Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 5 – January 9, 2014

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 and Melanie Majewski
Bits & Pieces Editor:  Teri Barile

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

Guild email:

From Mary Ann Grayson

Karen Benke of the Little Red Quilt House, Medina.  Her presentation and trunk show are titled “Nine Nifty Notions.  Karen will vend an assortment of fabric, notions, etc.  I really enjoyed the variety of goodies she had in her booth at our Quilt Show and am anxious to hear her presentation.

Sue Schillig

I had truly forgotten what a pleasure it was to finish some UFO’s, until this past week when I put together a couple of community service quilts out of my leftover scraps.  What a sense of satisfaction, and I’m hoping to continue those good feelings the rest of this year, by working on more.  I’ll make no predictions, but I’m hoping at least one or two more UFO’s will be done this year.  I’ve plenty to choose from of course, so no worries about running out any time soon.

If you find you need more stitching time,  here are a couple of ideas.  Amherst Public Library still has their “Quilter’s Connect” the last Monday of each month from 6-8. In addition, there is a sit and sew (handwork only) at the Elyria North Branch library at LCCC. Reservations can be made online from the Elyria site at  That one meets the third Tuesday from 6-8 (or later during school sessions, the library is open until  10.  Winter is such a great time to visit and sew.  Enjoy and stay warm! Piecefully, sue

Cheryl Majewski

LCP December Minutes

We started the evening at 6:30 with a delicious potluck. Maryann opened the meeting  at 7:25 by welcoming everyone. We had three visitors.

Kaye Koler asked several members to hold up the Quilts of Valor that were made with fabrics donated by JoAnn Fabrics. Kelly Grace took pictures that will be sent to JoAnn’s to thank them.

Maryann reported that we made $2721.86 at our quilt show. Our ending balance is $8087.19.

Karen Neuschaefer showed some of the p.j.’s that were made at the pajama party. Over 50 pairs were made for Genesis House and Blessing House.

Maryann recognized Marilyn Novak and Karen Neuschaefer from the membership committee for their hard work. All new members will be introduced at the reception in January and everyone will receive a new handbook. We now have 92d members.

Maryann thanked Melanie Majewski for volunteering to help Carole Doerr with Sunshine.

In January the quilt guild in Westerville will start making quilts for Home of the Brave. Janet Alderman reported that we would be putting squares together in January as well.

Mary Lou Brown said she is still taking names for the fat quarter exchange. There were 26 participants last year. People have four months to gather their fabric.

Maryann reported that there were very few negative comments on the surveys about the quilt show. The group voted to have another show next year. We already have the new building reserved at the same price as last year. It will be the first weekend in October.

We need at least 35 people to sign up for a bus to go to the NQA show on Thurs., May 22nd.

Sandi Morse will be teaching a computer class before the February meeting.

Maryann thanked Barb Cowger-Vilagi and Barb Spieker for putting together the potluck. They have programs planned through July.

Barb King and Vicki Morris showed samples of quilts that will be made at the workshop on Jan. 28th. The workshop is free, but it was suggested that those who wished could donate $5.00 to the pajama fund. The workshop and potluck will be from 10:00 to 4:00 at the old post office on Park Ave.

Volunteers are being sought to lead programs or projects once a month in addition to our meetings.

North Coast Needlers asked Kelly Grace to teach EQ classes at the Porter Library in Westlake  the first Monday of every month starting in January.

Cheryl Majewski presented a check for $100.00 to Janet Alderman for Home of the Brave. It came from the Black River Stamp Club in Elyria.

Our meeting ended with Show and Tell.



The ‘Barb & Vicki’ Show aka FUN WITH RECTANGLES is being presented by Guild members, Barb King and Vicki Morris.  The workshop will be held at Main Street Amherst (the old Post Office) on Saturday, January 18th from 10am to 4 pm.  The Fabric Requirements (and cutting instructions) and FUN WITH RECTANGLES Layout page are posted on the Blog;  I can also forward copies or distribute copies at our meeting to those who sign up.   No fee was requested, I am suggesting a $5 donation to buy more flannel for pajamas.  Please call MaryAnn 440-322-1220 to sign up.

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

Julie Bragg turned in a very cute baby quilt and Karen Jackson gave me 12 touchie feelies (not sure of the correct name).  Thank you both very much.


fabric meme

2014 Challenge Fabric

2014 Challenge Fabric

Block Exchange

Looking for a challenge for 2014? Sign up for the 2014 Block Exchange.  We will be using the 2014 Hoffman Challenge fabric.  Signups will continue until March – the more people that participate the larger and more diverse your quilt will be.

Fabric can be purchased at:

Hancock’s of Paducah

Batiks Plus

Batiks Etcetera

For more information or to sign up contact Kelly Grace ( or see the post on the guild blog

Pattern: Round Bottomed Fabric Storage Bucket tutorial