The Chambersburg Quilt Guild was founded in 1982. Currently, we have more than 150 members with skill levels ranging from beginner to expert. Our members come from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
We meet on the second Saturday of the month from September to May at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at 26 West Commerce Street (click here for directions) in Chambersburg. Our meetings include lectures by nationally-known teachers, lectures by our own talented members, trunk shows, a Christmas Tea, a Grand Feast, and social time to develop new relationships and friends.
Our bylaws require the Guild to hold four board meetings per fiscal year. All Board Members and Committee Chairs should attend. All members are welcome. Board meetings are held at the Trinity Lutheran Church at 10 am before the September, December and March guild meetings. A joint board meeting is scheduled in June. Additional board meetings are scheduled as needed.
As an Incorporated organization, the Chambersburg Quilt Guild operates under a set of bylaws. Copies of the current by-laws are always available from the president on request.
The Chambersburg Quilt Guild newsletter, “The Bee Line” is published before each meeting. This newsletter updates guild members on news and information about guild activities. To access newsletter, you must be a paying member. Any member may submit news or articles of interest. Items for submission should be sent to the editor by the 20th of each month for the next issue.
The guild officers comprising the board are nominated each spring by the Nominating Committee and approved by the membership in April. The current list of board positions and incumbents is published in each edition of The Bee Line. The current Vice President becomes the President the following year. The Program Committee is a 3 year commitment with the longest serving member as the Chair.
Daytime Quilt Bees are held the last Monday of each month, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. Volunteers wishing to host a Bee should contact the President for scheduling. Details, including directions for the next Bee will be published in The Bee Line and posted on the website.
The Guild also provides multiple workshops during each year on many and diverse quilt construction techniques as well as tips and help with quilting processes. Upcoming workshops can be seen by clicking on the Events or Education tab.
We also host two weekend quilt retreats each year, one in the fall and one in spring. These retreats are an opportunity to spend 2 to 5 days with other guild members just sewing, eating and enjoying the company of other people with similar interests.
Additionally, we plan a bus trip to the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, Pa. Many of our guild members participate in “Quilt Odyssey”, a show in Hershey.
The Chambersburg Quilt Guild participates in a number of service projects throughout the year, such as making baby and doll quilts, sharing our raffle quilt proceeds with local organizations, and donating member-made quilts to be auctioned at charity events. Members have demonstrated quilt making at regional heritage events.
Every other year the Guild produces a quilt show in conjunction with ChambersFest to “Celebrate the Arts”! During our 2015 quilt show, we hosted visitors from our sister city, Gotemba, Japan. Each guest received a small quilt made especially for them by a guild member. Our next show will be in July 2017 at The Falling Springs Family Life Center in Chambersburg, Pa.
Membership provides an opportunity to enjoy all that the Chambersburg Quilt Guild has to offer. Dues are based on the regular guild year that starts September each year. Annual dues are to be paid by the May meeting for the following guild year. Single membership dues are $20.00. A family membership for all members at the same address is $25.00 and Junior memberships for ages 10-17 are $10.00. A tab for Membership Forms can be found on Home and Contact pages.
The Chambersburg Quilt Guild does not sponsor or support individual causes. All requests for donations to area non-profit organizations must be submitted to and voted upon by the guild membership during our annual disbursement from raffle quilt or any designated guild proceeds.
Guild members will not utilize membership information to advertise private endeavors or businesses. Advertisement opportunities are available in our Sponsor tab. Send messages and/or request utilizing Contact tab above.
The Chambersburg Quilt Guild offers something for everyone. Members can choose to participate in any or all activities that help individuals grow in the art of quilt making. Many of our projects involve giving back to the community.
Baby Quilts: are made by members and donated throughout the year. These quilts are given to Pregnancy Ministries and distributed to those in need. They are made with care and size is approximately 36” by 45 “. Baby quilts must be quilted (not tied). We donate 30 to 60 quilts each year.
Doll Quilts: are created by members for “Toys for Tots” and distributed by the Marine Corps during the holiday season. Approximately 100 or more are created and donated by our membership each year.
Challenge: Participants use the same starting idea given by the committee to make their own creations. The challenge could be a theme, a color, a pattern, or a method. The finished pieces are revealed at the February meeting.
