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


RETREAT 2021 - Sally McKinley


Well, its less than 3 weeks before our retreat. I am SO looking forward to this and seeing everyone!!! Just a few reminders:

1. Arrival time is anytime around noon on April 6th. 

2. Make sure you bring plenty to work on. We always get a lot of sewing done. Extra thread, needles for machine, rotary blades, etc - there is no place to go get these once you are at the Lodge. Also make sure you have all your machine cords, travel iron, and spray bottle (for quilters moonshine),

3. The snack table will be set up. Please make sure you either have food individually wrapped or in containers with lids. I'll bring bowls and small plates for your use.

4. Please bring your masks. I know most of us have had our vaccine, but for those who haven't we can stay safe. You only need to wear your mask when walking around.  Otherwise, when at your table, you don't have to wear one. There will be sanitizing wipes at each ironing station for your use.         

I have contacted the restaurants where we have gone out to eat in the past. Both El Aguila and The Cedar Lane Supper Club will be able to accommodate our group without a  problem. Those that do not feel comfortable going out with the group, there are other options available. On Tuesday night, we are the only group at the Lodge, so Kaitlyn said they would offer a dinner menu / blue plate specials for us in lieu of the buffet. The rooms do have a small fridge, but no microwave. There is a microwave behind the front desk, and we are welcome to use it.      

I have already started my "to take" list for retreat. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call, text or email me. See everyone soon!!!!


CO-VICE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Paula Tanner & Linda Hammock


After too many months of isolation, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!  We will meet in person in June, to complete several items of unfinished business, including drawing the winning raffle ticket for the beautiful raffle quilt from the 2019 Guild Year.  In case you’ve forgotten that quilt, the photo has been posted as the header on our LOQG Facebook page all this time since it was completed.  Someone asked who worked on that quilt.  According to Johanna Adams, Kathryn Roper did all the stitching and several Members picked out the pattern, colors and layout. Carol McRae did the quilting. Some very lucky person will have a real treasure when their ticket is drawn!  


To add to the excitement of a new, normal Guild Year 2021-2022, the next beautiful Raffle Quilt has already been completed. During the upcoming Guild Year, the Ways and Means Chairperson will have a big head start!  Getting raffle tickets printed and distributed to Members will be “a piece of cake” given that the Quilt is ready and waiting, thanks to the most talented Janet Blair!  This would be the ideal year for a reluctant Member to volunteer for the Ways and Means Chair! 


There are other exciting things being planned.  Our new Webmaster, Helene Perez, is working with Secretary Geri Wires to develop a new, more user-friendly,website to facilitate a new and improved Newsletter.  I can hardly wait to see what they develop!  Perhaps their improvements will encourage all Members to be more fully involved and to communicate with each other during future Guild Years!


Please give serious consideration to investing your skills and talents to keep our Guild the vibrant, productive organization it has been since 2003!


Linda Hammock, Co-VP 


LIBRARY - Barbara Richardson and Karen Sapp


Welcome to Barbara Richardson and Karen Sapp who will be taking over the Library when we resume in person meetings in June.   There are several books still out, on loan during this entire time of Covid-19.  What a bargain... just $1/book for over a year!!!  Please bring them back to our June meeting, and remember that our Library keeps growing and contains a wealth of knowledge and ideas!


When we meet in person in June, please bring your "It's Not Easy Being Green" quilt for Show & Tell.  There was so much creativity among these quilts, and we'd like everyone to see them in person.

If you are making a quilt for the current challenge, "Blessings of 2020", please email or text Cookie Noel at or 478-454-8258.  We would like to get a count of how many quilts are being made.



Happy April! I am feeling so optimistic as we move into spring! So many fun things are coming up. Retreat begins April 6,  and a big thank you to Sally McKinley for putting it together for us!  Our regular meeting will be the next week on April 13, and a wonderful workshop will be held as well. Theresa Jackson has done a wonderful job during this most challenging year. I attended all of the workshops and learned so much! 

Wait for it . . .  wait for it . . . we will have an in person meeting in June at the Church!!! We will reconnect with a major Show and Tell. A huge thanks to Kaye Hlavaty for handling this for us this year. Stay tuned for the particulars for that meeting.

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

Good News!  We will finally draw the winning ticket for our raffle quilt at the June meeting!  So please remember to bring with you any outstanding tickets you are holding.


QUILTS OF VALOR - Pattie Chapman & Kay Dejno

We are planning to spend time at the retreat making pillow cases for the Veteran's home in Milledgeville this coming November. We would like to have a total of at least 125 to be presented for Veteran's Day.  

New membership pins have arrived.  If you haven't received yours yet, they will be given out at our June in-person meeting! Yeah!

PROGRAMS - Theresa Jackson & Sally McKinley

Our April presenter will be Catherine Redford.  The meeting and workshop date has been moved up 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 is "Pretty in Paisley".  For more information, visit her website  The workshop will include everything needed to complete the project including pre-printed fabric, needles, thread, and spiral bound stitch instruction book.  All you need is scissors!  The fee for this class is $50 and includes the kit (a $37 value).  Although kits have already been ordered for those who have signed up, it's not too late.  You can contact Catherine directly and order a kit on her website.  Please text or email Theresa (478-288-0639 or thjacks@gmail.comand send your check for the $25 workshop fee to Virginia Daley (201 E Magnolia St. Eatonton 31024).

Our May presenter is Timna Tarr. Timna’s own nationally award winning quilts are in private and corporate collections. They have also been seen in numerous exhibits, magazines, and books and in appearances on The Quilt Show and Quilting Arts TV. Timna is a designer for Studio e Fabrics and is an in-demand teacher and speaker. 

Want to add some whimsy to your quilts? Applique circles are an easy way to add a little fun.  Through videos, text and photos, Tiimna demonstrates more than 6 ways to add applique circles to your quilting repertoire.  Timna also provides a short demo describing how she picked out the fabrics, and fabric placement, in her "O Happy Day" quilt which you can see on her website (  This workshop is beginner friendly!  Fee for the class is only $25. To register, please text or email Theresa (478-288-0639 or and send your check to Virginia Daley (201 E Magnolia St. Eatonton 31024).

We will be meeting virtually again in April and May.  I personally have really enjoyed having presenters teach in my own sewing room! Unlike watching a teaching video I can ask questions and see what other participants are doing! And everything I need is available. I am not so good about packing to go to classes. I seem to always forget something I need. I hope you will join us. 

More information about the class “O Happy Day” in last month’s newsletter or at



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, April 12th.




Although both our April and May meetings will be held by Zoom, get ready to meet in person on June 1st at the Lutheran church.  Start thinking of all the projects you'll want to bring for Show & Tell that you've completed during this time of quilting at home! Please check your email for news and information about upcoming events!

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