Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 5 – January 11, 2018

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 7:07 p.m. Guild President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order after potluck dinner. There were no visitors this evening.

Program:  Traveling Exhibit from Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) Ohio.  SAQA Representative:  Terry Ann Hartzell

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo) We will host a booth in April at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the IX Center.  We will display our blue and white raffle quilt and sell raffle tickets.

In August we will once again host a booth at the Lorain County Fair where we act as docents and trustees for the needle work barn.

In November we will be hosting our own 3-day Quilt Show.

Please join me in 2018 and volunteer to make our guild more successful.  Please plan on signing up to help man the booth at the IX show, at the Fair and our own Quilt Show.  Volunteers are a work of heart!

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the November 2017 meeting.  Hearing NO corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $9,067.68 with Quilts of Valor at $961.69 and Home of the Brave at $412.36.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report would be filed for audit.


Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer & Marilyn Novak)  Karen reported we have 74 members. Membership list was sent out this month and will be sending an update for you to add two more members to your list.

We do have membership cards to give out.  Please check with Karen if you haven’t received your membership card.

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

Community Service:  (Judy Riggle) Judy Riggle was not present.  She is working on getting well and making good progress.  Kelly Grace reported there was a Warm and Natural big roll of batting donation for Community Service. Chris feels the one of the most important thing that we do is community service and would like get a committee going for community service.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye will be hosting a “sew day” QOV Workshop on Saturday, February 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Main Street Building in Amherst. Bring lunch or eat lunch downtown.

Home of the Brave:  (Janet Alderman) Janet will be moving next week and will continue to look for the last 10 families that need to receive quilts.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Lynette is looking for kids that are interested in sewing.  If you have a group of kids let Lynette know so she can set up a date and time for sewing.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly reported to start getting ready for your next year list which she will be taking starting January 1st and is due to her by January 31st.  No changes can be made on your list after January 31st. We will be doing fat quarter exchanges this year. Please think about participating in the exchange…we do have fun.

Top three winners for the 2017 UFO Challenge – Barbara Leoni, Helen Smelser and Susan Schillig.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) Kelly reported nothing new at this time.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Val reported nothing new at this time.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Julie reported that the Raffle quilt is 84 x 96 with two pillow cases. Remember to keep working on your blue and white challenge project…10 months to go.  We would like to get postcards out by spring and need to take pictures of some of the blue and white projects…so keep working on them.  We would like to try and sell 2000 raffle tickets. We need to account for all 2000 tickets so the tickets you don’t sell need to be brought back to the guild.

Hospitality Committee:  (Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia) No Report at this time.

Programs, Events, and Retreats:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Donna reported the program for

January 2018:  Quilt Camp – Slide presentation given by a Quilt Judge that will be taking over the Quilt Camp.

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.

April 2018:  Lunn Fabric – Short brief presentation…Need to come early to buy their material.

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!

New Business:  Susan Schillig will be keeping track of the Quilt Raffle tickets and has also offered to take the raffle quilt to NEROC to show and sell tickets in February. Thank you, Susan

Announcements:  Northcoast Promotions and Lisa Nemeth have extended a special invitation to the guild to attend or participate in January 27 – 28, 2018 – Winter Festival, Polar Fest at 19201 East Bagley Road Middleburg Heights, OH on Saturday Jan. 27th 9 – 3pm and Sunday Jan 28th 11 – 3pm. If you wish to vend and sell your quilts or fiber art, please ask Chris Yoo for a vendor application.

Quilts 2018 running from February 9 – March 11, 2018 at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio.

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 several quilts – Dear Jane (signature quilt) Star Trek, carpenter star, blue & white.  We had some wall hangings such as candy drop, wool, flower basket and Christmas wall hanging and dinner placemats.

Adjournment:  Chris asked if there was any more business…Pause…then adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni


Quilt Camp – Slide presentation given by a Quilt Judge that will be taking over the Quilt Camp



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

Just a reminder the National Sew Day for Quilts of Valor is February 3, 10-4. We’ll gather at the Main Street Community Bldg., 255 Park Ave. Amherst .

Hope see you there! Thank you very much!
Kaye and Quilts of Valor committee

January Birthdays
Peggy Hughes
Lorraine Quinones
Pat Logar
Jean Tobia
Libby Betounes
Barb King


UFO Challenge

Awesome job to our winners of the 2017 UFO Challenge! Barbara Leoni finished 14 of 15 UFOs, Helen Smelser finished 8 of 9 UFOs and Sue Schillig finished 10 of 29 UFOs! Signups for the 2018 UFO Challenge are open until January 30th. Either send me (Kelly) an email with your list or give it to me at the January meeting. After January 30th no additions/changes to the list will be allowed.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the Fat Quarter Exchange will start at the January meeting and will continue until March. You will bring your fat quarters to the May or June meeting and they will be sorted and handed back to you by the end of the June meeting.


