Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 10 – June 9, 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.

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

Treasurer Report:  The Treasurer, Pam Scholle, noted that they have paid the rent for the facility use for the upcoming October Quilt show.  Pam reported that the Balance as of April 1 is $7,955.67, with HOB at $1085.55 and QOV at $203.36. There was a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report which was seconded.  Motion carried.

Program:  Noella and John from Quilter’s Source in Parma were present tonight to talk about pre-cuts.  Noella distributed a very helpful precut conversion chart for anyone who wanted to create their own jellyroll, charm pack or layer cake.   Noelle also shared several demos that featured patters from Missouri Star Quilts.

Community Service:  Teri Whidden shared with the group that Lynn Novak at the Grafton Correctional Institution has invited members to attend a Quilt and Community Service Show at their facility on Monday, May 23rd.  Teri noted that flyers were available tonight for anyone who was interested.  Teri shared that you had to RSVP for the event so that the facility could get your name for a required name badge, which would be available at the gate.  Anyone attending had to bring official ID to claim their name tag to enter. Teri closed by noting she had several kits for anyone who would like to take one tonight.

June Program:  Ruth Groot announced that Judy Pickworth from the fair would be present at the June meeting to discuss the 2016 fair, noting that the 2016 fair books were not yet ready.  Ruth also asked if she could get a couple of volunteers to bring in quilts because they will have a former fair quilting judge present at the June meeting who will explain how quilts are judged at the fair.  Ruth also announced that this year the youth participants would have their quilts judged according to their age group.

Ruth reported that August 1st was the deadline for entering quilts.

Youth Group:  Jean Ruth reported that they would be meeting this Saturday from 12:30 – 4:00 at the Zion United Methodist Church on SR 113. Jean reminded the group that everyone is welcome.  Jean also noted that the Youth Group would be meeting here, at the Lodge, for the months of  June – August.

Membership:  Karen Neuschaefer reported there were no new members and there were approximately 115 members as of last month, and membership dues run September – August. Karen indicated they will probably start collecting membership forms in July.

Challenges:  Sue Thornton reviewed the current Red & White challenge and encouraged members to take part.

Quilt Show Committee:  Julie Bragg announced that she and Karen Neuschaefer would be collecting the pre-registration forms this month and next so that she can start planning the layout of the show.  Julie stressed that it is very important that members list the dimensions of their entries because those measurements help assure that there is room for every quilt and that the layout makes sense.  Julie noted that it would be very helpful if everyone could have their pre-registration forms turned in by the June meeting.

Julie announced that they plan on having a Guild Country Store table that would be used to raise donations for the guild. They will start taking donations for that table at the next meeting.  Julie noted it would be nice to fill the table with as many handmade items as possible and that members should round up their nice “extra” items for donations. The committee asked that the items for the store be nice—not garage sale stuff (smile).  Julie noted that Barb Spieker would be putting together the Raffle Baskets and would like to ask for donations of new or like new items to start filling the baskets.  The Quilt Show committee is asking everyone to donate something for the baskets to make them fabulous!

The Committee also reported that they hope to have a Scrap Box Sale in conjunction with the Country Store that would be full of fabric scraps that can be purchased for a small amount of money for an entire bag full of scraps.  So if you have a bunch of fabric scraps, please also consider donating those for the Scrap Box Sale.

Chris Yoo distributed a couple dozen Quilt Show Postcards to several tables and Julie read the cards to the group.  It was noted that they should change silent auction to Chinese auction. Therefore, the change was noted and Chris was to order 2500 cards so they could start distributing them to members at the June meeting.  Members will  be asked to take stack of cards to share with their family and friends and to take to church, work, etc.  Someone asked about the door prize and it was noted that there was not specific prize in mind yet.

