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!

1600" Jelly Roll

Kary Lanehart (Happy days ahead in Florida!)


Kary Lanehart (Happy days ahead in Florida!)

The beginning stage of making this 1600″ jelly roll quilt is to sew ALL 48 (forty eight) 42″ strips into one very long strip (1600″).

We are working in the dining room of the Green Ladle Restaurant in Lewiston, Maine run by Chef Dan Caron.

1600" Jelly Roll

Ellie Fellers, Co-Secretary and quilt teacher for the day


Ellie Fellers, Co-Secretary
Ellie expertly taught the group how to make the 1600″ Jelly Roll Quilt from Heirloom Creations. Thank you Ellie! And, thank you Karen Mitchell for helping with the math conversions we needed for another size of the same quilt.

Ellie is showing us her own 1600″ Heirloom Creations Jelly Roll Quilt, made from her enormous stash/store at home.

Ellie and Karen have made several of these jelly roll quilts.