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


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Victoriana Quilt Calculators

Victoriana Quilt Designs offer free quilting calculators for:

*Backing

*Binding

*Cutting Strips & Squares

*Triangles & Setting Triangles

*Quilty Formulas

Just submit your name and email and they will be emailed to you.

One note: You must add their email address (listed on the website) in your email contacts in order for the emails to be sent to you.

Click  here for the link!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Maine Quilts Thanks You

On behalf of Maine Quilts, thank you to all of you who volunteered to work at the show or sold raffle tickets. We couldn't do it without your continued support!

"Maine Quilts 2012" Photo Album

Best In Show-Margaret S. Gunn

The pictures are up in the photo album

Click here http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/583170078hODzAM


"Meet the Quilters" 2012!

For those of you who missed the exhibit at Maine Quilts last week, I will recap a few of the pictures. Needless to say, photos cannot express the striking workmanship and eye for color in both Ethel and Carole's work.

If I had a dime for each time I heard "that beautiful ship quilt would have won Best In Show", I'd be rich! Ladies, you've heard it once you've heard it a hundred times--you are world-class artists!

I had an opportunity to help with set up for the exhibit, and it's always nice to see a "before" picture-


And now, a few of the "during" pictures-






I would like to send a shout out to Pat, my co-helper for set up. She is as anal as I am and we worked perfectly in sync. Pat, hope we can work together again next year.

Now, for more pictures of the display!

Albert and Ethel

Carole
Carole's quilts
Carole's quilts
Carole's quilts

Ethel's quilt

Ethel's quilts
Ethel's quilts



Ethel's quilts

Quilting Buddies


Monday, July 30, 2012

Karen McTavish Coming to Mariner's Compass! Registration begins August 1st

Mariner's Compass Quilt Shop of Bath, Maine is excited to host one of the most accomplished longarm quilters in the world!

Here is the schedule:

Thursday, 11/8 from 10-5-Open house with Karen and sales rep Marcia O'Donnell for those of you interested in more information on the APQS longarm quilting machines.

Friday, 11/9 from 10-5-Wholecloth design class
                               7-8-Lecture (open to the public)

Saturday, 11/10 from 9:30-12:30-Victorian Feathers (hands-on longarm).

From 2:30-5:30-Custom Heirloom (hands-on longarm).

All classes and lectures will be held at the Mariner's Compass Quilt Shop at 190 Front St., Bath. You can contact them at 207-443-2900, www.marinerscompass.com, or check out Karen's website and striking work at http://www.designerquilts.com/index.html

The Quilted Apple Retreat-Opening soon!

Carol Fenton Gilbert has opened up a quilter's retreat for late summer through fall use at her father's Mercer, Maine apple farm and home. There are accommodations for up to eight with meals included.
For more details about this facility, you can visit http://www.sandyriverapples.com/retreat.html or contact Carol at 858-735-5862. Her email address is info@thequiltedappleretreat.com


Maine Potato Candy Recipe (Needhams)



Most of us remember this candy around the holidays. Some call them potato candy, others needhams. Whatever they are called, they are delicious! Fluffy coconut and chocolate--a perfect combination!

The base recipe came from the "Potato" exhibition at the 2012 Maine Quilts with some editing from my own recipe. Play around with your ingredients--add almonds or chopped, drained cherries. Let your imagination run wild!

4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
4 cups flaked coconut
3/4 cup cold mashed potatoes (plain)
1 1/2 tsps. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 lb. dark candy coating (or you can sub 2-12 oz. bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tsp. vegetable shortening, such as Crisco). Do not use oil or butter.

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Line a 9" square pan with foil, lightly buttered. Spread the coconut mixture in pan. Press well to even mixture. Cover and chill overnight. Cut into 1" squares. Cover and freeze. Once the candy is hard, you can melt your chocolate. In a double boiler, melt candy and Crisco shortening over low-medium heat, stirring often to smooth mixture. You can also melt the candy and shortening in a glass bowl in the microwave. Start with 25 seconds at high speed, stirring well afterwards. Microwave again at 25 seconds and repeat stirring. You can continue to do this until smooth.

Caution! Even one drop of water or liquid into the chocolate will ruin it, so be very careful!

Once the chocolate mixture is smooth, using a candy dipping fork or regular fork, dip into chocolate and gently tap on side of bowl/pan to remove excess chocolate. Place on wax paper to set. You can store in an air-tight container in a cool location. If you refrigerate, it may cause the chocolate to change to a dull color, but it will still taste the same.

Three Ingredient Chili

Karen Mitchell shares her mother-in-law's favorite recipe:

Mix 1 pound of browned ground beef (chicken, pork, turkey)

    1 jar of salsa ( any strength you like -- I use medium)

    1 can kidney beans

Let simmer together for 20 minutes or so -- I crock-pot mine for the day.

Application for Quilt Show-Poland-August 25th


QUILT SHOW

POLAND COMMUNITY CURCH,  UCC

1212 MAINE STREET

POLAND, ME 04274

AUGUST 25, 2012



I WILL LEND MY QUILT FOR SHOW

NAME _______________________________________________



ADDRESS______________________________________________



______________________________________________________

PHONE ________________________________________________

EMAIL _______________________________________________



QUILT DESCRIPTION FOR BROCURE:





















QUILTS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE CHURCH FRIDAY, AUG. 24 BETWEEN 9:00 AM AND 4:00 PM.  QUILTS SOULD BE PICKED UP ATFER 2:00 PM ON SATURDAY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL DIXIE 998-4725 OR EMAIL cpiper1@roadrunner.com.

PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO DIXIE LEE PIPER, 626 PLAINS ROAD, POLAND, ME 04274 BY AUGUST 15TH TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BROCHURE.


3RD ANNUAL HISTORIC FREEPORT

3RD ANNUAL HISTORIC FREEPORT
BARNS & QUILTS TOUR

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2012
9AM - 3PM

Tickets $30 each—reservations required
207-865-3170
www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org

Join our experts for a fascinating tour and discussion
of historic Freeport barns and period quilts.
Learn about barn evolution, how quilt patterns reflect
their times, and lots more!
Tour begins at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop in Freeport. Join us for
coffee from 9:00. We will conclude with cider, music from Maine
Highland Fiddlers, and a barn tour at Houses and Barns by John Libby.