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!!

 

LCP September 2016 Newsletter

Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 1 – September 8, 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.wordpress.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com


Meeting Minutes

At 7:10 p.m. VP Mary Ann Grayson called the meeting to order as Jean Ruth was unable to attend tonight’s meeting. There were 4 visitors tonight.

Minutes:  MaryAnn asked if there were any changes to the July minutes, and since none were noted, the minutes were  approved.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance was $5,610.00.  The treasurer’s report was approved.

Fair Committee:  Ruth Groot had signup sheets for the fair and reported that she needed at least 10 people to help with the judging on Monday, August 22nd.   Ruth reported that there 529 entries, of which 80 were quilts!  She shared that they hope to have another display of Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave quilts and was making arrangements for those to be delivered to the barn.  Ruth indicated that although they can distribute post cards for the upcoming Quilt Show during the fair, they will not be permitted to sell raffle tickets inside the barn.

Membership:  Marilyn Novak and Karen Neuschaefer reminded everyone that there were collecting membership dues tonight and again in September as the guild membership runs from September through August.  Everyone must complete a new membership form this year to be submitted along with $25 in dues.

Program:  Marie Ralston from NEORQC was present tonight to talk about memory quilts and printing on fabric.  Although Marie had previously presented the guild with a trunk show on the subject of memory quilts, she noted that tonight she would go into more detail about the actual process and share with the group her methods, including successes and failures.

Marie distributed a handout that covered tips for using inkjet printable fabric sheets. She discussed the wide variety of options available on the market today and brought in samples using all of the techniques to share. Some of the brands and products discussed included Bubble Jet Rinse, June Tailor fabric sheets, Printed Treasurers sheets, and EQ printables. After discussing all the brands and ways you can print on fabric, Marie shared that her least favorite product was the bubble jet rinse, and the product that she found she used the most was Printed Treasurers. Marie said no matter what technique you use, always buy more sheets than you think you will need because “stuff” happens. She also indicated you really need to pay attention to the package instructions regarding how the product can be laundered.  Some products cannot be washed with soap. Also, do NOT use a laser printer. All the products discussed are made for inkjet printers. Marie also stressed that you should always use white fabric, even if you want a sepia-toned picture. She said you should find computer software to edit your photo so it prints sepia toned. The handout Marie distributed also gave information about Young’s Screen printing.

Sunshine:  Val Watring reported that they have a blue bag for Pam tonight.

Quilts of Valor:  The committee wanted to remind every one of the November QOV fundraiser at the Avon Lake Towne Center. The show will be Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and it is the weekend before Veteran’s day.  It was noted that if you have quilts to sell, that will be possible at the show. The committee is asking everyone who would like to participate to please let them know.  The Center is going to advertise the show across multiple platforms with a widespread promotion.  The Center is printing hundreds of flyers and the committee hopes to bring some to the September meeting for distribution.  It was also reported that there will also be a Home of the Brave display at the show to help honor Veterans.  The Committee also shared that they have several QOV kits for distribution tonight if anyone would like to take one.

Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman reported that she mailed 4 more quilts and now there are only 27 soldiers that need to have their loved ones found.

Quilt Show:  Julie Bragg distributed sign-up sheets for all the volunteer opportunities at the October Quilt Show and reminded the guild members that this was our show and that the Committee needed many volunteers to make it a success. Julie also reported that if you have a small business and would like to purchase an Ad in the Quilt Show Brochure that you should speak with Julie, Maryann Grayson, or Karen Neuschaefer.  They have quarter-page, half-page, and full-age page Ad space.

Julie reminded everyone that they must turn in the long quilt show entry forms to Karen before September.  If anyone did not have them tonight they should make arrangements to either email them or snail mail them to Karen or Julie.  There was also the option of leaving the forms with Ruth at the fair.  Julie suggested that everyone keep a copy of their own forms as a reminder.

The Committee also encouraged everyone to please bring in more donations for the various Quilt Show efforts:  the Guild Country Store, Scrap table, and especially the Raffle Baskets.

Karen continued to distributed blue raffle tickets for the Quilt Raffle tonight. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, and it was noted that the winner does not need to be present to win. Sell, sell, sell.  The goal is for each member to sell 20 tickets.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser reminded every one of the new Block Challenge that they introduced at the August meeting. The challenge consists of getting 2 fat eighths from which you are asked to create one 8.5″ block using the provided fabric predominately in the block.  The fat eighths were in two color waves, green or pink.  Helen stated that you can make your block using any method you would like such as applique, paper piecing, embroidery, etc.  However, she did ask everyone to keep in mind that the blocks will be made into a community service quilt for a lucky child.  Helen reminded everyone that the finished blocks must be turned in at the October meeting.

