ALLEGHANY QUILTERS GUILD
Volume 23   Issue 9                                                              March 2019

March President’s Corner

      It is March already! and Spring blooms won't hide themselves much longer.  I have completed lilly blocks for a third row of my "winter garden" row by row flower quilt.  Paging through quilt magazines and books has been an enjoyable search for flower block patterns I am eager to try.  I am digging out my brightest scraps for the flowers.


    Colorful, beautiful quilts are hung in health care centers all around.  Recently I have been in some very DRAB reception/waiting areas.  One I describe as SWAMP GREEN.  How lovely it would be to have  colorful quilts to cheer up the DRAB areas. I am hoping my row by row flower quilt will find a home on the wall of a formerly DRAB lobby near by.  Surely quilts enhance healing. 


 Happy Quilting,  Mary                                                                                                                                  

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN MARCH


  22 - Carla Collins

31 - Marie Kivett

                     

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OFFICERS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS


President - Mary Allen Vice-President - Barbara Moncrief

Secretary - Jean Stevens   Apr-Oct                 Treasurer -  Beth Sproul   Apr- Oct

         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 -  Beth Sproul

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 monthly meeting of the Alleghany Quilters’ Guild held on Thursday February 28, 2019.


The meeting was called to order by President Mary Allen at 1:35 pm. There were 18 members present, with one visitor, Jo Mathias who intends to join the Guild.


The minutes of the previous meeting which had been circulated in the monthly newsletter were approved. Barbara Moncrief mentioned that the Quilts of Valor quilts whose presentation was pending at that time, are still pending and presentation is ‘questionable.’ Interim secretary, Anne McDonald thanked Janey Jones for filling in with the previous month’s minutes.


Since there were no additions or corrections to the Treasurers’ report, it was approved unanimously.

Velma Blevins, co-librarian spoke on the library of books available for members to borrow. Janey Jones asked if books from the library could be purchased. Some are available for sale. Books loaned from the library must be checked out in writing. There are no set time constraints as to their return.

Barbara Moncrief explained the criteria for eligibility to receive a Quilt of Valor. The quilt set aside for Mr. Royal, who was to receive his quilt at the November presentation, was taken to him at the nursing home where he is living. Some of his family members were able to be present for this. Barbara, Ruth Chapel and Caroline Patton represented our Guild. The QOV group has 5 quilts ready for female PTSD patients which will be taken to Chapel Hill, before heading for a facility in Florida.


Barbra reported that two thank you notes had been received – one came with a donation to the local QOV group and one from the person who had won the raffled quilt made of 2017’s Christmas blocks. This letter spoke of deep family connections to the military.


Anne Rost had pictures of this year’s raffle quilt which is in progress.

On the subject of someone to head up raffle quilt ticket sales, Lorae Lewchalermwong and Mary Allen are prepared to help someone who will be willing to accept this task. Mary has a list of potential ticket sale venues. Tickets are normally sold at venues between June and December. Janey will train the new leader of this crew. Jann Boggs has created a new design for the raffle tickets. After discussion, the guild members gave authorization for the tickets to be printed.


Members who had taken Mary Allen’s landscape class showed their projects. Further classes have been arranged for the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30am, as follows: March 12, Laura Bryant will teach a wool class. She will have materials for the class. Those attending should bring their lunch. On April 9, there will be a Stack & Whack class. All classes will be held in the Sparta Library. Cost for members is $15 and $20 for non-members. On June 11, Carl Stephens will teach a paper piecing class to no more than 6 students. It is suggested that anyone interested should sign up quickly!


It was suggested that on May 14, the CD committee will research bus rental for a field trip. See explanation under notes on CD Committee. Barbara reported that on March 5, the Friendship Quilt made in a class was to be donated to the Blue Ridge DANA organization.

Sunshine: Anne McDonald reported on cards that had been sent during the month. A flowering plant had been sent to Jann Boggs to express our condolences. 


