January 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 5 – January 9, 2020

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: 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

At 6:30 p.m. President, Chris Yoo, welcomed everyone, including a few visitors to the December potluck.  Following the blessing a wonderful dinner was enjoyed.

President’s Report:  Chris introduced the new 2020 President’s Challenge which will be a fabric postcard based on your favorite holiday memories. For complete rules and information click HERE.  Chris also surprised the group with several door prizes as a fun year-end give-a-away.

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the November meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage.  When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections; therefore, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the treasurer’s report, noting the total in checking was $10,683.49.  Of this total, Quilts of Valor has $1,079.92, and Home of the Brave has $290.91. The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.

Committee Reports:  The membership heard reports from all Committees.  Committees will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter.

Unfinished/Old Business:  Chris noted that there has been some interest in ordering t-shirts again.  She assured the group that she has started looking at opens for the new year.

Announcements:  None.

Show & Tell:  Several attic windows were finished, multiple large quilts, and loads of fabulous table runners.  Have I told you lately that you are all fabulous?!?!

Next Meeting:  January 9, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. for a program by Marj Girosky from The Sewing Connection in Milan, Ohio.  Marj will present Stitching and More with Decorative Threads.

Membership

Dues are due. Please see Marilyn or Karen to get them paid. Updated membership list will be ready soon.

Thank you. Karen

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

No report

Ruth Groot

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

See meeting minutes for details.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

What happens when you mix a New Year’s resolution with a UFO list?  Well, probably not my best moment actually.  Caught up in the spirit of both I have determined to finish 20 projects this year.  To be fair, many are old ones, but I’ve added a couple of new ones to add interest and hope.  If I’d settled for only finishing the ones started in years past I’m sure I’d be doomed to failure.  Failure is still mighty likely, but at least I’ve added a couple of things to the list to make it interesting.  I’ve also made sure there are more than 20 on my UFO list–no problem there–  in the event some of those lost souls remain tucked away in the closet for yet another year.   I’m hopeful though, as I always am, this early in January.  Talk to me in June.  I might need a pep talk.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

Save the date!

Quilts of Valor National Sew Day 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020

We will gather at the    Main Street Community Center
255 Park Ave
Amherst, OH 44001
10-4pm

It is very likely (and in the works) we will do a presentation of quilts to veterans some time during the day as well. I will update when we have confirmation.

Thank you,
Kaye Koler
Quilts of Valor Chair

January Birthdays
Libby Betounes
Marcy Delavan
Peggy Hughes
Barb King
Pat Logar
Lori Quinones
Jean Tobia

Programs/Workshops

JANUARY
Evening Program:  Marj Girosky from The Sewing Connection in Milan, Ohio. – Stitching and More with Decorative Threads
Day Workshop: None – but come and sew anyway!

 

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Great job last year on UFO’s! Let’s do just as good a job this year! Signups are this month – please have your list to Kelly by January 31st to be included. You can give me a list at the meeting or email it, but I will also need $5 to go toward prizes at the December meeting.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Signups are now open for the Fat Quarter Exchange! The more that sign up, the more variety you will receive. Just think 20 people sign up and you get enough fat quarters to do a turning twenty quilt! Sign-ups will be open until the March meeting – then lists will be sent out via email (for those that want to shop early) and at the April meeting with numbered bags. Everything is due back to me by the June meeting.

2020 Challenge
Checkboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

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). The challenge committee will discuss and plan challenges for the coming year.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy New Year Quilters!!   I was organizing my 2020 calendar and making notes as we begin to plan for our 2020 Quilt Show.  During that, I found my 2018 quilt show booklet and all the “notes” I made inside.  At the 2018 show, when I talked with ladies who traveled from other guilds, I made a note of their comments in my show book, here are a few samples of what they said…you have ample parking here, tons of room inside, endless tables and electrical plugs,  clean restrooms, a kitchen area, soft comfy chairs, plenty of light, simply gorgeous facility, and oodles of space for basting quilts, and you get to use it ALL DAY once a month?!?!  They are flabbergasted.  You know what?  They are right.  Therefore, I wanted to start the new year out by reminding everyone about the fabulous, glorious facility we have the 2nd Thursday of every month—ALL DAY.  However, every month on sew day, I am constantly amazed at the few people who take advantage of the fabulous facility we have.   I realize some of you still work (me too), but I’m just saying, on occasion, pack it up girlfriends and come on down!  I know I’ll never baste another quilt on my small table at home or, heaven forbid, on the basement floor!!

Since I’m on the topic of attendance, I have to say I am also a little saddened by the low attendance at our potlucks.  We have two chances every year to socialize over a meal, but attendance really appears to be dwindling.  The December potluck had all of 35 people in attendance and we have almost 80 paid members!  Well you missed some grand food and door prizes.  Yep, I gave away about 7 or 8 prizes just for showing up (smile).  Please understand that I do know we have snowbirds who are out of town, and everyone is busy with holiday things, but…I also know that I miss you when you are not there.  Several of you tell me that you have a hard time leaving the house, but once you get to the hall you are SOOOO glad you came.  Please push your tail out the door and join us for sewing, socializing, and occasionally, for a meal.  I promise to do my best to make it worth your while.

Oh, and Happy 40th Anniversary to our Quilt Guild!!

Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: Guild members signed Christmas cards for Judy Riggle and Mary Wallhead. Judy and Mary, we miss you at our meetings. We signed a get well card for Cassandra Brown (gall bladder surgery). Cassandra, prayers for restored health as soon as possible. Take care!

Newsletter Update: We learned Iris Tewksbury had knee surgery. Val put a card to her in the mail on Friday. Iris, we are wishing you comfort and healing.

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.

December 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 4 – December 12, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: 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, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

Program:  Tonight, we welcomed Kori Turner of Olive Grace Studios.  Kori presented a wonderful trunk show that told the story of not only who she was but how Olive Grace Studios began.  It was a fabulous trunk show and her product line was extremely popular.  Kori will be vending at the Quilts 2020 show at the Lake Farm Park in Kirtland, Ohio.  Kori’s website is http://www.olivegracestudios.com.

President’s Report:  Chris gave an update on the traveling raffle quilt and asked for volunteers for the upcoming Craft Show, the Oberlin Holiday Bazaar, that was to be held in this hall on Sunday, November 17th.  Chris was happy to receive several volunteers.

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the October meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage.  When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections; therefore, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report, Audit, & Presentation of the 2019-2020 Budget:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the treasurer’s report, noting the total in checking was $11,108.89.  Of this total, Quilts of Valor has $1,174.92 and and Home of the Brave has $290.91. There was discussion that since the Home of the Brave project was no longer active with our guild that we should contact the last Chairperson, Janet Alderman, and see if she needs the funds to wrap up the program or whether or not the balance should be transferred to another committee.  Pam requested that we check with Janet and report back so that a decision can be made for the additional funds.

At this time Vicki Morris shared that she and fellow member Barb Cowger-Vilagi conducted an audit of the financials and found them to be in good order without issue.  However, there was some concern that as a non-profit we are carrying a large balance.  There was an official recommendation that the guild consider purchasing an additional Certificate of Deposit to lower the balance.  Pam thanked the auditors but indicated that her financial records show that the guild can have reserves of up to $25,000 before any concern would be raised.  Pam also note that she did not think it was a good idea to buy an additional CD at this time because we are going into a Quilt Show year.  The surplus money in the guild’s account will quickly drain as we start the necessary preparations for the show.   There was a popular alternative suggestion made that we add $200 to our existing CD while we had the money.  There was a motion that was seconded to increase the existing CD by $200. With no further discussion, the motion passed.

Regarding the 2019-2020 budget, Pam went on to note that she had emailed the 2019-2020 budget to the group for review prior to this evening so that the budget could be discussed and formally adopted for the coming year.  A motion was made that was seconded that we adopt the budget as presented.  During discussion it was noted that one of the shelters that we support, Genesis House, has shown a need for gift cards for residence in transition.  Therefore, a recommendation was made that we increase our community service budget by $100 in order to contribute $100 every year to purchase gift cards for the shelter. There was some concern that the cards could be used inappropriately.  It was suggested that the cards be purchased for specific locations, such as grocery stores.  Therefore, the original motion was amended to reflect that the 2019/2020 budget be amended to increase the community service budget by $100 so that four $25 gift certificates could be purchased at stores, such as grocery stores, and that the cards can be distributed to Genesis House.  The motion to adopt the budget as amended was seconded, and with no further discussion, the motion passed.

Committee Reports:  The membership heard reports from all Committees.  Committees will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter.

Unfinished/Old Business:  None.

Announcements:  Chris reminded everyone that the next meeting is the December Potluck, which will be held on December 12th, @ 6:30 p.m., which is 30 minutes earlier than our typical meeting time.  Remember to bring a dish to share.  There was also a reminder that the Jeri Fickes’ Mystery Quilt class that was postponed from October is rescheduled for December @ 10:00 a.m.  It was recommended that attendees arrive early so they can be setup and ready.  Although the hall is usually open by 10:00 a.m., on days with workshops, the facility is open by 9:30 a.m. for this purpose.  Any questions about the class, please contact Donna Garrett.

