Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 11 – July 13, 2017

President: Jean Ruth
Vice President: MaryAnn Grayson
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Chris Yoo
Comfort Quilts: Judy Riggle, Linda Janowicz, Sharon Lutz
Library: 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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Jean Ruth welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. There were no visitors tonight.

Minutes: There were no changes to the minutes from the May 2017 meeting, so a motion to accept the minutes as distributed, carried.

Treasurer Report: Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget, noting that the balance in checking was $12,444.20, with Home of the Brave at $522.01 and Quilts of Valor at $1,635.83. There was a motion to accept the budget, which carried.

Programs: Vice President MaryAnn Grayson highlighted the sewing that took place today at the Lodge, which included an Iron Caddy Project, led by Fran Weber and the Youth Sewing group, led by Lynette Thomson, made several community service quilts. MaryAnn also reminded us of the the Christmas in July event that will be hosted by Sharon Lutz during the day on July 13th here at the Lodge from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Also the annual Summer Picnic is on July 13th starting at 6:30 p.m. so remember to bring food and a healthy appetite.

MaryAnn reported that Fran Weber is going to host another Iron Caddy project and a Placemat Project in later this summer and early fall. More details to follow. MaryAnn was happy to share that the 37 people who participated in the retreat at Zinck’s in Berlin had a wonderful time– -so much so that they are going to do it again in October. The dates being held are October 29 – November 1st. The cost will once again be only $96 for the 29th through the 31st, noting that there may be an extra change for November 1st. MaryAnn shared that the Amish Shop Hop also begins on November 1st.

MaryAnn also noted that the fall Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes is being held October 15 – 20, 2017. More details can be found at Pegspatches.com. You can sign up for two 2-day classes or one 4-day class. MaryAnn reminded everyone that we have the AQS bus trip coming up August 18 – 19th at the cost of $165.

Fair Report. Ruth Groot reported that the 2017 Fair Books just came out. She reminded everyone that for $25 you can enter as many things as you want, but you can only enter one item per class. August 5, 2017 is the closing date for entries but it is best to tell yourself the deadline is August 1st to make sure you don’t miss it. The dates for the fair this year are August 21st – August 27th. She suggested that we wait until we are sure about what items we would like to enter because we cannot add items to the entry form after it is submitted. If you forget an item, it will cost you another $25 to enter it; so, remember to enter everything on one form. Ruth also reported that our $25 entry fee will also get us 7 gate entries into the fair.

Ruth announced that we have a judge from outside Lorain County this year. Ruth also reported that we are going to need volunteers again for setup, judging day, and tear down. She will have sign-up sheets at the next couple of meetings. It was also reported that when you make an entry, you automatically get the fair book the following year.

Community Service: Judy Riggle shared information about the phenomenal work that is performed every day by both the Genesis House and the Blessing House. These non-profit agencies serve the community in more ways that we can image, everything from domestic violate shelters, crisis shelters, crisis hotlines, educational programs, supplemental after care, intervention services, and so much more. Judy reported that she donated the 24 quilts from the Grafton prison to the Blessing house, which were much appreciated. Judy also reported that Linda Janowicz donated quilts, fabric, PJs, and pillowcases. It was also shared that Mary Lou Brown was working on organizing a PJ party in the fall– -more details will follow.

Membership: It was noted that 6 membership cards were still not picked up. It was suggested that we mail those out. The suggestion was noted. There was also a reminder that the $25 dues will be collected in August/September for the new membership year, which runs September 1 – August 31.

Challenges: Kelly Grace shared that the fat quarter exchange packets were due today and everyone who turned in their FQs were given their packets. Those who forgot to bring their FQs will get their packets when they turn in their FQs. She also reminded everyone to keep working on their UFOs and noted how nice it is to see them at every show-n- tell.

Home of the Brave: No Report.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Kohler reported that the committee presented a quilt last month and accepted a donation of $30 from a friend of the veteran who was honored. Kaye indicated that they distributed QOV membership cards tonight for everyone who signed up previously. She also shared that they have 4 quilts that need quilted so if anyone who can help out, please let her know.

Sunshine: It was reported that Teri Whidden’s sister passed and the group would like to honor her by putting together a blue basket; however, the bylaws only recognize spouses and children. There was a motion that passed to allow a basket for a sister. Therefore, it was reported that Teri’s color was brown
batiks (per the 2015-16 membership listing her favorite color is teal).

Unfinished Business: None.

New Business: The nominating community of Vickie Morris, Barb Spieker, and Barb Cowger-Vilagi reported that they had a slate of officers to present this evening. The slate consisted of four uncontested candidates: Chris Yoo for President, Donna Garret for Vice President, Barb Leoni for Secretary, and Pam Scholle for Treasurer. Since the slate of officers was running unopposed it was suggested that the guild members elect the slate of officers by acclamation (unanimous consent). It was agreed. The new officers were elected and will take office following the August 2017 meeting.

It was reported that the North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council aka NEORQC has a new website which can be found at neorqconline.org.

Show and Tell: Show-n- Tell is a fabulous way to get to know your fellow guild members so always remember to state your name before sharing your treasures. We had a full showing of wonders this evening: 18 quilts, which included 3 baby quilts, a memory quilt, a celebration quilt, and even a t-shirt quilt!

We also saw 3 iron caddies, 1 table runner, a gorgeous embroidered purse, and 3 art quilts! There is serious creativity in this group! Thank you for sharing!

Next meeting STARTS EARLY!! Thursday, July 13th @ 6:30 p.m. for our summer picnic!

