Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 18 Issue 11 – July 12, 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:  Annemarie Chany – Modern Traditional Quilting

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo)
Thank you community service committee and Ruth Groot for organizing our First Annual Community Service/Charity Sew Event.  Looking forward to the Christmas in July next month as well as our summer potluck!

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

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam was not presented.  Chris reported Treasurer Report dated 5/31/18 shows our total in checking at $8,336.68.  The Treasurer’s Report will be filed for audit.  More details next month.

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen reported that we have 76 members. We will start running membership again in August.

Fair Committee:  (Ruth Groot) – Ruth will be bringing in information and form to next guild meeting regard the Fair in August.  Please consider entering…You can enter something other than a quilt…cloths, purse, pillow, etc.

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle) We had a good turnout for our First Annual Community Service/Charity Sew Event for June and look forward to this every year.  Thirty-two people attended and we completed 79 cuddle dolls with 36 to finish, 35 pairs of pajamas, 35 pillow cases and 35 quilts.

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

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

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Please bring fat quarters next month so we can finish up the Fat Quarter Exchange.  Keep working on your UFO’s.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace & Fran Weber) Kelly thanked Chris for helping out with emails while she was out on vacation.

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

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Pre-Entry and Quilt Entry Registration forms were handed out tonight. Please bring in your Pre-Entry and Quilt Entry Registration forms to the next month meeting.  We have about 50 quilts to display so far.

Equipment for hanging the quilts has been ordered for the Quilt Show.  We have committees in place, advertising has been started and we are 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 to staff the County Store…sign-up sheets will be at the next Guild Meeting.  We are on track and things are starting to come together for the Quilt Show.   Keep working on those blue and white challenges!  Quilt Tickets will be handed out this evening if you are interested in selling them.

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

Day Event –
Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Part 2 – Scalloped borders.  Bring your quilted top or if you’re not that far come anyway.

Sharon Lutz – Christmas in July  (10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.)
If interested in a Christmas Fat Quarter Exchange, please bring a fat quarter.

Evening Event –
There will not be a Program for July…We will be having Potluck at 6:30 p.m.

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

October:  Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt
Part 3 – Scalloped Borders.

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:
Cindy from Cindy’s Sew Easy Shoppe, 5278 Detroit Rd., Sheffield Village, OH 44035 will be retiring after 26 year of business. Have lots of fabric and other items on sale. Watch for sales as the Retirement Sale continues.

“A Walk in the Garden”, Quilt Show – Friday, July 13 and Saturday July 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Coshocton Canal 31st Annual Quilters Quilt Show – Entrance $5, children under 12 free
Coshocton County Career Center, 23640 Airport Road, Coshocton, Ohio

Dee Dadik and Molly Butler are licensed quilt appraisers and will take the time to review your quilt, give you interesting information regarding it, and assign a value to the quilt.

Saturday, June 23, 2018, we’re scheduling appointments for those of you that would like to have quilts appraised. Verbal appraisals are $35 and written appraisals are $55. For those of you that may have more than one quilt to appraise, they do offer quantity discounts.

Anyone interested in an August Garage Sale of quilting supplies, please email Kaye Koler.

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.

Please remember that we have a suggestion box and would like to hear your suggestions.

Show and Tell:
We had few UFO’s, a couple of modern quilts, deer quilt, bag made out of plarn, pillows with antique lace on them, Baltimore Bunny quilt, small quilt made for mom, tote bag made by a members daughter from fabric on the free table, paneled quilts, hand quilted quilt, blue and white quilt and table runner.

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

Next Meeting:  Thursday, July 12, 2018, Potluck 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni


Potluck starts at 6:30pm

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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

July Birthdays
Jerri Bachna
Cindy Kraft
Ruth Bradley
Teri Walter
Charlene Fischer
Vicki Morris
Sharon Lutz
Dianne Clawson
Mary Ann Doucette
Amy Govoni
Pam Scholle
Kathryn French
Beverly Tucker

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

We hope you are able to join us.

Char Fischer/Sharon Lutz


UFO Challenge

We have already seen 30 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 July 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.


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 YooNotes from the President
Chris Yoo

I have a new quilting acronym for you to discover today…FOY.  Come along with me and I’ll explain.  I have been told by many older friends and family members that we become more obsessed with time as we grow older.  Since I wrote about time in the last newsletter, and I appear to be writing about it again today, apparently they were onto something.  However, I have never been more acutely aware of time as I was this past weekend when I started sorting through my stash and project boxes to find things to donate to the Country Store and Raffle Baskets for our upcoming Quilt Show.

As I sat completely surrounded by my UFOs, I realized that Juan Ponce de Leon must have either been a quilter or married to one because barring my finding the fountain of youth elixir that will allow me to live forever, there is no way I was ever going to finish all these projects in my lifetime.  I also knew I was not yet finished adding things to my UFO list.  I quickly recognized how very sad I was that the old boy was not successful in his, shall we say, legendary, search for the FOY.

Alas, I am not going to live forever.  Even so, for some strange reason, I am not deterred.  Isn’t that crazy!?  Why do we quilters continue to buy more patterns, dream of the next big project, and grow our UFO  list daily without blinking an eye!??  Sorry, but I don’t have an answer for you, except to say, it is in our blood, our DNA.  We are makers of things, crafters, artists, and quilters.  We need to create.  We are easily inspired by the work of others, and we have a need to make things we love.  Even if sometimes we just dream big, we are no less inspired and happily add new projects to our ever growing UFO list.

I have already warned my niece and her daughter, who are both carbon copies of me, that some day—in the VERY distant future (smile), they will inherit my UFO list and the corresponding stash.

So you see, I have actually discovered the Fountain of Youth for my creative dreams.  Although, I will not live forever, my stash will certainly live on.  So I must leave you now because there’s a sale at Shabby Fabrics, and I need to find a few more projects for that list…

Your Pres,  Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

Due to the birth of granddaughter Elizabeth this will be a very brief message.  The fair is coming, so time to sort out those completed projects and choose a few to enter into the fair.  The deadline is early August.  I always feel like I’ll just finish one more before I actually turn them in at fair time, but let me assure you that most of the time that dream does not become a reality.  Work now to finish what you wish, but don’t count on finishing up too much in the last two hours before you head to the fair. Hope you are all having a great summer.

Sue Schillig

On Sewing Day I will be showing anyone how to make the kleenex holder You will  need a fat quarter or a 181/2 by 151/2 of faric. bring ruler, rotory cutter making pen ,pins, sewing machine  kleenex box small and also ribbon size 1/4 inch or 3/4/inch wide Bring extra material to make more if you like. If there are any questions, contact Sandy Lambert

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

So far in the last month, I have received NO phone calls, texts or emails…so, I am hoping there have been no illnesses or deaths.  Thank goodness!

Happy Summer!

Fondly, Val