Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 5 – January 9, 2020

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

At 6:30 p.m. President, Chris Yoo, welcomed everyone, including a few visitors to the December potluck.  Following the blessing a wonderful dinner was enjoyed.

President’s Report:  Chris introduced the new 2020 President’s Challenge which will be a fabric postcard based on your favorite holiday memories. For complete rules and information click HERE.  Chris also surprised the group with several door prizes as a fun year-end give-a-away.

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the November 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:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle, presented the treasurer’s report, noting the total in checking was $10,683.49.  Of this total, Quilts of Valor has $1,079.92, and Home of the Brave has $290.91. The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.

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:  Chris noted that there has been some interest in ordering t-shirts again.  She assured the group that she has started looking at opens for the new year.

Announcements:  None.

Show & Tell:  Several attic windows were finished, multiple large quilts, and loads of fabulous table runners.  Have I told you lately that you are all fabulous?!?!

Next Meeting:  January 9, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. for a program by Marj Girosky from The Sewing Connection in Milan, Ohio.  Marj will present Stitching and More with Decorative Threads.


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

No report

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.

Sue Schillig

What happens when you mix a New Year’s resolution with a UFO list?  Well, probably not my best moment actually.  Caught up in the spirit of both I have determined to finish 20 projects this year.  To be fair, many are old ones, but I’ve added a couple of new ones to add interest and hope.  If I’d settled for only finishing the ones started in years past I’m sure I’d be doomed to failure.  Failure is still mighty likely, but at least I’ve added a couple of things to the list to make it interesting.  I’ve also made sure there are more than 20 on my UFO list–no problem there–  in the event some of those lost souls remain tucked away in the closet for yet another year.   I’m hopeful though, as I always am, this early in January.  Talk to me in June.  I might need a pep talk.

Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

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

January Birthdays
Libby Betounes
Marcy Delavan
Peggy Hughes
Barb King
Pat Logar
Lori Quinones
Jean Tobia


Evening Program:  Marj Girosky from The Sewing Connection in Milan, Ohio. – Stitching and More with Decorative Threads
Day Workshop: None – but come and sew anyway!



UFO Challenge

Great job last year on UFO’s! Let’s do just as good a job this year! Signups are this month – please have your list to Kelly by January 31st to be included. You can give me a list at the meeting or email it, but I will also need $5 to go toward prizes at the December meeting.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Signups are now open for the Fat Quarter Exchange! The more that sign up, the more variety you will receive. Just think 20 people sign up and you get enough fat quarters to do a turning twenty quilt! Sign-ups will be open until the March meeting – then lists will be sent out via email (for those that want to shop early) and at the April meeting with numbered bags. Everything is due back to me by the June meeting.

2020 Challenge
Checkboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details 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 New Year Quilters!!   I was organizing my 2020 calendar and making notes as we begin to plan for our 2020 Quilt Show.  During that, I found my 2018 quilt show booklet and all the “notes” I made inside.  At the 2018 show, when I talked with ladies who traveled from other guilds, I made a note of their comments in my show book, here are a few samples of what they said…you have ample parking here, tons of room inside, endless tables and electrical plugs,  clean restrooms, a kitchen area, soft comfy chairs, plenty of light, simply gorgeous facility, and oodles of space for basting quilts, and you get to use it ALL DAY once a month?!?!  They are flabbergasted.  You know what?  They are right.  Therefore, I wanted to start the new year out by reminding everyone about the fabulous, glorious facility we have the 2nd Thursday of every month—ALL DAY.  However, every month on sew day, I am constantly amazed at the few people who take advantage of the fabulous facility we have.   I realize some of you still work (me too), but I’m just saying, on occasion, pack it up girlfriends and come on down!  I know I’ll never baste another quilt on my small table at home or, heaven forbid, on the basement floor!!

Since I’m on the topic of attendance, I have to say I am also a little saddened by the low attendance at our potlucks.  We have two chances every year to socialize over a meal, but attendance really appears to be dwindling.  The December potluck had all of 35 people in attendance and we have almost 80 paid members!  Well you missed some grand food and door prizes.  Yep, I gave away about 7 or 8 prizes just for showing up (smile).  Please understand that I do know we have snowbirds who are out of town, and everyone is busy with holiday things, but…I also know that I miss you when you are not there.  Several of you tell me that you have a hard time leaving the house, but once you get to the hall you are SOOOO glad you came.  Please push your tail out the door and join us for sewing, socializing, and occasionally, for a meal.  I promise to do my best to make it worth your while.

Oh, and Happy 40th Anniversary to our Quilt Guild!!

Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: Guild members signed Christmas cards for Judy Riggle and Mary Wallhead. Judy and Mary, we miss you at our meetings. We signed a get well card for Cassandra Brown (gall bladder surgery). Cassandra, prayers for restored health as soon as possible. Take care!

Newsletter Update: We learned Iris Tewksbury had knee surgery. Val put a card to her in the mail on Friday. Iris, we are wishing you comfort and healing.

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.