September 2016

President's letter

Greetings all,

This has been an amazing year as president of York Quilters Guild. I know it’s a cliche to say so, but it definitely went by too quickly.

I’ve gotten to know so many of you much better; gotten to welcome some new faces to our membership, and unfortunately had to say farewell to others. I was so proud to be a public face of the guild during our amazing quilt show in May.

It has truly been an honor and a blessing in my life to take a more active role in this guild, our guild, YOUR guild. I look forward to seeing our upcoming president, Nancy Spiese, take the reins. I joyfully anticipate the next phase in the life of this vital, dynamic group of quilters.

Thanks so much for this opportunity.
See you at the meeting,
Sarah O’Sullivan

York Quilters Guild Retreat

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 .

Challenge Quilt

Book 2 Quilt Challenge Coming Due in OCTOBER

I hope everyone is working on their Book 2 Quilt Challenge for the reveal at the October guild meeting. If you haven’t started there is still time. Pick a book you have read (any type- children, cookbook, novel, car manual, etc) and interpret it into a quilt. The quilt should be at least 20 inches on each side.

Please turn in your challenge quilt prior to the start of the October meeting at the table with the book (or a picture of the book) that was your inspiration. Guild members will vote for their favorites prior to a show and tell. Prizes will be awarded to the top three.

Any questions please contact Ann Clinton at

August Meeting Minutes

The August 18, 2016 meeting of the York Quilt Guild was called to order at 7PM by Nancy Spiese, who was substituting for Sarah O’Sullivan until she arrived at the meeting. Several members are needed to fill empty positions in our guild:
Vice President
Board Secretary
1st Year Program Chair or Chairpersons
Ways and Means Person
Service Project Chair
PLEASE consider stepping into one of these positions!

Cheryl Dawson reported we have 2 guests and 2 new members ( Nancy McKay and Debbie Seekford).

Dues are due! $25 by October and $30 after October.

Anne King explained what the job of Ways and Means Chair entails. She also chose a winner for our Raffle Basket.

Evelyn Hunt asked everyone to complete a program questionnaire by next month. There are questions on fundraisers, and Evelyn said we need to become better known in our community. She suggested perhaps demos to educate people about what we’re “about.” The question came up about the possibility of a food drive in conjunction with the one sponsored by this church.

The New Cumberland Public Library invited us to have an exhibit in a library showcase in November. We’d need small items to exhibit. If interested in helping, see Sarah.

Our Book-to-Quilt Challenge is due at our October Meeting.

Members were reminded that they may attend the open Budget Committee on 9/7/16 at JoAnn Fabric and the open Board Mtg. on 9/12/16 at a place to be determined.

We concluded our meeting with Show and Tell.

Our speaker tonight was Nancy Bills. Her program was entitled, “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow ( Pineapple and/or Log Cabin Quilts).

Adjournment followed the speaker’s presentation.

Respectfully Submitted,
Linda Kenee
Recording Sec’y

Thursday September 15, 2016
Gyleen Fitzgerald

Make Mine with Scraps!gyleen
Gyleen’s lecture focus on traditional utility quilts. Use up, cut up or recycle what you have on hand to make stunning quilts. You will learn to harmonize exchange and friendship blocks or clear your clutter.
Zion United Methodist Church
1030 Carlisle Rd
York, PA
7:00 p.m.
Visitors Welcome – $5 guest fee


Saturday, September 24, 2016
Gyleen Fitzgerald’s
Spider Hexagon Workshop
It is an old fashion, striking, and graphic quilt
It combines the best of the 60 degree angle shapes.
You can get a large quilt in a hurry and it will look like you took years.

Got scraps and bits of fabric. Cut from your scrap box and a few larger pieces from your stash. If you don’t have scraps, scraps will be available
Spider Hexagons class requires the uses of Polygon and Polygon 2 rulers ($34) which will be available at her Thursday, September 15, 2016, lecture and at the workshop.
Cost $50 members $55 non-members
Zion United Methodist Church
1030 Carlisle Rd
York, Pennsylvania
Class 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Please contact Evelyn Hunt if you are interested in this class.
The supply list will be available at the time of payment.


Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild
From Traditional to Modern:
My Quilting Journey
Heather Kojan

September 20, 2016
Heather is the founder and first president of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. She consider herself a modern quilter with traditional roots. One of her passions is to show others how to find their own creativity within the classes that she teach. She teaches and lectures in quilt shops, at quilt guilds, and nationally with the Original Sew and Quilt Expo. She is a contributing author to the book Class Modern Quilt. Some of her quilt blocks appear in Quiltmaker’s 100 Bocks. Most recently, she was honored to have a quilt featured in the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.
Giant Food Market Community Room
3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA
6:30 Social 6:45 Meeting
Guests Welcome $5.00

YQG Trivia

This months’ guest speaker is Gyleen Fitzgerald. This is her fourth visit to our guild.
The first in February 2004 with a lecture entitled “The Shape of Things to Come”.
The second time in November of 2009. Her lecture, “Quilts, Unfinished Stories with New Endings”.
The third time in April 2013. This time her lecture was “Bits and Pieces, Putting It All Together”.
Gyleen has also done some workshops for us, most notably the pineapple block using her ruler.
Looking forward to the September meeting! She is great speaker!

Barbara Colvin


Area Happenings

Brandywine Valley Quilters
October 15, 2016 10-5 pm
October 16, 2016 10-4 pm
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road Brookhaven, PA 19015
Daily Admission $8.00 – under 12 free

NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase

Quilt Show Artisan Boutique

Quilting Green: Traditions Grow in New Directions!

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 9am – 6pm

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 9am – 4pm

• 200+ Quilts and Fiber Arts on Exhibit
• Artisan Boutique
• Handcrafted Fiber Art for Sale in Silent Auction • Raffle Baskets, Calico Elephant, Demonstrations

Admission $5 • Children under 12 free • Free Parking

Kensington Armory/Town Hall

3710 Mitchell Street

Kensington, Maryland


Classified Ads

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Hello. I have a light natural wood quilt display rail. We are downsizing. I won’t be able to display large quilts so I’m selling the rail. Excellent condition – asking price $40. Are any of your members interested for displaying their creations? I can be reached at this email – or by phone at (717) 751-0443.

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