Selvedge Quilt Finished

Thought I’d try to post something on our blog.   I finished my selvedge quilt that was started on our first retreat in Kennebunk at the Franciscan House.   I machine quilted straight lines ( or nearly straight!) along the seam lines and hand quilted hand drawn stars in all the white spaces.  This thing is heavy!   I do like it and am ready to try another in the near future–have enough selvedges left over to make a pretty good sized one!   Hopefully will show this at our February meeting.seldvedge-quilt-star-hand-quilted

December 2016 Meeting: Show and Tell

December’s meeting was our annual Holiday Pot Luck and Show and Tell. Members’ work is pictured below.

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Jan Corson’s quilt

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Patty Courtney’s improv quilt from Timna Tarr’s workshop

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Louisa Enright’s improvisational quilt, from Timna Tarr’s workshop

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Louisa Enright: from Katja Marek, The New Hexagon, milliefiori paper piecing

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Louisa Enright: more from Katja Marek, The New Hexagon “quilt-lets”

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Louisa Enright’s “Tell Me A Story,” Amy Friend’s design

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Louisa Enright’s tumbler quilt, from the Bonnie Hunter leader/ender challenge 2015-2016

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Sharon Flanagan’s improv quilt from Timna Tarr’s workshop

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Sharon Flanagan, screen door for a Bay Chamber Concerts fundraiser

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Jan Kelsey, Advent calendar with pockets

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Jan Kelsey, needle felted landscape of Hosmer Pond and Ragged Mountain

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Tori Manzi’s Modern quilt

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Tori Manzi’s improv quilt from Timna Tarr’s workshop

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Lisa Niles, quilt for  her husband, started at the CQ October retreat

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Lisa Niles, Christmas tree skirt

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Maggie Schwamb[‘s improv quilt from Timna Tarr’s workshop

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Roxanne Wells

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Nancy Wright, from Timna Tarr’s improvisational piecing workshop

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Nancy Wright, Lucy Boston piecing

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Quilt by Nancy Wright


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:






November 2016 Meeting: Auction!

Coastal Quilters will hold its 2016 biennial auction with Georges Valley Quilters on Saturday, November 12, at the Camden Lions Club on Lions Lane. The doors open and the preview begins at 9:30 a.m. A 10:00 meeting will be followed by the live auction at 10:30. A silent auction will continue during the entire meeting, which will end around noon. There will be breaks for refreshments.

Auction items, made and/or donated by members of the two chapters, will be of particular interest to quilters and other stitchers, although everyone will be sure to find beautiful handmade gifts for the upcoming holiday season!

As always, everyone is welcome and the meeting is free. The auction proceeds will benefit the two Pine Tree Quilters’ Guild chapters. Coastal Quilters’s proceeds go towards paying for programming for the next two years, so “bid high and bid often”! Cash and checks will be accepted; no credit cards.

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.

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Quilts below are by Timna Tarr.



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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

Maine Quilts 2016: Challenge Quilts

Coastal Quilters’s 2016 challenge was to create quilts that were 16 by 16 inches, made from exactly 16 pieces of fabric, using only black, white, gray, and two complementary colors (all solids). We could embellish them any way we liked, as long as we used those colors.

The photo below shows the final layout, designed by curator extraordinaire Sarah Ann Smith. Here, they hang on Sarah’s design wall before she hung them at this year’s Pine Tree Quilters Guild annual show (July 28-31 at the Civic Center in Augusta). They looked wonderful in the final display. Thank you Sarah!

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