Visible Mending

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.

Challenges Abound!

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!

Curving into the New Year

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!

Closing Out 2020 with a Challenge

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.

A Real Live Meeting!

Kicking off our new season! On Saturday, September 14 we met at Jan Corson’s “Dawg House” (next to her house), an open airy space with lots of social distance There were 14 members present and it was great to see so many faces (well anyway, their eyes above their
masks).

We had a great discussion about putting together this year’s program, which will be primarily conducted on Zoom. We need input from our members on topics they’d like to see presented through lectures and workshops, as well as other program ideas.Take a look at globalquiltconnection.com! Here are some highlights from our discussion:

  • Lectures – We hope to have at least 2 lectures from outside Quilt Artists. These will be during our regular meeting time at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
  • Workshops – We hope to offer two workshops on a couple of topics. We can offer these workshops at a time that might be better for more people. A better time for a 3 hour class may be in the afternoon/early evening during the week to accommodate peoples schedules.
  • Projects – demos- After workshops have a demo of some of the skills we learned through a project people could opt in to participate.
  • Challenges – Looking at doing a few short term challenges/projects as a group this year. Possibilities include pillows, totes, postcards, etc. This could help push people to try new things and news skills. Also still have a challenge for Pine Tree Quilts – this year’s theme is Quarantine! No limits, put your feelings into fabric.

Early Bird Meeting

Marching into daylight savings time, we braved the darker mornings to gather an hour earlier this month. Although the meeting was shorter to allow time for Amy Friend’s Petal and Stem workshop, there was plenty of time for us to share the marvelous work of our members.

On a sad note, due to Coronavirus precautions, Coastal Quilters will be suspending our meetings, sit and sew, and sew at home sessions until May. This will give us plenty of time to work on our portrait quilts for this year’s challenge. In the meantime, we’re adding a special page, “Sewcial Distance,” where we can hold a virtual Show and Tell. All members are invited to e-mail photos and stories about your work in progress to jim.vandernoot@gmail.com, and we’ll post it for the group!

First Coastal Quilters Stay Retreat

On February 7-8, we held our first EVER stay retreat at the Camden Lions Club, with a relaxing mix of sewing and conversation, complete with background music. Questionable weather gave us a smaller crowd on Friday, but Saturday had a terrific turnout! Folks who were not attending the retreat joined us on Saturday morning for our regular meeting time.

As part of the budget discussion, we voted to raise our portion of the annual dues from $8 to $20, so when we pay in May, it will be a total of $35, with the usual $15 going to PTQG. That’s only $2 per month for some great CQ progams and good fellowship!

Sewing Machine Maintenance with Tyler Stanley

Our January speaker, Tyler Stanley of The Sewing Machine Exchange in Portland, gave an overview of common machine problems and how to resolve them.

For our January meeting, Coastal Quilters welcomed Tyler Stanley to demonstrate sewing machine troubleshooting and maintenance tips. Tyler runs The Sewing Machine Exchange in Portland, where he deals primarily in Pfaff and Husqvarna/Viking machines, although he repairs all brands. With the assistance of two adorable young daughters, Tyler answered all of our questions.

‘Tis the Season!

As we were counting down to a new year and a new decade, Coastal Quilters celebrated with our annual Christmas gathering and pot luck. Because of the holidays, we’ll skip our monthly Sew at Home and return to our full monthly schedule in January.

Special news! An exhibit of works from Coastal Quilters and Mount Battie Modern Quilt Guild will be displayed at the Camden Public Library in February! Members who wish to participate must contact Tori Manzi with details of their quilt, no later than January 5, 2020.