Welcome to a new fabulous year with the York Quilters’ Guild! I am overwhelmed and flattered to be spending the next year at the helm of this amazing organization. Last month’s meeting was a perfect example of so many of the strengths of this group. With the charity projects, we were reminded of how much our members give of their time, their skills, and their hearts, and the impact this can have in our community and rippling onward. The challenge quilts further emphasized just how much talent, creativity, persistence, and humor our members display through these projects.
Thirty years is a long time for any organization, and the last thirty in particular have borne witness to so many earth-shattering changes in our society and in our craft. Through the internet, we can now shop for fabric, take quilting classes, solicit advice from other quilters, and display our finished quilts at any hour of the day or night, without putting on shoes. Some people might, and do, ask: does that mean that quilt guilds as we know them are obsolete? I believe that every meeting, every workshop, every retreat, every quilt show that our guild brings into being refutes that idea entirely.
The next thirty years starts now, with us. As long as we continue this journey together, enriching each other’s lives through our shared passion for the art and craft of quilting, they’re going to be beautiful.
York Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes
October 15, 2015
The meeting was called to order by Rita VanWyk-Due, President at 7pm. Rita welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with a quote of the day: “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” By Sir Winston Churchill.
Membership: We had 3 guests this evening including 2 guests from the two charity groups (Case for Smiles and Access York)
We also had one new member.
The meeting agenda was then changed to have everyone vote on their favorite challenge quilt so that the votes could be tallied during the meeting. The theme of the challenge was “30” to commemorate the guild’s 30th anniversary this year.
The meeting resumed with Cheryl Dawson introducing the representatives from Case for Smiles- formerly Con-Kerr Cancer and from Access York. Fifty pillowcases and over 20 child quilts were made by members during the charity work nights in April and June as well as on their own. The representatives spoke about the services that they provide and shared with the guild what the donations will mean to the children of both groups.
Additional announcements by Rita:
Doris Heigl is moving and has lots of magazines to donate. Contact her if you are interested in any of them.
The board has decided to honor the founding women of the guild by extending honorary membership for life for founding members.
The guild still needs people to volunteer for positions in the guild: Vice President, recording secretary, publicity person, programs for the next year, and newsletter. Please consider volunteering for one of the positions.
Ginny Lehr announced that she will be asking for donations for the “Boutique” for our 2016 quilt show to be held in May. Items may be donated for the guild to sell for profit or you may place items on consignment in which the guild will receive 20%. See Ginny with any questions.
More show news will be presented at the November meeting.
Evelyn Hunt announced an exciting list of programs and workshops for the upcoming year. Stay posted.
Patsy Hartnett reminded members of the retreat on the weekend of November 20. She has a few spots left. Please contact her if interested. There will be another retreat in the spring.
The meeting continued with Rita recognizing her committee members for all their hard work over the past year. She presented them with some of her own handiwork- cleenex box covers in all sorts of colors and patterns. The guild members presented Rita with a suitcase full of fat quarters of Rita’s favorite color- purple. The “gavel” was then handed over to the new president Sarah O’Sullivan.
Sarah also encouraged members to consider one of the open positions in the guild. If anyone is interested, please see Sarah.
The meeting returned to the challenge program. Ann Clinton announced the winners and everyone who participated described their interpretation of “30” used in their quilt.
Bed quilt size:
2nd: Anne King
1st: Rita VanWyk-Due
3rd: Hazel Wood
2nd: Barb Wilke
1st: Cindy Martin
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Respectfully submitted ,
Anne King, recording secretary
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Forty Years and Still Playing with Scraps
When life gave Narda scraps, she made quilts; her quilts do not contain mistakes they are full of original design elements stitched together with good intentions. Her quilts prove that there is no unacceptable cotton fabrics no matter how unattractive the material may be. It is amazing to see her original designs and how she works with colors. Her quilts have appeared at four of Dauphin County’s Fort Hunter Days and at the WTIF headquarter Office Building. She has given trunk shows at Lemoyne Star Quilters Guild, Letort Quilters’ Guild, and the African American Quilters Gathering of Harrisburg. She was made numerous quilts for family members and donated over 150 pillow cases to Philhaven and made donated of three quilt one to Color Women Network and two to Barak, Inc. for their fund raising activities. She also was among 11 women who made the Heritage Quilt in celebration of Dauphin County 230 years. She is one of the founding members of the African American Quilters Gathering in Dauphin County.
