Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 3 – November 13, 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 and Janice Good
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

It is hard to believe I’ve been writing this column since at least August 2010.  And how do I know? Because despite my ability to “keep it all together” it seems that little things escape. Like, for example, what is it I have been calling this column all these years!  So, good librarian that I am, I checked the folder and found my answer!   One would think I might have run out of column ideas, but apparently there are still enough brain cells remaining to generate a bit of thought yet.

I was so pleased this week to accomplish 2 things!  One, a baby quilt ready to deliver to a baby in Atlanta due later this month.  Thank goodness for that large hexagon template of Marti Michell’s!  I can finish a quilt in less than a week, even as busy as I am.  And another big thank you for Mary Huey for teaching me how to use the templates!  Secondly, on a more retro side of things, the flowers for the oldest 2 granddaughters have all been pieced and Deb Beard came over to help me “plant” the flowers where they will be in the quilt.  Of course the week would not have been complete without dragging out another project–a gift from Susan Thornton, which I’m trying to do justice to, but will likely mess up by adding too much light, but then that would be my take on the project I suppose.   Finally, I was gifted with a bag of fabric a friend no longer needed.  I’ve stashed it away pretty quickly, as there are those in the house who might think more fabric was unnecessary.  Ha!  What one doesn’t know, one can’t be disgruntled about, right?

Hope all of you have weeks of abundance, in whatever forms they may take.
Piecefully, Sue

community serviceCommunity Service
Teri Whidden

This month, Pat Mahoney turned in a quilt, Ruth Groot and Barb King donated sundries.  Thank you so very much ladies!

Teri Whidden

Also a very special thank you to those who participated in the Blue Basket.  I am deeply touched and appreciate you thinking of me at this time.

Cheryl Majewski

Maryann Grayson opened the meeting at 7:06. After welcoming new members and visitors, she introduced the officers and committee chairpersons.

The minutes of the last meeting were in the newsletter.

Pam Scholle reported that the quilt show had a profit of $2120.17 so far. Our total guild budget for next year is $5968. Teri Whidden moved and Vicki Morris seconded that we accept the budget as presented. Motion carried.

Janice Good gave a demonstration on making portable ironing boards.

Ruth Groot gave a report of the fair. This year there was the lowest number of quilts ever entered. Next year a woman from the fair will come in June to help register our quilts. It was suggested that next year our guild have a banner for the fair and that volunteers wear name tags. Ruth was presented with her own tiara as Queen of the Fair.

Marianne suggested we have a junior membership for the guild. Kaye Koler made a motion that we charge $10.00 for members 8 thru 17. Karen Neuschaefer seconded the motion. Motion carried. The youth will sew at Main Street Amherst the last Saturday of the month to work on Community Service or their own quilt. Jean Ruth has put together a package for them.

It was reported that the quilt show went well this year. There were many suggestions on how to improve the next show, such as: Form a committee a year ahead, Open earlier on Saturday, Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave should be up front, Vendors need signs, Make a raffle quilt,

Have demos at the show, Give fat quarters to volunteers, Fill out forms on line, Take pictures of all quilts after they’re hung for the record, Sell CD’s of the quilts, Use hand stamps instead of tickets, Preprinted tickets could go into a special drawing, and Have a kids area and a man cave. Dot Glover was given a 2014 Quilt Show Ambassador ribbon for walking everyone around the show.

Everyone was reminded that we can come and sew from 10:00 until our meeting starts each meeting day. There will be two people in the room at all times. Bruce the scissors guy will be here next month from 2:30 until 7:00 to sharpen scissors for $4.00 a pair. Quilt camp is next week in Ripley and NEORQC getaway is Feb. 20­22, 2015.

Membership cards were passed out.

Teri Whidden asked members to bring in hotel samples for community service.

Meeting was adjourned followed by show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

fat quarter exchangeFat Quarter Exchange
Mary Lou Brown

It’s almost time to sign up for the fat quarter exchange! You buy a fat quarter for each member that signs up with whatever color/pattern the member requests. They will then get sorted and turn handed back out. Let’s beat last years number and get 20-25 members to sign up!

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. I need to know no later than the December meeting so I can plan it to start in January.

QOVHappy Fall Greetings Everyone!

It is without a doubt my favorite time of year! Hope all of you have enjoyed it too!

I mailed of seven R,W & B quilts to the Jacksonville Naval Air Station last week. They will be taken to a returning warrior group in Puerto Rico later in the month. I have also signed up to do the women friendly (colored) quilts for the PTSD group in Cincinnati, Ohio in September of 2015. They were thrilled with the beautiful quilts that were sent this year. It means so much to them that they are remembered and know that others care deeply about them and their service to our country.

Thank you to all of you who have helped in this rewarding endeavor.

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

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tshirt quilt2Tee Shirt Quilt Workshop

​Also one last reminder that we will have the teeshirt quilt workshop on Thursday, November 13, 10-4 pm. There are still two empty seats remaining if you’d like to join us. If you are interested email me for cost and the supply list.

See you all at guild!

Happy Autumn!

Notes from the President:

About our November speaker
Marj Girosky has been the owner of The Sewing Connection in Milan since 1993. She is a licensed instructor for Martha Pullen and Sulky of America, and her fiber art has been shown at the Textile Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art runway show. She has won awards at the Huron Art show.

The Sewing Connection,, features Husqvarna Viking and Bernina sewing and embroidery machines, batik and hand dyed fabrics, and many decorative threads for machine quilting and embroidery.

Workday Thursdays
I am happy to announce that Kaye Koler will be teaching a ‘Tee Shirt Quilt’ class at our November 13th Workday. The cost is $25.00 contact Kaye if you are interested.

Bruce ‘The Scissor Guy’ will be at the Lodge from 2:30 pm until 7:00 pm sharpening your sewing scissors, shears and pinking shears AND your kitchen scissors. Bruce says that he can now sharpen your Rotary Cutter blades! The cost is $4.00 per pair for the scissors. I do not have the blade price yet.

Workdays are for YOU to cut your fabrics, sit and sew and hang with members and friends. Bring all your notions, machines, etc. We will have a great day. 10:00 am to 6:30 pm is for you. There is no charge.

Thanks to MaryLou Brown for another successful ‘Pajama Party’, thanks to Judy Riggle for coming out to cut fabric and taking pieces home to sew.

See you soon,