Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 1 – September 12, 2013

President:  Mary Ann Grayson
Vice President: Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi
Treasurer:  Pam Scholle
Secretary:  Cheryl Majewski
Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library:  Joanne Palun
Hospitality:  Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak and Karne Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler
Sunshine: Carole Doerr
Bits & Pieces Editor:  Teri Barile

Meetings:          2nd Thursday of month
Time:                      7:00 PM
Location:                St. Joe’s Social Hall, Amherst

Guild email:


SEPTEMBER– We will meet at the SCHOOL, not the building in which we normally meet.

Sue Schillig

The beauty of gender neutral

With 2 grandchildren on the way, I’ve had to refocus a bit on quilting.  I know, where are my priorities? This summer it has been work, painting Anne’s house, and salvaging what I can from the garden.  However, it is a new month. I’ve started working part time, Anne’s house is pretty far along, and the garden won’t have much more that is salvageable.  So, on to the problem of baby quilts.  When my oldest daughter was 12, I had the first granddaughter quilt finished.  When the second granddaughter came along, I had a baby boy quilt done, so the baby girl quilt was finished in April, only 9 months after Bekah’s birth.   The next is due in November, gender unknown. I’ve started a baby girl quilt, still have the baby boy one, and may have a shot at finishing the girl quilt before the new year.  However, next grandchild due in  March (early March) and I think I have two choices: wait until  baby November is born and see what  I’ve got left, or make a gender neutral quilt.    If 3 out of the 4 are not gender neutral, will this baby feel cheated by going the neutral route?  I guess it doesn’t really matter, since I think I’ll just wait and see what I need and act accordingly.   I’m happy to make another sailboat or butterfly quilt, and no matter what, I’ll be one ahead for the next one…

Piecefully, Sue


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Home of the BraveHOME OF THE BRAVE

Janet Alderman
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embroideryEmbroidery at the Guild

In November, there will be a hands-on embroidery session at 5 pm, prior to the Guild meeting.  We will be stitching a quilt square at this session so anyone interested can see how quilting can be accomplished on the embroidery machine. You can bring your own machine and learn how to do this on your machine. If you have an embroidery machine you would like to bring, we will need the type of designs you use, size of hoops, and how you get the designs on the machine.   i.e. USB stick, Floppy disk, Magic box, etc.  We will be running sign-up sheets in October so we can have the supplies and designs ready when you come in.  Look for more information and samples at the meeting in October.  If you have any questions please see Barb Spieker or Karen Neuschaefer.


Calling it a committee is a stretch.  As far as I know only one person has ever done this task for the guild.  Our last Sunshine person was Elsie Kral, who has moved to Ashland.  Elsie will only be able to visit once in a while, so she will no longer be a member.  She could best speak to this, but I think that the job is only sending occasional cards to our members, and wouldn’t be a drain on anyone’s time.  It would be great if someone would volunteer to do this.  Just let Mary Ann know if you are the one!  Thanks!

Quilts displayed in the French Creek Arts and Nature Center Lobby. 

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Quilts displayed at French Creek french creek 2 french creek 3 french creek 4 french creek 5 french creek 6 french creek 7


The Quilt Show is just a month away. If you have quilts or plan to have quilts in the show, you must have the registration form AND a photograph of it to Julie Bragg or Ka-ren Neuschaefer NO LATER THAT SEPTEMBER 15TH. After September 15th, they will not be listed in the Show Program. If you need photographs taken, Karen will take pho-tos of your quilts AFTER the meeting THIS Thursday. Contact Karen at 440-284-1783 or There is a Quilt Show meeting THIS Thursday at 6pm; all are welcome.


The Get Away is Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23, 2014. The registration and deposit are due by September 30th. Class descriptions and registration form are found on the NEORQC website. If you need more information, call MaryAnn at 440-322-1220.

Your president, MaryAnn, is serving as the Get Away Coordinator. I attended the Executive Board meeting in Grafton, on September 7th. The next general meeting of NEORQC is in Tallmadge on Saturday, October 5th. The 25th Anniversary of the organization will be celebrated and ALL previous Presidents will be recognized. Details and meeting locations are found on the NEORQC website. Our guild and all members are also members of NEORQC, the North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council. All members are welcome. Visit the website which is a wonderful resources all about quilting.

Piecemakers Show Quilts at French Creek Nature Center

Twelve quilters from the Lorain County Piecemakers displayed quilts that the French Creek Nature Center from August 22nd through September 8th. The request for quilts was made to compliment the celebration of Emma Gatewood. She was a mother, wife, Quilter, and hiker and trail blazer. The story of her life was celebrated in arts, a play and activities. Some of our members attended the performances and gave it a wonderful review.

Thanks to Karen N., Marilyn N., and Beverly T., for manning an information table at The Arts Festival at the Nature Center on Saturday, September 7th for about 1,000 visitors.

Thanks to Lindy S., Marilyn N., Barb S., Beverly T., Libby B., Kaye K., Fran C., MaryLou B., Karen N., Julie B., MaryAnn G., Julie R., and Lynette T. for displaying quilts in this show.

REMINDER: September’s meeting will be held in the school multipurpose room!