March 2015 Newsletter

President's Message

Skeins of GeeseRita_Van_Wyk-Due

One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.
Aldo Leopold

    Many years ago, on a murky morning in March (It happened to be my birthday) hoarse honking sounds announced the presence of geese flying overhead.  I looked up and – I will never forget that moment – I saw the biggest flock of geese I had ever seen, flying in their well-organized manner: several skeins of geese in V-formation. Then another huge flock caught my eye, flying considerably higher. As I followed their progress, I was astonished to notice a myriad of tiny dots even higher; yet another layer of geese! It was magical!
     It took my breath away to see so many geese at once.  I gratefully accepted the experience as a gift from the Universe.  I marveled at the willingness of the geese to heed that inner voice, their God-given instinct, commanding them to do the next right thing. One leading the way, while the others cruise along in the slipstream, ready to take their turn to be a leader.
     This month I’m quoting a scientist/ecologist, and yes, also a football coach. Teamwork: that’s what it takes. When we start recruiting volunteers for Board and committee positions, I hope you’ll have the team spirit to be willing to take your turn….. the Guild needs you!
    Congratulations to our Challenge winners, and thank you to all who participated.  I also want to thank all who braved the cold to attend the meeting last month. Let’s hope March acts like a lamb so we can get together comfortably on March 19. Meanwhile, bundle up, and keep quilting.   Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
                                             Rita VanWyk-Due,  your intrepid leader goose.
Addendum on March 5:   Ick ick ick. Staying indoors.  Snow Days are excellent for piecing and quilting.  Flying Geese, I’m bringing you home:  I’m selecting fabrics. Cheers!

Secretary's Report

secretaryYork Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

February 19, 2015

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 of the day:  “One kind word can warm three winter months.”


Committee announcements:


Membership: We had one new member


2016 Quilt Show:  Darla Landis updated the Guild on planning for the show. The date for the show needed to be changed from last month update due to conflicts in area events.

  • Show will be held at York College Field House and we have access to 2 classrooms
  • The new dates are May 18 and 19, 2016 (setup) and May 20 and 21, 2016 for the show. Show hours are Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Admission is $10 adult, $8 for senior citizen, and $5 for children.
  • We need help selling raffle tickets for the raffle quilts at the Hershey show in July. There are (15) 2 hr. slots to fill from 10am-6pm on July 23, 24, 25, and 26. Please let Darla know if you can help to fill one or more of these slots.
  • Darla handed out a questionnaire to quild members for their input. Items on the questionnaire were: Suggestions for Guild member featured artist, Invitational artist, What non-profit you would like a show donation to go to, classes to offer (since we have 2 classrooms available), guild member willing to teach a class, a professional teacher you would like to have, and a show tag line. If you were not at the February meeting and would like to suggest anything, please contact Darla.
  • The raffle quilt blocks were available for handing out to members willing to sew them. They need to be completed and brought back to the March meeting.


Service project: Debbie Weaver thanked members for completing the charity quilt blocks and bringing them back.


Show and Tell: Numerous quilts, wall hangings, and children’s jackets were shown by our talented members.


Program:  The quilt challenge projects were displayed by participating members. The challenge was to “Quilt Like your Ancestors” organized by Ann Clinton.  Members voted on their favorite quilt out of the 13 entries.  Winners were: 1st place- Jill Coleman, 2nd place- Janet Chinault, and 3rd place- Cindy Martin.  Ann announced the next challenge which will be due in October 2015. Since the Guild is celebrating 30 years this year, the challenge title is “30”. There are no rules, just lots of creativity.  There will be 3 categories for judging: Wall hanging, Lap/Bed quilt, and other quilted item.  Viewer’s choice and runner up will be awarded for each category.


The meeting was adjourned by Rita at 8:15 pm


Respectfully submitted,

Anne King , recording secretary

Ways and Means


March Program



Greetings from QSI

As quilters, we enjoy all aspects of the quilt world, centering on our own interests and preferences.  QSI was formed because of our members’ love of antique textiles.  While studying the older quilts, we often run across stains, rips, holes, fading, and just plain dirty quilts.   You get the picture.  They have been well loved.

For the March program, QSI will offer advice on how to handle specific problems.
We will concentrate on Restoration, Conservation, and repurposing.  We will have samples to show you.  If you have a quilt you would like to ask us, about, please bring it in.  We will end the program with questions and answers, hopefully with time to look at your quilt.

Bobbe Benvin, Connie Holland, and Joan Hamme will lead the discussion.  Any members of QSI available are asked to join us.

We look forward to seeing you!

YQG Trivia

April 1995 our speaker was well known quilter Bonnie McCaffery.

She gave a slide presentation on” Inspiration and Development of a Quilt Artist”.

To help cover the cost members were asked to pay $3 and guests $5.

Bonnie also did a Kaleidoscope workshop during the day.

In answer to my last months’ question, it was Harriet Hargrave that taught the class.

I found my info while going through my books. I don’t think it was a guild workshop.


Barbara Colvin.

Sunshine and Shadows

Sunshine & Shadowssunrays

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  or 717-428-2893  Thank you.

Sarah, a member of our Guild since 1994,  passed away on February 23,  2015.

