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, December 20, 2012

Maine Modern Quilters Meeting 1/9/13

Maine Modern Quilters 4th meeting

Wed., Jan. 9, 2013
12-1 Social and bag lunch--1-3 Meeting

Cotton Weeds
541 US Route 1, Freeport, ME 04032



Quilters of all skill levels and interests welcome! New members come to every meeting.
 12-1 p.m.  Social and lunch time……. Bring your bag lunch if interested. There is a kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator that we may use. Bring your own refreshments and coffee/tea and cup.

1-3 or 3:30 p.m.   Meeting time

Bring your Show and Tell/s!!!!!!, and the name of your project/s

Solid fabrics are on their way to Cotton Weeds at the beginning of 2013.

Arrival date ?????? Not sure.

Cotton Weeds offers classes for how to quilt in the negative space.

Questions………………. Contact Betsy Cannan,








Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PTQG State Members Meeting-January 26, 2013

Just a quick reminder that we have an upcoming members meeting on Saturday, January 26th at the Jewett Hall, University of Maine at Augusta from 9:30 a.m. to adjournment.

Our speaker will be Nancy Morgan of Springvale, ME, who is an artist, graphic designer, fiber artist and quilter.

Don't forget to bring along your lunch and show-and-tell. Oh, and remember to wear your favorite apron--whether or not it's your own style or that of your grandmothers, let's show them off!

Quiltville "Easy Street" Part IV

I have to be honest-Bonnie's mystery quilts have been in the past, well, much harder to make. Yes, you see a pleasant smile on MY face! :)

Here is a photo of step four completed-yes, more flying geese and now we are combining steps-yea! The red squares are 3 1/2" (all 145 pieces of them) and I can't wait until Friday to find out how they play out in step five.

Exhibit on Maine Schoolgirl Needlework

Thanks to Diane Duplissis for forwarding this information for the blog!

The Dyer Library and Saco Museum, located at 371 Main St. in Saco, ME will be holding several events in the next few months that you can find out more information on their website by clicking the link below:
 One of interest to most quilters and needleworkers is:"I MY NEEDLE PLY WITH SKILL": Maine Schoolgirl Needlework of the Federal Era
FREE public opening reception: Friday, January 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
January 12 through March 2, 2013
Join us for an in-depth look at the complex and lovely needlework created in Maine by schoolgirls of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. About 80 samplers and other embroideries will be on view, drawn from the collections of the Dyer Library/Saco Museum as well as other public and private collections in Maine and beyond.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Sure, we don't have any snow now, but it will be here before you know it.

This is a fun recipe to make with the kids and grand kids--ah, who am I kidding--even just for yourself!

2 eggs, lightly beaten

½ cup sweetened condensed milk

4 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients and beat well. Collect pail of freshly fallen snow. Beat mixture into snow. For an extra special treat, drizzle blueberry, maple or strawberry syrup over the top—enjoy~!

Quiltville "Easy Street" Part II

 For those of you following this mystery quilt, here is part two!

We needed to make 120+ flying geese--leader and ender style!

Here is my pile of completed geese, ready for cutting apart and pressing....

And all nicely packed in a box with part one...

And Bonnie gave us some homework to do for the next step of the quilt--I can also check that off. I wonder what Friday will bring?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Maine Modern Quilters-Next Meeting December 8th

The following is an article submitted by Betsy Cannan:

The third meeting/gathering of the Maine Modern Quilters will be held in Augusta at Buker Community Center on Dec. 8, 2012 from 2-4 P.M. at 22 Armory St., room 9. (across from the Armory and near Burger King)  Quilters of all ages and skill levels are welcome!  Come on in!!!! Carolee Withee and Jane Hann-Morey will present on methods of inserting circles into quilts.  For those interested we will start the “Rip and Tear” modern quilt project challenge.

In our previous meetings we have learned from presenters, shared wonderful Show and Tells, books, magazines and techniques, and openly discussed our individual needs of being in this group. 

We are now on the international registry of The Modern Quilt Guild, have a website and a face book page.

 Below are pictures from our last meetings:


Betsy Dorr, owner of Quiltessentials, presented on “Color and the color wheel” and demonstrated the use of the new color grid which makes our life easier when selecting fabrics for our projects.

 Janet Clement displayed her beautiful modern quilt and shared the intrigue behind the color scheme.

