Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 21 Issue 12 – August 12, 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

Chris and Helen at the Sewing Expo in Akron (July 2021)

Meeting Minutes: At 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone and several guests and returning members.

Program:  The program this evening was presented by the Lorain County Fair’s Needlework Department Heads, Judy Pickworth, and our very own Ruth Groot.  The ladies talked all about the needlework barn at the fair and about the various categories and gave some tips and tricks on getting signed up correctly.  It was stressed that the deadline for entries was August 5th.  They also shared that the spinners and weavers would be helping with setup and judging this year and it was point out specifically that the weavers would be assigned to assist the quilt judge this year.  Ruth noted she will have sign-up sheets next month for anyone who can help at the fair.

President’s Report:   Chris took this opportunity to remind everyone that the quilt show would only be successful if everyone helps.  Chris stressed that she was not just talking about quilt entries and volunteering at the show, but also about members telling their family, friends, and casual acquaintances all about the show.  Chris noted that we need to get people interested in learning more about this guild of quilters so the community will come out and support us and see the gorgeous items we have been making!  Chris noted that the show was the guild’s biggest fundraiser and that we only have it every couple of years; so, please help us break an all-time attendance record this year!

Chris also reminded everyone to sell quilt raffle tickets for the beautiful quilt and to make sure to set aside time on one or more of the 3 days of the show to volunteer.  Hosting a 3-day quilt event is a lot of work, but it is SO rewarding.  Come help us promote the art of needlework!

Approval of the Minutes:  The minutes from the June 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.

Treasurers Report:  The treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

Committee Reports: The membership heard reports from 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:  There was a brief discussion about the status of getting new guild t-shirts which was basically a reminder to Chris.  Chris assured the group it was “on the list” but unless someone else wanted to take the lead, the t-shirts would have to wait until after the quilt show.

New Business:  Chris brought up the topic of whether or not they should have hot food at the quilt show as they have done in the past or serve pre-packaged refreshments and snacks, given the current Covid situation. The group took an informal vote on whether or not to serve hot food or just pre-packaged snacks and refreshments like coffee and pop.  The pre-packaged snacks option was the clear winner.  It was noted that the volunteers could setup crockpots and things in the kitchen so they could eat hot food during the day, but it was stressed that everyone is responsible for their own food and only volunteers would have access to the kitchen as it will be off limits to attendees and guests.

Announcements:  None noted.

Show & Tell:  Just when you think we cannot do better—WHAM!!  We surprise even ourselves!  The show-n-tell was fantastic.  We had mystery quilts, baby quilts, tote bags, stockings, 3-yard quilts, table runners, wedding quilts, double-sided quilts, a Giant quilt and so much more.  Seriously quilters—we rock!!!

Next meeting:  August 12th @ 7:00 p.m. BUT it is highly recommended that you come earlier as we have invited many other guilds who may have members who would like to meet our special guest lecturer, Deb Strain, Moda designer extraordinaire.
Note that due to the current state of the pandemic, face masks are recommended, but at the time of this writing, masks are still optional.  Use your own judgement, but be safe and conscious of others around you.  If you are not feeling well—stay home.

Upcoming Schedule of Programs:

September Day:    Setup Quilt Show – No open sew this day (Setup Schedule to be Announced)
September Evening:  NO MEETING.  Quilt Show Prep.

October Day:  Sew Day (10:00 a.m. – Dinner)
October Evening:  TBD (Any ideas, let me know)

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!

It’s that time of year where we start collecting dues for the next year. Please submit a form when you pay your dues so we can try and keep things updated.  In the month of August, please contact Marilyn Novak to pay your dues. With the quilt show in September, we probably won’t have an updated membership until October or November. Please be patient!

Karen & Marilyn

The Grafton Prison is taking items for their sewing projects. This includes items such as fabric, yarn, thread, needles and knitting needles. NO sewing machines.

Julie Bragg will be at the guild meetings to take your items for the Grafton Prison.

During our “August” LCP Sew Day Bruce’s Tool Sharpening is coming 12:00-5:00 to sharpen scissors and knives.

Here are the prices:
(Cash and correct change is appreciated)

All sizes $3.50
Pinking shears $5.00
Rotary Cutter blades $1.00

Knives: (no serrated knives)
Large knives $3.50
Medium knives $3.00
Parry Knives $2.50

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.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Our committee is planning on getting slowly back on task for QUILTS OF VALOR! While we have not planned any presentations just yet we will have a sew day !! Yay!

It will be:


Plan to bring your lunch or walk to one of the great eateries right in town. And you know quilters……snacks are always welcome!

It will be good to get back to work on these quilts! You are welcome to bring a friend that is not a guild member of you like.

