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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
PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE
COMMITTING TO THE SWAP OR CUTTING! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK!
THE SWAP IS DUE TO ME
NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 27, 2015 TO SWAP OUT.
up email to firstname.lastname@example.org with name, complete mailing address, phone, email and
what swaps you will be joining in. You can also email this information at
SWAP IS FOR WASHED FABRIC ONLY**
Now on with the show….
You can join one or join them all—your choice!
The number of sets you can send in will be posted after the sign-up deadline.
send in up to 10 sets per theme**
is STASHBUSTERS! Let’s clean out your fabric shelves…
*Stashbusters Diet Noodles- (2 ½” x 16”)-ten
pieces of the same print per set.
*Stashbusters Bricks- (3 ½” x 6 ½”)-ten pieces
of the same print per set.
*Stashbusters nickels-(5” squares)-ten pieces of
the same print per set.
*Stashbusters coins-(2 ½” x 5 ½”)-twenty
pieces of the same print per set.
F YOU SIGN UP FOR THE SWAP, PLEASE SWAP! IF YOU CANNOT DO IT AND KNOW WELL IN
ADVANCE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
I know life sometimes throws you curve balls, but it has happened that people
get excited and want to play, only to wait two months later when the swap is
due in a day or so to say they didn't have time. By that time you should have
already been ready to mail the package. That leaves me hanging to replace your
swap with my stash (or running to buy more fabric to swap!) and totally unfair
IF you know you cannot make the deadline to begin with. I give you ample notice
so you have plenty of time to make an informed decision. Be honest with me up
front, or a repeat offender might not be able to play in the future The success
of this swap depends on your ability follow through your commitment to our
group of players. Thank you for your understanding!
By all of us being honest and accountable, I'm sure we will have a great 2015
swapping year! I really do enjoy hostessing and want to continue to enjoy it,
so by coming up front with any issues is not really a complaint, but a way to
correct it so my frustration level (and blood pressure!) stays at an even keel.
Probably the MOST important thing I can say about a successful swap is the high
level of communication between all parties. Without that, we are setting
ourselves up for failure.
Please be sure that the prints you submit are small scale so that when you cut
the swaps the patterns are not lost due to size. *NO SOLIDS, BATIKS, HOMESPUN, GLITTER, FLANNEL, THIN FABRICS,
CHILDREN'S ORNOVELTY PRINTS. *
Wash and iron all 100% cotton good quality fabrics - please send good quality -
they do not have to be quilt shop fabrics. Please do not send in any
plastic-feeling, flimsy fabrics or THIN fabrics. They do not meet the
guidelines? They will be returned.
I’m allergic to dogs and cats, perfumes and scents, so please do what you can
to control the problem. My nose and lungs thank you (not only do I have sinus
issues, but my throat closes up—and I like to breathe!
Some packages come in with so much pet hair that they look like they need to be
brushed! For health reasons, I cannot handle them and they will be returned
untouched at YOUR expense. My health depends on it and I thank you in advance
for your understanding.
Okay, here are our swaps and the guidelines for cutting!
**THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE IS >>NO ODDS AND ENDS<<--IF THE SWAP ASKS FOR A SET OF TEN
OF THE SAME FABRIC, THAT IS WHAT YOU SEND IN. NOT EIGHT OF ONE AND TWO OF
ANOTHER. IT MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR ME TO LAY OUT THE SUBMISSIONS TO SWAP OUT**
**Just a “gentle” reminder**
**While you can only use the same fabric ONCE in each set, but you can use it again in the other sizes. For
instance, you can use the same fabric for the 5” squares and the diet noodles.
It is my hope that we bust your stash instead of buying more fabric.
**When cutting directional fabrics, such as checks or patterns, PLEASE open the
fabric up and cut on the grain. Lining up the fabric when folded might be
perfect of the top, but crooked on the bottom section. Miscuts will be
returned! PLEASE remove all selvages before cutting!
**Please separate your sets by index cards, slips of paper, etc. AND put into a
plastic bag. Please do NOT individually package each set to save me time when
swapping. Be sure to mark your HGTV board name, real name and address, swap
theme AND the number of sets enclosed on each bag.
