Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 14 Issue 12 – August 14, 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:


Thursday, AUGUST 14th  6:30 pm
New Russia Township Hall
46268 Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin 44074

Bring your covered dish!  The Guild will provide paper products and beverages!

       GARAGE SALE  ~  Sell / Trade / Giveaway

Tag & price your items ~ fabrics, notions, sewing or quilting accessories.   Bring items to donate for the Guild Table at the Quilt Show.

Sue Schillig

Sometimes there are so many stray threads in life, there seems like no connection can be made.  My last couple of “sewing ” weeks looked like a real nest of stray threads.  I needed a program for the library, so the second Thursday of September I’ll be doing a program on English Paper Piecing at 7.  Call the North Branch of the Elyria Library to register. 366-4919.   So that little pile is out.  I wanted to  make a baby quilt for my niece and started it–another pile.  I’ve got the form out to register my quilts for the quilt show–it will get done I promise, just not this week.  I managed to enter a few things for the fair, the first time in many years.  One item I need to collect from its home and one I need to make yet.  The two oldest granddaughters’ quilts are close by, and the 2 tshirt quilts for the niece and nephew have been graphed and some fabric purchased.

Today, I put everything in piles and in drawers.  Then cleaned my sewing /laundry room. Little Alex is coming with his sisters for a couple of days and at 9 months is currently enjoying the finer tastes of paper, which I’m sure would transfer to fabric if I left it out. And as soon as the children are returned safely to their parents, the sewing mayhem will commence!


Cheryl Majewski

LCP Minutes July 2014

Maryann welcomed four visitors and our new nine year old member. The evening’s speaker was Noella Calala from Qulter’s Source in Parma.

Ruth Groot and Barb Spieker showed winning fair quilts and told what judges are looking for. Entries for this year’s fair need to be submitted by Aug. 5th. Ruth is bringing her travel trailer for volunteers to rest in. There will also be refreshments available. Our guild will have a table at the fair and volunteers are needed, especially on Sunday at 6:00. Wednesday Quilts of Valor will be there and Thursday will be Home of the Brave.

There was no Treasurer’s report.

Teri Whidden took quilts and pillowcases to Blessing House. They need hotel size soap and shampoo and toothbrushes from our dentists.

Kaye Koler has scheduled a workshop from 9:00 to !:00 on Friday at the JoAnn’s in Elyria. Bring your iron, cutting mats, and sewing kits. There will be six sewing machines there. Another sewing day is planned for Aug..

The Home of the Brave info is on the blog. Two kits are available for anyone wanting to complete them. We will be making nine patches for people to sign at the fair and quilt show.

Everyone is to let our Sunshine chair know of anyone in need of a card. There will be two blue baskets in August. One is batiks and the other blue fabric.

Karen Neuschafer reported that we have 47 quilts for our show so far. We need 150. As well as new quilts, you may enter antique quilts in good condition, wall hangings, placemats, table runners, etc.. If you have a question about an entry, see Karen. Each item needs a picture for security reasons. Karen will pass out postcards in August.

If anyone has an idea for a class or workshop, talk to Barb Spieker or Barb Cowger-Vilagi.

If you have suggestions for a date for the guild’s fall retreat, see Cheryl Majewski.

Oct. 12-17 is Quilt Camp at Cedar Lake in Ripley, WVA. There are around 30 classes. For more info go to Peg’s Patches on the net

NEORQC Getaway is Feb.20-22 at the Clarion in Hudson. So far there are 14 classes. Check the NEORQC website for more info. Registration starts Aug. 1..

Maryann G. passed out fat quarters from NEORQC for their challenge in Feb. to anyone who was interested. You can enter whatever you want.

Eight people had items for show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

Quilts of ValorQUILTS OF VALOR
Quilts of Valor update:

Our third workshop was also successful! Thank you everyone who came a helped us sew, learn some stuff, laugh a good bit, and get to know some new faces from our growing guild membership!

