Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 8 – April 12, 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 were no visitors this evening.

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

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo)
Pins & Needles Round-Robin Experience on March 12th.  We need at least 20 people to hold a spot and we are a few short so if you can, bring a friend. FREE test drive on new products and complete a survey.  It 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 to 5:00 p.m.  The sign-up sheet has been broken into 2 hour slots.  If you already signed up – Booth 711 is downstairs.  Also remember to sign-in when you arrive at the Vendor table to get your name badge.  It is not too late to sign-up as a Volunteer Ambassador on the show website.  They desperately need White Glove volunteers.

Raffle Baskets – We need a bunch of you to sign-up to crate and donate a raffle basket for the Quilt Show.  I hope to get as many baskets as possible because the Basket Raffle was a HUGE SUCCESS in 2016.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the February 2018 meeting.  Hearing no corrections, the minutes are approved as distributed.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle)  Pam Scholle was not present so Chris Yoo presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $8,984.55 with Quilts of Valor at $1,131.51 and Home of the Brave at $412.36.  The treasurers’ report was noted that the report will be filed for audit.


Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak)  Karen reported that she will be updating the membership list.

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

Community Service:  (Judy Riggle) Vicki Morris handed out fabric for projects or baby quilts to be made for community service.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) No report at this time.

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 four people signed up for the Fat Quarter Exchange.  She will be accepting sign-ups till the end of the month.  Please think about participating in the exchange…we do have fun.

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 handed out the Pre-Entry forms to enter items for the Quilt Show.  She also said to 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 the following months:

April:     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:      Nelly Vileikis – Nature Inspired quilts.

June:     Anne Marie Chaney – Modern traditional quilts.

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

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements: No report at this time.

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:  Judy Niemeyer quilt, UFO quilts, bird and fox, doll and baby quilt, cuddle doll, a sewing bag and tatted bookmark, two Christmas stockings, machine quilt block, child’s quilt, butterfly quilt and Christmas quilt.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:20 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni


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.



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.

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

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

3/27/2018…understand there was a Facebook post.  I sent a get well card to Mary Ann Doucette. We wish her a comfortable recovery from surgery on her foot.

Here is hoping with “sunshine” soon; your April showers bring you many May flowers.

Fondly, Val

April Birthdays
Helen Smelser
Kaye Koler
Georgia Forbush
Judy Echeagaray
Barbara Spieker
Barbara Leoni
Ruth Groot
Mary Wallhead


UFO Challenge

We have already seen 17 UFO’s finished already this year! Keep up the great work ladies! I can’t wait to see what’s finished this month.

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the Fat Quarter Exchange have closed. The list was sent out via email last week, and I will be handing out the baggies at the April meeting. 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.


Please come with us to browse, shop and enjoy a few events and locations.

1. Berlin Retreat. April 29-30 + May 1-2. Sew, shop or relax in Berlin OH. Sunday to Wednesday $150; Monday to Wednesday $100, double occupancy 15 seats open. $50 deposit due now or at the meeting, balance due April 26th.

2. AQS Show Grand Rapids. MI Friday, August 24th – Saturday, August 25th. $175; 36 seats, hotel double occupancy. $50 deposit due by May 10th: balance due August 10th. Deluxe coach, show ticket, breakfast and hotel stay included.

3. Berlin Retreat. October 28, 29, 30 & 31. Sew, shop or relax in Berlin Oh. And Holmes Co Sunday to Wednesday $150; Monday to Wednesday $100. double occupancy 32 seats open.

4. 9 day Southern Caribbean cruise with or without Sewing option. ONE (maybe two) spaces left $1168. $250 deposit due now. Must have passport. Sewing machine provide; ‘Mystery At Sea’ quilt with Rita Fishel and/or Swing Jacket with Rachel Clark.

Please contact MaryAnn Grayson or I will see you at Guild meeting to sign up for any travel activities.

5. 12 day Cruise Tour to Alaska!! August 16 to 27, Northbound Inside passage on Celebrity Summit, tours, hotel accommodations, train ride and much more. $250 deposit due by May 15th. Final payment due December, 2019

Guild members have priority on all activities, others will be considered next.


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 cking bal.      $7,186.68
QOV.                       $1,313.51
HOB.                        $ 412.36

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Whew!!  The big Original Sewing and Quilting Expo is here and gone already!  Time surely does fly.  It was a crazy, busy week, but it was full of fun, meeting friends, old and new, and spreading the good word about our guild and selling raffle tickets to the tune of $286!!!   Oh, did I forget to mention we did a little shopping?  Oh yes my friends, there was shopping—waaaaay too much shopping (smile).     You cannot roam the halls for 3 days and not find a few things that you either need or just have to have.  I finally found a small machine to take to guild and for retreats.  I simply cannot manage hauling my large, should never leave my house, quilting machine any more.  So I have no excuses not to be sewing every guild Thursday!!

I’m pretty sure I speak for all of us when I say “Where the heck is spring??!!”  I was driving to the IX Center the other day and the sun was shining and it was still snowing like crazy due to one menacing cloud!!  Winter just won’t let go!  The need for warmer weather and sunshine is showing in my fabric choices because the few fabrics I bought at the IX Center were lovely spring colors.  That is saying something because I typically stick to earth tones.

Speaking of fabric, I hope you are ready for Lunn Fabrics on Thursday!!  I’ll be getting some whites and blues for my little blue & white challenge quilt.  As if coming for the luscious batiks and handdyes is not enough reason to join us on Thursday, please try to make the meeting because we have LOTS of news to share and business to discuss. See you Thursday!!

Come on spring!!

Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

Sometimes you plan to do something, and it is so far in the future you just completely forget about it.  That was the case this month when, after the NEORQC meeting in March my friend Judie said to me: “You know your guild is hosting the next meeting in June , right?”   I guess it did come as a surprise, one of the many blessings of getting older.  Fortunately we  have a great group and people that have already stepped up to make this happen.  The meeting will be held at Washington Avenue Christian Church on Washington Avenue in Elyria.  Mary Huey will reprise the program she did for our guild recently, though I’m sure it will include some updates as she has been busy creating new things out of her giant stack of UFO’s.  Chris Yoo and I both came up with the identical same idea for a table favor which I felt was very serendipitous (if that is even a word)   We’ll have samples to show at Thursday’s meeting.  If you would be so kind as to look through your stashes for some brightish fat quarters, we would be grateful for any and all you might be willing to donate.  They will become fat quarter cupcakes.  Chris is printing all the cupcake papers and little topper flags.  Additionally on June 2nd  (the day of the meeting)  I’ll need some help with hosting the meeting, as well as some baked goods for morning snack.  If you plan to stay for the meeting the lunch will be potluck  so bring a dish to share.  I’d like to get a rough idea of who from our guild plans to attend to calculate set up.  Sign up sheets will be at our next meeting for donations of muffins or other morning bakery treats, help with the day, and whether you plan on attending.  One of the great benefits of attending a meeting is the chance to be with quilters from all over Northeast Ohio.  We will be able to share publicity about our quilt show in November. Also there is a show and tell portion of the program so feel free to bring a show and tell to share with the group.  It is always a fun day. Our guild has hosted this meeting at least 3 other times that I’m aware.  I’m looking forward to our opportunity to do so again!

Sue Schillig