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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Village Scrappers Host Area 3 Meeting in April

The Village Scrappers will be hosting an Area 3 meeting on April 22nd at the Wayside Baptist Church, 1726 Federal Rd. (Rt. 4) in Livermore. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and our featured speaker will be Bonnie Dwyer. She will present “100 years of American Quilts”.

This is a trunk show that includes examples of quilts from mid-19th through mid-20th Century. Bonnie will bring a minimum of 25 quilts from her own collection that are representative of American quilting trends spanning 100 years. Participants are urged to bring their vintage quilts for discussion.

The block for the meeting is a house block with an unfinished size of 12 ½” x 12 ½”. The only stipulation is that the sky needs to be a daytime shade of blue. You can make a simple house or you can add a tree or whatever. Pieced, paper pieced or appliqued—your choice!

Here is a house block pattern if you need one:

Please bring your lunch and any show and tell. The Village Scrappers will provide beverages and desserts.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

PTQG Meeting 2.1.14 Notes

For those of you who couldn't attend the meeting, hear are a couple of the highlights of what you missed...

The proposed budget for 2014 was approved. Among the cuts, the one that affects us the most is that our Area 3 funds for meetings has been cut from $600 to $400 per year.

Patchwork Press will cut back the number of issues from 6 to 4.

Our Maine Quilts Show Coordinator, Callie Lavoie, is now a full-time employee of PTQG.

Raffle tickets will be arriving in chapter contacts mailboxes this week. Remember, this is one of our largest fund raisers and we need your support in selling all your chapter's tickets. Chapter contacts, please be sure to send in what monies you have to Ruth Alexander each month so that we have a flow of funds coming in. Need more tickets? Ruth would be happy to oblige!

The Maine Quilts show catalog will be available the end of February. Pay special attention to the volunteer information-lots of great prizes to win! Also, our own Ethel Dubois and Carole Pettinelli will be hosting a Beginning Applique class. This is perfect for those of you who have shied away from needle turn applique--learn from two of the best!

The winners of $100 PTQG scholarships are Beth Maitland, Carolee Withee and Terry Blanchette.

Bonnie Dwyer asked that those who will be attending the April 22nd Area 3 meeting, "100 Years of American Quilts", to bring along their own vintage quilts to share. Bonnie will be able to give you a greater of insight on your treasures.

I gave my report on the $250 Mini-Grant I was awarded in 2013. A photo board with over 36 quilts I made for Running Strong for Native American Youth were shared with the membership. It is hoped that photos of the quilts given to the children will soon be available to post very soon here on the blog.

We enjoyed a walk down memory lane with Bonnie Dwyer's presentation, "Six Generations of Maine Quilters". Bonnie shared her most treasured possessions, quilts, notes and notions, left to her from past generations. Photos of her show are below, along with photos of her most recent modern quilts.


Cross Country Quilters of Bethel Shares Upcoming Events at Bethel Historical Society

June 26, 2014, at the Bethel Historical Society at 7:30 pm
Lecture:  Civil War Soldiers' Quilts

As a lead up to our summer exhibit, Pam Weeks, a quilt historian, appraiser and teacher, as well as Curator of the New England Quilt Museum, will present a program about Civil War soldiers’ quilts. Only sixteen such quilts are known to exist, and Pam Weeks has studied most of them in person. During her talk, she will outline the origins of the U.S. Sanitary Commission at the beginning of the War; the roles women played on the home front and the battlefield; and feature the stories of fourteen authentic Civil War soldiers’ quilts. She will also reference the record book of the Ladies’ Union Aid Society of Bethel (1861-1863), which is in the collection of the Maine Historical Society

Following her presentation, she will sign copies of her book, Civil War Quilts, a 192-page hardcover volume containing over 170 photos. Lecture made possible by the Florence Bickford Hastings Traditional Crafts Fund.

July 5th through August 30th at Bethel Historical Society

Exhibit: "Stitched Together in Time and Place: Valentine Family Quilts"

Held in conjunction with the opening of the new "Mary E. Valentine Collections Wing" at the Society's Robinson House, this colorful display features a variety of quilts dating from the 1860s to the 1970s and that were once owned or made by members of the Valentine family of Bethel.  During the exhibit run, selected portions of the documentary film “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics" will be shown (acquisition of this film has been made possible by the Society's Florence Bickford Hastings Traditional Crafts Fund).

10:00 am to 4:00 pm, July 5th & 6th only; thereafter, Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Howe Exhibit Hall, Dr. Moses Mason House.

For more information go to www.bethelhistorical,org or contact the Bethel Historical Society at 207-824-2908