Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 9 – May 12, 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 this evening. At the invitation of Maryann Grayson, the program tonight will be presented by Marie Ralston, the President of NEORQC. Marie explained that N-E-O-R-Q-C stands for the North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council, of which Lorain County Piecemakers has the most members. She explained that the purpose of the Council is to promote fellowship among quilters and to help organize quilting activities for all the member guilds. She noted that the Council also works to promote quilting, quilting education, and to raise the public awareness of quilting as an art form.

Marie also shared what many people don’t know—NEORQC offers a Quilt Education Grant to organizations promoting the art of quilting and raising the public’s awareness of quilting. She indicated that there was information and a grant application on the NEORQC webpage. This money can be used for supplies, field trip admissions and workshop fees for education. Marie highlighted some of the annual retreats and events sponsored by NEORQC, and encourage everyone to participate. She also highlighted several very popular retreat locations including Quilt Escape, Needle in a Haystack, Rural Thimble, and Sauder Village. Marie finished up her presentation with a trunk show highlighting memory quilts.

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

Treasurer Report:  The Treasurer, Pam Scholle, was not present this evening; therefore no report at this time. There was a motion to hold the treasurer’s report until the May meeting. The Motion passed.

Community Service:  No Report.

Membership:  Karen Neuschaefer reported there were no new members and there were approximately 115 members when last counted.

Challenges:  Sue Thornton discussed the current Red & White challenge and encouraged members to take part so that they had have a wonderful turn out for the special Red & White exhibit at the quilt show. Sue also shared some possible challenges that included a Little Presidential Quilt.  She encouraged members to email her if they were interested.

Quilt Show:  Barb King discussed the raffle quilt and accepted a lot of the finished blocks this evening; however, she announced there were still several outstanding blocks. Barb encouraged anyone who could not finish the block to simply turn it back in and the committee would gladly finish it. She requested that anyone interested in helping assemble the quilt should contact her.

Chris Yoo and Karen Neuschaefer distributed the Quilt Show Pre-Entry Information sheets and asked members to please return them ASAP.  Members were asked to make sure to include the dimensions of each quilt as the dimensions were critical when planning the layout of the show, noting Julie Bragg plans everything down to the last inch. It was shared that you can list up to 3 specific quilts and if you were participating in the Red & White Challenge, that quilt counted as one of your 3. Karen added that there is a space on the entry form to indicate if you believe you have additional quilts to display.  Those additional quilts may be used if we find we do not have enough submissions to fill the show. Therefore, members were asked to include a number in that spot.  Finally members were reminded that the Quilt Show Committee would be assembling here at 6:00 p.m. before the May meeting.

Fat Quarter Exchange:  Kelly Grace discussed the exchange and indicated she would pass out the packets this evening and it was agreed that participants should return their booty no later than the June meeting; however, she would gladly accept them in May also.

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported that she was able to mail out 9 more quilts to the Columbus Survivor Outreach Service Coordinator. She indicated that this now brings our number to 43. Janet reported that the Old Uniontown Quilt Guild in Ashland asked her how to make out a check to Home of the Brave because they were making a donation to Home on the Brave from proceeds received from the sale of their Raffle Quilt. The check is for $876.21!! Janet was overwhelmed with their generosity and wanted to share her excitement with the group, noting that the money was needed and would go a long way in helping the cause. Janet thanked everyone for their help in binding, and for all the support she has been receiving.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler reported that if you attended the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Cleveland you may have seen the QOV booth.  Kaye shared that the State Coordinator was also present.  They had open sewing for QOV in the booth, which was a trial run for Des Moines where they will have an entire room dedicated to QOV. Kaye read a thank you note from an award recipient and thanked everyone for all their help and support.

Kaye reminded the group there was going to be a QOV fundraiser in November at the Avon Lake Towne Center nursing facility, which will be similar to the quilt show they held there last year.  It was very popular with the residence.  The date for the show will be Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Kaye indicated she would bring a sign up next month in hopes that she will get a lot of participation.  She indicated there would also be a QOV room for opening sewing and display.  She would have more information next month.

Iris Tewksbury reported that the QOV committee accepted a large box of embroidered flag rejects that could be used and incorporated into QOV quilts. It was noted, however, that you cannot make a quilt that resembles a flag.  Several ideas were shared about where and how to get QOV patterns, including the main QOV website, and Fons & Porters.

Old Business:  None to report.

Youth Group:  Jean Ruth reported that they would be meeting on April 23rd at the Zion United Methodist Church on SR 113.

Future Programs:  May: Quilter’s Source; June: Ruth Groot and LC Fair information; August: Bus Trip; September: Applique; and October: Quilt Show!