I will have ten quilts to send to the Women’s PTSD Group in Cincinnati at the end of the month. I’ve also had a request for two red, white and blue quilts to be included in a group that is going to Puerto Rico for a returning military group!

If anyone has quilts they are working on for QoV please bring them back to the August meeting. They will be included in the ten shipping out in late August.

I would also like to address the question I get asked the most. “What pattern should I use to make a quilt of valor?” Below are two links to get you started. The first is the official site for QoV. Go there and click on free patterns and you can download the PDFs for several patterns. There are some nice ones!

The second one is a BOM for doing a quilt at a slower pace. Just sign up for their free newsletter and they’ll be delivered right to you inbox!

There is also the sawtooth star that we’ve used in the past. It works very nicely because we don’t have to match points. Teri Barile has graciously done that pattern for us and is included in this month’s newsletter. Thank you Teri!

I am in the process of planning a couple of sew day workshops for later in the fall and maybe winter. I did not get a confirmation on dates before the deadline. I’ll let you know when I do.

Thank you all for your continued support for this worthwhile cause!

Life Is Good! See you at the picnic!

Kaye Koler

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    

What a summer it has been!  I still have one more kit to make a top (Thank you Judy Riggle for picking one up this summer.)

Vermilion Sit’n Stitch has given me four more quilts.  On Tuesday, July 22, I met with the Westerville Quilt Guild (near Columbus).  They had twenty-two (22 !) quilts for me that they sewed and quilted between February and July!  In addition, the Sunbury Methodist Church quilt guild had two completed quilts.  I was left speechless at such generosity and wanting to help our families.  I was also given a check for $200 to help in mailing the quilts as they did not use it from what they had budgeted.  A wife and retired air force serviceman came up to me with a wrapped up donation – a $100 bill!!!  There was also a check from a friend of my husband who gave a check for another $100.

Sadly, I start going back to watching my grandsons Aug. 13 so I won’t be able to make the meetings.  Cheryl Majewski lives a couple houses from me and I’m sure she will help return the quilt tops to me for the 3 of you sewing on them.

I have now made connections with 3 of the 4 Survivor Outreach Service Coordinators for the Army.  They are going to try and help me find some of our missing heroes.  However, this is not their main responsibility, although they know how much the quilts mean to those families that have received one.

I am going to need your help.  In order to have nine patch blocks for the Fair AND the Quilt Show, I will need you to make the 9 1/2 inch size square.  It is made up of 9 – 3 1/2 inch squares sewn together.  The middle square HAS to be a plain fabric (cream – even something like muslin if its a good quality) so we can have people sign their names and towns (NO DATES) to make a donation.

I just mailed out a quilt this week to SGT Anthony Vinnedge’s mother.  He died July 5, 2007.  I also have one ready for PFC Jacob Spann (died Feb. 2, 2006) who’s mother is very involved with the Sunbury Fallen Ohio Heroes Memorial.  The remembrance day is Sept. 6th.

We are making a difference for these families.  I just do the paper work and try to keep organized, but it’s the women who make the squares, or quilt tops or do the machine quilting that are really doing the brunt of the work.  Thank you for your support!

Gone But Not Forgotten!!

Janet Alderman

Georgia Forbush asked that I share these quilt shops for the next time anyone is traveling east.

Quilters Cottage
St. Michaels Plaza
2571 Ocean Hwy. Bus. 17
Garden City, SC 29576
843 651-4033

Stickley’s Quilt Shop LLC
104 S. Harrison
Portland, IN 47371
937 417-2160

Engine House Quilt Shop
164 W. Main St.
Berne, IN 46711
260 589-3060


Hi Ladies,

It is that time of the year when we start asking you for your information and pictures for the quilt show. Forms should be available in the newsletter and also on the website. We will start collecting these at the next guild meeting, and finish up at the September meeting. Remember, a nice little tale about your quilt makes for interesting reading at the quilt show.

Thanks for your help,

Karen and Julie

pep(The reason I look like an old hag)

Take your vitamins!!!

From the desk of
MaryAnn Grayson

August, 2014

Hello Piecemakers!

