Spotlight Quilts

2019 March ~ Barb Taylor

The quilt this month is called “Vintage Baskets” which I made in 2005. I saw a pattern in a magazine and knew I wanted to make it, however, this quilt has 12 blocks and there were only embroidery patterns for 4 blocks included. I thought I would write to the magazine and find out how to get in touch with the person who made the quilt but then I went to the quilt show in Lancaster. At the Continental Inn there was an antique quilt hanging up with embroidered baskets of flowers and the pattern was for sale which included patterns for 30 blocks. I bought the pattern and I was all set to begin the quilt.This quilt has hand embroidered blocks set together log cabin style with 30s fabrics.

2019 February ~ Kris Ricci

2018 January ~ Nancy Bender

2018 December ~

Dessie Kough

Dottie Moreland

2018 November ~ Barbara Hunt

2018 October ~ Linda Hartman

My love of quilting was implanted early as my family had a chest full of honored quilts passed
down from my great-aunts. They had probably been made in the 1930’s and were the typical red and white of that era. There were ones that my Mother had made as a girl, even a pink and white “ swastika” design (that had been a Christian symbol before Hitler adopted it!). This was hidden in the bottom of the chest due to embarrassment after the Germans made it evil…My Mother always quilted small projects (like pillows) because, as a busy wife on a large dairy farm, she rarely had time to sit down.
My sewing began while making funky clothing in the 60’s and 70’s and then came the bicentennial in 1976…there was a huge resurgence in crafts and handiwork.  I had quilted before but I took a seminar on quilting and the rest is history. Thru a busy career of teaching for 22 years and retail for 20 I could only do small projects, mostly for gifts, but there was that craft stand in the early 80’s… Retirement is awesome…time for full size quilts! I love to do (controlled) scrappy projects and play with color and design. While I love civil war fabrics, I am branching out into fun, novelty fabrics, and yes, even batiks! Since Fall is my favorite time of the year (and decorating is another passion) my “Pumpkins Quilt” was a natural and allowed me to use those batiks that I had hoarded! It was really fun to create and to arrange the colors and prints. It was machine appliquéd and quilted. Well, on to the next project…
Linda Hartman

2018 September ~ Kathy Trzeciak

Hello my fellow quilters. My name is Kathy Trzeciak and I am the coordinator for Quilt of the Month. I moved from Virginia back to Pennsylvania last year. I have only been with the Chambersburg Quilt Guild for 1 year. With a new job and finding a new home I could not contribute to the guild as much as I would have liked last year. So now being the coordinator for Quilt of the Month don’t be surprised if I approach you or give you a call to show one of your most wonderful works of art.

Because I really do not know anyone from the guild I decided to show one of my favorite quilts. I did not make this quilt but it was made for me by my previous guild Countryside Quilters, Sterling, VA. I was President for the guild for several years. In all of my opening remarks to the guild, I talked about my love of my cats and the trouble/love they give me. So each member made a quilt block of a cat. I cherish this quilt because it brings back so many memories of my friends in that guild and those who are no longer  here. It was quilted by Judy Moorman. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do daily.

Kathy Trzeciak

2018 March ~ Carolyn Arnold

Daisy Fields is the quilt of the month for March made by Carolyn Arnold. Carolyn began quilting about nine years ago she is self-taught and learns from her friends. Paper piecing is her favorite technique. The quilt shops in the Lancaster area are her favorites for quilty shopping trips. Carolyn likes to watch Angela Walters videos found on you tube as the Midnight Quilter or linked thru Quilting is my

Carolyn says, “sometimes a quilt just calls to you” Daisy Fields did just that. She said it was a challenge for her, the biggest quilt she has made so far. The pattern designer is Kathy Sawyer. The pattern was in the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting Magazine The fabric is the

Live, Love, Laugh collection from Timeless treasures. Daisy Fields was quilted by Donna Jones and completed in June 2017.

