Lake Oconee Quilt Guild Newsletter 
MARCH 2021
In-Person Meetings are postponed until further notice, pending Lutheran Church availability.
In this issue:


RETREAT 2021 - Sally McKinley

I hope everyone is well and looking forward to our retreat.  As a reminder, our 2021 retreat is April 6-9.  We can arrive around lunch on the 6th (Tuesday).  Rooms may not be ready at that time, but you can set up your table with machine and essentials.  The side door will be open.  By the time we get all set up our rooms should be ready.  Please remember... DO NOT bring your individual irons.  I will have 3 stations set up along the wall and 1 station set up in the back.  This way we will not trip any breakers!!!  Also, when packing, bring everything you will need, as there is no place to buy forgotten items.  I always bring more than I think I will use, just in case -- especially thread.  We will leave on Friday, April 9th and need to be out by noon.

If you have not sent me your check for $25 for retreat, please do so ASAP.  My address is:  112 Horseshoe Circle, Eatonton 31024.  If you have not yet made your room reservation, please do so by calling The Lodge at 877-591-5572.  Make sure you tell them you are with LOQG.  I would also like to get a list of who is rooming with whom (in case of an emergency).  If you don't have a roommate and would like one, let me know as I have had a couple of people ask if anyone needed a roommate.

If you plan on bringing treats for our table, it has been suggested that treats be individually wrapped or in small zip lock bags.  If not, just make sure your treats are in a covered container.

Everyone will receive a goodie bag for retreat.  Bags will be along the wall next to our treat table.  So when you get set up, go over and pick out a bag.  Don't forget to bring your fat quarters and quarters for our Wednesday game night.

I look forward to seeing everyone at retreat.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email, text, or call me at 770-361-0449 or



The before sunrise view of Lake Oconee this morning was the silver of the water sparkling through the black, barren trees and progressing upward to the peach sky above the distant tree line, to the faint blue of the sky overhead.  Can there be any doubt that we live on a blessed planet?  Everywhere around us we find inspiration for our crafts, both natural wonders, and those manufactured by humans.  Having our Guild to draw us together in common interests is truly only possible because we care so much for our love of the crafts and for each other.  Let us hope that soon we will return to meeting, sharing, laughing, and even crying together over all the things that affect our individual lives.  Thanks to all of you for the things you continue to do to keep us together.


LIBRARY - Carol McRae & Donna Blackwell (Former Chairs) 


Note: We are leaving the list of books Members have at home just as a reminder.
Books Due  when next we meet:

Member Name                             Book Title                                                                Original Due Date
Kay Crane                 “Rectangle Pizzazz”*; “100 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks”*;                    Feb
                                  “Flip Flop Paper Piecing”*; “Modern Quilt Magic”*; “Strips & Curves”*
Sandy Grohs              “Perfect Piecing”*                                                                                               Feb
Linda Huggins            “Super Simple Strips”  *                                                                        Jan
Karen Vemuri             “Modern Quilt Magic”   *                                                                        Feb
Helen Anderson         “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail”                                            Mar
Donna Blackwell        “25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & Charm Packs”;                Mar
                                      “Fresh Fabric Treats”
Jane Harding              “Embellish Your Life with Sulky”                                                           Mar
Martha Herb                “Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting”                                                   Mar
Kay Spors                    “Addicted to Scraps”                                                                            Mar
Sonya Winterrowd       “Quilt Lovers Favorites, Vol 4”                                                              Mar
 * Indicates Overdue


We have a new challenge! The theme for the 2020-2021 year is “Blessings of 2020”. Minimum size is
36” on any given side and goes up from there to king size if you are so inclined. Interpret this challenge
anyway you see fit. I can be an “off the wall” theme, or traditional. Please submit your entry with a
written explanation of how you interpreted the theme. We want to have these in by June 2021. Have



 March brings Spring, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and Passover.  With all these holidays to celebrate, please fit in time to get your COVID-19 vaccinations if you are eligible.  I want you all to be safe, and I am eager to get back to seeing all of you in person again.

I attended Candace Hassen's workshop on Sonja's Windows.  I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did, but ended up sewing 64 blocks which I will put into a bed-sized quilt.  I'm waiting for my 1" Accuquilt die so I can accurately cut the strips for the block frames.  It was so much fun!! Theresa has done an excellent job with programs this year amid all kinds of challenging family issues.  Please offer your thanks to her and attend the upcoming programs we have scheduled for March, April and May.

