Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 5 – February 12, 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:

See President’s Notes



Cheryl Majewski

No minutes from January meeting


Sue Schillig

I’m loving this winter weather. Absolutely no reason whatsoever to go outside, and a good number of books to listen to, so plenty of time to work on projects. The next baby girl quilt is finished, and what a nice feeling to put it on facebook for a little “show and tell”. It is so heartwarming to see all those likes and comments–not unlike show and tell at our meetings which is one of my favorite things. The only difference being that your non-quilting friends get to see it too. I’m not sure what I would do without this time to be “stuck in”. Lately it has been the only time I’ve had to sew, and even that is not as much as I’d like. But of course, there are plenty of projects I’m wanting to make! One of the books that came late is about skinny quilts–really wall hangings– and I’ve started cutting templates for the chicken one. They don’t applique with turned under edges, but I’m just that much too picky not to do it. And in the tshirt quilt department, one is finally all pieced and I’ll work on the other one at Getaway. February brings with it such a nice feeling of quilted accomplishment. Alas, by next month I’ll be moaning about the need to get outside and garden already! Perhaps this is the year to start “fashionably late?”
Piecefully, Sue

Quilts of ValorQuilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Returning Warrior Workshop in Puerto Rico
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Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE
Janet Alderman

During the month of January I was able to mail out 2 quilts after sending out 3 quilts just before Christmas.

PFC Ethan Stephens -2 one to each parent
CAV Scout Stephen McGowan – 1 to parents
SGT David Luff – 1 to mother, 1 to son

Mailed out two letters, one of which gave me an accurate address so I will be sending one to SSG Curtis Oakes’ mother.

A long arm quilter from Uniontown has just offered her services and I will be mailing tops and backing to her due to the weather. We will try and connect in March to return them to me. The Ladies of the Parlor have 9 quilt tops ready for me!! Again, we just have to try and find a decent weather day as they live in Mentor.

Now IF I could only get addresses for some of the 68 soldiers still in need I would feel we really are getting somewhere. Is anyone in our group a good computer “sleuth” in tracking down information? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Gone But Not Forgotten!!

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

We had four girls participate in the show on January 31, 2015: Nicole, Heather (a friend of Nicole’s), Gracie (Ruth Groot’s granddaughter), and Sidney (niece of Vickie Morris). Adults present were Jean Ruth, Vickie Norris, and Barb King. Two of the girls (Heather and Sidney) had not used sewing machines before, but mastered them by day’s end. Sidney had two pillowcases done and a start on a quilt top. Nicole started a top, and so did Gracie. It was a good day for all.

For the February 21st show we are planning to do tote bags. Below are the items needed, or you can bring something else to work on.

Tote Bag:
1/2 yard Fabric A
1/4 yard Fabric B
1/4 yard Fabric C
1/2 yard lining fabric
1/2 yard strap fabric
Fusible interfacing/batting 15.5″x34.5″

fat quarter exchangeFat Quarter Exchange
Mary Lou Brown

We are starting our sign up for Fat Quarters Club and will be continuing sign up until March/2015. After the March meeting I will send out the list to those who have signed up. They will have two months to get all of them and turn them in to me at the May/2015 meeting. You will be able to take your quarters home with you. You don’t have to pick a color you can also pick a project or style.
Thanks Mary Lou Brown.

community serviceCommunity Service
Teri Whidden

Sandy Lambert donated a large bag of hotel sundries. Thank you so much!


Lorain County Piecemakers
February Notes from the President

….. about our speaker
‘New’ neighbors

This month’s guests are Cindy and Jeri from Cindy’s Sew Easy Shop in Sheffield Lake. The new shop is now located three doors east of her old shop in the plaza off N. Abbe near the Drug Mart, Pizza Hut and McDonalds at SR 254. It is a larger shop with a classroom and more fabrics.

The topic for the evening presentation will be ‘Prepping your quilt top, etc., for quilting.’ There will be a trunk show and of course, shopping. This information will be good for any of us who quilt our own quilts or hire a Long Arm Quilters. I would like to formally introduce our own Long Arm Quilters who may offer suggestions or their services.

‘Thursday Workday’ is for us to cut fabrics, sew, etc. Bring your notions, machines, etc. and we will have a great day. ‘Workday’ is from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. There is no charge. Thanks to Rachael, Donna (Coffee Queen) and Jean Ruth, our volunteer staff for being at the Lodge for your assistance. Please enter from the parking lot in the rear of the building.

Reminder: Judy Neimeyer Paper Piecing class with Karen Conley will begin in April. Please contact Rachael to sign up. There are changes in the pattern price and details.

Jean Ruth hosted our first ‘Youth Sew’ on Saturday, January 31st. 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’. The next session will be Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00am.

Please donate spools of 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!

Are you interested in adding more scissors, cutting tools for your notions? We will have a sample assortment of scissors for you to look over and maybe order at February & March meetings.

I am happy to announce that I have a quilt on display at LakeFarm Park Quilt Show! Thanks to our own Cheryl Majewski who created the Lotto Block for the NEORQC Get Away. Congratulations, Kaye who will be teaching at the 2015 Sewing Expo in March.

See you soon,