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Check out quilters' handiwork

July 17, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Dottie Moreland of Chambersburg, Pa., had done different kinds of needlework - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint - but she always wanted to quilt. She started in 1986.

For years, Moreland was a nurse who worked a night shift. When she got home in the morning, she'd quilt to unwind.

Now retired, Moreland still finds needlecraft relaxing, and she enjoys the creativity of quilting.

Some of her handiwork, as well as that of other members of the Chambersburg Quilt Guild, will be on display at the "Down Memory Lane" quilt show from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in the Family Life Center of Falling Spring Presbyterian Church at 221 N. Main St. in Chambersburg.

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The show, held every other year, marks the organization's 20th anniversary. Moreland joined the guild in 1989 and is co-chairwoman of the show.

The 90-member guild meets once a month from September through May at Trinity Lutheran Church on U.S. 11 in Chambersburg. Members make baby quilts for the local pregnancy ministry, doll quilts for the area toy mission and an annual raffle quilt. This year's pieced prize will be raffled at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19. A portion of the proceeds benefits Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts. The raffle quilt will be displayed during the show.

Also on view will be a collection of 12 quilts from the American Spirit Quilt Project, which features original designs from the United States and Singapore. The quilts express the American spirit in response to the Sept. 11 tragedies, according to the project Web site at www.americanspiritquilts.

com. Between its weekend stop in Chambersburg and October in Louisiana, the project will travel to New York, Kansas, Michigan and Florida.

Debbie Brug, the guild's incoming president, got into quilting after she won a raffle quilt about 10 years ago.

Like Moreland, she finds quilting relaxing. Joining the quilt guild after moving to Chambersburg from western New York a few years ago has been a good way to meet people, she says.

There will be plenty of people to meet Friday and Saturday as the show mixes with the annual ChambersFest.

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