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Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 10 – June 12, 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:

Our Guest Speaker for June
Our Speaker is Cindy Craft. Cindy is the owner of Cindy’s Sew Easy in Sheffield and located in Joann’s in North Olmsted. Cindy is an expert quilter and sewer. She is also a member of our guild!

Her shops offer a nice selections of notions, software and classes. She offers a great selection of fabrics and long arm services in her Sheffield Shop.

The topic will be ’Decorative Stitches in your Quilting’. She will be bring a Trunk show and bringing goodies for our shopping pleasure! Please join us for a fun evening.

from the deskFrom the desk of
MaryAnn Grayson
Greetings Piecemakers!

We have had great times since our last meeting! NQA, Guild Retreat, visits to JEllen House of Fabric and NEORQC meeting in Mentor.

Barb S., Kellie C., MaryJane T., Dr. Alice, Susan Thornton, ten others and I went to Columbus to the National Quilt Association Annual Show. Thanks to the infamous Iris Tweeksberry for the fun trip.

The show continues to be amazing with displays of unique quilts and wall hangings. The disappointment of the show was that there were only about fifty percent of the vendors that were there the year before. I heard that the date would be later in the year in 2015; I believe that would help with allowing the vendors to attend as the date so close to Memorial Day didn’t work for many vendors this year.

Once we confirm the date, you all will decide if the guild will make the trip so that we can reserve a bus earlier.

Our first Piecemaker Retreat was wonderful. We had a great time with lots of projects finished. We enjoyed the food at the Oberlin Inn and a number of the participants asked if we could do another retreat…well my answer is ‘yes’. You all suggest the dates and we will set it up. Please let Cheryl Majewski know your thoughts!

When it comes to buying fabric and notions, I choose our quilt shops! I can take you to eighteen different Quilt and Fabric shops! The quality and variety of the fabrics (some only sold at quilt shops), unique notions, sewing machines, embroidery software and more are available to you.

One of the treasures in our area is JEllen’s House of Fabrics. I have seen a few of you there, so you know that the one hour drive is worth it. She was forced to close for a couple of months, but reopened on May 22nd! Her location is on Mayfield in Lyndhurst. She can be found on her website, Facebook, etc. If you want Kansas City Troubles, Yara’s African Prints, MODA everything and so much more, JEllen’s is the place to go!

I stopped by the Little Red Quilt House in Medina and was pleasantly surprised to see this sign little red quilt house

. Support these shops, they are the backbone of the quilting community. Look for this sign that means the shop also supports NEORQC and our guilds. Karen Benke is always adding new fabrics to her shop and she has Kaffe Fassett fabrics!

On Saturday, I attended the NEORQC (Northeast Ohio Regional Quilt Council) quarterly meeting in Mentor. The organization is growing! There are now 47 guild members from all around Northern Ohio.

A lot of the meeting was devoted to unveiling of the 2015 NEORQC Get Away class offerings. The variety is excellent this year, featuring quilts, wall hanging, fabric painting, thread painting, and ‘design your own vest or jacket’. The complete list will appear on the NEORQC website on July 1st.

The Get Away will be held February 20-22, 2014 at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center in Hudson, Ohio.

Learn & Fun Day

On Saturday, June 28 from 10 am to 4 pm, the Piecemakers will host a day of ‘fun projects’ and even time to finish the ‘Double Diamond’ quilt tops. Please join us for a good day. More details at the meeting!

Lorain County Fair

It is near Fair Time. You will be getting more information about entering your creations in the Fair. Please come our June meeting for details.


Sue Schillig

What a feeling of accomplishment! Two baby quilts finished and delivered this month. But is it just me, or is everyone feeling a baby explosion? I think I know of at least 5 more for which I could make a baby quilt. So, time to think big for those small fry! My big thoughts these days on baby quilts are as follows:

  1. Heirloom quality may not be an essential need.
  2. Washable is essential.
  3. Machine quilting is acceptable (well, except perhaps in the grandkid’s quilts).
  4. Tried and true patterns are welcome. Nine patch, 4 patch, rail fence, all can be beautiful quilts.
  5. Though I don’t ignore a mother’s nursery decor, I have lost the desire to slavishly adhere to it.
  6. Cotton is best, all the way through!
  7. No poly-plasticky thread.
  8. Let it be fun for me too!
  9. If I want to try a new pattern, small is a good place to do it.
  10. And finally, there is nothing wrong with plowing through the stash to come up with at least part of the fabric. All is even better.

Hope you are having a great start to summer.
Sue Schillig


Cheryl Majewski
LCP Minutes May 2014

Meeting was called to order by our president, MaryAnn Grayson. There were two visitors.

Audry Lauffer moved, and Barb King seconded, that the minutes be accepted as written in the newsletter. Motion carried.

Pam Scholle gave the treasurer’s reported. We have $5923.75.

Pat Mahoney and Barb King turned in quilts for community service last month. Judy Riggle had many quilts for community service during show and tell. Our goal is to have 100 pajamas made by our quilt show.

There was no Home of the Brave report.

Kaye Koler read a letter from Cincinnati thanking us for the 10 quilts and pillowcases we sent. Kaye has booked dates at Joann’s for binding quilts.

There is a workday scheduled for June 28th from 10 am to 4 pm to fininsh the Diamond Double quilts and the Barb and Vicki quilts.

Ruth Groot reported there are volunteers needed at the Lorain County Fair to take in quilts and to help the judges. There was talk of taking a bus to the AQS Show in Grand Rapids, but it’s the same time as the fair.

Maryann reported that there are not enough people signed up to stay overnight at our retreat to qualify for the discount on the meeting room. Before the meeting ended, Maryann passed out save the date strips for our quilt show. Members were asked to pass them out wherever they can.

MaryLou Brown moved that we adjourn the meeting. Alice Mawdsley seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. Cake was served after the business meeting. The meeting was followed by show and tell.

Respectfully Submitted, Cheryl Majewski

community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden

Pat Mahoney turned in 1 quilt, Judy Riggle turned in 6 quilts, Deb Beard turned in 14 quilts, Barb King turned in 6 burp pads, 14 pillowcases & 2 baby afghans plus bath toiletries (hotel variety). Thank you so very much ladies. You are truly appreciated!!!

sunshine committeeSUNSHINE COMMITTEE
No report

Quilts of ValorQUILTS OF VALOR
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, 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 Quiltng ,

fat quarter exchangeFAT QUARTER EXCHANGE
Mary Lou Brown
Fat Quarters are due at the JUNE meeting. Thank You, Mary Lou