October 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 2 – October 8, 2020

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
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 welcomed everyone and greeted visitors.  There were 25 members in attendance and no visitors.

Program:  We were joined by Suzanne Bednarchik owner of the Quilting Bee located at 15709 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood, OH.  As she indicates on her webpage, the Quilting Bee is a gathering place for Quilters of all experience. Established in 2019, the shop offers fabric From Moda, RJR/Cotton +Steel, and Clothworks to name a few. Also notions, Patterns, longarm services and memory Quilts.  Check out the website at www.thequiltingbeeonline.com.  Suzanne brought a large selection of items from her shop for us to buy this evening.  It was wonderful!!  Can you say ROAD TRIP!!  Lakewood, here we come!! A huge thank you to Suzanne!!

President’s Report:  President Chris Yoo reminded everyone to please remember to give Cindy ideas for lecturers, teachers, trunk shows, etc.  If you are hesitant to suggest something, put it in the Suggestion Jar during a break or on your way out. Chris also let everyone know that the 2020 President’s Postcard Challenge entry deadline has been postponed to May 2021. Please consider participating. Kelly will include a link to the challenge instructions here in the newsletter. Finally, Chris let everyone know that starting with today’s meeting she will be taking photographs of the Show-n-Tell section of our meeting so she can share it with members who are not yet ready to venture out. Chris reminded the group to make sure to let her know if they did not want their photograph taken.

Approval of the Minutes:  Chris indicated that the draft minutes from the August 2020 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 necessary; therefore, the minutes from the last meeting, August 2020, were approved as distributed and considered final.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report has been filed for audit by the Treasurer, Pam Scholle.  For a detailed report from the Treasurer, please review the Treasurer’s Report section of this Newsletter, which is included, by reference, in this document.

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

Unfinished Business: It was noted that the issue of Guild T-shirts has not been finalized.  Chris Yoo agreed and promised to move the issue up on her “to do list.”

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  As evidenced by the video Chris shared, everyone had their “A” game going this month!  We are one creative bunch of quilters!!   If you missed the video, you can see it by clicking HERE.

Hope to see YOU and your projects in October!

Next meeting:  10/8/2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

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

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.

Membership

Hello everyone,

As you know, our dues run from September to August. The updated forms will be available on the website or you will be able to get them at the meetings. Dues are NOT going up, they are still $25 for the whole year!! If you don’t want to attend a meeting just yet, you can mail your form and check to us at:

Karen Neuschaefer
313 Augusta dr
Elyria, oh 44035

Thank you everyone for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the future. Stay safe and healthy,

Karen and Marilyn

Marcy Delavan

Just a brief note regarding Community Service. I have been in contact with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. They provide beds for children in need in Lorain County. I mentioned quilts and pillow cases. They have just started a new chapter and once it gets going they will contact me. I have also seen all the great ideas on the facebook page from you all. Keep those ideas coming. I’m planning to have some kits ready on Thursday. See you then!

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

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

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Lorain County Piecemakers monthly report:

Guild Balance                $9,639.41
Quilts of Valor                $1,220.92
Total in Checking           $10,860.33
Certificates    17 month  $2,043.79
July 23, 2021 Maturity
7 month   $1,514.33
May 3, 2021 Maturity

The books for last year have been turned over for audit and we should have a report at our October meeting.  I also request that we use the same budget as last year since we had not used as much due to not meeting for three months.   Those present agreed. I also informed those present that this was my last year as treasurer.  I will continue for the year of 20-21 and work with Lori who will take over next fall.  We are putting her on the checking accounts as a signor along with Chris and me this year.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

How did your quilting journey begin?  Was it a friend who talked you into taking a quilting class with them?  Did someone gift you with a quilt and you wanted to be able to do the same?  Or like myself, did you have a very patient grandma who took pity on the 8 year old who wanted to sew.

And what was that first “project”?  Mine was a nine patch block.  I have no idea what ever became of it but it is not on the UFO list so that’s a relief I guess.

Sometimes it is good to take a look back on the journey, if only to see how far you’ve come.  That is an especially good idea when you are facing something new.  Our October challenge was to try a new thing.  I’m still not sure what mine will be yet.  Creating my first Zoom meeting is pretty hard to show and tell.  And that using of the Bitmoji can’t really count either in my opinion.  So, we’ll just see if I manage to find something new.  If not, the instapot is still in the box….

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: The sunshine committee is sad that the sunsets are arriving earlier in the evenings.

Newsletter Update:
Yesterday (10/1), MaryAnn Grayson shared that Cheryl Majewski had a fall.  Today’s mail has a card for her.

Today (10/2), Sue Schillig called to say Deb Beard’s mom has passed away.  A sympathy card is ready for Deb.  I will send it today.

Kind thoughts for our gals.

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.

October Birthdays
Mike Shimandle – Oct 1
Tina Bowers – Oct 10
Lynette Thomson – Oct 23
Chris Yoo – Oct 25
Judy Riggle – Oct 25
Christine Bereznay – Oct 28
Bobbie Bruck – Oct 28
Carolyn Bradley – Oct 30

Programs/Workshops

Fellow Guild members,
This month we are in for a treat, No tricks involved!

“How did this become a UFO? : six common traps and how to avoid them.”

Our program is presented by  Susan Schillig. Here is a little about her:

I have been quilting all of my adult life and bits and pieces before that.  As I’m nearing the Medicare window, that is plenty of years.  I began with scissors and cereal box templates, progressed to the rotary cutter and have dabbled in computer generated patterns.  I am a traditional quilter who is not good with following a pattern’s directions exactly and like to play with color enough to never   use the “designated” fabrics with a pattern.

