Maine Quilts

My most recent adventure took me to Augusta, Maine.  I was invited by the Pine Tree Quilters Guild to teach at their show in Augusta.  The Pine Tree Quilters Guild boasts 2,268 members.  That’s a lot of members.  These members come from 76 Chapters throughout the state of Maine.  The purpose of this non-profit group is to introduce people to the art and craft of quilting, educate people about quilting and to raise the standard of quilting in Maine.  And with their show they have achieved their goals.  The show offered a vast number of quilts to view, many wonderful vendors and of course my reason for being there….lots of great classes and lectures.  I received the honor of having the first ever sold out lecture.  That made me feel very good.  Thanks to everyone who attended.

During preparation for the show and at the show most of my dealings were with the show coordinator, Nancy Zienkiewicz.  What a lovely woman.  I love people who are organized and Nancy is one of the most organized people ever.  She does a fantastic job.  While at the show I also worked with the president of the guild, Karen Keeler.  I never saw either Nancy or Karen without a smile on their face.  And I never saw them sitting down.  They were always on the move helping do a multitude of things.  Thanks to Karen and Nancy for all of their hard work and I’m sure they had tons of help from volunteers and their committees.

Below are some of my favorite quilts from the show.

This first quilt, made by Jo Bunker of Auburn, Maine, had some fabulous hand applique and it was hand quilted.  The most impressive piece of information I learned about this quilt is that it was quilted on a 14″ hoop!  Amazing.

“Star Bright, Make a Wish Upon a Star Tonight” was made by Diane Dixon of Palermo, Maine.  It is paper pieced and machine quilted.  I do love a black background.

“Robinson Point” was made by Bonita Ware from Delaware, Ohio.  It is hand appliqued and hand quilted.  Maine was the perfect show to exhibit this quilt, or any show really.

“Falling” was made by Janet-Lee Santeusanio of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

The quilting is what really caught my eye.  Beautiful.

I take the month of August off from traveling so I can get some of my own sewing done.  Here’s hoping I get lots done.  I’m starting on a new quilt and also working on a new pattern.

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