ALLEGHANY QUILTERS GUILD
Volume 21   Issue 11 
May  2017 

May President's Corner

  May is here and with it comes spring, rain, sunshine, and good times. All the rain paired with the sunshine we have had for the past week has produced mountains covered with a spring green color promising a season of new growth.   So we begin a new cycle.  A cycle which provides sunshine for hope, green color for growth, and a continuation of the seasons for predictability.

   With this same spirit we enter our busiest season of Our Quilt Guild.  Our 2017 Raffle Quilt is finished and ready to sell.  Many thanks to all members who helped to make this year’s quilt a reality:  Maureen Cote, Ann Joyce, Nancy Kish, Lorea L., Lynda Carter, Tina Duffy, Lynn McClary, Carolyn Patton, Barbara Moncrief, Janey Jones, Mary Allen, and Ruth Chapel.  A special thanks to Barbara Moncrief for giving us space on her design wall to layout the quilt blocks, for allowing us time and space at her house for our sewing sessions, and keeping us focused.  Another special thanks to Lynda Carver for giving us the inspiration for the design and teaching us how to sew the squares and correctly place them in the quilt. We learned a lot and I, for one, picked up some new sewing techniques.  Most of the fabric used in the quilt was donated from individual members fabric stash. Thanks to all members who donated fabric, even if you could not help with the construction, you contributed by giving your fabric.  The quilt is a lovely  blend of turquoise, cream, and brown fabrics. It is a quilt that should make anyone proud to have in their home. 

    Now on to the next stage of our season.  That is the selling of our Raffle Tickets.  Jean Stevens is again chairing our ticket sells for this year.  She will be giving us a schedule of the events in which we will participate to sell our raffle tickets.  Selling tickets at the various events always proves to be a fun time with other Guild members. I hope everyone will be able to either sell tickets on your own, or help work these events.  Please contact Jean to sign up and/or get tickets. This is our only yearly fundraiser. I hope we can make it one of the best ever.

See you at our next meeting,

Janey




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HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN APRIL

                    28 Jean Stevens

         

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Minutes for the April Meeting:

