Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 5 – February 13, 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 7:00 p.m. President, Chris Yoo, welcomed everyone, including 3 visitors.  Program Chair and Vice President Cindy Kraft introduced our speaker for the evening, Marj Girosky from the Sewing Connection in Milan, Ohio.  Marj demonstrated bobbin work and presented a trunk show that detailed her glorious fancy stitch work.

President’s Report:  Chris took this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and congratulated the Guild on it’s 40th anniversary (1980 – 2020).  Chris noted that 2020 was going to be a VERY busy year for the guild as we will be hosting our big 3-day quilt show in October, and we will have a presence at the April Original Sewing and Quilting Expo at the International Exposition Hall in Cleveland.  Chris went on to note that even before the April Expo, the guild will be represented at the QUILTS 2020 show at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio from February 8 through March 8, 2020. At that show there will be a special exhibit of our 14 Self Portraits quilts.  Chris encouraged everyone to take a road trip to Lake County to see our Special Exhibit.  She noted that if you wanted to shop, vendors are only there 3 days, Friday, February 28th through Sunday, March 1st.  Admission is $8.  When all is said and done, 2020 is going to be a fun-filled, creative year!

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the December 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 $10,482.24.  Of this total, Quilts of Valor has $1,079.92, and Home of the Brave has $290.91. Pam noted that we have contacted the Home of the Brave chairperson who says that she should wrap everything up in 2020 and then if there are any HOB funds remaining at that time, they can be redistributed to another project.  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:  None.

Announcements:  Chris went on to share more information about upcoming fun things to do in Ohio this year, including the following:

February 14-16:  NEORQC 2020 GETAWAY February 14-16, 2020.  For those lucky peeps who are registered as it is sold out!

Saturday, March 7, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. NEORQC Meeting @ Pins & Needles.  More details to come in the next NEORQC newsletter.  Please mark your calendar and plan on attending so our guild is well represented.  They always have each guild stand up and they take a head count of members present. 

Thurs – Friday, April 2, 3, and 4th, 2020, Original Sewing & Quilting Show @ the IX Center. Our guild will have a booth all 3 days selling raffle tickets.  Our table will need to be supervised from 10am. to 6pm.  I’ll have a sign-up sheet starting next month.  You can sign up for as little as 1 hour or as long as all day.  Remember if you volunteer, your admission is FREE, you just have to pay parking.

Wednesday, April 29 – Sunday, May 3, 2020:  44th Annual Sauder Village Quilt Show and Workshops.

June 11th is our Annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day here at the Lodge all day.  Hope you can come sew, sew, sew for a good cause.

July 9th is our Annual Christmas in July event.  Fun day of sewing holiday themed items and/or just getting an early start on all those holiday gifts!!  This evening is our Summer Potluck.

August 23rd – 30th:  The 175th Lorain County Fair. Member volunteers make the needlework barn a huge success.

October 8th we will NOT have our meeting instead we will be setting up for our Quilt Show which will be October 9th, 10th, and 11th.

Show & Tell:  More fabulous attic windows for the challenge were completed and several large quilts and so much more.  To say we are a creative group is the understatement of the year!!  I cannot wait to see what next month brings!

Next Meeting:  February 13th @ 7:00 p.m. The evening lecture will be given by Kaye Koler on stabilizing and construction of t-shirt quilts.  The Day Workshop will also be Kaye as she teaches Miniature Quilts.   See you then!!

Reminders about Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name bag.  Please avoid chit-chat while someone is speaking to the group, both during presentations and during Show-n-Tell. Please set your cell phone to silent mode or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!

Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.
Submitted for distribution 2/2/2020.


We currently have 81 paid members.  Please make sure to welcome the newest members from last month,

Terri Griz-Kiedrowski
Darlene Shimandle
Mike Shimandle

and Diane Duly for rejoining.  Please wear your name tags and make our newbies feel welcome.

Karen and Marilyn
Membership Committee

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

A friend of mine gave me a bucket list of quilt ideas, new things to try.  Among them was doing more quilt things with social media.  I have two of Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage books, and there is a Facebook page with Lori’s work on it called Bee In My Bonnet.  There is also a blog.   I’ve been posting pictures of the blocks I’ve created and gotten some very encouraging comments.  Hard to believe there are thousands of others who like Lori ‘s work throughout the world.  It is nice to see how others color her blocks.  Although it is easy to spend too much time online, it is nice to see others sewing the same things that you are.    It turns out that trying something new is quite fun.  I’ll continue that with my first attempt at miniatures.  This could be quite an interesting year.

Sue Schillig

February Birthdays

Julie Bragg
Sally Gezzer
Boni Grove
Cheryl Majewski
Dee Martin
Karen Neuschaefer
Marilyn Novak


February 13        Lecture KAYE KOLER        Topic     Stabilizing Special Projects for Quilts Linens, T-Shirts and more

*Suggestions are needed to fill out this years schedule for programs.

Please call Cindy Kraft or email cindykraft2211@yahoo.com  With your suggestions. If you would like to share a program, lecture or trunk show let me know!



UFO Challenge

16 brave women have signed up for the UFO Challenge this year! We have 304 items on the lists, let’s see how many get done this year! I already have 1 done from my list!!

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

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting.

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).

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

As we enter the 40th anniversary year for our guild, I wanted to take a moment to remember and thank the founding members.  According to our bylaws, the guild was formed by Becky Demko and Kay Jones Zakowski.  The guild logo was designed by current member Deborah Beard.  The guild has met in many locations over the years, including the Lorain County Community College, St. Joseph’s Church Hall, and the beautiful New Russia Township Lodge where we now call home.

I will be forever grateful to the ladies who had the foresight to put into place the structure of this guild and the origins of the Bylaws all those 40 years ago. They laid the groundwork which supports us still today.  After 40 years, quilting still brings us all together for a purpose. Learning about quilting, evolving our quilting techniques, and supporting charitable organizations with our quilts, are all important aspects of belonging to the guild.  We are a group of individuals who can relate to each other because of our shared interests. I think you can find a friend anywhere in the country if you either show up at a quilt guild for a couple of meetings or attend a quilt show and sit at a community table. You are never alone when you are with quilters.

I also wanted to take this moment to remember our Guild’s Mission Statement.  It shall be the purpose of the Guild to promote and support the education of the art and craft of quilting and related fiber arts, adding to the traditions and history, by developing and encouraging new concepts and motiving each other to achieve excellent in our work.

May our 40th anniversary year be the best ever!  Quilt on!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: Please sign cards at the front table for: Libby Betounes, Kaye Kohler and MaryAnn Grayson. Thank you!

Newsletter Update: 1/31/2020 Kaye Koler mentioned her sister, Joyce Zickefoose, former LCP guild member, has been in the hospital. We sent a card. Nancy has been transferred 2/1/2020 to St. Mary of the Woods.

2/2/2020 We sent “A caring wish from all of us” to Barb Leoni. Her husband was headed to the hospital February 3rd. Barb is juggling care plus work.

Thanks, Bobbie Bruck and Lynette Thomson, for letting us know: Anne Schaefer is recovering from a knee replacement (January 21st). We wish Anne a comfortable and speedy recovery.

Val will be out of town for our February meeting; returning Monday, February 17. Please call or text if there are Sunshine items for me to address: 440.935.0972. Thanks!

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

No Report