Christmas Exchange Block: A Christmas Block is decided on by the committee. Kits with directions will be available for sale for a nominal fee. All completed blocks turned in by the December meeting will be given away in a drawing for all who participated.
Christmas Tea: Everyone brings food to share for our annual event of fellowship and fun for the December meeting.
Friendship Block: Each year the membership honors the outgoing President with a set of signature blocks. Kits contain two blocks so the extra will be given away in a drawing at the May meeting.
Grand Feast: A potluck meal at the May meeting is the grand finale for the year.
Secret Quilting Friend: A Secret Quilting Friend is assigned to each member who signs up for this activity. Each month the secret quilting friend brings their recipient 3 fat quarters. They might include an extra treat or remember a birthday. Benefactors are revealed at the May meeting.
Mystery Quilt: Participants follow step-by-step instructions to complete a quilt top, not knowing what the result will be until the very end. This is done every other quilt year beginning in September of an even year. The finishing pieces are revealed at the May meeting.
The Raffle Quilt: is an annual major fund raising project for the guild. The committee selects a design, prepares kits and distributes kits to volunteer members for individual construction. Completed blocks are assembled and the completed project is quilted. All members are asked to sell tickets as well as help sell tickets at various events through the year. The quilt is then raffled off. Half of the proceeds go to a community organization or charity selected annually by vote of the membership. As of 2014, more than $32,000 has been donated back to our community. The remainder of the proceeds goes toward workshops and education for our guild members.
Round Robin: Participants make their own center block which is passed each month to another member for the next segment. Members will not see their own blocks again until the big reveal in May. This is done alternate quilt year beginning in September of an odd year.
Nominating: This committee chooses nominees for office for the following year and presents them for approval by the membership at the April meeting with installation following the Grand Feast in May.
Quilt Show 2017: The Chambersburg Quilt Guild produces a lovely quilt show every other year. There is no charge for this event. It is scheduled in conjunction with the ChambersFest activities in July. This is our opportunity to share quilts and the art of quilt making within the community. We display between 150 and 200 quilts and other quilted items. We encourage you to come and enjoy this functional and stunning art form. There are quilting demonstrations, a boutique table and raffle basket ticket sales. This event is a great fund raiser for the guild so that we can have wonderful programs throughout the year.
Sunshine Committee: The Sunshine Chair recruits volunteers to serve as greeters at monthly meetings. The greeters welcome visitors, new members, and current members, pointing out the various pre-meeting activities and sign-ups going on.
Hospitality Committee: The Hospitality Committee help set up the refreshments served before the monthly meetings. Volunteers are recruited at each meeting to bring refreshments for the following month’s meeting.
Lancaster Bus Trip: A bus trip to the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, Pa. is sponsored by the Guild. The show has traditionally been scheduled in mid-March. Details will be announced at the meetings and in The Bee Line.
Retreat: The Guild sponsors 2 retreats a year in Spring and Fall. They are held at the Byers Conference Center in Roxbury, Pa. The basic package is from Friday through Sunday afternoon with 5 meals provided, but there are various options to start your stay as early as Tuesday or just come for the day. This is a great opportunity to meet members, get to know them better, devote time to quilting and have a great time.
Other Activities: The Chambersburg Quilt Guild has set up quilting demonstrations and displays of completed quilts at local celebrations such as the Village of Laurel Run’s Ice Cream Social.
Often sewing get-togethers such as National Quilting Day in March are used to make quilts or items to be donated.
The Franklin County Quilt Documentation Project was a 5 year collaboration between the Chambersburg Quilt Guild and members of the Franklin County, Pa. community. The Guild undertook this multiple year project to document quilts made before 1950 and currently residing in Franklin County. Sites were set up to register, document histories and photograph quilts for the publication of a book. This book, “Quilt Treasures of Yesteryear” was completed and published in 2009. A committee formed from the membership, the board and the documentation committee met to recommend disbursements of proceeds from book sales. A total of $14,800 was given to organizations within our community. We gifted approximately 60 books to libraries, secondary schools, historical societies and museums in the area. Use contact page to email for more information about this publication.
The Chambersburg Quilt Guild Cookbook is a collection of favorite recipes gathered from guild members. This book has a wide variety of easy to make food items. Use Contact Page to email for more information about this publication.