Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 22 Issue 2 – October 14, 2021

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: 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 meeting due to Quilt Show setup!


It is once again time to renew our memberships.  Please see Karen or Marilyn to keep things updated.

The following people have rejoined or joined the guild this year.  Please welcome them aboard. Judy Echeagaray, Stephanie Feador, Debbie Huffman, Sandi Morse, Janet Shairba, Barbara Stiner, Patti Worcester, Denise Maggard, and Libby Betounes.

Their information is in the updated membership list – this will be sent out via email.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

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.

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

No Report

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy Fall Y’all!!!   First let me say WOWZA!!  What a fantastic quilt show we put on my quilty friends!!  Given the current state of Covid, the show was successful beyond my wildest dreams!!  I know I have said it already but I need to say it again.  A HUGE thank you to the quilt show committee and to everyone who volunteered during the show, and another HUGE thank you to everyone who entered a quilt or needlework item into the show.  To the volunteers who helped, please know that without you we could not have pulled this off.  No task was too small.  To everyone who entered an item to be displayed in the show, please know that it was loved and photographed and praised by hundreds of happy visitors.  The show would not have been the same without your talent.

I am so very blessed to be the president of this guild.  You guys make me proud!  I could go on for days telling you how much praise we received from other guilds and even a couple of NE Ohio needlework guilds.  Everyone was so amazed at the talent in our guild.  We signed up several new members during the show, and I hope a few of them are present at the October meeting!  To everyone who volunteered and/or entered an item into the show, be sure to pat yourself on the back.  Not only did we rock it, but friends, we hit a grand slam!!  THANK YOU ALL!!!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: No meeting.   Everyone…please take a bow!  Our 2020-2021 Quilt Show was a masterpiece.

Newsletter Update:
October   6…thanks, Sue Thornton and Karin Knox for letting us know about our member, Libby Betounes.  Libby’s husband passed away…I believe October 2.  A condolence card has been sent from the guild to Libby.   You may recall from the card the guild sent in June that Libby is at Abbewood.  1210 S. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio  44035

I will organize a blue bag to collect fat quarters on Thursday, October for Libby.  I believe Libby listed her favorite color as aquamarine.

October 1st, we learned from Deb Beard and clarified with Julie Bragg; our vendor from Appliqué and More/Lakewood was absent from the Quilt Show due to her husband being in the ER.  Regrets, Carolyn Burgess’ husband passed away.  We sent a sympathy card.

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

No Report

Treasury Report
Lori Quinones

Guild                   $14,534.48
Quilts of Valor      $1,124.79
Total in Acct.        $15,659.27

7 month CD    $2,094.07  Mat. Feb. 23, 2022
7 month CD    $1,520.65  Mat. Dec. 3, 2021

October Birthdays
Lynette Thomson – October 23
Christina Yoo – October 25
Christine Bereznay – October 28
Carolyn Bradley – October 30

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 23 finishes from the UFO lists! Keep up the good work, only a few more months to finish items on your lists! 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. If you have not turned this into me by the October meeting then you will not be eligible for prizes in December.

Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat quarters were sorted and handed back to participants at the August meeting. What wonderful fabrics that were chosen this year! Think about signing up next year!

Monthly Challenge
Due by the November meeting is an object (any size or shape) using the provided picture as inspiration. If you were not at the meeting or were at the meeting and forgot to pick it up, let me know and I’ll email you the photo.

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

The Lorain County Piecemakers had their 5th Quilt Show September 10th-12th, 2021 at New Russia Township Lodge, 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd.  Oberlin, Oh.

We had five Vendors; Mercantile on Main, Sew Creative Cottage, Serendipitee Novelties & Panels, The Crafty Ewe and My Essential Body Wear.

Admission was $5 with a free door prize ticket.  We had 482 people that attended.  The door prize was a Accu-cutter for fabric from Barnes Sewing Center along with some fabric.

