Showing posts with label Yankee Quilters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yankee Quilters. Show all posts

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Local Quilters Raise Funds For Ukrainian Refugees #FranklinCANHelpUkraine

Project brings together quilters from region to respond with heart and hands

Hope for Ukraine,” a queen size blue and yellow quilt made by members of Yankee Quilters Guild, will be raffled to support efforts to resettle Ukrainian refugee families arriving in Massachusetts. The approximately 80" x 80" quilt features a central sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine, and 24 large Log Cabin blocks in the bright colors of the nation’s flag.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to Ascentria Care Alliance, a Worcester nonprofit organization which will offer housing and other assistance to refugees arriving from Ukraine. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Raffle tickets are available at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard in Franklin; through Yankee Quilters’ Facebook page; or by emailing Checks may also be mailed to Yankee Quilters at PO Box 53, Franklin MA 02038. The winner will be drawn June 14th in Franklin.

The quilt was created by members of the Guild to reflect their concern for the health and safety of the millions of Ukrainian citizens whose lives and homes have been threatened by the current invasion. The “Log Cabin” quilt block is a traditional design symbolizing the importance of the hearth at the center of the home. For this quilt, Yankee members made the center square white, a symbol of peace, rather than the conventional red. The quilt will be on display at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard beginning April 19th.

"I am very proud to be affiliated with this guild. The members are very generous with their time and creativity,” said Cindy Lynch, Vice President. “To the Ukrainian people, may God be your guide through this stressful time."

Quilters all over the world are using their talents to support relief efforts for Ukraine. “There is a long tradition among quilters and other crafters to support those in need and Yankee members immediately answered the call when the idea was proposed in March,” said Susan Speers, a member from Franklin. 

The quilt has been custom quilted by Jim Lynch, of Bumblebee Quilting Service in Monson. The Guild greatly appreciates Jim’s donation of time and materials to this project.

The back of the quilt is a yellow sunflower print, with a central label surrounded by yellow and blue hearts, using a pattern by quilt designer Bonnie Hunter, of Virginia. The label is machine embroidered by Beth Brosnahan of Palmer.

Fabrics for the quilt were generously donated by members of the Guild and Cathy Racine, of The Charlton Sewing Center in Charlton, MA. Creative energy and materials were contributed by members of Yankee including Diana Hatch of Holliston who hand-appliqued the sunflower; Pat Mulhall, of Sherborn, who donated the batting; Cindy Lynch, of Bumblebee Quilting Service, who combined the blocks and prepared the back; and more than a dozen members who donated their time, talent and supplies in support of Ukraine. 


Yankee Quilters Guild is a 501-c-3 charitable organization based in Franklin with members throughout the region. The Guild makes comfort quilts for those in need, supports other charitable work, and provides educational programs on the art and craft of quilt making. The Guild meets monthly at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard in Franklin, in space generously donated by the store. Donations to the Guild are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by current law.

Local Quilters Raise Funds For Ukrainian Refugees
Local Quilters Raise Funds For Ukrainian Refugees

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Diana Reinhardt Annis scheduled to talk about the history of Redwork quilts - Feb 11

Yankee Quilters, Inc. is pleased to announce that Diana Reinhardt Annis will present a program on the history of Redwork quilts, on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin. Redwork quilts feature hand embroidered stitching on white background in designs that range from intricate florals to charming motifs of family life in 20th century America. 

Redwork quilts - photo by Diana Reinhardt Annis
Redwork quilts - photo by Diana Reinhardt Annis
Annis will tell the history of this craft from the Renaissance to the present day, with beautiful examples of Redwork, and show the ebb and flow of the history of this contagious art form. She will show antique, vintage and contemporary Redwork quilts. 

Annis, who lives in Norton, is the owner of In Stitches. She started quilting in 1979, using cardboard templates, sewing one block at a time, the common quilt construction method before machine piecing and quilting became the norm. 

Annis started longarm quilting in the summer of 2002, guiding her large machine by hand. She teaches longarm quilting techniques to longarm quilters and piecing classes at local quilt shops. She also presents lectures and workshops at quilt guilds and works at MQX, one of the largest longarm quilt shows in the Northeast. 

Redwork quilts 2 - photo by Diana Reinhardt Annis
Redwork quilts 2 - photo by Diana Reinhardt Annis

This program is supported in part a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. If you are a quilter or just enjoy learning about the history of quilts, please join us, on February 11th, at 7:00 PM, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 237 Pleasant St., Franklin, MA 02038. Admission is free for members or $5.00 for visitors.

Yankee Quilters, Inc. is a nonprofit organization for those interested in the art of quilting. The Guild is organized for charitable and educational purposes and includes members from throughout the MetroWest area and Central Massachusetts. Our purpose is two-fold: to promote education in and appreciation for all aspects of quilt making and to use our talents to produce quilts for individuals in times of need, as distributed through designated charitable organizations.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

First meeting of the season for Yankee Quilters

Yankee Quilters will hold the first meeting of the season at

St John's Episcopal Church
237 Pleasant St, Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM

First meeting of the season for Yankee Quilters
First meeting of the season for Yankee Quilters

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"From the Hardware Store to the Quilt Shop" - Yankee Quilters meeting Tuesday Oct 10

Yankee Quilters announces that Jennifer Watchorn, of Nashua, NH, a quilt designer and teacher will speak on "From the Hardware Store to the Quilt Shop". Her program is part of Yankee's monthly meeting and is open to non-members for a modest fee of $5. 

The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 10 and will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 237 Pleasant Street. 

For more information, email

image from Yankee Quilters Facebook page
image from Yankee Quilters Facebook page