Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 10 – June 14, 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 two visitors this evening.

Program:  Nelly Vileikis of Artelas Quilts – Nature Inspired Quilts.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo)
There is a suggestion box for you to let us know what you want…workshops, programs, speaker, retreats, events, etc.  Please take the time to share your suggestions with us.  We want suggestions…

NEORQC Meeting: (Sue Schillig)
Huge thank you for donations of fat quarters, volunteers that helped make cupcakes, helping out with the NEORQC meeting, with breakfast, baking, set-up, clean-up etc. THANK YOU…THANK YOU. The leftover fat quarters will be donated to the raffle baskets. NEORQC meeting is on June 2, 2018. The meeting will be held at Washington Christian Church on Washington Avenue in Elyria. Hope to see many of you there to enjoy the meeting.

Information regarding the NEORQC Meeting will be sent out by email and facebook.

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

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam was not present.  We will report to you next month.


Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen reported membership is doing well.  We have about 74 members. You will start to hear about membership again in August when we get membership rolling again.

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

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle) We will be doing a Community Charity Sit-and-Sew in June and would like to continue this every year.  We will be taking pictures at this event to share with others. We will be working on cuddle dolls and kits for community service. Bring your sewing machine, thread, sissors and extension cords. Please bring a dish to share…Ruth will be bringing sloppy.  Ruth reported that Judy is doing about the same and her spirits are good.

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) Eight people signed-up for the Fat Quarter Exchange.  Please bring fat quarters in bag next month.  We would like to get more envolved in the Fat Quarter Exchange…Think about joining next year.  We have a wide range of fabric and do have lots of fun. UFO going well.  Lots of projects are getting finished.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) No report at this time.

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) There is a card for Lori at front table to sign as she losted her mother.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Pre-Entry forms will be handed out next month 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. Chris will have special labels for the UFO quilts explaining what a UFO quilt is to visitors that are not familiar with quilting.

Equipment for hanging the quilts has been ordered for the Quilt Show. We have started to work on some of the committees, the advertising and looking for volunteers to help with the Quilt Show. Fran and Peggy are collecting items such as notions, fabrics, magazine and books for the Country Store.  We are looking for handmade items to sell and for volunteers for the County Store and Raffle Baskets. Keep working on those blue and white challenges!

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

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.) Information will be in the newsletter.
Potluck in July

 August:    Applique Quilts and More –Machine applique workshop – have to purchase $35 kit.

October:     Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt

Reminder from MaryAnn Grayson about the 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. Any questions, please contact MaryAnn.

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements: Julie Bragg – Historial Speaker Series “Quilts Before, During and After the Civil War”
June 12, 2018, Doors open at 6:00 p.m. performances begin at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts at 627 North Main Sreet, Wellington, Ohio 440-647-5005

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 many UFO’s, cuddle dolls for newborns, bird quilt, little boys quilt, row-by-row and table runners, collage quilt, miniature quilts, pillow shames, art deco wool quilt, quilt modern quilt, pineapple pleasure quilt, and members of a church participated in a quilt being donated to a member of the church.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:10 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni


Anne Marie Chaney – Modern traditional quilts

2018 Quilt Show

As of right now we have about 50 items for the quilt show.  Please continue to fill out the small forms, or start turning in the large forms so we can get our numbers for the show.  Julie will be contacting people in a month or so to see what we have available, if we don’t get the forms in.  We would also like to do an umbrella display if you have yours from the class.  Remember that we will also display bags, clothing and other quilted items   After all, we do have a quilted car.

We are going to need at least 2 volunteers to help Fran and Peggy with the Country Store.  Unfortunately, they are returning to Texas before the show, and won’t be here to run the store.  They have lots of information about what was successful the last show that I’m sure they will share with you.  Plus any new ideas that anyone has to help the Store be successful would be greatly appreciated.  They will need help with organizing and sorting and storing the donations to get ready for the show.

Remember to work on your blue and white projects and other quilts.  See you at the meeting.

Thank you from 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.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Barb Stiner had surgery June 6.  A get-well card was sent to her home, aiming for bright colors and some pink….hoping that is a favorite color of hers. We trust she is recovering comfortably.

I mailed a get well card to Helen Smelser on May 22nd.  She was to have surgery on May 23. Hopefully, the colorful hot air balloons on the card and its sentiment helped her feel supported.  We saw Helen at the NEORQG meeting on June 2; she helped at our sign in table.  …great to have her with us.  Keep on the mend, Helen.

