Press Release: January 2018

For Immediate Release:

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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December 2017 Meeting: Show & Tell

Below is work shared by Coastal Quilters members at our Annual Holiday Potluck.

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Christmas jacket and wall hanging by Mary Sue Bishop.

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Janet Kelsey’s quilt.

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Janet Kelsey’s “LaLa Log Cabin” quilt.

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Tori Manzi’s “Glam” project.

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Tori Manzi with her hoop project.

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Tori Manzi with her “Noodlehead” pattern backpack.

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A paper-pieced pillow by Tori Manzi.

And the holiday raffle basket:
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Press Release: November 2017

For Immediate Release:

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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Mississippi Meander

October 2017: Show & Tell

During October’s meeting, Judy Sala gave a presentation and demonstration on coiled, fabric-covered clothesline bowls, baskets, and more. Below are a couple of images of beautiful and useful objects made using this method, followed by images of work shared by Coastal Quilters members.


Judy Sala with some of her coiled baskets and bowls.

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Coiled ice-dyed fabric bowl and “minimalist” placemat, made by member Tori Manzi.

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Mary Sue Bishop modeling her quilted jacket.

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Louisa Enright shows her finished 2016-2017 Bonnie Hunter challenge quilt.

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Joan Herrick with her knitted sweater.

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Kathy Moore shared fabric bowls she had made, showing another way of using fabric to make bowls.

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Baby quilts for twins, by Ann Vanosdol.

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Nancy Wright showing the tunic she made, which was inspired by September’s program on the resurgence of garment construction.

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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.

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September 2017: Show & Tell

Lots of great work done over the summer!


Quilt by Louisa Enright using fabric selvages.


Quilt by Joan Herrick.


Jan Kelsey’s felted landscapes, done at a Fiber College workshop.


Tori Manzi’s project tote bag.


Quilt by new member Mary Lou Nichols.

Maggie Schwamb’s kite tails quilt, started in Amy Friend’s improv paper piecing workshop last spring.


Quilt done by Maggie Schwamb’s sister-in-law for Maggie’s son.

Press Release: September 2017

The Resurgence of Garment Construction

Camden, Maine, August 25, 2017—Coastal Quilters will launch its new season on Saturday, September 9, with a program by Leah Ondra about the recent renewed interest in garment sewing. The program, postponed from March, will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Camden Lions Club and is free and open to the public. Ms. Ondra will give a talk and will bring garments she has made, as well as samples 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. A “welcome back” potluck will follow the meeting.

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 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.

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Photos by Leah Ondra:

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