Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 5 – January 14, 2016

President: Jean Ruth

Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun, Vicky Morris & Janice Good
Hospitality: Karin Knox & Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine Committee: Val Watring
Challenge Committee: Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser, Kelly Grace
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


Sue Schillig

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  They seem to indicate a commitment that I’m usually unwilling to keep.  Of course, perhaps the nature of the resolution is the problem.  However, what I do like to do is take stock of the quilting part of my life.  What needs doing, what do I want to do, and what am I still dreaming about.   I’m thinking if I share with the guild those sorts of things, there might be some sort of pressure to complete more of them. So, here is my 2016 quilt resolutions, in no particular order.

1. Finish the quilt that Anne (daughter) began in quilt camp 1995.    Good news, it is at the quilter’s now, so I’m making great progress on that one.
2. Quilt the first of the granddaughter’s flower garden quilts.  Good news on that front, as it is in the frame and I’ve half a turn quilted.
3. Finish piecing granddaughter number 2’s  flower garden quilt.  I’m making progress, but it has come to almost a complete halt due to mobility. I get lots of handwork done when I’ve got a broken foot, but don’t think I’d better try and repeat that method.
4.   Start granddaughter’s 3 and 4’s grandmother’s flower garden quilts.  By start, I might mean only start collecting fabric for them. Doable in any year!
5. Complete a red and white challenge quilt for the show.  I’ve gotten more done than one might think, since it was only begun at the end of 2015.  Twelve nice blocks that need to go on point.  Problems, I decided I’m not buying any more red fabric.  Turns out that particular stash may be dangerously low.  So, might have to think outside of the box for the finish of that one!
6.  Complete one other unfinished project of any sort.  The possibilities are endless.  The probabilities of completing one are just not as high.

Take some time and set some quilting goals for yourself in 2016.  Then make it happen!  Happy New Year!

Piecefully,  Sue


Chris Yoo

At 6:30 the guild’s new President Jean Ruth welcomed everyone to the 2015 Holiday Potluck & Meeting.  After enjoying a feast fit for royalty, Jean called the meeting to order.  There were 2 visitors, 1 of whom became a member this evening. Jean indicated that the t-shirts that were ordered last meeting did not come in; however, they should be in by Tuesday.

Treasurer’s Report:  Pam Scholle reported that we have $7,862.98 in our treasury.  Pam indicated that Home of the Brave had a balance of $1,155.50 and the Quilts of Valor balance was $293.83.  There was a suggestion that the guild transfer more money into the Quilts of Valor balance; however, Pam indicated that the guild would have to approve such a transfer.  Therefore there was a recommendation that guild members spread the word in an effort to increase the contributions and donations for Quilts of Valor.  Pam reminded the guild that any proceeds from the sale of tonight’s raffle tickets for the wagon would go to the Youth Program.  There was a motion that was moved and seconded to approve the Treasurer’s report.  Motion carried.

Youth Group:  Jean Ruth shared that the next meeting of the Youth Group would be on December 19th at the old Amherst Post Office at 10:00 a.m.  Jean indicated that they will begin to decide the projects for 2016, which will include quilts for the 2016 Fair.  Jean also shared with the group that she accepted a second sewing machine for the group, so they now have two sewing machines.  Jean also reminded the guild that the Youth Group was open to everyone. One of the Youth Group members announced that that Mrs. Young’s class at Ely Elementary is going to be making toys and donating them to the APL. They are looking for donations of any fabric, batting, etc. Because the items are needed next week, an email would go out following the meeting with information about where and when to deliver the donations.

Home of the Brave: Jan Alderman thanked everyone who took quilts and 9 patch kits to help.  She also shared that back in November the Mentor Quilt Guild asked her to set up a table at their show where she raised $55 in donations.  Jan reminded the group that it was the Mentor Guild who sent her 9 quilt tops, and she noted that the Mentor show was worthwhile just to spread the word about Home of the Brave. Jan thanked everyone again and noted that with the holidays quickly approaching, it is now time for us to all focus on our own projects.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler shared that she just mailed out 3 quilts and she brought 1 quilt tonight that needs binding. She asked for volunteers to bind some quilts and to make tops from some kits she can provided.  Kaye asked that anyone interested send her an email.  Kaye thanked everyone for their help and support throughout the year.

Quilt Show 2016:  Julie Bragg indicated that there had been a suggestion that the group make a raffle quilt for the show this year and shared that Barb King was nominated to head up the committee to make the quilt.  It was suggested that the quilt have a fall/autumn theme and be no larger than a throw quilt.  Julie said that she realizes that this was short notice, but hoped there would be enough support to get the quilt completed early so they could take photos to help advertise the Quilt Show and raffle.  It was noted that Barb and her committee would let everyone know what is needed to make the quilt.

Membership:  Karen Neuschaefer discussed the membership packets that were distributed tonight to all that were in attendance and asked members to let her know if there are any errors or omissions that need to be corrected.

Community Service:  Teri Whidden, no report.

Sunshine Committee:  Jean Ruth asked for volunteers for this committee.  Val Watring volunteered.