2018 February ~Jack Garrett

The February Quilt of the Month is “Let it Glow; Let it Glow, Let it Glow…” made by Jack Garrett in 2016/2017. The quilt fabrics came from a prior years Secret Quilter Friend and Michael Miller “Glow in Dark” Fairy Frost. The quilt was quilted with a simple meander by Cherri Hess. Jack chose glow in the dark thread as too not detract from the glow in the dark fabric

Jack began quilting in 2006, he says he was taught to quilt by “me, myself, and insanity”. His favorite quilt block is mariners compass, favorite technique is Quilters Math (3+3=5.5). He loves batiks and unusual novelty fabrics. His quilting tip is Karen Kay Buckley scissors. Organizing tip, “need more room”. Jacks’ favorite quilting shops are Hayloft, Obie’s, Weavers Dry Goods (the Bargain Basement) and online Abbeys in Sitka, Alaska. Favorite websites are Quiltville with Bonnie Hunter and The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims. Cindy Bender is his favorite quilt instructor. The last class Jack took was Fancy Forest BOM.

2018 January ~Marilyn Peron

The January quilt of the month is “Snow Fun” made by Marilyn Peron. Tonya Reichard quilted with a wind swirl type pattern. Marilyn made the quilt in 2014 from Moda charm packs and four triangles the easy way (ask her). She chose this quilt to display for the winter months and she loves snowmen.

Marilyn first learned to quilt when she took a sampler class at a shop in Waynesboro. This was before rotary cutters, templates had to be made to cut the pieces. She learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the process. Still quilting today!

Marilyn’s favorite quilt instructor has been Nancy Bills. She recommends Sew-N-Place and Itchin’ to Stitch as her favorite fabric stores. The last class she took was the Guild workshop purse/tote. Marilyn’s quilting tip for you is “to thread a needle wet the hole not the thread”

2017 December ~Anne Woods

Anne Woods made, and hand quilted our December Quilt of the Month “Ruby Blue”

Anne took a beginning quilting weekend class at the Joseph Campbell Folk School in western North Carolina 11 years ago. That is when she made her first quilt and hasn’t stopped quilting since! She loves paper piecing, both English and regular. Her favorite quilt shops are Sew-N- Place, Burkholders and online shopping at Anne’s favorite quilt instructor is Dottie Moreland. Anne says “Dottie has given me so much help with my quilting. I appreciate it all! “The best quilting class is Bonnie Hunter’s Strip Twist The latest class Anne took was both English Paper Piecing and Applique workshops with Becky Campbell.

Anne made the quilt ‘Ruby Blue” as a throw to match her new family room sofa. The quilt was the Guild Mystery Quilt for 2014-2015. Anne hand quilted trying to complement each fabric and block with some “close” quilting as you see in some quilt shows. It was mostly quilted while RVing in the winter through spring 2016. Be sure to take a close look at the hand quilting! Anne used this quilt to improve her patchwork and hand quilting techniques.

2017 November ~Linda Dahlmann

My mother, Jeri Dunham, taught me to quilt & I made my first quilt in grade school. It is a half- square triangle doll quilt. Then I didn’t quilt again until 2005 when my daughter Jennifer did her Girl Scout Gold Award. She made18 baby quilts for WIC (Women Infants & Children).

Mom made Dennis & I a queen-size quilt in 1988 & my favorite block is still unknown – each of the 35 blocks is different. I like to machine piece traditional patterns. My favorite tip is to make an Excel worksheet & keep a running list of what I need to take to retreat or class – No more missing pins. I also keep a running list of UFOs with all the pieces I need to complete the project

I really enjoy the classes given by the Chambersburg Quilt Guild. There are wonderful teachers coming right to us with new techniques to learn. My first class was with Leilani Brechbill & we learned how to resize blocks while making a sampler. I have also taken classes for other specific pieced blocks, paper piecing, pin cushions & most recently a wreath.

My daughter Jennifer joined the Navy in July of 2013. I committed to make one Quilt of Valor each year while she is serving. I have completed only 1 quilt in 4 years. I named the quilt “Quilts of Valor Bound” & I found the pattern in Fons & Porter Love of Quilting – using the “Non Sibi Sed Patriae” pattern. This translates to “Not for Self But for Fatherland”. I chose this quilt to display because our speaker is from Quilts of Valor. Thanks to Elizabeth Smith for the lovely quilting.

