Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 1 – September 13, 2018

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Donna Garrett
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary: Barbara Leoni
Community Service: 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 4 visitors this evening.

Program:  Applique Quilts and More – Machine Applique Workshop

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo)
It is time to start thinking about the 2018–2019 budget.  I will be reviewing last year’s budget and our expenses to date and reaching out to each committee chair to discuss where we are and where we need to be for the coming year.  I hope to get everything lined up so Pam can present the budget next month.

During the committee reports, Karen will be talking about membership dues and sign-ups because our new fiscal year is about to begin.  Ruth will be telling you about volunteer opportunities for the fair.  Please consider helping out for a few hours if you can.

Also, please do what you can to get the money in for your raffle tickets.

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

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking $6,491.79 with Quilts of Valor at $777.03 and Home of the Brave at $412.36.  Chis thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.


Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak)  Karen reported that they are collecting membership dues again for the year of September – August.2018 -2019.

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris)  Ruth stated that after she collects the community service donations she will be writing up a report of items that were donate were and  to what organization they were delivered.

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) Keep working on your Blue and White challenges.

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

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) Was not present but did send a thank you card that was received from Stephen Palun (Joanne Palun’s son) thanking everyone for supporting him during the Pelotonia18.  For more information about Pelotonia 18, please visit their website at https://yourpelotonia.org/public-profile/326025

A sympathy card was sent out to Teri Walter as her mother Eva Moore passed away July 28th.

2018 Lorain County Fair::  (Ruth Groot) – Ruth will be bringing sign-up sheets for help at the fair throughout the week.  She is also collecting items such as sewing basket and buttons for decorations and will be returned after the fair. Please put your name on your sewing baskets and buttons so they get returned to the right person.

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.  If you need a Pre-Entry or a Quilt Entry form you can print one off our website.

We have about 112 quilts for our Quilt Show.  There is no limit of quilt that you can enter. If you have a list of 7 quilts we will take the first 3 quilts from you list.  If we still need more quilts we will take the 4th quilt from your list and so on till we meet our 150 quote.  Deadline for the quilts is November 8th.  If you can’t get the quilt to us please contact Julie or Karen to make arrangements.

Baskets – We will need the basket by October 1 with a list of items that are in the basket. You can also bring the basket in with the items and we will put the basket together.  You can bring the baskets in any time before October 31st.  Please remember if you have any donation items for the raffle baskets please bring them to the September meeting. If you will not be at the September meeting, contact Vicky Morris to make arrangements.

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. The County store will need help with organizing and sorting and storing donations to get ready for the show.

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 by Chris if you are interested in selling them.

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


   Evening Program:  Melissa Delisio – Fabric Marbling
   Day Workshop:  Helen Smelser –  Zen Doodle Class -11:00 a.m.
Drawing zen tangle-like designs on fabric to create quilt blocks.


  • Bring No.2 pencil
  • 1 Black and 1Gray thin point fabric marker such as Micron Fabrico, Sakura Indentipen or Laundry marker is okay.  No Sharpies…they run.
  • Three 7” squares of white fabric (can be beige, ecru off white)
  • Small ruler

Day Workshop:  Teri Walter – Cell Phone/Tablet Holder Class – 12:30 p.m.  – Make great Christmas gifts.

This class is after Helen’s workshop.  There will be a potluck lunch…anyone sewing that day please join us for the potluck lunch.

I would like to share Helen’s pattern, show you how to make a holder and in return I am asking you to help us make a few cell phone holders to sell at our Country Store booth during the Guild’s quilt show. Bring a dish to share for lunch at noon and we will start after we eat.


  • Each cell phone holder needs a piece of fabric  6 ½: x 18” and a tablet holder need 81/2”x20”
  • Please bring fun/novelty printed fabric.  Please breing fabric for your project and fabric to make into holders for the Country Store…they don’t take long so you should have time to make a few.
  • If you have extra polyester filling bring it and I will provide the rice to fill them with.
  • Sewing machine, matching thread and the usual sewing supplies to cut and sew the holders.

      Evening Program:  Emilie Collens Illson – Button Down Design – Items made by buttons
Day Workshop:  Julie Bragg – French Country Quilt – Part 3 – Scalloped Borders.

      Day Workshop:  Donna Garrett – Making Bags
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: 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.

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

Show and Tell:
We had four applique wall hangings from our Applique and More Workshop this afternoon, star quilt with a blue ribbon from the fair, Quilts of Valor quilt, community service quilt, child’s bedspread, hand quilted quilt find from a flea market, reversible sundress, sewing bag, Pairs wall hanging and a revisable table runner.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:35 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, September 13, 2018

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni


Evening Program:  Melissa Delisio – Fabric Marbling

Day Workshop:  Helen Smelser –  Zen Doodle Class -11:00 a.m.  Drawing zen tangle-like designs on fabric to create quilt blocks.

Day Workshop:  Teri Walter – Cell Phone/Tablet Holder Class – 12:30 p.m.  – Make great Christmas gifts.

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

Thank you to everyone that helped work on items at the fair. Members came to help get items ready before the fair and completed projects at the fair. 12 quilts, 31 PJs and 27 pillow cases are completed at the fair.

August delivery
Genesis house 12 quilts
31 pjs
40 pillow cases
Hygen products
Blessing house
8 quilts
13 pillow cases

Year total          93 quilts
67 pj’s
9 hats
77 pillow cases

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.

