Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 10 – July 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

So sorry this is late! Blame the holiday weekend! 🙂 Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.


The June 11th meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. The July 9th meeting will happen! Please note that masks are mandatory for the meeting.




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

>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:
…hoping this newsletter finds you well and upbeat.  The colorful sunshines in the graphic below, are supplied so you may feel chipper, positive, cheerful, optimistic, buoyant, bubbly, UP, happy, and/or cheery.  Feel free to “mooch” from the thesaurus for words that may brighten your day/mood.

Good news:  Bobbie Bruck is home after surgery and on the mend.  We sent Bobbie a card from the guild.   Easy does it, Bobbie!!

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

No Report

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

July Birthdays
Jerri Bachna
Michael Baird
Ruth Bradley
Dianne Clawson
Maryann Doucette
Kathryn French
Carolyn Knipper
Cindy Kraft
Sharon Lutz
Vicki Morris
Pat Predmore
Pam Scholle
Mary Jane Toney
Beverly Tucker
Teri Walter


I am so glad to be able to announce that the July meeting will feature Darlene Shimandle from Mom’s Sewing Basket. She will be presenting a demonstration on how to use the Hexagon Quilt As You Go template And some of the creative layouts it can be used for. I have seen a peek and it is fun and easy!

Darlene has recently enlarged the teaching area at Mom’s Sewing Basket which has increased the space in the
merchandise side of the shop.

August 13: Elizabeth Bauman whose love of fabric and drama led her to a career a a teacher and costume designer. Betsy’s respect for the past of quiltmaking is the springboard for her quilts. She tries to tell a story or express an idea.

For her presentation she will bring her quilts and talk about where her design ideas came from and how she approached construction for each. She says “my work ranges from traditional with a twist, to whimsical themes and also innovative art quilts.

Bauman serves as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Hiram College.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!


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. Numbered bags and lists will be handed out at the July meeting and fat quarters are due back at the August meeting. Everything is due back to me by the August meeting. If you will not be at the July meeting to get your bags, just make sure that each fat quarter has a number on it so I know who it goes to.

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-July is NAME TAGS! Everyone has had plenty of time to make a new name tag, please plan on showing off your work at the July 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

Hello fellow quilters and friends.  Even though the Township has agreed to allow us to meet starting in July, I know with all my heart that this is still a time of uncertainty and high anxiety for many of us, especially with the numbers of COVID cases growing in many regions.  That is why I wanted to start by saying you need to do what is best for you to stay healthy, reduce stress, and gain control over your live.  For me, personally, I need to get out and do something other than sewing in my house or working in Cleveland.  So, on Thursday, July 9th, I’m going to host a small Christmas in July event at the meeting hall.  I’ll wear my holiday themed face mask, hum along to holiday music, and work on a project or two away from home and work.

I’ll have a small holiday themed project for everyone to make if you want to join me.  It is a SMALL MYSTERY project so at this point all I can tell you is to bring two fat quarters that coordinate nicely and you may want them to be holiday colors, but make sure they are small print or a print that will be okay if cut or folded into small pieces (you will not see large prints).  Make sure the colors are not matchy, matchy but instead contrast, i.e., one light and one dark.  You will also need basic sewing supplies for your machine, coordinating thread, and a hand sewing needle as part of the project is sewn by hand, and a small travel iron.  This is a very quick, small project and you actually get several from two fat quarters.  They make fabulous gifts.

I will open the hall by 10:00 am. on Thursday, July 9th.  I will have a couple of fun games and prizes for the few who venture out.  If you want to get out and sew but are not interested in the holiday event, please still plan on joining us, but you will have to indulge my need to play holiday music.

We will also be having our regular meeting and show-n-tell at 7:00 p.m. in the evening.  I believe Cindy will be sharing that we have a program and some shopping Thursday before the meeting/program.  Remember that due to facility restrictions, you must wear a mask (or clear face shield) while in the hall, and you have to bring your own hand sanitizer, should you desire to use it.  Also, the hall is not providing sanitizing materials so if you want to wipe down your table and/or chairs, you need to bring your own cleaning materials.  We will also be asking that you practice social distancing while in the hall, no more than 3 per large round table.  Finally, the guild will not be supplying food or drinks so please make sure to bring your own.

Again, if you are not ready to venture out, that is okay—no one is judging anyone.  Just remember to keep quilting and stitching. This seems obvious, but many times when faced with major disruptions in our lives we can forget to do the things that bring us joy. As a creative, you probably use quilting and stitching to relax and bring balance to your life, so don’t forget to create my friends.

Finally, another obvious thing, but please beware of information overload. If you’re like many of us, you’re glued to the TV and/or your mobile device trying to stay up-to-date with the latest news, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel a sense of gloom and doom.  So, get the information you need, but don’t get sucked into hours of negative updates.  Limit your news intake right now.  I stopped watching the news for a few days and it was the best thing I ever did.  Use the extra time to work on that large stack of UFOs.  Be safe and healthy my quilting friends and I’ll see you when you are ready.  This pandemic will eventually end—hopefully sooner rather than later.  Stitch on!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo