Press Release: April 2018

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Eco-Printing and Indigo Shibori

Camden, Maine, March 21, 2018—Amelia Poole is a fiber artist who uses traditional indigo dye and dyes from locally sourced plants to create extraordinary color, pattern, and texture on natural fibers. She will give a talk and PowerPoint presentation about both Japanese shibori dyeing and eco-printing on Saturday, April 14th, at the Coastal Quilters meeting. She also will bring samples of her work to pass around and have a small trunk show and sale afterwards. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Camden Lion Club and is free and open to all.

Amelia has used traditional shibori techniques and images to create modern works of art since she was 18 years old. Her larger pieces now can take up to 400 hours to complete. For her eco-printed work, Amelia uses only dye from plants she has gathered or grown herself. She has developed a mordanting (fabric treatment) method that creates extremely accurate, lightfast, and washable images on many types of cloth. Amelia says she has no secrets about her processes and is happy to share!

Amelia Poole was raised by scientists, and she brings her love of fibers and textiles, botany, chemistry, and history to her teaching and art. She received an MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Amelia’s work, as well as the work of other artists, is available at her shop/studio, Ecouture Textiles, in Brooksville. She also shows her work at fine craft shows throughout New England.

Work below is by Amelia Poole; first two pieces are eco-printing and last two are indigo shibori.

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Press Release: March 2018

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Modern Quilts from Inspiration to Execution

Camden, Maine, March 1, 2018—Have you ever wondered where to find inspiration for a modern quilt design? At the next meeting of Coastal Quilters, on Saturday, March 10, quilter and quilt designer Kathryn Simel will discuss what makes a quilt “modern” and how and where to find ideas for quilts, which she says are as close as our own backyards. By showing examples of her work and explaining where her inspiration comes from, Kathryn will take the mystery out of the process of design and help quilters at all levels to find inspiration and to gain confidence in their own voices. The presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Camden Lions Club and is free and open to all.

In addition to discussing design, Kathryn will share the tools and reference sources she uses in the development of a quilt, from the initial sketch to the finished product. As proprietor of Midcoast Cottage Design, which has released 26 patterns to date, she will discuss the challenges of being a “one-woman show” and the economics of pattern making. There will be a question-and-answer session after the talk. Kathryn will also offer some of her patterns for sale.

Kathryn Simel left a 27-year corporate career in 2011 to relocate to Maine. She started quilting again and, with the encouragement of a local shop owner, she started Midcoast Cottage Design in 2013. Her designs have been published in major quilting magazines, and her quilts have won awards at QuiltCon and Maine Quilts. She lives with her husband in Cushing, Maine.

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Quilts below are by Kathryn Simel.

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Photo by Kitty Wilkin.

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Press Release: January 2018

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Fabric Ice Dyeing at Coastal Quilters

Camden, Maine, December 17, 2017—Quilters work with fabric every day, but some go a step further, creating their own fabric. At the January 13th meeting of Coastal Quilters, quilt artist and (fabric) surface designer Jim Vander Noot will provide a detailed introduction to ice dyeing, a popular surface technique that yields unusual designs using Procion MX dyes with ice and snow. Jim will present a slideshow overview of the ice dyeing process, taking us through the options step by step. He will show several ways to manipulate fabric to achieve patterning, illustrating the results with a variety of samples. Jim will also bring several of his unique ice-dyed fabrics and shirts from his Etsy shop, Tidewater Studio, which will be available for sale.

The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Camden Lions Club and is free and open to all. Come join us to discover the possibilities of working with dyes, and to get answers to your questions about supplies, techniques, and other resources.

Jim Vander Noot has had a lifelong passion for fiber arts. He learned traditional quilt making while living in Houston in the late 1980s and was quickly hooked. Always one to experiment, Jim has explored a broad range of quilting techniques. Favoring graphic shapes and bold colors, he creates quilts that range from humorous, cartoon-like works to abstract compositions and scenes inspired by the Maine coast. Recently Jim’s focus has been on fused appliqué accented by dense quilting and thread painting, as well as whole-cloth quilts from dyed and painted fabrics. His quilts have been exhibited widely, including at International Quilt Festival Houston and International Quilt Festival of Ireland. Jim lives with his wife and daughter in St. George and in West Chester, PA.

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Ice-dyed fabrics and shirt below are by Jim Vander Noot.



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Press Release: November 2017

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Art Quilt Maps at Coastal Quilters

Camden, Maine, November 2, 2017—Timna Tarr returns to Coastal Quilters on Saturday, November 11th, for a trunk show and presentation titled “Marking a Spot.” She will bring several map quilts that she has created and talk about how her process evolved with each one. Her presentation promises to be an informative introduction in preparation for Coastal Quilters’s 2018 Challenge: “Art Quilt Maps.”

Timna will also discuss how to choose effective paper or digital maps to work from, and how different types of maps lend themselves to specific quilting techniques, such as paper piecing, appliqué, fusing, and more. The program will take place at the Lions Club in Camden, beginning at 9:30 a.m. It is free and open to all. After her presentation, Ms. Tarr will conduct a workshop on map quilts (the workshop is full).

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. Timna lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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Map quilts below are by Timna Tarr; photos by Stephen Petegorsky.

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Holyoke 1938

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Roses in the Rotary

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Mississippi Meander

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.





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

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,, 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.

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