Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 4 – December 8, 2016

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Community Service: Judy Riggle
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

Program:  Mary Ann Grayson introduced Michelle and Diane who were here tonight from Fabric Obsession, which his located in Medina, Ohio.  Michelle and Diane brought a small sampling of many things from their shop, including many sale items.  The ladies noted that they offer a multitude classes at the shop, and they mentioned that the shop also carried wool and wool applique patterns for the woolies in the crowd. The ladies demonstrated making fabric wine bags which were surprising very quick and easy to make, no more than 15 minutes.  They had many kits on sale today. The ladies also passed around a $5 coupon for everyone and held a raffle drawing for 5 lucky winners tonight!!

Michelle and Diane closed by noting that the shop is located at 142 North Court Street, Medina, Ohio.  Although they have a website, it is currently under construction so visit them at their Facebook page for lots of information and photos.  The store is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  The hours are Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting:  Vice President Mary Ann Grayson called the meeting to order as Jean Ruth was out of town.  There were two visitors tonight.

Minutes:  There was one name misspelling noted that will be changed in the official October minutes.

Quilt Show, Quilt Raffle Drawing:  The winner was drawn tonight.  It was Ruth Bradley of Wellington, Ohio.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance was $12,752.16, of which Home of the Brave reported a balance of $782.69 and Quilts of Valor reported a balance of $380.83.  However, it was noted that the Towne Center Fundraiser will add another $605.00 to that total.  Pam also reviewed the 2016-2017 Budget.  A copy of the treasurer’s report and budget were provided for the record.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report and the budget, which carried.

Challenges: Susan mentioned she was considering several challenges including a Row by Row Challenge, a Willful Waste Makes Woeful Want Challenge: where she was inspired by Fran Weber’s Scrap Basket array and Country Store at the quilt show, and a Blue and Yellow Ohio Provencal Challenge.  Talk with Sue if you are interested in any of these ideas or wish to suggest something new!

Community Service:  Judy Riggle will be taking Teri’s place to lead the guild’s Community Service project, and she is asking for volunteers to help serve on the committee.  Anyone interested should speak with Judy.  It was reported that they will be making pillowcases and PJ bottoms in December.  It was also noted that Mary Lou will also be here in January making PJs too.  Please come help sew from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Teri gave 54 baby kits to the quilters at Grafton and they will return them to us for Blessing House when they are completed.

Membership:  It was reported that if you have not paid your dues you will no longer get the newsletter emailed to you.  Reminder that dues are due in August/September every year.

Library:  Vicky reported that the library was up and running.  If you have any donations, please let her know.

Youth Sew/Community Service Combo:  There will be a youth sew at the Zion United Methodist Church on State Route 113 to make Pillowcases and totes for ladies living at the YWCA in Elyria.  Since the exact times are not yet confirmed, please watch your email for confirmation.  Kids and adults welcome!

December Meeting:  The Potluck will begin at 6:30 a.m. and they will also have the Scissor Guy at 3:30 that day.

Announcement:  Mary Ann reminded everyone that this wonderful facility is paid for and open all day on meeting Thursdays so that guild members can utilize all this large space has to offer for working on quilts and any needlework projects!  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

Show and Tell:  There were 16 quilts and one gorgeous bag!!

Next meeting:  Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 6:30 for the Potluck!!  Bring your yummies to share!!

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

Janet Alderman

No report

December Birthdays

Karin Knox
Kathy Keyse
Judy Jamison
Marylou Kucera
Jean Ruth
Nicole Justice

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

This year has gone by so fast. In two more weeks it  will be Christmas, and then the new year will be here. I look back on the year and see many accomplishments, a lot of finished projects that have been shown in the Lorain County Fair and in the great quilt show. As I type this I think of all the friendship among everyone who worked on any part of a project. I would like to also thank everyone who came forward  to serve on a committee. I wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year.

Please bring a canned good to the December meeting, we will be donating them for the holidays.

Notes from the Vice President
December Activities

‘Pajama Party’
10 am to 5;30 pm
Come and make pajamas and pillow cases for children in homeless shelters. Patterns, flannel, thread and elastic provided. Donations gladly accepted. Finished garments will be donated to Blessing House, etc.

Scissors and Knife Sharpening
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Bruce will sharpen Sewing Scissors, Pinking Shears, Embroidery Scissors (no serrated edges). Nominal fees apply.

Piecemakers Christmas Feast
6:30 pm
Please bring a covered dish. Guild will provide paper products, beverages and fun.

All activities will be held at the New Russia Township Lodge, 43600 Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin

Contact MaryAnn for additional information 440-897-7032

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • 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

No Report

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

We have been dormant for the last few months. We hope to start up again in the new year. I would like to thank everyone who helped with the girls.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

I’d like to thank everyone again for taking part in the fundraiser for Quilts of Valor and making it such a success!

Quilts of Valor will have a sew day Thursday, January 12, at the Lodge. It is our regular meeting day. Well start around 10:00 am. Bring a sack lunch or grab something in Oberlin. We will have lots to do so if you can help were most appreciative! It’s always a wonderful way to get to know other guild members and enjoy a day of giving back…..and sewing!

The NATIONAL SEW DAY for QoV is Saturday, February 4 this year. We will be participating again this year. We’ll meet at the Main Street Community Center in Amherst fro 10:00-4:00.

We have several quilt tops that are in need of quilting. If you are willing to give a little of your time and quilt one or two we could certainly use your help. The quilt tops, batting and backing are all ready to go to make it easy for you ! I desperately need your help here! I do what I can but simply cannot keep up with he number of tops our guild is piecing for Quilts of Valor! Please let me know if you can help us out…..thank you, thank you!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!