been sent from the guild to Libby.   You may recall from the card the guild sent in June that Libby is at Abbewood.  1210 S. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio  44035

I will organize a blue bag to collect fat quarters on Thursday, October for Libby.  I believe Libby listed her favorite color as aquamarine.
http://www.reichlinroberts.com/obituary/sam-betouneshttps:/chroniclet.com/news/276830/sam-betounes/

October 1st, we learned from Deb Beard and clarified with Julie Bragg; our vendor from Appliqué and More/Lakewood was absent from the Quilt Show due to her husband being in the ER.  Regrets, Carolyn Burgess’ husband passed away.  We sent a sympathy card.

Fondly, Val Watring

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 child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Treasury Report
Lori Quinones

Guild                   $14,534.48
Quilts of Valor      $1,124.79
Total in Acct.        $15,659.27

7 month CD    $2,094.07  Mat. Feb. 23, 2022
7 month CD    $1,520.65  Mat. Dec. 3, 2021

October Birthdays
Lynette Thomson – October 23
Christina Yoo – October 25
Christine Bereznay – October 28
Carolyn Bradley – October 30

Programs/Workshops
October:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Open for suggestions

November:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Anything Sews – Chris Brauning

December:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – December Potluck & Celebration (6:30pm start)

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

I show that we are up to 23 finishes from the UFO lists! Keep up the good work, only a few more months to finish items on your lists! Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year – please if you have not turned this in, please get it to me as soon as possible. If you have not turned this into me by the October meeting then you will not be eligible for prizes in December.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat quarters were sorted and handed back to participants at the August meeting. What wonderful fabrics that were chosen this year! Think about signing up next year!

Monthly Challenge
Due by the November meeting is an object (any size or shape) using the provided picture as inspiration. If you were not at the meeting or were at the meeting and forgot to pick it up, let me know and I’ll email you the photo.

Block Exchange 2022
We will put this on hold until next year – but you can show your interest and sign up between now and the end of the year.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

The Lorain County Piecemakers had their 5th Quilt Show September 10th-12th, 2021 at New Russia Township Lodge, 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd.  Oberlin, Oh.

We had five Vendors; Mercantile on Main, Sew Creative Cottage, Serendipitee Novelties & Panels, The Crafty Ewe and My Essential Body Wear.

Admission was $5 with a free door prize ticket.  We had 482 people that attended.  The door prize was a Accu-cutter for fabric from Barnes Sewing Center along with some fabric.

The winner was a man and his wife from Lorain, who have been “quilting all their lives”.

We hung 205 quilts which was amazing. Some of the members have never participated in a Quilt Show before. I hope they enjoyed seeing their quilts hanging. Out of 82 members, 46 had quilts/quilt items in the Show.  We had 41 members enter large quilts (48” -115”), 28 members entered smaller quilts (48” and smaller) 18 members entered quilts and items for our 8 different challenges we had in the past two years.

Viewers’ Choice was awarded to Teri Walter for her beautiful, hand appliquéd and hand quilted “Baltimore Album” quilt.

“Quilts of Valor” had a display by Kaye Koler and raised $119.00 in donations.

Admissions took in $2,409.80 at admissions, Booklet adds $425.00 and booth rentals $278.45

Subtract all expenses ($2,629.92) for rental of room & quilt racks, printing, signs, clips/hangers and advertising, our profit was $483.33.  A big “Thank You” for Karen Neuschaefer for selling ads and creating the show booklets.

We had 42 beautiful baskets in the basket auction with many “Thanks” to Barb Spieker, Barb Cowger-Vilagi and Vicki Morris for putting the baskets together, with the members donating items and baskets.   Taking in $2,220.00, with an expense of $88.77. Resulting in a profit of $2,131.23

Country Store managed by Fran Weber, Peggy Hughes and Jean Tobias.   An excellent job of marketing our un-wanted material, new crafts and second-hand items, along with donations from the Grayson family, (from MaryAnn’s stash), they made a clear profit of $2,002.15

The “Raffle Quilt” was pieced by Julie Bragg and Kathryn French and long-arm custom quilted by Mary Ann Doucette.  Taking in $1,851.00 with $125.00 for ticket printing expenses leaving a profit of $1,726.00. Member, Dee Martin of Westlake, won the raffle quilt.

Refreshments were arranged by Genny Dangerfield.  The snacks and drinks were the maximum that we could provide this year because of taking extra precautions due to the virus variant.  Everyone is looking forward to the next show so we can offer our favorite recipes.

Expenses $219.84. Collected $185.50. Our extra soda and snacks will be used at our December Potluck.

Besides all the beautiful quilts and the people heading up the committees, the quilt show still cannot happen without volunteers that help set up and tear down. A special “Thank You” for the men that came to help.  We were hanging quilts by 9:30!! A big thank you for those who worked at the Admissions table, Basket Auction, Raffle Quilt ticket sales, White Gloves, Country Store, Refreshments and Quilts of Valor.   Members were very generous with their time and volunteered on one or more of the committees and filled one or more time slots.

We also owe Huge “Thank Yous” to Pam Scholle for being Treasurer, Lori Quinones for assisting Pam.  Val Watring for all the advertising and Chris Yoo for making signs, ribbons, boxes, vendor bags and seeing to many details we would never have thought of.  What an awesome group we have to work with.

We would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve as co-chairs for the quilt show committee. After five shows, we have decided to step down. This will allow other people an opportunity to implement their ideas and innovations for future shows, so that we may continue to grow as a guild.  We will be here to support the new chairs moving forward. Once again, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve the guild and hope that the new chairs enjoy their time as much as we did.

Thank you.

Julie and Karen

Final Totals:   Collected: $ 9,422.00

                    Expenses: $ 3,076.29

                         Profit:  $ 6,345.71

2021 – 205 quilts and 46 members submitted quilts       Collected $9,422.00 Profit: $6,345.71

2018 – 159 quilts and 45 members submitted quilts       Collected $9,391.22 Profit: $5,660.87

2016 – 153 quilts and 50 members submitted quilts       Collected $6,712.67 Profit: $3,465.95

2014 – 160 quilts and 53 members submitted quilts       Collected $4,009.11 Profit: $2,161.86

2013 – 126 quilts and 30 members submitted quilts       Collected $4,203.00 Profit: $2,180.17

August 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 12 – August 12, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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

Chris and Helen at the Sewing Expo in Akron (July 2021)

Meeting Minutes: At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and several guests and returning members.

Program:  The program this evening was presented by the Lorain County Fair’s Needlework Department Heads, Judy Pickworth, and our very own Ruth Groot.  The ladies talked all about the needlework barn at the fair and about the various categories and gave some tips and tricks on getting signed up correctly.  It was stressed that the deadline for entries was August 5th.  They also shared that the spinners and weavers would be helping with setup and judging this year and it was point out specifically that the weavers would be assigned to assist the quilt judge this year.  Ruth noted she will have sign-up sheets next month for anyone who can help at the fair.

President’s Report:   Chris took this opportunity to remind everyone that the quilt show would only be successful if everyone helps.  Chris stressed that she was not just talking about quilt entries and volunteering at the show, but also about members telling their family, friends, and casual acquaintances all about the show.  Chris noted that we need to get people interested in learning more about this guild of quilters so the community will come out and support us and see the gorgeous items we have been making!  Chris noted that the show was the guild’s biggest fundraiser and that we only have it every couple of years; so, please help us break an all-time attendance record this year!

Chris also reminded everyone to sell quilt raffle tickets for the beautiful quilt and to make sure to set aside time on one or more of the 3 days of the show to volunteer.  Hosting a 3-day quilt event is a lot of work, but it is SO rewarding.  Come help us promote the art of needlework!

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the June meeting were distributed in the Newsletter by email and posted on the webpage.  Hearing no changes were necessary to the minutes, they were approved as distributed.

Treasurers Report:  The treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports from all Committees that were present.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business:  There was a brief discussion about the status of getting new guild t-shirts which was basically a reminder to Chris.  Chris assured the group it was “on the list” but unless someone else wanted to take the lead, the t-shirts would have to wait until after the quilt show.

New Business:  Chris brought up the topic of whether or not they should have hot food at the quilt show as they have done in the past or serve pre-packaged refreshments and snacks, given the current Covid situation. The group took an informal vote on whether or not to serve hot food or just pre-packaged snacks and refreshments like coffee and pop.  The pre-packaged snacks option was the clear winner.  It was noted that the volunteers could setup crockpots and things in the kitchen so they could eat hot food during the day, but it was stressed that everyone is responsible for their own food and only volunteers would have access to the kitchen as it will be off limits to attendees and guests.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  Just when you think we cannot do better—WHAM!!  We surprise even ourselves!  The show-n-tell was fantastic.  We had mystery quilts, baby quilts, tote bags, stockings, 3-yard quilts, table runners, wedding quilts, double-sided quilts, a Giant quilt and so much more.  Seriously quilters—we rock!!!

