Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 8 – April 8, 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 virtual meeting conducted over ZOOM.

Program:  The Zoom program was part virtual quilt show and part story.  Some of you know that Chris had a bucket list trip to Sister’s Oregon planned in 2020 that was cancelled like most events due to the Pandemic.  Chris had been wanting to make this journey across the country for about 10 years, but only started planning it about 2 years ago.    She is planning to visit a small town in central Oregon called Sisters, to attend a 5-day quilting retreat called Quilter’s Affair that culminated in a massive outdoor Quilt Show the following Saturday.  Some of you have said you’ve heard of the event, while others have not.  Because it may be something YOU may want to add to your bucket list, Chris thought she would give you an overview of both the Quilter’s Affair and the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show by way of a slideshow and a few video clips.

During the presentation you first learned a little about the Quilt show and how they had to re-imagine the show for 2020; then everyone got to experience 3 of the Show’s Special Exhibits and then Chris closed the presentation by sharing a short slideshow presentation about the Quilter’s Affair event that precedes the Quilt Show.   In case you are interested, Chris saved some of the videos that you can access by clicking the following link:


President’s Report:  Chris noted that although she always relies on Julie Bragg to speak on the Quilt Show during Committee Reports, tonight she wanted to using her platform as your President to make sure everyone understands how important the Quilt Show is to the guild and how your participation is critical.

Chris wanted to remind long standing members and to inform the new members that the quilt show and the corresponding quilt raffle are the primary fund-raising events for the guild.  Although the quilt show has the potential to bring in much needed money to our guild, Chris pointed out that what people often don’t realize is that to put on a show we also SPEND thousands of dollars before the show even opens for things like hall rental, renting of the stands to hang the quilts, advertising, postcards, flyers, signs, food/snacks, raffle tickets, etc., etc.  If we spend all that money and don’t have a fabulous show, we run the risk of devastating our budget.  We have to put on a fabulous show and bring people in.

The quilt show is also the #1 way we introduce and reintroduce the community to our guild and all the good things we do for the community.  Chris noted that although she had not been a member long, she has had the pleasure of participating in several phenomenal quilt shows here where there have been close to 150 quilts and quilt related items on display. Because of the Pandemic Julie took an early headcount from members via email to find out who things they will have items for the quilt show.  Julie asked everyone to respond to say how many quilted items you “think” you will have.  Out of the almost 80 members we have now, only about 20 people replied and we have a total of approx. 54 items for the show.  YIKES and double YIKES. Some people shared that maybe people don’t think we will really have the show.

Well, just in case there is any doubt, WE ARE HAVING A QUILT SHOW September 10th through the 12th.  We desperately need YOU to enter at least one quilt or fiber arts item each.  However, Chris knows that many of you have many more items to enter.  They don’t have to be recently made items.  They just need to be something you have not already exhibited at one of our shows.  You can enter quilts, table runners, placemats, pot holders, art quilts, etc.

Also, we are going to need people agree to help hang the quilts on September 9th and take down the quilts on September 12th.  We also need people to make a commitment to be present during the show to represent the guild and to answer questions, make sure people aren’t touching the quilts, to take tickets at the front desk, sit at the quilt raffle table, help sell refreshments at the snack bar, etc.

None of the tasks we need help with are arduous or seriously labor intensive.  There is one day of setup and three wonderful quilt show days of sharing our love for quilting and fiber arts and representing our guild to the community.  These are 4 days that Chris said that she is so proud to be a member of this fabulous guild.

So, if you have not done so already, Chris basically begged everyone to take 10 minutes to send Julie an email or give her a quick call or TEXT her to let her know she has your support.  Tell her what items you THINK you will have for the show and let her know you’ll gladly give a few hours of your time or even a day if possible, to help out. Julie Bragg at 440-309-6868 (call or text) or email at jb76quilts@msn.com

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the February meeting were distributed in the Newsletter by email and posted on the webpage.  Hearing no changes, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurers 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:  None noted.

Show & Tell:    There are many wonderful items shared over Zoom!  Oh, how I cannot wait to see them in person!!!

Next meeting:  April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM.  The Presentation for April 8th will be made by Debi Reese from Sew Creative Cottage.  Sew Creative Cottage has been an online business since 2009 and opened a retail space in Fairview Park, Ohio in 2020.  The specialize in Machine Embroidery, Quilting & Fabric!  Cannot wait to see what Debi has to share with us!!!

Zoom News:  Chris will send the Zoom LINK early the week of April 5th.  The Zoom link will not work until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8th.  Chris will open the meeting at 6:30 p.m. so everyone can openly chat until the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.  Once the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., please follow the following Zoom Etiquette.

Zoom Etiquette:  Once the program begins, please keep your microphone MUTED at all times unless you have a question or are answering a question.   Remember that we hear everything, including your munching on crackers, clearing your throat, or yelling at your spouse or grandkids (wink wink).  Keep your microphone muted please.

Daytime Stitching:  April 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Even if you don’t have something to sew, you are welcome to stop by and say hello to those of us who are there.  There are typically only a handful of us, and with our giant space, keeping socially distant is not a problem LOL.  Just remember to wear a mask.    We would love to have a few more stitchy friends stop by!!

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

In-Person Meetings and Sew Day 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!

