Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 13 Issue 5 – February 14, 2013

President:  Mary Ann Grayson
Vice President: Sue Schillig
Treasurer:  Pam Scholle
Secretary/Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library:  Joanne Palun
Hospitality:  Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Pat Brush
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:




Karen Neuschaefer- see pages from MaryAnn



Sue Schillig

 Old saying, sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you! It seems appropriate as once again I battle bronchitis. In the “what’s fun” department, I’ve nearly managed to finish my niece’s t-shirt quilt top, and did finish a baby quilt. Alas, I’ll not be at the meeting this month for show and tell. Instead I”ll be playing lifesize Candyland at the Library. This month Laura Neuschafer will be our guest speaker, and next month we will “go round the bend with some Gees Bend inspirations from Roberta Lawson from Olla Mae’s.

I was reintroduced this month to the joys of community quiltmaking. Remember, back in the day, when friends got together to quilt? Well, Kaye’s Quilts of Valor workshop provided a nice return to quilting with friends. Even the ironing was enjoyable! And remember hand quilting? Got to share a few stitches with a friend who is learning to hand quilt, and doing a remarkable job. I’m looking forward to NEORQC to put a nice exclamation point on quilting with friends. Piecefully, Sue

 Meeting Minutes


Mary Wallhead

January Meeting Minutes

The January Program was Kaye Koler who talked about how to make T-Shirt Quilts.

We had four guests

We are having a large Basket Raffle with a sewing machine and many accessories.  Tickets will be sold and the drawing is May 12, 2013 at the May Guild Meeting.  Tickets are $1.00 each, or six for $5.00.

Show and Tell was wonderful

Mary Lou Brown is chair for Fat Quarter Challenge.  We need more members to enter. We would like to have 25 paricipating, so we only need 4 more to join.

Elsie Kral is the sunshine committee chair.  Please contact her for situations that would require a card to be sent to a member.

Quilts of Valor will have a workshop on Saturday from 10-4

Sue Schillig made a motion to accept the budget as proposed, after the cost of printing the newsletter is deducted.

There were 43 members in attendance.

Our president would like a committee to discuss making a handbook for our club.

Quilt show trip coming up.  To the Columbus show June 28,2013

Respectively submitted, Mary Wallhead


Home of the Brave 


Jan Alderman

No Report

quilt shows 


Indiana Heritage Quilt Show
March 7,8,9,2013

International Quilt Festival-Cincinnati
April 11-13, 2013

AQS Lancaster PA
March 13-16,2013

AQS Paducah
April 24-27, 2013

Northcoast Needlers Quilt Show
May 18-19, 2013 10am-5pm
Don Umerly Civic Center Rocky River

National Quilting Association Show- Columbus
June 27-29, 2013

AQS Grand Rapids
August 14-17, 2013

FacebookAre you on Facebook?  Want to join your guild members in a place you can share pictures and messages?  Join us in the Lorain County Piecemakers Group on Facebook!  Click on the “Join Group” button and you’ll be approved to join.  Group permissions are set so that no one outside of the group can see pictures/messages – so you can share pictures of gifts for friends and family without being worried about them seeing it before you give it to them!  Any questions please contact Kelly Grace (


2013 block exchangeLooking for a challenge for 2013?  Want to create a quilt along with your friends?  Sign up for the 2013 Block Exchange.  We will choose either a signature block or blocks using a challenge fabric – the 2013 Hoffman Challenge fabric.  I’m checking with Roseanne at Anna’s Sewing to see if I can buy a bolt of this fabric and have everyone buy the yardage they want from me.  Signups are going on until March – the more people that participate the larger and more diverse your quilt will be.  Please contact Kelly Grace ( to signup or if you need more information.

Quilts of ValorQuilts of Valor Update…thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

by Kaye Koler

The first sewing date for Quilts of Valor was a success! Not to mention a lot of fun! I’ve had nothing but good comments…we had a so much fun didn’t we ladies?

I’d like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to share the day with us! There are still some kits left and I will have those at our next guild meeting. If you would like one, please see me at the meeting.

At the workshop, I cut out a kit and was so inspired by all the sewing going on, I unloaded the car and headed right to the sewing room when I got home.

I finished the top using the SawTooth Star pattern. It goes together so quickly. I made six blocks in just under an hour without rushing! I really enjoyed the time in my sewing room. It’s rejuvenating AND relaxing! Time well spent…

Here are the dates for the the next few sewing dates…

February 23, 10-4 pm
March 23, 10-4 pm
April 27, 10-4 pm

We meet at the Main Street Community Center in downtown Amherst.(255 Park Ave)

I hope to see even more of you at the next “date”. It’s a great way to get to know other guild members while feeling pretty good about helping our wounded veterans! If I can answer any questions please feel free to email me…

Thank You!
Kaye Koler

Lorain County Piecemakers
from the desk
MaryAnn Grayson, President

Thanks to Kay Koler for a great presentation on the Tee Shirt Quilts. I learned a few things that will make my next Tee Shirt quilt easier. Another thanks to Kaye and crew for working on Saturday, to make quilt tops for the “Quilts of Valor”. Another thank you to all for participating in the President’s Challenge making pillowcases and baby quilts for Blessing House.

raffle ticketThe ‘Sewing Basket’ Raffle is underway. The Sewing Basket contains a sewing machine, notions and other goodies. The Brother Machine is digital and has 70 stitches, extension table AND weighs only 11 pounds! MaryLou has sold more than one hundred tickets so far; thanks for the efforts! Please support this ‘nearly painless’ fundraiser with the sale and purchase of the raffle tickets that are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each. The winning ticket for Sewing Basket will be drawn at our May Meeting.

A Guild Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 14th at 6:00 pm. Officers and
Committee chairs, please plan to present a report. The meeting is also open to all members.

Mystery? We have a Mystery for you! A two day Mystery Quilt is Friday, April 12th 5pm to 10
pm AND Saturday, April 13th 10 am to 5 pm. The Mystery quilts are 1) Beginner to Intermediate
and 2) Intermediate to above. Thanks to Cindy’s Sew Easy for hosting us at their Sheffield Village
Shop. We need a minimum of six participants. The cost is only $49.00 & a covered dish.

BusLC Piecemakers
NQA Bus Trip
Friday, June 28, 2013

~~~~~~~~~~Tentative Schedule ~~~~~~~
7:00 am Leave Amherst Kmart
9:30 am Arrive Quilt Show, Columbus
2:30 pm Lv Quilt Show, Columbus
4:00 pm Stop for Dinner/Der Dutchman
7:00 pm Arrive Amherst Kmart

Sign-up NOW for the Bus Trip to the NQA (National Quilt Association) Quilt Show in Columbus!! This trip for Guild members and guests.

The Quilt Show admission is INCLUDED in the trip cost. We will start a waiting list for a second bus if needed. Your deposit of $20.00 is due at the March Meeting on March 14th. The balance of $25.00 is due by the June meeting. You can sign up at the meeting or call MaryAnn.

February Meeting Speaker
Meet Karen Neuschaefer is a ’retired’ FAA staff trainer, wife, mother and bowler. She quilts (hand & machine), embroiders and crochets! She recently started teaching at ‘Birds of a Feather’. Have you seen a ‘One Block Wonder’? Come to the meeting and see just that!

Terrified to use that computer??
Sign up for

What are files, directories and file extensions? Learn to copy and rename files
FIRST CLASS: 6 pm BEFORE the April 11th meeting You must bring a laptop/computer! Space is limited to 12. Sign up by Feb 28th. Contact Kelly to reserve your space

Quilt Show