Show & Tell:  There were 20 quilts, which included miniatures, baby quilts, wall quilts, and large bed quilts.  There were also 6 wonderfully creative bags, and beautiful embroidery work!

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

Respectfully submitted,

Chris Yoo


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!

Notes from the President

No Report


Noella from Quilters Source in Parma will speak and present her trunk show. She will give info on the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Gloria Kellon will return to work on your Theme Vests. Join her at 10:30 Thursday.

Anyone who is planning to attend the AQS Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan Friday, August 12 and return Saturday, August 13 should bring a $50 deposit to the meeting.

Blue bag will be at the next meeting for Bobbie Bruck whose mother passed away, Autumn colors.


Sue Schillig

Sometime in the 1960’s I pieced my first nine patch with my grandma. Before I graduated high school I had pieced my first “big” quilt. You’d think that many decades of quilting and piecing would prevent stupid errors. But to the contrary, it turns out that I can still commit the greatest of quilting mistakes. I was quite excited to get to the last turn of the red and white quilt I am currently working on, only to discover I’d not cut the backing quite large enough. As in, about an inch short! I know how to fix the problem, but it has stalled me on finishing the quilting. I will get over it, but how often do the mistakes we make cause grand delays in the finishing of our quilts? I sense that several of the unfinished quilts I have are left incomplete due to the unforeseen problems that developed. Maybe my color choices really didn’t work, or it was harder to piece than expected. Maybe I needed to add that final border, but  the dream screamed applique and the fingers were not eager for the task. I’m going to finish this red and white thing for the quilt show, despite the errors. Do you have any UFO’s that will require a Herculean effort to complete? Maybe just starting the task will make it happen.


Sue Schillig

May Birthdays

Cheryl Whitman
Iris Tewksbury
Angela Lasko
Bert Gelle
Audry Lauffer
Rachel Dykes

How Do You Get to Paducah?

(1) Practice, practice, practice? or (2) hitch a ride on the Quilts and Kreations bus trip to the AQS Quilt Show?

Correct answer: (2). I make quilts every chance I get and none of them will ever be juried into Paducah, whereas for $555 ($28/yr for the ~20 years I’ve been in the guild) Sandie at Q&K not only let me on the bus and took me back and forth and to and from the show but paid admission and provided all but maybe one dinner and one or two lunches Monday thru Thursday, and all of it was very good, especially bacon, the queen of foods, at breakfast. I’d never been to Kentucky, and it was gorgeous, about 3 weeks ahead of us with foliage leafed out and loads of flowering bulbs and shrubs; in Paducah they put out white lights to show off their dogwoods in bloom at night. The people were amazing, friendly and welcoming and polite, and we were all excited to be there.

We stopped at Fabric Shack in Waynesville en route for a great selection of fabrics, got in late Monday night, and Tuesday had the tour of Paducah guided by Quiltman, who showed and told the neat historical flood wall murals along the river, restored houses and neighborhoods and streets he was justifiably very proud of, and the layout around the National Quilt Museum (where I saw Tessa Barile’s miniature on Tuesday morning plus some jolly old New York Beauties and new takes on that classic) and Convention Center plus the Pavilion/Bubble for vendors and cool old restored buildings with current businesses plus some rented for Quilt Week just for the show. Then we saw the museum and on to the Quilts Patriotic and Presidential Show at the Rotary Club Show, where I got to buy Sue Reich’s book, plus I got some orphan antique blocks at Cindy’s Antique Quilts, who were vending there. Next was the Mother Lode: Hancock’s of Paducah; yep, there it was in all its glory and we had come to shop.

Wednesday we photographed the Superman statue and accoutrements in Metropolis, where we stayed, then spent the day at the AQS show, going nuts with photos (OK for your own use except in vendor booths that specifically say no), loads of tour de force and jolly quilts in three separate areas plus over at the Pavilion, and a heartwarming number of vendors. Thursday we hit Hancock’s one more time and headed home. Sandie and Susan of Q&K and Rosemary, who drove the bus, were terrific hosts and a lot of fun, events were very well planned and executed, and the people in the group were friendly and in high spirits; the only downside I can think of is that I didn’t pack better. I’m thrilled I went and recommend it wholeheartedly to you all.–Susan Thornton

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 Ruth

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Community Service
Teri Whidden

Genesis House was very happy to receive our donations of quilts, pillowcases, and toiletries.

Grafton Correctional Facility also came and took all the donations and what they cannot use, items will be forwarded to a women’s facility on the east side of Cleveland.  They are so thankful that we continue to give them items.