Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 3 – November 12, 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.  There were 25 members in attendance.

Program:  We had the special honor tonight of welcoming our very own Susan Schillig as she presented a program entitled, “How did this become a UFO?  Six common traps and how to avoid them.”  Sue presented not only a fabulous slide show, but she also brought along with her, many actual show-n-tell items to share.  Sue also shared many wonderful stories about her quilts.  It was absolutely fabulous time!!  Thank you again Sue!

President’s Report:  Chris Yoo thanked the group for the many wonderful comments she received following the video slide show she created from last month’s meeting show-n-tell. Chris shared that she will continue to share such videos so the members who cannot attend the meetings will continue to enjoy seeing their friends and their projects.

Approval of the Minutes:  Chris indicated that the draft minutes from the September 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, September 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 of 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 that were present.  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 only unfinished item at this time was the issue of purchasing new Guild T-shirts.  Chris indicated that more details will follow, most likely in early 2021.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  Loads of wonderful quilts, pillows, stuffed animals, banners, table runners and more!!  Wowza!!  Keep creating friends!!

Next meeting:  11/12/2020 @ 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,

Thank you to all who have paid their dues. Despite the corona virus atmosphere, we have 49 paid members. If you would like to pay dues to continue to receive the emails, updates, and newsletters prior to the meeting, please feel free to send them to Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

Hi all! I know many of you are still uncomfortable attending the community sews and meetings. I am willing to accommodate you by dropping off kits for quilt tops, pillow cases, or cutting jobs. If you would like me to do this please email me at Marcylongarms@gmail.com and let me know what you would like. I can also pick up things that you have already made. Just let me know. This has been a weird year. We were unable to have out community sew day so we don’t have as much to share with out community partners at this time.

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                $9721.24
Quilts of Balor               $1,220.92
Total in Checking           $10,942.16
Certificates                   17 month $2,043.79      July 23, 2021 Maturity
7 month   $1,514.33      May 3, 2021 Maturity

Our taxes have been filed and accepted for last year.

Sue Schillig

No Report

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: We just learned from Karen N. that Fran Weber should receive a get well card from the guild.  Val shared a Trick or Treat:  Tootsie Roll Pop suckers plus a fun list to use the candy as a quilter’s tool c/o Moda Fabrics.
See link: http://www.unitednotions.com/print_tootsie-tool.pdf

Newsletter Update:

Thanks, Karen Nueschaefer, for letting us know Fran Weber is under the weather. We sent Fran a sunny card October 9, 2020. Easy does it, Fran.

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.

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report

November Birthdays
Kelly Grace – November 8
Katherine Diesch – November 18
Melanie Kaliszewski – November 28
Saundra Lambert – November 30


The program for November will be “One Wild & Crazy Maker of Things.”  The lady we all know as our “Pres” will bring you along on a journey.  Come join Chris Yoo for an evening of Show and Tell that may not be what you expect!  Let Chris take you back in time and introduce you to how she became the creative junky she is today.  On this journey you will learn how she started channeling her hidden creativity.  Chris will show you some of her favorite tools of the trade, and present not only a live Show-N-Tell of all the crazy things she makes, but also a video montage that will take you back to the very beginning.  Not to be missed!  Bring your favorite beverage and a snack!  November 12th @ 7:00 p.m.


Cincy Kraft


UFO Challenge

It’s fall, have you been working on UFOs? A few UFO’s were shown at the October meeting, including 2 of mine! We are now up to 46 items completed off the lists as of the October 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
Please think about participating next year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start in January.

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. We had 6 people that completed and showed their new technique projects at the meeting. I had fun learning to quilt with rulers! The new Challenge that is due at the December meeting is to make something (any size) using 2 crayons that were chosen at the October meeting. 1 additional fabric can be added if needed. If you’d like to participate and weren’t at the October meeting, see me at the November meeting or email me and I can get you 2 crayon colors.

Block Exchange 2021
One of the quilts I showed at the October meeting was a block exchange quilt top that was completed in 2013. A block exchange is where a fabric is chosen and everyone that joins uses that fabric and any additional fabrics needed to make a block for each person participating. So if we have 12 members that want to participate, you would make 12 of the same block. All the blocks would be turned in to me, sorted so each person gets one and then handed back. You can then set them in any fashion you chose, but you have a quilt that guild members helped you to create. If you’d like to participate please let me know at the meeting or via email.

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

November is the month we are reminded to take a look at what we have to be thankful for. In a year where so much has been out of the ordinary, so much turmoil, so much loss has happened, the blessings can be harder to see, but when we do see them, they shine even brighter.  Who would have thought we’d be longing to sit shoulder to shoulder, and to hug dear friends and family close, and longing for just a glimpse at a few smiles?  I know many of you are still longing to return to a guild meeting and to show off all your UFO’s during show-n-tell.  It is such an odd time in history my friends.

One of the things I am thankful for is YOU! All of You!  I am thankful that we are staying connected, if not at meetings, then on Facebook or email.  I know many of you connect outside of guild as well.  Staying connected and united as a guild is critically important to the guild’s mission and to our guild’s continual survival during the heart of this Pandemic.

As we enter into November with shorter days, dealing with winter, and possibly isolation for some of our members, please continue to reach out to each other, share your good and tough times, and know that you are supported, cared for, and needed in this time. I am thankful, yes. I am thankful for my extended family that I met here at the Lorain County Piecemakers.

Hope to see some of you on November 12th, but if not, I’ll be sure to share the program with you through email.  Know that you can connect with us many ways, other than in person.  Sending you all a giant virtual hug!

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