I have been married for 41 years to the same man.  Most everyone in my family has been or is currently a quilter, for the exception of a few of the guys.  Grandchildren are more interested in fabric than they have any normal right to be.  Grandma is trying to learn to share.  I have made more quilting mistakes than some people have made quilts, and I have quilting friends that have on more than one occasion bailed me out of a quilting emergency.   When not quilting I am in the garden or the kitchen or helping my parents who often think they can do more than their age suggests.

Please join us for the fun!
Cindy

PS Ladies I really need help with programs in November and December. We can not do our pot luck for Christmas so we need a program! Sue stepped up and is helping this month. I’m sure there are others who could share too. Please email cindykraft2211@yahoo.com

Challenges

UFO Challenge

It’s fall, have you been working on UFOs? I have been! 2 more completed and hopefully another done soon. We are up to 37 items completed off the lists as of the September meeting. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email or bring it for show and tell.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were passed out at the August meeting, what wonderful fat quarters everyone picked out! I can’t wait to use mine in one of my projects. Please think about participating next year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others!

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

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

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for August-September and due in October is learn something new and make something! It could be a new technique, now hobby – entirely up to you! Any size is great!  A new challenge will be announced at the October meeting.

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

A few of the cool, crisp days of autumn had me dreaming of apple picking, cozy socks, carving a pumpkin, and bowl of steaming chili.  I have thrown open the windows a few times to enjoy the sweet smell of the season.  The shortening of the days and the cooling of the weather always bring a smile to my face.  You might catch a glimpse of that grin were it not for this dreaded face mask; but I digress.  I refuse to let COVID ruin my favorite time of the year.

Fall is a wonderful time, and I find I’m most creative between September and November.  I sit at my sewing machine, with the window thrown open and gaze out at the changing trees and think of all the projects I need to make for the holidays. Sadly, reality slips into my thoughts, and I start to wonder if traveling to see my many nieces and nephews is really the best thing to do this year.  So, I start thinking of things I can make that can easily be mailed.  Stupid COVID.

We all need to shake off reality for a second, and just enjoy this moment and the time we have.  We need to set ourselves up for a happy holiday season, and we all need to continue to do our best to stay healthy.  Just remember that we are in this together. So, reach out and connect with your people—no matter what that looks like this year.

Happy Autumn.
Happy Halloween.
Happy Fall Y’all.

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Quilt Show

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

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized  that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink  or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.

Sincerely,

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

Happy Fall!
I’ve been missing everyone and our meetings!

We have been busy though and have awarded three QoVs in
spite of COVID. Our own Vicki Morris has been sewing mightily on her own to make quilts for QoV. She will award those quilts for Veterans Day. TBD Thank you Vicki your time and effort is greatly appreciated !!!!

I am also very happy to report that our group in now a OFFICIAL MEMBER once again of Quilts of Valor. If you would like to join on your individually, go to
QUILTSOFVALORFOUNDATION.ORG.  All the information is there on the website.

The list for recipients continues to grow. If you would like to make a top on your own we welcome you to do that. There are free patterns on the above mentioned website. There may be a sew day in our future….. February is the month for the  national sew day. We’ll discuss and get back to you.

Once again we thank you for all your support of our Quilts of Valor group!!

As always,
SewHappy,
Kaye

August 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 12 – August 13, 2020

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
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. sharp President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone back!!  Tonight, marked the first meeting since the Pandemic was declared in late March 2020.

Program:  Tonight, we had the pleasure of hosting Darlene and Mike from Mom’s Sewing Basket.   Darlene shared a fabulous quilt-as-you-go technique using new Hexagon templates in various sizes.  It was absolutely fascinating and I believe I speak for many of us when I say my mind was racing with all the endless possibilities using these templates!  Darlene shared that you can watch a Missouri Star Quilt Youtube video on how to use these wonderful templates.  Thanks Darlene!!  Oh, and there was shopping…wonderful shopping!!  If you are interested in the video, click HERE.

President’s Report:  Chris gave everyone a virtual hug and let them know how very happy she was to see their faces, even though they were covered with masks.  Chris shared that she has kept busy during the Pandemic so far, as she has been blessed to be able to continue to work her day job AND she has taken up a new hobby of cross stitching.

Chris reported that they had 11 people today at the annual Christmas in July event and good times were had by all.  She showed an example of the quick and easy holiday ornaments that everyone made today and several people had items for the show and tell.  It was a happy, jolly, and joy filled day.  If you would like the instructions on how to make the ornament, Chris has included a Youtube video tutorial HERE.

Chris also shared that the Community Service Chairperson, Ruth Groot is stepping down at the end of August so we need a new chairperson.  Chris explained to the group the duties of the position and asked if someone would please consider taking on this very rewarding role for the guild.  Everyone joined Chris in thanking Ruth for everything she has done in this role!!

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the March 2020 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 from the last meeting, March 2020, were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, was not present today.  The treasurer’s report is on file for audit at any time.

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

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  Although we were a small group of around 25, I was delighted to see so many wonderful projects.  However, I’m not sure why I am surprised since we have all been keeping busy during the Pandemic.

Next meeting:  8/13/2020 @ 7:00 p.m.  Speaker will be Elizabeth Bauman with an entirely NEW program!    Chris noted that as long as the hall will allow meetings and as long as there is no mandatory shelter in place order, the guild will continue to meet and attendance, as always, is 100% optional.

Reminders about Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  No more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family.  Please avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.

