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Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 12 Issue 8– April 12, 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


April’s program:  We welcome Noella from Quilters Source 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!

If the ladies would like to do a small hands on of the SEW SIMPLE PINEAPPLE just bring these few items to the meeting. Keep in mind that this is just to learn a technique so the fabrics can come from your stash or even some of your scraps. It is important that the squares are “square”
1 – 2 1/2″ center square
1 – 2 1/2″ 1st square
1 – 2 3/4″ 2nd square
1 – 3 1/8″ 3rd square.
Needle, thread, 12″ ruler, fine line pencil and sharp pointed scissors.

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

Home of the BraveQUILTS OF VALOR Once in a while it is nice to hear from someone that benefitted from what we do as a group. Capt. Christina Cogen, Army Chaplain, was serving in Afghanistan when she suffered a broken neck. She was flown out of the country for emergency surgery and is now in Rehab in Maryland. She was temporarily a quadriplegic, but has regained use of her arms and legs, although she will be working hard to get back to normal. She says that she LOVES her quilt and it is her favorite color. And THANK YOU!!


Sue Schillig
Someone once wrote, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I think this week was one of those times.  Gardening right now is not going so well. Most all the fruit will have frosted or frozen, so not sure what we will have in that regard, although not much local by the looks of things. A few things are starting through the ground, but those 2 weeks of warm weather are creating havoc on our growing season. On the other hand, while the gardening is not looking good, the quilting is getting better. I have finally finished Bekah’s quilt (hold the applause) and have started on a tshirt quilt for a summer graduate in the family. I’m not sure how many of these I’ve made, but each one I try to do something a little different. I would not do well selling at a craft bazaar. My uncle has made hundreds of his primitive Christmas trees–I’m lucky to get one of something done. So the fact that I’ve made nearly a dozen tshirt quilts is a testament to the variety that can be created. I’ve got a system now, but still, I try to alter it a bit. Usually I do a basic strip of fabric border but this time, I think I’ll do some sort of pieced thing. I love graphing them out, and then when it is time to sew, it is just like putting a puzzle together, only there is a guide to tell you where the pieces go. I’m especially excited about this one. My niece rides horses, and I found a lovely horse fabric at Ginger’s shop, who will be doing May’s program on stripping. Yes, that’s right, we’ll be stripping in May, so hope for warm weather!

Seriously, enjoy what life may bring this spring. Take what you can get and run with it!
Piecefully, Sue

Teri Whidden
President Lynette Thomson called the meeting to order at 7:10. There were no visitors. Lynette asked if there were any additions/corrections to the minutes. Deb
Beard moved to accept as printed in the newsletter and Janet Alderman seconded. Motion passed.

Pam Scholle reported that we have $5607.05 in the treasury. Vicki Morris moved to accept and Bobby Bruck seconded. Motion passed.

Community Service:
Bobby Bruck made 4 baby quilts, Deb Beard made 5 afghans, and 12 baby quilts were given to Genesis House. Sally Gezzer gave 25 quilts to Sacred Heart Church and 50 quilts to Elyria Health Department.

Noella from Quilters Source in Parma will be teaching us the “sew easy pineapples” at the April meeting.

Fat Quarters:
Mary Lou Brown is asking if anyone else would like to participate in the exchange. Please see her if interested.

Old Business:
Anne Schaefer volunteered help with the fund raising. If you have any ideas, please pass them along to her. Linda Bell will keep us informed about NEORQC happenings.

The speaker for our March meeting did not make it and the food that was brought in (per her request) was donated to the St. Joseph’s food pantry.

A motion to adjourn was made by Cheryl Majewski and seconded by Karen Jackson. Motion passed.  Show and Tell was amazing and Barb King is the go to gal if you want to know anything regarding prairie points.
Respectfully submitted,
Teri Whidden

Home of the BraveHOME OF THE BRAVE
Jan Alderman
I would like to thank Pat Mahoney, Pam Scholle and Cheryl Majewski for helping with the binding session we had at the libray. Thanks to Terri, we were able to then help out with the community service quilts.
Sadly, 4 more of our soldiers from Ohio were killed last week. SSGT Christopher Brown, Army, and 3 from the Army National Guard: Capt. Nicholas Rozanski, SFC Shawn Hannon, and SFC Jeffrey Rieck. As soon as I think we are getting ahead, a tragedy like this happens. If any one has some “extra cash” lying around, we sure could use it. I just had to replenish our batting with cost over $100.00!!
Thanks for all you do to support Home of the Brave.

quilters anonymousQuiltmaking tipsQUILTMAKING TIPS AND TRICKS
Teri Barile
I saw this idea somewhere on the internet. If you are anything like me, you don’t have all of your fabric in the same place. I’ve tried various ways to remember what I have, and where it is, but I thought this was a unique idea. It is a ring of paper tags that have swatches of fabric glued on. You could make a ring up for every container you have shoved in a closet. Then when you need something specific, you never have to dig again..  I have a ring that just has swatches of backing fabric that I buy when there is a sale.

swatch book

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

International Quilt Festival – Cincinnati

Preview night and classes begin April 12th. Special exhibits for Texas Lone Star Quilts, Modern Spin on the Ohio Star Block, Gallery of Quilt Art, Text on Textiles and more. April 13 – 15, 2012 Duke Energy Convention Center. 525 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

AQS Quilt Show & Contest – Paducah, KY
April 25 – 28, 2012

NQA 43rd Annual Quilt Show
June 14-16, 2012
Special Theme: Mariner’s Compass

Hall C, Greater Columbus Convention Center 400 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43215
Thursday, Friday, Saturday June 14 and 15: 9 A.M.— 5 P.M. June 16: 9 A.M.— 4 P.M.
Open to the public. Daily admission

Ohio Outdoor Quilt Festival – Wellington Saturday, August 11th — 10 am to 5 pm Bonnie Brae Farm Tours, Ltd 27717 Quarry Road, Wellington, OH 44090

AQS Quilt Show & Contest – Grand Rapids, MI August 22 – 25, 2012

Quilting With Machines 2012 – Huron/Sandusky Sept. 19-22, 2012 Sawmill Creek Resort and Convention Center 400 Sawmill, Huron, OH 44839



march show and tell 1 march show and tell 2

civil war challengeCIVIL WAR QUILT CHALLENGE
Postponed from an earlier date, Susan Thornton notified me that the quilts for the Civil War challenge are due at the meeting in May. Can’t wait to see what you have all done.


creative minds

cinnamon roll cake
Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cake: 3 c. flour 1/4 tsp.
salt 1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

Topping: 1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9×13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes. Glaze: 2 c. powdered sugar 5 Tbsp. milk 1 tsp. vanilla While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.

For My Lemon Cookie Loving Friend
lemon shortbread cookies
Lemon Shortbread Cookies
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon icing sugar, sifted
¼ cup lemon juice
finely grated zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons corn starch, sifted
2/3 cup icing sugar, extra, sifted

Place the butter and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 8 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add the lemon juice, zest and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour and corn starch and beat just until a smooth dough forms. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Place each half onto a large piece of baking paper form into an 8” long log. Wrap well in the paper and refrigerate for 1 ½ hours or until firm. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper. Unwrap one of the dough logs (keep the other in the fridge) and slice it into ½”-thick rounds. Place onto the prepared baking sheets 2” apart and bake for 15-18 minutes or until light golden. Remove from the oven and cool in the sheets for 5 minutes. Gently toss the warm shortbreads in the extra icing sugar and allow to cool completely on wire racks. Makes 40