Hope to see many of you there!
Thank you much!
Quilts of Valor committee

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Because I have a need to plan ahead, I’m already thinking of our December potluck and a fun event for us to enjoy!  I would like to host a mystery pin cushion exchange.  Everyone makes a fun pin cushion and places it inside a brown paper bag.  Everyone who participates will get to choose a bag to take home on December 9th!  The one thing we will not have to worry about is someone stealing your pin cushion—I’m not a fan of stealing as part of exchanges.  You get to keep the mystery pin cushion you pick first.  Let’s have fun with this!  If you google fun pin cushions on the internet you will be overwhelmed with fabulous designs!

I’m giving you over 3 months to plan and make a pin cushion. So, let’s see how many participants we can get!  The more the merrier!  If you need inspiration, check out this video from Lori Holt.  However, you do NOT have to make a pincushion like these.  This is just an inspirational video!  Simple, fancy, vintage or modern. Let’s make this FUN!!  I, for one, cannot wait to see all the pin cushions!!

VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/_8xodXc96kA

Hope to see you on August 12th!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

August Birthdays

Karin Kollar – August 11
Barbara Cowger-Villagi – August 20
Meredith Becher – August 22
Valerie Watring – August 27


During the Day – Sew Day – Scissor Sharpening!
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

I show that we are up to 19 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 have not turned this in, please get it to me as soon as possible. I want to start looking for more great prizes for December.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Bags will be due back at the August meeting – you will receive the sorted fabrics by the end of the meeting.

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

Monthly Challenge
New challenge will be coming!

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.

Hey, gals, this month is the drawing for the Scrap Quilt Challenge, so here’s your chance to get shed of leftovers that make you feel guilty plus win $$$. There are other challenges, too, including the Checkerboard Challenge and Attic Windows, and the actual quilt show is in September so this would be the time on which to get a wiggle (notice how I avoided ending the sentence with a preposition; oh, yeah, I’ve still got it, for sure).

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

Quilt Show, September 10th-12th, 2021

Remember your Quilt Show ENTRY forms.They are due at this August meeting. The booklet has to be at the printers by August 30.  That only gives us 2 weeks to have the quilt lists, ads, and layout done. Please give your forms to Val Watring at the August  meeting. And don’t forget the forms for the postcard challenge. If you have extra quilts please let Julie or Val know.  Or send Karen an email.  Right now, we don’t have enough quilts, pending what gets turned in at the guild meeting. Remember to enter all your challenges and circle the type of challenge on the form. If you participated in the Crayon Challenge or last month’s Fabric Challenge, make sure to write in CRAYON challenge or FABRIC challenge for those entries as we forgot them on the form.

Form can be found HERE.

As we have done for past shows, every member that comes to the Quilt Show and/or volunteers during the show will still pay a ONE time $5 admission donation at the admission table and make sure you check your name on the membership list. This is a one time donation if you come only one day or volunteer many times during show days.

Sign-up Sheets will be available at the meeting for setup for the Quilt show on 9/9/21 and to break it down on 9/12/21 and for volunteering for different positions listed below, during the 3 days of the event 9/10, 9/11, and 9/12.

Admission Table
White Gloves
Raffle Basket Tickets
Raffle Quilt Tickets
Country Store

Chris Yoo is collecting MEMORIES for the 40th Anniversary display at the show. If you have photos taken during past shows, at sew days, at other guild events, at past meetings, please consider sending her copies. Or if you have a favorite memory, send her a short memory to share. You can send photos to Chris’ phone by: text email: astheyooflies@gmail.com
or if you trust her with your originals, she can scan them at home and make copies.

New or like new accessories for Raffle Basket are needed or a $ donation to help buy wrapping and bows. This August meeting will be the last meeting before the show so unless you make a trip to one of the Barb’s houses in the very near future. Best way to get your donation to them is on August 12th meeting.

Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: :  If any member knows of an issue:  get well, sympathy, etc. that I should address; please contact me.  Thank you!  vwatring@oh.rr.com

Newsletter Update:
   Grandma’s Quilt  with Fred Penner

I vote click on Skip the Ad when you can. 


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.

Sue Schillig

Come May every year my quilting comes to a screeching halt.  And every year I am surprised that it does.  Once the temperatures are high enough to sustain plants my time is outdoors rather than in.   By August when it is  time for fair, or September when we have a quilt show, I am chomping at the bit to get back to it.  I’ll be treading more cautiously this year due to a shoulder accident but can already feel the pull back to the fabric and thread. Such a yin/yang effect, this dueling passions that don’t seem to work well together.  Seems there is some vulnerability as well,  as a trip this summer to Chestnut Ridge Sewing indicated.  It is apparently dangerous to walk into a quilt shop after a sewing dry spell.  All the fabric looked so beautiful!   And the ideas started to flow!  Hope your summer has been more quilt productive than mine and that you have created lots of exciting new  projects.

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

Treasury Report
Pam Scholle

Balance for Guild                          $8,215.57
Balance for Quilts of Valor            $2,220.92
Total in Checking                          $9,436.49

CD              Mat. 02-23-22        $2,094.07
CD              Mat. 12-03-21        $1,520.65

I paid for our Insurance this month and will be paying the rent for the Quilt Show next Thursday.