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

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.

Amy Friend Workshop

As we approach the coming of spring, what better way than to celebrate with a riot of color! Following our March meeting, many of us spent the day creating paper pieced floral arrangements from Amy Friend‘s book, Petal and Stem.

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.

The Challenge has begun!

For our October meeting, Maggie Schwamb gave us a stellar tour of many years of CQ challenges to inspire us for this year’s 20″ x 20″ portrait challenge. It was a stimulating retrospective of the variety of themes and techniques that we’ve explored as a group. And she highlighted many resources and techniques we could tap to interpret the “portrait” theme in our own personal way.

The meeting kicked off with “Three Share Five,” a show of quilts by Jan Corson,  Lynn Vermeulen, and Jim Vander Noot, with stories of their quilting journeys and the evolution of their work.

Welcome Back!

Fall is upon us, and with it, a new season for Coastal Quilters. New president Tori Manzi presented the results of our member survey, and Vice President Becca Babb-Brott unveiled an exciting program schedule for the year.

Coastal Quilters June Meeting Pictures

Some of the pictures from our June 8, 2019 meeting.   I didn’t get the names of the pattern designers, but should you want to know, I’m sure the members would be glad to give you that information.



Above:  Quilt by Louisa Enright20190608_105939Rice Bag by Jan Corson

Market Baskets by (clockwise)  Vicki Fletcher, Lousia Enright, Tori Manzi  (Noodlehead Pattern)20190608_105356Mary Poppins Bag by Sara Smith

Coastal Quilters Camden Maine May 4, 2019 Meeting Pictures

A few highlights of today’s meeting.

Congratulations, Megan, on your graduation!!!  Finished Lapassacaglia quilt–and she tells us she is starting another!!!

Finshed knitted sweater and 2019 challenge entry by Sarah Smith.CQ May 2019 Jan CorsonJan Corson’s 2019 challenge entry.

Maggie Schwamb’s finished quilt and her entry for 2019 chapter challenge.CQ May 2019 Tori ManziTori Manzi’s quilt for the 2019 chapter challenge.CQ May 2019 Sharon FlannaganSharon Flannagan’s entry to 2019 chapter challenge.

CQ May 2019 Vicki Fletcher 2Vicki Fletcher’s amazing paper pieced quilt!