Press Release: October 2017

Clothesline Bowls & Baskets at Coastal Quilters

Camden, Maine, October 6, 2017—October’s program at Coastal Quilters will feature bowls, baskets, and other items made from coiled and sewn clothesline and fabric scraps. Avid seamstress and quilter Judy Sala will present the program on Saturday, October 14, at the Lions Club in Camden. She will cover construction basics and include tips on adding embellishments and explain how to create different shapes. These bowls and baskets look complicated, but the process is simple and easy to learn. The vessels provide storage for all kinds of treasures, from phones and remotes, knitting supplies, and kids’ toys—to more fabric scraps! And they make attractive and unusual gifts. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to all.

A resident of Thomaston for more than 40 years, Judy Sala has been an artist most of her life. She started sewing by making matching outfits for her five daughters. Judy’s love of sewing expanded into a career as a seamstress, longarm quilter, and consultant and educator for Bernina sewing machines, with customers throughout Maine.

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Photos below by Judy Sala.






September 2017: Show & Tell

Lots of great work done over the summer!

Quilt by Louisa Enright using fabric selvages.

Quilt by Joan Herrick.

Jan Kelsey’s felted landscapes, done at a Fiber College workshop.

Tori Manzi’s project tote bag.

Quilt by new member Mary Lou Nichols.

Maggie Schwamb’s kite tails quilt, started in Amy Friend’s improv paper piecing workshop last spring.

Quilt done by Maggie Schwamb’s sister-in-law for Maggie’s son.

Press Release: September 2017

The Resurgence of Garment Construction

Camden, Maine, August 25, 2017—Coastal Quilters will launch its new season on Saturday, September 9, with a program by Leah Ondra about the recent renewed interest in garment sewing. The program, postponed from March, will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Camden Lions Club and is free and open to the public. Ms. Ondra will give a talk and will bring garments she has made, as well as samples 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. A “welcome back” potluck will follow the meeting.

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 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.

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Photos by Leah Ondra:






June 2017 Meeting: Show and Tell

We had our annual pot luck at the June meeting and voted in a new slate of officers. The highlight of the meeting was Show & Tell. In addition to Farmer’s Wife quilts, which several quilters worked on for the past year, members had a bounty of beautiful and varied work to share.

The first set of images below are Farmer’s Wife quilts, which show how different the quilts turned out in spite of everyone’s following the same block patterns from the book The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt by Martha Pullen Store.

Becca Babb-Brott: Farmer’s Wife quilt front and back

Paula Blanchard: Farmer’s Wife lap quilt, top

Louisa Enright: Farmer’s Wife quilt, detail shot, and back of quilt

Margaret-Elaine Jinno: Farmer’s Wife quilt top and detail shot:

Linda Satkowski’s Farmer’s Wife quilt

Lynn Vermeulen: Front and back of Farmer’s Wife quilt

More work by members:

Quilt by Becca Babb-Brott

Paula Blanchard’s map art quilt

Quilting by Louisa Enright

Sharon Flanagan’s quilt

Three quilts by Joan Herrick

Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s block for the “Dawn Chorus” 2017 Challenge and an embroidered tea towel with “hexies”

Child’s dress made by guest Nancy Lloyd

Quilt by Tori Manzi

Jim VanderNoot’s quilt

Three quilts by Ann Vanosdol, showing front and back of first one

Work by Nancy Wright



May 2017 Meeting: Show & Tell

May’s meeting was the deadline for blocks for the 2017 Coastal Quilters’s quilt challenge, “The Dawn Chorus.” Member Sarah Ann Smith designed the tree and sky background schematic, based on a similar concept she saw. Members chose one or more blocks to turn into mini-quilts that were embellished with a bird of their choosing–real or imaginary. Sarah pinned the finished blocks to a background so we could see for the first time how the blocks would come together in the final installation, which will be exhibited at Maine Quilts 2017 from July 27 – 29. Photos below show the blocks that members brought to the meeting.

Sarah’s original painted schematic for the tree branches and sky.

Finished blocks, pinned in their relative positions.

Below are close-up shots of some of the blocks.

More work from members follows. First is English paper piecing by Mary Bishop.

Below are images of five quilts and a knitted selvage piece by Louisa Enright:

Two quilts by Joan Herrick:

Margaret Elaine Jinno shows a panel from her Farmer’s Wife quilt:

Mary Keller, a guest, shares her quilt:

Tori Manzi’s blocks from the Amy Friend “Improv Paper Piecing” workshop:

Lisa Niles and her quilt:

Linda Satkowski’s quilt and knitted selvage placemat:

Maggie Schwamb shows blocks from Amy Friend’s workshop on “Improv Paper Piecing”:

Sarah Ann Smith’s Women’s March quilt, “Speak Up, Speak Out,” which was accepted in the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibition, opening July 11 at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass.:

Two quilts by Jim VanderNoot:

Lynn Vermeulen’s work from Amy Friend’s “Improv Paper Piecing” workshop:

Nancy Wright’s quilt:




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:









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.







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 ( 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 (, 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