Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 2 – October 12, 2017

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leonie
Comfort Quilts: Judy Riggle, Linda Janowicz
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
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
Communication Committee: Kelly Grace & Fran Weber
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 10!

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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. Guild President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. There was one visitor (Jenny) tonight.

Program: Monique Noonan from Quilts and Sew Forth, Mentor, Ohio presented a trunk show and lecture. She also had some very nice items such as books, lots of fabric, and sewing notions to sale. Monique had a few handouts of quilt patterns.

New President’s Report: I would like to formally introduce myself to everyone and to let you know who I am, and clue you in on WHY I was interested in being your new President. I think it is important for you to truly understand who you elected as your President.

I am from Hamilton, Ohio, in southern Ohio. I am a US Army Veteran. I moved to NE Ohio to go to me. I am no POLLYANNA. I realize in any group you not everyone is going to agree, and good grief, I do realize not everyone is going to “like” everyone else. However, some of the grumblings I have heard “repeatedly” include some people feeling their opinions are never considered; others don’t join committees because their current members may not value their new ideas.

Those things concerned me when THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE. I wanted to see if I could help members feel valued and included. BUT I cannot do it alone. NO officer or committee can resolve everything.

You OWN this guild. Your membership dues are your investment. YOU must participate and want the guild to succeed. You must volunteer not only your ideas, but your time.

I want us to work together to make it the most popular quilt guild in NE Ohio. I want people in other counties to want to join us because they hear such great things about us. I want our quilt shows to be a GRAND success. I want our guild to be here 100 years from now.

Guild Bylaws say… “All members shall contribute to a committee or serve as an officer.” Have you? Do you? The success of our committees ensures the success of our guild. I implore you all to choose a committee and participate. I see the same people volunteering at the fair and at the quilt show. Why are you missing out? Maybe you don’t know what to expect if you volunteer —ask me—I’ve done it.

One of the big complaints I’ve heard is we don’t have enough structured EVENING programming. Our new VP Donna Garrett will be asking for you to volunteer to sit on the PROGRAM COMMITTEE with her. What would that consist of: Finding new teachers, lecturers, quilt shops to present, and coordinating the schedule? Do you have ideas for programs? Do you know someone who may have great ideas you can pass on? Are you willing to help find programs? Okay. Now is the time to put your complaints into action and join the program committee to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

I AGREED to be your President because, I WANTED…to represent the guild and make it YOUR happy place. However, I CANNOT DO IT ALONE. If you think that, you are setting me up to fail. I need YOU to help me by sharing ideas openly, joining committees, volunteering your services and your time. Finally, you will never hear me say the words, “let’s hurry and get through this meeting so you can get home.” I am going to make a big assumption that we are all here because we WANT to be here—right? If you need to leave early, by all means, please do, but I will never rush. I enjoy your company…I love this guild.

Minutes: The minutes were completed by me (one last time) and with the assistance of Communications Chair Kelly Grace, the minutes have been distributed by both email and published on our webpage. Are there any corrections? Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of the 2017-2018 Budget for Review: We distributed the Treasurer’s Report, the 2017-18 budget, and a ledger showing how we spent the money over the past year. The Treasurer’s Report will be filed for audit. There was much discussion and many questions about the budget. There was a motion and a second to approve the 17-18 budget which passes.

However, Chris Yoo stated that it is important for us to understand that budgets are not “written in stone” because the financial position of the guild may change during the year. A budget is a guide that can help us plan for the future as well as assess our current financial situation. We need to “stick to the budget” but it can and should be fluid when necessary.

Membership: Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak – We are in the process of collecting dues for next year. We are having computer issues and will hopefully be able to get membership cards to you by next month.

Karen asked about a 6 month membership for snow birds. It was brought up for discussion and that due to the fact that are dues are so minimal at this point and time we are not going to have a 6 month membership.

Fair Committee: Ruth Groot thanked everyone for helping out which was wonderful because they had enough help. People coming through want to know when we are having our next quilt show and we would like to pass out postcard like we did last year. Fran and her sister made a quilt throughout the week, we had machine embroidery, rug hooking, placemats and Karen did paper piecing which they want her back next year.

Ruth would like to have a form with information regarding the project that you will be presenting so start getting ready for Fair now. Many asked questions regarding the project that it would be nice to have that information for them next year.

Community Service: Judy Riggle reported a donation of toiletries, quilts from student at Oberlin High School 4 pajama bottoms, 8 pillow cases and 25 quilts.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Kohler will be hosting a “sew day” QOV Workshop on Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Main Street Building in Amherst. Please bring lunch and beverage.