Next meeting:  August 12th @ 7:00 p.m. BUT it is highly recommended that you come earlier as we have invited many other guilds who may have members who would like to meet our special guest lecturer, Deb Strain, Moda designer extraordinaire.
Note that due to the current state of the pandemic, face masks are recommended, but at the time of this writing, masks are still optional.  Use your own judgement, but be safe and conscious of others around you.  If you are not feeling well—stay home.

Upcoming Schedule of Programs:

September Day:    Setup Quilt Show – No open sew this day (Setup Schedule to be Announced)
September Evening:  NO MEETING.  Quilt Show Prep.

October Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
October Evening:  TBD (Any ideas, let me know)

November Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
November Evening:  Anything Sews, Chris Brauning (7:00 p.m. start)

December Day:     Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
December Evening:  Potluck and Celebration. (6:30 p.m. Starts Early)

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

In-Person Meetings and Sew Day Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!
Membership

It’s that time of year where we start collecting dues for the next year. Please submit a form when you pay your dues so we can try and keep things updated.  In the month of August, please contact Marilyn Novak to pay your dues. With the quilt show in September, we probably won’t have an updated membership until October or November. Please be patient!

Karen & Marilyn

The Grafton Prison is taking items for their sewing projects. This includes items such as fabric, yarn, thread, needles and knitting needles. NO sewing machines.

Julie Bragg will be at the guild meetings to take your items for the Grafton Prison.

During our “August” LCP Sew Day Bruce’s Tool Sharpening is coming 12:00-5:00 to sharpen scissors and knives.

Here are the prices:
(Cash and correct change is appreciated)

Scissors:
All sizes $3.50
Pinking shears $5.00
Rotary Cutter blades $1.00

Knives: (no serrated knives)
Large knives $3.50
Medium knives $3.00
Parry Knives $2.50

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Our committee is planning on getting slowly back on task for QUILTS OF VALOR! While we have not planned any presentations just yet we will have a sew day !! Yay!

It will be:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021 FROM 10-4.
255 PARK AVENUE, AMHERST, OHIO

Plan to bring your lunch or walk to one of the great eateries right in town. And you know quilters……snacks are always welcome!

It will be good to get back to work on these quilts! You are welcome to bring a friend that is not a guild member of you like.

Hope to see many of you there!
Thank you much!
Quilts of Valor committee

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Because I have a need to plan ahead, I’m already thinking of our December potluck and a fun event for us to enjoy!  I would like to host a mystery pin cushion exchange.  Everyone makes a fun pin cushion and places it inside a brown paper bag.  Everyone who participates will get to choose a bag to take home on December 9th!  The one thing we will not have to worry about is someone stealing your pin cushion—I’m not a fan of stealing as part of exchanges.  You get to keep the mystery pin cushion you pick first.  Let’s have fun with this!  If you google fun pin cushions on the internet you will be overwhelmed with fabulous designs!

I’m giving you over 3 months to plan and make a pin cushion. So, let’s see how many participants we can get!  The more the merrier!  If you need inspiration, check out this video from Lori Holt.  However, you do NOT have to make a pincushion like these.  This is just an inspirational video!  Simple, fancy, vintage or modern. Let’s make this FUN!!  I, for one, cannot wait to see all the pin cushions!!

VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/_8xodXc96kA

Hope to see you on August 12th!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

August Birthdays

Karin Kollar – August 11
Barbara Cowger-Villagi – August 20
Meredith Becher – August 22
Valerie Watring – August 27

Programs/Workshops

August:
During the Day – Sew Day – Scissor Sharpening!
Evening Program – Designing Fabric and More – Deb Strain (vending!!)

September:
During the Day – Quilt Show Setup
Evening Program – Quilt Show Setup

October:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Open for suggestions

November:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Anything Sews – Chris Brauning

December:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – December Potluck & Celebration (6:30pm start)

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

I show that we are up to 19 finishes from the UFO lists! Great start to 2021 UFO’s. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year – please if you have not turned this in, please get it to me as soon as possible. I want to start looking for more great prizes for December.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Bags will be due back at the August meeting – you will receive the sorted fabrics by the end of the meeting.

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show this year!

Monthly Challenge
New challenge will be coming!

String Challenge
The idea of the Strip Quilt Challenge is to use up scraps, in this case, strips. Helen says she has plenty to get shed of, so you may want to contact her if you run low. The deadline is the August meeting, there will be a drawing for a prize, and it will be fun to see what recycling yields. By the way, you don’t have to use jelly roll strips, just whatever strippy beings you have and are keen to use up:

Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without.

Hey, gals, this month is the drawing for the Scrap Quilt Challenge, so here’s your chance to get shed of leftovers that make you feel guilty plus win $$$. There are other challenges, too, including the Checkerboard Challenge and Attic Windows, and the actual quilt show is in September so this would be the time on which to get a wiggle (notice how I avoided ending the sentence with a preposition; oh, yeah, I’ve still got it, for sure).

Block Exchange 2022
We will put this on hold until next year – but you can show your interest and sign up between now and the end of the year.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Quilt Show, September 10th-12th, 2021

Remember your Quilt Show ENTRY forms.They are due at this August meeting. The booklet has to be at the printers by August 30.  That only gives us 2 weeks to have the quilt lists, ads, and layout done. Please give your forms to Val Watring at the August  meeting. And don’t forget the forms for the postcard challenge. If you have extra quilts please let Julie or Val know.  Or send Karen an email.  Right now, we don’t have enough quilts, pending what gets turned in at the guild meeting. Remember to enter all your challenges and circle the type of challenge on the form. If you participated in the Crayon Challenge or last month’s Fabric Challenge, make sure to write in CRAYON challenge or FABRIC challenge for those entries as we forgot them on the form.

Form can be found HERE.

As we have done for past shows, every member that comes to the Quilt Show and/or volunteers during the show will still pay a ONE time $5 admission donation at the admission table and make sure you check your name on the membership list. This is a one time donation if you come only one day or volunteer many times during show days.

Sign-up Sheets will be available at the meeting for setup for the Quilt show on 9/9/21 and to break it down on 9/12/21 and for volunteering for different positions listed below, during the 3 days of the event 9/10, 9/11, and 9/12.

Admission Table
White Gloves
Raffle Basket Tickets
Raffle Quilt Tickets
Refreshments
Country Store

Chris Yoo is collecting MEMORIES for the 40th Anniversary display at the show. If you have photos taken during past shows, at sew days, at other guild events, at past meetings, please consider sending her copies. Or if you have a favorite memory, send her a short memory to share. You can send photos to Chris’ phone by: text email: astheyooflies@gmail.com
or if you trust her with your originals, she can scan them at home and make copies.

New or like new accessories for Raffle Basket are needed or a $ donation to help buy wrapping and bows. This August meeting will be the last meeting before the show so unless you make a trip to one of the Barb’s houses in the very near future. Best way to get your donation to them is on August 12th meeting.

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: :  If any member knows of an issue:  get well, sympathy, etc. that I should address; please contact me.  Thank you!  vwatring@oh.rr.com

Newsletter Update:
   Grandma’s Quilt  with Fred Penner

I vote click on Skip the Ad when you can. 

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=-5EebCH9tMA&list=RDAMVM-5EebCH9tMA

Fondly, Val Watring

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 child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Come May every year my quilting comes to a screeching halt.  And every year I am surprised that it does.  Once the temperatures are high enough to sustain plants my time is outdoors rather than in.   By August when it is  time for fair, or September when we have a quilt show, I am chomping at the bit to get back to it.  I’ll be treading more cautiously this year due to a shoulder accident but can already feel the pull back to the fabric and thread. Such a yin/yang effect, this dueling passions that don’t seem to work well together.  Seems there is some vulnerability as well,  as a trip this summer to Chestnut Ridge Sewing indicated.  It is apparently dangerous to walk into a quilt shop after a sewing dry spell.  All the fabric looked so beautiful!   And the ideas started to flow!  Hope your summer has been more quilt productive than mine and that you have created lots of exciting new  projects.

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Balance for Guild                          $8,215.57
Balance for Quilts of Valor            $2,220.92
Total in Checking                          $9,436.49

CD              Mat. 02-23-22        $2,094.07
CD              Mat. 12-03-21        $1,520.65

I paid for our Insurance this month and will be paying the rent for the Quilt Show next Thursday.

July 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 11 – July 8, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and several guests and returning members.

