December has Arrived!

Hi Everyone! 

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends. 

November seemed to be such a busy month for all of us.  As usual, everyone worked extremely hard and made November a huge success. 

To begin with I want to thank our wonderful quilter, Sandy, for coming in on the 13th of November to give all of us a lesson on freemotion quilting.  Sandy did a fantastic job going through all aspects of freemotion quilting and answering our questions.  I know that most of us went home and worked on our own freemotion because of her.  Thanks so much Sandy for your time and effort.  We all appreciate it.

So much work went into the fabric yard sale and also into the Christmas at Loganville craft fair.  Our group did an awesome job of getting together and doing some very artistic projects.  The sales on these were wonderful.  We have been able to send over $200.00 to Headquarters.  I will get a full accounting of our balance from Headquarters shortly.   Again, I want to thank MaryAnn Gallagher for letting us use her house for the yard sale and Sue Markel for taking complete charge of the Craft Fair.  

After the fabric yard sale; MaryAnn, Donna Witmyer, and Linda Winters went shopping in Lancaster and brought back some very nice fabric that I will start to bring to our workshops, a little at a time.  I still want to use up the fabric that we have in my sewing room before we go out to buy any new additional fabric.  The same goes for our batting.  I can put an order in through Headquarters for the warm and comfort batting but I would like to use up the polyester batting first.  Unless you know of someone that would like to purchase a bolt of batting from us, we are pretty much stuck using it. 

At this time, we have been getting  fabric to our quilters to use and make their quilts for Hersheys Children’s Medical Center.  Remember, that the Medical Center will not take any quilts under 36″ square.  If you happen to have any of the smaller ones, we could donate them to York Hospital or any other Childrens Center.  If you have any fabric from our stash that you do not plan on using, please return it to me so that I can offer it to someone else.

We have been a Quilts for Kids Chapter ( a.k.a. The Grateful Threads) for over a year now and I am amazed and awed by how far we have come.  It is truly a blessing to have each and every one of you taking part in something I started last October with just a a few friends inspired by my Mothers illness and then her passing.  My story is not unique by any means; all of you have had your own heartache when a family member or friend have been touched with cancer or another life threatening disease.  It is why we do what we do AND that we do it with our hearts and soul.  Thank You for helping me realize my aspirations.   I could not have gotten this far without all of you working towards this great goal.   And we sure have come a long way from October ’09! 

Our next workshop is scheduled for January 15th, 2011.  

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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York County Quilts for Kids Organization

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October Newsletter

Thank you everyone for all the hard work you are doing.

We are getting ready for the Fabric Yard Sale at MaryAnn’s house on October 29th and 30th.  We have most all of the fabric there and she would like for you to come and check it out before it is sold.  Some of the Christmas fabric is just adorable.  If you want to see the fabric call MaryAnn and she will make herself available to you to do so.  MaryAnn has put alot of work into this, thanks MaryAnn!  I am hoping that we can make some good money to buy things that we want and need. 

We also will be meeting on November 13th at the library to finish up any last minute items we are working on for the craft fair at Loganville on November 20th.  I want to thank Sue Markel for getting this up and running for us. 

I have already booked the library for the third Saturday of the month for each and every month in the new year (2012).  Thanks to Demi for allowing us the use of the room.   It does seem to be a great location AND a great place to pull in some new recruits!

I have decided that we can stay with the 45″ wide quilts because it is too much for us to piece our backing.  We can still make it a longer quilt for the older children.  Remember no quilts will be taken under 36″.

I think that is it for now.  Hope to see you soon.


Published in: on October 22, 2010 at 5:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Good Morning

Just a heads up to remind everyone that Saturday is our workshop.  Please let me know if you are attending so that I know what to bring.

