Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 6 – February 9, 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 7:00 p.m. Guild President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. There was one visitor this evening.

Program:  Linda G. Miller from “That’s Sew Special,” did a presentation on the Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo) Brought 3 sign-up sheets for the following events:

Polar Fest – Sitting at table for an hour or two on January 27 or January 28 to help sale Raffle Tickets for our Quilt Raffle.

Raffle Baskets – We need donations of raffle basket for the quilt show. If you don’t know what type of basket you will design please sign-up to indicate a commitment to putting together a basket. I hope to get as many baskets as possible because the Basket Raffle was a HUGE success in 2016. Please check the LCP January Newsletter for ideas.

Pins & Needles Round-Robin Experience on March 12th.  Need 20 people to hold spot.  FREE test drive on new products and complete a survey. Starts at 11:00 a.m. and last at least 3 hours.  Our guild will receive an $800 sewing machine for our Quilt Show Raffle.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the December 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 $8,483.18 with Quilts of Valor at $1,186.51 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.

Paid $100 deposit to secure dates for meetings for the year of 2019.  We need to start thinking about meeting dates to secure for 2019.


Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer & Marilyn Novak)  Karen reported we one more name to add to the Membership.

Fair Committee:  (Ruth Groot) – No report at this time.

Community Service:  (Judy Riggle) Susan Schilling will be taking things home for community service.  Receive 12 quilts from Deb Beard and two bags of quilt that Mrs Novak gave from the prison.

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) No report at this time.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No report at this time.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly reported she received 4 people that signed up for the UFO Challenge.  No changes can be made on your list after January 31st. Will be doing the fat quarter exchange also this year.  Please think about participating in the exchange…we do have fun.  If you have any ideas for challenges please share those ideas with me by sending me an email.

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

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Val reported that Karen Knox had surgery and sent her a card.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Keep working on your blue and white challenges.

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

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

February 2018:  Chris Yoo – A hands-on introduction to Painting on Fabric with Inktense pencils and blocks.

April 2018:  Lunn Fabric – Short brief presentation on how Batiks are made…Need to come early to buy their material. They will packing up and leaving after their presentation.

May 2018:  Nelly Vileikis

June 2018:  Anne Marie Chaney

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements: Quilts 2018 running from February 9 through 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 a hand pieced and quilted grandmothers garden quilt, two blue and white quilts, one UFO black and white quilt, carpenter star quilt, quilt that was given as a gift, umbrella from a workshop, a couple of nightgowns, a pillowcase and a LCP white and blue banner.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:25 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni


February Lecture:  Discover the MAGIC of Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks.   This presentation will be given by your President, Chris Yoo.  Chris has prepared a multi-media presentation that includes a hands-on demonstration.  Everyone in attendance will get a chance to try this fabulous product and get creative!  Don’t miss this fun, interactive presentation on Thursday February 8th @ 7:00 p.m.

2018 Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,

Just a little blurb from the quilt show committee.  We will start collecting the pre show entries soon.  Forms will be passed out at the meeting in March. What we are looking for at this time is how many quilts and what sizes.  If you have a blue and white quilt, please show that too.  We would like to get an idea of how many quilts we will have for the show to make sure we have enough supplies ordered.  When we do the pre entries, we would also like anyone who made an umbrella to enter that if you would like.  If we get enough umbrellas, we may do a special display.

If anyone has any blue and white quilts, please bring them to the guild meeting this month so we can take some pictures and start working on the postcards.  We would like to have postcards for the IX event.

Thank you very much for your help,

The Quilt Show Committee

Comfort Quilts

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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Our National Sew Day for QoV was very successful! We had a great time!

Thank you ladies for all your work and great company!

Janet Alderman

No Report

February Birthdays
Julie Bragg
Marilyn Novak
Bonita Grove
Karen Neuschaefer
Sally Gezzer


UFO Challenge

Signups are now closed for the 2018 UFO Challenge. 10 brave ladies have signed up for a total of 166 projects to be finished this year. No further changes to your list will be allowed, let’s get started working on the UFO’s! Please remember (if you haven’t already) I need $5 from each participant that will go toward prizes at the end of the year. For each finish you will get an entry into the prizes.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the Fat Quarter Exchange have started and will continue until March. In April I will hand out the baggies with the list of what needs to be bought. 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

No Report.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I was talking to a co-worker about how difficult it is to motivate people to volunteer.  She made a weird face and crunched up her nose and shouted, “Why would ANYONE want to volunteer?!”  I was dumbstruck.  I cannot think of a really good reason why someone would NOT want to volunteer, but that’s just who I am.  That got me researching the topic of volunteering.  If you need motivated to raise your hand or to sign a list to volunteer the next time someone asks, here are a few good reasons that I found particularly inspiring:


… it continuously teaches me something new about people, about cooperation, about compassion, and about myself.

…I have the time. I recognize that time is something I can give, if not money.

…It often lets me get closer to a community, the people and the region—I discover so much more than simply having travelled through.

…life has so much to offer if we remember to look beyond ourselves.

…I often learn something new or acquire a skill that I lacked.

…I can. It’s as simple as that. If you could do something to help the world around you, why wouldn’t you?

…‘to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.’ — Luke 12:48.

…it takes me out of my daily life.

…in helping others, I am reminded that we are all in this together and we need to remember to support each other.

…I love my community and I need to give back something to it other than tax dollars.

…my soul needs redemption, and I simply enjoy helping people.

…I want to make a difference.

I volunteer for the same reason as I quilt—because I have to.  It is an addiction.  Every fiber of my being screams for me to be creative and to hold out my hand to help others when I can.

Does that mean I sometimes I do too much?  You bet!  However, each time I flop on the couch and prop up my aching feet, I feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment because I know, for a short period of time, I actually made a difference and someone truly appreciated my efforts.

Please consider raising your hand or signing your name to a list.  You won’t regret it.

Your President,
Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

I’ve not looked for the groundhog today, but it is currently snowing with the sun shining.  I don’t know what that means. But I can tell you that it makes for great sewing and quilting weather!  January was a good month for working on my UFO list.  Of all the resolutions, the one that I can do best is to keep at those projects! I’m hoping for good work in February as well.  Though I’ve got lots of other quilter-based activities to fill in the days.  The Alliance guild has a tea on the 10th that I almost always attend, and the next weekend is Getaway.  I don’t do many of these, but I’ve been doing this one which is now in Boardman Ohio for more years than I care to admit.  Plus there are some other projects I’ve promised to help with, which will cut into my sewing time.  But there are months like that.  Some of January was spent with my husband’s family as we gathered to celebrate his stepmother’s 97 years and recent passing.  Of all the amazing things about Gert, the one that I found hardest to wrap my head around was the fact that to my knowledge she left no UFO projects.  None.  She rarely did work on more than a couple at a time.  At some point she just decided she was done starting new things.  She remained interested, but not a participant in the last few years of her life.  I think that may be rare. Certainly I can barely finish two or three of the old projects before a new one pops up.  And based on the leftovers that appear on our free to a good home table I am not alone in that regard.  I hope all of you are enjoying the winter sew time and dreaming up new projects.

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

January 12, we sent a card to Pat Predmore to cheer her up following shoulder surgery.  We left a condolence for the children of Shirley Williams January 22nd on the Cowling Funeral Home website.

Please wash your hands often, let’s avoid the flu.
Fondly, Val