Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 23 Issue 1 – September 8, 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 August 11, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo officially welcomed members, visitors and a few new members to the meeting!

Program:  Tonight, we welcomed Laura Nolletti. Laura is an experienced quilter, teacher and presenter. Laura’s fabric quilts are Bargello, Optical Illusion, One Block Wonders, Krista Moser patterns, and paperpiecing.  President Chris Yoo reported that today a group of quilters had the pleasure of taking a Krista Moser quilt workshop from Laura.  Laura presented some stunning quilts that had the group taking photos and asking questions!  It was an enjoyable evening and filled with much eye candy!  A huge thank you to Laura Nolletti!

President’s Report: Chris reported that it was once again county fair season, so she took a show of hands on how many members were entering something in the fair.  Although there were a good show of hands, Chris did note there were not as many members raising their hands as in past years.  Chris also thanked everyone who signed up to volunteer at the needlework barn as our help is always greatly appreciated!  Chris encouraged everyone to attend the fair to see the needlework barn and to consider entering something in 2023.

Approval of the Minutes:  The July 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:  Marcy Delavan has asked to step down from her role as Community Service Chairperson.  There was a general call out for a volunteer or a group of volunteers to take over.  Please talk with Chris Yoo or Marcy about the duties.

New Business:  It was shared that there was a call to have member Fran Webber teach the Iron Caddy workshop again this fall.  A show of hands did indicate moderate interest so it was noted we will probably have the workshop in October during the day.  More details would be shared in September.  The cost of the workshop would be $10-$15 with that fee going for materials, etc.  If you think you may be interested, plan on signing up at the September meeting!

Announcements:  The traveling quilt raffle has one confirmed 2022 craft show.  The quilt will be displayed at the December 4th Elyria High School Band Booster Craft Show from 11a – 4pm.  Mark your calendars to stop by and say hi and perhaps give Chris a short break (smile).

Upcoming 2022 Guild Programs and workshops:

  • September: Fidget Quilters from LifeSpring Community Church will be putting on a short presentation about their Fidget Circle Ministry.
  • October:  Day:  Iron-Cad Workshop by Fran Webber.  Evening: Ginger Mangie evening trunk show “Embellish with Relish:  A trunk show of her embellished quilts, many finished, some in the process and a few that will never be finished.  She will have her first embellished art quilt, small quilts that have been classes and workshops, and new ones on the horizon.
  • November:  T.B.D.  Program in the works.
  • December:  Sew Day.  Evening:  year-end potluck and celebration!

Show & Tell:    Beautiful work as always ladies and gents.  Beautiful!!

Next meeting:  Fidget Quilters from LifeSpring Community Church will be putting on a short presentation about their Fidget Circle Ministry @ 7:00 p.m.

In-Person Meetings and Sew Day Etiquette: Wear your name tagPlease 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:  Status Quo

Newsletter Update:
Nothing needed sent.

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.

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.

Sue Schillig

It was great to see so many of our members’ quilts in the fair this year! Special kudos to Pam Scholle for winning best of show!    I’m hoping for even more entries next year.  On Friday I took some embroidery and sat in the barn to “demonstrate”. Not many stopped to look at what I was doing, but it was great fun to listen to all the comments from the people passing through.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying the display. So quilting friends, start working on next year’s entries! For several years now the number of entries has declined. Let’s see if we can turn the trend in a more positive direction.

Happy quilting,
Sue Schillig

Quilts of Valor

Kaye Koler

No Report


Hello Ladies,

It is that time again where we start collecting dues for the next year.  The membership year runs from September 2022 to August 2023.  Dues are still $25 a year, and helps to provide us with the hall and with our guest speakers, along with the money from  the Quilt Raffle and the Quilt Show.  Thank you for the prompt payment of your dues.

Karen and Marilyn.

August Birthdays

Pat Serio – Sept 4
Merridee Pavlenko – Sept 5
Larrynn (Rin) Jasko – Sept 8
Dorothy (Dot) Glover – Sept 17
Genny Dangerfield – Sept 18
Colleen Nelson – Sept 21
Corrine Devich – Sept 21
Anne Schaefer – Sept 23
Fran Weber – Sept 25
Judy Fiest – Sept 28
Sandi Morse – Sept 28


During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Fidget Quilters from LifeSpring Community Church

During the Day – Sew Day & Iron-Cad Workshop by Fran Webber
Evening Program – Ginger Mangie

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – T.B.D.

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

Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

UFO finishes seem to have slowed down in the last few months – and I’m totally guilty too! Only 1 was shown at the meeting in August for a total of 64 (out of 395) finished items – 16% of the UFO’s are completed and there is only 4 months left to finish something.If you cannot come to a meeting to show off your finish, please send me an email (or text) 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
Fat Quarters were turned in at the August meeting and sorted and returned to participants. I saw some great fabrics and colors while I was sorting them. Think about signing up next year, it’s a great way to add some items to your stash.

