wednesday open sewing

downstairs in the alewives fabrics classroom, 10:00-5:00

FREE and open to all skill levels! Every Wednesday from 10:00-5:00 you're invited to drop in at your leisure and sew with a wonderful (and very welcoming!) group of ladies. Wednesday sewing began when a group of friends asked if they could meet downstairs in our classroom just once for a social sew-in. Now they meet every Wednesday and they've gathered many newcomers along the way. We can't imagine Wednesdays without hearing their laughter floating up the stairs! Bring your own machine, bring hand sewing, bring knitting or whatever craft you're addicted to at the moment. Bring a bag lunch if you like, too! Wednesday Open Sewing is a very friendly place, so if you're a beginner or shy or new to the area, don't be nervous about dropping in. These ladies are all very friendly and supportive and they love to see new faces. While visiting us at Alewives, you're welcome to use our irons, ironing boards and cutting mats. Anything else you might need is just a short trip upstairs! Oh, and one more thing about Wednesday sewing: Bert and Rhea usually stop by for a visit, so if you don't mind a visit from an active four year old, Wednesday Open Sewing might be the perfect place for you to sew the day away!

2017 sew-along: my small world by jen kingwell

with pam richards, every 2nd tuesday of the month from 10:30-1:00 beginning january 10th and ending june 13th

$45, plus materials (includes your "My Small World" pattern booklet)
Announcing our 2017 Sew-Along, the "My Small World" quilt by Jen Kingwell! After finishing up a very successful Sew-Along with the New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt by Katja Marek, we wanted to change things up a bit for 2017. "My Small World" is a delightful design by popular Australian pattern designer Jen Kingwell. This quilt was originally published in Quiltmania Magazine, but was so popular that Ms. Kingwell published the design again as a stand-alone pattern. "My Small World" features darling houses, flowers, landmarks and more, all against a patchwork sky. Lots of fun fussy-cutting potential with this quilt! "My Small World" finishes at 52" wide by 33" high (perfect for a wall hanging or rectangular table mat) and utilizes such techniques as machine sewing, embroidery, foundation piecing, English paper piecing and more! The "My Small World" quilt is also a great scrap buster... Use up those leftover bits! Sew-Along will meet every second Tuesday of the month starting on January 10th and ending six months later on June 13th. Your $45 sign up fee includes your pattern booklet (already have the pattern? Just pay a $25 instruction fee and you're good to go!). At Alewives Fabrics, we are HUGE fans of Jen Kingwell and we know our customers love her, too. We couldn't think of a better way to kick off 2017!

2017 lucy boston cruise on the j&e riggin

with rhea butler, september 22nd through 25th

$780, plus materials. Includes 4 days and 4 nights meals and lodging aboard the schooner J&E Riggin. Please contact the J&E Riggin offices at 1-800-869-0604 to sign up! Spend 4 days and nights sailing the beautiful coast of Maine aboard the schooner J&E Riggin. Instruction will be provided by Rhea Butler on the beautiful Lucy Boston block, made entirely by hand using the English Paper Piecing method. This is an incredible opportunity to take some time for yourself and unplug, unwind and sew the day away aboard a world famous ship with a world class chef cooking all your meals. More information about the cruise and the schooner can be found on the J&E Riggin's website: A once in a lifetime opportunity that is not to be missed! This cruise is not just for Lucy Boston lovers! Anyone who would like to spend 4 days aboard a Maine windjammer sewing or knitting by hand or non-sewing spouses and friends are welcome aboard!!!

gingham tote

with rhea butler, saturday, april 1 and 8 from 10:30-1:00

$30, plus materials Learn to make your new favorite bag! The Gingham Tote is a stylish tote with pockets to spare and the option to be carried like a purse or worn over-the-shoulder so you can keep be hands free (a must if you're a busy gal on the go!). The pattern is written by Anna Graham and can be found in her excellent book Handmade Style. Rhea will assist students in making the bag and walk you through any of the more difficult parts, like installing the zippers and magnetic tote closure. Suitable for those who are comfortable with the basic functions of their machine, such as threading the upper machine, threading and winding the bobbin and for those who are already comfortable using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat. A great addition to your spring wardrobe, who wouldn't love a tote that's as useful as it is beautiful?

free class: bitty bunnies

with rhea butler, saturday, april 8 from 2:00-4:30

FREE! Please call to sign up and reserve your spot in class. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis! We'll use the free pattern from Arzy Creations to make these sweet bitty bunnies, perfect for tucking into Easter baskets! We'll do a little hand embroidery on the faces, then machine stitch the bodies and ears of the bunnies together. Depending on how fast you stitch, there will be time in class to make as many as 2 bitty bunnies, but when you go home you'll be able to make a whole litter of bunnies in plenty of time for Easter. Class is free, but students are required to reserve their space in advance by calling us at 207-563-5002. Once you're signed up, we'll provide you with a materials list. Students are required to print their own copy of the free pattern from

luminary quilt

with dawn elliott, saturday, april 22, 29 and may 6 from 10:30-1

$45, plus materials The Luminary quilt pattern is a collaboration between Jamie Swanson and Alison Glass. We were so excited when we first saw this pattern, because it was so beautiful but also so different from anything else we'd ever seen before. Luminary is a take on a traditional Lone Star quilt but with a modern improvisational twist. Fun and easy to make, the Luminary quilt is best suited to any quilter who is comfortable with the basic functions of their machine (threading the upper machine, threading and winding the bobbin, etc.) and also comfortable using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler. We have a couple different kits available at the shop, but this pattern is also wonderful for using up scraps and remnants. Quilt is a throw size (we hope you'll check out the sample we have hanging in the shop!), but if you'd like to make a larger version we can speak with you about some different options for up-sizing.

