Volume 25   Issue 4                                                         October 2020


The weather is getting cooler and bringing the beauty of fall.  Approaching fast is time for candy, hot apple cider and winter coats, while thoughts are also on finishing up Christmas gifts.  Now is time to think about and gather the supplies needed for our winter projects to have on hand in case winter brings us to be shut inside.  I’m also looking forward to seeing the beautiful projects that this season inspires.  The October meeting will still continue the safety procedures and protocols.  

Anne Rost



    1 - Carolyn Patton

    2 - Anne McDonald 

  21 - Velma Blevins              

                                                            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 the regular meeting of the Alleghany Quilters’ Guild held on Thursday September 24 at the Sparta Farmers’ Market pavilion.

The meeting was called to order at 10:35am. There were eight members present.

President Anne Rost informed the group of a request from Bob Bamberg for the Guild to re-embroider logos on the high school band uniforms. There was an example of what would be needed. After discussion, there was unanimous agreement that this would be beyond the scope of members. It was decided that there should be research into the possibility of professional/industrial companies doing the required work. It was suggested that the guild might offer to pay towards the cost of this.  Anne Rost would start the needed research.

The guild banner is in need of a new home. Betty Boyer has stored and taken care of it for a number of years. Janey Jones volunteered to house it temporarily. Once the new Senior Center is open, it will be hung there permanently. The banner itself has reached full size and there was discussion on how best to continue adding blocks to it, as each year, another block of our raffle quilts will be added.                

The next meeting  in October was discussed. Since the Senior center is unlikely to be open and the weather at the end of October might not be conducive to meeting outside, Jann Boggs made the offer for the meeting to take place at the Christ Episcopal Church. Jann Boggs made the motion to accept the kind offer,  Mary Allen seconded. All present were in favor.  Thus, the  October meeting will take place on Thursday October 22 at 1:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 2543 Hwy 21 South, Sparta.

The November meeting will take place on November 19 and the December meeting is scheduled for December 17.

There was discussion about whether or not to have the annual December Luncheon. In view of the current restrictions on meeting in close quarters, there will be no Christmas Luncheon. Instead, possibly, those attending the meeting might be able to bring their own refreshments. This is however still to be decided.

Mary Allen raised the question of the traditional Christmas block exchange. It was decided instead that members hand make a Christmas ornament for this exchange. Mary made the motion to this effect, seconded by Jann Boggs. It was unanimously agreed.

The motion to adjourn was made be Jann Boggs, seconded by Anne Rost and agreed at 11:35am.

Mary Allen, Ann Joyce, Betty Boyer and Anne Rost shared examples of their beautiful work in Show and Tell.

Submitted by:  Anne McDonald

QOV:   As I was driving from NGeorgia Saturday in the pouring rain (a long drive with no potty stops)I was thinking of QOV and all we have accomplished, why we make quilts & so missing our workdays together...let us continue to sew on qov while thinking of each other!  At this moment we have one quilt at a long armer, one to get ready for a long armer, several having binding hand stitched & hopefully numerous quilts in the making!  Know that if you would like to make a quilt & need to purchase fabric, just get in touch with Carolyn & she can explain how you can purchase fabrics & get reimbursed.  Keep wearing your masks & SD so we will eventually be able to have workdays sooner than later.... Barbara

We are looking forward to hosting the next meetings at Christ Church.

The dates are October 22nd, November 19th (Thanksgiving is our regular week) and December 16th. This last date is a Wednesday because there was a conflict at the church. The times are the usual 1:30 PM unless you want to do a lunch or something for Christmas on the 16th.

The address for the church is:

Christ Episcopal Church

2543 US Hwy 21 S

Sparta, NC 28675

It is across Hwy 21 from the Meat you would turn left up our driveway just after you pass the market on the right.

See you next month!

Jann Boggs

Below is a message from the Pizza Girls at the Quilter's Gallery in their weekly newsletter:

I'm going to start with some bad news....both of our January shows, The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace show in Sanford, NC and The Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza in Statesville, NC have been canceled due to Covid 19 restrictions.  Due to limits on crowds, we cannot get a contract for either facility.  It is the safest decision but we are so disappointed.  Quilt shows are the life blood of the quilting industry.  As you know, all shows, big and small, are canceled everywhere.  I'm worried and I'm scared. Tears come easily. I'm not sure who will be left when this is all over.  If the situation changes, and we can pull something together at the last minute, I'll let you know.


