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 (quiltville.com) 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 (LouisaEnright.com), 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.

#  #  #

Below are details of quilts by Louisa Enright:

Louisa Enright-Bee Land-600.jpg

“Bee Land,” from an arrangement by Edyta Sitar in her “Flower Garden” quilt, English Paper Pieced made from 2 1/2-inch square scraps

Louisa Enright-Allietore-600.jpg

“Allietore,” a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt

Louisa Enright-Winter Blue Jays-600.jpg

“Winter Blue Jays,” a scrappy quilt, using 2-inch squares from the scrap bin and a classic Jacob’s Ladder block

Louisa Enright-Crayon Crumb Box-600.jpg

“Crayon Crumb Box,” made from leftover fabric “crumbs” and 2-inch squares from the scrap bin

Press Release: April 2017

The Art of Modern Quilting

Camden, Maine, March 31, 2017— Back by popular demand, Amy Friend, a quilt designer and highly sought-after speaker on the art of modern quilting, will talk at the April 8th meeting of Coastal Quilters. Amy will discuss the paper-piecing design process she developed using an improvisational approach to paper-pieced block design, which diverges from traditional rules. When following this process, quilters enjoy creating beautifully unique quilts and develop their own, personal styles. Amy calls this process Improv Paper Piecing, the title of her recently published book. In addition, Amy will present a trunk show of the quilts in the book, as well as other quilts she has made using this process. Copies of Improv Paper Piecing will be available for purchase at a discount after the presentation.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Lions Club in Camden, and is free and open to the public. There will be a workshop on Improv Paper Piecing immediately following the presentation (previous registration is required for the workshop).

Amy Friend is a former museum curator who learned to sew as a child from her mother and grandmother. After deciding to stay home with her children, she got caught up in the modern quilting movement and began a blog, DuringQuietTime.com, which has attracted thousands of subscribers. This led to her second career as a designer, and Amy’s patterns have been published in several publications and are available online and in quilt shops. Her award-winning work has been exhibited at QuiltCon, the Texas Quilt Museum, and the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Festival. She is author of two books on piecing. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children.

Quilts below are by Amy Friend.


Amy Friend

Press Release: March 2017

The Resurgence of Garment Construction

Camden, Maine, March 3, 2017— At Coastal Quilters’s next meeting, on Saturday, March 11, Leah Ondra will present a program about the recent renewed interest in garment sewing. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public. She will give a talk and will bring garments she has made, as well as a sample 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.

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 the 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.

Photos below by Leah Ondra.

Leah Ondra-1.jpg

Leah Ondra-2.jpg

Leah Ondra-3.JPG

Clementine.JPG

Press Release: February 2017

Coastal Quilters Presents Program on Quilting Tips

Camden, Maine, January 27, 2017— Coastal Quilters’s February program will demystify some of the essentials of quilting, with information for both beginning and experienced quilters. Coastal Quilters member Louisa Enright will share some of her favorite quilting tips and techniques, including 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. Ms. Enright 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, February 11, at the Camden Lions Club.

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 teacher Ms. Enright follows the most is Bonnie Hunter, whose website and daily blog (quiltville.com) 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 (LouisaEnright.com), 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.

#  #  #

Below are details of quilts by Louisa Enright:

Louisa Enright-Bee Land-600.jpg
“Bee Land,” from an arrangement by Edyta Sitar in her “Flower Garden” quilt, English Paper Pieced made from 2 1/2-inch square scraps

Louisa Enright-Allietore-600.jpg
“Allietore,” a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt

Louisa Enright-Winter Blue Jays-600.jpg
“Winter Blue Jays,” a scrappy quilt, using 2-inch squares from the scrap bin and a classic Jacob’s Ladder block

Louisa Enright-Crayon Crumb Box-600.jpg
“Crayon Crumb Box,” made from leftover fabric “crumbs” and 2-inch squares from the scrap bin

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:

rhea-butler-epp-1

rhea-butler-3

rhea-butler-4

rhea-butler-5

rhea-butler-6

Press Release: October 2016 Meeting

Coastal Quilters Presents Program on Improvisational Quilting

Camden, Maine, September 23, 2016—Join Coastal Quilters on Saturday, October 8th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Lions Club in Camden to learn about quilter Timna Tarr’s nationally award-winning improvisational quilts. Ms. Tarr will present a trunk show of her work, and will talk about her quilting journey and how she designs her quilts. While Tarr’s contemporary quilts reference traditional quilting, they are innovative in both color and design. In the afternoon, Tarr will teach a workshop titled “Improv Piecing: Tips and Tricks.” The morning presentation is free and open to everyone.

Quilter, teacher, and lecturer Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. Her quilts have won many awards and have been in numerous juried exhibitions, including American Quilting Society shows, the International Quilt Festival in Houston, and the National Quilting Society show in Columbus. In addition, her quilts have been featured in several quilting magazines and books. Tarr lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

#   #   #

Quilts below are by Timna Tarr.

TimnaTarr-Colorfall-600.jpg

Flicker

Tied Together

Press Release: May 14, 2016 Meeting

For Immediate Release:

Presentation on the Art of Needle Felting 

Camden, Maine, May 5, 2016—On Saturday, May 14, fiber artist Sue Stasiowski will give a presentation and workshop on needle felting, which were postponed from February due to inclement weather. The business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Camden Lions Club; the needle felting presentation starts at 11:00. Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge.

Stasiowski’s morning presentation will include a general overview of needle felting. She will bring examples of her artwork and explain how she created them, covering her creative process, needle sizes and types and what they do, use of different fibers, surface embellishment, and working with an armature. She will also address how needle felting has qualities similar to quilting.

A resident of Camden, Sue Stasiowski spends most of her time needle felting and knitting in her studio, but makes time to experiment with other fiber art forms. Stasiowski’s work is represented in collections throughout the Northeast and elsewhere. Her work is in the Markings Gallery in Bath, Maine, and she also works on commission.

#  #  #

Stasiowski-Seahorse-600px

Stasiowski-Heron-600px

Stasiowski-Beets-600px