a chapter of Pine Tree Quilters Guild of Maine

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About SCIQG

St. Croix International Quilters' Guild (SCIQG) was organized in 1982 and currently has over 65 enthusiastic members from both sides of the US/Canadian border.  Our members are quilters at all levels―most are beginner or intermediate quilters.  We have a few members who have taught quilting classes and some who are very advanced.  We all learn something from each other, regardless of our own skill level.

In addition to learning new techniques in quilting, we often work together on quilts for charities.  In the past we have created raffle quilts for breast cancer research, the Pembroke Historical Society, and Washington County's domestic violence agency. 

Pictured here are Dana Bard (l) and Jan Beane holding a quilt we made for the 400th anniversary celebration of the settling of St. Croix Island.  The center panels were hand painted on fabric by former member Carla Price of St. Andrews, NB, Canada.  The quilt is on permanent display at the Downeast Heritage Museum in Calais.

Meetings

Meetings are held at the Recreation Hall, Calais Methodist Homes, Palmer St., Calais, Maine, and guests are always welcome.  We hold three meetings a month:

Wednesday Evening Workshopsthe first Wednesday of the month, 6 pm

Workshop nights offer members instruction in a variety of topics.  Recent workshops have included sewing machine care and repair, selecting colors, paper piecing, and machine quilting to name a few.  Depending on the topic of the month, participants bring their sewing machines, supplies, equipment, and fabric for the workshop and take home enough knowledge and confidence to complete the project on their own.

Saturday All-Day Workshopsthe first Saturday of the month, 9 am to 3-4 pm

Similar to the Wednesday evening workshops but more in depth, our Saturday workshops offer members more intense and involved learning experiences to expand their quilting skills.  In the past we brought nationally-known quilting instructor, Bethany Reynolds (who created the unique Stack-N-Whack approach to creating kaleidoscope quilt blocks) to Calais for an all-day workshop.

In addition to national and regional teachers, several of our members also take on the role of instructor, teaching a variety of classes including mystery quilts, photo transfers, and other topics of interest to members.

Business Meetingthe third Wednesday of the month, 6 pm, followed by light refreshments.

Our monthly business meetings are exciting and inspiring.  We finalize plans for up-coming workshops and discuss possible charity work.  In addition to other agenda items, regular features include:

  • Program—at each business meeting, we feature a demonstration, guest speaker or mini workshop (as time permits) highlighting a new quilting technique, book, fabric, etc.  We're always open to suggestions.
     
  • Fabric Basket Door Prize—members are encouraged to bring 1/2 yard pieces of fabric to be included in a fabric basket drawing.  Chances are sold for $1 and the winner takes home all the fabric.
     
  • Show and Tell—members are encouraged to bring in quilts and quilted items to share with the group.  Sometimes they seek advice or just want to show off their creations.  It's a great opportunity to see new techniques others are using.