Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday, Sept. 14, at Camden Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane with coffee and social at 9:30 a.m. followed by the welcome meeting featuring an extended Show and Tell, refreshments and a review of the 2013-14 year including a brief business meeting.

This Welcome Back program promises to be an interesting, exciting one as the group reconvenes following a summer hiatus. It also is a good time  for newcomers interested in any type of quilting or other fiber arts to try the group out. The program will start with an expanded Show and Tell, allowing everyone to showcase the things they have been working on all summer and also the projects they’re starting for the fall.

In addition to current projects, Show and Tell will highlight Challenge Quilts made by members for the past three years’ challenges. Small (13 to 20 inches square), individual Challenge Quilts are made by members following a specific theme for the year. These quilts innovative designs and are truly diverse, unique creations, clearly reflecting each quilter’s personality, creativity and expertise.

The challenges showing will include The 2011 Grocery Challenge and The 2012 Vintage Block Challenge, each person’s block measuring 20 inches. Also featured is The 2013 9-Themes Challenge, where up to nine themed, 13-inch square blocks were created. Themes included Favorite Places, Cycles, Food, Celebrations, Eye/I … etc., Passion, Critters, Exit and Nature. The 2013 9-Themes Challenge was displayed at the annual Pine Tree Quilters Show. Saturday’s Show and Tell of Challenge Quilts created by Coastal Quilters members is part of the preparation for a special “Challenge Quilt Show” to be displayed at Camden Public Library during October.

A refreshment break will follow Show and Tell and then the morning will conclude with a short business meeting to finalize plans and sign-ups for the 2013-14 meeting/programs schedule. In addition, Sarah Ann Smith will introduce the 2014 Challenge Quilt theme. And, a reminder to members (and folks wishing to join the group), this is last call for 2013-14 dues to guarantee membership inclusion in Pine Tree Quilters, the state guild.

Coastal Quilters’ meetings/programs are free and open to all who have an interest in not only quilting, but any of the fiber arts including knitting, spinning, weaving and more. The group meets the second Saturday of each month, usually at Camden Lions’ Club. For more information about Coastal Quilters, call CQ President Louisa Enright at 236-6215. For more information about programs, call 236-3821.

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