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

6/8/17   Thank you for signing the card for Teri Whidden.  Her sister had passed away.  I mailed the card on my way home from the meeting.  At the July meeting we will have a blue bag.  Teri’s  2015-2016 membership information lists her favorite fabric color as TEAL.  Please bring a teal fat quarter of fabric to add to Teri’s bag.

6/9/17…we sent a card to Karen Neuschaefer as she recovers from her reconstructive surgery.

This Lorain County Piecemaker is looking forward to the Christmas in July gig and our Potluck.  Now that is sun-shiny.


Pre-picnic fun …. 10AM to 3PM
at the Lodge on July 13th

A welcome snack, with coffee and juice to begin the festivities.  A light lunch will be provided.  You will need to bring your own beverage for lunch.

Of course .. table topper needs to be Christmas themed.  You can pre-cut (not sewn), and you have from 10AM until 3PM to work on your project.  Finished or not, they will be collected at 3PM and returned at our picnic in the evening.  Guild members will vote on their favorite table toppers.

Table Runners: min. size of 20″ x 14″

Table Toppers:  min. size of 18″ round/square

Placemats:  min. of 2 @ 18″ x 12″ ea.

Janet Alderman

No Report

July Birthdays

Maryann Doucette
Kathryn French
Betty Durack
Beverly Tucker
Pam Scholle
Dianne Clawson
Sharon Lutz
Judy Krugman
Shirley Mayo
Vicki Morris
Charlene Fischer
Teri Walter
Mary Jane Toney
Ruth Bradley
Cindy Kraft
Alice Mawdsley

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  8 UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 40 UFO’s have been finished!!!!

I finally have a finish this month too!!


Pillowcase Information ….

I recently pulled out  my instruction sheet that I had distributed to make my grandson a pillowcase.  Long story short … I have incorrect fabric sizes needed to make the pillowcases.    Please correct your copy to read as follows:


BODY …………….         42″ x 27″   (3/4 yd)
CUFF ……………..         42″ x 10″   (1/3 yd)
ACCENT ………..         42 ‘ x  2″  (1/8 yd)

NOTE:  the width for all 3 fabrics should be 42″ wide. This will make a standard pillowcase.

Thank you,
Sharon Lutz

Christmas Fabric Raffle

The Community Service Committee recently received a donation of Christmas Fabric.  We will hold a raffle on a basket filled with approximately 13 yards of various Christmas fabrics.  The monies collected will buy needed supplies for future Community Service projects.  Raffle tickets will be available at the Guild Picnic, and the cost of each ticket will be $5.00.

The Community Service Committee

Fat Quarter Exchange

3 members still need to turn in their fat quarters in order to receive your pack of fat quarters chosen by your friends. Please bring them to the sew-in or the meeting.

We will be doing another exchange next year, please thing about joining us!

Notes from the Vice President

2017 AQS Quilt Show


There are still spaces for the trip to The AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, MI from Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th. The cost is $165.00 includes deluxe coach transportation, admission to the Quilt Show and double occupancy hotel room and breakfast. We will attend the Quilt Show on Friday afternoon, go to dinner, check in hotel. Saturday’s schedule starts with breakfast, check out, stops at two quilt shops and return home. Please call MaryAnn to sign up or for more information.

Notes from the President

No Report


Potluck – starts at 6:30



Sue Schillig

My granddaughter Maddie is just so eager to learn to sew. On Grandma’s sewing machine!  I hate to think I’m not the sharing type, but I’m a little hesitant to just let her have a go at it. Luckily daughter Anne came to my rescue.  In our family, it has been a tradition to begin by sewing without thread down the lines of notebook paper.  Yes, it dulls the needle, but no matter, it saves on thread and teaches control before adding the other complications of fabric and thread.  And Anne made sure that I had planned for Maddie to begin like her grandmother and mother and aunts who came before.  So, at grandma camp this year, I dutifully dug out the really old (and heavy) Singer, stuck in a new needle and let her rip through two sheets of paper.  Before she left, I promised the next time she could use thread and fabric.  Now the dilemma, Does she sew on my machine or maybe I’ll dig out the old Bernina I bought and learn to use it myself.   At any rate, the next generation is ready to sew!!!

Sue Schillig

Youth Corner

LCP Youth Quilting will be meeting this Thursday from 10am till 2pm.  We will be making community service quilts.  The youth are to bring their own sewing machines if they have access to one and thread (neutral colors).

They will need to bring a brown bag lunch.  Dessert will be furnished.  Any questions please contact me. I will be bringing some extra machines for the youths that do not have a machine.

Lynette Thomson

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Hello everyone!
Fourth of July is but a (wonderful) memory …..hope you all enjoyed it! Nothing new to report  for Quilts of Valor. We do still need help with quilting some of the tops ….. Backing and batting is included. We don’t want you to have to supply that. So, if you longarm and would like to help we would be most Grateful…If you can help us please let me know and I can bring the tops to the meeting.

Thank you Sew much!!

Kaye and the Quilts of Valor committee.

Comfort Quilts

Judy Riggle

No Report.

LORAIN COUNTY SAFE HARBOR/GENESIS HOUSEProvides temporary safe shelter, food, and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children.  Serves roughly 25,000 annually.

BLESSING HOUSE:  Founded in 2005 to house children, birth to age 12, when their parents are addressing their own crises.

FAMILY PROMISENewly located next to Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin, Family Promise oversees housing in various churches for a week at a time, and provides counseling and transportation services.