Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 13 Issue 9 – June 13, 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:


Peg Bingham will share her extensive knowledge of machine quilting’s colorful past and maybe a glimpse into the future.

sometimes a girls just gotta sew


Sue Schillig

Peg Bingham will be with us on Thursday to talk about machine quilting, not so much the how to as the interesting tale of how it came to be.  You may be surprised to find out it has been around longer than you think!

Stray threads:

I’ve thought a lot this week about practice, and how it affects our lives. We all know the importance of it, obviously, from an early age my Mom cautioned me to practice because “practice makes perfect”.  I’m not a big follower of than notion. Sure, you might get better at it, but the idea of perfection is remote.  I had interactions this week with the medical profession.  They practice medicine, and perfection is not always the result.  I might practice some new gardening techniques.  Unfortunately, how well I do them is not always the complete picture.  Weather plays an important part.  I can practice quilting techniques, but without the eye for color and design,  the ability to sew a straight seam is not going to garner perfection.  All that being said,  there is a place for practice in life.  And there is a place for creativity, exploration, and art.  When we find what might be near perfection has a lot more to it than practice.  Piecefully, Sue

Meeting Minutes
Teri Whidden
President MaryAnn Grayson called the meeting to order at 7:05pm and we had one visitor.

Committee Reports:

Community Service: Barb King turned in pillowcases, Ruth Groot turned in baby quilts, Keri Celik donated a bag of batting. Many thanks to everyone who have taken quilt kits home and returned them.

Program: Monique and her daughter from “Quilts & Sew Forth” in Mentor returned this evening to give us a great program. Monique is the queen of strip set quilts! The quilts she showed were really wonderful. She had great quilting tips and tools to use to expand the strip sets into a variety of patterns. Again, using varied color combinations, the quilts showed how different the same design can look. She also recommended the Missouri Star Quilt Company for good tutorials. Monique had 2 door prizes and the winners were: Georgia Forbush and Barb Spieker.

Quilts of Valor: MaryAnn brought the DVD from the PBS program “Quilts of Valor” and it will be in the library.

Fat Quarters: MaryLou Brown said the fat quarter exchange will happen in July.

Old Business: The winner of the Sewing Machine Raffle Basket was Karen Jackson. How exciting for one of the Piecemakers to win! MaryLou Kucera sold 134 raffle tickets and will receive a gift card. Thank you to Julie Bragg and all the ladies who came to the mini meetings for the quilt show to be held in October. Julie stated that we need more quilts to make the goal of 100 before opening it up to non guild members. The NQA bus trip is on June 28th and there are seats available. The cost is $35. Please see MaryAnn for tickets.

Cheryl Majewski volunteered to be Recording Secretary. The only position remaining open is Vice President. Ladies, don’t be shy! Two can hold the office if you would like to buddy up.

Announcements: Thank you to MaryAnn and Lynette for the cake to celebrate all the Spring birthdays. It was very good!

Show and Tell: Was varied and incredible! It is amazing what comes out of the tote bags for us to see.

Respectfully submitted, Teri Whidden


The quilted car update… We had a wonderful turnout for the first part of the quilted car workshop!  We put together three of the five panels needed, ( now I just have to get them quilted!) the last two are almost completed. Once quilted we’ll do another workshop to fit them to the car. As soon as I have a date for that I will let everyone know. This car is going to be SO cool! Thank you to everyone who donated blocks, orphan or otherwise. Thank you too, for all of you that showed up to help! This is made possible because of everyone’s generous gift of time, talent, blocks and fabric! AND it was an awful lot of fun! We enjoyed everyone’s company and laughter ! Life is GOOD!
Thank you ! Thank you!

car pieces 2nd side panel quilted side panel car top car panel1 car panel 2I’d like to thank everyone for all the phone calls, emails, and notes of congratulations! My little log cabin quilt, Home at Last, was awarded a second place ribbon in the miniature category at AQS in Paducah! It was an exciting and thrilling experience for certain. Everyone at AQS was so kind gracious. I’m very honored to have been awarded one of their pink dogwood ribbons since there were some fabulous quilts there that deserved ribbons as well.
Thank you all for thinking of me and taking time to tell me congrats!
kaye quilt 2

kaye quilt

My Favorite Online Fabric Sources

Teri Barile
We’ve all heard it “Support your Local Quilt Shop”.  I’m sure that we all do, although my favorite “Local” quilt shop is Miller’s in Charm.  I will admit that I do most of my shopping at other people’s local quilt shops through the internet.  Recently, while in my 10th hour of piecing a miniature, I thought a certain fabric would look good for a border.  Since I love charm packs, I had a 5” square of the fabric and the name.  Using an internet search with the name and design number (provided on the back label of a charm pack),  I tracked down fabric that I needed from a shop in Georgia.  She was closed at the time having just closed after a shop hop, but she was kind enough to see if she still had a fabric so that I could order it, which I did.

Local quilt shops are great for stopping in to browse and buy fabric and notions that you maybe didn’t need when you walk in the door.

The internet is the best way to buy specific fabrics from a line. Although you do have to pay postage, you don’t pay tax.  And you don’t have to pay $4.00/gal of gas to get to them.

  Many of the big stores like;


who has huge amounts and whole lines of fabric designs.  Sometimes they have backing sales with free shipping and I order for my stash.

Recently, I have been lucky enough to find some great online stores.

 hawthorne threads

They have fabrics from Timeless Treasures, but it seems like they are designs that you just don’t see everywhere.  They have  many designer lines of fabrics and cost no more than it does in a shop locally.

pink chalk

I really like Pink Chalk Fabrics.  I think that I originally found it through a pin on Pinterest. She carries fabrics from all kinds of designers.  She even has some Japanese fabrics that I loved. She has patterns that you can purchase and download.  No shipping.. instant gratification.  As a matter of fact, I bought a “Charlie’s Aunt” bag pattern just now.

fat quarter shop

Fat Quarter shop is a really nice place to order.  If you love Modas, this is the place to go, although she does carry other lines.  You can browse through thumbnails, and even if the fabric isn’t coming out for months, you can enter your email and you will be sent an alert when the fabric arrives in a shop.  She get’s fabrics to you right away, and they are always folded so pretty and put in a clear envelope.  I almost hate to take them out they are so appealing.


This isn’t a fabric shop.  This shop sells zippers.  Nice, inexpensive zippers.  I don’t really do garment sewing anymore, but I have really been having fun making different bags.  You can find almost any kind or color of zipper here, and you will get good service.

These are my favorite fabric sources. I have ordered more than once from all of these places and I have always had good service and fast delivery.  I can say that I can heartily recommend any of them.