Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 9 – June 11, 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

The May 14th meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. The June 11th meeting is also cancelled due to COVID-19.




Membership has no new information at this time.  We are hoping that we can get together soon.  If anyone needs anything feel free to contact Karen or Marilyn Novak.

Karen and Marilyn
Membership Committee

Community Service

Ruth Groot, Vickie Morris, Judy Riggle

I am happy to report to you that I delivered to Genesis House

70 quilts and 32 pillow cases. This was with the help of many members. I would especially thank Deb Beard who made 48 quilts.

Wow Deb!!! That is a great accomplishment.

We now have 8 quilts that need binding. Barbara King said she would do them. Also have 13 pillowcases done. When she gets the bindings done she will deliver them to Blessing House.

If anyone would like to come to my house to put together kits, just call me.

As you know, I would like to pass the position of community service chair person to someone else. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. It is not a difficult position and I would be willing to help the next person.

Enjoy your summer.
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

Our budget has not changed from last month.

  • We currently have $9,054.41 in our checking account.
  • Quilts of Valor has $830.01
  • Home of the Brave has $290.91
  • A CD for $1,500.00 matures July 3, 2020
  • A CD for $2043.79 matures July 23, 2021

Since we have not been meeting some of you may have questions on what is happening to the rent we’ve paid for the room.   New Russia Township will be crediting it to our rent for next year.

Pam Scholle Treasurer

Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   …no report/minutes. Meeting cancelled, drat that Coronavirus.

Newsletter Update:
Mood boosters:  a walk in the sunshine, fresh air, banana, Vitamin D, peppermint,  an invigorating shower,  a nap; especially if it is under a cozy quilt; pick a color that makes you feel happy; wear that color when you get dressed today, smelling clean laundry from the dryer, etc. What makes you feel HAPPY; with less stress?  Share that idea with a friend:  call her, text him, mail a card, meet at the park, or better yet, Dairy Queen.

I understand Cheryl Majewski had surgery on Thursday, May 21st.  We sent her a thoughtful get well card.  Wishing you, Cheryl, a speedy, comfortable recovery!

MaryAnn Grayson’s brother passed away.  Michael A. Leonard, 67, of Chillicothe, died Sunday morning at the Adena Regional Medical Center, following a battle with cancer.  We sent a sympathy card to MaryAnn.  https://www.hallerfuneralhome.com/obituary/michael-leonard

May 28, 2020 Ruth Groot had a heart cath procedure.  We sent her a silly card; ducks swimming in chicken soup on the cover; inside:  “..thought some soup and QUACKERS might make you feel better”.  Easy does it, Ruth!

We sent a sympathy card to our guild member, Judy Echeagaray on June 1st. Her mother passed away.
Judy, we are so sorry for your loss.

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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Hello piecemakers!

I know many of you have been productive during all this down time. Keep up the good work and enjoy every stitch! Looking forward to show and tells……

As for the Quilts of Valor committee, we have pretty much everything on hold with the exception of working on a few things ourselves at home. I look forward to getting together and sewing and presenting very soon. Thank you to everyone who has helped with our endeavor of serving our veterans. Keep up the good work and sewing for Quilts of Valor. I have had some questions regarding our guild’s participation in the national group QoV.

While we chose NOT to renew our membership due to the dramatic price increase (with little or no benefit to us) we still plan on making and presenting Quilts of Valor to veterans in Lorain County. I will still report the names of those to whom we awarded quilts on their website. And we will proceed as usual with sew days and the like. I hope that those of you that would like to make a quilt top or completed quilt for a veteran, feel free to do that!! We still have a list of names of nominated veterans awaiting quilts.

I also would like to add that I am asked frequently to quilt a QoV that someone has made personally for a friend or relative. (Not one our group has made) Currently I am only able to quilt those tops that we make together as a group or individually, that will be presented by our group. I’d love to be able to quilt them all but time does not permit. Thank you for understanding. If there are any questions please ask me.

Blessings to you all …

Kaye Koler

June Birthdays
Ruby Barck
Teri Barile
Dolores Bean
Deb Beard
Keri Celik
MaryAnn Grayson
Pat Sarraino
Darlene Shimandle
Barb Stiner
Carol Stomieroski


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

Dear Piecemakers,
As we endure more of the virus and the distancing t has brought I am hoping that we will be able to meet in July.
At this time I am still in a hold cycle on future guest speakers.
May we get to see each other soon.
Cindy Kraft

Quilt Show

Dear LCP Members,

As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show  (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.

After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori  Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer  and Julie Bragg) decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show.  We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.

We realized  that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink  or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).

Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced.  Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.

Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month.  We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway.  If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).

Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.


Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show


UFO Challenge

With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 22 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. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email.

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 June – then lists will be sent out via email (for those that want to shop early) and at the July meeting (if it’s held) with numbered bags. Everything is due back to me by the August meeting. Yes I’m pushing it back again because of the Corona Virus!  (last extension!!)

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

I hope everyone is healthy and doing okay during this unbelievable time in our country’s history.  As I sit and write this newsletter I am pondering where the last 5 months have gone.  For me the days have been a whirlwind of activities.  Since my day job is working for the Board of Developmental Disabilities in Cleveland, Ohio, I have been categorized as an essential worker.  Have worked from home, without a break, M-F since mid-March.  However, the last few weeks we are slowly going back into the office.

I have done a lot of stitching since March, especially since I started a new hobby—cross stitch, but I have also worked on several new quilts and a few old ones.  I find that I am jumping from one project to another as it has been hard for me to focus lately.  I hope you all have been very productive, no matter what you are doing.

I’m sorry we will miss another meeting, but I sure hope the Township will let us back into the hall in July.  Make sure to read all the sections of the newsletter this month as there is news about our Quilt Show (Julie Bragg), the Township Hall (Pam Scholle), and Community Service (Ruth Groot).

Remember, when we DO start coming back to the hall, I will understand if you would rather not venture out. However, if you do, I will be sure to make sure we spread out as much as possible and follow all the recommended guidelines.  If you are on Facebook, remember to join the guild’s Facebook group and share your photos of projects.  When I see those, it is almost like being together—well, almost.

If you have any questions remember you can reach out to me directly.

Quilt on my friends, quilt on!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo