Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 2 – October 13, 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.com
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes

At 7:10 p.m. President Jean Ruth called the meeting to order.  There was 1 visitor and 2 returning members.

Program:  Mary Ann Grayson introduced Ruth Ann Benge of Going 2 Pieces Quilts who was here tonight to share her wonderful applique patterns and kits.  Ruth Ann shared with us that Going 2 Pieces Quilts started in 2006, and she published her first pattern about four years later.  She is proud to say that her patterns are easy to understand and all come with step-by-step illustrations.  Tonight she brought two of the shop favorites, her Wonky Snowman and the Star of Hearts pattern.  Ruth explained she did not have a brick-and-mortar shop, just an online store at Going2PiecesQuilts.com.  The Star of Hearts pattern was a crowd favorite to be sure! Ruth Ann also shared a fabulous trunk show with us tonight, and she made sure we had ample time to do some much-loved shopping!

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

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance was $6,064.76, of which Home of the Brave reported a balance of $804.78 and Quilts of Valor reported a balance of $338.36.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which carried.

Committee Service.  Judy Riggle donated baby quilts for community service and Sharon Lutz donated pillowcases.

Future Programs:  Mary Ann Grayson is taking signups for the Tuffet class in November so if you are interested you need to see Mary Ann ASAP.  Mary Ann also reported that there was some preliminary interest in hosting an Amish Country Retreat in the spring of 2017.  She asked members to sign up tonight if this was something they may like to do—noting that the signup sheet was only to gauge interest to determine if the retreat was something worth pursuing.  She indicated that if there was enough interest, firm dates and costs will be determined.  Mary Ann also shared that she was working on getting Debbie Lee in for a workshop in 2017.

Mary Ann happy to convey that the 2016 AQS bus trip was another huge success, and she hopes to plan another trip in 2017. Mary Ann was also arranging a road trip to Chillicothe, Ohio for a mystery quilt class, so see Mary Ann if you are interested.

Membership:  Marilyn Novak informed members that if they paid their dues last month they should see her for their new membership card tonight.

Home of the Brave:  No Report.

Quilts of Valor:  No Report.

Fair Committee:  Ruth Groot thanked everyone who volunteered to help out as it was a huge success.  Ruth also announced that both Julie Bragg and Barb Spieker were big winners at the fair!  Congratulations Julie and Barb!

Quilt Show Committee:  Julie was happy to report that they have enough Red & White entries to fill both sides of an entire row at the show!  Everyone was reminded to drop off quilts Thursday, October 6th starting at 11:00 a.m., and if you could not make the Thursday drop off she would be accepting quilts on Tuesday, October 4th from 11-5 at the Amherst Library.   Julie Bragg asked for more volunteers and she had the signup sheets ready, noting we need volunteers at all stations and people who can help set up on October 6th and tear down on October 9th.  She reminded everyone that members only have to pay once and they can return as many times as they want to shop, browse, or volunteer.  You don’t have to volunteer all day, just a couple of hours on one day would be a great help.

Julie also reminded everyone to please sell, sell, sell more Quilt Raffle tickets.  It was noted that the drawing for the Raffle quilt would be held at the November guild meeting, which is November 10th.  When asked why we would wait, it was noted that this will give us a chance to display the raffle quilt at the QOV fundraiser at the Avon Lake Towne Center on Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  We will be able to sell tickets all day.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser reminded everyone that the finished blocks for the new fat eights (green or pink) block challenge are due at the October meeting.  Several members were interested in holding another fat quarter exchange in the spring 2017.

Old Business: None.

New Business: Members were reminded that any unclaimed guild t-shirts will be sold.  Member Kathy Spencer, who works part-time in the fabric section at Ben Franklin’s in Oberlin reported that the store now has 108″ wide fabric and beautiful Christmas items for sell.  Kathy also informed the guild that she is working on a tie quilt and could use some help.  Please see Kathy directly if you can help out.  Sharon Lutz indicated she was looking for fun eye spy fabric for a quilt she is making her grandson, so if anyone has something to share she would work out an exchange of fabrics so stop by and see Sharon if you can help out!

It was reported that member Sandi Grodek recently passed away and there was a question on what they should do in her memory.  It was noted that since the recent block challenge was to be made into quilts for community service, maybe the guild could donate one of the quilts from the challenge to Project Linus in the name of Sandi Grodek.  This suggestion was well received by members.

It was reported that the scissors guy will be at the November meeting.