5/23/2018  The guild received a thank you note from the Terry Sabiers Family.  At our last guild meeting, we signed and sent a thank you note to our member, Lori Quinones.  Lori’s mom, Terry, has recently passed away. We send Lori our sincerest sympathies.  We look forward to seeing you at a Guild Meeting soon.

Fondly, Val

June Birthdays
Barbara Stiner
Keri Celik
MaryAnn Grayson
Deb Beard
Janet Shairba
Carol Stomieroski
Ruby Barck
Dolores Bean

Christmas in July Sew-In at the Lodge
July 12, 2018  ………….. 10 AM – 3 PM

Come one – come all … for a (hopefully) fun filled few hours at the Lodge sewing a Christmas item – for you or for someone special.   Some items to consider:  apron, table runner, placemats, fabric bowls, small quilt .. whatever you would like to do.

Any Christmas themed project you want to make.  You can have your item pre-cut/pre-pinned, and minimal sewing done if you choose. We will have a show and tell at the picnic in the evening. We will also have a fat quarter drawing.  For those who want to participate, please bring a Christmas fat quarter to enter.  We will draw a winner at the evening festivities.

Brown Bag Lunch & BYOB
Munchies will be provided
A sign up sheet will be at the front desk at our June meeting.

We hope you are able to join us,
Char Fischer/Sharon Lutz


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 June meeting and they will be sorted and handed back to you by the end of the meeting.

Trip to AQS Show

Travel to the AQS quilt show in Grand Rapids, MI August 24-25. Package includes deluxe coach transportation, admission to the show and overnight double occupancy accommodations with full breakfast. Dinner on your own on Friday might. The cost is $175 per person. $25 Deposits due ASAP. Final payment due by August 15th.

Parking on east side at Rockside off 271 or Midway Mall in Elyria. We will stop and shop and lunch on the way back. Contact MaryAnn Grayson.


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

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Wow….I am having a very hard time wrapping my head around the fact it is MID JUNE already.  The first 5 months literally flew by and this month is on its way out the door.  I’ve always found “time” fascinating.  Several of my UFO’s are based on the subject.  One of them is inspired by the phrase “time flying” and another one is based on my inner clock feeling like it is still 1988 (when I was 25) and my outer clock feeling every bit of 2018 (you do the math).  No matter what time it is or what day it is, I’m happy to be flying through the months, enjoying every minute of it.

There is SO MUCH happening right now it makes time cruise along at record speeds. Last month we successfully hosted the NEORQC meeting.  This month we have our first annual Community Service / Charity Sew Day, followed by a wonderful presentation by Annmarie Chany in the evening.  In July we have our 2nd annual Christmas in July event, followed by our annual summer potluck feast.   Also, over the next couple of months we will need to get ready for the FAIR in August!!  Can you believe it is fair time again?   I have to say that before I joined the quilt guild, the fair came and went and all I noticed with traffic congestion.  Now I actually look forward to the fair.  I love helping in the fiber arts barn.  I am constantly amazed at what a creative group of people we have in our little part of Ohio.  If you have not been to the fair lately, please consider signing up to help Ruth Groot this year.  You get in for free when you help, and it is a wonderful time!!

All this and I have not even mentioned our Quilt Show preparation that is going on behind the scenes.  With time flying, November will be here before a blink of the eye!! More news about the Quilt Show will be shared at every meeting.   Miss a meeting—miss a lot (smile).  See you on June 14th!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

First and foremost, a very big thank you to the many guild members who helped or attended the NEORQC meeting.  It was wonderful to have such great support from all of you. And wonderful to hear Mary for perhaps the last time give her inspiring talk.  We received many compliments from those who attended. The next NEORQC meeting will be the first Saturday in October. I encourage any who are able to attend.  The meeting details will be posted on their website.  Also the classes being offered for the next Getaway weekend were shared at the June meeting. Getaway is held in February each year.  Last but not least I received my fair booklet. Time to think about the fair entries.  And when your little ones complain that “It’s not fair” I tell them too bad, the fair’s in August.

Hope all of you are getting in some quilting time. It is always a hard time to sew for me, too many distractions outside.

Sue Schillig

We’re very excited!! My exchange partner Brenda, from Australia, & I found out last week our quilts were selected for exhibit in Houston. Her quilt is beautifully made (for me) using Australian fabrics. “Pineapple Pleasure” is the one I made for her. This was great fun for us both & we’ve become fast friends…thank you Brenda! #internationalquiltfestival #miniaturequilt#miniquilts #imqe

Janet Alderman

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report