Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 7 – March 10, 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

Meeting Minutes

Jean Ruth called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There were no visitors and it was noted that the turnout was light tonight, most likely due to the snowy weather.  There was also no program this evening.

Jean shared that another guild asked if our guild would like to advertise in their late October show booklet.  However since it was pointed out that our Quilt Show would be over by that time, there was no support for advertising in the other guild’s show booklet.  There was a question as to whether or not we would want to simply advertise our guild in the booklet, and again, the group responded no.

Minutes:  Jean asked if there were any changes to the January minutes, and since none were noted the minutes were approved.

Library Update:  Vickie Morris discussed how they need to purge the library to get rid of a lot of the older and duplicate material so they will be selling those items at the guilt show table. Vickie asked if anyone was collecting items for the guild show table, but there was no response this evening.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler reported that there was a great turnout for National Sew Day for Quilts of Valor on February 6th.

The group also received some great press from the Morning Journal.  There was a photo on Lindy Sleasman in the article which was shared on email and facebook. They also expected to hear about an article being put together by the The Chronicle, but nothing as of today, so watch your email.

Kaye reminded the group of their trip to the Avon Lake Towne Center nursing facility last year where some members shared quilts with the residence.  Kaye pointed out that the show was very popular with the residence who are still taking about the quilts to this day.  They have contacted Kaye again to see if the guild would hold a small informal show again for them later this year.  She said that the residence would love to schedule a quilt show in November where they could charge $1 entry and offer small food items for sell.  They indicated that the net proceeds would go to Quilts of Valor!  Therefore, Kaye asked the guild if there was interest in displaying quilts at the Center for such an event.  If there was enough interest, the Center has set aside November 5th from 10am – 2pm as the date and time for the show.  Kaye noted that it would be an informal setting, similar to last time.  Quilts would be draped over tables and chairs.  A member questioned the date and Kaye indicated that it was the week before Veteran’s Day.  Kaye asked for a raise of hands for anyone who was interested.  Since there was a good show of interest, Kaye sent around a sign up list.

Kaye reminded the group that QOV will be holding a presentation event at Main Street Amherst Community Center, 255 Park Avenue on February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Kaye asked everyone who signed up to bring cookies not to forget, and she had the signup sheet handy again today for anyone who would like to help.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that we have $7,674.09 in our Treasury, with the Home of the Brave at $986.76 and Quilts of Valor at $230.24.

Hospitality:  No Report.

Membership:  No Report.

Home of the Brave: Lindy took the opportunity to report that due to personal commitments, Janet Alderman cannot make a lot of the meetings, but Janet is still very committed and dedicated to the Home of the Brave project.  Lindy noted that Janet needs some machine quilter’s so if anyone was interested to let her know.

Sunshine Committee:  It was pointed out they have a blue bag collection tonight for Karin Knox who lost her brother.

Challenges:  Lindy had previously forwarded an email from Sue Thornton about having an informal no-strings attached UFO swap.  More to come on this topic later as Sue was not present tonight.

Future Programs:  MaryAnn Grayson announced some plans for upcoming programs:  March:  Little Red Quilt House, bringing a bunch of new and exciting notices, and of course, shopping! April: Debbie Lee, amazing teacher from Quilt Camp who is an expert machine quilter, fabric painter, makes jackets, and much more!  April & May: Gloria Kellon will be teaching classes on making her glorious jackets and vests.  There will be a sign up for her classes that will be held during the day.  May: Noella from Quilter’s Source will be here with a wonderful program. June:  Ruth Groot will start prepping us for the fair. July: Picnic.  August:  AQS Trip and the Fair. September: Applique Workshop and Tuffet (footstool) Workshop Part 1.  October: Quilt Show! November: Tuffet Workshop Part 2. December: Christmas Dinner

MaryAnn reported that they had 19 people here today for Joanne Hubbard’s Strip Club, which was too much fun!  Some of the quilts will be shown tonight during show & tell.

Youth Group: Jean reported that she, Lynette and Kathy worked with eight wonderful young ladies at their new meeting location, the Zion United Methodist Church on SR 113.  Jean reported that the new location was a huge success, and she was delighted to find that they are allowed to store fabric at the church. Jean shared that they have plenty of space at the location and a very nice work area.  The next youth group gatherings would be Monday, February 15th and Saturday, February 27th, both starting at 10:00 a.m.  Jean reminded everyone that the gatherings are open to everyone, so please come join them!

