ALLEGHANY QUILTERS GUILD
Volume 22   Issue 4
October  2017 

                        

                                                   October President's Corner

October is probably the most beautiful month for being outdoors in Alleghany County.  The sunlight turns the mountainsides into a magical mosaic of golden colors.  The cooler weather energizes us and our project list gets much too long for completion any time soon--but that's how quilters are.  We thrive on planning our next 10 quilts!
    Despite Sparta's fall beauty, some quilters fly south for the winter.  We will miss you snowbirds and eagerly await your spring return. I hope you have been thinking about filling an empty Guild chair: 
Historian (photographing quilts and events to record our talents and fun), 

  Raffle Quilt Ticket Sales (registering and staffing sellers for
area events

Quilt Show Co-Chairmans

WHAT IF these chairs remain empty?
    What if we have no photos of future events/quilts?    
    What if YOU taught a class for the Guild?
  What if our membership dues triple because we have no income from
  ticket sales?
    What if we had several smaller events to raise Guild funds in
   alternate years?
    When you invite others to join the guild, what does the Guild do that
you brag about?  I bragged about you all while I was selling tickets at the
Heritage Festival.  We are a great community resource
 

 Mary


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN  OCTOBER

 1  - Carolyn Patton

13  - Beth Sproul

20 - Velma Blevins

20 - Amy Askins




Alleghany Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes 


President Mary Allen called meeting of October 28, 2017 to order at 1:37 P.M., held at the Senior Center, Sparta, NC.

Opening: Mary shared a story about an interview she watched about a young lady, Dianna Jasany.  This young lady was adopted as a toddler from a Russian orphanage into a US family. She is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She created her project Diana’s Golden Needle, where she began with a goal of making a quilt a year for those children who are aging out of Russian orphanages or foster system. She began in 2015 and has completed 97 plus quilts. Others who have heard of her project have donated quilts as well for an impressive total of 350 plus quilts. Take home message from this inspirational young lady: As an active guild we should do all we can to foster quilting in our communities youth.

Visitors introduced:  Betty Boyer’s daughter Barbara from Charlestown, WV.

Minutes of last meeting:  Unanimously approved.


Committee Reports:  

Sunshine – Card was sent to Ruthanne Sawyer. Card passed around for people to sign for Alicia. Card for Carolyn Patton will be sent.


Library:  library committee has voted on a magazine choice for the guild library.

Historian: Jean Steven’s needs replacement for this position.

Membership:  49 members


QOV: 12 people present for last QOV workday. Jim Peterson has 6 or 7 QOV quilts. Barbara’s grandson Niles has some of the signature blocks with him, he is putting them together.  There are some blocks that are available to be signed.

Niles quilt is to be entered into the NC quilt show.

Barbara related that there had been two newspaper articles about the Fort Bragg QOV trip. 

Next QOV workday to meet October 13th, at Tina’s shop.  Bring own lunch.


Nancy and Barbara bought fabric at Paducah quilt show and pillowslips were begun for hurricane victims. 

Quilts at the College: Janey has quilt for next month, she and Barbara will discuss.

Raffle tickets sales: Totals not available for today


Education:  Lynn McClary has volunteered to stay in this position.  Thank you Lynn!  Lorae will be assisting Lynn. Sweatshirt Class is at the Sparta Library, Wednesday, October 4th, 10:00 A.M. to 4 P.M. Bring your own lunch. Sign up and materials list passed around at meeting. Cost of class: members -$15.00, non-members- $20.00. 


Community Read Quilt:  November 3rd at Alleghany Public Library. Based on Book by Lee Smith, Dimestore. Barbara teaching class and demonstrated a ragweed quilt that will be made. Make project for yourself or may consider donating. Cost of class: members - $15.00, non-members - $20.00. Sign up available at meeting.

Appliqué Group:  October 11th, Wednesday 1:00 P.M. at the Library.


Quilt Show: need chairpersons or alternative event consideration. Some discussion about alternating years instead of every year; pros and cons of changing date; issue of parking with yard sale weekend; Sparta revitalization of downtown; ? reserve hall in a timely manner if change date; concerns about advertising on website and with Chamber of Commerce Brochure, removing in a timely manner as it goes to press in January, should we not go ahead with having a quilt show this next coming year. Carol Booth did volunteer to be Quilt Show Chairperson. Two Co-chairman needed still.

Lorae made a motion to vote: Do we have a quilt show every year or every other year?

Another motion was made: Matter tabled and will be revisited next month.


Show and Tell: 

Ann Joyce:  mug rugs she, Carla, Ruth made. These will be sold at December’s event Cut and Sew.  Carla had 4 different patterns available to give away.

Anne Rost:  Frog’s Quilt – Deli in Independence that is no longer, Anne helped her friend by fixing and finishing the quilt.  Also demonstrated Eagle Quilted Picture she made, Liberty Pattern by Toni Whitney.   

Janey Jones: showed a needle book made by Ruthanne, made from wool. Thoughts for cut and choose.

Barbara Moncrief: Showed blocks made in classes at Paducah. Also demonstrated block a month quilt she has finished from her fabric stash.

Mary Allen:  demonstrated appliqué picture of Grandfather Frog she has completed. 

