It was a cold but clear day for the first meeting of 2017. We had a very enthusiastic group with several new members in attendance. There were many creative versions of the Modern Pinwheel Block of the Month. And we had a lot of fun seeing all the favorite tools and gadgets for quilting that members shared. We only had a few people with items for Show and Tell, but they were beautiful nonetheless.
We had our meeting in the Buker Community Center in Augusta. There were stations for learning what can be done with a walking foot, led by Karen Bean and Sue Duval. We also had many of Stephanie’s treasures displayed. Jane did a fantastic job of putting together the wonky 9 patch blocks that members made from Stephanie’s fabrics. And as usual, members showed great creativity with the pieces that they had for “show and tell”.
The first meeting of the 2016-2017 year was held in Waterville, at Thomas College. Members participated in the business meeting portion of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild (our umbrella organization) and because it was a beautiful day, we continued our Modern Guild meeting by having lunch outside on the patio. After lunch, we saw a gorgeous trunk show by Anita Grossman Soloman.
We welcomed several new members to our group and discussed the upcoming events planned for the year. Members should watch for emails with the specific details of the activities for each month.
A huge thank you to Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop for hosting us in June! We learned a curve technique using Karen Eckmeier’s Making Waves book. Members also shared some of the great projects they have been working on, and several members brought their fidget quilts. Fidget quilts are 18″ x 18″-ish and have “busy” items added to them – wooden rings, zippers, velcro, fabric fingers…these are then donated to organizations that serve patients with dementia and alzheimer’s disease. Let the pictures commence!
It was a lovely spring day to drive out to St. Giles in Jefferson for our meeting. Thanks to Hazel and her pastor of St. Giles for allowing us to gather at such a comfortable and creative place.
The block of the month was tea-leaf made modern and we had many inspiring versions of this traditional block.
Jennifer and Sue A did an outstanding job of teaching us 2 techniques for sewing circles. We even had a chance to practice some free-motion quilting of circles. Circles, circles and more circles!
The quilts for show and tell were beautiful as always!
Betsy Cannan was presented with a beautiful quilt to thank her for her service to the Maine Modern Quilters. It was made of blocks designed and sewn by members, using Betsy’s favorite color, red. The quilt was assembled by Anne-Marie, backing by Karen and quilted by Sharon. It was a true work of art and love!
We had a very lively and informative discussion about quilt labels, with some great examples shown by members.
The block of the month was Dresden plate-made modern. And as always, we had a show and tell with many gorgeous quilts!
It was a lovely, sunny but chilly day for the meeting. We were a somewhat small but very creative group! Jane taught us a unique way to do a fabric nametag. Carmen did a workshop using Tula Pink’s Tubular Piecing Process. We learned 3 tube techiques and a way to sew a facing on to a quilt instead of a binding. Very informative! All members will receive an email with the details of this meeting and what to expect for the upcoming meetings.
Congratulations to Kathryn Simel for the ribbon she received for her quilt that was shown at QuiltCon 2016. She received Third Place for the Use of Negative Space for her quilt entitled, Catching Up. It was wonderful to see it in person! And more kudos go out to Kathryn because she will have a baby quilt version of another of her creations to be published in an upcoming edition of Modern Quilters Unlimited Magazine. Such creativity!
Good Morning Maine Modern Quilters! It may be snowy today but the extended forecast looks good for Saturday Feb 27! Check your email for details about the meeting. It will be a jam packed meeting with lots to do. Hope to see you all on Saturday!
Hope to see you all February 27:
8:45 – 3:00
Lewiston-Auburn College, University of Southern Maine
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston
Saturday, January 16
8:45 – Noon
Lewiston-Auburn College – University of Southern Maine
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston
Please drive around back and enter through that door.
News and Announcements
Each month members have been creating a modern interpretation of a traditional block – and sometimes entire quilts or projects with that interpretation. The block for January is Lone Star. (Earlier this year everyone put the name of a block on a slip of paper – from that list, we will draw a new block for February at the meeting.)
Please bring a 5″ square with a design in the center of the block and a border around the design. It is suggested that the border be a lighter color. No sewing supplies needed, but if you have a small cutting mat/ruler/rotary cutter, please bring that. If you have a nametag you love, please bring it to share.*
Fat Quarter Swap – bring a modern fabric fat quarter, take one home!*
Show and Tell*
*Please note that participation in all activities is optional. Snack policy is to bring your own snack, however; if you bring a snack to share it will be appreciated and consumed!
From Callie Lavoie at Maine Quilts – can you help?
