November 2016

President's Letter

Dear members,

It’s hard to believe that October and Halloween are behind us and the holiday season is fast approaching.

Our October Challenge meeting was really interesting. I very much enjoyed seeing some of my favorite children’s books in quilt form. Quilts portraying books I’ve not read has me thinking about adding them to my reading list. Thanks Ann and all the members who made Challenge quilts.
And now we don’t have to wait a whole year for the next Challenge. Ann Clinton introduced the Scrap Bag Challenge due March, 2017. I’m already checking out basket patterns that might make it into my quilt.

I am wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and please take a moment to be thankful for our Guild.

Nancy Spiese

October Meeting Minutes

President Nancy Spiese called the meeting to order at 7pm on October 20, 2016.
We had one new member and one guest present.
Nancy introduced the new board members (see list on right of newsletter).

Committee reports:
Darla Landis, chair of the 2018 show announced a meeting on November 2 from 6-8pm to begin planning for the upcoming show. Please come offer your time and help.
Evelyn Hunt asked for a temporary position to help with a digital contact list of the other regional guilds so that we can invite them to our meetings when we have a guest speaker.

Nancy Spiese explained how our guild has documented York County quilts for many years and the information is stored at the York History Center. Joan Hamme thinks it is time to dissolve this committee. Many many thanks to Joan for the countless hours of time that she has spent in this endeavor.

October’s program was a Guild challenge, members were asked to create a quilt based on a favorite book. The challenge winners were:
1st place-Hazel Wood
2nd place- (tie) Sue Kappas and Rita Wyk-Due
3rd place-Ann Clinton.
Thank you to all who participated, the quilts were superb!

The challenge presentation was followed by “show and tell” where everyone enjoyed the members’ talents.
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Kenee
Recording Secretary

PS. Carol Paul still has an unclaimed tablecloth from the quilt show. Call 717-630-9885 to claim it.

Just for fun

Advice from a Singer Sewing
Machine Manual from 1949

Prepare yourself mentally for sewing.
Think about what you are going to do. Never
approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good
results are difficult when indifference dominates. Never
try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds
When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these
first so that your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.
When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible.
Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag of French chalk
near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at
intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick
put on. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor might
drop in or your husband will come home, and you will
not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your

YQG Trivia

In September 2009 Sheila Arnold taught a workshop entitled “Crazy Little Bags”
We used mens’ ties and did a crazy patch technique. The most interesting thing I learned
was the steel measuring tape closure. Who knew that the humble steel tape could be so
interesting? Also a little noisily!

Barbara ColvinUntitled2

New Members

York Quilt Guild is happy to introduce two of our new members:
Mary was born in York County and has lived here all her life, first in the country in Dover Township for many years and then in York City for 35 years. Two years ago she moved back to Dover to live on a farm owned by her son and his family, where she now lives next door to her son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. She loves it!
Learning to sew in high school and an appreciation for quilts made by her mother and grandmother, Mary began to quilt as an adult. Her teachers included Carol Blevins and Sheila Arnold. Over the years she has made a few quilts as well as clothing for herself and some home accessories. Mary was a member of the Guild shortly after it as formed. She is happy to return and looks forward to participating in the organization.
Sonja has lived in the Harrisburg area for 33 years and is newly retired, a life she thoroughly enjoys. Her interests include quilting, sewing and card making. Not surprisingly, her home has one room full of sewing supplies, another filled with card-making supplies. As for quilting, Sonja machine pieces and machine quilts wall hangings, table runners, quilts and more. She joined the Guild hoping to learn new techniques and meet others who sew.
This new newsletter column will introduce our new Guild members. Please reach out to meet and welcome them at our next meeting.  If you are a new member and would like to be featured, contact Paula Shamoian at or 717-885-0410.

The January board meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2017 at JoAnn Fabrics on Queen St. at 6:30 PM.

Help Wanted!

The York Quilters’ Guild has been invited to participate in the 2017 A FibreWorks Gathering. The gathering will be held on Saturday, 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Swatara Church of God on 4860 Lindle Road in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The FibreWorks Gathering is designed to
First and foremost . . . provide and education and outreach opportunity for local fiber and needlework guilds, groups, and organization to connect with the public, through demonstration of techniques, display of guild programs and service project.
Encourage attendees to learn a new skill or re-visit a previous interest.
Meet and greet fellow fiber art enthusiasts.
Allow guilds and groups to sell handmade items and new/un-used supplies.
This gathering is an excellent opportunity to highlight our guild, programs, quilt show, service projects and the recipients of the projects. In addition, it provides a fund raising opportunity to support the guild’s programs.
As part of the invitation the guild will be required to take part in the learning and creating together a Schoolhouses or Blackboards.
Schoolhouses must be offered twice during the day, at 9:45am and 12:45 for a maximum of 2 hours each. The Guild determines the number of students with a maximum of 12 students for each session, and may charge up to $20 for supplies/kits.
Blackboards are lectures, demos, show and tell, etc. related to the purpose of the guild. These will be schedule every 30 minutes.
Please contact Evelyn Hunt at If you are willing to help at our booth, schoolhouse or blackboard.
P.S. Excellent grill cheese sandwiches and home-made soups

November Program

Thursday, November 17, 2016,
Guest speaker will be
Beth Reese

Modern Quilting
Beth will lead us thru an exploration of “Modern quilting”
What is its history?
When/Why did it develop?
How do Modern Quilters define themselves?
Who are some of their lead designers?
Her brief lecture will be followed by a trunk show of 30+ modern quilts.

Members and guest are encouraged to bring their modern quilts to share during the guild’s show and tell portion of the meeting.

Book To Quilt Challenge

In case you missed it…














The quilt makers were



3  Barbara Wilke

4  Hazel Wood

5  Rita Wyk-Due

6 Anne King

7  Candy Shively


9  Janet Chinault


11  Joanne Smoker


13 Barbara Colvin

14 Sarah O’Sullivan

15  Judy Deveney



Thank you to all who participated.  The next challenge is a “Scrap Basket” challenge, must use scraps and incorporate a basket within the design. Can’t wait to see what you all design and stitch ! (due in the spring of 2017)


Regional Happenings

Three Rivers Quilters 2017 Quilt Show

Three Rivers Quilters is excited to be moving to a new venue ….

Join us in 2017 at
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Special Event Center

210 Racetrack Road, Washington, PA 15301

Thursday, April 27, 10am — 5pm

Friday, April 28, 10am — 7:30PM

Saturday, April 29, 9:30am — 4PM

Lebanon Quilters Guild

10th annual “Exhibition of Quilts”

November 11,12, & 13

Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

Lebanon Expo Center and Fairgrounds

80 Rocherty Road

Lebanon, PA

(our own Evelyn Hunt has several quilts on display at the Lebanon Quilt Guild show)


York Newsletter

Community Service

Looking for members that would like to share their hobby with our residents at Provident Place in Dover.
I am the Activities Director and would love to hear from you. You can reach me by email at or by phone at 767 4500
Thank you

  • Meeting Date/Time
  • 3rd Thursday, 7pm
  • Zion United Methodist Church
  • 1030 Carlisle Ave, York, PA

  • Web Page Member Password
  • Members can send email to

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

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