Members’ Meeting Saturday April 29, 2023

Business Meeting 10:00 A.M.; Speaker’s Presentation 12:30 P.M.

Hope Church, 728 Western Avenue, Manchester, Maine
Storm at Sea by David Sirota

Please join us the weekend of April 28th through 30th as we welcome David Sirota, from Manchester, New Hampshire.  David will be teaching his “No More Tears Paper Piecing” technique.

David says it all started when he needed kitchen curtains and decided to make them himself.  David has been quilting since the late 90’s (1990’s that is) when his friend Amy Fitzpatrick taught him the basics of quilting.  David was a faithful watcher of “Simply Quilts” for all the information he could glean.  There was one technique that he was drawn to and that was paper piecing.  He thought it was cool because of the intricate and accurate results.  The only drawback was that he had difficulty wrapping his head around it, kinda like upside down and backwards.  Once he got it the results were quite exciting.  Except there were a couple of huge drawbacks…how to orient the next piece of fabric and the paper.  Regardless of the kind of paper he used, it still had to be torn off.  David started thinking about how to make paper piecing simpler and faster.

Directions to Hope Church

From Interstate 95 exit 109 to ME-100 S/ME-17 W/US202 W/Western Ave in Augusta towards Winthrop. Follow US-202 W/ME-17 W/ME-100 W for 1.6 miles.

Church will be on your left.

In 2004, he figured it out and his “Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing” was born.  David’s method is easier to understand and takes at least half the time of traditional paper piecing.

David’s method is so successful that he is now teaching all over the country.

To see examples of David’s classes, visit his website at

On Saturday, the 29th David will be presenting a lecture on “What Makes a Quilter Tick?”

Log Cabin by David Sirota

Hurry! Hurry! Friday workshop is FULL. Sunday is half full as of March 5th.

On Friday, April 28th David will be teaching the ‘Storm as Sea’ pattern at The Buker Center. 22 Armory Street, Augusta.  See the Storm at Sea Supply List here.

On Sunday, April 30th he will be teaching the ‘Not Your Daddy’s Log Cabin’ pattern at The Hampton Inn, 15 Lincoln Street, Lewiston. This class will be the Storm at Sea pattern.  See the Log Cabin supply list here.

The registration form is on the back page of Patchwork Press or on the Guild’s website, here.  As always you may contact Esther Libby if you have any questions at or at (207) 615-5900.  We hope to see you at one of the classes in April.

From the Nominating Committee: 2023 Opportunities in PTQG

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.  More detailed information about the duties of each position is available upon request.  These are two-year positions up for election at September’s PTQG Members meeting:

1st Vice President:  The 1st Vice President serves as chairperson of the Guest Workshop/Program. 

Treasurer:  The Treasurer has care of PTQG’s funds.

Directors-at-Large:  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.  2023 openings are for Directors 2 and 4:

          Director 2:  Director 2 is responsible for door prizes at Members Meetings.

          Director 4:  Director 4 is responsible for the first aid kit and accident reports at all PTQG, Inc. 

Each PTQG Board member attends all board meetings and members meetings. Email addresses of PTQG Board members can be found on the PTQG website

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Nominating Committee
Sandi Hunt, Betty Lerette, Diane Brause, Nena Cunningham

Volume 9, Issue 7, March 2023

A newsletter for Maine Quilts

Barbara Duffy, Maine Quilts Coordinator | | | 207-216-7358

Workshop/Event Registration opens March 15th for PTQG, Inc. members.

  • Make your online workshop registration an efficient process: prior to March 15, be sure you know your username and password.
  • Not sure what your password is? Click on “Login” in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Follow the prompts for “Lost Your Password?”.
  • Don’t have a account? Click on “Login” in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Follow the prompts under “Register” to set up your account.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when your account is created.
  • Keep your account information handy: you’ll need it when you register for workshops on Workshop Registration Opening Day, March 15.

Workshop Registration Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation email after you’ve successfully completed your workshop registration. 

Workshop Supply Lists: The supply list for every workshop is posted online alongside the workshop description. Print the supply list for the workshop(s) you’re registered to attend.

Volunteer! Volunteer! Volunteer! We need YOUR HELP as a Volunteer to make Maine Quilts 2023 a success. Signing up as a Volunteer brings perks, including being entered in the drawing for the BERNINA 475QE sewing machine, MSRP $2,999! Big thanks to “The Cotton Cupboard Quilt Shop” in Bangor for this generous donation. The volunteer form on is on the website under the Maine Quilts tab. 

Chairperson Openings: the following Chair position is open – Show Set-Up.  Contact me for information. 

Silent Auction Items: If you’d like to bring your Silent Auction items to the April Members’ meeting, Carol Reed and Lee Priest will be there to collect it from you. There is a donation form on the website under the Activities tab.

Quilters Walk: Chapters, this is your opportunity to assemble a terrific donation (new items only, please) and donate it for the Quilters Walk. Questions? Contact Pam Soucy, Quilters Walk Chair,  Please let Pam know by July 15 what your chapter is donating. Filling a basket to donate? Suggested value of each basket is at least $150.

Be sure to check out all of our pages – – open the tabs to see what is there! Our Webmaster has done a terrific job getting all the information up on the website. Isn’t technology grand!