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.

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.

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!

December 2…Paaarrrttyyy!!!!


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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: carmend2010@hotmail.com

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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:

October 14, 2017 Meeting


Thank you Betsy Cannan!  We had a glam-clam day with Betsy leading the charge.  Check out these great glam clam beginnings!

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!

 

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.

Agenda:

Welcome!

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.*

Break

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

Callie Lavoie, Maine Quilts Coordinator
Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Inc.
info@mainequilts.org
http://www.mainequilts.org
http://www.facebook.com/MaineQuilts
207.216.7358

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.

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 whinny74@fairpoint.net