Bits & Pieces GraphicLorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 7 – April 9, 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
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:

The team of Cathy & Kathy from ‘Sonflower Quilts and Gifts’ will be our Guest presenters at our meeting on Thursday. Their presentation, “How To Handle and Use Up Your Scraps”. There will be a presentation, trunk show and vending.

Sue Schillig

I can really tell that spring is here for a variety of reasons.  The first and foremost is the time I have for working on my quilting projects has been greatly reduced.  There are a number of good excuses not to sew.  Yet, there are still a number of things I’d like to work on. What a dilemma!  If I want to continue enjoying my quilting, I’m going to have to make the time. And, perhaps be content with small bits rather than large chunks. One of the best reasons to love winter is just that–big chunks of time to sew and quilt. But spring  scatters me in several directions–the garden, the grandkids, the job, the harvesting of early spring veggies, and the chicks. New to the distraction this year are 16 lovable little ladies of a variety of breeds (most unknown as yet) who are more entertaining than prime time TV.  I may have to work on bits and pieces for a while until the heat of summer brings me back indoors… to the sewing machine.

Piecefully, Sue

Cheryl Majewski

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Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Lorain County Piecemakers are now official members of Quilts of Valor!

I have received a donation of one completed quilt and one top to be quilted from member Teri Walter and her husband Dave. Since retirement, Dave’s skill and talent is shinning through! Thank you both so much for your generosity! We have also received a good bit of batting from Georgia Forbush’s son, Brian, who works for Joann Fabrics. Thank you!

We really need some fabric donations. If you would like to donate or know some one, or shop owner that would like to donate please let me know. Time is getting away and I would like to organize a workshop or two to work on tops for the women’s PTSD that we will need quilts for in the fall. Thank you so much!

Libby Betounes will be hosting a bus trip to Blossom on July 4, 2015 to hear the Cleveland Festival Band in concert with patriotic music. Bus leaves from the American Legion in Elyria at 6:00 p.m. Pavilion seating.  $46.00 per person The concert is wonderful, makes you glad to be an American. Contact Libby at 365-5580 or email at

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!

The Trash To Treasure Workshop will be on Thursday, April 9th.  The doors open at 10:00am. Please bring the following IN ADDITION TO your regular traveling sewing workshop kit.

Power strip/extension cord
Iron and ironing board/mat
extra pre-wound bobbins
extra spool of thread
extra sewing machine needles
spray bottle of water/or best press
6 1/2″ square ruler
9″ square ruler
make sure your rotary cutter has a sharp blade
long ruler and cutting mat
bag for trash

You may bag lunch it or there are places in Amherst & Oberlin to go to. If you would like to exchange 2 1/2″ squares with others, please bring them. There will be extra copies of directions at the workshop, so if you would like to join us, please come! Any questions?  Please call me or email me.

Teri Whidden

Community Service
Teri Whidden


I hope everyone that went to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo had a great time! I had a blast! I met some really talented people. And was totally inspired by the SAQA, (Studio Art Quilt Associates), display, “Metaphors on Aging” (mini show) they sponsored! I was honored to be able to teach two classes and a lecture at the expo this year. I had a wonderful time and happy, happy students as you can see below! And LOOK! My youngest student did a superb job! I’ve invited her and her Mom to guild!

We’re pretty lucky to have a show of this caliber and SO many vendors in one spot so close to home! In addition to all that excitement, I am currently working on my blog. Here’s the address; if you’d like to go over and have a look and make sure to “follow” me because once I reach 55 followers, I’ll host a fabric giveaway! I really do appreciate your help on this one! I’m very proud to be a part of this great guild. I told a LOT of people about our guild while at the expo!

Thank you SO much!!

Notes from the President

Hello All,
The weather is changing, thank goodness. My health is better and I thank you for the calls and cards. Keep MaryLou Brown in prayer as she struggles with knee problems and her health. I am looking forward to the return of our Snowbirds, Barb Spieker and Barb Vilagi. Thanks to these ladies for making sure we had speakers each month.

I am anxious to get to Guild on Thursday and work on my UFOs. My 2 1/2″ square pile is growing. The ‘Trash to Treasure’ Quilt squares to be shared means we all will have a great variety of squares. It is going to be a fun project.

Quilt Camp Spring Training is over and again a wonderful time. The trip to Ripley. WV was perfect with no snow or rain. The classes and instructors were informative and diverse. I took the ‘Disappearing Hour Glass’ class with Debbie Lee. An easy Mystery to solve using layer cakes or your own 10″ squares! The Quilt Camp is an enjoyable, relaxing opportunity to spend with other quilters and friends. Check and read about the Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes.

The team of Cathy & Kathy from ‘Sonflower Quilts and Gifts’ will be our Guest presenters at our meeting on Thursday. Their presentation, “How To Handle and Use Up Your Scraps”. There will be a presentation, trunk show and vending.

I have shopped at Sonflower in Syvania (just west of Toledo) and subscribed to several Block of the Month Quilts that included ‘Bad Girls of the Bible’ and ‘More Bad Girls of the Bible’. Their fabric variety is excellent and their pattern collections are not found anywhere else!

I know we are approaching Spring and Gardening season. Many of you will be knee deep in your flowers, but keep the Guild on your schedule! We will have a wonderful program with Joanne Hubbard, called ‘Charm School’ next month. This will be for all members to participate…please check the website and blog after the April meeting for details.

A new treat for you! Rita Fishel will be hosting a Mystery Quilt on Sunday, June 28th at Creations Sew Clever in Chillicothe. Travel to Chillicothe on Satuday, June 27th to shop or just relax then Sew a Mystery from 11 am to 7 pm on Sunday. You can finish a Super Lap Quilt in one day. Stay over night or come home on Sunday after your long day of sewing! Please let MaryAnn or Marilyn Novak know if you are interested.

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. Elections will be held later this year, please consider running for an office or serving on a committee.

Take care! MaryAnn

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth
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Janet Alderman
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