Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 7 – March 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
At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone to the guild’s first virtual meeting conducted over ZOOM and shared that we had one new member present via zoom!

Program:  The Zoom program was presented by quilting instructor Barbara Eikmeier of Lansing Kansas.  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. Her work has appeared in many quilting magazines and she has been a frequent guest on Love of Quilting PBS program.

Barb presented her lecture called “The Random Block Sampler – It’s Not Random!!  We explored the exciting Random Block Sampler in a trunk show featuring quilts and wall hangings made with different size blocks. Barb presented a multitude of ideas for combining orphan blocks into unique quilts or for designing and making one-of-a-kind quilts. It was an informative and hugely interesting program.  Loads of new ideas were had by all!!

President’s Report:  Chris spoke briefly about the guild’s new Zoom account and how they may use it a few times going forward until meeting in person is back to the old normal.  Chris also took this opportunity to remind members that since there is not a program chairperson, she really needs people to give her ideas and suggestions on where to find guest speakers for our meetings.

Approval of the Minutes:  There were no minutes to review as the January meeting was cancelled.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report was presented by Treasurer, Pam Scholle and will be included in this newsletter and filed for audit.

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: None at this time.

New Business: None at this time.

Announcements:  Chris reported that she has a special treat lined up for the August meeting.  Chris has secured internationally renowned fabric designer Deb Strain.  Deb has been designing for Moda Fabrics since 1996.  Drawing and painting her fabric designs by hand, Deb has created over 100 collections since she began working with Moda.  She loves working with different colors and patterns, the more intricate the better! A life-long passion for art led Deb to teaching art before becoming a designer.  Her artwork has been featured on many different products over the years – calendars, greeting cards, garden flags, books, framed prints and more.  Recently, she proudly launched a line of notecards for sewing and quilting enthusiasts titled “Sew Noted”.

With traveling to see her children, creating new fabrics and collections, and other types of new art, Deb’s life is happily filled with color, creativity and lots of hugs!  If you would like to learn more about Deb’s lines of fabric and more just google her name and you will be amazed!!  Deb will be presenting a fabulous trunk show AND vending her stunning fabric and more!!   Mark your calendars for August 12th!

Show & Tell:  There were several beautiful items!  Sharing over Zoom is a different animal but no less impressive!

Next meeting:  March 11, 2021.  It will be determined closer to the date whether it will be in person or via Zoom.

Reminders about In-Person 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 Guild President, Christina Yoo.


We have 4 new members this month.  This gives us 73 members to date this year. Please welcome Laura Williams, Colleen Nelson, Janet McGinnis, and Miranda Smith to the guild.

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

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Zoom Sewing Retreat!
Hello ladies!
Hoping that everyone is well and working on their UFO list! LOL!!

One of my sewing groups did a virtual retreat last week and we thought we’d share with everyone how easy & so much fun it was!

The sewing group consists of five members and we did a virtual sew retreat. We all met using Google Meet (on the computer) and each of us worked on our own project. It was so enjoyable we have scheduled another later this month. We got quite a bit accomplished too!

It was so good to see everyone actually sewing and hearing the hum of the machines…. It was almost like we were all in the same room! We provided our own snacks and beverages….no fuss! We started at 3 and didn’t end up til after 8pm!!

So if you want to get together with your sewing buds, think about giving Zoom or Google Meets a try. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed! It all turned out so much better than we anticipated we wanted share our experience!

Kaye & crew!

Sue Schillig

My husband said something funny to me this morning.  His comment?  “There is going to be football in the spring.  Boy, that is going to be really weird!”

Where has he been this past year?  That spring football is the weird part?   As I’ve been working my way through a multitude of UFO’s and trying to stay home and stay sane?  Well, in any event,  weirdness aside, I’ve been getting quite a bit done and not all of it has been visible.  I’m not really one to start and finish a project all in one sitting.  That might explain my consistent UFO list.  But,  I am working on things.  Currently I am doing some work on 7 quilts, all in about 7 different stages.   And when my friend sent me a picture of a partially embroidered top she was about to give up on, I added another.  We have “exchanged” for the time being one of our embroidery projects in hopes the other person will make more headway on it than we would.   I’m hopeful that the feeling of “new” that her project will give me will add a few more stitches to the cause.   Something “new” has always been attractive to me.  New gadgets, rulers, fabric, you name it.  So  we will see how this goes. Meanwhile as the weather warms and we get outside, don’t abandon those projects that have kept you sane all winter. Sew on my friends!

Sue Schillig

March Birthdays
Susan Thornton – March 3rd
Donna Garrett – March 5th
Laura Williams – March 9th
Casandra Brown – March 23th
Susan Schillig – March 25th


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

Meeting will be via Zoom at 7pm: “A Bucket List trip—The Quilters Affair and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Come along with Chris and discover why she has been planning this bucket list adventure for several years!! “ put together by Chris Yoo

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 already have 4 finishes from the UFO lists! Great start to 2021 UFO’s. 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

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: February sewing day; plus ZOOM set up by Chris Yoo.  Wasn’t the presentation by Barb Eikmeier interesting?  https://www.barbsfavorites.com/

Newsletter Update:

We sent a cheerful get well card to Karin Knox, she is recovering from shoulder surgery.  Mid-month, we sent an encouraging cat-themed card to Maryann Doucette as she rallies from back surgery.  We wish both gals comfortable and progressing recoveries.

We had dreadful news that our member Darlene Shimandle passed away.  We sent a sympathy card to her family.

We offer sincere condolences to our member and Darlene’s husband, Mike!

Darlene’s store:  Mom’s Sewing Basket is accepting 6.5 inch and 12.5 inch quilt blocks as remembrances of Darlene.

Reiterated from our email:  The resulting quilt will be displayed at the store.     http://www.momssewingbasket.com/        1907 Cooper Foster Park Rd, Amherst, Ohio  44001

If a guild member wishes to donate fat quarters, the fat quarters will likely be used for sashing and/or pieced for backing for Darlene’s Memorial Quilt.  You may send or deliver your fat quarter to Mom’s Sewing Basket.  If we have a March 11th sewing day and/or meeting; we can collect fat quarters at Russia Township Hall.  I am willing to collect and deliver blocks or fat quarters if you give me (Val) a call or text:  440.935.0972.

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.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

I’m going to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to make a commitment to participate in my last President’s challenge, which was making a fabric postcard. I’ll quickly remind you what you need to do.  You are making a tiny 4″ x 6″ fabric postcard that represents the theme around a favorite vacation memory.

Your postcard needs to consist of the traditional 3 layers of a quilt: top, batting, and back.  The backside should look like a postcard.  You can draw it with a fabric marker on muslin if needed—nothing fancy.  The postcard must be made new for this challenge (no reusing a postcard you made in years past), but it does NOT need to be your original design.  You can use a pattern, cheater fabric, anything, just as long as you made it special for this challenge.  You don’t have to formally bind the tiny card.  You can just zigzag around the edge or drag out your seldom used serger.

Remember, I will be picking 3 of my personal favorites that I believe best represent the theme of a vacation memory.  I’m not looking for the best quilted or the best pieced.  I’m looking for the 3 that I believe shout vacation memory in my personal opinion aka President’s Choice.  There will be prizes my friends!!  All postcards will be exhibited at our 2021 quilt show in a special exhibit.

The deadline for entries was extended until May 13th.  So, make sure I have your finished postcard no later than the May 13th meeting.  Winners and prizes will be announced at the June meeting.  Need some inspiration, just google “fabric postcards” and you will be amazed!!  For full details, see the link to a pdf in Kelly’s Challenges section of this newsletter.

Hope you take my challenge!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo