Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 7 – April 11, 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 March 14, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   We had two visitors and two new members this evening.

Program   Dee Hart – My Quilt, My Life was here to give a workshop on coloring on fabric with Crayola Crayons and a trunk show.

President’s Report:   I think it is important to represent the guild at the IX Center and next year when we have a raffle quilt displayed on the table it will be more important to have volunteers.  Because we have to have guild member represent the guild in order to get a table. We don’t have a table this year but we were offered a table but we don’t have anything to display on the table.  It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer this year.  There are lots of simple things you can sign up to do.

I received six tickets for the IX Show for free admittance for our representation last year.  There were six lucky winners that received the tickets to go to the IX Show.  I want to thank everyone that volunteered at the IX Show.

Minutes: (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the February 14, 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 $10,979.56 with Quilts of Valor at $1205.15 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  We have our two certificates to security our rooms.  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 have one new member tonight and now have a total of 93 members.  We will be getting our NEORQC membership shortly and as soon as I get those I will be passing them out.

Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Vickie reported that Ruth will be back the first part of April and we will get going on community service again. I would like to thank everybody that brought in donations of quilts, pillow, cuddle dolls, batting, toiletries and fabrics tonight and wants to remind everyone that our annual sew day for community service will be May 9th, same day as our meeting. Building opens at 10:00 a.m.  It is usually schedule for the month of June but due to a scheduling issue has been moved to the month of May this year. We will only be sewing community service projects all day, please bring food to share.  It was a huge success last year and we have lots of fun.

Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) Teri thanked everyone who signed up to become a member of QOV.  We will be getting ready to give a presentation in May.

Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No Report at this time.

Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Kelly will be closing Fat Quarter Exchange this month and lists will be sent out in April and fat quarters will be due back by the June meeting.

UFO Challenge – we have about ten UFO quilts completed. Other challenges are the President’s Quilt Challenge which is due back to Chris by August.

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

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My:  (Donna Garrett & MaryAnn Grayson) April program is to be announced and in May we will have Laura Nolletti – lecture on paper piecing and a workshop will be held later in the year.

Spring Retreat at Zincks, Berlin, Ohio 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.  Please make checks out to MaryAnn Grayson.  Thank you

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

Unfinished Business:  No report at this time.

New Business:  North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild have stopped taking bags of scraps so I will be announcing when I will be collecting bags of scraps so I don’t get overloaded with too many bags of scraps. Pat Catan’s will be closing…Fabric sold by the bolt is 50% off and 30% by the yardage.

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:  Several Crayola Crayon wall-hangings – from workshop, Flower quilt, Dog quilt, Quilt from cruise, Christmas Pickle quilt,  Tote bag made from shirt and jeans, Lots of UFO’s – Blue, Black & White Star quilt, Checkered quilt, Fireside quilt and a Paper pieced red, yellow quilt.

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

Next Meeting:  Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Leoni Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from March meeting.

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.

Quilts of Valor Kaye Koler
I’d like to thank everyone who signed up for the Quilts of Valor membership!  We have some new members as well as renewals ! Thank you! You should have received an email confirming your membership. If not please let me know.

And a BIG thank you to Teri Walter for handling membership sign ups in my absence. Very much appreciated Teri!


The final summary is in! We are well on our way toward 300,000 service members and veterans being awarded a Quilt of Valor—one quilt and one recipient at a time—thanks to YOU! You also ‘counted what counts’ and here is the final summary

  • Over 4,100 of you—more than double of last year—volunteered to sew, quilt (longram or machine quilt), cut, press, and beyond!
    • About 3,000 represent almost one-third of the current QOVF membership
    • About 1,000 represent first-time volunteers
  • You represented the entire United States as well as Australia and Canada
  • The final ‘counts’ reported as of  February 19:
    • Tops: 617.5
    • Quilts: 276
    • QOVF Block Drive Blocks (Floating Ohio Star): 3,853
    • Other Blocks: 4,179

In just one day, you created about 1,297 comforting and healing Quilts of Valor for America’s finest service members and veterans.