Show & Tell:  Gorgeous items were shared, and fabulous tales were told.  Another productive month!!

Next Meeting:  Potluck, December 12, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Your President, Chris Yoo

Membership

Dues are due. Please see Marilyn or Karen to get them paid. Updated membership list will be ready soon.

Thank you. Karen

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

We delivered to Blessing House 6 quilts, 5 pillowcases and bibs. They sent us the following Thank You.

To our Blessing House friends,
Thank you for your wonderful donations of quilts, pillowcases and bibs. We are honored to have such wonderful friends in the community. It’s the generosity of people like you that allows us to continue our work.
Thank You! Blessing house.

I have 23 pillowcases to deliver.

Thursday Karen Neuschaefer is willing to show us her way of connecting the binding and sewing it on. Her technique is unique. It would be great is your can join us in binding quilts. The binding is all cut, pressed and ready to put on quilts.

2018
77 quilts 86 pillowcases 80 pj Misc

2019
94 quilts 184 pillowcases 9 pj

Thank you to many members how help make this possible.
Ruth Groot

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

See meeting minutes for details.

December Birthdays
Nicole Justice
Karin Knox
Argena Patouhas

Programs/Workshops

DECEMBER
Evening Program:  Potluck
Day Workshop: Mystery quilt with Jeri Fickes

 

 

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Drumroll………49 projects out of 285 were finished in 2019! Good job ladies! Unfortunately I didn’t complete even 1 item on my list. Signups for 2020 UFO Challenge will be in January, so get next years list ready!

Fat Quarter Exchange
Think about participating next year, sign-ups will begin in January!

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

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). The challenge committee will discuss and plan challenges for the coming year.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy December to everyone!!  I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are looking forward to all the festivities of December.  There is so much for our guild to look forward to in 2020!!  There are MANY reasons to quilt and create!!  Although I hope you get time to work on your projects in December; save some of your creative mojo for 2020 because we have our big 2020 quilt show October 9th, 10th, and 11th.  We need loads of fabulous projects!!  We also have all those challenge quilts to finish so they are ready for the show aka Attic windows!! Also try to fit a fabric postcard on your list of 2020 projects  (the new 2020 president’s challenge).

Also starting rummaging through your sewing and quilting supplies for things for both the Guild Country Store booth at the guild show, and some like new items for the raffle basket auctions.  Just like in 2018, if you and/or a friend want to create your own specialty basket, that would be GREAT, but still start looking for general items for the baskets that the committee will put together.

2020 also brings an opportunity for us to promote our guild at the huge Original Sewing and Quilting Expo at the IX Center April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th!  We will sell quilt raffle tickets AND promote our quilt show at that event!  So exciting!!

>Finally, do you know what ELSE is special about 2020?  Well 20+20=40.  Our guild will be celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary next year!  I think that is quite amazing!  40 years of inspiration and creativity.  40 years of promoting the fiber arts.  40 years of community service!  I hope we have 40 more wonderful years!  So, please join me in making it a banner year for OUR guild.  Remember, it cannot succeed with YOU!

See you on December 12th @ 6:30 p.m. for the yummy potluck!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: Barb Spieker has hurt her arm; please sign the card at the Welcome table.

Newsletter Update: The guild signed a card for Barb Spieker at our November meeting. Since Barb was present at the meeting; Val addressed and mailed the card to Barb; aiming for “surprise” and another show of support.

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

I know its been a busy time of year, that isn’t over yet with the fast approaching holidays! I also know that many of you have taken the time to take home quilts, tops and backings for Quilts of Valor to work on. Let me just say that on behalf of the Quilts of Valor committee, we thank you!! Your help is vital in getting our Lorain County veterans their very own, well deserved, quilt of valor.

Thank you each and every one!

Save the date!

Quilts of Valor National Sew Day 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020

We will gather at the    Main Street Community Center
                                    255 Park Ave
                                    Amherst, OH 44001
                                    10-4pm

It is very likely (and in the works) we will do a presentation of quilts to veterans some time during the day as well. I will update when we have confirmation.

Thank you,
Kaye Koler
Quilts of Valor Chair

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

One of the biggest challenges I have with things that I make for challenges is– what do I do with it afterward?  There have been times when I’ve fulfilled the challenge obligations but have an object for which there is no practical purpose.  After 40 years of quilting, creating another wallhanging must be a desperate need and not a whim.  That sometimes limits my ideas.  Certainly it has axed several possibilities.  So although my attic windows challenge has been on my UFO list all year, it is only recently that I’ve pulled together an idea that fulfills both my need for accepting a challenge and ending up with something practical.  Since I’ve decided one cannot have too many baby quilts made ahead, that seems to be an optimal size for a finished project.  So with any luck I’ll pull this off–both a challenge and a practical quilt.  My only enemy now is time…  Gotta run  back to the sewing machine!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

October 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 2 – October 10, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: 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, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  Tonight there was one visitor and one new member!

Program:  The speaker tonight was Kelly Beutler of The Joyful Sort.  Kelly is a professional organizer, and she created a custom program for us tonight called “Organizing your sewing space.”  If you are interested in some one-on-one consultation time, Kelly can be reached at kelly@thejoyfulsort.com or check out her webpage at http://www.thejoyfulsort.com.

President’s Report:  Chris reminded everyone that the 2019 President’s Challenge entries are due tonight as we will have a presentation of them all in October. Chris also reminded everyone that it is never too early to “think spring.”  She wanted to remind everyone that the guild will host a table at the Original Sewing and Quilting Show at the IX Center again in 2020.  The exact dates are April 2 through April 4th.  Chris hopes she can get enough volunteers to sit at the booth in short 2-hour shifts, and she reminded everyone that if you volunteer, you get in free.

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the August meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage.  When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections, so the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report.  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, was not present tonight due to a back injury.  The treasurers report and budget discussions were postponed until October.

Committee Reports:  The membership heard reports from all Committees.  Committees will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter.

Unfinished/Old Business:  The raffle quilt was on display tonight.  Chris reminded everyone that members who are willing to help sell tickets must pre-pay for tickets in order to avoid confusion.  The tickets are $1 each or sold in bundles of 6.  If you want to help sell tickets, you must bring cash or a check payable to the guild to buy your tickets.  Chris will be distributing BUNDLES which contain 6 tickets.  For example, $5 for 6 tickets or $10 for 12 tickets or $15 for 18 tickets and $20 for 24 tickets.  Chris is hoping most members will purchase some tickets for resale.  The tickets will be available at every meeting.

Announcements:  Chris invited everyone to attend the Harvest of the Arts craft show in Wellington, Ohio on Sunday, September 15th because 3 guild members will be vending:  Donna Garrett, Jean Ruth, and Marcy Delavan.

Show & Tell:  There were dozens of gorgeous projects!  Keep creating!!

Next Meeting:  October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

October Day Workshop:  Mystery Quilt with Jeri Fickes (postponed until December)

October Evening Speaker:  Barbara Smith (Civil War/Dear Jane)

Respectfully submitted,
Your President, Chris Yoo

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

No Report

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

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

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

How do you spend your time when you have a day’s worth to accomplish and are procrastinating?  This morning I decided to look up pine tree blocks because one of these days I’m starting a quilt of them, in fall colors. So good ole’ google popped up some images for me. One thing led to another and I ran across Edyta Sitar’s blog or web page with this cool pattern for a table runner. Here is the link in case anyone else may be interested. She has several free patterns on her site.  https://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/assets/candydish.pdf

Meanwhile, ALL the flowers are finished for the 3 flower garden quilts I’m making for the rest of my granddaughters, and I’ve got almost a third of one put together.  I am so happy that I took the class from Mary Huey on machine piecing these hexagons!  Every little seam can be machine sewn.   You’ll probably see me plugging away at them at our Getaway the end of October.

My UFO list hasn’t shrunk much this year, but I’ve been working on several things.  It would be nice to finish a couple more, but if I can keep up the momentum on some of my larger projects, just getting one more done would be a plus.  Hope you are creating some space for the the projects you’ve started.

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report

Quilts of ValorKaye Koler

No Report

October Birthdays
Lynette Thomson
Judy Riggle
Christine Bereznay
Bobbie Bruck
Chris Yoo
Carolyn Bradley
Tina Bowers

Programs/Workshops

October
Evening Program:
Barbara Smith……. Civil War/Dear Jane
Day Workshop: N/A


November
Evening Program:
Olive Grace Studios (Kori Turner)

Day Workshop:  N/A

DECEMBER
Evening Program:  Potluck
Day Workshop: Mystery quilt with Jeri Fickes

RETREAT
October 27 – October 30th. –  ZINK IN BERLIN

Committee Report:
Thank you for the warm welcome as your new VP/Program Chair. I will do my very best to keep us busy every month with interesting programs; to do that I need ideas from all. Pease try to include who to contact and what you know about their programs. Email me at cindykraft2211@yahoo.com or text/call at 216-496-2211. Thanks, Cindy Kraft

Challenges

UFO Challenge

So far this year 44 out of 285 (15%) UFO’s have been completed. That’s some good work ladies! If only I could get just 1 done! 🙂 Please remember that if you want to be in the running for a prize at the end of the year, you need to finish at least 1 UFO to be entered.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Think about participating next year, sign-ups will begin in January!

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

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). The challenge committee will discuss and plan challenges for the coming year.

Membership

Dues are due. Please see Marilyn or Karen to get them paid. Updated membership list will be ready soon.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Ahhh….finally, my favorite time of year.  I love autumn.  I love the colors, I love the smell, I love the cool weather and October is absolutely my favorite month!  It is when I celebrate my birthday, my wedding anniversary and my favorite holiday HALLOWEEN.  I crave everything pumpkin spice and anything made of applies, especially fritters!  Oh, and did I mention the halloween candy?!  Brrrraaaaahahahahahah.  I always have to create something Halloween-themed this month, so I was pulling out my orange and black fabric earlier today.  Something with jack-o-lanterns is calling me, and make sure to check out my eyeball brooch when you see me this month!   It is spooktacular…if I do say so myself.  Happy Halloween!

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: Chris Yoo shared that Pam Scholle has hurt her back.

Newsletter Update:September 13th, we sent a get well card to our dedicated treasurer, Pam Scholle.

October 1st, we sent a sympathy card to Keri Celik for the passing of her mother, Sally Fisher.   https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/sally-fisher-obituary?pid=194032553&affiliateid=2764

Thanks, Chris and Susan for the updates.
…appreciation to members to made/make me aware of these situations.

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.

August 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 12 – August 8, 2019

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes On July 11, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There was one visitor this evening.
 
Program:  Evening:  Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate
Day Workshop:  Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July. 
 
President’s Report:  Chris thanked everyone for participating in the Christmas in July Event and the QOV workshop.  Quite a lot of fun was had by all. I want to encourage people to participate in events like we had today. Also, if there are events you think we should have, please take 5 minutes to make a note and toss it in the suggestion box.  I would ask that you use the suggestion box instead of telling me so I don’t forget.  I would encourage you to support our workshops so we can continue to attract teachers.
 
Vice President, Secretary and Treasure – They are a good job to do with more than one person, so if you are interested in doing it on a part-time basis, please get in touch with Susan.
 
Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the June 13, 2019 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.
 
Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $9,993.95 with Quilts of Valor at $1,395.56 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Today Pam put the deposit down to reserve our room for the 2020-2021 year. Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.
 
It is that time to look at our budget planning for next year so we need to know if there should be any changes in finances to you or other committees.  So committee chairs, please touch base with Pam on your individual budgets.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen is not present at the moment but Chris reminded everyone that she will be collecting membership dues in September. Dues will not be going up and are still $25 per Membership year.
 
Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth reported that there were 20 pillowcases, 14 finished quilts, 6 quilts need binding and 3 sewn quilt tops, all turned in within one month. WOW…thank you all.  It has become a community project and it is not all on me.  Thank you.  I will be waiting till after the Fair to distribute the donations. I also have packages that need to be taken home to cut. Please help yourself…it is very much appreciated.
 
Lorain County Fair:  (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) If you are going to enter anything in the Fair…enter it…it doesn’t need to be exact. I want to encourage all to enter to something because now in our department we are going to have hookers and weavers and we don’t want them to outshine us. If you have something that doesn’t have a category look in department 10 under crafts. If you have any questions on how to enter anything, please give me (Ruth) a call. Deadline to enter anything in the Fair is August 5th at 5:00 p.m. Next month I will have sign-up sheet to helpers and demonstrators.
 
Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) We had 33 people working on quilts for QOV and will be showing the quilt tops at Show and Tell.  I would like to thank everyone that came out today to help out with QOV.  We had a great time this afternoon.
 
Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No report at this time. 
 
Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Keep working on your UFO’s challenges. Fat Quarter Exchange is done.  We will be doing sign-ups again in January for the Fat Quarter Exchange.
 
Challenges are: the President’s Challenge, Attic Windows Quilt Challenge and the Miniature Quilt Challenge…more details to follow on the Miniature Quilt Challenge.
 
Chris stated that she is starting to get worried about participation in the President’s Challenge and has been extended another month. So now they are due in September.  I have committed us to the Lake Farm Park show…PLEASE join me in the President’s Challenge.
 
Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.
 
Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  FYI there will be a $20 fee, when you sign up for classes for an outside instructor.
 
JULY
Evening Program:  Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate
Day Workshop:  Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July  – 10 to 4 p.m., brown bag lunch, guild will supply drinks and snacks and there will be several Christmas songs, games and prizes. If participating, please bring one holiday theme fat quarter which will be placed in a basket for a drawing. Come and make holiday gifts for your family or help out QOV as they will be having a sew day.
 
AUGUST
Evening Program:  Lecture by Mary Roesch
Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti
 
SEPTEMBER
Evening Program:  Kelly Beutler
Day Workshop:  Jelly Roll Rug with Joanne Hubbard
 
OCTOBER
Evening Program:  Lecture by Barbara Smith
Day Workshop:  Mystery Quilt with Jeri Fickes
 
NOVEMBER
Evening Program:  Lecture by Kori Turner
Day Workshop:  N/A
 
DECEMBER
Evening Program:  Potluck
Day Workshop:  N/A
 
RETREAT
October 27 – October 30th. –  ZINK IN BERLIN
We will start taking deposits in July.
 
Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Please sign card on back table for Julie which has had hip surgery.   I will be sending card out this week. Send two cards out this week for Barbara Leonis’ husband and Libby which had back surgery.
 
Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.
 
New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements:  Kaye is selling raffle tickets for a quilt that she has quilted for the restoration of the stain glass windows at her church. The Old Uniontown Quilt Guild is having their quilt show Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Five dollars at the door, vendors, etc. Located at the Kroc Center, 527 East Liberty St, Ashland, OH
 
There are hand-outs on the table of: Upcoming Community Events – Road Trips!!!  Please pick one up. 
 
Nominating Committee, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Sue Schillig are seeking candidates for the office of Vice President, Secretary, and an apprentice/intern to work with Pam and become familiar with the Treasurer’s duties. Please contact either Barb or Sue if you are interested. 
 
Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you.
 
Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.
 
Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects. 
 
Show and Tell:  We had 7 quilts, 1 table runners and many QOV quilt tops.
 
Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:15 p.m. 
 
Next Meeting:  Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Community Service Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle No Report

LORAIN COUNTY SAFE HARBOR/GENESIS HOUSEProvides temporary safe shelter, food, and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children.  Serves roughly 25,000 annually.
 
BLESSING HOUSE:  Founded in 2005 to house children, birth to age 12, when their parents are addressing their own crises.

August Birthdays
Mary Lou Brown
Barbara Cowger-Vilagi
Karin Kollar
Valerie Watring

Program

Evening Program:  Lecture by Mary Roesch

Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti

 

 

Workshops

If you are planning on attending the workshops in September or October, please remember there is a $20 fee due at the time you sign up. This fee helps to offset the cost of the instructor. For the August workshop there is some prep work that needs to be done before the class. Any questions, email me at quietlyquilting628@gmail.com.

Donna Garrett

Challenges

UFO Challenge

35 UFO’s have now been finished! Keep up the good work! Please remember that if you want to be in the running for a prize at the end of the year, you need to finish at least 1 UFO to be entered. 

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were sorted and returned at the June meeting. If you were not in attendance, Kelly has your bag of fat quarters. Think about participating next year, sign-ups will begin in January!

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

President’s Challenge
Per our last meeting the 2019 President’s Challenge deadline was EXTENDED until the September meeting.  If you have yours done for August, please bring it and remember rule #11.  You need to Write out a short story (on paper) that describes WHY or HOW this quilt embodies WHO you are.  That story will be displayed alongside your quilt.  Do NOT include your name in the story.  Keep it relatively short, but include important details.  Also, a story can be a couple of sentences.  You don’t have to be novelist.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

For my note this month I would like to state the obvious…IT’S AUGUST ALREADY!!  Writing these monthly notes seems to make time fly for me.  But I think we ALL feel it.  I remember something my mom said over and over again, “Blink your eyes and it’s 6 months from now.”  I remember walking around blinking my eyes like a fool as a kid, hoping I would grow up faster.  If I had only known…right?
 
I starting researching whether or not we could make time SLOW DOWN.  Sure, I know we cannot literally do this, but since time does not literally fly, perhaps we can at least make it seem like time slows down.  During my research I came across this guy named David Eagleman.  He is not just any ordinary guy; he is a Neuroscientist and author. He says, “The way we estimate duration has a lot to do with how much memory we’ve laid down.” 
 
