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.

124th Members’ Meeting

April Members’
Meeting Agenda

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. FULL

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.

From the Nominating Committee:

2019 Opportunities in PTQG

Happy New Year, everyone! We are looking for nominees for the September 2019 election of new officers of the PTQG Board.

Please support our guild by reviewing the descriptions below and let the Nominating Committee know if you are interested in running for one of these offices or if you can recommend someone you feel would be a good candidate. More detailed information about the duties of each position is available upon request. These are the positions that are up for election at September’s PTQG Members meeting:

1st Vice President:

The 1st Vice President is responsible for selecting teachers and lecturers for programs and workshops at PTQG Members Meetings. Duties include sending out contracts, arranging for workshop locations and publicizing the workshops/programs via the Patchwork Press and the PTQG website. The 1st Vice President also works as host and facilitator to the teachers by arranging for transportation and lodging and attending the programs and workshops. In the President’s absence or inability to act the 1st Vice President performs the duties of the President. Our current 1st Vice President is Brenda Pinkham.


The Treasurer is responsible for budget planning and care of PTQG’s funds (checking, savings, and certificate of deposit accounts) and prepares a computer-generated treasurer’s report three times per year for presentation at the Members Meetings. The treasurer also oversees and supervises the newly created bookkeeper position. This is a new job description with duties to start October 1, 2019. Our current Treasurer is Lori Dick.


Directors-at-Large serve as liaison between the membership and the General Board. Duties include set up and clean up at meetings, helping distribute door prizes, assisting with show and tell, and serving as the Nominating Committee. There are four Directors-at-Large. 2019 openings are for Directors 2 and 4:

Director 2:

Director 2 is responsible for door prize sign-up at Members Meetings, the door prize box, pencils and paper. Our current Director 2 is Carmen Dickinson.

Director 4:

Director 4 is responsible for the first aid kit and accident reports at all PTQG, Inc. functions. Our current Director 4 is Susan Lamie.

Each PTQG Board member attends all board meetings and members meetings and/or submits a report. The term for each of these positions is two years. No officer may serve more than three consecutive terms in the same office. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Nominating Committee:

Susan Lamie, 207-783-9541

Carmen Dickinson,

Modern Quilt Guild

Maine Modern Chapter at QuiltCon 2019!

Maine Modern Quilters
Maine Modern Quilters who made the trek to Nashville for the show are in front of the quilt.
L to R: Diane Ferriera, Hazel Henderson, Anne Gould, Betsy Cannan, Ellie Fellers, Celia Brown, Bonnie Dwyer, Evelyn Landry, Sue Arnold, Claudette Bean, Sue Duval, Deb Hazell, Carmen Dickinson

Every year, QuiltCon has a charity challenge. QuiltCon selects a palette of colors and a theme. The theme for 2019 was small piecing. Members used a variety of fabrics including Batiks, modern fabrics and fabrics from their stash to create the quilt design and titled the quilt “Striation Elation”. It was beautifully quilted by member Betsy Cannan. It hung with many other challege quilts in Nashville, TN, during the February show. Once the quilt is returned from QuiltCon, each guild donates it to a charity of their choice. Maine Modern Quilters is donating their quilt to the ALS Society in honor of member Kate Gawler’s sister’s ALS Journey.


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 4 – April 2019

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

Spring is here- Almost!! 

The show will be here before you know it.  Have you signed up for classes yet?  Don’t delay- Classes are filling up!!  I am also hopeful that many of you are planning on displaying a quilt at the show-  Please share your work!

Just an FYI -We do need white glove volunteers on Thursday, July 25th.  Due to a misprint there are no signup spaces on the form.  Don’t let that stop you from volunteering to be a white glove volunteer on that day.   We need volunteers every day!

Our Charity for the 2019 show is the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV). We will be supporting this very worthy charity by conducting a Silent Auction.  The MCEDV operates the statewide domestic violence helpline and also provides assistance to domestic violence programs throughout the state through education and policy development. Please consider assisting by making a donation to the auction, bidding on an item or volunteering.  We need your help.  PTQG members have a strong tradition of supporting many good causes and I am sure that will be the case this year.  I can’t wait to see what the donations will be. Be sure to bring your wallets!! Jill Fox and Mary Saucier from Cobblestone Quilters are the co- Chairs for this charity event.

The Silent Auction will be open daily from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM when the bidding closes.  Winners will be announced each day and items may be paid for and picked up by 4:00 PM the same day. Since different items will be available each day it is important to come check out what is available.  Bid early and often!!

We are looking for donations with a minimum value of $25.00. Donations can be quilted items or other handcrafted items but they can also be other items that you would like to bid on such as sewing items or gift cards. Forms will be available at the April members meeting. A blank form is also attached with this monthly update.  Donations may be brought to the April members meeting. Donations may also be given to your area rep who can arrange to get them down to me or one of the co-chairs.  You may also contact me to make arrangements to get the items to the right place.  Donations must be made by July 10th.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jill Fox at or Mary Saucier at