September 2017

President's Letter

Dear Members,
This past Guild year seems to have flown by.  We had two challenges this year, “Book 2 Quilt” and “Scrap Basket”.  I am always amazed with the variety of ways that our members interpret a challenge.  Our speakers offered us beautiful quilts to see and information new and old, from Modern quilting to the Hobo culture.  There were three fun meetings for Guild members to gather and socialize.  Unfortunately I missed the Christmas Party, Yard sale, and Guild Picnic, but I made good memories on a family vacation and welcoming my 10th grandchild.
The Guild has had some challenges this year and it looks like those challenges will be with us going into the new Guild year.  After 7 months trying to fill the Vice President position, Peg Gregory agreed to step up and become our VP.  Her position as Service Project chair needs to be filled.  In addition we don’t have a Vice President for Peg, and Darla Landis is still looking for someone to co-chair the Show committee with her, and as of October we need to fill the Newsletter Editor position.  We will also need 1st year Programs chair or co-chair.  All of these positions re essential to the continuation of the Guild.
The Guild needs your help.  Even new members should consider taking a position.  This would give new members a way to get to know  the Guild while working with members who have been in the Guild for several years.  Some of these positions are ideal for 2 or 3 members to co-chair making less work for all.
While I will be stepping down as President I plan to help as a volunteer for the Show and hope to have a few quilts for Show and Tell in the coming year.  It has been an honor to serve as your President again and I look forward to next Guild year.
Nancy Spiese

August Minutes

The York Quilt Guild met on August 24, 2017 at 7PM. The meeting was called to order by Peg Gregory, our Vice President.

Darla Landis, 2018 show chair, said there are tons of jobs for the members to do for our upcoming quilt show. Please email or call her if you can help.

Raffle tickets for members to sell are coming soon The deadline to return the money will be by our April 2018 meeting.

Evelyn Hunt presented two checks for monies raised at the Hershey Show from our raffle quilt.

Following this brief business meeting, we enjoyed our annual guild picnic. Members provided many yummy dishes.

Show and Tell followed our picnic meal and Sue Kappes presented a very informative demo on how to block a quilt.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Kenee

YQG Trivia

In May 2013 our speaker was Penni Domikis, owner of “ Cabin in the Woods Quilters”.

Penni has a very interesting method for using scrapes that requires no pressing.

Her first book was titled “All Scrapped Out”.

She also did a workshop for the guild that month.


Barbara Colvin

Ways and Means from Mary Moul

Thank you all for your continuing support of the Ways and Means table at the monthly meetings. We have had some generous and very nice donations so please continue to check out the table.  You will recall that Ways and Means is charged with raising funds to offset the monthly meeting expenses.  We have eliminated the raffle basket and have substituted the bazaar table.  As a part of this change, we have also eliminated the “free” table and ask that our members instead give to the bazaar table in the hope that we can “sell” any items, of course at a very low price.  We will try to rotate the inventory in that we can’t bring everything to every meeting.  We have some nice books, fabrics, and notions at this point.

At the July meeting, we took in $26 and in August we took in $103 and change.

Stay tuned for information on the Ways and Means project for the May 2018 Quilt Show.  We intend to prepare raffle baskets for the Show and of course will need your help and support.

Thank you again and happy sewing.

Patty Prodonovich’s August 5, 2017, Berkeley Plantation Workshop was well received. At least three of the members completed the runner within a week of the class. Lisa and Paula showed their completed tops during the show and tell portion of the August meeting.

The YQG’s picnic held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, was a success. It gave our members an opportunity to enjoy each other company and even hugs one another, thanks to Darla. It was especially nice to see the four teenage girls join in the activities. The food and show and tells were great.

In addition to good food and fellowship, Susan Kappes gave a wonderful a presentation on How to Block a Quilt – the process of manipulating a quilt back into a square, flat shape after it has been quilting. She will be placing it on her website in the near future.

Anne Holte, the schedule speaker for the guilds September program, gave sneak preview of her lecture and workshop. Her lecture and workshop have been well received by our neighboring guilds in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties.

Another picnic will be schedule in 2018.


Quilt Show Bus Trip Saturday, September 16, 2017

The bus trip to the Mancuso Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017, has been cancelled because we only had 19 people interested. We will try another in 2018.

September 21, 2017 Ann Holte

Friends and Family: The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt

In Ann’s fun and informative lecture and trunk show she will discuss the history of the Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilts which were made in the mid-1899’s by a group of quilters who referred to themselves as the “girl cousins”. Ann will also discuss and various techniques used to create it unique designs.

If you have avoided working with diamond shape you won’t want to miss this class. Ann will show you how easy it is with just one template.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ann Holte’s
Getting Started with the Lancaster Diamond Sampler Workshop

Students will have the opportnity to create some blocks from the original quilt and will receive guidance on fabric selection, orgaization, and sewing

techniques for working on this spectacular quilt.

Students will learn to work with the diamond sashing, and cornerstone shapes and assemble the diagonal rows.

In addition Ann will offer a modern option tworking with the diamond shape.


Time: Cost:

Church of the Open Door
York, Pennsylvania
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Doors will open at 9:00) $50.00

If you are interested in taking this class please contact Evelyn Hunt at Please use the wording “Ann Holte’s workshop” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Paul Hallinger

Our very own Paul Hallinger will be the guest speaker at the Letort Quilt Guilds’ Sunday October 1, 2017 meeting. If you miss his trunk show at our meeting or would like to support him you are welcome to come and see him at their meeting. He has been busy and he has a lot of new creations.

