Maine Quilts 2019, July 25-27, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center

Questions about Maine Quilts? Contact Lisa, Maine Quilts Coordinator at or 207-216-7358.

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April Members’ Meeting

Waterville Thomas College, Summit Room,
180 West River Road, Waterville, Maine
April 27 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm

April Members’ Meeting and Workshop News – April 26 – 28, 2019

Beth Ferrier
Beth Ferrier
Forget-me-Knots, Beth Ferrier
Forget-me-Knots, Beth Ferrier

Beth Ferrier of Applewood Farm Publications from Wisconsin will be joining us April 26, 27 and 28, 2019. A quilter since 1975, and a needle worker, Beth has had a lifelong love affair with needle and thread. An inability to follow instructions coupled with a talent for giving directions led to the birth of Applewood Farm Publications, Inc., Beth’s publishing company. They have published four books, including Hand Applique by Machine, and dozens of patterns are for sale in quilt shops around the world. A teacher by nature, it was only a matter of time before quilting classes began. “It’s important to me that every student come away from my class eager for the next challenge”. A class with Beth is always great fun!

She has appeared on HGTV’s Simply Quilts with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. She has been nominated for the Professional Quilter’s Teacher of the year award twice. She will be offering two classes for us and give a lecture and trunk show for our April meeting at Thomas College in Waterville.

Easy Peasy Sneaky Tricks, Beth Ferrier
Easy Peasy Sneaky Tricks, Beth Ferrier
Beth Ferrier Registration Form, class 2019
Beth Ferrier Registration Form, class 2019

Friday, April 26 Beth is offering “Forget me Nots”, hand applique by machine. Learn how to imitate the look of fine hand applique with your sewing machine. “My nifty-deluxe applique technique will take you from novice to applique goddess in one class.” This workshop will be held at Lisa’s White Flour Catering/ Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Augusta.

Saturday, April 27 Beth is entertaining us with a lecture and trunk show “Will you make me a quilt?” Quilters are a funny lot, with our own special vocabulary and odd habits when it comes to buying fabric. Beth’s humorous look at what it means to be a quilter will have you in stitches. Presented after lunch around 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 28 Beth is offering “Easy Peasy Sneaky Tricks”. Don’t let it fool you! This little 24-inch quilt is jam-packed with tricks, tips and techniques. “Everything’s easier when you know the tricks. Let me show you how my favorite tricks will improve your piecing, saving time and effort in the process.” For everyone. This workshop will be held at Dysart’s, 1110 Broadway, Bangor.

Registration form is linked here and on the back of this Patchwork Press. Please send this form and your check to Susan Lamie whose name and address are on the form.

Any questions? Contact Brenda at

We hope to see you there.


The Bicentennial is coming! The Bicentennial is coming!

by Callie Lavoie, Bicentennial Committee Chair and Committee

Cyndi Black, Susan Bulay, Barbara Duffy, Joan Emerson, Susan Lamie and Linda Throckmorton

Did you know that 2020 is the state of Maine’s Bicentennial year? PTQG is joining in on the celebration with a guild project. Please join us.

Laurie Labar, Chief Curator of History and Decorative Arts at the Maine State Museum in Augusta, is creating an exhibit at the Museum to start on Thursday night, July 23, 2020 to end on Saturday, July 31, the last day of our quilt show in 2021. There will be 40 quilts exhibited for the first six months and then a second 40 quilts for the second 6 months. At least three potholder quilts will be included in the exhibit.  She is also authoring a book about the exhibit, “Comfort and Community, 250 Years of Maine Quilts” and quilting history with extensive information about each quilt featured and about quilting life. This book will include many photographs and will be published as a hard cover edition of at least 100 pages, and as a smaller edition soft cover.

Our project will be to fundraise to support this exhibit and book by making potholder blocks which, at this time of thought, we will be selling finished quilt creations at Maine Quilts 2020.

Step By Step Instructions
Step By Step Directions

Pot holder blocks were a very popular method of quilt making in the 19th century, especially in Maine and a few other New England states. They also lend themselves to making great group quilts. We are asking each member to make at least one potholder block, 8 ½” square, to be combined with other blocks into quilts, table runners and potholders. Many chapters have had workshops with Wendy Caton Reed on how to make these blocks. She has Step By Step Directions in this edition and will be demonstrating the procedure before our April Members’ meeting, April 27. You may make as many finished potholder blocks as you wish using any block design, use any colors for block, back and binding. Reproduction type fabrics would be lovely but not required. Please do not use the following types of fabrics as they would not have been used 200 years ago: No – batiks, no holiday prints, no kid’s fabrics and no novelty prints.