Barb King talked about the raffle quilt and that they would be finishing up a few missing blocks and then start sewing the quilt together.  Barb reminded the group that anyone who wishes to help is welcome.  The group discussed that it would be nice if a photograph of the quilt so they could advertise the quilt to sell raffle tickets.  There were comments that there was no need to rush the quilt for photographs as even a photo of one completed block would be great.

Julie noted that in August & September they will be asking for volunteers to work at the show, noting that sign-up sheets will be available at both the August and September meetings.  Julie indicated that they will need volunteers for everything, including set up, tear down, help with the guild country store, ticket table, etc.  Julie asked that everyone start bringing in their donation items in June.  They need nice, handmade items for the country store, and new or like new items for the raffle baskets.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler reported that they received $100 donation for the Amherst VFW Post 1662.  Kaye shared information about one recent presentation and noted that in June they will have a group presentation and that she would send out more information about that as the date gets closer.  Kaye reminded the group of the November QOV fundraiser at the Avon Lake Towne Center, but indicated that she did not have any more information at this time.  She would share details with the group as the date gets closer.

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported that she was able to mail out 10 more quilts to family members of fallen soldiers.

Down to 39 soldiers!  Janet thanked everyone for their help and support.

Fat Quarter Exchange:  Kelly Grace accepted many fat quarter bundles tonight and indicated that the rest are due in June and that they will be distributed back to participants at the June meeting.

Old Business:  None to report.

New Business:  Board meeting on June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Quaker Steak & Lube.

Sunshine:  Val Watring reported that they have a blue bag for Bobbie Bruck this month and next (autumn colors), as Bobbie lost her mother.

Announcements:  It was reported that the LCP had the most members present at the NEORQC Get Away, well, at least we were tied for 1st place!

Show & Tell:  There were 17 quilts, 6 bags, neonatal dolls, and 5 art pieces.

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

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!

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Quilts of Valor! America Quilts Des Moines was a fantastic experience. We worked hard but also found a little play time too! The Iowa Quilt Museum with their exhibit of red and white quilts was outstanding!

The show proved to be one of the best and I’m sure will continue next year. The production lines were a success largely in part to Helen Smelzer, Teri Walter and Georgia Forbush, thank you ladies for all your hard work! We received a rather sizable fabric donation from Northcott and some other companies in the works! A little networking was very fruitful!

There will be another Quilt of Valor Presentation on June 20 at 7:00 pm at the Main Street community center, 255 park ave. Amherst.

June Birthdays
Barb Stiner
Ursula Marciniak
Patricia Mahoney
Diane Shepherd
Joanne Palun
Dolores Bean
Deb Beard
Janet Shirba
Keri Celik
MaryAnn Grayson

Notes from the President
Memorial Day has come and gone, the summer season has started, schools have let out for the summer and the County Fair is just around the corner along with the quilt show. I have been working on things for the Fair, and hope to get them done in time.My prayers go out to Bobbie, Joann and Kathy on their losses of family members.Hope to see you all at the meeting on Thursday and remember, blue bags and fat quarters.Jean Ruth

2016 Quilt Show
We’ll have a short Quilt Show meeting at 6:00pm before the Guild meeting Thurs. June 9th.Quilt Show reminders………1.  Please bring items for Guild Shop – (Resale)
2.  We need a couple members to help Fran Weber organize the Guild Shop at the Quilt Show.
3.  Scraps for Scrap Box
4. All “Pre Quilt Registrations” forms must be in at the June meeting.
5. “Final Quilt Registrations” will be handed out at the June meeting and due by the September meeting. (sooner if possible)
6. We can start bringing “new”, (un-used) items to Barb Spieker for Chinese Auction Baskets.
7. We’ll have sign-up sheets at our August – September meetings.Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons:
Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer


Ruth Groot and Judy Pickworth from the fair will be going over fair entries. Ruth is looking for a few volunteers to bring in some quilts so a former fair quilting judge will be explaining how quilts are judged at the fair.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Blue bags will be at the June meeting for the following:
Bobbie Bruck – Death of mother – Autumn colors
Joanne Palun – Death of husband – Prefers greens
Kathy Clark – Father died – Enjoys blues

