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:







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: September 2016 Meeting

For Immediate Release:

Dianne Hire’s Colorful Quilts at Coastal Quilters Meeting

Camden, Maine, August 30, 2016—Quilter, lecturer, and author Dianne S. Hire will present the program for the next Coastal Quilters meeting, which will take place on Saturday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Camden Lions Club. The meeting is free and open to everyone. A potluck brunch will follow the meeting.

Ms. Hire is a colorist who responds intuitively to the joyful way colors interact as she creates her quilts. While embracing technical skills and strong design concepts, she stretches the boundaries of the “rules” and uses new approaches that allow her bold images to sing.

Part of Ms. Hire’s presentation will be about how to create designs that lead to “repeater blocks,” which, when interchanged vertically or horizontally, always match other blocks. This is the subject of one of her new books, App-2-Applique, which contains several quilts by members of Coastal Quilters who have taken her workshops. Examples of Ms. Hire’s quilts and member quilts that are featured in the book will be available for viewing and discussion.

A resident of Northport, Dianne S. Hire has had her innovatively designed quilts juried into exhibitions all over the US, including AQS in Paducah, Kentucky, the Dallas Quilt Show, QuiltFest, and JAX in Jacksonville, Florida. Her quilts have won many awards, including two Best of Show at the annual Maine Quilts show. Ms. Hire is the author of several books on quilting, and her work appears in major publications and in corporate collections.

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Quilt by Dianne Hire-Daisy-600
“Daisy,” quilt by Dianne S. Hire

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Detail of “Daisy,” by Dianne S. Hire

Quilt by Dianne Hire-Adagio-600
“Adagio,” quilt by Dianne S. Hire

Meetings: Agenda September 12, 2015

Coastal Quilters

Welcome & Introduce Officers
Minutes Approval
Ann Mahle – talk on quilt cruise
Paper Bag Challenge

Old Business:
Membership – remind dues are due. No longer email unpaid members
Historian – notebooks & posing
Publicity – blog
Name Tags
Pay It Forward – reminder
December mtg – Yankee Swap – $ limit
Door Prize limit – $ limit
2016 Challenge

Potluck Brunch/Lunch

New Business:
Sign up for Door Prizes
Georges Valley
Sit and Sew
Board Ideas
Show and Tell
Door Prize drawing

June 2015 Meeting: Show and Tell

June 2015 Meeting:  Show and Tell


Sarah Smith shares some new techniques with us–involving using manipulated photographs and online print services:

Sarah Ann 's floral images printed on fabric

Sarah Ann ‘s floral images printed on fabric

Sarah Ann Smith

Sarah Ann Smith

Sarah’s Four Seasons 2015 Challenge Quilt:

Sarah Ann Smith's Sun surrounded by the Seasons

Sarah Ann Smith’s Sun surrounded by the Seasons

Linda Satkowski:

Linda Satkpwski

Linda Satkowski

Maggie Schwamb’s BIG QUILT:


Becca Babb-Brott:


Becca BB’s new project:


Jan Kelsey:

Jan Kelsey's Puffin

Jan Kelsey’s Puffin

Jan Kelsey's Tower on Mt Battie

Jan Kelsey’s Tower on Mt Battie

Jan's first felted landscape

Jan’s first felted landscape

Jan Corson:

and her Flying Geese table runner.

Jan Corson and her Flying Geese table runner.

and Santas

and Santas

and Sunflowers

and Sunflowers

Jan Corson's potholders

Jan Corson’s potholders

Margaret Elaine Jinno:


Margaret Elaine’s “made” fabric blocks in a quilt.


The back

Megan Brun’s modern quilt project–in parts.


The Center

Louisa Enright’s “Purple Delight.”

Announcements/Meetings: Press Release for Oct. 2014: Linda Shepard

October 3, 2014

Press Release for Oct. 2014:  Linda Shepard

by Stevie Kumble (thank you Stevie!)


Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday, October 11 at the Camden Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane in Camden, gathering at 9:30 a.m. for socializing and coffee, program at 10 a.m.

This month’s  program features fabric artist Linda Shepard from Union. Shepard will discuss her journey from traditional quilt artisan to her current love of fabric collage creations. She’ll also present a wonderful trunk show featuring both her traditional “bed-size” quilts and numerous beautiful fabric collage pieces.

Shepard reports on her website that color has always captured her attention. Much of that love of color comes from her years of gardening where she is surrounded by color. “I am inspired by the magnificent array of plants, animals and insects that show us a wild world of color and design.” The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote on her website homepage:  “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit,” exemplifies her belief in the power of both color and nature.

After spending years making traditional quilts, like many artists, Shepard wanted to try something new. During the winter of 2011 she learned fabric collage from Susan Carlson and quickly realized the endless possibilities the technique offered for quilting – a new and liberating way to play with fabric.

No color is out of bounds and different combinations of colors can bring out some aspect of any subject. Even what might seem like the most unlikely color groupings can give composition to contrast and highlights. Shepard reports that combinations of colors can provide dark and earthy, bright and flamboyant, and kaleidoscopic fantasy. This allows her to explore subjects with light hearted play and fantasy and to create interpretive and dreamlike pieces.

Similar to making a mosaic, hundreds of small fabric pieces are glued onto a piece of muslin to form the subject. Shepard’s website states that “There is a meditative quality to theprocess; hours pass as the subject slowly comes into focus and takes shape.”

To learn more about Shepard’s art, visit Be sure to click on “gallery” to see a selection of the pieces. It’s hard to believe these are mosaics of fabric! And, if you click on individual creations, you can learn even more.

The program will be followed by a refreshment break, a short business meeting and “Show & Tell.” Coastal Quilters’ programs/meetings are free and open to all; FMI about the program or CQ, call Gail at 236-3821 or Louisa at 236-6215.