In February a get well card was sent to Sarah Jane Liek and a sympathy card was sent to Katrina Liek on the passing of her mother, Sarah Jane Liek.

Linda Wright

2014 Challenge

quiltChallenge Reveal at February Meeting

It was cold but our spirits were warmed with the 13 beautiful entries for the 2014-2015 challenge, “Quilt Like Your Ancestor”.  Some members embraced trying techniques or fabrics outside of their comfort zone and others were inspired to pull out a hand project from years past and finish it.  Either way the 13 entries were a feast for eyes…both in their beauty and the handwork.   Our applause to all our challenge participates!  Our three viewer’s choice winners were:

First Place: Jill Coleman

Second Place: Janet Chinault

Third Place: Cindy Martin


2015 Challenge

New Challenge 2015

This year’s challenge is to celebrate the York Quilters Guild Anniversary.  There are no rules but lots of creativity.  The challenge is “Thirty”.  You interpret it any way you like…there are likely over 30 ways to interpret this!  There will be three categories for judging:

  1. Wall hang
  2. Lap/Bed Quilt
  3. Other quilted item (table runner, bag, clothing, etc)

Challenge Quilts are due at the October 2015 meeting.

Quilt Show Update

The quilt show committee has been working hard!

We have changed the venue for the show to the York College Field House.  This has ample space for tons of quilts and vendors. There are 2 classrooms available for our use, 2 bathrooms, a vending area for food, and an elevator for easy access to the second floor.  York College has been very cooperative to work with, and they are excited to have us.  We have also changed the date of the show due to conflict with other events in our area.  The show will run from May 18-21.  May 18 & 19 will be for set-up, and the show will be open on May 20 & 21.  The hours of the show are set for Friday, May 20 from 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, May 21 from 9 am to 4 pm.

A questionnaire was handed out at our last guild meeting asking for suggestions for a featured artist from within our guild, an invitational artist from outside our guild, a non-profit organization to donate to, classes to offer, teachers to teach, a tag line for the show, etc.  If you have any ideas, please contact Darla Landis, or pick up a questionnaire at our guild meeting in March.

The Show Committee needs your help!!

We need volunteers to sell raffle tickets at the Hershey Show in July. There are (15) 2 hr. slots to fill from 10am-6pm on July 23, 24, 25, and 26. Please let Darla know if you can help to fill one or more of these slots

Thank you to all the members that have completed and returned raffle quilt blocks.  Your help is appreciated!

Spring Retreat 2015

Spring Retreat 2015
Once again it is time for the Spring Retreat for our guild.  Once again we are going on retreat the last weekend of April.  
What: Spring Retreat
Dates: April 24, 25, 26

Price: $186 for a single / $160 for a double and $140 for a triple.
When you sign up give me the name of your roommate too.    
Where: Bongiorno Conference Center 430 Union Hall Road, Carlisle PA 17013
The Retreat is 2 nights and 3 days of quilting.  We are on our own for meals on Friday but have 3 meals on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.  Check in time for the work room is 9:30 Friday and we have until 5:00 on Sunday to work.  The Conference center is Smoke free and no alcohol.  We have a microwave, Refrigerator and coffeepot.  
Bring your favorite snacks to share, special coffee or tea bags, a mug, anything you love to make you comfortable, pillow, light, computer, and headphones if you enjoy music, sweater, etc.  The dining hall is a short distance from the workroom so you will need to walk a bit or drive your car over.  Coats and gloves come in handy some years.  
To reserve your space you can talk to Patsy Hartnett at Guild and have a check made out to YORK QUILTERS GUILD or you can email her at and send the check to her at 2330 Low Dutch Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Evelyn's Calendar of Events


March 4-8        –       Mancuso Brother Quilt Show in Somerset NJ

March 5-7        –       Mennonite Quilt Preview, 517 W. Trout Run Rd. in Ephrata PA

March 11-14            Lancaster Quilt Show at the Continental Inn

March 11-14    –       ASQ Lancaster Quilt Show

March 14 – 15  –       Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild Goucher College in Towson MD

March 26 –       –       Erin Underwood Lecture –Anatomy of an Exchange Piecemakers QG in Middletown

March 27         –       Workshop – Fusible Machine Applique Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Middletown



April 6                     Erin Underwood at the Lebanon Quilt Guild

April 17-18      –     Mennonite Relief Sale in Harrisburg at the Farm Show Complex

April 20           –     Michele McLaughlin and Beth Bacher at the  Letort Quilt Guild in Carlisle

April 22          –      Laurene Bower Trunk Show Modern Quilts Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Middletown



Now I know why it is called March Madness, after all this snow and cold I have gone a bit mad myself and you can take advantage of my insanity!!!  I am offering 25% off edge to edge quilting for any top you bring me in the month of March.  Any size, limit 3 – get your tops to me in March (I may not get them done in March but shortly thereafter).  Email me at or call me at 677-9332 for questions or further details.  Take advantage of this offer as my sanity will be returning in April and prices will be going up slightly!!!

Jill Coleman

  • 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 $4,209.64
Show Checking Account $6,664.30
TOTAL: $10,873.92

Judy Brown 08
Jan Swarthout 12
Leslie E. Robinson 15
Cheryl Dawson 16
Faye Decker 18
Carlyn Dentler 18
Polly Venable 18
Judy Sorensen 24