Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 7 – March 13, 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:

About Our Speaker: SUE WILSON

Sue Wilson’s quiltmaking took a radical turn when she attended one of Betty Cotton’s very first “Cotton Theory” classes. Sue was instantly hooked on the reversible, dimensional quilts that resulted, and laid aside 25 years of traditional quilting to pursue Cotton Theory with a passion. She began working for Betty Cotton in 2007, and frequently accompanies Betty as a teaching assistant or in the Cotton Theory booth at quilting shows. When she is not with Betty, you will often find Sue teaching Cotton Theory classes to quilting groups across the country.

Sue has always been a fan of Judy Niemeyer’s exquisite paper pieced quilts, and a frequent student in Judy’s classes. When Judy asked Sue to become one of her certified teachers, she jumped at the chance. Besides teaching Judy’s existing patterns, Sue is working with Judy to create projects which combine the best of Cotton Theory with the beauty of Judy Niemeyer quilts.

Sue is known for her patience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and her ability to help them achieve success! She is certified as a Premium Cotton Theory teacher by Betty Cotton and is one of Judy Niemeyer’s 10 national certified teachers. Sue has been honored to teach for shops, guilds and shows around the country including Alaska. Sue has taught at the 2014 Quilt Camp at Ripley, WV among other retreats and quilt camp locations.

Sue Schillig

You may have noticed I missed last month. Daughter Anne was on bed rest, and I was spending a bit more time in Akron.  All is well with the arrival of Alice Louise on February 17th!  The NEORQC Getaway weekend was the last weekend in February and many in the guild were there.  You might think that a person who started making quilts in 1976 wouldn’t have all that much to learn, but seems like there is always something. This time I took Mary Huey’s Tumbling Blocks class using Marti Michell’s templates. I must admit that I began with some trepidation, as I had only previously cut out hexagons by tracing templar patterns and cutting out a quarter edge around, then sewing them either by machine or hand by pinning corners together.  I am hooked on this new way and  have even started making Hex stars, for the seven sisters pattern.  I guess we are never too old to learn some new techniques, and I’m especially pleased to dream about what might be created using this new technique. Something tells me that little  Alice’s flower garden quilt will just fly together ! Piecefully, Sue

Cheryl Majewski

LCP February Minutes

Our Program for the evening was Sharon Morton showing us all of her wool work and giving tips for working with wool.

Our business meeting was called to order at 8:03 by our president.  There were three visitors and a new member, Kathy, who is from Aurora.

Last month’s minutes were in the newsletter.

Pam Scholle had surgery and could not give the treasurer’s report. Maryann reported that we have the same amount of money as last month, minus about $600.00.

Maryann thanked everyone for bringing in fabric for the blue baskets and Kelly Grace and Teri Barile for getting out the information.

Kaye Koler reported there will be a new group of women in June or July who will need quilts. The people who took home QofV kits need to get them finished and returned. Kaye received a thank you note from the women in Cincinnati who received quilts.

There was no report from Home of the Brave.

Today was the final sign-up for the fat quarter exchange. At present there are eleven people signed up. The lists will go out by the end of the month.

Kelly Grace reported that there are only four people signed up for the Block Exchange. Sign-ups end at the March meeting. Each person needs to make one 12 1/2″ unfinished block for each person in the exchange. Blocks need to be completed by July.

Maryann asked that each member try to have two quilts ready for our 2014 Quilt Show. There was also a call for more members to volunteer to work at the show. The more people who volunteer, the less work for everyone.

We talked about a guild retreat at the Oberlin Inn on May 16, 17, and 18. The cost would be approximately $15 per day  and $45 per night. People could work on their own projects or do binding for Home of the Brave quilts or Quilts of Valor.

The membership committee asked that, if there was any information wrong on the roster, please see Karen Neuschaefer or Marilyn Novak. Applications can be found on the guild blog.

The next computer class will be before the April meeting. Those interested need to sign up at the March meeting.

On March 22nd Karen Benke from the Little Red Quilt House will teach a Diamond Double class at Main Street Amherst.  The cost is $10 for the class and $10 for the pattern.

Eleven people had show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

Reminder to please finish quilt tops or quilt kits that were passed out.  Thank you!

fat quarter club
Mary Lou Brown

Mary Lou is enjoying the sunshine in Florida and Is extending the Fat Quarter Club deadline until April.

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 Paducha ––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:

Teri Barile
While reading a quilting post somewhere on the internet, I came across a small mention of a woman that kept an eyebrow shaper in her sewing kit to use as seam rippers.

eyebrow shapersFor $2.69 I got this pack. They are like little razors. Each has a protective cover for the blade. I have used actual scalpels to take seams out quickly, but there is always the off chance of cutting your finger off or something and large blood stains are hard to get out of fabric.   Of course, I had to try this out.

I really liked them. It quickly took out a long seam, and are inexpensive. Get them quick before someone slaps a “For Quilter’s” label on them and charges $15.00.

I have used a cheap battery powered mustache trimmer to take out seams, now they have a cute purple one for quilters that costs $30.00 .  I’m always looking for non traditional things to use for quilting.  If you have any ideas, feel free to send me some for the newsletter.

sochiI’m sure that you all have noticed the patchwork logo for the recent Sochi Winter Olympics. Bright and colorful.  Hoffman has  released a new quilt pattern “When Bali Met Sochi”.  It is a free pattern, and can be found here.

artist as quilt maker

Artist 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 In the Feb. 2014 newsletter. 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).

There will be a work shop to make the blocks at FAVA March 8th, 1:00 pm.

Thank you,
Kaye Koler

sunshine committeeSUNSHINE COMMITTEE

Please remember to let us know if there are any member concerns or achievements.

Carole Doerr

Home of the BraveHOME OF THE BRAVE
Janet Alderman

Just wanted to let everyone know that I was lucky to make it through our Quilt Getaway!!  However, what a birthday present I received.  I was down watching Bennett (my week)  when my daughter went into labor.  Little Elliott Schaffer Schultz was born March 1 at 4:21 pm.  7lb  9 oz  20 inches long.

Nice to have some good news!!

old lady quilt

Diamond Double Workshop
LCP Retreat Information