February 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 6 – February 9, 2017

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 Jean Ruth welcomed everyone.  There were 4 guests, including a former member.

Minutes:  There were no changes to the minutes from the December 2016 meeting.  There was a motion to approve the minutes for December 2016, which carried.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance in checking is $12,480.41, with $782.69 for Home of the Brave, and $778.50 for Quilts of Valor.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which carried.

Membership: Karen Neuschaefer indicated that they currently have 88 members, and she announced that if anyone needed an updated member list to let her know.  It was also reported that NEORQC would like our email addresses to send communications.  There did not seem to be a resistance to this notion, so it was approved to give NEORQC member email addresses.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler talked about their workshop that was held today, noting although they had a very light turnout, they were able to get kits cut and some started.  Kaye reminded the group that Saturday, February 4th was National Sew Day.  They will meet at the Main Street Community Center, 255 Park Ave., Amherst, from 10am. – 4p.m.  Kaye encouraged more people to join them on February 4th to help sew quilts for our veterans, even if for only a couple of hours.  There will be plenty to do, even if you don’t want to sew. There will be kits to cut, piecing, quilting, binding, ironing …. something for everyone.   Kaye reminded anyone who wished to come that they need to bring all the basic sewing supplies and you can either bring your lunch or plan on dining at one of the local venues.  Finally Kaye announced that it was time to renew the group membership.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle indicated they will have more to report next month.  Right now they are looking for a place to store donations.

Challenges: Kelly Grace discussed the current UFO challenge noting she was collecting lists today from anyone who was ready, but she will continue to take lists by email until the signup deadline of  January 31st.  Kelly reminded everyone that the entry fee is 2 fat quarters.  When your UFO is completed bring it in for Show and Tell and make sure to announce that it is one of the quilts on your list so it can be marked as completed.  Each completed UFO will get you one entry into the prize drawing which will be held at the December Potluck meeting.  Any questions, contact Kelly Grace.

Kelly also noted that she will start taking signups for another Fat Quarter Exchange at the February meeting.  The more members who sign up, the more fat quarters you get.  Kelly reminded everyone to come prepared with what color fat quarters they want, maybe for a project you are currently working on or one you are planning: batiks, white on white, themed fabric, a very specific color?  The last exchange was a huge success and many members commented that they missed out so don’t miss your chance this year!!  Kelly noted that they would hand out lists in April and fabrics would be due back in May/June.

Helen Smelser reported that from the previous challenge they have 2 tops completed, with one in Show and Tell tonight and the other quilted.  They will be donated in the name of past members.

Home of the Brave.  No Report

Announcements:  The new idea of Show and Tell tables seemed to be a big hit tonight.  Members had time to gather for close-ups of the quilts before shown to the group.  It was a nice way to socialize before the meeting and everyone thought it was a big success.  Sharon Lutz shared that she wanted to offer up another idea.  She would like to host a Christmas in July event here at the Townhall the Thursday of our meeting in July so members can plan on spending the entire day sewing on Christmas projects early instead of waiting until the last minute as we all tend to do.

It was noted that the July meeting, which is July 13th, is also the date of the summer picnic.  However there was a suggestion that it did not matter because people who wanted to sew all day from perhaps 10 to 3 could still do that and have plenty of time to go home and get ready for the evening picnic that typically begins at around 6:30p.  There was a large contingent of members who thought the Christmas in July event was a good idea.  It was agreed they would talk more about it a future meetings and then ask for signups for anyone interested.

Vicki Morris announced that Mom’s Sewing Basket is having a new block of the month so make sure to stop by and see her in the next week or two.  They have a lot of new items.

Upcoming Guild Programs:

  • February: Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced.
  • March: Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April: Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May: To be announced, but there will be a Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, Ohio May 8 – 10.  Cost is expected to be $95 for 2 days, double-occupancy, but much more info to come.
  • June: Embroidery Day
  • July: Summer Picnic and possibly Christmas in July during the day as we discussed early!
  • August: AQS Bus Trip, August 18 – 19.  Cost expected to be $165 and it includes, bus, room and entrance ticket.  It was also reported that they have secured the great driver from 2015.

Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Local Events:
Quilts 2017 at the Lake Farmpark February 17 – March 29th, Tuesdays – Sundays.  Vendor Days are March 3-5th.
Original Sewing & Quilting Show:  March 3 – March 5th at the IX Center.
North Coast Needlers Quilt Show, April 22 – 23rd, at the Westlake High School is located at 27830 Hilliard Blvd.
Sauder Village 41st Annual Quilt show, May 2 – 7th.

Show and Tell:  Members shared 19 beautiful quilts.

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

Respectfully submitted,  Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman
No report

February Birthdays

Maryilyn Novak
Janice Good
Margie Lowery
Julie Bragg
Cheryl Majewski
Kathy Spencer
Karen Neuschaefer

UFO Challenge

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

Fat Quarter Exchange

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

Spring Retreat

Berlin, Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes from the President

No Report

Program

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

If memory serves, Charles Dicken’s book A Tale of Two Cities begins with “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”  That is how I’m feeling about this UFO challenge right now.  On the best of times front, I’ve finally sewn one border on a quilt that has been hanging on a hanger for a couple of months now.  And border two is begun.  Since the beginning of January I’ve pieced 65 flowers for the flower garden quilt. Which is also a fantastic accomplishment.  However, in the hunt for fabric I’ve unearthed 2 more UFO’s–hence the “worst of times”.  I’m becoming somewhat fearful that there might be  more.  So, I’m planning to be a bit more cautious in fabric forays in the future.  Plus, there are some pieces that could possibly extend a UFO which I have… are you ready for this?… Tossed into the trash can!!!!    I’m not even feeling all that guilty about it, nor did I try to recut them into squares to add to the bags full of cut squares.

Perhaps the biggest detriment to the whole notion  of trying to finish UFO’s is the very likely possibility that more may be discovered or found.

I hope the rest of you are dealing with this challenge better than I am. Good luck!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth
No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Our Quilts of Valor National Sew Day was a great success!! Thank you to all thirteen of you that were able to come and sew!!

We got a good bit accomplished and enjoyed the day immensely!

Thank you all so much from all of us !
The QoV committee.

Community Service

Judy Riggle
No Report

January 2017 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 5 – January 12, 2017

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes

At 6:30 Jean Ruth welcomed everyone to the 2016 Holiday Potluck & Meeting.  After enjoying a wonderful feast, Jean called the meeting to order.

Minutes:  The minutes from the November 2016 meeting were approved.

Treasurer Report:  No report.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler reported that the committee has several quilt tops that are in need of quilting. Anyone who is willing to help should let a member of the committee know, as everything is ready to go for you.  Please help if you can!  Kaye also announced that the committee will be hosting a sew day on Thursday, January 12, at the Lodge, which is our regular meeting day. Sewing will commence at around 10:00 am.  If you can join the group, bring a sack lunch or plan on grabbing something in Oberlin. The committee indicated that they will have lots to do sew, and will welcome as many quilters that can help out.

Kaye closed by reporting that the National Sew Day for QOV is Saturday, February 4th this year and the committee will be participating. They plan on meeting at the Main Street Community Center in Amherst from 10:00-4:00.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle reported that they received a thank you letter from Grafton Prison for the donations, and the committee thanked Kathy Kayden for her generous donation of toiletries, which are always much appreciated and needed.

Hospitality:  No Report.

Membership: Karen Neuschaefer reminded the paid members to pick up their membership cards as they can use them for 10% discount at Joann’s.  Karen also distributed updates to the master membership list and a new 2016 Officers and Committee Chair list.  Karen indicated that if your information has changed and/or if you are still missing from the list to let her know and she will make sure the information is changed on the next scheduled update.

Communication:  Kelly Grace reminded everyone that only paid members will be receiving the electronic newsletter so make sure your membership is up to date.  If you are not sure, contact a member of the membership committee, which includes Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak.

Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman recapped a very successful 2016 for HOB!  She reported that 34 families were located so the number is down to 15.  For the families found 54 quilts were sent out in 2016!  Janet also shared that at the November QOV quilt fundraiser she had very positive interactions with people volunteering to help out and find families.  With the new help from techies, and considering all her existing efforts that are already in place, Janet has true hopes that we will find the last 15 families! Janet also reported that she hopes to get the American Legion Hall in February 2017 at no cost for sewing kits, so more info to come.  She also indicated that, sadly, she received an email this week about another soldier who died recently at the Walter Reed Hospital.  Judy thanked everyone for helping make 2016 a very successful year for the committee.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser indicated that from the fat eighths green or pink block challenge they were able to make 4 baby quilts, 2 girl and 2 boy.  Kelly shared that she is considering a UFO challenge for 2017.  Although she had no details yet, she wanted everyone to start digging out their UFOs.  More details to come!

Youth Group:  Jean reported that at the last youth sew, 4 children made 21 pillowcases!  It was unanimously agreed that this was a fantastic accomplishment!

Quilt Show Committee:  Julie Bragg submitted the official summary of the 2016 Quilt Show and read the highlights to the group tonight.   Some highlights of the report included Attendance: 625; Quilts displayed: 153; Garments: 2; Participating members: 50; Viewer’s Choice Honoree:  Teri Walter.  The final totals reported:  Collected: $6,712.67; Expenses: $3,246.72, and Profit:  $3,465.95.  FANTASTIC!  Julie went on to thank everyone who helped to make the show such a resounded success! She reiterated that the show would not happen without volunteers.  This year they had 50 volunteers!  On to 2018!!

Announcements: 

A suggestion was made that prior to the meetings everyone who brought a show & tell item should display them on tables along one side of the room for everyone to see up close and personal. Perhaps the quilter could share a pattern or design inspiration. This way anyone who wants to can share in some social time before the meeting starts and get an “up close” look at the beauties!!  The suggestion was well received so a decision was made to start this with the January meeting.

Sad news was reported that member Patricia (Pat) Mahoney passed away at the end of November.

Show and Tell:  The group shared 10 beautiful quilts, 1 wall hanging, and at least 5 blankets for Blessings House (sorry but this note taker was so overwhelmed from the cuteness she lost count!

Next meeting:  Thursday, January 12th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,  Chris Yoo.

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Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No report

January Birthdays

Barb King
Libby Betounes
Jenae Manuel
Jean Tobia
Pat Logar
Carolyn Bryda
Peggy Hughes
Lorraine Quinones

UFO Challenge

Ok, it’s that time of year to think about all those unfinished quilt projects you have stashed away. I’m talking about UFO’s (Unfinished Objects), PIGS (projects in grocery sacks), WIPS (works in progress), PhD’s (Projects Half Done), whatever you want to call them!

Here are our rules for the challenge:

  • List is due by the January meeting, or it needs to be emailed to Kelly (caelijean@gmail.com) by January 31st.
  • Entry fee is 2 fat quarters
  • When your UFO is completed bring it in for Show and Tell – make sure we know it is one of the quilts on your list so it can be marked as completed!
  • For each completed UFO you will receive an entry into the prize drawing
  • Each participant will also have an entry into the prize drawing
  • Prize drawing will be held at the December Potluck/guild meeting

If there are any questions, please contact Kelly.

Fat Quarter Exchange

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

Notes from the President

No Report

Notes from the Vice President

No Report

Need a way to organize your projects this year? American Quilter’s Society has pages you can print out and use. Click here to download January pages!

Program
A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

    STRAY THREADS…
    Sue Schillig

    It is easy to start this UFO challenge.  I’ve probably got a  good twenty projects to put on a list.  But the contemplation of such a long list led me to think of an even more grandiose list of projects–the ones I’ve dreamed of making but never will.  So, just for fun I’ve put together that list.

    1. Baltimore Album leads the way. No way am I going to finish one of those.  My best shot would be one block. Why?  I now have to do applique without my glasses.  Plus, I really don’t think I like doing needle turn applique all that much.