There will be a $5.00 guest fee.

2018 Show Raffle Ticket Chair and Co-Chairs

One or two additional members are needed to co-chair the selling of the 2018 raffle show quilt tickets. The chairs will coordinate the printing and distribution of raffle tickets to membership; secure all unsold tickets, Secure all raffle ticket stubs of sold tickets. Oversees the sale of additional tickets during other quilt/craft venues and at the quilt show. Collect money for raffle tickets and turn funds over the show treasurer monthly. Maintain detailed records of tickets sold/money collected and report this to the QS chair. Coordinate volunteers to sell ticket as necessary; arrange for raffle to be on display and tickets sold at local quilt show, other guilds, quilt shops and other venues. Interested persons should contact Darla Landis or Evelyn Hunt; please use the wording “2018 show raffle tickets” in the subject line.

In addition to the quilt shows, if you know of other venues where tickets may be sold please contact Evelyn Hunt.

Members raffle ticket packages were availabe at the August meeting and will continue to be available at monthly meetings.

If you’re interested in doing a demo for the January 2018 meeting please contact Cindy Leen, Judy Deveney or Evelyn Hunt.

The York Quilters Guild’s 2018 Raffle Quilt was received with rave reviews at the Hershey Quilt Show, positive remarks were made about the custom quilting and the merging of traditional with modern. With the help hands of the following volunteers we were able to sell over 200 raffle tickets in two days at Hershey Quilt Show in July 2017.

Betty Neff’s husband died on June 11th. Many of you will remember them as sellers of vintage Featherweights and they could faithfully be found at both the vendors across the street on Route 30 in the little tiny corner alcove on the 1st floor as well as at Quilt Odyssey in the vendor area. They did those shows for many, many years. They were a very friendly couple with an amazing knowledge of featherweights along with all the parts, etc.

As of August 17, 2017, the treasurer received checks in the amout of $227.00 for tickets sold at the Hershey quilt show and members donations.

Do you know the location of the YQG’s quilt which was made in 1987-1988? The 2018 quilt show will be the anniversary 15th of the guild’s quilt shows and it would be nice to display the quilt. However, if the quilt cannot be located it would be nice if we could recreated for the show’s anniversary. Cindy Martin, who worked on the original quilt, has provided a color picture of it and information on the blocks used is still available.

Sixteen quilt sample blocks and a large center block with the wording.

York Quilter’s Guild

On the Road Again

Schuylkill County Quilters Guild

Saturday Sept 9th 10-5 and Sunday September 10th 12-5 Quilt Spectacular Walk in Art Center
110 West Columbia Street
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Mancuso Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

September 14-15, 2017
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456
Thursday – Saturday September 14th-16th 10-6 Sunday September 17 10-4

Craft Items Needed

Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community has been serving seniors in York County since 1992. Their 25th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by the Normandie Ridge Auxilary is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Manchester Commons on the Normandie Ridge campus at 1700 Normandie Ridge Drive in York (in the Shiloh area north of Rt. 30 off of Kenneth Rd.).

The Celebration is the main fundraiser for the auxiliary and draws around 200 visitors, staff and residents to enjoy free entertainment and the opportunity to purchase homemade soup, baked goods, and handmade crafts as well as the opportunity to purchase themed baskets through our silent auction. The Celebration event income is the major source of funding through which the Auxiliary supports the residents of Normandie Ridge.

Since its inception, the Auxiliary, a non-profit organization, has contributed almost $140,000 to benefit the residents at Normandie Ridge, often through purchases of items such as specialized wheelchairs, rhythm instruments, I Pads, and flat screen TV’s for the therapy room. The Auxiliary also made major donations in support of the Serenity Garden, a secure outdoor space for the entire Normandie Ridge community that is fully accessible. . In addition, nearly $20,000 has been donated to provide benevolent care for residents who could no longer continue to pay the full cost of their care.

Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community offers several living options which include cottages, apartments, personal care center and nursing care center. There is also a memory care center.

In the past, some of the residents were quilters who would work on a quilt throughout the year for the silent auction at Auxilary‘s Annual Celebration Festival in October. Since this is our 25th anniversary, we would like to have quilt for the silent auction.

We also accept donations of other craft items which includes knitted and crocheted items which are sold in the craft room at the festival to residents and people from the community who attend the Celebration.

We appreciate your consideration to contribute to our annual celebration and welcome any donation of handmade items. We gratefully appreciate your support of the residents through the auxiliary.

Fall Retreat

Fall Retreat

November 17,18, and 19

Price: $195 for a single / $165 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 dining 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

FIRST:  email Patsy Hartnett at at or call her at 717 334-0795.

SECOND:  to make sure you have locked in the reservation a check made out to York Quilters guild for the amount of your reservation

THIRD: that check needs to arrive at my address: 2330 Low Dutch Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. or handed to me at a guild meeting by the first of November.

Candy Shively has two quilts that have been accepted in the “wall quilt” category at PA National Quilt Extravaganza (The Oaks), Sept 14-17 . Here is the show info:…/pennsylvania-national-quilt-ex…/  If anyone is going, Candy asks you to stop by her two quilts and say hi to them for her! Candy has other obligations that week so cannot go. If you go, please take a picture so Candy can see how they are hung!


Reminder that dues for 2017-18 will be payable at the September meeting and due by the end of October.  You may have received a copy of the member form via email.


  • 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

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