 Beth Maitland presented on the “Floating Tumbling Block”, and other small projects she has done, emphasizing the quilting of negative space.

Tammy Johnson displays one of her four beautiful modern quilts with expressive quilting in the negative space.

The following meeting will be held Jan. 9, 2013 location TBA.

For more information contact Betsy Cannan at

Friday, November 30, 2012

Quilt Fun Newsletter

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quiltville "Easy Street" Mystery Quilt

Main fabric choices
Each year, Bonnie Hunter of offers a mystery quilt to her followers. For those of you who do not know who Bonnie is, she is the QUEEN of scrap quilts--none of her fabric ever goes to waste!

Bonnie will be visiting Maine in May of 2013, so be sure to mark your calendar to attend our PTQG meeting and workshops! You won't be disappointed, I promise.
Part 1 finished!
If you are making the quilt, why not post along with us your photos or comments on your color choices. There will be a LINKY on the right side of our page marked as Quiltville and it will bring you directly to all the steps of the quilt. Right now, part 1 is posted, so you still have plenty of time to join in.

You don't have to choose Bonnie's colors--I didn't. I opened up my fabric cabinets and let them do the selecting for me. Purples, reds and turquoise are my color choices, along with the constant in gray and white with black prints.

Now, I have to wait until Friday for part 2 to be posted...ah, now I know why I hate mysteries! LOL!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mug Rug Tutorial

With only a few short weeks before Christmas, a quick and easy gift is a blessing to find. Need a little something for your child's teacher, a bus driver, hairdresser or favorite aunt?
Choose a colorful mug and add a matching rug to go with it!
What is a "mug rug?" It's a small placemat, around 11 1/2" square, to use for a mug and a small snack. You can make in holiday prints with another holiday background, such as Valentine's Day or Easter or even a print that will go with your decor.
Let's start!
You'll need four-5" squares
Two strips of 3 1/2" by width of fabric (WOF) of white-on-white (WOW) print
Two strips of 1 1/2" of a solid fabric WOF
13" square of cotton batting
14" square of backing fabric
About 48" of 2" double-bias binding or 4-2" strips, cut into 14" pieces for binding
A coordinating mug and goodies to add inside, such as hot cocoa, coffee, tea mixes, candies or cookies
Sew together the four squares using 1/4" seam and press
Cut two pieces of the white fabric at least 1" longer on each end. Sew and press open
Trim using a ruler. Repeat the other two sides and press
Your finished piece should look like this. Let's get twisting!
Here is the twister square
You can make your own using a clear 3 1/2" square. I have marked this cardboard just for reference. Important! Be sure to mark a "B" at the bottom left of the square
Time to start to mark the piece for cutting! See where the seams meet where the white trim meets the printed squares? This is where you will begin to mark the pieces
Place the crosshairs of the template on the seams and mark with a pen--yes, you can use an ink pen. You will cut on the markings later

Continue to mark across the top and then the remaining two rows

There is the completed marked piece--now it's time to cut them out on the lines!
Here is what you should end up with. Now, let's make some magic!
Remembering the print of the first square in the upper left hand corner, put the pices back together--just like a puzzle
Sew each row together into once piece
Cut two pieces of the coordinating trim, overlapping at least 1" on each side. Sew and press; square edges and do the same on the opposite sides. Press and square
With backing fabric right side down, layer batting and top--smooth and pin for quilting
I machine quilted in the ditch on the red borders using red thread and the rest using clear thread. You can certainly use a stippling stitch if you wish
Usually I always bind any of the projects with bias binding, but this particular fabric is printed with the straight of grain looking on the bias. So, I just cut 2" strips and sewed them together with bias ends and hand sewed the binding down
Here is the finished mug rug

Friday, November 9, 2012

Maine Modern Quilters--Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting of Maine Modern Quilters will meet at Quiltessentials in Auburn on November 14th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please park on the side street.
Betsy Dorr, owner of Quiltessentials, will do a presentation on "Color and the Color Wheel". Beth Maitland will do a demo on the Floating Tumbling Block.
Don't forget your show and tell!
The December meeting will be held on December 8th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Buker Community Center, 22 Armory St., Augusta. 
Bonnie Dwyer will do a demo on different ways to do circles in quilts. Please bring a few dollars and some change to divide up the cost of the room.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Betsy Cannan at or phone 207.212.7600.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Did you say "FREE" Patterns?

