Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 9 – July 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
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

 

Meeting Minutes

On June 13, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There was one visitor this evening.

Program: Jeri Fickes – lectured on what judges look for when judging a quilt.

President’s Report Chris attended the June NEORQC meeting in Louisville, Ohio which was a great event. Molly Todd from Columbus, Ohio gave a presentation on “Turning Children’s art work into a Quilt Legacy.” She began making quilts from drawings made by critically ill children. Her story is inspiring as well as educational. I came up with a workshop for the Mono-printing on Fabric and was selected because it was unique, very interesting and it looked to be very fun. In July they will mail the 2020 getaway pamphlets to shops and guilds and all the information will be on their webpage. Registration opens September 1 and will close November 15th. At that time, the final classes will be selected upon registrations per class. I have to tell you I was SHOCKED to be among the 10 choices. If I don’t get to actually teach, honestly, that will be okay. I truly cannot believe they actually picked my class, especially since it is not a traditional quilting class. All details will be on the NEORQC page later this summer.

Minutes (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the May 9, 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 $10,073.95 with Quilts of Valor at $1,395.56 and Home of the Brave at $290.91. Today Pan put the deposit down to reserve our room for the 2020-2021 year. Chris thanked Pam for the treasurers’ report and noted that the report will be filed for audit

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) No report at this time.

Community Service (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth reported that last year we had 77 quilts and this year we have 57quilts. Last year we had 86 pillowcases this year 103 pillowcases. Pajamas last year we had 87 and this year I talked to Geneses House and they only want adult pajamas. Geneses House receives adult pajama donations from others so we are going to just continue with the quilt and pillowcase donations for this year. Ruth brought in a box with kits made up and some material to be cut for kits. If you can, please take a kit home or a bag of material to be cut for kits. Thank you. Here are some other ways you can help. We need you to cut the fabric into useable pieces, as described below: 1. Large pieces that are good for backings and bindings are ok left whole.  Fabric pieces should be at least 1/2 yard or larger. 2.  When you donate scrap fabric, please cut it into strips or squares before you donate it. 2 ½”, 4 ½”, 6 ½” strips are good for strip quilts and borders. 2 ½”, 5”, and 10” inch squares are good for blocks. If you’d like to put kits together using your scraps, put them in a zip lock baggie and mark baggie with the block sizes and number of pieces. If you’re interested in a community service kit please grab a kit on your way out. It will be very much appreciated.

Lorain County Fair (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth was just made aware of corrections that need to be made in the Fair Book and will be working on making corrections.

Quilts of Valor (Kaye Koler) We did a presentation of a quilt just before our meeting to a gentleman that lives in Wellington and was in the Air Force in World War II.  We did a presentation at the North Ridgeville VFW for three veterans and received a sizable monetary donation from the North Ridgeville FVW. We have several names and the list grows…So here is where we will need your help…getting together, sewing tops and backs together and (quilting them if any of you longarmers are willing) sharing some quality time with one another and of course enjoying a bit of food together! We will be planning another sew day because we are depleted of our supply of red, white and blue quilts. More details will follow. We will have a sew day July 11, before the meeting to make some QOV tops. If you can come out and help us, even if it is just for a little bit, please come. One QOV quilt was taken to be bound.

Youth Sewing (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) Chris reported that Lynette Thomson couldn’t be here tonight. She wanted to let you know that she had a sewing event with Forward Bound – 4H Group out of North Ridgeville. She is asking anyone that knows of a 4H group, Girl Scout Troop or Boy Scout Troop to please contact her because she would love to get the youth sewing started again.

Challenges (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Those of you who are participating in the Fat Quarter Exchange your bags are here. I will be bringing the Fat Quarter bags back next month for those of you that weren’t here. Keep working on your UFO’s challenges.

President’s Quilt Challenge which is due back to Chris by August. I’m starting to get worried about participation. I have committed us to the Lake Farm Park show…PLEASE join me.

There is the Attic Windows Quilt Challenge and the Miniature Quilt Challenge…more details to follow.

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

Programs, Events and Retreats…Oh My: FYI there will be a $20 fee, when you sign up for classes for an outside instructor.