**Please be sure there are no BOWING/ELBOWS in
your pieces if cutting from 2 ½” strips. If you are cutting your squares with
scissors, please no frayed ends. Any odd angle cuts, selvages or any other
mis-cuts will be returned back to you. I’m trusting that you are inspecting
your submits before mailing to me. It saves me so much time and makes the
swapping quick work.
swap is for WASHED fabric, so pre-cut noodles/strips/jelly rolls CANNOT be used
as all fabrics must be washed, dried and ironed before cutting. They will
shrink and not be the required size and will be returned. Trust me when I say I
found out the hard way!
*POSTAGE or POSTAGE money must be included in
your package. Be sure to add a stamp or two to your stamped envelopes if not
going priority mail flat rate boxes. They also seem to weigh more returning
than coming in! If you are a frequent swapper, you can also send in $20 or so
and I can keep it on “account” and deduct your postage from it. This was worked
nicely with some swappers in the past and that way you don’t have to worry
about sending in money each time. Once the swap is complete, I will PM you your
postage balance on account for your records.
If you wish to include a self-addressed mailer for the return trip back to you,
remember NO metered postage or ACP postage on the return mailer. Stamps only.
Our post office will not allow more than a 13 oz. pre-stamped mailer in any
mailboxes nor can mail carriers accept them (since 9/11 our East coast mail
guidelines have been modified). While your local p.o. may say it is okay to use
metered or ACP postage, our p.o. will not accept anything that has been
pre-dated. I’m just trying to make it as easy as possible for all concerned. If
you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Also, let me know if you
want a delivery confirmation.
For Priority mail packages, I have plenty of mailing envelopes and boxes here
so there is no need to send a new one in. I do, however, try to recycle the
boxes if possible. IF YOU ARE SENDING YOUR SWAP IN A MANILLA ENVELOPE OR PADDED
MAILER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO SEND IN A RETURN ENVELOPE.
You can safely remove sticky residue from your iron soleplates by
ironing on a fabric softener sheet. You can also put a brown paper bag over the
end of your ironing board to keep it clean while performing this process.
Speak of brown paper bags, try using one over the end of your ironing board when using your iron for iron-on interfacing.
When putting your quilt
blocks on a design wall, especially when working with a scrappy pattern, take a
picture using your digital camera and save in black and white.
You can really
see the values pop out at you when viewed in black and white and this allows you to
move the blocks around before sewing. Once I get the pattern the way I like it,
I take another picture and save it on my laptop computer desktop. It’s a great
visual aid near my sewing machine to be sure I have the project on the right
As many of you know, I host a fabric combo swap and 1" hexagon swaps on my blog (address below).
This is our 13th hexie swap and will be due in February. If you have always wanted to try English Paper Piecing, this is a great opportunity to swap with others around the world and add to new colors and fabrics to your collection. Paperpieces, supplier of all the EPP products you need, offer our group a 20% discount on all merchandise (shipping not included in the discount).
Interested? Go to http://hexagonswap.blogspot.com/ and check out the themes and email me your votes. Once we close the voting, the top themes will posted and sign ups begin. The February due date will give you plenty of time to make our hexies or cut fabrics for the combo swap. I usually have both dates within a couple of weeks of each other so those out of state can save money on postage.
Questions? Just ask! For more information on hexies and suitable fabrics or a tutorial on how to make hexies, just look on the right-side of the hexie blog for links.
As I travel around visiting chapters, I have been giving demos on the Microwave Bowl Potholder.
The question on safety of using cotton batting for these potholders has come up. Please read the information below:
Everyone I have talked to uses the Warm & Natural cotton batting without any issues, however, I
completely understand your safety concerns. In that case, I suggest using "Warm Tater"
batting. The use for both is the same--a fire can be caused in
any microwave if items are left unattended. Ultra- bright has metal in it, so don't use it for the microwave.
"There have been some reports of microwave fires when people fail to
follow instructions, fail to supervise the cooking, or use materials other than
100% cotton. Don’t use the holder again until it is completely cooled to avoid
overheating.Do not use in conventional or toaster ovens – microwave oven only!
Be sure to use only 100% Cotton batting, thread and other materials, with no
metallic threads, polyester or glitter."
weekend kicks off the opening of our exhibit, In Celebration of Childhood:
Doll & CribQuilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection, beginning
November 1 and ending December 7, 2014.
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 a.m.
until 4:00 p.m.
Sundays 1:00 p.m. until 4:00
November 6th 10:00 a.m.
until 4:00 p.m.
is amazing with a wide array of quilt patterns and a rainbow of colors.
Admission is $5.00
will be talking about the care of quilts and answering your questions on
November 15th and 22nd at the Warner Town Hall (5 East Main Street) beginning at
2:00 p.m. Admission to the event is $10.00. If you would like to bring a quilt
for his commentary (not appraisal) the fee would be $5.00.
Maine Quilts still has an opening for a MQ Merchandise Chair.
We do have someone to help with the pickup of merchandise in Lewiston and
delivering to Member Meetings and the Quilt Show.
The Chair would be responsible
for inventory, record keeping of sales and attendance at the January and April
Members Meetings and the Quilt Show. You will have volunteers at the Show to
fill the sales slots and be responsible for the overall smooth operation of the
table, sales, inventory and final report.
Please contact Callie Lavoie, Maine Quilts Coordinator with
any questions and to volunteer as Chair.
Just a reminder to all Area 3 chapters that if you are interested in hosting an Area 3 meeting in 2015 that you will need to get back to me with a firm commitment and date no later than January 1, 2015.
Right now, we have four chapters who are interested in hosting/co-hosting meetings:
*Pine Needle Quilters of Norway/So. Paris on May 5th
*Cross Country Quilters of Bethel in September
*Classic Quilters of Lewiston/Auburn and Scraps and Patches of Poland in October
If you have any questions on holding an Area 3 meeting, just contact me and I will be happy to help!
If you attended the last Area 3 meeting, you may have been impressed that a quilt that looked so complicated is actually just quarter and half square triangles!
Doreen Maxwell was good enough to forward a photo of her finished quilt made for her niece and information on the book the pattern came from. It's "Fun With One Block Quilts" by Cheryl Malkowski. I was intrigued by the pattern and went to my used book resource (www.half.com ). I've been buying from them for about twenty years now and found a used copy for a couple of dollars. In fact, the media book rate postage costs me more than the book!
I'm going to make this a leader and ended project for 2015.
Many of here in Area 3 (and the world!) are big Bonnie Hunter fans. Meeting her at our May member's meeting was a thrill for me and something I could check off my bucket list.
With fall comes not only colorful leaves, but the upcoming mystery quilt! This year quilt, "Grand Illusion" fabric requirements are now posted at Quiltville.com or just clic on the word here here for the link.
For the last two years, I have changed the colors to match what I already had in my stash. This year, I am throwing caution to the wind and picking the same colors as Bonnie has selected. Here are my yellows, greens, pinks and turquoise and I will add the black and white and white and black prints as my neutrals.
If you will be joining in on this event and would like to share your fabric colors and progress, please email me. Send your photos in .JPEG format, please.
We will be here to help each other with moral support, piecing suggestions and will be amazed to see the same quilt pattern made in different color combinations !
A big thank you again to members of Classic Quilters of Lewiston-Auburn and Scraps and Patches of Poland for co-hosting another successful Area 3 meeting. The ride to Poland on a warm fall day with fall leaves bursting with color was spectacular!
A total of 56 were in attendance with nine chapters represented. We also had a guest, new PTQG Area 2 Representative, Kathy Gaunt.
Our guest speaker was Betsy Dorr of Quiltessentials. Betsy brought in lots of new quilting gadgets that we certainly cannot live without. I, a long time fan of the Attic Window pattern (but not of a Y-seam) found a new template to make various sizes of the AW pattern simple enough for a beginner. This block is perfect for I Spy or fussy cut quilts.
The raffle block was an appliqued maple leaf and 38 were made and split between two winners, Doreen Hoyt and Susan Lamie. Can't wait to see those fall-colored leafs made into a quilt!
For a bit of fun, instead of my normal gift drawing, Halloween goodies bags were distributed with one bag having a "your a winner!" message for a prize of a $10 Quiltessentials gift certificate. The lucky winner was Marjorie Lydecker. I'm sure she will find something useful to spend it on.
Several matters of PTQG business were brought up and discussed, including the possibility of changing the show days.
Unfortunately, my photos of the day are limited (camera and lighting issues), so if you took pictures, please forward them to be in .JPEG format and I will be happy to post them here.
The following email came in today from Ms. Jackson to share with Area 3:
"I don't know if you
know of me through the Guild, as I've been a member for many years (who just
re-joined Bedtime Quilters in Bucksport), and I attend most of the PTQG Member
Meetings along with Maine Quilts, but perhaps you are aware of the Quilts of
Valor Foundation. I am the new State Coordinator for QOVF - taking over from
Marie McSwine, who had to step down from the position last year.
The mission of QOVF
is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and
healing Quilts of Valor. Over the last ten years, the Foundation, through
thousands of volunteers, has awarded over 106,000 quilts. Many have been shipped
to military hospitals, including Germany, while others have been awarded in
ceremonies at bases such as Fort Hood, or in private events.
I currently have
three formal requests for quilts to be awarded here in Maine. Each of the
requests has come to me through the QOVF website's request page, and I believe
each one has come from an out-of-state, comrade in arms of the proposed
recipient. I have quilts (one complete, two in progress) to meet these
highlights another reason I am writing: to find out if you and the chapters in
your area make quilts to honor our service members and veterans? As more
requests come in, quilts will be needed. My role as coordinator is to work with
and support quilters in the effort to honor our military. I am working to set up
some sew-ins, and some simple block drives to allow more quilters to
participate without requiring huge commitments by any one individual.
As things come
together in the next several weeks, I have some fundraising options I will
undertake that will help offset the cost of fabric, batting, etc. for quilters
joining in our effort.
I would appreciate
the chance to visit your areas to talk about QOVF and spread the word so we can
work together to cover the deserving service members and veterans here in Maine.
I'm thinking the Fall Area Meetings would be a great opportunity, and I hope you
concur. If you do, please let me know where and when, or any appropriate contact
name(s) you could share with me to work out other venues.
I look forward to
hearing from you soon. There is a link below where you can learn more about the
Quilts of Valor Foundation, and me."
Looking for a quick road trip? On November 22nd, the Holly Days Fair at the Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Rd, Falmouth, ME will be holding a fabric sale from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Pine Point Quilters will there cutting fabric off the bolt for you. Insulate those walls with fabric! ;)
It's that time again--our turn to bring drawing gifts to the January 2015 PTQG meeting.
Each chapter is asked to donated at least two items for this event--FQ bundles, quilting books, batting and kits are great items to give. If your chapter would like to send me a check for $10.00, I would be happy to shop Mardens and make up several FQ bundles in your name.
If you would rather donate items, you can bring them along to our upcoming Area 3 meeting in Poland or give them to me when I schedule our next chapter visit.
Any questions? Just ask. Thanking you in advance for your support!
P.S. Items do not have to be wrapped, but if you wish to do so, wrapping in fabric makes it an extra special gift.
On Wednesday, Oct. 15th Classic Quilters of Lewiston-Auburn and Scraps and Patches of Poland will co-host an Area 3 meeting at the Ricker Memorial Library, 1211 Maine Street in Poland.
The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the guest speaker will be Betsy Dorr from Quiltessentials Quilt Shop in Auburn. Betsy will be discussing new quilting tools and notions and how to use them and will have some items available for purchase.
The block will be a appliqued maple leaf pattern. If you would like me to email you a full-sized pattern, just drop me a line at email@example.com
Light refreshments will be served....and don't forget your show and tell!
Quilt and Blanket Collection for Native Americans Laura will also be picking up quilts at upcoming Area 3 meeting in Poland on October 15th
Drop off a NEW quilt or blanket of any size into the box to keep our Native Americans warm this winter. We also accept knitted baby items.
Donations accepted until October 15, 2014
Drop off points:
Quiltessentials in Auburn Oxford Mill End Store in Oxford Whippersnappers in Hallowell Pins and Needles in Farmington Crazy Moose Quilts in Greenville Northwoods Quilting in Wilson Mills Kedar Quilts in Waterford Sewing by the Sea in Trenton & Sew Portland in Portland Village Quilt Shop in Berwick Calico Basket Quilts in Windham
Sponsored by: Gathering of Eagles Ministry and Pine Needles Quilt Guild of Norway/South Paris, Maine
Village Scrappers of Livermore have attained a goal of making 1,000 baby quilts for American Mothers ABC Quilt Program.
