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Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Volume 13 Issue 6 – March 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:

Roberta from Olla Mae’s is doing a program on “Going ’round the bend with Gees Bend quilts. 


Sue Schillig
A month ago many of us from guild were at the NEORQC Getaway weekend. For those who missed, here is a brief synopsis of what we did.  We arrived, stored our sewing machines carefully in our classrooms, and threw our small bag of clothes in our rooms.  Some of us helped get others registered, while others began sewing.  After a nice supper in a room so cold we did not care to linger, we gathered in our classrooms to start learning or to begin a new or old project in open studio. We sewed until we could sew no longer. I know it is time to quit when I am afraid I’ll cut off a finger or sew one in a seam.  Up the next morning to eat, then sew, then eat, then sew then eat then sew.  Bed, and up to eat and sew and eat. Finally, our show and tell and drive home, exhausted.  In contrast, I thought it might be fun to do again this weekend, here at home, with the 2 little ones and their mommy, aunt and a friend.  Grandma didn’t get much in the way of sewing done, but we had fun nevertheless.  If you don’t have the opportunity to go away for a retreat, create your own special place for your sewing retreat! Piecefully, Sue


Teri Whidden

President MaryAnn Grayson called the meeting to order at 7:10.   There were 3 visitors this evening. MaryAnn asked if there were any addition/corrections to the minutes. Kelly Grace moved to accept as printed and Cheryl Majewski seconded.  Motion passed.

Community Service:  Baby quilts were turned in by Jackie Harned and Kathy Spencer.  Thank you ladies.  10 baby quilts were passed out that needed binding. Thank you for taking these home.  48 pillowcases and 5  quilts were taken to Genesis House.  They were so excited to receive these.

Program:  Karen Neushaefer from Birds of A Feather did a great talk about “One Block Wonders” and how a printed  fabric with repeats can be used to make a quilt that is vibrant and colorful.   She explained how this technique was different that the traditional “Stack & Wack”.  Her quilts were crazy wonderful!  AND  she brought vending!

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler handed out quilt kits with fabric donated from Joann Fabrics.  A sign up sheet was there for sign out of kits.

Old Business: Tickets are here for the Sewing Basket raffle so please pick up a pack or two to sell.

Fat Quarters:  MaryLou stated that there is now 23 signed up for the exchange.  Only  2 more needed.  Think about it please.

New Business:  Mary Ann Grayson and Lynette Thomson had a “Winter Birthday Party” with a beautiful birthday cake for the guild. Thank you so much for the special treat.  Cindy’s Sew Easy will have a Mystery Quilt workshop on April 12 & 13th for $49.  Mary Ann will be taking sign ups for this event.  Cindy’s will also host binding of the Home of the Brave quilts when needed.  Mary Ann also was asked by Brenda Davis from UAW Local 2000 if the guild would like to participate in making jammie bottoms for Genesis House. with more info will be available next month.

Announcements:  Dates for the guild quilt show at the New Russia Township Hall will be October 4 & 5, 2013.  Thank you Dolores Bean for getting this for the guild .  We will need volunteers to help make this a success, so please think of ideas to present at the meeting next month. MaryAnn also brought information regarding having business cards for the guild made for the members.

Judy Riggle made the motion to adjourn and seconded by Carol Doer.  Motion passed.

Show and Tell was plentiful, wonderful and colorful.

Respectfully submitted,

Teri Whidden

Home of the Brave

Jan Alderman

No Report


International Quilt Festival-Cincinnati
April 11-13, 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.

EASY QUILT PATTERNS – To use for Quilts of Valor

We used this pattern called Bricks and Stepping Stones for Quilts of Valor quilts a few years ago.