Program:  Chris introduced Cindy Casciato who is a teacher, designer, author and most importantly, a quilter with decades of experience teaching quilting and related topics.  Cindy has several publications that include Block Explosion, One Stitch Quilting, and Stash with Splash Quilts.  Cindy is also a pattern and quilting tool designer. If that wasn’t enough, some of you may know Cindy from the very successful Quilt Escape, Quilters Retreat, as she was the founder of that wonderful event that started back in 1994.

Cindy presented her lectured entitled “Behind the Seams” which revealed a simple way to rotary cut quilts without the time-consuming hassle that often includes adding 1/8″ measurements.  We discovered all the secrets to making quilts faster and with increased accuracy.  Cindy presented a huge trunk show as part of the lecture.  Cindy also shared multiple handouts to help us learn her techniques and she took the time to vend some of her magic tools this evening.  It was a fascinating and inspirational program!  Thank you, Cindy!!

President’s Report:   Chris took this opportunity to thank all the participants in the 2020 President’s Challenge:  Karen Neuschaefer, Val Watring, Marcy Delavan, Peggy Hughes, Helen Smelzer, Kaye Koler, and Merridee Pavlenko.  The challenge was to make a fabric postcard that embodied the spirit of one of your favorite vacations.   Chris was tasked with picking her favorite 3 that screamed vacation.  Chris admitted that they were all adorable and it was a very difficult decision.  However, she chose the postcards of Kaye Koler, Marcy Delavan, and Karen Neuschaefer.  These 3 ladies will receive a small gift card by email for winning.  Congratulation’s ladies!   Chris reminded everyone to include their postcard in the quilt show!

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the May meeting were distributed in the Newsletter by email and posted on the webpage.  Hearing no changes were necessary to the minutes, they were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report: Both Pam and Lori could not be at the meeting; however, Chris noted that the state of the treasury was reported in the Newsletter and there have been no changes.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports of all Committees that were present.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business:  Chris reported that she has enough volunteers signed up to help staff the guild’s booth at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Akron, Ohio in July.  Chris reminded everyone that the event will be held at the John S. Knight Center, in Akron, Ohio from Thursday, July 15th through Saturday 17th.   Chris also noted that the guild participates in this event to (1) to sell raffle tickets for our gorgeous quilt, and (2) to distribute postcards and advertise our quilt show!  Chris reminded the members who have volunteered to help that although they get into the show for free, they will have to pay for parking.  Make sure to check-in at the volunteer ambassador table for your name badge.  The guild booth is in the Vendor Hall Booth #112.  Stop by to say hello!

New Business:  There were multiple members who questioned whether or not we could change the start time of the meeting to 6:00 or 6:30 p.m. Chris indicated she was not against having a discussion on this topic, but several members in attendance pointed out that there are members who work during the day and the 7:00 p.m. start time was ideal.  Since Chris believes this issue was brought up in response to the May meeting which went very late, which was unusual, Chris noted that no action will be taken at this time.  However, Chris encouraged members to talk amongst themselves about this topic and if there was serious interest in possibly changing the start time of the meetings, this issue had to be brought to the floor as an official motion and seconded so there can be open discussion followed by a vote.  Chris noted that any change in start time would have to be passed by a majority of the members and the bylaws would have to be revised.

Announcements:  Chris reminded the group that during the day in July she will be hosting the annual Christmas in July sewing event.  Please plan on coming to sew the day away on a holiday project, Christmas gift, or bring one of your Fair entries or quilt show entries that you need to get finished!!  Oh, and bring a tray of cookies to share!!  Beverages will be supplied.  Watch your email for more details to come!  Good times will be had by all in attendance!  There will be games, prizes, and Christmas music

Show & Tell:  It was a fabulous showing this month!  Chris reported that she is still constantly amazed at the sheer talent in this group of quilters!!

Next meeting:  July 8, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.  We will have Judy Pickworth from the Lorain County Fair to talk about what to expect this year in the Needlework Barn and our own Ruth Groot will also be talking about volunteer opportunities for set up and judging days.  If you have never participated in a county fair, come to find out what it’s all about!

Upcoming Schedule of Programs:

August Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
August Evening:  Deb Strain Moda designer and artist extraordinaire.  She will be vending. (7:00 p.m. start)

September Day:    Setup Quilt Show (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
September Evening:  NO MEETING.  Quilt Show Prep.

October Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
October Evening:  TBD

November Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
November Evening:  Anything Sews, Chris Brauning (7:00 p.m. start)

December Day:     Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
December Evening:  Potluck and Celebration. (6:30 p.m. Starts Early)

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

In-Person Meetings and Sew Day Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Membership

No Report

Karen and Marilyn

REMINDER: The July meeting is when we have the opportunity to donate to the MaryAnn Grayson Scholarship. What a wonderful memorial for honoring MaryAnn.

The Grafton Prison is taking items for their sewing projects. This includes items such as fabric, yarn, thread, needles and knitting needles. NO sewing machines.

Julie Bragg will be at the guild meetings to take your items for the Grafton Prison. For the month of July “only” you may place your sewing items in the box, in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodists Church, 127 Park Place, Wellington, Ohio for their July mission project.

During our “August” LCP Sew Day Bruce’s Tool Sharpening is coming 12:00-5:00 to sharpen scissors and knives.

Here are the prices:
(Cash and correct change is appreciated)

Scissors:
All sizes $3.50
Pinking shears $5.00
Rotary Cutter blades $1.00

Knives: (no serrated knives)
Large knives $3.50
Medium knives $3.00
Parry Knives $2.50

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

Hello Quilters!  Thank you all for your efforts last month at the Judy Riggle Community Sew Day!  If you have items to turn in I will be at the Christmas in July sew day July 8th.  I also plan to be at the meeting in the evening.

If you’ve been on Facebook you already know that I have found an organization (A Better Christmas) which is a non profit in Lorain County. They would love some Christmas Stockings!  I will be bringing whatever Christmas fabric that is in the Community Service stash for anyone who would like to make stockings on July 8th.  I will be collecting stockings until November 1st if you would like to make them in the next few months.

I recently participated in helping to build beds for Good Knights of Lorain County.  They make beds so no one sleeps on the floor.  They will take quilts that are 66×90 if you are interested in making a quilt or two for them.  They are also working on a plan to make beds for 2 homes to house Veteran’s.  One will be for women and one for men.  The beds will be full size beds.  I will get more information to share with you in the near future but I thought that might be something we could provide.  Knowing several Veterans from different branches of the service, I think a generic red, white and blue quilt would be better than a specific service related quilt.

Happy quilting all!
Marcy

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.

July Birthdays

Kathryn French – July 2
Beverly Tucker – July 9
Pam Scholle – July 10
Maryann Doucette – July 11
Kathleen Wells – July 13
Dianne Clawson – July 15
Sharon Lutz – July 16
Vicki Morris – July 20
Teri Walter – July 22
Mary Jane Toney – July 24
Ruth Bradley – July 25
Cindy Kraft – July 29

Programs/Workshops
July:
During the Day – Christmas in July
Evening Program – Judy Pickworth from the Lorain County Fair will speak about the 2021 Fair and answer questions.

August:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Designing Fabric and More – Deb Strain (vending!!)

September:
During the Day – Quilt Show Setup
Evening Program – Quilt Show Setup

October:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Open for suggestions

November:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Anything Sews – Chris Brauning

December:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – December Potluck & Celebration (6:30pm start)

Quilt Show Report

Quilt registration:
We need your quilt registrations in by the August  guild meeting. Please don’t wait til the last minute. That creates a lot of work typing up the quilt labels in a small amount of time for Karen. Send (313 Augusta Dr. Elyria, OH 44035) or email (krayon227@gmail. com) your registrations to Karen before the August meeting if you can not get it ready for the July meeting.

You may enter up to 4 quilts in the September Quilt Show plus any challenge quilt. So if you made 2 challenge quilts plus 4 other quilts for the show, you need to fill out 6 quilt  registrations.
Here is the quilt registration

Signup sheets to help out with the show will be available at our August meeting. Julie will have extra quilt registration forms at the meeting. Questions?  Please contact:  Julie Bragg

Raffle Baskets:
What they need for the baskets are “notions” to add to the materials or ($)  “Money” to pay for notions, bows/wrappings. It’s these little things that sometimes make the baskets attractive to the quilt show attendees. Barb says, “they have all the fabric and baskets (40 !!!) we need for the Basket Raffle.” If you are making your own basket, please add a list of everything in the basket and bring the basket to the meeting and give it to Barb Spieker or Barb Cowger-Vilagi. If you have any new or new-like notions you can just bring them to the July and August meetings and give them to Barb and they will be put in a basket that the committee makes. Can I repeat myself?  $ is always useful if you can’t donate a notion. Questions? Please contact: Barb Spieker spieker2412@gmail.com

Country Store:
Fran Weber and Peggy Hughes are in charge of our “Country Store” for our Quilt show. They have told me that they have reached their limit on items donated.  Everyone has been so generous with your donations.  It probably took a COVID year to clean out your sew rooms/areas. Thank you, everyone for your donations. If you have any questions please contact: Fran Weber fdies@neo.rr.com

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

I show that we are up to 19 finishes from the UFO lists! Great start to 2021 UFO’s. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year – please if you can get this to me at the next meeting that would be great. I want to start looking for more great prizes for December.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Bags were handed out at the June meeting. Bags will be due back at the August meeting.

