August 2016

President's Letter from Sarah O Sullivan

Greetings all,

The last month has borne witness to several unfortunate announcements in the quilting world. The venerable Quilter’s Newsletter magazine announced that they would cease publication just shy of their 50th anniversary. Then, American Quilters Society announced that they plan to stop publishing physical books at the end of 2016. The International Machine Quilters Association is shutting down, and will no longer hold their annual show in Cedar Rapids, IA. And the venerable Manhattan quilt shop, The City Quilter, will be closing its doors for good in October.

So what’s going on in quilting? Hopefully, as the publisher of Generation Q magazine beautifully stated in a recent blog post, this is merely a painful but necessary correction in an industry that had been slow to change in ways that accurately reflect the realities of its market. Changes in publishing and journalism, represented by a societal shift to online and e-content, have seen the closing of many magazines and book publishers, not just in quilting. The popularity of Marie Kondo’s decluttering method, along with shows like “Hoarders,” suggests that we’ve all bought more stuff in all aspects of our lives than we know what to do with. The quilting industry, after all, is built around selling things. Just because quilters are buying less, doesn’t mean they’re not still quilting with the things they’ve spent the past few decades buying.

People made quilts before there were quilt shops, or quilt magazines, or even quilt books. People made quilts when they were in fashion, but also when they weren’t. Quilting as an art and craft has undergone several ups and downs, revivals and corrections, over the last few hundred years. It will survive this one, too.

What many of us are asking right now is, in the midst of all this change, what can I do to help? Well: support local quilt shops. Support quilt shows. Respect intellectual property. Thank the quilters who make free content available. Be kind to quilters who put their work up for public view. Be an active member of the quilting community (like York Quilters Guild!) But probably the best thing each of us could do for the future of the hobby we love would be to teach someone else to quilt.

There will always be quilting, as long as there are quilters. Thank you for being my people.

See you at the meeting!

Board Positions for the upcoming year

Positions to be filled for the 2016-2017 Guild year. Please consider helping the Guild by taking one of these positions on the board.
Vice President, Board Secretary, Ways and Means, First year Programs ( this could be 2 or more people who work well together), and Service Project Chair.
Your Guild relies on member volunteers to make things happen. Thank you for your consideration.

YQG Trivia

OK, we are in the “Dog Days of Summer”, whatever that means.
What did the guild do for August’s meeting in the past?
1990 was the showing of the Challenge entitled “Summertime”. It is usually done in October.
1994 we had “Mini Demos “in August not January.
1998 we had a “Mock Quilt Documentation” in preparation for the real thing.
2003 Carol Blevins shared “Tips, and Tricks “and in 2008 Carol answered members quilting questions.
2008 Sarah O’Sullivan took us on a multimedia tour of several members sewing spaces. That was lots of fun.
But also August means the last month of summer!

Barbara Colvin

July Minutes

 The July meeting of the York Quilt Guild was called to order on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by President Sarah O’Sullivan at 7:05pm. Sarah had the following announcements:

 Quilters Newsletter is ceasing publication around Christmas of this year. Subscribers will begin getting Quilting Arts at that time.

A knitting machine is being offered free to anyone interested who knows how to use it. If interested, contact Nancy Spiese.

 Cheryl Dawson introduced one guest and one new member, Nancy Brusby.

Thursday, Aug. 4 will be the next Board Meeting at Jo Ann Fabrics. All members are welcome.

Lisa Blyth needs members to serve on a committee in order to make a raffle quilt for our 2018 show. It must be finished by July 2017, so we can begin selling tickets at The Quilt Odyssey in Hershey. Please volunteer if you can help.

Anne King gave away the raffle basket to Gloria Linburg.

Evelyn Hunt reported that she may bring Jane Franke back for another workshop. Those interested will need to choose the quilt for the workshop.

Three people in our Guild have offered to do demos at our January 2017 meeting.

Many beautiful quilts were shared at Show and Tell.

Our program was by Judy Gula. Her topic, “Indonesian Batik Adventures,” included a slide
Show and many beautiful fabrics from the islands. She does not call herself a “quilter,” but rather a “fiber mixed media artist.” Her web site is

Respectfully submitted,
Linda Kenee
Recording Sec’y

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 or 717-428-2893. Thank you.

There were no cards sent in July.

Programs from Evelyn Hunt

Nancy Bills5

Thursday August 18, 2016
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow5
Nancy will be sharing some of her quilts and things she has learned along the way. In this presentation, she will talk about her quilting interests and how they have evolved. The trunk show will consists of more than 35 quilts, both antique and her own full size, and some miniature. In addition to talking about her quilts, she will include tips for construction, quilt assembly, and design.

Gyleen Fitzgeraldgyleengyleen

September 15, 2016gyleen
Make Mine with Scraps!
Gyleen’s lecture focus on traditional utility quilts. Use up, cut up or recycle what you have on hand to make stunning quilts. You will learn to harmonize exchange and friendship blocks or clear your clutter.

