Lake Oconee Quilt Guild Newsletter
|In-Person Meetings are postponed until further notice, pending Lutheran Church availability.
|In this issue:
SOCIAL - Kathy Sands
Wishing all of you a Happy New Year! Let's hope we will soon be able to meet in person again. Our Board is monitoring closely when this will be possible.
CO-VICE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Paula Tanner & Linda Hammock
As we go into the new year, we can be thankful that we have weathered a turbulent year and are still
here to plan new projects and to anticipate meeting in person in the near future.
Unfortunately not all organizations have survived the economic storm brought on by the pandemic. In a
letter dated 15 Dec 2020, the International Quilt Association (IQA) informed its members that it is
disbanding. The organization, founded in 1979, has been a major source of inspiration and information
to quilters around the world. IQA is unable to go forward without the income derived from quilt shows
The loss of IQA makes our local groups even more important to maintain. Our Guild is fortunate to have
built up a reserve fund which will tide us over during down times such as we are currently experiencing.
The Bylaws have been reviewed and are deemed to be up to date.
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
CHALLENGE PROJECT - Cate Wells
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
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Cookie Noel
Happy New Year! May 2021 be easier than 2020. I’m not a resolution maker, but I hope to be kinder,
more understanding, more accepting of others, and more positive this coming year. Still, with the
difficulties of 2020, I have noted some blessings out of all the chaos. I’ve been in touch with many
people, both locally and afar, via phone, social media, and Zoom. I had to put down a beloved dog but
got another who is the love of mine and my other dog’s life. I completed quilts and was able to gift them
to loved ones. I have spent little money on gas and other expenses allowing me to spend more on quilt
making tools with no guilt at all! I have also gotten closer to my quilting friends and discovered how we
do not stop doing what we are good at – helping others! Quilts of Valor, Project Linus, and various other
outreach opportunities have been seized by Guild members; while the Guild is not a charity
organization, the acts of our members prove the true character of our members. I am in awe of the
Board members and the wonderful support I have received from them. I hope we can start meeting in
person again soon. When the COVID 19 vaccine is available, I will get it so I can hug you all again. Please
everyone… stay safe! Now, on to 2021!
MEMBERSHIP - Kathy Henderson
Wishing each of you a happy and healthy New Year! We are looking forward to seeing you in 2021!
Remember, all dues paid for this year will include next year’s dues as well. That’s a “2 for 1” bargain!
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
We’re looking forward to making many presentations in the coming months. Stay tuned for an update
PROGRAMS - Theresa Jackson & Sally McKinley
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our quilting friends. We still have a few kits available for the
Bonnie Langenfeld “Old World Window” art quilt workshop on January 5 and 12. Text or email Theresa
if you would like to participate. No workshop fee, but the kit is $25.
In February our presenter will be Candace Hassen. We will be doing Sonja’s window. The class is $25,
and Lord willing we will be able to meet in person.
SHOW & TELL - Kaye Hlavaty (Past President)
It was certainly an experience full of surprises serving as the 2019-2020 President of the LOQG. After
being voted in as Vice President, I found out that the incoming president’s home sold, so I would be
taking over as the new president. With a great board of officers and committee chairs, it was easy to
just slide into my new position. Then, when I mentioned out loud that I would love another retreat, Kay
Dejno and Sally McKinley said “OK, we can make that happen”. After a very successful retreat we
returned to a world that was frozen in time due to a pandemic. Therefore, my “surprise” year as
president came to an abrupt halt. Luckily for all of us, Cookie as new President and Zoom have kept us
going as we wait for life as we once knew it to return to “normal”.
Than you all for trusting in me to serve as Guild president. I recently received another surprise in the
form of an Amazon gift card as a thank you for my “year”. This has already been put to good use to
purchase some items that Santa didn’t leave under my tree. Thank you!
I hope that all of our members will continue to support our guild via Zoom until we can meet again.
For SHOW & TELL, remember to send a photo of your quilt(s) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org no later
than Monday, January 4th .
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS - Geri Wires
Our January meeting will again be held via ZOOM. Please plan to join us on Tuesday, January 5 th at 10:00 am. Look for the Zoom link in the email reminder you’ll be receiving later this week.
On behalf of the entire Board, we wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year!
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