Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 5 – January 12, 2017

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

At 6:30 Jean Ruth welcomed everyone to the 2016 Holiday Potluck & Meeting.  After enjoying a wonderful feast, Jean called the meeting to order.

Minutes:  The minutes from the November 2016 meeting were approved.

Treasurer Report:  No report.

Quilts of Valor:  Kaye Koler reported that the committee has several quilt tops that are in need of quilting. Anyone who is willing to help should let a member of the committee know, as everything is ready to go for you.  Please help if you can!  Kaye also announced that the committee will be hosting a sew day on Thursday, January 12, at the Lodge, which is our regular meeting day. Sewing will commence at around 10:00 am.  If you can join the group, bring a sack lunch or plan on grabbing something in Oberlin. The committee indicated that they will have lots to do sew, and will welcome as many quilters that can help out.

Kaye closed by reporting that the National Sew Day for QOV is Saturday, February 4th this year and the committee will be participating. They plan on meeting at the Main Street Community Center in Amherst from 10:00-4:00.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle reported that they received a thank you letter from Grafton Prison for the donations, and the committee thanked Kathy Kayden for her generous donation of toiletries, which are always much appreciated and needed.

Hospitality:  No Report.

Membership: Karen Neuschaefer reminded the paid members to pick up their membership cards as they can use them for 10% discount at Joann’s.  Karen also distributed updates to the master membership list and a new 2016 Officers and Committee Chair list.  Karen indicated that if your information has changed and/or if you are still missing from the list to let her know and she will make sure the information is changed on the next scheduled update.

Communication:  Kelly Grace reminded everyone that only paid members will be receiving the electronic newsletter so make sure your membership is up to date.  If you are not sure, contact a member of the membership committee, which includes Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak.

Home of the Brave:  Janet Alderman recapped a very successful 2016 for HOB!  She reported that 34 families were located so the number is down to 15.  For the families found 54 quilts were sent out in 2016!  Janet also shared that at the November QOV quilt fundraiser she had very positive interactions with people volunteering to help out and find families.  With the new help from techies, and considering all her existing efforts that are already in place, Janet has true hopes that we will find the last 15 families! Janet also reported that she hopes to get the American Legion Hall in February 2017 at no cost for sewing kits, so more info to come.  She also indicated that, sadly, she received an email this week about another soldier who died recently at the Walter Reed Hospital.  Judy thanked everyone for helping make 2016 a very successful year for the committee.

Challenges:  Helen Smelser indicated that from the fat eighths green or pink block challenge they were able to make 4 baby quilts, 2 girl and 2 boy.  Kelly shared that she is considering a UFO challenge for 2017.  Although she had no details yet, she wanted everyone to start digging out their UFOs.  More details to come!

Youth Group:  Jean reported that at the last youth sew, 4 children made 21 pillowcases!  It was unanimously agreed that this was a fantastic accomplishment!

Quilt Show Committee:  Julie Bragg submitted the official summary of the 2016 Quilt Show and read the highlights to the group tonight.   Some highlights of the report included Attendance: 625; Quilts displayed: 153; Garments: 2; Participating members: 50; Viewer’s Choice Honoree:  Teri Walter.  The final totals reported:  Collected: $6,712.67; Expenses: $3,246.72, and Profit:  $3,465.95.  FANTASTIC!  Julie went on to thank everyone who helped to make the show such a resounded success! She reiterated that the show would not happen without volunteers.  This year they had 50 volunteers!  On to 2018!!


A suggestion was made that prior to the meetings everyone who brought a show & tell item should display them on tables along one side of the room for everyone to see up close and personal. Perhaps the quilter could share a pattern or design inspiration. This way anyone who wants to can share in some social time before the meeting starts and get an “up close” look at the beauties!!  The suggestion was well received so a decision was made to start this with the January meeting.

Sad news was reported that member Patricia (Pat) Mahoney passed away at the end of November.

Show and Tell:  The group shared 10 beautiful quilts, 1 wall hanging, and at least 5 blankets for Blessings House (sorry but this note taker was so overwhelmed from the cuteness she lost count!

Next meeting:  Thursday, January 12th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,  Chris Yoo.


Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

Janet Alderman

No report

January Birthdays

Barb King
Libby Betounes
Jenae Manuel
Jean Tobia
Pat Logar
Carolyn Bryda
Peggy Hughes
Lorraine Quinones

UFO Challenge

Ok, it’s that time of year to think about all those unfinished quilt projects you have stashed away. I’m talking about UFO’s (Unfinished Objects), PIGS (projects in grocery sacks), WIPS (works in progress), PhD’s (Projects Half Done), whatever you want to call them!

Here are our rules for the challenge:

  • List is due by the January meeting, or it needs to be emailed to Kelly (caelijean@gmail.com) by January 31st.
  • Entry fee is 2 fat quarters
  • When your UFO is completed bring it in for Show and Tell – make sure we know it is one of the quilts on your list so it can be marked as completed!
  • For each completed UFO you will receive an entry into the prize drawing
  • Each participant will also have an entry into the prize drawing
  • Prize drawing will be held at the December Potluck/guild meeting

If there are any questions, please contact Kelly.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Sign-ups for the Fat Quarter Exchange will start in February and continue through the March meeting, lists will be handed out in April and fabrics due in May/June. Start thinking about what color/theme you’d like for this year! Do you need a variety of blues for a project? Maybe you want cat fabrics? Join us!!

Notes from the President

No Report

Notes from the Vice President

No Report

Need a way to organize your projects this year? American Quilter’s Society has pages you can print out and use. Click here to download January pages!

A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • 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

    It is easy to start this UFO challenge.  I’ve probably got a  good twenty projects to put on a list.  But the contemplation of such a long list led me to think of an even more grandiose list of projects–the ones I’ve dreamed of making but never will.  So, just for fun I’ve put together that list.

    1. Baltimore Album leads the way. No way am I going to finish one of those.  My best shot would be one block. Why?  I now have to do applique without my glasses.  Plus, I really don’t think I like doing needle turn applique all that much.

    2. My own flower garden quilt.  Not because I can’t, but because I’ve made so many already for others there is no chance I’m going to make one for myself.

    3. Lone Star Quilt – Those diamonds! Enough said!

    4.  A Yo-Yo quilt — I’ve made a few yo-yo’s in my time but there will never be an entire quilt.  Why?  It just doesn’t seem practical enough to suit.

    5.  Crazy quilt  — I might sew a bunch of fabrics together and call it crazy, but the addition of fabric variety and fancy stitching just isn’t in me.

    There are probably many more, but it’s time I get back to creating a list of those HTFOD  (Hope to finish one day) projects.

    Sue Schillig

    Youth Corner
    Jean Ruth

    No Report

    Quilts of Valor
    Kaye Koler

    This kind of weather brings people together, so friendships can grow. Lets begin the new year by SEWING!! Join us Thursday, January 12 at the lodge for a Quilts of Valor Sew Day! It is our regular guild meeting day.There will be a lot to accomplish… kits to cut and sew, bindings to attach, and backing pieced. So, if you are able and willing Please join us and enjoy a day of fellowship and sewing! Its a great way to get to know other members who share our love of quilting while filling a need for this worthy cause. And it will be fun, I promise!

    Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a trip into town for some tasty options. Things to bring, sewing machine, cutting mat, iron and ironing board/mat….

    Email me with any questions…..
    Thank you!

    No soldier forgotten…