Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 8 – April 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

Meeting Minutes
Jean Ruth called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There was one visitor.  The program for the evening was Nine Nifty Notions, which was presented by K.C. from the Little Red Quilt House in Medina.  K.C. started by pointing out that the shop has been open since 2009, and they offer a nice selection of traditional quilting fabrics, patterns, kits, and of course, NOTIONS.  The shop is located at 3616 Ridge Road in Medina.  Following a very informative and entertaining presentation there was lots of shopping to be had.  K.C. also distributed a generous 20% coupon for the shop!

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

Treasurer Report:  It was reported that $7,610.15 in our Treasury, with the Home of the Brave at $1,085.55 and Quilts of Valor at $203.36.  Vickie Morris made a motion to approve the financial report, which was seconded by Libby Betounes. The Motion passed.

Community Service:  Teri Whidden was present with several quilt kits for anyone interested in helping out.

Future Programs:  MaryAnn Grayson informed the group that in April will have either Quilter’s Source or Debbie Lee.  Also, in April and May, Gloria Kellon will be teaching classes during the day on making her glorious jackets and vests.  There was a sign up tonight for the classes.  Mary Ann reminded the group of the August AQS Trip.

Membership:  No Report.

Home of the Brave: No Report.

Quilts of Valor:  It was reported that the February 22nd event was wonderful and very moving!! They presented Quilts of Valor to five local veterans on Monday night in a wonderful ceremony. A thank you note from one of the recipients was read to the group.  It was also shared that there was another beautiful note of gratitude in the Newsletter that just came out.
Fat Quarter Exchange:  Kelly Grace reported that she had 13 sign ups as of tonight and she would keep taking names until next month.

Quilt Show 2016:  Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer reported that pre-entry sign up forms would be distributed at the April meeting as they need 150 quilts for the show.  Everyone was welcome to sign up to bring up to 3 quilts each.  The form would ask you to list your quilts and the dimensions for each.  Julie indicated that there would also be a line on the form where you can enter the number of additional quilts you could bring if they find they need more quilts.  Julie also stressed that she really needs the dimensions as she uses those to chart out the quilt show layout.  There were a few questions for the Show Committee:

1) Can we submit quilted garments?  YES.
2) Can we submit antique quilts?  YES, but don’t submit items that are too fragile to be hung up using clips.
3) Could you use antique dress forms to display?  YES

Julie reported that she would be out of town in April so the next Quilt Show Committee meeting would be held in May @ 6:00 p.m. before the regular guild meeting.

Show & Tell:  There were 21 quilts, 5 bibs, 7 bags, and 1 door hanging.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Janet Alderman

Just before Easter I was able to mail out 9 more quilts to the Columbus Survivor Outreach Service Coordinator who plans on delivering the quilts to 4 of our fallen hero’s families.  That now brings our number to 43!!!  (Though one more is needed for a father if she can locate him.)

Don’t faint but I WILL BE ATTENDING the guild meeting this Thursday.  If you enjoy hand stitching the bindings (I’ll have them sewn on by machine)  please come early.  I have 8 quilts that will be completed when the bindings have been sewn.  We can sew and chat as we work away.  Feel free to bring something to nibble or drink (just make sure the beverage has a lid on the container.)   I will be there around 4pm.  I’ll probably eat a late and larger lunch.

I truly want to thank the outpouring of support.  We are making such a difference.


Community Service

Teri Whidden

In March, Sandy Lambert, Barb Steiner, & Kelly Grace donated lots of toiletries!  Barb King, Judy Riggle, Kelly Grace, Mary Lou Brown & Janice Good donated baby quilts!  Linda Janowicz donated a bin of misc. some that was  given to the Grafton facility.  Thank you so very much ladies!

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!

Notes from the President
Well, Mother Nature has done it again, which means we can stay in the house and quilt away. We had a great time in West Virgina and even got the class project done and will have for show and tell. I hope this letter finds everyone well and coming to the meeting Thursday to have fun. My understanding is that we will have a class on either a jacket or a vest­ ­hopefully the things we need will be in this newsletter.Hope to see you all Thursday.


Speaker is a surprise!

MaryAnn needs to hear from anyone that plans on taking the jacket class. Please call her (440-807-7032) ASAP for details. Six have already signed up and class is 10:30 am to 3:00 pm in April and May. Cost is $35.

Sue Schillig

No Report

April Birthdays
Georgia Forbush
Judy Echeagaray
Ann Wadas
Barbara Spieker
Ruth Groot
Kathy Clark
Kaye Koler
Nancy Tester
Mary Wallhead
Betty Roll
Helen Smelser
Nina McClain
Elsie Kral

Fat Quarter Exchange

List will be passed out at the April meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting please let Kelly know so other arrangements can be made. All fat quarters will need to be brought in to the May meeting. If you’d like to sign up (last chance!) or have any questions contact Kelly Grace (caelijean@gmail.com).


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 RuthThe girls met during spring break and sewed away. A lot of them are still learning but the quarter inch seams are coming along. We plan to meet on the 23rd of April at 10:00 a.m. For a brown bag lunch—bring a sewing machine if you have one. Also looking at the 23rd of May, same place and time and requirements as April.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

We’ve had a pretty productive few weeks! I have three tops quilted and will  be bringing them to the meeting. If you are interested in binding them let me know.

We had another top and presentation case donated by Lindy Sleasman. Also a complete quilt by former member Donna Clapper. Thank you ladies, thank you!

We also had several members volunteer their time at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Cleveland last week! Thank you for all your hard work, it was so much FUN!! The tops that were made there will be going to AMERICA QUILTS EXPO in Des Moines later in May.

Plans are moving ahead for the Quilts of Valor fundraiser in November. I will furnish details as I get them.

Also, we will plan to do another QoV presentation in June or July.

Thank you all so much for making the last presentation an overwhelming success!