Press Release: January 2017

English Paper Piecing at Coastal Quilters Meeting

Camden, Maine, January 5, 2017—Coastal Quilters will begin 2017 with a program on English paper piecing (EPP) on Saturday, January 14, at the Camden Lions Club. EPP, which is the technique of covering paper pieces with fabric that are then sewn together by hand, is currently undergoing a surge of enthusiasm among quilters of all interests. Quilter Rhea Butler of Alewives Fabrics in Damariscotta Mills will share her best tips, from her favorite thread and needles and other tools of the trade, to more advanced insights, including how to select fabrics that work well for creating the beautiful kaleidoscope-like quilts that resemble the intricate patterns on Italian millefiori glass beads. Ms. Butler will bring many samples of her work to share, and Coastal Quilters member Megan Bruns will show some of her own fabulous EPP work. Dawn Elliott, also from Alewives Fabrics, will help with demonstrations. There will also be fabrics and EPP supplies for sale at the meeting. The presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Rhea Butler has owned Alewives Fabrics with her mother since 2004. She began working at Alewives at the age of 19, when the previous owner began teaching her how to quilt. For the next six years, Ms. Butler worked at the shop part-time and attended college at the Butera School of Art in Boston, where she graduated with a degree in graphic design. Ms. Butler lives next door to the shop with her husband and four-year-old son.

May retreat attendees, please note: The initial $50 deposit is due at the meeting if you haven’t already paid it.

Quilts and blocks below by Rhea Butler:

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