David says it is truly within our power to slow down the perception of time.  We cannot literally make our lives longer, but we CAN make it seem longer. I think you’ll understand what he means when you think of it this way.  Have you ever been on a nice vacation or retreat and at the end you said, “Boy we were only there for a week, but I felt like we were gone forever.”  I’ve said those very words before.  David says all that new adventure slowed down your perception of time because you laid down more memories.   He encourages us, especially as we get older, to seek out new horizons and new “firsts.” 
 
We don’t have to do big things like traveling; we just need to make small changes in our lives or routines to “shake up our neural circuits.”  David said start out slow like switching the wrist on which you wear your watch, rearranging the furniture in your home, driving a different way to the places you go most often.  Switch things up.

I’ve starting looking for ways to switch up my routines.  Once I started, I found tons of ways to mix things up.  Heh, if this helps me re-capture what David calls “my youthful curiosity” and allows me to perceive that time is slowing, I’m all in people!! 

Chris

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

Sometimes in our enthusiasm for all things quilt, we create for ourselves some really impossible  tasks.  I am very guilty of starting these sorts of things.  At the time they seem easy.  Make all my nieces and nephews a tshirt quilt?  Well of course I can!  There are only 6 of them! (Only 3 more to go and one of those is nearly finished).  Why of course I’ll be making my grandchildren baby quilts– there were seven of those!  They need twin bed quilts–okay, another seven, with only 3 more of those to go!  But, be wary of the style!  The first two granddaughters I made flower garden quilts for, so the next 3 (didn’t know I was going to have 5 granddaughters at the time) will need theirs too.  It will take well over 100 flowers for the 3 quilts (I think 138 whole flowers and 18 half flowers).  I still have 48 to make, plus some halves, plus putting together the 3.  Fortunately I can piece them on the machine.  Unfortunately it still takes a long time.   So…  the next time I start thinking of a quilt that ALL of a particular group of people will be receiving, I think I’ll start with a look at the ones I’ve already made.  It might be time to start passing those around!

Piecefully,

Sue Schillig

PS.  We are still looking for more officers for the guild.  PLEASE consider helping!!!!!!

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring Thank you for signing a card for Barb Leoni at the July sewing day/guild meeting.  Her husband was having surgery.

July 18, we sent a sympathy card to Cassandra Brown.  Cassandra’s mom passed away this week.  MaryAnn Grayson, I appreciate you always letting me know when to communicate.
We sent a sympathy card to Lindy Sleasman on July 22, 2019.  Her mom passed away. Thanks for the scoops Bobbie and Susan.  Here is a link for the obituary:  https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/morningjournal/obituary.aspx?n=royce-ann-oliver&pid=193412977&fhid=2948%3Cbr
 
“One benefit of summer is that each day we have more light to read by. “
           Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from July meeting.

July 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 9 – July 11, 2019

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

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

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

 

Meeting Minutes

On June 13, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There was one visitor this evening.

Program: Jeri Fickes – lectured on what judges look for when judging a quilt.

President’s Report Chris attended the June NEORQC meeting in Louisville, Ohio which was a great event. Molly Todd from Columbus, Ohio gave a presentation on “Turning Children’s art work into a Quilt Legacy.” She began making quilts from drawings made by critically ill children. Her story is inspiring as well as educational. I came up with a workshop for the Mono-printing on Fabric and was selected because it was unique, very interesting and it looked to be very fun. In July they will mail the 2020 getaway pamphlets to shops and guilds and all the information will be on their webpage. Registration opens September 1 and will close November 15th. At that time, the final classes will be selected upon registrations per class. I have to tell you I was SHOCKED to be among the 10 choices. If I don’t get to actually teach, honestly, that will be okay. I truly cannot believe they actually picked my class, especially since it is not a traditional quilting class. All details will be on the NEORQC page later this summer.

Minutes (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the May 9, 2019 meeting. Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $10,073.95 with Quilts of Valor at $1,395.56 and Home of the Brave at $290.91. Today Pan put the deposit down to reserve our room for the 2020-2021 year. Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) No report at this time.

Community Service (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth reported that last year we had 77 quilts and this year we have 57quilts. Last year we had 86 pillowcases this year 103 pillowcases. Pajamas last year we had 87 and this year I talked to Geneses House and they only want adult pajamas. Geneses House receives adult pajama donations from others so we are going to just continue with the quilt and pillowcase donations for this year. Ruth brought in a box with kits made up and some material to be cut for kits. If you can, please take a kit home or a bag of material to be cut for kits. Thank you. Here are some other ways you can help. We need you to cut the fabric into useable pieces, as described below: 1. Large pieces that are good for backings and bindings are ok left whole.  Fabric pieces should be at least 1/2 yard or larger. 2.  When you donate scrap fabric, please cut it into strips or squares before you donate it. 2 ½”, 4 ½”, 6 ½” strips are good for strip quilts and borders. 2 ½”, 5”, and 10” inch squares are good for blocks. If you’d like to put kits together using your scraps, put them in a zip lock baggie and mark baggie with the block sizes and number of pieces. If you’re interested in a community service kit please grab a kit on your way out. It will be very much appreciated.

Lorain County Fair (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth was just made aware of corrections that need to be made in the Fair Book and will be working on making corrections.

Quilts of Valor (Kaye Koler) We did a presentation of a quilt just before our meeting to a gentleman that lives in Wellington and was in the Air Force in World War II.  We did a presentation at the North Ridgeville VFW for three veterans and received a sizable monetary donation from the North Ridgeville FVW. We have several names and the list grows…So here is where we will need your help…getting together, sewing tops and backs together and (quilting them if any of you longarmers are willing) sharing some quality time with one another and of course enjoying a bit of food together! We will be planning another sew day because we are depleted of our supply of red, white and blue quilts. More details will follow. We will have a sew day July 11, before the meeting to make some QOV tops. If you can come out and help us, even if it is just for a little bit, please come. One QOV quilt was taken to be bound.

Youth Sewing (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Chris reported that Lynette Thomson couldn’t be here tonight. She wanted to let you know that she had a sewing event with Forward Bound – 4H Group out of North Ridgeville. She is asking anyone that knows of a 4H group, Girl Scout Troop or Boy Scout Troop to please contact her because she would love to get the youth sewing started again.

Challenges (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Those of you who are participating in the Fat Quarter Exchange your bags are here. I will be bringing the Fat Quarter bags back next month for those of you that weren’t here. Keep working on your UFO’s challenges.

President’s Quilt Challenge which is due back to Chris by August. I’m starting to get worried about participation. I have committed us to the Lake Farm Park show…PLEASE join me.

There is the Attic Windows Quilt Challenge and the Miniature Quilt Challenge…more details to follow.

Communication Committee (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My: FYI there will be a $20 fee, when you sign up for classes for an outside instructor.

JULY

Evening Program: Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate

Day Workshop: Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July – 10 to 4 p.m., brown bag lunch, guild will supply drinks and snacks and there will be several Christmas songs, games and prizes. If participating, please bring one holiday theme fat quarter which will be placed in a basket for a drawing. Come and make holiday gifts for your family or help out QOV as they will be having a sew day.

AUGUST

Evening Program: Lecture by Mary Roesch

Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti

SEPTEMBER

Evening Program: Kelly Beutler

Day Workshop: Jelly Roll Rug with Joanne Hubbard

OCTOBER

Evening Program: Lecture by Barbara Smith

Day Workshop: Mystery Quilt with Jeri Fickes

NOVEMBER

Evening Program: Lecture by Kori Turner

Day Workshop: N/A

DECEMBER

Evening Program: Potluck

Day Workshop: N/A

RETREAT October 27 – October 30th – ZINK IN BERLIN We will start taking deposits in July.

Sunshine Committee (Val Watring) Please sign card on back table for Julie which has had hip surgery. I will be sending card out this week.

Unfinished Business No report at this time.

New Business: No report at this time.

Announcements: Kaye is selling raffle tickets for a quilt that she has quilted for the restoration of the stain glass windows at her church. Don’t forget our July SUMMER POTLUCK starts as 6:30 p.m. There are hand-outs on the table of: Upcoming Community Events – Road Trips!!! Please pick one up. Kaye will be teaching at Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes – Click on link below for classes she will be teaching. https://www.quiltcampcedarlakes.com/108?fbclid=IwAR2hkt3amTykQQzvluxvzDIt0vqrWi11FDab_FCzr5x-6uAzizImUmDs4lo

Nominating Committee, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Sue Schillig are seeking candidates for the office of Vice President, Secretary, and an apprentice/intern to work with Pam and become familiar with the Treasurer’s duties. Please contact either Barb or Sue if you are interested. Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out. Thank you. Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions. Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days. It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting. Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects.

Show and Tell We had a lot of quilts this evening…We had 6 baby quilts, 2 table runners, few matching bags, 1 rug, 1 QOV quilt, 3 applique quilts, 1 summer dress, many UFO’s and 2 flower quilts.

Adjournment: Chris adjourned meeting at 9:20 p.m.

Next Meeting Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. – Potluck

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Leoni

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from June meeting.

