Volume 23   Issue 12                                                              June 2019

June 2019 President’s Corner

     By the time you read this I am hoping the snow peas Daniel planted in my small garden in March will be ready for a stir fry.  On a trip to England I bought a wooden “dibble” just up the street from Cadbury Chocolate World.  Dan made several reproductions with his lathe which Daniel and I used to make holes in the soil for the pea seeds. Daniel adroitly placed a seed in each little hole and I covered them with soil.

     I have been sending Daniel letters with drawings of pea sprouts, vines with tendrils clinging to the fence, blooms and baby peas.  He likes the shoveling part of gardening best so there were some sprouts in odd places.

     I have “inherited” some lovely precut fruit and vegetable prints…including peas.  I am enjoying the challenge of sewing and recutting these to fit my projects; quite different from the original intent.  Hopefully when Daniel returns there will be a fruit and veggie runner on the table and snow peas in the salad or stir-fry.

     Our 2019 Quilt Show is getting near.  Our chairpersons REALLY NEED the help of ALL Members.  The changes in some procedures promise to make it much easier for everyone.  Remember your quilts must be turned in on TUESDAY, July 9 this year.  Last year’s show was so beautiful;  our members and attenders are expecting great quilts.  The county agent for Alleghany and Surry has already called to confirm our dates for those already planning to attend.

     I look forward to enjoying our June 27th luncheon at Olde Beau Country Club when our new officers are formally introduced.  In July you will have a new president “in the corner”.  It has been an honor and delight to be your president for 2 years.  My thanks to each of you for working together so well and energetically for the benefit of ALL.  Because of you, quilters add so much beauty to Alleghany County in so many ways. 




      15 - Lois Edwards

      26 - Ruthanne Sawyer                            


President - Mary Allen Vice-President - Barbara Moncrief

Secretary - Jean Stevens   Apr-Oct                 Treasurer - 

         Anne McDonald  Nov. -Mar.                     Lynn McClary Nov - Mar

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 -  

Raffle Quilt Sales -                              Outreach - Lois Edwards, Marie Pruitt

Sunshine -    Anne McDonald        Quilt Show - Anne Rost, Ann Joyce

Calling - Barbara Moncrief, Nancy Kish

Quilts at WCC - Barbara Moncrief

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Minutes of the regular meeting of the Alleghany Quilters’ Guild held on Thursday May 23, 2019, in the Senior Center in Sparta NC.

There were seventeen members present, with no guests. 

The meeting was called to order by President Mary Allen at 1:35pm. 

Approval of April Minutes: There was a correction to the April Minutes – Secretary Anne McDonald had posted incorrect dates for the lead up to the Quilt Show in July. The Treasurer’s report had been included in the Minutes posted in the Newsletter. The corrected minutes were unanimously accepted.

Treasurer’s Report: The raffle tickets which now include the Guild’s logo, had been designed by Jann Boggs. Anne questioned the charge for the printing of the raffle tickets. This was clarified by Jean Stevens as the norm. The report was accepted unanimously.

Nominating Committee: The proposed slate of officers for the 2019 – 2020 year was presented by Nancy Kish. President: Anne Rost, Vice President: Lorae Lewchalermwong, Secretary: Anne McDonald, Treasurer: Lynn McClary. There were no volunteers to challenge these ladies and the slate was accepted, unanimously. Mary thanked those willing to serve the Guild.

News from the Senior Center: Mary reported on information she had received from Karen Edwards, director of the Center about the upcoming move from the current location. The County will build a new center across from the Wellness center in Sparta. Construction will begin soon and is scheduled to be ready around Christmas. For the remainder of 2019, the guild will continue to meet at the current location. The Center hopes that we will continue to hold our meetings in their facility. Velma Blevins asked whether the new building would be on one floor. This is the plan and our library will be in the same meeting place.

Sunshine: Anne McDonald asked the Guild if they would like for emailed greetings. This was not needed. The guild was told of Marie Pruitt who was now home after a long rehab. Marie had sent thanks for the cards she had received. Betty Boyer was dealing with fractures. Carolyn Patton was scheduled for her second eye surgery. Good wishes were expressed for both ladies.