Citibank started a Quilts of Valor group in March of 2014 & I am a member – “Team Providing Cover” has awarded 58 quilts with more to come.

2017 October ~ Regina Workman

Hi! My name is Regina Workman.  I’m a brand-new member and am so excited to learn from all of you.

I began to love quilts when my paternal grandmother made a quilt for each of her grandchildren. Years later before I was married, I asked my grandmother to teach me how to quilt so the family tradition would live on in me. I wanted to know everything from buying the fabric to putting the last stitch on the binding. We had a woman at our church lightly draw one of her designs on the top fabric in pencil. We worked for 3 1/2 months to complete it. I greatly valued the time we spent at that homemade quilt rack my grandfather made. She shared stories about her life I had never heard before. We laughed, and we cried together. I am so glad she took the time to invest in me both with her time and patience. She was such a treasure. This quilt is a beautiful reminder of my grandmother’s love for me!


2017 May ~ Irma Williams

My name is Irma Williams and nally I can say “I am a quilter”.

I like to make quilts, because there is always a beautiful story behind every quilt.

This particular quilt that I am sharing as the Quilt of the Month for May is a very simple and easy to make “Triple Irish Chain” with a very simple hand appliqué border. This very simple appliqué border of circles and yo-yos was my very rst attempt to do hand appliqué. The machine quilting was done by Elizabeth Basiliko-Smith.

The quilt is very dear to me because the label that I made for it shows a picture of my husband and I on our rst date, 51 years ago.

All the quilts I make I finish with a picture label and dates that are important to me.


 2017 April ~ Kris Ricci

I have been quilting since 1983. I was fortunate to live in California then, and was surrounded by great quilt shops and teachers.

My first class was led by Diana McClun and was the traditional sampler quilt. Each week we were taught a different piecing method to create one block. I still have that quilt and it was hand quilted by me! I actually think that is a great way to learn about quilting. I love the quick methods we have today and have all kinds of rulers, etc. to prove it!!

“Baskets and Bugs” is the name of my quilt that will be displayed at the April guild meeting. I chose this quilt because it combines a lot of the elements I love to do.

My family gave me the bug patterns for my birthday several years ago. They came from a shop in Alma, Michigan, where my kids went to college. I do not really like bugs, but these were very stylish and cute. Took me quite a while to decide how to present them. I found a basket pattern in Sandy Klop’s book, A Baker’s Dozen, and adapted the pattern for the baskets from her book; adding all my bugs feasting on picnic food!

I love this quilt because it is very bright and uses lots of different fabric from my stash. You have to look at it for a while to see all the detail. Jane Sassaman designed the border fabric and she is probably my favorite fabric designer. I buy her fabric whenever I see it.

I am so glad I found the Chambersburg Quilt Guild. Most recently I was a member of Everybody’s Quilt Guild in Westminster, MD.

2017 March ~ Margie Etchberger

My name is Margie Etchberger, and I am fairly new to quilting, only having started about 5 yrs ago. I have wanted to learn to quilt for as long as I can remember, but my work schedule at a previous job did not allow for it, so I am very happy that

I now have a part-time job and can now belong
to the guild and learn to make quilts! I joined the guild having never made a quilt, but anxious to learn. Seeing all the beautiful quilts, listening to
the speakers, and getting advice from experienced quilters made it easy, and fun, to learn. I do not have any favorite quilt block or pattern…I think all quilts are beautiful, and they all have a story behind them. I do try and change a pattern, even in a very small way, to make it my own, so that it is de nitely one-of-a-kind.

The name of my quilt, made in 2016, is: ”Butter y of Hope”. I made this quilt because I wanted
to make a bargello, and as soon as I saw this pattern, I knew that I had to try it. The pattern is from, designed by Kathy Adams. It was a digital download and had minimal instructions. I am proud of myself for guring it out on my own and for nishing it.

