Coastal Quilters celebrated the start of summer by wrapping up our year with our annual potluck and yard sale/swap. Although the year was somewhat quiet, we’re all gradually emerging from pandemic isolation and inviting new members from the midcoast area to be a part of our wonderfully creative group.
We’re looking forward to the return of the live Maine Quilts show in Augusta this summer with the display of our Covid challenge and our XO challenge. Come and see the quilts! We’ll also have an extended sit-and-sew in mid-August; stay tuned for dates and details!
Between Covid concerns and Zoom sessions, we’re still trying to get our monthly meetings up to speed. The recent Omicron surge has resulted in a smaller group at the live meetings, so we’re missing some of the members that we haven’t seen in a while, and we’ve also missed seeing some of the wonderful pieces our folks have been working on. Thanks to all who sent pictures so we can catch up!
The one with the seagull is in response to a prompt of “mineral/rock”. I love the quartz veins that look like they are beckoning you to come down to the sea. It’s 6×12. The other small one, also 6×12, is a response to a prompt of “light”. I’m experimenting with the design in the fabric, some dyed cheesecloth and misty fuse to get the look of sunlight through the water? Not sure of the success, but I think not a total failure. The largest piece is for the Art Quilts Maine challenge of abstraction. It’s pieced and ready for the quilting, approx. 24×36.
The first is my version of the 100 day challenge taking the spirit of the idea and just playing with improvisational blocks. The second is a doll bed quilt and the third is a baby quilt in process for my grandson but I forgot to take a pic when it was done- when I see him in April I will get one!
Tote bags from old flannel shirts and how I make the small favor bags for my daughter’s wedding in batches.
I’ve been wanting to make a red Burgoyne Surrounded for a while now and decided there’s no time like the present to start a new project, the red shelf of my stash cupboard is overflowing and they are eager to be used in something. Not exactly what you would call minimal! My brain likes a grid.
First is my house quilt from retreat 3-4 years ago. The vehicle quilt for my grandson was made from combination of similar patterns and drawings and original patterns. The third quilt is my tesselation quilt from Alison Glass’ pattern.
Here is a finished top. It’s an Alison Glass Pattern called Feathers, made in Alison Glass fabric. Someday it will be quilted! Also, I finished my Smitten Quilt, which is hand pieced, using all Tula Pink fabrics. Still needs to be quilted.
For our February meeting, David Owen Hastings joined us virtually for a superbly organized, stimulating presentation on the modern quilt aesthetic, showing how quilters are creating bold statements with minimal design elements combined with simple quilting textures. He shared several ideas and exercises with photographs and stitched paper compositions that we can use to jump-start our quiltmaking. Among the references he shared were three modern quilters, each of whom takes a different approach:
We have a new chapter challenge for 2022! The theme is XOXO: any interpretation of the letters – could be fingers crossed, circles, intersection – use your imagination! Vertical length is to be 22″ so we have uniformity for the display. Width is up to the quilter.
Challenge reveal will be at the May meeting as usual, and quilts will be displayed at the LIVE Maine Quilts show in July.
Maybe we’re not meeting during the summer, but the quilting goes on! Jan Kelsey sent in this photo to show off her entry to the Union Fair raffle quilt. The theme this year is Maine birds so she used her shop hop bird fabrics in a flying geese pattern arranged after a pattern called “Which Way North.” If you head out to the fair, make sure to vote for her square!! It’s the first group square she’s ever finished that actually came out big enough!!
Here’s another one that Jan Kelsey just finished. Such a picturesque panel!
After a long year, we are finally face to face again! In June, we got to enjoy each other’s company on a beautiful day in front of the Camden Lion’s Club. Amid all the socializing, we shared books, fabric, yarns, threads, magazines and more. And after more than a year of Zoom, I can confirm that show and tell is SO much more impressive in real life!
Many thanks to Tori and Becca for navigating us through the rough times and keeping everyone engaged with challenges and online workshops!
Our April meeting was a short one, to allow time for David Owen Hastings’ workshop on “Visible Mending.” Members spent the afternoon slow stitching with this decorative handwork technique, with a sashiko look.
We’re still in the grips of the pandemic, but we’re starting to see the light! Spring is slowly taking over, and the peepers are singing. Since Maine Quilts has gone virtual, our PTQG Chapter Challenge, “How you survived the quarantine” will not be due until next year. Having all that extra time should produce some great results!
But to get us through, we’ve taken on some short-term challenges. Announced in March, members are working on “Just in Case.” The object is to construct some kind of case i.e., needle case, glue sticks, pillowcase, something you use and.has a purpose. We’ll have the reveal in May!
What fun to see everyone again (virtually, at least) after the holidays! We started 2021 with an short early morning meeting to catch up and share show and tell. Many of us then hopped on a Twice-Cut Drunkards Path workshop with Jenny Haynes from the UK. We were joined by members of the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild and others from around the country and beyond. The demos were clear and informative, demystifying the complexity of the patterns. Some of us made quite a bit of progress during the day, and there are sure to be several completed pieces for next month’s show and tell!
Our December Zoom meeting featured the pillows that members made to soften the blows we’ve taken in a difficult pandemic year. Since Maine Quilts has gone virtual for 2021, Coastal Quilters has undertaken several mini-challenges to replace the annual chapter challenge that is normally displayed at the state show. Members made pillows or pillow tops.