Lake Oconee Quilt Guild Newsletter   
April 2019
The Guild Meeting will be Tues, Apr 2nd, at the Lutheran Church.
In this issue: PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Shari Ball

Quilters, we have had so much fun this last month.  March’s Show and Tell was amazing!  In addition to the Art-in-Bloom items that will be displayed at the Stephan Thomas Art Museum, there were more quilts shown during Show and Tell - always a highlight of the meeting.  We truly have outstanding Quilters.  Many enjoyed the Donna Jacoby class.  Several Quilters finished a table runner at the Retreat. The quilt Retreat was lots of fun.  UFOs were completed, new projects started, and lots of games, giggles, tasty treats and even a recipe for Moonshine were shared.  I hope you’ll join us for another enjoyable Guild meeting on April 2nd.  There is something for everyone!

SOCIAL - Kathy Sands & Gloria Pingry

Spring is here and it's almost time for Easter.  If you are coloring any Easter eggs or baking a special Easter surprise, please let us try it out first!  We can always use some volunteer bakers.
See you all at the April meeting; we will be talking about the plans for our end-off-year soiree.

PROGRAMS - Kay Spors & Kay Dejno

We had a great day and a half workshop in March with Donna Jacoby teaching us a Judy Niemeyer one leaf pattern.  I hope we will see some finished leaves at Show and Tell.  I know we saw some great ones being finished at our Retreat.
This month is a special workshop with our Guild Member and Specialist in making t-shirt quilts, Virginia Daley.  There is still room in the class, if you are interested in signing up at the meeting.  There will be no sewing, but Virginia will show the tips and tricks for preparing your t-shirts.  This is a half day class after our Guild Meeting on April 2, from 1-4.  There are instructions under Programs on what to bring.
Hope to see you at the Guild Meeting!

But the year is not yet over!  Our March program will feature our Member Quilters as they display their Steffen Thomas Arts in Bloom quilt projects.  Each Member will share her story about how she interpreted the Steffen Thomas art piece selected.  These quilts will be displayed at the Steffen Thomas Museum in Buckhead, Georgia beginning April 11 thru May 21. 
Donna Jacoby will be here in March to teach the Judy Niemeyer “One Leaf” pattern.  There are spaces open for the workshop.  Contact us if you are interested.  The class will be on Tuesday afternoon, March 5, after the Guild meeting, from 1:00 pm until about 4:00 pm, then again on Wednesday, March 6, from 9 am until 4 pm. The fee is $75 plus $19 for the pattern.  See the Program page for full details.

Come see us at the Programs table to sign up for the final two workshops of this year. Virginia Daley will teach the basics of T-shirt quilting on April 2 and Jane Harding will help us to paint colorful Sunflower Pillows on May 7.  Both of these are half-day classes after the monthly Guild meetings.  These classes are only $25 each, with a $5 fee for the pillow materials. 


LIBRARY - Carol McRae & Donna Blackwell 

Books due in April:

“Two Color Quilts”  - Shelia Patten
 “Machine Quilting Made Easy” -  Suzy Kurllic
 “Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space” – Kay Crane

 “Modern Quilt Magic”- Karen Vermuri 
MEMBERSHIP - Margie Read & Kathy Henderson

March was another great month for membership!   Please welcome Sherry Banan, Carolyn Curtis, and Carolyn Thomas to our Guild membership of 103 active members!   At least two of the new Members attended the workshop by Donna Jacoby.   We also had three visitors:  Gail Bishop, Mary Brooks, and Carole Wheeler.   Hopefully, they will come back and join us!   We look forward to seeing all of you on April 2nd.  Bring some of those wonderful creations from the quilt Retreat to Show and Tell!

April is that time of year when we need to identify those willing to be new Officers and Committee Members for Guild Year 2019-2020.

