Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 4 – December 14, 2017

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
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 this evening.

Program: Gayle Pritchard on Ohio Art Quilts. Gayle’s public commissions include: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Quilt Project, the Smithsonian Craft Archives in Washington, D.C., the opening for the Peter B. Lewis building in Cleveland, Ohio and she is an author of a book called Uncommon Threads: Ohio’s Art Quilt Revolution.

Minutes: There were no changes to the minutes from the October 2017 meeting. Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report: Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $10,943.04, with Quilts of Valor at $937.61 and Home of the Brave at $412.30. There was a motion to accept the budget, which carried.

Opened a 1 year certificate for 2018 rent for the building as suggested.

Membership: Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak – Need to collect money for 2 members then will send out membership cards. You will start to receive the monthly newsletter and emails once your dues are paid.

Fair Committee: Ruth Groot – Nothing new at this time.

Community Service: Judy Riggle was not present. Chris reported that she received 9 baby quilts.

Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler reported that they a great turnout for the “sew day” October 21. She will be having a couple of presentations coming up. If you are interested in attending please email Kaye and she will send dates and times.

Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman reported she was able to get everything complete that she brought to the last workshop and thanked everyone that helped. She mentioned that this might be her last meeting because she will be moving in December.

Youth Sewing: Lynette Thomson and Jean Ruth – No report at this time.

Challenges: Kelly Grace reported to continue working on your UFO’s for this year list. Start getting ready for your next year list which she will be taking starting January 1 and is due to her by January 31. No changes can be made of your list after January 31.

Communication Committee: Kelly Grace reported nothing new at this time.

Sunshine Committee: Val Watring reported that there is a card to sign a front table for Judy Ruggle.

Quilt Show 2018: Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer
Remember to keep working on your projects and your blue and white challenge project. Pam Scholle and Karen Neuschaefer have finished the Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt top for the 2018 Quilt Show. The quilt will be quilted by Kaye Koler and will be finished by the end of the year.

Hospitality Committee: Maryann Doucette and JeanTobia nothing new at this time.

Programs, Events, and Retreats…Oh My: Donna reported the program for December will be Terry Hartzell, SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Alliance) Traveling Show – A display of quilts from several different countries.

Umbrella Workshop was lots of fun. Everyone finished their umbrellas and they turned out very nice and we had so much fun.

Chris reported that the Berlin Retreat was wonderful and is looking forward for next year’s retreat.

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 September 1, 2017.

December 2018: MaryAnn reported that she has planned a quilt cruise for December 2018 which the cruise will be going to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao). The cost is $1,050 (if you don’t sew) $1,100 (if you do sew) for a 9-day cruise and all the rooms have a balcony!

Announcements: Potluck 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. Please, bring more heathy foods and less desserts.

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: We had 5 umbrellas from the workshop all finished and looking very nice, coffee and donut wall hanging, license to play quilt, table runners, snow globe towel, Dear Jane (block of the month) – UFO, water color quilt, baby quilts, carpenters star quilt and purses.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m. There was a motion to adjourn the meeting, which carried.

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. – Potluck

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

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.

Janet Alderman

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Well, the holidays are in full swing yet we managed to fulfill requests for for two presentations! The first one was the North Ridgeville VFW and the second at the American Legion in Elyria.

I’d like to personally thank everyone in our guild that share your talents so freely with Quilts of Valor!  That allows us to provide beautiful, quality quilts to our veterans right here in Lorain County. Two of the quilts were made personally by Libby Betounes and the remaining five were from our guild members’ many hands that worked on them! As always the veterans were most appreciative and thankful!

Everyone who helps, in any way, on these quilts for Quilts of Valor is greatly appreciated by all of us on the committee. It is with a heartfelt appreciation, we say THANK YOU!!

We also had a beautiful quilt top donated by THE BARNYARD QUILTERS in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

We will participate in the annual National Sew Day for QoV, Saturday, February 3, 2018. This workshop will be held at the Main Street Building, 255 Park Ave., Amherst, Ohio.  10-4pm. We’d love to share the day with you!