On the subject of the guild’s CD, Velma reported that she had researched through old minutes and found reference to field trips. She suggested that this would be a good use for some of the CD funds. Barbara made the motion to do this which Lynda Carver seconded. The motion passed. The CD Committee would research a suitable bus for a field/shopping trip. Input is needed from members as to somewhere different and fun to visit for the May 14 class day.


In new business, Lynda Carver who will be moving to Palm Coast, Florida soon will be kindly donating the bulk of the contents of her sewing room to members. Thank you, Lynda. We will miss you.

A list of coming events was shared with members on the agenda. Of special interest were the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in May. Information about this can be found online; and Adrienne spoke of the paper piecing class and trunk show by the renowned Kaye England on April 30 in Boone.

The meeting adjourned at 2:58pm.


Show and Tell treasures were shared by Mary, Janey, Lorae, Barbara, Ashley and her grandmother.

Respectfully submitted,

Anne McDonald



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Education;   Education;   March 12th  Laura Bryant Wool appliqué class (hand work)


April 9th- Nannette Berkley Stack and Whack (instructions already sent)

May 14th- no scheduled class (possible road trip or Do your own thing )

June11th -Carl Stevens  Paper Piecing , June 12th additional class with Carl

Thank you Carl for agreeing to add a class. (Sign up sheet at next meeting)


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QOV will be meeting April 5 at the Presbyterian Church at 10:00!  Vickie C. will be bringing a yummy soup and Lynn Mc. will bake bread to enhance the beauty and taste...  There will be none to very little hand sewing!!!  There will be several projects for finishing and several new projects so come join in the fun!  Barbara and Carolyn


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Anne R., Jo, and I attended the presentation of the Fellowship Circle quilt to DANA. It was a lovely gathering as well as a learning afternoon! We will share information at the meeting...look for an article in the newspaper!  Barbara


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The following is a list of the Chairpersons that are needed for the 2019 Quilt Show.  

Quilt Show Chairpersons - Anne Rost & Ann Joyce

Featured Artist Chairperson - Usually the Featured Artist from the past two years decide on the Featured Artist for this year.

Registration Chairperson - Ann Joyce

Setup Chairperson

Takedown Chairperson

Counter Chairperson - Anne McDonald

Vendor Chairperson - Carl Stevens -  He already has vendors for the show.

Signs & Banners Chairperson - Nancy Kish

Decorations Chairperson

Poster Chairperson

Publicity Chairperson - Jean Stevens will do the early publicity , but we will need someone to do the remainder of Publicity

White Gloves Ladies/Floaters Chairperson

Greeter Chairperson

Bed Turning Chairperson - Barbara Moncrief & Nancy Kish

Ribbons & Insurance 

Hospitality - Lynn McClary

Quilt Challenge Chairperson

Basket Raffle

Consignment Chairperson


If you are interested in any of these positions, please let Ann Joyce, gypsyquilter.ann @aol.com or Anne Rost bkslady@outlook.com know.  


Thanks for your help in making the 2019 Quilt Show one of the best in the area.


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If you have any road signs left over from last year, please bring to Nancy Kish so she can get the dates changed on them.


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March Tips-  Organize UFOs (Un-Finished Objects)using the zippered bags that sheet sets are sold in.  The bags are large enough to hold pattern pieces, notions and fabric until you are ready to finish the project.  Yasmeen S.


Use a dark-colored permanent marker when changing your sewing machine needle type and mark it.  After three marks, it's time to dispose of the needle.    Dede B.


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We also would like to welcome a new member to our guild:


Jo Mathias from Independence, Va.


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Our Small Quilt Challenge for this year is to make a small quilt no larger than 28" any given side and no less than 12" using Black, White and One Color. Quilts can be any shape, including square, round, rectangular, octagon or hexagon. Any quilting method is acceptable.  All quilts should have a label.   There will be a separate entry form which will be available at the May meeting.