Area 3 Chapters

Area 3 Chapters in the beautiful state of Maine:

*Bog Hoot Quilters-Mechanic Falls area
*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

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pina Colada Zucchini Bread

Here is one of my favorite recipes. You can add some shredded coconut to the mix if you wish.

4 cups white flour
3 cups sugar
2 tsps. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 eggs, slightly scrambled
1 1/2 cups canola oil (you can also sub half of the oil with applesauce or prune puree)
1 tsp. EACH of coconut, rum and vanilla extracts
3 cups shredded zucchini, drain and squeezed dry with paper towel--leave on the peeling
1 can crushed pineapple, drained (around 14 ½ oz. can)
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

Line the bottom of three greased and floured 8” x 4” loaf pans with wax paper and spray with PAM.
In large bowl, combine dry ingredients.

In another bowl, combine eggs, oil and extracts and stir into dry ingredients until moist. I use my hand mixer, as it will be a little stiff to mix by hand. Mix in zucchini, pineapple and nuts until blended

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 - 60 minutes till toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks. Freezes well, but better to share with your quilting friends!

Tastes especially good with a REAL Pina Colada!

Get Your Jo-Ann VIP Discount Card

Here is an easy way to save 10% off of each Jo-Ann store visit! And yes, you can still use your other coupons (except for the 10% off your entire order).

Just click here to be linked directly to the site and enroll. Use Pine Tree Quilters Guild as the organization name.

The card should arrive in about 10-14 days and is good until next August. I just got my new renewal card in the today.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Evening Area 3 Meeting to be held on October 9th

Country Aire Quilters of Turner and Village Scrappers of Livermore will co-hosting an Area 3 meeting on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Tripp Middle School (cafeteria), 65 Matthews Way, Turner, next to the Leavitt Area High School. To use Mapquest for more directions click here

Joanne Timberlake and Beth Allen from Babbling Brook Quilt Shop in South Paris will give us presentations on machine applique and machine quilting. There will be door prizes and refreshments will be served.

The block exchange with be the Signature Friendship block below, done in fall colors. Please sign your name using a Pigma pen in the center section.

For questions on this event, you can reach Stephanie Thibodeau at

As stated in the post for the September 11th area meeting, the ladies put a lot of time and effort to make this a pleasant event for all. Please show your support these chapters by attending this meeting.

The directions for the Signature Friendship block (made in FALL colors):

Cutting chart for 12" finished block:

Light (A)--4 pieces--3 7/8" (to be cut in half for half square triangles)

Light (B)--1 piece--2 1/2" x 9 1/4"

Medium (C)--1piece--6 1/8" (to be cut in half for a half square triangle)

Dark (D)--4 pieces--3 1/2"

Dark (E)--1 piece--7 1/4" (to be cut into four quarter square triangles)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Making Gifts Out Of Recycled Materials

Sweet Tooth Pouch

Hey, I'm all about recycling! And the excuse to eat candy to make a gift, well, does it get any better than that?

Link on to Punkin Patterns blog for details directions to make the Sweet Tooth Pouch

And what about using all those plastic bags you have overflowing in your closets? A nifty way to make "plarn" to knit or crochet into a multitude of designs! Gooseflesh blog will supply you will all the details here

And for a neat pattern for a Plarn Market Bag, check out the blog on Crochet Spot here

Plastic Yarn

  And last, but not least, you can fuse those    plastic bags and make your own material to use in your projects. Etsy Lab Archives has a Fusing Bag Tutorial here

So, clean out those cupboards and go green!

Plarn Market Bag

Fused bag

Pine Needle Quilters Host Area 3 Meeting September 11th

"Arrowhead Puzzle Block" from Quilter's Cache

Pine Needles Quilters of Norway/South Paris invite you to attend their area meeting on Tuesday, September 11th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main St. in South Paris. Directions to the church are on their website at  Lunch will be provided.

Wolf Gumm will speak on the ongoing project to collect quilts for Running Strong for Native American Youth. If you would like to bring a quilt along to donate, he will be more than happy to collect it. In addition, Beth Allen will give a presentation on vintage dresses and dressmaking.

The quilt block selected for the block drawing is the “Arrowhead Puzzle Block” and can be found on Quilter’s Cache website

The background is to be of unbleached muslin with fall colors as shown in the photo above. In addition to the block drawing, there will be a sale table, lots of door prizes and a Chinese auction.

 We are hoping for a good turnout for this meeting and an opportunity to reconnect with chapter members. I know the ladies of Pine Needles put a lot of work into putting this meeting together and your support is encouraged.

 If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Judy Knight at 207-743-6450 or at If you need more directions to the church, please put “Area 3 directions” in the subject line of your email.

Quilt Exhibit in North Windham

Jeanne Wright is having a quilt exhibit at the North Windham Union Church, Route 302, 723 Roosevelt Trail, in North Windham on Friday, August 24th and Saturday, the 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ms. Wright will display a dozen antique and vintage family quilts and over 80 her own personal quilts.

All proceeds will go to our church’s Discretionary Fund. Their need for help in the community exceeds their current funds and it is their hope it will take the burden off many shoulders.

One quilt, as mentioned in a past issue of the Patchwork Press, was made and donated to raise funds to help repair the big top at the winter headquarters of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus using various materials.

For more information, you can contact Jeanne Wright at 207-892-2809 or by email at