Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 13 Issue 7 – April 11, 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:

Dear Quilt Guild,

Just wanted to let you know if it is possible to impeach a VP, I’ll be happy to be impeached. In the meantime, I finally have a program for April. Beth and Becky (mother and daughter) from Cotton Pickers in Chardon will be here to do a trunk show.  Beth is a Judy Neimeyer (probably spelled wrong)  instructor, and Becky has just published a book with Martindale.  They will bring lots to show and tell, and purchase.

In May, Mo’Nique from Quilts and Sew Forth will return. She will do something besides the stripping (she did that last time) but we have not firmed up the program as yet.  Others are in the works, stay tuned.  Sue

Sue Schillig

Quilting should be relaxing. Quilting should be fun.  But finding time to do that relaxing and fun quilting this time of year has always been difficult for me.   The fall garden work that didn’t get done is calling, the spring garden work is calling, and nieces get married, babies are born.  Out flies all my good intentions.  I’m lucky to get the laundry and the dishes done.  So, I am very thankful for those few cold months in winter, when the outdoors does not beckon, and I can stay warm and cozy in my house to sew and dream!  Piecefully, Sue

Teri Whidden

President MaryAnn Grayson called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  We have 5 guests this evening. There were no additions/corrections to the newsletter.   MaryLou Brown made a motion to accept and Kelly Grace seconded it.  Motion passed. There was no Treasurers report.

Community Service:  Barb King turned in 9 pillowcases,  Ruth Groot turned in 3 baby quilts, Judy Riggle turned in 2 baby quilts, Libby Betounes turned in 1 baby quilt with matching pillowcase, and Deb Beard turned in 1 baby quilt.  Thank you so very much ladies!

Challenges:  Kelly Grace talked about using the Hoffman Challenge fabric to make 12″ blocks for exchange. She will talk more about it at the April meeting.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Kolar thanked the ladies that longarm machine quilt for helping out with the Quilts of Valor.  She requested that the guild buy batting to use in exchange she will give Community Service the fusible batting that was donated to her. Pat Serio made the motion for the guild to buy the batting and Lori Quinones seconded it. Motion passed.

Also talked about purchasing the Quilts of Valor program on DVD that was shown on PBS for the guild library.  MaryAnn Grayson made the motion and Karin Knox seconded it. Motion passed. Kaye also thanked everyone that took quilt kits at the last meeting.

Fat Quarters: MaryLou Brown has 23 signed up, guidelines and list of names will go out via email before next meeting for exchange in June.

Old Business:  April 12 & 13 will be a Mystery Quilt class at Cindy’s Sew Easy.  The cost is $49. The class needs to have 6 people for it to go. Please see MaryAnn Grayson regarding this.

Mary Wallhead thanked everyone for their thoughtfulness regarding the Blue Basket.

Raffle:  Marilyn Novak has the tickets for the raffle. 80 tickets were sold at the last NEORQC meeting.  If you haven’t gotten any,  the tickets will be available at the April meeting.

Kelly Grace has kindly volunteered to have a techno computer class at 6:00pm before the April meeting.  Please sign up with her and BRING your laptop!

Quilt Show:  The guild is under contract with the New Russia Township Hall. So far, MaryAnn has 4 vendors already lined up. The quilt racks have been reserved.  She is going to contact JVS to see if the Childhood Development Studies would be able to assist with a child corral so parents can enjoy viewing the quilt show.  She will also have a meeting with interested members to get started with subcommittees, etc.

New Business:  NEORQC is looking for a guild to host the June meeting.  MaryAnn asked if the guild would be interested in hosting. Since we have so much going on with getting the quilt show in the Fall,  Linda Bell suggested that we not host this time and everyone agreed.

Lynette Thomson is working on putting together a handbook for the guild.

Kelly Grace made business cards and passed out packs of 20 to each of the members present.  She also has put the guild on facebook and we have a blog!

MaryAnn Grayson mentioned that we need to start thinking about being an officer for the upcoming year.  Please don’t be shy.

Program:  This evening Roberta Lawson from Olla Mae’s Underground Quilt Shop talked about the quilts from Gee’s Bend. What a wonderful program.  The Gee’s Bend ladies were very artistic with using whatever fabrics were on hand to make their quilts.  Some may look Amish in design, some were made by hand and if there was access, a treadle machine was used.  She also talked about her visit in 2004 at the Art Museum to view the quilts and conversations with the ladies from Gee’s Bend.

Mary Lou Brown made the motion to adjourn and Lois Quinones seconded.  Motion passed.

Show and Tell was plentiful.  It is wonderful to see the lovely work that was shown tonight.

Respectfully submitted,

Teri Whidden

Home of the Brave

Jan Alderman
No Report

quilt shows

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

Home at last

Kaye Koler’s miniature quilt “Home at Last” has been juried into the AQS show in Paducah KY being held later this month.  Wish her luck!!

Quilts of ValorQuilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Well, we have fewer and fewer people show up to sew for the Quilts of Valor workshops. BUT, that doesn’t mean no one is sewing tops, quilting or binding for the cause! All of the kits have been taken and that means many of you are sewing them at home! Thank you so much for helping!

Your work is appreciated and I know that the servicemen and women that will receive a quilt will be grateful as well! It does my heart good to know so many care about our recovering veterans! I have decided to cancel the April workshop unless I hear from several of you telling me you will be there.Here’s the tally for quilts …

From the September 2011 workshop we made 13 tops in total. I have quilted and mailed four of them to the coordinator in North Carolina. In 2012 I quilted four more and mailed them. I have four left to be quilted… and there is still one top unaccounted for. For 2013, there were 21 kits signed out. There were four left. So, we combined them with others to ensure there was enough fabric to complete a quilt (backing binding and presentation case).  I will keep you posted…

Happy, Happy, Spring!