Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 2 – October 8, 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
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/groups/LorainCtyPiecemakers
Guild email: loraincountypiecemakers@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes

At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and greeted visitors.  There were 25 members in attendance and no visitors.

Program:  We were joined by Suzanne Bednarchik owner of the Quilting Bee located at 15709 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood, OH.  As she indicates on her webpage, the Quilting Bee 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.  Check out the website at www.thequiltingbeeonline.com.  Suzanne brought a large selection of items from her shop for us to buy this evening.  It was wonderful!!  Can you say ROAD TRIP!!  Lakewood, here we come!! A huge thank you to Suzanne!!

President’s Report:  President Chris Yoo reminded everyone to please remember to give Cindy ideas for lecturers, teachers, trunk shows, etc.  If you are hesitant to suggest something, put it in the Suggestion Jar during a break or on your way out. Chris also let everyone know that the 2020 President’s Postcard Challenge entry deadline has been postponed to May 2021. Please consider participating. Kelly will include a link to the challenge instructions here in the newsletter. Finally, Chris let everyone know that starting with today’s meeting she will be taking photographs of the Show-n-Tell section of our meeting so she can share it with members who are not yet ready to venture out. Chris reminded the group to make sure to let her know if they did not want their photograph taken.

Approval of the Minutes:  Chris indicated that the draft minutes from the August 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 necessary; therefore, the minutes from the last meeting, August 2020, were approved as distributed and considered final.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report has been filed for audit by the Treasurer, Pam Scholle.  For a detailed report from the Treasurer, please review the Treasurer’s Report section of this Newsletter, which is included, by reference, in this document.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports all Committees.  The Committee Chairpersons will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter no later than the Saturday before the next meeting.  For up-to-date information from the Committees, please review the individual Committee Reports noted in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: It was noted that the issue of Guild T-shirts has not been finalized.  Chris Yoo agreed and promised to move the issue up on her “to do list.”

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  As evidenced by the video Chris shared, everyone had their “A” game going this month!  We are one creative bunch of quilters!!   If you missed the video, you can see it by clicking HERE.

Hope to see YOU and your projects in October!

Next meeting:  10/8/2020 @ 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.

Membership

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 us at:

Karen Neuschaefer
313 Augusta dr
Elyria, oh 44035

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

Marcy Delavan

Just a brief note regarding Community Service. I have been in contact with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. They provide beds for children in need in Lorain County. I mentioned quilts and pillow cases. They have just started a new chapter and once it gets going they will contact me. I have also seen all the great ideas on the facebook page from you all. Keep those ideas coming. I’m planning to have some kits ready on Thursday. See you then!

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

Lorain County Piecemakers monthly report:

Guild Balance                $9,639.41
Quilts of Valor                $1,220.92
Total in Checking           $10,860.33
Certificates    17 month  $2,043.79
July 23, 2021 Maturity
7 month   $1,514.33
May 3, 2021 Maturity

The books for last year have been turned over for audit and we should have a report at our October meeting.  I also request that we use the same budget as last year since we had not used as much due to not meeting for three months.   Those present agreed. I also informed those present that this was my last year as treasurer.  I will continue for the year of 20-21 and work with Lori who will take over next fall.  We are putting her on the checking accounts as a signor along with Chris and me this year.

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig

How did your quilting journey begin?  Was it a friend who talked you into taking a quilting class with them?  Did someone gift you with a quilt and you wanted to be able to do the same?  Or like myself, did you have a very patient grandma who took pity on the 8 year old who wanted to sew.

And what was that first “project”?  Mine was a nine patch block.  I have no idea what ever became of it but it is not on the UFO list so that’s a relief I guess.

Sometimes it is good to take a look back on the journey, if only to see how far you’ve come.  That is an especially good idea when you are facing something new.  Our October challenge was to try a new thing.  I’m still not sure what mine will be yet.  Creating my first Zoom meeting is pretty hard to show and tell.  And that using of the Bitmoji can’t really count either in my opinion.  So, we’ll just see if I manage to find something new.  If not, the instapot is still in the box….

Piecefully,
Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: The sunshine committee is sad that the sunsets are arriving earlier in the evenings.

