April 2017: Meeting & Workshop

We were treated to a presentation and trunk show by modern quilt designer Amy Friend at our April meeting. She brought the quilts that are in her new book, Improv Paper Piecing, as well as some of her latest quilts.

The quilts below are by Amy:

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During the afternoon, Amy gave a workshop where we learned how to design our own paper-pieced block and various ways of incorporating it into a modern quilt. The photos below are from the workshop.

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Press Release: May 2017

Coastal Quilters Presents Program on Quilting Tips

Camden, Maine, April 14, 2017— Happily, Coastal Quilters member Louisa Enright will finally get to present her program on favorite quilting tips and techniques at the May meeting. It was scheduled for February, but was canceled due to inclement weather.

Louisa’s program will demystify some of the essentials of quilting, with information for both beginning and experienced quilters. Among her tips and techniques will be choosing and using quilting rulers, producing a perfectly sized block, how to “web” or sew together blocks or a whole quilt, how to create perfect bindings, tips on stash management–and more! Louisa will bring some of her quilts to illustrate her talk, although she takes to heart the Zen practice that states, “you can have the work, but not the fruit of the work.” She gives away most of her beautiful quilts so they can continue to give “quilty hugs” to the lucky recipients.

Meetings are always free and open to all. Coastal Quilters particularly invites anyone who wants to join others who quilt or who wants to learn how to quilt to attend this meeting to find out more about the group. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Camden Lions Club. Note that it is a week earlier in the month than usual so the members attending the Mother’s Day weekend quilting retreat won’t miss it.

A Camden resident, Louisa Enright has been quilting for more than 20 years. The quilters in Ms. Enright’s first “bee” adopted and taught her how to quilt, becoming life-long friends. They also taught her to “play it forward” by helping others to quilt. Now, the quilting teacher Ms. Enright follows the most is Bonnie Hunter, whose website and daily blog (quiltville.com) are “a treasure trove of quilty knowledge and free patterns,” she says.

Ms. Enright’s favorite part of the quilting process is the piecing, followed by sewing on the binding. She loves using her hands, which she finds soothing. She also loves watching a quilt take shape on her design wall as she completes the individual blocks.

Ms. Enright writes a blog on quilting (LouisaEnright.com), with commentary on her other interests—gardening and healthy lifestyles, focusing on locally sourced, nutrient-dense, organic foods. Ms. Enright has a PhD in Cultural Studies, an MA in English, and an MFA in English, Creative Writing, all from George Mason University, and she has taught at the university level. Locally, she has been on the boards of the Midcoast Forum for Foreign Relations and The Community School (now Wayfinder Schools). She has been president of Coastal Quilters twice.

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Below are details of quilts by Louisa Enright:

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“Bee Land,” from an arrangement by Edyta Sitar in her “Flower Garden” quilt, English Paper Pieced made from 2 1/2-inch square scraps

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“Allietore,” a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt

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“Winter Blue Jays,” a scrappy quilt, using 2-inch squares from the scrap bin and a classic Jacob’s Ladder block

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“Crayon Crumb Box,” made from leftover fabric “crumbs” and 2-inch squares from the scrap bin

March 2017 Meeting: Show & Tell

March’s program on the Resurgence of Garment Sewing was postponed due to the presenter’s illness, but there were LOTS of projects to enjoy for Show & Tell!

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Paula Blanchard’s “art therapy” art quilt, titled “1.20.17,” made while listening to the U.S. presidential inaugural address and the Washington Women’s March speakers.

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Quilt by Jan Corson.

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Sharon Flanagan’s English paper piecing.

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Bag by Sharon Flanagan.

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Joan Herrick’s quilt.

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Quilt by Joan Herrick.

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Quilt by Joan Herrick.

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Back of Joan’s quilt.

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And another quilt by Joan Herrick!

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Margaret Elaine Jinno’s Farmer’s Wife quilt blocks and her sashing fabric to go with it.

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Margaret Elaine Jinno shares a traveling quilt panel she will be adding to for the Mt. Battie Modern Quilting group. Panel is by Lynn Vermeulen.

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Tori Manzi’s English paper pieced quilt panel.

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Barb Melchiskey’s bag.

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Lisa Niles’s panel for “The Dawn Chorus,” Coastal Quilters’s 2017 Challenge Quilt.

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Quilt by Roxanne Wells.

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Back of Roxanne Wells’s quilt.

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Quilt by Roxanne Wells.

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A guest brought in garments she made, in anticipation of sharing them during the Resurgence of Garment Construction program that had to be postponed. The garment below was made by her as well.

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Press Release: April 2017

The Art of Modern Quilting

Camden, Maine, March 31, 2017— Back by popular demand, Amy Friend, a quilt designer and highly sought-after speaker on the art of modern quilting, will talk at the April 8th meeting of Coastal Quilters. Amy will discuss the paper-piecing design process she developed using an improvisational approach to paper-pieced block design, which diverges from traditional rules. When following this process, quilters enjoy creating beautifully unique quilts and develop their own, personal styles. Amy calls this process Improv Paper Piecing, the title of her recently published book. In addition, Amy will present a trunk show of the quilts in the book, as well as other quilts she has made using this process. Copies of Improv Paper Piecing will be available for purchase at a discount after the presentation.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Lions Club in Camden, and is free and open to the public. There will be a workshop on Improv Paper Piecing immediately following the presentation (previous registration is required for the workshop).

