Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 6 – February 14, 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 January 10, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  We had five visitors this evening.

Program:  Elizabeth Bauman, A quilt artist and chair of Hiram College’s Theatre Arts Department, gave a presentation on storytelling, art history and an artist’s viewpoint (as a woman connected to quilt makers of the past) intermingle in Betsy Bauman’s works. Wonderful presentation…

President’s Report:  Chris reported there will be an increase our rent from $100 to $125 starting next year, in 2020. Chris noted that if this trend continues, we may need to start talking about a small increase in membership dues because the membership dues are just enough now to cover the cost of the hall rental, and nothing else.  If it were not for the Quilt Show, we would have no extra money.

You may have noticed how cold it gets at the evening meetings.  The heat is programmed and nothing can be done to change the temperature.  So please dress accordingly for the evening meetings as it is cold during the winter months.

Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There was one correction to the minutes from the December 10, 2018 meeting.

There is a group of ladies from the, First Baptist of Elyria helping out with making quilts and they have 33 quilts ready to go. Corrected to:

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.  The minutes as corrected are hereby approved.

Treasurer Report:  (Pam Scholle) Pam presented the budget noting that the balance in the checking at $13,039.56 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.

There was a discussion of Pam taking out an addition $2,000 certificate which would be enough to cover rent and insurance.


Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen report two people signed up to be members tonight.  We also have two lifetime members. We now have a total of 80 members.

Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported she received some donations tonight and want to remind everyone that sew day for community service will be May 9th which has been changed from the month of June. Helen reported that she completed 6 dog beds and received donations of more cuddle dolls.

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 for the older children at Blessing House.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye has a request to present five quilts on May 2019 at the North Ridgeville VFW.

We will be participating in the national Sew Day for QOV on Saturday February 2, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Amherst Main Street Community Center.  You do not need to be a member of the guild or QOV to come and volunteer time to sew on Saturday.  Kaye will bring sign-up sheet to renew your membership the QOV which is $5.00.

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) 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.

Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) Kelly reminded us that when we are replying to an email from the guild you are replying to everyone in the guild.  So if you have a response that you just want it to go the individual then you need to change the guild email address to the persons personal email address.

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

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

January 2019:  Kaye Koler gave a wonderful workshop on Collage Quilts.  We did lots of sharing.  Thank Kaye we had a lot of fun.

February 2019:  Little Red Quilt House from Medina will be here with their rules and will be doing some vending as well.

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.

We have the entire day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. before the guild meeting to use the building for sewing or project to complete for the guild.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 28th Annual Quilts 2019 will be held on February 8th through March 10th at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, Ohio.

Show and Tell: We had a Quilt make from fat quarters, Art quilt, Pickle Christmas quilt, UFO quilt, Baby quilt, Purse from our workshop, Placemats and Quilt from feed sacks.

Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:05 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni

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.

February Birthdays
Julie Bragg
Sally Gezzer
Bonita (Boni) Grove
Cheryl Majewski
Karen Neuschaefer
Marilyn Novak


Evening Program:  Little Red Quilt House from Medina will be here with their rulers and will be doing some vending as well.




UFO Challenge

Sign ups for the 2019 UFO challenge have now closed. Please make sure your $5 gets to Kelly.

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

President’s Note.  February 2019.

Hope everyone made it through the big deep freeze of the 2019 Polar Vortex!  My hot flashes got me through without any issues (smile).  Although 2019 started out a little slow for me, old man winter has kicked my creativity into overdrive because I’ve made 7 art quilts in the span of a few weeks!  Yes, they are all small, approximately 9 x 11, but I’m still thrilled to be creating.  I’ve made a commitment to use up everything I have before I buy anything new.  I had to pass on Kelly’s UFO challenge this year because I’m repurposing old UFO’s and using all the fabric for new art quilts.  All that sad fabric was just languishing in my closet.  Now it is getting a new life, in a new project, in this new year.  Speaking of new projects, I’m also working on my 12 x 12 self-portrait quilt.  Hope you saw my President’s Challenge email and are thinking of participating.  I’ll have more information and handouts at the February meeting!  Happy Creating, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

When dinosaurs roamed the earth, quilts were cut out with a pair of scissors.  Sometimes the pattern was cut from a cereal box and traced onto the fabric.  But then someone (probably a quilter in a pizza shop) created the rotary cutter and we’ve been piecing strong since.  This past week I  needed to cut out the pieces for my Getaway project.  Knowing I’d be cutting through multiple layers, I decided to…  wait for it…  change the blade!!!  If you are like me, you think it is important to get every last cut out of that thing possible.  So, by the time the blade is changed you are pretty much using a hacksaw to chew through the fabric.  Don’t ask me how I know this.  So, when I changed the blade it  became a life changing moment for me.  The old adage that something is so sharp it is like cutting through butter is oh so very true!  I urge all of you who have been sawing through your fabric to make February “change the blade month”.  What a difference it makes!   Of course, if I’m the only one who does this, please just disregard this month’s column.


Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

January 10, we learned that Lynette Thomson’s husband had been in the hospital over the holidays and is now in rehab.  We sent a card to Lynette wishing her husband a smooth recovery and her, plenty of patience and self-care.

After the meeting, Argena Patouhas told us MaryAnn Grayson had been in the hospital.  Chris Yoo reached out and had a message from MaryAnn.  MaryAnn had been in the hospital twice (5-6 days each), having Influenza B.  After a bout of respiratory issues, MaryAnn is resting at home.  We sent MaryAnn a card supporting her recovery.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

The Quilts of Valor committee would like to thank everyone who came to the National SewDay! I do believe everyone had a grand time! We got lots of positive feedback and questions about when we we do this again!?

We produced two new tops and got binding in the works for four more quilts!

Attention ladies that took quilts home to bind, I will bring labels to the next guild meeting so they can be attached to the back. I apologize  for forgetting them on Saturday ….

Thank you one and all!
The Quilts of Valor team