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

No Report

LORAIN COUNTY SAFE HARBOR/GENESIS HOUSEProvides temporary safe shelter, food, and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children.  Serves roughly 25,000 annually.
 
BLESSING HOUSE:  Founded in 2005 to house children, birth to age 12, when their parents are addressing their own crises.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Thank you for signing the card at the June meeting for Julie Bragg.  We hope she found it encouraging after her hip surgery.
June 30, Vicki Morris let us know that Libby Betounes had back surgery.  We popped a note in the mail to her July 3rd.  Please sign a card for her at our July Guild meeting.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

July Birthdays
Jerri Bachna
Ruth Bradley
Dianne Clawson
Mary Ann Doucette
Carolyn Knipper
Cindy Kraft
Sharon Lutz
Alice Mawdsley
Vicki Morris
Pam Scholle
Mary Jane Toney
Beverly Tucker
Teri Walter

Program

Evening Program: Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate

Day Workshop: Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July – 10 to 4 p.m., brown bag lunch, guild will supply drinks and snacks and there will be several Christmas songs, games and prizes. If participating, please bring one holiday theme fat quarter which will be placed in a basket for a drawing. Come and make holiday gifts for your family or help out QOV as they will be having a sew day.

Workshops

If you are planning on attending the workshops in August, September or October, please remember there is a $20 fee due at the time you sign up. This fee helps to offset the cost of the instructor. For the August workshop there is some prep work that needs to be done before the class. Any questions, email Donna Garrett

Challenges

UFO Challenge

32 UFO’s have now been finished! Keep up the good work! Please remember that if you want to be in the running for a prize at the end of the year, you need to finish at least 1 UFO to be entered. 

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were sorted and returned at the June meeting. If you were not in attendance, Kelly has your bag of fat quarters.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

President’s Challenge
Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I don’t like being judged! That is battle cry heard often when people consider entering one of their treasures in a quilt show or the county fair. The first time I entered one of my quilts at a show and later read the very mild comments of constructive criticism, I took those comments waaay to personally. Honestly, I felt a little scarred from the event and vowed I would never enter another contest. However, after helping with the County Fair for several years and watching the judges agonize over their comments, I realized, they ALSO took the comments very personally and very seriously. So, I decided to get back up on the horse and entered the county fair for the first time a couple of years ago.

Someone had told me that entering a quilt show or any contest will ALWAYS make you a better quilter because if you know it is going to be judged, you will go above and beyond in order to perfect your workmanship. For instance, if you’re piecing and you notice that some of your points aren’t great, you will probably go back and fix them, or better yet, do them correctly the first time. And you’ll pay much more attention to those applique stitches, smooth curves and sharp points. I can tell you that is absolute TRUTH. I made sure every point on my star was very “pointy.” That effort paid off with a blue ribbon in the piecing category of pillows. I took my blue ribbon and $3 and strutted around like I was the Queen of England. You know what—I earned it.

Since I volunteer to help the judges in the categories where I don’t have entries, I make sure to read the comments as often as I can. Those comments are like little pieces of gold. I now finally realize it is OK to take the comments personally, because our art, our craft, is personal. I encourage everyone to enter something into the fair.

Still not convinced or ready to be judged? Then I’ll share one final analogy with you:

If your child or grandchild told you, “Grandma, I don’t want to play in my baseball game this Saturday because we’re just going to lose anyway”, you wouldn’t just say, “OK honey, then don’t play.” No, you would say, “Winning isn’t everything; you just have to get out there and do the best you can whether you win or lose.”

Having your quilts (or needlework) judged isn’t always about winning ribbons; it’s about giving it your best shot. People who consistently enter quilts in shows and contests consistently get better. I’ve seen it in my own work. Hope to see you (and your needlework) at the fair!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

You have seen this one before, but….just another quick reminder that as discussed at the last meeting our Nominating Committee, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Sue Schillig are seeking candidates for the office of Vice President, Secretary, and an apprentice/intern to work with Pam and become familiar with the Treasurer’s duties. If you have not already done so, PLEASE contact either Barb or Sue if you are interested.   If you are still considering it, but are unsure, PLEASE reach out to Barb or Sue.  They would be happy to talk with you about the positions and answer any questions you have. Thank you SO much for considering one of these positions.  Please join me as one of the officers of this fantastic guild!

Your Pres,
 Chris Yoo

Repeat Community Service Request

Hello everyone.  As you all know, Ruth is a snowbird.  She is finding that returning from Florida in the spring, she is overwhelmed by the winter donations. Since she and her husband are considering spending extra time in the warmer climates, this problem is only going to escalate.  Ruth is willing to remain chairperson, but she needs some help. Two or three volunteers who would be willing to take fabric donations in and help bag fabric pieces for quilts would be awesome.  These volunteers could also get together with Ruth and other guild members to help organize things for the community sew. Maybe someone who would be willing to pass out quilted items to have bindings added when Ruth is gone. We have been receiving enough donations; however, since they are not cut, we may need a community cut day!!! Here are some other ways you can help.

1. Large pieces that are good for backings and bindings are ok left whole.  These pieces should be at least 1/2 yd or larger.

2. When you donate scrap fabric, please cut it into strips or squares before you donate it. 2 1/2, 4 1/2, 6 1/2 strips are good for strip quilts and borders. 2 1/2, 5, and 10 inch squares are good too. We are trying to reduce the number of different sizes we get.  (This week when bagging pieces, we had 2 ½ in squares, 3 ½ in squares, 4 in, 4 ½ in, 5 in, 6 in, and 6 ½ in squares.  Imagine the confusion)

3. Solids and children’s prints are needed. There is also a shortage of boy suitable fabrics.  We have lots of florals and need fabrics to go with them.

4. If you’d like to put kits together using your scraps, just put them in a zip lock baggie with the sizes of the pieces on the baggie. The number of pieces would be helpful too.   If you used a specific pattern, put it in the baggie also. So remember, although donations are wonderful, we need you to help us by cutting the fabric into useable pieces, as described above.

Finally, PLEASE, PLEASE consider volunteering to join the Community Service Committee to help Ruth.  If you have a few hours a month to lend a hand, please sign up to help.

Thank you for your help.

Miniature Quilt Exchange

As posted on The Quilt Show Blog March 24, 2019

A Quilter from Victoria, Australia / A Quilter from Ohio, USA Exchange Quilts

Here are the quilts for the nineteenth team from the over 320 teams that participated in the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). 201 teams submitted their quilts to be a part of the Exhibition in Houston 2018 and we are featuring the 24 teams selected for the first IMQE Exhibition.

Click here to learn more about the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). Enjoy the quilts from Team 392 created by Brenda Dean and Kaye Koler.
Title of Quilt: Turtle Dreaming
Quilter’s Name: Brenda Dean

Location: Tyabb, Victoria, Australia

Separated by oceans and continents, time zones and hemispheres it’s surprising how much my quilt buddy, Kaye, and I have in common. In addition to our passion for quilting, we love sharing our skills with others. We both live by the water, enjoy time spent with our grandchildren and are both blessed with a sense of humour! We have exchanged numerous emails, shared images of our work, pictures of our family and lots of laughs! I am so happy to have Kaye as my friend! Kaye is an expert in “La Passacaglia” quilting and I decided that my quilt should be made from pieced blocks. Using Aboriginal designed fabric depicting turtles, I worked on an idea based upon the dreamtime story “WAYAMBA THE TURTLE” to illustrate our unique Australian culture. (The story is on the back of the quilt). I was inspired by Maxine Rosenthal’s book “One Block Wonders”, where each hexagonal block is unique. With careful cutting and freehand machine stitching, I made more than sixty 3-inch blocks from the one piece of fabric. I arranged the blocks in a colour and design sequence that would follow the story, beginning at the top right with blocks that represented the home camp, working clockwise to the billabong and the marshland where the women and children foraged for food. This flowed into the hunting ground and then the desert and finally the petal window showing the turtle in the creek.

Title of Quilt: Pineapple Pleasure Quilter’s Name: Kaye Koler Location: Amherst, Ohio, USA

I have done my job as a quilter if this little quilt brings joy and warmth to my partner (#392) on the other side of the world….down under in Australia. I am naturally drawn to antique quilts, a love my Gram shared with me at an early age. And yet, at the same time, the aesthetic of modern quilts continually inspires me. So mixing the two are often a great combination for me. I like to call it modern traditional. Miniatures came to the forefront of my quilting when I discovered foundation piecing more than 20 years ago. I learned I could achieve such great precision rather easily. This miniature was especially enjoyable to create for my delightful partner Brenda! It’s been a pleasure getting to know and love her! We have SO much in common even beyond quilting. A great match and mate indeed! And what better block pattern to use ….? The pineapple is the international symbol of welcome and hospitality! I added a little “sparkle” using thread around the coral and green blocks! So befitting for my
new friend and exceptional experience with the International Miniature Quilt Exchange, 2018!

May 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 8 – May 9, 2019

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

Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

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

Website: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers

Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes On April 11, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   We had one visitor this evening.

