August 2014 Newsletter

President's Message

CAs our summer vacations come to an end, it’s time to think about winter projects. Because if the weather will be anything like last year we’ll be spending a lot of time indoors. While trying to re-organize my sewing room I found 3 UFO’s, from shop hop’s, that will occupy lots of time. New class schedules are out from some of our favorite sewing stores listing wonderful class projects to take advantage of. (I know you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition, but there it is !) Another project is trying new styles of cooking. On my Southern vacation, I discovered this recipe:


Tomato Pie

From the Sea Biscuit Café – Isle of Palms, SC

1 deep dish 9” pie shell

4-5 medium tomatoes, sliced

1 cup mayonnaise

½ cup fresh chopped basil OR 1 tsp dried basil

Chopped onion (optional )

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg

Salt & pepper to taste

Drain sliced tomatoes. Mix together mayonnaise, basil, cheeses and egg.

Layer sliced tomatoes in the pie shell. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover tomatoes with the mixed ingredients

Bake at 350 45 minutes

Cool and slice

Enjoy !


YQK Trivia

June, 2001 we had a workshop with Rose Hahn called “Poppies” It was a study in floral realism. The poppy applique was put on a colorwash background. While going through things in my sewing room I found my poppies. We used freezer paper and glue stick to turn down the seam allowance. So I decided to finish it. Made my colorwash background and after 13 years that freezer paper wasn’t coming out! So it is being appliqued paper and all.

Barbara Colvin

Ways & Means

August’s raffle basket theme is

Reproduction, Fall & Harvest colored fabrics.

Thank you for all your generous quilt related contributions.  We couldn’t do this without your help.

Also available:



You can bring your donations and find these items at the Ways and Means table when you enter the meeting.

Many Thanks,

Lisa Blyth

Ways & Means

Sunshine & Shadows

sunraysIf 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  or 717-428-2893  Thank you.

I did not send out any cards in July.

Linda Wright

Treasurer's Comments

A donation of $1,000.00 has been given to Access York from the proceeds of our recent show.

Thanks to everyone who has made this wonderful gift possible.

Janet Fitch


We Need You!

Our Guild Needs YOU

The upcoming year will be filled with great classes and speakers for you. However, there are positions that must be filled to keep our guild going in future years. Past chairman, with their committees, have given us wonderful quilt shows, took charge of charity projects, gave us so much of their knowledge and brought this Guild to where we are today. Many have been involved with our projects many years. However these ladies deserve a break and would like to pass these positions on to others. Please consider volunteering. The following positions will be open:

Vice President


Celebration of Quilts 2016 chairman

Service Project chairman 2015

Program chairman for 2016

Please give this serious thought. If you have any questions about a position, please ask. We are here to help. You won’t be put into a position without some guidance.



WANTED: Guild Treasurer

The current Treasurer of our guild is Janet Fitch. After ten years in this position she would like to retire. The following “Job Description” has been prepared for your consideration.

A working knowledge of Excel is needed (or a willingness to take some classes.)

On a monthly basis the treasurer receives monies at the guild meetings, records information, prepares deposit, pays bills for use of church, program expenses, etc. The Treasurer attends budget meeting, Board meeting and guild meetings. The Treasurer prepares monthly reports for the newsletter and detailed reports for Board meetings. Sales and Use Taxes must also be filed twice a year. The check books (2) are reconciled. The Treasurer must arrange for a yearly audit of the accounts.

During a Show Year the responsibilities increase. If a quilt is to be raffled, the Treasurer applies for the Small Game of Chance License. Again all monies from the Show are received and deposits prepared. Checks are written and recorded to pay all bills. Taxes for sales must be paid to state and to West Manchester Township following the show.

And, as all job descriptions add, “other duties as needed!”

If you are considering service to our Guild in this way, please talk to Janet. Thank you.

August Program

The award-winning Rhoda Collins, who does appliqué quilts that win awards again and again, will be our speaker this month. Her trunk show along with her stories of how she approaches her quilts promises to be one that you will love. Rhoda has presented at other guilds in the area and has kindly agreed to do her presentation for the York Quilt Guild.

September Program

Pat Matthews from the York Quilters’ Guild will be presenting her lecture and trunk show entitled

“What’s Left of 47 Years of Quilting.” 

She will be showing quilts from every era of her 47 years of quilting that she has not given away.  She will also be sharing what she has learned from her successes and failures.

September Workshop

Pat Matthews, from the York Quilters’ Guild,  will be conducting a workshop entitled

Machine Appliques Baby Quilt Tops

The workshop will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014, at her studio which is located at 6450 Old Carlisle Road, in Dover, PA.

The cost of the workshop is $25.00 which covers the class and the kit fee.

Each student will choose 2 packets with ready to applique motifs. Students may select a packet with a girl fabrics and a packet with a boy fabrics ready to applique and reverse applique. Kits will include a spool of variegated thread. You will be trying various machine applique stitches.  Your goal is to end up with two (2) 36 X 42 inch flannel tops.