Interesting facts about the office of Vice President. In the 1991/1992 Directory we had a Vice President.
In the 1998/1999 directory there is no Vice President listed. We have not had that office again until 2005/2006. Why it was dropped and then picked up again I don’t know. I guess is better to start out as Vice President before you become President. Before that you went from member to President! No prep!
Sunshine and Shadows
If a fellow quilter is ill, has surgery, a birth or death in the family, or could just use a note of cheer, please let me know. You can reach me at LSWri@comcast.net or 717-428-2893 Thank you.
In October a get well card was sent to Hazel Wood.
John Kubiniec will be speaker for the guild’s April 21, 2016 meeting.
Learn how to approach curves in a simple no nonsense fashion and conquer your fears. The basic Drunkard’s Path block will be used for this class and classic and contemporary settings for this block will be explored.
Participants will learn the basic skills of curved piecing and explore different arrangement for the Drunkard’s Path block. Also simple variations in the block will be presented to allow for greater design potential.
Cost $45 members $50 non-members
The “Thirty” challenge in tribute to the guild’s 30th anniversary was revealed at the October meeting. There were 15 entries all inspired by an interpretation of “thirty”. Some included 1930s fabric, others had thirty pieces or thirty blocks. All were beautifully creative. Thank you to everyone one who accepted the challenge!
The winners of the evening were:
Lap/Bed Quilt Category
Rita Van Wyk-Due- a beautiful purple quilt inspired by the diversity of the members of the guild with the Roman numeral (XXX) for thirty in the corner.
Anne King- an amazing sampler style quilt that demonstrated the evolution of a quilter over thirty years with patterns and techniques.
Other Quilted Items Category
Sarah O’Sullivan- a festive and fun Christmas tree skirt with thirty detailed trains.
Wall Hang Category
Hazel Wood- an adorable child’s quilt with 30 dimensional elephants including one on the back.
Barbara Wilke- a wonderfully creative and beaded wall hang with pieced dimensional feathers…all with 30 pieces and 30 beads!
Cindy Martin- a quilt made thirty years ago (she is a founding member!) which provided us with a historic look at patterns and fabrics from the year the guild started.
I encourage all challenge participants from “Quilt Like Your Ancestor” and “Thirty” to enter their challenge quilts at our show coming up in May 2016.
Now the waiting begins until the next challenge. BOLO (that means be on the look out): the next challenge will be announced at the January meeting and in the February newsletter.
2016 Celebration of Quilts Update
Our show committee will be sharing information at this month’s Guild meeting concerning their progress and plans for the 30th Anniversary Show.
To join in on our show happenings: Begin choosing which of your quilts you would like to register for the show AND work on those projects which you plan to enter!
Hope to see you at this next meeting!
Ladies it is time again for Fall Retreat. This year it is November 20, 21, and 22 that is the weekend before Thanksgiving. Everyone is welcome and single rooms are first come first served. I will need a check for the full amount to hold the room.
Retreat is three days of quilting and friends. We have a large room with plenty of space for everyone. Each person has their own 8 foot table and a chair. You will need to bring anything else you need for sewing. Extension cords, pillows for your chair, everything for the sewing machine and lights. Some ladies bring a favorite chair etc. We set the temperature in the room at 72 so if you like it warmer bring a sweater and if you like it cooler bring a fan. If you like music please bring headphones. Wi-Fi is available and an ice machine is located right outside of our classroom. If you have any questions please just contact me and I will be happy to talk to you about the needs.
