January 2016 Newsletter

President's Message

Greetings all,

It’s 2016!!! Here we are, living in the future! Are you making any quilting resolutions this year? Here are a few suggestions that spoke to me:

– To push your personal quilting envelope by learning a new technique, trying a new style, or making a challenge or mystery quilt
– To only work with materials that bring you joy
– To organize your studio space
– To finish one or more UFOs, or to give away or even discard a UFO that’s not worth your time
– To teach at least one other person a technique you love, or maybe even teach someone to sew

And specific to York Quilters Guild in 2016:

– To contribute to our quilt show, May 20-21, 2016:  make quilts, donate boutique items, volunteer, sell raffle tickets; talk to Lisa Blyth or any of the show committee members if you have questions
– To accept a position on the board. We still need a vice president, first year programs, and a newsletter editor. Time is running out. Without a president or a programs chair for next year, 2016 will be the year York Quilters Guild ceases to function. Please look inside yourself and resolve (yes, I went there, it seemed thematic) to serve your guild in some new capacity this year.

The joy of every new year is the potential it holds. Blessings and peace to you and yours,
Sarah O’Sullivan
See you at the meeting!

Secretary's Report

The YQG Meeting for December 2015 was called to order at 7PM by the President, Sarah O’Sullivan. She asked for a list of members who are willing to finish quilts for non-members.  She often gets e-mail requests for help with unfinished projects from members of the community.  If she had a list of members willing to do this, she could forward the e-mails to them.


In the future we will have an address for the Guild through UPS.


Members were reminded to pick up their membership booklets and membership cards at the back table.


Evelyn Hunt had two keys to the church, which have been loaned to someone and not returned. Please return these to Evelyn if they are in your possession.


Four members have volunteered to do demonstrations at the January meeting.


A June Taylor E-Z cut ruler has been left behind. Pick it up if it is yours.


Ways and Means sold raffle tickets for four different prizes tonight.


Chambersburg Guild is offering a Gyleen Fitzgerald class in Jan. It will be her pineapple quilt pattern, if anyone is interested.


Members displayed items for Show and Tell.


Evelyn Hunt introduced a game to determine who brought in the ugliest fabric…lots of laughs and fun. This was followed by our annual Christmas Party of goodies supplied by members.  After food and fellowship, Evelyn had another game for all to play.  One lucky person ended up with all the fat quarters at their table!


Respectfully submitted,

Linda Kenee

Recording Sec’y

YQG Trivia

March 2003 we had a Flower Pounding Workshop with Pam Balek. We brought flowers and greens and hammers.

What a racket we made hammering those pedals into fabric to make a bouquet design.

Not sure if anyone else made anything with their flower pounded picture but I came across mine a while back.

It had faded from purple to brown. Out it went! But it was a fun class!


Barbara Colvin

Sunshine and Shadows

WinterThere were no cards or letters sent in December 2015.

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@comcast.net. or 717-428-2893  Thank you.

2016 Celebration of Quilts Update

Your quilt show committee is working hard at creating a wonderful show for our community.

Please do your part to support your guild by picking up a set of raffle tickets to sell to friends and family.  Raffle tickets are available at the counter when entering the church.

If anyone is interested in attending a quilt show meeting, please feel free to come, we would love to have you!

The next meeting will be held at Judy Stoltz’s house at 6:30p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th.


As of to date ten (10) YQG members have signed up for the following Friday, April 22, 2016, John Kubiniec workshop. If you are planning to enroll in this workshop, please contact Evelyn Hunt on or before our January meeting. Handouts for the workshop will be given out at this month’s meeting.

John Kubiniec will be speaker for the guild’s April 21, 2016 meeting.  john

Learn how to approach curves in a simple no nonsense fashion and conquer your fears.  The basic Drunkard’s Path block will be used for this class and classic and contemporary settings for this block will be explored.

Participants will learn the basic skills of curved piecing and explore different arrangement for the Drunkard’s Path block.  Also simple variations in the block will be presented to allow for greater design potential.

workshop john

Cost $45 members $50 non-members





Community Information

Cumberland Valley Relief Center will be holding its 9th Annual Quilt Show starting Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Cumberland Valley Relief Center in Chambersburg. The show will go on thru Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Over 100 hand-quilted pieces will be on display at the preview show, which features quilts that have been made at the Center in the past year.

The quilts will be auctioned off at the Harrisburg Farm Show Arena at the Pennsylvania Relief Sale in April. The money from the auctioned quilts will help people in need outside the United States.





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Programs 2



Help Wanted

Vice President

First Year Programs

Newsletter Editor


These positions are open on our board.  We need someone willing to donate some time to the guild!!

  • 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 Checking Account: $2494.86
Show Checking Account: $6870.05
Total: $9364.91