May 2016

President's Letter

Greetings all,

I’ve had wonderful opportunities recently to reflect on the quilting community. As always, I feel so blessed to have York Quilters Guild in my life. Watching our quilt show coming together out of everyone’s hard work, and attending the spring retreat in Carlisle, have certainly affirmed that the historical role of quilting as a “team sport” is alive and well.

I’ve also been listening to quilting podcasts, “American Patchwork and Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan” and “Quilt Your Heart Out” featuring Marianne Fons and Mary Fons, and watching Jenny Doan’s tutorials on YouTube for Missouri Star Quilt Co. These resources are all available for free, and are packed full of information and positivity. The quilt community spans the globe!

I may be sewing alone, but my needle, thread, and fabric bind me to my local community of quilters in the present; to the inspiration and lessons from the quilters of the past; and to the global network of quilters bringing this art/craft/lifestyle into the future.

Sarah O’Sullivan

Request for Volunteers

As our Celebration of Quilts Show comes closer, the Guild is still in need of volunteer workers before, during and after the show. If you have not yet signed up to volunteer, we hope you will step up to fill our empty spots. Only you can make our 2016 Show the best it can be!
Here are the time slots and areas that are not yet filled:
Tuesday, May 17
Set Up Pipe & Drape: 10 am-Come anytime for 2 hr or more
Wednesday, May 18
Hanging Quilts and Decorating: 10 am- Come anytime for 2 hr or more
Friday, May 20
Admission Table: 4 pm-6 pm
White Glove: 8:30 am-11:30 am, 11:30 am-2:00 pm,
2:00 pm-4:00 pm, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Consignment Table 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Donation Drawing (Auction) 11:30 am-2:00 pm, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Saturday, May 21
Admission Table 11:30 pm-2 pm, 2:00 pm-4 pm
White Glove 2:00-4:00 pm
Consignment Table 8:30 am-11:30 am, 11:30 am-2:00 pm, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Donation Drawing 8:30 am-11:30 am, 11:30 am-2:00 pm
Take Down 4:00 pm – ?
As you can see, there is a wide choice of when and where to volunteer. So, please let me know the slot you have chosen as soon as possible. Thank you!
Please Contact: PAULA SHAMOIAN at www. or call 717-885-0410.

Programs and Workshops

Thursday June 16, 2016
What If . . .
Jane Frenke, from Berkeley Springs, WV, is a weaver, quilter, and teacher with a passion for fabric dyeing. She’ll join us at our June meeting for a trunk show and lecture called “What If…”


What if I make a mistake? What if something you start doesn’t turn out like you thought it would? What if you don’t like something after you’ve put some time in on it? Mistakes happen, and it’s okay to make them. It’s what you do with your mistakes that matters.



Friday June 15, 2016
Join Jane to learn her technique for Dancing Log Cabins (an interesting class in breaking the rules). Taking her basic technique, each student will end up with blocks that are completely individual. No cookie-cutter blocks here!
This class is limited to 15 student! Member should sign up for this class immediately!
Workshop fee $45 members/$50 non-members. An additional pattern fee is to be paid prior to the class.

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Saturday June 18, 2016

It’s a Jungle Out There!


This is a contemporary quilt design that gives the intermediate and advanced quilter freedom to manipulate both technique and fabric. Tips for developing a variety of results are offered. Techniques include piecing, applique, and a simplified method for curve piecing.

This class is limited to 15 student! Members should sign up for this class immediately!
Workshop fee $45 members/$50 non-members. An additional pattern fee is to be paid prior to the class.


Judy Gula


Wednesday July 20, 2016
Batik Adventure

This evening we will travel through Indonsia with Judy Gula. Her presentation includes computer side show which will includes photos of Indonesia culture and the many batik processes. We will learn how Indonesia fabric are created, including beautiful hand-drawn batik panels, batik fabric yeardage, and sarongs. At the conclusion of the sideshow we will have a variety of batik fabrics and other Indonesida textiles to see and handle. A mini trunk show af art quilts that have been created with wonderful bakik and panels will also be inclued.


