Volume 22   Issue 9
April 2018


My vision for an April quilt is pink and green and yellow.  Perhaps it is embellished with raindrop crystals.  Baby ducks may be splashing across it in their boots.  Or light blue grandson shadows in THEIR boots.


     It is pleasanter to go for a good walk in warming April than blustery March.  Now that the earth is ready to be plowed, we can shop for seeds of all sorts.  We look forward to planting something to yield a delicious summer salad or a beautiful bouquet.  April is a good month to be inspired to use beautiful bright colored fabrics to make placemats or a table runner for our Quilt Show Silent Auction.  Hmmm...Wonder what a salad block would look like?  My favorite salad is fresh spinach, sliced strawberries, mandarins, thin sliced red onions, sliced almonds and orange vinaigrette dressing..  Without the dressing, it could work as a block...maybe even a 3-D block!  

 Wishing you sunshine,





             3 -  Gail Brandt

                   11 -  Susan Doss

                   14 - Samantha Edwards

                           28 - Delta Peterson              

Dave Cote called to let us know he can only be reached at 336-200-0782.  He does not have a hard line phone or internet connections.  His cell phone is his only communication.  And also, if you call & he doesn't answer and you leave a message for him, please leave your name & telephone number so he will have your telephone number.


Meeting of the Alleghany Quilters Guild

March 22, 2018

Mary Allen called the meeting to order beginning with her “flower quilt” pattern blocks.
The minutes and the treasures report from February were approved and accepted.

Betty Boyer will have Ann Joyce send a card to Deloris Southard., who was a former member, as she recently 

lost her husband.

Lynn McClary reported how successful the “sew as you wish day” . She passed out instructions and had a sign up sheet for the Free Motion Quilting Class by Margaret Layman on April 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Sparta Library. There will be another “sew as you wish day” on May 8. Gail Brandt will be teaching a class in June using jellyrolls &/or charm packs. More information at the April meeting.

QOV workday will be April 6 at the Presbyterian Church beginning at 10 a.m. There will be several old as well as new projects to work on AND Ann Roth will be bringing “crock pot Pizza” for lunch!  Barbara will e-mail when the next “pillowcase workday” will be at her home.

Mary Allen presented an update on the Raffle Ticket Sales…Jean Stevens told Mary she would be glad to help by 30%. Ideas where tickets can be sold can be sent to Mary. Ideas that were mentioned were: Independence and Sparta Farmer’s Markets, “Rock the River” in Fries, Va. on July 29, various Quilt Shows (Wilkes, Ashe, etc.) Jo Seagle will check with Ashe County guild about fee if we sell tickets at their show..

Jo Seagle & Betty Boyer gave an update on the Quilt Show. Most jobs have been “taken”, BUT it will take everyone's help & work. There will be a planning meeting on April 18 at 10 a.m. at Betty’s home. Each person is to bring a salad to share. Lori McDonald is chairing the “theme baskets” for the silent auction. She will need baskets, items for the baskets, as well as help in preparing the baskets.


Outreach had received “thank you” notes from the Hospital Foundation for our donation and from the Pregnancy Center for the baby quilts.

The Sparta Library would like quilts to display in April. Anyone wishing to share quilts are to take them to the library on March 27 at 10 a.m.

Jo Seagle said we can begin putting quilts in “store front window” in April after Easter. She ask that folks bring quilts to the April meeting for this…any and all sizes of quilted items can be used.

The July meeting will be July 12 at 1p.m. at the Emerson Building.

The June meeting will be on June 21. Since the Dirty Fingers Garden Club is unable to prepare the luncheon this spring it was discussed and voted to have Michael Jenkings at Ward Manor to prepare the luncheon. Barbara Moncrief had information: menus was voted on, cost will be $20 per person, a minimum of 30 people. There will be a sign-up sheet at the April meeting. Please pay when you sign up.

Barbara Moncrief ask if the Guild would give some money to help support the “pillowcase project” After discussion $200 was given…Janey Jones made the motion & Nancy Kish 2nd. it. Several folks gave money as individuals, too. We will be giving some of the pillowcases to Social Services to give to foster children.

NC Quilt Symposium will be May 31-June 3…there is still sign-up time.

Jo Seagle announced the Ashe County Quilt Show. She also shared information from her California Guild’s 35th Show—-“Rhapsody in Red!”