Our rooms are nice and located in 2 main areas this time.
- We have 10 single rooms at 186.00 for the weekend,
- we have 3 large rooms that will take 2 or 3 ladies in the main building for 160.00 each.
- we have 8 four-plex rooms that have a queen and 3 bunk beds in each room. They are located next to the dining area and are only 125.00 for each person and they need 2 people or more for that price.
Several years ago I stayed in the four-plex rooms and they were nice with 4 apartments opened to a main hallway.
The room price includes 3 meals on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday. Food for Friday is your choice. You can pack your food, there is a refrigerator and a microwave available. Or you could go out to eat. Carlisle has a large number of places to eat and several groups go out to eat.
Our Conference center is:
Bongiorno Conference Center
430 Union Hall Road
Carlisle, PA 17013
My contact information is:
or 717 334-0795
Hope to see you there.
A Walk Down Memory Lane
Thirty years ago at this time the eight charter members of the newly formed York Quilters’ Guild were breathing a sigh of relief. There were 43 enthusiastic dues paying members at the first official meeting on October 17, 1985. Carol Blevins received the gavel as President. She welcomed the attendees, introduced the officers, reviewed the four items in the By-Laws, and reminded everyone to bring their sewing kit (scissors, thread, needles, thimble) to each meeting. Then we gathered around tables for our first project: making our name tags by hand and getting to know each other.
After more than 300 programs, 14 Celebration of Quilts shows, numerous bus trips, many community service projects, classes with nationally known quilt teachers, 27 different Presidents and countless members who said “yes” when something needed done, we are still working to educate, stimulate, and promote the art of quilting.
The art of making quilts has changed and will continue to change. Now we use computer technology for patterns, designs and templates. We go online to order fabric. We watch YouTube for classes and demos. Piecing, applique and quilting are done with increasingly more sophisticated machines. But what hasn’t changed is our desire to be together to share our love of quilting with each other. I think we owe our success as a Guild to our welcoming attitude toward improvement and change while still embracing the traditions in quilting. Where will we go from here? I can’t wait to find out!
Kaffe Fassett – Blanket Statements:
New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK will be on loan from November 14, 2015 through February 21, 2016.
The Michener Art Museum is proud to be one of only two museums in the U.S. to host this stellar textile exhibition of 35 historical and contemporary quilts with trans-Atlantic ties (shown in England as Ancestral Gifts). The exhibition features fifteen new quilts, designed by the American-born, internationally-known textile artist Kaffe Fassett, that were created in response to fifteen historical quilts, dating from 1780 to 1949, that he selected from the collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK. Although it comes to the Michener from the United Kingdom, Blanket Statements has strong local connections: three of the new quilts were designed by Bucks County artisans, and ten of them were crafted in the area under Fassett’s supervision. To further visitor’s exploration of quilting and textile arts in a contemporary context, the Michener is augmenting the exhibition with a number of mixed-media quilted pieces by the contemporary Philadelphia artist Virgil Marti, who frequently integrates textiles into his work.
A book, Heritage Quilts will be available for purchase and will include stunning photographs and detailed descriptions of the quilts on display, together with patterns and instructions for each of Kaffe’s quilts. Kaffe will also be lecturing and hosting a series of hands-on workshops. On loan from The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles/ Kaffe Fassett Studios.
Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK is generously supported by Visit Bucks County, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., and Penn Color, Inc.
