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Pine Tree Quilters Guild annual show

AUGUSTA Quilt-lovers rejoice! Whether you practice quilting or simply like the aesthetics and history behind the craft, you may want to head to Augusta. The Maine Quilts 2015 Quilt Show is returning with almost 500 exhibits to the Augusta Civic Center, July 23 through 26.

The show is the capstone event of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild, which has over 2,100 members, and features 274 entrants and 471 exhibits. The show is planned year-round, and requires around 400 volunteers to pull it off.

'At our show this year, we have a special exhibit of quilts from the Maine State Museum, a couple of teachers that are teaching the modern style,'' said Callie Lavoie, coordinator for the 2015 Quilt Show. She explained that the 'modern style' has a clean presentation, and has been adopted by quilters who often have families and don't have the time for other, more intricate styles of quilting. 'We have a new 2-year-old chapter in the state called the Modern Quilt Chapter.'

There are various forms of quilting, from hand-sewing, that Lavoie says is her preferred method, to using home sewing machines to one form known as 'Long Arm Quilting' which utilizes a machine spanning from 8- to 14-feet. There will be a teacher on hand to talk about this method.

'People have embraced it [long-arm quilting],' said Lavoie. She notes this is a great way to learn more about a style of quilting that one otherwise might not be able to afford to explore.

'To be able to learn that style [otherwise would involve] investing in a machine that costs $8,000 to $20,000,' said Lavoie. 'It's educational opportunities like that that Pine Tree Quilters likes to offer. [The teacher] is very popular and every one of her classes is full.'

Lavoie noted that offering the shows with the classes allows someone to decide if a certain style is right for them, only investing a day or half a day and the cost of admission.

Thursday will feature the preview with music and champagne. On Friday, July 24, the event will officially kick off. Entertainment on Friday will include 'Murder at Puffin Point,' a dinner murder mystery.

Tickets for the show are $10 at the door. The show will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

If your interest in quilting goes beyond being a spectator or enjoying a wonderful blanket on your bed, Lavoie thinks you should consider joining a local chapter of the Pine Tree Quilters, who have meetings in Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Pittsfield/Newport, Dover-Foxcroft, Orono, Mile, Lincoln, Winterport and more. For more information find them on Facebook.com/MaineQuilts, visist www.mainequilts.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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