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Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 11 – July 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:

Noella Kalal from Quilters Source-Parma. Trunk Show, Presentation, and most importantly, Vending.


Sue Schillig

If I needed a good reason to make quilts, this gardening season would be it.  I realize that there are an infinite number of mistakes one can make in a quilt, but at least they are man (or woman) made.  In contrast,  what might in theory be my quiet pastoral past time, raising a few crops and enjoying the beauty of a few flowers has this year been more of a nightmare.   A cold spring,  an over abundance of rain, and a week away from weeding has tuned landscaping to jungle.  And not a friendly beasts sort of jungle.  No, the kind that seems to multiply doom and destruction.  Even the weeds don’t like to be drowned, apparently.  Disease is rampant among the tomatoes and fruit trees, and just tonight I found a colony of Japanese beetles dining on my elderberries.  Couple that with thistles, mosquitoes and the odd bird dive bombing my head and my once love of gardening has turned decidedly  more desperate and depressed.

Thus the thrill of the quilt!  Finally, a hobby which is of my own making.  Should fabric scraps and sewing notions be strewn upon the flat surfaces of my work space, at least it is of my own making.  Projects left unfinished my own fault.  Let Mother Nature take note–I may have lost that battle, but in my own castle of quilting I am queen of all the mess I’ve created!

Piecefully, Sue

Cheryl Majewski

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community serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICE
Teri Whidden


sunshine committeeSUNSHINE COMMITTEE

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Quilts of ValorQUILTS OF VALOR

Quilts of Valor sew date!
We have some bindings and blocks to put together! Yeah!!

Friday , July 11,   9:00-1:00 at the Elyria Joann’s.

Please bring basic sewing supplies including neutral threads dark and light.
Should be fun to get together and SEW!

Thank you!

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    

I’m sorry I can’t make the meeting as we are taking our grandson on a birthday trip.  However, when I get home I’ll send out another email.

I have two more “Kits” ready to be sewn and 2 quilts that need binding. You can email me if you are interested in doing either project.  I’ll contact you when I get home.  My husband will be so glad to be able to see our living room floor!

After this, it is sew sew sew nine patch squares so we can have people sign at the fair and the Quilt Show by making a donation.  If anyone would like to make some on their own please feel free to do so.  REMEMBER no teals (my fav color ) or pink or anything BRIGHT!!!  Usually small prints in subdued colors.  The center can be muslin (descent quality) or any cream center that will allow writing on them.

Come Aug.13th I start back going to Columbus to babysit – 2 little ones and 2 dogs!  Believe it or not sometimes the dogs are more work!!!

Thank YOU for all you do for the Home of the Brave.  Our heroes may be gone but we CAN’T forget them.

Janet Alderman
Ohio Coordinator
Home of the Brave
101st Airborne Associate Member

from the desk

From the desk of
MaryAnn Grayson

Greetings Piecemakers!

What a great start to the summer! Our June meeting was attended by more than sixty persons! Thank you to Karin & Bobbie for Hospitality and for our name tags, Lynette for our beverages and Jean Ruth for our tasty baked goods. I appreciate all of you who make our meetings special. Thanks to Barb S & Barb V for continuing to invite speakers to our meetings to bring new and different ideas with us. Also, a thank you to Cindy Kraft, guild member and owner of Cindy’s Sew Easy for her presentation in June.

Hats off to MaryLou for wrapping up the “Fat Quarter Exchange” for 2014. I really like the variety of teal fat quarters I received! Build your stash next year, join the “Fat Quarter Exchange” for 2015.

We did finish project and had fun on June 28th! Barb K finished her Diamond Double quilt top; thanks, Cheryl M for bringing your finished quilt. Key Fobs, Sewing Machine Organizers and Thread Catchers were completed. Some of us just worked on our unfinished projects. Glad to see members, who rarely get to meetings, come out to a Guild activity. Glad to meet Elizabeth and her daughter. There were requests for another “Fun & Finish” day. We want to hold this event on a Saturday and maybe on a weekday, too. Please let Barb S. or Barb V. you suggestions.

The Guild Executive Board is busy planning activities for the rest of the year and for our Quilt Show for October 4, 5 and 6, 2014. The next board meeting is July 10th at  6 pm before our regular meeting. All members are welcome to attend; officers and committee chairpersons, please present a report of activities. If you have an agenda item, please contact MaryAnn so that it can be added to our agenda.

Our Guest Speaker for July

Our speaker is Noella Kalal. She is the owner of Quilter’s Source in Parma. Quilter’s Source has a wide variety of notions, patterns, fabrics and classes. Noella is also an excellent instructor. She teaches at guilds, workshops and at Quilt Camp in Ripley, WV. Noella’s Bear Paw quilt is one of the most requested classes at Quilt Camp. Join us for Noella’s Trunk show, presentation and vending area.

Lorain County FairLooking forward to the Lorain County Fair this year! Thanks to Ruth G. for sharing the 2014 Quilt Categories with us. Please attend the July meeting to learn more about submitting a quilt OR volunteering at the Fair. If you enter a project (quilt, tablerunner, etc.), you will receive seven tickets to come to the fair. Volunteers will also receive free admission. We will distribute handouts of the categories!

little red quilt houseShopping Road Trip:

Little Red Quilt House in Medina will be hosting an Unveiling of EIGHT new fabric lines on July 11, 2014. Please support the NEORQC shops. Check their website for more details.

Row by Row Experience!

July 1st through September 2, 2014

Quilters Source is one of 1250 quilt shops from 34 states and Ontario that are offering a custom pattern is participating in the Row by Row Experience.


Please take a look at the NEORQC website for the Get Away classes. The Get Away is Friday, February 20 to Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Hudson. There will be great classes, Open Studio, vendors, scissor sharpening and a Machine Technician on site. There will be room for 175 this time!

NEORQC Fabric Challenge

Come on Piecemakers, here is a project we can all get into. You can receive a Fat Quarter and make it into ANY project, be it a quilt, bag, wall hanging, etc. The deadline for this is MARCH, 2015!