December 2014 Newsletter

President's Message

Rise up, O flame, by thy light glowing, Rita_Van_Wyk-Due
show to us beauty, vision, and joy.    
                           Anonymous (sung as a round).
   My dear quilting friends, as I write you this month, I am cringing at the thought that the days are getting shorter – the nights longer – and Old Man Winter is lurking around the corner.  . 
 I’m working on my Challenge project, snuggled under a bright, flame-coloured quilt, trying not to panic; this Winter might be challenging: maybe loss of electricity will have to be endured again……. Remember:   when the weather is terrible, check WGAL for notice of cancellation of our Guild meeting
    Speaking of the Challenge quilt: how did our ancestors, those intrepid pioneer quilters, manage?  Imagine working by candle or lantern light, with only the simplest of tools? Without electric lights or irons? Without the state of the art lenses that correct our vision? Hats off to them.
    I used  to think that Yuletide meant Christmas, then I learned that Yule was a Pagan festival, celebrating the rebirth of the Sun. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night, and another way of looking at that is that after the Solstice, the days start lengthening again – the sun is conquering darkness!
    This time of the year, so many religious Holy Days and festivals celebrate this theme: the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair, the coming of a Saviour, etc. Christmas, Hanukah , Kwanzaa, Divali,  Winter Solstice,  to name a few.   All have something in common: candles are lit, or an oil lamp, or electric lights are strung in decoration.
    Whatever your spiritual bent and religious convictions, I wish you a happy, blessed holiday season.  I hope you will light a flame, and as it rises up,  behold beauty, vision, and joy.
                                         Rita VanWyk-Due (happy to be your President).

Secretary's Report

secretaryYork Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

October 20, 2014

7:00 pm


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Rita VanWyk-Due, President.

Rita welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with a quote: “To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

Committee announcements:

Membership: Two new returning members and one visitor were welcomed.

Rita thanked past president Cheryl Tassinari for her service last year by presenting her with a bagful of goodies- patterns, notions, and fabrics.

The first executive board meeting for the new year was held and Rita reported that there are some exciting events coming up. It will be the guilds 30th anniversary in 2015 and she will keep us posted on the celebration plans. Rita also mentioned that the future of the guild and quilting is in the youth. Anything that we can do to help the youth group grow and be involved will be appreciated.

The library has been disbanded. Books are available to quilt guild members for a suggested donation of $1 or $2 a book.

Programs: Cheryl Dawson handed out a UFO contract in which members are to make a realistic list of projects to finish by the August 2015 meeting. You will be billed 5$ for each project not completed or membership on a committee for one year. Return forms by the January meeting.

December meeting will be our Christmas party. Everyone is to bring a “finger food” to share. Paper goods and beverages will be provided. Also bring a small, wrapped gift around $5-$10.

A “BASICS” workshop will be held 1/9/15 by Carol Blevins at Pat Matthews’ barn. Cost is $40 per person. A sign-up sheet was available at the meeting.

Ways and Means: Lisa Blythe asked for someone to step forward to help her with the “Ways and Means” committee since she is now in charge of the 2016 Quilt Show and on other committees. Raffle baskets are already put together for future meetings. She is also working on a service project in which members will be asked to make a block and it will be put together as a quilt and given to an organization to raffle off. More details to come.

Show and Tell: Numerous quilts, a table topper, and wall hangings were shown. A group of ladies made “Crumb Quilts” which are to be given to Access York, the youth group showed table runners and a “Quilt of Gratitude” wall hanging to be given to a service member, and a member was inspired by the October speaker and produced a “Stack n Wack” project.

Program: The guest speaker for the meeting was Jennifer Betar from Honey Bee Quilt Shop in Newville, PA. She presented a program on working with pre-cut fabrics. She demonstrated ways to easily make quilts from Charm packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and more. She had fabrics, patterns, and notions for sale after the program.

The meeting was adjourned by Rita VanWyk-Due.

Respectfully submitted:

Anne King, recording secretary

YQG Trivia

Fern Jacobs, a longtime member of our guild passed away November 2.Fern was a member from 1986 through 2008. She was a member when I joined in 1988.Those of us who were members in the earlier years would remember Fern fondly.Every month she would have several quilts to show. These were not her quilts but ones
she had purchased although she never told us that. I am not sure if Fern ever made any
quilts of her own but I think she must have lived by the saying “She who dies with the most quilts, wins” Barbara

Ways and means

dec-ways new

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.sunrays  You can reach me at  or 717-428-2893

Thank you.

