Handmade quilts currently on display in the AVH Auxiliary Art Gallery

BERLIN — Showcasing their talents with fabric and sewing, local quilters Ann Gosselin and Sylvia Charest will have several handmade quilts and quilted items on display in the cafeteria at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital for others to enjoy.

Gosselin and Charest became best friends when they went back to school to become registered nurses. Both had been licensed practical nurses for years and, after the grueling year of studies, vowed that the next class they would take would be something for fun. So, after graduation in 1988, they took a quilting class in Gorham and the rest is history. Shortly thereafter, the Berlin Quilting Guild, “Material Girls,” was formed. Both Gosselin and Charest have been very active in the local guild. Charest has served as president for many years, and Gosselin has given classes in applique and other techniques.

Both have attended many classes, starting with the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, in 2000. Later, they attended the Quilters’ Gathering in Nashua, for a number of years and, most recently, the Vermont Quilt Festival. Each has focused her quilting on different styles. Gosselin has done a lot of applique and prefers earth tones, while Charest does a lot of scrap quilting and loves fabrics with some sparkle.

The local guild does a lot of charity quilting and provides quilts for people in the local area. Some of the small scrap quilts will be donated to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Women’s Services Department to be given to some of the local infants after this display is taken down.

The “Material Girls” meet for a business meeting on the first Monday of the month and have “sew days” at St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts on 144 Emery St. in Berlin every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They have a quilt show every two years. The next show will be in September 2017. For more information on the Guild, contact Sylvia Charest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out their Facebook page, The Berlin Quilting Guild Material Girls.

 Gosselin is an Androscoggin Valley Hospital retiree and Charest is a current long-term employee of AVH.

Artists interested in displaying their works of art in the AVH Auxiliary Art Gallery may contact Linda Morris, AVH auxiliary liaison and AVH volunteer coordinator, at (603) 326-5676.

quiltdisplayphoto1216Showcasing their talents with fabric and sewing, local quilters Ann Gosselin and Sylvia Charest will have several handmade quilts and quilted items on display in the cafeteria at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital for others to enjoy. (COURTESY PHOTO)