Start thinking about what type of Basket you would like to sponsor for the upcoming Quilt Show.  You can make one yourself, or team up with a friend, family member or a small group.  However, we need as many glorious baskets as possible for the Quilt Show because the basket auction was a HUGE success in 2016!! I will have sign-up sheets at the meetings starting this month so you can start letting us know what you will be making.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  This is NOT an all-inclusive list.  YOU get to decide what you want to put together.  Fun Fun!!

Coffee Lovers
Crazy Cat Lady (Cat theme)
Family Game Night
Fun in the Sun
Gift Card Frenzy
Gone to the Dogs (Dog theme)
Grilling & Chilling
Night at the Movies
Quilt Kit
Quilting (Blue/White)
Quilting (Holiday)
Quilting (Sports)
Quilting / Sewing (General)
Spa Night
Sweet Tooth
Tea for Two
Tee Time “Golf”
Fat Quarter Buster
Tools/Duct Tape
Ultimate Sports Fan
Win Big (Lotto tickets, etc.)
Wine & Cheese
Wool Lovers

Chris Yoo

Treasurer Report
Pam Scholle

Guild bal.    $8,483.18

Quilts of Valor.    $1,186.51

Home of Brave.   $412.36

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy New Year!!   Hope you are all keeping warm in this frigid January!!  These frosty days are perfect for sipping hot cider and quilting!  Although winter has only just begun, I’m already looking forward to spring and what lies ahead.  In March I have secured a date at the Middleburg Heights Pins and Needles for a round-robin demo and test-drive event for interested guild members.  It is a FREE event but you have to dedicate 3 hours of your time for FUN and learning new products.  The date they are holding for us is Monday, March 12th.

Attendees will get to see demonstrations of quilting and embroidery machines, specialty pressure feet, all kinds of new products, and we get to test-drive those machines!  We will leave with a quilted case we made using those new products!!  We will be asked to fill out a short survey about the various products we tested and for doing so our guild will receive a FREE sewing machine valued at $800!!  This will make a wonderful addition to our Quilt Show door prize!

We have to get at least 20 people who are willing to participate.  The date I was able to secure is Monday, March 12th and the event starts at 11:00 a.m. sharp and is expected to last 3 – 4 hours.  You can bring a sack lunch and/or we can take a break for lunch or order in Pizza. They are very flexible.  I will have a sign-up sheet at our next meeting.  Please check your calendar and try to attend.  I realize some of you may need a weekend date, but those were booked solid until summer.  If you would like to attend on a Saturday, I’ll have a separate sign-up sheet for weekend interest and work to set up another round-robin this summer.  However, I hope to get a group of you interested in the March 12th event.  I need to confirm that we have at least 20 people; however, they CAN accommodate up to 40, so please ask a friend and sign up to join us for this fun event!

Quilting and Chilling
Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

Happy New Year!  And yet, when I checked my Facebook page this morning, it appears that nothing much in my quilting life really changes.  Two years ago I put a quilt in the frame on January 6th.  This year it was January 5th that I put my first quilt for the year in the frame. I’m one of those quilters for whom quilting really did start with, uh, quilting. I did piece a top in high school that my mom and grandma quilted for me, but I truly learned to hand quilt before I did much piecing. So even though  it is all about the machine these days I still like to hand quilt  at least one a  year.  It isn’t so much that one way is better than another. There are some beautiful machine quilted handwork and there is some really bad hand quilted ones.  But I tend to think better when hand quilting than I do when I machine quilt.  Less noise and a better rhythm for me.  Now of course I machine quilt more than I do by hand.  There are so many more that I want to make and really so little time.  So I plan for one method or the other, depending on which works the best on the quilt.  The one I’m hand quilting will be for the next grandchild to be due in early July.  Since I’m using retro 30’s fabrics it will look best hand quilted I think.  When I make a tshirt quilt and for most of the ones using batiks machine quilting works best.   While the grandkids are learning about good and bad decisions, this grandma is just making quilting decisions. Neither one is good or bad.  I hope all your quilting decisions make you happy this year.

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

We sent a get well card to Karin Knox 12/18/2018 as she had knee surgery.
According to Bobbie Bruck, Karin is home and going through rehab.
Good luck, Karin, with your recovery.Warm wishes this new year:  hot cocoa, chamomile tea,
wool socks, velour robes,
flannel sheets, best of all = QUILTS!!!