Program:  The program given tonight was by our President Chris Yoo, “Creating a Monoprint on Fabric with the Gelli Plate and Accessories”. Learned a lot and was very interesting and fun.

President’s Report:

Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo. Minutes: (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the March 14, 2019 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:

(Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $10,482.68 with Quilts of Valor at $1252.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  We have our two certificates to security our rooms. Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.

COMMITTEE REPORTS Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak)

Karen report that we have one new member tonight and now have a total of 93 members.  If you have any question regarding membership, please give Karen a call.

Community Service:

(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Our annual sew day for community service will be May 9th, same day as our meeting. Building opens at 10:00 a.m.  It is usually schedule for the month of June but due to a scheduling issue has been moved to the month of May this year. We will only be sewing community service projects all day. Bring sewing machine and sewing supplies to use for the day.  We will have a potluck which Ruth will be providing sloppy joes so please bring a dish to share. It was a huge success last year and we have lots of fun.

Quilts of Valor:

 (Kaye Koler) No Report at this time.

Youth Sewing:

 (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No Report at this time.

Challenges:

(Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly will be closing Fat Quarter Exchange this month and lists will be sent out in April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting. UFO Challenge – we have about ten UFO quilts completed. Other challenges are the President’s Quilt Challenge which is due back to Chris by August.

Communication Committee:

 (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:

 (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) May we will have Laura Nolletti – lecture on paper piecing and a workshop will be held later in the year. Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio will be held Sunday, April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st. Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st. two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy. Please submit $25 non-refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th. Balance due by April 21st.  Please make checks out to MaryAnn Grayson. Thank you<

Sunshine Committee:

 (Val Watring) Mary Ann Doucette lost her sister and I will be sending her a card.

Unfinished Business:

 No report at this time.

New Business:

 No report at this time.

Announcements:

Marilyn Novak appreciated and thanked everyone for the condolences of her daughter. The June meeting will NOT be held in the large hall (Cedar West) where we typically gather.  In June, due to a scheduling conflict, we have to use the Township Meeting Hall two doors East from where we typically meet.  The Meeting Hall is much smaller than Cedar West but there will be no issues with our evening lecture or meeting, but there will be reduced space during the day for open sew. Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you. Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions. Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting. Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects.

Show and Tell:

Tote – purple , blue and green, blocks that where made into a potholder and a pillow, Easter quilt, Pennsylvania basket quilt, UPF’s – scrape basket, attic window, 1900 batik circles and slice and dice quilt.

Adjournment:

 Chris adjourned meeting at 8:30 p.m.

Next Meeting:

 Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from April meeting.

Community Service Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

No Report

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

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

Thank you, Dear Piecemakers

Yesterday I was reading thru a book from the 1970s I bought at my library; it has b/w photos and patterns with templates and talks about the heritage and history of quilting and beautiful old quilts and houses and museums that have them. It made me very proud I’d fallen into this world and grateful to the people who welcomed me into it.

I joined this guild when my daughter was in middle school, so ~30 years ago. At the time I admired quilts but had zero idea how to make them, plus I’d never enjoyed sewing.

I still don’t like to sew but I love to make quilts and thanks to the exposure to quilt books and patterns and ideas and resources I’ve picked up in our guild, now I can figure out how to make them well enough for my own enjoyment. You all have always been generous with help and inspiration and friendship and fun.

Thankee, gals, for one of the top five best things that ever happened to me.

Your friend, Susan Thornton

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

May Birthdays
Marianne Nolan
Iris Tewksbury
Joyce Zickefoose

Program Laura Nolletti – lecture on paper piecing and a workshop will be held later in the year.

Challenges

UFO Challenge


Wow you ladies are quick! 10 items have already been removed from UFO challenge lists! Keep up the good work!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Numbered bags were handed out at the April meeting. Please remember to turn in fat quarters (in bags) no later than the June meeting.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

President’s Challenge

Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo Everyone loves the vibrancy, the warmth, and the creative genius of quilts. That they have survived as centerpieces of American culture and tradition for centuries is really no surprise to anyone reading this message.  The warmth, charm, and creative designs of traditional and modern quilts are just as at home in a rustic house as they are in a modern apartment. Today quilts are truly appreciated for their craftsmanship and are often the subject of museum and gallery shows celebrating them as works of fine art. Some of us may think quilting is just our hobby, our way of relaxing, something we do because we must create.  However, isn’t it humbling to think that many of our creations will live on for centuries!? With every stitch, whether by hand or machine, we are becoming part of the history of textiles in America.  Everything we make tells a story of where we are at that moment in our life. So cool!! So…continue to sew and create my friends.  No matter how small your project, how simple, or how grand, each creation is a piece of history that tells a story.  I’m eager to see your stories, so I’ll end with another reminder that the 2019 President’s Quilt Challenge entries are due in August.  I hope many of your will be participating. I’ll have flyers again at the next meeting. Hope to see many of you on May 9th as we sew the day away at the 2nd Annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day! Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

Community Service Request

Hello everyone.  As you all know, Ruth is a snowbird.  She is finding that returning from Florida in the spring, she is overwhelmed by the winter donations. Since she and her husband are considering spending extra time in the warmer climates, this problem is only going to escalate.  Ruth is willing to remain chairperson, but she needs some help. Two or three volunteers who would be willing to take fabric donations in and help bag fabric pieces for quilts would be awesome.  These volunteers could also get together with Ruth and other guild members to help organize things for the community sew. Maybe someone who would be willing to pass out quilted items to have bindings added when Ruth is gone. We have been receiving enough donations; however, since they are not cut, we may need a community cut day!!! Here are some other ways you can help.

1.   Large pieces that are good for backings and bindings are ok left whole.  These pieces should be at least 1/2 yd or larger. 2.  When you donate scrap fabric, please cut it into strips or squares before you donate it.  2 1/2, 4 1/2, 6 1/2 strips are good for strip quilts and borders.  2 1/2, 5, and 10 inch squares are good too. We are trying to reduce the number of different sizes we get.  (This week when bagging pieces, we had 2 ½ in squares, 3 ½ in squares, 4 in, 4 ½ in, 5 in, 6 in, and 6 ½ in squares.  Imagine the confusion)

3. Solids and children’s prints are needed. There is also a shortage of boy suitable fabrics.  We have lots of florals and need fabrics to go with them.

4. If you’d like to put kits together using your scraps, just put them in a zip lock baggie with the sizes of the pieces on the baggie. The number of pieces would be helpful too.   If you used a specific pattern, put it in the baggie also.  So remember, although donations are wonderful, we need you to help us by cutting the fabric into useable pieces, as described above. Finally, PLEASE, PLEASE consider volunteering to join the Community Service Committee to help Ruth.  If you have a few hours a month to lend a hand, please sign up to help. See you on May 20th during the day for the 2nd annual Judy Riggle Community “Cut” and “Sew” day (lunch potluck). Thank you for your help.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee

Val Watring

April 13, 2019 we sent a sympathy card to Mary Ann Doucette. Mary Ann’s sister passed away in Florida.

April 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 7 – April 11, 2019

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes On March 14, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   We had two visitors and two new members this evening.

Program   Dee Hart – My Quilt, My Life was here to give a workshop on coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons and a trunk show.

President’s Report:   I think it is important to represent the guild at the IX Center and next year when we have a raffle quilt displayed on the table it will be more important to have volunteers.  Because we have to have guild member represent the guild in order to get a table. We don’t have a table this year but we were offered a table but we don’t have anything to display on the table.  It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer this year.  There are lots of simple things you can sign up to do.

I received six tickets for the IX Show for free admittance for our representation last year.  There were six lucky winners that received the tickets to go to the IX Show.  I want to thank everyone that volunteered at the IX Show.

Minutes: (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the February 14, 2019 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $10,979.56 with Quilts of Valor at $1205.15 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  We have our two certificates to security our rooms.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen report that we have one new member tonight and now have a total of 93 members.  We will be getting our NEORQC membership shortly and as soon as I get those I will be passing them out.

Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported that Ruth will be back the first part of April and we will get going on community service again. I would like to thank everybody that brought in donations of quilts, pillow, cuddle dolls, batting, toiletries and fabrics tonight and wants to remind everyone that our annual sew day for community service will be May 9th, same day as our meeting. Building opens at 10:00 a.m.  It is usually schedule for the month of June but due to a scheduling issue has been moved to the month of May this year. We will only be sewing community service projects all day, please bring food to share.  It was a huge success last year and we have lots of fun.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Teri thanked everyone who signed up to become a member of QOV.  We will be getting ready to give a presentation in May.

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

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly will be closing Fat Quarter Exchange this month and lists will be sent out in April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.

UFO Challenge – we have about ten UFO quilts completed. Other challenges are the President’s Quilt Challenge which is due back to Chris by August.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) No report at this time.

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) April program is to be announced and in May we will have Laura Nolletti – lecture on paper piecing and a workshop will be held later in the year.

Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio will be held Sunday, April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st. Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st. two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy.

Please submit $25 non-refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th. Balance due by April 21st.  Please make checks out to MaryAnn Grayson.  Thank you

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

Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.

