Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 10 – June 10, 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 in-person meeting in several months.  It was wonderful to see so many faces present, including a few guests!

Program:  Sue Schillig and Kelly Grace presented a fabulous program all about Hexies!  It was intriguing and entertaining!  Both ladies brought a different perspective to the topic which made it an amazing program!  The show-n-tell and project ideas were beyond fabulous!  Thank you again Sue and Kelly!

President’s Report:  Chris shared that the quilt will be hosting a booth at the upcoming Original Sewing and Quilting Expo that will be held at the John S. Knight Center, in Akron, Ohio from Thursday, July 15th through Saturday 17th.  Chris shared that the guild is hosting a both for two reasons:  (1) to sell raffle tickets for our gorgeous quilt, and (2) to distribute postcards and advertise our upcoming quilt show!  Chris asked for volunteers to sit at the booth to sell raffle tickets.

Chris also reported that with all the State Covid mandates ending on June 2nd, that would mean that masks are no longer required for our June meeting or at the June Community Sew Day.  However, Chris made it perfectly clear that if anyone is still more comfortable wearing a mask, that should feel comfortable doing so as this is a safe space.  Feel comfortable to BE YOU.

Finally Chris thanked the participants of the President’s Postcard Challenge and indicated that the winners would be announced at the June meeting.

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

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:  Due to the guest speaker for August being Internationally renowned fabric designer, Deb Strain, Chris noted that all guests for August will have to pay $5 at the door.  Chris will be inviting other guilds to attend and all non-members will be expected to pay $5 at the door.  Deb will be vending and presenting a Trunk Show of her fabric lines and more!

Show & Tell:    It was beyond wonderful to see so many wonderful quilts and unique stitchy items live and in-person again.  We are so creative!!

Next meeting:  June 10th @ 7:00 p.m. at the New Russia Township Hall!!  The program will be “Behind the Seams” presented by Cindy Casciato.  During the day we will be hosting the annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)

Upcoming Schedule of Programs:

July Day:  Christmas in July Sew Day Event. (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
July Evening:  Judy Pickworth from the Lorain County Fair will speak about the 2021 Fair and answer questions. (7:00 p.m. start)

August Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
August Evening:  Deb Strain Moda designer and artist extraordinaire.  She will be vending. (7:00 p.m. start)

September Day:    Setup Quilt Show (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
September Evening:  NO MEETING.  Quilt Show Prep.

October Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
October Evening:  TBD

November Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
November Evening:  Anything Sews, Chris Brauning  (7:00 p.m. start)

December Day:     Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
December Evening:  Potluck and Celebration. (6:30 p.m. Starts Early)

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

In-Person Meetings and Sew Day Etiquette: Wear your name tag.  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!


No Report
Karen and Marilyn

Community Service

Marcy Delavan

Hello Quilters!
This Thursday is the Annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day!  I have kits made up for quilt tops, pillow cases and a new item – large hot pads!  The hot pads are for the Country Store at the Quilt Show.

I have also received a huge influx of fabric so I will be bringing that with the idea that you can put together your own quilt top idea or a pillow case. I also have quite a bit of fleece that I will bring.  If you would like to make a blanket out of fleece please consider that option.

So, bring your cutting materials and your sewing machine!  We have lots of options.

And remember…there will be prizes!   Can’t wait to see you all there!


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

Starting Bal.                    $9,422.25
Quilts of Valor               – $1,220.92
Balance For Guild           $8,201.33

7 Month Certificate          New Maturity Date    Dec. 3, 2021
Bal.   $1,520.65

17 month Certificate         Maturity Date            July 23, 2021
Bal.    $2,043.79

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

June is a busy month.  Many people will be celebrating Father’s Day, Flag Day and Juneteenth, some will be cheering for joy at the first “official” day of summer.   Personally, I am finding it hard to believe that it is actually June already.  I’m not sure where the past 5 months have gone, but we must keep moving forward.  As time quickly passes before my eyes, I turn to my stack of WIPS and pull a few to the top that need to be done for the Quilt Show.  Time to buckle down and get these quilts done!!   How about you?!? Are your quilts ready??  Oh, don’t get me started about my Fair projects…time to put the creativity in high gear!  So exciting!!  I just love that we have so much to celebrate and look forward.

I hope to see many of you at the annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day this month!!  Happy June my friends!!

Your Pres,
Chris Yoo

June Birthdays

Keri Celik – June 3
Darlene Shimandle – June 8
Deb Beard – June 19
Pat Sarraino – June 20
Teri Barile – June 23
Carol Stomieroski – June 25
Ruby Barck – June 29
Elizabeth Becher – June 30

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

During the Day – Christmas in July
Evening Program – Judy Pickworth from the Lorain County Fair will speak about the 2021 Fair and answer questions.

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Designing Fabric and More – Deb Strain (vending!!)

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 (6:30pm start)

Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Prizes were handed out for the 2020 Challenge at the May meeting, if you were not there please see me at the next meeting and I’ll give you yours.

I show that we are up to 17 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 – please if you can get this to me at the meeting that would be great. I want to start looking for more great prizes for December.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Thanks to all that signed up for the Fat Quarter Exchange! Lists will go out in the next day or so by email and bags will be handed out at the meeting. Bags will be due back at the August meeting.

Presidents Challenge
Winner will be announced at the June meeting.

Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show this year!

Monthly Challenge
Use the provided fabric to make something – any size, any item and due at the July meeting. I have 7 pieces of fabric available to anyone that missed getting one at the last meeting.

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).

Sue Schillig

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Quilt Show
Quilt Show, September 10th-12th, 2021

Quilt registration:
You may enter up to 4 quilts in the September Quilt Show plus any challenge quilt. So if you made 2 challenge quilts plus 4 other quilts for the show, you need to fill out 6 quilt registrations.
Here is the quilt registration  https://loraincountypiecemakers.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/quilt-registration-2021.pdf

Julie will have extra quilt registration forms at the meeting.
Questions?  Please contact:
Julie Bragg

Raffle Baskets:
If you want to make a basket for the Basket Raffle please add a list of everything in the basket and bring the basket to the meeting and give it to Barb Spieker or Barb Cowger-Vilagi. If you have any new or new-like items you can just bring them to the meetings and give them to Barb and they will be put in a basket that the committee  makes.
Questions? Please contact:
Barb Spieker

Country Store Items:
Fran Weber and Peggy Hughes are in charge of our “Country Store” for our Quilt show. They will take anything that is clean and desirable for resale like magazines, material, and other quilt and sewing related items.  If you can not bring your items to the meeting, contact Fran and arrange to drop it off at her home.
If you have any questions please call:
Fran Weber

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: Nothing new at this time.  If any member knows of an issue:  get well, sympathy, etc. that I should address; please contact me.  Thank you!

Newsletter Update:
No sunshine tidbits this month.

Does the graphic remind you of our May hexie program c/o Susan Schillig and Kelly Grace?  Thank you, ladies!

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.