Volume 22   Issue 12
June 2018


   Heirloom quilts are treasures, but I have such fun making rag tag scrappy kids' quilts.  


    These quilts may be best enjoyed with scents of dogs, cats, melted popsicles, lolly pops and even picnics.


    I appreciate those who have popularized "wonkey" blocks.  Many of my blocks were wonkey before such patterns and designs were on the market.  Dorkey and homemade are descriptions that fit some of my quilts well.  I admire precision piecers, but a dorkey, wonkey quilt may be as likely to inspire a nine year old quilter to develop a life-long passion as a perfectly patched and quilted item.  I marvel at how perfectly I escaped my mother's need for sewing perfection!  

We can all enjoy the quilting style that makes our needles sparkle--precision or wonkey. 




        9 -  Jim Peterson

                      15 - Lois Edwards

       28  - Ruthanne Sawyer                      


May 24, 2018 Meeting Minutes

President Mary Allen called the meeting to order at 1:35 pm. She welcomed visited guests Andrae & Tim from the Yadkin Valley Quilt Shop. Andrae told about how they ended up in Elkin and then shared with us some of their products & services. They have fabric, quilting supplies and consigned items Tim told us about the long arm services he does. They also have numerous classes and will be participating in the Mid-Carolina Shop Hop June 16 - June 23.  They have offered to display our 2018 Fundraiser Quilt and sell tickets for us. 

Mary thanked them for coming to our meeting and encouraged members to visit the shop on Main Street in Elkin.

The April Meeting minutes were approved after corrections regarding the 100 pillowcases - they were done by numerous members, not just by Carolyn. Also clarified- the thank-you for a Quilt of Valor was a phone call Mary received. The Treasurer's Report was approved as published in newsletter.

Mary recognized members with birthdays with daises from her garden. Ann McDonald thanked the guild for cards after her recent surgery and thank-yous also came from Ann Ross for cards & food.

Members were reminded that the June class will be June 28th at the library, taught by Gail Brandt. Adrienne explained supplies include 2 packages of charm squares or jelly roll. A supply list will be sent out.

Carolyn Patton reported 24 pillowcases were given to the Foster children agency. She also reported on the recent Quilts of Valor convention she & Barbara M. attended. There are now over 9,000 members nationwide and by Veteran's Day over 2,000 quilts will have been given to Veterans with a value of approximately $15 million. Barbara & Carolyn had everyone stand and do the Quilts of Valor "shuffle" - reminding us all that we need to stand up & exercise a little while we are sewing. Carolyn also explained that it has been urged that we not use "Presentation" when giving a quilt but instead use the wordage " award & honor". She also announced the next work day will be June 13th at the Pottery Place .

Next was the presentation of the 2018 Fundraiser Raffle Quilt which was on display. Thank you to Lynda  Carver for the design and the 10 members who constructed blocks. Betty Boyer and Jo Seagle took the blocks and made them into the quilt top. Carl applied the border and then Amy Askins, quilted the quilt with outstanding stitching designs. Binding was done by Betty to complete the beautiful quilt. Great job everyone ! Now we need to sell tickets ! ! !

The Quilt still needs to be "named" and several ideas were put forth and members were asked to write down any they had. Jo asked for a volunteer to do the label and Tim from Yadkin Valley Quilt Shop volunteered to do it on their embroidery machine.

Jean S. explained that we have 2 opportunities to sell tickets at 2 events during June, with new audiences and best of all no charge to us. First will be the Fiber Fest at the Alleghany Fairgrounds June 2 & 3. Then we will have it displayed at the Yadkin Valley Quilt Shop for the week of the Mid-Carolina Shop Hop. Andrae has volunteered to sell tickets for us any time we don't have members there.  In July we will sell tickets at the Independence 4th of July Celebration, then at the Quilt Show and the Fiddlers Convention. Members are urged to volunteer as much as possible for these events.

The nominating submitted the following slate of officers: President - Mary Allen, Vice-President - Barbara Moncrief, Secretary - Jean Stevens & Ann McDonald, Treasuer - Beth Sproul & Lynn McClary. There were no nominations from the floor and the slate was elected. Mary mentioned there are several jobs to be filled - including Historian, so let her know how you can help.

Jo  Seagle presented the Quilt Show report reviewing the  members in charge of various areas/jobs . She thanked everyone that has helped so far. Jean thanked Jann Boggs for the design of the Quilt Show Poster and rack cards(book marks). She also noted the displays in windows on Main Street - Jo & Jean have been doing them as well as Barbara Moncrief doing the Quilts of Valor one at the Newspaper. Once again, thank you to those of you who gave quilts to display. 

Jean reminded everyone of the need for volunteers before and during the Quilt Show and she explained the timing for that week for the newer members - 

Tuesday, July 10 - building prep (cleaning if needed, getting equipment out and in place

Wed. July 11 - Quilt Turn-in morning; followed by hanging of quilts, putting up decorations & displays, consignment & guild shop set-up.

Thurs. July 12 - morning - finish set-up as needed; 1:00 pm Guild Meeting

Fri. July 13 & Sat. July 14 - SHOW  9:30 - 4:00

Still time to volunteer -- sign-up sheets will be at June Luncheon.

