Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 5 – January 14, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
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
No minutes from December meeting as the meeting was cancelled due to COVID.

January meeting is also cancelled.

Membership list was sent out 1/3/21, please advise if there are any updates needed, so we can send out an updated listing.

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

No Report

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:

balance in checking           $10,156.24
Quilts of Valor                    $  1,220.92
Total in Bank                       $11.377.16

17 month CD   $2,043.79  Mat. July 23, 2021
7 Month CD   $1,514.33    Mat.  May 3, 2021

Sue Schillig

I’ve discovered throughout the years that winter is my best quilting season.  I get more done in 3 months some years than the other nine months combined.  So, to increase my productivity now, I’ve developed ways handle  “quilting issues”.  Today’s issue was how to continue to machine piece 1 1/2 inch seams correctly to finish the Grandmother’s flower garden quilt for Evie, while maintaining my sanity.  I love to chain piece. And most quilts will lend themselves to doing so very easily.  Not so much this one.  But, I’ve got other projects, soooo….   I  used my Tree of Life quilt that I want to make to piece in between those pesky little seams.  The result was a finished flower garden  (except for two hand sewn seams) and several of my tree blocks are now pieced!  A win for both projects.  I’m now on my way to finishing two quilts instead of one.   If you are not familiar with chain piecing, there are many YouTube videos to explain this time saver.  Meanwhile, I’m working on my UFO list.  I felt so pleased with myself for getting 20 off last year’s list.  Unfortunately, when I went to put together the one for this year there are as many hopeful finishes as before!  But I’m not crazy. I know there are too many this year that will require an amazing amount of time.  But it’s winter…  let the fun begin!


Sue Schillig

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: our sewing/meeting was canceled due to the virus.

Newsletter Update:

January 2nd, Pam Scholle emailed us about Darlene Shimandle.  Darlene has been in the hospital.  Thus, I am sending a card out to Darlene ASAP.  Darlene is the owner of Mom’s Sewing Basket in Amherst.  Darlene’s husband, Mike, is also a guild member.

1-8-2021   Follow up:  Darlene is still in ICU.  Darlene’s family requests prayers as she recovers.

Update on Darlene: https://www.facebook.com/momssewingbasket/posts/1813362318813359

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.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Although our new year has started a tad crazy, to put it mildly, it has only caused me appreciate my stitching hobbies with more fervor than before.  I am reminded of a quote by former First Lady Grace Coolidge that I had read on the internet some time ago.  I dug it up again so I could share it with you:

“Everyone should be taught to sew, not merely for the sake of making something, but as an accomplishment which may prove a stabilizer in time of perplexity or distress.  Many a time when I need to hold myself firmly, I have taken up needle, a sewing thread, some knitting needles, or a crochet hook.  Whatever its form or purpose, it often proved to be as the needle of a compass, keeping me to the course.”

Truer words have never been spoken.  I think many of us can relate.  Stitching in any form has been a calming force in my life this past year.  I find that I cherish my hobbies even more due to the Pandemic.

My focus for the guild right now is twofold:  find speakers and programs for 2021 and making sure we are on course for our 2021 quilt show in September.  Happy stitching, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, appliqueing, etc., etc., etc.  We will definitely stay the course!  Hope to see you all soon!


Your Pres, Chris Yoo

January Birthdays
Barb King – January 3
Marcy Delavan – January 5
Jean Tobia – January 22
Pat Logar – January 26
Peggy Hughes – January 30
Lori Quinones – January 30


Remember our January sew day will happen!! However the meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Hopefully we will see each other in person soon.



Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the December and January meeting our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting. As of 12/31 there were 56 completed items off the UFO lists for 18% completed of the 304 submitted items.

We already have 2 people that have submitted their lists to me, they MUST be submitted to me (either my email or guild email) no later than 1/31/21 in order to be in this years contest. Your list may include anything you want to finish: quilts, pillows, cross stitch projects, knitting, crochet – it just has to be crafting related. Also to participate we ask for $5 to go toward prizes at the end of the year, this can wait until we meet again or you can send me a check or cash.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Please think about participating this year, it’s fun picking fabrics out for others! Sign-ups will start now (or the first month we meet next) – if you know what color/theme you’d like let me know and I’ll put you on the list. Sign-ups will continue until April – this might change depending on when we meet next.

2020 Challenge
Checkerboard quilts!
A checkerboard is a pretty easy quilt to make, and it doesn’t have to be black and white. One time I was Showing & Telling a quilt I’d made, one of the gals commented that it could be considered a checkerboard because it was two alternating blocks, vintage Christmas cards and what I imagined to be a 1940s green print. I also made a red and white one–again just a two-block quilt–that reminded me of Alice’s chess game with the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass.

Actually any Nine Patch that alternates with any other block would do the trick, that or a Double Nine Patch, on which five of the squares could be Nine Patches and the other four could be solids.

Or you could make a Jacob’s Ladder with a little checkerboard nestled in in the lower right-hand corner.

This would be a gratifyingly unchallenging challenge, plus pretty festive and jolly, fun for our Quilt Bonanza next fall.

Your pal Susan
Challenge enthusiast

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 crayon Challenge will now be due at the next face to face meeting. This challenge is to make something (any size) using the 2 crayons that you chose 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, email me and I can get you 2 crayon colors. Since we’ve extended this challenge and you’d like to participate – let me know and I’ll get you 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. As of right now I have 3 ladies (plus me) that have signed up. I’d like to get at least 3 more before we start talking about what focus fabric we are going to use. This will be a long term project, as tops won’t be completed until December.

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).

Quilt Show

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

Have you all had a chance to clean up your sewing rooms during our “staying at home” time?

Have you discovered like I have that you have somehow bought TWO of the same sewing item?

That second item or a new fat quarter that you now realize you will never use in a quilt can be a much desirable item in one of our Raffle Baskets for our September Quilt Show.

We’ll be collecting all your “new but not what I need” items at sew days and meetings.

Please call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Julie Bragg