JULY

Evening Program: Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate

Day Workshop: Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July – 10 to 4 p.m., brown bag lunch, guild will supply drinks and snacks and there will be several Christmas songs, games and prizes. If participating, please bring one holiday theme fat quarter which will be placed in a basket for a drawing. Come and make holiday gifts for your family or help out QOV as they will be having a sew day.

AUGUST

Evening Program: Lecture by Mary Roesch

Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti

SEPTEMBER

Evening Program: Kelly Beutler

Day Workshop: Jelly Roll Rug with Joanne Hubbard

OCTOBER

Evening Program: Lecture by Barbara Smith

Day Workshop: Mystery Quilt with Jeri Fickes

NOVEMBER

Evening Program: Lecture by Kori Turner

Day Workshop: N/A

DECEMBER

Evening Program: Potluck

Day Workshop: N/A

RETREAT October 27 – October 30th – ZINK IN BERLIN We will start taking deposits in July.

Sunshine Committee (Val Watring) Please sign card on back table for Julie which has had hip surgery. I will be sending card out this week.

Unfinished Business No report at this time.

New Business: No report at this time.

Announcements: Kaye is selling raffle tickets for a quilt that she has quilted for the restoration of the stain glass windows at her church. Don’t forget our July SUMMER POTLUCK starts as 6:30 p.m. There are hand-outs on the table of: Upcoming Community Events – Road Trips!!! Please pick one up. Kaye will be teaching at Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes – Click on link below for classes she will be teaching. https://www.quiltcampcedarlakes.com/108?fbclid=IwAR2hkt3amTykQQzvluxvzDIt0vqrWi11FDab_FCzr5x-6uAzizImUmDs4lo

Nominating Committee, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Sue Schillig are seeking candidates for the office of Vice President, Secretary, and an apprentice/intern to work with Pam and become familiar with the Treasurer’s duties. Please contact either Barb or Sue if you are interested. 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 We had a lot of quilts this evening…We had 6 baby quilts, 2 table runners, few matching bags, 1 rug, 1 QOV quilt, 3 applique quilts, 1 summer dress, many UFO’s and 2 flower quilts.

Adjournment: Chris adjourned meeting at 9:20 p.m.

Next Meeting Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. – Potluck

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Leoni

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from June 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

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Thank you for signing the card at the June meeting for Julie Bragg.  We hope she found it encouraging after her hip surgery.
June 30, Vicki Morris let us know that Libby Betounes had back surgery.  We popped a note in the mail to her July 3rd.  Please sign a card for her at our July Guild meeting.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No Report

July Birthdays
Jerri Bachna
Ruth Bradley
Dianne Clawson
Mary Ann Doucette
Carolyn Knipper
Cindy Kraft
Sharon Lutz
Alice Mawdsley
Vicki Morris
Pam Scholle
Mary Jane Toney
Beverly Tucker
Teri Walter

Program

Evening Program: Summer Potluck (starts at 6:30 p.m.) Lecture by Connie Bradley – Wool Applicate

Day Workshop: Quilts of Valor Community Sew Day and Christmas in July – 10 to 4 p.m., brown bag lunch, guild will supply drinks and snacks and there will be several Christmas songs, games and prizes. If participating, please bring one holiday theme fat quarter which will be placed in a basket for a drawing. Come and make holiday gifts for your family or help out QOV as they will be having a sew day.

Workshops

If you are planning on attending the workshops in August, September or October, please remember there is a $20 fee due at the time you sign up. This fee helps to offset the cost of the instructor. For the August workshop there is some prep work that needs to be done before the class. Any questions, email Donna Garrett

Challenges

UFO Challenge

32 UFO’s have now been finished! Keep up the good work! Please remember that if you want to be in the running for a prize at the end of the year, you need to finish at least 1 UFO to be entered. 

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were sorted and returned at the June meeting. If you were not in attendance, Kelly has your bag of fat quarters.

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

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

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

I don’t like being judged! That is battle cry heard often when people consider entering one of their treasures in a quilt show or the county fair. The first time I entered one of my quilts at a show and later read the very mild comments of constructive criticism, I took those comments waaay to personally. Honestly, I felt a little scarred from the event and vowed I would never enter another contest. However, after helping with the County Fair for several years and watching the judges agonize over their comments, I realized, they ALSO took the comments very personally and very seriously. So, I decided to get back up on the horse and entered the county fair for the first time a couple of years ago.