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show this year!

Monthly Challenge
Use the provided fabric to make something – any size, any item and due at the July meeting.

String Challenge
The idea of the Strip Quilt Challenge is to use up scraps, in this case, strips. Helen says she has plenty to get shed of, so you may want to contact her if you run low. The deadline is the August meeting, there will be a drawing for a prize, and it will be fun to see what recycling yields. By the way, you don’t have to use jelly roll strips, just whatever strippy beings you have and are keen to use up:
Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without.

Block Exchange 2022
We will put this on hold until next year – but you can show your interest and sign up between now and the end of the year.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: Thank you for signing a card for Libby Betounes.  If any member knows of an issue:  get well, sympathy, etc. that I should address; please contact me.  Thank you! vwatring@oh.rr.com

Newsletter Update:
July 10, 2021  Members signed a card for Libby Betounes.  Vickie Morris let us know Libby and her husband needed to move to Abbewood,

June 18, 2021  We sent a get well card to Helen Smelser.  Wishing Helen comfort for her hand as she recovers from surgery and as she will tackle physical therapy eight weeks later on her thumb.

June 20, 2021  Aiming to send an encouraging word, we sent Bunny Hugs to Maryann Doucette as we missed her at the meeting and she is to have a 2nd back surgery.

June 22, 2021  A card was sent to Cindy Kraft as she is recovering from back surgery. …we wish you BACK to the guild soon.

Fondly, Val Watring

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 child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy Independence Day my stitching and quilting friends!!  Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.  I will be spending the holiday weekend stitching on a couple of my Quilt Show entries to make sure they are all ready to go.  I’ve prepared my Quilt show entry forms to turn into Karen this month.  A few items are all done and a few more are “in progress.”  Making a serious commitment to get those babies done and ready for the September show.  I hope many of you are ready to turn in your forms to Karen at this month’s meeting.  The forms are not actually due until August; however, if you are ready, I know Karen would appreciate having them as early as possible. Both Karen and Julie are gearing up to make sure we have a fabulous show this year!

I’ve been advertising the show all across social media and I know our advertising guru Val has all kinds of advertisements in the works to get the word out to folks who don’t droll the internet.  Another fabulous way to advertise our show is word of mouth.  Please make sure you are telling your family and friends about our show.  I’ll do another big push in early September to remind everyone of the fabulous event we have planned.  Our quilt show is our biggest fundraiser and it allows us to keep the guild membership dues steady and our very reasonable $25 a year.   So, help me spread the word.

I hope to see many of you at the annual Christmas in July event this month!!  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report

June 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 10 – June 10, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone to the guild’s first in-person meeting in several months.  It was wonderful to see so many faces present, including a few guests!

Program:  Sue Schillig and Kelly Grace presented a fabulous program all about Hexies!  It was intriguing and entertaining!  Both ladies brought a different perspective to the topic which made it an amazing program!  The show-n-tell and project ideas were beyond fabulous!  Thank you again Sue and Kelly!

President’s Report:  Chris shared that the quilt will be hosting a booth at the upcoming Original Sewing and Quilting Expo that will be held at the John S. Knight Center, in Akron, Ohio from Thursday, July 15th through Saturday 17th.  Chris shared that the guild is hosting a both for two reasons:  (1) to sell raffle tickets for our gorgeous quilt, and (2) to distribute postcards and advertise our upcoming quilt show!  Chris asked for volunteers to sit at the booth to sell raffle tickets.

Chris also reported that with all the State Covid mandates ending on June 2nd, that would mean that masks are no longer required for our June meeting or at the June Community Sew Day.  However, Chris made it perfectly clear that if anyone is still more comfortable wearing a mask, that should feel comfortable doing so as this is a safe space.  Feel comfortable to BE YOU.

Finally Chris thanked the participants of the President’s Postcard Challenge and indicated that the winners would be announced at the June meeting.

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the April meeting were distributed in the Newsletter by email and posted on the webpage.  Hearing no changes were necessary to the minutes, they were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:  The treasurer’s report was presented by Treasurer, Pam Scholle and will be included in this newsletter and filed for audit.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports all Committees that were present.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  Due to the guest speaker for August being Internationally renowned fabric designer, Deb Strain, Chris noted that all guests for August will have to pay $5 at the door.  Chris will be inviting other guilds to attend and all non-members will be expected to pay $5 at the door.  Deb will be vending and presenting a Trunk Show of her fabric lines and more!

Show & Tell:    It was beyond wonderful to see so many wonderful quilts and unique stitchy items live and in-person again.  We are so creative!!

Next meeting:  June 10th @ 7:00 p.m. at the New Russia Township Hall!!  The program will be “Behind the Seams” presented by Cindy Casciato.  During the day we will be hosting the annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)

Upcoming Schedule of Programs:

July Day:  Christmas in July Sew Day Event. (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
July Evening:  Judy Pickworth from the Lorain County Fair will speak about the 2021 Fair and answer questions. (7:00 p.m. start)

August Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
August Evening:  Deb Strain Moda designer and artist extraordinaire.  She will be vending. (7:00 p.m. start)

September Day:    Setup Quilt Show (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
September Evening:  NO MEETING.  Quilt Show Prep.

October Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
October Evening:  TBD

November Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
November Evening:  Anything Sews, Chris Brauning  (7:00 p.m. start)

December Day:     Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
December Evening:  Potluck and Celebration. (6:30 p.m. Starts Early)

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

In-Person Meetings and Sew Day Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Membership

No Report
Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

Hello Quilters!
This Thursday is the Annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day!  I have kits made up for quilt tops, pillow cases and a new item – large hot pads!  The hot pads are for the Country Store at the Quilt Show.

I have also received a huge influx of fabric so I will be bringing that with the idea that you can put together your own quilt top idea or a pillow case. I also have quite a bit of fleece that I will bring.  If you would like to make a blanket out of fleece please consider that option.

So, bring your cutting materials and your sewing machine!  We have lots of options.

And remember…there will be prizes!   Can’t wait to see you all there!

Marcy

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Starting Bal.                    $9,422.25
Quilts of Valor               – $1,220.92
Balance For Guild           $8,201.33

7 Month Certificate          New Maturity Date    Dec. 3, 2021
Bal.   $1,520.65

17 month Certificate         Maturity Date            July 23, 2021
Bal.    $2,043.79

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

June is a busy month.  Many people will be celebrating Father’s Day, Flag Day and Juneteenth, some will be cheering for joy at the first “official” day of summer.   Personally, I am finding it hard to believe that it is actually June already.  I’m not sure where the past 5 months have gone, but we must keep moving forward.  As time quickly passes before my eyes, I turn to my stack of WIPS and pull a few to the top that need to be done for the Quilt Show.  Time to buckle down and get these quilts done!!   How about you?!? Are your quilts ready??  Oh, don’t get me started about my Fair projects…time to put the creativity in high gear!  So exciting!!  I just love that we have so much to celebrate and look forward.

I hope to see many of you at the annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day this month!!  Happy June my friends!!

Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

June Birthdays

Keri Celik – June 3
Darlene Shimandle – June 8
Deb Beard – June 19
Pat Sarraino – June 20
Teri Barile – June 23
Carol Stomieroski – June 25
Ruby Barck – June 29
Elizabeth Becher – June 30

Programs/Workshops
June:
During the Day – Judy Riggle Community Sew Day
Evening Program – Behind the Seams – Cindy Casciato

July:
During the Day – Christmas in July
Evening Program – Judy Pickworth from the Lorain County Fair will speak about the 2021 Fair and answer questions.

August:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Designing Fabric and More – Deb Strain (vending!!)

September:
During the Day – Quilt Show Setup
Evening Program – Quilt Show Setup

October:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Open for suggestions

November:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Anything Sews – Chris Brauning

December:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – December Potluck & Celebration (6:30pm start)

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Prizes were handed out for the 2020 Challenge at the May meeting, if you were not there please see me at the next meeting and I’ll give you yours.

I show that we are up to 17 finishes from the UFO lists! Great start to 2021 UFO’s. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year – please if you can get this to me at the meeting that would be great. I want to start looking for more great prizes for December.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Thanks to all that signed up for the Fat Quarter Exchange! Lists will go out in the next day or so by email and bags will be handed out at the meeting. Bags will be due back at the August meeting.

