November 2014 Newsletter

President's Message

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,Rita_Van_Wyk-Due
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.                             

  (From  Wild Geese by Mary Oliver)

      My dear quilting friends, it’s that time of the year.  I love seeing wild geese in V formation in the Autumn sky, and listening to their honking.  I then reflect on what kind of migration I am experiencing.
    This past Summer I left quilting behind, in favor of an old passion: knitting.  I tackled two challenging knitting projects, which left me no time for quilting.  Then several Guild related events called me home again to my love of creating a quilt – cutting up fabric and sewing the pieces together in that delightful process that can range from as simple as child’s play, to a complicated artistic endeavor.
    First, Pat Matthews had a charming workshop on machine applique;  I made kitties!  Then, our well planned Guild programs piqued my interest.  Next, an exciting workshop with Sandy Lord got me restarted, stacking and whacking and having a great time.  At Linda Nixon’s retreat in October I happily spent hours piecing in the company of good friends; always a stimulating experience.  Now I’m eagerly looking forward to spending a fun, productive weekend at our Guild Retreat later this month. Our Guild Challenge stirs up plans and dreams in the back of my mind.  And there’s even more to come.
    The world offers itself to your imagination; so does the Guild. Claim YOUR place in the family of things!  I think I’ll piece some Wild Geese today…..
                             Rita VanWyk-Due   Guild President

Secretary's Report

secretaryYork Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

October 16, 2014

7:00 pm


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Rita VanWyk Due, incoming President.

Rita welcomed everyone and noted that the saying of the day is “Ignite your sense of adventure!”

The people who volunteered for committees last year were recognized by Rita since outgoing President, Cheryl Tassinari, was absent.  She noted that there were many people who volunteered for more than one job and were very appreciated. Rita then announced her “crew” of people who volunteered for committees for 2014-2015.  At that time we still needed a quilt show chairperson but it has since been filled by Lisa Blyth.


Committee Announcements:


Membership: 10 visitors were welcomed


Retreat: Patsy Hartnett announced that the retreat for November is full. You can see her about a waiting list if still interested. The next retreat will be the last weekend in April 2015.  Patsy also announced that she did some quilt judging at the Dillsburg Farmers Fair and noted that people think that quilting is a dying art since there weren’t many entries. She said to think about getting your quilts into some of these smaller shows (York Fair also)  to show people what is being done in the world of quilting.


Programs: Cheryl Dawson noted that Friday’s workshop with Sandy Lord was full. She said that next month she would like members to bring a list of UFO’s you think you can finish by next September and will have us sign a “contract” to finish them, perhaps making a competition to see who accomplishes the most.


Show and Tell: Various quilts, table runners, and wall hangings were shown.


Ways and Means raffled off a basket full of goodies.


Barb Wilke set up a display of blocks made of construction paper by her students. They were assigned to show symmetry and asymmetry. Guild members were asked to critique the blocks and vote for the one we thought would make a good quilt. Barb will make a quilt out of the winner.


Program:  The guest speaker was Sandy Lord who showed many different ways to perform “Stack & Wack”.  She explained the process and showed many beautiful examples of her work.  She also brought along many bolts of fabric that would work well with the “stack & wack” process as well as books and rulers.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.


Respectfully submitted:

Anne King, Recording Secretary

YQG Trivia

December 1997: We had a hands on project making YoYo Christmas Trees.

Our teacher was former member Mellane Blevins who designed the pattern we used.

We were to make one for ourselves and one for the guild to sell at the show.

There was a supply list of things to bring to the meeting in the Newsletter.

I just realized that this is the third article in a row from 1997. It was a good year!


Barbara Colvin

Ways and Means


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 October a sympathy card was sent to Cheryl Tassinari.

Linda Wright

Quilt Challenge!

February 2015 we will reveal our challenge projects for “Quilt Like Your Ancestor”. Hopefully everyone has begun a challenge projects!  Projects must be at least 20” square (but can be larger) and include at least three other requirements.  The full description of the challenge rules can be found on the guild’s website and will also be available at the next guild meeting on the back table. Stitch, stitch, stitch!




Jennifer will have fabrics and quilting notions for sale.

Guild News

New directories will be handed out at November’s guild meeting.  Be sure to get one!

Classified Ads

Seeking one kind-hearted quilter to make two lap-size quilts for two girls who lost their father to cancer last year. The girls have selected a number of their dad’s shirts and shorts and would like to see squares from these items be made into small quilts. I am willing to pay someone to take on this task. Ideally, it would be great to have the quilts done by Christmas, but I can wait if that time frame does not work for the quilter. Please contact Susan Spivey at 717 448 7023. Feel free to leave a message with a number where I can reach you. You can also contact me at Thank you!

Regional Events

Barbara Dann of Alleycat Quiltworks in Bellefonte, PA will present a lecture/trunk show titled “Diva Detectives!” on Tuesday, November 18 starting at 6:30 PM in the Four Seasons Senior Center located at 47 CJEMS Lane, Mifflintown, PA.

Barbara is a longarm machine quilter and a certified Studio 180 teacher. Studio 180, owned and operated by Deb Tucker, specializes in modern techniques using her special tools to create Hunter’s Star, Lemoyne Star and variations of the goose chase pattern. Barbara will share these tools and the quilts made from them with us throughout the evening.

There will be a supply of Deb Tucker’s products available for purchase.

The evening is sponsored by the Juniata Valley Quilters Guild and admission for guild members is free.

The public is cordially invited to attend for an admission fee of $10.
FYI if interested in traveling to this event, it is located midway between Harrisburg and State College just off Rt 322 (Mifflintown Exit)

Words of Wisdom

laughLaughing is one of the best exercises, it’s like running inside your mind.  You can do it almost anywhere and it’s even better with a friend.

– Anonymous


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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 4,311.90
Show Checking Account 12,741.26
Total 17,053.16

December Birthdays

Deanna Hunt 4
Hazel Wood 4
Kathy Bartram 6
Carol Plitt 10
Lila Metzel 13
Donna Welty 19
Barbara Colvin 20
Ginny Lehr 20
Darlene Schardt 22
Cindy Walter 22
Ann Clinton 30
Jill Coleman 31