March 2014 Newsletter

President's Message

CEven though the weather hasn’t improved much we can make the best of it by getting our ufo’s finished. With several Quilt Shows coming up, we’ll get fresh ideas and some much needed motivation. I am currently in Charleston, SC where I attended their “Celebration of Quilts” show. Like ours, it is every other year and about the same size as our show. There were about twelve vendors varying from fabric, notions and sewing machines. I met a new Bernina dealer who I later took a DesignWorks class with at her shop. Quilt shops are growing in this area so I visited several. I guess because it is a southern environment most of the available fabrics are light and bright colors. It has been a fun trip even though it’s been rainy however tomorrow it will be 70. Hopefully we will soon be headed towards that temperature. In the meantime, keep those machines humming!

Secretary's Report

York Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2014

7:00 pm


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Cheryl Tassinari, President.

Committee Announcements –  

Membership:  One guest was introduced.

Quilt Show:  Linda Carroll reported that the committee is trying to get the word out about the show.  An announcement will appear on the placements of approximately ten diners and will include a coupon for $1.00 off admission.  An announcement of the Celebration of Quilts is on page 5 of the Explore York Magazine.  The registration form will also be on the website.  Quilts will not be judged at this year’s show.

Donations and/or consignment of items for the quilt show boutique are requested.  If you are putting items on consignment a form will need to be completed.  Forms will be available at the March meeting.

Retreats:  Patsy Hartnett announced that retreat sign-ups will be taken now through the March meeting.  If there are spaces left, registration will be open for your friends.

Documentation:  Joan Hamme explained what the quilt documentation volunteers do.  Quilts prior to 1950 are documented.  Lunch is free for the volunteers.  The next session will be March 22nd from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm.

Cheryl Tassinari said she will be taking donated items to the York Hospital, and asked for volunteers to accompany her.  If you are interested, please contact Cheryl.  Photos will be taken to show that the Guild donates to the community.

Show and Tell –

Eleven quilts, one doll quilt, 1 baby quilt and 2 wall hangings were shown.

Following show and tell, the basket raffle was held.

Program –

Evelyn Hunt announced that this is our demonstration meeting.  Members will be showing the following skills:  photo transfers, making pillow cases, quilt binding, and Celtic knots.


Respectfully submitted,

Carol Plitt

Recording Secretary

YQG Trivia

We all get those catalogues that have the infamous note on the front “This is your last catalogue.” Well, in September 1990 the guild newsletter had a “THE SCARLET LABEL” on those members newsletters who hadn’t paid their dues. Great idea!

Barbara Colvin.

Ways and 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!

March Image

The theme for March’s Raffle Basket is

“Pastel and Solid Fabrics” 

April’s theme is “Gardens and Floral 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!


Other suggested items to donate may include, but are not limited to:

sewing notions, books, patterns, baskets, candles, candies, gift cards, etc.


Greetings from QSI!

QSIThis is what we do at QSI!

Greetings from QSI

Your quilt history corner

In 1991 NQA officially designated the third Saturday in March to be the official “National Quilting Day”.  Over the years, observance has expanded to include the entire month of March.  Quilters know how to celebrate!  National Quilting Day gives us the opportunity to reflect with pride on the traditions of quilt making and the contributions of quilt makers have made to their families and communities for generations.
That being said…
Our York Quilt Documentation, held every other March,  will be Saturday, March 22, 9:00  a.m. – 2 p.m.  Volunteers may stay later to finish documenting, but the doors close to the public at 2 p.m.  We are calling for quilts made prior to 1950.  It is held at The York County Heritage Trust at 250 East Market Street.  Parking is in the back, accessible from Queen Street by turning left at first alley after Market Street.  Lunch is provided for the volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer (to learn, and enjoy antique quilts) please contact me at or call (717) 880-9519.  The Documentation Project is a York Quilters Guild committee so feel free to join in!
QSI has been slowed down like everything else due to weather.
Our planned Precision Piecework Workshop by Carol Blevins, was sorely missed.  We are looking forward to rescheduling in the spring.
In April, a small group will be attending Textile Tuesday at the DAR Museum in Washington DC to gawk at their beautiful quilts.
In Testimony to our friendship,
Joan Hamme

Sunshine and Shadows

sunraysIf 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.

In February a sympathy card was sent to Betsy Hoffer on the death of her father.  Judy Deveney received a thinking of you card.

A Message From Your Editor

Hello Fellow Quilters!

