Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 13 Issue 4 – December 13, 2012 Meeting starts at 6:30 this month

President: Mary Ann Grayson
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

Guild email:

December is our usual pot luck at 6:30, Please bring a dish to share. We will also have a stunning little program called fun with rectangles by two of our own. Simple they say. Yeah, yeah…

And for January, another famous local quilter, Kaye Koler will be doing a talk on the ins and outs of making tshirt quilts.

MaryAnn Grayson

Hello Everyone,
After three months of presiding over our Guild, I thank each of you for your cooperation and support. I have enjoyed the fellowship, activities and sharing of our quilts.

Let us look forward to the New Year with a lot of members at each meeting! PS…Bring a guest! While we have activities planned for December and January, your suggestions for other months are welcome. Several ladies have asked about a Beading Workshop with Myrya; I would also participate; I know there is a Mystery Quilt in the future, also! Let us know at the December meeting which activities you may want to participate in. Thanks to members who have volunteered to help.

I am asking for your support for upcoming projects. The first project is the President’s Challenge (make a baby quilt or two pillow cases for Blessing House) to be donated in mid-January. ‘Sewing Basket’ Raffle (including a Brother Sewing Machine, notions and goodies) is coming up. Raffle tickets are 6 for $5 or $1 each ticket with the drawing for the winner at the May Meeting. Tickets will be available at all meetings from December through May. All proceeds will go to the Guild Treasury. ‘Techno’ mini-classes will be offered for those who want to learn to use Embroidery files or Blog or the Internet. The Road Trip to the National Quilt Association’s Quilt Show in Columbus, OH will be Friday, June 28, 2013. While in the planning stages, a non-judged Quilt Show is being scheduled for the autumn, 2013. My wish for Christmas is that we participate in these activities!

God bless you, members and friends; and to all, Season’s Greetings and Sewing Happiness. Special regards to our ‘Snowbirds’ including Barb Spieker, Barb Vilagi and others as they head for warmer locations.

Sue Schillig
I’m hopeful that many of you are busy putting the last touches on holiday festivities. We started out with the right idea, set aside the quilt I’m working on and planned a day of baking cookies last Saturday. But, as luck will out, little Bekah, blue eyed and cute as a button, had a little bitty flu bug that we did not really know about until every last one of us (and a few more besides) came down with the flu. My daughter Anne thinks we should write a bestseller picture book, “Baby Bekah’s Little Bug: the Magical Virus that Could”. At least we maintained our sense of humor. I may not be getting much done, but I’ve enjoyed watching the next generation deal with the quilting bug. Anne called this week with questions about machine quilting with invisible thread. Her friend, who just finished an embroidered 48 states quilt sent me a picture of the next one she wants to start. It is pretty cool to see what is coming. They work in colors from the 50’s, or look for specialty fabrics on etsy. They pin on pinterest and go to the library to read about the process. Meanwhile, back in my sewing room, the next niece’s tshirt quilt is almost half pieced. I’m okay with that, but will have to set it aside for a bit to finish a few Christmas preparations. Or maybe just spend more time with the granddaughters. Have a very special holiday, however you spend it. Piecefully, Sue

Meeting Minutes
President MaryAnn Grayson called the meeting to order at 7:10pm. We had 2 visitors this evening, Susan & Audrey. MaryAnn asked if there were any additions/corrections to the minutes. Kelly Grace moved to accept as printed in the newsletter and Pat Brush seconded. Motion passed.

Pam Scholle gave the Treasurers repot. Cheryl Majewski moved to accept and Barb Spieker seconded. Motion passed.

Committee Service: Keri Celik (Quilts by Keri, A Longarm Quilting Service) donated large pieces of warm & natural and poly batting on the roll for us to use in the baby quilts. A HUGE thank you for this donation. It really helps our effort to support making and donating baby quilts.

A big thank you also goes to Ruth Groot for her donation of fabrics and batting pieces.  Barb King donated 1 baby quilt and 12 pillowcases. Thank you so very much.