The nominations committee is actively working on next year's slate.  Please consider taking on an office or committee chair.  It helps if we can have co-chairs, as that lessens the work on one person.  I have to say that I have had an excellent team this year during a most challenging year.

Thank you everyone for being part of this most loving and fun family.


MEMBERSHIP - Kathy Henderson   

There are 66 paid members in the Guild, and their dues will cover until September of 2022.  As you recall in previous newsletters, the Board decided to cover 2 years with your dues because we are not having in-person meetings.  If you wish to send your dues, my address is:  Kathy Henderson, 109 Okoni Lane, Eatonton, GA 31024.  Happy Quilting!

WAYS AND MEANS – Pat Gray, Former Chair

We are still waiting to draw the winning name for last year's raffle quilt. This will be done as soon as we are able to meet in person (hopefully soon).

We are still looking for someone to serve as Ways & Means Chairperson. This Committee handles fund raising projects for the Guild. 2021 is the year we typically have the Auction. If you are interested in serving on this Committee, please contact Cookie Noel.

QUILTS OF VALOR - Pattie Chapman & Kay Dejno


Quilts of Valor presentations have been quiet over the past few months.  We do have one person that we will be scheduling a presentation in the Spring, Donald Becker. We have no other presentations scheduled.

However,  there is work to be done.  I still would like us to donate pillowcases to the Veterans’s home in Milledgeville.  We have 50+  I think we need another 75 or so.  I will have to check on the number.  This would be a very nice presentation for Veterans’s Day in November.  Maybe a group of us could take the road trip to Milledgeville for the presentations…

Your new membership pins have arrived.  I will distribute them as I see you or when we can all meet….which should be soon.

We’re looking forward to making many presentations in the coming months. Stay tuned for an update

PROGRAMS - Theresa Jackson & Sally McKinley

A big thank you to everyone who is tuning on to our virtual meetings, programs and workshops.  

It has been an interesting year!  We had hoped to meet in person in May, but our presenter, TIMNA TARR is not traveling yet.

Our March presentation and workshop will be given by Julia Graves of Special Occasion Quilts.  Julia will give her "Color Exploration" lecture and workshop on how to select beautiful color combinations for your quilts and provide tips on how to fix color when it just doesn't seem to be working.  She'll bring her slide and trunk show focusing on some of her fascinating color illusions.  You can see Julia's work at is a very interesting workshop.  Color selection often makes the difference between a good quilt and an outstanding one.  Julia has some wonderful tips to make sure every quilt you make becomes a winner!! We still have room and your participation is appreciated.

PDF files for the March class:
Click here for Color Exploration Lecture Handout
Click here for 
Products Available Page

Our April presenter will be Catherine Redford. Our meeting and workshop date was moved back one week to April 13th to accommodate those members who will be attending the retreat. Lecture title is “Around the World in FolkArt Stitches” and the class “Pretty in Paisley”.  For more information, visit her website at    The workshop will include everything needed to complete the project including pre-printed fabric, needles, thread, and spiral bound stitches instruction book.  All you need is scissors!  The fee for this class is $50 and includes the kit (a $37 value).  To register for this workshop, text Theresa at 478-288-0639 or email  Deadline to sign up for April class is March 15th as I will need to order kits and get them to you before class.  

The May class will be presented by TIMNA TARR (  Want to add some whimsy to your quilts?  Applique circles are an easy way to add a little fun to your quilts.  Through videos, text, and photos, TIMNA demonstrates more than 6 ways to add appliqués circles to your quilting repertoire.  You'll learn the pros and cons of each technique and hopefully find a process that you love!  TIMNA also provides a short demo describing how she picked out the fabrics, and fabric placement, in her O Happy Day quilt. This class is very similar to my in-person O Happy Day class.  If you have taken that workshop, this information will be a review.  The workshop is beginner friendly.  Participants should have basic quilting skills such as knowledge of the 1/4" seam, how to use a hand needle and thread, and how to use a sewing machine.    To register for this class, text or email me at 478-288-0639 or to reserve your space.


SHOW & TELL - Kaye Hlavaty (Past President)

For many of us, the favorite part of our meetings is Show & Tell.  Please remember to email photos of the quilts you are making.  Send AS AN ATTACHMENT to no later than Monday, March 1st.


Our March meeting will again be held by ZOOM. Please plan to join us on March 2nd at 10 am.  Look for the ZOOM link in the email reminder you will receive in the next few days..  

Please take a few moments to read ALL emails from LOQG.  Even though we are not meeting in person, there is a great deal happening at our Guild.  Email seems the best way to keep everyone informed.  


Remember, our April meeting date has changed... mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 13th.

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