Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 16 Issue 11 – July 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 were two visitors this evening.

Tonight’s Program:  Ruth Groot introduced Susan White, a past judge at the fair, who currently works part-time at Quilts and Kreations. Susan discussed the most frequently asked questions about quilt judging.  She pointed out that general appearance, design, and workmanship/finish are the top 3 areas that judges examine. Under general appearance Susan pointed out that the quilt be clean, and free of odors, stains, pet hairs, and loose threads. She suggested that the quilt should hang flat without distortions.  Under design Susan emphasized that the quilt should be proportional, balanced, harmonious, have good color choices, with patterns that enhance the quilt, and the quilting should not overpower the piecework. Under workmanship Susan highlighted the construction, quilting, and finishes would be examined.  She indicated that judges look for things such as good points, straight piecing, applique that lies flat without distortions, shadowing under pressed seems, equal stitches without loops, and no evidence of starts and stops.  Susan underscored that the finishes, such as flat borders, a square quilt, and binding that is full and the same size front and back are also important.  Susan indicated that if two quilts are equal it is often the finishes that make one quilt stand out over another.

Susan examined several quilts that were brought to the meeting tonight specifically to help explain what judges look for; however, Susan stressed that all judges are different and any comments made tonight were her opinion based on how she learned to quilt.  Both Susan and Ruth stressed that before entering an item in the fair, make sure to read through the categories several times before to make sure we are entering our item in the right category.

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

Treasurer Report:  The Treasurer, Pam Scholle, noted the balance was $6,612.08, with HOB at $1,386.66 and QOV at $332.36. There was a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report which was seconded.  Motion carried.

Upcoming Programs:  July meeting is the annual summer Picnic at 6:30 p.m.—-bring food and your appetite.  August will have a program regarding printing photos on fabric, and the AQS Bus trip on 8/12 and 8/13.  MaryAnn noted that as of tonight there were still 8 seats left as on the bus.  September the topic would be Applique.

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported that she mailed 5 more quilts and now there are only 36 soldiers that need to have their loved ones found.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler reported that there will be another Quilt of Valor Presentation on June 20 at 7:00 pm at the Main Street Community Center, 255 Park Avenue in Amherst and she asked for volunteers to bake cookies.

Quilt Show Committee:  Julie Bragg announced that the Pre-Entry Information sheets were due tonight, and she reported that they need many more quilts to reach the magic number of 150 quilts advertised.  Julie distributed the Quilt Entry Registration Forms and asked that you completed one form for each quilt. The quilt show committee distributed printed postcards to anyone who could take a stack to share with family, friends, and other social groups.  A large stack was held in reserve for the Fair table. Julie reminded everyone they should start bringing in items for the (1) Guild Country Store (2) Raffle Baskets and (3) Scrap Table.  A reminder was shared that the Guild Store items should be in good shape and should include nice handmade items, but the items for the Raffle Baskets should be new or like new.  Someone asked if a door prize was selected yet, but the answer was not yet.  The door prize is to be determined.

Old Business:  None to report.

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

Announcements:  Pick up your NEORQC membership card tonight.

Show & Tell:  There were 16 beautiful quilts and 5 stunning bags!

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!


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.

Community Service

No Report


Janet Alderman

No Report.

July Birthdays

Pam Scholle
Dianne Clawson
Sharon Lutz
Kathryn French
Vicki Morris
Charlene Fischer
Teri Walter
Mary Jane Toney
Shirley Mayo
Ruth Bradley
Carole Doerr
Cindy Kraft
Jerri Bachna
Pat Predmore
Alice Mawdsley
Betty Durack
Beverly Tucker

Notes from the President

No Report.

Save the Date  

Quilter’s Garage Sale
Sunday Sept. 18, 2016
Amherst Eagles 1161 Milan Ave., Amherst, OH
Free Admission & Parking
One stop bargain hunting for Quilters!
Time to clean out your sewing room, rent a table for $15.00 or 2 for $25.00
Table rental call Tammy Pope

2016 Quilt Show

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


Potluck starts at 6:30 pm!


Sue Schillig

Here are some words to bring terror to my family:  I’m on the last turn!  Meals are sketchy or nonexistent. Dishes remain unwashed in the sink. Only essential details are dealt with. You pack your own lunch and wear whatever remains clean. Nothing much has changed. I’m on the last turn of the soon to be 5 year old’s flower garden quilt. Consequently, the column is very brief and not all that philosophical.

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Hello Everyone!

The second Quilts of Valor presentation was again a huge success! Thank you to EVERYONE who stepped up to the plate to help make it happen! Included are some of the photos from the evening. Each and every one of the recipients responded with heart felt thanks and gratitude! Many times over we hear them say they are not deserving….thank you for helping us show them they ARE in deed worthy of being honored in this small (quilty) way.

We received a check last week from one of the recipients. In his words….”to help you continue this wonderful service!” They were all thrilled with their quilts.

Next up will be the mini show at the Towne Center’s Main Street in Avon Lake, Saturday, November 5, 10-4 pm. We will need members to participate by bringing some of your favorite quilts to talk about and share with the residents there, as well as the public. It is a fundraiser for our QoV committee to purchase supplies for making our quilts. They will also offer lunch and coffee for purchase. There will be sigh up sheets at the meeting so if you are able and willing to share a bit of time and your love of quilting we’d love to have you help us out! Thank you so much!!

Sew Happy, Kaye

Youth Corner

Jean Ruth

No Report.

Sunshine Committee

Val Watring

No Report.