Yes, free. With the high cost of fabric, free patterns sound pretty good to me!

To the right, you will find a listing of the major fabric manufacturers who offer free patterns for not only quilts, but clothing, baby accessories and gift ideas. I must, however, give you a word of advice on these sites--they do remove patterns and add new ones, so if you find one you would like to save for future use, it might not be on the site when you are ready to use it.

You can either print it or save it as a pdf on your home computer. If you need help with that, just let me know. Another bit of advice when opening up the sites--there is a lot of information and it does take a minute (or two) to come up, so please be patient.

One thing I would like to remind you is that there are lots of patterns that give you the modern look vibe, so if you would like to dabble in this theme, here is your chance--and for free!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Quilt Won Comes From Down Under

As many of you know, I belong to a quilting board on the HGTV website, started back when Alex Anderson was the hostess of "Simply Quilts."

Each year, they hold a retreat in a different part of the county and in an attempt to give back to that area, charity quilts are made by members to donate to the hostesses particular cause. I was fortunate enough to attend one several years ago in Manchester, NH so I got the opportunity to get to meet many of the quilters on the boards. It's a delightful group of quilting sisters with hearts of gold willing to band together and help with each other's projects, charities and participate in fun swaps.

As of late, most have been made and raffled off with all monies going direct to that retreat areas "Ronald Mc Donald House" Charity fund. This year, I won a quilt made by an HGTV member, Kentucky Sunshine, who lives in Australia (or the land of Oz, as she calls it). By her board name, you can tell she loves the South and visits with her family often.

Usually, as quilts are donated to this cause, photos are taken to encourage members to buy and sell tickets. Any where from 30-40 quilts are made, using the hostesses theme (this year it was black and white with a bowl of ... (in this case, cherries for the red). For some reason, a photo of this quilt was never taken or posted, so when I found out I won I didn't have a clue as to what it looked like. Imagine my delight when I opened up the box to find this eye-popping quilt with beautiful machine quilting. To make it even better, I know the maker and she is delighted to know a fellow quilting sister will find it a good home!

Next year's retreat will be held in Harrisburg, PA, near Lancaster and Intercourse--Amish quilting heaven! My late husband and I traveled there many years ago for a week of shopping and taking in the ambiance of the area. It's beautiful country and I look forward to returning back there in June of 2013.

In lieu of making quilts to raffle off, our Harrisburg hostess will be having all quilts made and donated to the "Quilts of Valor" program. Lucky for me I have a vast supply of the required red, white and blue fabrics in which to make at least one quilt to bring. Stand by for future posts and pictures of the quilt I will be bringing along with me.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Area 3 Meeting-Turner, Maine

 An Area 3 meeting co-hosted by Country Aire Quilters and Village Scrappers was held on October 9th.

A total of 58 attendees from eight chapters, floaters and even some special guests rounded out the group. Many thanks to Brenda and Karen for your chapters working so well together to put on a stellar meeting.

After a delicious supper and "low-calorie" desserts, speakers Beth Allen and Joanna Timberlake spoke on machine applique methods and the 4-1-1 on free motion machine quilting. I'm sure everyone left the meeting with a new tip or shortcut on these topics.

The winner of the 22 signature blocks was Mary Lee and the winner of the Quilt-a-noply game was Joanna Timberlake. Besides all the nice door prizes, each lady left with bead-laden stilettos, scissor fobs and fat quarters.

Pumpkin-Oatmeal Cookies

I'm all about the pumpkin and fiber, so why not join the two for a terrific tasting cookie? This recipe makes two dozen yummy treats at less than 100 calories per cookie.

1-cup wheat flour

½ cup quick-cooking oats

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. salt

1/3-cup butter, softened

½ cup brown sugar, packed

½ cup white sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ tsp. vanilla extract

2/3 cup pumpkin puree

1-cup raisins
Handful of pumpkin or sunflower seeds (for extra calories, you can also throw in a handful of chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients; put aside. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients; stir into dry ingredients until well blended—add raisins and nuts.

Drop onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes. Leave on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
If you wish, you can make a powdered sugar glaze by mixing with cream or milk to make a drizzle consistency.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Maine Modern Quilters Meeting October 17, 2012

The first meeting of the Maine Modern Quilters (MMQ) will be held at
Quiltessentials Quilt and Yarn Shop, 909 Minot Avenue, Auburn.

