Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 19 Issue 12 – August 8, 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 July 11, 2019 President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There was one visitor this evening.
Program:  Evening:  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. 
President’s Report:  Chris thanked everyone for participating in the Christmas in July Event and the QOV workshop.  Quite a lot of fun was had by all. I want to encourage people to participate in events like we had today. Also, if there are events you think we should have, please take 5 minutes to make a note and toss it in the suggestion box.  I would ask that you use the suggestion box instead of telling me so I don’t forget.  I would encourage you to support our workshops so we can continue to attract teachers.
Vice President, Secretary and Treasure – They are a good job to do with more than one person, so if you are interested in doing it on a part-time basis, please get in touch with Susan.
Minutes:  (Barbara Leoni) There were no changes to the minutes from the June 13, 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 $9,993.95 with Quilts of Valor at $1,395.56 and Home of the Brave at $290.91.  Today Pam 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.
It is that time to look at our budget planning for next year so we need to know if there should be any changes in finances to you or other committees.  So committee chairs, please touch base with Pam on your individual budgets.
Membership:  (Karen Neuschaefer and Marilyn Novak) Karen is not present at the moment but Chris reminded everyone that she will be collecting membership dues in September. Dues will not be going up and are still $25 per Membership year.
Community Service(Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) Ruth reported that there were 20 pillowcases, 14 finished quilts, 6 quilts need binding and 3 sewn quilt tops, all turned in within one month. WOW…thank you all.  It has become a community project and it is not all on me.  Thank you.  I will be waiting till after the Fair to distribute the donations. I also have packages that need to be taken home to cut. Please help yourself…it is very much appreciated.
Lorain County Fair:  (Ruth Groot and Vickie Morris) If you are going to enter anything in the Fair…enter it…it doesn’t need to be exact. I want to encourage all to enter to something because now in our department we are going to have hookers and weavers and we don’t want them to outshine us. If you have something that doesn’t have a category look in department 10 under crafts. If you have any questions on how to enter anything, please give me (Ruth) a call. Deadline to enter anything in the Fair is August 5th at 5:00 p.m. Next month I will have sign-up sheet to helpers and demonstrators.
Quilts of Valor:  (Kaye Koler) We had 33 people working on quilts for QOV and will be showing the quilt tops at Show and Tell.  I would like to thank everyone that came out today to help out with QOV.  We had a great time this afternoon.
Youth Sewing:  (Lynette Thomson & Jean Ruth) No report at this time. 
Challenges: (Kelly Grace, Sue Thornton & Helen Smelser) Keep working on your UFO’s challenges. Fat Quarter Exchange is done.  We will be doing sign-ups again in January for the Fat Quarter Exchange.
Challenges are: the President’s Challenge, Attic Windows Quilt Challenge and the Miniature Quilt Challenge…more details to follow on the Miniature Quilt Challenge.
Chris stated that she is starting to get worried about participation in the President’s Challenge and has been extended another month. So now they are due in September.  I have committed us to the Lake Farm Park show…PLEASE join me in the President’s Challenge.
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.
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.
Evening Program:  Lecture by Mary Roesch
Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti
Evening Program:  Kelly Beutler
Day Workshop:  Jelly Roll Rug with Joanne Hubbard
Evening Program:  Lecture by Barbara Smith
Day Workshop:  Mystery Quilt with Jeri Fickes
Evening Program:  Lecture by Kori Turner
Day Workshop:  N/A
Evening Program:  Potluck
Day Workshop:  N/A
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. Send two cards out this week for Barbara Leonis’ husband and Libby which had back surgery.
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. The Old Uniontown Quilt Guild is having their quilt show Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Five dollars at the door, vendors, etc. Located at the Kroc Center, 527 East Liberty St, Ashland, OH
There are hand-outs on the table of: Upcoming Community Events – Road Trips!!!  Please pick one up. 
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 7 quilts, 1 table runners and many QOV quilt tops.
Adjournment:  Chris adjourned meeting at 8:15 p.m. 
Next Meeting:  Thursday, August 8, 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.

August Birthdays
Mary Lou Brown
Barbara Cowger-Vilagi
Karin Kollar
Valerie Watring


Evening Program:  Lecture by Mary Roesch

Day Workshop: Quilt Pattern Passages with Laura Noletti




If you are planning on attending the workshops in 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 me at quietlyquilting628@gmail.com.

