Each piece of quilt show adds to its attraction

Posted July 20, 2009, at 5:47 p.m.

The season of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild annual quilt show at the Augusta Civic Center is upon us. The guild’s 32nd annual Quilt Show will open with a Champagne Preview 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 23, with admission of $10 for that evening.

Show hours the rest of the weekend are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, July 24; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 25; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Admission is $8 daily, $15 multi-day, $7 each for members of groups of 14 or more (advance registration required), free to children under 12.

More than 500 quilts, including art quilts, antique quilts, judged quilts, a quilt to be raffled and The Cat’s Meow Challenge quilts will be featured at the show.

The Cat’s Meow quilts celebrate the Maine coon cat in particular and cats in general that share their lives with quilters.

“Serendipity,” a quilt that will be raffled, was made by Ruth Alexander and Dianne Hodgkins. Fabric for the quilt was donated by Marjorie Hallowell of Maine-ly Sewing in Nobleboro. Tickets are available by calling Alexander at 865-4740. The winning ticket will be drawn at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26.

Special exhibits at the show are:

— “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece,” art quilts about Alzheimer’s disease, created by 54 quilt artists from 30 states, plus one from New Zealand. The exhibit includes tributes to loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s, and illustrations of anger, frustration and the stress that caregivers experience. Each artist’s statement is paired with a fact about Alzheimer’s.

Proceeds from a silent auction of quilted items to be held at the show will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter.

“Quilts have always been metaphors for memories of a life pieced together — scraps of fabrics reused, working together in friendship, the gift of a quilt at a life passage such as a wedding, the comfort of the finished product and an heirloom for the next generation,” said Joy Heptner, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. “With Alzheimer’s disease some of the most important aspects of a person’s life become inaccessible and cannot be pieced back together. The comfort of memory is gone. We are honored to be the beneficiary of this year’s silent auction and humbled by the love and work that went into the Alzheimer’s art quilts.”

— “Quiltmaking 1941 to 1945: The War Years,” sponsored by The Busy Thimble. The exhibit centers on the history of quilt making of the World War II era, identifies specific patterns used at that time and advanced better recognition and appreciation of WW II quilts.

— “The Four Seasons: A Series” by quilt artist Jo Diggs of Portland, in which the quilts reflect the changing landscape as it flows from one season to the other — “Remembered Vistas (Autumn),” “Many Winters,” “Summer in a Shade Garden” and “Spring.”

Quilting classes also are an important aspect of the quilt show. Jo Diggs, Kathy Kansier, Dodi Poulsen, Valerie Bothell, Michele Scott, Ami Simms, Karen Stone and Carol Taylor will conduct classes at the quilt show. Full-day workshops run 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; morning workshops are conducted 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; and afternoon workshops fill the 1:30-4:30 p.m. time slot. Half-day workshops are $35, full-day workshops are $60. Classes fill up rapidly and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.mainequilts.org to access a registration form, which must be made out and mailed at the post office. More information about the quilt show also is available at the Web site.

Snippets

Quilting questions? Quilter, sewing author, columnist and editor Barbara Weiland Talbert has compiled everything quilters need to know in “The Quilting Answer Book.” Talbert takes readers from quilt anatomy 101 to rotary cutting and strip piecing to the nth degree of all of quilting — Quilter’s Math Made Easy. This is the chapter I hope to commit to memory should I ever again in this life have the leisure to make another quilt. This chapter has charts for converting yards to inches, decimals to fractions, how many squares you can get from one fat quarter and a chart for reducing and enlarging quilt block to the desired size.

The book is set up in a Q&A format so the reader — whether a beginner or advanced quilter — feels as if she has an experienced friend and mentor at her elbow as she goes about the process of putting her quilt together — from cutting the fabric to binding the edges to embellishing it.

“The Quilting Answer Book” is a handy size that will easily fit in a tote bag for those on the go to quilt shows, meeting or sewing groups.

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