Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 17 Issue 12 – August 10, 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

At 6:30 Guild President Jean Ruth welcomed the group, which included 6 visitors. After a prayer the group enjoyed a wonderful summer picnic! Immediately following, Jean called the meeting to order.

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

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

Membership: There was a reminder that the annual dues of $25 are payable in August and September as our membership runs from 9/1 through 8/31.

New Business: Although the treasurer, Pam Scholle was not present, Jean Ruth wanted to bring several financial issues to the group’s attention tonight. The first issue involved the facility rental. The rent for the building has been raised from $100 a month to $150 a month. There was discussion about the increase. It was noted that even though it was a 50% increase, we are still paying $100 – $150 less than than a member of the general public for use of the hall for an entire day. There was a motion to have the treasurer pay the rent as increased. The motion carried.

MaryAnn Grayson and Jean Ruth also discussed the need for committee chairs to seek advance approval for purchases that are expected to exceed $100. There was a question as to whether or not this included Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave as those committees had designated budget amounts. It was discussed that this expectation would be for everyone. Any expense over $100 should be brought to the Treasurer’s attention before the purchase is made.

Jean Ruth and MaryAnn also informed the group that during an inspection of the hall, we were informed that the guild could no longer store any materials on site, including the large library cart. There was a suggestion that we store the books offsite and make a list available for checkout. However, that suggestion was not well received as someone would have to be responsible for storing the books and transporting books back and forth. There was also a suggestion that we have a book sale ($2.00 a book) at the start of the August meeting, and if there were any remaining books, those could be donated to the Grafton prison. This suggestion was well received. There was a motion to liquidate the library and donate the remaining books to the prison. The motion carried. Jean also took this opportunity to remind everyone that when you bring something in for the FREE table, you are responsible for retrieving your items if they do not find a new home before the end of the meeting. If you don’t want the item, it should be put in the trash before leaving the hall. Please do not leave your free items for someone else to clean up. Thank you.

Finally Jean pointed out that since we did not have a contract yet, the Township Hall gave away our 2018 October dates for the Quilt Show. However, we have secured the second weekend in November (11/9/18 – 11/12/18) for our Quilt Show. MaryAnn noted that this could be a good thing and a bad thing as we will be the only quilt show in town during November as most are held in September/October. Therefore we will need to make sure to advertise well. It was suggested that we handout information regarding our November Quilt show to the October quilt shows that we attend. It was point out that this may be the first time we have had a show that fell on one of our regular meeting nights. There was a question about how we will handle the meeting since the hall will be full of quilts. It was agreed that we will discuss that topic down the road. It was also noted that we will need to start planning for our 2018 show sooner rather than later.

Hospitality: Karin Knox indicated that after volunteering for 16 years she would like to step down from Hospitality and would like a couple of new faces to step up to the role.

Community Service: Judy Riggle shared information about distributing 80 quilts and 36 of those were donated from the Grafton prison and given to Blessing House and Genesis House which was very much appreciated. Judy noted for the record that she did purchase a large bolt of Warm and Natural batting which cost more than $100. Judy informed the group that there were several baby quilt kits assembled by Teri Whidden that are ready to be sewn. She asked for volunteers to sign out a kit.

Judy also pointed out that there is a basket full of Christmas Fabric being raffled off tonight. The tickets are $5 each. Judy noted that there were over 15 yards of fabric in the basket, which was donated by Teri Whidden. There was a motion to have the proceeds from the raffle basket ticket sale go to community service. The motion carried.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler reported that she needs volunteers to bind several quilts and to quilt at least one. Kaye also commented that if we know anyone who wants or deserves a quilt of valor, that we should contact one of the QOV committee members. Kaye then asked Teri Walter shared some exciting news about a few of her husband Dave’s quilts.

Dave’s quilt “Three Tours” was chosen for display at the Iowa Quilt Museum for 6 weeks. A total of 25 quilts were chosen from all over the US. Following the display the quilts will be awarded to a recipient. They had also entered their Purple Heart Quilts. Although not chosen for the museum, they were asked if we would be willing to donate their two Purple Heart Quilts to two deserving veterans. One PH quilt was presented Memorial Day weekend to a WWII veteran. The second PH quilt was awarded on July 9th at a large presentation at the conclusion of the QOV display.  Teri’s husband Dave made all 3 quilts– -with a little help from Teri of course! The recipient on July 9 had earned 3 Purple Heart medals during his service and will featured in a PBS documentary in September 2017.  Thank you for sharing Teri! Wonderful news! Congrats to you and Dave!

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported that she has 10 names left on the list. Janet shared some problems she is having printing certificates and labels; however, MaryAnn Grayson volunteered to see if she could help. Janet indicated that in August she will bring in loads of scraps so that anyone interested could help her cut fabric to prepare kits for more quilts. Janet thanked everyone one for their participation because we are making a difference!

