Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 7 – March 9, 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

Sew Day: Day of meeting from 10 – ? at New Russia Township Lodge

Website: https://loraincountypiecemakers.com
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

At 7:00 VP MaryAnn Grayson welcomed everyone on behalf of our President Jean Ruth who was unable to attend tonight’s meeting.  There were several new members and a guest this evening.

Program:  MaryAnn introduced Joann Hubbard from Milan, Ohio.  Joann has a great blog online called Everyone Deserves a Quilt. Be sure to check out her blog online at http://joanne-everyonedeservesaquilt.blogspot.com.  Tonight Joann is here to share quilts made using precuts such as charm packs, layer cakes, turnovers, and jolly bars, oh my!   Joann asked if we all knew the name of the “original” pre-cut.  Most of us shrugged our shoulders only to hear her shout, FAT QUARTERS, of course!!    Joann told us the dimensions of these popular pre-cuts: charm packs are 5″ squares, layer cakes are 10″ squares, jolly bars are 5″ X 10″, and turnovers are triangles, made from cutting layer cakes or charm squares in half diagonally.  Joann spent the next hour or so wowing us with her trunk show of quilts made from all these delicious pre-cuts.  Finally Joann lead a tutorial on creating small hexagon coasters, and she even provided the fabric with a free pattern!  You rock Joann!!  It was fun and educational.  Thanks Joann!

Minutes:  There were no changes to the minutes from the January 2017 meeting.  There was a motion to approve the minutes, which carried.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle reported that the balance in checking is $12,188.68, with $573.86 for Home of the Brave, and $1,035.83 for Quilts of Valor.  There was a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which carried.

Quilts of Valor:  MaryAnn introduced Kaye Koler to the new members and reminded everyone to contact Kaye if they were interested in helping out the committee.

Home of the Brave:  No report as Janet Alderman was not present.  However, MaryAnn reminded the group to reach out to Jan if they were interested in helping.

Future Programs:  MaryAnn distributed a flyer that contained all the details about both the Spring Retreat in Berlin (May 8th – May 10th @ $96) and the 2017 AQS Bus Trip to Grand Rapids (August 18th – August 19th, @ $165).  MaryAnn reminded everyone to give deposit checks to the treasurer, Pam Scholle.  The $25 deposit for the Spring Retreat is due by March 16th with the balance due April 30th and the $25 deposit for the bus trip is due by April 13th with the balance due by July 30th.  For more details on either, contact MaryAnn at 440-897-7032.  MaryAnn reminded the group that in June we will have an Embroidery day, and there is the Christmas in July program the day of our Summer Picnic.  MaryAnn also took this time to ask the group to give her programs ideas.  She reminded us that this was OUR guild, so we should make suggestions about the type of programs we would like to see and experience.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle thanked everyone profusely for all the support, as the number of donations was so long she had to provide this note taker a list to ensure everyone was recognized!  Community Service accepted a total of 5 baby blankets, 7 quilt tops, 12 pillowcases, 2 quilts, and 5 pairs of pajamas!!  These wonderful donations were from Linda Janowicz, Maria Lucki, Mary Lou Brown, Barb King, and Julie Bragg. Judy reminded everyone that the beneficiaries of these wonderful donations are Blessing House (http://www.blessinghouse.org), Family Promise (http://www.familypromiselorainco.org), and Genesis House (http://www.genesishouseshelter.org).  Judy also shared with the group that at 4:00 p.m., next month before the meeting on March 9th the committee would be meeting here at the hall to sew quilt kits, make comfort quilts, pillowcases, pajamas, and more.  Please join them for community service!

Sharon Lutz then demonstrated the Basic Sausage Roll Pillowcase with French seams, and shared the instructions with everyone!  It was wonderful to have Sharon take the time to share with the group!  It was noted that her tutorial would be a great help when creating pillowcases for a community service project!  Thanks Sharon!!

Challenges: Kelly Grace reminded everyone that she is taking signups for the fat quarter exchange tonight and next month.  She also shared that we ended up with 13 signups for the UFO challenge.  Kelly also reminded everyone that signed up for the UFO challenge to remember to bring in their entry fee of 2 fat quarters.  She also took the time to remind all UFO participants to make sure to bring in completed projects for Show and Tell each month and make sure to announce to the group that it is one of the items from your UFO list.  This will ensure you get credit for a finish!  Any questions, contact Kelly!