We would like to collect these finished blocks (8 ½” square) at our 2019 Board meetings in March and June, Members’ meetings in April and September, and at Maine Quilts 2019 in the room with the Maine State Museum exhibit in July. If you are unable to turn them in at any of these events please pass them to your Area Representative, other Board Members or friends to bring for you. If you want to mail blocks please send to:

Joan Emerson
157 Old Pool Rd.

Biddeford, ME 04005

Laurie and the Museum will give us free admission to the yearlong exhibit, starting July 24, 2020. Champagne Preview Wednesday night participants at Maine Quilts 2020 will get an invitation to Preview night at the Museum on Thursday night, the next night in 2020. Laurie also offered us a table at that opening night to man with membership information to PTQG. I feel the Museum is putting together a gift for all PTQG members!

I think this is a fabulous plan and a great benefit to our members and I hope everyone participates making blocks and enjoys the exhibits at the Museum!


The Ruby Celebration Traveling Exhibit Quilts have been out visiting quilters to the far reaches of the state.  Back and forth they go.  Comments reveal what we hoped, that the exhibit truly shows how far we have come in our color choices, quilting designs and quilt layout over the past years.  We can talk about it, but like a picture, the exhibit is better than a thousand words.  If you would like to share these quilts at your next meeting or quilt show, please contact:  Susan Bulay; 207-827-6136 or


Volume 6, Issue 2 – February 2019

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Lisa K. Nash, Coordinator | | | 207-216-7358

Keep your eyes open!! Your Maine Quilts 2019 Brochure will be arriving in your mail box in a few weeks! Inside your brochure you will find your quilt registration form, your workshop and event registration form and your volunteer form.

We’ve got some great teachers lined up.

David Taylor loves his scraps and uses them to piece and appliqués. He will be teaching and is also going to be our keynote speaker at the Friday Night Dinner. Don’t miss David’s talk on “The Care and Feeding of your Fabric Stash”.

Andrea Brokenshire— Andrea specializes in contemporary art quilts which depict botanical images. You won’t believe her flowers! Maine Quilts will be presenting a special exhibit of

Marilyn Foreman

Debby Brown— Debby is a long arm quilter who is ready to show you some new tricks of the long arm trade. Tricks include everything from “Quilting around the bend” to “Diamonds are a quilters’ best friend”.

Marilyn Foreman—Marilyn has created pieced patterns that as versatile as possible so they all include a variety of sizes and fabric options creates a variety of pieced quilts. Many quilts use her special Twister tools to create fabulous quilts.

Lisa McCarthy— Lisa is a Judy Niemeyer instructor as well as a Jacqueline de Jonge instructor. Her love of bold and vibrant colors is evident in her dynamic quilts.

Timna Tarr Timna is a modern quilter who is not afraid to think outside the box. Timna loves watching how colors and texture interact. Timna loves to play with fabric and invites you to join her!

Karen Witt For the past several years, Karen has chosen to specialize in the history of quilting, the use of reproduction fabrics and the creation of quilts with historic significance.

So much variety you are sure to find something to interest you!

Events and activities to also consider with your free time!

  • Volunteer!!!
  • Enjoy the quilts.
  • Check out the special exhibits “Botanicals in Fiber, Contemporary Floral Art Quilts Exhibit by Andrea Brokenshire; “Comfort and Community: An Exhibit Preview” from the Maine State Museum and the “Best of QuiltCon 2019” from the Modern Quilt Guild.
  • Take a class and learn something new!
  • Buy tickets and stuff the buckets to win your favorite choices at Quilters Walk.
  • Join us for Friday night dinner with our keynote speaker David Taylor. Learn how to take care of your fabric stash.
  • Go to a noon lecture with Andrea Brokenshire, Timna Tarr or Karen Witt.
  • Stop by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence booth and “Take Action Maine”. Support the silent auction.
  • Watch a demo.
  • Buy a raffle ticket for “Dreams of Attic Treasures”, the state raffle quilt.
  • Buy raffle tickets at Raffle Alley.
  • Buy a Maine Quilts show tee shirt, pin, mug or fleece jacket.
  • Meet friends and enjoy the show!

Volunteer: Have you thought about being a workshop monitor? Contact Linda Quirion if you are interested. or 207-399-3609. Volunteer to monitor and help the teacher and your workshop is free!