Special thank you to Helen Smelzser who never appears in any of the photos because she is our official photographer!!  Well done Helen!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone!


December Birthdays

Argena Patouhas
Kathy Keyse
Karin Knox
Jean Ruth

UFO Challenge

Keep working on your UFO’s!  More UFO’s were shown at last months meeting, keep it up ladies!!! To date, 68 UFO’s have been finished!!!! Just a few more days to finish up for the challenge, there will be some prizes at the December meeting.


Treasurer Report

No Report

As discussed at the last meeting we will be collecting items to donate to Genesis House. Below is the post from Facebook as to what is needed. A box will be at the December meeting/potluck and MaryAnn Grayson has volunteered to take our donations to Genesis House.

Friends, if anyone would like to do a donation drive for Genesis House this upcoming holiday season, we sure would appreciate it! These are our donation shelves, and they’re usually overflowing. We’ve had more folks in shelter than ever before lately. That also means more folks are being helped in Aftercare programming. We’re in need of so much! Here are some things we could use:

Shampoo and conditioner sets
Feminine hygiene products
Body wash
African American hair care products
Toilet bowl cleaner
Bathroom cleaner, like Scrubbing Bubbles
Paper towels
Postage stamps

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

As 2017 comes to a close, I cannot help but look ahead at 2018 with eager anticipation.  I’m excited about all the wonderful opportunities ahead for spreading the news about our quilt guild.  In April we will host a booth at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the IX Center. It will be an opportunity to display our blue & white raffle quilt and sell raffle tickets, as well as give us a chance to share our guild with the thousands of visitors to that 3-day event.  In August we will once again host a booth at the Lorain County Fair where we act as docents and trustees for the needlework barn.  Finally, there is no better way to share our passion with our friends, neighbors, and fellow quilting enthusiasts, than hosting our own Quilt Show.  In November we will do just that as we welcome visitors to our glorious 3-day quilt show once again.Spring, summer, and fall 2018—three wonderful opportunities to share our love of quilting.  As I typed those words I got a lump in my throat as I remembered one of the late Nancy Zieman’s quotes, “The love of sewing is our common thread.”  This common thread binds us together as Piecemakers.  Let us all step up in 2018 and volunteer to make our guild even more successful.  Please plan on signing up to help man the booth at IX show, at the Fair, and then finally at our own Quilt Show.  In my opinion, Volunteers are a work of heart!

Hope you can join us in December for our annual Potluck Holiday Celebration!!  Remember we start @ 6:30 for dinner!

Your President,
Chris Yoo


Potluck!! Starts at 6:30 pm

Terry Hartzell will be arriving around 3:30 pm to setup the Roadshow display. Please allow her time to get setup.


Sue Schillig

I’m climbing down from my mountain high: finished another UFO and most of my Christmas shopping so this may seem a bit more rambling than usual.  The adrenaline charge I get from finishing something that was on not just the 2017 UFO challenge list but also the 2009 list is pretty incredible! I’m hoping to keep the ball rolling and finish at least one more by Thursday’s meeting.  That will mean I’ve done pretty well.  Sadly, there are still a good number on the list.  I’m not sure they’ll show up on next year’s list either.  There are a few projects that will be relegated to what I call the “Unlikely to ever finish list”.  I’ve one that will top the list for sure.  It will be on that list for 2 reasons. First, I didn’t start it to begin with —  it was a hand me down from a long deceased relative and secondly it is applique that is both tedious and troublesome.  There may be another option for some UFO’s as well. Last month I was talking to our umbrella instructors about UFO’s and she suggested a great idea.  Sometimes we get all excited about a project and buy all the fabric and the pattern and before we get a chance to actually begin we lose interest.  The book and fabric sit in a box or bag somewhere.  In our heart of hearts we know the quilt is a goner, but don’t know what to do about it.  Her solution was a good one.  Release the fabric back to “the stash” and either donate or put the book on the shelf.  I’m thinking I may have at least one that I can put out of its lonely misery and release.  Do you?

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

I guess we are beyond the two front teeth mode.Sew…this quote and graphic seem appropriate at this time of year.All I want for Christmas is time to quilt.Fondly, Val