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

Hello all!  The month of March was big for quilt donations!  We gave a dozen to the Mercy Health Resource Mothers.  They would have taken more but just didn’t have the space.  We also presented 30 to Lorain County Children’s Services.  Both organizations were thrilled with the quilts!

Thank you all for sharing your talents and gifts with our community!

Our Community Sew Day is fast approaching!  I’ve got some fun and exciting things planned to encourage participation and thank everyone for their support.  Take care and keep on quilting!


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.

Sue Schillig

This month’s stray threads is devoted to explaining the May program.  How do  I go from “April showers bring May flowers to a program on creating and piecing hexies?  Well…   In May I think of tulips. Tulips remind me of Holland and the Dutch. Dutch reminds me of Pennsylvania Dutch.  And if you think about Pennsylvania Dutch long enough, you might just think about hex signs. And if you think about hex signs, perhaps hexies will come to mind and you’ll want to make some! Kelly Grace and I will show a couple different ways to piece them.  Kelly will show the English paper piecing method and provide a sample for you to try if you like.  If you’d like to try it, bring a needle and some thread and scissors. I will show how to draw your own hexagon of any size and explain how to cut and machine piece them using Mary Huey’s method and the Marti Michell templates.   I know some of you have already done hexies, so bring some to the May meeting to show them off!

Sue Schillig


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

April Birthdays
Kaye Koler – April 2
Georgia Forbush – April 10
Barbara Spieker – April 13
Ruth Groot – April 16
Helen Smelser – April 28


During the Day – Sew day until 5pm
Evening program: Sew Creative Cottage Trunk Show – Debi Reese, Owner

During the Day – Sew day
Evening Program: Hexies – Sue Schillig, Kelly Grace

During the Day – Judy Riggle Community Sew Day
Evening Program – Behind the Seams – Cindy Casciato

During the Day – Christmas in July (maybe)
Evening Program – open for suggestions

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Designing Fabric and More – Deb Strain

During the Day – Quilt Show Setup
Evening Program – Quilt Show Setup

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Open for suggestions

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Anything Sews – Chris Brauning

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – December Potluck & Celebration

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. Looks like this might be in May! Great job on all the completed projects in 2020!

We are up to 9 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 the end of May – lists will be sent out and fat quarters will be due back in August.

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 will start up again in May! Finish up your 2 crayon challenges – I still need to finish mine!

String Challenge
The idea of the Strip Quilt Challenge is to use up scraps, in this case, strips. Helen says she has plenty to get shed of, so you may want to contact her if you run low. The deadline is the August meeting, there will be a drawing for a prize, and it will be fun to see what recycling yields. By the way, you don’t have to use jelly roll strips, just whatever strippy beings you have and are keen to use up:

Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without.

Block Exchange 2022
We will put this on hold until next year – but you can show your interest and sign up between now and the end of the year.

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

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: Thanks to Jean Tobias for gathering quilt blocks and delivering them to Mom’s Sewing Basket in my absence.

Newsletter Update:

Previously reported:  Darlene Shimandle passed away.  We offer sincere condolences to our member and Darlene’s husband, Mike!
Darlene’s store:  Mom’s Sewing Basket is still accepting 6.5 inch and 12.5 inch quilt blocks as remembrances of Darlene.

UPDATE:  They are aiming for a May 1st deadline for submissions.  It would be helpful if your block was in a ziplock baggie and had a note/slip with your name and address. There may be enough blocks to make a quilt for Mike and one for Mike and Darlene’s daughter.

http://www.momssewingbasket.com/        1907 Cooper Foster Park Rd, Amherst, Ohio  44001

In lieu of a blue basket; 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 an April 8th 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

Are you ready for some SPRING?  I’m hoping the recent snow we had is the last of it, but perhaps I just jinxed us?!  Hope not!  I would rattle on about flowers and gardening here, but ladies and gents, I don’t have a green thumb.  All my hobbies are indoors.  The closest I get to nature is throwing open the windows in my craft room so the breeze can blow through, and I’m perfectly happy with that.  Although I do help my hubby with the flower beds, I much prefer stitching or appliqueing flowers.

Well, as we talked in our last zoom meeting, we are only 5 months away from our QUILT SHOW (September 10th, 11th, and 12th).  I hope you have been working on a treasure trove of items and have many beautiful things to display in the show. I see the show as a way of promoting interest in quilting and perhaps generating a desire for others to begin their own quilting journey.  Remember, we did get several new members from the last quilt show.

I’m going to start bringing the Raffle Quilt to Township Hall every month from now until the show as a way to remind everyone and so you can pick up raffle tickets for yourself and others.  Remember, you have to pay for the tickets in advance—even if you plan on selling them to others.  That way our accounting is kept straight and there are no mistakes.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5; 12 tickets for $10, or 18 tickets for $15, or 24 tickets for $20—cash or check payable to LCP.

I’m planning on April being our last Zoom meeting.  You will get the Zoom invite by email by Monday or Tuesday.  Remember on April 8th we will be sewing and quilting all day at the Township Hall from 10 am to 5pm.   The zoom meeting will open up at 6:30 p.m. for socializing, then the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.  Beginning in May, we will be holding all meetings in-person at the Hall. With everyone getting vaccinated, I hope to see you all again soon.  However, I make these plans with full knowledge that life changes on a dime, so fingers crossed, keep smiling, and quilt on my friends!!

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

No Report

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report