The workshop is limited to twelve (12) students.

Payment for the kit fee is due at registration.



Free for the Taking!

If anyone is interested in a rather large collection of buttons please contact Kathy Bartram ( “I have collected buttons for many, many years and am in the process of drastically downsizing my house. They are free to a good home for anyone interested and willing in coming to come and get them.

I also have a collection of metal irons and a collection of scissors (I know, who doesn’t), but most of those are also free to anyone interested and willing to come and get them.”

From Our Mailbox

1. My aunt and uncle live in York, PA and want to sell a quilt that my aunt made many years ago.  It is hand sewn, 8 stitches to the inch, and is the flower basket pattern.  It is 8′-11″ x 8′-5″ in size.  Do you have any recommendations on how or where they could sell it?

Jill <>


2.  Quilting Teacher needed at Hancock Fabrics in Rock Hill:

We would like to know if you can recommend somebody to teach quilting class at the store
Please give me a call at 803 579 7699
Rene Williams  asst mgr.

Quilt Exhibit

Greetings Fellow Quilters!

The members of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild would like to invite your guild community to our upcoming exhibit.  Please join us at our gala opening reception on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA for refreshments and door prize drawings.  The exhibit is free of charge and will be open daily September 6-28 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

“Laurel Baskets”, the MLQG 2014 raffle quilt is a king-sized quilt, designed, pieced and appliqued by guild members.  Raffle tickets may be purchased from guild members or at the exhibit for $1 each or six for $5. Stop in at our website or blog to see a picture of this stunning quilt!;

Our Guild Member Challenge theme this year is “Earth’s Elements”, using any or all of the elements: air, earth, fire and water, as inspiration. Be prepared to see some amazing entries from our creative quilters and cast your vote for the top honors!

The American Cancer Society is this year’s beneficiary of our charity fundraiser exhibit: “The Colors of Cancer”. Members are creating 9” x 12” quilts using the different cancer awareness colors, to be sold for a $25 donation.

We would appreciate it if you would circulate our attached exhibit flyer at your guild meetings, and pass the information on to your quilting community through your guild’s newsletter or web-site. Please feel free to share information about your guild events with us, too!

For more information about the exhibit contact Betty Westlake-Reist at 570-724-3113 or Susan McConnell at 570-724-3436. Or visit us online:;

See you at the exhibit!

PA Fiber Arts Fest

Hello, all,

 I am writing to you because you have members within driving distance who may be interested in the 2nd annual PA Fiber ArtsFest to be held Sept. 19-20, 2014, at Huntingdon County Fairgrounds, Huntingdon, PA.  This event is sponsored by the Huntingdon County Arts Council.  Our aim is to establish a new venue in central Pennsylvania with vendors and classes in the embroidery, beading, and textile arts. 

We are offering classes in stitching, beading, knitting, quilting, and weaving over a two-day period:  SIX full day classes and SEVEN half day classes.  The website is

 Our premier teacher for the event is Renate Maile-Moskowitz, national/international expert coming from Alexandria, VA, to teach a variety of felting techniques.  Renate has taught a several MAR chapters — to considerable acclaim.  Her classes here in Huntingdon will be offered at the same very reasonable rate as our other teachers:  $60 for full day/ $30 for half day. 

 Can you help me out by directing your chapters and members to the website for full class descriptions with pictures and  teacher bios?   If you have contacts within quilting or knitting organizations in your area, their members may also be interested. 

As this is a fairly new event for the area, we are slow at building awareness — we hope you can assist.  Pre-Registrations are due Friday, August 15.

Thanks so much! 

 Marie Campbell

Faculty committee

PA Fiber ArtsFest

Huntingdon County Arts Council

Airing of the Quilts Bus trip

The Heart&Home Quilt Guild in Kutztown is running a bus trip to the Airing of the Quilts

in Tunhannock on Saturday October 4th. There are seats available on the bus if you are interested. Particulars below:

WHAT: Airing of the Quilts Bus Trip

WHEN: October 4th

DETAILS: Tunkhannock, PA bus departs 7am and returns by 7pm from St. Paul’s UCC, 47 Whiteoak Street, Kutztown, PA.

More INFO: visit for pictures of the event

COST: $45 (includes admission to lecture at Dietrich Theater and a visit to a local quilt shop.)

CONTACT:  Diane Hollenbach:

Money due August 20, 2014.

The bus is handicapped accessible with a lift.

This should be a fun trip – please join us!

Thought for the Day

Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.


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

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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

Main Account $3,046.38
Show Account $12,726.26
Total $15,772.64

Happy September Birthdays

Jill Voltz 1
Donna Leiphart 5
Kathryn Patterson 5
Darlene Keemer 6
Janet Shank 10
Wana Pauling 12
Ruth Smythe 13
Carolyn Goodling 20
Eileen Close 21
Joyce Stambaugh 25
Elaine M. Witman 28
Barbara Wilke 29