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Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 12 Issue 7– March 8, 2012

President: Lynette Thomson
1st Vice President: Sandy Miller
2nd Vice President: Sue Schillig
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary/Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun
Hospitality: Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marylou Kucerna
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine: Elsie Kral
Bits & Pieces Editor: Teri Barile

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of month
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: St. Joe’s Social Hall, Amherst


March. Rosanne from Anna’s Sewing center in North Olmsted will be coming and talking about embellishments for your quilts. She will bring things to sell as well. She is not charging us for the program, but is asking that we bring in food items. They have been collecting for their local food pantry and I think all this month you can get a discount if you bring items in to the store when you shop. Feel free to look at the website at

April’s program: We welcome Noella from QuiltersSource in Parma who will be teaching us some “sew easy pineapples”. Yes, I saw the example, and she does not lie! Watch for an email from Lindy later about supplies to bring as we will all be starting the center of our own personal pineapples. I’m so crazy about the idea, I’m starting one in advance just because I cannot wait! Don’t you all wish you could be out looking for programs? If so, there will be a spot for you on our Board! Future programs are being finalized, and we look forward to learning some new (and possibly outrageous border techniques in July, getting an update from Sandy on what’s new and wonderful in our quilting world (hopefully June), and a visit from Monique in May from Quilts & Sew Forth in Mentor. Yep, in May we’ll be stripping! I’m excited about what’s coming this spring, hope you are too! Piecefully, sue

Stray ThreadsSTRAY THREADS… Sue Schillig
I’ve finished a quilt. I’m not sure how long it has been since I could say this, and granted, it is a baby quilt AND machine rather than hand quilted, but at the rate I’ve been finishing projects, we are going to take a victory where we can get it. I’d bring it to show and tell, but I’ll
be missing the March meeting enjoying the entertainments of the windy city with son in law Jason’s extended family. A good time to get away I think. Ah, but the feeling of accomplishment! How rare, and how wonderful after such a long dry spell. It gives me a moment to reflect on both past accomplishments (my aunt and I were just reminiscing about the quilt I quilted with my grandmother in 3 and a half days) and the anticipation of future ones. Uppermost are three– Bekah’s of course, which has been turned for the last time, but still plenty yet to do, another baby quilt for coworker having her first, and a niece’s tshirt quilt that is far from finished but ought to be by June. March brings new things, remembrances of loved ones, and lots of green possibilities. I looked out my back door and one forlorn looking crocus bud was being blown about, but determined to keep its head to bloom in better times. Enjoy this wild month. Welcome spring!

Sue1 Sue2

Teri Whidden
President Lynette Thomson called the meeting to order at 7:05. There were no visitors this evening and we have four new members. Lynette asked if there were any additions/corrections to the minutes. Julie Bragg moved to accept as printed in the newsletter and Beverly Macbeth seconded. Motion passed.

Pam Scholle reported that we have $5,480.30 in the treasury. Jan Alderman moved to accept and Judy Riggle seconded. Motion passed.

Community Service:
We will have a work day at the Elyria Library, West River Branch on February 20th from 10 am to 2 pm. At this work day, we will iron fabric needed to make backings for the completed tops we have. Please sign up to iron or cut/put backing with tops.  Tonight, Judy Riggle turned in 8 baby quilts, Deb Beard turned in 18 baby quilts that she made in just 4 days!!!, Sue Schillig turned in 3 tops. Bobby Bruck turned in 4 pillowcases, Ursula Marciniak made 3 pillowcases and Jannice Sime turned in 18 pillowcases. Thank you so much ladies. These will be donated to Blessing House. And a big thank you to Vicki Morris for the suggestion to make pillowcases.

Sue Schillig announced that Sandy Miller has resigned as 2nd Vice President. Sue passed out a survey to see what the guild membership would like to see this coming year and to request help in programming. If you have suggestions, please let her know.

The Civil War challenge will be this summer.

Home of the Brave:
Jan Alderman stated that she has received 6 quilts from the Circleville area. There will be a binding sew in at the Elyria Library, West River Branch on February 20th from 10 to 12 noon.

Fat Quarters:
Mary Lou Brown is asking for any updates to the list. Please let her know if you are interested in swapping fat quarters.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler said to watch the newsletter/email blasts for sewing dates and times.

Old Business:
Lynette Thomson asked for a vote on the proposed change to raise the yearly dues from $15.00 to $25.00 Sue Schillig made the motion to accept and Judy Riggle seconded. The membership voted and motion was passed.

A big thank you to Cheryl Majewski for taking the minutes for the January meeting. Show and Tell was lovely. It is amazing to see the lovely work that has been accomplished from one month to the

Sue Schillig made the motion to adjourn and Marilyn Novak seconded. Motion passed.

The program this evening is Pat Brush and she showed us how to take the “scary” out of quilting with grids. She passed around samples as she told us about each process and we followed along with a handout. Pat showed us that it can be easy and very do-able with our sewing machines. Pat also recommended to start out on smaller projects and get your confidence and then go for it.
Respectfully submitted,
Teri Whidden

red quilt

Quiltmaking tips

Teri Barile
This block can look different depending on how you turn it after it is finished
9patch1 9patch2
First you start with a nine patch block


Then you cut each block in half in both directions


Then you use those 4 pieces as the corners in an all new nine patch block


Then you cut that new nine patch block in half both ways


You can make the first nine patch blocks with 5” charm squares. If you start with 5 inch squares, you will use 7 inch squares for your second nine patch, and end up with a block that measures 10 inches, for a 9.5″ finished block.

Saturday, February 18th 12-4 at the Main Street Community Center 255 Park Ave. Amherst Saturday, March 24th 12-4 ” Saturday, April 28th 12-4 ” I will need someone to pick up the key. If you are able please see me, thank you! Tentative dates for the Legion in Elyria are: Thursday, April 19th, 9-12 Monday June 21st, 9-12 Thank you, hope to see the regulars and some new faces as well! Kaye


Feb show and tell

I didn’t get everyone, but here are some of show and tell. Including three quilts of valor, and a stack of pillowcases for community service.

you know you are a quilter if

I have attached a pattern for a block called Funky Wrench

funky wrench

cinnabon cinnamon roll cakeCinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake

3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 T butter, melted
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 T flour
1 T cinnamon
2/3 cups nuts (optional)

2 cups powdered sugar
5 T milk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions: With an electric mixer or stand-up mixer, mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in 4 T melted butter. Pour batter into a greased 9×13″ baking pan. In a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nuts until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoon and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center. Place powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Serve warm (we like it straight out of the oven) or at room temperature.