January 2023 meeting

On the eighth members of the Maine Modern Quilters joined a ZOOM meeting. We had a lot of fun sharing and having a Sewcial! During our sharing members shared their favorite resources which will be shared on this website as a “Resources our Members Love” page, which is now linked in the side bar of the website.

Some of the highlights of the meeting included seeing progress on the Harmony Quilt (used by permission from Curated Quilts (Issue #18)) which we are making as group to donate to local facility supporting children transitioning from Foster care. (More details and photos when it is done!)

Our member Veronica Serrato shared photos and the story of a recent trip to Mexico where she explored Otomi Embroidery and visited with makers in Pachuca Mexico. The art she shared was beautiful, as was the story of a community using art both as an economic engine but as a driver of community. You could not have heard her story and not wanted to go visit this amazing place and these amazing people.

After Veronica’s short presentation we had our Sewcial chatted and shared what we are currently working on, as always the talents of our members shined through. Whether sharing progress on our recent collage project session, a mystery quilt BOM, or a gift for family the diversity of modern quilting and creativity & talent of our members shone through.

As always if you are interested joining us or learning more about our group please reach out!

Meetings, Show & Tell

December Meeting & Holiday Party

We met in New Gloucester this year for our annual holiday party and had a very festive time.

There was a wonderful selection of quilts and other quilty projects for show and tell from our talented members.

Members shared yummy food dishes and made a small homemade item wrapped in a brown paper bag for a gift exchange. Harmony blocks, a pattern by Curated Quilts, were collected for our group charity quilt.

To finish off the festivities, we divided into two groups and played the Left Right Center dice game with fat quarters. Congrats to Meliss and Sue who both took home a pile of fat quarters!


2022/2023 Membership

Reminder to members it’s time to renew your dues to Maine Modern Quilters. The membership fee is $35 or $20 if you’ve already paid $15 to Pine Tree Quilters Guild through another chapter. For existing members, check your email for details on how to renew your membership.

Now is a great time to join if you’re not currently a member of our chapter. For new members, please email our membership chair, Carmen, at

Meetings, Membership, Show & Tell


March 7, 2020 was the last time we had an in-person meeting.  Below you’ll see some of the beautiful creations from our talented members.

Going forward, all the meetings will be done using the Zoom platform.  A YouTube channel has been set up so that if a member is unable to do the Zoom meeting, they will be able to view the recorded meeting on the YouTube channel after receiving a link.

We will be doing membership renewal starting in August for the September 2020 to June 2021 meetings.  An email will be sent out to current members.  Anyone interested in joining can send an email to for more information.  We welcome anyone to our group!



September 14, 2019 meeting

The first meeting of the year will be Saturday, September 14, 9:30am to 1:00pm at the First Congregational Church on 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester.
Bring cash or check for yearly dues, $35.
Bring snacks/lunch, beverages
Bring money for the “kitty” to help pay for the venue.
Bring items for Show and Tell
Bring Potholder mini quilts (for Maine’s 200th Anniversary)
Bring your friendly, open and spirited selves to reconnect with old friends and to make new Modern Quilty friends!

Any questions, please send an email to

Show & Tell, Social Time

Holiday Cheer!

Thanks to the awesome holiday party committee for a great morning of fun, games, food an laughter.

I’m sure all the members will agree that Sandy won the most coveted yankee swap item – a tree that sings and lights up!IMG_2501.jpg


Julie showed us how she took an art quilt and transformed it into a t-shirt, and into a graphic on sneakers.


We’re submitting a quilt to QuiltCon, which is the show hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild. Almost all the members worked on some aspect of the quilt, and it was quilted by Betsy Canaan.  We voted on a name and Striation Gyration is the winner!

And finally, we enjoyed seeing the quilty-goodness that members have been working on:

From the top, left to right: Evie, Hazel, Kate, Margaret, MaryAnn, Peg, and Rose.

Meetings, Show & Tell

Scrap-o-rama and UFO Revival

We had a great meeting using up our scraps!  All quilts are “made” fabric – but some more than others – think crazy quilts, quilts made from worn items such as the Gee’s Bend Quilts, quilts made from feedsacks….. We also discussed ways to re-purpose UFO’s that we would rather never see again including finishing them and donating them to a charitable cause, or re-purposing them into something  you LIKE – don’t limit yourself to quilts – think skirts, placemats, pillows.  Maybe you adopt a hawaiian applique pattern for that holiday top – or make that solids melange into 6″ squares with vertical bars in -between set on a white background… we referred to Mary Kerr’s Twisted for inspiration.

Show and Tell!  Linda and Karen with their pieces from a previous curves workshop; Sandy’s stunning blue quilt; Dina’s excellent Big Stitching; Leanne’s EPP; Bonnie’s antique shop treasure made in the 1950’s; Karen’s Mariner’s Compass; Ellie’s pink quilt; Dan with placemats and belt made with scraps; and Sue with her 2nd Poppin bag.

Quilt Shows

This Saturday, April 7! Modern Quilt Expo

Hello Faithful Readers!

