Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 3 – November14, 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 Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: 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:


Stray Threads


Sue Schillig

Quilters are always learning new things. My new toy this month is an iPhone. So this column is being brought to you by Siri. I talk she types all good. The picture is of my latest baby girl quilt awaiting sometime in the future a new granddaughter. With both girls pregnant I’m ready for the first one with a boy or girl quilt. New things can seem scary at first but look what I difference it can make! Some other now old new things that I remember are Rotary cutters, plastic rulers, Magic pencils and most importantly all those new ways to machine quilt. My first quilt was cut out from cereal box pattern handstitched, and marked with pencil by my grandfather. Family members got together to hand quilt it with me. We’ve come a long way! Happy quilting! Sue

Cheryl Majewski

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m.. Maryann welcomed nine guests and 2 new members. Before the meeting many members got their machines adjusted and cleaned by Dennis Moffitt from Somewhere Sewing in Millersburg. Dennis was also our speaker for the evening.

Pam Scholle reported that our quilt show was a big financial success.

Teri Whidden reported that Barb King made thirteen pillowcases and two baby quilts for community service.

Barb Spieker said that in November all those interested in seeing the embroidery machine demonstration come at 5:00. Those bringing a machine are also to bring thread and bobbins. In December we will have our Christmas party.

Membership reported that our membership cards are coming. Dues is $25 for the year and will start being pro-rated in March.

Jan Alderman thanked everyone who worked on the Home of the Brave quilts. We raised $441.00 at the quilt show. Ohio has 294 soldiers that have been killed and so far we have mailed a total of 290 quilts to various family members. Four were just mailed and their are 79 more soldiers’ families needing quilts.

Kaye Koler said that more feminine quilts are needed in Cincinnati. Red, white and blue quilts are going to South Carolina for a special event.

Maryann presented gift certificates to Julie Bragg, Karen Neuschaefer, and Pam Scholle for all the work they did for the quilt show. Maryann also thanked the greeters for welcoming everyone and like how white gloves were handed out to everyone. Surveys were passed out for comments on the show. Many good comments were received. The surveys will be gone over and decisions made for our next show.

Class samples for getaway were displayed on the back wall. We have 130 quilters registered so far for the getaway at the Bertram Inn February 21-23, 2014.

Kelly Grace announced a new block exchange for next year. There is one fabric you must use and you may add as many as you like. Six people were in this year’s exchange.

New Business: There was some discussion about having our own getaway, possibly at the Oberlin Inn, the first weekend in April. More info will be coming later.

The NQA Show in Columbus will be in May this year. Our guild will have a bus going again this year.

Next month there will be a pajama party where everyone makes pajamas for disadvantaged children. Fabric is provided by the UAW.

In January, Barb King and Vicki Morris will be doing a workshop.

Karen Knox reminded everyone to take home the things that were left on the free table.

Eleven people had show and tell.

Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

Home of the BraveHOME OF THE BRAVE
Janet Alderman

Our quilt show was more than successful!! By the last day, I could hardly wait to count the donations I gathered. It was an amazing $441!!! WOW! That will be so helpful in the mailing of our quilts.

By January I hope to have some of the squares that were signed, put into a “kit” for some of you to sew. I still NEED your help. I know the holiday seasons make it a busy time for all of us. I figured with the snowy weather that is predicted, the kits would give you something to do!

During the month of October, I was busy mailing out more quilts! YEAH!

SGT MAJOR Joseph Ellis – Feb. 2007
LCPL Ryan Miller – Sept.2006
SSG Sonny Zimmerman (2) – July 2013
SPC Eriel Valdes – Sept. 2009

Please keep our valiant heroes in your thoughts and prayers.
Gone but not Forgotten.
Janet Alderman

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.

sunshine committeeSUNSHINE
Carole Doerr

Hello, Always looking for member and member’s families information on celebrations and/or trials so we can stay in touch. Thank you.

Carole or 440-309-7304

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

Thank you so very much to the thoughtful ladies that brought novelty and baby fabric for me. Baby quilts will be made with these gifts and given to Blessing House and Genesis House. Sincerely, Teri Whidden

Barb King turned in 13 pillowcases and 2 baby quilts. Karen Jackson gave us 2 teething snuggies. Thank you so very much ladies.

I’d like to thank everyone for all the emails, texts, and phone congratulations! You guys are the best! Houston was a treat to say the least! And I was fortunate enough to have my sister go with me to share my joy. Oh my goodness! They say everything in Texas is big….There were 1100 vendors. No, that’s not a typo! And I’m not even sure how many quilts there were on display… Houston loves quilters and it was a true honor to be there among all those creative, talented people.

I’m feeling very blessed…
Sew-happy, Kaye


I will be bringing all the quilts that are completed (and ready to be shipped) to the November meeting. I’d like to photograph them with members. I want to send some photos to Joann’s to let me know we put their fabric donation to good use! So if you’d like to be in the photo just show up!

And again, thank you to all that have helped on the Quilts of Valor project!

See you next week!

