Meetings, Sew Time, Workshops

No Fooling – April First in Person

Our First in person meeting in 2023 was fantastic. Twenty two of us meet in Westbrook for a great day.

We kicked off the day by talking about what Improv meant to each of us. And following a short business meeting we did our show and tell, highlighting as always the talents of our members. The pictures show a lot of Maria Shell style Linear Block pieces, which makes sense, as she guided Maine Modern Quilters in a workshop many of us did with her in March. Of course, we were not limited to Improv and there were some beautiful quilts and techniques for us to all enjoy.

A focus on Improv continued and Following Show and Tell we had a pair of workshops on improv curves. Members picked from two options. Some went with Mary Ann Cugini showing us Carolina Oneto’s from the Janome America website, you can find the technique here. At the same time Kate Gawler guided others in Maria Shell’s braided curves technique from the Summer 2021 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Thank you Kate and MaryAnn! It was sew much fun to have a couple hours of sewing with old and new friends.

It was a fantastic Saturday, and we are looking forward to our May sixth meeting where we will have a series of demos on finishing techniques and our June third picnic at Winslow park in Freeport. If you are on the fence about joining, now is a great time!


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


Hazel Henderson, “Scrap Scramble” Teacher

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.


Maine Modern Quilt Guild at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop in Freeport, Maine 4/18/15

Group Photo 2

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

Front row:

Fred Maitland, Beth Maitland, Ann-Marie Schechtman, Sue Duval, Sue Arnold

Show & Tell

Betsy Cannan’s Modern Quilt “Totem” designed by Carolyn Friedlander. Betsy lives in Minot.

FullSizeRender-12Betsy's Making Waves 2

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.

Challenge Quilt, Charity

Riley Blake Challenge Fabrics Charity Quilts November 2014

Jane Hann Morey, left, pieced the blocks that MMQG members made using the left over fabric from the Riley Blake Challenge. Two completed quilts will be donated to the Oncology Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, Maine. They will be used by patients when they have infusion treatments. A third quilt will be donated to the Linus project. Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!!!!!  (Stephanie Berry, Treasurer, right)

jane H.M Riley Blake 2Jane H.M. Riley Blake 1 Nov 2014Jane H.M. Riley Blake 3

Chapter Quilts

Riley Blake Group Quilt

Riley Blake Group Quilt

Members will share in the making of a quilt using Riley Blake and other fabrics. Jane Hann Morey, Membership Liaison between MMQG and PTQG shows some blocks she made to get the group started. Completed blocks will be returned to Jane at the June 6th meeting at Mardens in Lewiston. Thank you, Jane, for all the work you did to get this project off the ground! The quilt pattern Square Dance/Shake It Up! comes from: In Love with Squares and Rectangles, by Amy Walsh and Janine Burke, from the Blue Underground Studios.

Members, Metropolis

Group Photo of Maine Modern Quilters (not all members present in photo)

Group Photo of Maine Modern Quilters (not all members present in photo)

Nearing the end of an educational and sharing day the ME Mod Quilters held their Metropolis blocks for a group photo.
Back, left to right: Jennifer Johnson, Jane Hann Morey, Mona Gosselin, Carmin Dickinson, Beth Maitland, Sara Allen (hiding), Adma Wilson, Hazel Henderson, and Karen Bean
Front, left to right: Bonnie Dwyer, Sandy Johnson, Betsy Cannan


Modern Fabrics from Sew Fresh Fabrics Quilt Shop – April 5, 2014, USM, Room #108, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Phenomenal Sewist and Guest Speaker, Rhonda Galpern

Rhonda Galpern, Modern Sewist with Sew Fresh Fabrics Quilt Shop of Ipswich, MA will be doing a lively and educational Trunk Show Presentation: “Sewing Modern with your Stash: Integrating Modern Fabrics and Designs with your Current Fabric Selection”.

Rhonda, wearing a green top and a big smile is in the Sew Fresh Fabrics booth at the Quilters Gathering Quilt Show in Manchester, NH in 2013. Such a vivacious lady! Sew Fresh Fabrics had a booth at the 2013 Maine Quilt Show in Augusta.
Rhonda, wearing a green top and big smile, is in the Sew Fresh Fabrics booth at the Quilters Gathering Quilt Show in Manchester, NH 2013. Such a talented lady! Sew Fresh Fabrics had a booth at the 2013 Maine Quilt Show in Augusta.

Seating is limited to 40 people. All tickets are purchased through Cindy Visbaras, Maine Modern Quilt Guild, VP of Communication.

Tickets in advance are $15 and must be purchased by April 1st. Tickets at the door are $20. To check on availability of tickets in advance or at the door, contact Cindy Visbaras,  at Contact Cindy via email no later than 8:00 p.m. on April 4.  All tickets are non-refundable. Returned checks will have an over-draft fee of $30.00.

The latest, beautiful fabrics from modern quilt designers will be available for purchase at this event.

To be included in the modern fat quarter drawing, bring one FQ of modern fabric. Bring along your Show and Tell, especially if you have used non-modern fabrics in a modern style quilt.

For information concerning the event, contact Betsy Cannan, Pres. Maine Modern Quilt Guild at


March 15, 2014 Agenda, USM, 9:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Rm. #108,

This is a Sew Down Slipper day! Bring your lunch, machines and sewing supplies.

First-time guests attend for free. Welcome!  Yippee! Meet new sewists of all skill levels.

Joan Emerson will teach us how to make neat, fancy, “Sew Down Slippers”.  No more cold weather or toes! 


Then we will work on Name Tags. Yeah!

As always, if you choose to not do these projects, you may bring a UFO to work on.

Fat Quarter color TBD.

Refreshments: Carmen Dickinson and Vicky Westleigh  Thank you!


Modern Quilt Meeting: Saturday, Jan. 4, USM L/A College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston, ME 04240

Welcome to the next Woo Hoo! meeting of Maine Modern Quilt Guild! What a GREAT group of Quilters!
Time: 9-12 Arrive a little early to sign in. You may bring in drinks and food.
Location: Room #108 (Drive ALL the way around the building to get to the nearest entrance to room 108.)
Wear a name tag if you have one, or we will give you a sticky one. Yeah for stickies!

The extended weather forecast is sunny for Saturday. However, the snow date, if the weather is BAD, is Friday, Jan. 10, same time, same place.
Remember, if the university is closed, we don’t meet.

Bring your modern projects for 2 reasons: 1) for display so we can vote by secret ballot what projects we would like to learn to do in the coming months, 2) Jane H.M. needs your projects for the Jan. 25th PTQG mtg. You will be hearing from Jane. Discussion as needed about the Jan. 25th PTQG meeting in Augusta. Contact:

Riley Blake Challenge S&T
(If you did not do the Riley Blake Challenge, please return the fabric so we can use it in a quilt to raffle. TY)
Who would like to be on a committee to organize making a raffle quilt with our RB fabric? Email me to sign up.

Logo: Who would like to volunteer to design a logo for us? It’s time! We need one? Email me!

Apron Runway – Wear or show an apron you made. (Any kind of apron) Give a notecard to Ann-Marie when you come in with info about your apron. She will read it to the group.

Show and Tell: Limit your projects to 1-2. Cindy V., VP of Comm., will take pics and load them on our sites. Pls tell Cindy if you prefer no pics. Our sites: and

Skill Builder: Hexies by hand and by machine – taught by Vicky Westleigh, Sec., and Ann-Marie Schechtman, VP of Events

FQ color is Valentiney red (for FQ exchange) Is Valentiney a word?

See you soon!