Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 1 – September 8, 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

At 7:10 p.m. VP Mary Ann Grayson called the meeting to order as Jean Ruth was unable to attend tonight’s meeting. There were 4 visitors tonight.

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

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance was $5,610.00.  The treasurer’s report was approved.

Fair Committee:  Ruth Groot had signup sheets for the fair and reported that she needed at least 10 people to help with the judging on Monday, August 22nd.   Ruth reported that there 529 entries, of which 80 were quilts!  She shared that they hope to have another display of Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave quilts and was making arrangements for those to be delivered to the barn.  Ruth indicated that although they can distribute post cards for the upcoming Quilt Show during the fair, they will not be permitted to sell raffle tickets inside the barn.

Membership:  Marilyn Novak and Karen Neuschaefer reminded everyone that there were collecting membership dues tonight and again in September as the guild membership runs from September through August.  Everyone must complete a new membership form this year to be submitted along with $25 in dues.

Program:  Marie Ralston from NEORQC was present tonight to talk about memory quilts and printing on fabric.  Although Marie had previously presented the guild with a trunk show on the subject of memory quilts, she noted that tonight she would go into more detail about the actual process and share with the group her methods, including successes and failures.

Marie distributed a handout that covered tips for using inkjet printable fabric sheets. She discussed the wide variety of options available on the market today and brought in samples using all of the techniques to share. Some of the brands and products discussed included Bubble Jet Rinse, June Tailor fabric sheets, Printed Treasurers sheets, and EQ printables. After discussing all the brands and ways you can print on fabric, Marie shared that her least favorite product was the bubble jet rinse, and the product that she found she used the most was Printed Treasurers. Marie said no matter what technique you use, always buy more sheets than you think you will need because “stuff” happens. She also indicated you really need to pay attention to the package instructions regarding how the product can be laundered.  Some products cannot be washed with soap. Also, do NOT use a laser printer. All the products discussed are made for inkjet printers. Marie also stressed that you should always use white fabric, even if you want a sepia-toned picture. She said you should find computer software to edit your photo so it prints sepia toned. The handout Marie distributed also gave information about Young’s Screen printing.

Sunshine:  Val Watring reported that they have a blue bag for Pam tonight.

Quilts of Valor:  The committee wanted to remind every one of the November QOV fundraiser at the Avon Lake Towne Center. The show will be Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and it is the weekend before Veteran’s day.  It was noted that if you have quilts to sell, that will be possible at the show. The committee is asking everyone who would like to participate to please let them know.  The Center is going to advertise the show across multiple platforms with a widespread promotion.  The Center is printing hundreds of flyers and the committee hopes to bring some to the September meeting for distribution.  It was also reported that there will also be a Home of the Brave display at the show to help honor Veterans.  The Committee also shared that they have several QOV kits for distribution tonight if anyone would like to take one.

Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman reported that she mailed 4 more quilts and now there are only 27 soldiers that need to have their loved ones found.

Quilt Show:  Julie Bragg distributed sign-up sheets for all the volunteer opportunities at the October Quilt Show and reminded the guild members that this was our show and that the Committee needed many volunteers to make it a success. Julie also reported that if you have a small business and would like to purchase an Ad in the Quilt Show Brochure that you should speak with Julie, Maryann Grayson, or Karen Neuschaefer.  They have quarter-page, half-page, and full-age page Ad space.

Julie reminded everyone that they must turn in the long quilt show entry forms to Karen before September.  If anyone did not have them tonight they should make arrangements to either email them or snail mail them to Karen or Julie.  There was also the option of leaving the forms with Ruth at the fair.  Julie suggested that everyone keep a copy of their own forms as a reminder.

The Committee also encouraged everyone to please bring in more donations for the various Quilt Show efforts:  the Guild Country Store, Scrap table, and especially the Raffle Baskets.

Karen continued to distributed blue raffle tickets for the Quilt Raffle tonight. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, and it was noted that the winner does not need to be present to win. Sell, sell, sell.  The goal is for each member to sell 20 tickets.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser reminded every one of the new Block Challenge that they introduced at the August meeting. The challenge consists of getting 2 fat eighths from which you are asked to create one 8.5″ block using the provided fabric predominately in the block.  The fat eighths were in two color waves, green or pink.  Helen stated that you can make your block using any method you would like such as applique, paper piecing, embroidery, etc.  However, she did ask everyone to keep in mind that the blocks will be made into a community service quilt for a lucky child.  Helen reminded everyone that the finished blocks must be turned in at the October meeting.

