Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 3 – November 8, 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

On October 11, 2018, President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
There was 1 visitor and 2 new members this evening.

Program:  Button Down Designs (Emilie Collens Illson) Emilie gave a very informative discussion on different types of antique buttons such as Bone, Vegetable Ivory, Porcelain, Tin, Painted Wood, Bison Horn, Mother-of-Pearl, Celluloid, and Bakelite.

President’s Report:  (Chris Yoo) PROMOTE OUR QUILT SHOW!  Getting the word out that we are having a show is critical to attendance.  Just let everyone know we are having a show.  The clock is ticking and unbelievably, the show is NEXT MONTH! And finally, don’t forget to sign up to VOLUNTEER at the show.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the September 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 $7,562.17 with Quilts of Valor at $1,077.03 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit.  Speaking of Audit, Chris informed membership that the budget is audited once a year and this year it was audited by Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Vickie Morris.  

Barb and Vickie indicated that Pam does an excellent job and they could find no errors; however, they did make one recommendation. They recommended that the money collected for workshops and events be managed by the organizer and only turned into Pam once all payments have been received so she can deposit and write a check out for the amount to the organizer or venue. This way it will be much easier to track and audit workshops.  Barb and Vickie indicated that allowing payments to come in sporadically makes it almost impossible to track and audit events and workshops.  There was a comment that it would be helpful if the organizer could turn in collected money to Pam more than just at the end because then they are responsible for holding onto a lot of money.  They would rather have the option of turning it into Pam as they collect the money.  It was noted that the sporadic collection of payments and multiple deposits is what is causing the confusion and trouble.  Therefore, the suggestion was made that we start enforcing strict deadlines for payments for workshops and events to avoid sporadic payments.  If you miss the deadline then you don’t get to attend.  Setting strict deadlines for payments and enforcing them will stop the intermittent collection of payments.

Chris Yoo noted that she would talk with Pam and the other officers and review the bylaws to see if anything special needs to be done to take the recommendations into consideration.

Pam also took this opportunity to note that the 1-year CD they bought to cover the rent will come due soon and she wanted to know if she could reinvest the money for 2 years and look into getting a higher interest rate.  There was a motion that was seconded to have Pam look into getting a 2-year CD with a higher interest rate.  Pam will investigate and report her findings to the group. 

Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak)   Karen report she had new members last month and a couple of new members this month. Membership cards are at front table if you have already paid your membership fees.  If you sign up tonight cards will be at the front table next month.  Karen will be updating the membership list and will be sending an email to all members.

Community Service:  (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris)   Ruth brought in 11 quilt tonight that need binding and asked for some help in binding (no hurry) the quilts for community service. She also wanted to thanked everyone for the help she received for the fair.  Ruth also indicated that the fair book was under revision.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler)   Kaye will be out of town and would appreciate any help to hand-out information at the QOV table for the Quilt Show.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Chris asked for ideas regarding youth sewing and to please place suggestions in the Suggestion Box.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser)   We have at least 19 Blue and White quilts and have also met our 150 quilts quoted for the show.  Helen suggested Attic Window block for the new 2018-2019 challenge. Also suggested is a 20” x 20” mini quilt challenge  wherein you would turn to page 20 of a magazine and get inspired from what you see on that page and make an art quilt.

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

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

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Julie is asking everyone to please return Raffle Tickets that you have not sold to Chris or herself.  We order 2000 tickets and have sold a little over 1000 tickets so we want to be able to use up what we have before ordering anymore tickets. 

We will not have a Guild meeting on Thursday, November 8th it will be a work day to get ready for the Quilt Show.  We will be preparing the room to hang quilts from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  At 11:00 a.m. we will be receiving quilts to hang.  There will be a line so please be patient.  You will be giving a receipt when you drop off your quilt. You will need this receipt to pick up your quilt on Sunday, November 11th at 4:00 p.m.  If you can’t be there you will need to give your slip to someone responsible to pick up your quilt. There will be a line so please be patient. We are taking extra precautions to make sure we don’t lose anyone’s quilt.  We haven’t lost one quilt yet and don’t want to start.  If you have any questions regarding the quilts you entered in the Quilt Show please call Karen.

We have sign-up sheets for white glove, table with raffle tickets, QOV table, raffle baskets, hanging quilts and taking down quilts.  Please bring a step ladder if you signed up to hanging or taking down quilts.

