Speakers 2022-2023

Fiber Artist Andrea Finch – April 8, 2023

Andrea Finch will be joining us on April 8, 2023 during our monthly Guild meeting featuring an exploration in texture, sculptural quilts of botanical subjects, and realistic to abstract.

After years of fermentation, three once separate parts of my life, macro-photography, quilting and botany; now come together in my fiber art.  Once a traditional flat quilter my work now rises from the surface to taunt the viewer to reach out and touch. I show aspects of the natural world few stop to see, with intense dives into nature from a bee’s eye view or with a more botanical perspective.

In using all materials; recycled designer samples, wire, glass, canvas, traditional quilting fabrics, and liberal use of thread I bring texture to my work. The wall pieces are stretched on canvas to stabilize the weight of the sculptural elements. Some of the work has escaped the wall to become sculptures completing the three-dimensional path I’m on.     — Andrea Finch —

About Andrea Finch

I grew up on a hobby farm in Eastern Pennsylvania and earned a BA in Fine Arts from Kutztown University. My path began as a traditional quilt maker and teacher. While raising my family and working I stayed creative by photographing a garden center for social media and creating an arboretum in my yard. After 2 decades away from fiber arts, I came back to quilt making from a different angle, by letting go of the rules and allowing the fabric to speak through texture, color, and design.

Currently living and working in Chambersburg my works can be found at the Foundry Art Market in Chambersburg and various galleries, exhibitions & public and private collections, in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Deb Curtis – March 11, 2023

Deb Curtis from “Simply Stashing Fabric & Quilts” in Littlestown will be with us on March 11, 2023 during our monthly meeting.   She will be sharing with us a Lecture entitled “Triangle Frenzy”.   She has been quilting for over 50 years and is the owner of “Simply Stashing Quilt shop” She will share with us all about the shop and the longarm quilting service they offer.

About Deb Curtis. I have been sewing since I was 11 years old.  I LOVE fabric!!!  My quilting adventure started in 1995 when I bugged my friend Glenda to teach me to quilt.  She had been quilting for over 50 years!!!  I learned to hand quilt so this is my first love, however I did begin long arm machine quilting in 2011 when I began a business with another friend.  I love traditional pieced patterns and reproduction prints.   

I never in a million years imagined I would own a quilt shop!!!  But here I am.  I do believe it is where the good Lord wants me to be.  He opened the doors and windows to make it happen.  By His good grace and our hard work we hope and pray we can make it all work.  We will do our best and look forward to serving your quilting needs.

Cindy Grisdela October 8, 2022

Playing with Colors

I’m Cindy Grisdela – an Artist, Teacher and Author from Reston, VA.

Color and texture are the driving forces behind my contemporary art quilts. Browse my site (www.cindygrisdela.com) to see how I combine line and shape, then add stitching lines to create texture and dimension – a process I like to think of as painting with fabric and thread. 

Workshop: Improv Puzzle Blocks – Create Improv Log Cabin blocks in a variety of sizes and put them together into a unique composition–like a jigsaw puzzle. There’s no measuring or precise cutting and each quilt will be unique. We will discuss color choices and using simple design principles to create an original dynamic composition.

I encourage you to try new color combinations and put elements together differently than you may have in the past.

Karen Dever November 12, 2022

Karen, an award-winning quilter, has been involved with quilting for over 20 years and is a teacher, designer and an AQS Certified quilt appraiser. She presently works and teaches at The Village Quilter Quilt Shop in Mt. Holly, NJ. She has had several designs published in McCall’s, For the Love of Quilting and Quilter’s Newsletter. For many years she has been collecting
antique and vintage textiles. Currently, she is a member of many guilds, professional quilt groups, and quilt study groups. Karen lectures to guilds on changes in our quilting styles through the years, and the importance of appraisals. A new lecture on the topic of collecting quilts has been added. Karen has a B.A. degree from Glassboro College (now known as Rowan University) in Glassboro, NJ and a Master's degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

Karen’s book: Soldier’s Pride & More
This book is so much more than a book of quilt projects. Written by Karen, the book is
dedicated to all the servicemen and women of the past, present, and future as they
protect our country. This book includes instructions for seven different projects. The
projects are everything from table toppers to wall hangings to lap quilts to samplers.
See the table of contents below. The blocks are both pieced and paper pieced, so there
is something for everyone. If the history of a block is known, it is stated, and all
illustrations are in color.
As a touching tribute, the book also contains photos of soldiers and sailors whose family
members had a hand in contributing to this book.



Speakers 2021-2022

Penny Havens Streeter October 9, 2021

Penny has been quilting as a business for 33 years.  She’s given lectures and workshops around the state to guilds as well as doing customized long arm quilting. Penny’s paper pieced quilts are machine pieced and quilted.  She also has a small 2 bedroom retreat space where up to 4 people can have personal instruction.  She will bring some of her Best In Show quilts to our guild.  Check out her FB page

Diane Murtha November 13-2021

Diane Murtha  www.dlmurtha2018@gmail.com

Diane began as a traditional quilter in the late 90’s, gradually modifying patterns and gravitation to art quilts.  Her quilts are included in four published books, a dozen magazines, and multiple special exhibits traveling the country including Houston’s International Quilt Festival and Paducah’s National Quilt Museum.  She retired in 2016 after a 32 year career as a Department of Army civilian.  She and her husband Tim enjoy RVing around the country.

Barbara Dann March 12, 2022

Barbara Dann www.alleycatquiltworks.com

Barbara is a quilting educator specializing in Studio180 Design and Sue Pelland Designs, tools, and techniques.  Barbara’s workshops are relaxed, informative, and fun.  She teaches quilters of all skill levels and shares many tips and ideas that make piecing easier, faster, and more accurate.


Speakers 2020-2021

Dottie Moreland

October 10, 2020

Dottie Moreland, “Dottie’s Journey into quilting”

Dottie is known to all of us, a long term quilter and member of the

Chambersburg Quilt Guild.

Judi Kirk, Cambridge England

November 14, 2020

Judi is a quilter for more than 25 years.  She belongs to several 

quilting groups in the UK and is an international member of the

Uvulati, a house group near Philadelphia.  Besides teaching she is

a quilt judge and recently organized the judging for the Festival of 

Quilts first virtual show.

Karin Bohleke, PhD

January 9, 2021

Karin is a professor and Director of the Fashion Archives at

Shippensburg University.  She is an avid seamstress, embroiderer, and lace maker since childhood.  She identifies historic fashions and arranges exhibits of period clothing.  Karenwill speak with us about our home fabric collections and preserving them.  

Laura Watts, Laura Watts, a quilt instructor 

February 13, 2021


Mary Mahoney, owner of the Tell Tale Artist

March 13, 2021

Mary is a fiber artist and quilter.  She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in fabric.  Among her many projects she makes photos of people and places come to life in fabric.  She will show us some of her work and share her process with us.

Maureen Ciemian, Lancaster, PA

April 10, 2021

Maureen is a retired engineer and award-winning quilter.  She will present a trunk show and multi-media  presentation that discusses the newest trends in quilting and how EVERY quilter can use STEM (Science,