Area 3 Chapters

Area 3 Chapters in the beautiful state of Maine:

*Chickadee Quilters-Bridgton Area
*Classic Quilters of Lewiston-Auburn Area
*Country Aire Quilters-Turner Area
*Country Square Quilters-North Jay/Wilton Area
*Cross Country Quilters-Bethel Area
*Grammy's Choice Quilters-Canton Area
*Ladies of the Lake Quilters-Peru/Rumford/Dixfield Area
*Lisbon Krazy Kwilters-Lisbon Area
*Pine Needle Quilters-Norway/South Paris Area
*Scraps and Patches Quilters-Poland Area
*Village Scrappers Quilters-Livermore Area

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Winners of the 2017 Charity Quilt Block Challenge

Finally got my new computer! My teen-age nephew transferred records from my old laptop to the new one, but my camera will not allow me to upload photos to the new laptop. I will have to have him play with it a bit to get it to work.

Meanwhile, you have waited long enough to find out the three winners!

First, let me say that 198 blocks were collected for Project Linus and 152 blocks for Quilts of Valor (total of 350 blocks!). I have contacted Donna Brookings at QOVF and she is over the moon with our donation! She promises that she will share photos of the completed quilts so I can post them on the blog. I am still awaiting a mailing address for the Project Linus blocks, but hope they will all be in the mail no later than Tuesday.

So, without further adieu, the winner of the $75.00 prize is Lakeside Quilters. The most quilt blocks sent in by a chapter or individual for the $50.00 prize is also Lakeside Quilters! The winner of my favorite quilt block was Cheryl Proctor of Cabin Fever Quilters. She will have a choice of a $15.00 gift card from either Joann or Hobby Lobby.

Thank you again for your participation in this worth-while endeavor!

Thank You From PTQG Raffle Basket

I received a nice note from the winner of the 2017 PTQG Quilter's Walk Raffle basket donated by Area 3:

Dear Quilters,

I would like to thank you for the wonderful basket that I was very fortunate to win on the Quilter's Walk at the Maine Quilt Show this past summer. The fabrics are so gorgeous and the patterns and threads are such a treasure. I'll think of all of you an your very generous donation when I'm stitching this winter.

Thank you,

Sharon Borthwick
So. Farmington

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Quick Gift Ideas-Week 1

 Here we go with ideas on fast and fun gift ideas to make for the holidays. If you have one (or two!) you would like to share, please email to me to post on the blog.

Nothing is more popular than making your own grocery shopping bags. Tuck them in your car trunk and save a tree. The best part of making these bags as it is a great Stashbuster and perfect for those larger prints you may not use in your other quilting projects. I find they are just the ticket for bottled and heavier items those plastic and paper bags break through. Make a set of three for a gift that will keep on giving. Also, these are a novel way to wrap other gifts!

You can download the tutorial pattern at the bottom of the page.

Here is another nice gift for the person who has everything. Place these scented pine cones on a nice tray or tin for gift giving. It will fill the house with the lovely scent of cinnamon and are a nice project to get the kids involved in (the cinnamon method #2). Since all the windstorms recently, there seems to be plenty of pine cones to be had.

For you sweet lovers, this recipe is for you. Thank you to TwoSistersKitchens for link!

Need to make a TON of small gifts for teachers, service people, neighbors or co-workers (and don't forget your quilting buddies!)? Read on how Ellyn's Place makes Candy Sleighs....

Now that you have some projects to get to, there is no time to cook. How about a savory crock pot soup recipe? This is a copycat Olive Garden recipe from Cooking Classy. Add a tossed salad and a crusty bread and you will have a meal that satisfies during the upcoming colder weather.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Quick Links

For those of you who attended the Oct 18th Area 3 meeting in Poland, the following links were requested to post on the blog:

Strip Twist! is a Bonnie Hunter free pattern you can access by clicking here. This pattern is easy to make, using 2 1/2" strips of fabric. Please note it is much more striking done in lights and darks--save your medium-toned strips for another project.

