Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 5 – January 8, 2015

President: Mary Ann Grayson
Vice President: Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Cheryl Majewski
Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun & 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
Articles due by Saturday before meeting, Newsletter sent out Sunday before meeting.

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

Guild email:

NOTE: Board Meeting will be at 6pm before our meeting on January 8th.


See President’s Notes


Sue Schillig

There is an upside to being a librarian.  You can play around with looking for books really rather quickly, as was shown last week when I mentioned putting over a hundred on hold while the floor was drying.  This month I’d like to share a few that I thought might be worth looking at by others.  This is only a small sampling, and somewhat selective based on what I like, but you might want to see one or two of them yourself.  All are available to request through the CLEVNET system. If you have an Elyria, Lorain, Vermilion, Medina, Cleveland or a card from any other CLEVNET library, you too can take a look at some of these.

Basic General Quilting Books:

Quilter’s Handy Guide to Supplies & More by    Dawn Cameron-Dick  – Basic information on those supplies you’ll be purchasing to make your quilts.

Quilting by Jennifer Fulton – This one is from the idiot’s guide series. It is all in color and does cover most things a quilter needs to know.

Quilting: the Complete Guide by Darlene Zimmerman – Another good beginner’s guide which covers most everything.

Quilting Patchwork and Applique DK Publishing – Most DK books are pretty good, this offers all the usual quilting info with a bit of a British spin.

Some I just liked that didn’t fit into a category:

Big Print Patchwork: Quilt Patterns for Large Scale Prints by Sandy Turner   – sometimes you just need to showcase a fabric in your quilt and this has some good ideas.

Mug Rugs by Christa Rolf – I fell in love with the cupcake shaped ones. Enough said.

101 Fabulous Small Quilts   published by Martingale – Sometimes you just need a small project… There are lots of ideas here.

Quilting on the go by Jessica Alexandrakis – English paper piecing ideas and how tos.   Even if you use Marti Michell’ s templates and machine piece, there are some cute ideas here.

Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen or a King, Twin, or Lap!   By Sally Schneider – Nice quilts and someone else has done the math. Gotta love that!

Like to Paper Piece? These are for you!

Best of Fons & Porter Paper-Pieced Quilts   – The title says it all.

Paper Piecing Perfect Points by Debby Kratovil – I fell in love with the hosanna palm leaf block.

A Quilter’s Ark by Margaret Rolfe – Over 50 animals you never thought you’d be able to piece.   There is a cute koala of course.

Need a Baby Quilt?

Animal Parade: Adorable Applique Quilt Patterns for Babies by Cheri Leffler   – Pretty simple applique and they are adorable!

The Big Book of Baby Quilts another Martingale publication. 87 patterns!

Nap and Nod by Myra Harder – I want to make the quilt on the cover. The polar bear is too cute.

Civil War Patterns

The Blue and the Gray by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene   – Some of you will want to look at this one.

Civil War Legacies II by Carol Hopkins – These are small but may be fun to make.

Christmas Quilt Books – it is not to early to start some for next year!

Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place a Martingale Publication

Christmas Is Coming: Applique Quilt Patterns to Celebrate the Season by Cheryl Almgren Taylor

Modern Holiday: Deck the Halls with 18 Sewing Projects by Amanda Murphy

Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon   – not sure what is “modern” about the silver Christmas tree on the cover. Both my grandparents had silver trees at one time.

Hope you enjoy looking at a few new books this month. I’ll be returning them soon….

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

Cheryl Majewski

No minutes from December Meeting.

QOVQuilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report


Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE    
Janet Alderman

No Report


fat quarter exchangeFat Quarter Exchange
Happy New Year!! Well we have to get working on all of our projects. What better way to do that then getting more stash and colors with the FAT QUARTERS CLUB. Sign up soon (by March’s meeting) so we can get the exchange done at the April meeting. At this time I am unable to come to the meetings but you can email me at or call me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Lou Brown

community serviceCommunity Service

Barb King made 4 pillowcases, Judy Riggle made 5 quilts, Donna Clapper made 12 quilts, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi, Barb King, Barbara Stiner, & Fran Weber all brought toiletries and Barbara Stiner donated yards of flannel fabric that is greatly appreciated for quilt backings.  Mary Lou Brown gave me 61 pair of flannel pj bottoms that the guild had made.

Blessing House was so very thrilled to receive these items before Christmas.

Thank you ladies for all that you do.  It does make a big difference!

tshirt quilt2T-Shirt Quilt Class

Just a reminder for the tee shirt class on Thursday, January 8 at 10:00 am.
Many of you asked for repeat in January and I only have one person signed up. I need a minimum of six students to hold class. If you are interested I need to hear from you immediately please! The cost of the class is $25 for guild members and must be paid in full before class.
Thank you sew much!

Block of the Month
Ok, I listened to everyone at the December meeting and decided that if you want to participate, you can use whatever fabric you want. Right now 8 brave people have signed up, so I will be designing the quilt this month and the first 2 blocks will be available by the February meeting. I will be posting them on the blog so anyone that hasn’t signed up will still be able to participate.


Winter in Ohio

January Notes From the President

….. about our speaker “Creativity”

Come and meet Gloria Kellon of Shaker Heights. She is an award winning quilter, doll maker and teacher. She is the current president and co-founder of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild of Warrensville Heights. Mrs. Kellon’s quilts, dolls, vest and jackets have been included in local, national and international shows and exhibits. Her works are included in a number of books. In addition to the show in S. Africa, Gloria made a number of dolls and lead a drive to take 100 soft body dolls and 100 soccer balls to children in orphanages in S. Africa. Gloria is an excellent Storyteller. She is an active member and presenter in the National Association of Black Storytellers National Conference. She volunteers time to schools and groups. Gloria will be teaching a Wearable Art Class at the NEORQC Get Away in February.

‘Thursday 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 Rachael, Donna (Coffee Queen) and Jean Ruth, our volunteer staff.

Kaye Koler will be teaching a ‘Tee Shirt Quilt’ class at our January 8th Workday. The cost is $25.00 contact Kaye if you are interested. Reminder: Judy Neimeyer class with Karen Conley will begin in April. Please contact Rachael to sign up.

Jean Ruth will host our ‘Youth Sew’ on Saturday, January 31st at Main Street Amherst on Park Street in Amherst. Please contact Jean to sign your young person up for the day. The hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Jean can be reached at 440-221-3409. Jean will provide the schedule for the rest of the school year and summer at the ‘Youth Sew’.

Marilyn Novak is now recuperating at home after a brief stay. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. This flu/cold is dangerous…stay away from the hospitals, gatherings and stores if you are not feeling well.

Please bring cotton thread to our February meeting to send to the Grafton Prison Quilting program. Julie Bragg will collect the thread and deliver it to the program coordinator. Thanks!

scissorsAre you interested in adding more scissors to your notions? We will have an assortment of scissors for you to order in February & March!

See you soon,


fuse workshop

Things to think about….

  • Do you want to go to the August, 2015 AQS Show in Michigan?
  • How about a shopping ‘Road trip’?
  • Volunteer projects PJ Party, Quilts of Valor, Home of the Brave Quilts, Baby Quilts
  • Skill Stops or Intro classes?
    1. Cotton Theory
    2. One block wonders
    3. Serger activities
    4. Embroidery sessions
    5. Hexies/English Paper Piecing
    6. Borders & Bindings

Please let MaryAnn or Cheryl know what YOU would like to do.