Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 15 Issue 8 – May 14, 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

Website: https://loraincountypiecemakers.wordpress.com
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com


Joanne Hubbard of Milan. She is a teacher and a sewing and quilting instructor. Joanne teaches at M & E in Sandusky, Country Fabrics in Shiloh, etc. She brings talent, humor and a mission to us at this month’s meeting.


Sue Schillig

Most of my favorite quilting moments do not happen in my quilt room by myself. Whenever I’m having real fun quilting I’m doing it with others.  Whether it is at a getaway weekend which I would not want to miss, or with a friend or family member, working on projects with other quilters is just so much more fun.  I had that opportunity just a few weeks ago with my sister in law.  We worked on a quilt for our niece together and accomplished a great deal while still having a good time.  I can totally understand the importance of those quilting bees of long ago.   It is good to have those good times to remember when faced with deadlines, or months of gardening and no time to quilt.  Quilting friends and family–thanks for the memories!

Piecefully, Sue


Cheryl Majewski

Maryann Grayson welcomed Kathy Walch and Emily from Sonflower Quilts in Sylvania, OH. They presented a program on scrap quilts and brought items to sell.

Maryann recognized Judy Pickworth from the fair board and thanked Ruth Groot for her help with the fair. We had one new member and one visitor.

The minutes from the last meeting will be on the blog.

>We voted to move this year’s picnic to the July 9th meeting, because of our bus trip to Grand Rapids and the fair in August.

Sonya Zimmerman and Barb Stiner volunteered to head a committee to design shirts for the guild. It was suggested we have a special color shirt for those working at the fair. Barb King and Ruth Groot are making ribbons for the fair.

Jean Ruth reported that there were three girls at the Youth Sew-In. The next sew-in will be April 25th at Main Street Amherst. In June, July, and August the sew-ins will be on our meeting dates in our room.

Teri Whidden thanked everyone who came and participated in the nine patch project. People can work on it again next month, if they like.

There was no Home of the Brave report.

The new NEORQC president is Marie Ralston. Maryann Grayson will be in charge of the next getaway.

Kaye Koler reported that her three classes at Quilt Expo went well and everyone enjoyed themselves. A good group of members went to the nursing home in Avon Lake. The women loved it and want the group to return.

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer asked for volunteers for the 2016 Quilt Show. A chairperson is needed. The show will be the second weekend in October.

The meeting was followed by show and tell. Ten people had quilts to share.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Majewski

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

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!

Red and White Quilt Exhibit
Susan Thornton

Here’s the book about that famous quilt show in New York; it’s going to be published this fall apparently. Wow, $60; still, if it has photos of ALL the quilts it may be worth the $$$.


Check this out too:

It appears our guild needs to have a red and white quilt show. :–]

Community Service

Teri Whidden

Judy Riggle donated 21 quilts!

Barb King donated 1 quilt, 2 pillowcases, 2 baby bibs, 2 sets of jammies, 1 burp pad & also gave us a travel iron to use.

Thank you ladies so very much!  You are greatly appreciated!

Hello Ladies,

I need to know if anyone has the .jpeg file for the guild logo. I am on the t-shirt committee and would like to use the old logo. Anyone with information about the logo please contact me.


Sonya Zimmerman

Book Review

Susan Thornton

I must have bought this book, by Toni Phillips and Juanita Simonich, who seem to be shop owners of Fabric Expressions, Littleton, Colorado, at a guild garage sale. I ought to check whether they’re still in business and therefore have more books, but used copies are listed on amazon for ~$5 and new for more, and if more than a few of you want it, goose me to track down the owners/more copies.

These ladies apparently had a workshop with a terrific idea: ways to make SIMPLE ONE-BLOCK 60-inch tops that can be used as is or expanded to make various bed sizes by adding–again, simple and oversize–borders. You all make a lot of quilts for various charities; baby and and graduation and wedding gifts; pastor and friendship and sympathy and lap quilts; and could use a simple and fast technique, and this looks awfully promising.  What you’re doing is making a one-block quilt; they list and give directions for several traditional blocks: Lily/Devil’s Claw, Indian Star, Odd Fellows Chain, Fox and Geese, Jacob’s Ladder, Four Queens, Constellation, Square Deal, Queen’s Crown, and Bride’s Puzzle.

If somebody in the group wanted to do a program or workshop of this idea, I think you’d need their permission at the very least; I don’t know what kind of fee it would require. It’d be cool if they wanted to come out and do a class, but that’d be $$$$, I’d think. I’ll see what I can find out over the Internet and phone; maybe we could share them with North Coast some time, for instance.

It’s a terrific and useful idea, which I hope will save all the goodhearted gals in this group a whole lot of time as they go about their appointed rounds.

Youth Corner

Jean Ruth

No Report


Janet Alderman

No Report

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 sjb1034@windstream.net

Notes from the President