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.

-Newsletter Editor Wanted!-

PTQG needs a new newsletter editor for the Patchwork Press!

The newsletter is published six (6) times yearly: February, April, June, August, October and December. The mailings are scheduled to provide the members with timely notification of meetings, workshops, Maine Quilts, proposed budget, proposed Bylaw changes, etc.

A candidate must: 

  • Be computer proficient in the use of e-mail; newsletter design applications, word processing, pdf files, spreadsheets and mail merges.
  • Attend all General Board and Members’ Meetings and/or submits reports.
  • Meet publishing deadlines.
  • Be able to maintain regular and frequent communication with all PTQG and MQ personnel.

Please contact Callie Lavoie, President PTQG if you have an interest in this position.; 207-646-8773

125th Members’ Meeting

April Members’
Meeting Agenda

September Members’ Meeting News

Waterville Thomas College, Summit Room,
180 West River Road, Waterville, Maine
Saturday, September 7, 02019
Business meeting at 10:00 a.m.

PTQG workshops Friday, September 6 and Sunday, September 8,

each 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Workshop registration form on back cover of this issue.)
Susan Edmonson
Seeds and Pods of Creativity

Come to our exciting fall workshops with Susan Edmonson, from North Carolina, of Susan Edmonson Designs.

Susan is an award-winning quilt maker who started this journey in 1981.  Today she continues to wow her audiences with her unique artistry. She has designed quilt patterns and kits for two national stores as well as her own pattern line. Her specialties have been folk art, crazy quilted purses, wall quilts, and flower doodles. Fabric collage books and mini art quilts are among her newest creations using mixed media techniques. All of her work is lavished with beading and embroidery. She loves working with vintage style fabrics and colors. The patterns she designs have evolved from original pieces inspired from vintage quilt designs and nature that showcase her own unique style. Her students are always encouraged to have fun with their projects while embracing new techniques.

Workshop registration for Susan Edmonson Sept 2019

Our first workshop, Friday September 6, will be in Lewiston at the Ramada-Lewiston with the workshop “Seeds and Pods of Creativity”.

Flowers and Fauna

Sunday, the workshop will be in Bangor, at Dysart’s with the workshop “Flowers and Fauna”. The classes offer 6 difference mini art quilts to hang on a line, or do whatever you wish with them.  Learn new techniques with embroidery, beads, ribbon, lace etc. These techniques can be used on quilts and clothing. We will be working with textures and doing some paint dying. Susan is very creative and fun to watch her create. She will have kits available to purchase and other goodies. (Pictures for Friday workshop on left and for Sunday workshop on right.)

Hope you join us for an awesome learning experience…

Saturday, at the Members’ meeting, Susan will be speaking after lunch.

The workshop registration form is on the back cover of this issue of Patchwork Press and on our website. If you have any questions please call Brenda Pinkham, First Vice President at 207-649-3278 or email

For more information about Susan visit her website at


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
127 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!

Volume 6, Issue 6 – June 2019

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

We asked for quilts and boy did you respond! 663 quilts will be at the 2019 show. Way to go quilters!!! I am so very impressed at the number of entries. I look forward to seeing all of them. Although it is not the largest number of quilts ever it is the largest number of inches which means that there will be a lot to look at. We are just about running out of room, so we have had to get a little creative. There is still lots of room for vendors!

We have a nice selection of items for the Silent Auction, but we still need more. Please consider donating an item or gift certificate or anything else you think that someone would like to bid on. Our Charity for the 2019 show is the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV). I would love to see another 12-15 items. I know we can do it !!! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jill Fox at or Mary Saucier who are the cochairs for this event.

Next year we need several new chairs including a volunteer chair, a workshop monitor , a quilt delivery chair and a take down chair. Chairs will get guidance and will not be left on their own. It’s a great chance to get to know some fun people and help a wonderful event succeed. If this is something you would like to know more information about any of these positions, please let me know. If you are interested, you could job shadow the current chair for part of this year’s show.

Finally, many workshops are full, but we have a few openings in several classes. If you have not already signed up, please don’t delay. Two classes that have some space are Confetti taught by Andrea Brokenshire and Embellishments; a long arm class with Debby brown. Both instructors are well known and well loved. Taking a class with either one of them will certainly be interesting, informative and fun!

Finally, don’t forget to sign up to volunteer. We love and need your help!

-Silent Auction Donation Form

Silent Auction Donation form May 2019