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:

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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.

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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.


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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.

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January 2017 Meeting: Show & Tell

Rhea Butler, co-owner of Alewives Fabrics in Damariscotta Mills, gave a demonstration of English paper piecing (EPP) at the January Coastal Quilters meeting. The first three photos below are from her program.

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Rhea Butler, of Alewives Fabrics, demonstrating EPP

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Member Megan Bruns exhibited her stunning quilt-top-in-progress at the end of Rhea’s presentation, as an example of EPP:Megan Bruns-Jan-2017.JPG

Below are photos of more Coastal Quilters members’ EPP and other work.

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Jan Corson’s quilt (front and back) and her Christmas tree skirt:Jan Corson Quilt.JPG

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Louisa Enright’s hexagon and paper-pieced quilts:Louisa Enright-1-17.jpg

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Vicki Fletcher brought in an antique family quilt and some counted cross stitch to share:Vicki Fletcher-antique family quilt.JPG

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Jan Kelsey’s flannel scrap quilt (front and back):
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Karen Martin brought in her EPP to work on and share:
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Maggie Schwamb’s quilts:
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Quilted work by Sarah Ann Smith:
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Lynn Vermeulen’s EPP:
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May 2016 Meeting & Workshop: Show & Tell

The May Coastal Quilters meeting featured a presentation and workshop by felt artist Sue Stasiowski.

Below are some samples of Sue’s beautiful work–which includes sculptures, bowls, and wall hangings–that she brought to share:

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Above are examples of the various fibers Sue uses in her felting.

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Sue’s workshop was very popular and filled quickly.

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The 2016 Challenge Quilts were due at this meeting. Above are some samples of the quilts, which are 16 x 16 inches and consist of exactly 16 pieces of solid black, white, gray, and two complementary colors.

More work from Show & Tell:

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Sharon Flanagan

May 2016 Retreat

Many of us attended a weekend retreat in early May at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk. We did lots of sewing, got to know one another better, and had loads of fun!

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Lunch at Alisson’s Restaurant on the way to the retreat.

Below are shots of us hard at work in the great workshop space the Franciscan Guest House provided.

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Part of the snack table!

Becca's Bags of Love donation quilt
Becca Babb-Brott’s Bags of Love donation quilt

Becca's Gypsy Wife Quilt
Becca Babb-Brott’s Gypsy Wife quilt

Megan's Millefiore English Paper Piecing quilt
Megan Bruns’s Millefiori English paper piecing quilt

Jan's Weaving-Table Runner
Jan Corson working on her woven table runner

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Jan’s finished woven table runner

Louisa's Jacob's Ladder
Louisa Enright’s Jacob’s Ladder quilt

Sharon's Quilt
Sharon Flanagan’s quilt

Vicki's quilt
Vicki Fletcher’s quilt

Vicki's sister-in-law's quilt
Vicki’s sister-in-law’s quilt

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Gail Galloway-Nicholson won a door prize for wearing the most threads!

Margaret Elaine's memory quilt
Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s memory quilt

Jan K Alaska Quilt
Jan Kelsey’s quilt

Jan's friend Laurie's quilt
Jan’s friend Laurie’s quilt

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Linda Satkowski working on her selvage quilt

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.

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