September 2015 Newsletter

President's Message: Moon and Wind

Rita_Van_Wyk-DueForget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Khalil Gibran
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
Thomas Merton

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.

You can’t change the wind but you can set your sails.
Billie Joe Armstrong

   Hello my quilting friends, as my husband and I are planning a brief sailing trip at the end of this month to (hopefully) enjoy the total lunar eclipse from the deck of a two mast schooner, I’m a little obsessed with wind, sailing, and the moon.

     One way or another I plan to make a quilt to celebrate this rare occasion: the total eclipse of a supermax moon. Quilting patterns such as Moon over Mountain, Ocean Waves, windmills, and (- uh – dare I say it?) Storm at Sea come to mind.  Of these, I think the prettiest is Storm at Sea, but as I’m superstitious, I don’t really care for the name. Of course we’ll need wind for sailing, and to drive away the clouds….but not too much of it!  Stargazing will be done: there are so many, many star blocks to use in a quilt.  What a delicious dilemma – what to choose, what to choose…..?
   I hope you are all working hard on finishing your UFOs for our meeting on September  17th, and also on your challenge quilts to make our October meeting a huge success when we reveal our  “30” quilts or products.  And don’t forget those entries for our upcoming Show!
    Happy quilting! Your moonstruck president, Rita VanWyk-Due


Secretary's Minutes

York Quilters Guild Meeting Minutes

August 21, 2015


The meeting was called to order by Rita VanWyk-Due, President at 7pm. Rita welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with a quote of the day:   “The only constant in life is change.”


This quote was appropriate for the meeting since the order of the meeting was changed in order to have the program first.

Program: The program was presented by Bev Stevens from Oley Valley Primitives. Bev discussed the origin of the penny rug and how she first started obtaining her wool from old coats and skirts bought at second hand shops. She now purchases and sells wool felt from suppliers and explained how the wool felt is made. She and her husband had a large display set up at the meeting to show many different projects that she had designed. Supplies and patterns were also available for purchase for anyone interested. We were each given a Santa ornament kit as we arrived.

The rest of the meeting was started at 8:05 pm.

Rita reminded everyone that the challenge quilts will be revealed in October and hopes that everyone is working hard on them.

Membership: We had one guest this evening.

Programs: Cheryl Dawson reminded everyone to complete their UFO projects and let her know of any more finished projects by September 10. She needs to know by then so she can tally up everything and make out bills for the unfinished projects. Please email her if you have anything finished. Everyone should bring their completed UFO’s to the September meeting.

Cheryl also noted that we want to wrap up the charity projects. We have many pillowcases and quilts completed and have 4 more quilts that need quilted. If you took anything home to complete, please finish them up and return them by next meeting. She hopes to have representatives from the recipients to receive them at the October meeting.

Show and Tell: Numerous quilts were shown by our talented members.

Retreat: Patsy Hartnett announced that the fall retreat will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving. She will need the money at the October meeting. Contact Patsy for details.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.


Respectfully submitted ,

Anne King, recording secretary

YQG Trivia

September 1996 Our newsletter premiered an new article, “Ask Sewnya”. Sewnya was a mysterious, anonymous member of our guild. Quilting questions were sent to her through the newsletter.

The articles continued to off and on until March 1999. October 2000 there was a last small article wondering if there were any more questions for Sewnya. I guess we know it all now!

While I have my own idea who Sewnya was, I never found out for sure.

Will the real Sewnya please stand up?!

Barbara Colvin

Help Wanted

Fellow Guild Members,

My sister-in-law is looking for someone to make a double wedding ring quilt for her daughter’s wedding gift. I told her that I could ask the guild if anyone is interested. I believe she is looking for a queen size, it can be long-arm quilted and she needs it by April of 2016 (wedding is in May). If anyone is interested, please let me know and I will forward your name and phone # to her.


Anne King   email address:

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.

There were no cards sent in the month of August.

Linda Wright


UFO to FO – How many did you finish?

Thursday, September 17, 2015,

SONY DSCIn an effort to encourage all of us to turn those unfinished objects in our sewing rooms into finished projects that we can be proud of, we asked members at the November 2014 meeting to select a reasonable list of unfinished objects and sign contracts pledging to finish them by the August meeting. At this meeting we will compare how we each did. There will be prizes for those who finish first in selected categories (to be chosen). Be warned: there will also be penalties for not finishing items that you blithely and hopefully put on your list nine months ago but didn’t finish.

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25% off all longarm quilting – edge to edge – custom design.  Limit 2 quilts, any size.  Offer ends the last day of summer September 22, 2015.  So hurry and get those early Christmas gifts finished to take advantage of this offer.  Call me at 677-9332 or email – or just see me at Guild.

Jill Coleman


Ladies it is time again for Fall Retreat.  This year it is November 20, 21, and 22 that is the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Everyone is welcome and single rooms are first come first served.  I will need a check for the full amount to hold the room.


Retreat is three days of quilting and friends.  We have a large room with plenty of space for everyone.  Each person has their own 8 foot table and a chair.  You will need to bring anything else you need for sewing.  Extension cords, pillows for your chair, everything for the sewing machine and lights.  Some ladies bring a favorite chair etc. We set the temperature in the room at 72 so if you like it warmer bring a sweater and if you like it cooler bring a fan.  If you like music please bring headphones.  Wi-Fi is available and an ice machine is located right outside of our classroom.   If you have any questions please just contact me and I will be happy to talk to you about the needs.

Our rooms are nice and located in 2 main areas this time.


  • We have 10 single rooms at 186.00 for the weekend,
  • we have 3 large rooms that will take 2 or 3 ladies in the main building for 160.00 each.
  • we have 8  four-plex rooms that have a queen and 3 bunk beds in each room.  They are located next to the dining area and are only 125.00 for each person and they need 2 people or more for that price.

Several years ago I stayed in the four-plex rooms and they were nice with  4 apartments opened to a main hallway.


The room price includes 3 meals on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday.  Food for Friday is your choice.  You can pack your food, there is a refrigerator and a microwave available.  Or you could go out to eat.  Carlisle has a large number of places to eat and several groups go out to eat.


Our Conference center is:

Bongiorno Conference Center

430 Union Hall Road

Carlisle, PA 17013


My contact information is:

or 717 334-0795


Hope to see you there.

Patsy Hartnett

Membership Renewal

2015-16  Membership Renewal begins at the September meeting.  Membership forms will be available at the meeting or print one out from our website.  All forms must be in by the Oct. meeting if you wish to be in the directory.

  • 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

Main Checking Account $1,579.04
Show Checking Account $6,872.38
Total Funds $8,451.42

October Birthdays

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