Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 1 – September 10, 2020

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
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

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and greeted visitors.

Program:  The program this evening was presented by Elizabeth Bauman who serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Hiram College.  Betsy as she likes to be called, is a teacher and artist whose love of fabric, drama and history led her to the theatre and a career as a costume designer. She brings her knowledge of fashion history and sewing construction together with her sense of color, line and shape to help actors tell a story. These are the same things that draw her to work as a quilt artist.

Betsy presented a fabulous trunk show, everything from traditional to modern to art quilts, to, well, just about everything and anything!  Her unique style and flair were evident.  It was plain to see and hear that her quilts were admired by all, especially when a loud oooohhhhh, aaaaah, was heard floating across the room.

A huge thank you to Betsy for sharing her talent, her gift, and her obvious love for the art of quilting!

President’s Report:  Chris Yoo began by giving a HUGE thank you to Marcy Delavan for stepping up to Chair the Community Service Committee, which allows the outgoing Chairperson, Ruth Groot, the opportunity to step down knowing the committee is in good hands.  Chris also thanked Ruth for the wonderful work she has done during her time as Chairperson.  Finally, thanked everyone for coming out this evening as there was a nice group of around 35.   For those not in attendance, Chris noted here for the minutes that everyone was wearing a mask and minding social distance rules that are in place.  We will beat back COVID sooner rather than later if we all keep this up!

Approval of the Minutes:  Chris Yoo indicated that the minutes from the July 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 from the last meeting, July 2020, were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer, Pam Scholle was not at the meeting but she did pass along the treasurer’s report to Chris Yoo for reporting.  It was noted that the total in checking was $9,935.33.  Chris noted that the treasurers report would 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 no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.

Unfinished Business: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  It was so inspiring to see the wonderful quilts and quilted projects on display this evening!!  In case no one has told you this lately—YOU ARE ALL SO TALENTED !!!!

Next meeting:  9/10/2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

Reminders about Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance.  It is preferred that there are no more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family; if you are comfortable accepting a 4th person, that is just fine.  Also you are welcome to sit at the long tables along the side of the room.  Please remember to 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.

Hello everyone,

As you know, our dues run from September to August. The updated forms will be available on the website or you will be able to get them at the meetings. Dues are NOT going up, they are still $25 for the whole year!! If you don’t want to attend a meeting just yet, you can mail your form and check to Karen.

Thank you everyone for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the future. Stay safe and healthy,

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

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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

Guild Balance                                   $ 9,289.41
Quilts of Valor                                     $1,220.92
Home of Brave move to QOV
Total in checking                              $ 10,510.33

17 month  $2,043.79      mat.  July 23, 2021
7 month     $1,514.33      mat   May 3, 2021

Sue Schillig

I hope all of you are still getting some quilting projects worked on.  Summer is not my normal sewing time, only snatches here and there.  I’ve had a binding to sew on for over a month now and a quilt layered ready to machine quilt. But, the nearly 4 bushel of tomatoes in the garage and other gardening pursuits are cramping my quilting style and making it hard to believe I’ll actually meet my goal of 20 quilts in 2020.  Even if I don’t, what I’ve accomplished this year is not too shabby.  It is good to take time to reflect on our accomplishments sometimes and not only on our UFO’s.  Hope this rainy day will give you a few hours of sewing peace.

Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: I have been aiming to supply a few cheerful songs, graphics lately.

Newsletter Update:
Susan Thornton let us know Keri Celik has some foot surgery.  We popped a card into the mail for her.  Keri, here is hoping you are dancing at your quilting machine soon.

September 1st, Kaye Koler’s father, Raymond Pope, passed away.  Kaye’s sister, Joy Zickefoose, has been a Piecemaker member.    I have sent a card “Wishing You Peace”
to Kaye September 2nd.  We are so sorry for your loss Kaye and Joy!!!

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.

September Birthdays
Genny Dangerfield
Judy Fiest
Terri Girz-Kiedrowski
Dorothy (Dot) Glover
Sandi Morse
Anne Schaefer
Fran Weber


September Program
We will be joined by Suzanne Bednarchik from the Quilting Bee, At 15709 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood, OH. It is a gathering place for Quilters of all experience. Established in 2019, the shop offers fabric From Moda, RJR/Cotton +Steel, and Clothworks to name a few. Also notions, Patterns, longarm services and memory Quilts. Suzanne, the shop owner, Will be our guest as the speaker at our September meeting and will share some of the shop’s favorite items. Please join us.


UFO Challenge

With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 30 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 or bring it for show and tell.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters were passed out at the August meeting, what wonderful fat quarters everyone picked out! I can’t wait to use mine in one of my projects. Please think about participating next year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others!

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!

Presidents Challenge
Details can be found HERE

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!

Monthly Challenge
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for August-September and due in October is learn something new and make something! It could be a new technique, now hobby – entirely up to you! Any size is great!  A new challenge will be announced at the October 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

One of the highlights of each guild meeting is the Show & Tell time when members proudly display the quilts and other projects they have made. Those who are in attendance each meeting truly enjoy these projects, and we all receive inspiration from each of them.  I would encourage everyone who plans on attending a meeting to bring something to share.  It does not have to be quilting, but it should be fiber arts.  Many of us have multiple hobbies, so please share your quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, rug hooking, embroidery, etc.  Why?

When fellow quilters share their work and tell us a little bit about the process they have used, they are helping others to be inspired to try new techniques or color combinations in their quilts. This is a great way to help your fellow quilter to break out of their “box” of quilting knowledge.

When you show your project and tell what tools you used for your construction start letting us know about tools that worked well for you, or ones you found challenging and not worth the money.  We have all looked at tools at shows or online and wondered if there were really as good as they were marketed to be, so by sharing your experiences using these tools, others will know if they should save their money for something else or that this would be a great purchase for them.

When you show your project, you can ask for advice!  Have you been working on a quilt and you just keep feeling like it needs “something else” but you can’t decide what that is? Show and Tell can be the perfect time to ask for feedback and ideas of what that “extra little something” could be. We would all be happy to help!

When you show your project, you are helping motivate others to do the same.  Let’s face it, there are some people who are ever present at meetings, but they are shy, or concerned that their work “isn’t good enough”.  But, by seeing that there are lots of people sharing their quilts and fiber projects at all different skill levels, you may encourage them to share for the first time, so go forth and show that beautiful art that you have created and invite your friends to do the same.  There are no quilt police here.  So please consider sharing a project.

Finally, because there are many of our members not ready to venture out, I would like to start taking photos of the Show-n-Tell and share it with our members who are at home.  I will always ASK before I take a photo, but hopefully you will join me in helping to share the love with those members who cannot join us at guild.

Quilt on, Stitch On, and Rock on!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Quilt Show

Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

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

Quilts of Valor>Kaye Koler

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