Hire visits the Coastal Quilters

Jan 03, 2014

Camden — Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday, Jan. 11, gathering at 9:30 a.m. for socializing and coffee and a program at 10 a.m. at the Camden Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane.

This month’s program features Dianne S. Hire of Northport, who will discuss her newest book, "App is for Appliqué.” The book featuring 14 Di-Doodle Designs that, according to one reviewer show Hire clearly moving outside of her well-established and highly popular comfort zone of improvisational piecing, yet tackling appliqué from a typical-for-her, no-holds-barred approach.

After creating the designs, Hire asked a dozen or so talented appliqué quilters, many from the Midcoast area, to interpret her 14 designs, each making a quilt using the designs. Some of those quilters include Janet Knapp, Roxanne Wells, Susan Gerhardt, Sally Cran and Gail Galloway-Nicholson and five or six from the Belfast area. Hire hopes to have a number of these art quilts on hand to show the group.

The book itself has received acclaim from the quilting world and beyond. Although enchantment with fabric seems to have always been a part of her life, Hire began her quiltmaking journey in 1985. Now she looks back at the development and exploration of her creative process. Even in 1985, the adapting of traditional time-honored designs and techniques was significant.

“Somehow, even then, I experimented, finding my own way, my own song, my own work within tactile dimensions. From that moment on, this became my Hard ‘n’ Fast Rule: find out the rules and determine a way to break them,” she said.

Hire considers herself a colorist. She loves hand-dyed fabric and her workshop features her fabrics arranged and color-coordinated, although Hire does point out that when she is working, her workshop is anything but organized with fabrics all over the floor. In her quilting, she said she lives by three precepts: “I honor diversity. I celebrate new approaches. I challenge concepts.”

A previous book, “Quilters Playtime: Games with Fabrics,” includes a medley of quilt projects (and full instructions for creating the quilts) that revive the exhilaration and joy of playing childhood games, this time played at the sewing machine with thread, vibrant fabric and an open mind. Some projects included Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Tic-Tac-Toe, Ring Around the Rosy and Hopscotch. Each game included photographs of several variations to inspire quilters.

Hire’s program will be followed by a refreshment break, Show & Tell and a short business meeting. The free meeting is open to all. For more information, call 236-3821 or 236-6215.

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

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