Membership

Hello everyone,

As you know, our dues run from September to August. The updated forms will be available on the website or you will be able to get them at the meetings. Dues are NOT going up, they are still $25 for the whole year!! If you don’t want to attend a meeting just yet, you can mail your form and check to us at:

Karen Neuschaefer
313 Augusta dr
Elyria, oh 44035

Thank you everyone for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the future. Stay safe and healthy,

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

I am very happy to let everyone know that Marcy Delavan is now in charge of Community Service. She will need our help, so let’s all support her.

She will do a wonderful service to our Guild.

Ruth

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

On file, Contact Chris Yoo or Pam Scholle with questions.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

It is always this time of year that I wonder if I’ll ever finish another quilt.  They just sit there, gathering dust, as I garden and cook and can and take care of the hens and ducks.  I’d like to know why I get the summer quilting doldrums every year but I do.  This year I’m trying to finish 20 quilts in 2020.  I’m feeling a little pressure to get SOMETHING finished, but apparently not quite enough.  Hopefully fall will give me the renewed energy I need to get back on track. Anyone else have a time of year when quilting just doesn’t happen?

Piecefully,  Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Yippeeeeee…we had a meeting in July!     Meeting minutes: nothing new at this time.

Newsletter Update:
Good news:  Karin Knox had surgery recently and is home on the mend and doing well.  We sent Karin a card from the guild.   Karin, we are wishing you a comfortable recovery.

Fondly, Val Watring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQetemT1sWc

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

August Birthdays
Barbara Cowger-Vilagi
Karin Kollar
Valerie Watring

Programs/Workshops

Piecemakers,
Our August meeting will bring us Elizabeth Bauman who serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Hiram College.

Betsy is a teacher and artist whose love of fabric, drama and history led her to the theatre and a career as a costume designer. She brings her knowledge of  fashion history and sewing construction together with her  sense of color, line and shape to help actors tell a story. These are the same things that draw her to work as a quilt artist.

TRUNK SHOW     Betsy will bring quilts and talk about where her design ideas came from and how she approaches construction techniques for each of them. Her work ranges from traditional with a twist, to whimsical themes, to innovative art quilts.  Please join us at 7PM on August 13. Remember your mask!

SEPTEMBER 10    Suzanne Bednarchik, The Quilting Bee, Lakewood, Ohio Suzanne will share all about this new shop and their online store.

PROGRAM UPDATE   Last week I attended the first of three online meeting of The Global Quilt Connection. This is a group of over 90 teachers who are working together to facilitate online classes for guilds. I will have lots more to announce at our September meeting.

During this time when many of us are not comfortable attending a “live” lecture or workshop it would offer an alternative. It would also offer the ability to have guests from across the country without the concern of travel or lodging bills for the guild. I will let you know what I learn.

Have a great month,
Cindy Kraft

Challenges

UFO Challenge

With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 22 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters are due back to me at the August meeting, if necessary we will move that back to the September meeting. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful fabrics everyone has picked out!

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

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

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for March-July is NAME TAGS!  We had 1 person that created a new name tag! A new challenge will be announced at the August meeting.

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo
Well, it has finally sunk in that our 2020 Quilt Show is not going to happen.  Back in March, like many people, I thought this would all be over soon.  Well, I would say that I was naive, but since we have never been through anything like this, I don’t feel so bad for thinking otherwise.   So many things have cancelled this year.  I was sulking over all the events that am missing personally, then I came across the headline in a recent Forbes Magazine article which read, “Coronavirus Cancellation Tracker: More Than 83 Million Affected After Events Cancelled or Rescheduled.”  Over 83 million?!  Good gravy!!    I’m just one little peep.  Boy, a lot of disappointment out there.

Well, I have to always try to put a positive spin on everything, as that is part of my coping mechanism.  I don’t know about you, but I often think planning for an event or bucket list vacation can be just as much fun as experiencing the event (or vacation).  However, planning lasts longer and so does your expectation and anticipation.  The event itself is often over before you can blink an eye.  You are left reeling afterwards thinking, “Is it really over already?!?…come on man, really!?!”

So, we have rescheduled our quilt show for next year, September 10, 11, and 12 of 2021.  We have more time to prepare, more time to plan, more time to make wonderful fiber arts and quilts.  We have more time to anticipate how much fun it will be to celebrate the glorious hobby we all share in common.

I for one cannot imagine going through this pandemic without a hobby…can you?!?!  So many of my co-workers and family members were saying how “bored” they were shortly after the shelter in place order was first issued.  All I could do was slap my forehead and say, “Geez, get a hobby people!!”    LOL, but this is coming from a woman with one too many hobbies!!  I am never, ever bored.  I don’t even really know what that means.  We are so very lucky to enjoy creating.

Ladies and gentlemen, things are still crazy out there, but Lorain County has gone down one level from 3 to level 2, and the Townhall is still letting us meet, at least as I type this.  We are not a huge group, and the hall is gigantic, and the last I checked, we are all responsible adults who will wear masks, social distance, and practice good personal hygiene.  So as long as things don’t get out of hand, and we are still permitted in the hall, I’ll be there.  I have to make a giant quilt for my sister ASAP so if I can get the fabric washed, I’ll be there on August 13th, all day, doing the crazy quilting dance of cutting up perfectly good fabric, just to sew it all back together again.

Stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.  Quilt on, stitch on, and rock on!!

Your Pres,  Chris Yoo

Quilt Show

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

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized  that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink  or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.

Sincerely,

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show

July 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 10 – July 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

So sorry this is late! Blame the holiday weekend! 🙂 Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.

Kelly

The June 11th meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. The July 9th meeting will happen! Please note that masks are mandatory for the meeting.

 

 

Membership

Membership has no new information at this time.  We are hoping that we can get together soon.  If anyone needs anything feel free to contact Karen or Marilyn Novak.

Karen and Marilyn
Membership Committee

Community Service
Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

>As you know, I would like to pass the position of community service chair person to someone else. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. It is not a difficult position and I would be willing to help the next person.

Enjoy your summer.
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

Our budget has not changed from last month.

  • We currently have $9,054.41 in our checking account.
  • Quilts of Valor has $830.01
  • Home of the Brave has $290.91
  • A CD for $1,500.00 matures July 3, 2020
  • A CD for $2043.79 matures July 23, 2021

Since we have not been meeting some of you may have questions on what is happening to the rent we’ve paid for the room.   New Russia Township will be crediting it to our rent for next year.

Pam Scholle Treasurer

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   …no report/minutes. Meeting cancelled, drat that Coronavirus.

Newsletter Update:
…hoping this newsletter finds you well and upbeat.  The colorful sunshines in the graphic below, are supplied so you may feel chipper, positive, cheerful, optimistic, buoyant, bubbly, UP, happy, and/or cheery.  Feel free to “mooch” from the thesaurus for words that may brighten your day/mood.

Good news:  Bobbie Bruck is home after surgery and on the mend.  We sent Bobbie a card from the guild.   Easy does it, Bobbie!!

Fondly, Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Quilt Show

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.

Sincerely,

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show

July Birthdays
Jerri Bachna
Michael Baird
Ruth Bradley
Dianne Clawson
Maryann Doucette
Kathryn French
Carolyn Knipper
Cindy Kraft
Sharon Lutz
Vicki Morris
Pat Predmore
Pam Scholle
Mary Jane Toney
Beverly Tucker
Teri Walter

Programs/Workshops

I am so glad to be able to announce that the July meeting will feature Darlene Shimandle from Mom’s Sewing Basket. She will be presenting a demonstration on how to use the Hexagon Quilt As You Go template And some of the creative layouts it can be used for. I have seen a peek and it is fun and easy!

Darlene has recently enlarged the teaching area at Mom’s Sewing Basket which has increased the space in the
merchandise side of the shop.

August 13: Elizabeth Bauman whose love of fabric and drama led her to a career a a teacher and costume designer. Betsy’s respect for the past of quiltmaking is the springboard for her quilts. She tries to tell a story or express an idea.

For her presentation she will bring her quilts and talk about where her design ideas came from and how she approached construction for each. She says “my work ranges from traditional with a twist, to whimsical themes and also innovative art quilts.

Bauman serves as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Hiram College.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Challenges

UFO Challenge

With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 22 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Signups are now open for the Fat Quarter Exchange! The more that sign up, the more variety you will receive. Numbered bags and lists will be handed out at the July meeting and fat quarters are due back at the August meeting. Everything is due back to me by the August meeting. If you will not be at the July meeting to get your bags, just make sure that each fat quarter has a number on it so I know who it goes to.

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for March-July is NAME TAGS! Everyone has had plenty of time to make a new name tag, please plan on showing off your work at the July meeting.

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Hello fellow quilters and friends.  Even though the Township has agreed to allow us to meet starting in July, I know with all my heart that this is still a time of uncertainty and high anxiety for many of us, especially with the numbers of COVID cases growing in many regions.  That is why I wanted to start by saying you need to do what is best for you to stay healthy, reduce stress, and gain control over your live.  For me, personally, I need to get out and do something other than sewing in my house or working in Cleveland.  So, on Thursday, July 9th, I’m going to host a small Christmas in July event at the meeting hall.  I’ll wear my holiday themed face mask, hum along to holiday music, and work on a project or two away from home and work.

I’ll have a small holiday themed project for everyone to make if you want to join me.  It is a SMALL MYSTERY project so at this point all I can tell you is to bring two fat quarters that coordinate nicely and you may want them to be holiday colors, but make sure they are small print or a print that will be okay if cut or folded into small pieces (you will not see large prints).  Make sure the colors are not matchy, matchy but instead contrast, i.e., one light and one dark.  You will also need basic sewing supplies for your machine, coordinating thread, and a hand sewing needle as part of the project is sewn by hand, and a small travel iron.  This is a very quick, small project and you actually get several from two fat quarters.  They make fabulous gifts.

I will open the hall by 10:00 am. on Thursday, July 9th.  I will have a couple of fun games and prizes for the few who venture out.  If you want to get out and sew but are not interested in the holiday event, please still plan on joining us, but you will have to indulge my need to play holiday music.

We will also be having our regular meeting and show-n-tell at 7:00 p.m. in the evening.  I believe Cindy will be sharing that we have a program and some shopping Thursday before the meeting/program.  Remember that due to facility restrictions, you must wear a mask (or clear face shield) while in the hall, and you have to bring your own hand sanitizer, should you desire to use it.  Also, the hall is not providing sanitizing materials so if you want to wipe down your table and/or chairs, you need to bring your own cleaning materials.  We will also be asking that you practice social distancing while in the hall, no more than 3 per large round table.  Finally, the guild will not be supplying food or drinks so please make sure to bring your own.

Again, if you are not ready to venture out, that is okay—no one is judging anyone.  Just remember to keep quilting and stitching. This seems obvious, but many times when faced with major disruptions in our lives we can forget to do the things that bring us joy. As a creative, you probably use quilting and stitching to relax and bring balance to your life, so don’t forget to create my friends.

Finally, another obvious thing, but please beware of information overload. If you’re like many of us, you’re glued to the TV and/or your mobile device trying to stay up-to-date with the latest news, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel a sense of gloom and doom.  So, get the information you need, but don’t get sucked into hours of negative updates.  Limit your news intake right now.  I stopped watching the news for a few days and it was the best thing I ever did.  Use the extra time to work on that large stack of UFOs.  Be safe and healthy my quilting friends and I’ll see you when you are ready.  This pandemic will eventually end—hopefully sooner rather than later.  Stitch on!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

June 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 9 – June 11, 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

The May 14th meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. The June 11th meeting is also cancelled due to COVID-19.

