Volume 25   Issue 2                                                          August 2020


Just a quick reminder that the meeting for August  will be outside at the Sparta park so please bring a mask and  collapsible chair with you  to ensure safe distancing can be met.   I look forward to seeing any of the projects that have been completed during our long break from our last meeting.   I am excited to be able to meet and hope to see everyone soon.



  23 - Adrienne Sherrow

  23 - Marie Pruitt                        

                                       OFFICERS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS


President - Anne Rost           Vice-President - Lorae Lewchalermwong

Secretary - Anne McDonald                   Treasurer -  Lynn McClary           

Historian -                                                   Library - Nancy Morrell & Velma Blevins

Membership - Adrienne Sherrow     Newsletter - Ann Joyce

Education Program -  Nancy Kish                 Quilts of Valor - Carolyn Patton, Barbara Moncrief

Publicity - Lorae Lewchalermwong Raffle Quilt Production -  Mary Allen

Raffle Quilt Sales -                                Outreach - Lois Edwards, Marie Pruitt

Sunshine -    Anne McDonald        Quilt Show - Jann Boggs

Calling - Barbara Moncrief, Nancy Kish

Quilts at WCC - Barbara Moncrief

Minutes - Minutes of a business meeting of the Alleghany Quilters’ Guild held via Zoom on July 23, 2020.

Present were 13 members.

The meeting was called to order by President Anne Rost at 1:36pm.

QOV: Barbara Moncrief made a report on the activities of this group. Work on quilts is being continued by several members and it is hoped that the annual presentation of quilts to veterans currently scheduled for November will be able to take place. One quilt had been presented to a veteran in poor health.

Election of officers for 2021: Jean Stevens suggested that as the beginning of our financial year had been changed to January, elections could align with this. Since this action would need a quorum vote, the suggestion was tabled. After a short discussion, the current  officers stated that they would be willing to continue their positions until January. Anne McDonald wishes to be relieved of both the Secretary and Sunshine positions at that time.

Annual Dues: There was discussion about these. Anne Rost had received a suggestion that since the guild has not been able to hold regular meetings, dues could be waived until January 2021. There was a further suggestion that dues might be halved. It was decided with consensus that members would be contacted and asked to give their opinion on this, either by email or telephone to Anne Rost for a decision to be made at the August regular meeting. If the decision is to waive dues for 2020, new membership cards will be needed.

This is planned for  August 27th at 10:30am so as hopefully to avoid any afternoon rain storm.  It is hoped that it will be held at the Sparta Farmers’ Market pavilion. Members will be informed of final plans for this. The primary requirement to attend this meeting is that all attendees MUST wear masks.

Anne Rost and Lynn McClary shared information about a combined Matthews Farm quilt show combined with their Pumpkin Heritage Festival event which is scheduled for October 24.

Jean Stevens suggested that a count might be taken of all the masks made by guild members.

The meeting adjourned with the ending of the zoom time allotted.

QOV: QOV continues to be active with folks making quilts & long armers quilting. Anne McD is our official hand binder! Nancy K, Carolyn P,, Lynn McC, & I are working on quilts AND there may be others!  Chatted with a Ga. friend who told me the Presbyterian Church in Rabun Gap had started a QOV group last fall! The leader’s little  granddaughter told her Mom she wanted to give her G’ma fabric for Christmas. Mom took the little one to a quilt shop, the little one walked in & loudly announced she was there to buy “red white & blue material for my G’ma so she could make more quilts for those veterinarians!!”  I look forward to when I can travel that way to meet her as well as the QOV group!  We still do not see when we can gather to sew as a group...please, continue to make masks & QOV quilts & wear a mask!  Carolyn & Barbara

Hello all AQG folks!

Those of you that were on the Zoom meeting heard Nancy Morrell offer a book to anyone who wanted to read it. I took her up on it and WOW what a story! Some of you might have read some of Sue Monk Kidd's other books...The Secret Life Of Bees was her first...

This book is The Invention of Wings. It tells the story of the first women, sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimke, to campaign for Women's rights starting BEFORE the Civil War as they were becoming more involved in the Abolitionist movement. I highly recommend that all of us read this book before we jump into our Quilt Show next summer. It is so inspiring! We can pass  this book around and you can also download it. It might be in our library..not sure.

I still have the book from Nancy...let's see who can speak up for it the quickest...

Jann Boggs, Quilt Show Chair

Mask Update

   Yes, we are still making and distributing masks.  As the COVID numbers continue to increase, the need continues to be ongoing.  The masks for the community bin are now going to the library.  I have been picking these on Fridays up for the past several weeks and taking them to the library.  They have been distributing them there.  The Chamber has received masks from AppHealthcare for distribution so no longer needed our masks.  The library is very happy to have them and is doing a great job of getting them to those people that need them.  They take each mask and put it in a plastic baggie, so the masks do not get contaminated from people "riffing through them". Mary Emma continues to pick up from the AQG bin Wednesday evenings to take for healthcare workers to use in the hospital system.  They give them to non-respiratory patients.  They, as well, are happy to get them.  I have no idea how many masks we have given.  Some members from the Presbyterian Church as well as Julia and Lynda Simmons have been contributing masks also.  When we meet again, bring your numbers and maybe we can get an estimate of what we have done. Barbara Moncrief has been coordinating mask distribution in Grayson County. No one , I think, realized how long we would be making masks when this campaign began.  Your continued help is greatly appreciated by a great many people. Please keep our communities, our states, our nation, and our world countries in your prayers in the hopes that this pandemic will end soon.    Blessings, Janey