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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pine Needle Quilters Area 3 Meeting 9.11.12

Pine Needle Quilters


Beth Allen with daughter Joanna and grandson Tyler

A very successful Area 3 meeting, hosted by members of the Pine Needle Quilters of Norway/So. Paris, was attended by over 62 ladies and two gentlemen.
The gals pulled out all the stops with striking table decorations and favors, door prizes, a sale table and Chinese auction. Multiple tables laden with all sorts of yummy sandwiches, sweets and all the fixings were served. No one went home hungry!
Attendees brought in a total of 60 blocks of the pattern "Arrowhead Puzzle Block" from Quilter's Cache, and two winners were drawn--Hazel Wheeler and Kathleen Currier. Done in fall colors, they will certainly work into several wonderful quilts!
As a special gift, I like to bring along a little something to have a drawing, and the winner of the Quilt-opoly game was Carol Pike.
Our first speaker was Wolf Gumm, who is collecting quilts for the "Running Strong for Native American Youth". While the running quilt total collect thus far exceeds over 60 quilts, many more are desperately needed. If you would like to donated, you can reach Wolf at 743-6822 for more information. Babbling Brook Quilt Shop in South Paris has kindly offered to be a collection point if you have any quilts, afghans, pillowcases, hats, etc. you would like to donate.
Wolf said the first shipment to the distribution center will be this fall and would like to continue this program for at least a year. If successful, it may go beyond that time frame. So, grab your scraps, that UFO or kit in your closet and make a gift for a child in need. They do not need to be quilted, but well tied would be appreciated.
And, what a nice touch to make a quilt and deliver it in a matching pillowcase! If you need a tutorial for the hot dog pillow case, check the tutorial listing on the left side of this blog to click for step-by-step instructions. You will need to click onto each photos for more details. If you have any questions on this tutorial, just contact me at
The second speaker was Beth Allen on vintage dressmaking and clothing. Just the few samples from her vast collection whet our appetite for more. Her lovely daughter and handsome grandson were perfect models for her works of art and during her lecture there is no doubt that she has a deep passion and love for her hobby. We all look forward to viewing her upcoming show in December. Stand by for more information on this event in the coming months.

One last note: Betsy Cannan of Minot and Bonnie Dwyer of Manchester are looking for those who are interested in starting a group on Modern Quilts, such as those by Weeks Ringle and her husband Bill Kerr. You can check out more information on this pair at 
If you would like more information on Modern Quilts or the new group, you can reach Betsy at 207-212-7600 or email her at
A special thank you for Babbling Brook Quilt Shop for their discount coupon for after the meeting (very impressive shop, ladies!) and a VERY special thank you to the ladies of Pine Needles for a stellar Area 3 meeting. All your hard work was very much appreciated!

For more pictures of this event, click HERE

PTQG Member Meeting 9.8.12

Brenda Hall, Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor

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Ø  At the Sept. 8th PTQG member’s meeting, the election of officers was held. Elected were:
President-Susan Bulay
VP-Jackie Bussiere
Secretary-Carol Reed
Directors 1 & 3: Jane Hann Morey and Cathy Flockton
Koleen Painchaud resigned as Treasurer and Laurie Dick will take over for the balance of her office term
PTQG is also looking for an editor to take over the Patchwork Press and Publicity for Maine Quilts. If you are interested in either of these positions, please let me know.
Ø  As of 9/6, PTQG has 2,327 members, including 74 chapters, 418 floaters, 61 life members, 81 snowbirds and 233 affiliate members. If your chapter hasn’t sent back their membership dues and information, PLEASE be sure to read the directions on the packet. Many sent back are hard to read and lack proper information.
Ø  Maine Quilts was down in attendance, but up in profits. Final totals are yet to be determined. There were a total of 408 volunteers, many who worked multiple days. Approximately $3,500 was raised for WomenHeart in the silent raffle.

Ø  Speaking of the silent raffle, it was decided by the QSA to change up the event and hold a live auction and some silent auction pieces for the 2014 show. Much discussion was held at the meeting as to why they would change the routine if it was profitable. Four items in this year’s auction were packets of vintage feed sacks that went for over $125 each item.  QSA feels in order to keep the show fresh we need to periodically change events. The live auction will include not only quilted items, but larger ticketed donated items, such as spa days, fine dining, merchandise, etc.
Ø  Another topic discussed was the incentive for volunteering for the show. Some felt that giving a day’s free show ticket wasn’t enough and a special token, such as a show mug, tee shirt or pin to distinguish them as a volunteer might be nice.  Some mentioned that they volunteer for the sake of helping the show. Others that they would like a choice given to them on the volunteer sheet if they would like free show admission or another gift.

Ø  A lively discussion was held regarding ending the need for a letter of permission from the pattern maker in order to show their quilts in the show. Many factors were hashed out and the end result is that special wording on the show application will admonish the PTQG, Maine Quilts and the Quilt Show Coordinator for any liability if the quilt shown doesn’t meet the copyright requirement and the responsibility of fulfilling the copyright guidelines will be solely that of the quilt maker. At this time, a copyright lawyer will be contacted to review the said wording to ensure it will protect all three from liability. More information will be in the Patchwork Press and at the January Member’s Meeting.

Ø  For 2013, in lieu of the normal raffle quilt (and I do not have a total sold of the 2012 quilt as of yet), Linda Throckmorton of Down East Quilters has made three Victorian Christmas Tree skirts. You will get an option on the ticket to select which skirt you wish to win.
Ø  Just a reminder that Country Aire Quilters of Turner and Village Scrappers of Livermore will be co-hosting an Area 3 meeting on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Tripp Middle School in Turner.
Joanne Timberlake and Beth Allen from Babbling Brook Quilt Shop in S. Paris will give presentations on machine quilting and applique. Door prizes and refreshments will be served.
The Friendship block and more details about the meeting in the latest copy of the Pink One and also on the Area 3 blog at
Please show your support of your fellow chapters by attending this meeting.