Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 22 Issue 8 – April 14, 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 March 10, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo officially welcomed members to the first meeting of 2022. 

Program:  Tonight, we welcomed Snuggled in Hope Quilts a non-profit organization who make quilts and more for Flying Horse Farms.  Penny Reeve shared that Flying Horse Farms is a magical camp for children with serious illnesses located on over 200 acres just outside of Mt. Gilead, Ohio.  It is a place where kids are free to be kids and being sick takes a backseat to having fun.   Penny shared that every child who visits the camp will leave with a quilt and a pillowcase.  Penny brought several quilt tops and kits for members to finish for the camp.  She shared that they are always accepting finished donations but the quilts must be certain size for the camp beds.  They request that they be 55″ x 65″ but if the quilt will shrink upon washing, she asks that you account for that and make it a little larger.  As you must wash the quilt before they can accept it.  Pillowcases need to be standard sized and constructed with new cotton fabric and the seams must be finished by either a serger or using a closed French seam.  She noted that don’t worry about matching the pillowcase to the quilt as they will not stay together. 

Finally it was noted that all fabrics must be cotton and kid friendly fabric.  No holiday or religious themes.  For more information contact Penny at 419-560-3287 or snuggledinhopequilts@outlook.com or their webpage http://www.snugledinhopequilts.com

President’s Report:   Chris reminded the group about the Plaidish Quilt Workshop sign-ups are due this month and in April.  $15 holds your spot and gets you the pattern and cutting instructions for this scrappy quilt. 

Chris also reminded everyone that she will be hosting a guild table at the Original Sewing & Quilt Show in Akron on April 7th, 8th, and 9th.  Chris will bring the finished quilt and raffle tickets to the April meeting so everyone can take photos and purchase quilts to re-sell.  REMINDER:  We do not hand out tickets.  If you wish to help us sell tickets you have to purchase the tickets to resell.  

Approval of the Minutes:  The February minutes were distributed electronically by Kelly Grace.  Hearing no changes or corrections, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurers Report:  The treasurer’s report and all financial documents of the guild are filed for audit and can be made available for review upon request of the guild treasurer, Lori Quinones. 

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 continued taking T-Shirt orders. 
New Business:  None Reported.

Announcements:  It was shared that member Bev Tucker had room for 4 more people at the April retreat in Wilmot Ohio at the Amish Door.  Contact Bev Tucker for more information ASAP as the retreat was April 18th through 21st. 

Upcoming Guild Programs and workshops:

April:  Color Girl: All Things Quilts by Sharon McConnell.  Sharon will put on a slideshow presentation, real life trunk show, and yep, she will bring rulers, patterns, and fabric bundles to sell!!  Woo Hoo!!

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! Show & Tell:   Beautiful, beautiful work ladies!! 

Next meeting:  April 14th @ 7:00 p.m.  We will have Color Girl: All Things Quilts by Sharon McConnell.  Sharon will put on a slideshow presentation, real life trunk show, and yep, she will bring rulers, patterns, and fabric bundles to sell!!  Woo Hoo!!

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!

Minutes completed by Guild President, Christina Yoo.

Sunshine Committee
Val Watring

Committee Report:   Meeting minutes:  Lots of nothing new!    🙂

Newsletter Update: April 8, we mailed a card to Bev Tucker wishing her a comfortable recovery from surgery in March.

Hoping everyone enjoyed the Sewing Expo if you were able to attend.  Thanks to all who supported the LCP booth and raffle quilt ticket sales.

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

Treasurers Report and Financial Statements of the guild are on file for audit and will be made available for review upon request. 

Sue Schillig

No Report

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

Happy Spring fellow quilters!

A bit of good news to share regarding Quilts of Valor!

