August 2015 Newsletter

President's Message

Rita_Van_Wyk-Due Sun

 I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.
Violette Leduc, Mad in Pursuit
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.          James Dent
“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”              Susan Polis Schutz
    My dear quilting friends, I hope there are some among you who are relishing the hot, humid weather as much as I am. I’ve been enjoying  the bounty of Summer veggies; delighting in the gardens bursting with flowers, watching hummingbirds at the feeders….. I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you that.
    I had a fun time at the Hershey Show.  Spent a few wonderful hours in Leslie Robinson’s company; we sold raffle tickets together. I bumped into old friends, was happy to see current friends, and met some nice quilters.  BTW I can’t tell you how impressed I am that Lisa Blyth managed to maneuver her way through the red tape to enable us to sell tickets!  The  Hershey Show itself as beautiful, and just a little overwhelming to me. Those quilters have such amazing talent….  stunning artistic results.
    I vowed not to buy anything at the Show.  Haha.  You know  how that goes! Once I started cruising through the vendors’ isles, I knew I had made a mistake to even enter that hall; I did succumb to temptation, just a little bit. The overall experience made me look forward to the Oaks Show in September, and in particular, to our own Show which is just around the corner.  Get those show quilts ready!    Make an extra one or two!  Let’s knock their socks off!    Have big fun!
    A special word of thanks to Judy Sorensen who kindly offered to handle the Newsletter this week, giving Darla Landis some time for grieving and adjusting to the death of her father.    Team spirit and sisterly support – that’s what one can expect from this lovely group of people. 
                    Rita VanWyk-Due   –   so thrilled to be your President.

Secretary's Minutes

York Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

July 16, 2015


The meeting was called to order by Rita VanWyk-Due, President at 7:05 pm.  Rita welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with a quote of the day:


“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”

  • John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice

Rita mentioned that this quote was the perfect one for the day since the program was going to be about the color wheel.

Committee announcements:

Membership: We had 3 guests this evening.

Presidents Announcements:  Rita revealed the answers to the Presidential Quiz that was presented last month for the “Walk down memory lane”.

2016 Quilt Show Committee: Lisa Blythe reported that postcards are being printed which has show information on them as well as pictures of the raffle quilts.  Raffle tickets have been printed also.  Paula Shamoian has the schedule for selling tickets at Hershey and asked for more volunteers to sign up.

If anyone would like to volunteer to do a demonstration at our 2016 show, please let the committee know.

Show and Tell: Numerous quilts were shown by our talented members.

Program: The program for July was “Using the Color Wheel in Quilting” by our own Barb Wilke.  Barb presented a very informative talk on how to use the color wheel in planning our quilt construction. She spoke of the seasonal values of colors and how adding either white, black, or gray will produce a hue, shade, or tone of the main color.  Barb gave us some suggestions on how to determine the value (light or dark) of the colors we are working with.  You can use the Red/Green filters or try taking a digital picture in black and white. We were each given a paper color wheel with “pointers” for complementary, split complement, and triadic colors so that we can easily see the colors that should coordinate well in a project.  Barb showed us many examples of color use from her own work during her presentation.  She suggested  that we  experiment with colors, try using the back of fabrics, try tulle, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you don’t like it, change it.  And most important of all, Barb gave us the OK to buy more fabric in order to have all the colors available that we may need.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted ,

Anne King, recording secretary

YQG Trivia

February 2008 Bobbe Benvin presented a program entitled “Debunking the Quilt Slave Code Myth”

It was very interesting and very well researched. I believe that Bobbe was accurate in her statement

that there is no real evidence that quilts played a part in the Underground Railroad.

However, that said, we quilter would still like to believe that a craft we love had a part in helping slaves

reach freedom, even if only in fiction!


Barbara Colvin

Sunshine & 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  or 717-428-2893  Thank you.

In July a Thinking of You card was sent to Barbara Edsall, sympathy cards were sent to the family of Mary McIlvain (a former member) and Darla Landis due to the passing of her father, and a Get Well Card was sent to Cheryl Bahn.

Linda Wright

August Program


The Penny Rug Door Hanger Class with Bev Stevens will take place the afternoon of the August evening meeting, namely, on August 20. The class is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. (Class participants should receive a confirming email before the class as a reminder of what they need as well as the change in time.)

A potluck will take place between class and meeting. Even if you are not taking the class, you are invited to join the class and Bev for the potluck starting around 5:30. The meeting itself will have Bev starting the meeting with her presentation and she and her husband will have wool felt supplies and kits available for sale before the meeting. So even if you are not taking the class, please come early and see what they have to offer.

UFO Projects

Remember that your UFO contracts are due this month. If you need to extend it for a short time, you may let Cheryl know by email ( or phone (717-846-1225) if you finish something before September 10. She just needs time to calculate winners of prizes before the meeting.

Charity Sewing

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the ConKerr pillowcases and the kiddie quilts for Access York. You are a remarkable and generous group. Cheryl would like to have all of these back and ready to give out by the October meeting. It would be helpful if they could be brought to the September meeting, but let’s at least get this wrapped up by the October meeting. If you have any of these items, would you please send Cheryl a list of what you have…how many pillowcases, how many quilts and what stage they are at…at or give her a call at 717-846-1225? (Leave a message on the answering machine with your name and what you have.)

In addition to those we sewed on at the two charity work sessions, there were some offers made of adding some quilts already made by some of our members, so if you are planning to add to the stash, please also let Cheryl know. At this point Cheryl knows we have at least 30 pillowcases to give the ConKerr project in honor of our 30th anniversary and we have at least 10 kiddie quilts to give Access York, but it is possible there are more out there. We hope to have representatives of each of those two recipient groups at the October meeting to accept your contributions Please let her know what we have so that she can pass that on.



This and That

ColorBurst –  October 9 & 10, 2015.  Presented by the Keystone Quilters Guild at Quakertown Christian School, 50 E. Paletown Road, Quakertown, PA  .  Fri 10 AM to 6 PM, Sat 10 AM to 5 PM.   Admission:  1-Day $7; 2-Day $10.   Website:


My mother-in -law who was a quilter passed away leaving many quilts,
We have no one to pass them on to and would like to sell them do you have any suggestions as to what would be our best path to take.

Becky  Miller,


I am still looking for someone to make my wedding dress into a quilt.  Please contact Sarah Stiffler at 717-659-7897  or



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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
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    • Joy Rusonis
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    • Deb Wilhide
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    • Ginny Lehr
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    • Susan Kappes
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    • Darlene Schardt
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    • Cheryl Dawson
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    • Patsy Hartnett
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    • Cindy Hodge
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Treasurer's Reports

Main Checking Account $2,490.40
Show Checking Account $6,862.90
TOTAL $9,353.30

September Birthdays

Jill Volz 1
Donna Leiphart 5
Kathryn Patterson 5
Darlene Keemer 6
Wana Pauling 12
Patricia Egger 17
Carolyn Goodling 20
Eileen Close 21
Joyce Stambaugh 25
Elaine M. Witman 28
Barbara Wilke 29