Janey Jones called the meeting to order and ask how many “ugly fabrics” had been brought. Her reaction was, “…pitiful—-where is your ugly material???” She picked the 3 pieces up & replied to one, “ugly, mud material. You can bring your unworkable bobbins, bu not your ugly material?!?” Velma Blevins, Janey Jones & Barbara Moncrief had brought fabrics——Carl Stevens threw in 2 pieces & Velma Blevins threw in another piece for the drawing! Janey ask if folks want to do this again or a fabric exchange….
> Janey then welcomed, “All you people who brought ugly fabric!”
> Jim Peterson went over how to prepare a quilt for a long arm quilter. He will present a prepared short program at the May meeting.
> Corrections to the March minutes were: Lorae Lewchalermwong had brought all the Asian fabric “wall hangings” that are from her father-in-law’s belongings. Barbara Moncrief had brought the African fabric which she had purchased on the streets in Harlem, NY. Minutes were then approved by Lynda Carver.
> Treasures report was approved by Carolyn Patton & second by Ruthann Sawyer. The treasurer was absent.
> The nominating committee for 2017-18 officers is: Beth Sproul, Eleanor Plummer & Lynn McClary. Nancy Kiss has agreed to continue as treasure. Barbara Moncrief is thinking about continuing as VP. The job for secretary & newsletter can be split…
> The Spring Luncheon was discussed and all agreed they would like for the “Dirty Fingers Garden Club” prepare the luncheon at their meeting house. It was also agreed that members will pay half, guests full price and RSVP by June9. Janey Jones contact the club and bring information back to the May meeting.
> Raffle ticket & sales: Jean Stevens…a list of venues for sales & sign-up sheets are needed. Carl Stevens will take care of this.
> Education Update:
> 1. Ruthanne Sawyer’s class has to be reshedulted for May 24 from 10a.m.-4p.m. at the library. Her grandson is graduation from college on the date she had previously set. She said it is “all paper pieced—SUPER EASY!” One can plan to make as many squares as one likes…for a pillow, a wallhanging, a quilt. It is important to have GOOD CONTRAST WITH COLORS IN FABRIC CHOICES. Please bring lunch…you may go out if you prefer.
> 2. Nannette Berkley will do a placemat class on June 21 from 10a.m.-4p.m. at the library. Supply list will be ready by May meeting. (It is the placemat folks liked when she showed samples of her work at a class sometime ago.)
> 3. Lynda Carver ask Lynn McClary if she could plan a class in August so all the Florida folks can experience a class with us! Lynn said she could.
> 4 Jo Seagle’s continuing “applique class” will be on May 18 from 1p.m.-3:30p.m. at the library. She ask that folks bring their block & you will receive the next pattern. Mary Allen & Janey Jones have completed their blocks!! PLEASE bring what you have accomplished! Barbara Moncrief”s unfinished block was shown to let folks see anything goes….
> Carolyn Patton displayed “QUILT NUMBER 100!” Which Jim Peterson had just completed quilting!! There are 8 more quilts in the making!!!
> Lynda Carver made a motion the Guild make a donation of $75 to the Presbyterian Church for letting us use their wonderful room during the winter months. The motion passed and Janey Jones will make sure the treasure gets a check to them.
> “QUILT MONTH”…JULY:
> 1. Debbie Brewer will display the proclamation & other quilting artifacts in the case at the library..
> 2. Jo Seagle & Jean Stevens put quilts in business windows last July. Carl will ask Jean if she will head that project for this July.
> 3. The Guild was part of the 4th of July Parade last July…Jo Seagle said, “WE need to be….” It was discussed with a motion (Jo Seagle) & second (Lynda Carver) and we will participate this July.
> Other Business:
> There are openings for the Paducah, Ky. Quilt Show! If you are interested, please, contact Yadkin Tours (Camey & Jim Whitaker) at 336-469-0010. I must add that the last trip to Paducah was tons of fun AND this time we will be staying close enough to take part in everything!!!
> SHOW N TELL!!
> 1. 2017 RAFFLE QUILT….fresh off Jim Peterson’s long arm frame!!!….get pepped up to sell tons of tickets!!
> 2. Carolyn Patton: a quilt top made from flannels, she surged here pieces…”Log Cabin” for her grandson who is graduation from high school!
> 3. Barbara Moncrief: a quilt top made of antiques…paper pieced….”Fractured Paint Box” for her granddaughter who is graduating from high school!
> 4. Carl Stevens: paper pieced “Enchanted Stars” by Jacqueline deJonge, but he named it “Rainbow Galaxy”—-the quilt took 3rd. Place plus $50 reward from the Ft. Lauderdale Quilt Show.He put piping in the binding & used Susan Cleveland’s method of binding. He explained how to “block” a quilt. Janey ask him to do a mini program in the future.
> 5. Jo Seagle: a homespun fabric quilt, “Comfy Cozy Country”…quilted by Jim Peterson.
> 6 Jo Seagle for her friend, Judy Simon, whom she had mentored in quilting…(sorry, but failed to get more info on the quilt…or can’t read my notes…)
> 7. Lynn McClary: St. Patrick’s Day table runner. She has 26 DIFFERENT ST. PATRICK’S DAY fabrics!!!!She chose 4 pieces with “sparkles” in for the runner!
> Library: Velma Blevins has put a cord on the key and placed it on top of the cabinet so folks can go by any time to look for or through the library books/magazines….Take time to visit the library!
 
> Scribbed by: Barbara Land Moncrief


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OFFICERS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS


President - Janey Jones Vice-President - Barbara Moncrief

Secretary - Ann Joyce          Treasurer - Nancy Kish


Historian -  Jean Stevens      Library - Carole Booth

Membership - Adrienne Sherrow Newsletter - Ann Joyce

Education Program - Lynn McClary Quilts of Valor - Carolyn Patton, Barbara Moncrief,

Beth Sproul

Publicity - Lorae Lewchalermwong Raffle Quilt Production -  Janey Jones

Raffle Quilt Sales - Jean Stevens Outreach - Lois Edwards

Sunshine - Maureen Cote Quilt Show - Nancy Kish, Lorae Lewchalermwong

Calling - Barbara Moncrief, Nancy Kish

Quilts at WCC - Barbara Moncrief


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QOV WILL BE ON MAY 17 at 9:30 until at the SPARTA LIBRARY. We will have several quilts to stitch the binding on by hand and the “fractured 9 patch” to complete as well as other projects. Please bring your lunch so we can get tons of work accomplished! ALSO BRING ITEMS TO DISPLAY, ANY QUILTING ITEMS, AS DEBBIE HAS ASK US….. The public has been as to come to the library to see items displayed. I will do my best to bring some cookies….and I’m sure Lorae will have chocolate if she is in town!!! See you there, Barbara


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 Because of a scheduling conflict at the Alleghany Public Library, our May 24, 2017, quilt class will be held at Sparta United Methodist Church, 190 North Main Street, in the "old" fellowship hall where we have had many classes in the past. When Ruthanne and I found out that we could not use the library, we felt it would be easier to change the place rather than the date; I hope that is okay with everyone. The time is the same-set up around 9:30 and be ready to begin class at 10:00.

