Sit and Sew at China Lake

Thank you, Jan, for a wonderful and relaxing day at your family camp.   I think we all wished we could stay longer!    Picture is from our visit last year.   Looking forward to next year!China Lake, South China, Maine


June 2017 Meeting: Show and Tell

We had our annual pot luck at the June meeting and voted in a new slate of officers. The highlight of the meeting was Show & Tell. In addition to Farmer’s Wife quilts, which several quilters worked on for the past year, members had a bounty of beautiful and varied work to share.

The first set of images below are Farmer’s Wife quilts, which show how different the quilts turned out in spite of everyone’s following the same block patterns from the book The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt by Martha Pullen Store.

Becca Babb-Brott: Farmer’s Wife quilt front and back

Paula Blanchard: Farmer’s Wife lap quilt, top

Louisa Enright: Farmer’s Wife quilt, detail shot, and back of quilt

Margaret-Elaine Jinno: Farmer’s Wife quilt top and detail shot:

Linda Satkowski’s Farmer’s Wife quilt

Lynn Vermeulen: Front and back of Farmer’s Wife quilt

More work by members:

Quilt by Becca Babb-Brott

Paula Blanchard’s map art quilt

Quilting by Louisa Enright

Sharon Flanagan’s quilt

Three quilts by Joan Herrick

Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s block for the “Dawn Chorus” 2017 Challenge and an embroidered tea towel with “hexies”

Child’s dress made by guest Nancy Lloyd

Quilt by Tori Manzi

Jim VanderNoot’s quilt

Three quilts by Ann Vanosdol, showing front and back of first one

Work by Nancy Wright



May 2017 Meeting: Show & Tell

May’s meeting was the deadline for blocks for the 2017 Coastal Quilters’s quilt challenge, “The Dawn Chorus.” Member Sarah Ann Smith designed the tree and sky background schematic, based on a similar concept she saw. Members chose one or more blocks to turn into mini-quilts that were embellished with a bird of their choosing–real or imaginary. Sarah pinned the finished blocks to a background so we could see for the first time how the blocks would come together in the final installation, which will be exhibited at Maine Quilts 2017 from July 27 – 29. Photos below show the blocks that members brought to the meeting.

Sarah’s original painted schematic for the tree branches and sky.

Finished blocks, pinned in their relative positions.

Below are close-up shots of some of the blocks.

More work from members follows. First is English paper piecing by Mary Bishop.

Below are images of five quilts and a knitted selvage piece by Louisa Enright:

Two quilts by Joan Herrick:

Margaret Elaine Jinno shows a panel from her Farmer’s Wife quilt:

Mary Keller, a guest, shares her quilt:

Tori Manzi’s blocks from the Amy Friend “Improv Paper Piecing” workshop:

Lisa Niles and her quilt:

Linda Satkowski’s quilt and knitted selvage placemat:

Maggie Schwamb shows blocks from Amy Friend’s workshop on “Improv Paper Piecing”:

Sarah Ann Smith’s Women’s March quilt, “Speak Up, Speak Out,” which was accepted in the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibition, opening July 11 at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass.:

Two quilts by Jim VanderNoot:

Lynn Vermeulen’s work from Amy Friend’s “Improv Paper Piecing” workshop:

Nancy Wright’s quilt:




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: 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.

Amy Friend