Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 4 – December 12, 2019

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
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: Kelly Grace, Susan Thornton, Helen Smelser
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

At 7:00 p.m. President, Chris Yoo, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

Program:  Tonight, we welcomed Kori Turner of Olive Grace Studios.  Kori presented a wonderful trunk show that told the story of not only who she was but how Olive Grace Studios began.  It was a fabulous trunk show and her product line was extremely popular.  Kori will be vending at the Quilts 2020 show at the Lake Farm Park in Kirtland, Ohio.  Kori’s website is http://www.olivegracestudios.com.

President’s Report:  Chris gave an update on the traveling raffle quilt and asked for volunteers for the upcoming Craft Show, the Oberlin Holiday Bazaar, that was to be held in this hall on Sunday, November 17th.  Chris was happy to receive several volunteers.

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the October meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage.  When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections; therefore, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report, Audit, & Presentation of the 2019-2020 Budget:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the treasurer’s report, noting the total in checking was $11,108.89.  Of this total, Quilts of Valor has $1,174.92 and and Home of the Brave has $290.91. There was discussion that since the Home of the Brave project was no longer active with our guild that we should contact the last Chairperson, Janet Alderman, and see if she needs the funds to wrap up the program or whether or not the balance should be transferred to another committee.  Pam requested that we check with Janet and report back so that a decision can be made for the additional funds.

At this time Vicki Morris shared that she and fellow member Barb Cowger-Vilagi conducted an audit of the financials and found them to be in good order without issue.  However, there was some concern that as a non-profit we are carrying a large balance.  There was an official recommendation that the guild consider purchasing an additional Certificate of Deposit to lower the balance.  Pam thanked the auditors but indicated that her financial records show that the guild can have reserves of up to $25,000 before any concern would be raised.  Pam also note that she did not think it was a good idea to buy an additional CD at this time because we are going into a Quilt Show year.  The surplus money in the guild’s account will quickly drain as we start the necessary preparations for the show.   There was a popular alternative suggestion made that we add $200 to our existing CD while we had the money.  There was a motion that was seconded to increase the existing CD by $200. With no further discussion, the motion passed.

Regarding the 2019-2020 budget, Pam went on to note that she had emailed the 2019-2020 budget to the group for review prior to this evening so that the budget could be discussed and formally adopted for the coming year.  A motion was made that was seconded that we adopt the budget as presented.  During discussion it was noted that one of the shelters that we support, Genesis House, has shown a need for gift cards for residence in transition.  Therefore, a recommendation was made that we increase our community service budget by $100 in order to contribute $100 every year to purchase gift cards for the shelter. There was some concern that the cards could be used inappropriately.  It was suggested that the cards be purchased for specific locations, such as grocery stores.  Therefore, the original motion was amended to reflect that the 2019/2020 budget be amended to increase the community service budget by $100 so that four $25 gift certificates could be purchased at stores, such as grocery stores, and that the cards can be distributed to Genesis House.  The motion to adopt the budget as amended was seconded, and with no further discussion, the motion passed.

Committee Reports:  The membership heard reports from all Committees.  Committees will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter.

Unfinished/Old Business:  None.

Announcements:  Chris reminded everyone that the next meeting is the December Potluck, which will be held on December 12th, @ 6:30 p.m., which is 30 minutes earlier than our typical meeting time.  Remember to bring a dish to share.  There was also a reminder that the Jeri Fickes’ Mystery Quilt class that was postponed from October is rescheduled for December @ 10:00 a.m.  It was recommended that attendees arrive early so they can be setup and ready.  Although the hall is usually open by 10:00 a.m., on days with workshops, the facility is open by 9:30 a.m. for this purpose.  Any questions about the class, please contact Donna Garrett.

Show & Tell:  Gorgeous items were shared, and fabulous tales were told.  Another productive month!!

Next Meeting:  Potluck, December 12, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Your President, Chris Yoo


Dues are due. Please see Marilyn or Karen to get them paid. Updated membership list will be ready soon.

Thank you. Karen

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

We delivered to Blessing House 6 quilts, 5 pillowcases and bibs. They sent us the following Thank You.

To our Blessing House friends,
Thank you for your wonderful donations of quilts, pillowcases and bibs. We are honored to have such wonderful friends in the community. It’s the generosity of people like you that allows us to continue our work.
Thank You! Blessing house.

I have 23 pillowcases to deliver.

Thursday Karen Neuschaefer is willing to show us her way of connecting the binding and sewing it on. Her technique is unique. It would be great is your can join us in binding quilts. The binding is all cut, pressed and ready to put on quilts.