We are hoping you can swing by this Saturday, April 7 for our very first Modern Quilt Expo. It will be held at the First Congo Church on 19 Gloucester Hill Rd. New Gloucester, Maine.  It will be very casual and fun – We will have approximately 60 modern quilts on display, and the demonstrations will be on how modern quilters are using hand quilting, paper piecing and improv curves. Each demonstration person will be at a table, and will engage in one-on-one conversation/ demonstration or small group conversation/ demonstration as people wander through. The make-n-take is a modern potholder – ha ha – exciting, right? You must admit though, it is a project that can be completed in a short amount of time, and is appropriate for all ages, and… have you looked at your potholders lately? It might be time for a spring cleaning….

We have an excellent raffle item.  One of those very cool collapsible wheeled carts. Through the generosity of Quiltessentials, Alewives, Missouri Star, and Studio E Fabrics, there are also some great items IN the cart.

If you are participating in the Maine Shop Hop, we are a nice stop on the way to Quiltessentials in Auburn, Oxford Mill End Store in Oxford, and Sew Orchid in Norway. If you are looking for well priced home dec or marine fabrics,  The Fabric Warehouse in Auburn is also nearby.

Have a terrific week and we hope that you can drop in on Saturday!

Members, Show & Tell, Social Time

December 2…Paaarrrttyyy!!!!


We celebrated the holidays on December 2… as you can see by the photos, we hardly had any fun at all… of course, not everyone can make every meeting – but we managed to get a snapshot of the party-goers as depicted above!

There were decorations and food…

Games… the competitors were FIERCE!!!!


Evelyn won the Big Pile of Fat Quarters….she rolls a mean dice….

And we finished the day with a viewing of finished UFO’s!!! The members are really embracing the UFO challenge:

Somerset Samplers created this beauty from a departed members stash… they are selling raffle tickets for it!  $1 each, or 6 for $5.  To purchase a raffle ticket, email Carmen at:


Show & Tell, Speakers

November 4, 2017

Thank you visiting artist Kevin Callahan for a terrific presentation about fiber, textiles and fabric in fine art.  View the work of Nancy Hemenway Barton at the UNE gallery in Portland through December 20.

We commenced with our annual fabric, books and notions fundraiser after Kevin’s speech, agreeing to “be adults” and not fight over the goods….

And wrapped up the day showing projects that members finished as part of the UFO challenge…

And we enjoyed a little show-n-tell:

Meetings, Sew Time, Show & Tell

June 17, 2017

Our last guild meeting of the year was held in New Gloucester at the First Congregational Church. Sue Arnold finished up the Block of the Month series. We are very appreciative of all the hard work she put into organizing that activity for the guild. The highlight of the meeting was the Improv Round Robin activity. Members had a chance to really stretch their creativity and use their improvisational quilting skills to the max! It was great fun and a wonderful  way to end our guild year.

Thanks to all who made this a memorable year of Modern Quilting!

Meetings, Show & Tell

May 13, 2017 Meeting

The meeting was held at the First Congregational Church in New Gloucester. It was not a sewing filled meeting but we shared alot of information about upcoming activities. Sue Arnold did the Block of the Month, we discussed the guild banner, the upcoming Improv Round Robin was explained and we had an incredible Show and Tell. I think people had been working diligently to finish up projects!

Block of the Month, Demonstrations, Show & Tell, Table Runners

February 18, 2017 Meeting

We had a very lovely venue for this meeting in Westbrook and the weather cooperated, allowing us to have a great turn out of members. As we introduced ourselves, I asked people to share their favorite aspect of quilting and their least favorite part of quilting. It was a nice way to get to know each other better and generated great discussion.

Sue Arnold led the Block of the Month presentation. Here is Bonnie and Anne-Marie showing some of the creative and beautiful blocks.

Kathryn Simel showed the design for the banner that our guild will display at Maine Quilts this summer. She did an extraordinary job designing and sewing it together. We are so fortunate to have this incredible designer in our group! Other guild members will put some of the finishing touches on in. Thanks to all involved in this project!

Carmen and Jane each gave demonstrations on binding techniques that were very helpful!

And we had a great showing of beautiful quilted items for Show and Tell!

Block of the Month, Meetings, Show & Tell

January 7, 2017 Meeting

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.

Demonstrations, Meetings, Show & Tell

October 29,2016

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”.


Meetings, Members

Sept 10, 2016 Meeting

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.

Demonstrations, Meetings, Show & Tell

June at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop

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!


Demonstrations, Meetings, Show & Tell

April 23,2016 meeting

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!

Block of the Month, Demonstrations, Show & Tell

March 19, 2016 meeting

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!



Block of the Month, Demonstrations, Show & Tell

February 27, 2016 Meeting

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!

A baby quilt version of this quilt to be in Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine



Agenda for January 16, 2016

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

January Block:
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.)

Nametag Activity:

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!

Callie Lavoie, Maine Quilts Coordinator
Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Inc.

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,

Meetings, Show & Tell, Social Time

December 5, 2015

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!

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The gavel was passed from Betsy to Sharon.


Ellie was a winner!


December 5 Meeting

Christmas Party
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:

  • Introductions
  • 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

Christmas Party!

  • 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
Meetings, Show & Tell

November, 2015

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.

Ohio Star, Block of the Month
Ohio Star, Block of the Month

Kathryn's picnic baskets
Kathryn’s picnic baskets

Charity quilt by Betsy

Stephanie made this beautiful quilt and Betsy did an outstanding job of quilting for her
Stephanie made this beautiful quilt and Betsy did an outstanding job of quilting for her