September Birthdays
Sandi Morse
Anne Schaefer
Dot Glover
Fran Weber

2018 Quilt Show

The Quilt show committee has a couple of reminders and some information for the coming show.

During the September meeting we will be passing around the sign-up sheets for different positions that are needed for the quilt show.  These are:  Admission and Door Prize, White Gloves, Basket Raffle, Quilt Raffle, Quilts of Valor, Country Store, Hanging the Quilts and Quilt Sign In, Take Down Quilts and Quilt Sign Out, and Bake sale.  Please consider signing up and helping our Guild to have a successful show.

Raffle Baskets:  Please bring all items for the raffle baskets to the September Meeting.  If you have an item and can’t come to the meeting, please contact Barb Spieker, Barb Cowger-Vilagi, or Vicki Morris to make arrangements for pick up.

All members should purchase one 5$ ticket to the quilt show.  That will be good for all three days.  We will have a sign-up sheet like we have at the meetings, where we can track that you have paid.  This is a lovely way to show that we support our guild.  In addition to that, each paid ticket will receive a door prize ticket.  And we know you all want a chance to win the door prize.  Children 11 and under will be free, and they will not receive a door prize ticket.

When we are working at the show, there will be name tags that we should be wearing at all times.  These will identify us as guild members and help people find someone if they have questions.

The booklet for the show is currently selling advertising space.  If you would like to advertise please see MaryAnn Grayson, Karen Neuschaefer or Julie Bragg for more information.

Quilt Raffle Tickets:  A number of quilt raffle tickets have been handed out.  We are currently collecting the money and ticket stubs so we don’t have to chase them down before the drawing.  The drawing will be held at the show on Sunday @ 4pm.  If you haven’t sold the tickets and are unable to do so, please return them so when we order tickets for the show we don’t waste money and order more than we need.

Thank you very much,
The Quilt Show Committee


UFO Challenge

We have already seen 35 UFO’s finished this year! That is 21% of the UFO’s submitted that are now completed! Keep up the great work ladies! I can’t wait to see what’s finished this month.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows

Since we’ve done red/white quilts, and blue/white quilts we need a new quilt challenge. Helen has suggested Attic Windows. There are lots of ways to personalize these blocks/quilts, you can be looking into or out of a window. Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Talk with anyone on the committee or send an email to the guild email (shown above).


This is the time of year we collect our annual membership dues.  The membership year runs from September 2018 to August 2019.  Please see Karen Neuschaefer if you need a form, or would like to submit your dues.  Thank you.

The Membership Committee
Karen N. and Marilyn Novak

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I’m reading more and more disturbing articles about how guilds are cancelling quilt shows because of lack of volunteers.   Although the dues members pay to join guilds is vital to the financial success of the guild, there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING more crippling to a nonprofit than the lack of volunteers.  The truth is, volunteers are vital to the operations of most nonprofits.

I won’t underestimate the importance of your money, because the sheer fact that you paid $25 of your hard-earned dollars to join is appreciated more than you know.  However, giving of your TIME is even more valuable.  I say this because time is the most precious resource in our lives.  Money can be made, or obtained if needed, (usually).  However, no one can make more time.  Once you give an hour of your time it is lost forever.

While preparing the new budget for 2018-2019, I again valued the dues you pay as members, but I put them into perspective this way.  Let’s assume we have 75 members.  That equates to $1,875.00.  Have you seen our annual budget lately?  That will barely cover our rent and insurance.    So where do we get most of our money?  The Quilt Show.  It brings in a large amount of money that allows us to bring in speakers and schedule workshops.   No guild can survive on membership dollars alone.

The 2018 quilt show is around the corner.  When the Quilt Show committee puts out sign-up sheets for help, I am imploring you, well, let’s face it—I am begging you to get out of your comfort zone and sign up for a shift to help.  We need volunteers every day to make our show a success.

A special note here to the 15-20 people who volunteer for everything, THANK YOU.  To say you are the backbone of this guild is the understatement of the year.  Your hard work and dedication over the years is more appreciated than you will ever realize.  This is where understanding the value of TIME can be appreciated.

A well-known non-profit leader, DJ Cronin said it best, “Those hours you gave volunteering will never be replicated. Your time volunteering is valued but we cannot put a value on that time.  How can you value something that is priceless?”  As a volunteer you bring your knowledge, skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership, and inspiration to our guild.   But it is your precious TIME that you give.  “In our time poor-world you bear the gift of time. You choose to donate the most precious commodity in the known universe.”

So today, I wanted to take a little time out to thank you for the amazing TIME that you give. If for some reason you cannot volunteer to help at the show, please plan on coming to the show and bringing a few friends.  Please spread the word about our show.  Tell everyone you know.  Please pass out postcards or flyers.  Please help make our 2018 show the best yet. This event is our biggest fundraiser.  Let’s make it a huge success in 2018.

THANK YOU for actually spending your precious TIME reading this dissertation.

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val WatringThank you for obtaining and signing a card for Marilyn Novak at our August guild meeting.  Barb, we appreciate you delivering the card to Marilyn.

An apple a day, keep the doctor away.  September is a magnificent month for APPLES in Ohio.

Fondly, Val

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report