Challenges:  Susan Thornton talked about the Red and White quilt challenge, noting that all the quilts and projects would be displayed at the 2016 Quilt Show.  Susan shared with the group 9 red & white quilts that were on display tonight from members.  Susan also discussed the 50 States Fat Quarter Exchange – and invited all participants in attendance tonight to step forward and draw a fat quarter from the basket.

Announcements/Questions:  A member asked for help finding a certain fabric and there was a recommendation that she try lostfabric.com.  The winner of the wagon raffle was Iris Tewksbury.  Karen Knox and Jean Ruth presented former President, and current Vice President MaryAnne Grayson with a quilted bag full of wonderful fabric and quilting notions from all of her guild friends.  It was noted that the gift was in appreciation for all MaryAnn’s hard work and dedication to the guild as President and for her agreeing to stay on as VP.

Future Events:  Maryann Grayson announced that they will have the Strip Club with Joan Hubbard in January and Gloria Kellon will be teaching classes in the spring to make the jackets and vests she shared with us earlier in the year. MaryAnne also noted that the August 2016 AQS Grand Rapids Michigan bus trip was confirmed and she is taking deposits, and hopes many of us will want to join her for another fun trip in 2016!

Show & Tell:  There were 33 items shared tonight that included quilts, pillows, pillow cases, shawls, and wall organizers!

There was a motion to adjourn the meeting that was seconded.  Motion carried.

Happy Holidays and a have a wonderful New Year,
Respectfully submitted,  Chris Yoo.

Blog Content Request
Kelly Grace

Looking for things to post on our blog. 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!


Joanne Hubbard will present ‘The Strip Club’! She will demonstrate her techniques, variations and patterns for making quilts using strips. The ‘Strip Club’ workshop is February 11th during our Workday.

Sign up for the February workshop after Joanne’s presentation. Quilts will be donated to the charity of the Guild’s choice.

Notes from the President

A new year has started and I am thinking of all the projects to do that I have piled up. We had a great Christmas meeting and fun was had by all. A suggestion was for me to speak louder so everything can be heard. A couple other things were brought up and will be done for the January meeting. I have given out my cell number to board members, but would like the membership to have it: (440) 221-3409. I have voicemail and have my phone with me at all times.

A board meeting was held on January 8th at Quaker Steak and Lube. Eight board members were present, and a few things were brought up, some of which I will share at the meeting and other later that are still in progress. A lot of challenges are ahead which will be a lot of fun and a couple new ones will be added. I am looking forward to the new year and working with everyone. See you on the 14th.


AQS Grand Rapids Trip Information 
Quilt of Valor Information Sheet

We have only had 12 people vote on challenges they’d like to participate in for 2016. We are looking into a PhD challenge for the year and hope to announce more in February. Please click the link here to access the poll.

The Red and White quilts are going to be an on-going challenge in 2016, please think about participating in this challenge! Nine beautiful quilts were shown at the December meeting, get yours started now for the next deadline at the July potluck. All quilts shown will be in the special “What’s Red and White and Quilted All Over?” exhibit in our 2016 quilt show.

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

Kathy Kayden and I went through the lovely fabric that was donated to the group which they have not seen yet. We also have some fun projects for them to look at and decide what to do. We are hoping to have quilts for the fair and for our show. If anyone knows of a place that we could meet once a month that is centrally located please let Kathy or me know. Main Street is great but we had to cancel December’s day for lack of space which we did not find out about until the day before the meeting. The next date is January 16 at MAIN STREET in Amherst­­ after that we will go from there for future meetings. We will be using money which was set aside for the youth group to buy accessories for any project that requires them, so the group will not to have to worry about buying anything. Also if anyone has extra material and doesn’t know what to do with it (snaps, elastic, buttons, ribbons, lace, etc.) that would help keep costs down. This is a wonderful group to work with and guide them on to better understanding of quilting and to recycle everything into useful objects­­they are the next generation to help save the planet.


Quilts of Valor
Kaye KolerI’ve had a recent quilt request for a local veteran. I’m extremely happy about this since all of the quilts in the past have been mailed out. If you know of a veteran that would like a quilt please get in touch with me. Giving these comfort quilts is what it’s all about and why we do this ! I’m working on putting together a ceremony to award a couple of quilts in late February. I will forward details as soon as I have them. It would be very nice for a lot of our members could attend. Especially those who have worked on quilts for QoV. It would be a reminder of just how important these quilts are to those who receive them.National Sew Day for Quilts of ValorEvery year Quilts of Valor Foundation has a national sew day to gather together and work on quilts for veterans. This year we will meet

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Main Street Community Center, Amherst.Please bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. We’ll also need a couple of irons and boards as well as cutting mats. If you like to join us just show up and we’ll find something for you to do! It is so fun to get together and sew with friends.

You can brown bag it or choose from one of the many great establishments in down town Amherst for lunch.

Thank you!
Kaye Koler


Janet Alderman

I’m thrilled to let you know 27 soldiers received quilts which also meant 34 quilts were given to family members including young children, when parents are not surviving.With having 50 SOLDIERS LEFT TO LOCATE, I hope we can “CLEAR THE BOOKS!!”

Sunshine Committee

No Report

Community Service
Teri Whidden

No Report