GUILD HISTORY – YEAR 2 & 3, from meeting minutes, summarized by Jean Stevens

The second year of the Guild started with the July10. 1997 meeting. Betty Boyer reported that over 400 people registered & voted during the 1st Annual Quilt Show ! !  Plus, $ 90 in craft item sales & $ 472 in tickets for the raffle quilt. Plans were made to sell tickets at the upcoming Fiddlers Convention and then at the Car Show. The “Moon over the Mountain” raffle quilt winner would be determined at the end of the Alleghany County Fair in August.

At the September 11, 1997 meeting it was reported that the 1st Raffle Quilt brought in a total of $ 819.00 and was won by Linda Nipper of Kernersville, N.C. Quilts were being collected to be displayed at the Alleghany County Library. Mini groups were meeting & classes being planned, as well as a short program each meeting featuring quilting skills.

The next minutes are from March 1998 and mention working on squares for the next raffle quilt, based on the Pine Tree block. Upcoming classes were for Flip & Sew with Patti Cox and then Color Wash by Jo Seagle. In April Pres. Delta announced that Lynda Carter’s block had been selected to be part of the SALIC Pinnacle of Hope quilt ! Members had been encouraged to make quilt squares which had been sent to the SALIC  contest (please see more regarding this below).

The second year of the Guild, July 1997 – June 1998 ended with the Quilt Show held during the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts & Craft Fair. There was a balance of $1264.15 in the treasury and numerous classes being planned. 

The third year of the Guild started I July 1998 with the installation of a new slate of officers: 

                         President – Jo Seagle, Vice-President – Lynda Carver, 

                  Secretary – Blaina Nunley,   and Treasurer – Betty Kempster.

By August, 1998 sales of raffle tickets for the quilt, based on the Pine Tree square, exceeded $ 1,000, and plans were already being made for the next quilt with the Carolina Lily being the selected pattern.  By November, a total of $ 1,374. had been collected from raffle ticket sales. Six members of the Guild took a trip to Berlin, Ohio to visit the Amish country and learn about the Amish way of quilting.

By February 1999, the treasurer reported a balance of  $2,428 and attendance of 23 members plus one guest. It was announced Georgia Bonesteel would be presenting a class in April, held at the Methodist Church. By the March meeting, 25 members were signed up with a waiting list ! The May meeting minutes told of a wonderful class and great reviews by attendees.

By June, more classes were being planned, new officers nominated and there were a total of 35 members of the Guild with all sorts of plans for the next year of the Guild.

AS YOU CAN SEE BY THIS QUICK REVIEW OF OUR EARLY YEARS, A LOT WAS GOING ON ! THESE LADIES STARTED NUMEROUS TRADITIONS (including Quilt Shows, Raffle Quilts, and classes to learn more about quilting as well as enjoying friendship) WE FOLLOW TODAY  ! ! 


In 1998 the Guild members participated in an awareness project sponsored by SALIC (Southern Appalachia Leadership Initiative on Cancer). This group’s focus was on reducing breast cancer mortality in rural Appalachia, emphasizing the importance of early detection. 

Quilt Guilds from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina were asked to have members design and make a square to interpret the early detection message as it related to herself, her friends and family. 132 squares were received and then judges selected 18 squares to be made into a quilt to be shown at various events all over the southeast. They used a traditional Appalachian craft to teach the importance of early detection.

The Alleghany Guild sent over 20 squares with the one designed/made by Lynda Carter selected to be part of the group quilt. The other squares were returned to the guild and Jo Seagle designed and created a wall hanging with these member-made squares. The center is the same design as the one made by SALIC. It was made to make Alleghany women aware of the need for early detection practices.

    Members were also asked to comment on their particular square, including Betty Boyer’s “Tulip” with which she wrote “In the spring when tulips bloom, I know it is time for my mammogram and with early detection, there is hope.”

***** Once again, the current members of AQG can be proud of the past involvement and support for the area we live in. This was just one way the group became an active part of the community.

Some have seen the wall hanging  – it has been on display at past quilt shows and we hope to have it at the October meeting to continue our celebration of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.