The March meeting of the Coastal Quilters will feature member Sarah Ann Smith of Hope. The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9, at the Camden Lions Den, Lions Lane off Knowlton Street.

Smith is a nationally known art quilter and teacher who has created many prize winning quilts and authored a number of books and instructional CDs. She will demonstrate two different techniques that are key to her textile art: using paint on cloth; and using thread in the quilting process as another layer of “paint.”

For the first segment, Smith will explain the difference between various textile paints and show several ways to use them that can benefit traditional, as well as art quilters, including using non-traditional materials for applique. She will talk about direct painting to alter the color of the cloth, as well as stenciling and screen printing on cloth.

In the second half, Smith will discuss how she selects threads to color her textile collages with free-motion stitching, including how she layers colors to create depth and dimension. She will have an array of materials and her artworks to share. There also will be time for extended questions and answers about “how she does that?” All are welcome.

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