Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 8 – April 13, 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
Additional Info: Please remember that there is always a sew day the day of our meeting – starting around 9!

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

At 7:00 p.m. VP MaryAnn Grayson welcomed everyone on behalf of our President Jean Ruth who was unable to attend tonight’s meeting.  There was one visitor this evening.

Program:  Mary Ann introduced Felice Troutman of Felice Quilt Designs.  Felice shared with the group that she began her creative life working as a high school art teacher for over 30 years.  She has also taught photography, drawing, painting and graphic design.  Felice went on to say that she has used this background to develop her quilt patterns which tend toward realism with a modern twist. Felice also shared that she has been a quilter for over 30 years and she does teach for NEORQC.  Felice admitted that working with felted wool is her favorite medium but she does combine it with cotton and lots of embroidery stitches. Many in the guild tonight participated in a Wool Stitch Sampler Workshop lead by Felice earlier this evening.

Felice came prepared to share a PowerPoint slide presentation to exhibit her work and patterns.  She also passed around examples of some of her projects and introduced many to the Appliquick applique tools that she uses. Felice also recommended two of her favorite books for anyone interested in learning more embroidery stitches and techniques. Those books were Right-handed Embroiderer’s Companion by Yvette Stanton and Creative Stitching by Sue Spargo.

Felice talked about the process she follows to felt 100% wool at home, noting she washes the wool in hot water and puts in a hot dryer.  This process shrinks and felts the wool so that it will not fray.  She also shared that she sews at Anna’s Sewing Center on Lorain Road in Fairview Park one day a month.  If you come with one of her patterns or if you purchase one of her patterns at the store, she will help you with the project during these sit and sews.

Felice did bring several of her beautiful pieces to share tonight, but she also noted that she does have a website where she has a larger gallery to view.  On the website we will also find information about upcoming events and there are some items to purchase.  The website is felicequiltdesigns.com.  Felice also had a few items for purchase this evening.  Thanks for a great program Felice!

Minutes:  There were no changes to the minutes from the February 2017 meeting.

Treasurer Report:  Pam Scholle was not present. No report.

Community Service:  Judy Riggle thanked everyone for all the donations.  Donations of fabric, batting and notions were received by Marlene Calabreze; Kathy Kayden donated toiletries, and Marylou has cut out 50 PJ’s which are ready to sew.

Membership & Newsletter:  There was a request for updated membership lists and a several requests that we always use first and last names in all publications such as the newsletters, minutes, and emails to avoid confusion on who should be contacted, especially for special events.  There was also a request when sharing events on the group’s Facebook page that we also give the event location.  These requests were duly noted.

New Business:  MaryAnn announced that everyone who attended the annual NEORQC retreat had loads of fun.  She also shared that guilds take turns hosting the NEORQC regional council meeting, but our guild has not hosted it in quite some time.  There was a suggestion that our guild consider hosting the regional council meeting in June of 2018 but at a different location, perhaps Elyria.  There was no decision made this evening, as MaryAnn just wanted to put the idea on the table for consideration at this time.

There was also a discussion about whether or not we should move or change the time of the April meeting as it is the Thursday before Easter and some members may have conflicts.  There was a long discussion and a vote was taken by a show of hands on whether we should change the meeting date/time or leave it has scheduled.  The vote was overwhelmingly in support of leaving the meeting as scheduled.  There was a formal motion to leave the meeting as scheduled, which passed.  It was noted that there are probably conflicts every month for some people, and the meeting date/time is not adjusted.

Upcoming Events:  MaryAnn reminded everyone that the $25 deposit for the Spring Retreat is due March 16th and the $25 deposit for the AQS bus trip is due April 30th.  It was noted that in Pam Scholle’s absence, the checks should be given to Cheryl Majewski. MaryAnn reported that in April we will have Debbie lee, then in June we will have an Embroidery Workshop.

Quilts of Valor:  No Report.

Home of the Brave:  No report.

Challenges: Kelly Grace announced that tonight was the deadline for signing up for the fat quarter exchange, and she also reminded everyone who is participating in the UFO challenge to remember to bring in their 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.

Announcements:  Anna Sewing Center in Fairview Park has two featherweight machines for sale at $250 and $350.

Show and Tell:  There were 11 quilts, 4 wool projects, 2 runners, several placemats and 1 pillow!  Loving the variety!

Next meeting:  Thursday, April 13th @ 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

MaryAnn Grayson’s mother-in-law passed away.  I will have a sympathy card to be signed by the guild members at our April 13th meeting.  Please bring a fat quarter of teal fabric for MaryAnn for the guild’s blue bag/basket to our next meeting.
We sent a card to Merridee Pavlenko.  MaryAnn let us know that Merridee had fallen.

Janet Alderman

No Report

April Birthdays

Ruth Groot
Kaye Holer
Judy Echeagaray
Barb Spieker
Barb Leoni
Mary Wallhead
Helen Smelser

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 (hint hint: Linda Janowicz, Julie Bragg, Barb Leoni, Sharon Zacharias and Merridee Pavlenko).

Fat Quarter Exchange

Anyone that has signed up for the Fat Quarter Exchange will be receiving their list and bags at the April meeting. You can turn in your fat quarters during the May or June meetings. Everything will be sorted during the June meeting and returned before you leave the meeting.

Notes from the Vice President

I have scheduled a Retreat at Zink’s Inn in Berlin, OH.  The days are Monday, May 8th, Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th.  The cost is $95.00 per person for double occupancy ($192.00 for a single) and their huge sewing room is included. Deposit of $25.00 due by March 10th.  Balance due by April 30th.

Our annual trip to the AQS Quilt Show will be Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th.  The price per person is $165.00 for double occupancy.  Single occupancy is $215.00.  The price includes motor coach transportation, ticket to the Quilt Show, overnight hotel stay and breakfast.  We will also stop at several amazing quilt shops.  Deposit of $25 is due now.

Look for Embroidery Machine Workday in May (unless it snows)! Machine is not required!  Please sign up so we know what type machine you have and the hoop sizes you have.  We will have several teachers on hand to demonstrate and assist.

Notes from the President

No Report


A tentative preview of Piecemakers’ activities:

  • April
    • Dennis from Somewhere Sewing, Millersburg will be at guild this Thursday.  He will be cleaning and checking Sewing Machines or Sergers.  Please sign up with MaryAnn (440-897-7032) for your required service.  Dennis will also make the evening presentation as Debi cannot attend.
  • May
    • Embroidery Machine Workday (unless it snows)
    • Meeting topic to be announced. Guild Retreat at Zinc’s in Berlin, OH May

    Sue Schillig

    This blast of cold has brought me back inside to continue work on those UFOs.  I’m happy to report that by the end of Sunday I should be able to cross 3 more off the list. Unfortunately I won’t be at the meeting but will provide proof to Kelly at least. Another one is now a finished top, and I spent several hours working on some twin bed quilts.  I’d say that will just about do it for this month.  I was not sure how I’d feel about the whole “completion” part of this challenge. I’m more inclined to enjoy the process rather than the conclusion. However, I think I’m beginning to grasp the thrill of the finished project. I’d like to think that finishing things may be lightening up my mental baggage. It is also nice to see a stash of finished things available for gift giving or using. I still like the process,  so not to worry!  There are several items already on the list for 2018!

    Sue Schillig

    Youth Corner
    Jean Ruth

    Quilts of Valor
    Kaye Koler

    No Report

    Community Service
    Judy Riggle

    No Report