 

 

Membership

Membership has no new information at this time.  We are hoping that we can get together soon.  If anyone needs anything feel free to contact Karen or Marilyn Novak.

Karen and Marilyn
Membership Committee

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

I am happy to report to you that I delivered to Genesis House

70 quilts and 32 pillow cases. This was with the help of many members. I would especially thank Deb Beard who made 48 quilts.

Wow Deb!!! That is a great accomplishment.

We now have 8 quilts that need binding. Barbara King said she would do them. Also have 13 pillowcases done. When she gets the bindings done she will deliver them to Blessing House.

If anyone would like to come to my house to put together kits, just call me.

As you know, I would like to pass the position of community service chair person to someone else. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. It is not a difficult position and I would be willing to help the next person.

Enjoy your summer.
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

Our budget has not changed from last month.

  • We currently have $9,054.41 in our checking account.
  • Quilts of Valor has $830.01
  • Home of the Brave has $290.91
  • A CD for $1,500.00 matures July 3, 2020
  • A CD for $2043.79 matures July 23, 2021

Since we have not been meeting some of you may have questions on what is happening to the rent we’ve paid for the room.   New Russia Township will be crediting it to our rent for next year.

Pam Scholle Treasurer

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   …no report/minutes. Meeting cancelled, drat that Coronavirus.

Newsletter Update:
Mood boosters:  a walk in the sunshine, fresh air, banana, Vitamin D, peppermint,  an invigorating shower,  a nap; especially if it is under a cozy quilt; pick a color that makes you feel happy; wear that color when you get dressed today, smelling clean laundry from the dryer, etc. What makes you feel HAPPY; with less stress?  Share that idea with a friend:  call her, text him, mail a card, meet at the park, or better yet, Dairy Queen.

I understand Cheryl Majewski had surgery on Thursday, May 21st.  We sent her a thoughtful get well card.  Wishing you, Cheryl, a speedy, comfortable recovery!

MaryAnn Grayson’s brother passed away.  Michael A. Leonard, 67, of Chillicothe, died Sunday morning at the Adena Regional Medical Center, following a battle with cancer.  We sent a sympathy card to MaryAnn.  https://www.hallerfuneralhome.com/obituary/michael-leonard

May 28, 2020 Ruth Groot had a heart cath procedure.  We sent her a silly card; ducks swimming in chicken soup on the cover; inside:  “..thought some soup and QUACKERS might make you feel better”.  Easy does it, Ruth!

We sent a sympathy card to our guild member, Judy Echeagaray on June 1st. Her mother passed away.
Judy, we are so sorry for your loss.

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

Hello piecemakers!

I know many of you have been productive during all this down time. Keep up the good work and enjoy every stitch! Looking forward to show and tells……

As for the Quilts of Valor committee, we have pretty much everything on hold with the exception of working on a few things ourselves at home. I look forward to getting together and sewing and presenting very soon. Thank you to everyone who has helped with our endeavor of serving our veterans. Keep up the good work and sewing for Quilts of Valor. I have had some questions regarding our guild’s participation in the national group QoV.

While we chose NOT to renew our membership due to the dramatic price increase (with little or no benefit to us) we still plan on making and presenting Quilts of Valor to veterans in Lorain County. I will still report the names of those to whom we awarded quilts on their website. And we will proceed as usual with sew days and the like. I hope that those of you that would like to make a quilt top or completed quilt for a veteran, feel free to do that!! We still have a list of names of nominated veterans awaiting quilts.

I also would like to add that I am asked frequently to quilt a QoV that someone has made personally for a friend or relative. (Not one our group has made) Currently I am only able to quilt those tops that we make together as a group or individually, that will be presented by our group. I’d love to be able to quilt them all but time does not permit. Thank you for understanding. If there are any questions please ask me.

Blessings to you all …
SEW HAPPY!

Kaye Koler

June Birthdays
Ruby Barck
Teri Barile
Dolores Bean
Deb Beard
Keri Celik
MaryAnn Grayson
Pat Sarraino
Darlene Shimandle
Barb Stiner
Carol Stomieroski

Programs/Workshops

June – No meeting or sewing day due to Stay at Home order

Dear Piecemakers,
As we endure more of the virus and the distancing t has brought I am hoping that we will be able to meet in July.
At this time I am still in a hold cycle on future guest speakers.
May we get to see each other soon.
Cindy Kraft

Quilt Show

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer  and Julie Bragg) decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized  that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink  or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.

Sincerely,

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show

Challenges

UFO Challenge

With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 22 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email.

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 continue through the end of June – then lists will be sent out via email (for those that want to shop early) and at the July meeting (if it’s held) with numbered bags. Everything is due back to me by the August meeting. Yes I’m pushing it back again because of the Corona Virus!  (last extension!!)

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for March is NAME TAGS! This will continue until we meet again, right now there’s no excuses we all have the time to make a name tag!

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I hope everyone is healthy and doing okay during this unbelievable time in our country’s history.  As I sit and write this newsletter I am pondering where the last 5 months have gone.  For me the days have been a whirlwind of activities.  Since my day job is working for the Board of Developmental Disabilities in Cleveland, Ohio, I have been categorized as an essential worker.  Have worked from home, without a break, M-F since mid-March.  However, the last few weeks we are slowly going back into the office.

I have done a lot of stitching since March, especially since I started a new hobby—cross stitch, but I have also worked on several new quilts and a few old ones.  I find that I am jumping from one project to another as it has been hard for me to focus lately.  I hope you all have been very productive, no matter what you are doing.