Amy Friend is a former museum curator who learned to sew as a child from her mother and grandmother. After deciding to stay home with her children, she got caught up in the modern quilting movement and began a blog, DuringQuietTime.com, which has attracted thousands of subscribers. This led to her second career as a designer, and Amy’s patterns have been published in several publications and are available online and in quilt shops. Her award-winning work has been exhibited at QuiltCon, the Texas Quilt Museum, and the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Festival. She is author of two books on piecing. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children.

Quilts below are by Amy Friend.


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Press Release: March 2017

The Resurgence of Garment Construction

Camden, Maine, March 3, 2017— At Coastal Quilters’s next meeting, on Saturday, March 11, Leah Ondra will present a program about the recent renewed interest in garment sewing. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public. She will give a talk and will bring garments she has made, as well as a sample of the wide variety of apparel fabrics that is available now. Ms. Ondra enjoys inspiring sewers to add a modern take on traditional skills, and she is particularly fond of vintage dresses and deliciously juicy color combinations.

Ms. Ondra will discuss how home garment sewing began in this country as the most economical way to provide clothing, but then lost favor as consumers bought “fast fashion” that was manufactured inexpensively overseas. Today more and more people want clothing that is unique, fits, and is well made, and they are beginning to sew again. Thanks to sewing blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, and social media, new and returning sewers can take advantage of an inspiring and supportive online sewing community offering unlimited ideas for things to make and instructional tutorials and videos. Fabric companies and individual designers began to pick up on this trend, producing apparel fabrics in addition to the popular quilting cottons, and creating a new diversity of patterns with instructions that are written in plain English.

Ms. Ondra is proprietress of Clementine in downtown Rockland, which focuses on design, apparel fabrics, sewing haberdashery, and independent garment patterns. A crafter since a young age, she grew up in Monroe and studied fashion and costume design at Bennington College in Vermont. After working in retail and doing custom sewing work in San Francisco, Ms. Ondra moved back to Maine, where she opened a handmade gifts boutique in Bar Harbor and then helped to establish and manage Fiddlehead Artisan Supply in Belfast. Feeling the itch to return to garment construction but loving her day job helping others with sewing projects, Ms. Ondra opened Clementine in 2014. She and her husband live in a restored 1887 farmhouse in Rockland.

Photos below by Leah Ondra.

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January 2017 Meeting: Show & Tell

Rhea Butler, co-owner of Alewives Fabrics in Damariscotta Mills, gave a demonstration of English paper piecing (EPP) at the January Coastal Quilters meeting. The first three photos below are from her program.

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Rhea Butler, of Alewives Fabrics, demonstrating EPP

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Member Megan Bruns exhibited her stunning quilt-top-in-progress at the end of Rhea’s presentation, as an example of EPP:Megan Bruns-Jan-2017.JPG

Below are photos of more Coastal Quilters members’ EPP and other work.

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Jan Corson’s quilt (front and back) and her Christmas tree skirt:Jan Corson Quilt.JPG

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Vicki Fletcher brought in an antique family quilt and some counted cross stitch to share:Vicki Fletcher-antique family quilt.JPG

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Jan Kelsey’s flannel scrap quilt (front and back):
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Karen Martin brought in her EPP to work on and share:
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Maggie Schwamb’s quilts:
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Quilted work by Sarah Ann Smith:
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Lynn Vermeulen’s EPP:
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Press Release: February 2017

Coastal Quilters Presents Program on Quilting Tips

Camden, Maine, January 27, 2017— Coastal Quilters’s February program will demystify some of the essentials of quilting, with information for both beginning and experienced quilters. Coastal Quilters member Louisa Enright will share some of her favorite quilting tips and techniques, including choosing and using quilting rulers, producing a perfectly sized block, how to “web” or sew together blocks or a whole quilt, how to create perfect bindings, tips on stash management, and more. Ms. Enright will bring some of her quilts to illustrate her talk, although she takes to heart the Zen practice that states, “you can have the work, but not the fruit of the work.” She gives away most of her beautiful quilts so they can continue to give “quilty hugs” to the lucky recipients.

Meetings are always free and open to all. Coastal Quilters particularly invites anyone who wants to join others who quilt or who wants to learn how to quilt to attend this meeting to find out more about the group. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the Camden Lions Club.

A Camden resident, Louisa Enright has been quilting for more than 20 years. The quilters in Ms. Enright’s first “bee” adopted and taught her how to quilt, becoming life-long friends. They also taught her to “play it forward” by helping others to quilt. Now, the teacher Ms. Enright follows the most is Bonnie Hunter, whose website and daily blog (quiltville.com) are “a treasure trove of quilty knowledge and free patterns,” she says.

Ms. Enright’s favorite part of the quilting process is the piecing, followed by sewing on the binding. She loves using her hands, which she finds soothing. She also loves watching a quilt take shape on her design wall as she completes the individual blocks.

Ms. Enright writes a blog on quilting (LouisaEnright.com), with commentary on her other interests—gardening and healthy lifestyles, focusing on locally sourced, nutrient-dense, organic foods. Ms. Enright has a PhD in Cultural Studies, an MA in English, and an MFA in English, Creative Writing, all from George Mason University, and she has taught at the university level. Locally, she has been on the boards of the Midcoast Forum for Foreign Relations and The Community School (now Wayfinder Schools). She has been president of Coastal Quilters twice.

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Below are details of quilts by Louisa Enright:

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“Bee Land,” from an arrangement by Edyta Sitar in her “Flower Garden” quilt, English Paper Pieced made from 2 1/2-inch square scraps

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“Allietore,” a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt

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“Winter Blue Jays,” a scrappy quilt, using 2-inch squares from the scrap bin and a classic Jacob’s Ladder block

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“Crayon Crumb Box,” made from leftover fabric “crumbs” and 2-inch squares from the scrap bin