Presidents Challenge
Winner will be announced at the June meeting.

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show this year!

Monthly Challenge
Use the provided fabric to make something – any size, any item and due at the July meeting. I have 7 pieces of fabric available to anyone that missed getting one at the last meeting.

String Challenge
The idea of the Strip Quilt Challenge is to use up scraps, in this case, strips. Helen says she has plenty to get shed of, so you may want to contact her if you run low. The deadline is the August meeting, there will be a drawing for a prize, and it will be fun to see what recycling yields. By the way, you don’t have to use jelly roll strips, just whatever strippy beings you have and are keen to use up:

Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without.

Block Exchange 2022
We will put this on hold until next year – but you can show your interest and sign up between now and the end of the year.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report


Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Quilt Show
Quilt Show, September 10th-12th, 2021

Quilt registration:
You may enter up to 4 quilts in the September Quilt Show plus any challenge quilt. So if you made 2 challenge quilts plus 4 other quilts for the show, you need to fill out 6 quilt registrations.
Here is the quilt registration  https://loraincountypiecemakers.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/quilt-registration-2021.pdf

Julie will have extra quilt registration forms at the meeting.
Questions?  Please contact:
Julie Bragg

Raffle Baskets:
If you want to make a basket for the Basket Raffle please add a list of everything in the basket and bring the basket to the meeting and give it to Barb Spieker or Barb Cowger-Vilagi. If you have any new or new-like items you can just bring them to the meetings and give them to Barb and they will be put in a basket that the committee  makes.
Questions? Please contact:
Barb Spieker
spieker2412@gmail.com


Country Store Items:
Fran Weber and Peggy Hughes are in charge of our “Country Store” for our Quilt show. They will take anything that is clean and desirable for resale like magazines, material, and other quilt and sewing related items.  If you can not bring your items to the meeting, contact Fran and arrange to drop it off at her home.
If you have any questions please call:
Fran Weber
fdies@neo.rr.com


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: Nothing new at this time.  If any member knows of an issue:  get well, sympathy, etc. that I should address; please contact me.  Thank you!

Newsletter Update:
No sunshine tidbits this month.

Does the graphic remind you of our May hexie program c/o Susan Schillig and Kelly Grace?  Thank you, ladies!

Fondly, Val Watring

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 child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

April 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 8 – April 8, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone to the guild’s virtual meeting conducted over ZOOM.

Program:  The Zoom program was part virtual quilt show and part story.  Some of you know that Chris had a bucket list trip to Sister’s Oregon planned in 2020 that was cancelled like most events due to the Pandemic.  Chris had been wanting to make this journey across the country for about 10 years, but only started planning it about 2 years ago.    She is planning to visit a small town in central Oregon called Sisters, to attend a 5-day quilting retreat called Quilter’s Affair that culminated in a massive outdoor Quilt Show the following Saturday.  Some of you have said you’ve heard of the event, while others have not.  Because it may be something YOU may want to add to your bucket list, Chris thought she would give you an overview of both the Quilter’s Affair and the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show by way of a slideshow and a few video clips.

During the presentation you first learned a little about the Quilt show and how they had to re-imagine the show for 2020; then everyone got to experience 3 of the Show’s Special Exhibits and then Chris closed the presentation by sharing a short slideshow presentation about the Quilter’s Affair event that precedes the Quilt Show.   In case you are interested, Chris saved some of the videos that you can access by clicking the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgDLDpGQv8R1RhIrAWCqVOIwtC21tMa35

President’s Report:  Chris noted that although she always relies on Julie Bragg to speak on the Quilt Show during Committee Reports, tonight she wanted to using her platform as your President to make sure everyone understands how important the Quilt Show is to the guild and how your participation is critical.

Chris wanted to remind long standing members and to inform the new members that the quilt show and the corresponding quilt raffle are the primary fund-raising events for the guild.  Although the quilt show has the potential to bring in much needed money to our guild, Chris pointed out that what people often don’t realize is that to put on a show we also SPEND thousands of dollars before the show even opens for things like hall rental, renting of the stands to hang the quilts, advertising, postcards, flyers, signs, food/snacks, raffle tickets, etc., etc.  If we spend all that money and don’t have a fabulous show, we run the risk of devastating our budget.  We have to put on a fabulous show and bring people in.

The quilt show is also the #1 way we introduce and reintroduce the community to our guild and all the good things we do for the community.  Chris noted that although she had not been a member long, she has had the pleasure of participating in several phenomenal quilt shows here where there have been close to 150 quilts and quilt related items on display. Because of the Pandemic Julie took an early headcount from members via email to find out who things they will have items for the quilt show.  Julie asked everyone to respond to say how many quilted items you “think” you will have.  Out of the almost 80 members we have now, only about 20 people replied and we have a total of approx. 54 items for the show.  YIKES and double YIKES. Some people shared that maybe people don’t think we will really have the show.

Well, just in case there is any doubt, WE ARE HAVING A QUILT SHOW September 10th through the 12th.  We desperately need YOU to enter at least one quilt or fiber arts item each.  However, Chris knows that many of you have many more items to enter.  They don’t have to be recently made items.  They just need to be something you have not already exhibited at one of our shows.  You can enter quilts, table runners, placemats, pot holders, art quilts, etc.

Also, we are going to need people agree to help hang the quilts on September 9th and take down the quilts on September 12th.  We also need people to make a commitment to be present during the show to represent the guild and to answer questions, make sure people aren’t touching the quilts, to take tickets at the front desk, sit at the quilt raffle table, help sell refreshments at the snack bar, etc.

None of the tasks we need help with are arduous or seriously labor intensive.  There is one day of setup and three wonderful quilt show days of sharing our love for quilting and fiber arts and representing our guild to the community.  These are 4 days that Chris said that she is so proud to be a member of this fabulous guild.

So, if you have not done so already, Chris basically begged everyone to take 10 minutes to send Julie an email or give her a quick call or TEXT her to let her know she has your support.  Tell her what items you THINK you will have for the show and let her know you’ll gladly give a few hours of your time or even a day if possible, to help out. Julie Bragg at 440-309-6868 (call or text) or email at jb76quilts@msn.com

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the February meeting were distributed in the Newsletter by email and posted on the webpage.  Hearing no changes, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurers Report: The treasurer’s report was presented by Treasurer, Pam Scholle and will be included in this newsletter and filed for audit.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports all Committees that were present.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:    There are many wonderful items shared over Zoom!  Oh, how I cannot wait to see them in person!!!

Next meeting:  April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM.  The Presentation for April 8th will be made by Debi Reese from Sew Creative Cottage.  Sew Creative Cottage has been an online business since 2009 and opened a retail space in Fairview Park, Ohio in 2020.  The specialize in Machine Embroidery, Quilting & Fabric!  Cannot wait to see what Debi has to share with us!!!

Zoom News:  Chris will send the Zoom LINK early the week of April 5th.  The Zoom link will not work until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8th.  Chris will open the meeting at 6:30 p.m. so everyone can openly chat until the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.  Once the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., please follow the following Zoom Etiquette.

Zoom Etiquette:  Once the program begins, please keep your microphone MUTED at all times unless you have a question or are answering a question.   Remember that we hear everything, including your munching on crackers, clearing your throat, or yelling at your spouse or grandkids (wink wink).  Keep your microphone muted please.

Daytime Stitching:  April 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Even if you don’t have something to sew, you are welcome to stop by and say hello to those of us who are there.  There are typically only a handful of us, and with our giant space, keeping socially distant is not a problem LOL.  Just remember to wear a mask.    We would love to have a few more stitchy friends stop by!!

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

In-Person Meetings and Sew Day Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  It is preferred that there are no more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family; if you are comfortable accepting a 4th person, that is just fine.  Also, you are welcome to sit at the long tables along the side of the room.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

Hello all!  The month of March was big for quilt donations!  We gave a dozen to the Mercy Health Resource Mothers.  They would have taken more but just didn’t have the space.  We also presented 30 to Lorain County Children’s Services.  Both organizations were thrilled with the quilts!

Thank you all for sharing your talents and gifts with our community!

Our Community Sew Day is fast approaching!  I’ve got some fun and exciting things planned to encourage participation and thank everyone for their support.  Take care and keep on quilting!