Old Business:  

June Meeting & Luncheon - reminder that it's June 21st at Ward's Manor B & B in Mouth of Wilson at 1:00 pm. Barbara is in charge of reservations and she has maps for us. She requested that the Guild pay for 2 guests - Bonnie Hunter, International Quilter, Author & Teacher and NannetteBarkley, also a Quilt designer & teacher. A motion was made and passed. Jo raised a question regarding the cost for the luncheon ($20) and the fact that the Guild was not paying half for members as done in previous years. It was explained that funds to do so were not included in the Budget for the year since all the membership fees were being spent on the 2 luncheons a year. Jo and several others asked that we consider changing the budget next year to pay for part of members fee for at least one of the luncheon.

New Business

* Invitation from the Northwest NC  Visitors Center, located near Wilkesboro on Hwy 421, for AQG to do quilting demos on a Friday or Saturday during August or September. No raffle tickets can be sold. Nancy Kish was interested in doing this. 

* Presbyterian Church making bandana - may want our help. More info. needed from Janey. 

* Rock The River Fest July 28 - Fries, Va. We may want to sell tickets there.

* Ashe Quilt Show - July 27 & 28 - non-members can enter, check website.

* Jeff Jones from Stone Mtn. Park called regarding participation in Old-Fashioned Day, Sept. 8th.  There are 2 other events that weekend - Wilkes Quilt Show and Mathews Farm Quilt Show so we will have to determine interest from members regarding participation.

Meeting adjourned - Show & Tell followed with Adrienne sharing her Button Wall Hanging and Carl shared a Quilt top ready to go to the long-armer.


President - Mary Allen Vice-President - Barbara Moncrief

Secretary - Jean Stevens   &      Treasurer - Nancy Kish

      Lynda Carver

Historian -                    Library - Lynda Carver

Membership - Adrienne Sherrow Newsletter - Ann Joyce

Education Program -  Lynn McClary             Quilts of Valor - Carolyn Patton, Barbara Moncrief,

Beth Sproul

Publicity - Lorae Lewchalermwong Raffle Quilt Production -  

Raffle Quilt Sales - Janey Jones                  Outreach - Lois Edwards

Sunshine - Ann Joyce Quilt Show - Carol Booth, Jo Seagle, Beth Sproul,

Calling - Barbara Moncrief, Nancy Kish Jean Stevens

Quilts at WCC - Barbara Moncrief


AQG Education News for JUNE 2018

Our last class for this fiscal year is as follows:

Thursday, June 28, 2018    10:00 – 4:00, Alleghany Public Library

    Quilt Class, PRESTO CHANGO , taught by Gail Brandt. You will need 2 charm packs and coordinating fabric as well as your regular sewing supplies for a quilt class to learn how many looks and patterns can be made from precut charm packs. You can, of course, cut your own squares. Gail will have more details at our meeting .The fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Plan to come at 9:30 A.M. to set up so we can start class at 10:00.  Remember to bring your lunch. 

      There will not be a class or sewing day in July because of our quilt show. Be ready to decide if we want something in August or if we want to wait until September for our next sewing day or class. There is also a need to be thinking about a new education program chairperson for next year. Your current person has done it for 4 years and needs to allow someone else to have the privilege!

QOV - We will meet at the Pottery Place on June 13th at 10:00 am.   Bring your lunch for  tons of fun & work.

QOV will resume our regular schedule on Friday, July 6 at Tina's Pottery Place at 10:00am.  Put this on your calendar  so you will remember to join us for tons of fun & work.  

Adrienne Sherrow will start collecting dues for 2018 - 2019 in June with a deadline in August.  The dues are $20 - 65  years old & over or $25.00 under 65 years old.  If you & your spouse want to join, it is $10.00 each.  If you can't make the meeting, please mail your dues to Adrienne Sherrow, PO Box 608, West Jefferson, NC  28694.  Thank you.


Entry deadline will be soon - June 23 - bring your entry forms to the luncheon or send to Ann.  Please let your friends know they can enter items, even if they are not members of the Guild. The number of entries last year was down a bit, so get busy and finish those beautiful quilts !

Guild Shop & Consignment Items -  Please donate sewing & quilting items to be sold to benefit the Guild. You can also place items on consignment in the shop - you need to label with your initials & price. The guild will  keep 15% of the selling price. Clean out your closets !  ** Quilts in the show can also be sold with a 10% commisson to the Guild.

Baskets & Silent Auction -  There will be a get-together to work on baskets at Betty Boyer's, June 13th at 10.  So if you're not going to the Quilts of Valor workday, come to the Basket meeting. If you have items for the Baskets, please bring to this meeting or to the luncheon. If you have an items for the Silent Auction, let Jo know, even if you are still working on it ! Thanks in advance for supporting the Guild in this way.


We're off to a great start with ticket sales - thanks to such a beautiful Quilt ! The Fiber Fest was a great event - not just for us, but also for Sparta. People from all over the Southeast attended & many stopped to admire our Raffle Quilt & buy tickets. The total sales for the 2 day event was $ 258. Thanks to the ladies who put on the event for allowing us to have a space for free. Please pick up a packet of tickets at the meeting and offer them to friends & family. A few members have already done so ! Remember - this is our main fundraiser for the year.

Carolyn Patton, Mary Ann Fons & Barbara Moncrief at QOV Convention.