October 2016

President's Message

I think October is my favorite month. The weather is cooler and the leaves are changing colors. I celebrate my wedding anniversary, my birthday, and this year the 30th anniversary of my joining the Guild. Also this October marks the second time I have the honor of being your President.

There have been many changes over the years with new styles of quilts coming on the scene and the transition from mostly hand-quilting to machine and long-arm quilting. What hasn’t changed is our love of quilts, the friendliness of our Guild members and our enthusiasm for all quilt styles whether traditional or modern.

I look forward to serving as your President this year, and look forward to making new quilting friends.

Nancy Spiese

We Need You!

There are currently three (3) positions that are open on the Executive Board. In order for your Guild to operate efficiently and successfully there needs to be members willing to give of their time to have a completed Executive Board. Two of the positions are critical to the functioning of the Guild. If these two positions are not filled the Guild will be in danger of dissolving.

I have made dozens of phone calls to personally ask members to join the board. I am grateful to those members who indicated a willingness to help and the three members who agreed to join the board in three of the original six open positions. I urge all members to consider stepping up and volunteering to fully staff the Executive Board.

These are the positions that still need to be filled:
Vice President – 3 year term; VP – 1st year, Pres. – 2nd year, Ex Officio – 3rd year.
Program 1st year – 2 year term; 1st year plan programs and workshops for the membership to be presented in the second year.
Historian/Photographer – 1 year term; take photographs of Guild activities and record electronically.

Thank you for your consideration.
Nancy Spiese

Reminder: Guild October Board meeting is Monday Oct. 17 at 6:30 PM at JoAnn Fabrics on Queen St. York.

Hope to see you there.

September Meeting Minutes

The September meeting of the York Quilt Guild was called to order on Sept. 15, 2016 by President, Sarah O’Sullivan at 7PM. Cheryl Dawson reported three new members and three guests.

The Budget Committee met on 9/7/16 and will present a budget to the Board at there next meeting. Membership will probably see it at our October meeting.

The Flying Geese Guild (in Hartford Co. Maryland) will have their bi-annual show on Oct. 1 and 2, 2016, Pamphlets available on the back table.

John Kubiniec, our April speaker and workshop presenter, has a new book coming out soon, Check his website to order “New Spin on Drunkard’s Path.”

Sarah O’Sullivan, our out-going president, recognized her board members and presented each member with a vintage scissors from her collection, which she collected over the years.

Rita Van Wyck fell and broke her shoulder recently. We wish her a speedy recovery!

Evelyn Hunt passed out questionnaires. Each member is encouraged to fill one out so she can assess our wishes for the direction of the Guild in the future.

We need to know each other!! In order to promote this, please wear your nametag to each meeting….or at least a piece of paper with your name on it. Those who forget their nametag, will be fined 50 cents.

Many lovely items were shown at Show and Tell. Thanks to those who participated.’’ The beautiful basket for the Ways and Means Drawing was won by Rochelle Nyman.

We concluded our meeting with a program presented by Gyleen Fitzgerald. She showed so many beautiful scrap quilts. The title of the program was “Make Mine with Scraps.” She also conducted a workshop on Sept. 24, 2016.

Respectfully Submitted, Linda Kenee
Recording Secretary

Don’t forget to renew your membership by the October 20th meeting. Renewals are the usual $25 if paid on time, but it will cost you $30 if not paid either at the October meeting or postmarked by October 20. Mail to Cheryl Dawson, YQG Membership Chair, 393 Waters Road, York, PA 17403.

New information booklets will be coming out at the November meeting. If you will not be able to pick yours up within a reasonable period of time after that and want the booklet mailed to you, please let Membership Chair Cheryl Dawson know, either by writing a note to that effect on your renewal form or by email at daws1cheryl@comcast.net or by phone at 717-846-1225. Booklets will not be mailed out without a specific request from you.

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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@comcast.net or 717-428-2893. Thank you.

A get well card was sent to Rita Van Wyk-Due in September.

Feeling Grateful!

Dear YQG friends,

I want to let all of you know that I was surprised and touched to receive a lovely card from all of you, via the Sunshine Lady, soon after I fell and crushed my right shoulder. Then, to my delight, more individual cards rolled in! All those cards and emails encouraged and comforted me, and boosted my spirits. And they continue to roll in!

I’m also deeply grateful that it was only a shoulder fracture. If I had sustained a serious head injury or a broken neck, I wouldn’t be writing this thank you note. By God’s Grace, I’m recovering well, and learning valuable lessons in patience and mindfulness.

Several Guild member friends have been kind enough to drive me to appointments. Some have promised to do more of that, as I won’t be driving until November some time. The outpouring of friendship and support has once again shown me that we are a group of nice, interesting, diverse people, together making up a lovely patchwork of quilter-friendship.