Cherri Hess did the quilting for me, and she did a beautiful job! I used batiks for this quilt, almost all came from my stash. Using a design wall was a big help when arranging and rearranging the strips, and for doing the piano key border.

2017 February ~ Judy Vulgamott

The quilt of the month for February is called Rose Log Cabin.

Designed by Deloa Jones, who came to the guild several years ago, taught us this pattern that she created. I fell in love withit. Started it in class, took it to retreat to nish it, and then put in it the closet for several years.

I would get it out, look at it and try to decide how to quilt it. Finally last year I decided to haveRoxie Iser quilt it for me. It has become one of my favorite quilts.

Lani Brechbill started me quilting when she had her little shop on Lincoln Way. She offered a sample quilt class, and I still remember going there and picking out fabric. After that quilt was nished I make two more quilts then stopped.

I visited my aunt in 2006 and she started showing me the many quilts she had made. I was hooked again, and joined the guild in 2007. I love the fellowship and sharing with other quilters.

I’ve made many quilts for my family. I mostly do piecing, but also enjoy paper piecing, embroidery quilting, and some appliqué. I have traveled to quilt shows and enjoy taking classes at these shows, along with the classes our guild offers. I enjoy making the tops more than the quilting, but I am learning to enjoy that, too.

I love visiting quilt shops and picking out fabric. The colors and feel of fabric in my hands make me wish for more quilting time.

2017 February ~ Special Spotlight Quilt

 Peg Myers with her Splendid Sampler quilt shown to Pat Sloan at the February Meeting.  Pat posted this to her FaceBook page!  Way to go Peg!!

Pegs Splendid Sampler Quilt

2017 January ~ Amanda Garrett


“My name is Amanda Garrett. I have been quilting for about fourteen years. I learned the majority of my basic sewing skills from my mom, though as far as teaching me to quilt I pretty much did that on my own. As far as my favorite quilting essentials, I stitch to my own beat. I make more art quilts than what I like to call the classic quilts. The Snowy Owl is my own design. I just finished it in November of 2016, and it taught me to use mixed media in my quilts.”


2016 December ~ Grace Burrows

Grace Burrows

Quilt of the Month for December is “Brazilian Roses” by Grace Burrows. Grace has been quilting for six years and says “the guild taught me to quilt”. Her favorite quilt instructor is Dottie Moreland and the best class she has taken is Lani Brechbill’s Brazilian Roses class. The most recent class she took was Photo Quilts. Graces’ favorite quilt shop is Mud Level Road and Fairy Frost is her favorite fabric.

Grace picked her quilt “Brazilian Roses” to display because it is different. The blocks are hand embroidered using dimensional embroidery technique and machine pieced. The embroidery and the hand quilting by Grace took nearly two years from 2014-2015 to nish. Grace says completion was possible because of suggestions and assistance given by many quilters at retreat.

Please take the time to get a close up look at this beautiful quilt at the December meeting. You will probably want to know when the next Brazilian Roses class is being taught by Lani.

2016 November ~  Marilyn Peron


She took her first quilting class in 1988 in Waynesboro, finished that quilt and then didn’t quilt again until 2005. She began quilting again with what she had learned in the class and what

she found out reading and joined the Chambersburg Quilt Guild
in 2006. Marilyn loves sampler quilt blocks. Paper-piecing is

her favorite technique. She likes Moda fabric, shopping at The Sew’n Place, and organizes her fabrics by color. Her best quilting tip: to flatten a warped cutting mat lay it on the driveway in the sun—all the wrinkles go away. The best quilting class she took, she learned how to do a log cabin block the easy way, not cutting all the pieces to size. The last class she took was a tote bag.

The name of the Quilt of the Month is “Don’s Quilt”. Marilyn chose to display this quilt in November in honor of Veteran’s Day. It was a new flag design found in the June/July 2011 issue of the Quilt Magazine. The quilt was made from stash in 2011 or 2012. “Don’s Quilt” was quilted by Tonya Reichard in a meander pattern. Marilyn says the star blocks were paper-pieced and exasperating to complete!