Membership: Marilyn Novak reminded all paid members to pick up their membership cards as she still has a large stack and the cards get us 10% off at Joann’s!

Show and Tell:  It has been a productive winter so far as there were 10 quilts, 3 quilted wall hangings, and 2 table runners to share!  Continue working on your UFOs!!

Next meeting:  Thursday, March 9th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report

Janet Alderman

Things are going slow but at least we are working.  4 of the long arm quilters (including Keri Celik and Barb Stiner) are quilting 6 quilts!!  I have met with 2 other ladies who handed me 8 quilt tops!!!  3 just need quilting and 5 need backs and quilting.  I’m happy to say that I mailed the first 2 quilts of the year.  MSG William Louis McDaniel II died 2002 and Omer Thomas Hawkins II died 2004, quilts were sent to their mothers.  MSG McDaniel II’s mother put a picture on Facebook within 1 1/2 hours of receiving it!!!  She was thrilled! Say your prayers that we might be able to locate the remainder and complete this project.

Janet Alderman
Ohio Coordinator
Home Of The Brave
101st Airborne Association Member

March Birthdays

Susan Schillig
Susan Thornton
Janet Alderman
Donna Garrett
Casandra Brown

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s! Anyone that has not yet turned in your fat quarters for entry into the challenge, please bring them to the meeting Thursday.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Sign-ups for the Fat Quarter Exchange will 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!!

Spring Retreat

Berlin, Ohio

Monday, May 8, Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th

Shop, Sew or just relax! Your Retreat will give you time to work on those UFO projects or layout something new. In addition to your double occupancy sleeping room includes a refrigerator and microwave, your breakfast is also included. This is an ‘on your own’ retreat as there are plenty of places to eat or you can prep something yourself.

Set up your sewing station in the work room Monday and break it down on Wednesday; you can sew all day and night. There are cutting tables, irons and ironing boards in the workroom so you don’t have to haul as much. There are five shops in the area to visit and several will offer discounts.

The cost is $96.00 for two nights and three days of sewing. This is per person. If you want a room by yourself, the cost is $ 192.00.

Deposits of $25.00 are due by March 16th. Balance is due by April 30th. Please list your roommate with your deposit. Someone asked me if a husband can come, the answer is yes.

Please sign up at the March meeting, for more details, call MaryAnn at 440-897-7032.

Thank you for all the support, phone calls, and cards.  It has been very uplifting to know how great my sewing family is and that you are all there for me.


Notes from the President

No Report


A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • March
    • Join us for our monthly workday from 10:00 am until ..Wool Stitch Sampler Workshop with Felice Troutman. 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Workshop is free, RSVP Required.  Kits will be furnished for those who register.Call or text  MaryAnn.  Deadline is Tuesday (3/7).Trunk Show with Felice will start at 7:00 pm with our meeting to follow. She will have items to vend.
  • 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 has been a very  busy quilt month.  Shortly after our last meeting was the NEORQC Getaway weekend.  I took a machine quilting class for the third time, and I think this time it might have worked! I can finally go beyond meandering.  Yes, even feathers on quilts!   I’d like to say this will help with my UFO’s, and maybe it will, but of the five projects I’ve finished, only one was on the list.  Today Cheryl Majewski, Pam Scholle and I attended our first NEORQC meeting in a very long time.    It is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from over 40 guilds in NE Ohio.   The next one will be in June, in Kent. I highly recommend attending.  Today’s program was about a quilter who rummages for fabric using 100% cotton men’s shirts she finds in garage and  rummage sales.  Her quilts were beautiful, soft and had a very wonderful older quilt patina about them.  Apparently you can get about a yard of fabric out of a large man’s shirt.  She   can fit 27 shirts into a paper bag, the kind often used for those “all you can fit in a bag for a buck” sales.   Imagine–3 cents a yard for fabric!  Something to think about…  after I use up enough of my stash to make room for another 27 yards of fabric!

Sue Schillig

Youth Corner
Jean Ruth

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Community Service
Judy Riggle

No Report