Education: Nancy Kish reported on the field trip to two quilt stores, Calla Lily and Studio Stitch in Greensboro. She had added to the fun with games. Cash prizes were enjoyed at the two stores visited by Lynn McClary, Anne Rost and Velma Blevins. The group had taken sack lunches which they ate  in Guildford Mill Park.

Carl Stevens’ paper piecing classes will take place on June 11 and 12 at the Sparta Library, starting at 9:30am. Participants should bring their lunch. The class fee is $15. Carl stated that this is a class for beginners. He will have a kit comprising fabric and patterns for several techniques – a Judy Niemeyer New York beauty, Geese on a Curve, and a standard New York Beauty. The kit cost is $5. Participants need to bring red thread, with basic equipment, a small mat and cutter and, if possible an Add a Quarter ruler.

The Library has been reserved for classes from July through September.

Barbara Moncrief reported on an interesting class from Kaye England that she had attended.

Library: Nancy Morrell has returned and reported on the selection of books for sale at the meeting. These covered several topics.

Raffle Quilt: Anne Rost reported that the raffle quilt is on the Long Arm. It will be ready for display and ticket sales at the Blue Ridge Fiber Fest. The guild has a booth at this event. Lorae Lewchalermwong asked for volunteers to sell tickets. Mary will set up the booth with Lorae. There was a suggestion that helpers have something to work on – this creates interest. The fee to sell tickets at the Fest is $25 for both the Guild and the QOV quilts together. Jean Stevens commented the success of ticket sales last year.

Last year, tickets were sold at the Rock the River Festival. This year, the festival will take place on August 28. Volunteers are needed for this.  

Quilts of Valor: Barbara Moncrief reported that the next work day for this group will be on June 14 and will be at The Pottery Place. Sewers should bring a lunch. During the winter this group meets at the Presbyterian Church in Sparta. She suggested a donation to the Church. She suggested and made the motion to donate $100 to the Church. Motion was seconded by Anne McDonald and passed unanimously.

A quilt presentation is planned for June 9 in Blowing Rock at 2:30pm.

QOV volunteers are needed for the Fiber Fest.

CD Committee: Anne Rost put forward several suggestions as to uses for this money. There was discussion about classes with well known teachers, visits to retreats, trips, renting a permanent location/co-operating with another group to share rent. There is much to ponder here!

Quilt Show: July 12 and 13. Anne Rost took questions about the decision to award only three ribbons. There was discussion about this and Anne will be meeting with Ann Joyce within the next two weeks to revisit this.

Old Business: The Guild Spring Luncheon will take place on June 27 at Old Beau at 1:00pm.

The Parkway quilt is completed

A date and crew will be arranged to check and move all the items stored at delta Peterson’s home to Barbara Moncrief’s home

New Business: Lynn McClary showed examples of possible shirts with our logo. Velma suggested that all the shirts be navy blue. Further discussion  will follow.

Jean Stevens suggested recognizing and honoring founder members of the guild. She has a list of these ladies. The motion to do this was made by Jean and seconded by Jann Boggs.

Adrienne Sherrow reminded members that annual dues are once again payable. She will be collecting them at our luncheon. The deadline is at the end of August. Dues for those under age 65 are $25 and for those over 65, $20

Coming Events:  June 7 and 8 – the Fiber Fest; the Independence July 4 festival; set up for our show July 9 and our show July 12 1nd 13; the Fiddlers’ Convention, July 19 and 20. Jean Stevens distributed flyers for the Mid Carolina Run Shop Hop, June 15 to June 22. She recommended the stores in Boone, Elkin and Wilkesboro. Mary has sign up sheets for any events needing volunteers.

Interspersed in the items for discussion, Mary had arranged a game with prizes. She was ably assisted by Carl.

The meeting adjourned at 3:25pm and was followed by Show and tell by Mary Allen, Anne Rost, Carl Stevens, Velma Blevins, Barbara Moncrief, Adrienne Sherrow, Jann Boggs and Lynda Carver.

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Education:  June Classes will be Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12 at 9:30 - 3:30.  Both will be Paper Piecing Classes by Carl Stevens.

There will be no classes in July.

