Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 6 – March 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 & Melani Majewski

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


We are fortunate to have the return of Monique Noonan from Quilts and Sew Forth of Mentor. Monique will be speaking, presenting a remarkable trunk show and vending some wonderful products. Monique is a Master Quilter. If you want a real treat, visit her shop and her staff!

Sue Schillig

On a bright note, the sun is shining. And, I’ve been very busy sewing sewing sewing!  I’ve finished a couple of projects, and worked on others, and had a wonderful getaway weekend.  Naturally I picked up a few things from vendors and shops to keep me busy, well, into the next decade or so!  This time of year is particularly difficult for me.  It has been four years ago now that our son David died.  His death has meant that I am urged to make good use of my time here on Earth.  Love large and live deep.  So when we have days of unending cold and gray, I may not wait for spring. No, instead, I go outside and wrestle some pussy willow branches from my bush and thrust them into some nice warm water.  They’ve budded and brightened these past few days.  The male cardinal has just added a nice touch of red to what may hopefully become our week of thaw.  We can begin to add some bright colors to our patchwork spring.  It may mean the sewing time is shortened, but I’m thrilled I’ll be headed outside again!  Piecefully, Sue

Cheryl Majewski
There were no visitors, but Maryann introduced a new member who joined last month.

Pam Scholle reported that we have $8,573.12 in our treasury. $1,213.26 belongs to Home of the Brave and $308.63 belongs to Quilts of Valor.

The ladies from Cindy’s Sew Easy presented the program on longarm quilting and how we should prepare our quilts.

Jean Ruth reported that there was a good turnout for the Kids Day. The next one will be Feb. 21 at Main Street Amherst. In June, July, and August the meetings will be during the day before our regular meetings. The goal is for each girl to have at least one item to enter into the fair. It was suggested Jean contact the 4­H office to find other girls who might be interested.

Rachael Dykes invited everyone to come sew during the day before our meetings. She also talked about the Paradise in Blooms classes taught by Karen Conley starting in April. The first one will be $50.

Teri Whidden thanked those who brought hotel items for Blessing House. Teri also passed out instructions for a scrap nine patch we can do in April after lunch before our meeting. It’s made from 2 1/2″ scraps. Those interested need a 6 1/2″ and a 9 1/2″ square ruler, both the same brand is best.

Maryann is working on a road trip to Grand Rapids for a quilt show and shop hop. It will be Aug. 12­15, Wed. thru Sat.

Maryann talked about designing our own LCP t­shirt. It would be $11 or $12 for a long sleeve tee.

Following the meeting we had a great show and tell.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

Quilts of ValorQuilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

I’ll be shipping out six finished quilts to North Carolina this week! I still do not have any information on fabric donations. If anyone knows of someone or fabric retailer that would like to donate please let me know! Thank you to everyone who has generously sews stitches and binds for me! I’m grateful for you all!
No soldier forgotten…..

Home of the Brave2HOME OF THE BRAVE
Janet Alderman

Youth Corner
Jean RuthNo Report


Block of the Month
Kelly Grace

I need to apologize to everyone for not getting anything out on the Block of the Month. I have totally overcommitted myself and just won’t be able to do this for 2015. What I will do is commit to creating a row quilt for 2016 (this way I have all year to get it ready!) I will have all the information each month posted on the blog as pdf downloads (also linked in the newsletter) so you can get it any time you’d like. We will do this as a semi-mystery, you know there’s rows, you just don’t know what will be in each row. Some months might have a lot of small blocks, some months might have 1 long block. Right now the rows are a surprise to me too! Hopefully you’ll be looking forward to seeing the first release in January 2016!

community serviceCommunity Service
Teri Whidden
Genesis House was so excited to receive 13 quilts, 20 pairs of pajamas, 4 burp cloths and a huge bag of tolietries. Thank you Kathy Clark, Barb King, Cheryl Majewski, and Judy Riggle. I will not be at the March meeting so if possible, please bring any items that you may have to the April meeting.

Philly Cheese Steak Soup




Cute scrap quilt – uses 2.5″ squares and 4.5″ squares – could also use charm packs cut into quarters. Charmed

Lorain County Piecemakers
March Notes from the President

I cannot imagine any more snow or bitter weather this year! Most of us endured the weather and even the germs of season. Glad to talk to Judy Riggle as she is recuperating from the ‘germs’, I am getting over bronchitis, complete with a five day hospital stay. Hopefully you are sewing and staying healthy! I will be attending Quilt Camp In Ripley WVA this month and see you all soon.

The February NEORQC Get Away is done and 136 ladies spent a weekend at the Clarion Inn in Hudson, OH. The classes and instructors were great. The Conference Center struggled to provide heat and power for the class rooms. Imagine a lot of machines, irons, lamps and more; the hotel did the best they could. The vendors were wonderful. For the third year, Cheryl Majewski and wonderful daughter, Melanie helped many ladies get their cars cleaned off and machines loaded for home. Thanks to Sew déjà Vu for providing Mel with a nice thank you gift for her efforts.

We are fortunate to have the return of Monique Noonan from Quilts and Sew Forth of Mentor. Monique will be speaking, presenting a remarkable trunk show and vending some wonderful products. Monique is a Master Quilter. If you want a real treat, visit her shop and her staff!

As we head into the Spring, there are a lots of items on our schedule for the Guild.
1) Judy Neimeyer Class (April 9th at 10 am with Karen Conley, Certified Instructor
2) Joann Hubbard & ‘Charm School’ (April & May)
3) Ruth Groot and detail of the Lorain County Fair (June 11th)
The Lorain County Fair is August 24-30
4) Guild Picnic MOVED (JULY 9th)
5) American Quilt Society Show in Grand Rapids, MI (August 12-15) Overnight Trip & Shop Hop (MaryAnn & Susan)
6) Scissors Sale (April-May) Sonya
7) Guild Shirts (Talks, tees, sweats) (April to June)
8) Guild Library (JoAnn Palun)
9) Youth Sew (Summer schedule) Jean Ruth
10) ‘Workday Thursday’ (Monthly) (Rachael)
11) Constitution and ByLaws (Lynette)

There are a lot of opportunities for members and friends to enjoy OUR Guild. Contact me or any Guild officer or committee members to get more involved.

See you all very soon!

Blog Content Request
Kelly Grace

Looking for things to post on our blog. In January I posted about cutting with a die cutter. Is there something you’d like reviewed? Is there something you’d like to review? Please feel free to send me anything you’d like posted on the blog – reviews (books, notions, patterns), tutorials – either ones you’ve written or ones you’ve found online, etc. Remember this is our guild – you can contribute to the blog as well!