Carl Stevens announced the Floyd Quilt Show May 18-19 at the Floyd Events Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13 is the last day to enter quilts.

Nancy Kish: “Lap Quilting Lives” by Georgia Bonesteel, a book she found while in NY with an inscription, “to Nancy 1991”!! She plans to get Georgia to sign it again at the NC Symposium,,,,
Barbara Moncrief: “heart quilt” she designed around hand appliquéd hearts by her elderly neighbor, Garnett Sturgill. She also had a quilt made from leftover blocks plus….
Ann McDonald: a “block keeper” to keep your blocks flat and neat as you make your quilts. She covered foam board & embroidered a floral design on the cover with ties to keep it closed and flat.

The meeting ended with a mini program by Lynn McClary on different ways to appliqué.

Barbara Land Moncrief


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 -  

Raffle Quilt Sales - Janey Jones             Outreach - Lois Edwards

Sunshine - Ann Joyce Quilt Show - Carol Booth, Jo Seagle, Beth Sproul, Jean Stevens

Calling - Barbara Moncrief, Nancy Kish

Quilts at WCC - Barbara Moncrief


AQG Education News for April 2018

Our dates for upcoming opportunities are as follows:

April 10 (Tuesday) Free Motion Quilting Class, taught by Margaret Layman . Please be at class by 9:30 to set up, so we can start promptly at 10:00. Remember to   bring your lunch.

  May 8 (Tuesday)  “Sew What You Wish” Day ,   10:00- 4:00

All sewing events  are held at the Alleghany Public Library.

2018 QUILT SHOW - July 13th & 14th - "Quilting in the Mountains" - What we all love to do, love to see and love to learn about. 

Plans are really moving along, thanks to all of you offering your help. We will be having a QUILT SHOW COMMITTEE meeting April 18th at Betty Boyer's House, 10 am for the meeting with lunch to follow, attendees are asked to bring a salad to share.  Anyone who has volunteered for a job or would like to be a part of the group working on the show is asked to attend.  Questions - call Jo Seagle.

Silent Auction & Baskets - need items such as quilts, table runners, wall hangings, packets of fabric or any other cute items you think might add to a basket of "goodies" - could also use gift certificates donated. 

Guild Shop - when you do your "spring-cleaning" in your sewing room, please think of us ! We need sewing-related items, plus YOU CAN SELL ITEMS if you like - members can put things in the shop with a percentage(15%) going to the Guild. Members have an early chance at buying the goodies after the July meeting, so gather up your items - scraps, UFO's, etc. and donate or sell in the Guild Shop. Magazines can be donated however, we do not put them on consignment (you can consign books). Thank You in advance for your generous donations!

RAFFLE QUILT TICKET SALES - yes, it that's time again! Thanks to many hands, the Quilt is almost ready to be sent to the long-arm quilter and we need to start thinking about selling tickets. We have opportunities at 2 new venues to show the Quilt and sell tickets. Best part - we can participate for FREE!  More info will be available at the meeting but want you to know about these plans so you can check your calendar now and see when you can help - remember this is the Guild's MAIN FUNDRAISER

First up - BLUE RIDGE FIBER FEST at the Alleghany Fairgrounds June 1st & 2nd. We will be setting up the tent & need members to man it. The Festival is for all types of Fiber vendors, artists, etc. with exhibits, classes & demos - some of our members & former members are involved in this first time event which will be drawing vendors & attendees from several states.  

Second opportunity - MID-CAROLINA SHOP HOP June 16 - 23, we can display the Quilt at the YADKIN VALEY QUILT SHOP in Elkin and sell tickets.  The Shop Hop involves 10 shops from Elkin to Wilkesboro to Hickory - all the way down near Charlotte, so once again, it gives us a way to reach people who may not even know about us & a great way to advertise our Quilt Show !

**BTW - we still need a "chairman" or "Coordinator" for the Raffle Ticket Sales - please contact Mary if you'd be willing to chair or even co-chair this very important guild committee.

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Want to learn paper-piecing? Carl Stevens will be teaching "Beginner Paper-Piecing" Classes at the Yadkin Valley Quilt Shop in Elkin - first class is April 14. He will also be teaching a Judy Niemeyer pattern Table-runner Class. Interested - just call Carl or the store in Elkin.

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Barbara Moncrief will have another pillowcase making session at her home on April 19th at 10:00 a.m.  She will be sending out an e-mail with additional information.