Special Events

Special Events

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 

Champagne Reception & Preview

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Join us for our 43rd quilt show and celebrate! Be among the first to attend Maine Quilts 2020, view the quilt exhibits and shop in Merchants Mall – all the vendors will be open for business – without the crowds of opening day! One ticket to this event is included as part of the Advance Admission fee or workshop registration fee by filling out the Workshop and Event Registration form. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Wednesday evening for $10. 

Book Signing

6:30-8:00 p.m. 

Please join us at Champagne Preview and welcome Laureen LaBar, author, for a book signing with her new book Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community. 

Quilting has a rich history in Maine and America and its popularity has surged in recent years as people return to traditional handcrafts. The history of quilting in Maine is a story of community and Maine State museum curator Laurie LaBar coaxes stories out of objects and uses those stories to enlighten, entertain, and bring new voices to Maine history.

The first book of its kind, Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community is the accompanying volume to a major year-long exhibit at the Maine State Museum (July 24, 2020-July 24, 2021). Stories abound, and lesser known aspects of the state’s history are brought to light, but the star attractions are the quilts themselves. Ranging from surviving Colonial era quilts to present day creations, more than 150 are presented in full color. 

About the Author – Former archaeologist Laureen A. LaBar is a curator at the Maine State Museum. She has written two previous books, both co-published by the museum. One of the books received the R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Prize in 2010. She lives outside Augusta, Maine. 

**Pick up your Free ticket for Opening Night of the Maine State Museum Bicentennial Quilt Exhibit. You must attend Champagne Preview night, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 to pick up a ticket for free admission to Thursday’s Opening Night event, July 23, 2020, of the Maine State Museum exhibit, Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community. The Maine State Museum exhibit features 78 Maine quilts made between the late 1700s and late 2019 over the next year. The Museum is located at 230 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330. 

Youth Quilt Awards Ceremony

7:30 p.m. 

The first 25 youth who enter a quilt into the quilt show will be a receiving a Janome Sewing Machine; donated by The Fabric Garden in Madison. The Award Ceremony will be our opportunity to celebrate the entrants and award them their own sewing machine.


THURSDAY, JULY 23 

Noon Lecture – “Improv and Abstractions in Antique Quilts”

12 noon – 1 p.m. 

Marge Tucker

Marge Tucker 
Augusta Room, 2nd floor North Wing 

Some of our quilt ancestors were ahead of their time! We are not the first generation of quilters to discover Improv Quilting. But we may be the ones who have come to embrace it and make it mainstream. Marge discusses and shows examples of antique quilts that are improvisationally pieced and/or are so graphic and abstract that they could be in Quilt Con. Marge also discusses the lessons that can be learned 

Tickets are $10; they may be purchased in advance on your Workshop and Event Registration Form or at the show. 


FRIDAY, JULY 24 

Noon Lecture – “Making Negative a Positive”

12 noon – 1 p.m. 

Jane Hauprich

Jane Hauprich
Augusta Room, 2nd floor North Wing 

Are you afraid of negative space? Do you know how to handle negative space? Negative space can lend such a great area to quilt in!! Jane will share with you how to handle negative space and take your fears away!! Here’s an opportunity to focus on the space. 

Tickets are $10; they may be purchased in advance on your Workshop and Event Registration Form or at the show. 

Friday Night Dinner – “Women’s Suffrage”

6:00 p.m. 

Kathy Kenny

Kathy Kenny 
Augusta Room, 2nd floor North Wing 

Kathy is a lively storyteller with a wonderful collection of antique quilts. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the State of Maine becoming a state and the 100-year anniversary of women getting the right to vote; Kathy will be entertaining us with stories about “Women’s Suffrage” as well as presenting us with a trunk show of many of her antique quilts. Part of celebrating the future includes appreciating and understanding the past. Here is an opportunity to learn more about what women were doing 100 years ago both politically and with needle and thread. Kathy is entertaining and informative. Her love of both history and quilting is evident in all her presentations. A must-see event of Maine Quilts 2020!! 

Dinner is $28 including the lecture. Ticket may be purchased in advance on your Workshop and Event Registration Form with a deadline of July 22. 


SATURDAY, JULY 25 

Noon Lecture – “Plays Well with Others”

12 noon – 1 p.m. 

Beth Helfter

Beth Helfter 
Augusta Room, 2nd floor North Wing. 

From the days of Quilting Bees on the prairie, quilting has always been a social hobby. This lively lecture focuses on group quilt making in today’s world, taking us beyond guild Block of the Months to swaps, round robins, and specialized group projects to show how adding more quilters with more ideas into your projects will create fantastic results. My yearly January Jumpstart group quilts from 2008 to present year are included! 

Tickets are $10; they may be purchased in advance on your Workshop and Event Registration Form or at the show.