The winner was a man and his wife from Lorain, who have been “quilting all their lives”.

We hung 205 quilts which was amazing. Some of the members have never participated in a Quilt Show before. I hope they enjoyed seeing their quilts hanging. Out of 82 members, 46 had quilts/quilt items in the Show.  We had 41 members enter large quilts (48” -115”), 28 members entered smaller quilts (48” and smaller) 18 members entered quilts and items for our 8 different challenges we had in the past two years.

Viewers’ Choice was awarded to Teri Walter for her beautiful, hand appliquéd and hand quilted “Baltimore Album” quilt.

“Quilts of Valor” had a display by Kaye Koler and raised $119.00 in donations.

Admissions took in $2,409.80 at admissions, Booklet adds $425.00 and booth rentals $278.45

Subtract all expenses ($2,629.92) for rental of room & quilt racks, printing, signs, clips/hangers and advertising, our profit was $483.33.  A big “Thank You” for Karen Neuschaefer for selling ads and creating the show booklets.

We had 42 beautiful baskets in the basket auction with many “Thanks” to Barb Spieker, Barb Cowger-Vilagi and Vicki Morris for putting the baskets together, with the members donating items and baskets.   Taking in $2,220.00, with an expense of $88.77. Resulting in a profit of $2,131.23

Country Store managed by Fran Weber, Peggy Hughes and Jean Tobias.   An excellent job of marketing our un-wanted material, new crafts and second-hand items, along with donations from the Grayson family, (from MaryAnn’s stash), they made a clear profit of $2,002.15

The “Raffle Quilt” was pieced by Julie Bragg and Kathryn French and long-arm custom quilted by Mary Ann Doucette.  Taking in $1,851.00 with $125.00 for ticket printing expenses leaving a profit of $1,726.00. Member, Dee Martin of Westlake, won the raffle quilt.

Refreshments were arranged by Genny Dangerfield.  The snacks and drinks were the maximum that we could provide this year because of taking extra precautions due to the virus variant.  Everyone is looking forward to the next show so we can offer our favorite recipes.

Expenses $219.84. Collected $185.50. Our extra soda and snacks will be used at our December Potluck.

Besides all the beautiful quilts and the people heading up the committees, the quilt show still cannot happen without volunteers that help set up and tear down. A special “Thank You” for the men that came to help.  We were hanging quilts by 9:30!! A big thank you for those who worked at the Admissions table, Basket Auction, Raffle Quilt ticket sales, White Gloves, Country Store, Refreshments and Quilts of Valor.   Members were very generous with their time and volunteered on one or more of the committees and filled one or more time slots.

We also owe Huge “Thank Yous” to Pam Scholle for being Treasurer, Lori Quinones for assisting Pam.  Val Watring for all the advertising and Chris Yoo for making signs, ribbons, boxes, vendor bags and seeing to many details we would never have thought of.  What an awesome group we have to work with.

We would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve as co-chairs for the quilt show committee. After five shows, we have decided to step down. This will allow other people an opportunity to implement their ideas and innovations for future shows, so that we may continue to grow as a guild.  We will be here to support the new chairs moving forward. Once again, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve the guild and hope that the new chairs enjoy their time as much as we did.

Thank you.

Julie and Karen

Final Totals:   Collected: $ 9,422.00

                    Expenses: $ 3,076.29

                         Profit:  $ 6,345.71

2021 – 205 quilts and 46 members submitted quilts       Collected $9,422.00 Profit: $6,345.71

2018 – 159 quilts and 45 members submitted quilts       Collected $9,391.22 Profit: $5,660.87

2016 – 153 quilts and 50 members submitted quilts       Collected $6,712.67 Profit: $3,465.95

2014 – 160 quilts and 53 members submitted quilts       Collected $4,009.11 Profit: $2,161.86

2013 – 126 quilts and 30 members submitted quilts       Collected $4,203.00 Profit: $2,180.17