New Business: Visitor Tammy Post was present at the meeting to gauge interest in her hosting a Quilter’s Garage Sale on Sunday, September 18th at the Amherst Eagles on Milan Ave.  Although there was some definite interest, guild members brought up multiple conflicts with the date so Tammy was pretty sure the date was a bust.

Upcoming Programs:  Reminder that the program theme for September will be Applique!

Show & Tell:  There dozens of beautiful quilts, table runners, wall hangings, purses and bags, and many Red & White challenge items displayed tonight!

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

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth<

No Report.

September Birthdays
Donna Christian
Marianna Crawford
Dorothy Glover
Sandi Morse
Anne Schaefer
Fran Weber
Merridee Pavlenko
Lindy Sleasman
Pat Serio


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. “Final Quilt Registrations” will be handed out at the June meeting and due by the September meeting – August meeting preferred. Form can be found on the blog or at this link.
5. We can start bringing “new”, (un-used) items to Barb Spieker for Chinese Auction Baskets.
6. We’ll have sign-up sheets at our August – September meetings.

Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons:
Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer

Quilt Show Flyer
Raffle Quilt Flyer

Have you seen Pat Serio’s quilt in Oberlin? Quilt is missing and she’d love to have it back. Please be on the lookout for her quilt – if you have any questions, please contact her at midwife@oberlin.net.

Notes from the President
No Report.

Membership dues are due in August and/or September. Please put your $25 (check or cash) in an envelope with your filled out form. The form can be found here. When you turn in the envelope it will be returned to you at the next meeting with your new membership card. If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.


Members and guests are invited to an Appliqué Workshop on Thursday starting at 2pm.
Please contact MaryAnn so that we will have the room setup for Our instructor, RuthAnn Benge. There is no charge, but you should bring your machine and notions.  Please see the list from RuthAnn or contact MaryAnn at 440-897-7032 for a copy.  This will be a wonderful workshop, please attend!

RuthAnn will have a presentation and trunk show at our meeting.

Sue Schillig

September is a bittersweet month.  For  those who love fall, the anticipation mounts as mums and pumpkins and apples begin to fill the farm stands, not to mention the possibility of cooler weather.  But for those who treasure summer and all the bounty that it provides, the loss is visible.  The gardens are only about half full, the beans are buggy, the eggplant’s leaves are droopy from the flea beetles.  Tomato plants look blighted and unsightly.

Additionally, our thoughts may turn to school.  For quilters, what could that mean?  One idea I’m considering is picking up a book  of new techniques and trying out a few.  Perhaps it is time to take a class.  Have you signed up for NEORQC Getaway that takes place in February?  Will a new quilting revolution  be happening this year?  I can’t help but remember how awkward that rotary cutter felt the first time I picked it up!  After two classes I can more or less machine quilt a small item, but again, machine quilting has transformed all that we know about quilting.  Are you ready for what  ever will be next!  Lifetime learning….Yeah!

Sue Schillig

Janet Alderman

We are getting there!  Especially after the help of our own Libby Betounes!  She reached out to a friend who also works for Sherrod Brown.  They received permission to try and help us find the 10 earliest missing families/spouses of our fallen heroes.  She has given me so much hope!  I realize they too may not be able to locate the families we need and I will work on accepting the fact that there may just be some we never find.

The summer has been filled with people machine quilting (thank you Keri and Barb S.) and people finding some of our missing.  With two quilts I have ready at home, two from the HOB exhibit and the ones we put binding on, there will be 10 more ready to be mailed.

Slowly we are getting there.
See you at the meeting.

Gone But Not Forgotten!

Quilts of Valor

We had the pleasure of awarding quilts to two female residents at the Ohio Veterans Home this week! Jackie B. U.S. Navy, Viet Nam And Coleen G. U.S. Navy, W.W. II.

Reminder of the mini quit show at Avon Towne Center on November 5th, 10-4. Everyone there, including the residents are gearing up and are so excited to have us come and share our love of quitting with them. And this will definitely be a HUGE event for Quilts of Valor! Thank you to those who have already signed up ! If interested, please see one of us on the QoV committee!

Thank you!

Community Service
Teri Whidden
No Report