Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 22 Issue 6 – February 10, 2022

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: On this January 13, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo officially welcomed members to the first meeting of 2022. 

Program:  Tonight, Linda Miller presented her Vintage Old Ladies trunk show.  Many of you know Linda as the Quilt Camp Director for Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes, but Linda is also the owner of That’s Sew Special, a Longarm Quilting Studio, that began with crafts and wall hangings, then grew to encompass Longarm Quilting.  Linda’s trunk show was BEYOND fantastic!!  It was truly a sight to behold.  It was fascinating to learn the story behind some of the quilts and to see them reborn under Linda’s watchful eye!  Thank you for a fabulous show, Linda!

President’s Report:   During the President’s report, Chris outlined the 2022 program schedule as it stands to date:

February:  Stephanie Feador from Stephanie’s Stitches.  Stephanie is many things, she offers longarm services, she is a fabric retailer, and a quilt addict.  She also has a YouTube Channel and guess what, she is a member of our quilt guild!  If you don’t know Stephanie, you are not going to want to miss this presentation and she is VENDING!!!

March:  Penny Reeve from Snuggled in Hope Quilts, Inc., will present a program about their organization and their partnership with Flying Horse Farms.  It is sure to be an informative and wonderful evening.

April:  Open…

May:  Kathy Gordon from Kwilty Pleasures will be hosting a Scrappy Quilt Workshop during the Day and an evening trunk show.   The guild is paying the lion’s share of the costs but when you sign up you will be asked to secure your spot for $15.  You will receive a free pattern and there are no other costs.

June: Day is our Annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day.  Evening Program:  OPEN…

July:  Day is our annual Christmas in July Sew Day.  Evening:  Summer Potluck!

August:  Day is a Quilting Workshop taught by Laura Nolletti.  Laura will be teaching a quilt pattern by Krista Moser (more details to follow). Again the cost of the workshop is only $15. In the evening Laura will presenting a trunk show of Krista Moser quilts and patterns.  Fun Fun!!

September: OPEN

October:  On Hold for Ginger Mangie presenting a Day Workshop and Evening program.

November:  Dee Hart of Dee’s Quilted Treasures is going to teach a quilting workshop during the day (pattern and details to follow).  In the evening Dee will present a trunk show of Deb Tucker quilts and all the various tools used to create her quilts.  Dee will also have patterns and tools available for purchase. 

December:  Sew Day.  Evening:  year-end potluck and celebration!  

Approval of the Minutes:  The December minutes were distributed electronically by Kelly Grace.  It was reported this evening that the only correction to the previous minutes was the order of the programs noted.  Dee Hart is coming in November, not May.  Hearing no other changes or corrections, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:  The treasurer’s report was provided by guild treasurer, Lori Quinones.  The treasurer’s report will be 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:  Sue Schillig started taking T-Shirt orders.  Everyone was excited to see there were so many styles and colors from which to choose!  See Sue in February for more information, and note you must pay for the order when placed so if you want to place an order in February, please bring cash or check.

New Business:  Chris shared that even though we are not having a Quilt Show this year, there will be a 2022 Quilt Raffle, which will start at the Original Sewing & Quilting show in Akron, Ohio this April 7th, 8th and 9th.  The 2022 quilt is being made by Julie Bragg, Chris Yoo, and MaryAnn Doucette.   Chris also noted that she will need help sitting at the table to sell raffle tickets.  If you sit for one 2-hour shift you get into the show for free.  Chris will have signup sheets at the February and March meetings. 

Announcements:  Julie Bragg shared some information about a local health challenge. 

Show & Tell:   Although the number of items was down this month, ladies and gentlemen you never cease to amaze me!!  So very exciting!!  Cannot wait until February!

Next meeting:  February 10th Stephanie Feador from Stephanie’s Stitches.  Stephanie will be vending and she carries Moda and Riley Blake fabrics and your favorite notions!!  Come prepared to learn about this fabulous lady, her stop, so much more!  Fun Fun!!

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. Thank You Sew Much!


Hello everyone,

Welcome Pat Serio and Colleen Nelson.  Both ladies have renewed their membership for this year.  Their information was sent via the updated pdf.  If you have not received your membership card, please see Marilyn Novak or Karen Neuschaefer.

Karen and Marilyn

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Hello Lorain county piecemakers!

After some discussion, Quilts of valor has decided to hold off until spring for our next sew day. The national sewday is February 5th. But with Covid numbers being what they are we feel it’s better to be safe and wait till spring. Will keep you posted! in the meantime, stay safe and warm and hopefully Sewing! Thank you for everyone that has helped in one way or another with our Quilts of Valor campaign!

Your Quilts of Valor committee

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes: We learned Sandy Lambert is in Elyria Memorial Hospital.  She took a nasty fall. 

Newsletter Update: February 1st; from Susan Thorton:  Many of the gals know Teri Whidden, a clever little babe who was a member for many years. Her husband, Jeff, had a major heart attack and spent several days in the hospital and now is back home with Teri taking care of him.    If you’d like to send a cheery greeting; her email is: iquilt47@oh.rr.com and her address is:  1145 Royal Drive, Amherst 44001,

Please plan to sign a couple cards as you register/sign in at the Welcome Table with Jean and MaryAnn.       
Thank you!

1-13-2022; We invited anyone interested to send a cheerful card to Sandy Lambert.  Val put a card from the guild in the mail for her on Friday.

