Quilts or alpacas: Which will it be?

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff
Posted May 17, 2010, at 5:41 p.m.

Which will it be — the Maine Quilts show or the Maine Alpaca Association Livestock Exposition? Better plan for both. The details were e-mailed to me recently and I’m handing the information on to you, dear readers, with thanks to those of you who so kindly supply me with information about fiber-related events:

Pine Tree Quilters Guild announced at its May 1 meeting that Kathy Angel Lee of Old Orchard Beach has been selected as the 2010 Meet the Quilter for its 33rd annual quilt show, Maine Quilts, July 29-Aug. 1, at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta. Lee’s work will be featured at the show.

Lee began sewing at age 12. In the late 1980s, she discovered quilting at an applique class. Her work evolved from traditional quilting to a more artistic format. She is mostly self-taught, but has taken classes from many internationally known textile artists. She has participated in painting and drawing classes with local artists.

Lee said she enjoys experimenting with fabrics and techniques in traditional and nontraditional ways. Her interests are landscapes, flowers, wearable art, fabric manipulation, creating her own painted and dyed fabric and working in mixed media with textiles, threads, paints and embellishments. She looks to nature for inspiration, photographing the flowers in her garden or landscapes around her home or in her travels.

Lee said her work is more representational than abstract, although she is beginning to experiment with some abstract expression. Her wearable art and art quilts have been juried into national shows and have appeared in a number of publications. She has won many awards. Most recently her quilt “Saco Mills” was acquired for the permanent collection of the Saco Museum in Saco.

In 1999 Lee’s wall hanging, “Manatee Mama and Baby” was selected as part of a display on endangered species exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass. Currently, she has work on display in 2010 “Mill-ennial,” a juried exhibition at the Saco Museum on display through June 13. She has quilts on display in each of the schools in Old Orchard Beach and in private collections throughout the country.

Special exhibits to be featured at the Maine Quilts show in addition Lee’s work include Vintage Revisited, I’ve Got the 19th Century Blues and Maine Quilt Shops Shop Hop Challenge. The Merchants Mall will feature vendors from across the United States selling fabric, tools, quilts and other items.

There will be daily lectures, free demonstrations, quilt appraisals and a silent auction of quilted items. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

For information about Lee’s work, visit www.kathyangellee.com.

For information about the Maine Quilts Show and Pine Tree Quilters Guild, visit www.mainequilts.org.

The Maine Alpaca Association will hold several special events at the 2010 Northeast Livestock Exposition, Friday through Sunday, May 21-23, at the Windsor Fairgrounds.

Although alpacas have been a part of the Northeast Livestock Exposition the last several years, this is the first year the Maine Alpaca Association will participate officially as an exhibitor.

At the Expo, several member farms will lead fiber demonstrations, a showmanship clinic and presentations on incorporating alpaca-related initiatives into farm business. Breeders also have organized a pen sale and will have sales displays.

A new event at the Expo will be the Alpaca Showmanship Clinic. A short course and demonstration on handling alpacas will be given by Ricki Waltz of Two Sons Alpaca Farm in Damariscotta.

Four alpaca farms will participate in the pens sale. Suri and Huacaya alpacas will be on display for sale at the Expo and breeders will have sales list information available.

The Expo will feature several farms selling alpaca products, including yarn and roving, and socks, hats and scarves made of alpaca fiber.

Pam Harwood of Longwoods Alpaca Farm in Cumberland will hold fiber-sorting demonstrations. Harwood recently completed a two-year apprenticeship to become a certified sorter, trained to sort fiber for submission to the 3-year-old North American Alpaca Fiber Producers Cooperative.

Harwood will demonstrate the process of preparing fiber for commercial production at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23. Alpaca products made with sorted and unsorted fiber will be on display Sunday. End products for sorted fiber vary from the finest lace quality yarns to sturdy sock yarns to woven rugs.

For a list of participating alpaca farms and to learn more about the Northeast Livestock Expo, visit www.northeastlivestockexpo.com. For more information about the Maine Alpaca Association, visit www.mainealpacafarms.com.

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It’s going to be a busy fiber arts summer. Here’s more:

Spring Valley Farm in Bancroft will be the site of a natural dye workshop 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 29. The cost is $30 and includes work sheets, dye and a skein of yarn. For information or to register, call Sandi at 448-3226 or e-mail jdmacdonald@wildblue.net.

And don’t forget about the Acadia Fiber Faire taking place Saturday, May 22, in Southwest Harbor. The fair will feature classes, demonstrations, vendors and activities for adults and children interested in the fiber arts. The fair is free, but donations are accepted to benefit Mount Desert Island’s Summer Festival of Arts, an arts program for children. For information, to volunteer or to be a vendor at the fair, visit www.acadiafiberfaire.com.

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