Area 3 Chapters

Area 3 Chapters in the beautiful state of Maine:

*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


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!


Wishing you and your families the best of 2018!

Quilts of Valor National Sew Day February 3rd

 

 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Quilts of Valor®
National Sew Day!
February 3, 2018

The Quilts of Valor® Foundation has chosen February 3, 2018, as National QOV Sew Day.  Quilters from all over America will be asked to gather together and sew for our service members and veterans touched by war.  It is time to start thinking about your local sew day.  You may want to decide on what blocks you want to make, the patterns you will want to use and friends that will come together to make more quilts in one day than ever before!  There will be prizes, sewing and companiionship as you participate in this event!  Plan your Sew Day event now! 

 Event Registration is open now at www.QVF.org."Visit QOVF.org and fill out the easy to use form to complete your registration information.  The information WILL NOT be shared with any businesses, companies, etc. -- guaranteed.If  you  are a QOVF member  - please sign-in  first  and then choose  "Current  Events" from the drop down "What would you like to do?" menu, scroll down and click on  National Sew Day 2018, click on register and follow the instructions.  Very easy and quick!

 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Invite your friends and non-members to participate by going to www.qovf.org, scroll down to “EVENTS and CALENDAR”, and then follow the screen prompts.
Who can register:

1.          If you sew as an individual, register yourself
2.         If you sew with a group, register the group name, plus the names of everyone
individually within the group.


PRIZES ALL DAY
 
Each person registered will be assigned a random number and throughout the day, numbers will  be randomly selected and that  person,  group or shop will  be called with news of  their winning prize from one of our generous Marketing Partners. 

Please take pictures and post them too.......... Facebook.com/groups/QuiltsofValor/
P
lease share any plans you already have for National Sew Day, favorite patterns, fun activities, favorite foods – we would like to hear about it all.
We want this day to be fun for everyone, but productive. When a QUILT TOP is finished, register each top by sending an email to nationalsewday@QOVF.org so that we can track how many potential quilts were made during the day. Please include the following information:
1. Your Name, Address, City, State & Zip
2. Telephone number
3. Who are you sewing with today, yourself, a Group or a Shop?
4. Name of the Quilt(s)

If you have any questions, please send them to nationalsewday@qovf.org.
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to any of you. I know there will be SEW DAY EVENT hosted by SEW ORCHID in NORWAY on this date. But if you or your wants to do something please let me know.


Donna Brookings,
Quilts of Valor
State of Maine Coordinator
Quilts of Valor® Foundation

The Quilts of Valor® Foundation is a non-profit organization established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Change in Time For PTQG January 27th Member's Meeting

Please note a change in time for the future meetings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Quick GIft Ideas-Week 6

This will be the last in our series of holiday posts. I hope you found some ideas to use for your own Christmas gift giving and decorating.

Let's start with a pattern for an insulated beverage holder. Makes a great stocking stuffer.



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These DYI Tile Photo Coasters are a nice way to share your family photos with friends. Thanks to Popsugar.com for the tutorial.


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This table runner from Sister Of the Divide is going to be your favorite gifting pattern!

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Most of us have made or received a gift in a jar. Check out the tutorial on Cul-de-sac Cool for cookies, bars and bread recipes. They also have the printable labels if you wish.

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 Another gift in a jar is the Gingerbread Sugar Scrub from Mommy Musing.


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For the teens on your gift list, why not do a spa jar? Hit the dollar store for sample size lotions, creams, nail items, etc. to fill a mason jar.


Speaking of the dollar store, pick up some Christmas oven mitts, wooden spoons, cookie cutters and cookie mix for a gift less than $5.00!




This stocking stuffer will be well-received. Thanks to Giraffes Can Sew for the tutorial.


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Another nice gift is a sunbathing towel bag, The sun worshiper in your family will love it. Use those bright towels for added pop! Thanks to Smart School House for the tutorial.



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For the teen boy on your list, money is a safe gift. Roll up those dollar bills and package.Thanks to izzyanderson.com for this idea.



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Santa Claus gets all the credit this time of year, but this next section is all about the reindeer!

Need to bring a beverage to your holiday party? Decorate the bottles-reindeer style! Thanks to Yellow Bliss Road for the great idea.


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 Creative Homemaking shares this cinnamon stick reindeer ornament.


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Another good idea for a gift using items from the dollar store. This candy cane reindeer is perfect for kids of all ages. Thanks to happygolucky blog for this tute.



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And last, but not least, a candy cane reindeer tree ornament from One Little Project: 




Got an old Scrabble game in your attic? If not, check out your local thrift store for one and use the tiles to make personalized tree ornaments. 


 
No pattern or tutorial--pretty self-explanatory from the photos.

For the kitchen, why not make this "dirty-clean" dishwasher magnet? Thanks to Aunty Nubby's Kitchen for the idea.


Now for the sweet treats!

From Frugal Living NW comes the candy train. Isn't it adorable? Hit the dollar store for all your ingredients.


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An old-fashion favorite is rock candy. Why not try a hand of making it yourself? The kids will love checking out the daily rock growth. Thanks for sharing this idea with us, Paging Fun Mums.


