Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 20 Issue 12 – August 13, 2020
President: Chris Yoo
Vice President: Cindy Kraft
Treasurer: Pam Scholle/Lori Quinones
Secretary: Chris Yoo/Committees
Community Service: Marcy Delavan
Hospitality: Maryann Doucette & Jean Tobia
Membership: Marilyn Novak & Karen Neuschaffer
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
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!
Guild email: email@example.com
At 7:00 p.m. sharp President Chris Yoo welcomed everyone back!! Tonight, marked the first meeting since the Pandemic was declared in late March 2020.
Program: Tonight, we had the pleasure of hosting Darlene and Mike from Mom’s Sewing Basket. Darlene shared a fabulous quilt-as-you-go technique using new Hexagon templates in various sizes. It was absolutely fascinating and I believe I speak for many of us when I say my mind was racing with all the endless possibilities using these templates! Darlene shared that you can watch a Missouri Star Quilt Youtube video on how to use these wonderful templates. Thanks Darlene!! Oh, and there was shopping…wonderful shopping!! If you are interested in the video, click HERE.
President’s Report: Chris gave everyone a virtual hug and let them know how very happy she was to see their faces, even though they were covered with masks. Chris shared that she has kept busy during the Pandemic so far, as she has been blessed to be able to continue to work her day job AND she has taken up a new hobby of cross stitching.
Chris reported that they had 11 people today at the annual Christmas in July event and good times were had by all. She showed an example of the quick and easy holiday ornaments that everyone made today and several people had items for the show and tell. It was a happy, jolly, and joy filled day. If you would like the instructions on how to make the ornament, Chris has included a Youtube video tutorial HERE.
Chris also shared that the Community Service Chairperson, Ruth Groot is stepping down at the end of August so we need a new chairperson. Chris explained to the group the duties of the position and asked if someone would please consider taking on this very rewarding role for the guild. Everyone joined Chris in thanking Ruth for everything she has done in this role!!
Approval of the Minutes: The minutes from the March 2020 meeting were included in the Newsletter that was distributed by email and published on our webpage. When asked, it was noted that there were no corrections; therefore, the minutes from the last meeting, March 2020, were approved as distributed.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer, Pam Scholle, was not present today. The treasurer’s report is on file for audit at any time.
Committee Reports: The membership heard reports from all Committees. Committees will submit their individual reports to Kelly Grace for inclusion in the newsletter.
Unfinished Business: None at this time.
New Business: None at this time.
Announcements: None noted.
Show & Tell: Although we were a small group of around 25, I was delighted to see so many wonderful projects. However, I’m not sure why I am surprised since we have all been keeping busy during the Pandemic.
Next meeting: 8/13/2020 @ 7:00 p.m. Speaker will be Elizabeth Bauman with an entirely NEW program! Chris noted that as long as the hall will allow meetings and as long as there is no mandatory shelter in place order, the guild will continue to meet and attendance, as always, is 100% optional.
Reminders about Meeting Etiquette: Wear your name tag. During the Pandemic you are required to wear a mask inside and social distance. No more than 3 at a table unless you are with your family. Please 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 or turn it off, and do not take photographs during presentations without asking permission first. Thank You Sew Much!
Minutes completed by President, Christina Yoo.
As you know, our dues run from September to August. The updated forms will be available on the website or you will be able to get them at the meetings. Dues are NOT going up, they are still $25 for the whole year!! If you don’t want to attend a meeting just yet, you can mail your form and check to us at:
313 Augusta dr
Elyria, oh 44035
Thank you everyone for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the future. Stay safe and healthy,
Karen and Marilyn
I am very happy to let everyone know that Marcy Delavan is now in charge of Community Service. She will need our help, so let’s all support her.
She will do a wonderful service to our Guild.
LORAIN COUNTY SAFE HARBOR/GENESIS HOUSE: Provides 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.
On file, Contact Chris Yoo or Pam Scholle with questions.
It is always this time of year that I wonder if I’ll ever finish another quilt. They just sit there, gathering dust, as I garden and cook and can and take care of the hens and ducks. I’d like to know why I get the summer quilting doldrums every year but I do. This year I’m trying to finish 20 quilts in 2020. I’m feeling a little pressure to get SOMETHING finished, but apparently not quite enough. Hopefully fall will give me the renewed energy I need to get back on track. Anyone else have a time of year when quilting just doesn’t happen?
Piecefully, Sue Schillig
Committee Report: Yippeeeeee…we had a meeting in July! Meeting minutes: nothing new at this time.
Good news: Karin Knox had surgery recently and is home on the mend and doing well. We sent Karin a card from the guild. Karin, we are wishing you a comfortable recovery.
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.
Quilts of Valor
Our August meeting will bring us Elizabeth Bauman who serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Hiram College.
Betsy is a teacher and artist whose love of fabric, drama and history led her to the theatre and a career as a costume designer. She brings her knowledge of fashion history and sewing construction together with her sense of color, line and shape to help actors tell a story. These are the same things that draw her to work as a quilt artist.
TRUNK SHOW Betsy will bring quilts and talk about where her design ideas came from and how she approaches construction techniques for each of them. Her work ranges from traditional with a twist, to whimsical themes, to innovative art quilts. Please join us at 7PM on August 13. Remember your mask!
