April 2019

Letter from the President

Letter from the President:           

    The Quilt Challenge offered by Sue Kappes was worth the trip to our March meeting in the pouring down rain.

There was a special show and tell for the Challenge participants. As you may recall, Sue asked members to take a page from a magazine and use it for inspiration. She  had a table full of gift bags with beautiful fabric tags and ribbons as the prizes.

I loved the stories surrounding several of the quilts. While there were many quilt entries, a few really spoke to me.

An ad for a drug used to treat HIV became a history of the impact this disease had on our medical community. Quilt blocks in the shape of plus signs showed the positive impact our present day treatment has made. The colors used matched the company logo.

A watch ad showed all the expressions with the word time. Watch faces had wings to demonstrate time flies.

Another ad showing a landscape was reproduced using a strip method from a recent class.

There was a quilt  from a wine ad that shared the beauty of the wine country and reminded us to drink responsibly.

I am constantly amazed by the talent in our Guild.  All of these members are great at sharing and teaching.

Thank you Sue Kappes and all participants for a bright beautiful meeting on a very rainy night.


Joanne Hammen





Quilt Show 2020

Next Meeting 6 pm

April 17

Colonial Manor Nursing and

Rehab Home

970 Colonial Ave in York


Any questions or concerns,

please contact:

Darlene Schardt


Ph:  717-741-3078


YQG Trivia

YQG Trivia


At the April 2006 meeting the challenge was unveiled by Linda Nixon. The title was “China” in celebration of our 20thanniversary. There were no rules. Any interpretation, any method of construction, any size. I did a small paper pieced wall-hanging of tea pot and cups and saucers.


Barbara Colvin


Ways and Means

What do we never have enough of???

Fabric, of course!

The Guild has received a very generous donation of fabric. The fabric was donated by the daughter of our late Guild member Ann Powell, and was from Ann’s fabric collection. At future meetings, there will be a display of the fabric for sale. This  is intended as a fund raiser for the Guild as well as a way to get the fabric in the hands of those who can use it.

We all know how expensive fabric can be, so this is an excellent way to build your stash or to find fabric to use for charity projects.

Please bring cash or checks. Thanks


Sunshine Lady

Greetings everyone and Happy Spring!

I have a confession to make. I’ve been a slacker in reporting to the guild who I’ve sent cards to for the past few months.  So, here’s an update.


In December, I sent cards to Jill Coleman and Jeanne Weicht. Jill had  hip replacement surgery and Jeanne had back surgery.

In February, I sent a card to Cheryl Dawson. She had foot surgery.

And, in March  I sent a get well card to Betsy Carolus.

Hopefully, everyone is healed and healthy by now!

Please let me know if there’s someone to whom you would like a card sent. I am prompt at sending them!

Thank you and, enjoy the Spring weather for too soon, it will be HOT and HUMID!


As Sunshine Lady for the guild, it is my duty to correspond to members of the guild who are in need of condolences, encouragement, and/or congratulations. In order to do this, I rely on each of you to inform me when a member is in need. I will then mail them a card on behave of the guild expressing support , encouragement, and best wishes. If you know someone who could benefit from such a correspondence, please feel free to contact me at longarmlady1@gmail.com , (717)676-5649  or, in person.


Happy Quilting!

Your Sunshine Lady,

Cindy Hodge



April 25 Meeting

“Rapid Fire Stars”

Running With Scissors Quilters present “Rapid Fire Stars.” Join Kathy, Heidi, and Ellen on
April 25th To Explore Design and Technique Possibilities of Hunter And Lemoyne Star Quilts. They’ll Be Sharing Both Quilts From Their Collection and Several Deb Tucker Originals As They Explain the Fast and Easy Method For Making Stars Using Studio180’s Strip Pieced, Trim-Down Method. Please note  that this is the fourth Thursday, the meeting was rescheduled due to the Easter holiday.


2019 Meeting Schedule

May 16, 2019 Yard Sale

June 20, 2019 Charity Work Session

July 25, 2019 “Color Exploration” Julia Graves,

Special Occasion Quilts

August 15, 2019 Annual Guild (indoor) picnic

September 19, 2019 “Information Overload” Penny


October 17, 2019 Mystery Quilts on Display

December 5, 2019 Annual Guild Holiday Party


Treasurer’s Report

Balance on Hand $5,202.72

Reserve deposit for Retreat (-$1,755.00)

Receipts for February fabric sale $153.00



By the Way….

When you’re tidying up, If you come across an old jelly roll that you bought but never used, you need to sign up for the May Workshop:

Jelly Roll Rug Making



You can also buy a new jelly roll if you want to join in the fun.  The class will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2018.  The cost will be $30.  If you are interested contact Judy Stoltz at jstoltz@comcast.net or 717 845-5137.







Invitation to attend May and June meeting with Penn Oak Quilt Guild

We have some great speakers scheduled for our May and June meetings and we would like to extend an invitation to your guild members attend these presentations.  Our meetings are the second Monday of the month (May 13th and June 10th).


May 13th ….. Sue Reno will be our speaker.  Her topic is  From Foliage to Fiber Art and Beyond.   Sue is an award winning fiber artist who lives and works in Lancaster County.  Her rich and intricate art quilts reflect her local environment and incorporate imagery drawn from her studies of botany, wildlife, historic architecture and the Susquehanna River.  Her lecture is an overview of her working methods and techniques.  Cyanotypes, heliographic prints, digital prints, thermofax prints and calligraphy are explained and illustrated.  She will have a large selection of her work to share in a trunk show.  Please visit her website to read so much more about her…..suereno.com


June 10th……Michele McLaughlin will be presenting  Project Sunway: The History of the Sunbonnet Quilt Pattern.  Michele has been quilting for over 30 years and is the founder of the Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Group and has membership in various quilt organizations including the American Quilt Study Group. This remains one of Michele’s most popular programs and provides an insight to the development of this quilt pattern.  Her trunk show features over 50 different examples and demonstrates the versatility and humor this pattern continues to provide quilt makers.  Audience members are encouraged to bring their own sunbonnet quilts for Michele to review and possibly identify the pattern.


Meeting location: Frazier Mennonite Church   in the basement Community Room.  Door is located at the back of the church.

Guest Fee: $10.00

Maps and Directions:   frazermennonite.org/maps.htm
57 Maple Linden Lane,   Frazer, PA  19355


March 2019 York Quilters’ Guild Minutes

The York Quilters’ Guild meeting was called to order on March 21, 2019, by President Joanne Hammen at 7:00 p.m. There were no guests or new members.
Darlene Schardt, 2020 Quilt Show Chair, announced A New Life for Girls as the organization which will receive the proceeds from our current raffle quilt.  Volunteers are needed to sell raffle tickets at the Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, July 25-27.
To demonstrate their personal quilter’s journey, members are encouraged to choose an early quilt and a current quilt to exhibit at the 2020 show.
The next planning meeting for the 2020 show is April 17, at Colonial Manor at 6:00 p.m.
Ann Powell ‘s daughter has contributed her mother’s fabric to the guild.  Please consider purchasing some of her fabric at future guild meetings.  The goal is to be able to pay for the guild’s meeting room with the proceeds.
Donna Sheffer has the directions for step two of our six month mystery quilt.  The directions will also be emailed to members and is available on the guild’s website.
Due to Easter, our next guild meeting is the fourth Thursday in April instead of the third Thursday.
Members presented their projects at Show and Tell.
The March program was the presentation of the guild challenge.  The challenge was to make a quilt inspired by a randomly chosen magazine page.  Fourteen members displayed their quilts next to the inspirational page.  Members present voted on quilts in seven categories.  Winners received a ribbon, a gift certificate to The Finishing Stitch, and a magazine.
Sue Kappes announced the next challenge quilt, Making a Grand Entrance, is due at the March 2020 meeting.
The Christmas charity quilt project is to make quilts for twin size bunk beds for a homeless shelter in York County.  Pillow cases for the children are also needed.  Sue Kappes has additional information about the shelter.

Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Gerber
Recording Secretary


Yes, that’s right, Marie Kondo is NOT coming to YQG, but her philosophy of getting rid of everything could be a great thing for the YQG Yard Sale in May. Take all that clutter in your sewing room that no longer “sparks joy” and :


  1. Rent a table alone or with a friend and turn those joyless items into CASH.
  2. Consign those items to the guild and we will do all the work for a small fee.
  3. Donate your items to the guild and help us make some money.

Further information is forth coming but it’s never too late to start cleaning!!


Spreading the News/Sharing News

There are many ways to promote York Quilters’ Guild and our activities such as

workshops, programs, the yard sale, and the Quilt Show :

¨ Tell your friends—you don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy looking at quilts. If you know people who already sew, they may want to explore quilting

¨ Like or follow our Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/yorkquiltersguild and  www.facebook.com/celebrationofquilts

¨ Share our posts on your timeline, so others see them (it’s easy, just click the little share icon at the bottom of the post)

¨ Share information and events with other groups you belong to.

Share your news

Have you had a quilt accepted into a show, won an award, or been featured in a publication? Share the news with your fellow Guild members.  Just send your information to yorkquiltersguild@gmail.com and see your work on Facebook and/or the newsletter. Please include a picture of your quilt.

Share your photos

Do you have photos of your quilts in the 2018 York Quilters’ Guild Celebration of Quilts? In order to create enthusiasm for the 2020 Show, we’d love to share those pictures on our Celebration of Quilts Facebook page. Please send any photos to yorkquiltersguild@gmail.com and label them 2018 Photos.  Thanks.

Share your tips

Do you have a favorite quilt tip or tricks? Send it to yorkquiltersguild@gmail.com for a future newsletter.








  • Meeting Date/Time
  • 3rd Thursday, 7pm
  • Zion United Methodist Church
  • 1030 Carlisle Ave, York, PA

  • Web Page Member Password
  • Members can send email to yorkquiltersguild@gmail.com

Guild Officers

  • President
    • Joanne Hammen
  • Vice President
    • Donna Sheffer
  • President Ex Officio
    • Margaret "Peg" Gregory
  • Recording Secretary
    • Dawn Gerber
  • Board Secretary
    • Sandra Yingling
  • Guild Treasurer
    • Mary F Moul
  • Programs (second year)
    • Judith Stoltz
    • Betsy Hoffer
  • Programs (first year)
    • Judith Stoltz
    • Joanne Hammen
  • Publicity/Public Relations
    • Joy Rusonis
  • Historian/Photographer
  • Hospitality
    • Deb Wilhide
  • Ways and Means
    • Ginny Lehr
  • Service Projects
    • Susan Kappes
  • Website/Newsletter Editor
    • Joy Rusonis
  • Quilt Show
    • Darlene Schardt
  • Membership
    • Cheryl Dawson
  • Guild Challenge
    • Susan Kappes
  • Community Education
  • Retreat Coordinator
    • Patsy Hartnett
  • Sunshine Lady
    • Cindy Hodge
  • Parliamentarian
    • Patsy Hartnett
  • Show Treasurer

Treasurer's Reports