Here at Alewives we are very lucky to have some of Midcoast Maine’s most talented Quilters under our roof. They also happen to be some of the friendliest, most outgoing ladies you will ever meet. It is not by accident that our entire staff began as customers and/or students. Whether you are taking a class, picking out fabrics for your latest project, asking for advice, or simply browsing, it is our intention that you have a pleasant and inspiring experience.

barbara neeson

owner and teacher

Barbara Neeson purchased Alewives Fabrics in the fall of 2004, bringing with her a love for textiles and pattern that is evident as soon as you walk in the building. After nearly thirty years of teaching art at Lincoln Academy, Barbara's take on fabric use was more "cut and paste" than "stitch and quilt", resulting in some of Alewives' most popular projects. She lives in Edgecomb with her husband J.D., her youngest daughter Johanna, their Bichon Frise Buttons and 2 cats Blackberry and Lily. Her two grown children are daughter Rhea, who lives in Damariscotta Mills and son Jesse who lives in Sheepscot.

rhea butler

manager and teacher

Rhea has been working at Alewives since she was 19 years old. She began as a Freshman in college who didn't even know how to thread a machine (but thought she knew everything). Now she not only manages the shop, but teaches classes, too, giving hope to sewing novices everywhere! She lives near the shop in Damariscotta Mills with her husband Oliver and son Bert, both of whom make guest appearances at Alewives. Rhea is also the author of the blog AlewivesGirl.

pam richards

Pam joined us in the Spring of 2012 and brings with her over a decade's worth of experience with sewing and quilting retail. Pam is an amazing quilter and makes lots of our shop samples. She has great attention to detail and she's not afraid to make her own patterns and projects. Pam lives in Whitefield with her husband, Doug. She has 3 grown children and a gaggle of grandchildren! We are so pleased that she has come to join our staff!

martha bracy

Martha, who lives in Damariscotta with her husband and two boys, is a talented quilter and seamstress. Martha's skills are exceptionally well-rounded: with a background in art and gardening, she brings a fresh eye and perspective to everything she does at the shop. From Washi dresses to "Farmer's Wife" quilt blocks, Martha keeps us on top of all the latest sewing trends.