Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 4 – December 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 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:

This month is the Potluck.  Please bring a dish.  Meeting starts at 6:30!!

red quilt

Sue Schillig

As the flurry and drama of the holidays approach, I am reminded that we all deal with future demands differently. Some are steady and organized, shopping involves lists and schedules and plans and gifts are wrapped as they are purchased. Cookies are baked ahead and frozen, and holiday meals are planned and the table is set days ahead to rival a Martha Stewart event. You might be already guessing that there is then the other group. I find myself solidly among the last minute, throw together, slap on the paper variety. It is not where I’d like to be, but seems like every year I’m shopping until the last minute, baking on Christmas eve, and if Chuck didn’t decorate, I’m not sure much would get done. I’m full of exciting ideas that would be lovely, but when it comes time to execute, the time has disappeared. Everyone has their own time snatchers, so no need to elaborate, but there are times I do wonder what it would be like to be prepared for the holidays. Then I remember that young couple who set off for Bethlehem with only what a donkey could carry and showed up without hotel reservations. No birthing suite awaited the birth of a newborn child. And yet we celebrate that miracle every year! No matter how you celebrate, enjoy each moment with family and friends. Piecefully, Sue Schillig

self-cleaning house

Cheryl Majewski

November 2013 At 5:00 an embroidery workshop was held for all those interested. Many people brought their machines and worked on a Christmas square. At the same time, several members embroidered a cup holder for anyone who wanted one. It was fun and informative.

The meeting was called to order at 7:08. We had three guests and one new member.

The membership committee was thanked for all their work and membership cards were handed out. Members were reminded that the cards are good for a discount at JoAnns and many quilt shops.

Pam Scholle reported that we have approximately $7000.00 in our treasury. A complete treasurer’s report can be found online.

Community Service took several pillowcases and baby quilts to Blessing House. Teri thanked everyone for all the fabrics in the blue basket.

Kaye Koler will bring all the Quilts of Valor to the December meeting to be photographed. Ten of the quilts will be going to Cincinnati for a group of women being treated for PTSD.

Sue Schillig’s neighbor made a quilt top for Home of the Brave and dropped it off at Sue’s house.

MaryLou Brown explained the fat quarter exchange group. She is ready for people to sign up for this year’s group.

Kelly Grace is accepting sign-ups for the block exchange.  She explained that one specific  Hoffman fabric will be used and participants can add as many other fabrics as they wish. Tops made from last year’s exchange will be shown at the December potluck.

Sonya Zimmerman will be taking orders for Gingher scissors once again. All scissors are 50 % off retail price.

On Nov. 23rd there will be a pajama party at Main Street Amherst from 10:00 to 4:00. Everyone will be making p.j.’s for disadvantaged children with fabric provided by the UAW. Bring machines and sergers. MaryAnn will bring thread.

The getaway planned for the first weekend in April needs to be rescheduled. Everyone will work on their own project. One meal will be included in the price and the guild will pay for the room for one day.

The NQA show in Columbus will be on Memorial Day weekend this year. There was some discussion about taking a bus down on May 23rd. There was not enough interest at this time.

Ruth Groot reported on an embroidery retreat put on by Somewhere Sewing. It was $140 for two nights and was very well planned. Food was brought in to the retreat. If we want to do one, we could have a class or work on UFOs. November, 2014, was suggested.

Thirty-nine surveys about the quilt show  passed out last month were retuned. The comments will be reported in the newsletter. MaryAnn thanked everyone who returned surveys, those who served on committees, and those who contributed prizes.

On Jan. 18th at Main Street Amherst we will have the Barb and Vicki workshop “Fun With Rectangles”.

Lori Quinones presented a $100.00 check from the Eastern Stars to Kaye Koler for the Quilts of Valor.

Lynnette Johnson read a revised copy of the by-laws to better reflect what we are doing now. The changes will be read again in December and then we will vote on them.

In January we will have a reception to welcome new members. Since June, we have nineteen new members. This is when our new handbooks will be given to everyone.

Our December meeting will be at 6:30 when we have our annual Christmas Potluck. Drinks and table service are provided by the guild. Before the meeting ended, Cindy Kraft from Cindy’s Sew Easy showed many beautiful embroidered projects. This was followed by thirteen members sharing their Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

sunshine committeeSUNSHINE
Carole Doerr

December Meeting – Blue Basket in yellows for Barb Vilagi, who lost her GrandDaughter.

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

Thanks go to Pat Brush for one completed baby quilt and to Ruth Groot for 16 tops!

fat quarter exchangeFAT QUARTER EXCHANGE
Mary Lou Brown

It is time to sign up for Fat Quarters. I will have a sign up sheet at the meeting but they can always e-mail me @

messy sewing room

Christmas Potluck Idea..
xmas potluck
Cheese cubes
Thyme springs
Celery trunk
Cream cheese ball rolled in parsley for top
Can substitute cherry tomatoes and olives for grapes


Revised LCP Constitution and Bylaws