Lake Oconee Quilt Guild - Newsletter April 2014

In this issue:

• President's Message
• Vice-President's Message
• Quilt-Fest 2014
• Programs
• Library
• Raffle table
• Social
• Special Notices
• Special Projects
• Ways and Means

WAYS and MEANS - Libba Holmes

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who picked up and sold their raffle quilt tickets and especially to those who have asked for extra tickets to sell. If you haven’t picked up your bag of 20 tickets to sell, it is not too late to do so. We will have the bags as well as extra tickets at the 1 April meeting. We will also be collecting ticket sale money if you took tickets and haven’t turned in the money yet. The LOQG Quilt Fest is a wonderful opportunity to display our raffle quilt and sell our remaining tickets. Please talk up the show to your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Once they see the quilt, many people will want to purchase tickets for a chance to win. See you at the show!


Spring is Here!!

Ah, Spring! The birds are chirping, trees are starting to bud, and flowers are blooming.

It's time to dig out some nice pastels and do a "Spring Fling". I'm going to do a fun flower scene using fused raw-edge applique, some odd-shaped scraps that I've been saving, and some decorative stitches on my new Pfaff Performance 5.0 sewing machine (brag, brag,brag)! I will count using the scraps as Spring cleaning!

First though, do a Spring cleaning on your sewing machine. If you haven't taken the feed dogs off and cleaned the Winter accumulation, be sure to do that. You'll be surprised how much lint can get in there. If your machine needs it, don't forget to oil it as well. You may also want to take some time to clean up your sewing area In my case, that should take about two days! Once you are all clean and fresh, it's time to think Spring.

I know the afternoon temperatures are perfect for being outside and those days do not last long here, so why not go out on the porch and enjoy some sewing in our perfect Spring weather. If you are lucky enough to have sewing friends close by, why not make it a group event? Remember to give a passing thought to all those quilters up North who are still waiting for the snow to melt!

Whatever you sew, enjoy the Spring setting and the sewing process. Bring some "Spring Fling" projects to Show and Tell at Guild!


LOQG Board Members 2014-2015

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, my friends, it takes many volunteers to run a Quilt Guild smoothly.

It is time to prepare the slate of officers and committee chairmen for next year. Several people have come forward and agreed to fill many of the key positions. We have several more vacancies to fill and need ALL of you to consider a job, no matter how large or how small. There will be a poster board at the April Guild Meeting showing which positions are filled and which ones still need to be filled. Please consider this carefully. I need the full support of the Guild to have a fun, successful year. I appreciate your consideration and support.

RAFFLE TABLE - Gloria Chandler

• 2 bags of goodies
• Jelly roll book & 2 jelly rolls
• Omnigrid folding cutting mat, quilters apron,
    selection of fabric
• Omnigrid 4 ruler set, Ricky Tims book, kaleidoscopic bag,
    selection of fabric

SOCIAL - Susan Garrett

The following Members volunteered to bring snacks to the April 1st Guild Meeting:

Wanda Wilson, Linda Hammock, Johanna Adams, and Sally Mckinley

Thank you, Ladies!

QUILT-FEST 2014 - Kay Spors

Believe it or not, we are on the home stretch for the Quilt Show.

Remind your friends and family to come to the Quilt Show at Festival Hall on 28 and 29 March! Please remember to bring your bake sale items.

SPECIAL NOTE: LOQG Members only are invited to come to Festival Hall on Thursday, March 27th, between 3:00 and 5:00 pm for a special preview of the quilts. At that time you will be able to vote for your favorite quilt. If you cannot come to the preview, you will still be able to vote when you come to the show on Friday or Saturday. We expect to award the Members' Choice and Viewers' Choice ribbons by about 1pm on Saturday.

Other links to information about the show are here.
      Descriptions of awards.
      Entry requirements and definitions

Our thanks to everyone who has been working to make this a great show!

LIBRARY - Virginia Daley

The following Members have books to be returned:

  • Sandra Grohs " Applique Made Easy"
•Susan Guss "Borders by Sign"
•Barb Richardson "Strip Delight"
•Fay Story "Quilts from the Selvage Edge"
•Fay Story "Quilts With a View"
•Fay Story "Quick Quilts from the Heart"

Don't forget to bring your rotary blades to be sharpened; $1 per blade. So far, the blade sharpening has brought in $84.00.

Please talk to Mary Ellen Shannon if you would like to serve on the Library Committee next Guild Year (2014 - 2015)

For a list of the Guild Library's books click here.


PLEASE NOTE: Wanda Wilson would appreciate donation of red, green, white and light colored buttons of the two or four-hole variety. These will be used to make Christmas ornaments for charity.

REMINDERS If you have anything that needs to be on the Agenda for the April Guild Meeting, please e-mail as soon as possible.


It is time to think "Challenge Quilts" and "NASA Space Square"

Guild Challenge Quilt

A signup sheet will be available at the April and May Meetings. The deadline for sign-up will be May 20th. If you decide to sign up after the May Guild meeting, contact Gina Smith at Complete information is available on the challenge page on our website and will be given at the April and May Guild Meetings. Completed quilts with sleeves and covered labels should be dropped off at the church Monday, June 2nd between 10 AM and 12 noon or brought to the June Guild Meeting before 9:30 AM.

NASA Space Square

 • 9 1/2" unfinished square (9" finished)
• Any colors and style and no embellishments
• Must have star(s) design or applique
• On the front: sign name and your location in permanent ink
• One block per person
• Deadline to turn in to Linda Huggins is 3 June Guild Meeting

PROGRAMS - Terri Taylor and Jane Hellwege

Ranae Merrill will be here in April to teach us how to do some of her spiral quilts. In her workshops, she will show us how to draw different types of spirals and then she will teach a foundation method for sewing the spirals using a light weight foundation sheet. She is an incredible teacher and the spirals are gorgeous!

The nominal kit fees are for the pattern and the foundation sheets. Supply lists for Tuesday and Wednesday Workshops are listed on the Programs page on our webpage. Check out her website at She has pictures and more information about the classes.

If you haven’t gotten a supply list for her classes, go to the Programs page on our website. The lists look a bit daunting, but not to worry; RaNae will have a lot of the supplies for sale at the classes.

We have rescheduled Carolyn Harris’s presentation and the Tuffet Class for May 6 & 7, 2014. We have a couple of spaces available if anyone would like to join in on this fun workshop.

We hope you are filling up your sewing baskets for the Treasure Hunt in June. Door prizes will be awarded!!!

Happy quilting!

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