Lake Oconee Quilt Guild Newsletter 
MAY 2021
In-Person Meetings will resume in June.
In this issue:


RETREAT 2021 - Sally McKinley

Thank you to all who attended this year's retreat, making it a huge success and so much fun!  The people at Little Ocmulgee Lodge, as usual, were wonderful.  Not only was the room set up the way I requested, but they also provided extension cords, blue tape, and water for those in need.  Snacks provided by our members were "over the top".  We had 28 participants who attended.  Everyone had great projects they were working on.

Tuesday was spent setting up and beginning our various projects.  On Wednesday, Patti Chapman gave us a short demo on hanging kitchen towels.  They took about 10-15 minutes to make and were so nice!  That night, we went to eat at Al Aquila Mexican restaurant.  Delish!! When we returned, we played right-left-center across the hall.  We definitely found out who our serious gamblers were!  Thursday was spent sewing all day.  That night we went to Cedar Lane Supper Club for dinner.  It was absolutely wonderful.  After returning from dinner, we all met for Show & Tell.  Our ladies have definitely outdone themselves.  I hope everyone brings their beautiful creations to our June meeting.  Friday, we packed up and came home.

Before I left I spoke to the Lodge about scheduling next year's retreat.  Mark your calendars for March 8-11, 2022.  There will be a sign-up sheet at our June meeting. Thanks again to everyone who attended and made this year's retreat so much fun! After the crazy year we've had, we all really needed this get away!  Looking for ward to seeing everyone at our June meeting!




A huge thank you goes out to the nominating committee members:  Carol McRae, Josie Ellsberg and Cookie Noel.

We will have the usual sign-up poster at the June meeting.  Please step up and fill the vacant positions so our Guild can continue to offer fun and educational experiences for all.  The committees in need of leaders are as follows:
   Programs                Challenge Quilt
   Social                      Ways & Means
   Special Projects      Publicity

Check out the bylaws on our website for the descriptions of these positions.

This is an opportunity to serve your fellow quilters.  A few hours a month spread across the full membership means a small job for each.  Allow the spirit we have shown in the past to come out of the shutdown and to be reborn.  Contact me and let's get going for the coming year! 


LIBRARY - Barbara Richardson and Karen Sapp

Barbara and Karen will be taking over the Library when we resume meeting in person in June.  The tables will again be filled with books ready for check out.  Remember, books are only $1 for a month, but if you check out a book in June your $1 lets you keep the book until we meet in September!

Those of you who have books which were checked out before the shutdown, please return them at our June meeting.



Ribbons will be given out at our June meeting for the "It's Not easy Being Green" challenge.  Please remember to bring your challenge quilt so we all can admire your beautiful work.

This year's challenge, "Blessings of 2020" will be extended until September.  So if you have not already begun, there is still plenty of time to complete your entry project.



It's so hard to believe that May is soon upon us!  April was so busy and fun! The retreat was an amazing success.  Thank you Sally for organizing that for us.  The comaraderie was wonderful, and the projects everyone was working on were so inspiring!  The goodie bags were great, and thanks to Donna Jacoby and Paula Tanner for making them unique and useful.  I'm using all my stuff!  I can't wait until next March when we will do it again.  

Theresa out did herself again with the workshop by Catherine Redford in April.  She reawakened my love of hand embroidery and has inspired me to think ahead to future projects.

We have a great slate for 2021-22, but we still have a need for committee members.  From a personal perspective, I have found that everyone was extremely helpful and kind.  This is a great group of quilters, and if unsure, ask someone to be a co-chair.  Like the combined efforts of our raffle quilts, you are not in this alone and the outcome will be beautiful!

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

Get ready, the big winner of the current raffle quilt will be drawn at the June meeting!
If you are still holding outstanding tickets, please bring to the meeting so they can be included in the drawing.  Also, make sure you bring stubs of any tickets you bought, as you may be the winner!

QUILTS OF VALOR - Pattie Chapman & Kay Dejno

Thanks to our retreat quilters, we are half-way to our goal on the pillow cases we are making for the Veteran's Home in Milledgeville!  32 red-white-blue pillow cases were made and added to the 60 pillow cases already completed, half-way to our goal of 125 by November.  And, several kits went home to be completed as well. We will have quilt kits available at the June meeting, so be sure to take a few kits home to work on over the summer.

Lastly, if you haven't received your membership pin, see me at the June meeting.

PROGRAMS - Theresa Jackson

Our last virtual lecture and workshop on May 4th will be presented by Timna Tarr.  Space is still available for the workshop for the bargain price of only $25.00.  Check out Timna's website for more information about the class, "O Happy Day", showing us how to make perfect circles 6 different ways.

Looking forward to future programs, we have booked Nancy Mahoney for January 2022.  The topic of lecture and workshop is TBD by next year's program chair.  This could be you, as we still need someone to lead.  Our board has already been working on several Fall programs to be announced soon, so it will mean just a few months of your time to complete programs for the entire 2021-22 year! 


SHOW & TELL - Kaye Hlavaty

The May meeting will be our last time for Show & Tell by Zoom.  If you would like to add your quilt, send your photo AS AN ATTACHMENT to no later than Monday, May 3rd.

You won't want to miss the June meeting, as we will finally be together again, and our entire program for June is a "SUPER Show & Tell"!  So please bring all the beautiful quilts and projects you've been working on that you'd like all of us to see... This past year's challenge quilt (ribbons to be awarded), retreat quilts, and all your favorite quilts that you've made this past year.  We are a group with amazing talents, and it's inspiring to see what others are doing!


MAY 4th WILL BE OUR LAST ZOOM MEETING, aren't we all glad?  The May meeting via Zoom will be on May 4th at 10 AM and the link will be emailed to you a few days before the meeting.  

Please check your email for news and information about upcoming events!


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