Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 23 Issue 2 – October 13, 2022

President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Available 🙂
Treasurer: Lori Quinones
Secretary: Bridget Coyle
Community ServiceMaria Lucki
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 September 8, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m. President Chris Yoo officially welcomed members, visitors and a few new members to the meeting!

Program:  Tonight, we welcomed Diane Phelps and Patti Yaroush who will be representing the Fidget Circle Ministry.  Diane and Patti talked about how the Fidget Circle Ministry got its start and told the story of how their magic comes together to make these wonderful mini quilts. They also brought many samples to share with the group.

President’s Report: Chris talked about how another fair season had come and gone and asked all the participants to show a raise of hands for some congratulations.  Chris shared that the guild had many members represented who also won ribbons and trophies!  Congratulations!

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:  Chris and outgoing Community Service Chairperson Marcy Delavan introduced the guild’s new Community Service Chairperson, member Maria Lucki.  Chris also announced that member Bridget Coyle has come forward to work as the guild secretary.  A huge thank you to both ladies!

New Business:  Although there was good news about Maria and Bridget, Chris was sad to report that our treasurer Lori Quinones has to step down as she has the good fortune of being able to retire early and will be moving out of state with her family.  Therefore, Chris is open to accepting suggestions for an appointment to this officer position.  It was noted that the treasurer handles all of the guild’s finances.

Announcements:  It was shared that Bruce’s Sharpening will be at the Township Hall from 11:00 am. to 5:00 p.m. on November 10th.  Bruce can sharpen scissors for $3.50, rotary blades for $1 and he can also do knifes, but they will not be done onsite.  Those are taken to his workshop and returned within a week.

Upcoming 2022 Guild Programs and workshops:

  • October:  Day:  Iron-Cady Workshop by Fran Webber.
  • Evening: Ginger Mangie evening trunk show “Embellish with Relish.
  • November:  Mike Pellittieri, fused glass artist.  Mike will be vending as well.
  • December:  Sew Day.  Evening:  year-end potluck and celebration AND the winner of the 2022 Raffle Quilt will be drawn.

Show & Tell:    Stunning projects and all the wonderful fair entries!!  My friends, we are constantly outdoing ourselves!!  Fantastic!!

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:  Things seem a-ok.

Newsletter Update:

Regrets, our member, Saundra Lambert passed away October 2nd.  I spoke with Mr. Lambert and expressed our sincerest sympathies from the Lorain County Piecemakers.  We will certainly sign a card at the next meeting and send it to Mr. Lambert.  Please use the guild directory if you wish to send a card.  https://chroniclet.com/news/328621/saundra-l-lambert/

Karen Neuschaefer, member, texted that her dad passed away October 7th, early morning.  We will send her a sympathy card.  Condolences, Karen and family.    https://chroniclet.com/news/328540/james-h-turner-sr/

September 15, we mailed a card to Barb Cowger-Vilagi.  She is recovering from hip surgery.  Corny joke:  Barb is too hip to be square.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5YkmjalDg        Dare you not to tap a toe.

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

No Report


Hello everyone.  We are currently collecting membership dues for the 22-23 year. Please welcome new members, Kathy Kinsley-Hoffman and Lillian Lacrosse.   Also be sure to check out Val Watrings new information as she has moved.  If you haven’t received your membership card, please see Karen.  If you want to pay your dues, see Karen or Marilyn.

Karen and Marilyn

October Birthdays

Deborah Nied – October 9
Lynette Thomson – October 23
Joey Watts – October 23
Lillian LaCrosse – October 24
Christina Yoo – October 25
Bobbie Bruck – October 28
Christine Bereznay – October 28
Carolyn Bradley – October 30


During the Day – Sew Day & Iron-Cady Workshop by Fran Webber
Evening Program – Ginger Mangie trunk show “Embellish with Relish”

During the Day – Sew Day
Evening Program – Mike Pellittieri – fused glass artist

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

Kelly Grace

UFO Challenge

Have you been working on your UFO’s? I have been! If I have enough time before the meeting I might even have a couple more done for show and tell. 69/395 items have been finished, you have 3 months to show your finishes. Please remember that you must have at least 1 UFO finished in order to qualify for prizes at the December meeting. 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 (Chris this means you!) and tops or finished quilts done by the December potluck. I can’t wait to start working on my top, I love all the blocks that have been turned in!

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?

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.

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.

Your pal,

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

Maria Lucki

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

There is a chill in the air and the birds have either left or are on their way south!  The leaves are changing and the Christmas decorations are sneaking in with the Halloween at the stores.  With the change in season, we know the holidays are just around the corner and our holiday projects are taking priority over other things. I’m sure the planners in the group are all making those lists and checking them twice!

So, remember to take advantage of the sew days between now and December.  The glorious townhall is open for your use starting at 10:00 am every 2nd Thursday of the month.  Grab your machine and accoutrements and/or hand stitching and join us at the hall for a day filled with stitching, quilting, and socializing!

But before we jump to far ahead, I hope you all have a wonderful autumn and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Your Pres,  Chris Yoo

Quilts of Valor

Hello and happy fall everyone!

Perfect time for quilting……am I right?!?

I would like to remind you that we will resume doing Quilts of Valor presentations just before our November meeting, 6:00pm.  We are all very excited because this will be our first one since covid prevented us from presenting quilts to our veterans. We would love for you to join us and share in the gratitude and joy that awarding a Quilt of Valor brings.

Again the date is Thursday, November 10 6:00pm, New Russia Twnp lodge

If there’s anyone else that has a QoV they are working on for us and have finished your part….. please bring them to guild so we can prepare and ready them for presentation.
We have a list that we work from and we will definitely be in need of more quilts! We are working on dates for sew days and most definitely need your help!

Thank you one and all for all you have helped us accomplished!

The Quilts of Valor committee