Please remember that I am still learning the ropes of newsletter publishing.  I am learning new computer programs, and trying to create my own “style” so to speak, to make our newsletter fun and interesting.  As time progresses,  I will get better.  If you have submitted articles for the newsletter, and they do not appear, please email or call me ASAP.  I will send a blast email to everyone to communicate your information.  Again, please be patient with me.  003



March Program


Patty Prodonovich will being presenting a trunk show at the York Quilt Guild’s Thursday  March 20th meeting and she will also be conducting a workshop on Saturday, March 29th.    The cost of the class will be $35.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.  Payments are now  being accepted by Evelyn Hunt.  Both the trunk show and workshop will be held a Mt. Zion United Methodist Church at 1030 Carlisle Rd. in York, PA. You will need Deb Tucker’s original wing clipper ruler and the tri-rec rulers.   April Program

Rhoda Collins

Creative Gardening Thru Appliqué

The  award-winning Rhoda Collins, who does appliqué quilts that win awards again and again will be our speaker this month.. Her trunk show along with her stories of how she approaches her quilts promises to be one that you will love. Rhoda has presented at other guilds in the area and has kindly agreed to do her presentation for the York Quilt Guild.


Ok ladies it is time for retreat again.  Yes again!  Our Spring Retreat is booked for April 25, 26, and 27.   Cost for a single room is 177.00 and for a double is 155.00 I have 16 rooms.

I did mail in reservations for the last retreat and that worked well.  I will be taking walk- in reservations at the guild meeting in March or you can email me to save your space, I will hold it for one week so you have time to send the check.  I do needed the check, made out to York Quilt Guild, and the name of your roommate (if you are in a double) when you sign up.

The retreat is open to everyone in the guild.  The guild members get first chance to sign up but new this time – we will be open to your friends too.  If you have a close friend who wants to attend with you they will be welcome.

You are responsible for all of your meals on Friday.  You can pack your meals or go out to nearby Carlisle for food.  Three meals are provided Saturday and two on Sunday.  Arrival time is up to you but the door is open at 9:30 am on Friday and we need to be out of there at 5:00 on Sunday.

Private rooms are “motel” style with a private bath and control of the heat and air.

We do not have a class or a project for the weekend, your time is your own.  We will have a large meeting room and an 8 ft. table for each person so you have plenty of room.


If you have any questions feel free to call at 717 334-0795 or email me at

Patsy Hartnett

Classified Ads

Looking for PAID  instructors for spring and summer classes for children and/or adults in quilting , applique, crochet, knit, beading, stain glass, photography (or your suggestion) for York Town Craft Guild workshops email ASAP.

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I am new to quilting but have been sewing and crafting for many years. I am looking for a quilting group. I live in red lion. I have commitments that will not allow me to come to Thursday meetings. Do you have any type of small groups? Also , I am looking for a good quilt shop and a longarm quilter for a project I am working on.  Any recommendations? I saw that carol Blevins is a founding member. I go to the church where she is the organist. Thanks for any help.

Mary Ann Hildebrand –

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Free full sized Quilt Frame:  contact Darlene Stahr, 764-4697

Quilt Show News

Celebration of Quilts 2014
Friday June 20 & Saturday. June 21

I hope your needle is busy and your pedal is to the metal getting your quilts ready for our next wonderful quilt show. I know when my work is going to hang in the show I’m a good bit more careful about what I do and how I do it.  It keeps me on my toes and helps me become a better quilter.

The registration form to enter your quilt in the show is now available on our show website We will have hard copies available at our next meeting if you don’t have a computer.

Remember we desperately need your help! We are making a BIG push with publicity this year and we are going to contact shops, organizations, and media in and beyond York. We need more volunteers to help get the news out. Please take some our postcards and help advertise the show.

There will be a show meeting at 6:15 pm, in the church kitchen, before our regular guild meeting. If you are interested in helping in any way, please attend.

We need YOUR help!

Linda Carroll
phone: 235-2661


Quilt Show Silent Raffle 2014

Our York Quilters’ Guild “CELEBRATION OF QUILTS 2014” show will be held on Friday, June 20 & 21 at the Old Main Building of the York Expo Center/Fairgrounds.

As in years past, we are holding a silent raffle during those two days.  We need volunteer ticket sellers and items donated for this raffle so we can sell tickets to our visitors to win these items which will be chosen on Saturday afternoon.  All proceeds will go to supporting our Guild and its many activities.

So, how can YOU help??

1.  Please Sign UP to be at the show for 1-2 hours on Friday or Saturday selling our raffle tickets to the public.  Your volunteer time can coincide with your own visit to our Quilt Show!