   The people who have signed up for the class so far are:

           Barbara Moncrief              Jo Seagle

            Janey Jones                        Maureen Cote

            Mildred Jones                     Susan Worrell

           Velma Blevins                      Ruth Chapel

           Carolyn Patton                     Lynn McClary

If anyone else wants to sign up, let me know by email or phone 276 773-23499(H) or 276 768-8112(C)

and I will get you the list of supplies.

 Looking forward to our class,

Lynn


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RAFFLE/FUNDRAISING QUILT TICKET SALES  - Listed below are the various events/venues where we will probably sell tickets over the next 6 months. Please check the list and think about volunteering at the next meeting. We were very successful last year and since this is our MAIN SOURCE OF FUNDS for  the the guild, it is vital that every member help out - - - plus it's lots of fun ! BTW, if you have additional ideas - please let us know. 

Alleghany Farmers Market - one saturday morning a month, probably "second saturday".                                                                          June, July & August, 9-12

4th of July Celebration - Independence - July 4th 9 -1

Alleghany Fiddlers Convention - July 21 & 22 , 5-8

Art in The Park (formerly Blue Ridge Craft Show) - July 22nd 10 - 6

Guild Quilt Show - July 28 & 29 , hours of show (9-4)

Mtn Heritage Festival - Sept. 16th - 9-4

Wine Festival - Oct. 1st 11-4

  Christmas Craft Show - Dec. 2nd  *** Final sales day & drawing of winning ticket !

*** Other possibilities, pending dates & interest - Mathews Farm, Stone Mountain Old-Fashioned Day, and Fiber Days at Independence Farmers Market, Music on Main, any other festivals or ideas for generating sales ?? 


QUILT SHOW ADVERTISING/PR - info has been sent to magazines & on-line sites. I am in need of help producing "print material" (bookmarks, posters, etc). Does anyone have graphic experience and/or program to help create eye-catching items ? We have such a talented group of members, I'm sure someone can give me some assistance. THANKS Email jeanstevens@yahoo.com 

2017 RAFFLE QUILT TICKET SALES - now that our latest beautiful fund-raising quilt is almost completed, it's time to think about selling tickets ! Last year's sales were better than ever (THANKS to all who sold/purchased tickets) so we need to keep up that level this year. To do so we need to brainstorm  and think of new  places to sell our tickets. We will also review all previous venues & possibly eliminate one or two which were not profitable or enjoyable.

A  venue we might try:  Alleghany Farmers Market - I  did one saturday last year and had a good response. I'd like to commit to 1 Saturday morning a month(June, July, August) - such as "Second Saturday" - and have it known as "Quilt Day". We can disply the Raffle quilt, along with other items, have demos, etc. - and Guild Members could even offer quilt-related items for sale. This would not only be a sales outlet, but give us advertising/visibilty for the Guild & our activites. In addition, it would support our local market & our community. 

Please think about the places we've sold - good, not so good, etc. and give me or Janey your input. Also suggest additonal/new places you think would be a good place to take the Quilt. Just remember - as Chairman I will gladly coordinate but cannot do all the work alone - WE NEED MEMBER PARTICIPATION for this major fund-raising project to be successful.

I look forward to seeing the completed Quilt in May and setting up the sales schedule - thanks in advance for your involvement !  Jean Stevens


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Alicia Stephens has started a Sewing club at the Carroll Co .Library to teach basic sewing and quilting. She has had 7 people come to the meeting.  All are interested in quilting except one who is interested in fashion. We have one 7 year old who can sew ! If anyone in the Carroll Co. or surrounding area wants to attend the meetings are they are held in the Carroll Co Library meeting room in Hillsville on Wednesday Evening from 6-8 pm.