Click Here for inspiring and fun comments from NSD participants; the list of prize winners; and our sew day supporters that provided almost $5,000.00 in prizes. You will not want to miss participating in next year’s National Sew Day on February 1, 2020!

April Birthdays
Judy Echeagaray
Georgia Forbush
Ruth Groot
Kaye Koler
Barbara Leoni
Helen Smelser
Barbara Spieker
Audrey Spreng
Mary Wallhead


Monoprinting on Fabric


UFO Challenge

Wow you ladies are quick! 17 items have already been removed from UFO challenge lists! Keep up the good work!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Lists were sent out last week, numbered bags will be handed out at the April meeting. Turn in fat quarters (in bags) no later than 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).

President’s Challenge

Don’t forget about our President’s Challenge, if you need more information contact Chris Yoo.

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

Ready to Represent?!

Our guild is great because we have many wonderful members who work together to get things done, like our wonderful quilt show!  One of the greatest ways to enjoy our guild is to jump in and help MAKE things happen.  One of the BEST ways to do this is to volunteer to be an officer.  You do not have to reinvent the wheel as the jobs are very well organized.

I’ve included a list of the current officers and a quick summary of the duties of these elected positions below. Feel free to contact the current officers if you want more information.  The term of each office is 2 years.

President:  The President presides at all meetings and has the power to call special meetings when necessary and appoint the chairperson of standing committees.  The President shall also be authorized to sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer.  Current:  Chris Yoo.   I have served 2 years in this position.  Although I am happy to sit another 2 years, I personally believe that everyone should step up to lead the guild at one time or other. 

Vice President:  The Vice Present assume the duties of the President in their absence and is the responsible for securing programs and workshops for the guild. Current:  Donna Garrett.  Donna has served two years in this position and she is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new VP this year.

Secretary:  The Secretary keeps a complete and permanent record of all meetings by taking minutes each month, which are presented in the monthly newsletter.  Current:  Barb Leoni.  Barb has served two years in this position and she is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new Secretary this year.

Treasurer:  The Treasurer handles all organization monies including but not limited to recording receipts and disbursements authorized by the membership, closing the books each August 31st for audit, creating an annual budget; securing the meeting facility and obtaining appropriate insurance forms each year, and preparing all necessary tax filings.  The treasurer will need a working knowledge of Excel or similar program.  Current:  Pam Scholle. Pam has held this position for a LONG time and is interested in stepping down at the end of her current term so we will be looking for a new Treasurer this year.

The guild bylaws state that the current President is to appoint a Nominating committee at the June meeting then a slate of officers will be presented and an election held at the July meeting.  The new officers will assume their duties at the at the end of the August meeting.

If you are interested in one of the above positions, please contact me or the current officers directly to find out more.  No one is going anywhere so we will all be here to help you!  Once the nominating committee is formed in June, all officer candidates will be asked to confirm their interest at that time.

Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

It is about this time of year that the UFO challenge begins to seem a little daunting.  I’ve worked a couple months and have a couple finished projects. But then life starts to interfere and the finishes keep coming ever so much more slowly. It isn’t that I actually stop quilting.  More likely, I’ll work on a project for awhile and get it further along and then take a break.  Perhaps I’ll work some on another quilt or two.  No matter how much the sewing machine runs or how sore the fingers are, I just don’t seem to make much progress.  Then it warms up and I go outside until fall. This year I’m hoping to focus on at least one quilt to finish each month.  Fortunately there are some that are far enough finished  (thanks to those years of stalling out) that I might just be able to finish one each month.  Meanwhile, if, like me,  you like to work on one for awhile and then set it aside, rest assured you’ve made progress. It will be great to see those finished projects at a show and tell sometime!

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Becky Lettenberger suffered issues with her heart and was hospitalized in late March. Susan Thorton shared that you may recall seeing her at Quilts and Kreations.  We sent her a get well card to her home:  243 Princeton  Elyria, Ohio   44035