Marcy

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.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

This month’s stray threads is devoted to explaining the May program.  How do  I go from “April showers bring May flowers to a program on creating and piecing hexies?  Well…   In May I think of tulips. Tulips remind me of Holland and the Dutch. Dutch reminds me of Pennsylvania Dutch.  And if you think about Pennsylvania Dutch long enough, you might just think about hex signs. And if you think about hex signs, perhaps hexies will come to mind and you’ll want to make some! Kelly Grace and I will show a couple different ways to piece them.  Kelly will show the English paper piecing method and provide a sample for you to try if you like.  If you’d like to try it, bring a needle and some thread and scissors. I will show how to draw your own hexagon of any size and explain how to cut and machine piece them using Mary Huey’s method and the Marti Michell templates.   I know some of you have already done hexies, so bring some to the May meeting to show them off!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Membership

We have 4 new members this month.  This gives us 73 members to date this year. Please welcome Laura Williams, Colleen Nelson, Janet McGinnis, and Miranda Smith to the guild.

Karen and Marilyn

April Birthdays
Kaye Koler – April 2
Georgia Forbush – April 10
Barbara Spieker – April 13
Ruth Groot – April 16
Helen Smelser – April 28

Programs/Workshops

April:
During the Day – Sew day until 5pm
Evening program: Sew Creative Cottage Trunk Show – Debi Reese, Owner

May:
During the Day – Sew day
Evening Program: Hexies – Sue Schillig, Kelly Grace

June:
During the Day – Judy Riggle Community Sew Day
Evening Program – Behind the Seams – Cindy Casciato

July:
During the Day – Christmas in July (maybe)
Evening Program – open for suggestions

August:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Designing Fabric and More – Deb Strain

September:
During the Day – Quilt Show Setup
Evening Program – Quilt Show Setup

October:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Open for suggestions

November:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Anything Sews – Chris Brauning

December:
During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – December Potluck & Celebration

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the many meetings, our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting that we are actually together. Looks like this might be in May! Great job on all the completed projects in 2020!

We are up to 9 finishes from the UFO lists! Great start to 2021 UFO’s. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until the end of May – lists will be sent out and fat quarters will be due back in August.

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
Monthly challenge will start up again in May! Finish up your 2 crayon challenges – I still need to finish mine!

String Challenge
The idea of the Strip Quilt Challenge is to use up scraps, in this case, strips. Helen says she has plenty to get shed of, so you may want to contact her if you run low. The deadline is the August meeting, there will be a drawing for a prize, and it will be fun to see what recycling yields. By the way, you don’t have to use jelly roll strips, just whatever strippy beings you have and are keen to use up:

Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without.

Block Exchange 2022
We will put this on hold until next year – but you can show your interest and sign up between now and the end of the year.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: Thanks to Jean Tobias for gathering quilt blocks and delivering them to Mom’s Sewing Basket in my absence.

Newsletter Update:

Previously reported:  Darlene Shimandle passed away.  We offer sincere condolences to our member and Darlene’s husband, Mike!
Darlene’s store:  Mom’s Sewing Basket is still accepting 6.5 inch and 12.5 inch quilt blocks as remembrances of Darlene.

UPDATE:  They are aiming for a May 1st deadline for submissions.  It would be helpful if your block was in a ziplock baggie and had a note/slip with your name and address. There may be enough blocks to make a quilt for Mike and one for Mike and Darlene’s daughter.

http://www.momssewingbasket.com/        1907 Cooper Foster Park Rd, Amherst, Ohio  44001

In lieu of a blue basket; if a guild member wishes to donate fat quarters, the fat quarters will likely be used for sashing and/or pieced for backing for Darlene’s Memorial Quilt.  You may send or deliver your fat quarter to Mom’s Sewing Basket.  If we have an April 8th sewing day and/or meeting; we can collect fat quarters at Russia Township Hall. I am willing to collect and deliver blocks or fat quarters if you give me (Val) a call or text:  440.935.0972.

Fondly, Val Watring

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 child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Are you ready for some SPRING?  I’m hoping the recent snow we had is the last of it, but perhaps I just jinxed us?!  Hope not!  I would rattle on about flowers and gardening here, but ladies and gents, I don’t have a green thumb.  All my hobbies are indoors.  The closest I get to nature is throwing open the windows in my craft room so the breeze can blow through, and I’m perfectly happy with that.  Although I do help my hubby with the flower beds, I much prefer stitching or appliqueing flowers.

Well, as we talked in our last zoom meeting, we are only 5 months away from our QUILT SHOW (September 10th, 11th, and 12th).  I hope you have been working on a treasure trove of items and have many beautiful things to display in the show. I see the show as a way of promoting interest in quilting and perhaps generating a desire for others to begin their own quilting journey.  Remember, we did get several new members from the last quilt show.

I’m going to start bringing the Raffle Quilt to Township Hall every month from now until the show as a way to remind everyone and so you can pick up raffle tickets for yourself and others.  Remember, you have to pay for the tickets in advance—even if you plan on selling them to others.  That way our accounting is kept straight and there are no mistakes.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5; 12 tickets for $10, or 18 tickets for $15, or 24 tickets for $20—cash or check payable to LCP.

I’m planning on April being our last Zoom meeting.  You will get the Zoom invite by email by Monday or Tuesday.  Remember on April 8th we will be sewing and quilting all day at the Township Hall from 10 am to 5pm.   The zoom meeting will open up at 6:30 p.m. for socializing, then the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.  Beginning in May, we will be holding all meetings in-person at the Hall. With everyone getting vaccinated, I hope to see you all again soon.  However, I make these plans with full knowledge that life changes on a dime, so fingers crossed, keep smiling, and quilt on my friends!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

March 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 7 – March 11, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone to the guild’s first virtual meeting conducted over ZOOM and shared that we had one new member present via zoom!

Program:  The Zoom program was presented by quilting instructor Barbara Eikmeier of Lansing Kansas.  Barb has been quilting since 1984 and teaching quilting since 1990. She is the author of four books, including “Back Basting Applique Step by Step” published by Martingale and Co, has designed seven reproduction fabric collections for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, and is a Craftsy instructor. Her work has appeared in many quilting magazines and she has been a frequent guest on Love of Quilting PBS program.

Barb presented her lecture called “The Random Block Sampler – It’s Not Random!!  We explored the exciting Random Block Sampler in a trunk show featuring quilts and wall hangings made with different size blocks. Barb presented a multitude of ideas for combining orphan blocks into unique quilts or for designing and making one-of-a-kind quilts. It was an informative and hugely interesting program.  Loads of new ideas were had by all!!

President’s Report:  Chris spoke briefly about the guild’s new Zoom account and how they may use it a few times going forward until meeting in person is back to the old normal.  Chris also took this opportunity to remind members that since there is not a program chairperson, she really needs people to give her ideas and suggestions on where to find guest speakers for our meetings.

Approval of the Minutes:  There were no minutes to review as the January meeting was cancelled.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report was presented by Treasurer, Pam Scholle and will be included in this newsletter and filed for audit.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports all Committees that were present.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  Chris reported that she has a special treat lined up for the August meeting.  Chris has secured internationally renowned fabric designer Deb Strain.  Deb has been designing for Moda Fabrics since 1996.  Drawing and painting her fabric designs by hand, Deb has created over 100 collections since she began working with Moda.  She loves working with different colors and patterns, the more intricate the better! A life-long passion for art led Deb to teaching art before becoming a designer.  Her artwork has been featured on many different products over the years – calendars, greeting cards, garden flags, books, framed prints and more.  Recently, she proudly launched a line of notecards for sewing and quilting enthusiasts titled “Sew Noted”.

With traveling to see her children, creating new fabrics and collections, and other types of new art, Deb’s life is happily filled with color, creativity and lots of hugs!  If you would like to learn more about Deb’s lines of fabric and more just google her name and you will be amazed!!  Deb will be presenting a fabulous trunk show AND vending her stunning fabric and more!!   Mark your calendars for August 12th!

Show & Tell:  There were several beautiful items!  Sharing over Zoom is a different animal but no less impressive!

Next meeting:  March 11, 2021.  It will be determined closer to the date whether it will be in person or via Zoom.

Reminders about In-Person Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  It is preferred that there are no more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family; if you are comfortable accepting a 4th person, that is just fine.  Also, you are welcome to sit at the long tables along the side of the room.  Please remember to avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

Membership

We have 4 new members this month.  This gives us 73 members to date this year. Please welcome Laura Williams, Colleen Nelson, Janet McGinnis, and Miranda Smith to the guild.

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Zoom Sewing Retreat!
Hello ladies!
Hoping that everyone is well and working on their UFO list! LOL!!

One of my sewing groups did a virtual retreat last week and we thought we’d share with everyone how easy & so much fun it was!

The sewing group consists of five members and we did a virtual sew retreat. We all met using Google Meet (on the computer) and each of us worked on our own project. It was so enjoyable we have scheduled another later this month. We got quite a bit accomplished too!

