Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 22 Issue 11 – July 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 June 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo officially welcomed members and visitors.

Program:  Tonight, we welcomed Cindy Oravecz from the Quilter’s Fancy. Cindy gave a fabulous trunk show of her art quilts, embellished treasures, and oh so much more!  Cindy also brought her “store on wheels” with her so we could buy some of the money fabrics, trims, ribbons, embellishments, dimensional applique, and just plain cool fancy items to use in our quilts, or other fiber related items.  If you were not lucky enough to join us tonight, make sure you visit Cindy online or at her shop.  I’ve included the information here.
Cindy’s online shop is found at http://www.quiltersfancy.com, and her brick-and-mortar shop is located at 227 S. High St. Cortland, Ohio 44410.  The store is open Monday-Friday from 10 to 5 and on Saturday from 10 to 3.

President’s Report:    Chris reminded everyone of the August Quilt workshop called Summer Swag, a pattern by Krista Moser and the class is being taught by Laura Nolletti.  Chris noted the cost of the class is $15 and includes the pattern fee.  You must pay upon registration and the pattern will be emailed to you or if you wish a hardcopy, just let us know!  Final registrations will be taken at the July 14th meeting.

Chris also reminded everyone that we are trying to raise money by selling raffle tickets for the 2022 quilt raffle.  If you want to pick up tickets, see Chris on quilt guild day.  Tickets are $1 each or sold in bundles of 6 tickets for $5.

Approval of the Minutes:  The May 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:  None.

NEW BUSINESS:  Quilt Show 2023 Committee and Volunteers for Main Events.  Chris said it is time to start thinking about preparing for the 2023 Quilt Show and to firm up the chairpersons for the few main tasks that need to be accomplished prior to the show.  Chris said she needs volunteers for the following positions and notes some of the duties for each:

Raffle Baskets:  A couple of people to work together who will be responsible for gathering and storing new and like new items for making the raffle baskets, including the baskets.  You will be responsible for storing the items until the setup day for the show and then setting up the Basket Display.  You will be responsible for putting the baskets together in a pleasing fashion, perhaps theming the baskets or just filling them to the rim with goodness!  of the show.   You will be responsible for coordinating the selling of tickets and making sure your booth is staffed the days of the show, but note that I will get people to sign-up to help you in advance of the show.  The guild has a budget to help with cost of items needed to wrap baskets such as ribbons, fillers, clear acetate, etc.

Country Store:  A couple of people to work together who will be responsible for gathering and storing gentle used items and/or hand-made items to sell at the guild’s country store.  You will price the items and oversee the display and make sure the booth is staffed throughout the 3 days of the show by guild volunteers.  I will put out sign-up sheets for you.

A good Salesperson (or two) to secure donations for our raffle baskets and vendors for the show: You will be responsible for contacting area quilt shops to see if they would like to vend at the show for a small fee.   We usually have no more than 4 or 5 vendors.  We have a form letter that can be sent out to quilting manufacturers and various needlework and fiber art companies to see if they would make a contribution toward our raffle baskets.  They can get a receipt for their item for tax purposes.

Program Booklet:  Sue Schillig has agreed to put together the program, which entails typing all the data, inserting advertisements that were purchased, and getting it to the printer and back prior to quilt show day. Sue will work closely with those selling advertisements and those taking quilt registrations to make sure everything comes together.

Show Advertisements: Online and in publications.  Val Watring has agreed to continue this task for 2023 as she has done in the past.  If you have any great ideas about how and where to advertise the show, please pass your ideas along to Val.

Piecemaker’s Café:  Genny Dangerfield has agreed to continue being the hostess with the mostess for us in 2023 and Genny has already had another volunteer to help her prepare, and that was Margaret Miller.  In 2023 we will return to serving hot food aka hot dogs and sloppy joes, as well as other snacks, and drinks.  We will need volunteers to sign up to help at the café for the 3 days of the show but those sign-ups are done much closer to the event.

Postcards and Save the Dates and Show Signage:  Chris Yoo will continue to handle these tasks for 2023.

Quilt Registration: Someone to distribute and collect quilt registration forms.  Those forms contain the information needed for the program, quilt labels, and the dimensions needed to creating the master layout for the show.

Quilt Show Map and Layout:  Chris Yoo will take on this task.

Rented Quilt Poles and Hardware pickup and return:  If someone has a truck and trailer, they can use to help withs process, let me know and we will discuss details.

There are more jobs that need filled, but these are the main events that need attention sooner rather than later.  More to follow.  Please see Chris if you can help!

Announcements:  Cassandra Brown asked Chris to pass along information about a bus trip she is organizing to the Grand Rapids Quilt Show on August 19th.  Anyone interested should let Chris now and she will put you in contact with Cassandra.   Susan Thornton asked the group to consider stepping up to volunteer to either put on a presentation at the guild and/or to help her find programs since the guild does not have a dedicated person as the Program Chair or committee.

