Saturday, July 28, 2012

Maine Quilts 2012! The 35th Annual Show!

We just spent a glorious day in Augusta at the Maine Quilts Show!  It was awesome in every way!  I have tons of pics to show, so it will be in several posts.  I'm still recuperating from the day.....we left at 7 am and didn't get home until after 8:30!  Whew!  We were wiped out!  And so was my wallet from the vendor booths!  lol

First things first.....the antique quilt room (no pics allowed....dang!) was SO BEAUTIFUL!  It was a collection of 11 quilts from Judy Roche's extensive collection of antique quilts and sewing tools.  Two display cases were in the center of the room filled with antique quilting stencils, pin cushions, patterns, booklets and blocks.  The quilts were all appliqued, dating from 1850-1890, and reflecting the theme "Summer's Offering"; and they were all exquisite.  Many were in the style of four big blocks, and I am so inspired to make one now!  They were just gorgeous!  Thank you Judy, for sharing these lovely quilts with us! here are some pics from the show, in no particular order.....just ones I really liked!  Some quilts were waving in the breeze created by the air conditioning, so some don't look straight or square, but they are!  Enjoy!

 "Garden Stars" by Mara Novak, Chester, VT.  Freehand machine feather quilting and painted shadows.  A really effective technique.  Gorgeous!

 "Eureka!  It's done!" by Diane Dixon, Palermo.

 "Pawsitively Pretty" by Marla Baker, Portland.

 "Jamestown Landing" by Laurie J. Hall, Milbridge.  A Bonnie Hunter design....we love Bonnie!

 "Orca Bay" by Jennifer Alley, Beals.  Another Bonnie design!

 "X Marks the Spot" by Daniel N. Perkins, Rangeley.  Professionally machine quilted by his wife, Carol (a previous 2 time Best of Show winner herself!)

The Best of Judged quilt:
 "Rainbow Nouveau" by Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham.  Really beautiful.

 This is a portion of the back, and included more crystals!

 "Family and Friends Remembered" by Evelyn D. Sabean, Augusta.  Beautifully hand's a treasure!

 "Autumn Migration" by Patricia Converse, Bridgton.  (Previously shown on my pics from the local Chickadee show.....I love it!)

"Desert Whimsey" by Frances I Vanderveer, Rome, NY.

 "Louise Ann" by Georgette R. Sutton, Biddeford.  Another Bonnie pattern, Texas Braid.

 "Linda's Quilt" by Karen G. Bean, Bethel.

 "Big Bang" by Carmen W. Jensen, Corea.  Made with 1,394 diamonds!

 "Inspiration by Jeanette" by Nancy Skala, East Machias.

 "Rose of Sharon Challenge" by Donna Gayle McCole, Bath.

I was surprised at how many huge (king sized) quilts were at the show.....and most had to have the bottom 12" turned up under so they wouldn't drag.

More pics in my next post.....I took over 150 pics at the show!  Holy Cow!  Lot's of inspiration, that's for sure!

Have a great day!



  1. Hi Regan, I definitely want to come visit now-what a wonderful show and I was excited to hear about Judy Roche because my maiden name was Roche and I'm wondering/hoping that there is a cousin/relative out there that is a quilter and more proficient than I am. I love seeing the quilts and it is motivating me to sew but today I'm watching the Olympics.
    Have a wonderful weekend and now there is another quilt show on my bucket list to see.
    Hugs, Noreen

  2. Thanks for sharing all of those wonderful photos!

  3. Oh what a treat to see all these amazing quilts!!

  4. Oh! So lovely! Thanks for sharing such inspirational photos of the quilts! I'll be waiting for more :-)

  5. Sounds like a fun day. Thanks for sharing - these are gorgeous!

  6. I love looking at quilts... always so inspiring... thanks for sharing these with us...

  7. I'm loving seeing these quilts--and I especially appreciate the close-ups of the quilting. Thanks, Regan. I look forward to more!

  8. Wow so much talent in these quilts. So pretty.

  9. beautiful quilts and how lucky to see some of Judy Roche's collection. SHe has the best antique quilts.
    I really loved the album quilt, looked so clean and fresh.

  10. You must have loved the show to have taken so many photos. There's some serious talent show cased judging from these ones. I wish I could see some of Judy's quilts and sewing bits.