Sue Schillig

Thoughts of retirement are blossoming these days as I am now into day four of my next life adventure.   So naturally the question beckons, do quilters retire too?  I only have my family history to use as a resource, and that is varied.  My 95 year old mother-in-law just decided at one point she really couldn’t do it any more.  And she did not have a “stash” or lots of leftover quilting things. She just used up what she had and was done.  On the other hand, my grandmother did have some bits and pieces left.  She worked at stitching until the Parkinson’s wouldn’t let her do any more.  That last few blocks were maybe not all pieced as accurately, but they were pieced with love, and my daughters had some very nice doll blankets to help them remember Great Grandma.   I’ve plans to work like crazy in my retirement to “finish” all my started projects.  But I imagine daughters  Sarah and Anne, and the granddaughters, Maddie and Bekah, and possibly Alice and Evelyn will be waiting for the leftover scraps.  I’ll try to leave them some real treasures!

Sue Schillig

Community Service

Teri Whidden

Janice Good, Linda Janowicz & Kathy Spencer turned in finished baby quilts.  Thank you so very much!

The guild received an invitation to attend the 6th annual quilt show that was being held at the Grafton Correctional Facility.  What a great show it was!  There were tons of items that the inmates made for their community service projects that will be going to different organizations in Lorain County. Baby items, crochet hats, mittens & scarves for the homeless veterans, tote bags, teddy bears and so much more. They also made several quilts for “Quilts of Valor” that will going to the veterans home.

There is zero budget for any materials and so they rely on any and all donations thru churches, guilds, family and private sectors and they are so very appreciative of them. Our guild was recognized as a large donor.

Pat Serio, Kathy Spencer, their friend, and I attended the show.  I did not know what to expect and was so very pleasantly surprised at the volume, range of talent, creativity and how they made beautiful items from our discards and leftovers.

Mrs. Novak has brought in 2 ladies that come once a week to teach those who are interested machine quilting. The fellows that decided to learn this have done so with great results.  It was amazing to see the difference since they started 5 months ago.  I know Marion and Pat and they told me that they are having such a blast teaching and watching these fellow grow and they are very glad that they said yes to doing this.

I am so very thankful that I went.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Please remember to bring your bags of fat Quarters to the June meeting. I will be doing the sorting during the meeting and passing them back out before you leave. If you can’t make it to the June meeting, please let me know ahead of time!


Janet Alderman

Hello everyone,

I first want to thank all of you for the time, work, effort and money you have put in to helping with the HOME OF THE BRAVE.  I wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t because of all the work you and your guilds have done.

I am just so EXCITED of the number of quilts sent to the spouses, mothers and fathers. 378 quilts have been mailed out from the beginning of our involvement in the NATIONAL HOME OF THE BRAVE PROJECT.  I hope you will be as excited as I am with the fact that there are only 37 soldiers that need to have their loved ones found.  That can mean anywhere from 37 quilts to as many as 111 more quilts to meet the need of all our Fallen Heroes. I just received an email with addresses for 6 of those 37 soldiers from a supporter like you who wants to help make a difference!

What I am asking is for every guild to please make 10 or more quilts.  Some of you are individuals, so what ever you could do to help reach our goal is welcome.

THANK YOU! from the beginning of Beverly Macbeth’s time to when I took over in 2011 YOU have been there supporting our OHIO FALLEN HEROES. Let’s make sure ALL of their families know they may be Gone But NOT Forgotten!

Youth Corner
Jean RuthWe met in May and continued to work on the tops. I wish I could pick out fabric like they can. We are planning the next three meetings on the Thursdays we have Guild (June, July and August) at 10 in the morning until about 2. We find that with classes that are too long the girls start to get restless and lose focus. Hope to see you on Thursday.


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.