We need everyone’s help.  Please consider one of these positions so that the LOQG can function at its highest level with all the necessary support to have another successful year.  Currently this is the slate and vacancies as indicated:

*President - Mary Ellen Shannon
*Vice President - Kaye Hlavaty
*Secretary - Linda Hammock
*Treasurer - Josie Elsberg
*Programs - ________________&__________________
*Membership - Kathy Henderson &  Becky Kercado
*Ways and Means - ____________& ___________________
*Special Projects - ____________________
          Show & Tell - Barbara Callahan and Susan Garrett
          Raffle Table - Anneleas Greene & __________________
          Library - Carol McRae & Donna Blackwell
*Social - Kathy Sands & Gloria Pingry
Quilts of Valor - Pattie Chapman

*Signifies voting members of the Board.

These 6 vacancies are opportunities for you to become more involved and serve your fellow Quilters.  Who will step up to the plate?  It’s a great way to make new friends, provide a service to others and to have fun. 

RAFFLE TABLE -  Theresa Jackson

We have some great items up for grabs in the April Raffle, including a wool pressing mat and storage for precut, as well as fabrics.  Come see.!
WAYS AND MEANS - Kathryn Roper

Please start packing up your items to be donated to the Auction to be held at the May Meeting.  We will need your items to be brought to the Church on Monday, May 6th to be sorted.  Remember to bag and label fabrics with yardage amounts.  We are only accepting Sewing, Quilting and Crafting type items this year!  This is one of our big fund-raising events so keep that in mind when you’re undecided about letting go of things that are cluttering your studio!
 QUILTS OF VALOR - Pattie Chapman

We have had a busy time making quilt tops.   We have several in process, but will need more.   Right now we have 9 presentations in the queue and will try to get in at least three of these before June.   The remaining quilts will be presented in September or at our November Veterans Day Presentation.   Of course, we will present quilts to WWII Veterans whenever we receive the request.
This position of Quilts of Valor has grown over the past two years.   Kay Dejno has agreed to be Co-chair to assist in the presentations and organization.   She will be available to present quilts in the Summer as needed.   Our group is now 19 people strong!
Once again, I want to thank everyone for participating in this mission.   I sincerely want to thank our Long Arm Quilters for donating their time and skills in completing these quilts  and thereby fulfilling the Quilts of Valor Mission.  


The Challenge Project, "Respect", due at the last meeting of the year, will be judged in two categories: Bed or Wall Hanging sized and Miscellaneous items.  Remember that any size and interpretation is welcome.  We hope to see what "respect" means to the Members who enter. 

Arts in Bloom  - Steffen Thomas Museum – Kay Dejno
Well, the quilts have been delivered to the museum. The staff there will take care of setting everything up.  I want to thank everyone who participated; your work is outstanding!  There is so much talent in our Guild! On Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 8 pm, there will be a public reception, which is free.
On Friday, April 12, from 10 -11 am, there will be a trunk show and talk of floral quilting techniques and designs. Their mission is “to inspire you to use new surface design and embellishing techniques.  If it’s not bolted down or already attached to something else, it can be used to create dimension”.  There is a $20 fee for this class.
On Saturday, April 27, there will be a fiber artist to present , “Thread Sketch it!”.  This is a 1 hour digital slide and trunk show. There is a $25 fee for this talk.
Also on Saturday from 11:30 – 12:30, this same Speaker will focus on how traditional Quilters can become more creative by embracing their own “inner artist.” There is a $25 fee for this talk.
Hope you can get out to the museum to see everyone’s work! The show ends May 25th and quilts will be returned to you at the June meeting.

Items from our last Quilt Show – Julie Elder

When our last Quilt Show was over, the boutique part of the show had many items, hand-made by our Guild Members that were left and never picked up.  Our Guild Members in charge of the boutique, Emmy Odegaard and Nancy Peterson, moved away and left the items with me.   Since the May auction is coming soon, this would be a good way to take care of these items, however, we hope the Members who made the items will take their goodies home!!!   Some of the items are jewelry bags, shoe bags, curling iron bags, purses, towels, etc.  If items are left after the Meeting, we thought the Raffle Table ladies could take items they would like, and the remaining items would go into the auction.   Please come by the table, take a look at the items, and take your amazing hand-made goodies home with you!!!!


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