February 2018 Meeting & Show & Tell

The scheduled presenter for February’s meeting had to cancel at the last minute, so we used the opportunity to show traveling quilts that are being worked on by some of the members of Mount Battie Modern quilters (most of whom are also members of Coastal Quilters).

Traveling quilts are worked on in rotation by the participants, each of whom prepared a notebook with a list of parameters that she wants in the quilt that will eventually be hers. For instance, some chose a theme or quote that they wanted their quilts to be based on, or indicated certain colors or fabric designs; others included things they did not want in their quilts. Each quilter has two months to work on the block(s) for each of the quilts.

The images below show the progress that’s been made on these fun quilts over the past year.

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Becca Babb-Brott’s quilt

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Megan Bruns’s quilt

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Louisa Enright’s quilt

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Vicki Fletcher’s quilt

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Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s quilt

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Tori Manzi’s quilt

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Joann Moore’s quilt

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Lynn Vermeulen’s quilt

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Nancy Wright’s quilt

More work from Coastal Quilters members and visitors follows.

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Becca Babb-Brott’s Long Time Gone blocks.

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Becca Babb-Brott’s selvedge quilt

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Quilt by visitor Ann Bargetz

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Sentimental item shared by Sharon Flanaghan

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Vicki Fletcher’s Long Time Gone blocks

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Felted image by Jan Kelsey

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Jan Kelsey’s wall quilt

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Tori Manzi’s ice-dyed fabrics, inspired by last month’s program by Jim Vander Noot

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Jelly roll rug by Tori Manzi

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Quilt by visitor Mary Lou Nichols

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Jacket by Sarah Ann Smith

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Wrap-around apron by Sarah Ann Smith

Two quilts by Lynn Vermeulen:
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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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“Daisy,” quilt by Dianne S. Hire

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Detail of “Daisy,” by Dianne S. Hire

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“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.”