Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 6 – February 14, 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
Bits & Pieces Editor:  Teri Barile

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

Guild email:


Your guess is as good as mine…


Sue Schillig


Cheryl Majewski

LCP January 2014 Minutes

We began at 7:10 with a program presented by Karen Benke from The Little Red Quilt House. As usual she was very entertaining and informative, showing us some new tricks and tips.

The meeting was called to order at 8:45 by our president. There were several cards for us to sign for some of our members. MaryLou Brown and Delores Bean lost their son/grandson over the holidays. Barb Spieker’s husband Dave fell and is in the hospital in Florida. Bev Tucker’s home froze and she is staying with her daughter. Joanne Palun is being treated for cancer and is staying with her daughter in Columbus.  Keri Celik made a friendshiup quilt for Joanne and asked members to sign it.

We had two new members. Our youngest member is now Nicole, aged 9.

The minutes from the last meeting were in the newsletter.

Pam Scholle reported that there is $8175.41 in our treasury with $958 of it belonging to Home of the Brave.

Over 50 pairs of pajamas were donated to children in need and there will be another work day in February to make more.

On January 18 Barb King and Vicki Morris will lead a workshop from 10:00 to 4:00 at the old post office on Park Ave. in Amherst. There will be a potluck and everyone who can is asked to donate $1 for material for the pajamas our group is making. Those who are going can pick up cutting instructions from Barb and Vicki.

Kelly Grace signed up anyone who wanted to join the fat quarter exchange. Signup will end at the end of February.

Maryann said she was proud of everyone who made quilts for our 2013 Quilt Show and encouraged people to start on quilts for the show in 2014.

Sandy Miller will teach computer classes before our meetings to fill in for Kelly Grace until after she has her baby. We still need volunteers to lead classes or projects once a month.

Our LCP retreat has been tabled because of weather.

Anyone interested in volunteering to be an ambassador for the Sewing Expo at the IX Center can go to to sign up.

Sue Schillig reported there will be a Sit and Sew at the Elyria Public Library North Branch on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00. You may register on the library website. Amherst Library has a Sit and Sew on the last Monday of each month.

A copies of the new by-laws were passed out. Lynette Johnson and Libby Betounes assured everyone their email addresses would remain private. Sonya Zimmerman moved, and Judy Riggle seconded the motion to accept the changes. Motion carried.

Meeting was adjourned.

Eleven people had something for Show and Tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski


community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

Ladies, if you took a kit (s)  to make tops or quilts for Community Service and have not returned them, please put them on the to do list for finishing.   Thank you.

artist as quilt makerArtist as Quilt Maker 2014
The entire city of Oberlin will explode with quilts in May 2014! The folks at FAVA would like to decorate the city with quilts, inside and out!

That’s where we are asked to come to their aid. Our guild has been invited to participate in the  “Quilt Bombing” to take place throughout the city.

Here’s what is needed: 12 inch blocks using the specific instruction below. We are asked to re-use fabric, something from your stash; no purchases for this project please.   Any materials would be great, unexpected materials would be welcome, the only thing that would NOT be acceptable is paper (it would disintegrate in the first rain shower).  (Yes they will decorate OUTSIDE!)

Any techniques are fine:  quilted, knitted, crocheted, woven, surface design, embroidery, embellished.  3D would be ok, as well, as long as it wasn’t too heavy. Keep in mind they will be tied to, and around trees, benches, light poles,etc.  And they need A LOT of blocks to cover the city….So if you can help out please do! It should be a fun event and a little exposure for our (growing (YEAH!) group).

Quilt bombing instructions

Thank you,
Kaye Koler

QOV Donation winter 2014Our guild members should be very proud of themselves! I mailed ten quilts to the VA hospital in Cincinnati in late December. The recipients are women veterans who are being treated for post traumatic stress syndrome ( PTSD). Tracy Butts, the program coordinator was Thrilled to get the beautiful quilts that you all worked on. We also had a donation of some retired Vera Bradley items from Judy Recknagel, owner of the Mermaids Tale, that included small tote bags, and sunglasses with hard cases. Each one of the ten women received a pair of glasses and a tote.

I sent Judy a thank you for her generosity, but if you happen to frequent the Mermaids Tale, please thank her in person! She is a great business women with a kind heart!

More quilts will be needed in June or July for another group of women, so I’m quilting the remainder of tops from our workshop as fast as I can! I’ll be bringing in a couple of quilts that need to be bound in February. If you like to help out, just let me know!

Thank you for your continued support!

Sewhappy Quilting,Kaye Koler

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 the March meeting – the more people that participate the larger and more diverse your quilt will be.

Fabric can be purchased at:

Hancock’s of Paducah ––i-H-L-7292-68

Batiks Plus –

Batiks Etcetera –

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


From the desk of the
MaryAnn Grayson


This has been a busy month, ladies. Since our last meeting, it has been sooo cold, most of us have been staying indoors … and quilting?? I expect we’ll see a lot of quilts at our February meeting!

The meeting room was almost as cold as outside, but that didn’t stop Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House from making a great presentation and bringing a nice assortment of fabric and notions to vend. She will be the instructor at our Double Diamond all day workshop on Saturday, March 22nd 10 am to 4 pm. Cost $10 for pattern, $10 for the class. You can sign up at the February or March meeting. Limit 20.

On January 18th, we attended the ‘Barb & Vickie’ Show workshop. Nine members attended. Thanks for the $5 donations to be used for flannel for pajamas.

Bonnie’s layout with assorted colorsbonnie

Beverly’s finished two color quilt top beverly

Next up, another Pajama Party on Saturday, February 15th 10 am to 4 pm. We purchased more flannel with the cash donations made at the ‘Barb & Vickie’ Show. Additional donations will be appreciated. We made more than 50 pair of pajama bottoms! There is still a need. Thanks to everyone who worked on this project AND those who worked on them at home.

I am saddened to share that Barbara Spieker, Vice President, lost her wonderful husband, David at the end of January in Florida. David was the brother of Marilyn Novak, membership co-chair. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, February 15th at 11 am at St. Paul’s Church in Amherst. We will also have Blue Bags for Delores Bean (who lost her grandson and MaryLou Brown, the mother of the same young man. Their blue bag colors are Barb (blue), Marilyn (blues/green), Delores (green) and MaryLou (purple). Please remember their Blue Bags at the February meeting (bringing one fat quarter per bag shows we care).

Thanks to Keri Celik for designing, making and quilting the beautiful quilt for JoAnn Palun, our librarian who is in back and forth to Columbus and undergoing chemo here. Thanks you mem-bers for signing this quilt. Our hopes and best wishes to Joann.

It is finally here! The NEORQC Get Away will be February 21 – 23 at the Bertram Inn in Aurora. Thirteen Piecemakers will be attending! Total registered: 139! It is going to be fun with classes and Open Studio, too. Hope you will join us next year!

We talked about a Retreat for the Guild members. There is an open weekend in May…we will talk about at this meeting.

It is time to think about a Quilt Show! What…no, I just want you to think about the quilts for the October, 2014 show. We will need a lot of volunteers, hope you will help! There are a lot of learning to do to get ready for the show!

See you all very soon!

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