Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 2 – October 9, 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 & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Carole Doerr
Bits & Pieces Editor: Kelly Grace

Meetings:            2nd Thursday of month
Time:                      7:00 PM
Location:             New Russia Township Lodge, 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, 44074

Guild email:

meeting place



Meeting Location has changed!
New Russia Township Lodge
46300 Butternut Ridge Rd
Oberlin, 44074


See Notes from the President


Sue Schillig

Sometimes we need to build a better mousetrap, even as a quilter. No, I don’t have any mice here that I’m aware of, but as I was trying to construct a block last night, and ripping out and doing over, I realized that a new plan of construction was needed.  Which of course reminded me of all our other “new mousetraps”.  Take the whole rotary process, which replaced cutting out with scissors.  Then there was y seam construction for 8 point stars, otherwise hand sewing those irascible seams by hand or at a minimum, very carefully.  Piecing my first flower garden quilt, predominantly by hand, versus the new and quick way with templates.  So many improvements on old quilting techniques.  Even machine quilting is now the primary quilting method.  (I’m not saying it is exclusively better, but it certainly has found a place in the quilting world).  So, do you have a project or two that needs a better mousetrap?  Maybe fall is a good time to go exploring through the piles of projects to find the one that will work with some new construction technique.  Happy exploring.

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

community serviceCommunity Service
Teri Whidden

Last week I delivered 30 pillowcases  (16 made by Kathy Clark & 14 made by Barb King), 1 quilt & toothpaste/brushes samples from Ruth Groot,  4 pr. of flannel pj bottoms & 4 burp pads.  Judy Riggle brought more quilts that she had made. Lindy Sleasman donated a small Amish quilt.  Thank you so very much.  Blessing House really has a need and we are helping meet that.

Cheryl Majewski

Our president, Maryann, welcomed everyone at 7:07 p. m. We had two visitors and several past members who rejoined. She also welcomed the ladies from Sew Deja Vu who presented our program. Maryann reported that membership dues was due at this time. There will be a paper-piecing workshop coming up, and the second Saturday in January there will be a Barb and Vicki Show workshop. Maryann thanked Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer for putting together the quilts for the show and Pam Scholle for taking over ticket sales. Kelly Grace will put all the due dates for the show on the guild website. There were two blue baskets this month, one for Sue Moehle and one for Carol Stomieroski. Maryann also brought in an article from the Lorain Journal about our quilted car.

Pam Scholle reported that @ $6,000 came into the treasury and @ $4,000 went out.

Teri Whidden reported that Barb King, Pam Scholle, Kathy Clark, and Judy Riggle all turned in quilts and/or pillow cases for community service.

Janet Alderman thanked those who were at the Home of the Brave work day this morning. There were 88 nine­patch blocks completed. A quilt was sent to the mother of the first soldier from Ohio to die in Iraq.

We had 12 ladies bring items for show and tell. Everything was outstanding.

Maryann thanked everyone who put quilts in the Emma Gatewood show by handing out certificates of appreciation.

Meeting was adjourned.

Following the meeting Karen Neuschaefer measured and took pictures of quilts for the show.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

2015 Challenge FabricBlock of the Month

Would anyone be interested in participating in a block of the month next year? We would do 2 blocks a month, varying in difficulty from easy piecing to applique and even paper piecing – maybe even some hexies! The only requirement is that you must use the 2015 Hoffman Challenge Fabric in your blocks. Please contact Kelly Grace ( if you are interested, I’d like to get at least 10 people to participate.

QOVI’ve mailed off the ten quilts to Cincinnati for the second women’s PTSD group. All of the fabric for those (the very last of it) was donated by JoAnn Fabric Stores. I also contacted them, forwarding pictures, and thanking them for their contribution. I want to do another workshop or two after the first of the year but am waiting to hear back from other merchants to see of they will donate fabric and batting. If you know of a business or quilt shop that would be willing to donate, please let me know……

We also had a donation of FIVE FINISHED QUILTS and presentation cases from Iris Tewsksbury and her First Baptist Church Ladies in Elyria. Thank you SO much! Barb King, Judy Riggle and Lindy Sleasman have turned in another finished quilts. We also had a donation from a guest at the September meeting, of blocks for quilts of valor. I know there are others who come to workshops regularly and do so much. I’m sorry if I’ve neglected to mention it here…….drop me an email and I will be sure to mention it ….


Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

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tshirt quilt2Tee Shirt Quilt Workshop

I have new information on the tee shirt quilt workshop! The date and location has changed! I will be teaching the tee shirt quilt workshop on Thursday, November 13, 10:00-4:00, at the New Russia Township Lodge in Oberlin. The cost of the workshop has been reduced too! It is $25. for guild members, $30. for non members. If you would like to attend or would like more information, email me please.

Thank you!


Notes from the President:


Just a quick note to say thank you to all of you who attended the 2014 Piecemakers Quilt Show. A few words are not enough to describe our show, new location and enthusiasm of the participating members, but I will try! Stunning, well organized, and fun are my words. Thanks to Julie and Karen, Guild Show Chairs, and our faithful team of workers who made our show a success. Even rain nor snow could stop this show!

We have place a notice on line that my ‘Diamond Double’ quilt disappeared from the show as we returned quilts to members. Please check your quilts to see if my quilt was inadvertently rolled up in one of yours. No blame, just want my quilt back. (NOTE: Quilt has been found!!!)

October meeting: Janice Good has a project for us. She will show us how to make an ironing board. Debriefing conversation regarding the Lorain County Fair and the 2014 Quilt Show AND a surprise for you! We need your feedback and input for future activities.

We will announce the Sewing project for our youth. The plan is to have a monthly time for our youth, grandchildren and friends to sew together. We have Community Service quilts for our young people to sew and they will also be able to work on their own projects. Would you like to be a volunteer to work with our youth? Let’s talk about it at the October meeting.

Enjoy the second ‘Workday Thursday’ from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the New Russia Township LODGE on Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin. The Workday will be followed by our monthly meeting at 7:00 pm.

You can attend a ‘T Shirt Quilt’ class on Thursday, November 13th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The instructor is our own Kaye Koler. The cost of the class is $ 25.00.

Please see Kaye at the October Meeting for more details.

Can’t wait to see you all and to welcome our SIX new members!

Take care,