Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 6 – February 11, 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 January meeting as the meeting was cancelled due to COVID.

February’s meeting is a Zoom meeting – links will be sent out to members prior to Thursday.


Please welcome  Lynette Thomson and Carolyn Bradley to the guild.  The ladies have decided to renew their membership.  Thank you ladies.

Karen and Marilyn

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:

Guild Checking                 $  9,964.24
Quilts of Valor                   $ 1,220.92
Total in bank                     $11,185.16

10 month CD                    $  1,514.33    Mat. Date 5-03-21
17 month CD                   $  2,043.79    Mat. Date 7-23-2021

Sue Schillig

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

To quote my great niece, we have entered the month “with all the hearts.”  I guess that’s her way of referring to the month with Valentine’s day.  She is not wrong, of course.  My hubby and I don’t do much to celebrate what he calls another “Hallmark Holiday.”  Yep, he’s soooo romantic (insert me laughing hysterically here). Nonetheless, I do want to wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day and to tell you that you are loved and thought of during this month with all the hearts (smile).

I’m very excited about our first Zoom lecture and meeting on February 11th.  I have had fun visiting with a few of you during the first two Zoom practice sessions.  If you have not had a chance to practice, there is one final zoom practice scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m.  That zoom invitation should be in your inbox.  If you don’t have it, contact me directly.    The zoom invitation for our February 11th program and meeting will not be sent out until the evening of Tuesday, February 9th, sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  The link will start working on Thursday February 11th at 6:45 p.m. and our program will start at 7:00 p.m. sharp.  At that time, I will mute all microphones so that only the speaker can be heard.  She will have a Q&A session at the end so save your questions for the end.  You will have to unmute yourself to speak at that time OR for those using the chat box, ask your question there and she will see it or I will read it to her.

The speaker on Thursday is Barbara Eikmeier. Barb has been quilting since 1984 and teaching quilting since 1990. She is the author of four books, including “Back Basting Applique Step by Step” published by Martingale and Co, has designed seven reproduction fabric collections for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, and is a Craftsy instructor. Barb’s work has appeared in many quilting magazines and she has been a frequent guest on Love of Quilting PBS program. Married to a career Army officer, Barb has lived in several regions of the US, as well as South Korea. A long-time member of the American Quilt Study Group, she considers herself a student of quilt history. Barb is a traditional quilter and applique is her favorite quilting technique. She lives in Lansing, Kansas, with her husband (now retired from the Army) and two dogs.

Barb will be presenting her program entitled “The Random Block Sampler – It’s Not Random!!  Explore the exciting Random Block Sampler in this trunk show featuring quilts and wall hangings made with different size blocks. See ideas for combining orphan blocks into unique quilts or for designing and making your own one-of-a-kind quilt.

Following our program and the Q&A we will say goodbye to the speaker and have a regular guild meeting and show-n-tell for anyone who has something to show.

Zoom recommendations:  If you are not an old pro with Zoom, I recommend during the program you set your “view” to full screen and speaker view instead of gallery view.  In Speaker View it will minimize all the guild members screens and maximize the person who is speaking on the screen.  It is easier to see the speaker’s quilts and our show-n-tell that way.  When you have the Gallery view turned on, everyone is small and you can see a lot of members at one time.  That is great, but it is hard to see anything if someone has a show-n-tell item.

Remember to keep your microphone on MUTE unless you are asking a question so we don’t get background noise. I can mute everyone, but you have the ability to unmute to ask questions and talk to someone who may be asking you a question.

Well, time to get back to quilting and stitching!  Hope you can join us on Thursday!!

Your Pres,  Chris Yoo

February Birthdays
Julie Bragg – February 1
Cheryl Majewski – February 3
Dee Martin – February 7
Marilyn Novak – February 24
Boni Grove – February 27
Karen Neuschaefer – February 27


Remember our February sew day will happen – 10 am – 5pm – Masks required!

More to come – See President’s Notes for this month’s program information.


Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Due to the cancelation of the many meetings, our prizes will be handed out at the next meeting that we are actually together. Great job on all the completed projects in 2020!

We have 11 ladies that have submitted their lists to me for the 2021 UFO challenge with a total of 238 UFOs. Please remember that 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.

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
Monthly challenge is on hold for the time being, finish up your 2 crayon challenges!

String Challenge
Susan is suggesting a string challenge for 2021, if anyone is interested, please contact her at (allenthornton@earthlink.net)

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

Quilts of ValorKaye Koler

No Report.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:    Meeting minutes: Thanks, Chris, for the opportunity for a sewing day.  No January meeting.

Newsletter Update:

Slow guild news day here for the Sunshine Committee.  I realize it is too early for strawberries, but I find the red and white is enticing.  Honoring the red as awareness to heart health.

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.