Programs & Workshops: Vice President MaryAnn Grayson thanked Sharon Lutz for hosting a wonderful Christmas in July Table Topper Challenge today. The Table Toppers were on display tonight for judging by guild members. Members were to vote on the top three. The winners were announced as First Prize – Chris Yoo, Second Prize – Tina Rose, Third Prize Pat Logar. Great job ladies and congratulations to everyone! It was clear that the event was a success and many members shared that they hoped it becomes an annual event. Thanks again Sharon!!

August 2017: August 10th: Fran Weber will host another Iron Caddy workshop in August. A sign-up sheet was passed around tonight. Fran will be contacting everyone who signs up with more details, and it was noted that the cost is $10. Also anyone interested in helping Janet Alderman cut HOB pieces for kits, should plan on stopping by the lodge on August 10th!!

August 18th & 19th: Maryann reminded everyone that there are still a few seats left for the August AQS bus trip. Cost is $165.

September 2017: On 9/14/17, Ruth Groot will lead a workshop during the day to make the Carpenter’s Star pattern.

October 2017: Mary Ann reminded everyone of the next retreat at Zinck’s in Berlin. The dates are October 29 th – November 1 st . The cost will be only $96 for the 29 th through the 31 st , noting that there will be an extra change for November 1 st . She also shared that the Amish Shop Hop begins in November 1 st . Maryann also reminded the group that the fall Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes is being held October 15 – 20, 2017. Details can be found at Pegspatches.com. You can sign-up for 2-day classes or one 4-day class.

Fair Report: Ruth Groot distributed handouts regarding the fair, which included the Open Class Entry Form. She reminded everyone that for $25 you can enter as many items as you want, but you can only enter one item per class. August 5, 2017 is closing date for entries. Ruth shared that with your entry you will receive 7 gate entries into the fair. Ruth also reminded everyone that she will need a lot of volunteers again to help sign in entries on Saturday and Sunday 8/19 and 8/20 from Noon – 5:00 p.m. and again on Monday 8/21 to help with the judging. She will also need help with pick up following the fair. Ruth will have sign-up sheets at the next meeting. Please considering helping out and representing your guild.

Unfinished Business: None

Show and Tell: There were 17 quilts, which included a five-year hexie-quilt, a Baltimore album, a Judy Niemeyer, an Eye Spy, a monkey quilt, and a Kwanza quilt! There was also a gorgeous applique pillow, a beautiful butterfly quilt, and too many amazing millefiore quilt cogs to count. I hope we see some of these beautiful items in the fair!! We rock!

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Yoo

August Birthdays

Donna Clapper
Linda Janowicz
Janet Reynolds
Barbara Cowger-Vilagi
Valerie Watring
Rosemary Goodwin
Mary Lou Brown

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  7 UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 49 UFO’s have been finished!!!!


Interesting article just found online.


It’s Membership Renewal time!!

All members need to renew in August or September for the 2017-18 year. Click HERE to download and print the membership form and bring it to the meeting this week. There will also be forms available at the meeting if you can’t get this form. Turn money ($25 cash or check made out to Lorain County Piecemakers) into Karen Neuschafer or Marilyn Novak.

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 Meeting, 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 meeting.

We will be doing another exchange next year, please think 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.

Fair project review, Carpenter’s Star prep and Iron Caddy Show.




Sue Schillig

Sometime maybe back in  the ’80’s or ’90’s there was a whole system of making quilts that utilized the PPM.  PPM was Private personal measurement.  I think the whole purpose was to help beginning quilters who were perhaps using sewing machines that were not particularly designed for quilters.  It worked very well for any piecing in which the seams one way were the same number as the seams the other way.  Four patches, nine patches and piecing squares together worked fairly well.  As long as you cut the width of your sewn strips or blocks rather than follow the directions, rail fence worked well too.  I’m sure you can catch on, we just sewed 3 strips together, measured, then cut the sewn strips apart at that PPM. With the advent of sewing machines that catered especially to quilters, or the invention of the quarter inch foot, I’ve not really heard much about it lately.  But it is a good concept to keep in mind, especially if you are just learning to sew. If you measure the size of whatever you have made–even if it is now 8 3/4 inches instead of 9 1/2, as long as the setting squares are the same size as the blocks, no problem.  You might end up with a smaller quilt or need to make larger borders, but it will all work out.  I really like that about quilting. It is incredibly forgiving.

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

No Report

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.


A big thank you to all who were able to come out and play with us. Those working on table toppers and to those who just came out to sew on their own thing and visit. It was a lot of fun for me. Couldn’t have done it without Elf Charlene Fischer and her food contributions and Elf Christina Yoo and her fun Christmas music.  A big thank you to Lynette Thomson and her coffee making magic, couldn’t have started the day without her!!!!  Also to the “table mover” helpers … you did a marvelous job!

So, are we gonna see any of those table toppers finished come to the August meeting?

Below are some of the “happy” sewing gang that showed up. I think I have seen a couple of these guys on a wanted poster!

Sharon Lutz

Janet Alderman

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

No Report