December 2015 Newsletter

President's Message

Greetings all,

As I write this, it’s a full week since I returned from the York Quilters Guild retreat at the Bongiorno Center in Carlisle. I had a wonderful time, as always! Having that focused time to concentrate on my projects, while being inspired by what all my friends around me are creating, is just incomparable. But this full week later, my sewing machine still sits in its rolling case in my hall, untouched since my return.

True, this week was Thanksgiving week; I had prep and cooking and travel and family obligations filling the evening and weekend hours when I normally manage to squeeze in some sewing. And this week hasn’t been entirely bereft of quilting-related activities:  my mom and I talked quilts and shared pictures at Thanksgiving, I did some English paper piecing while waiting at my son’s “horse class”, and the sum total of the Black Friday shopping I did was a trip to Patches Quilt Shop in Mount Airy, MD.

But my sincere hope for all of you at this frequently frantic time of year is that you do get to carve out some quiet time for yourself, and get to achieve that calm, creative, meditative, renewing state — “The Zone” — that I got to visit at the retreat. (I’ll try to manage that for myself, too — maybe tomorrow?)

Blessings to you and yours for a warm and loving holiday season, and the hope of peace and joy for the new year. I hope to see you all at the December meeting so we can celebrate together.

Secretary's Report

York Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes


Nov. 19, 2015


The meeting was called to order by Sarah O’Sullivan, President at 7PM.


Committee announcements:


Membership:  We had three guests this evening.


Membership booklets:  Cheryl Dawson reported that the new membership books are not out yet.  They are waitng for a complete slate of officers and hope to distribute them at our December meeting.


Sarah O’Sullivan read the list of officers and said there are still positions to be filled.  We need a vice-president, who will become president in the 2016-17 year.  Also people to help with programs for next year and someone to do our newsletter.  Please consider volunteering for some position with our guild.


Show Committee:


Darla Landis and Lisa Blythe are co-chairs for our upcoming quilt show on May 20th and 21st, 2016,  This will be a “judged show,” and two judges will be coming.  There will be appraisals by appt.  Ginny Lehr reminded everyone to begin saving items for the Boutique.  Many people are already working on this show.  ALL MEMBERS are encouraged to help!  If any guild member is willing to do a demonstration, please get in touch with Cheryl Dawson.  Eight classes will be offered at the show.  Judy Stoltz and Cindy Hodge are co-ordinating these classes.  Every member is expected to sell tickets for the show.  Much help will be needed with setting up the show and tearing it down. The Show Committee meeting the second Tues. of the month at 6:30PM at Judy Stoltz’s house.  Anyone is welcome to attend!


Upcoming Programs:


The Gathering of the Guilds ( name change will be coming) will be held at the end of February.  It’s a chance to see what other guilds do.


Tonight, a program by Narda LeCadre was presented.  She has made quilts from scraps for forty years.  Her quilts are full of original design elements and color combinations.  She is self taught and has done many trunk shows.


In December we will have our Holiday Party.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish or food item to share with fellow quilters.  In addition, everyone is asked to bring four fat quarterts.  ONE of the fat quarters should be an unattractive fabric.


In April John Kubiniec will be our speaker the evening of April 21.  On Friday, April 22, 2016 he will hold a workshop, Infinite Possibilities.  If interested, contact Evelyn Hunt.  She is taking names and deposits at the November meeting.  This workshop will be open to other guilds in January.


Anne King conducted the Ways and Means Drawing.


Show and Tell was held.


Evelyn Hunt introduced our speaker for tonight, Narda LaCadre.


Sarah O’Sullivan adjourned the meeting at 8:35pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Linda Kenee

Recording Sec’y

YQG Trivia

December 2000, Member Nancy Spiese shared her large Santa collection. We enjoyed her stories about each one of them. Are you still collecting, Nancy? Of course the meeting also included Christmas “Show and Tell” and great party food.


Barbara Colvin

Sunshine and Shadows

If a fellow quilter is ill, has surgery, a birth or death in the Alison-Cowan-Sunshine-and-Shadows-1852857family, or could just use a note of cheer, please let me know.  You can reach me at  or 717-428-2893. Thank you.

In November a sympathy card was sent to Jutta Creager on the passing of her mother.

Linda Wright

Thank You!




Help Wanted

I am desperately seeking someone to replace me as now hiringnewsletter editor for our guild.  If you are interested in this fun board position, please see me at the December meeting or contact me at (717)792-5536.

Thank you!

Darla Landis

  • 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 Checking Account $3748.74
Show Checking Account: $6546.83
Total Funds: $10,295.57

January Birthdays

Kathleen Keller 1
Marilyn Neuburger 7
Gloria Moyer 10
Ruth Anne Hallman 11
Darla Landis 11
Holly Swenn 12
Donna Sheffer 15
Mary Jane Starner 17
Ezraella Bassera 18
Janet Chinault 19
Cindy Leen 24
Cynthia Martin 27