    2. My own flower garden quilt.  Not because I can’t, but because I’ve made so many already for others there is no chance I’m going to make one for myself.

    3. Lone Star Quilt – Those diamonds! Enough said!

    4.  A Yo-Yo quilt — I’ve made a few yo-yo’s in my time but there will never be an entire quilt.  Why?  It just doesn’t seem practical enough to suit.

    5.  Crazy quilt  — I might sew a bunch of fabrics together and call it crazy, but the addition of fabric variety and fancy stitching just isn’t in me.

    There are probably many more, but it’s time I get back to creating a list of those HTFOD  (Hope to finish one day) projects.

    Piecefully,
    Sue Schillig

    Youth Corner
    Jean Ruth

    No Report

    Quilts of Valor
    Kaye Koler

    This kind of weather brings people together, so friendships can grow. Lets begin the new year by SEWING!! Join us Thursday, January 12 at the lodge for a Quilts of Valor Sew Day! It is our regular guild meeting day.There will be a lot to accomplish… kits to cut and sew, bindings to attach, and backing pieced. So, if you are able and willing Please join us and enjoy a day of fellowship and sewing! Its a great way to get to know other members who share our love of quilting while filling a need for this worthy cause. And it will be fun, I promise!

    Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a trip into town for some tasty options. Things to bring, sewing machine, cutting mat, iron and ironing board/mat….

    Email me with any questions…..
    Thank you!
    Kaye

    No soldier forgotten…

2017 UFO Challenge

Ok, it’s that time of year to think about all those unfinished quilt projects you have stashed away. I’m talking about UFO’s (Unfinished Objects), PIGS (projects in grocery sacks), WIPS (works in progress), PhD’s (Projects Half Done), whatever you want to call them!

Here are our rules for the challenge:

  • List is due by the January meeting, or it needs to be emailed to Kelly (caelijean@gmail.com) by January 31st.
  • Entry fee is 2 fat quarters
  • When your UFO is completed bring it in for Show and Tell – make sure we know it is one of the quilts on your list so it can be marked as completed!
  • For each completed UFO you will receive an entry into the prize drawing
  • Each participant will also have an entry into the prize drawing
  • Prize drawing will be held at the December Potluck/guild meeting

If there are any questions, please contact Kelly.

December 2016 Newsletter

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

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No report

December Birthdays

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

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

Notes from the President

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

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

Notes from the Vice President
December Activities

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

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

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

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

Contact MaryAnn for additional information 440-897-7032

Program
A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • December
    • Annual Guild Dinner at 6:30 pm Scissors and knives (no serrated edges) Sharpening 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day


STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

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

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

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

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

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

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

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

November 2016 Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Meeting is November 10, 2016.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Teri Whidden


Community Service

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

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

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

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


Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

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

Thank you!
Kaye

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report


HOME OF THE BRAVE

Janet Alderman
No report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report.

November Birthdays

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

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

Notes from the President

No Report.

Notes from the Vice President

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

Membership

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

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

Program
A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • November
    • Fabric Obsession of Medina. Michelle will present a demo, trunk show and vend fabrics, wool and notions.
    • Youth Sew Contact Jean or Lynette Saturday, November 26
  • December
    • Annual Guild Dinner at 6:30 pm
    • Scissors and knives (no serrated edges) Sharpening 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

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

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

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

October 2016 Newsletter

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

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

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

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


Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home of the Brave:  No Report.

Quilts of Valor:  No Report.

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

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

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

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

Old Business: None.

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

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

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

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

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

Next meeting:  Thursday, October 13, 2016

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

HOME OF THE BRAVE

Janet Alderman

No report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report.

Community Service
Teri Whidden

No Report

October Birthdays

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

2016 Quilt Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

Challenges

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

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

Notes from the President

No Report.

Membership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STRAY THREADS…

Sue Schillig

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

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

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

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

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

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

Thank you so much!!

SewHappy,
Kaye

Raffle Basket Winners

Congratulations to all our winners!

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

Bev McGinnis won the Wagon Wonder Door Prize!!