Photo-finish for Coastal Quilters

May 01, 2014
Barbara Neeson, owner of Alewives Fabrics in Damariscotta Mills, will share her photos-on-fabric techniques at the May meeting of Coastal Quilters.

Camden — Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday, May 10, gathering at 9:15 a.m. for socializing and coffee, followed by program at 10 a.m. at the Camden Lions Den on Lions Lane. This month’s program features Barbara Neeson, presenting on How to Use Photos on Quilts.

Neeson is owner of Alewives Fabrics, founded more than 40 years ago in Damariscotta Mills in an antique barn and owned by Neeson since 2004. Neeson runs the store along with daughter Rhea Daiute, who manages the shop. The shop gets its name from the alewife fish that annually migrates to a waterfall located near the store.

After nearly 30 years of teaching art at Lincoln Academy, Neeson’s take on fabric use was more cut-and-paste than stitch-and-quilt. This has resulted in some of Alewives' most popular projects. Neeson’s program for Coastal Quilters will focus on one of the specialties she has developed — using treasured photographs on various items including pillows and quilts to make extra-special creations sure to become family (or friends’) heirlooms.

Neeson’s art background and her fabric arts expertise, as well as Daiute’s extensive background and expertise, make their shop a journey through a multitude of fabric arts, including a eclectic mix of carefully selected fabrics in both contemporary and vintage designs. Alewives Fabrics also offers yarns, patterns and books and fabric arts kits. Classes and events taught and led by the duo and other staff feature both traditional quilting projects as well as special projects including floorcloths. For more information, visit alewivesfabrics.com.

The program will be followed by a refreshment break, the 2014 Challenge “Identify-the-Creator” game and a short business meeting including discussion of the 2015 Challenge theme/guidelines. Coastal Quilters are reminded that 2014 Challenges are due at this meeting and that blocks should be anonymous at first so other quilters can try to guess who created which. Therefore, challenge blocks should be brought in a brown paper bag.

Annual dues are due at this meeting. Coastal Quilters’ programs/meetings are free and open to all; for more information about the program or CQ, call 236-3821 or 236-6215.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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