I’m sorry we will miss another meeting, but I sure hope the Township will let us back into the hall in July.  Make sure to read all the sections of the newsletter this month as there is news about our Quilt Show (Julie Bragg), the Township Hall (Pam Scholle), and Community Service (Ruth Groot).

Remember, when we DO start coming back to the hall, I will understand if you would rather not venture out. However, if you do, I will be sure to make sure we spread out as much as possible and follow all the recommended guidelines.  If you are on Facebook, remember to join the guild’s Facebook group and share your photos of projects.  When I see those, it is almost like being together—well, almost.

If you have any questions remember you can reach out to me directly.

Quilt on my friends, quilt on!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

June (6/11/20) Meeting Cancelled

Unfortunately our June meeting and community sew day have been cancelled, the hall is not yet ready to open up and allow us in. There is a possibility for a virtual community sew day, that information will be sent out when/if available.

Please note: Ruth Groot is looking to step down from community service, if you or you and a friend would like to take over please contact Chris Yoo.

May 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 8 – May 14, 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

April 9, 2020 meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. The May 14th meeting is also cancelled due to COVID-19.

 

 

Membership

No Report

Karen and Marilyn
Membership Committee

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

Miss seeing everyone.

Hope we can have the June Community Service Sew Day. There will be quilts to bind, pillowcases to finish and kits to make.

I will have something for lunch.

We are all wanting to get back to get back together again.

Blessing,
Ruth

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

The Guild currently has $9,054.41 in checking. We have a $1,500.00 CD maturing on July 3, 2020 and a $2,043.79 CD maturing July 23, 2021. These CD are to help with rent and Insurance.

Quilts of Valor has $830.01.
Home of the Brave has $290.91.

Pam Scholle Treasurer

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

I don’t know what you have all been doing during our quarantine time, but I expect many of you have made a good number of masks.  I’ve made some and found I was always delighted when I could get back to my regular legion of projects.  Despite my earnest attempts, it appears that there are still several more on my UFO list. More concerning is the fact that I’ve already been thinking about next year’s list!   It is a difficult task to stay focused on the now projects.  Part of the problem is  social media.  I’ve added a couple of Facebook quilting groups to the mix and am enjoying seeing all the wonderful things other quilters are creating.  It does give a person ideas for sure.  In the tortoise and the hare story, I suspect the slow and steady tortoise would not be me!  One of the ways I’m trying to avoid starting new projects is by incorporating some projects on my list that aren’t very far along.  I’ve forced myself to work on several that had stalled out part way through for one reason or another.  There are two projects that I’ve been saving like a kid hoards candy, for just that time when I need to work on something that seems like it is a new project.   I think that time is fast approaching.  I hope all of you are doing well and using your quilting to help work through some of the stress that our current situation causes.  Happy quilting and hurry up warm weather!!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   …no report/minutes. Meeting cancelled, drat that Coronavirus.

Newsletter Update: Chin up quilters.  Thank you for focusing on the positives, chipping in as you can.  Maybe, we can aim to get fresh air often and eat a few more vegetables.  Aiming for a glass half full.

I believe Bobbie Bruck was admitted to St. John Westshore in early April.  April 11, I put a card in the mail to her from the Lorain County Piecemakers.  …bouquet and a blue bird design.

April 10th; I had a call from MaryAnn Grayson letting us know that Marilyn Novak has injured her knee cap. Marilyn is in Florida; she “snowbirds” there in the winter.  She will stay in Florida as she seeks treatment for her knee.  April 11th, I put a card in the mail to her from the Lorain County Piecemakers.  …pretty daffodils on the front of the card.

If anyone wishes to send greetings:
Marilyn Novak  C/o Barb Spieker
2926 Duchess Oak Court
St. Cloud, Florida  34769

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.

May Birthdays
Marianne Nolan
Iris Tewksbury

Programs/Workshops

May – No meeting or sewing day due to Stay at Home order

Dear Members,
Until we know about future meetings I am not going to schedule any future speakers. It is my hope that by July conditions are safer and we can gather for our annual feast.
Until that time, Stay Home Ohio and follow the governor’s order. Stay safe!

Cindy Kraft

Challenges

UFO Challenge

With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 15 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email.

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 continue through the end of May – then lists will be sent out via email (for those that want to shop early) and at the June meeting (if it’s held) with numbered bags. Everything is due back to me by the July meeting. Yes I’m pushing it back again because of the Corona Virus!

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for March is NAME TAGS! This will continue until we meet again, right now there’s no excuses we all have the time to make a name tag!

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

In preparing my notes for the May newsletter, I looked back at what I wrote in May 2019 and May 2018.  Wow, what a different world it is today!   We have made it through the first 6 weeks of sheltering in place to stay well.  I sure hope everyone is healthy, virus free, with an ample supply of Toilet Paper!   But alas, all is not doom and gloom as the sun is still rising and there is beauty in the signs of spring all around us, even in the midst of the battle against this virus.

Even though meetings are not happening, there are quilts happening, I see them on Facebook quite frequently!  Please plan on sharing all your projects this May 14th for a virtual Show-N-Tell on our Facebook Page.  If you are not a Facebook junkie, please text or email me your photos.  I’ll add yours to the mix and send you a link to a video montage of all of them when I get that together.  Hopefully there are some Fabric Postcards being made for the President’s Challenge!!

