The destination for quilters Thursday through Sunday, April 19-22, will be the third annual Quiltport USA at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. The weekend offers quilters a swirl of activities including a Block Swap, a Mystery Quilt, shopping at vendor’s booths and in town, demonstrations, open sewing, door prizes and a show-and-tell session. Sponsors of the event are the Calico Basket Quilt Shop in Windham, Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop in Freeport and Quiltessentials Inc. in Auburn.
Schedule highlights include:
Thursday, April 19
• Registration, 6-8 p.m.
• Open Sew, 6-10 p.m.
Friday, April 20
• Open Sew, 7 a.m. to midnight.
• Demonstrations begin at 9 a.m.
• Meet and Greet, 5-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 21
• Open Sew, 7 a.m.-midnight.
Sunday, April 22
• Open Sew, 7 a.m.-noon.
• Show and Tell, 10 a.m.
• Block Swap, noon. The theme for the blocks is “Boats.” Blocks may be any size divisible by 3 inches. Quilters may seek inspiration at quilterscache.com or any other free patterns websites. Quilters may make as many blocks as they wish.
For information or to register, go to quiltportusa.com.
And if that isn’t enough to set your sites on southern Maine, the Calico Quilters’ Quilt Show will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Rowe School, 52 School St. in Yarmouth. the show will feature quilt exhibits including antique quilts, demonstrations, a Viewer’s Choice Vote, a quilt raffle, Quilter’s Walk Raffle items and vendors. Information will be available about joining the Pine Tree Quilter’s Guild. Admission is $3. For information, contact Suzie McCormack at 829-9396 or email@example.com. For information about Pine Tree Quilters Guild Inc., email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mainequilts.org.
Maine Quilt Shop Hop’s 12th annual shop hop will run through April 30. Quilters will travel to as many of the 32 participating shops as they can. The event draws about 800 participants from Maine and surrounding states. Maine Quilt Shop Hop was launched 12 years ago in an effort to create an event that would promote the art of quilting. Participants have the opportunity to win more than $14,000 in prizes, including five sewing machines. Each shop hopper will receive a free batik 5-inch fabric square that can be used to make the free downloadable project designed exclusively for Maine Quilt Shop Hop by Maine designer Carol McLeod of Aunties Two in Portland. For information, visit maineshophop.com.
Coastal Quilters will meet 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 14, at the Camden Lions Club, Lion’s Lane in Camden. The program will feature the first half of “Thread Therapy,” an educational film with Dr. Bob, and a group discussion about the importance of thread quality, needles and sewing machine thread delivery systems. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information, call Sarah Smith, 763-3565 or Prudy Netzorg, 354-0938.
In the introduction to her book, “Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space,” Cate Coulacos Prato asks this question: “Do you dream of having a studio of your own, a place where you can think, create, make a mess, or even teach?” Anyone who answers yes will find plenty of encouragement in her book. Through interviews with artists, Prato takes a look at studio space ranging in size from 48 feet square to 8 feet by 11 feet to a small corner of a room. The artists and crafters are real people with real functioning spaces. The result is a compendium of ideas and tips that can be adopted and put to use. One of my favorite sections of the book is 101 Organization and Storage Tips that focuses on how to store stuff using jars, baskets, pottery, cans, flower pots and vintage collectibles such as glassware and even bird cages. Reading Prato’s book answers another question: What makes a good studio? From her point of view it’s “any place that inspires you and allows you to work on your craft in a safe and efficient manner.” The cost of the book is $24.95. To inquire about the book, call your local bookstore or find it online. For information, visit interweave.com.
Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153, or email email@example.com.