Sunday, November 15, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. Bright Squares – Patchwork Workshop with Kaffe Fassett and Liza Lucy (65A-1) PROGRAM FULL, please call 215.340.9800 x105 for Waitlist
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Artist Lecture and Book Signing with Kaffe Fassett 7-9 pm
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 1-2 pm – Guest lecture: English and American Quilts by Jane Lury quilt collector
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 –English Paper Piecing, bimonthly gathering of quilt makers led by Liza Lucy
Wednesday, December 15, 2015 –Guest lecture: Piecing Together Cultures: Quilts of Southeastern Pennsylvania by Patricia Herr
- Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – English Paper Piecing, Bimonthly gathering of quilt makers led by Liza Lucy Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – English Paper Piecing, Bimonthly gathering of quilt makers led by Liza Lucy Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – English Paper Piecing, Bimonthly gathering of quilt makers led by Liza Lucy Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – English Paper Piecing, Bimonthly gathering of quilt makers led by Liza Lucy Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – English Paper Piecing, Bimonthly gathering of quilt makers led by Liza Lucy
James Michener Art Museum
138 S. Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Attention Fellow Quilters – Three Rivers Quilters will hold their annual show March 17, 18 and 19 at the IBEW Circuit Center in Southside Pittsburgh, Pa.
This show is a judged and juried show and entries from all quilters are welcome. Our complete show entry form along with rules and procedures can be found on the Three Rivers Quilters website.
Discounted advance purchase tickets are offered to groups of 4 or more at the discounted rate of $7 (a savings of $3 each). Please refer to our website for details.
Dear York Quilters Guild,
Annual Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show will be held June 3-5, 2016
at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The theme will be Virginia’s Beautiful Waters. The show will feature a special exhibit of 177 quilts inspired by the National Parks. Quilters from local Quilters Unlimited chapters will exhibit over 600 beautiful quilts from traditional to modern to art quilts. Show hours are Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 10-4. Admission is $10 for one day or $15 for all three days.We encourage travel to the show by bus. There is ample parking at the Expo Center. As in years past the Publicity Co-Chairs will meet buses upon arrival to provide admission wristbands, programs, and exit surveys. We are offering any attendees coming by bus a reduced admission of $9 per person if payment is received in advance. Bus coordinators will receive two complimentary admission tickets. The 2016 show may offer some one-half day courses or mini-workshops that may appeal to bus groups.Please contact us with any questions you may have or to let us know if your guild is definitely interested in traveling to the show by bus. Please also reply if your guild chooses not to participate by bus. We look forward to assisting you. Our contact information is below.Best regards,
Ruth Roush Publicity Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
AndT Carter Publicity Co-Chair email@example.com
Dues must be paid by November 12th if you want to be included in the member info book!!
A Big Thank You from Rita
I want to thank each and every one who contributed those wonderful thank you gifts, gave me gifts privately, sent me friendly notes and kind emails, and supported me throughout the year. Much appreciated.
A special thanks to Sarah for her fabulous explosive presentation of my gifts in my heavily laden treasure chest! Looking forward to deploying all the lovely purples and their companions.
Sincerely, Rita VanWyk-Due President Ex-Officio
A gentleman called today, his name is Tony, and he used to have a shop that had quilters supplies. He said he found some Presbyterian Patchwork books (?) which he would like to sell for $5.00/piece. I was very busy and didn’t have the time to discuss all the details with him but his number is 717-259-1374 if you are interested.
Zion United Methodist Church
1030 Carlisle Road
York, PA 17404
After the Turkey
After the Turkey
There is always TV, Football, and/or shopping
However, this year you have an additional option. Evelyn Hunt, will be sponsoring an all- day UFO on Friday November 27th at Epiphany Lutheran Church location at 1100 Colonial Park Road in Harrisburg from 10 a.m. to ?
If you are interested in attending the UFO, please e-mail Evelyn at Jordon291@juno.com to reserve a space on or before November 16, 2015.
The building is handicapped assessable with amble parking. The large sew area has excellent lighting, 8 foot tables with chairs. There is a large fully equipped kitchen available for our use. Lunch and dinner are on your own. However, you may bring a snack and/or a covered dish to share.
Newsletter Editor Needed!
I am looking for somebody to replace me as the newsletter editor for the guild. If you are interested, please contact me at the next meeting, or call (717)792-5536.