Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 8 – April 10, 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:


 Cindy Casciato (Cash~Auto)

Cindy Casciato is a teacher, designer, author and most importantly, a quilter with over 28 years of experience teaching quilting and related topics to numerous guilds and organizations. She is author of two current publications, Block Explosion and One Stitch Quilting. Cindy’s 3rd publication was released in September of 2010 entitled “Stash with Splash”. This book features 15 quilt designs with recipes of how to combine your stash and add the splash with newly purchased fabrics. Cindy along with hubby Drew are the founders of Quilt Escape, a quilters retreat held every November in Ohio since 1994. Cindy is always ready to share her knowledge of quilting and is excited about teaching classes from her book, “Stash with Splash”.

Founder of Quiltescape – A Quilter’s Retreat 1994 – 2011 with 150 people average attendance; more info at

President of Akron Canton Chapter of the American Sewing Guild 2009

Manager and Creator of National Education Program for Jo-Ann Stores Inc. 1995-2004

President/Founder: Calico Hearts Quilting Guild of Ravenna, Ohio 1984-1989, 1992

President/Founder of North East Ohio Quilt Council (NEORQC): 1989-1995

Organized & Directed Educational Seminar for NEORQC. 1991-94

MEMBER: National Quilting Assoc. 1985-present

MEMBER: American Quilter’s Society, 1987-present

Stray Threads

Sue Schillig

What stalls out your quilting projects? I’ve had one on my design wall for 2 years now, I look at it and wonder why I just don’t finish it, but I don’t. Now I’ve another that hasn’t seen work in a couple of weeks, and I’m beginning to worry about it as well. I think the question has a multitude of answers. None of the answers are pretty. I’d like to think that life just gets in the way sometimes, but if that were true, how could I rationalize starting and abandoning a new project? I suppose I could have some sort of neurological illness, but sometimes I do manage to finish a quilt, so not sure that is entirely true either. Can I blame it on grandchildren or the upcoming gardening season. Probably, but maybe that would not be fair to the kids or to the crops. In truth, I may just dream quicker than I can process the project. Or maybe, some projects just aren’t worth finishing. That double wedding ring that I started in 1988 could be a prime example.

Happy quilting to all of you this spring, Sue

Cheryl Majewski

LCP Minutes March 2014

Our speaker for the evening was Sue Wilson, who gave a trunk show featuring Judy Niemeyer’s paper-pieced patterns.

The meeting was called to order by our Treasurer, Pam Scholle, at 8:15. Vicki Morris moved, and Kelly Grace seconded, that the minutes be accepted as written in the newsletter.

Pam reported that we have $7,344.21 in the treasury.

There were no Community Service or Quilts of Valor reports.

Jan Alderman reported that the Westerville guild has committed to make 20-25 quilts for Home of the Brave by July. Four are already done. Vermilion Sit and Stitch is the only other guild doing quilts right now. Jan suggested we use small prints (no pink or red) for blocks to make at home. She also suggested we use the new JoAnn’s classroom to gather to bind our quilts. One quilt was mailed out today.

Kelly Grace reported there were only five people signed up for the block exchange. The deadline for signing up is the end of March.

Lynnette Thomson was taking applications for the guild getaway in Oberlin.

Karen Neuschaefer will take pictures for security purposes for those entering quilts in our quilt show. Pre-committment forms are due in June, with the name and size of the quilt. The committee asks that no quilts from last year’s show be entered again.

Marilyn Novak passed out our NEORQC membership cards.

Karen Neuschaefer collected signup sheets and payments for the Diamond Double workshop.

Eight people had show and tell.

The meeting was adjourned.

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

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

fat quarter clubFAT 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


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:

birth announcement

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

No report



Nancy Garver of Oberlin, who is a former LCP member and also was a LCP president, lost her husband recently.
Len Garver , 81, died peacefully at Kendal at Oberlin, Monday, March 10, 2014.   A Memorial Celebration of Len’s life will be Saturday, June 7, 2014.  Service begins at 3pm in Kendal at Oberlin Heiser Auditorium.
If you wish to send Nancy your condolences, her address is:  Nancy Garver  139 Kendal Dr.  Oberlin, OH 44074.



Libby is taking the bus to Blossom on July 3rd to see and hear the Cleveland Festival Band playing patriotic music to celebrate the 4th! Would love to have my friends join me! Cost is  $38 per person which  includes the bus and tickets for Pavilion seating. Give me a call at 440 365 5580. Or send me an email at You won’t regret it! Promise!


McCalls Quilting: Checkered Star Pattern