Programs & Services

Monthly Programs & Workshops

April 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017,

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Daniel Kardos

Dan started quilting over 16 years ago, with simply a needle, some thread, and scraps from his mother’s collection. He wanted to create something from nothing. It turned out that his style of quilting would be unplanned, unconventional, and unapologetic. While his skills have improved over the years, his quilting philosophy remains the same. Recently, Dan has added embroidery to his growing list of creative sewing ventures. Check out his new business, Rusticly Ever After ( When he’s not quilting, you can find him on the sports field as an athletic trainer or serving in the Army Reserves as a combat medic.

March 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017,

The 2016/17 Program Year’s
Scrap Basket Challenge


Since there is not much time in between last years’ challenges this years’ challenge, we are going easy.
In the Scrap Basket Challenge, there are only three (3) rules:
The majority of the fabric used must be scraps
There must be at least one (or many more) basket(s) featured in the quilt
The quilt must measure at least a 20-inch square. Due at March 2017 meeting.

Thursday February 16, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017,

Paul Hallinger
This month guild members and guests will have the opportunity to experience one of our own members’ twenty (20) year journey in the quilting world. Paul is a prolific quilter who loves colors and is not afraid to work outside the box. This will be a meeting you won’t want to miss.

January 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017,

Jill Coleman has arranged a visit of the traveling vintage linen trunk show and four (4) of the guild’s members will demonstrate quilt related activities
In addition to demos this month there will be a special viewing of 19 vintage linens quilted as part of challenge. We are lucky enough to be the first to have this traveling trunk show that will visit guilds and be displayed at shows throughout 2017. As a member of a Facebook group, Quilt Vintage, I was fortunate to be a part of this challenge. Nineteen linens were given at random to 19 quilters of the group (out of 400 who wanted to participate) to “quilt as desired” and return to the moderator who initiated this challenge and organized the trunk show, Kelly Cline. At the end of the tour all of the linens will be returned to the quilter. Please check out the Facebook group Quilting Vintage, a group devoted to finishing vintage quilt tops and quilting vintage linens in a variety of innovative ways.

MaY 2017

Thursday, January 01, 1970,

Annual Mini-demo night

Thursday, January 18, 2018,

Guild members share their skills in our annual demo night. Anne King will demonstrate Interweave Table Mats and Dianne Garrett will show us how to transform a TV tray into an ironing board.


Feb. 15: Couples Night–His and Hers Quilters

Thursday, February 15, 2018,

Dianne and Jack Garnett, members of the York Quilters’ Guild, will be our speakers.  They will be sharing their  journey as a quilting couple via a trunk shop and an informal lecture. Both Jack and Dianne are also active members in other central Pennsylvania quilt guilds and members of the Hershey Quilt Odyssey Show staff.  Both of their children also are actively involved in quilting.

2018 Challenge: Ugly Fabric Makeover

Thursday, March 15, 2018,

It’s time to see what our members have created from their “ugly” fabric. The challenge was to transform someone else’s ugly fabric into a beautiful–or at least interesting–quilt, measuring 18 by 24 inches.

Jeanne Riley “Confessions of a Serial Quilter”

Thursday, April 19, 2018,

In the early 70’s Jeanne inadvertently discovered quilting and immediately ditched all of her interest in other crafts such as sewing, macramé, decoupage, and has been quilting continuously since then.  In the 80’s she had a dream job working part-time in in a quilt shop and teaching classes and she has continue to teach quilting to anyone who shows the least bit of inclination toward it.  After retiring from her day job as an administrator at Syracuse University, she and her husband relocated to Lancaster in2008 to be closer to family and in record time she became and has remains very involved with the Red Rose Quilters Guild in Lancaster.


