Volume 23   Issue 6
December 2018

December President’s Corner


     Not long ago in early November, I went out for a walk to Christmas tree growing acreage near my house.  I was transfixed when the wonderful fragrance of Fraser Fir surrounded me as trees were being cut.  It smelled like CHRISTMAS!  That lot is pumpkins now but I know where to go to smell cut firs.  I collect leaf bags of fir scraps for my fireplace.  Small fir branches burn like sparklers and crackle with holiday cheer.

     How beautiful to see acres of Christmas trees on Alleghany hillsides.  It is a delight that our cash crop perfumes the air.  At the Thistle Meadow Wine Festival, a member of an Ashe tree-growing family bought raffle tickets as she told me about providing the Bush and other Washington notable families with Christmas trees on a continuing basis.

     I hope you bring several Christmas blocks to our luncheon meeting December 13..maybe even with trees on them.  What a treat to see the block display as part of our holiday celebration and look forward to seeing the finished quilt at the July quilt show. 

     Quilters are known for helping those in need.  Our hurricane relief and pillow case donations and QOV projects as well as many other generous acts help us maintain that reputation.  There has been great loss in N.C. this year.  May sharing bring you joy this season. 




  2 - Nancy Morrell

  3 - Carol Norris

          5 - Tina Duffy

  20 - Eleanor Plummer

         26 - Sarah Massey





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 May - Nov.

Membership - Adrienne Sherrow Newsletter - Ann Joyce

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

                                   Beth Sproul

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

November 2018 Minutes

No  Minutes for the November meeting as it was cancelled due to the weather.

The annual Christmas Luncheon will be held on December 13 at the Turkey Knob Community Center, 986 Mount Carmel Road, Sparta. Those attending are asked to arrive by 12 noon for lunch to be served at 12:15pm.

The details on the previous notification and map for this event were incorrect. 986 Mount Carmel Road in the correct address!

The Left Right Center game which will by played after lunch needs attendees to bring with them, three strips of fabric, two and a half inches wide, width of fabric in spring colors. The game is loads of fun and the winner will go home with the makings of a gorgeous quilt.

Payment of $25 per person can be made at the luncheon in cash or check which should be made payable to Alleghany Quilters Guild.

Anne McDonald can be contacted at 520-444-2203 or on with any questions.

Also, do not forget your Christmas quilt block !!!

I want to thank all who donated items to the Choose and cut event. Any the wonderful set up crew of Lora,Janey,Beth and Lynn. They also returned on Saturday to help sell along with Ann Macdonald and Anne R. It was a fun event and a pretty good sales day.

Upcoming education events;  January class will be a Small Winter Landscape (10x12) taught by Mary Allen on Tuesday Jan 8th at Sparta Library. February is a tentative Stack and Whack to be taught by Nannette Berkley .March will be Laura Bryant with wool appliqué technique. Details to follow on class requirements.

Saturday, we had a winner for our beautiful 2018 raffle quilt!! Her name is Penny Reynolds and she lives in Charlotte.  We believe we sold her the winning ticket yesterday. I will be hand delivering the quilt to her sometime soon.  We have one small problem....the matching pillowcase is missing.  The quilt arrived to us without a pillowcase. Does anyone have the pillowcase or know where it is?? If so, please let Lorae know. 

We want to extend heartfelt sympathy to Marie Pruitt and family in the death of her daughter, Irene Blanche Pruitt on November 12.

QOV will not be meeting in December, but go through your “stuff” and any extras such as pins, rotary blades, rulers, etc. consider donating to a box Anne Rost has donated for keep things in to stay with QOV...bring them to the December meeting/luncheon.  The QOV program was so well received by the Veterans as well as the community! The hall was filled!!!  A huge THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED MAKE THE EVENT POSSIBLE!!!  The newspapers covered the event in top notch articles! Lou, the photographer, was superb...nearly 200 photos!  Hopefully we can share with all as he gave us a disc and waived all copyright laws....  Beth, Carolyn, & Barbara

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Two tips for English Paper Piecing -

I became hooked on English paper piecing and discovered that a small photo case makes a perfect on-the-go container.  On the inside, I glued a magnet to the lid to hold pre-threaded needles.  The fabric shapes and paper pieces go inside the case, and I can toss the whole thing in my purse, take it on an airplane, or keep it in the glove box in my car.

Velma Langley from Wilson, NC

I use plastic folders for English paper piecing.  Instead of making piles of patterns out of card stock, I only need to make a few of these and use them over and over again.  Trace the pattern, cut it out, and punch a hole in the center.  Then fold the paper over the plastic template, and take a stitch at each corner.  To remove the template, insert an orange stick or small dowel into the hole, and pull up until the

 plastic piece comes loose.

Gail Schermer from Mannford, Ok

Presentation of Pillowcases to Gunny Claus.

QOV Presentation on November 10 to Veterans from Alleghany Quilters Guild.