gallery tunic

with dawn elliott, sunday, april 23 and 30 from 1-3:30

$30, plus materials The Gallery Tunic is an updated version of a classic tailored shirt with modern lines and relaxed, classic details. I think of this as a contemporary take on the classic men’s shirt. Choose from a mandarin collar or a one-piece collar that looks like a classic shirt collar (but is much easier to sew). If you like, you can also make the gallery tunic as a dress. Choose from 3/4 length or full length sleeves. The perfect piece for all year long, with no buttons or zippers, you'll want to make a gallery tunic in lots of different fabrics. This class best suited to those who are comfortable with the basic functions of their machine (threading and winding the bobbin, threading the upper machine, etc.).

sewing garden quilt

with beth ditkoff, tuesday april 25, may 2 and may 16 from 10:30-1:00

$45, plus materials Sewing Garden is a throw size quilt that beautifully showcases your favorite layer cake. We love the look of these blocks, which remind us of blossoming flowers in a quilter's garden. Beth will guide students through accurate cutting and piecing of the blocks, and you're sure to learn lots of helpful hints along the way. We have a sample on display and kits are available at the shop, but this quilt makes excellent use of any layer cake pre-cut you may have stored away in your stash. Picture the Sewing Garden Quilt spread out on the lawn with a picnic lunch, or laying out on the beach, or folded neatly across the back of a porch swing. The perfect quilt for spring and summer days to come! Best suited to students who are comfortable with the basic functions of their machine (threading and winding the bobbin, threading the upper machine, etc.) and those who are comfortable using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler.

lemon drop tunic

with emily hanley, thursday, may 11 and 18 from 10:30-1:00

$30, plus materials The Lemon Drop Tunic is one of our favorite patterns at Alewives! We love how fast and easy this pattern sews up, but we also love the many different ways it can be customized to suit your style. Make the Lemon Drop Tunic as a shirt with short, 3/4 length or long sleeves, or you can make this for a child or even a baby! This is a great chance to learn how to sew with knits... you don't even need a serger: a regular sewing machine will do! We have lots of different knit jersey fabrics to choose from at the shop and you can check out both of our brand new Lemon Drop samples, too. Best suited to those who are comfortable with the basic functions of their sewing machine (threading and winding the bobbin, threading the upper machine, etc.).

market bag

with rhea butler, saturday, may 13 from 9:30-4:00

$30, plus materials In this one day workshop, students will make their very own quilted patchwork Market Bag. The pattern for this bag can be found in one of our very favorite books: Handmade Style by Anna Graham (we have lots of copies in stock at the shop!). This bag is a great size and shape: perfect for taking to the farmer's market, gathering up flowers or veggies in the garden, taking to the beach or any other number of things. Our favorite details include the scrappy patchwork band, the straight line quilting, the zippered pouch and the leather handles (available at Alewives in late April). If you've never sewn with leather before, or you've never tried quilting, or you're intimidated by zippers, this is a great chance to learn! Best suited to those who are comfortable with the basic functions of their sewing machine (threading and winding the bobbin, threading the upper machine, etc.).

spring snowflakes miniature workshop

with leslie volpe, saturday, may 20th from 9:30-4:30

$65, includes pattern In this one day workshop, students will join local quilt instructor Leslie Volpe for the perfect introduction to miniature quilting. Minis are more popular than ever these days, and Leslie is an expert in making miniatures with over 20 years experience in the world of teeny, tiny quilts. Her enthusiasm is contagious: we know you'll love making mini quilt blocks just as much as she does, especially when you see how easy they can be! Leslie will begin class with a trunk show of her work, then share her "Twenty Tips for Tiny Quilts." Once the basics of miniature quilt block-making have been covered, students will dive in to their Spring Snowflake blocks. These blocks finish at a very cute 3.5" square and can be used to make a small quilt top during the workshop, or make a whole blizzard of snowflakes to use however you would like! This workshop best suited to those with experience in basic quilt-making skills, i.e. comfortable using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler, experience with piecing blocks and sewing a 1/4" seam, pressing, pinning, etc.

fabric floorcloth

with rhea butler, sunday may 21 from 1:00-4:00

$25, plus materials We've been teaching the Fabric Floorcloth for more than 12 years now, and it's still one of our most popular workshops! Rhea will teach her students how to make fabric floorcloths that are as durable as they are beautiful. Use your floorcloth in the kitchen, in the entryway, the bathroom, closet or even in a nursery. We have LOTS of samples to show off at the store (some of them are more than 10 years old!) and complete kits available as well. There is NO sewing and NO previous experience necessary for this class, making it suitable for all skill levels.

mini diva frame wallet

with pam richards, tuesday, may 30 and june 6, 10:30-1:00

$30, plus materials The newest addition to the Diva Wallet family, the Mini Diva is a super-cute, super useful little wallet that uses a brand new 4.5" frame (available here at the shop in 3 different colors in mid-April). The pattern includes instructions to make both the Mini Diva and the Mini Prima Diva (choose whichever version you'd like to make in class, but be aware that the Mini Prima Diva has a few extra steps and may require a little homework). This wallet is just the right size for all the essentials: money, credit cards, a zippered compartment for change and lots of pockets. This class best suited to those who are comfortable with the basic functions of their machine (threading and winding the bobbin, threading the upper machine, etc.).

button boats

with pam richards, tuesday, june 20 from 10:30-1:00

$25, plus materials Learn to make these adorable Button Boats, perfect for any place you could use a little "keeper." Button Boats use 10" squares of fabric and a new product called "Stiff Stuff." They fold flat when not in use, then fold and secure them when you need a place to stow your trinkets. Button Boats would make a wonderful gift and they're a fun, easy, completely addictive way to use fabric from your stash. Perfect for the sewing room, too! This workshop open to all skill levels, including beginners.