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

Friday, November 27, 2015

Laugh Of The Day

Turkey & Mashed Potato Croquettes Recipe From

  • 2 cups finely minced leftover turkey
  • 1 cup leftover seasoned mashed potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ***Sauce***
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 green onions, with a few inches of green, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced (you can omit if using garlic mashed potatoes)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ***Coating***
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 cups finely ground fresh bread crumbs
Combine the turkey, mashed potatoes, parsley, and black pepper.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add green onions and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the flour and stir until well blended. Stir in chicken broth and milk. continue cooking, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add salt, to taste. Combine with the turkey mixture, blending well. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 1 to 2 hours.

Shape croquette mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls (a little smaller if you're making appetizers). Roll gently in the flour to coat, then in the egg until coated. Coat with the bread crumbs. Place on a waxed paper or foil-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining turkey mixture and crumbs. I keep plenty of paper towels and a bowl of water handy to keep my hands relatively clean.

Put 1/2 cup of flour in a plate. Beat eggs in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of water. Put the finely ground bread crumbs in another bowl.
Let the croquettes stand for about 30 to 45 minutes to dry a bit.
Heat oil to about 360°. Fry the croquettes in small batches for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, depending on size, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with hot turkey gravy and cranberry sauce as part of a post-holiday meal or as appetizers for guests.
Makes about 16 to 18 1 1/2-inch croquettes.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Laugh Of The Day

Wooden Thread Ornaments by Liberty of London

Quilting Tip of the Week 11.26.15

Do you have a sewing machine with decorative stitches? Try making a sandwich of the solid cotton with your favorite batting.

Try each stitch, marking any adjustments you make on the sandwich. Bind it and pin onto your design wall. You can also take any extras and make mug rugs.

Eggnog Bread Recipe by Lil' Luna

  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups eggnog (not low fat)
  • 2 tsp spiced rum extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter at room temperature
  • 2¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4oz) package of instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
Rum glaze:
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp eggnog
  • 2 tbsp spiced rum extract
  • ⅛ tsp of ground nutmeg
  1. Using the paddle attachment in your mixer, mix your eggs, eggnog, rum, sugar, vanilla and butter.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift your flour, pudding mix, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add to your mixer and blend together. Your butter might be clumpy and that is okay. It will melt as it cooks.
  3. Pour into greased pan(s). Bake at 350. Mini loaves for about 30 minutes and a regular loaf pan will take about 45-55 minutes.
  4. Whisk together glaze ingredients and pour over your cooled eggnog bread.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lisbon Krazy Quilters Current Events

Carolyn Donnell was kind enough to share what is happening with her chapter:

We are now getting back into some routine after summer and spectacular fall. We held our annual gathering in September and it was nice to look at the work completed in the past year.  The more than 30 Walker Caddies were delivered by Linda Tremblay and Donna Perron to local agencies such as DYP Rehab, The Lamp, Clover and Russell Park nursing homes. They were much appreciated. One caddy stayed at MTM as Sylvia always has a ‘spare’ walker for seniors when they visit the center.
This is the time we also look ahead to new challenges and we decided a main focus will be those people undergoing oncology. Small blanket/lap quilts are appreciated by patients who feel the cold more than most while undergoing treatments.
This is the time of year for church craft fairs and supporting local community fundraising. The quilts made and raffled are usually a major component in many local fairs. Once again, Linda Tremblay and her quilting buddy have made quilts and baskets that not only will assist fundraising their church, but also a quilt that will help with supporting the Androscoggin Animal Shelter.  Picture of her Maple Leaves quilt for the Shelter is included in this report below.

As a group, we decided that we loved the turning UFOs into CFOs project that we modified for our small group. We made our lists, and on the first Monday of the month we share our completed projects, and for those who met their goal, names go into a basket for a prize. The choice is a gift certificate to a quilt shop or the monetary equivalent. This is a great way to share and have fun with it. This edition must seem like it’s all about Linda Tremblay, because she was the winner for October.
So many beautiful items were made, and unfortunately we don’t have enough space to show them all. So in each Patchwork, we’ll try to share more of the beautiful work done by all! This edition has Judy Doucette holding her very beautiful Wool Appliqué in fall colors (her favorite).

2015 Collection for Native Americans

Laura Freeman passed along this update on the blanket drive:

We drove up to Presque Isle on Saturday (Halloween) and met with the Micmac's on Sunday. We delivered a total of 79 quilts, 50 blankets, 13 afghans, 48 fleece throws, several bags of knitted items for adult and children and two bags of baby clothes. Those were the new items. Then we had 17 bags of used blankets and several bags of used baby clothes, children's clothes and children's shoes. We only had $5.00 in cash donations. We will have to work on that. They are in desperate need of fuel assistance.

We will begin collecting again in April of 2016. In the meantime we will be working on a contact for another reservation in Maine. We are trying to stick with the request that we keep it local. We delivered everything ourselves, but we still have free shipping available to us if we go further away.

The first picture is of Wolf and the coordinator, Kandi, at the reservation community building unloading our truck. The second picture is Kandi with her husband and son who also helped us unload. Those three people will be controlling the distribution of goods. The third picture is of the front door of their community building.

Kandi has promised us many pictures of people receiving their gifts. We stressed the need for pictures. After two failures we are keeping our fingers crossed.

If you would like to help with the 2016 collection, please contact Laura at 207-743-6822 or email at

Country Square Quilters Lecture on String Quilting

Barbara Black of CSQ shared their chapter's latest event--

Last week Country Square Quilters enjoyed a special guest, Anne Baker, who taught us her 

technique of "string quilting".  Here is one of her beautiful quilts:

She suggested we think of color as we gathered strips of all blue, green or pink and made 9" blocks of a single color.

Her quilts are exquisite( and I wish I had remembered my camera).  Now we know what to do with all those strips of fabric that often get stuffed into a bag or box. Our blocks will probably become another Community quilt.

Laugh Of The Day

Project Linus

In order to have an outlet for members to do charitable quilts, I will have links to posts with information on the right-side of the blog page.

Our first post will be for Project Linus. We have a local Cumberland-York County Chapter that provided 1,530 blankets in 2014. Melodie Provost  is the coordinator for this chapter and is always looking for donations of quilt blocks, fabric and of course, finished quilts.

Project Linus blankets can be made of various materials, such as fleece, knitted or crocheted. Quilts can be tied. The important key is that they must be new, handmade, washable and free from odors or pet hair.

Sizes they accept are as follows:

Preemie-36" x 36"
Toddlers-36" x 42"
Older children-40" x 54-60"
Teens-48" x 65+" (This is the size they need most)

Drop-off points are:

Biddeford-Seacoast Sewing
Freeport-Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop
Windham-Rosemary's Gift & Yarn Shop
N. Windham-Calico Basket Quilt Shop
Sanford, Scarborough-Marden's
Sebago Lake Village-The Korner Knitters
S. Portland-A.C. Moore

You can find free patterns and more information on Project Linus at

If you would like to contact Melodie directly, her phone number is 207-284-5606 or email her at