Karen Neuschaefer

If you haven’t paid your dues yet, please do. After the December meeting we will be sending the paid membership list to NEORQC and people who want a NEORQC membership card should be paid by then to ensure they receive one.

Teri B.

I am what is now called a Digital Hoarder. I have two hard drives in my computer. One that holds the operating system , programs etc, and the other holds years of photos, and paper work. Like the newsletter. Once a month I back up this hard drive on an external device. But that would mean that it would not be up to date for the month after I back it up. So a couple of years ago, I purchased 3 years worth of Carbonite Online Backup. Mostly because I would rather be safe than sorry. Good thing, because yesterday, that drive stopped working. I can’t open it or save to it. And if it wasn’t for the online back up, you would not be getting the newsletter right now. Now if I could get my IT guy (my son) to get in here and look at it.. hopefully it can be fixed. After all, I did feed him..

the desk of the
MaryAnn Grayson

What a glorious Fall season of warm temperatures and wonderful colors. Just as you were enjoying this fall, here come a few snowflakes. Is this snow a sign of things to come? It does not matter, we sew indoors!

I hope you come to the next Guild meeting to Explore Embroidery! We are starting embroidery at 5pm, some are bringing embroidery machines, setting them up and trying out projects. We will also feature a Trunk Show, too. Have an embroidery machine or not, come on out!

I was blessed with the opportunity to go to The Quilt Camp 2013 at Cedar Lake in Ripley, WV. A class with Peg Bingham on designing quilts AND then making the quilt was great. The 280 + quilters and staff of more than 30 made for a great five day camp. It was really worth the trip. Karen Neuschafer and I attended different classes, but had a wonderful time.

Hats off to our own Kaye Koler for a 3rd place win in the Small Quilt Division at the International Quilt Show in Houston! Big win, tiny quilt, congratulations, Kaye! We are a Guild of winners AND I just can’t wait until 2014 Shows…we will shine!

These are my comments regarding our successful Quilt Show. The Door Prizes were a hit as was the Quilted Car. Congratulations, Cheryl Majewski, winner of our Brother Serger. Thanks to Barb Spieker, Barb Vilagi and our members who donated goodies, put the gift baskets together and sold the tickets for our door prizes and Serger raffle. The show was wonderful, diverse and well organized. Thanks to Julie Bragg and Karen N. for coordinating the quilt displays, to Barb King, Vicki Morse and volunteers for serving refreshments. Thanks to Jan Alderman and volunteers for the nine patches (for signatures), display and handouts. Special thanks to Lindy Sleasman for organizing the coverage for the Quilts of Valor display for Kaye. Thanks to our vendors, Little Red Quilt House, Country Fabrics and Cindy’s Sew Easy for a variety of fabrics and notions. Thanks to Lynette Thomson, MaryLou Brown and volunteers who manned the Guild’s Sale Table. The White Glove committee handily handled the task of watching over our quilts. Greeters and Hospitality Crew also did a wonderful job. Photographs were taken by Kelly Grace and Cindy Ginter as well as Marie Ralston, NEORQC Webmaster! Thanks to Pam, our Treasurer, for being on duty nearly all hours of the show. Congratulations to all of you, members, for your part in our memorable Quilt Show.

A special thanks to our friends at the Lorain Journal, Chronicle Telegram and News Times for coverage of our Quilted Car and our 2013 Quilt Show.

Lorain County Piecemakers on the road to the NQA Quilt Show Trip

Friday, May 23. 2014
Leave Amherst Kmart at 7:30 am.
Leave Columbus at 3:30 pm,
Stop for meal
Return about 6:30 pm

NQA Quilt Show Trip $ 35.00
One Day Trip includes transportation, refreshments & admission to the show.
Deposit of $20.00 due by February 1st, balance due by May 9, 2014
Send payments to Lorain County Piecemakers c/o P. O. Box 782, Elyria, OH 44036
For more details, see loraincountypiecemakers website or blog.

Contact any Guild member or MaryAnn 322-1220

Lorain County Piecemakers invite you to a Pajama Party!!

Patterns, fabric and elastic provided!
Sew or serge!
Help us make sleepwear for children who may be in a shelter in Lorain County.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
10 am to 4 pm
Main Street Amherst
(Old Amherst Post Office, Amherst, OH) For details, contact Barb 440-988-4107

Lorain County Piecemakers Spring Retreat….get away, but not too far away!

Start or Finish your own projects, work on Community Service, ‘Home of the Brave’ or ‘Quilts of Valor’ projects

Friday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 4th, 2014
10 am 3 pm

Retreat Location: Oberlin Inn, 7 N. Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Room reservation included in registration; do NOT contact the hotel.

ONE – All Day (and night) Sewing AND a lunch $20
TWO Days (and nights) of Sewing, a lunch AND Overnight (Double occupancy) $80
THREE Days (and nights) of Sewing, a lunch AND TWO Overnights (Double occupancy) $130

Project: Thread Catcher Bag

Quilt Pattern: Jelly Roll Jam Quilt Pattern