SEPTEMBER 10 Suzanne Bednarchik, The Quilting Bee, Lakewood, Ohio Suzanne will share all about this new shop and their online store.
PROGRAM UPDATE Last week I attended the first of three online meeting of The Global Quilt Connection. This is a group of over 90 teachers who are working together to facilitate online classes for guilds. I will have lots more to announce at our September meeting.
During this time when many of us are not comfortable attending a “live” lecture or workshop it would offer an alternative. It would also offer the ability to have guests from across the country without the concern of travel or lodging bills for the guild. I will let you know what I learn.
Have a great month,
With everyone at home there’s lots of time to work on those UFO’s. We are up to 22 items completed off the lists. If you have an item completed, please post a picture in the Facebook group and let me know which item it is on your list. If you aren’t in the Facebook group, you can send it to me in an email.
Fat Quarter Exchange
Fat Quarters are due back to me at the August meeting, if necessary we will move that back to the September meeting. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful fabrics everyone has picked out!
Details can be found HERE
Quilt Show Challenge
40th Anniversary Quilt – see notes HERE – These will be displayed at the quilt show next year!
We will be starting a monthly challenge. It will be announced at the meeting and due by the next meeting. Challenge for March-July is NAME TAGS! We had 1 person that created a new name tag! A new challenge will be announced at the August meeting.
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).
Notes from the President
Well, it has finally sunk in that our 2020 Quilt Show is not going to happen. Back in March, like many people, I thought this would all be over soon. Well, I would say that I was naive, but since we have never been through anything like this, I don’t feel so bad for thinking otherwise. So many things have cancelled this year. I was sulking over all the events that am missing personally, then I came across the headline in a recent Forbes Magazine article which read, “Coronavirus Cancellation Tracker: More Than 83 Million Affected After Events Cancelled or Rescheduled.” Over 83 million?! Good gravy!! I’m just one little peep. Boy, a lot of disappointment out there.
Well, I have to always try to put a positive spin on everything, as that is part of my coping mechanism. I don’t know about you, but I often think planning for an event or bucket list vacation can be just as much fun as experiencing the event (or vacation). However, planning lasts longer and so does your expectation and anticipation. The event itself is often over before you can blink an eye. You are left reeling afterwards thinking, “Is it really over already?!?…come on man, really!?!”
So, we have rescheduled our quilt show for next year, September 10, 11, and 12 of 2021. We have more time to prepare, more time to plan, more time to make wonderful fiber arts and quilts. We have more time to anticipate how much fun it will be to celebrate the glorious hobby we all share in common.
I for one cannot imagine going through this pandemic without a hobby…can you?!?! So many of my co-workers and family members were saying how “bored” they were shortly after the shelter in place order was first issued. All I could do was slap my forehead and say, “Geez, get a hobby people!!” LOL, but this is coming from a woman with one too many hobbies!! I am never, ever bored. I don’t even really know what that means. We are so very lucky to enjoy creating.
Ladies and gentlemen, things are still crazy out there, but Lorain County has gone down one level from 3 to level 2, and the Townhall is still letting us meet, at least as I type this. We are not a huge group, and the hall is gigantic, and the last I checked, we are all responsible adults who will wear masks, social distance, and practice good personal hygiene. So as long as things don’t get out of hand, and we are still permitted in the hall, I’ll be there. I have to make a giant quilt for my sister ASAP so if I can get the fabric washed, I’ll be there on August 13th, all day, doing the crazy quilting dance of cutting up perfectly good fabric, just to sew it all back together again.
Stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Quilt on, stitch on, and rock on!!
Your Pres, Chris Yoo
Note: The quilt show has been rescheduled for September 10-12, 2021.
Dear LCP Members,
As Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show, Julie Bragg and Karen Neushaefer are cancelling the Show (scheduled for October 9th, 10th & 11th), because of the corona virus pandemic.
After many phone calls, texting and a Zoom meeting the Quilt Show Committee, Chris Yoo ,(our guild president), Pam Scholle and Lori Quinones, (out-going and in-coming treasurers), Val Watring, (Quilt Show Publicity), Karen Neuschaefer and Julie Bragg decided that if the ten or less people rule was lifted for festivities by October and with masks and self distancing, having the Quilt Show without a vaccine available would put our members in danger getting ready and working the Show. We also feel some members over 65 would not feel comfortable helping/working the show and non-members in that age group would not attend the Show.
We realized that if we only had half the attendance and offered no drink or food, plus made half the sales at the Country Store and Basket and door raffles, we would only break even and have no profit after expenses, (Hall and quilt stands rental).
Also, the authorities are also concerned about a second outbreak in the fall that could be worse than what we have already experienced. Thus it is simply far too risky to plan a huge show only to have to cancel at the last minute or have no attendance and lose all that money.
Finally, there is another decision the committee needs to make in the next month. We need to decide if we want to reschedule the quilt show for next year, 2021 or wait until 2022, which is when we would have schedule our next show anyway. If we reserve the hall for 2021, we have to immediately make a down payment of $825 which is half of the cost for 3 days rent (new rules require half as deposit).
Please contact, Chris, Karen or Julie by text or email about your thoughts of rescheduling in 2021 or 2022.
Julie Bragg and Karen Neuschaefer
Co-Chairpersons of the LCP 2020 Quilt Show