Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 3 – November 10, 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

President Jean Ruth called the meeting to order at 7:15pm and announced that tonight was going to be an informational meeting and celebration of the hard work from the quilt show.  We had 10 visitors.

Jean asked if there were any changes or corrections for the September minutes, none were made and Vicki Morris made the notion to accept and Lori Quinones seconded it. Motion approved.

Pam Scholle talked about the quilt show, all the tee shirts are sold, and any unsold raffle tickets need to be turned in so they can be sold at the Nov. 5th Quilt Display at the Avon Town Centre. The drawing for the raffle quilt will be at the November 10th guild meeting.

Community Service: In September Judy Riggle donated baby quilts and Sharon Lutz donated pillow cases. At the October meeting Teri Walter donated 2 baby quilts. Thank you ladies so very much!

Program: Fabric Obsessions, a new quilt store in Medina will come for our November 10th meeting.   Rita, owner of Creations Sew Clever will be doing a workshop on November 16th at the New Russia Township Hall.  It will be a mystery quilt and kits can be ordered and paid for over the phone to the store. Mary Ann is taking sign ups and can answer any questions. A few of the members have taken this workshop in the past and have loved the projects.

Membership:  Karen Neuschaefer has membership forms and an updated membership list will be available soon.

Challenges: Helen Smelser talked about the color block challenges and the guild will vote on them during the break. She will send results in.

Home of the Brave:  Jan Alderman stated that she has mailed out 8 quilts and the staff at Senator Sherrod Brown’s office has volunteered to assist in finding address.

Quilts of Valor:  Teri Walter talked about the upcoming quilt display at the Avon Town Centre. She needs volunteers to distribute flyers, assist at the admission table, displaying the quilts and help where needed. Any questions, please contact Teri Walter.

Library:  Vicki Morris stated that all the books that were on a side table were up for grabs. The leftovers will be donated to the Oberlin Library for their book sale.  She has 2 crates of books to return to the library shelves.

Announcements:  Huge thank yous to everyone for their hard work to make the quilt show a big success!  A celebration cake to share will be available during during break.

Teri Walter won the People Choice award at the quilt show. Congratulations!

There will be a Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 26th at 11:00am at Sugar Creek in Elyria/Sheffield Village.

Barb King said that the raffle baskets were very successful and thanked everyone who made donations to them.

Lindy Sleasman again made the request for a replacement to send out guild email blasts and Fran Webber volunteered.

Show and Tell:  We saw beautiful pillows, tote bags, kitchen towels, and qults. What a wonderful display.

Next Meeting is November 10, 2016.

Delores Bean made the motion to adjourn and Jerri Bachna seconded it. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted,
Teri Whidden

Community Service

In September Judy Riggle donated baby quilts and Sharon Lutz donated pillowcases.  At the October meeting, Teri Walter donated 2 baby quilts.  Thank you so very much ladies!

Mrs. Novak from the Grafton Correctional Facility Sewing Department and I have been in talks of a partnership.  This would involve the fellows assembling and finishing all the numerous  baby quilt kits that we have.  The only cost to the guild would be spools of thread.

After all the kits have been returned to the guild, they will be donated to the Blessing House and Genesis House in Lorain.

At the meeting, I announced that I can no longer do Community Service.  Hopefully, one or two ladies will be able to take this over and I will be very happy to help in the transition.  It is not a time consuming task and is very rewarding.  It makes your heart smile!

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Thank you to each and everyone of our members who did not disappoint on Saturday by showing up with a boatload of quilts! Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. We earned almost $600 for the event! Wow!

Thank you!

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report


Janet Alderman
No report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report.

November Birthdays

Toni Buswell
Kelly Grace
Saundra Lambert
Beverly Swonger
Sharon Zacharias
Melanie Kaliszewski

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.

Notes from the Vice President

We are delighted to welcome the one and only Rita FIshel from Creations Sew Clever in Chillicothe. Rita will present our Mystery on Wednesday, November 16th. She will lead us step by step to solve the mystery and create a Quilt! Twenty three Piecemakers are registered. Each person has worked with the Creations staff to pick out their fabrics for their Mystery quilt. Rita’s staff cuts and labels the fabrics you select. Rita will bring the fabric to us on the day of the workshop. The workshop will start at 9:15 am. Please arrive early to set up your sewing machine, etc. and have a cup of coffee! We will have several irons and ironing boards. Rita would like to have a couple of wenches (ladies who are not making the mystery quilt, but would be willing to press or ’unsew’ for the quilters. You will receive one of Rita’s patterns and lunch). Please call MaryAnn 440-897-7032 if you are interested in being a Sewing Wench! There may be a couple openings, call MaryAnn 440-897-7032. You will need to pay $25.00 to Pam Schoelle; make payable to Lorain County Piecemakers. After registrating, call Creations Sew Clever 740-775-1957 to select the fabrics for your quilt.


Membership dues are now due. Membership period runs from September to August.  If your dues are not paid this will be your last newsletter. 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.

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • November
    • Fabric Obsession of Medina. Michelle will present a demo, trunk show and vend fabrics, wool and notions.
    • Youth Sew Contact Jean or Lynette Saturday, November 26
  • December
    • Annual Guild Dinner at 6:30 pm
    • Scissors and knives (no serrated edges) Sharpening 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • January
    • Quilts of Valor Workshop from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • February
    • Joanne Hubbard – Project to be announced, Charity Quilts
  • March
    • Debbie Lee – Hands on Project, Trunk Show & more
  • April
    • Debi and Dennis Moffit – Class with Debi; Tune ups, cleaning sewing machines with Dennis
  • May
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May
  • June
    • Embroidery Day

Sue Schillig

Some days it is very hard to separate the shoulds from the coulds.  I have several projects lined up that I should be working on.  A couple flower garden quilts, a couple “boy” quilts, a Row by Row that a friend and I are each doing. Hers is of course all pieced. Of the 9 rows I’ve gotten 5 finished.  So in the “should” department the sky’s the limit.  However, I opened the cupboard and picked up a packet of 60 degree green triangles that were just sitting in the cupboard. They were left over from another project done years ago.  And, when I went to the Mutton Hill Quilt Show in October in Akron, I stopped at the Akron Public Library to see what quilt books they had. It turns out they had quite a few.   One of the books was a puzzle ball book.  My daughter had wanted me to make a cloth ball for the kids, so lo and behold, there was one made out of those triangle pieces!

Merrily I have pieced about a dozen of those balls.  In sheer desperation the final triangles have been pieced into a line, about 32 inches by 2 1/2 high.  I’ve used every one of those triangles.  I’ve done lots of “could” sewing and almost none of the “should”.  Anyone have any use for a strip of green triangles?

Sue Schillig