While my shoulder heals from surgery, and I struggle to work diligently at PT, I get through the day dreaming of the next dozen or so quilts I intend to make. Rotary cutting will probably be one of the last things I’m allowed to do. Good thing I have all those Sourdough gametes cut and ready to be stitched into zygotes, then fetuses….and eventually newborn baby-blocks.

See you at the October meeting. Fondly, Rita VanWyk-Due

Upcoming Retreat

I have a few rooms open yet for the retreat. I need everyone’s check to hold the space.
Once again it is time to sign up for the winter retreat. As in the past we will spend 2 nights and 3 days at the beautiful Phillip Bongiorno Conference center. Retreat is a time just for you. We have a lovely open room with great lighting and your own long table tor all your sewing needs. The bedrooms are private motel rooms with your own bathroom and temperature control. You will have 3 days for quilting, reading, walking, napping, talking, knitting etc. The food is buffet style and includes a salad bar. We are on our own for meals all day Friday so plan on packing your lunch or going out for meals. Shopping in Carlisle includes a JoAnn’s and many nice places to eat.
We will arrive any time after 9:30 am Friday the November 18th. We have both single and double rooms. Singles are 195. and doubles are 160. which include, 2 nights stay, a large conference size table to work on, 3 meals on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. We do not need to vacate the center until 5:00 on Sunday.
To sign up you will need a check made out to York Quilters Guild for the full amount. If you plan on sharing with a roommate please let me know who she is when you sign up. Sign up is by mail and will close November 4th. Checks can be mailed to Patsy Hartnett, 2330 Low Dutch Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325

If you have any questions or if this is your first time to retreat please do not hesitate to call me at 717 334-0795 or email me at cuppatea@embarqmail.com .

YQG Trivia

At our last meeting we were admonished to wear our name tags or at least a paper with our name on it.
This was also the complaint in 1997 when three of our members did a “hands on” meeting in which we
made our name tag. Mellane Blevins taught us paper piecing for the background. Emmie Lee Steigelman
showed us how to write our name on it and Linda Carroll taught us to embellish it with silk ribbon embroidery.
I am still using that name tag…..wonder if it is time for a new one??Untitled2

Barbara Colvin

A Review of Frixion Pens by Hazel Wood

Frixion pens make a crisp mark and are heat erasable. Quilters love them, but, there are incidents when the pen marks reappear when then the fabric gets cold.

John Kubiniec, our YQG April guest speaker, says (from Facebook) that he has done extensive research on the Frixion pens. He contacted Pilot, the pen manufacturer, about the use of the Frixion pen on fabric. The Pilot rep advised that the Frixion gel pens were not designed to be used on fabric.

Frixion ink is actually a combination of two things: gel ink and thermo ink. The addition of the thermo ink is what makes the gel ink disappear. This means that when you use a Frixion pen to mark your quilt, you are putting gel ink on your quilt. The Frixion ink will disappear only because of the thermo-ink. The gel ink is still present on your quilt unless you take additional steps to remove it. The Frixion marks will reappear if the quilt gets cold unless the ink is completely removed. With the Frixion pen, there may also be “ghost marks” after steaming. These would also need to be removed with an ink remover.

To remove Frixion ink, the manufacturer has tested and recommends “Amodex” and “Motsenbocker’s Lift-Off3”. These marks would be removed just as any other ink stain and may require scrubbing.

Kubiniec says “I will not use these pens very often, because I frequently do competition pieces. I cannot risk having any problems with the marking method I use. I think they are great pens for other marking needs, but we need to be aware of their limitations and remember that the Pilot pen company did not design these pens for fabric.”

Submitted by Hazel Wood to be used as an educational tool for my sister quilters.

Challenge Quilt

October’s program
Book 2 Quilt

The 2015/16 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.
· Your annual challenge quilt will be due at the October 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.
If you have a question about the challenge please email Ann Clinton at clintonann@aol.com

Dear Evelyn and the York Quilters Guild

I am pleased to announce that my book A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path is now available. An autographed copy can now be ordered through my websitewww.bigrigquilting.com

I was wondering if you could pass this information on to the members of your guild.
Thanks so much, let me know if you have any questions

John Kubiniec

October 21-22: Biennial Valley Forge Quilt ShowGood Shepherd Lutheran Church132 E Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA
Sat: 10-7, Sun 10-4
Admission: $5.00



November 11-13: Lebanon Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Lebanon Expo Center

14th Annual Eastern PA Shop Hop November 5-19


80 Rocherty Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042
HOURS: Fri. 10pm to 6pm. Sat. & Sun. 10am to 4pm COST: $8.00, 10 and under: free http://lebanonquiltersguild.com/exhibition-of-quilts/

York Newsletter


  • 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 2405.99
show 11673.97
total 14079.96

October Birthdays

Lisa Blythe 1
Kim Shoemaker 6
Judith Stoltz 9
Ann Powell 10
Barbara Edsall 14
Jean Roser 16
Patricia Pena 21
Nancy Spiese 24
Eileen Shrey 25
Sylvia Crone 28