2016 October ~ Terri Klear


My earliest memory is sitting on a quilting frame while my mother and grandmother hand quilted a quilt. I also wanted to make a quilt on my own. Finally as I approached my 50th birthday, I decided to take a hand quilting class. I learned to make my templates, cut and hand piece my blocks. I was instructed on how to sandwich and hand quilt my top. During these classes I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After numerous surgeries, I spent 6 months sitting on the couch holding my quilt in one hand and the needle and thread in the other as I went through chemotherapy. Sometimes I stitched and sometimes I just sat holding it. I finished my quilt a year after my diagnosis. I call my quilt “My Survivor Quilt”. It is entirely hand sewn from the blocks to the binding. Since then I have taken other classes and workshops. I have gone on retreats and learned from my fellow retreaters. I have made many more quilts but this one remains my favorite quilt.

2016 May – Irma Williams


“1930’s Stars”, made and hand appliqued by Irma Williams, machine quilted by Elizabeth Smith. The 1930’s star quilt was created using the Dresden Plate pattern with replicas of prints from the 1930’s. The border is a simple applique’ made by hand.

I have been a member of the Chambersburg Quilt Guild since 1986. I have, on occasion, made quilts for my family. Each quilt was a simple top made with calicos and tiny prints. I took some time off from quilting for a few years, but returned in 2012. It was then that I took a class with Dottie Moreland on the Baltimore Album applique’ techniques. She made an applique’ monster out of me! Since then, I have made 4 quilts and have appliqued on each and every one. I can’t stop the appliqueing!!

My name is Irma Williams and I can say that I am a quilter now.
Quilting has been an enjoyable past time for me. It’s my therapy, my entertainment, and my passion. Happy quilting to all my friends, and God Bless.

2016 March – Les Smith


The March quilt displayed belongs to Les Smith. He has been quilting for 3 years. He was taught to quilt by his lovely wife Elizabeth who happens to be his favorite instructor! Les says his favorite block is Double Wedding Ring, a quilt he started in the best quilting class he took with Dottie Moreland instructing. The most recent class he took is Karen Kay Buckley’s “Ocean Sunrise”, his favorite technique paper piecing. When asked his favorite quilting shop Les answered PADUCAH, his favorite fabric is civil war reproduction by any manufacturer. Favorite online shop and quilting website is Missouri Star Quilt Company. Les offers the quilting tip, use a sharp rotary blade and always measure twice and cut once. As Les and Elizabeth are reorganizing their quilt studio his tip is: “Always be flexible; sometimes the plan has to change”, and like Elizabeth he favors small see thru boxes for storing projects. “First Quilt Ever” is our March quilt of the month made in 2013. Les picked this quilt to display because it is the only finished quilt he still has, others have been gifted or sold. When asked why he made this quilt Les answered, “My wife made me!” Elizabeth had picked a pattern that would be good to teach Les how to quilt. The fabric came from both Elizabeth and Roxanna Iser’s stash. When the top was done Elizabeth quilted it with her original design. I asked Les what he had learned when creating this quilt, his answer “EVERYTHING”. When you see Les’s work you know he had a good teacher! Les and Elizabeth are quite the creative team.

2016 February – Elizabeth Basiliko-Smith

Our quilter for February is Elizabeth Basiliko-Smith. She learned to quilt when she took a “Quilt in a Day” class at a Sew & Vac in southern MD twenty five years ago. She loves star blocks, paper piecing and batik fabrics. Elizabeth’s favorite quilting tip is Best Press Starch and organizing your sewing space with $4.50 boxes from Dollar General. Her favorite quilt shops include Needle & Thread in Gettysburg, Sew n Place, Mamaw’s Thimble in Tennessee and online Missouri Star Quilt. Elizabeth says “the most life changing guild presentation” was Mary Huey’s organization!! When asked for her favorite quilt instructor she replied with a list: Karen Kay Buckley, Linda Hahn, Bonnie Hunter and Cindy Bender. Her favorite quilting class is also a list: Cindy Bender’s Star Burst, Linda Hahn’s New York Beauty and Karen Kay Buckley’s Ocean Sunrise.