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.

Treasury Report

Lori Quinones

Checking has 15,365.05
CDd’                 4,094.64
Total              $19,459.69


February Birthdays
Julie Bragg – February 1
Cheryl Majewski – February 3
Dee Martin – February 7
Karen Schrader – February 8
Marilyn Novak – February 24
Bonita (Boni) Grove – February 27
Karen Neuschaefer – February 27


During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Stephanie Feador from Stephanie’s Stitches

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Penny Reeve from Snuggled in Hope Quilts, Inc

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Pending

During the Day – Sew Day & Kathy Gordon from Kwilty Pleasures Scrappy Quilt Workshop (info to come)
Evening Program – Kathy Gordon Truck Show

During the Day – Sew Day & Annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day
Evening Program – Pending

During the Day – Sew Day & Christmas in July Sew Day
Evening Program – Summer potluck

During the Day – Sew Day & quilting workshop by Laura Nolletti (info to come)
Evening Program – Laura Noletti trunk show

During the Day – Sew Day 
Evening Program – Pending

During the Day – Sew Day & pending Ginger Mangie workshop
Evening Program – Pending Ginger Mangie 

During the Day – Sew Day & Dee Hart Quilting Workshop
Evening Program – Dee Hart trunk show

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Year-end potluck and celebration

Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

The 2022 UFO Challenge is on! 18 members have signed up for a total of 395 items to be finished in 2022 – or at least attemped to finish! If you cannot come to a meeting to show off your finish, please send me an email or post it in our Facebook group and let me know it’s a UFO so I can mark it down as complete. Good luck this year!

Fat Quarter Exchange

Sign ups will start in February and continue until April for the 2022 exchange. Think about what color/theme you’d like to sign up for. The more people that participate, the wider selection of fabrics you’ll receive!

Monthly Challenge

If you are interested in the monthly challenge please bring a fat quarter and give it to me at the meeting – you will get a different one back for the challenge! You will be making something (any size!) using the fat quarter and black and/or white fabric. This will be due at the April meeting.

Block Exchange 2022

Is anyone interested in doing a block exchange? We currently have 4 members interested, if we don’t have at least 6 interested this will be put on hold until 2023.

Double Nine-Patch Challenge

I’ve made a little Double Nine Patch, which metamorphosized into a Triple Nine Patch, which I’ll show & tell at the potluck. You all probably know what a double nine patch is, but I thought I’d show you an example in case you’d like to accept the Double Nine Patch Challenge.

Your pal,

President’s Challenge
See Notes from the President for more information.

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). 

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.

Notes from the President
Chris Yoo

Happy Valentine’s Day my quilty friends!!  As I sat down to ponder my thoughts this crisp February morning, I realized that I had forgotten to announce my annual President’s Challenge for 2022.   I had decided that this year, instead of picking a theme or even a special project, my challenge to you is to CHALLENGE yourself to do something different, to get outside your creative comfort zone in 2022.  What do I mean? 

Take a class or teach yourself something brand new, something you have always wanted to do creatively, perhaps a new type of needlework or craft such as: wool applique, cross stitch, punch needle, knitting, embroidery (hand or machine), applique, paper piecing, etc. Enter your work in the local fair for the very first time.  Create a piece of artwork that’s intensely personal.  Something that has deep meaning to you. Make a quilt you have always wanted to make but just didn’t think you had it in you.  

CHALLENGE yourself creatively.  When you finally do it, TELL US ABOUT IT.  Was if fabulous; was it scary; was it comical; was it the worst thing you have every done; did you suddenly realize you wish you had done it 10 years ago?  How did it go? 

So, ladies and gents, my challenge to YOU in 2022 is to CHALLENGE YOURSELF CREATIVELY.  Stop doing the same old thing.  Go outside your comfort zone in 2022, even if only once.  Live bold, live the creative life, and quilt on!

Your Pres, Chris Yoo

Sue Schillig

On this stark white morning, with the sun glistening like diamonds, the ideas for quilts just seems to explode.  So for those of us with lots of projects, it is a very troubling time.  I’ve spent my morning getting some projects organized to bring to Sew Day, in the hopes of doing tedious tasks surrounded by friends.  Meanwhile, a couple months ago I led a program on organization.  Not my best strength, but oh well. Fortunately many of you had some great ideas.  Here is one I have which helps me to keep organized and the projects ironed and ready to go. I hang the finished and pressed top, backing and batting with binding on hangers.  When I’m ready to layer (I’m never “ready” to layer a quilt) everything is in one place and ready to go.  It might not make my projects finished in 2022, but at least the ones that are this far along are staring at me every time I open the closet.  Here’s hoping you are making great progress on your UFO’s for 2022.

Piecefully, Sue Schillig

T Shirt orders will be taken in January and February. There will be three styles to choose from and the person doing them says it will be just as easy to pick from the numerous colors available.  She will do her best to get what is wanted, unless supply becomes an issue.  There will be v-neck, crew neck and long sleeve crew neck available. Our large logo will appear on the back, and a small one will be on the front shoulder.    You will need to provide your name and phone number, style, color, and size.   The one I was wearing, a 2x crew was extra long and nice with leggings.  The logo will hold up for at least 50 washings.  Pricing is $20 for XS-XL, add $3 for 2X and 3X for the short sleeved styles.  Long sleeved crews are $25 for S-2X.   For 3X and 4X add $3.