Show & Tell:  There were 13 quilts, 2 bags, 2 wall hangings, 1 Christmas stocking, and two giant totes!  We do love our totes!

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

Next meeting:  Thursday, October 13, 2016

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report


Janet Alderman

No report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report.

Community Service
Teri Whidden

No Report

October Birthdays

Charlie Barbee
Jackie Harned
Shirley Williams
Becky Lettenberger
Lynette Thomson
Judy Riggle
Christina Yoo
Bobbie Bruck
Frank Chapman

2016 Quilt Show

We would like to thank all the quilt guild members who volunteered their time, talent and quilts, for a job well done before and during our 2016 LCP Quilt Show.

A special “Thank You” for committee chairpersons and their committee members listed below.

Barb King and Committee (Raffle Quilt)
Barb Sieker & Barb  (Raffle Baskets)
Beverly Tucker and Committee (Quilt Show Kitchen)
Chris Yoo  (Signs, Postcards, Posters)
Fran Weber, (Quilt Show Country Store)
Kaye Koler  (Advertising)
Kelly Grace  (Newsletter, blog and Website)
Lindy Sleasman  (E-mails)
MaryAnn Grayson  (Quilt Show Booklet and Ads)
Pam Scholle, (Treasurer)

Our Sincere Appreciation,
Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg
(Quilt Show Co-Chairpersons)

Awesome article about how to save a quilt with fabric bleeding, thanks Karen!



Please remember to bring in your challenge block made with the provided fabrics and some of your own. These will be made into charity quilts after the meeting.

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 now due. Membership period runs from September to August.  If your dues are not paid by the November meetitng, you will be removed from the newsletter mailings.  Remember the list goes to NEORQC for their membership in December, so if you are planning on going to getaway at the member price you need to be on that list.

If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

We are celebrating our Lorain County Fair winners and Quilt Show success at the October meeting. We will be doing a debriefing on both activities. We will be enjoying cake and other refreshments.

Mystery quilt program on Wednesday, November 16th. There is a limit of 25 for the class. Fee: $25 payable to guild, $79.99 for fabric kit payable to Creations Sew Clever. Lunch is included. Deadline is October 31st. Money is due with registration. Registration forms will be available at the meeting, any questions please contact MaryAnn.

There is a new shop in Medina. It is called Fabric Obsession. They will be here in November.

The tuffet class will be held in the Spring due to a low number of signups.

Debbie Lee, designer, long armer and instructor will be here in the Spring. She is bringing a Trun k Show and will do a class and lecture.

There will be a guild retreat in the Spring. Three days or four days will be your option. Date and details in November!


Sue Schillig

By the time you read this, the quilt show will be history. A big thank you to all those who helped and a bigger thank you to Julie and Karen and all their committee people. We do thank you profusely for taking on this Herculean task, and for more than once!  I’m sure in two years we will all be ready to do it again, but won’t it be nice to have that rest next year!

I come from a long family of quilters.  Grandmothers, Great grandmothers, sisters, fathers, even my father in law helped make quilts.  And flowers  have also been a big part of our family history .  I was reminded of this when I picked a couple of dahlias this morning to decorate my table.  Quilts and flowers often share names, and the dahlia is no exception.  My aunt gave me the star dahlia quilt that my great grandmother made, but before she did, I so admired it that I pieced one of my own.  A quilting friend and I each pieced one, and the hope is that this next year both will finally see a quilting frame. Stay tuned, and maybe in a couple years it will appear in our next quilt show. It remains to be seen if I can keep dahlia bulbs going that long…

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Thank you to everyone who graciously signed up to work the QUILTS OF VALOR booth at our October show! It is the perfect way to share the story with those who have not heard of Quilts of Valor.

Coming up will be the mini show and fundraiser for Quilts of Valor 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.

Looking back to last year, some of us went out and took quilts. I remember how utterly excited they were to have us and the quilts to look at, talk about and pull up some long forgotten memories of their families and days gone by. This year is special because it will be a fundraiser for our Quilts of Valor committee to purchase supplies for making our quilts. A light lunch of soup and chili will be available along with coffee, for purchase. ALL money (net) will be given to our QoVcommittee! (including the admission fee donation!) I’ll have sign 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! You will have your own table provided to display your quilts. Please let me know or sign up so they can get a table and chair count. We also need “ticket takers” at the door. So if you like to do that we’d love to have you!

Thank you so much!!