“I am looking for a Shipped Quilts volunteer. Task is to accept delivery of 20 -30 quilts (usually) in July, deliver to the Civic Center Wednesday morning of hanging day by 9 a.m. and pickup on Sunday night to mail back to the registrant. I need to find someone in the next 30 days for quilt registration purposes. Any ideas or names I can call? It is not a long task, just during July with a 10 day window to accept delivery. “
Really appreciate it!
The next issue of Piecing Together Maine Quilts is here about new happenings at Maine Quilts 2016!
Share with your chapters, please and I will add to our website, http://www.mainequilts.org.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Maine Modern Quilters had a great holiday gathering! First off , was the passing of the presidential gavel from Betsy to Sharon. Thank you Betsy for your dedication to the formation of the group and service to Maine Modern Quilters! And good luck to Sharon in her new role as our fearless leader!
The morning was filled with silly little quilty games, a hot mat swap, yummy treats and as always, a beautiful show and tell. The members also made a generous donation to the Good Shepard Food Bank. Thanks to all who made this a memorable event!
December 5; 8:45 am – Noon
University of Southern Maine,
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston
Drive around the building to park by the entrance at the back of the building. Once you enter, it is pretty easy to find the room! No need to bring sewing supplies for this meeting. Here is the agenda:
- Kitty, dues due, maple leaf block of the month challenge and drawing for January block
- Modern fabric quarter game – to participate, bring a modern fat quarter, return home with a different one!
- January meeting date
- There will be a game! If you would like to participate in the game, please bring two 6 1/2″ squares of holiday fabric .
- Make and bring a 10″ hot mat wrapped if you would like to participate in a gift exchange
- One of our members will demonstrate a short-cut binding technique
- Per our usual policy, each person should bring their own snacks and beverages. Please note that no one will be upset if you choose to bring snacks and beverages to share!
- We are collecting items to donate to the food bank – if you would like to participate please bring a non-perishable food item or items such as kleenex, pampers, feminine items, soap, shampoo – your choice.
- See below for details on the monthly challenge, the next snuggle in, and the November election results.
Lost & Found
- If you found a pair of blue fleece gloves at the Alewives meeting last month, we found the owner. Please bring the gloves or connect with Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, November 14, we gathered at Alewives Fabrics in Nobleboro. Thanks to Rhea for hosting our enthusiastic group! It was a busy meeting with the group holding elections for officers of the guild, a beautiful show and tell and a mini workshop was given to learn new improv block techniques. Minutes of the meeting are in the email sent to all active guild members.
Hazel taught a class called Scrap Scramble. We each brought 2 solid fat quarters and started out by placing 1 FQ on a community table. We each chose a fabric that someone else brought, added the white that Hazel supplied, and proceeded to make either an X or O block under a time limit of 30 minutes. Sew machines humming! Jen J won a prize for finishing first. Sue D. won the second place prize. Lots of FUN. We each made two blocks and displayed them on a design wall. Hazel will piece a charity quilt and will gladly accept help in doing that! Look for the X’s and O’s in some of the following photos.
Unfortunately we are missing some members, but here are quite a few from our FANTASTIC group!
Left to right, back row:
Sandy Johnson, Betsy Cannan, Carmen Dickinson, Sara Allen, Adma Willis, Sharon Vandermay, Audrey Arguin, Jen Johnson
Middle row: Eleanor Dickens, Joan Emerson, Bonnie Dwyer, Jane Hann Morey, Karen Bean, Kathryn Simel, Stephanie Berry, Ellie Fellers
Fred Maitland, Beth Maitland, Ann-Marie Schechtman, Sue Duval, Sue Arnold
Jane shows her modern quilt which originally called for the center of the stars to be a color. But, being the modern quilter that Jane is, she changed the centers to be white, adding to the negative space.
The second smaller quilt was sewn using the One-Seam Flying Geese method, taught by Carmen Dickinson, which originated in England and was shared by Ricky Tims.
Kathryn Simel, Maine Modern Quilter, is the owner and designer of Midcoast Cottage Design in Cushing, Maine.
She specializes in designing modern patterns with a cottage flair; bright, solid colors, subtle, and beautiful.
Totem is the first quilt and Chistmas Sparkle (Making Waves) was designed by Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio. The center of Totem was paper-pieced. I used June Taylor’s Perfect Piecing foundation sheets and loved them. Most is left in place for stabilization. Making Waves was taught by Ann-Marie Schetchman, Modern Quilter. My husband, Don, is holding up Christmas Sparkle for me.
Weeks Ringle and her husband Bill Kerr will be teaching and presenting at the Maine Quilt Show in July 2015.