Teri Walters reported the PBS special on the Vietnam War is scheduled for WVIZ our local PBS station at 8.00 and again at 9.30pm this Sunday night. The segment is to include information / interview on John Musgrave. John is the Purple Heart recipient Dave and I were honored to meet and gave a QOV to him in Iowa in July. If you miss the program Sunday I was sent a link to view it, I assume after Sunday night. http://video.iptv.org/video/2365492259/

Home of the Brave: No report as Janet Alderman was not present. Chris reported that Janet will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, Oct.12th 9:30 a.m. at the hall before our meeting.

Youth Sewing: Lynnette Thomson that she only has 2 youth as of now. She will be having classes when children are off of school and on Saturdays. Please get the word out that classes are available and she takes boys and girls.

Challenges: Kelly Grace reported prize drawing for the UFO Challenge will be held at the December Potluck/guild meeting. But until then continue working on your UFO’s for this year list. Start getting ready for your next year list which is due to her by January 31st.

Communication Committee: Kelly Grace commented that if you want an email to go out to everyone in the guild to please send it to the guilds email address and not her personal email address. If it’s an email for her personally then you may send it to her personal email. Thank you for your cooperation. Also when you are replying from an email from the guild you are replying to everyone in the guild. So if you have a response that you just want it to go the individual then you need to change the guild email address to the persons personal email address.

Sunshine Committee: Val Watring reported there is nothing new at this time.

Hospitality Committee: A big thank you to Maryann Doucette and Jean Tobia for stepping up and volunteering for the Hospitality Committee…they even started tonight. A big thank you.

Programs, Events, and Retreats…Oh My: Chris Yoo thanked Ruth Groot for hosting a very wonderful workshop on the Carpenter Star. There were 28 folks that participated. Congratulations!

Donna is not from around the area would like assistance from a few people to join the committee to help out with program and workshop ideals. This would be very much appreciated. We will really need to make the Quilt Show as successful as we can in order to make some of these programs to be possible.

October 2017: Home of the Brave Workshop, Thursday, Oct.12th 9:30 a.m. at the hall before our meeting.

October 2017: Evening Program – Mary Huey has a new lecture called, An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks! Mary’s new lecture reflects on how she has updated her quilting style in the past 5 years while striving to use her copious fabric stash and learn some new tricks from modern quilters.

The Berlin Retreat will be in late October, early November (10/29 – 11/1). See MaryAnn to sign up.

November 2017: MaryAnn reported that she has Joanne Hubbard lined up for an Umbrella workshop during the day in November. Will need a head count by October’s meeting.

February 2018: NEOROQ has posted their February 2018 Getaway called “Quilting Binds Us Together” and it will be held February 16 – 18, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio. More information on their new website, which is https://www.neorqconline.org. Sign up begins 9/1/17.

December 2018: MaryAnn reported that she is planning a quilt cruise for December 2018. She will have more information in the next newsletter but it is a cruise to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao). The cost is $1100 for a 9-day cruise and all the rooms have a balcony!

New Business: Kaye Koler was asking about having mail sent to a PO Box for the Guild. Chris will be looking into this and maybe having a PO Box in Oberlin.

Pam Scholle reported that a code will be given to a guild members which will have to start to open the hall up on Thursday mornings. The code can be given to any guild member to open up the hall since the code changes monthly

Announcements: Chris reminded everyone that November 11/9/18 – 11/12/18 is the weekend for the quilt show and we need to start planning now so we are ahead of the game. Some ideal we discussed where: having a small Quilt Raffle
Committee to complete the quilt for raffle by January or February 2018, more members to help out on making gift baskets and more project to sale at the quilt show. If you have a personal quilt for sale, suggestions made were to put a form on your quilt with rip-off tabs with your phone number. Sue Thornton had a few suggestions to help make the quilt show successful. Have an area to display projects from the fair, products from UFOs and project from challenges. Have a blue and white challenge and also have a bake sale.

Free Table Reminder: If you bring items for the FREE table and something is left by the end of the evening, please take it home with you and/or toss in the trash on the way out. Thank you.

Show and Tell: There were lots of show and tell tonight. We had so many projects with ribbons from the fair…We ruled at the Fair!!! There were 6 Carpenter star quilts, couple of purses, child’s dress/purse set, pot holders, UFOs, Crabapple (done in crayon) quilt and a raw edged wall hanging.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m. by Chris Yoo. There was a motion which was approved and carried.

Next Meeting: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

October Birthdays

Shirley Williams
Lynette Thomson
Judy Riggle
Christine Bereznay
Bobbie Bruck
Christina Yoo

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  More UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 59 UFO’s have been finished!!!!


It’s Membership Renewal time!!

