Coastal Quilters kick off year with EPP

Jan 06, 2017
Rhea Butler, whose work is pictured, will share her experience with the English paper piecing technique at the January meeting of Coastal Quilters.

Camden — Coastal Quilters will begin 2017 with a program on English paper piecing Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Camden Lions Club, Lions Lane. EPP, which is the technique of covering paper pieces with pieces of fabric that are sewn together by hand, is currently undergoing a resurgence among quilters of all interests.

Quilter Rhea Butler of Alewives Fabrics in Damariscotta Mills will share her best tips, from her favorite thread and needles and other tools of the trade to more advanced insights, including how to select fabrics that work well for creating the kaleidoscope-like quilts that resemble the intricate patterns on Italian millefiori glass beads.

Butler will bring many samples of her work to share, and Coastal Quilters member Megan Bruns will show some of her own EPP work. Dawn Elliott, also from Alewives Fabrics, will help with demonstrations. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Butler has owned Alewives Fabrics with her mother since 2004. She began working at Alewives at the age of 19, when the previous owner began teaching her how to quilt. For the next six years, she worked at the shop part-time and attended college at the Butera School of Art in Boston, where she graduated with a degree in graphic design. Butler lives next door to the shop with her husband and 4-year-old son.

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