2018 Celebration of Quilts “Quilting Outside the Lines

Friday, May 18, 2018,

“Quilting Outside the Lines” is the theme of the 2018 York Quilters’ Guild quilt show. It will be held from 9 am to 7 pm Friday, May 18 and 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, May 19 at the Grumbacher Center, York College of Pennsylvania, 899 South Richland Avenue York. The show features more than 200 quilts, free demonstrations, a merchant’s mall, appraisals by appointment, guild boutique, and quilt and basket raffles. Featured artist for the event is guild member Jill Coleman, whose work ranges from hand-quilted vintage quilts to contemporary quilts. Guest exhibitor Mary Kerr will bring her collection “Quilt as Desired”, which features vintage quilt tops quilted with contemporary long-arm quilting. Floral accents for the event will be provided by the Garden Club of York. Admission is $10.

June 21 meeting cancelled

Thursday, June 21, 2018,

Due to an event at the Zion United Methodist Church, our June 21 meeting has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule Robert DiCarli for later this year. Join us on July 12 (note: second Thursday in July) for Arlan and Pat Christ, presenting “Pennsylvania Dutch Quilts–the Love of Color”

Pennsylvania Dutch Quilts “Love of Color” with Arlan and Pat Christ

Thursday, July 12, 2018,

Arlan and Pat Christ The late 1800’s and early 1900’s explosion of bold colors and designs were captured by the Pennsylvania Dutch in their quilts.  Their folk art and love of color, including cheddar, will be presented in this lecture.  During this period the Pennsylvania Dutch developed their own unique style with the use of bright color combinations to create some of the most colorful quilts.  (Sunglasses are optional)

Second Annual Guild Picnic

Thursday, August 16, 2018,

Join us for fun and food at the second annual Guild Picnic at 7 pm August 16 at Zion United Methodist Church. Bring a covered dish to share–the Guild will provide plates, napkins, etc. Take this opportunity to chat with old friends and meet new ones. Please take this opportunity to say hello to some of our new members. Bring an item for Show and Tell; there will be no other program. Guests are welcome. Doors open at 6:15.

Sept. 20 meeting: Applique with Jo Garvin A Trunk Show and Some Words of Wisdom: UPDATED

Thursday, September 20, 2018,

Applique began when covering or applying a piece of cloth to a hole in clothing with needle and thread a long time ago. Since then, applique has become an art and a way of expressing one’s self. During the program in September you’ll see vintage and modern applique quilts and Jo will talk about different applique processes.


Jo has been quilting for 18 years. In the year 2000 while working a full-time job and empty nester, she started looking for something to take interest in after retirement. She took a couple of classes at Stitch & Craft and was hooked on both piecing and applique as you will see in her first quilt. Jo joined the Lancaster Red Rose Guild in 2005 and with the help of many guild members has learned to needle turn and machine applique.


She is a member of Winters Heritage House Museum Quilt Group and Middletown PieceMakers Quilt Guild, where she recently became the QOV Group Leader and awards quilts to veterans. Jo is a member of the Masonic Village Quilt Group, and provides volunteer teaching to residents of Rheems Nursing and Rehabilitation in Elizabethtown.


Robert DeCarli

Thursday, October 18, 2018,

Robert DeCarli, a former math professor, loves making seemingly complex designs easy to make. In 1992 his wife asked for help in making a quilt for their daughter’s wedding. She showed him how to make a four-patch and he was hooked. As a mathematician, the seemingly endless number of patterns fascinated him. He has designed numerous blocks and quilts since 1993, once he discovered EQ in 2005 he has designed more than one thousand quilts and blocks, including block and quilt settings for his wife’s appliqué projects.

Guild at Northeastern Craft Show: Nov 2, 3

Friday, November 02, 2018,

The York Quilters’s Guild will have a table at the Northeastern Craft Show, to be held at Northeastern High School from 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 3. The school is located at 300 High Street in Manchester, Pa.

Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 06, 2018,

Please bring a covered dish and join us for the annual Holiday Party at 7 pm, Thursday, December 6. The meeting will include Show and Tell and installation of new officers.

Service Projects

Community Education

The Community Education Chairperson, Connie Holland, acts as a liaison between the Guild and the public for the promotion of the art of quilt making.  Upon request, she arranges  to show quilts and related items to community groups (nursing homes, etc) that are interested in seeing them. Donations from the community group are gladly accepted.

For more information, please contact Connie Holland at