Regarding the admission fee…everyone will need to pay $5 to enter even if you are member, participating or volunteering.  If you are coming to work all three days we still need your admission fee of $5 but just one time. 
It is a small price to pay to support your Guild.  You will also get a ticket for a chance to win the door prize which is a sewing machine.

It was reported that we have over 30 wonderful Raffle Baskets.  Cindy has donated a raffle basket with a sewing machine.  Barb Speaker thanked everyone for bringing in baskets and items for the baskets. You can also bring the basket in with the items and we will put the basket together.

Fran Webber thanked everyone for their donations of materials, notions, books, and magazines for the Country Store.  There is so much they will need 3 or 4 tables for the collected items! 

We will be collecting the ads we have received to put into a booklet.  So if you are interested in placing an ad in the booklet it is not too late…come see or call MaryAnn or Karen.

Programs, Events and Retreats:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson)

The Berlin Retreat is Sunday, October 28th to Wednesday, October 31st. We have three rooms available (double occupancy) available. $150 per person for Sun to Wed; $100 per person Monday to Wednesday.  Deposit due now; balance due by October 22nd. Please contact MaryAnn.

No Program – We will be setting up the Quilt Show.  Please consider signing up to help us.

Day Workshop:  Donna Garrett – Making Bags
The pattern for the purses will be less than $10 which you can pay for the day of the class. Or you can pick up the pattern at the Quilt Show. She will be making both bags Crossover and Tote.  Made modifications to pattern for the crossover bag which is slip pockets will be replacing the zipper pocket.
Evening:  December potluck begins at 6:30 p.m.  Please remember to bring a dish to share and arrive by 6:30.

Day Workshop:  Kaye Koler – Collage Quilt – chose from a sewing machine or a fish. Class fee is $35 and will have to be paid for in advance.
Evening:  T.B.D.

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements: Please keep Marilyn Novak in your prayers as she has had surgery and needs your prayers.  Also remember there is NO meeting in November as we will be setting up for the quilt show. 
Thank you  

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 a beautiful vintage applique quilt, 2 purses, French braid quilt, child’s small quilt, block of the month, French county scallop, UFO quilt, panel quilt, baby quilt with receiving blanket, bibs and burp cloths.  Some placemats, panel quilt that took a 3rd place ribbon from the Fair, pillow, crochet coasters, jacket, 1930 – 40’s rescue quilt, jelly roll baby quilt and a blue and white mini quilt.

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

Next Meeting:  Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30pm
                          December Potluck:  Remember to come early!

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

November Birthdays
Kelly Grace
Saundra Lambert
Melanie Kaliszewski

A quilter has an exhibit at the Vermilion library right now of what I guess would be called art quilts, even including a fish tapestry or rug, mixed media wall quilts, lap quilts, and various other bright and breezy quilted objects. I think the maker could do a great program that the group would like a lot.

I’m into dreary Civil War quilts and deep colors but even I liked these a lot, cheerful and bright and modern though they are.

I picked up one of her cards in case you’d like to contact her to talk to our guild; I think the gals would like her work a lot.

Mary Roesch

She calls her program “With My Hands.” Chances are she has a site or page or something if you don’t want to go to Vermilion to look at her stuff.

I was impressed.



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 – 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).

Treasury Report

Pam Scholle

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Memory Keepers

Thinking of quilts as keepers of our memories is not a new concept.  Quilts were traditionally made from repurposed clothing and fabric scraps. All those random pieces of fabric bring with them a bit of history and stories. 

We can all look at some of the quilts we have made and we are instantly reminded of a particular moment in time or of a particular person.  Often, we can even remember where we got each piece of fabric.  Isn’t that amazing?!  Quilts can truly embody special memories and serve as reminders of places, people, events, and ideas.

Quilts are very comforting but they can also be powerful when they are attached to strong memories. When I’ve given quilts that are made of materials that remind the recipient of family or friends this often brings on powerful memories for the recipient and overwhelming emotions.  It is at that moment I am reminded of how powerful quilts are at connecting us with the past and with each other.

Long after we are gone our quilts will live on.  We are memory makers and they are our memory keepers.

I am so looking forward to sharing our memory keepers at our November show.  I could not be prouder of you all!

Your pres,  Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Marilyn Novak was in the hospital again.  We sent a card to bolster her spirits.

Sunshine-y thought:  ~ bet everyone is looking forward to the Lorain County Piecemakers 2018 Quilt Show.


No Meeting for November – we are setting up for the quilt show!

December – Potluck at 6:30pm

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Community Service

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.