It was so good to see everyone actually sewing and hearing the hum of the machines…. It was almost like we were all in the same room! We provided our own snacks and beverages….no fuss! We started at 3 and didn’t end up til after 8pm!!

So if you want to get together with your sewing buds, think about giving Zoom or Google Meets a try. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed! It all turned out so much better than we anticipated we wanted share our experience!

SewHappy,
Kaye & crew!

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

My husband said something funny to me this morning.  His comment?  “There is going to be football in the spring.  Boy, that is going to be really weird!”

Where has he been this past year?  That spring football is the weird part?   As I’ve been working my way through a multitude of UFO’s and trying to stay home and stay sane?  Well, in any event,  weirdness aside, I’ve been getting quite a bit done and not all of it has been visible.  I’m not really one to start and finish a project all in one sitting.  That might explain my consistent UFO list.  But,  I am working on things.  Currently I am doing some work on 7 quilts, all in about 7 different stages.   And when my friend sent me a picture of a partially embroidered top she was about to give up on, I added another.  We have “exchanged” for the time being one of our embroidery projects in hopes the other person will make more headway on it than we would.   I’m hopeful that the feeling of “new” that her project will give me will add a few more stitches to the cause.   Something “new” has always been attractive to me.  New gadgets, rulers, fabric, you name it.  So  we will see how this goes. Meanwhile as the weather warms and we get outside, don’t abandon those projects that have kept you sane all winter. Sew on my friends!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

March Birthdays
Susan Thornton – March 3rd
Donna Garrett – March 5th
Laura Williams – March 9th
Casandra Brown – March 23th
Susan Schillig – March 25th

Programs/Workshops

Remember our March sew day will happen – 10 am – 5pm – Masks required!

Meeting will be via Zoom at 7pm: “A Bucket List trip—The Quilters Affair and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Come along with Chris and discover why she has been planning this bucket list adventure for several years!! “ put together by Chris Yoo

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the many meetings, our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting that we are actually together. Great job on all the completed projects in 2020!

We already have 4 finishes from the UFO lists! Great start to 2021 UFO’s. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until April – this might change depending on when we meet next.

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
Monthly challenge is on hold for the time being, finish up your 2 crayon challenges!

String Challenge
Susan is suggesting a string challenge for 2021, if anyone is interested, please contact her at (allenthornton@earthlink.net)

Block Exchange 2021
One of the quilts I showed at the October meeting was a block exchange quilt top that was completed in 2013. A block exchange is where a fabric is chosen and everyone that joins uses that fabric and any additional fabrics needed to make a block for each person participating. So if we have 12 members that want to participate, you would make 12 of the same block. All the blocks would be turned in to me, sorted so each person gets one and then handed back. You can then set them in any fashion you chose, but you have a quilt that guild members helped you to create. If you’d like to participate please let me know at the meeting or via email. As of right now I have 3 ladies (plus me) that have signed up. I’d like to get at least 3 more before we start talking about what focus fabric we are going to use. This will be a long term project, as tops won’t be completed until December.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: February sewing day; plus ZOOM set up by Chris Yoo.  Wasn’t the presentation by Barb Eikmeier interesting?  https://www.barbsfavorites.com/

Newsletter Update:

We sent a cheerful get well card to Karin Knox, she is recovering from shoulder surgery.  Mid-month, we sent an encouraging cat-themed card to Maryann Doucette as she rallies from back surgery.  We wish both gals comfortable and progressing recoveries.

We had dreadful news that our member Darlene Shimandle passed away.  We sent a sympathy card to her family.

We offer sincere condolences to our member and Darlene’s husband, Mike!

Darlene’s store:  Mom’s Sewing Basket is accepting 6.5 inch and 12.5 inch quilt blocks as remembrances of Darlene.

Reiterated from our email:  The resulting quilt will be displayed at the store.     http://www.momssewingbasket.com/        1907 Cooper Foster Park Rd, Amherst, Ohio  44001

If a guild member wishes to donate fat quarters, the fat quarters will likely be used for sashing and/or pieced for backing for Darlene’s Memorial Quilt.  You may send or deliver your fat quarter to Mom’s Sewing Basket.  If we have a March 11th sewing day and/or meeting; we can collect fat quarters at Russia Township Hall.  I am willing to collect and deliver blocks or fat quarters if you give me (Val) a call or text:  440.935.0972.

Fondly, Val Watring

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 child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I’m going to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to make a commitment to participate in my last President’s challenge, which was making a fabric postcard. I’ll quickly remind you what you need to do.  You are making a tiny 4″ x 6″ fabric postcard that represents the theme around a favorite vacation memory.

Your postcard needs to consist of the traditional 3 layers of a quilt: top, batting, and back.  The backside should look like a postcard.  You can draw it with a fabric marker on muslin if needed—nothing fancy.  The postcard must be made new for this challenge (no reusing a postcard you made in years past), but it does NOT need to be your original design.  You can use a pattern, cheater fabric, anything, just as long as you made it special for this challenge.  You don’t have to formally bind the tiny card.  You can just zigzag around the edge or drag out your seldom used serger.

Remember, I will be picking 3 of my personal favorites that I believe best represent the theme of a vacation memory.  I’m not looking for the best quilted or the best pieced.  I’m looking for the 3 that I believe shout vacation memory in my personal opinion aka President’s Choice.  There will be prizes my friends!!  All postcards will be exhibited at our 2021 quilt show in a special exhibit.

The deadline for entries was extended until May 13th.  So, make sure I have your finished postcard no later than the May 13th meeting.  Winners and prizes will be announced at the June meeting.  Need some inspiration, just google “fabric postcards” and you will be amazed!!  For full details, see the link to a pdf in Kelly’s Challenges section of this newsletter.

Hope you take my challenge!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

February 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 6 – February 11, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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
No minutes from January meeting as the meeting was cancelled due to COVID.

February’s meeting is a Zoom meeting – links will be sent out to members prior to Thursday.

Membership

Please welcome  Lynette Thomson and Carolyn Bradley to the guild.  The ladies have decided to renew their membership.  Thank you ladies.

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service
Marcy Delavan

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Lorain County Piecemakers monthly report:

Guild Checking                 $  9,964.24
Quilts of Valor                   $ 1,220.92
Total in bank                     $11,185.16

10 month CD                    $  1,514.33    Mat. Date 5-03-21
17 month CD                   $  2,043.79    Mat. Date 7-23-2021

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

To quote my great niece, we have entered the month “with all the hearts.”  I guess that’s her way of referring to the month with Valentine’s day.  She is not wrong, of course.  My hubby and I don’t do much to celebrate what he calls another “Hallmark Holiday.”  Yep, he’s soooo romantic (insert me laughing hysterically here). Nonetheless, I do want to wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day and to tell you that you are loved and thought of during this month with all the hearts (smile).

I’m very excited about our first Zoom lecture and meeting on February 11th.  I have had fun visiting with a few of you during the first two Zoom practice sessions.  If you have not had a chance to practice, there is one final zoom practice scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m.  That zoom invitation should be in your inbox.  If you don’t have it, contact me directly.    The zoom invitation for our February 11th program and meeting will not be sent out until the evening of Tuesday, February 9th, sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  The link will start working on Thursday February 11th at 6:45 p.m. and our program will start at 7:00 p.m. sharp.  At that time, I will mute all microphones so that only the speaker can be heard.  She will have a Q&A session at the end so save your questions for the end.  You will have to unmute yourself to speak at that time OR for those using the chat box, ask your question there and she will see it or I will read it to her.

The speaker on Thursday is Barbara Eikmeier. Barb has been quilting since 1984 and teaching quilting since 1990. She is the author of four books, including “Back Basting Applique Step by Step” published by Martingale and Co, has designed seven reproduction fabric collections for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, and is a Craftsy instructor. Barb’s work has appeared in many quilting magazines and she has been a frequent guest on Love of Quilting PBS program. Married to a career Army officer, Barb has lived in several regions of the US, as well as South Korea. A long-time member of the American Quilt Study Group, she considers herself a student of quilt history. Barb is a traditional quilter and applique is her favorite quilting technique. She lives in Lansing, Kansas, with her husband (now retired from the Army) and two dogs.

Barb will be presenting her program entitled “The Random Block Sampler – It’s Not Random!!  Explore the exciting Random Block Sampler in this trunk show featuring quilts and wall hangings made with different size blocks. See ideas for combining orphan blocks into unique quilts or for designing and making your own one-of-a-kind quilt.

Following our program and the Q&A we will say goodbye to the speaker and have a regular guild meeting and show-n-tell for anyone who has something to show.