Extra Extra!
The Spider Hex workshop is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016
Gyleen Fitzgerald’s
Spider Hexagon Workshop
It is an old fashion, striking, and graphic quilt
It combines the best of the 60 degree angle shapes.
You can get a large quilt in a hurry and it will look like you took years.

Got scraps and bits of fabric. Cut from your scrap box and a few larger pieces from your stash. If you don’t have scraps, scraps will be available
Spider Hexagons class requires the uses of Polygon and Polygon 2 rulers ($34) which will be available at her Thursday, September 15, 2016, lecture and at the workshop.
Cost $50 members $55 non-members
Zion United Methodist Church
1030 Carlisle Road
York, Pennsylvania
Class 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Please contact Evelyn Hunt if you are interested in this class.
The supply list will be available at the time of payment.


program questionnaire

2016/17 Program Questionnaire

Please complete the following questionnaire and bring it to the August meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting please e-mail your responses to on or before Wednesday August 17, 2016. Thank you.

If the YGQ would have a bus trip to the Mancuso Brothers’ Quilt Show held in Oaks, PA in September 2017 would you be interested in this trip? Yes ______ No _____ If so, what day of the week would you prefer? Thursday ________ Friday___________ Saturday ___________

As a fund raiser which of the following would you prefer?
_____ Member yard sale
_____ Guild yard sale
_____ Silent Auction
_____ Live Auction
_____ Combination of __________________________________________________
_____ Other: _____________________________________________________________

Would you like to see the YQG have a summer indoor picnic? Yes _________ No _________

Are you willing to conduct a Saturday workshop? Yes _____________________________

Would you like to be one of the members to represent the YQG at the February Gathering of the Guilds held in Harrisburg in February 2017? Yes _______ No _______

Would you like to chair/co-chair the YQG’s 2017/18 program year? Yes _______ No ________
If so what is your name? __________________________________________________
Would you be willing to do quilt related educational program in the community as a means of better advertising the YQG? Yes ________ No ________ If so what is your name?
Do you have any suggestions as to how the YQG can better advertise its existence and its programs? Yes ________ No ________ If so, please share your thoughts _______________________________________________________________________
Would you be willing to take part in a food drive sponsored by the YQG? Yes _______ No _______

Would you like to see light snacks available for purchased at the program meetings? Yes ______ No _______

Upcoming events

Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild
From Traditional to Modern:
My Quilting Journey
Heather Kojan

September 20, 2016
Heather is the founder and first president of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. She consider herself a modern quilter with traditional roots. One of her passions is to show others how to find their own creativity within the classes that she teach. She teaches and lectures in quilt shops, at quilt guilds, and nationally with the Original Sew and Quilt Expo. She is a contributing author to the book Class Modern Quilt. Some of her quilt blocks appear in Quiltmaker’s 100 Bocks. Most recently, she was honored to have a quilt featured in the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.
Giant Food Market Community Room
3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA
6:30 Social 6:45 Meeting

Guests Welcome $5.00

Nimble Fingers Quilters present

Starlight Garden Quilt Show

Quilts, demonstrations, vendors and more

October 21-22, 2016

10am-5pm both days

The Universities at Shady Grove

9630 Gudelsky Drive, Building II

Rockville, MD 20850

Admission: $8.00 (free to kids under 12)

For more information, go to our website at:

September 15-18: National Quilt Extravaganza

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456
GPS Address: 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19456

Thursday, September 15
Friday, September 16
Saturday, September 17
Sunday, September 18
Admission: $15.00 events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/


From Hazel Wood

Several people have asked what is the purpose for the cards that I collect, the following is a statement from our church newsletter that will answer your questions,

“Greeting Cards: Thanks to all of you who have donated both new and used greeting cards.  In the past year we supplied Mission Central, the York County Prison and Sisters of St Francis with over 800 new cards.  Used cards were sent to Pen-Mar, Jessica and friends, St Mary’s Church and our own card making group hosted by  Mary Frances bull and Gerry Tyson.  Please let me know of any other organizations or groups that could either new or used cards.  I will see that they are delivered.  Some groups get more than they can use and I would like to find a new home  for all you generously donate.”

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Singer Model 700 knitting machine. Free to someone who will use it. Knitting knowledge and a bit of mechanical aptitude is suggested. Contact Nancy Spiese 793-8194



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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
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    • Susan Kappes
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  • Retreat Coordinator
    • Patsy Hartnett
  • Sunshine Lady
    • Cindy Hodge
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    • Patsy Hartnett
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August Birthdays

Bonnie Martin 1
Connie Bentzel 3
Anne King 5
Joy Rusonis 6
Joanne Smoker 6
Judy Deveney 9
Karen Hagarman 9
Deb Wilhides 11
Connie Holland 13
Ruth Huth 13
Cheryl Balm 26
Carol Blevins 31