All members need to renew in 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.

Dues were due at the September meeting, please turn in your dues or contact Karen/Marilyn. If we do not have your dues before the November meeting you will no longer receive the newsletter.

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

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

NOW WHERE IS THAT BUTTON??!!Although I am at the age where I can say I did not grow up using computers or cell phones, I’ve recently discovered that I am definitely influenced by the “computer age.” I made this revelation after a couple of odd momentary lapses in judgment that happened both inside and outside my quilt studio. In both situations, I found myself reaching for a nonexistent button. Let me explain…It all began as I was feverously trying to finish a quilt top that needed to be shipped to my niece in Kentucky. Excited as I neared the finish line, I was zipping along with the pedal to the metal but then stopped abruptly when I realized I had made a serious error in judgment. I had just sewn the wrong two rows together and at that exact moment my right hand flew up to press a button… to press what??? What was I looking for?? Well, the UNDO button of course!! Honestly, for a full five seconds I was momentarily stunned, staring at my sewing machine…only to realize…heh, there’s no UNDO button on this thing!?! Nope, not kidding.

I would have laughed at myself but I groaned instead as I realized what I needed to UNSEW. So I just sat back and grimaced for a moment, trying to understand what had just happened. I am obviously a computer junky. This odd, compelling urge to reach for a nonexistent UNDO button had everything to do with my use of computer software at work. Those programs allow me to make mistakes and simply press the almighty UNDO button to start over. Magic. As we all know, the key to undoing this particular mess was called the “seam ripper.”

Well friends, as a follow up to that rather odd occurrence, I recently learned that my orange Honda Element (aka my pumpkin) also does not possess such a button!! The horrors!! That discovery was made as I backed out of the garage one bright morning and heard a crunch, shatter, and crack. It was a rather odd feeling to have my right hand flinch toward a non-existent UNDO button yet again. I settled for mumbling my new mantra…undo, undo, undo. Made me feel better anyway. I quickly came to the realization that I don’t really need a right passenger-side mirror anyway.

I have since day dreamed about what it would be like for LIFE to have an undo button. Can you imagine?! But that was really a little too much perhaps. But what about a sewing machine with an UNDO button?! Although it would also be nice if my rotary cutter had one too, and perhaps my pumpkin, the oven, my hair stylist, and well…. a girl can dream can’t she? Wink wink.

Please try to join us in October! Mary Huey will be here to present her newest lecture called, An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks!  Mary says that this lecture reflects on how she has been updating her quilting style in the past 5 years while striving to use her copious fabric stash and learn some new tricks from modern quilters.  I know I am eager to learn some new tricks, even if I can’t have an undo button!

See you in October!


October 2017: Home of the Brave Workshop, Thursday, Oct.12th 9:30 a.m. at the hall before our meeting.

October 2017: Evening Program – Mary Huey has a new lecture called, An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks! Mary’s new lecture reflects on how she has updated her quilting style in the past 5 years while striving to use her copious fabric stash and learn some new tricks from modern quilters.

Sue Schillig

Who doesn’t love a nice quilt show?  Especially one you don’t have to do anything but view the beautiful quilts?  Certainly I’m always happy to attend, but I’ve discovered there are problems involved. In my continuous effort to FINISH what I’ve begun, I am often distracted by that which I may some day WANT to make.  The problem is only made greater when I ogle all the other beauties that have been created.  It is just way too easy.  Here is a book with that very pattern! And look! You can use these strips to create it!  About 60 dollars poorer, I now have the start of the next one down the road.  The problem begins when I look at the list of first, those that I have to get done (count them, 3 baby quilts–two babies are already born; 4 more grandchildren quilts   which are partially started, and 3 more tshirt quilts to make), plus the number that I’ve started and WANT to finish, and finally those that are somehow started and I am clueless why I did.  Then we add the other ones–the ones that NOW I want to make!    I’m not really trying to justify my lengthy UFO list, but rather explain how innocently a list  can be created.  And the quilt show will only multiply the problem.  But I guess if I’m going to be troubled by something, too many quilts to make might not be all that bad.  Plus you know I’m going to that quilt show….

Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

At this moment, there has been no news sent to me from members about illnesses or bereavements in the guild.  Let’s count those blessings.The prayer list seems long lately.  So, as I get a moment; I choose to focus on fabric vs. fiends in the news, on TV.

Janet Alderman

No Report

Comfort Quilts

Judy Riggle

I would like to commend Mary Ann Serezin, aged 91, Kendal resident, who has finished the binding on about 20 community service quilts!  She feels proud of her contributions, saying it’s me and her against the world! since most of the quilts we make together with occasional others donated by guild members.

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.