Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 22 Issue 9 – May 12, 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 April 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo officially welcomed members to the first meeting of 2022.

Program:  Tonight, we welcomed Sharon McConnell, the Color Girl.  Color Girl Quilts is a small online shop that strives to give you a boutique shopping experience right from the comfort of home. Sharon is a Colorful Quilter who likes to explore new techniques, never fears a challenge, and make quilts that that she LOVES.

Sharon is here tonight to share her passion for the art and craft of quilting and to cheer us on by celebrating color, new ideas, and taking on challenges.  The show and tell was fantastic and Sharon was a breath of fresh air.  Her fabrics and products were unique and loved by everyone!  If you missed Sharon’s presentation, make sure to check out her online shop at https://colorgirlquilts.com.

President’s Report:  Chris began by thanking everyone who helped her at the guild’s booth at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Akron last week.   Chris shared that the raffle made just under $400.

Chris went on to note that it is her desire that the guild host an annual quilt.  The years of the quilt show she would love a more formal or “fancy” quilt and in the off years a simple, utilitarian, quilt as we have this year.  Chris noted that she is looking for a pattern and for volunteers to make the 2023 raffle quilt, which will also be the quilt for the 2023 LCP Quilt Show.  Chris noted that the 2023 quilt needs to be completed by April 1, 2023 so it is ready for the 2023 Sewing/Quilting Expo.  See me with questions and if you would like to take on this challenge and help the guild.

Finally, Chris shared that the Guild’s 2023 Quilt Show dates are confirmed and booked.  Our show will be September 15, 16, and 17th, with setup being on Thursday, September 14th which would normally be our meeting day.  Over the next few months Chris will be talking more and more about the show and start recruiting people to help me on the Quilt Show Committee.  If you reviewed the previous newsletter, she detailed some of the things we will need help with. Starting planning what quilts you would like in the show.

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

Treasurer’s 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:  In Sue’s absence, Chris distributed some of the remaining t-shirt orders for the guild and shared that although we are not taking more guild t-shirt orders for a few months, you can order a guild shirt directly from Eye Candy Embroidery.  You can contact the owner Tina Harmon by one of the following ways:  (1) Message her through her Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/EyeCandyEmbroidery or (2) email her at eyecandyembroidery@me.com.

New Business:  None Reported.

Announcements:  Chris shared information about upcoming quilt shows so that we can support other guilds:

July 14th – July 16th from 10 am – 5 pm daily:  Quilts in the Garden, United Quilt Guild, Salem Centerplex, 1028 North Ellsworth Ave., Salem, Ohio 44460. $6 per day

September 8 – 10th:  Ohio’s Amish Country Quilt Festival, Mt. Hope Event Center, 8076 S.R. 241, Millersburg, Ohio 44654

September 30th from 10 am – 6 pm and October 1st from 10 am to 4 pm:  Streetsboro Quilt Guild, Faith Baptist Church, 9890 S.R. 43 (Frost Road), Streetsboro, Ohio.

Upcoming Guild Programs and workshops:

  • June: Day is our Annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day.  Evening Program:  Quilter’s Fancy with Cindy Oravecz.   Cindy will be vending and presenting a fabulous show-n-tell.
  • 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 (several invitations are out, just waiting on return messages.)
  • 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:   Was fabulous as always and it included a rainbow quilt and a hippy quilt!  You miss a meeting, you miss a lot!  Hope to see you next month.

Next meeting:  May 12th @ 7:00 p.m.  We will have Kathy Gordon from Kwilty Pleasures.

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:

After the meeting, Marilyn Novak shared that Jan Monos was under the weather.  We sent a Get Well card to Jan.  …wishing Jan a speedy recovery.

FYI:  I will be absent from our May meeting.

Happy Spring, everyone!

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

While the yard is nicely green (read that too wet to mow) I’ve been working on quilting or cooking projects.  I’m all ready for the class on Thursday and eager to get this one pieced together to see if it really turns out “plaidish”.  In the process I’ve discovered that fabric apparently breathes!  Many years ago, I began collecting fabric for watercolor quilts. I even made a few.  I’ve been working my way through all those lovely florals and thought this would be a way to finish them off.  Sadly, about all I can say toward those efforts is that the lid now will comfortably close!    It felt like I was using up a lot, but I’m left with a full bin still.  Next time, perhaps I can reduce it by half?

Sue Schilig

May Birthdays

Iris Tewksbury – May 11
Jan Monos – May 18


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 – Quilter’s Fancy with Cindy Oravecz

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 55 (out of 395) finished items – 14% of the UFO’s are completed! 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
Lists were emailed out April 4th. Bags were passed out at the April meeting and 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
We had some great projects shown at the April meeting from our fat quarter trade. This was to be something (any size!) using the fat quarter you received and black and/or white fabric. We are going to do the crayon challenge again! I will have a bag of crayons, you choose 2 blindly and make something using those colors. We will have this due at the August meeting – I won’t be there in July.

Block Exchange 2022
8 members have signed up for the block exchange. Fabric has arrived and I will have it at the May meeting. 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

May has arrived and brought Spring with her—I think.  There’s no guarantees with Ohio weather (smile).  May is also a month for remembering mothers, along with mother figures and other special women in our lives.  Here are just a few May highlights in US Women’s History:

  • May 1, 1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, named Library of Congress’s Consultant in Poetry (later called Poet Laureate) in 1985
  • May 5, 1938 – Dr. Dorothy H. Andersen presents results of her medical research identifying the disease cystic fibrosis at a meeting of the American Pediatric Association
  • May 8, 1914 – President Woodrow Wilson signs a Proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day
  • May 10, 1872 – Victoria Woodhull is nominated as the first woman candidate for U.S. president for the Equal Rights Party
  • May 21, 1932 – Amelia Earhart Putnam becomes the first woman to complete a solo-transatlantic flight by flying 2,026 miles from Newfoundland to Ireland in just under 15 hours
  • May 29, 1977 – Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to qualify for and complete the Indy 500 car race
  • May 29, 1943 – “Rosie the Riveter” by Norman Rockwell appears on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post

Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.  –Maya Angelou

I am woman hear me roar. –Helen Reddy

Hope to see your smiling faces on May 12th.  Live long and stitch on quilters!!

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

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

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