Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 7 – April 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
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

At 7:00 p.m. President, Chris Yoo, welcomed a very small group this evening (maybe a dozen), noting that we were entering into the COVID-19 era.  Chris thanked the small group, which included 1 guest!!  Chris assured the guest that we typically have a much larger group, but the concerns over the virus were starting to become reality.

Program:  Sadly, Chris reported that as was anticipated last month, the speaker for this evening, Mary Ann Tipple, had to cancel due to illness.  However, Chris was prepared to entertain the group with her short story entitled, Perfection is Highly Overrated.

President’s Report:  Chris shared that the NEORQC meeting at Pins and Needles was definitely a fun time and she was happy to see a couple of members at the meeting.  Chris noted that it was almost standing room only, and she recalled that the headcount taken was about 135 members in that room!  Crazy fun!

On a sadder note, Chris had to report that due to COVID-19, it was just reported today that the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo at the IX center was postponed until the summer.

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the February 2020 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 $10,125.33 and she renewed one of our CDs.  Pam asked if there were any questions about the budget, hearing none it was noted that 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 shared that she is still looking for someone to host the Christmas in July event here during the day on July 9th.  Someone asked what would that entail and Chris reported that you would be tasked with opening the hall, making coffee, and making event fun and festive for everyone who attended.  You could come up with some holiday themed games, a small holiday themed challenge, just anything really.    Chris also indicated that a couple of members could share this responsibility and she reminded them it would only be for July 2020 as she planned on resuming her hostess duties in July 2021.  Finally, Chris noted that if her vacation is cancelled at the last minute due to the virus, she will be available to help.

New Business:  None.

Announcements:  None.

Show & Tell:  There were still some beauties present, even with our small group.

Next Meeting:  Unfortunately, following the meeting it was decided to CANCEL the April meeting to the restrictions placed on social gatherings for the month of April.

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 4/4/2020

Membership

No Report

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.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

No report

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

April Birthdays
Judy Echeagaray
Georgia Forbush
Ruth Groot
Kaye Koler
Barbara Leoni
Helen Smelser
Barbara Spieker

Programs/Workshops

April – No meeting or sewing day due to Stay at Home order

*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!

Cindy

Challenges

UFO Challenge

Sue has been busy and items are flying off her list! With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 13 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your 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 continue through the end of April – then lists will be sent out via email (for those that want to shop early) and at the May meeting (if it’s held) with numbered bags. Everything is due back to me by the June meeting.

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard 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. Challenge for March is NAME TAGS! This will continue until we meet again, right now there’s no excuses we all have the time to make a name tag!

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

Yep Folks, everything is cancelled.  We are living in a strange, historical time.  Decades from now the kids of today will be talking about the year of COVID-19 when they are adults, just like other generations talked about the Great War and/or the Depression.  Crazy times.  I keep seeing stories directed at parents about how to handle their children when they get very disappointed about all their scheduled fun events being cancelled, such as birthday parties, prom, Disney Vacations, etc. But…HEY, what about us Adults??!!    My co-worker has been planning her dream wedding and reception for 18 months and guess what—CANCELLED.  Quilt Shows across the nation are cancelling.  Oh, and hey, I’m not a boob (smile).  I don’t need someone (my husband mostly) telling me that cancelling these events is the right thing to do or that it is all for the greater good.  I know all that.  However, I keep reminding my husband, that people are allowed to be disappointed.  Just like the “little” kids, we big kids are also allowed to be truly disappointed.

Anyone who has studied psychology can tell you that disappointment is often linked to a feeling that we have loss control of a situation somehow.  We cannot control this crazy time.  Just like life in general, we often cannot control what happens to us, but we absolutely CAN control how we react.   My reaction is to grind my teeth, sew masks for my work and family, and silently worry that my bucket list trip in July will be cancelled and if and when I complain about that, everyone will most likely think I’m being a tad shallow.  Well, if that is the worst problem I have ladies and gents, then I surely do not have any problems.

In the end, I want everyone to stay home, practice good hygiene, and be healthy.  I’m sad that our April meeting is cancelled, but yes, it is a sign of the crazy times we are living through right now.  If cancelling everything keeps everyone safe and alive, we will deal with it in our own unique ways.  Some of us take the high road and some of us pout and whine, but we will all come out on the other side, sooner rather than later—I pray.

With that, I’ll say I hope I see you all in May.

Your Pres, Chris Yoo
4/4/2020

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report: No report

Newsletter Update: Please see Val’s witty newsletter Between-er Memo HERE

Fondly,
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.