I also know that many of you have been busy making masks for hospitals, family members, neighbors, friends, and community partners. I was not surprised to see so many of you stepping up.  Our commitment to community service is strong and I am so very proud of that fact.  Speaking of community service, Ruth Groot, our member who chairs our Community Service Committee has decided to step down as chair at the end of this fiscal year, which will end August 31st.  I hope I can get one or two of you to step up to take over for Ruth.  It is a very rewarding role as you are the angel who keeps track of our donations and makes sure they reach where they are needed most.  Remember you are not alone.  We ALL contribute and sew and create.  Please reach out to Ruth if you want to learn more about the role of Chairperson.  Please join me in thanking Ruth for everything she does for Community Service.  You rock girlfriend!!

In closing I’ll say that although I surely hope we are back together in June, I’m not holding my breath.  If it is cancelled, we will see if we can hold a virtual community sew day or move it forward another month.  Decisions on that will be made at a later date.  Quilt on my friends, quilt on!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

May (5/14/20) Meeting Cancelled

Please remember our May 14th meeting is cancelled due to the Stay at Home order. The safety of our guild members, guests, and instructors should always come first. Since the authorities have not yet opened up congregating in groups of 10 or more, the hall will NOT be open for sew day. Please plan on sewing the day away at your home and keep yourself healthy. Whether or not we have the June meeting will be communicated when we know if the order will be lifted. Work on those UFO’s!

April 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 7 – April 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 7:00 p.m. President, Chris Yoo, welcomed a very small group this evening (maybe a dozen), noting that we were entering into the COVID-19 era.  Chris thanked the small group, which included 1 guest!!  Chris assured the guest that we typically have a much larger group, but the concerns over the virus were starting to become reality.

Program:  Sadly, Chris reported that as was anticipated last month, the speaker for this evening, Mary Ann Tipple, had to cancel due to illness.  However, Chris was prepared to entertain the group with her short story entitled, Perfection is Highly Overrated.

President’s Report:  Chris shared that the NEORQC meeting at Pins and Needles was definitely a fun time and she was happy to see a couple of members at the meeting.  Chris noted that it was almost standing room only, and she recalled that the headcount taken was about 135 members in that room!  Crazy fun!

On a sadder note, Chris had to report that due to COVID-19, it was just reported today that the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo at the IX center was postponed until the summer.

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the February 2020 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 $10,125.33 and she renewed one of our CDs.  Pam asked if there were any questions about the budget, hearing none it was noted that 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 shared that she is still looking for someone to host the Christmas in July event here during the day on July 9th.  Someone asked what would that entail and Chris reported that you would be tasked with opening the hall, making coffee, and making event fun and festive for everyone who attended.  You could come up with some holiday themed games, a small holiday themed challenge, just anything really.    Chris also indicated that a couple of members could share this responsibility and she reminded them it would only be for July 2020 as she planned on resuming her hostess duties in July 2021.  Finally, Chris noted that if her vacation is cancelled at the last minute due to the virus, she will be available to help.

New Business:  None.

Announcements:  None.

Show & Tell:  There were still some beauties present, even with our small group.

Next Meeting:  Unfortunately, following the meeting it was decided to CANCEL the April meeting to the restrictions placed on social gatherings for the month of April.

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

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.
Submitted for distribution 4/4/2020

Membership

No Report

Karen and Marilyn
Membership Committee

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

No report

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

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

Programs/Workshops

April – No meeting or sewing day due to Stay at Home order

*Suggestions are needed to fill out this years schedule for programs.

Please call Cindy Kraft or email cindykraft2211@yahoo.com  With your suggestions. If you would like to share a program, lecture or trunk show let me know!

Cindy

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Sue has been busy and items are flying off her list! With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 13 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list.

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 continue through the end of April – then lists will be sent out via email (for those that want to shop early) and at the May meeting (if it’s held) with numbered bags. Everything is due back to me by the June meeting.

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for March is NAME TAGS! This will continue until we meet again, right now there’s no excuses we all have the time to make a name tag!

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Yep Folks, everything is cancelled.  We are living in a strange, historical time.  Decades from now the kids of today will be talking about the year of COVID-19 when they are adults, just like other generations talked about the Great War and/or the Depression.  Crazy times.  I keep seeing stories directed at parents about how to handle their children when they get very disappointed about all their scheduled fun events being cancelled, such as birthday parties, prom, Disney Vacations, etc. But…HEY, what about us Adults??!!    My co-worker has been planning her dream wedding and reception for 18 months and guess what—CANCELLED.  Quilt Shows across the nation are cancelling.  Oh, and hey, I’m not a boob (smile).  I don’t need someone (my husband mostly) telling me that cancelling these events is the right thing to do or that it is all for the greater good.  I know all that.  However, I keep reminding my husband, that people are allowed to be disappointed.  Just like the “little” kids, we big kids are also allowed to be truly disappointed.

Anyone who has studied psychology can tell you that disappointment is often linked to a feeling that we have loss control of a situation somehow.  We cannot control this crazy time.  Just like life in general, we often cannot control what happens to us, but we absolutely CAN control how we react.   My reaction is to grind my teeth, sew masks for my work and family, and silently worry that my bucket list trip in July will be cancelled and if and when I complain about that, everyone will most likely think I’m being a tad shallow.  Well, if that is the worst problem I have ladies and gents, then I surely do not have any problems.

In the end, I want everyone to stay home, practice good hygiene, and be healthy.  I’m sad that our April meeting is cancelled, but yes, it is a sign of the crazy times we are living through right now.  If cancelling everything keeps everyone safe and alive, we will deal with it in our own unique ways.  Some of us take the high road and some of us pout and whine, but we will all come out on the other side, sooner rather than later—I pray.

With that, I’ll say I hope I see you all in May.