Date: October 17th

Time: 1-3 p.m.

ALL skill levels wanted and welcome!

What to bring:1) Pictures, articles, magazines, books; anything to do with
modern quilting (if you have it). If you don’t have anything, no problem!

2) A fat quarter of modern fabric, or not, that is wrapped (for a swap)

3) Pen and Paper

4) Calendar

5) Desire to share and learn

6) Friends, of course, are welcome to come with you. Hot water will be
available for anyone who wants to bring their own tea, coffee bag,
 etc., and cup.

We hope you can join us for this very first meeting of Maine Modern Quilters.
 Be part of history in the making. (Really!)

Contact person: Betsy Cannan, Minot


Monday, October 1, 2012

Quilting with Flannel

With winter nipping at our heels, many of us turn to using flannels for our latest quilts.
Using flannel instead of cottons for quilts does bring along some special steps to ensure a perfect quilt. By using these tips as a guideline for sewing, you too will have a successful (and cozy!) quilt.

·         Always prewash your flannels.  Shrinkage can vary between different quality of flannel  fabric and you need to have consistency for your quilt. Use the hottest water setting and a hot dryer to ensure there will be no more additional shrinkage. If you are using a flannel flat sheet for backing, be sure to prewash in the same manner.

 ·         Iron your fabric, careful not to stretch it. I use fabric sizing or starch to give it a bit more crispness.

·         For flannels, the simpler the pattern, the better the results. Staying away from those bias cuts will be best. If you want to sew on the bias, you can try to back with a dot of washable glue stick and cheap white tissue paper for stability when sewing. Or, perhaps a lightweight fusible interfacing might work better for you.

·         Don’t use your regular rotary cutter! Flannel dulls it quickly! I have a secondary cutter marked with “flannel” marked on the storage case and an “F” marked with a Sharpie on the cutter itself.

·        Since flannel frays, I could use some fray check on the edges, but I just add ¼” to my pattern pieces and use a ½” seam allowance.

       ·         I sew using my walking foot to avoid an distortion when sewing. This is why I keep away   
               from directional prints. 

·         And speaking of sewing, you will want to use a size #14 or 16 needle and since the flannel dulls it, be prepare to change it if needed.

·         AND be sure to stop and clean your machine during sewing—flannel makes a lot of lint-especially around the feed dogs.

·         Put some serious thought when selecting a batting for your flannel quilt—you don’t want it to be too warm (or do you?).

·         Best of all, now you should have a warm and comforting quilt to keep or give as a gift.


Monday, September 24, 2012

"Quilting" Lasagna

Okay, the weather is starting to cool down and it's time to bring on the comfort food. And what fills that bill? Of course, lasagna! But not any lasagna--this one you can make ahead in no time flat and pop into the oven when you finish your sewing for the day. Add a green salad and garlic bread (and wine!) and you have a delicious family dinner.

The recipe will give you the older version and the speedy method in parentheses.

12-14 oz. Italian turkey or pork sausage-about five links (or 1 lb. ground beef)
One half green pepper and one half onion, chopped (or the equivalent of frozen peppers and onions, thawed)
1 tbsp. fresh basil (or dried to taste)
1/2 tsp. black pepper (or to taste)
One jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
One pkg. (30 oz.) large frozen square cheese ravioli, thawed
One to 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Grab a shallow 2-qt. baking dish and spray VERY lightly with Pam. Meanwhile, over medium heat cook the sausage or ground beef, peppers and onions until cooked. Remove from heat; stir in basil and pepper.

Spread about a cup of sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a layer of 12 ravioli, the meat mixture, then the cheese. Top with another cup of sauce, and make another layer. Top with remaining sauce and cheese. Cover with a piece of foil sprayed with Pam.

Bake on a cookie sheet lined with foil (to catch any splatters) for about an hour. Uncover and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and bake for an additional five minutes until golden and bubbly. Let stand for 15 minutes to set before serving six hungry appetites!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fresh Lemons Quilts--More Modern Quilts

 Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts graciously gave me permission to post photos and a link to her modern quilt/clothing blog. You can click into the link here: Fresh Lemons Quilts

Here you will find photos of modern quilts/clothing and tutorial links. For those of you still on the fence, this might be the link that brings you over to the "modern" side!

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

View pictures at

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.