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, 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.