Quilt group celebrates 40 years

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FARMINGTON — Forty-four members and guests attended a Birthday Bash on Thursday, June 7, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Maine Mountain Quilters.

The event was held at the Farmington Grange Hall and was hosted by President Ella Ibarguen, Sabina Tosch, Priscilla Bartlett, Anne Wehrman and Sharon Borthwick.

Special guests were four charter members of Maine’s Pine Tree Quilters Guild, which was officially established in the spring of 1978. Quilters from Farmington and surrounding towns quickly organized and formed Maine Mountain Quilters, which became a chapter of the state guild in the fall of the same year.

The four charter members, also members of Maine Mountain Quilters, are Virginia Morrell, Pat Libby, Sharyn Beisaw and Anne Baker. They were each presented with a gift.

Maine Mountain Quilters has 47 active members. They meet twice monthly at St. Joseph Church and are dedicated to preserving the time-honored traditions of quilt making. The group regularly offers workshops teaching new skills and techniques to members and non-members.

Maine Mountain Quilters also makes and donates comfort quilts to people who have lost homes in fires and other disasters. Cancer patients and veterans have also been remembered with special quilts.

The membership is comprised of traditional, modern and art quilters. Maine Mountain Quilters welcomes new members.

For more information, call Sharon at 207-778-3690.

Pine Tree Quilters Guild charter members are, from left, Anne Baker, Virginia Morrell, Sharyn Beisaw and Pat Libby.

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