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35th annual quilt show will exhibit guild’s finest stitches

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — Hundreds of quilts will blanket the Augusta Civic Center for the Pine Tree Quilters Guild 35th annual quilt show. More than 600 quilts from antique to contemporary will be on display. The show will take place 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, July 27; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 28; and and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

The show will open officially with a Champagne Gala 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.

A silent auction of quilted items made by guild members will be conducted to benefit WomenHeart, a national organization that promotes women’s heart health. Items up for bid will include table runners, tote bags, purses and other quilted items.

A “Snips and Snails and Bright Colored Trails” quilt created by members of the Clamshell Quilters in Damariscotta will be raffled at the show. Tickets will be available at the show at a cost of $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

A dinner, lecture and trunk show is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 27. Lecture topic will be “Looking Ahead with Margaret J. Miller.” Tickets are $28. Tickets for the trunk show only are $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Pine Tree Quilters Guild website.

HIghlights of the show include the “Home is Where the Quilt Is,” the theme of the Alliance for American Quilts 2012 Contest, the Association of Pacific West Quilters “Spirit of the West” display and a collection of 19th century quilts.

Show visitors can take in demonstrations on Friday and Saturday on redwork, fusible collage quilts, working with oilcloth and other laminated fabrics, roll-n-pin techniques, fabric floorcloths, marking fabric, English paper piecing and layered applique landscapes.

Rami Kim will lecture on “Folded Fabric Elegance” noon-1 p.m. Friday, July 27; Mickey Depre will talk on “Colorriffic Quilts” noon-1 p.m. Saturday, July 28; and Nancy Prince on ”So, What is Thread Painting All About?” noon-1 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

American Quilter’s Society certified appraiser Bonnie Dwyer will make appraisals of contemporary, antique and vintage quilts during show hours. The fee for a written appraisal is $50.

Classes and workshops with nationally known quilters will take place all three days and range in cost from $35 to $60 to members, $40-$65 others. It is advisable to check at mainequilts.org to see if there is space available in the the classes, as they fill up quickly.

Quilting classes for children, Introduction to Quilting, 9 a.m.-noon; and Quilt as You Go, 1-4 p.m. will be conducted Sunday, July 29. The cost is $15 per class.

Show attendees also will have the opportunity to visit and shop at the booths of vendors from Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont, Oklahoma, California, North Dakota, Rhode Island, New York and Illinois.

For information, visit mainequilts.org.


The Hancock County Quilters 2012 Quilt Show and Sale will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Community of Christ Church, 283 State St. in Ellsworth. Quilts, wall hangings and other quilted items will be shown, with many available for purchase. The event will include a basket raffle and a boutique. Admission is by suggested donation is $3.


Culture on Cloth, an exhibit in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library, will run through Friday, Aug. 31. Culture on Cloth is a collection of wall hangings created by the women of Baker Lake, an Inuit village west of Hudson Bay in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Using vibrant colors and patterns, the tapestries convey Inuit stories, beliefs and traditions. The collection, owned by Judith Burch, has been exhibited all over the world, and will be on display at the library before going to the Smithsonian for display.

Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153 or email ahamlin@bangordailynews.com. Don’t forget to visit her blog at byhand.bangordailynews.com.

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