Ruth Chapel: Stunning Colorful star quilt 

Lorae Lewchalermwong:  Pillow Quilt repurposed from a pillow. Asian theme fabrics.

Committee for magazine selection:  voted today for quilt to purchase Fon’s and Porter’s Love of Quilting .

Old Business: Sign up sheets: for positions still open: historian, Raffle ticket sale events; Quilt show co-chairs.


Sign up for mini demos:

Stone Mountain Demo:  October 24, 11:00 to 2:00. Volunteers: Velma, Mary Allen, Janey, Beth maybe. This is a regional Eastern US meeting.  In the farmhouse, no electricity. 

Paducah trip:  Positive comments from those that attended. 

Thank you card received and read to guild, from Chalee Smith.  Dulcimer player who played with Martha. The money donated in a collection jar in the kitchen at the quilt show was given to Martha who gave it to aid with expenses for a Dulcimer conference Chalee attended. 


Treasurer’s Report: Proposed Budget 2017-2018 handout available. 

Motion was made and seconded to accept Proposed Budget 2017-2018.

Community Outreach: Quilts in Windows of shops and businesses end of November. Usually 10 quilts, banks, newspaper office.  This coordinates with Community Read when Lee Smith comes. She will be here around November 10th. Anne Rost volunteered. 

Coming events:  Quilt Show in Concord, NC, October 13th & 14th.  Asheville, NC quilt show this coming weekend. 


Mt. Airy, Surrey Quilt Guild is having a quilt show October 13th, 14th and 15th at the Andy Griffith Museum. 


Meeting Adjourned:  at 2:52 P.M.


Carl Stevens mini demo on Jenny Beyer’s technique on mitered corners on quilt bindings using print fabrics obtained from her. Carl demoed measuring technique and had a completed quilt top and sample fabric to demonstrate measuring and cutting.


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OFFICERS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS


President - Mary Allen         Vice-President - Barbara Moncrief

Secretary - Jean Stevens   &      Treasurer - Nancy Kish

         Lynda Carver

Historian -                            Library - Lynda Carver

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 -  Alicia Stephens

Raffle Quilt Sales -                   Outreach - Lois Edwards

Sunshine - Maureen Cote Quilt Show - Carol Booth

Calling - Barbara Moncrief, Nancy Kish

Quilts at WCC - Barbara Moncrief

      

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Those of us that are demonstrating quilting skills at Stone Mountain Park on Tuesday, October 24th, please meet at the Homestead by 10:45 AM.  Jeff Jones, ranger, would like us set up by 11:00 AM.  We will demonstrate until 1:00 PM.  If anyone would like to car pool, please let me know.  I will be leaving from Sparta around 10:00.  

   Thanks to everyone for helping.  Jeff is thrilled we will be there. 

Janey     

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    Our next class is in conjunction with the 2017 Alleghany Community Read. The book is Dimestore by Lee Smith, a native of Grundy, VA, noted for her books about the middle Appalachian Mountains. The quilt pattern is Ragweed and will be taught by Barbara Moncrief on Friday, November 3, from 10:00A.M.- 4:00 P.M. at the Alleghany Public Library, Sparta, NC. For those who have not yet signed up, you can register by email (jlmcclary@centurylink.net) or by phone at 276 773-2499(H) or 276 768-8112(C). You can also sign up at our October meeting on the 26th.

      The fee is $15.00 for members and $20.00 for nonmembers. You can get your list of supplies at the meeting or you can contact Barbara or me to get a copy. Barbara said to let those of you who want to make a baby flannel quilt that you would need 2 & 2/3 yards of fabric, in 2 colors, allowing 1 & 1/3 yards for the backing.

     We will not have a class in December, but please be thinking about a class you would like and let me know your suggestions at out next meeting. 

       We also want to give a big” Thank You” to Jean Stevens for our Quilted Sweatshirt Jacket class on October 4. !

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The Applique Group will meet Wed., October 11, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Library.

 

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QOV will be October 13...Friday the 13th.!!!! at the Pottery. Bring your lunch and we will enjoy Tina's porch while we eat! Come ready to work and share time together! If you have any suggestions for project, please bring to share. Barbara, Carolyn, & Beth


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Thank you to all the great volunteers who have sold tickets at the various venues this past month, including Mathews Farm - $71, Mtn. Heritage Festival - $ 195, and last of all, Thistle Meadow Wine Festival - $ 81. Representing our guild & offering tickets to win our beautiful quilt is always fun at these various events!  Plus a few members have been selling tickets and turned in over $ 30 in sales. So, I feel we are on our way to meeting our budgeted amount of sales at $ 1,800. BUT, we still need more members to sell tickets before the drawing on Dec. 2nd.  I will have tickets at the Oct. meeting.

Another way we meet our goal in fundraising is through selling various items at the Christmas/Choose 'n Cut Craft Show. Please bring small items, such as table runners, aprons, holiday ornaments, etc. to the Oct. and Nov. meetings. 

Once again - THANK YOU to all the members who have manned the Quilt Guild booth at all the various events we had the Raffle Quilt at these past few months. Your time & effort is greatly appreciated ! 


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Carl Stevens won a Blue Ribbon at the Asheville Regional Quilt Show for his quilt that also won the Viewers Choice at our Quilt Show.  Congratualations.


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