Have a great week,

See you on Saturday

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August Newsletter

Wow, what a simmering summer it has been!  I am sure everyone has been busy with family obligations and fun summer activities.  I know that I have! 
We  had a wonderful turnout in July!  We have new  volunteer quilters to introduce to our group.  Agnes, Joann, Mary, Donna and Gloria have done such a wonderful job jumping into our group.  Thanks so much for all your hardwork!
Mary spent her summer doing  over 100 pillowcases to donate.  Thanks Mary!  I really thought that we needed to put labels on these, but after checking with headquarters it seems that I was wrong; image that!  Also, Mary taught us how to do pillowcases with the Hot Dog technique.  Proved to be very interesting and very easy.  I will see that everyone gets a worksheet on how this is done if you are interested in trying this.
MaryAnn saved my butt, (yet again!) by cutting over 30 quilt kits for us.  These are some really adorable kits that she made up.  You know that MaryAnn can put any fabric together and make it work wonders.  A great big Thank You to MaryAnn.
Sue Markel is going to help with getting a table at the November Christmas at Loganville craft fair.  If there is anything that you want to donate to sell there, be it crafts, dresses, bibs, or any other items that would be great.  We are trying to get some $$$$ in our account for more material, batting, labels, etc.  We have alot of Christmas fabric here that we will try to sell this fall also.  Let’s hope it goes well!  Sue is also going to help draft a letter to our local stores asking for a monetary donation to our Chapter.  If anyone has anymore ideas, please let us know.
Speaking of labels, I just received from headquarters our Quilts for Kids Downy labels again.  We had run out of them and were using our older labels.  Both are fine to use, but I prefer the cuter downy labels myself.  I still encourage everyone to sign their quilts with their name and York chapter on them.  I do want you to get credit for all your hard work.
Cindy Malloy had her fundraiser just last week for her mothers lung cancer cause.  We donated some of our quilts to her to auction off.  If it wasn’t for Cindy donating her mothers fabric to us, we wouldn’t  have been able to do what we have accomplished in just short of a year.
Agnes and Joann have been busy quilting for us since July and are steady sewing!  I am thankful to them for all the finished quilts they have donated.
Donna has also done some great quilts and has actually worked out a deal with Linus Project in Lancaster for us.  We donated fleece (which we cannot use ourselves) that came from Cindy to Linus and they in return will donate to us more batting.  I love this bartering thing!
IN SEPTEMBER we will not be able to do our workshop.  That is the date for the quilt show in Philly.  I tried to get another date in September, but the room was already taken for a book sale.  If anyone wants to have us at their house, please let me know, otherwise, maybe we can do it here at my home.  Just wondering!
Now that school is back in session for alot of us, things will be more orderly in our lives (funny huh).  I hope to get all our wonderful quilts out to  Hershey mid September, so if you have any at home finished please let me know and I will come and get them.
I am having a fundraiser this Sunday for Quilts for Kids at my house featuring Willow House Products.  Rebecca Harper will be here to take any orders.  She is giving us 20% (up to $200.00) for our chapter.  Hope to see most of you.
Well, I know that I am forgetting something but I will try to keep you updated on all things Quilts for Kids!
See you soon and thanks so much for being involved.  We have such an incredible group of women and I am Thankful.
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Quilt Festivals and Antiques Shows by Mancuso Show Management

Well, the third Saturday of September there will be the Pennsylvania  National Quilt Extravaganza!

We can see who is interested in going to this event during our workshops.  Tricia and I went last September and had a great time!

Quilt Festivals and Antiques Shows by Mancuso Show Management

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The Latest Issue of Down Under Quilts is Now Available Online


Hello enthusiastic quilters all around the world, and welcome to the second issue of Down Under Quilts for the year 2010. Inside you will find an interesting collection of projects articles and stories – so sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy!

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    June Update

    Lots of Information

    I am sorry that this has taken so long……this is the second time that I have done this, but lost the first one (grrr).

    The first order of business is that we have changed our name to The Grateful Thread Quilters.  Thank you to my friend Sharon for such an original idea.

    Tricia and I Finally delivered all of your wonderful quilts to the Hersheys Childrens Medical Center a week ago.  Carol Fees, my contact, was very appreciative of all you have done.  She did have some suggestions for us concerning the sizes of the quilts though.  The hospital has a number of older children and she would like to have a few quilts made a bit longer.  Maybe if we just add another row or two to our quilts that would work for them.  They certainly don’t need to be as long as a twin size quilt but a nice lap quilt for taller children would be fine.  Also, she told us they do not really need preemie sized quilts, they get a lot of them from other donators.  The other thing that she is in need of is bags to place hand casts in for the parents to take with them.  They make an imprint of the child that is not doing well and cast it for the parents as a keepsake 😦  She would like for them to be made out of some richly colored fabric maybe like velvet, with a drawstring.  If anyone has suggestions please let me know.  The dimensions for these are approximately 10 x 12.  I will do a few and send to her for her approval.  Then I will get a pattern made up to give to all.

    This Thursday my son Jason and I met at Cindy Malloy’s house for another delivery of her mothers sewing and craft items.  Thank you Cindy!!!!!  She loaded us up with more fabric, sewing threads, quilting hoops, ribbons, fleece, flannel and lots of more goodies.  If you have some time, please come on over and check it out.  I am sure there is something here that you could use for either our quilts or craft items that we will be selling in the future to raise money.

    Now that summer is here I know that everyone is busy with parties (I am available), picnics, yard work, vacation, etc….but we will still be at the library every third Saturday of the month.  The next workshop is on June 19th starting at 10:00.  If you cannot come and have finished quilts or need more kits, please just give me a call or email me and I will make sure you receive what you need.

    We have now donated 93 quilts so far this year.  We have another 7 months to go….Lets make a goal on the number that we donate for the rest of the year.  What are your thoughts?  200, 250, 300 for the year?  At our next meeting we can discuss this.

    I want to formally introduce our newest members;  Amanda Runk,  Demi Fair the library’s director,  Doris Holley and Agnes Blevins.  Welcome to our group!

    Remember that if you know of someone who wants to dabble in the world of quilting, bring them along to our meeting or have them get in touch with me.

    As always, I have "lots and lots" of fabric for your use.  If you need fabric, please, please, please, call me and I will make sure you get some.  Or better yet, come and check out what we have here for your use.

    I will be researching new ways to receive donations.  The Quilts for Kids Yahoo Group has tons of ideas that I would like to try.  One of the ways is just to put a Donation Jar at your dentist, doctor, hairdresser, etc.  If anyone feels comfortable enough with doing this, please let me know and I will supply the jar and label.  Also we can put out pamphlets at these types of businesses to incite interest and donations.

    I want to thank everyone involved who has made this Chapter such a success so far.  It is a wonderful group of people and a great time each and every time we get together.  Thank you!!!!


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    Just a few of our regulars “The Grateful Threads”



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    Marie on her first visit with us!



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