Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 9 – May 08, 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:


No Report

Sue Schillig

There is a fat little bird sitting outside on my porch.  I’ll bet he has had a heyday with all the worms the latest storm has brought to light.  Of course I’m also looking at just a few flowerbeds that could use some attention.  Probably just as well the windows need a good washing, so at least I can claim that I can’t really see all that clearly the outdoor work.  Which brings me to the indoors, and the multitude of quilting projects that await.

I think in retrospect that it might have been a good idea to give the nieces and nephews money instead of a tshirt quilt.  How unfair to have two graduates in one year!  And don’t get me started on the burgeoning baby boom!  I can count 5 new little treasures due sometime in the next 9 months, all dear friends or relatives.

And then there is the latest quilting addiction to hexagons. Beware of learning new techniques, they may be habit forming! I took Mary Huey’s hexagon tumbling block class in February, and I’m really enjoying working with the Marti Michell (I know that is probably spelled wrong) templates.  There are just so many possibilities with 6 sides!

I hope you are all enjoying the less than stellar gardening weather. Put it to good use on your latest quilting projects!

Piecefully, Sue

Cheryl Majewski

LCP Minutes   April 2014

At 7:06 MaryAnn welcomed our guest speaker, Cindy Casciato. After her interesting program, we started our business meeting. The minutes from the last meeting were accepted as printed in the newsletter. Since Pam Scholle was in the hospital, there was no treasurer’s report.
We have close to the same amount of money as last month.

Teri Whidden received a thank you note for the last batch of quilts and pillowcases that were taken to Blessing House.

There was no Quilts of Valor report.

Our guild retreat in Oberlin will be May 16 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. to Midnight. Lynette Thomson is collecting the money for the retreat. All money needs to be turned in by May 8.

There was no Home of the Brave report.

Mary Lou Brown reported that today is the last chance to sign up for the fat quarter exchange. Everyone who signs up will have their name put in a drawing for a chance to win one of two fat quarter packs.

Tonight is also the last chance to sign up for the block exchange.

Karen Neuschaefer is taking applications for the quilt show, so we have some idea how many quilts there will be. It is not necessary to have a sleeve on the back of the quilt. Next month we will take names of those willing to work at the show.

Lynette Thomson passed around sheets for people to write down their ideas for speakers, Lorain County Fair, work days, classes, retreats, beginner activities, and trips.

There will be a work day April 19 from 10:00 to 4:00 at Main Street Amherst to work on your Barb and Vicki quilt or your Diamond Double.

Meeting was adjourned. Nine people had show and tell.
Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Majewski

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

A big thank you goes out to Mary Lou Brown for her donation of 2 baby blankets, 1 quilt from Linda Bell, and 4 quilts, 2 pillowcases from Libby Betounes.

Thank you so much ladies, these will be very much appreciated!

sunshine committeeSUNSHINE COMMITTEE
Kelly Grace had a beautiful baby girl in March.

Sally Gezzer had been in the hospital for a bit in March and is now at home.

Ruth Groot took a fall after church in March and is, hopefully, recovering nicely.

Karen Neuschaefer’s father-in-law has passed away this past week.  There will be a blue bag at the next meeting for her for blues/batiks colors.

Thank you very much.
Carole Doerr

Quilts of ValorQUILTS OF VALOR

Well, I’m quilting away on the remaining quilts from our last workshop. Just a few more to go.
I have scheduled three binding sessions, one a month for June, July, and August. I recently discovered the new Joann Fabric has class room space that includes 6 sewing machines that available for us to use. Sew……. We only need to bring our basic sewing supplies Like thread scissors etc. I thought it was fitting since they so graciously donated all that fabric for our Quilts of Valor project!

Here are the dates for binding the quilts that are quilted:
Friday, June 6, 9:00-1:00pm
Friday, July 11, 9:00-1:00 pm
Friday, August 1,9:00-1:00 pm

Please RSVP to me via email if you can make it. It will be a lot of fun and they’ll give a discount on anything purchased during that time! AND …… no hauling your machine!

As always, I am MOST appreciative of your help !
Thank you so much……

SewHappy Quilting,


Their Twisted Logic: Two-Color Miniature Quilts by The Twisted Stitchers
May 9 – June 8, 2014
Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main St., Oberlin, 440-775-8600
Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 – 8:30; Fridays – Saturdays 10:00 – 6:00; Sundays 1:00 – 5:00

Please come and see our display if you are in Oberlin for the show at FAVA.

Georgia Forbush, Lindy Sleasman, Teri Barile, Bobbie Bruck, Karin Knox, Kathleen VanMeter, Nancy Garver, Kaye Koler

ARTIST AS QUILTMAKER XVI will be open from May 11 through July 27, 2014.
Seven other exhibitions will be on view in Oberlin concurrently with AQM.
The full list is available here:


From the desk
MaryAnn Grayson

May 1, 2014

Dear Members,

As Spring finally arrives, some of you will be gardening, shopping, traveling and of course, sew-ing! I, too, will be enjoying the warm weather.

I am excited about our Guild Retreat Friday, May 16th & Saturday, May 17th at the Oberlin Inn. New to the Piecemakers? Come meet veteran members. Veterans? Finish some of those UFO’s, work on Quilts of Valor &/or Home of the Brave quilts or start a new project! Come out and spend some time with old and new friends! See details on registration form; turn it in and pay at the May 8th meeting. IF YOU PLAN TO STAY OVERNIGHT, Please call MaryAnn ASAP 440-322-1220.

The May 8th meeting will feature Ed Simon from Angelic’s…A Haven for Quilters. Ed Simon will present “The Care and Feeding your Machine”. I am looking forward to their vending, too. I love their fabric selection. Please bring a friend.

Our upcoming activities require more volunteers. We need you for the Guild’s success. Whether making quilts or pajamas for the shelters, attending upcoming classes, travel, working at our Quilt Show or the Lorain County Fair or working on the Guild’s committees, we need you! Sewing, serging, embroidery…let us know what projects or committee that you would like. Talk to Barb S., Barb V., Cheryl M, Teri W., Jan A., Kaye K. or MaryAnn for more information.

There will be opportunities to volunteer at the Lorain County Fair in August. I am inviting all members to show quilts and more sewn projects at the Fair. We have Guild members, some who are Fair Winners and participants, will show you how to prepare your items for display and/or judg-ing. This year, we will be displaying ‘Quilts of Valor’ and ‘Home of the Brave’ and project infor-mation. It will be especially important as there will be several days at the Fair for Veterans and Mili-tary personnel. More information will be distributed at our May and June meetings.

The Guild’s Quilt Show will be held October 4, 5 and 6 at the NEW, New Russia Township LODGE! Our Quilt Show will be held in the brand new Lodge also on Butternut Ridge Road in Oberlin. I have asked Karen N. and Julie B. to co-chair the Quilt Show again. We are encouraging every-one in the Guild to prepare two or more quilts for our show. You will be able to display quilts from the Fair at the show. Vendors, including several new shops have already committed to be at the show. ‘Save the Date’ cards will be available at our May meeting. After this Quilt Show, our next show will be held in 2016.

Several members have asked about traveling to shows and shops. We have time to plan a trip to American Quilter’s Society Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan August 20 – 23, 2014. This would be a two day trip. OK…yes, we will stop at a couple shops, too. Please let me know at the May meeting if you are interested in going.

A few more items I want to share are ‘Welcome Home’ to our Snow Bunnies, Barb S., Ruth G. and Barb V. back from their stays in Florida and Arizona. I am sending up prayers for Lindy S. and her mother and for Delores Bean to feel better after her horrible bout with the flu.

Take Care,