At the next meeting of Coastal Quilters Saturday, March 10, quilter and quilt designer Kathryn Simel will discuss what makes a quilt “modern” and how and where to find ideas for quilts — which she says are as close as our own backyards. The presentation will begin 10 a.m. at the at the Camden Lions Den, Lions Lane off Knowlton Street, and is free and open to all.

By showing examples of her work and explaining where her inspiration comes from, Simel will take the mystery out of the process of design and help quilters at all levels to find inspiration and to gain confidence in their own voices. In addition to discussing design, she will share the tools and reference sources she uses in the development of a quilt, from the initial sketch to the finished product.

As proprietor of Midcoast Cottage Design, Simel also will discuss the challenges of being a “one-woman show,” as well as the economics of pattern making. There will be a question-and-answer session after the talk.

Simel left a 27-year corporate career in 2011 to relocate to Maine. She started quilting again and, with the encouragement of a local shop owner, she started Midcoast Cottage Design in 2013. Her designs have been published in major quilting magazines, and her quilts have won awards at QuiltCon and Maine Quilts. She and her husband live in Cushing.

Coastal Quilters, a chapter of the statewide Pine Tree Quilters Guild, meets the second Saturday of the month in the Camden Lions Den. Its purpose is educational and anyone interested in quilting, at any level, is most welcome. Current members represent every type of quilter, from traditional to modern and art quilters. For more information, visit

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