2018-12-06 / Personalities

Veteran Jim Neal is presented Quilt of Valor on November 16


Theresa Maendele (left) and Jim Neal display her red, white, and blue 110x110 quilt that she pieced and her Jama Bag. Lisa Sweet did the quilting to complete her project. Theresa Maendele (left) and Jim Neal display her red, white, and blue 110x110 quilt that she pieced and her Jama Bag. Lisa Sweet did the quilting to complete her project. The Classic South Quilt Guild met Friday, November 16, in the First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall in Washington.

The Friday before the meeting, the group enjoyed a field trip to Patrick’s Feed and Seed in Covington to buy fabrics for the Quilts of Valor that will be awarded in May.

After shopping for luscious fabrics for themselves as well, the ladies had a delicious lunch at Tiffany’s Buffet in downtown Covington.

At the regular meeting in Washington, Jim Neal, a faithful guild member since its inception, was honored by Theresa Maendele and the ladies of the guild with the Quilt of Valor for his years of military service. Neal has been quilting since he was eight years old and made many beautiful and varied quilts as well as many blocks that were incorporated in other Quilts of Valor given by the Classic South Quilt Guild.


Navy veteran Jim Neal, pictured with his wife Annette, was presented a Quilt of Valor at the Classic South Quilt Guild meeting. Navy veteran Jim Neal, pictured with his wife Annette, was presented a Quilt of Valor at the Classic South Quilt Guild meeting. Neal was in the United States Navy for four years and served in Vietnam. He is described as quite a humble man and doesn’t think he is owed anything – just saying he was glad to serve. He considers himself quite fortunate since he met his wife, Annette, while serving in China where she was teaching. He says, “I had to go half way around the world to find a Georgia Peach!” The Neals reside in Tignall.

Also discussed at this meeting was the guild raffle project. The project will be a beautiful Amishstyle quilt of many bright and vibrant colors and will be given away at Mule Day, 2019. The quilt will be completed in February of next year and will be on display at various locations in and around Washington. Tickets will be available from any guild member at that time.

Another charity project that is ongoing is pillowcases for the Ronald McDonald House in Augusta.

Donna Taylor collected items for a gift box for a very lucky member at the May end-of-year luncheon.

Norwood Strother and Doris Ranew provided snacks for the members and after “show ‘n’ tell,” a game of “Left, Right, Center” was played with strips of fabric given as the prize.

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