call us (207.563.5002) to sign up for any class! spaces still available unless otherwise marked!

vintage 9 patch quilt

with pam richards, tuesdays, july 19, 26 & august 2 from 10:30-1

$45, plus materials. All levels welcome!

This class is geared towards beginner quilters... from the total novice to those who enjoy just a little guidance in projects! This pattern by Jeni Baker is versatile and lends itself well to classic or more contemporary fabric choices. Learn about cutting, reading a pattern, piecing your blocks with that perfect 1/4", adding sashing, and you'll be finished with your sweet quilt top in no time!

slow sewing retreat

in spruce head, saturday, july 23 10-4

$50, includes lunch

Join us for a day retreat on beautiful Spruce Head at the Neeson's! Relax the day away sewing, stitching, or knitting on your own project in the company of like-minded individuals. Enjoy a delicious home made lunch and lots of goodies, take a walk down to the beach, or just sit on the porch and take in the view!

lucy boston english paper piecing for beginners

with rhea butler, saturday july 30 10:30-1

$25, plus materials

Have you been seeing our Lucy Boston blocks on social media or in the shop? We can't get enough of this project and no matter how many we make we just continue to be inspired for more! In this class Rhea will teach you how to cut, baste and sew your Lucy Boston blocks, demonstrate "fussy cutting" in depth, and discuss different finishing techniques. Come see what all the fuss is about over Lucy Boston!

embellished embroidery hoops

with nichole vogelsinger, saturday august 6, 10:30-1:00

$45, plus materials

Join embroidery artist and author Nichole Vogelsinger and learn to make adorable embellished collage embroidery hoops! This class is perfect for all skill levels (including beginners!) and requires no sewing machine and very little materials to get up and running. Embellished embroidery hoops are a great project to take with you on the go and just the ticket to express your own unique brand of creativity. Nichole taught this workshop last summer and it filled up very quickly: you won't want to miss this year's class! Her beautiful work speaks for itself, see many more examples of what we will learn on her Instagram feed, right here:

abigail cardi knit along

free! begins saturday, june 11th 10:30-1pm

FREE, but please call to sign up ahead of time! . The Abigail Cardigan is an easy to knit, easy to wear pattern that uses fingering weight yarn. Pattern is suitable for beginners and fast for more experienced knitters. Linda Murdock knit our sample for us and will be leading the Knitalong. Cast on party is Saturday, June 11th from 10:30-1:00. Participation in the Knitalong is FREE and you are welcome to use any yarn you like. Participants in the Knitalong are required to purchase their own copy of the pattern, which is available in our shop. Our sample was knit in Quince&Co.'s Tern Yarn which is a delicious wool/silk blend. See you there!

lucy boston cruise on the j&e riggin

with rhea butler, september 21st through 24th

$759, 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. Students will be able to trace, cut and baste their shapes downstairs in the galley of the ship, then migrate on deck and stitch away with the coastline as their backdrop. If you already know how to make the Lucy Boston block, 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: This cruise is not just for Lucy Boston lovers! Anyone who would like to spend 4 days aboard a Maine windjammer sewing by hand is welcome aboard!!!

the new hexagon millefiori club

with pam richards, 2nd tuesday of the month, 10:30-1pm

One time fee of $65 (includes New Hexagon book, papers for Rosette #1, instruction and membership fee for 12 months, other materials not included) This club meets for the next several months... sign up anytime! Open to all skill levels with no sewing machine or previous experience necessary! The New Hexagon Millefiori Quilt (by Katja Marek) has gained cult status in the quilting community ( the book just recently went into its 4th printing!) and here at Alewives Fabrics, we have drunk the Kool-Aid! Using English Paper-piecing, students in this class will meet each month to share their progress on the various "rosettes" that make up the Millefiori quilt. In this class, we'll discuss how to use the book, how to English Paper-piece, how to "Fussy-cut" and we'll get you started on rosette #1. There is no machine-sewing in this class: the Millefiori quilt is made completely by hand using English Paper-piecing, which means it's a portable project and great for on-the-go sewing. Even absolute beginners are welcome to join this group. We have no timeline for this Sew-Along: you can work at your own pace and be inspired by those around you. Can't make it to the first meeting? Don't worry, you can join us on the second Tuesday of the month whenever it is convenient for YOU! The club will run for 12 months; there is a total of 12 rosettes in the New Hexagon Millefiori quilt, so you can choose to stitch one a month or go at your own pace and complete the ones that interest you most!