Upcoming Guild Programs and workshops:

  • 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:  Ginger Mangie presenting a Day Workshop and Evening program.
  • November:  Dee Hart of Dee’s Quilted Treasures is going to teach a quilt workshop called Tool Box Blitz (details to follow), and 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:     A small number of items this evening, but WOW, they were mighty!!  What we lacked in number, we made up for in fineness!!  Seriously, there was some outstanding items tonight!  We rock as usual!

Next meeting:  July 14th @ 6:30 p.m.  Summer Potluck and Chris, freshly returned from her Bucket List Trip to central Oregon, will regale everyone with her tales of the Quilter’s Affair and Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

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:  No scoops. …wish I had ice cream. 🙂

Newsletter Update:

June 30, 2022 Fran Weber had hip surgery yesterday. We sent her a card for a speedy recovery card; wishes for steady healing.

June 24, 2022 Our member, Ruby Barck’s husband passed away. We will collect BLUE fabric, typically fat quarters, for a blue bag for Ruby. Please aim to bring your blue fabric to the July meeting and sign the card for her. Barb Cower-Vilagi shared that Ruby is also into patriotic fabrics/quilts lately.

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.

July Birthdays

Kathryn French – July 2
Patti Worcester – July 5
Jean Wynne – July 9
Beverly Tucker – July 9
Pam Scholle – July 10
Maryann Doucette – July 11
Kathleen Wells – July 13
Dianne Clawson – July 15
Vicki Morris – July 20
Teri Walter – July 22
Ann Ingram – July 23
Mary Jane Toney – July 24
Ruth Bradley – July 25
Cindy Kraft – July 29


During the Day – Sew Day & Christmas in July Sew Day
Evening Program – Summer potluck – starts at 6:30pm!

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! 58 (out of 395) finished items – 15% of the UFO’s are completed and the year is halfway over! 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 are currently doing the crayon challenge again! I still have 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. This can be any size you’d like and you may add 1 additional color.

Also a mini challenge due at the July meeting – make a name tag! We have lots of new members, let’s see what you can do!

Block Exchange 2022
8 members have signed up for the block exchange.  Blocks will be due by the October meeting (can be turned in early if you want) 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

First off I wanted to thank everyone who participated in the Judy Riggle Community Sew Day!  The turn-out was awesome! The goal was to make quilts, kits and pillow cases for Snuggled in Hope Quilts.  They provide quilts and pillow cases for the campers at Flying Horse Farms.  There were 38 pillowcases made by an industrious group of ladies! Way to go! The rest of us put together kits and either worked on them that day, made them to share with others or took them home to complete.  You all deserve a round of applause!

If you are still working on your project, yay!  Please continue. If you are done with a quilt top and need batting, I will have some pre cut at the next meeting. If you are done with your top and need it quilted, bring it to the meeting and I will arrange to have it quilted. Please remember to have your backing ready (sewn together if it’s pieced) for quilting so the quilter does not have to take the time to put it together.  If you have completed your quilt bring it and show it for show and tell!  We would all love to see it!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me (phone, text or email). I also have copies of the quilt patterns that Snuggled in Hope Quilts uses. You can, of course make whatever you like as long as it meets their criteria. We will plan to deliver the quilts in late August or early September.

Thank you again to everyone who made our annual Judy Riggle Community Sew Day a success!


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

What gives a quilt more than 3 layers?Do you know?  Can you guess?  Well, I believe a quilt is so much more than just 3 layers, and it is the story behind the quilt that adds all those extra layers.  That’s the secret.  Sometimes the story is simple, while other times, it is more complex.  Perhaps you have been stock piling special fabric for years and now you are stitching it together in a special quilt for someone.  Perhaps you are making a memory quilt for a someone you lost; perhaps you are making a wedding quilt for your daughter, or a quilt to send off with your son to college, or a baby quilt for your first grandchild.   The story behind every quilt adds layer upon layer to those 3 basic layers we think about when we define a quilt.

Join me in thinking about the stories behind your quilts because that is going to be the theme of our 2023 Quilt Show.  Every Quilt Tells a Story….what’s yours?

Your Pres,

Chris Yoo


Welcome to the new and rejoining members, Maria Lucki, Kathy Spencer and Jean Wynne.  Their information will be available in the updated membership list.  We currently have 98 members.   If your information needs updated, please let Karen or Marilyn know.

Quilts of Valor
Kaye Koler

No Report

Your Quilts of Valor committee

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

Quilting in the summer months is very often problematic. There just is so much outside time but not enough inside time. So I am working on a UFO that I can stop and start again with ease. Several years ago the kit was left on the free to a good home table. Someone had brought in the leftover projects from a lady who lived past 100 years but had many UFO’s. Food for thought I guess. Meanwhile it gets worked on in fits and starts. Someday maybe it will get finished, if not by me then by another fearless UFO enthusiast. Meanwhile, too hot to garden so a few more stitches onward we go.

Sue Schillig

LCP member, Kathy French is accepting clean, material scraps & yardage for Dog Beds. Also upholstery and other heavier material for Dog Bed covers. Bring material to Julie Bragg at the LCP Sew Day or the evening Meeting.