Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 9 – May 10, 2018

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Comfort Quilts: Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle
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
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 six visitors this evening.

Program:  Lunn Fabric – Denise and Ann gave a presentation on how Batiks are made which was very interesting.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo)
Sewing and Quilting Expo at the IX Center on was tons of fun.  Grand total for $1 raffle tickets was a grand total of $286.00.  A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped out.

I really would like to keep hosting a booth at the Sewing & Quilting Expo. It was a great way to share our guild with NE Ohio and beyond.

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.

NEORQC Meeting: (Sue Schillig)
Our guild is hosting the NEORQC meeting on June 2, 2018. The meeting will be held at Washington Christian Church on Washington Avenue in Elyria. Chris Yoo and I will be making fat quarter cupcakes for our table favors and would be so grateful for any fat quarter donations. Sign up sheets will be at our next meeting for help with NEORQC meeting.

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

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in checking was $7,186.68 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 sending out another update for the membership list.

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

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle) Suggestion was made to make bigger quilts for children.  A good size would be 45 x 60 for small children.

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) UFO’s are going strong and the Fat Quarter Exchanges will be handed out in the June meeting.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) We are looking for someone to help send out emails.  If you are interested please contact Kelly Grace.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Will be sending Judy Riggle a card to let her know we are thinking about her and  her progress.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Pre-Entry forms were handed out to enter items for the Quilt Show which will be collected soon.  We will be handing out more detail forms in July for each quilt.

We we like to do a special display for anyone who made an umbrella, so please, enter those in the Quilt Show.  Also would like to see some quilts enter with the ribbon they won from the Fair.

We will have the Country Store so Fran is collecting items such as notions, fabrics and books.  We are also looking for handmade items to sell. Keep working on those 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:

May:     Nelly Vileikis  of Artelas Quilts – Nature Inspired Quilts.
June:     Anne Marie Chaney – Modern traditional quilts.
July:     Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt (10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.)
Sharon Lutz – Christmas in July  (10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.)
August:   Applique Quilts and More – Machine applique workshop – have to purchase $35 kit
October:  Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt

MaryAnn Grayson handed out flyers on the spring and fall retreats and Alaskan Cruise. For more details contact MaryAnn.

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:  Some of the items that we had for show and tell were a Summer (no batting) quilt, Four-Patch quilt, Fall Wall Hanging and a couple of blocks made out of ties, several UFO quilts, Zentangle pen and ink on fabric, Jacket Sweatshirt, three Block of the Month quilts, Purse, Pillow, Blue and White quilt, Christmas quilt, Maple Leaf, and a French County quilt.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni


Nelly Vileikis  of Artelas Quilts – Nature Inspired Quilts.




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
Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, 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

I sent a card to Judy Riggle, (Kendal) aiming to be cheerful.  Thank you to Ruth Groot for her update about our gal, Judy.

One of our members, Lorraine (Lori) Quinones’ mother has passed away May 2nd.  Details c/o:

I will bring a card to our next meeting to be signed by guild members.

Fondly, Val

May Birthdays

Joyce Zickefoose
Iris Tewksbury


UFO Challenge

We have already seen 21 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

Please bring your fat quarters in their bags 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. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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

Our very own Teri Walter has won a ribbon for her “gramma’s flower garden”, hand pieced hexi quilt, at the  2018 Sauder Village Show !!!! Congratulations Teri!

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy May!! I am so glad the weather has decided to change. However, I will be the first to admit I’m not much of an outdoors person. All my hobbies are indoors. I guess I’m more of a 4-season sunroom kind of a girl! But since I don’t have a sunroom, my crafting & sewing room will do just fine.

Remember Sue Schillig needs volunteers for the June 2nd NEORQC meeting/luncheon and we are folding fat quarter cupcakes at the meeting (Make sure to read the full newsletter here for more details). Please plan on helping because this is another wonderful way to spread the good word about our wonderful guild.

I’m personally also looking forward to an event at Barnes Sewing Center in Cuyahoga Falls on May 12th. I will get to meet Mary Mulari. In case you don’t know her name, Mary has appeared as a guest on over 50 programs of Sewing With Nancy and written 28 creative sewing books. She is not renowned for her quilting, but instead she has developed a national reputation for her unique, stylish, easy-to-sew accessories, clothing embellishments, as well as her sense of humor. She has designed “automatic applique” embroidery cards and publishes her own line of patterns.

I have made MANY embellished sweatshirts over the years due to her inspirational patterns. She is a wonderful lady and I look forward to this all day event. According to the website, there are still seats available. Below is the link. If you have never been to Barnes, note that it is NOT a quilt shop (no fabric). They are a sewing, embroidery, serging and scan-n- cut machine shop! They sell new and pre-owned machines, and they have loads of accessories for all machines and they service most machines. They also have a nice event space.

I am biased, however, as I have purchased all my machines from Barnes, including my scan-n-cut which I use for paper crafting and applique. The event is Saturday, May 12th from 10am – 4pm in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and the $49 includes lunch.

Check out more details at this link: http://barnessewing.com/BSC/event-descriptions

Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

I do not really like to take my sewing machine in for repairs.  Even though I can’t claim to sew every day, it seems like something is missing when it is gone.  So I found a place that for an additional $20 would do same day service.   What a difference a few new parts and a cleaning can make!  I always change my needle often, and that certainly makes a difference, but it sounds like an entirely new machine now.  If you haven’t had your machine cleaned in several years I highly recommend  doing so.  I also did a little shopping of course, and discovered there are all sorts of new quilty toys.

For those of you who bake, you might be confused by the newest  “recipe books” at quilt shops.  Cake mixes and cupcake mixes do not necessarily contain calories!  Instead, you receive papers to sew on that creates several different recipes using 5 (cupcake) and 10 (cake) inch squares of fabric.   I guess I knew about purchasing  fabric in charm packs and layer cakes, but the recipe idea was new.  Also new was the window cling that is for the machine so you don’t have to draw diagonal lines when piecing triangles  out of squares or laying squares on top of other squares to  sew diagonal lines.   And of course I looked at a new sewing machine, but now that the old one is fixed, guess I’ll have to really think about that one!

Sue Schillig