The lure of more than 600 quilts on display will entice throngs of visitors to attend the 36th annual Maine Quilts Show, organized by the Pine Tree Quilters Guild Inc. The event will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 26-28, at the Augusta Civic Center. The show offers special exhibits, workshops, a Merchants Mall, lectures, quilt appraisals, demonstrations, a live auction and quilt raffle. Quilt show admission is $8, $15 for a multi-day pass, and free to children ages 12 and under.
Highlights of the event will include:
• “Quilting, Frolicks and Bees: 100 Years of Signature Quilts,” which brings into focus the quilts made by women who gathered in groups to create a bed cover for charity or for a departing friend. Quilts from the 1830s to the 1940s will be on display.
• Quilts from the State of Maine quilt Shop Hop 2013 Shop Challenge, featuring signature quilts made by shop owners and employees.
• Hoffman Challenge, a traveling exhibit displaying pieced, applique and mixed technique quilts, clothing and dolls.
• The Pilgrim-Roy Invitational Quilt Challenge 2014, organized by the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Ky., and featuring new and nationally known makes of quilts.
• Meet the Quilter, featuring the work of Pine Tree Quilt Guild member Marilyn Waugh, member of Maine Mountain Quilts.
Special Events Activities, Friday, July 26
• “For the Love of Linens,” Cindy Needham, noon-1 p.m. $10.
• “Why Quilts Matter,” video presentation, 3-3:30 p.m.
• Live and silent auctions, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 27
• Transforming Tourmaline with master gemcutter Sean Sweeney, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• “A Tribute to Celia Thaxter: 1835-1894,” Faye Labanaris, noon-1 pm. $10.
• Patchwork Pub Man Cave, noon-5 p.m. A place to wait, watch tv or have a beer while friends tour the show.
Sunday, July 28
• Sunday Sampler, tricks of the trade demonstrations, 9-10:30 a.m. $10.
• “Why did I Buy This Ugly Fabric,” Cynthia England. $10.
• “The History of Maine Tourmaline” with Karen Pride of Cross Jewelers, Portland.
• Quilting classes for children: Introduction to Quilting, 9 a.m.-noon; Tic Tac Toe Travel Game, 1-4 p.m. $15 per class.
The show also will feature classes with teachers Cynthia England, Pat Ferguson, Pat Harrison, Dianne S. Hire, DeLoa Jones, Faye Labandaris, Cindy Needham and Sue Reich. Classes will include Covered Bridge Design and Sew, Pansy Table Runner, Zen Quilting, Remains to be Seamed, Curvy Railroad, Got Stencils Use Them, Maine Wreath, Hawaiian Quilting, Linen Ladies Workshop and Pennsylvania Applique.
Workshops with Maine teachers: Introduction to Modern Quilting with Beth Maitland, Invisible Machine Applique with Madeline Benham, 9-Patch Variation with Carole Thorburn and Redwork Pincushion with Kim Barbour.
Cost for workshops, range from $35 to $40 for a half-day; $60 to $65 for full-day. Workshops fill up quickly and may already be full. Go to mainequilts.org to learn more about which classes still may have openings.
Linda Throckmorton of Down East Quilters made three crazy quilt Christmas tree skirts that will be raffled; and a 65-inch by 65-inch Feathered Flourish quilt designed by Julie Steckman and published in the March-April 2011 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, made by an anonymous donor also will be raffled. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and may be purchased at the quilt show. The drawing will be held at 3;45 p.m. Sunday, July 28.
Given the vast undertaking of co-ordinating the quilt show, volunteers are needed for many task, including set on Wednesday and Thursday, July 24-25, and take-down on Sunday, July 28. Volunteers also are needed during the show to collect admission fees, assist the quilt appraiser, sell quilt show merchandise, and quilt raffle and lecture tickets, offer show information, answer questions about quilts and assist with registration for classes.
For information, go to mainequilts.org, call 451-4417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reception and artist’s talk for “Hidden Histories,” work by Sallie Findlay, Karen Munson and Debra Spaulding, will take place 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main St. in Topsham. Artists will talk for 45 minutes starting at 2:30 p.m. The show will feature kakishibu- and shibori-dyed figurative beings with abstract, nature-themed cotton and silk quilts. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 721-0678 or go to mainefiberarts.org.