January 2014 Newsletter

President's Message

Hello LadiesC

Happy New Year to all. Did everyone make some good resolutions ?  Some of our members have noticeably lost weight over the past year and look great ! I want to join them. I’ll have to keep up with my dance lessons to burn it off and choose better eating habits. It’s hard to give up the carbs, especially the sweet ones.   I also want to sew my UFO’s, which could take all year! Ever since my knee replacement, I’ve lost interest in sewing. I’ll just blame it on the anesthesia. Yeah right !

Wishing you all good health and happiness in 2014.


Secretary's Report

York Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2013

7:00 pm

Cheryl Tassinari, President, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

Cheryl announced that The Country Store in Intercourse is closed.

One guest was present – Lauren Moyer

 Committee Announcements –

Evelyn Hunt reported that in March the Guild is having Patty Prodonovich, who is doing a trunk show.  She will also be holding a workshop, during which one of two quilts can be made.  Let Evelyn know by the January meeting if you want to participate in Hattie’s workshop and which quilt you want to make.  The workshop may have to move to the following Saturday in March.

Judy Sorensen reported the Guild’s website is yorkquiltersguild.net or yorkquiltersguild.com.  She thanked Judy Stoltz and Darla Landis, who will be taking over the website.

Show and Tell –

The following items were shown:  12 quilts, 2 Christmas stockings, 4 wall hangings, 1 tote bag, 1 doll quilt, 1 table runner and 1 fabric bowl.

Other Announcements –

Lisa Blyth announced that the Guild has note cards with quilt pictures for sale.  They will also be available in January.  The price is $5 for a set of 5 cards and envelopes.

The Basket Raffle was held.

Program –

Cheryl Tassinari turned the meeting over to Evelyn Hunt, Program Chairman.  The annual treats provided by the Guild members were served, and the members spent the rest of the evening socializing.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Plitt

Recording Secretary

YQG Trivia

More  interesting facts from the “Guess Who” Articles 1998

Former  member, Emmie Lee Steigleman is a direct descendent of Anne Hathaway  (Shakespeare’s wife).

Former  member, Fern Jacobs rode motorscyles for 40 yrs (in 1998) and used to own  one.

Member  Jutta Creager has driven ambulances with people in them.

Former  member, Evelyn Stauffer was born on a mountain top, swam over 500 miles and will  always be a cowgirl at heart.

Barbara  Colvin

Ways & Means

A Note from your Ways and Means Committee:

We are so appreciative of all the fantastic donations we continue to receive. The sewing supplies, books, and fabrics are perfect for our future raffle baskets. Thanks again! pink The theme for January’s Raffle Basket is: “Pinks, reds with white, hearts, and lacy fabrics” Be sure to check out the beautiful partial bolt of lace in our raffle basket this month!

Next month’s theme is “Green and Asian fabrics”

The price of one chance to win is $5.00 and three chances will cost you $10.00.

Each basket is full of tools, fabrics, books, and patterns EVERY month!! Plus you get to keep the basket. A nice gift for yourself or someone you care for!

Also, be sure to check out our NEW guild Note Card sets which are now on SALE!!

They feature beautifully photographed quilts owned by our own guild members. Some are collected quilts, others are created by our members – traditional or contemporary.

They look stunning on the note cards which are a wonderful gift for yourself and a friend!!

PRICE for the NOTE CARDS is $5.00 per set of 5 cards.

**DECEMBER‘S RAFFLE BROUGHT IN $95.00 AND Note Card Sales earned $145.00 FOR OUR GUILD!**

A BIG THANKS FOR YOUR FABRIC and NOTIONS DONATIONS!!! Other suggested items to donate may include, but are not limited to: sewing notions, books, patterns, baskets, candles, candies, gift cards, etc.



imagesWNZFOWYTJill Coleman has done it again, are you up to her challenge?  It poses numerous possibilities  NOTHING BUT SOLIDS!!!!  No mottles, dimples, tone on tone etc.  You must use a minimum of 6 different colors and/or shades.  You are allowed to use more than 6, you could use one color in 6 or more different shades or a two color quilt consisting of 3 shades of each, etc.  However, you are limited to piecingNO appliqué, but you may embellish with trims, beads etc.  No limit on size.  If you have any questions, please contact Jill at 677-9332 or at aquilter16@hotmail.com.

Notecards A Success!

The York Quilters Guild notecards are a big hit!  They are lovely;  a wonderful fundraiser for guild.  I would like to commend Lisa Blyth, the Ways and Means Chair, for a JOB WELL DONE.  Her idea was the easy part; from there it got very difficult and time-consuming.  She tracked down, gathered and borrowed quilts, spent an entire day photographing quilts on the frame at the Trust, and then the real work began.  Computerizing and printing and folding and wrapping, oh my!  Fortunately Jutta Creager was available with her frame and photography expertise.  Then Lisa’s daughter came home for the holidays just in time to get in the printing action.  Connie Holland was also a help with the finishing touches on the pictures.   Thank you, ladies, and congrats on a job well done!!