This venture started in 1995 and has been a "labor" of love ever since. These quilts are distributed all over Central Maine and they also keep a supply of quilts on hand for local families in need due to fire or other tragedies. In addition, the Scrappers donate quilts to the local fire department, heart-shaped pillows to the Dempsey Center and Bennett Breast Cancer Center, lap quilts and walker bags to area nursing homes and quilts for Indian children in So. Dakota.
Ladies, you should be very proud of your accomplishments and your unwavering support of your community.
Thank you to members of Country Aire Quilters of Turner for another successful Area 3 meeting!
The room was filled to capacity with 55 in attendance. Delicious snacks and beverages were served and enjoyed by all. The "Funky Chicken" blocks were colorful and had loads of personality!
Guest speaker Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs of Pepperell, MA spoke on "Plays Well with Others", sharing her personal experiences on round robin and group quilts. Her quick wit was refreshing and reflects into her own quilt designs.
1 egg, beaten lightly
1 container (15 oz.) ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Dash onion and garlic powder
1 1/2 cups cooked chopped spinach, drained well and moisture pressed out (optional)
16 cooked lasagna noodles
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix first five (or six if you add the spinach) ingredients until blended. Spread about 1/2 cup of sauce in bottom of a 13" x 9" baking pan (I usually give mine a spray of PAM). Spread each noodle with 3 tbsp. of mixture; roll up.
Place seam side down in dish. Top with remaining sauce and Parmesan cheese. Cover dish with foil.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until heated through, uncovering dish during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.
It is with a deep sadness I share with you the passing of Rita Timberlake on Sept. 14th.
Rita was one of the charter members of Village Scrappers of Livermore since 1987 and will be missed by fellow chapter members and quilting friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.
For more information on her obituary, click on the link below:
Stop into your favorite pizza joint and ask to buy some of their pizza boxes.
Most offer them for $1 for the larger boxes, which are fantastic for storing
your current applique and pieced blocks and they are easy to stack.
Cover with contact paper for longer-lasting containers.
Plastic pencil boxes are great for holding your rotary cutters. I buy different colors to distinguish the type or size of cutter, i.e. green for my 45mm blade, black for my 18mm blade, red for my 45mm batting/flannel blade cutter, etc.
I got mine at the local dollar store. Buy an extra to hold those special marking pens, too!
Just a reminder that we have TWO coming Area 3 meetings!
Our first one is hosted by Country Aire Quilters of Turner on Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 6:00 p.m. Click on the link below for all the details of this event, including the pattern for the Funky Chicken block.
Guest Speaker is Beth Helfter of BethPaige Designs and will give us a trunk show "Plays Well with Others". This focuses on group quilt making.
The second Area 3 meeting is co-hosted by Classic Quilters of Lewiston-Auburn and Scraps and Patches of Poland. It will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15th at 10:00 a.m. at the Ricker Memorial Library in Poland.
The guest speaker will be Betsy Dorr from Quiltessentials. Betsy will be discussing new quilting tools and notions and how to use them.
Need a quick light supper and to use up those leftover veggies
in the fridge? Here is the recipe for you. Change it up and add bacon bits to the mix for a
breakfast type cup as an easy on-the-go, protein packed breakfast!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2 tbsp. oil 2 ½ cups frozen shredded hash browns
2 cups fresh vegetables (great mixtures can include up cut
broccoli florets, chopped peppers, shredded carrots or zucchini, chopped
mushrooms—you get the idea!)
Dash salt, black pepper
¼ tsp. onion and garlic powder (if you use the salt variety,
do not add the additional salt listed above)
¼ tsp. chopped parsley
1 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tbsp. milk or light cream
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oil in large, non-stick pan over medium heat. Add
potatoes and vegetables; mix lightly. Cook 6-8 minutes or until potatoes are
browned, stirring occasionally. Spoon evenly into 12 muffin pan cups sprayed
lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese. Set
Mix remaining ingredients until blended and pour over the
tops of the potato mixture. Bake 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into the
center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to serve.