Program: Myrya Johnson talked to us about embellishments. The more, the better! She brought a coat, jackets and quilts to show how embellishments make a project take on a better and brighter look. Her work was just stunning. She also brought little kits for us to learn a few basic beading stitches. We all had fun with that.

Challenges: MaryAnn challenged the guild to make a baby quilt or 2 pillowcases and these will be donated to the Blessing House. Please bring them to the December and/or January meeting.

Home of the Brave: Jan Alderman was not at the meeting.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler will forward information to President, MaryAnn Grayson.

New Business: This evening, Bruce from Bruce’s Sharpening came to the meeting and sharpened scissors. MaryAnn talked about future quild trips. 6/28 a trip to NQA in Columbus, the bus leaves at 7am and will return about 6pm. MaryAnn also brought a Brother sewing machine to have a raffle basket for Mother’s Day, 2013.
The basket will include other notions and goodies. She also asked about have a possible guild quilt show in the fall of 2013.

Karen Jackson brought wood products for tole painting for anyone interested. Lindy Sleasman was asked by Kathleen VanMeter to see if anyone in the guild would be interested in purchasing a blind hemmer.

Anne Schaefer, Barb King, Mary Wallhead, Jackie Harned, Lynette Thomson and Jan Sime were the winners in the Round Robin from the October meeting.

Show and Tell was very fun and colorful.

Respectfully submitted,
Teri Whidden

Home of the BraveHOME OF THE BRAVE
Jan Alderman
I miss not making the meetings, but I LOVE being with my new born grandson who just turned 6 months.  I have been busy though working on Home of the Brave.
Since October, quilts have been mailed to:

  • wife of Cpt Shawn English – 2006
  • parents of LCpl Terry Wright – 2011
  • mother of LTC Thomas Belkofer – 2012 (one had already been sent to father)
  • mother of SPC  Robert Swaney – 2005

Many thanks go out to the quilters, Sarah Bistline, Ellie Monroe and Vermilion Sit’n Stitch for sending me quilts.  Linda Sekerak, Ellie Monroe and Pat Waldron have taken quilts to quilt even over this busy time.  Our total of soldiers still needing quilts is 95.  Please give God a thank you for the slowing down of our soldiers getting killed.  So far since this past August, there has not been an Ohio Hero added to the list!  What a Blessing!!!  I will get earnestly get back to work locating familes and trying to secure some funds after the New Year.  I hope everyone has a blessful Christmas season.

comicFrom Quilting With Machines
After much thought and consideration, the owners of Quilting with Machines have decided to not move forward with another event.  Many new shows are opening each year, which tends to spread the available participants too thin, for us to be able to present a great enough variety of teachers, vendors, and class options for your pleasure.
We appreciate and thank you for your past involvement and support of our show and wish you continued enjoyment of all that is offered in the quilting world!
Kathy, Dottie, Jodi and Janice

Quilts of ValorQUILTS OF VALOR
Kaye Koler
December 2012 ~ Quilts of Valor ~ Kaye Koler
Hard to believe another year is at end and we begin 2013!
This year our guild has made 17 quilts for Quilts of Valor. I have mailed them off to the coordinator to be distributed to those recovering service men and women.

(I still have 3 that need to be quilted but I’ll get to them!) That’s a pretty good number of quilts!
I’m hoping we can at least double that number for 2013 using all the fabric that was donated from JoAnn
Fabrics! Here are some tenative dates for preparing the fabric and getting started to sew some quilts for those who need them.
January 26
February 23
March 23
April 27

All are Saturdays and will be held at the Main Street Community Center, 255 Park Ave., downtown Amherst.
10am-4 pm.

They still have to be confirmed (they had not before the newsletter deadline) so, there may be changes. Please check your calendars and see if you can help! If you want to bring a friend that isn’t a guild member, and would like to help, BRING THEM! It’s a good chance to meet new friends and catch up with old ones!

At the last sewing day for QoV, some of you took home quilts to finish…you know who you are…. I have not received them back. PLEASE finish them up and return them to me so I can get them quilted and mailed.
thank you very much!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all!

At December’s meeting, we will be collecting blue fabrics for a basket for Kathy Clark