Your Pres, Chris Yoo
4/4/2020

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: No report

Newsletter Update: Please see Val’s witty newsletter Between-er Memo HERE

Fondly,
Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

April (4/9/20) Meeting Cancelled

Please remember our April 9th meeting is cancelled due to the Stay at Home order. The safety of our guild members, guests, and instructors should always come first. Since the authorities are now cautioning against congregating in groups of 10 or more, the hall will NOT be open for sew day. Please plan on sewing the day away at your home and keep yourself healthy. Whether or not we have the May meeting will be communicated when we know if the order will be lifted. Work on those UFO’s!

March 2020 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 6 – March 12, 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 Edito: 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 7:00 p.m. President, Chris Yoo, welcomed a rather small group this evening, noting the weather was not the best!  Cindy Kraft introduced our speaker for the evening, who was none other than fellow guild member, Kaye Koler.  Kaye presented a very informative lecture on cleaning and stabilizing vintage linens and fabrics, and she also talked about the many different ways to stabilize t-shirt quilts.  Kaye was also the teacher for the workshop held today which was miniature quilts.  Thank you, Kaye!!

President’s Report:  Chris invited everyone to attend the general NEORQC meet that will be held on March 7th at 10:00 a.m. at the Pins & Needles shop in Middleburg Heights.  Chris noted that these general meetings are a time for all the member guilds to get together in fellowship and represent their guilds.  Chris hoped there would be a good showing from our guild—plus there will be plenty of time to SHOP!!  She also noted that the host guild will provide a light continental breakfast, and lunch is potluck.  The speakers will be Jan Brostek, who will talk about maintaining our machines and Sandy Shelenberger will present a lecture called, ” My Creative Life in Textiles.”

Chris also reminded the guild will have a table at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo at the Cleveland IX Center this April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  Chris needs people to sign up to sit at our booth to represent the guild, sell raffle tickets and pass out postcard advertising our upcoming Quilt Show.  She was asking for a few members to give a 2-hour commitment, and reminded everyone that by volunteering you get FREE admission but you have to pay $10 to park.  Finally, the OSQE have indicated that they will not allow more than 2 volunteers to sign up at the table at any one time.  Deadline for sign-ups was February 28th.

Finally, Chris reminded everyone that our guild’s Self-Portrait Quilt Challenge is the 2020 Special Exhibit at Lake Farmpark this year.  She sure hopes everyone takes a road trip!!

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the January 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 $10,667.24.  Of this total, Quilts of Valor has $1,079.92, and Home of the Brave has $290.91. Pam asked if there were any questions about the budget, hearing none it was noted that 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:  None.

New Business:  Chris asked if someone would step up to host the 2020 Christmas in July Event that will be held during the day on July 9th as she will be out of town.  She asked the group to think about it.

Announcements:  None.

Show & Tell:  Creativity abounds as usual, even with such a small group!!

Next Meeting:  March 12, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.  Although the guild had scheduled Mary Ann Tipple, it appears she is having health problems and may not be able to attend.

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

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.
Submitted for distribution 3/7/2020.

Membership

No Report

Karen and Marilyn
Membership Committee

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

No report

 

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

March Birthdays
Janet Alderman
Casandra Brown
Donna Garrett
Sue Schillig
Susan Thornton
Laura Williams

Programs/Workshops

March 12 – Mary Ann Tipple (subject to change)

Mary Ann Tipple is a resident of Elyria, Ohio .At a young age her mother taught her to sew. Her interest in art started in the fourth grade when she decided art was the best part of the day. A graduate of Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art with a degree in graphic design, she worked in several advertising agencies. Now retired, she makes art quilts and mixed media pieces. She credits her growth in her textiles to classes at Quilt Surface Design Symposium. An interest in improvisation comedy led to two years of classes with Sec- ond City. She has pieces in the Thomas Collection, Jack Walsh Collection and The Zanesville Museum of Art. Her piece Candemonium is currently touring the US as part of Quilt National 2019’s exhibition.

*Suggestions are needed to fill out this years schedule for programs.

Please call Cindy Kraft or email cindykraft2211@yahoo.com  With your suggestions. If you would like to share a program, lecture or trunk show let me know!

Cindy

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Off to a great start! 7 items are already completed off the lists. Let’s see what we see completed in March!

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
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for March is NAME TAGS!

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Sort the Stash:  Since our quilt show is only months away, time to start sorting your stash, your piles, your boxes of notions and fabric.  We have several ways to help you DE-stash.  Divide your goodies into two piles: (1) New/Like New and (2) Used or Gently loved, but still good stuff. The new or like new items should be donated for the raffle baskets.  The raffle basket items, per the guidelines we already received, should be held until June.  The committee cannot accept items for baskets until the June meeting.  The used items but still good stuff should be set aside for donation to the guild Country Store.  The county store can also accept donations of items you have made too many of such as travel Kleenex covers, placemats, sunglass cases, etc.  I’ll leave it to Fran and Peggy to decide when they want to start collecting items for the country store, but start getting your box or bag together for them.  They also love fabric scraps as we have been very successful with our scrap bag sale!  Sew…start sorting your stash ladies!  Great way to make more room for more fabric!!

2020 President’s Challenge:  Remember to work on some vacation themed fabric postcards for my 2020 challenge!  Kelly will have the link to the challenge rules on this newsletter.  Download those and have fun!!  See you on March 12th!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo
3/7/2020

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: Please sign card at the front table for: Lynette Thomson. Thank you!

Newsletter Update: MaryAnn Grayson call Friday, March 6 to say Lynette Thomson’s husband, John passed away in the morning. A blue basket will be at the guild meeting March 12th. Please plan to sign a card and bring purple fabric for Lynette. “There will not be any service at this time (John donated his body to science) but a memorial service later. If any questions call Anne Schaefer” Thank, Anne!

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.