Someone had told me that entering a quilt show or any contest will ALWAYS make you a better quilter because if you know it is going to be judged, you will go above and beyond in order to perfect your workmanship. For instance, if you’re piecing and you notice that some of your points aren’t great, you will probably go back and fix them, or better yet, do them correctly the first time. And you’ll pay much more attention to those applique stitches, smooth curves and sharp points. I can tell you that is absolute TRUTH. I made sure every point on my star was very “pointy.” That effort paid off with a blue ribbon in the piecing category of pillows. I took my blue ribbon and $3 and strutted around like I was the Queen of England. You know what—I earned it.

Since I volunteer to help the judges in the categories where I don’t have entries, I make sure to read the comments as often as I can. Those comments are like little pieces of gold. I now finally realize it is OK to take the comments personally, because our art, our craft, is personal. I encourage everyone to enter something into the fair.

Still not convinced or ready to be judged? Then I’ll share one final analogy with you:

If your child or grandchild told you, “Grandma, I don’t want to play in my baseball game this Saturday because we’re just going to lose anyway”, you wouldn’t just say, “OK honey, then don’t play.” No, you would say, “Winning isn’t everything; you just have to get out there and do the best you can whether you win or lose.”

Having your quilts (or needlework) judged isn’t always about winning ribbons; it’s about giving it your best shot. People who consistently enter quilts in shows and contests consistently get better. I’ve seen it in my own work. Hope to see you (and your needlework) at the fair!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

You have seen this one before, but….just another quick reminder that as discussed at the last meeting our Nominating Committee, Barbara Cowger-Vilagi and Sue Schillig are seeking candidates for the office of Vice President, Secretary, and an apprentice/intern to work with Pam and become familiar with the Treasurer’s duties. If you have not already done so, PLEASE contact either Barb or Sue if you are interested.   If you are still considering it, but are unsure, PLEASE reach out to Barb or Sue.  They would be happy to talk with you about the positions and answer any questions you have. Thank you SO much for considering one of these positions.  Please join me as one of the officers of this fantastic guild!

Your Pres,
 Chris Yoo

Repeat Community Service Request

Hello everyone.  As you all know, Ruth is a snowbird.  She is finding that returning from Florida in the spring, she is overwhelmed by the winter donations. Since she and her husband are considering spending extra time in the warmer climates, this problem is only going to escalate.  Ruth is willing to remain chairperson, but she needs some help. Two or three volunteers who would be willing to take fabric donations in and help bag fabric pieces for quilts would be awesome.  These volunteers could also get together with Ruth and other guild members to help organize things for the community sew. Maybe someone who would be willing to pass out quilted items to have bindings added when Ruth is gone. We have been receiving enough donations; however, since they are not cut, we may need a community cut day!!! Here are some other ways you can help.

1. Large pieces that are good for backings and bindings are ok left whole.  These pieces should be at least 1/2 yd or larger.

2. When you donate scrap fabric, please cut it into strips or squares before you donate it. 2 1/2, 4 1/2, 6 1/2 strips are good for strip quilts and borders. 2 1/2, 5, and 10 inch squares are good too. We are trying to reduce the number of different sizes we get.  (This week when bagging pieces, we had 2 ½ in squares, 3 ½ in squares, 4 in, 4 ½ in, 5 in, 6 in, and 6 ½ in squares.  Imagine the confusion)

3. Solids and children’s prints are needed. There is also a shortage of boy suitable fabrics.  We have lots of florals and need fabrics to go with them.

4. If you’d like to put kits together using your scraps, just put them in a zip lock baggie with the sizes of the pieces on the baggie. The number of pieces would be helpful too.   If you used a specific pattern, put it in the baggie also. So remember, although donations are wonderful, we need you to help us by cutting the fabric into useable pieces, as described above.

Finally, PLEASE, PLEASE consider volunteering to join the Community Service Committee to help Ruth.  If you have a few hours a month to lend a hand, please sign up to help.

Thank you for your help.