Quilt Show 2016:  Barb King distributed block kits for the raffle quilt which were in kits considered easy – difficult. Everyone was reminded that when piecing we really need to be precise because the raffle quilt team will not have time to do any adjustments.

All pieced blocks must be returned no later than the April meeting.   Members of the Quilt Show committee also shared that save-the-date cards were ready for distribution at NEORQC and the official postcards for the show are being put into final form so they can be ready for distribution in the coming months. An announcement was made that the quilt show committee and anyone interested in helping out should plan on getting together at 6:00 p.m. before the March guild meeting on March 10th.

Everyone was reminded that the 2016 quilt show dates are October 7th – 9th. Mark your calendars!

Community Service:  Teri Whidden said she had several baby quilt kits and some binding opportunities for anyone interested in helping out.

Announcements/Open Discussion:

New Name Tags:  Sharon Lutz asked if members could have their old paper name tags if they wanted them.  The group agreed members could have their old (current) paper name badges if they liked.  It was pointed out that everyone should start wearing their new handmade name tags for the March meeting.  If you forget your new badge you can wear a “my name is” badge for a donation of 25 cents.

Fat Quarter Exchange:  Kelly Grace mentioned that there would be a fat quarter exchange in March if anyone was interested.

PJ Parties:  An announcement was made that if anyone was interested in helping Mary Lou Brown with the PJ parties should send her an email at marybrown.mlb@gmail.com.

Unclaimed T-Shirts:  A final announcement was made about all the extra, unclaimed t-shirts they have. This was a final call to pick up your t-shirt or they will be sold to make money for the guild.

Show & Tell:  In addition to a beautiful table runner and wall hanging, there were 11 quilts and 3 bags presented during show and tell tonight.

There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.


Our speaker will be from ‘The Little Red Quilt House’ of Medina. New notions, techniques and tips.  They will have a Trunk Show and will have lots of goodies to vend.

Please sign up in March for the Jacket & Vest class with Gloria Kellon to be held on Thursday, April 14th and May 12th.  Details and more at the meeting.

Sue Schillig

No Report

March Birthdays

Janet Alderman
Casandra Brown
Amanda Gonzalez
Sue Schillig
Susan Thornton
Pat Brush
Cindy Ginter
Dianna Pierce
Fran Smith

Notes from the President

First of all, for those who went to the Quilts of Valor presentations it was a very moving evening. Kaye and her helpers did a wonderful job and at the end there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. It was great to see the guild give back a small token for what they did for our country.

On Friday Kathy Kayden, a friend Karen Hunter and I went to the Lake Farm Park Quilt Show, which had many beautiful and colorful quilts. Sarah from JEllens entered a quilt for the first time. She has Downs, and she did a great job.

Next week I am off to West Virginia for a getaway weekend and a shop hop of our own while going down and back, no cooking or doing dishes, and the main thing is to have fun.

See you at the meeting Thursday.

There will be a Quilt Show meeting at 6 pm prior to the guild meeting

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups will continue in March and everyone will receive the list in April. All fat quarters will need to be brought in to the May meeting. If you’d like to sign up or have any questions contact Kelly Grace (caelijean@gmail.com) or signup at the March meeting.

AQS Grand Rapids Trip Information 
Quilt of Valor Information Sheet


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

None for this month.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Our first presentation was great! We had a little over 40 in attendance. We awarded five Monday, and two more on Friday, to those who could not make it on Monday. Thank you to everyone who showed up to help, baked, and contributed some way in the making of the quilts ! The recipients, each and every one, was MOST appreciative. I could not have been more pleased, or humbled….

We will do a presentation in June or July……information to follow as soon as I have it.

A quote from one of the recipients……

I am humbled and touched by your offer to receive a quilt made by the hands of women that truly care about Veterans and our country.  I am at a loss for words and  honored beyond my threshold and capacity of my vocabulary.  I accept graciously.

John S.

Lindy Sleasman, thank you for your donation of fabric!

Also, Darlene at MOMS SEWING BASKET AND Sandy At Quilts and Kreations!

Community Service
Teri Whidden

Judy Riggle made 1 quilt, Dave & Teri Walter donated 3 quilts, and Barb King donated 2 pillowcases and toiletries.  Thank you so very much ladies, it is greatly appreciated!

I will be bringing some quilt kits to be passed out. Please consider taking one or two home to finish.

Janet Alderman

No report.

Sunshine Committee
No Report

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!