October 2014 Newsletter

Vice President's Message - Transitions


Hello my quilting friends.  Usually this message is written by our President, Cheryl Tassinari, as her last address to all of us before turning the gavel over to me.  Sadly, Cheryl is facing a very challenging time in her life as she does her best to cope with her husband being in Hospice care.  I know you all join me in giving her our support.

    Fall is the time of year when I’m acutely aware of transitions.  In our homes, light weight quilts are being replaced by heavier ones; likewise our clothing gradually becomes cozier.  A new school year begins. The landscape changes; birds are migrating; the October sky is an incredibly deep shade of blue.  A Guild President steps down, and a new one (a rookie) takes her place.
    I’m both excited and nervous about taking the reins and leading this awesome group. I have no special skills to perform this task  –  just willingness to serve our Guild.
     The VP position for the coming year has been filled (in a most delightful way!), but I’m sad to say, if no-one is willing to take on the responsibility of serving on the Show committee, there will be NO Guild Show in 2016!  Come on quilters; all it takes is willingness!
     Let’s piece together a great 2014-2015 quilting season.
                                          Your VP,  Rita VanWyk-Due

Secretary's Report

York Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

September 18, 2014

7:00 pm


Janet Fitch called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

One visitor was present..

Committee Announcements –

Members were reminded that membership dues should be paid by next month. If you need to have your picture taken or want a new photo, you can have one done in October.


Anyone who wants a mailed copy of the newsletter should provide 12 self-addressed stamped envelopes.

Sarah O’Sullivan volunteered to be vice president for next year.

The October program will be presented by Sandy Lord and will be a different method of Stack N Whack. She will hold a Venetian Tiles class on Friday, October 17 and will have some fabric available.  A second class will be held on Saturday, 10/18 if there are 15 people registered for each class.


Show and Tell –

Baby quilts – 3

Wall hangings – 4

Full sized Quilts – 2

Table runners – 2


Program –

Pat Matthews presented the program titled “what’s left of 47 years of quilting. She showed some of the quilts she has made.


Respectfully submitted,

Carol Plitt

Recording Secretary

YQG Trivia

June 1997: We had a “hands on“ meeting.  Member Patsy Hartnett showed us how to draft a Feather Design.

We were given a supply list to bring that evening.  I remember that it was fun and I think I still have those practice papers.

However, I am still not comfortable doing feathers on a real quilt.

Barbara Colvin

Ways and Means

Ways and Means 11-14

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 LSWri@aol.com  or 717-428-2893  Thank you.

In September a sympathy card was sent to the family of Patricia Dravk and a thinking of you card was sent to Cheryl Tassinari.

Linda Wright

October Programs


Classified Ads

Lynn Smith in Red Lion needs help in completeing a quilt. She has health problems.

Lynn Smith  phone 244-6285 and email  bdsles@verizon.net

Thanks  Carol Paull


Bernina 240 sewing machine,  has around 100 decrotive stitches plus alphabet. Built in needle threader.   Included standard accessory box plus some extra feet.  A felting foot, walking foot, 1/4 in. foot.  Will include a 18″ x 22″ portable table.  Soft case.   Asking $700.  Can try machine
Anytime.    Call Judy Deveney.   578-2042.


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 susanpspivey@gmail.com. Thank you!


In the past, we have been recycling cards at Mission Central.  We now have an abundance of Christmas cards.  We will still accept all other kinds of cards.  Thanks again for all your generous contributions!

Hazel Wood

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!

Venetian Tiles Workshop!

Ven Tiles

Quilt Show

Desperately Seeking Show Committee for Celebration of Quilts 2016!!help

We need an small energetic group to organize our next fantastic quilt show. Time is of the essence!  The Expo will need to be booked, and a raffle quilt planned. Please talk to your quilting BFFs about making the Celebration of Quilts 2016 our best show ever! With a small dedicated group at the helm, you can make this happen. A binder with previous show information, time line, resources, and key steps will be available. Please call Rita Van Wyk  at 854-0713.
If no one comes forward by October 31, the show will have to be canceled and that would be a very sad thing to happen.

Retreat 2014

Autumn Retreat

Once again it is time for the Fall Retreat for our guild.  Once again we are going on retreat the weekend before Thanksgiving. It seems to work for many giving us a time to finish up some of those gifts we are making or to just take a time out for ourselves before all the holiday stress.


What: Autumn Retreat
Dates: November 14,15,16

Price: $177 for a single / $155 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 dinning 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 cuppatea@embarqmail.com and send the check to her at 2330 Low Dutch Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Membership Dues

Dear Members,
We missed sending out the info about renewing your memberships. The membershipe renewal form is attached. They are due now, but you can pay them next month or mail them to:
Judy Stoltz
800 Upland Road
York, PA  17403

Membership Form

Regional Quilt Shows

Attention Fellow Quilters – Three Rivers Quilters will hold their Annual quilt show March 26, 27 and 28, 2015 at the Circuit Center in Southside Pittsburgh, Pa.
This is a judged and juried show welcoming entries from all quilters.  Our complete show entry rules and entry forms can be found on our website.
Discounted advance tickets are offered to groups of 4 or more at the discounted rate of $5 (savings of $2 each).  Please refer to our website for details.

Words of Wisdom


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

  • Web Page Member Password
  • Members can send email to yorkquiltersguild@gmail.com

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 Account 3,711.90
Show Account 12,741.26
Total Funds 16.453.16

November Birthdays

Linda Wright 7
Marilyn Owens 17
Barbara Dombrowski 19
Dawn Gerber 19
Janet Fitch 21
Paula Shamoian 25
Annette Ehly 28