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Learn quilting techniques at Waldo County Extension classes

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 12:55 p.m.
Norma Quimby and Pat Pierson show some of the items to be made in the classes during Waldo County Handcrafters’ Day Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Waldo Community Building.
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Norma Quimby and Pat Pierson show some of the items to be made in the classes during Waldo County Handcrafters’ Day Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Waldo Community Building.

The information in this column was provided by the Waldo County Extension. It strikes me as the kind of event that ought to be cloned and repeated in every county in Maine.

If you want to try your hand at something new, register for the Waldo County Handcrafters’ Day before Thursday, Sept. 15. The event is co-sponsored by the Waldo County Extension Homemakers’ Council and Waldo County office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. There will be five consecutive workshops conducted by volunteers with years of experience. The classes are:

• Scoop Purse with Khris LaChance. The purse can be made with different squares or from whole pieces of fabric. A portable sewing machine is required.

• Take 5 Quilt with Phylis Allen. For the quilters of all levels, including beginners. Take five minutes to choose five fabrics and cut five-eighths yard of each, and in five hours you have made a quilt top. There are no seams to match within a block so it is extra easy to put together. Participants will make a quilt that is 64 inches by 76 inches. A portable sewing machine is required.

• Paper-Pieced Miniatures for Cards or Framing with Nancy Sullivan. Learning and using the paper-pieced quilting technique to create lovely miniature pieces suitable for framing or designing into a greeting card. Registration fee includes patterns and card tock. A portable sewing machine is required.

• Using Colored Markers to Paint on Fabric with Charlotte White. Learn techniques for painting on fabric. A kit that includes a white bucket hat and a packet of eight colored permanent markers will be provided.

• Quilt Designs Using Triangles with Pat Pierson. Make a simple table runner. For success, participants will need to have accuracy in sewing and cutting. A portable sewing machine is required.

The classes will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Waldo Community Building, Route 131. For a copy of the flier or more information, call the Waldo County office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 800-287-1426. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Class size is limited. The Waldo Community Building is handicapped accessible. The program is open to all.

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The Verona Women’s Club is renting table space for its Nov. 12 craft fair at the Verona Town Hall. Table rental is $15 for a full table, $7.50 for half-tables or small racks on first-come, first-served basis with upstairs availability to the first renters. For information, call Cora Webster at 469-3740 or Marlene Smith at 469-7992. Mail table space rental checks to: Cora Webster, 249 East Side Drive, Verona Island 04416.

The SAD 22 Adult Education Program has a variety of arts and crafts classes on its fall schedule, including:

• Ukrainian egg dyeing, beginning Monday, Oct. 3.

• Making Christmas tags, Thursday, Oct. 13.

• Costume armor construction, Tuesday, Oct. 5 and 12.

• Christmas wreath making, Monday, Nov. 14.

• Christmas ornament balls, Wednesday, Nov. 16.

• Christmas card workshop, Thursday, Dec. 1.

Classes are held at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden. For information about these and the many other classes the program offers, including cost, call 862-6545.

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