2.  Please DONATE items that we may use for the raffle.

Ideas include but are not limited to the following:

-Wallhangings – check out your stash of finished items you aren’t using

-Quilts or quilt projects with pattern and fabric included

-Fabric bundles

-Books on quilting

-Sewing notions

-Tote bags/Pocketbooks/Wallets homemade

-Jewelry items

-Artwork related to quilting, etc.

-Baskets to fill with items

-Re-gift something you are not intending to use!

-Donation of your time & skills certificate – I can print this up for you!

-Request donations from a fabric store where you frequently shop!!


Let’s see if we can get these things donated through the guild so we are able to raise more funds for our programming, youth program, and general expenses.  Your time and donations are much appreciated – thanks for your help!!

Please see Lisa Blyth (at the Ways & Means table!) to sign up to sell tickets.  You may bring any donations for the Show Raffle to our FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, and/or MAY guild meetings.  Also, feel free to contact me with any questions at or by phone at 717.817.2488

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April 26 & 27, 2014

Dear Quilt Guild Members,

We would like to cordially invite your members to attend The Mason Dixon Quilt Show on April 26 & 27, 2014.

Show Times: Saturday 10am – 5pm  Sunday noon – 5pm

Location: Hagerstown Community College, Robinwood Drive

Admission Cost: $5.00, children under 12, free

(Show a flyer for $1.00 off)

Sponsored by The Friendship Quilters’ Guild of Hagerstown, MD and The Buchanan Trail Quiltmakers of Waynesboro, PA.

Beautiful quilts on display, timely demonstrations, boutique and raffle items, vendor mall, and lunch concessions.

For more information, please visit our website:

or contact Pat Freaner 301-824-6399


Proceeds to benefit HCC Lady Hawks Scholarship Fund. 

I have enclosed a few flyers for your guild members who are interested.

I have also enclosed some window signs for display.

Yours, truly,


Kathy Helfrick, Publicity Chair


page breakThe PieceMakers Quilt Guild is sponsoring a bus trip to the Vermont Quilt Festival.  I am opening up the trip to neighboring guilds.  Please share this with your members in an email or in your newsletters.

Vermont Quilt Festival
June 26 to June 29, 2014
We will be staying in a Holiday Inn in South Burlington.  Wolf Bus Lines is providing all of our transportation needs during the entire trip.  The rates are as follows.   Single   $784.00, Double $507.00, Triple $425.00 and Quad $386.00.  This includes breakfast for three days, admission to the quilt show, admission to the Shelburne Museum and the hotel charge.  We will have our evening meals at local restaurants.  The show is held in Essex Junction and the museum is in Shelburne, Vt.   This trip is not limited to guild members. Your husbands or significant others may join us.
Meeting guild members from the area would simply add to the fun of the trip.
If you have any questions you may email me at or call 717-343-8315
Nancy King of the Road

Words of Wisdom

Accept the fact that some days you are the pigeon; some days you are the statue.


Humor and Comics

Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about.
The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt."
Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday school lesson was about.
He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming."

Youth Committee

Update from the Youth Committee

The York Quilters Guild has approved the Youth category membership for the club.  They are eligible to attend meetings, show in the club show and attend special workshops set up just for them.  Their membership fee and Quilt Show entry fee will be half the regular member fee.

Our intent is to start off with three workshops or more this year — one in May, Sept. and Nov/Dec.  We welcome your help with these and offers to teach would be most welcome!  Cheryl has donated a couple of bolts of interesting fabric to use in upcoming workshops


To start this off Cheryl Tassinari and myself will lead  a Youth workshop on May 15th at 5:30pm-6:40pm in the meeting room. Topic:  Make Your Own Pillowcase”.   Materials this first time will be supplied at no cost but they must bring an operational sewing machine with black and white threading and a pair of scissors.  .  Any Youth member may attend accompanied by a York Quilter Guild member, but reservations are necessary so that we have enough kits prepared.  Email (The workshop is designed to complete the project that night.)

Suggestions for future topics and/or volunteers to teach them are most welcome!!!

N. Mott, Youth Committee Chairman

Fun & Games

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Answers to February’s Name that Quilt!
1. Sunbonnet Sue
2. Ocean Waves
3. Log Cabin
4. Kansas Trouble
5. Jacob’s Ladder
6. Snail’s Trail
  • 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

April Birthdays

Judy Brown 8
Sheila Arnold 12
Jan Swarthout 12
Linda Nixon 13
Cheryl Dawson 16
Faye Decker 18
Wanda Elicker 24
Judy Sorensen 24