Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 5 – January 10, 2019

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 December 13, 2018, President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
We had 2 visitors and 1 new member this evening.

Program:  Sister Mary Berigan, Executive Director of BLESSING HOUSE.  Sister Mary talked a little bit on how they use are donations and about Blessing House. They focus on children from birth to age 12 in Lorain County.  They opened in 2005 and can have up to 10 children at one time.  Their mission is to keep our children safe and to gift them with what they need. Children receive one of our blankets which stay with them the entire time they are at Blessing House and when that child is ready to go home that blanket goes home with them. The children also receive a pillowcase (Go-Home Bag) to carry their belongings around at Blessing House and then take their belongings home in their pillowcase. Blessing House is so very grateful for those blankets and pillowcases. Thank you!

President’s Report:  Chris thanked everyone that participated in the quilt show. Everyone was very pleased with the quilt show and had many complements regarding the show.  Many comments were made on the umbrellas and the Blue and White challenge quilts on how nice they looked.  A big thank you to all that help in making the show such a big success.  We could have not done it without you. THANK YOU!

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the October 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 $15,953.45 with Quilts of Valor at $1,252.03 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.  Pam took out a 13 month certificate which matures December 3, 2019 for $1,212.04.
Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen reported she had 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 has a box at the guild meeting to collect donations for community services.  Ruth or Vickie will make sure that any donations to Blessing House from the box will be delivered.

Sew day for community service has been changed from June to May 9th, during the day before the guild meeting. Ruth brought in two quilts to have completed which were handed out to volunteers.

There is a group of ladies from the, Second Baptist of Elyria helping out with making quilts and they have 33 quilts ready to go.  Also Iris Tewksbury has headed up a group of ladies from the Second Baptist Church of Elyria making flannel quilts and they have 12 quilts completed.  The church groups have been such a big help to us. Thank you!

When making the community Service Quilts a decided was made that the size of the quilts need to be about 40” wide x 50”- 60” long.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler)  Kaye appreciated and thanked everyone that help to hand-out information at the QOV table for the Quilt Show.

Kaye presented four quilts at the North Ridgeville VFW on December 6, 2018. There is a request from them to do another one for five quilts in May of 2019. (So we have some sewing to do!)

We will participate in the national Sew Day for QOV. Saturday February 2, 2019, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Amherst Main Street Community Center.

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) Sue thanked everyone that participated in the Blue and White Challenge.  It was a great turnout.

Fat quarter sign-ups will start in January, lists will be sent out in March or April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.

UFO Challenge lists will be due by the end of January (either at meeting or emailed by Jan 31st) and a sign-up fee of $5 for prizes at December’s meeting.

2018 UFO Challenge – the following people have completed UFO projects:  Kelly Grace completed 3, Susan Thornton completed 6, Sue Schilling completed 7, Cheryl Majewski completed 3, Kaye Koler completed 9, Helen Smelser completed 6, Georgia Forbush complete 3, Judy Echeagaray completed 1, and Sharon Lutz completed 4 for a total of 42 UFO’s completed. Great Job!  We will be doing this challenge again next year. If you would like to participate, Kelly will need your list by the end of January.

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

Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time as Val was not present.

Quilt Show 2018:  (Julie Bragg & Karen Neuschaefer) Admission was $5 with a free door prize ticket.  Six hundred and eighteen people attended according to the count of red door prize tickets. The door prize was a sewing machine from Pins and Needles. Margaret Greene from Cleveland Hts. OH won the sewing machine.

We showed 159 quilts and 6 umbrellas (which was a big hit) and 45 members participated out of our total of 75 members. We had 24 members entered 44 small quilts, (48” and smaller) 27 members entered 32 “Blue and White Challenge” quilts and 41 members entered 83 large quilts.

We had 42 beautiful baskets in the Chinese auction with many thanks to Barb Spieker, Barb Cowger-Vilagi and Vicki Morris and members donating items and a big thanks to Cindy Kraft for the sewing machine donation.

The “Raffle Quilt” was pieced by Karen Neuschaefer and Pam Scholle, long-arm quilting by Kaye Koler. Lucy Barzellato from South Euclid, Ohio won the raffle quilt.

Viewer’s Choice was awarded to Bonita Grove for her hand appliquéd and hand quilted Christmas quilt “Noel”.

We had six Vendors; Cindy Sew Easy Shoppe,  Mom’s Sewing Basket,  Wool Yankees,  Mercantile on Main, Appliqué Quilts & More and Polka Dot Pin Cushion.

Country Store with Fran Weber, Peggy Hughes, Jean Tobias and Maryann Doucette did an excellent job of marketing our un-wanted material and new crafts and second-hand items.

Bev’s Kitchen by Beverly Tucker and committee provided the food and drink all day and every day. Thank you everyone who donated cookies, bars and sweets.

Karen Neuschaefer and MaryAnn Grayson did a great job on the show programs and selling of ads.

Besides all the beautiful quilts and the people heading up the committees, the quilt show still cannot happen without volunteers to help set up, tear down, and may I put in a special “Thank You” for the men that came to help. Those who worked the admissions table, Chinese Auction, Raffle Quilt ticket sales, White Gloves, Country Store, Kitchen and Quilts of Valor a big thank you,  Members were very generous with their time and volunteered on one or more of the committees and filled one or more time slots.

