Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 7 – March 8, 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 new member and two visitor this evening.

Program:  Guild President Chris gave a hands-on introduction to Painting on Fabric with Inktense pencils and blocks.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo) Update on Polar Fest:  Our table at the Polar Fest on January 27th and 28th was a big success. WKYC Channel 3 came out Sunday and our booth and Raffle Quilt were on TV.  We sold $125.00 in raffle tickets.

Brought 3 sign-up sheets for the following events:
Pins & Needles Round-Robin Experience on March 12th.  We need at least 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.

Sewing and Quilting Expo at the IX Center on Thursday, April 5th through Saturday, April 7th. Thursday and Friday we need people from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet has been broken into 2 hour slots.  So, I will need 3 people every day, besides me.

Raffle Baskets – We need a bunch of you to sign-up to create and donate a raffle basket for the Quilt Show.  I hope to get as many baskets as possible because the Basket Raffle has been a HUGE success in 2016. Please check the LCP January Newsletter for ideas.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There was one correction to the minutes from the January 2018 meeting.
Paid $100 deposit to secure dates for meetings for the year of 2018.  Corrected to:
Paid $100 deposit to secure dates for meetings for the year of 2019.
Minutes are approved as distributed and corrected.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $7,201.18 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.


Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer & Marilyn Novak) Karen reported we have 2 new members that signed up and there will be updated coming this month.

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

Community Service:  (Judy Riggle) Susan Schilling distribute 12 community quilts to Family Promises.  Sue also suggested that we could also make children’s quilts 50” x 60”, Pajama bottoms and pillow cases.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kay reported we had 12 volunteers for sew day on February 3rd.  We had a good time and got much done.

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 10 people that signed up for the UFO Challenge.  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) No Report at this time.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Karen reported to keep working on your blue and white challenges.  Julie will be answering emails and phone calls regarding questions about the Quilt Show.  Chris Yoo will also be taking any questions regarding the gift baskets or donations to the Guild.

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

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

March 2018:    Judy Kessler – In perfect harmony using Fibonacci numbers in quilt making.

April 2018:    Lunn Fabric – Short brief presentation on how Batiks are made… Need to come early (4:00 p.m.) to buy material. They will be packing up and leaving after a brief presentation.

May 2018:       Nelly Vileikis – Nature Inspired quilts.

June 2018:      Anne Marie Chaney – Modern traditional quilts.

August 2018:   Appliques Quilts and More – Free machine applique workshop just have to purchase $35 kit.

New Business:  Kaye Koler wanted to let everyone know she saw Judy Riggle and that she is doing very well with her recovery.

Announcements: Quilts 2018 is 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 3 UFO quilts, 4 table runners, QOV quilt, 2 blue and white quilt challenges, 2 fish quilts, triple Irish chain, Guild table banner, t-Shirt quilt, purse, and 3 community service quilts.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:00 p.m.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni


Judy Kessler – In perfect harmony using Fibonacci numbers in quilt making.



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
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.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

Janet Alderman

No Report

March Birthdays
Janet Alderman
Susan Thornton
Donna Garrett
Casandra Brown
Susan Schillig


UFO Challenge

We have already seen 11 UFO’s finished already this year! 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 30. 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. As of right now, only 4 ladies have signed up to participate this year. Please think about joining us!


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 LoversChris YooTreasurer Report
Pam ScholleNo Report.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

While attending a quilting lecture alone at Lake Farmpark last month I sat with ladies I did not know, and we easily talked about our quilting projects and our shared fabric obsession.   Isn’t it funny how you can talk to other quilters as if you have known them your entire life even though you just met?!?  One lady said she was a member of a virtual, online quilt guild, but she missed this type of personal interaction.  I encouraged her to join a local guild.  Too bad she lives in eastern Lake County or I would have dragged her to our next meeting.

A few days later I was talking with guild members and the conversation turned to “the good old days,” and one person mention that our guild used to have a lot more members.  We pondered why people don’t join guilds as much as they used to, and I wondered if it was due to the digital age.  A lot of modern quilters are online and I know many of you LOVE your online block of the month groups and/or mystery quilt groups.  I also learn a lot from trolling the internet.  Trust me; I can learn just about anything watching a YouTube video!  However…

There’s nothing like being surrounded by people who are cut from the same cloth, sharing the same passion for fabric, sewing, color, and beauty.  I can learn more from my guild buddies than I do on YouTube.  I’ve also discovered a literal patchwork quilt of personalities in this guild!!   However, we all share a common thread, and this gang understands all the hard work I put into my projects!

We quilters are a very social crowd. Although it is fabulous to bring in guests to lecture and workshop teachers, I truly think most of you really enjoy the social time and show-and-tell even more!  I think being a part of a guild gives us a place to go to be around like-minded people who love to create, socialize, and talk about their projects. I never tire of hearing the enthusiastic ooohs and aaahs during show and tell.  Bring it on!!

I really want our guild to grow and prosper in the years to come, but that won’t happen if we all hide behind our computers and “dream” about quilting.  That won’t happen if we hold up in our quilting caves at home and never come out to share the love.

Everywhere you go, share your love of quilting and get people interested.  Bring a friend to guild one month to introduce them to your addiction.  Do you know someone who may love to be here but they cannot drive?  Can you bring them?  It’s only one day a month.

I’m doing my best to spread the joy of the good old fashion quilt guild because I don’t want it to go the route of the dinosaur.  Please join me in celebrating our guild!  Woot Woot!

We rock!

Your President, Chris Yoo
March 2018

Sue Schillig

I’ve been trying to work on my quilt in the frame.  The best plan is to thread a few needles and plan to quilt that much.  For the most part, that works. However, there are some problems that may occur.  One of the biggest is that in order for that to work you need to be home!  Seems like there are many days I miss out because I’m out and about.  The latest current distraction is my new chicks.  Even though I chose older ones, it still means several trips down to the barn to check on them. Naturally I’m inclined to stay for a bit to visit.  Which brings me to my last obstacle.  I enjoy listening to books while I quilt.  Sometimes I run through an entire author’s works.  And then I’m stuck!  If any one has any good titles to recommend, I’m up for that!  Hope you are staying warm this fine winter day.  At least the weather is doing its best to keep me in and on task!

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

I have not been notified of any correspondence needed at this time. Please let me know if one of our members could use a get-well card, a cheerful note, or a sympathy card.  Blue “baskets” are for the loss of a spouse or child.

Fondly, Val