Zoom recommendations:  If you are not an old pro with Zoom, I recommend during the program you set your “view” to full screen and speaker view instead of gallery view.  In Speaker View it will minimize all the guild members screens and maximize the person who is speaking on the screen.  It is easier to see the speaker’s quilts and our show-n-tell that way.  When you have the Gallery view turned on, everyone is small and you can see a lot of members at one time.  That is great, but it is hard to see anything if someone has a show-n-tell item.

Remember to keep your microphone on MUTE unless you are asking a question so we don’t get background noise. I can mute everyone, but you have the ability to unmute to ask questions and talk to someone who may be asking you a question.

Well, time to get back to quilting and stitching!  Hope you can join us on Thursday!!

Your Pres,  Chris Yoo

February Birthdays
Julie Bragg – February 1
Cheryl Majewski – February 3
Dee Martin – February 7
Marilyn Novak – February 24
Boni Grove – February 27
Karen Neuschaefer – February 27

Programs/Workshops

Remember our February sew day will happen – 10 am – 5pm – Masks required!

More to come – See President’s Notes for this month’s program information.

 

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the many meetings, our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting that we are actually together. Great job on all the completed projects in 2020!

We have 11 ladies that have submitted their lists to me for the 2021 UFO challenge with a total of 238 UFOs. Please remember that we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until April – this might change depending on when we meet next.

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
Monthly challenge is on hold for the time being, finish up your 2 crayon challenges!

String Challenge
Susan is suggesting a string challenge for 2021, if anyone is interested, please contact her at (allenthornton@earthlink.net)

Block Exchange 2021
One of the quilts I showed at the October meeting was a block exchange quilt top that was completed in 2013. A block exchange is where a fabric is chosen and everyone that joins uses that fabric and any additional fabrics needed to make a block for each person participating. So if we have 12 members that want to participate, you would make 12 of the same block. All the blocks would be turned in to me, sorted so each person gets one and then handed back. You can then set them in any fashion you chose, but you have a quilt that guild members helped you to create. If you’d like to participate please let me know at the meeting or via email. As of right now I have 3 ladies (plus me) that have signed up. I’d like to get at least 3 more before we start talking about what focus fabric we are going to use. This will be a long term project, as tops won’t be completed until December.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg

Quilts of ValorKaye Koler

No Report.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:    Meeting minutes: Thanks, Chris, for the opportunity for a sewing day.  No January meeting.

Newsletter Update:

Slow guild news day here for the Sunshine Committee.  I realize it is too early for strawberries, but I find the red and white is enticing.  Honoring the red as awareness to heart health.

Fondly, Val Watring

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 child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

January 2021 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 5 – January 14, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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
No minutes from December meeting as the meeting was cancelled due to COVID.

January meeting is also cancelled.
Membership

Membership list was sent out 1/3/21, please advise if there are any updates needed, so we can send out an updated listing.

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Lorain County Piecemakers monthly report:

balance in checking           $10,156.24
Quilts of Valor                    $  1,220.92
Total in Bank                       $11.377.16

17 month CD   $2,043.79  Mat. July 23, 2021
7 Month CD   $1,514.33    Mat.  May 3, 2021

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I’ve discovered throughout the years that winter is my best quilting season.  I get more done in 3 months some years than the other nine months combined.  So, to increase my productivity now, I’ve developed ways handle  “quilting issues”.  Today’s issue was how to continue to machine piece 1 1/2 inch seams correctly to finish the Grandmother’s flower garden quilt for Evie, while maintaining my sanity.  I love to chain piece. And most quilts will lend themselves to doing so very easily.  Not so much this one.  But, I’ve got other projects, soooo….   I  used my Tree of Life quilt that I want to make to piece in between those pesky little seams.  The result was a finished flower garden  (except for two hand sewn seams) and several of my tree blocks are now pieced!  A win for both projects.  I’m now on my way to finishing two quilts instead of one.   If you are not familiar with chain piecing, there are many YouTube videos to explain this time saver.  Meanwhile, I’m working on my UFO list.  I felt so pleased with myself for getting 20 off last year’s list.  Unfortunately, when I went to put together the one for this year there are as many hopeful finishes as before!  But I’m not crazy. I know there are too many this year that will require an amazing amount of time.  But it’s winter…  let the fun begin!

Piecefully,

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: our sewing/meeting was canceled due to the virus.

Newsletter Update:

January 2nd, Pam Scholle emailed us about Darlene Shimandle.  Darlene has been in the hospital.  Thus, I am sending a card out to Darlene ASAP.  Darlene is the owner of Mom’s Sewing Basket in Amherst.  Darlene’s husband, Mike, is also a guild member.

1-8-2021   Follow up:  Darlene is still in ICU.  Darlene’s family requests prayers as she recovers.

Update on Darlene: https://www.facebook.com/momssewingbasket/posts/1813362318813359

Fondly, Val Watring

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 child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Although our new year has started a tad crazy, to put it mildly, it has only caused me appreciate my stitching hobbies with more fervor than before.  I am reminded of a quote by former First Lady Grace Coolidge that I had read on the internet some time ago.  I dug it up again so I could share it with you:

“Everyone should be taught to sew, not merely for the sake of making something, but as an accomplishment which may prove a stabilizer in time of perplexity or distress.  Many a time when I need to hold myself firmly, I have taken up needle, a sewing thread, some knitting needles, or a crochet hook.  Whatever its form or purpose, it often proved to be as the needle of a compass, keeping me to the course.”

Truer words have never been spoken.  I think many of us can relate.  Stitching in any form has been a calming force in my life this past year.  I find that I cherish my hobbies even more due to the Pandemic.

My focus for the guild right now is twofold:  find speakers and programs for 2021 and making sure we are on course for our 2021 quilt show in September.  Happy stitching, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, appliqueing, etc., etc., etc.  We will definitely stay the course!  Hope to see you all soon!

Hugs.

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

January Birthdays
Barb King – January 3
Marcy Delavan – January 5
Jean Tobia – January 22
Pat Logar – January 26
Peggy Hughes – January 30
Lori Quinones – January 30

Programs/Workshops

Remember our January sew day will happen!! However the meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Hopefully we will see each other in person soon.

 

 

Challenges
Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the December and January meeting our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting. As of 12/31 there were 56 completed items off the UFO lists for 18% completed of the 304 submitted items.

We already have 2 people that have submitted their lists to me, they MUST be submitted to me (either my email or guild email) no later than 1/31/21 in order to be in this years contest. Your list may include anything you want to finish: quilts, pillows, cross stitch projects, knitting, crochet – it just has to be crafting related. Also to participate we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until April – this might change depending on when we meet next.

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!
A checkerboard is a pretty easy quilt to make, and it doesn’t have to be black and white. One time I was Showing & Telling a quilt I’d made, one of the gals commented that it could be considered a checkerboard because it was two alternating blocks, vintage Christmas cards and what I imagined to be a 1940s green print. I also made a red and white one–again just a two-block quilt–that reminded me of Alice’s chess game with the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass.

Actually any Nine Patch that alternates with any other block would do the trick, that or a Double Nine Patch, on which five of the squares could be Nine Patches and the other four could be solids.

Or you could make a Jacob’s Ladder with a little checkerboard nestled in in the lower right-hand corner.

This would be a gratifyingly unchallenging challenge, plus pretty festive and jolly, fun for our Quilt Bonanza next fall.

Your pal Susan
Challenge enthusiast

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. We had 6 people that completed and showed their new technique projects at the meeting. I had fun learning to quilt with rulers! The crayon Challenge will now be due at the next face to face meeting. This challenge is to make something (any size) using the 2 crayons that you chose at the October meeting. 1 additional fabric can be added if needed. If you’d like to participate and weren’t at the October meeting, email me and I can get you 2 crayon colors. Since we’ve extended this challenge and you’d like to participate – let me know and I’ll get you crayon colors.

Block Exchange 2021
One of the quilts I showed at the October meeting was a block exchange quilt top that was completed in 2013. A block exchange is where a fabric is chosen and everyone that joins uses that fabric and any additional fabrics needed to make a block for each person participating. So if we have 12 members that want to participate, you would make 12 of the same block. All the blocks would be turned in to me, sorted so each person gets one and then handed back. You can then set them in any fashion you chose, but you have a quilt that guild members helped you to create. If you’d like to participate please let me know at the meeting or via email. As of right now I have 3 ladies (plus me) that have signed up. I’d like to get at least 3 more before we start talking about what focus fabric we are going to use. This will be a long term project, as tops won’t be completed until December.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above).

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg

December (12/10/20) Meeting Cancelled

Unfortunately our December meeting and sew day have been cancelled, due to an increase in COVID cases in Lorain county. Please note prizes for the UFO challenge will be given at the next meeting we are together. Also, keep working on your crayon challenge, we’ll show those at the next meeting we are together.

Have a great Holiday!!