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Thursday August 18, 2016
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Nancy will be sharing some of her quilts and things she has learned along the way. In this presentation, she will talk about her quilting interests and how they have evolved. The trunk show will consists of more than 35 quilts, both antique and her own full size, and some miniature. In addition to talking about her quilts, she will include tips for construction, quilt assembly, and design.


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September 15, 2016
Make Mine with Scraps!
Gyleen’s lecture focus on traditional utility quilts. Use up, cut up or recycle what you have on hand to make stunning quilts. You will learn to harmonize exchange and friendship blocks or clear your clutter.
Extra Extra!
There will be a workshop on Saturday, September 24th. Gyleen will be releasing one or two new books and no telling what else prior to her visit; therefore, the title of the workshop will be determine at a later date.


Challenge: Book To Quilt

The challenge is to create a quilt by interpreting a title of a book you have read. The book could be any type – children, cookbook, novel, car manual, etc. Use your creativity.
The challenge will be due at the Oct 2016 meeting.
Please bring the book, a picture of the book or at least the title of the book on a piece of paper to the October meeting so we can display your inspiration with your quilt.
Your quilt should be at least 20 inches on each size.
We will award prizes to the top three quilts selected by guild members.

YQG Trivia

September 2001, Jill Coleman did a demo entitled “Spoon Quilting”. It is a technique of quilting with a small
demitasse spoon. The spoon takes the abuse that your finger would under the quilt. Jill will be showing her
quilting method at our show this month. Check it out. Very interesting!

Barbara Colvin

Quick Reminder from Cheryl Dawson

If you haven’t done so, please remember to pick up your membership cards and booklets.  If possible they will be available at the show.

May Board Meeting

Board Meeting Thursday May 12, 2016

Our next Board meeting will take place at 7 PM on Thursday May 12, 2016, in the Susan B. Anthony room of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York. All are welcome to attend.

The address is 925 South George Street. Please park in the smaller parking lot behind the church, off Duke St., as it is closer to the meeting room and involves NO stairs. For instance: if you take the S. George St. exit off Rte 83, you will pass York Hospital; go to the third traffic light on George St. (Country Club to your left, Rathton Road to your right). Take a right onto Rathton Road, then the first left (Duke St.); very soon you will see the church buildings on your left; turn into the small parking lot on your left.

Walk past the play set towards the two large buildings. The one on the left is the Sanctuary. Enter through the double doors and walk straight ahead into the Susan B. Anthony Room. No stairs!

You may call my cell phone 717 495-5881 if you have questions.
Rita VanWyk-Due, Past President

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 or 717-428-2893. Thank you.
In April a thank you note was sent to Gleason Crumbling and his daughter, Deanna, for sharing Barbara’s fabric stash with the guild. Unfortunately, he passed away and did not get to see the note.
Linda Wright

Nearby Workshop

Quilting on the Line has a May workshop that YQG members may be interested in. Cindy Herndon will be teaching at MAQ in July, but previewing one of her classes on May 31st, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Call 993-3927 for more information.

May 31 6:30 p.m. – speaker: Cindy Herndon will present, “Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts,” a
trunk show to illustrate how quilts have changed. Cindy, who will offer three classes at
MAQ next July, will preview one of those classes in an All Day Workshop on the 31st.

Workshop: May 31st, beginning at 9 am, ending at 3, Cindy will present a new technique called Woven
Daisies, an innovative style of weaving to create a background for a wall hanging, or
even a tote bag. The cost of the workshop for members is $46, which includes the pattern and cardboard
to use as a weaving board.

The class is limited to 16. If you are not a member of Quilting on the Line, you must join the guild ($20) to
be eligible for the member rate.
Participants will bring brown-bag lunches for themselves, and also something to share at the covered
dish supper to follow the workshop.

Jane Martin

upcoming local events

Saturday, June 4, 2016 Letort Quilters of Carlisle Quilt Fest 2016, Boiling Springs, PA




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