The quilt Elizabeth chose to display is Angels Dancing. It is her favorite quilt with a lot of meaning. The quilt started with a beautiful piece of fabric she just had to have (we all understand this). The pattern came from the book “Traditional with a Twist” by Blanche Young and Dayleen Young-Stone. The pattern is Blooming Nine Patch and Elizabeth said she didn’t like the samples in the book but liked the diagram of the pattern and chose to use it after seeing a quilt someone made from the pattern. It was 2004 when she started the quilt. She was working in a quilt shop in Frederick where several nationally known quilters helped her pick the fabrics to build the quilt which she said was fast and easy! Then the quilt top sat around while life happened.
The quilt was finished in 2010 when Les told her she needed to enter into a competition. She was dating Les at the time and they were attending an amazing worship session when Elizabeth says she was prone on the floor and had a vision of angels swirling and dancing then they parted and God came in and was dancing with everyone-even some that didn’t want to dance with Him. When she got home knowing this vision had to be quilted on this quilt but not sure how to implement it, she was standing in front of the longarm (quilt loaded) knowing the quilt needed feathers with random intertwining and one row of flames of the Holy Spirit but she was afraid to start. Then Les came up behind her and put his hands over hers on the longarm handles and began to pray. When he finished she began quilting Angels Dancing which she entered in the PA Farm Show and won 3rd place. What a wonderful partnership.
Be sure to take a close look at Angels Dancing at the guild meeting. Thanks Elizabeth!

2016 January – Marilyn Peron


January’s Quilt of the Month is provided by Marilyn Peron. She is a self-taught quilter. The first quilt she made was for her daughter, and it was a true learning experience. In 1998 she took her first class in Waynesboro, a Sampler Quilt Class. Marilyn loves sampler quilts because they teach you so many different techniques. Traditional pieced blocks are her favorite, and paper piecing has become her favorite technique. Marilyn organizes her fabric by color and she tries to avoid buying specialty rulers by using the rulers she has to achieve the same results. Nancy Bills is her favorite instructor. The last class she took was Tonga Nature which was a batik sampler quilt.

The quilt Marilyn has brought to display is entitled Snow Fun. She decided to make the quilt because she liked the fabric and also winter. The quilt is made with snowman fabric she bought in Arkansas many years ago. She found a pattern in a magazine that she enlarged so she could fussy cut the snowmen. Enlarging the pattern came as a challenge, but she was really happy the way it turned out. The quilt was made in 2014 and quilted by Tonya Reichard.

Personally Marilyn said many times she just wings it. But she does incredible work and if you ever attend retreat with her you will see she is very organized with her projects and gets much accomplished.

2015 November – Cheryl Chrisman


2004 was a busy year! I retired from the USAF after 21-years; we built a house and moved to Pennsylvania. I enjoyed retired life for a few years, until one day I realized I had completed my “I want to do that when I retire list” at least 3 times, and struggled to stay busy. It was difficult; no one I knew my age was retired. My friend, Anne Woods, is responsible for my being bitten by the “quilting bug”. In July 2008, she showed me a wall hanging she had made, and in spite of my limited sewing experience, I thought maybe I could figure it out. Prior to that, the last time I really “sewed” anything was 8th grade Home Ec. Anne helped me select a pattern and fabric for my first quilt, which was a wall-hanging, then helped me read the pattern and cut the fabric. That was it! I was hooked. Quilting appeals to me because I can do it myself, at my own pace, whenever I want. My husband has been extremely supportive of my new obsession. None of my grandmothers or mother sewed, so there are no “heirloom” quilts to enjoy. I’ve taken classes at The SewNPlace, and with the guild.

About the Quilt

The name of the quilt is “Easy Street with a Couple of Detours”. It’s the 2012 Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville Mystery. It’s my first, and only mystery quilt to date. It took me nearly a year to finish, partly because I couldn’t find a border fabric, so I made a few other things in between piecing and quilting it, hence the “detours”.