77 quilts 86 pillowcases 80 pj Misc

94 quilts 184 pillowcases 9 pj

Thank you to many members how help make this possible.
Ruth Groot

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.

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

See meeting minutes for details.

December Birthdays
Nicole Justice
Karin Knox
Argena Patouhas


Evening Program:  Potluck
Day Workshop: Mystery quilt with Jeri Fickes




UFO Challenge

Drumroll………49 projects out of 285 were finished in 2019! Good job ladies! Unfortunately I didn’t complete even 1 item on my list. Signups for 2020 UFO Challenge will be in January, so get next years list ready!

Fat Quarter Exchange
Think about participating next year, sign-ups will begin in January!

2019 Challenge
Attic Windows – Examples can be found here.

Do you have an idea for a challenge? Please drop a note in the suggestion box or send an email to the guild email (address above). The challenge committee will discuss and plan challenges for the coming year.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy December to everyone!!  I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are looking forward to all the festivities of December.  There is so much for our guild to look forward to in 2020!!  There are MANY reasons to quilt and create!!  Although I hope you get time to work on your projects in December; save some of your creative mojo for 2020 because we have our big 2020 quilt show October 9th, 10th, and 11th.  We need loads of fabulous projects!!  We also have all those challenge quilts to finish so they are ready for the show aka Attic windows!! Also try to fit a fabric postcard on your list of 2020 projects  (the new 2020 president’s challenge).

Also starting rummaging through your sewing and quilting supplies for things for both the Guild Country Store booth at the guild show, and some like new items for the raffle basket auctions.  Just like in 2018, if you and/or a friend want to create your own specialty basket, that would be GREAT, but still start looking for general items for the baskets that the committee will put together.

2020 also brings an opportunity for us to promote our guild at the huge Original Sewing and Quilting Expo at the IX Center April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th!  We will sell quilt raffle tickets AND promote our quilt show at that event!  So exciting!!

>Finally, do you know what ELSE is special about 2020?  Well 20+20=40.  Our guild will be celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary next year!  I think that is quite amazing!  40 years of inspiration and creativity.  40 years of promoting the fiber arts.  40 years of community service!  I hope we have 40 more wonderful years!  So, please join me in making it a banner year for OUR guild.  Remember, it cannot succeed with YOU!

See you on December 12th @ 6:30 p.m. for the yummy potluck!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: Barb Spieker has hurt her arm; please sign the card at the Welcome table.

Newsletter Update: The guild signed a card for Barb Spieker at our November meeting. Since Barb was present at the meeting; Val addressed and mailed the card to Barb; aiming for “surprise” and another show of support.

Val Watring

By-Laws Section 8:  The Sunshine Committee shall notify members in case of illness or bereavement.  Cards will be sent; unless it is determined a blue basket is needed.

Blue Baskets:  When members lose a spouse or child, we support them by giving them fat quarters of fabric in their favorite colors.  The Sunshine Committee will supply the bag and card to be signed by the membership.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

I know its been a busy time of year, that isn’t over yet with the fast approaching holidays! I also know that many of you have taken the time to take home quilts, tops and backings for Quilts of Valor to work on. Let me just say that on behalf of the Quilts of Valor committee, we thank you!! Your help is vital in getting our Lorain County veterans their very own, well deserved, quilt of valor.

Thank you each and every one!

Save the date!

Quilts of Valor National Sew Day 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020

We will gather at the    Main Street Community Center
                                    255 Park Ave
                                    Amherst, OH 44001

It is very likely (and in the works) we will do a presentation of quilts to veterans some time during the day as well. I will update when we have confirmation.

Thank you,
Kaye Koler
Quilts of Valor Chair

Sue Schillig

One of the biggest challenges I have with things that I make for challenges is– what do I do with it afterward?  There have been times when I’ve fulfilled the challenge obligations but have an object for which there is no practical purpose.  After 40 years of quilting, creating another wallhanging must be a desperate need and not a whim.  That sometimes limits my ideas.  Certainly it has axed several possibilities.  So although my attic windows challenge has been on my UFO list all year, it is only recently that I’ve pulled together an idea that fulfills both my need for accepting a challenge and ending up with something practical.  Since I’ve decided one cannot have too many baby quilts made ahead, that seems to be an optimal size for a finished project.  So with any luck I’ll pull this off–both a challenge and a practical quilt.  My only enemy now is time…  Gotta run  back to the sewing machine!

Sue Schillig