Kaffe Fassett Inspiration Lecture & Book Signing Bus Trip

Registration form for Kaffe Fassett bus trip 2019

Join us for an overnight trip to Connecticut to hear Kaffe Fassett. Kaffe’s presentation highlights work from his latest projects, including his patchwork, fabric, needlepoint, mosaics, painting and knitting designs. Hear how his inspiration comes from his travels throughout the world. This is his only stop in New England!

Our trip will leave from Gardiner, Sunday morning, 10/13/2019, with stops in Yarmouth and Kennebunk. Return the next day mid to late afternoon. Included in the price are your ticket to the lecture, bus and hotel room with breakfast included. Lunch/dinner Sunday and snack for bus return your cost.


Sunday, October 13, 2019 — Leave Gardiner Park and Ride near Hannaford at 9:00 a.m., Yarmouth at 9:45 at the I 295, exit 17 Park and Ride, Kennebunk, I-95 southbound rest area at 10:30 a.m.

Vernon, CT – stop for Quilting by the Yard quilt shop and Rein’s New York Style Deli for lunch/supper.

Check into Holiday Inn Express, Rocky Hill, CT.

6:00 p.m.— arrive at lecture and book signing including a pop-up shop by Colchester Mill Fabrics and Quilting.  Return to hotel for evening.

Monday, October 14, 2019 — After breakfast and checkout shopping at Colchester Mill Fabrics and Quilting.

Return to Kennebunk northbound rest area at 3:30 p.m., Yarmouth at 4:15 p.m., Gardiner at 5:00 p.m.

Medical form for bus trips 2019

Please see the forms following to register for the trip. You need to send in the registration form, sign the Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement and include your check. Second – fill out the Medical Information for Trip Participants form and place in a sealed envelope with your name on the front and send in the same envelope to Kim Greenleaf. The sealed envelope will be returned to you at the end of the trip. Kim will wait to deposit your check until after the September deadline or if the bus is full, whichever is first. If you have any questions contact Nena Cunningham, 207-215-7163c.

Cancelation policy — Pine Tree Quilters’ Guild, Inc. reserves the right to cancel this trip if bus is not full by September 10, 2019.  PTQG reserves the right to cancel this trip if unforeseen circumstances necessitate canceling or significantly altering the trip.

Refunds — Refunds only given if your seat on the bus can be filled.

125th Members’ Meeting

September 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.

Unfortunately, we have canceled Sue Edmonson workshops and lecture for the Members’ weekend. We did not have sufficient enrollment for the workshops.

Carolee Withee
Carolee Withee

Please join us for our Saturday lecture with Carolee Withee, a longtime PTQG member and a resident of Maine.

She is presenting: WHY I LEARNED TO TAT!

I will bring blue-ribbon winning quilts from 2016 and 2017; which were recognized for embellishment and mixed techniques. This season’s quilt, Holiday Villages, was inspired by the red roofs of Italy and Croatia. All of my latest quilts contain at least one piece of vintage handwork and lace, stitched figures, and fabric paint to enhance the theme of the quilt. All of the quilt designs are original. Because I like learning new techniques, my designs seem to have evolved into a style that says “The more, the better!”

My husband, our cat and I moved to Whitefield in 2000. The walls in our new home were pretty bare so I started making small and colorful quilts to hang. When I started adding vintage handwork to each quilt, I realized how much I like designing. I have given many trunk shows, and I hope, given ideas to women who have inherited embroidery. I continue to be involved in a project making pieced quilts for Veterans, but more and more, I find my pleasure in embroidery. The only problem is that my kitchen table serves as my workspace. There is no room leftover for my husband to sit and eat!

Career: School teacher in Cumberland, ME. Taught at Universities while in Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan; also, in Moldova. Traveled a lot! A summer study in Israel, seminar in Australia, summer work camp in Czechoslovakia, biking trips and archaeology participant.
Love Maine winters because I snowshoe (and because I don’t HAVE to drive in the snow).
Still love to grow flowers, but as my age increases, my garden size decreases.

Pot Holder blocks due date extended to Members’ meeting on Jan 25, 2020!

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 9 – September 2019

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Lisa K. Nash, Coordinator
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Fall is almost here. I don’t know about you but it seemed to me that summer was awfully short. Work has already started on the 2020 show which promises to be an exciting show that celebrates Maine’s 200th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.

2020’s show will feature everything from modern quilts to antique quilts. There will be something for everyone.

If you have never submitted a quilt for judging consider giving it a try. The judging process is truly an opportunity to get feedback on your quilts and to learn, In a positive environment, what you can do to continue to improve your skills. Individuals who have undergone this process have stated that it was very helpful

As we begin work on next years’ show I want to mention that we have a need for a few volunteer chairs. If you might be interested please let me know. Please know that you will have support. Former chairs are definitely willing to provide some guidance to the new chairs. If you haven’t volunteered with PTQG now is the time to stretch yourself. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and have some fun. If you have questions or would like a little more information I would be happy to talk to you.

As we head into fall and winter here is my challenge to you (and myself). Think about what quilt you would like to enter in to next years’ show. Think about what you would like to do for the Pine Tree Guilt Guild Challenge?

Enjoy the fall and Happy Quilting!!