Monthly Challenge
We are currently doing the crayon challenge again! This is due at the November meeting. I will have a bag with crayons at the meeting, you choose 2 randomly from the bag and make anything you’d like. It can be any size you’d like and you may add 1 additional color. We will continue doing this challenge as long as everyone likes it!

If you have a suggestion for a monthly challenge, let me know!

Block Exchange 2022
Blocks are due by the October meeting (can be turned in early if you want) and tops or finished quilts done by the December potluck. 4 members have already given me their blocks, and they are pretty awesome. I need to get my butt in gear and get mine done since they are due NEXT MONTH!

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?

From Susan Thornton:
I propose two challenges:

I’ve been working on a red, white, and blue quilt, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to have a BETSY ROSS CHALLENGE, creating our own flags. You pick the colors, the size, whatever whimsy appeals to you. If we have enough, we could have a flag section in our next show.

The other is a challenge to help out Chris the Prez by working up a WINTER NIGHT PROGRAM to present during the snow months, when it’s hard to book out-of-town speakers for the evening meeting. I’m planning to do a Waste Not Want Not program in whatever month Chris the Prez assigns, showing & telling samples of simple–that’d be me–patterns of a quiltish nature that you can make out of leftovers. I’m half-baked and make it up as I go along a lot, so I never have the quantities right, and I hate anything to go to waste, especially cloth. That leaves three–count em, three–months of winter that’ll need a program to lure us out of our cozy tree trunks and into a starry night.

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

Hi all!
Please bring your completed Snuggled in Hope quilts to the sew day or the meeting this month!  I’m planning to deliver them soon!

Marcy Delavan

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 the guild starts a new fiscal year, I wanted to start out by thanking all of you who have thanked me over the years for volunteering as the guild president.  It is always nice to feel appreciated.  As of this month, I have been your guild President for 5 years.  I looked back over all past newsletter to discover that my first meeting as president was September 2017.  So, I’m starting into my 6th year as your Prez.  I think it is important for you to understand why I continue to volunteer my time as your President, Vice President, Secretary, Program Chair, and chief Coffee Maker.  Why?  Because I LOVE this guild and want to see it continue to thrive.  I do it because I enjoy the community of this organization and I believe in our mission.

We have not distributed the Guild Handbook in a while so I’m going to review the handbook and make some suggestions for changes.  At that time, it will be widely distributed to all members because we have to vote on those changes.  However, at this point I’m not sure if everyone even knows that this guild has a constitution and set of by-laws.  So, until I get a chance to distribute those, I wanted to point out that under Article IV. Membership & Dues, Section 6, it reads All members shall contribute to a committee or serve as an officer.  That means you are expected to either serve as an officer at one time during your membership or actively sit on a committee or serve as the committee chairperson.  How many of you have served as an officer or have sat on an official committee?

Members have to make a concerted effort to give back to this wonderful non-profit organization.  Volunteering is important because it offers the crucial help that is needed to keep our organization current, thriving, successful, and relevant.  It also ensures equality among members and it ensures you don’t expect one person to do everything.

The By-laws say the term of an officer is 2 years, not 6 years (smile).  Although at this moment in time I am more than willing to continue in my role, I am no longer willing to wear multiple hats.  I need volunteers for the following officer and committee chairperson positions:

  1. Vice-President/Program Chair:  You are responsible for overseeing we have programs 10 months of every year and you will stand in my place if I need to miss a meeting.  In 5 years, I may have missed one meeting (maybe).  You are responsible for managing your annual program budget.  You can (and should) form a Program Committee of volunteers who help you come up with speakers, workshops, etc.  You are not expected to do it alone and you will take some direction from me.  Two Year Term.
  2. Secretary:  You are responsible to listen to what’s going on and take down notes that you share with Kelly Grace for the Newsletter.  You should be someone who can be relied upon to attend the monthly meetings.  If you need to be absent, you are responsible to find someone to take the minutes in your place.  Two Year Term.
  3. Community Service Chairperson.  Responsible for coordinating the receipt and distribution of community service projects, storing donated fabric, and organizing and hosting the annual Judy Riggle Community Service Day.  You are responsible for managing your annual community service budget.  This position should be held by someone who can be relied upon to keep track of all donations and present an annual report to the President on all donations made in the past year.  This position should be held by someone who can be relied upon to attend the monthly meetings to report on Community Service initiatives. You can (and should) form a Community Service Committee to help with your tasks.  One person is not expected to do everything.  Two Year Term.  The Chairperson position is currently held by Marcy Delevan.  Please see Marcy for more details.

Let’s see if we can get these positions filled by members who have not held a position before and let’s try to do it BEFORE the December meeting.  Just ask if you have questions.