I personally have made several quilts using this pattern and enjoy the secondary pattern it creates. Here are a few samples of this quilt made scrappy, with a jelly roll and in patriotic prints (great for Quilt of Valor):

And here is how you make the Disappearing Nine-Patch (D9P) block using 5" charm squares:

Next is the easy-to-make 3-D Flying Geese block:

Here is the link from Patchwork Posse:

For those who knit, the new Bamboo Bloom Handpaints yarn was a hit! Scroll down the page for the complete color line:

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Quilts For Las Vegas Victims

 Ladies, I received an email from a old and very dear quilting friend, Kari Wilburn, who lives on the outskirts of Las Vegas in Henderson. She is very active with her guild and various quilt shops in the area. If you or your quilt group would like to help it would be wonderful. I do not want to post her direct email address, but if you need it, just let me know.
"Dear Quilter Friends Near and Far,

The outpouring of love and support for our city has been truly amazing and so very much appreciated.  Quilters are a most generous bunch and if you are looking for another way to help I'm sharing some info. 

My Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild (LVMQG) is leading a quilt drive for the victims and families of Sunday's horrific tragedy. Information is posted on our guild's website My guild has selected the 10-1/2" (10" finished) Gray Scale ( and Heart ( in white and bright colors, as our signature blocks. I'm attaching a picture of part of a quilt my guild mate made, as an example. The arrangement is up to the maker.

If you or your guild/group would like to make a whole quilt or quilt top, that would also be most appreciated. The turnaround time is short, though, and I would need to receive those by November 13th.  My LVMQG guild is requesting the size be anywhere from  48"x 60" to twin size. You can alternatively send tops/quilts directly to LVMQG with that info forthcoming on the webpage. 

Although the Gray Scale and Heart are the signature blocks, my LVMQG is accepting quilts from other patterns, backing, binding and monetary donations.  Please check out the webpage for details on how to send those to the guild. 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our city and helping us to see there is good in the world."

Kari Wilburn

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

PTQG Workshops

Come one, come all to the Pine Tree Quilters’ Guild fall workshops and trunk show.  Here you will find enough inspiration to keep you quilting through another Maine winter while you still have enough time to shop for the fabric!

Carol and Dan Perkins, owners and proprietors of Threads Galore Quilt Shop, will be joining us September 8th through the 10th to teach Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 techniques.  Dan was a member of Deb ‘s inaugural instructor class in 2013.

Carol and Dan share lifelong Maine family traditions and love for the needle arts.  Carol’s quilting history began in the early 1980s as she took needle in hand to piece and hand quilt her first sampler quilt.  This was followed by many more for family members.  Dan’s interest in quilting was piqued by the advent of the rotary cutter and machine piecing.  He finished his firs quilt, a double nine patch, in the early 1990s.  Things have literally bloomed since then and both Dan and Carol have become award-winning quiltmakers.

Memorial Day Weekend 1996 was celebrated with the opening of Dan and Carol’s shop, Threads Galore.  An enterprise that started with fifty bolts of fabric, a handful of books, and some basic notions has now grown to over one thousand bolts of fabric and a fun selection of books, patterns, and notions with every imaginable ruler and template.

Dan and Carol took an important next step in 2003 with the opening of the Quilt Inn Rangeley Retreat Center.  The center is open for quilt groups of all types to come and quilt, free of the stressors of work and daily life, creating a refreshing immersion in everything quilts.

We will be in Bangor on Friday and our pattern will be Signs of Autumn.  This pattern will make a great table runner or wall quilt or both!  On Sunday, we’ll be in Windham for Whirling Lemoynes, with the options of a baby, throw, or twin size project.  These are all day workshops, but we do break for lunch.  On Saturday, Carol and Dan will do a presentation and trunk show at the Members’ Meeting at Thomas College in Waterville.

The workshop registration form is included in this issue of the Patchwork Press and will also be available on the PTQG website.  If you have any questions, please call the First Vice President at (207) 963-4052 or e-mail her at

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Area 3 Meeting October 18th

       Co-hosted by Scraps and Patches and Classic Quilters

              Wednesday October 18th from 10 am to 2 pm

Ricker Memorial Library
1211 Maine St., Poland, ME

Light refreshments will be provided.

 Program by Scraps and Patches and Classic Quilters.  Expect demos and fun quilt- related activities. Don’t forget to bring your Show and Tell!

Block Drawing

   Spool Block
(The block is so nice, I show it twice!)
(10 ½ inches unfinished)

Cream or light tan background

Medium or dark brown spool ends

Block center -  any color you want

Cut one 6 1/2 “  square for the center of the block

Cut two 2 ½” X 12” strips of background fabric for side borders

Cut two 1 ½” X 12” strips of background fabric and two 1 ½” X 12” strips of brown fabric. 

Sew each brown strip to one background fabric strip to give two 2 ½” X 12” top and bottom borders to add to the center square.  Add the 4 borders to the center square, mitering corners and trimming excess fabric.