Newsletter Update:
Yesterday (10/1), MaryAnn Grayson shared that Cheryl Majewski had a fall.  Today’s mail has a card for her.

Today (10/2), Sue Schillig called to say Deb Beard’s mom has passed away.  A sympathy card is ready for Deb.  I will send it today.

Kind thoughts for our gals.

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.

October Birthdays
Mike Shimandle – Oct 1
Tina Bowers – Oct 10
Lynette Thomson – Oct 23
Chris Yoo – Oct 25
Judy Riggle – Oct 25
Christine Bereznay – Oct 28
Bobbie Bruck – Oct 28
Carolyn Bradley – Oct 30

Programs/Workshops

Fellow Guild members,
This month we are in for a treat, No tricks involved!

“How did this become a UFO? : six common traps and how to avoid them.”

Our program is presented by  Susan Schillig. Here is a little about her:

I have been quilting all of my adult life and bits and pieces before that.  As I’m nearing the Medicare window, that is plenty of years.  I began with scissors and cereal box templates, progressed to the rotary cutter and have dabbled in computer generated patterns.  I am a traditional quilter who is not good with following a pattern’s directions exactly and like to play with color enough to never   use the “designated” fabrics with a pattern.

I have been married for 41 years to the same man.  Most everyone in my family has been or is currently a quilter, for the exception of a few of the guys.  Grandchildren are more interested in fabric than they have any normal right to be.  Grandma is trying to learn to share.  I have made more quilting mistakes than some people have made quilts, and I have quilting friends that have on more than one occasion bailed me out of a quilting emergency.   When not quilting I am in the garden or the kitchen or helping my parents who often think they can do more than their age suggests.

Please join us for the fun!
Cindy

PS Ladies I really need help with programs in November and December. We can not do our pot luck for Christmas so we need a program! Sue stepped up and is helping this month. I’m sure there are others who could share too. Please email cindykraft2211@yahoo.com

Challenges

UFO Challenge

It’s fall, have you been working on UFOs? I have been! 2 more completed and hopefully another done soon. We are up to 37 items completed off the lists as of the September meeting. 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

A few of the cool, crisp days of autumn had me dreaming of apple picking, cozy socks, carving a pumpkin, and bowl of steaming chili.  I have thrown open the windows a few times to enjoy the sweet smell of the season.  The shortening of the days and the cooling of the weather always bring a smile to my face.  You might catch a glimpse of that grin were it not for this dreaded face mask; but I digress.  I refuse to let COVID ruin my favorite time of the year.

Fall is a wonderful time, and I find I’m most creative between September and November.  I sit at my sewing machine, with the window thrown open and gaze out at the changing trees and think of all the projects I need to make for the holidays. Sadly, reality slips into my thoughts, and I start to wonder if traveling to see my many nieces and nephews is really the best thing to do this year.  So, I start thinking of things I can make that can easily be mailed.  Stupid COVID.

We all need to shake off reality for a second, and just enjoy this moment and the time we have.  We need to set ourselves up for a happy holiday season, and we all need to continue to do our best to stay healthy.  Just remember that we are in this together. So, reach out and connect with your people—no matter what that looks like this year.

Happy Autumn.
Happy Halloween.
Happy Fall Y’all.

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.

Sincerely,

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

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

Happy Fall!
I’ve been missing everyone and our meetings!

We have been busy though and have awarded three QoVs in
spite of COVID. Our own Vicki Morris has been sewing mightily on her own to make quilts for QoV. She will award those quilts for Veterans Day. TBD Thank you Vicki your time and effort is greatly appreciated !!!!

I am also very happy to report that our group in now a OFFICIAL MEMBER once again of Quilts of Valor. If you would like to join on your individually, go to
QUILTSOFVALORFOUNDATION.ORG.  All the information is there on the website.

The list for recipients continues to grow. If you would like to make a top on your own we welcome you to do that. There are free patterns on the above mentioned website. There may be a sew day in our future….. February is the month for the  national sew day. We’ll discuss and get back to you.

Once again we thank you for all your support of our Quilts of Valor group!!

As always,
SewHappy,
Kaye