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, March 12, 2015

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

From Kraft Foods website:
1-1/2 lb. boneless beef round steak, trimmed, cut into bite-size pieces
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. oil
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) beef broth
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 env. (0.8 oz.) GOOD SEASONS Garlic & Herb Dressing Mix
1 lb. red potatoes (about 3), cut into 3/4-inch chunks
3 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
4 cups hot cooked noodles

COAT meat with flour. Heat oil in Dutch oven or large deep skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat and onions; cook and stir 5 to 8 min. or until meat is evenly browned. Stir in broth, tomatoes and dressing mix. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally; cover. Simmer on low heat 15 min., stirring occasionally. 
ADD potatoes and carrots; simmer, covered, 45 min. or until meat is tender and sauce is thickened, uncovering after 30 min. and stirring occasionally. 
SERVE over noodles.

Quilting Tip of the Week 3.12.15

A white board is useful when cutting patterns pieces, your "to do" list or even a shopping list of things you need for your sewing room. Doodle your latest quilting pattern on one side to decorate your board!

Hippy Hop Easter Placemats

Easter is coming just around the corner and it's time to grab your strips and sew! While there is no pattern for the carrot and eggs, you can draft out a pattern easily enough. These were made by my quilting friend, EvelynB:

The sew and flip place mats go together in a flash! Check out the Patricia's Patchwork blog for the tutorial:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MSQC Tote Bag Tutorial

Missouri Quilt Company is always good for a fun and easy way to quilt, but today, how about a simple tote bag?

(Find a complete list of useful tutorial for MSQC under "Useful Links" on the right side of the blog page)

Cute Basket Tute Using 2 1/2" Strips

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Great Scrap Tutorials

Check out these blogs for great quick and easy patterns to use up your scraps!

Fabric Cord tutorial:


Fabric Scrap Baskets:

Finger Hot Mats:

PTQG Member's Meeting April 25th

Within this week, you should receive your latest copy of the "Patchwork Press." Just a reminder that the meeting will host their third annual "Cookie Walk" and need your submissions!

Just make a batch of cookies and decorate with quilting! Make a block, a thimble or button--let your imagination soar!

Quiltville Challenge--are YOU in?


Here's the deal. Make a quilt using one of the Quiltville free patterns listed below and have a chance to win your choice of the $50 Joann or Hobby Lobby gift card!

*>We must have a minimum of six people sign up and finish their quilts in order for the challenge payoff<*

Here are the qualifying patterns:

*Boxy Stars*      *4 Patch & Furrows*   *Dancing Nine Patch*
*Lozenges*    *Strip Twist*   *Bricks & Stepping Stones*

The rules for the challenge are simple—make a quilt using one of the above patterns, at least 50” square, and submit three photos-one full size of the quilt, one showing the quilting and one showing the completed binding by December 31, 2015. This is a great way to finish a quilt for a holiday gift or for charity!

If you send me photos of your works in progress, your name will go into a drawing for a special prize. Just be sure to send me your photos in .JPEG format!

Please email me at which quilt pattern you will be making, along with your name, address, phone and email address. All information sent to me is confidential and will not be shared.

So, are you in? I will post names and quilt patterns on the right side of the blog along with photos. Hope you join in this fun event!