I hope you are enjoying these beautiful days. Soon, we have the excitement of the Lorain County Fair!! I want to salute Ruth Groot. Her ideas, motivation and action have led us to become a part of revising and updating displays in the Quilt Barn at the Fair.

Guild Members: Receive a One Day Pass to the Fair for TWO HOURS work at the Fair in the Quilt Barn and the rest of the day enjoying! Sew (machine provided) or be on hand to talk to visitors. Refreshments will be provided to working Guild members. Sign up at our Picnic/meeting!! Call Ruth G. 440-775-0145 or email by August 15th.

Monday, August 18th to August 23rd
Gates open at 7:30 am, close at 8:00 pm. We’ll work in the Antiques/Needlework barn

  • Monday: Assist in hanging and arranging quilts
  • Judging (you are not permitted in the judging area when your category is judged.)
  • Tuesday: Community Service sewing
  • Wednesday: Quilts of Valor Sewing
  • Thursday: Home of the Brave sewing
  • Veterans, Military and Seniors Free All Day
  • Friday: Community Service sewing
  • Saturday: Quilts of Valor or Home of the Brave sewing
  • Sunday: Pick up your quilts or projects after 6 pm

Note: If you cannot pick your quilts or items on Sunday, give your ticket (in an envelope) and
she will pick it up for you.



YOUR GARAGE SALE ~ Sell / Trade / Giveaway

Tag & price your items ~ fabrics, notions, sewing or quilting accessories. Bring items to donate for the Guild Table at the Quilt Show. Thanks, Kelly G. for gathering the Quilt Show Table items.

Piecemakers at Main Street (old Post Office), Park Street, Amherst

You asked for time to work; so here are days to work on your projects or ours. There are No fees, let’s just sew! Contact Teri W ( Community Service 440-985-1110), Mary Lou (Pajama Party 440-222-2433) or MaryAnn (Teen & Preteen Sew and Embroidery 440-322-1220) for more information. Snacks, covered dishes welcome!

Teen & Preteen Sew Day
Bring your machine, work on your project or community service project. You must come with an adult.
Saturday, August 30
10 am to 4 pm

Embroidery Sit & Stitch
Embroider your designs! Stitch, help or get help with your embroidery machine.
Wednesday, September 17th
10 am to 4 pm

Pajama Party & Community Service
We have the flannel and elastic. Make PJs for children at homeless shelters or quilts.
Saturday, September 20th
10 am to 4 pm

fabric challengeNEORQC Fabric Challenge

Create a project, ANY project using this fat quarter! There are a few Fat Quarters left; make it a part of ANY project, a quilt, bag, wall hanging, etc. MaryAnn has a few more fat quarters to share. The deadline is late February, 2015. The Challenge Winners will be announced at the March NEORQC meeting.

neorqcNEORQC Get Away

Friday, February 20 to Sunday, February 22, 2015

The NEORQC Get Away page is on the website! Registration runs August 1st through September 30th. The Get Away is at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Hudson, OH. Go to, select Get Away on the left side of the page. View the class offering and print your registration. Classes are assigned on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so register early!

The annual Get Away package will feature your three day class with NEORQC instructor or Open Studio, five NEORQC vendors, on-site machine technician and scissor sharpening plus your six meals and your room (double is included) or chose a single, triple or quad! We will have a few surprises for you, too!

The annual Get Away has a theme and this year it is “Over the Rainbow”, you will get patterns for the Get Away ‘Lotto Block’ in October with your class supply list. The Clarion has placed our rooms close to the work area. The hotel features a sports bar type lounge and indoor swimming pool. You WILL have a great time!

dr aliceDr. Alice Mawdsley is down under!!

Dr. Alice is traveling again. This time, she sends greetings from Brisbane, Australia. After a premier section of her Qantas flight, Dr. Alice has already had adventures. She will be attending a Jane Austin Tea and getting some reading in before traveling to the next part of her journey.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Alice, have a great day.


Quilt Show Registration Form 2014

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