January 2016 Newsletter

High Country Quilters
Guild Newsletter


January Fat Quarter: Anything Snowflake or Snowman.
Reminder: If schools are closed due to snow or ice, that evening’s meeting will be cancelled.
Reminder: Annual $15 dues are coming up.


Monthly Meeting

6:30 PM 3rd Thursday,
January 21, 2015, 6:30 PM
First Methodist Church
566 S. Haywood Street
Board meeting at 6:00 PM


January 28, 2016
Flossie White Room
We will try and alert you if the Town is using the room for a meeting.


The Search Committee (Jeannie Theodore, Terri DeLano, Elsie Orrell, Spring Allen, and Linda Hammar) is working hard on finding us a new venue for the quilt show. An update will be given at the January or February meeting.

At the Christmas luncheon some announcements were made:

1. Outgoing President, Mary Glance, thanked everyone who helped her during her 2-year term. Mary’s Past President quilt blocks are 9-1/2″ unfinished 1930’s repo fabrics with backgounds of unbleached muslin. Thank you, Mary!

2. Donna Sharp received a $400 donation for postage for the Quilts for Heroes. Andrea Tilmont gave out some kits that were cut during the last sewing session.

3. The members voted to have another shipment of Quilts for Heroes go to Germany in spring, 2016 as more soldiers are coming home every day.

4. Sheryl Lentini gave out some kits for the backing of the 2016 theme quilt.

Reminder: 2016 THEME QUILT SALES: There are several applications for local festivals in the High Country email file. (Please volunteer this year for this opportunity to meet new people and work with other Guild members).


January 21     Disappearing Blocks

February 18     Making Pillows with Lori Perusi

March 17     Trunk Show with Teri DeLano

March 18     Simply Delectable Mountains Workshop with Sara Hill, quilt teacher at AB tech

April 21     String Pieced Quilts with Elsie Orrel

April 22      String Pieced Quilting Workshop with Elsie Orrel

May 19      Rulers and Gadgets, members bring rulers to explain their uses

May 20      Fabulous Fabric Bowls Workshop with Judy Heyward (cover of Quilters Newsletter Jan/Feb)

June 16      Scrappy Quilts with Jane Cole

June 17      Scrappy Quilts Workshop with Jane Cole

July 21      Program with Judy Simmons, nationally known quilter,

July 22      Nature to Paper to Fabric workshop with Judy Simmons,

August 18      Pot Luck Supper

September 15      Challenge Quilts with Jeanne Theodore

October 20      Civil War Quilts with Kay Ross & Connie Wasilowski

November 17      New at Quilt Market with Sandy Fogerty



President:                  Sheryl Lentini

Vice President         Linda Hammar

Secretary.                 Gretchen Tope

Treasurer.                Alyson Nelson

At Large:

At Large:

Membership:          Jeneen Conway

Programs:               Gail Holt

2016 theme quilt   Sheryl Lentini

Quilt Show:             Jan Hartmann

Challenge:               Jeanne Theodore

Vendors:                  Sherry Verse

Publicity:                Connie Nicholson

Website:                  Connie Nicholson

Newsletter:            Kathy Kelsey

Ticket Sales:

Sunshine:               Betty McMillin

2016 DUES

It is time to pay your 2016 dues. Renewal of guild membership is $15.00 and must be paid by February 18, 2016 to be listed in the membership directory. Please mail your dues payments to: High Country Quilters Guild, PO Box 706 , Maggie Valley, NC 28751.

Special Note regarding 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016

Anyone interested in getting involved with the 100th Anniversary of the National Park system sould call Marielle DeJong, an intern with the NPSat ((828) 348-3402. She is in Asheville.

QUILTS FOR HEROES – Donna Sharpe Dec. 20, 2015

Congratulations to everyone who worked on our Quilts for Heroes for 2015. They were sent out early this year and were received before Thanksgiving. Received an email November 26, 2015 in time for the Thanksgiving flight home. Seems like the 26th is our luck number. Last year Christmas Eve 26 came back Christmas Day!
Thank you & all of our quilters for your continued support & kindness. I hope we can keep it going.
Having received 3 donations this past week of $460 to help with postage & supplies. Also. Dec. 18th got a phone call-that’s another surprise later on, want to wait until they arrive.
With the spring shipment dead line is April 20th. There is batting and some backing at the F.W. All finished quilts due the end of April, so I can get them out before leaving. Will take pictures of the spring donations & have them enlarged for show & tell at the fall show.
Several have started cutting & sorting fabrics in the cupboards. Kits are being put together, plus binding strips. Notice: as long as we have the F.W.room every 2nd and 4th Thurs we’ll meet 10-2 to finish up the cutting & pass out kits. A lot can be used for Q4 H. Don’t forget your lunch.
Looks like we’ll have a wonderful start for 2016. Thanks to kind hearts across the country.
Thanking you again.
God Bless
Donna Sharpe Dec. 20, 2015


PILLOW CASES FOR CHILDREN- Mary Glance& Sheryl Lentini –

You are invite to join in the fun and support a great local mission ! (Bring a friend also !!)
On Monday January 18, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, at Long’s Chapel UMC Fellowship Hall, we will be sewing children’s pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) All pillowcases will be deliver to the Mission Children’s Hospital.

No sewing experience is needed to join in the fun !! We will be needing volunteers to be pressers, cutters and “hot dog roll pullers”. In addition this is a school holiday so please encourage our youth to participate. Volunteer hours may be earned !

Please bring kid/teenager friendly printed material to make 1 or 2 pillowcases. Material required for one pillowcase is 3/4 yard for body and 1/3 yard of contrasting for the band. (Material must be 100% cotton and pre-washed)

We could use a few extra sewing machines if you have one that you can bring ! Space is limited to the first 25 for this date !

For additional information and to reserve your spot email Wendy Klemann, Coordinator for the WNC Chapter at pillowcasesmiles@yahoo.com.

If you are unable to attend but would like to donate either fabric for this event or a finished pillow case, please let me know and I will make arrangements to get those !!!!

Don’t miss out on the fun and help to brighten a sick child’s day !

For more information about Ryan’s Case for Smiles see their website athttp://caseforsmiles.org/

Thanks !!

Sharon (Mary’s friend from Haywood Comm. College)

Members Corner…If you have news or something for sale…..

Please email Kathy at highcountryquilt@att.net if you have items for this area. Please send all articles by the 5th of the month. We hope to have the newsletter out by the 6th or 7th so watch for it. Thank you.
Go to the web site for photos from the October quilt show:


Another reminder: If you have an item for sale in the newsletter and it has sold, please let us know. Thank you.