New Business:  North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild have stopped taking bags of scraps so I will be announcing when I will be collecting bags of scraps so I don’t get overloaded with too many bags of scraps. Pat Catan’s will be closing…Fabric sold by the bolt is 50% off and 30% by the yardage.

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

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

Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects. 

Show and Tell:  Several Crayola Crayon wall-hangings – from workshop, Flower quilt, Dog quilt, Quilt from cruise, Christmas Pickle quilt,  Tote bag made from shirt and jeans, Lots of UFO’s – Blue, Black & White Star quilt, Checkered quilt, Fireside quilt and a Paper pieced red, yellow quilt.

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

Next Meeting:  Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from March meeting.

Community Service Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

No Report

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

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

Quilts of Valor Kaye Koler
I’d like to thank everyone who signed up for the Quilts of Valor membership!  We have some new members as well as renewals ! Thank you! You should have received an email confirming your membership. If not please let me know.

And a BIG thank you to Teri Walter for handling membership sign ups in my absence. Very much appreciated Teri!

sewHappy,
Kaye

The final summary is in! We are well on our way toward 300,000 service members and veterans being awarded a Quilt of Valor—one quilt and one recipient at a time—thanks to YOU! You also ‘counted what counts’ and here is the final summary

  • Over 4,100 of you—more than double of last year—volunteered to sew, quilt (longram or machine quilt), cut, press, and beyond!
    • About 3,000 represent almost one-third of the current QOVF membership
    • About 1,000 represent first-time volunteers
  • You represented the entire United States as well as Australia and Canada
  • The final ‘counts’ reported as of  February 19:
    • Tops: 617.5
    • Quilts: 276
    • QOVF Block Drive Blocks (Floating Ohio Star): 3,853
    • Other Blocks: 4,179

In just one day, you created about 1,297 comforting and healing Quilts of Valor for America’s finest service members and veterans.

Click Here for inspiring and fun comments from NSD participants; the list of prize winners; and our sew day supporters that provided almost $5,000.00 in prizes. You will not want to miss participating in next year’s National Sew Day on February 1, 2020!

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

Program

Monoprinting on Fabric

Challenges

UFO Challenge


Wow you ladies are quick! 17 items have already been removed from UFO challenge lists! Keep up the good work!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Lists were sent out last week, numbered bags will be handed out at the April meeting. Turn in fat quarters (in bags) no later than the June meeting.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

President’s Challenge

Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo.

Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio

Greetings one and all. The Retreat will be held Sunday April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR   Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy. Please submit $25 non refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th.  Balance due by April 21st. Thank you
MaryAnn

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Ready to Represent?!

Our guild is great because we have many wonderful members who work together to get things done, like our wonderful quilt show!  One of the greatest ways to enjoy our guild is to jump in and help MAKE things happen.  One of the BEST ways to do this is to volunteer to be an officer.  You do not have to reinvent the wheel as the jobs are very well organized.

I’ve included a list of the current officers and a quick summary of the duties of these elected positions below. Feel free to contact the current officers if you want more information.  The term of each office is 2 years.

President:  The President presides at all meetings and has the power to call special meetings when necessary and appoint the chairperson of standing committees.  The President shall also be authorized to sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer.  Current:  Chris Yoo.   I have served 2 years in this position.  Although I am happy to sit another 2 years, I personally believe that everyone should step up to lead the guild at one time or other. 

Vice President:  The Vice Present assume the duties of the President in their absence and is the responsible for securing programs and workshops for the guild. Current:  Donna Garrett.  Donna has served two years in this position and she is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new VP this year.

Secretary:  The Secretary keeps a complete and permanent record of all meetings by taking minutes each month, which are presented in the monthly newsletter.  Current:  Barb Leoni.  Barb has served two years in this position and she is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new Secretary this year.

Treasurer:  The Treasurer handles all organization monies including but not limited to recording receipts and disbursements authorized by the membership, closing the books each August 31st for audit, creating an annual budget; securing the meeting facility and obtaining appropriate insurance forms each year, and preparing all necessary tax filings.  The treasurer will need a working knowledge of Excel or similar program.  Current:  Pam Scholle. Pam has held this position for a LONG time and is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new Treasurer this year.

The guild bylaws state that the current President is to appoint a Nominating committee at the June meeting then a slate of officers will be presented and an election held at the July meeting.  The new officers will assume their duties at the at the end of the August meeting.

If you are interested in one of the above positions, please contact me or the current officers directly to find out more.  No one is going anywhere so we will all be here to help you!  Once the nominating committee is formed in June, all officer candidates will be asked to confirm their interest at that time.

Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

It is about this time of year that the UFO challenge begins to seem a little daunting.  I’ve worked a couple months and have a couple finished projects. But then life starts to interfere and the finishes keep coming ever so much more slowly. It isn’t that I actually stop quilting.  More likely, I’ll work on a project for awhile and get it further along and then take a break.  Perhaps I’ll work some on another quilt or two.  No matter how much the sewing machine runs or how sore the fingers are, I just don’t seem to make much progress.  Then it warms up and I go outside until fall. This year I’m hoping to focus on at least one quilt to finish each month.  Fortunately there are some that are far enough finished  (thanks to those years of stalling out) that I might just be able to finish one each month.  Meanwhile, if, like me,  you like to work on one for awhile and then set it aside, rest assured you’ve made progress. It will be great to see those finished projects at a show and tell sometime!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Becky Lettenberger suffered issues with her heart and was hospitalized in late March. Susan Thorton shared that you may recall seeing her at Quilts and Kreations.  We sent her a get well card to her home:  243 Princeton  Elyria, Ohio   44035

March 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 7 – March 14, 2019

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

Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

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

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

Meeting Minutes On February 14, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 8:40 p.m.  Happy Valentine’s Day!!  We had one visitor this evening.
 
Program   Karen Benke with Little Red Quilt House from Medina was here for a trunk show and vending.
 
President’s Report :   I have been President for some time and I have no plans of going anywhere as long as you will have me as your president.  However, our other offices, would like to give you this heads up that they are interested in stepping down, thus, giving YOU the change to serve.  This summer I will be asking our nominating committee to help find a new Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Although I enjoy serving as your President, if there is anyone else who really wants to serve in this capacity, please let us know.  I will let you know more this summer.
 
Currently we only do raffle quilts during the years that we hold a quilt show.  I would like for us to start thinking about having an annual raffle quilt so we can host an annual table at the IX Center Quilt show.  They always offer us a free table which is very easy to advertise our guild with a quilt behind us. So if we have an annual raffle quilt and have an interest in helping with that I will be a good way to keep our guild present at the IX center. It is too late for this year but I would like to keep it open for discussing in the future.
 
Finally, make sure to pick up a flyer up front regarding the President’s Challenge. I hope to get a lot of participants so we can have a special display at our 2020 quilt show.
 
Minutes: (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the January 10, 2019 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.
 
Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $10,929.56 with Quilts of Valor at $1,252.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit. 
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen report that we now have a total of 92 members. 
 
Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported she received some donations of quilts, pillow cases and fabrics tonight and wants to remind everyone that sew day for community service will be May 9th which has been changed from the month of June.
 
Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye and Teri wanted to thank everyone that came out for National QOV Sew Day.  You can sign up for QOV membership which is $5 and will be collecting again next month.
 
Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No Report at this time.
 
Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Fat quarter sign-ups will start in January, lists will be sent out in March or April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.
 
UFO Challenge lists will be due by the end of January (either at meeting or emailed by Jan 31st) and a Sign-up fee of $5 for prizes at December’s meeting. So far, we have about 13 signed up the UFO Challenge.  Other challenges are the President’s Challenge and the Attic Window Quilt Challenge.
 
Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) If you are not getting our emails, make sure you confirm your email address with either Kelly Grace or Chris Yoo.
 
Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time.
 
Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Dee Hart will be having a workshop and evening lecture in March.  The day workshop will be an introduction to hand coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons for a small pattern fee.  Dee will show you how to transfer patterns to fabric, color and do shading with that pattern.  In the evening she will be giving a trunk show – My Quilt; My Life
 
Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.
 
New Business:  There was a motion made to book the building for 2020-2021 which carried.
 
Announcements:  Free Table Reminder – If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out.  Thank you.
 
Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.
 
Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects. 
 
Show and Tell:  Lot of UFO quilts – Watercolor, Sampler and Wall Hanging, Purse, French Country Quilt, Jinny Beyer Quilt, Snowman Quilt, Ohio State Quilt, Christmas and to BOM Quilts.
 
Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:25 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Leoni Treasury Report Pam Scholle No Report

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

No Report

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

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

March Birthdays

Janet Alderman

Casandra Brown

Donna Garrett

Susan Schillig

Susan Thornton

Program

Dee Hart will be having a workshop and evening lecture in March.  The day workshop will be an introduction to hand coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons for a small pattern fee.  Dee will show you how to transfer patterns to fabric, color and do shading with that pattern.  In the evening she will be giving a trunk show – My Quilt; My Life

 

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Wow you ladies are quick! 10 items have already been removed from UFO challenge lists! Keep up the good work!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the fat quarter exchange are still open. You can sign up through the end of March, lists will be sent out in April and will need to be turned in by the June meeting.

