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 www.linda-shepard.com. 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.

Minutes: September 13, 2014

Minutes:  Coastal Quilters’ Meeting

September 13, 2014

The meeting was called together at 10 am.

All members introduced themselves.

June minutes were approved.

The treasurer, Giovanna McCarthy, distributed a report on the treasury to the members.  These were approved.

A report was given on the “Pay It Forward Account”.  Frank Carr, Lion’s Club member, who also helps set up and clean the room we meet in, recently lost his home  to fire.  The Lion’s club wanted to help, but Frank requested any money collected be used to “pay it forward” and help members of the community who may have a need.  Our chapter has opened an account at the First Bank and members may donate to the account for Coastal Quilters’ or give the money to Giovanna.  At this time the money will be used to benefit one of our members and the account will be kept open to benefit other members as the need arises.

Programs for the year were announced.

October:   Linda Shepard will give a trunk show

November:  Auction

December:  Holiday party

January:  Small hand work project

February:  Linda Satkowski will give a trunk show

March:  TBA

April:  TBA

May:  Challenges are due.  “Pay in May” (guild and chapter dues)

June:  Summer Pot Luck

Refreshment and door prize volunteer lists were passed around.   Remember to keep it light—this is not a full lunch!!

Lea Ondra, owner of the new fabric shop in Rockland, is speaking on Thursday, Sept 18, 2014, at the Georges’ Valley meeting in Thomaston.  An invitation was extended to all members of Coastal Quilters’.

The November auction was discussed and volunteers to chair and be on the committee for the auction were sought.  Eleanor and Gail Galloway-Nicholson volunteered to be on the committee.

A Nominating Chair was also sought to poll members for next year’s slate.  Names need to be in by January and will be voted on in April.  Megan Burns volunteered for this position.

Sarah Smith will hang the quilts at the 2015 Pine Tree Show.  Eleanor will work with Sara on coordinating the paperwork for the entries.

Barbara Melchiskey has proposed a “Finish a UFO” Challenge.  These can be shown as completed during the year and again at the May Show and Tell.   Any UFO you want can be finished and shown. 

The current challenge is “Four Seasons”.  You can do any season you prefer, can have all 4 seasons in one piece, or do 4 separate seasons.  The piece dimensions are no more than 21” high and up to 30” wide.

The chapter blog is now up and running.  Address is “coastalquiltersmaine1.wordpress.com.  You can also get to the site by googling “Coastal  Quilters’ Blog”.  Sarah Smith, Gail Galloway-Nicholson, and Louisa Enright are currently authorized to add to the blog.  Eventually members will be able to upload, go through a screening process, and add to the blog.  The goal is to stay on topic.  Included in the blog will be pictures, chapter history, slate of officers, calendar of events.   

New Business:

Janet Kelsey asked for a volunteer to take pictures at the November meeting as she will be away, and Giovanna McCarthy volunteered.

Meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served.

Linda Satkowski