May 2015 Newsletter

President's Message

Rita_Van_Wyk-DueWhy I Wake Early
by Mary Oliver

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.

 My dear quilter friends, Mary Oliver says it all, and so eloquently!   Spring has sprung and I can’t get enough of it.  I love the moon, but in spite of her magnificent fullness a few days ago, right now it is the sun that thrills me and inspires me.   Days are longer! Blossoms are beautiful and fragrant!  A Gray Catbird is building a nest in my garden! Never mind the allergies – to me it’s a small price to pay.

     Here’s a pic Cindy Leen took on the way to the guild’s  April retreat in Carlisle; everyone that drove by this tree was delighted by its regal splendour.


  My husband and I are preparing for a brief vacation at Pine Creek Gorge: so exquisite, so unspoiled (if you overlook the fracking).  I’m taking an applique project along: perfect for the evenings, after a day biking on the rail trail, or hiking the canyon trails.

       However you choose to celebrate Spring, may you enjoy every moment.  All too soon Summer will be here, and I’ll be one of a tiny minority enjoying the heat and humidity.

        See you at Guild meeting on the 21st!  It will be fun!

                        Happily,   Rita VanWyk-Due,   your President.

Secretary's Report

April 16, 2015 secretary

The April meeting began around 5:30pm as a work session in which members gathered to sew quilt tops for kids quilts to donate to Access York as well as to make pillowcases for the ConKerr project.  Members brought in sewing machines, cutting equipment, ironing boards, etc. and completed numerous tops and pillowcases. Members also brought in household items that they no longer needed and donated them to Access York. We stopped around 7:00 pm for the meeting.

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:  “Remember to breathe, it is after all, the secret of life.”  (by Gregory Maguire)

Committee announcements:

Membership: We had one new member this evening.

Rita mentioned that they had a board meeting and thought that for the Guild’s 30th year, it would be nice to have a walk down memory lane. One of our charter members, Cindy Martin, will be doing a look back into history and will give a talk each meeting.

Cindy Martin then spoke about the changes in the Guild , and in quilting, over the years and yet how some things stay the same. We look forward to more informative talks.

Programs: Cheryl Dawson spoke about upcoming events: May 9th, Rita will be presenting a program on “Sourdough Quilting”. It will be held at Church of the Open Door from 9:30 am until 4 pm.

The May Guild meeting program on May 21 will be a round table discussion on the physical challenges inherent to quilting and will be moderated by Rita VanWyk-Due.  Think of problems that you may have solved by modifying items and bring those items along if you can so others may benefit from the ideas.

Ginny Lehr, who has been a liason between the guild and Access York, read a thank-you letter from Access York for previous donations.

Show Committee: Lisa Blythe mentioned that members have been working on the quilts for the show raffle.  Jill Coleman made the one for the contemporary quilt being raffled and showed it at the meeting.  Lots of OOHs and AAHs were heard.  The traditional quilt is in the process of being machine appliquéd.  Lisa enlisted volunteers to work on the appliqué.

Show and Tell was held and members displayed a wonderful collection of quilts and wall hangings.  The members that took the Chenille class with Rachel Tracey in March displayed their projects which made the rest of us wish we had taken it also.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm at which time members returned to their sewing machines to work on the quilt tops and pillowcases until around 9 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Anne King, recording secretary


The May program will feature a round-table or panel discussion on
physical challenges in quilting. If you have faced one or more such
challenges — for example, difficulty using a rotary cutter or
scissors, pain while using a sewing machine, problems adjusting a
quilting hoop — and have found something that helps in the way of
equipment, please bring that equipment along if you can. If it’s not
too portable, bring a picture with a description.

We will have tables at the side of the room where you can put your
solution on display and there will be note cards for you to write a
description of the problem and how this helps. (You might want to do
this description ahead of time to save time and effort when you
arrive.) Check whether we have put signs on the tables to get some
order in the display — for example, a table may be devoted to
cutting equipment, another to sewing machine aids, etc.

If you have hints on a particular way of coping with a problem, we
will provide a time for people to bring up ways not discussed by the
panel that you have found to help you adjust.

YQG Trivia

The 1999-2000 Membership Directory was accidently ordered with a plain black and white cover.

The guild was challenged to decorate the cover. I am not sure who won the cover contest.

I didn’t find info in the newsletters but I have my decorated directory.


Barbara Colvin

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 April a Thinking of You card was sent to Jean Roser and a get well card was sent to Judy Sorensen.

Linda Wright

Cheryl Dawson's T-Shirt Class

Sign-ups will begin in May for Cheryl Dawson’s T-shirt class on June
27 at the Church of the Open Door. We will make a good start on a
piece that should end up being about 36″ square. This could serve as
the center for a larger quilt or hang on its own as a wall hanging.
You will need either five T-shirts with large images that would fit
approximately into an 11-inch circle (no larger than 11 1/2″ square)
and four images that would fit into a 4″ or 5″ square, or vice versa
(4 large and 5 small). These should be all cotton. (If you try to use
polyester or a blend, extreme care will be needed to avoid damaging
the image with a hot iron.) The smaller squares could be plain
matching fabric in which you would do interesting quilting, but
images are better. The proper stretch interfacing will be part of the
class fee (which is yet to be determined but should run no more than $20).

An example of the pattern Cheryl plans can be seen at A full list
of what to bring will be available at the May and June meetings. If
the suggested pattern seems too complicated, we can discuss simpler
ones, but you’ll still get the general techniques. If your kid or
grandkid has T-shirts you’d like to get off his back but he/she
refuses to give up, here is an option for preserving what he loves
about the shirts while getting the kid into something less tattered.

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    • Joanne Hammen
  • Vice President
    • Donna Sheffer
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June Birthdays

Jeanne Garber 03
Linda McCuean 03
Sarah O'Sullivan 04
Dorothy Elgin 15
Mary Shank 15
Ann Ulrich 23
Sue Cunningham 24
Sue Berkheimer 28
Marie Bachman 29
Barbara Bahn 30