Spotlight Quilts

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”.