Greetings from QSI –
your quilt history corner
Our new year will resume at The York County Heritage Trust, Oh, so soon!   Thursday, January 9th, 10:00 a.m.,  QSI will be giving attention to vintage “smalls”:  crib quilts, blocks, sewing implements.  It is amazing how many UFO’s have been passed down through the years.  (You know, we are now working on our “PHD’s”, known in the quilt world as “Projects Half Done”.)  Back to QSI – We will continue our documentation project with at least 5 quilts from the museum archives.
There will be a business meeting as we discuss an upcoming March quilt documentation, field trip possibilities, our pattern reproduction and a raffle quilt.  We try to squeeze our business in between our chattering.  Sometimes it works.
We wish you all the best for 2014.  Visit us this year.
In testimony of our friendship,
Joan Hamme

Jane Austin Quote

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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: LSWri@aol.com or 717-428-2893.  Thank you.
In December a sympathy card was sent to Erma Raver on the death of her husband.
Linda Wright

News From Sheila

Sheila Arnold had an article published in the current  issue (Winter II 2013) of the National Quilting Association’s  “Quilting  Quarterly”.  The article titled  ”77 Washloads Later…” tells how she  made a quilt with used laundry sheets as batting and scraps and findings from  her studio on the quilt top.  The quilt received a blue ribbon and Best Use  of Color award in the York (Pennsylvania) Quilters’ Guild Celebration of Quilts  Show.  “Not bad”, she says,  “for free batting and a stash-busting  project!”

Donations for Hospital Pediatrics

I have been getting some very nice quilts and burp pads for the pediatrics department at York Hospital. Again the basket will be near the end of the table, by the raffle basket, for your items. I found quick and easy instructions on You Tube. Wash and iron a cloth diaper ( bought at WalMart ). Cut a strip of fabric 5”w x 19”L. Iron the raw edges in ¼”  to the wrong side . Sew the strip down the middle of the diaper with a appliqué or decorative stitch.  VOILA a burp pad !


Thanks to all who contribute. The basket will be at the Jan. and Feb. meetings so we can give our donations to the hospital in March.

Weather Watch for Cancellations

In case of inclement weather our cancellation will be listed on WGAL.com.  It will not be shown on TV due to the large number of organizations using WGAL’s service.  Or call me (Cheryl Tassinari).

Message for New Members!

Welcome to all our new members. We are happy to have you and want you to get involved. Don’t be shy. We’d like to have you on a committee.   The Program and Ways & Means committees need help.  If you want to join either of these talk to Lisa Blyth or Cheryl Dawson. Bring your finished projects in for Show & Tell so we get to know you. If you are a beginning quilter,let Cheryl Dawson, the program chairman for next year, know if there are any hands on workshops you are interested in learning. We’ve all been there and know how eager you are to learn.

Greetings From Darla!

Dear Fellow Guild Members, As I type this, it is 2 degrees outside!  I hope everyone is staying warm!  I wanted to take a quick moment to introduce myself.  My name is Darla Landis, I am your new website/newletter editor.  I have been a member of our guild since 2011.  I have been married for 26 years to my wonderful husband, Bill.  I have a daughter, Emily, that’s a senior at the University of Pittsburgh.  I am a fairly new quilter, so I’m going to need lots of help and practice!  I hope you’re up for the challenge! I also want to encourage you to be a part of your newletter.  Please feel free to send articles, information, and anything you think may be of interest to other quilters in our group.  It is tricky getting images and photos into the newsletter when they are embedded within other documents.  Please send any images or photos separately.  My goal is to make our newsletter fun and informative! Please stop by and say hi at our next meeting!003

Pillowcase Pattern

This pattern will be demonstrated at the February “Tables in the Round.”

Please print your own copy. 


Fabric Required

¾ yard – Main Print

1/8 yard – Trim

1/3 yard – Band


  1. Trim the 1/8 yard of fabric to the desired width – 2 ½ “ is suggested
  2. Fold the trim in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press.
  3. Lay the main fabric, right side up, raw edge on top of diagram, selvages down the side (see diagram below).
  4. Pin the trim piece to the right side of the main fabric, matching raw edges.
  5. Pin the band fabric to above, right sides together, matching all raw edges.
  6. From the opposite end (or bottom of the diagram) roll the edge of the main fabric up to the pinned area rolling it underneath the band fabric.
  7. Take the long raw edge of the band fabric and wrap it around the rolled up main fabric to the back side.  The right side of the band fabric will now match the wrong side of the main fabric.  Match the raw edges and pin in place.
  8. Sew across the width of the pinned seam.  This will form a tube.
  9. Reach in the tube, pull out the main fabric.
  10. Press well
  11. Remove selvage edges before you seam the sides.
  12. Sew the seams with a French seam or serge.


  1. Match raw edges with WRONG sides together.
  2. Sew a 1/8” seam.  It is important to sew a small seam.
  3. Press well
  4. Fold along seam so that right sides are together, with raw edges inside.
  5. Sew again with a ¼” – 3/8” seam.filename-1[1]


Fun and Games

Word Scramble:

Words Related to Quilting:

1. ersuqas

2. dneeel

3. adetrh

4. plgispint

5. slkboc

6. sibgtan

7. niuslm

8. ulidg

9. lbietmh

10. urler

Answers will be posted in next month’s newsletter



Thanks to Joan Hamme!

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

  • Web Page Member Password
  • Members can send email to yorkquiltersguild@gmail.com

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 $ 5,418.12
Show Account $ 8,331.35
Total $13,750.27

Happy February Birthdays!!

Sarah Jane Liek 5
Sidney Innerst 8
Elizabeth Kohler 13
Mary Mcllvain 13
Nancy Mott 21