The QoV foundation has announced  the 300,000th quilt has been awarded to a veteran!  To commemorate this milestone they have sent each group leader a panel to be made into a quilt, and awarded as an honorary 300,000th QoV ! I am in awe that SO many Quilts of Valor have been awarded! I am also very pleased that our guild has had a part in those extraordinary numbers! Thank you to everyone who has given of their time and talents to this very worthy endeavor!

We are in the planning stages of resuming presentations !  More news to follow as it unfolds….

If you know of a veteran that would like to receive a Quilt of Valor, please submit their name to one of us on the committee.

Thank you,
Kaye Koler
Teri Walter
Helen Smelser

April Birthdays
Kaye Koler – April 2
Georgia Forbush – April 10
Judy Echeagaray – April 12
Barbara Spieker – April 13
Barbara Leoni – April 14
Ruth Groot – April 16
Helen Smelser – April 28
Linda Yovoich – April 29

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Color Girl: All Things Quilts by Sharon McConnell

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! HUGE jump to 41 (out of 395) finished items! 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! Please remember if you haven’t turned in your $5 – goes toward prizes at the end of the year, I need this soon.

Fat Quarter Exchange

LIsts were emailed out April 4th. I will have numbered bags at the meeting with another copy of the list. Bags will be due back by the August meeting – they can be turned in early though! I will sort everything and give it back to everyone at the end of the August meeting. Let me know if there are any questions.

Monthly Challenge

8 brave members traded fat quarters at the last meeting. These projects are due at the April meeting. This was to be something (any size!) using the fat quarter you received and black and/or white fabric. 

Block Exchange 2022

8 members have signed up for the block exchange. Fabric is being chosen – please let me know your choice by the end of April. Blocks will be due by the October meeting and tops or finished quilts done by the December potluck.

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
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? 

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

As I rest up and think back over the past week at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, I realize that all too soon we will be planning our own 2023 Quilt Show.  There is so much that goes into a quilt show, it is never too soon to start planning.  As many of you know our long-time Quilt Show Committee Chairs have stepped down from their roles after many years of dedicated service.  It is time for a new group of volunteers to step up.  Over the coming months I will be asking for volunteers to be on the 2023 Quilt Show Committee so we can make our show a huge success.  We need to lockup volunteers for the following:

  • Advertisement:  In print and social media, Selling ads for show program
  • Create and oversee the printing of the paper show program for distribution at the show.
  • Raffle Baskets: Collecting new and like new items and assembling baskets, oversee raffle
  • Collect Quilt registration forms
  • Create paper quilt labels, signs for each quilt with its story
  • Show Setup and hanging quilts
  • Show Tear down and returning quilts
  • Sign in and collect quilts the morning of setup
  • Sign out quilts the last day of show
  • Designing the layout and floor plan for hanging quilts
  • Oversee the renting of poles and curtains for hanging quilts and arranging for the pickup and return of this equipment. (Need panel va, or truck with flat bed, etc.)
  • Recruiting 4 or 5 Vendors for our Vendor Mall
  • Country Store: Collecting used or slightly used items for sale
  • Running the store
  • LCP Cafe: Food prep and selling snacks
  • 2023 Raffle Quilt and selling tickets
  • 2023 Quilt Show Postcard

This show cannot succeed without YOU.  A few people have stepped up to say they will help with some of the above, tasks, but I will depend on many others to make this a success.  If you have done these tasks in the past and want to help again, let me know.  If you are eager to help with any of the tasks as a first-time volunteer, great, let me know.  These are early days and not much needs done now, but I’m a planner.  I like to be prepared.  Time to get our committee of volunteers locked up.  Please consider helping make the show a success!

Your Pres,
 Chris Yoo


We had 6 new members sign up last month for a total of 95 members.  Please welcome Bridget Coyle, Corrine Devich, Kathleen MacLean,  Margaret Miller, Sheila Myracle, and Linda Yavoich. Their information has been added to the updated membership list.  If you have not received your card, please see Marilyn Novak.  If there is an error in the list, please let Karen Neuschaefer know.

Thank you,  Karen and Marilyn