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Thanks to ThriftyFun for the Candy Bouquet tutorial. Keep scrolling down the page for full instructions. Save this tutorial for future reference as you can use this candy bouquet for a birthday, get-well, retirement, etc. gifts.

One note on making these bouquets--don't be stingy with the tape on the back of the candy bar. I made one and used a small amount of tape on each pick and they ended up coming apart.



 Here are a few more photos of candy bouquets using the same idea:



This one is for the rocker in your family. Thanks to the 11 Best for sharing.


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The Payday Peanut Squares recipe from Today's Creative Life will be a family favorite.

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Looking for a project for the entire family to participate? How about an old-fashion taffy pull?
Vanilla & Lace shares their salt water taffy recipe with us.




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For the last hurrah, you must try these copycat Doubletree Chocolate Chip cookies. I've had the pleasure of staying at the Doubletree Hotel and having this rich, chocolate goodness waiting for me on my pillow. The secret is in the oatmeal! Thanks to Crazy For Crust for the recipe.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Quick Gift Ideas-Week 5

Ho-ho-ho! Santa is almost on his way, so time to get to work on those last-minute gifts!

This Portable Pillowcase Pillow Bed is a great idea when the little ones come to visit or need a TV pillow at home. No pattern is needed--just sew the pillowcases in a row and add pillows!


Here is another pattern for the pillow beds from Creative Lady of the House:



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Here is an adorable drawstring backpack from Alice & Lois:


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This infinity scarf can be made in lots of fabric, but very quickly. Once you start making them, you will find it hard to stop! I made mine in fake sable fur for winter gifts. Thanks to Sewwoodsy.com for the tutorial.


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Here is a novel way to cover your kindle...



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Keeping those ears warm is so important this time of year. This fleece hat with ear flaps fits the bill. Thanks to Fun Fleece for the tutorial. Note: The pattern is at the end of the post.


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And Fun Fleece also has a pattern for the little ones in your family.


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I just realized that I haven't posted any patterns for Christmas decorations. Silly me, but I will rectify that now. The first one is for a folded fabric star ornament by Felicity Quilts. A pop-up to sign up for her blog may come up, but just scroll down the page to continue viewing the post. Of course, this will be more festive when made up in holiday prints.






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These three yo-yo patterns are courtesy of Connecting Threads.




Got Christmas fabric scraps? If so, I have a pattern for you! Thanks to Quilted Trees for the tutorial.


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Life After Laundry shares with us a folded fabric tree ornament tutorial.



Have a friend or family member who do not want a large Christmas tree or maybe in the hospital or nursing home for the holidays? Why not make a fabric Christmas tree. Sew little bells or beads on the branch tips for some extra pizzas. It will brighten their day for sure.

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Time for some goody recipes! First one is so clever I can't stand it. Fill with your homemade treats and wrap for gift-giving. Thanks to Pinky Princess Girl for the tutorial.


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And here is a link for a Peppermint Platter by I Gotta Create! There is also a link for a scalloped border.




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Love Ferrero Roche Truffles? Here is a copycat recipe from Foodal you can make at home.


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I can't end this section of candy without a homemade turtle candy recipe. This one is from Lil Luna.


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To end this post, we need something good to eat for supper! How about Million Dollar spaghetti (it won't cost that much to make!) from Gonnawantseconds.com



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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Quick Gift Ideas-Week 4

Snow is on the way for Maine tonight, so enjoy the time inside by working on your gift projects. Here are some more ideas to peruse....


Smittens are sweater mittens! Thanks to therenegadeseamstress.com for the patterns and tutorial. Check out your local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores for your materials.



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What better hostess gift than a casserole AND a casserole carrier! This pattern is thanks to Little Bit Funky.



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Here is another pattern option from sew4home:

 
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Have a walker on your gift list? Why not make them a water bottle carrier? Thanks to ilovefabric for the pattern.



This gift idea is PERFECT for anyone on your gift list. These pocket warmers are made with charm squares (5") and flannel. And don't forget to make a bunch for your family and friends! Note: These can also be put in the freezer for use as a cold pack.


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This tablet stand is outstanding! I made one and used a couple of stacked yo-yos instead of the fabric flower. Thanks to Sewn Up for the tutorial.


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 Enough sewing...let's get cooking! This easy ranch snack mix is something you can make with the kids. Thanks to lifewiththecrustoff for the recipe.


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 Here is another recipe your might want to try for a sweet and salty treat. Thanks to knoxvillecitymomsblog for the recipe.

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Now for some sweet treats!

 These Chubby Hubby Clusters are so yummy and use the microwave to make the recipe easy and quick to make. Thanks to sixsisterstuff for the recipe.


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How about a recipe for an old-time favorite candy bar? Make your own copycat Milky Way bars.


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This recipe for copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf will fill your home with the smell of the holidays! Thank you to the Country Cook for sharing this recipe.


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Last, but not least, here is a recipe for a savory meal that is a real time saver as you can make the meatballs in advance. This is a copycat recipe for the world famous Ikea Swedish Meatballs from the Damn Delicious blog.


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