Donna Garrett


UFO Challenge

35 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. Think about participating next year, sign-ups will begin in January!

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

President’s Challenge
Per our last meeting the 2019 President’s Challenge deadline was EXTENDED until the September meeting.  If you have yours done for August, please bring it and remember rule #11.  You need to Write out a short story (on paper) that describes WHY or HOW this quilt embodies WHO you are.  That story will be displayed alongside your quilt.  Do NOT include your name in the story.  Keep it relatively short, but include important details.  Also, a story can be a couple of sentences.  You don’t have to be novelist.

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

For my note this month I would like to state the obvious…IT’S AUGUST ALREADY!!  Writing these monthly notes seems to make time fly for me.  But I think we ALL feel it.  I remember something my mom said over and over again, “Blink your eyes and it’s 6 months from now.”  I remember walking around blinking my eyes like a fool as a kid, hoping I would grow up faster.  If I had only known…right?
I starting researching whether or not we could make time SLOW DOWN.  Sure, I know we cannot literally do this, but since time does not literally fly, perhaps we can at least make it seem like time slows down.  During my research I came across this guy named David Eagleman.  He is not just any ordinary guy; he is a Neuroscientist and author. He says, “The way we estimate duration has a lot to do with how much memory we’ve laid down.” 
David says it is truly within our power to slow down the perception of time.  We cannot literally make our lives longer, but we CAN make it seem longer. I think you’ll understand what he means when you think of it this way.  Have you ever been on a nice vacation or retreat and at the end you said, “Boy we were only there for a week, but I felt like we were gone forever.”  I’ve said those very words before.  David says all that new adventure slowed down your perception of time because you laid down more memories.   He encourages us, especially as we get older, to seek out new horizons and new “firsts.” 
We don’t have to do big things like traveling; we just need to make small changes in our lives or routines to “shake up our neural circuits.”  David said start out slow like switching the wrist on which you wear your watch, rearranging the furniture in your home, driving a different way to the places you go most often.  Switch things up.

I’ve starting looking for ways to switch up my routines.  Once I started, I found tons of ways to mix things up.  Heh, if this helps me re-capture what David calls “my youthful curiosity” and allows me to perceive that time is slowing, I’m all in people!! 


Sue Schillig

Sometimes in our enthusiasm for all things quilt, we create for ourselves some really impossible  tasks.  I am very guilty of starting these sorts of things.  At the time they seem easy.  Make all my nieces and nephews a tshirt quilt?  Well of course I can!  There are only 6 of them! (Only 3 more to go and one of those is nearly finished).  Why of course I’ll be making my grandchildren baby quilts– there were seven of those!  They need twin bed quilts–okay, another seven, with only 3 more of those to go!  But, be wary of the style!  The first two granddaughters I made flower garden quilts for, so the next 3 (didn’t know I was going to have 5 granddaughters at the time) will need theirs too.  It will take well over 100 flowers for the 3 quilts (I think 138 whole flowers and 18 half flowers).  I still have 48 to make, plus some halves, plus putting together the 3.  Fortunately I can piece them on the machine.  Unfortunately it still takes a long time.   So…  the next time I start thinking of a quilt that ALL of a particular group of people will be receiving, I think I’ll start with a look at the ones I’ve already made.  It might be time to start passing those around!


Sue Schillig

PS.  We are still looking for more officers for the guild.  PLEASE consider helping!!!!!!

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring Thank you for signing a card for Barb Leoni at the July sewing day/guild meeting.  Her husband was having surgery.

July 18, we sent a sympathy card to Cassandra Brown.  Cassandra’s mom passed away this week.  MaryAnn Grayson, I appreciate you always letting me know when to communicate.
We sent a sympathy card to Lindy Sleasman on July 22, 2019.  Her mom passed away. Thanks for the scoops Bobbie and Susan.  Here is a link for the obituary:  https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/morningjournal/obituary.aspx?n=royce-ann-oliver&pid=193412977&fhid=2948%3Cbr
“One benefit of summer is that each day we have more light to read by. “
           Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See minutes from July meeting.