In November I signed into the guest book of the obituary for Fern Jacobs’  to let her family know we were thinking of them.
Linda Wright


Dec prog


Community News

Teaching Museum

Shop Hops & Area Quilt Shows

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Baltimore Heritage Quilter’s Guild presents EXPO 2015

March 14-15, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM

Goucher College, Sports & Recreation Center

Dulaney Valley Road

Towson, MD

The EXPO showcases quilts made by guild members, ranging in style from traditional to contemporary, as well as art quilts. The EXPO also features quilts and quilted items for sale, a Silent Auction, and an expanded Vendors Mall.

300 quilts on display

Vendor booths          Silent auction

Raffle quilt             Sewing machine raffle

Handmade items on sale

Demonstrations            Docent tours

Featured quilters: Rebecca Ludwig and Clara Murphy



Mail: PO box 4062, Timonium, MD 21094

Admission: $8 at door

$7 advance purchase

$6 or more group of 5 or more

Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult


Classified Ads

FOR SALE!  • HQ 16 with stitch regulator. The HQ Adjustable table adjusts from 5.5′ up to 11′. Asking $4,000. Comes with items usually included in package deal (bobbin winder, leaders, side clamps, bobbins, needles and laser light). All tracks have been replaced. Also includes additional accessories purchased separately totaling more than $550 in value (micro-handles, ruler base, groovy board stylus & adapter, horizontal spool pin, 5 instructional DVD’s.) Recently serviced and in excellent condition. Contact for delivery/shipping arrangements.



Hello, I have a handmade quilt (I believe) and want to sell it.  It was suggested that someone in your group would be able to look at it and confirm it is hand made and what material it is made from.  And maybe even give me some pointers on where to sell it?  Do you have someone I could set up a time with so I can show the quilt?  Thanks so much.  Stacey Small


I am helping a young mother named Carmen Broker who lives in Dover, PA.  She has stage 4 breast cancer.  We are working together to create some quilts for her to give to some special people in her life.  Do you have any members of your quild that do long arm quilting that would be willing to help us out?  I will help her get quilts ready but will need help with long arming.  You can read about Carmen at

I am happy to talk with anyone who may be willing to help.  my cell phone number is 703-930-5547.  We would really appreciate your help.  I will help her quilt the ones she does for babies and lap size but we may need some help with a couple she would like to do for her mom and sister.  Thank you so much for your consideration.

Susan Datta

Charity Quilt

Debbie Weaver is in charge of our charity quilt this year.  She is asking for guild members to please bring one fat quarter of a green and a fat quarter of another color, not white  for the quilt.  Debbie will have packets with instructions how to cut and sew your block.  These blocks will need to be completed by the January meeting.   She will have some sample blocks completed for you to see at the December meeting.



Update:  The workshop has been filled.  Payment will be collected at the December meeting or by contacting Cheryl Dawson.

Member News

   RIP Barbara Crumling

We are sad to inform you that a former member, Barbara Crumling, passed away on December 6.  She had been a member since 1997, and  frequently attended our Guild quilting retreats. She will be missed.

   A card was sent to her husband, and our condolences go out to all her family members.

                                          Rita VanWyk-Due

Student Block Challenge

The voting on my student block challenge that was presented at the September meeting and on the McCall’s Blog has shown Abby to be the clear winner.

Here she is with her block and my finished wall hanging. Barb Wilke.


Donations for York Hospital Pediatrics

  I am happy to be receiving more articles for the Pediatric Dept at York Hospital. Several ladies have asked if I still want wall hangings for the department. Yes I do.  I will still collect bibs, burp pads and small childrens quilts also. Just g me down at the meeting to give me your donations.


Cheryl Tassinari


Words of Wisdom


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

  • Web Page Member Password
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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 Checking Account 6152.06
Show Checking Account 12,691.26
Total 18,843.32

January Birthdays

Kathleen Keller 1
Nancy Hopper 6
Gloria Moyer 10
Ruth Anne Hallman 11
Darla Landis 11
Holly Swenn 12
Donna Sheffer 15
Katie Anthony 16
Mary Jane Starner 17
Janet Chinault 19
Cindy Leen 24
Debra Moreland 24
Cynthia Martin 27
Karen Stollenwerk 29