2019 Challenge

Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio

Greetings one and all.

The Retreat will be held Sunday April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR   Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy. Please submit $25 non refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th.  Balance due by April 21st.

Thank you

MaryAnn

Notes from the President

Chris Yoo

For my President’s note, I am going to borrow some information from the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo website.  If you are not familiar, the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo brings lots of fun and excitement to Cleveland.  It is the biggest national touring sewing and quilting show to grace this part of northeast Ohio.  They have classes and workshops, displays, great shopping and so much more!  The Expo brings together a unique, talented community of sewers and quilters for three days of inspiration and fun. You can represent our guild by volunteering to become a part of this great event by becoming an Expo Ambassador! The Ambassador Program is open to individuals as well as members of groups and guilds like ours.  As a Volunteer Ambassador, you’ll earn great personal rewards, including free general admission on the day you volunteer (minimum 4-hour same-day commitment), special Expo prizes and even free class sessions!  There are dozens of volunteer opportunities. 

During our last meeting I spoke about having an annual presence at this show.  The kicker is that in order for us to have a FREE booth, we have to have volunteers at the show.  With several volunteers working a few shifts, we will earn a free booth! In the booth space, we can sell raffle tickets, sign up new members, promote your group’s upcoming events, and show off the beautiful work we are doing which will inspire everyone who passes by.

Please consider representing our guild and earning a FREE admission to the show.  If you cannot make it this year, definitely mark it down for 2020 because that is our quilt show year, and we will have a raffle quilt to display.  For more information about volunteering either this year or next, please check out this link   http://www.sewingexpo.com/Volunteer.aspx

Finally, because we represented so well last year, the show sent me 6 FREE tickets for this year’s show.  So, if you cannot volunteer, but want to attend the show, I will be giving away these 6 free tickets at the March meeting!  Make sure to put your name in the hat when you sign in at the front desk!!  Free—it’s a good thing!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…

Sue Schillig

No report

Sunshine Committee

Val Watring

Our member, Marilyn Novak, lost her daughter February 20. Lori Novak passed away and the funeral was February 25. Please be ready to share some YELLOW fabric for our blue bag for Marilyn. I will bring a blue bag for Marilyn (membership committee) to our next meeting, March 14.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

February 2019 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 6 – February 14, 2019

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes

On January 10, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  We had five visitors this evening.

Program:  Elizabeth Bauman, A quilt artist and chair of Hiram College’s Theatre Arts Department, gave a presentation on storytelling, art history and an artist’s viewpoint (as a woman connected to quilt makers of the past) intermingle in Betsy Bauman’s works. Wonderful presentation…

President’s Report:  Chris reported there will be an increase our rent from $100 to $125 starting next year, in 2020. Chris noted that if this trend continues, we may need to start talking about a small increase in membership dues because the membership dues are just enough now to cover the cost of the hall rental, and nothing else.  If it were not for the Quilt Show, we would have no extra money.

You may have noticed how cold it gets at the evening meetings.  The heat is programmed and nothing can be done to change the temperature.  So please dress accordingly for the evening meetings as it is cold during the winter months.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There was one correction to the minutes from the December 10, 2018 meeting.

There is a group of ladies from the, First Baptist of Elyria helping out with making quilts and they have 33 quilts ready to go. Corrected to:

There is a group of ladies from the, Second Baptist of Elyria helping out with making quilts and they have 33 quilts ready to go.  The minutes as corrected are hereby approved.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $13,039.56 with Quilts of Valor at $1,252.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.

There was a discussion of Pam taking out an addition $2,000 certificate which would be enough to cover rent and insurance.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen report two people signed up to be members tonight.  We also have two lifetime members. We now have a total of 80 members.

Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported she received some donations tonight and want to remind everyone that sew day for community service will be May 9th which has been changed from the month of June. Helen reported that she completed 6 dog beds and received donations of more cuddle dolls.

When making the community Service Quilts a decided was made that the size of the quilts need to be about 40” wide x 50”- 60” long for the older children at Blessing House.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye has a request to present five quilts on May 2019 at the North Ridgeville VFW.

We will be participating in the national Sew Day for QOV on Saturday February 2, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Amherst Main Street Community Center.  You do not need to be a member of the guild or QOV to come and volunteer time to sew on Saturday.  Kaye will bring sign-up sheet to renew your membership the QOV which is $5.00.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Chris asked for ideas regarding youth sewing and to please place suggestions in the Suggestion Box.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Fat quarter sign-ups will start in January, lists will be sent out in March or April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.

UFO Challenge lists will be due by the end of January (either at meeting or emailed by Jan 31st) and a Sign-up fee of $5 for prizes at December’s meeting.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) Kelly reminded us that when we are replying to an email from the guild you are replying to everyone in the guild.  So if you have a response that you just want it to go the individual then you need to change the guild email address to the persons personal email address.

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

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson)

January 2019:  Kaye Koler gave a wonderful workshop on Collage Quilts.  We did lots of sharing.  Thank Kaye we had a lot of fun.

February 2019:  Little Red Quilt House from Medina will be here with their rules and will be doing some vending as well.

Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.

New Business:  No report at this time.

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

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

We have the entire day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. before the guild meeting to use the building for sewing or project to complete for the guild.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 28th Annual Quilts 2019 will be held on February 8th through March 10th at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, Ohio.

Show and Tell: We had a Quilt make from fat quarters, Art quilt, Pickle Christmas quilt, UFO quilt, Baby quilt, Purse from our workshop, Placemats and Quilt from feed sacks.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:05 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

No Report

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

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

February Birthdays
Julie Bragg
Sally Gezzer
Bonita (Boni) Grove
Cheryl Majewski
Karen Neuschaefer
Marilyn Novak

Program

Evening Program:  Little Red Quilt House from Medina will be here with their rulers and will be doing some vending as well.

 

 

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Sign ups for the 2019 UFO challenge have now closed. Please make sure your $5 gets to Kelly.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Signups for the fat quarter exchange are also now open. You can sign up through the end of March, lists will be sent out in April and will need to be turned in by the June meeting.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

President’s Note.  February 2019.

Hope everyone made it through the big deep freeze of the 2019 Polar Vortex!  My hot flashes got me through without any issues (smile).  Although 2019 started out a little slow for me, old man winter has kicked my creativity into overdrive because I’ve made 7 art quilts in the span of a few weeks!  Yes, they are all small, approximately 9 x 11, but I’m still thrilled to be creating.  I’ve made a commitment to use up everything I have before I buy anything new.  I had to pass on Kelly’s UFO challenge this year because I’m repurposing old UFO’s and using all the fabric for new art quilts.  All that sad fabric was just languishing in my closet.  Now it is getting a new life, in a new project, in this new year.  Speaking of new projects, I’m also working on my 12 x 12 self-portrait quilt.  Hope you saw my President’s Challenge email and are thinking of participating.  I’ll have more information and handouts at the February meeting!  Happy Creating, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

When dinosaurs roamed the earth, quilts were cut out with a pair of scissors.  Sometimes the pattern was cut from a cereal box and traced onto the fabric.  But then someone (probably a quilter in a pizza shop) created the rotary cutter and we’ve been piecing strong since.  This past week I  needed to cut out the pieces for my Getaway project.  Knowing I’d be cutting through multiple layers, I decided to…  wait for it…  change the blade!!!  If you are like me, you think it is important to get every last cut out of that thing possible.  So, by the time the blade is changed you are pretty much using a hacksaw to chew through the fabric.  Don’t ask me how I know this.  So, when I changed the blade it  became a life changing moment for me.  The old adage that something is so sharp it is like cutting through butter is oh so very true!  I urge all of you who have been sawing through your fabric to make February “change the blade month”.  What a difference it makes!   Of course, if I’m the only one who does this, please just disregard this month’s column.

Piecefully,

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

January 10, we learned that Lynette Thomson’s husband had been in the hospital over the holidays and is now in rehab.  We sent a card to Lynette wishing her husband a smooth recovery and her, plenty of patience and self-care.

After the meeting, Argena Patouhas told us MaryAnn Grayson had been in the hospital.  Chris Yoo reached out and had a message from MaryAnn.  MaryAnn had been in the hospital twice (5-6 days each), having Influenza B.  After a bout of respiratory issues, MaryAnn is resting at home.  We sent MaryAnn a card supporting her recovery.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

The Quilts of Valor committee would like to thank everyone who came to the National SewDay! I do believe everyone had a grand time! We got lots of positive feedback and questions about when we we do this again!?

We produced two new tops and got binding in the works for four more quilts!

Attention ladies that took quilts home to bind, I will bring labels to the next guild meeting so they can be attached to the back. I apologize  for forgetting them on Saturday ….

Thank you one and all!
The Quilts of Valor team

   

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