New Business: Visitor Tammy Post was present at the meeting to gauge interest in her hosting a Quilter’s Garage Sale on Sunday, September 18th at the Amherst Eagles on Milan Ave.  Although there was some definite interest, guild members brought up multiple conflicts with the date so Tammy was pretty sure the date was a bust.

Upcoming Programs:  Reminder that the program theme for September will be Applique!

Show & Tell:  There dozens of beautiful quilts, table runners, wall hangings, purses and bags, and many Red & White challenge items displayed tonight!

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.


Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth<

No Report.


September Birthdays
Donna Christian
Marianna Crawford
Dorothy Glover
Sandi Morse
Anne Schaefer
Fran Weber
Merridee Pavlenko
Lindy Sleasman
Pat Serio

 

2016 Quilt Show

Quilt Show reminders………

1.  Please bring items for Guild Shop – (Resale)
2.  We need a couple members to help Fran Weber organize the Guild Shop at the Quilt Show.
3.  Scraps for Scrap Box
4. “Final Quilt Registrations” will be handed out at the June meeting and due by the September meeting – August meeting preferred. Form can be found on the blog or at this link.
5. We can start bringing “new”, (un-used) items to Barb Spieker for Chinese Auction Baskets.
6. We’ll have sign-up sheets at our August – September meetings.

Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons:
Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer

Quilt Show Flyer
Raffle Quilt Flyer

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 due in August and/or September. Please put your $25 (check or cash) in an envelope with your filled out form. The form can be found here. When you turn in the envelope it will be returned to you at the next meeting with your new membership card. If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

Program

Members and guests are invited to an Appliqué Workshop on Thursday starting at 2pm.
Please contact MaryAnn so that we will have the room setup for Our instructor, RuthAnn Benge. There is no charge, but you should bring your machine and notions.  Please see the list from RuthAnn or contact MaryAnn at 440-897-7032 for a copy.  This will be a wonderful workshop, please attend!

RuthAnn will have a presentation and trunk show at our meeting.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

September is a bittersweet month.  For  those who love fall, the anticipation mounts as mums and pumpkins and apples begin to fill the farm stands, not to mention the possibility of cooler weather.  But for those who treasure summer and all the bounty that it provides, the loss is visible.  The gardens are only about half full, the beans are buggy, the eggplant’s leaves are droopy from the flea beetles.  Tomato plants look blighted and unsightly.

Additionally, our thoughts may turn to school.  For quilters, what could that mean?  One idea I’m considering is picking up a book  of new techniques and trying out a few.  Perhaps it is time to take a class.  Have you signed up for NEORQC Getaway that takes place in February?  Will a new quilting revolution  be happening this year?  I can’t help but remember how awkward that rotary cutter felt the first time I picked it up!  After two classes I can more or less machine quilt a small item, but again, machine quilting has transformed all that we know about quilting.  Are you ready for what  ever will be next!  Lifetime learning….Yeah!

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

We are getting there!  Especially after the help of our own Libby Betounes!  She reached out to a friend who also works for Sherrod Brown.  They received permission to try and help us find the 10 earliest missing families/spouses of our fallen heroes.  She has given me so much hope!  I realize they too may not be able to locate the families we need and I will work on accepting the fact that there may just be some we never find.

The summer has been filled with people machine quilting (thank you Keri and Barb S.) and people finding some of our missing.  With two quilts I have ready at home, two from the HOB exhibit and the ones we put binding on, there will be 10 more ready to be mailed.

Slowly we are getting there.
See you at the meeting.

Gone But Not Forgotten!

Quilts of Valor

We had the pleasure of awarding quilts to two female residents at the Ohio Veterans Home this week! Jackie B. U.S. Navy, Viet Nam And Coleen G. U.S. Navy, W.W. II.

Reminder of the mini quit show at Avon Towne Center on November 5th, 10-4. Everyone there, including the residents are gearing up and are so excited to have us come and share our love of quitting with them. And this will definitely be a HUGE event for Quilts of Valor! Thank you to those who have already signed up ! If interested, please see one of us on the QoV committee!

Thank you!
Kaye

Community Service
Teri Whidden
No Report