We also to thank Pam Scholle for being Treasurer, Val Watring for all the advertising and Chris Yoo for making signs,  ribbons,  boxes, vendor bags and seeing to many details we would of never thought of.  What an awesome group to work with.

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

January 2019:
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. Please bring light neutral piece for background 20 x 24, lots of scraps, iron and ironing surface, scissors, fabric glue, pencil or pen, and sewing supplies.
Evening Program:  Stories in Fabric – Elizabeth Bauman, Associate Professor, Hiram College.

Donna Garrett Workshop, Making Bags (Crossover and Tote) was a big hit.  She does have extra patterns available if you are interested in buying a pattern please see Donna.

Potluck Dinner was wonderful. We had lots and lots of food which everyone enjoyed. Yum…

Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.

New Business:  No report at this time.

Announcements:  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 2 Pink and Gray quilts, T-Shirt quilt, Red and Green quilt, Blue and White quilt, Lone Star quilt, Fish Quilt, Car Quilt, 2 Patchwork quilts, cute… Gift Card Holders, Sunshine Quilt, Blue and Gray quilt, 3 Baby quilts, Pennsylvania quilt, Christmas quilt, Oho Star Quilt, Aqua, Blue, Purple quilt, and Notebook and Tote Salvage bag.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:25 p.m.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

January Birthdays
Barb King
LIbby Betounes
Jean Tobia
Pat Logar
Peggy Hughes
Lori Quinones
Marcy Delavan


Workshop:  Kaye Koler – Collage Quilt

Evening Program:  Stories in Fabric – Elizabeth Bauman, Associate Professor, Hiram College.


UFO Challenge

Sign ups for the 2019 UFO challenge are now open. Sign up by the end of January (list and $5 to Kelly Grace) to join.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Signups for the fat quarter exchange are also now open. You can sign up through the end of March, lists will be sent out in April and will need to be turned in by the June meeting.

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 (see meeting minutes)

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy New Year!  So, what are your quilting resolutions for the year?  I’ve made a resolution to sew art quilts all year long.  Since several of my UFO’s are art quilts, I may actually finish a few of them!  I stopped making resolutions like eat healthier or exercising because honestly, I’m tired of that game.  There are so many quilting inspired resolutions you can make and actually keep, so why not try a few, such as:

    • learn a new technique, one you have always wanted to know.
    • sign up for a retreat (a whole uninterrupted weekend to sew with friends!)
    • start on your quilt submission for our 2020 Quilt Show
    • make (or remake) a nametag for yourself to wear at meetings and sew-ins – they are a great way to show off a little bit of your quilting style!
    • make plans to come to several sew days in 2019 to enjoy our wonderful facility!  Other guilds would give anything to have use of such a beautiful facility. We forget how lucky we truly are.
    • promise yourself you will finish just one UFO this year.
    • bring a friend to a guild meeting—even if they don’t sew.
  • put a couple of suggestions in the “suggestion box” for new lectures or classes.

Hope you found one or two quilting resolutions you can make this year.  Finally, a big thank you to everyone who brought something yummy for the December potluck.  I know I speak for many of you when I say it was scrumptious and a great way to end our hugely successful year!

See you on Thursday!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

Many of us may be busy putting together our new and improved sewing supplies we received as gifts.  Or perhaps like me you are revisiting your fabric stash–touching and feeling and admiring the beautiful collection, while at the same time trying to minimize the  appearance to a spouse or family member that you might be able to open your own shop soon.  Maybe you’ve (also like myself) have uncovered another UFO long lost to the bottom of a bin.   Hint: Kelly–I might need to do the UFO challenge again!  But what has come to my mind most today is the relief that many of my fears are unfounded.  Here are just a few of my unfounded  fears for 2019:

1. I may run out of hand quilting thread.  Turns out that despite the lack of hand quilting thread in many modern quilt shops, I do have enough to keep a quilt in the frame at least for the next decade or two. Also, if anyone wants to quilt with some rust colored thread I’d be happy to pass that along.
2.  I’ll finish my UFO list. Despite working steadily, I have accumulated almost as many as I’ve finished.
3.  I’m running out of fabric.  Likewise false.  But that’s not to say that sometimes I don’t have the RIGHT fabric, so will still need to shop for a few pieces in 2019.
4. I can’t think of any more quilts I want to make.   LOL.
5. Maybe I already have too many quilts.  I have 7 grandchildren and they’ll need some.

Having dispelled these fears, I’ll press on to the next project/UFO/ new dream to turn into something really fun!

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

FYI:  Our former member, Beverly Macbeth’s mother, Winifred Charlton, passed away December 16, 2018.  If you wish to send condolences to Beverly, Beverly’s address is:  1004 Provincetown Court, Grafton, Ohio  44044.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

QOVF National Sew Day.
February 2, 2019

Save the date! Our annual National Sew Day for Quilts of Valor will be held at the Main Street Community Center,
255 Park Ave.
Amherst, OH.
10-4 pm

Details will follow.
Thank you SO much,

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

Blessing house – Sister Mary was our last meeting we discussed the size of Quilts. It was decided they should be 40 ins by 50 or 60ins.

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.