Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 7 – March 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 February 14, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 8:40 p.m.  Happy Valentine’s Day!!  We had one visitor this evening.
Program   Karen Benke with Little Red Quilt House from Medina was here for a trunk show and vending.
President’s Report :   I have been President for some time and I have no plans of going anywhere as long as you will have me as your president.  However, our other offices, would like to give you this heads up that they are interested in stepping down, thus, giving YOU the change to serve.  This summer I will be asking our nominating committee to help find a new Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Although I enjoy serving as your President, if there is anyone else who really wants to serve in this capacity, please let us know.  I will let you know more this summer.
Currently we only do raffle quilts during the years that we hold a quilt show.  I would like for us to start thinking about having an annual raffle quilt so we can host an annual table at the IX Center Quilt show.  They always offer us a free table which is very easy to advertise our guild with a quilt behind us. So if we have an annual raffle quilt and have an interest in helping with that I will be a good way to keep our guild present at the IX center. It is too late for this year but I would like to keep it open for discussing in the future.
Finally, make sure to pick up a flyer up front regarding the President’s Challenge. I hope to get a lot of participants so we can have a special display at our 2020 quilt show.
Minutes: (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the January 10, 2019 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 at $10,929.56 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. 
Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen report that we now have a total of 92 members. 
Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported she received some donations of quilts, pillow cases and fabrics tonight and wants to remind everyone that sew day for community service will be May 9th which has been changed from the month of June.
Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Kaye and Teri wanted to thank everyone that came out for National QOV Sew Day.  You can sign up for QOV membership which is $5 and will be collecting again next month.
Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No Report at this time.
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. So far, we have about 13 signed up the UFO Challenge.  Other challenges are the President’s Challenge and the Attic Window Quilt Challenge.
Communication Committee:  (Kelly Grace) If you are not getting our emails, make sure you confirm your email address with either Kelly Grace or Chris Yoo.
Sunshine Committee:  (Val Watring) No report at this time.
Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) Dee Hart will be having a workshop and evening lecture in March.  The day workshop will be an introduction to hand coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons for a small pattern fee.  Dee will show you how to transfer patterns to fabric, color and do shading with that pattern.  In the evening she will be giving a trunk show – My Quilt; My Life
Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.
New Business:  There was a motion made to book the building for 2020-2021 which carried.
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.
Remember we have this wonderful facility all day on quilt guild days.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. until we leave after the meeting.  Please take advantage of this time to sew and finish up those projects. 
Show and Tell:  Lot of UFO quilts – Watercolor, Sampler and Wall Hanging, Purse, French Country Quilt, Jinny Beyer Quilt, Snowman Quilt, Ohio State Quilt, Christmas and to BOM Quilts.
Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 9:25 p.m.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Leoni Treasury Report Pam Scholle 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.

March Birthdays

Janet Alderman

Casandra Brown

Donna Garrett

Susan Schillig

Susan Thornton


Dee Hart will be having a workshop and evening lecture in March.  The day workshop will be an introduction to hand coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons for a small pattern fee.  Dee will show you how to transfer patterns to fabric, color and do shading with that pattern.  In the evening she will be giving a trunk show – My Quilt; My Life



UFO Challenge

Wow you ladies are quick! 10 items have already been removed from UFO challenge lists! Keep up the good work!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Signups for the fat quarter exchange are still 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).

Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio

Greetings one and all.

The Retreat will be held Sunday April 28th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Cost for three nights and four days of sewing is $150 per person for double occupancy. OR   Monday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 1st.  Two nights and three days of sewing for $100 per person double occupancy. Please submit $25 non refundable deposit to LCP or mail to MaryAnn Grayson P O Box 782 Elyria 44036. Please submit deposit by March 28th.  Balance due by April 21st.

Thank you


Notes from the President

Chris Yoo

For my President’s note, I am going to borrow some information from the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo website.  If you are not familiar, the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo brings lots of fun and excitement to Cleveland.  It is the biggest national touring sewing and quilting show to grace this part of northeast Ohio.  They have classes and workshops, displays, great shopping and so much more!  The Expo brings together a unique, talented community of sewers and quilters for three days of inspiration and fun. You can represent our guild by volunteering to become a part of this great event by becoming an Expo Ambassador! The Ambassador Program is open to individuals as well as members of groups and guilds like ours.  As a Volunteer Ambassador, you’ll earn great personal rewards, including free general admission on the day you volunteer (minimum 4-hour same-day commitment), special Expo prizes and even free class sessions!  There are dozens of volunteer opportunities. 

During our last meeting I spoke about having an annual presence at this show.  The kicker is that in order for us to have a FREE booth, we have to have volunteers at the show.  With several volunteers working a few shifts, we will earn a free booth! In the booth space, we can sell raffle tickets, sign up new members, promote your group’s upcoming events, and show off the beautiful work we are doing which will inspire everyone who passes by.

Please consider representing our guild and earning a FREE admission to the show.  If you cannot make it this year, definitely mark it down for 2020 because that is our quilt show year, and we will have a raffle quilt to display.  For more information about volunteering either this year or next, please check out this link   http://www.sewingexpo.com/Volunteer.aspx

Finally, because we represented so well last year, the show sent me 6 FREE tickets for this year’s show.  So, if you cannot volunteer, but want to attend the show, I will be giving away these 6 free tickets at the March meeting!  Make sure to put your name in the hat when you sign in at the front desk!!  Free—it’s a good thing!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo


Sue Schillig

No report

Sunshine Committee

Val Watring

Our member, Marilyn Novak, lost her daughter February 20. Lori Novak passed away and the funeral was February 25. Please be ready to share some YELLOW fabric for our blue bag for Marilyn. I will bring a blue bag for Marilyn (membership committee) to our next meeting, March 14.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report