Coastal Quilters will kick off their 2012-2013 season with a two-event visit with a favorite CQ workshop and program presenter, Carol Boyer. On Friday, Sept. 7, Boyer will lead an all-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m., she will be the featured speaker for Coastal Quilters monthly program. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and folks are encouraged to come early for conversation and coffee; the program will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Both events will be held at the Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane.

Boyer, from Syracuse, N.Y., an art teacher for 35 years, is a renowned fabric artisan, avid quilt maker and soft sculpture/doll designer and creator. A popular instructor and figure on the lecture circuit, she returns to CQ for a “command performance” following her previous highly successful, popular workshops and programs.

Workshop Sept. 7

The workshop, “Create Your Own Greeting Cards,” includes learning to carve your own stamps as well as using found images, tossed out bits and pieces of fabric, threads, ribbons, beads (even a deflated Mylar balloon) and all those other small decorations laying around the studio. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Pre-registration required, and class size is limited. The workshop fee, payable in advance when registering, is $25. Kits created by Boyer consisting of basic materials needed may be purchased for an additional $5. Other information and a supply list will be provided upon enrollment. For more information and/or to register, contact Barb Melchiskey at 236-9665 or

Program, meeting Sept. 8

Switching gears from the workshop, Boyer will present “Play to Your Strengths” Saturday as she explores why we make quilts. A trunk show will show the progression of her work over the years as she discusses various incentives to develop one’s own creative expression in quilts and fiber art, helping to wake up the imagination. A refreshment interlude and social time follows Boyer’s program. The morning culminates with a member Show and Tell, general information about upcoming events, door prize and name tag drawings and a brief monthly business meeting.

The workshop and next-day program will highlight not only Boyer’s talents, but also her personal philosophies. In all her projects, she tries to use materials on hand and look at objects and materials that others consider to be trash as design elements. Her projects most often begin with ideas coming from nature, magazines, fabric, textures, colors and even words themselves.

“I just play with the idea or technique to make it my own to produce a work that has my imprint on it and often end up at a point I did not see when I started,” she said.

One of the things that makes Boyer and her work so special is her mantra “I choose to keep growing as an artist and want to expand my world and vision.”

Coastal Quilters programs/meetings are free and open to all and anyone may become a member of Coastal Quilters at any time. For more information about the program or Coastal Quilters, call Prudy Netzorg, 354-0938; or Stevie Kumble, 236-2352.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or