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Quilt Show Reminders:

Consignments:  Ladies, start sorting and thinning out your books, magazines, patterns, notions and fabrics.  If you've quilted for a while and know your style, it's easier to eliminate what you might never use again.  You can buy a package of round stickers at the Dollar Store to place on all your items except magazines.  Magazines are a donate item with all money going to the guild.  Put your complete initials and the price on each sticker and attach to your items.  Get your items to Velma Blevins at the luncheon, or at the Higgins Building at the July meeting or on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.  If Velma isn't there, leave the items with a note behind the counter.  Call Velma Blevins with any questions or other arrangements or if you will help with sales to give her a break.  Thanks, Velma.

 Decorations :

Decorations are needed to place around the quilt frames at the show to avoid accidents.  People can easily trip over the end of the frames and items ( baskets, flowers, etc. )  placed there increase visibility at these danger points. Please bring these items to the Black building on Wednesday, July 10 between 10am - 1pm or to the Guild meeting on Thursday.  Keep a list of your items and, if possible, put your name on the bottom of each item.  All items will be available for pick-up at the end of the show on Saturday afternoon. I plan to move them to an out-of-the-way safe area as the take-down begins. Please call me if you have questions or if I need to pick up your items either before or after the show.

Susan Doss  276-768-0056 or e-mail to

Quilt Registration Closing Date - Registration forms will need to be sent to Ann Joyce no later than June 19, 2019.  A registration form will be attached to the newsletter along with a form for our Small Quilt Challenge .  Quilts & Challenge quilts are to be turned in on Tuesday, July 9 between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00pm at the Emerson Black Building at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds.

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QOV’s July workday will be announced later due to the 4th. and the quilt show.  WE WILL MEET ON JUNE 14 at Tina’s, so come ready to work and have fun and bring your lunch.  I have purchased a sewing machine table and bringing another Alleghany machine, so we should be super fine with machines!  Barbara

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Looking  Back……to our beginnings 

 from Delta’s minutes of the first meeting: 

“The Alleghany Quilters’ Guild held their first meeting on June 3, 1996 at the home of Delta Peterson, Quilting talents of the 10 attendees ranged from beginners to advanced. We feel our first meeting was definitely a success. We had a great time together --- as quilters usually do. We’re looking forward to doing many fun things together. “ She also noted there were 11 members at that time with 5 interested quilters. 

**Unfortunately there does not seem to be a printed list of the first 11 members, so it was compiled by talking to several of the first members:

 Delta Peterson, Jo Seagle, Barbara Phillips, Blaina Numley, Lynda Carver, Marie Pruitt,  Betty Boyer, Lois Edwards, Margaret Cox, Marie Kivett, Diane Lasley .              

Once these ladies came together to start a quilt guild, numerous decisions had to be made – the name for the guild, the quilt square for the guild logo, officers, by-laws, etc. As these ladies got started on the process, they added members quickly and by the September 12, 1996 meeting, Lois Edwards, Membership Chairman, reported 24 members.

First set of officers were: President – Delta Peterson, Vice-President – Jo Seagle, Secretary – Barbara Phillips and Treasurer – Blaina Nunley. 

One of the first things the group concentrated on was the name of the guild and then a logo quilt square. Some of the suggestions were :  Mountain Haven, Tree Country, Alleghany, Blue Ridge, Mountain Mamas and Allegany Piece Makers. Alleghany Quilters Guild (suggested by Delta) was selected.

Members were asked to bring a sample quilt square to use as a guild logo. Eventually a square submitted by Nannette Barkley, “Moon over the Mountain” was selected. She went on to teach sessions on making the square.

Much was accomplished that first year ! The start of many years of encouraging the joy of “quilting in the mountains” ! !

 We want to thank and recognize those initial members, but we are especially appreciative of the members that have stayed active in the guild and have worked so hard to ensure that the quilting traditions continue.  THANK YOU, LADIES !!!!!

Don't be afraid to give things away that you know you likely will never use - Becky Goldsmith.

Panel Keeper - I love fabric panels, but they often get lost in my stash.  After trying several storage methods, I finally hit on something that works for me.  I fold each panel into a page protector and store the page protectors in binders.  This cuts down on duplicate panels, makes the panels easy to view, and keeps the panels accessible, along with keeping dust from collecting on your fabric. - Nancy Kovacs/ Curtice, Ohio.

Could you also put the following on calendar :

    Mid Carolina Shop Hop

    June 15 -22 

    10 Shops from Elkin to Gastonia

    Go to Yadkin Valley Quilts for info.

Thanks Jean

2019 Small Quilt Challenge for Members Only in Events