Quilters Celebrate 40 Years

SCIQ's newest member Harriet McKay of St. Stephen and its most senior member Mary Ann O'Brien of Calais jointly make the first cut into the cake. (Submitted photo)

Submitted by: Lynda Duplissea, Publicity 

St. Croix International Quilters


On September 20, 2017, quilters of the St. Croix Valley gathered in Calais to mark the 40th anniversary of The Pine Tree Quilters, Inc. of Maine as well as St. Croix’s 18th year as a chapter of the Guild. The event took place at the Methodist Homes Rec Center, Palmer Street, at 6:00 p.m.

“While there’s always been a group of quilters who identified themselves as St. Croix Quilters because they came from both sides of the river, as a chapter of Pine Tree Guild, Inc. ME, we are 18 years old,” explained Mary Ann O’Brien who wrote and presented “SCIQ Past and Present” at the meeting.  

Her daughter, Sue McIver, is the chapter’s president. She explained to those gathered how the newly elected executive wanted the September business meeting to be “less business and more of a celebration, so tonight will be a bit different. “

 September is the Pine Tree Quilters Guild’s membership renewal month and McIver said, “It just seemed to be the perfect time to hold a party to celebrate Fabulously Forty,” a reference to Pine Tree’s theme for its 2017 Quilt Show held this past July.

“We had 36 of our members and four guests come out and enjoy cake, demonstrations, and other fun.” McIver added.  Pine Tree Quilters Guild’s Area 5 Representative as well as the President of Machias’s Down East Quilters (another chapter of Pine Tree)  Linda Thockmorton was also present at the meeting.  She brought best wishes and a bouquet of helium balloons to the group.

Fundraising Chair Wanda Pollock chose this meeting to unveil the chapter’s raffle quilt for 2018. Pieced by several members over two months and under the direction of Bonnie Brown Hunter, “Scraps of The Past” was quilted by member Marlene Wilbur. Pollock said that she will finish the binding in time for Woodland’s craft fair in November where tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn at the chapter’s quilt show, Piece By Piece 2018 scheduled for Sept. 28 & 29, 2018. “Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald Charities in both Maine and New Brunswick,” explained Pollock.

“To help our quilters and others learn more about our chapter and its events, Bonnie Brown Hunter and her husband Rob maintain our website (www.stcroixquilters.com) and now with the help of member Sher Donnolly, we have a new Facebook page as well,” explains McIver. For those who could not attend, McIver says, “We meet every third Wednesday of the month for business, demonstrations, and so much more. Our door is always open. Come check us out.”