909 Minot Avenue
Auburn ME 04210
207-784-4486
Tue 10-8 pm
Wed-Fri. 10-5
Sat 10-4

New! Holiday Head Start!

Head Start for the Holidays

Last year as we were gathering feedback from our customers about our “Stuff Your Stocking” program, a couple of people suggested that some of the holiday gift ideas would be good to have earlier in the season. Many of us here at Quiltessentials do a last minute scramble to create our gifts, as if those stealthy holidays snuck right up on us while we weren’t looking. We think it might be fun to work together with our customers in rediscovering the joy of making gifts for our loved ones, without the deadlines bearing down like a freight train!!
So here is our answer. Each month we will be sending out a newsletter with a class schedule and quick, easy gift ideas. Most of these projects can be completed in one class and were selected for their ease and desirability. For those of you who are working and may have a harder time getting in to get the supplies, we will have them available on line where you can order them and either have them shipped to you or have us hold them for you for your next trip to the shop.
If you are on Facebook or Instagram, please like our page, and you will get a weekly reminder of the ideas for the week and what is coming up for classes.

August Classes
August 17 – Scout Tee with Christina McGinley. 1:00-4:00 $35
In this class you will make a basic woven (non-knit) Tee with set in sleeves. the pattern is from Grainline Studios and is a great beginner garment. This is a great staple for any wardrobe.

August 24 – Stitching Workshop with Andrea Paul. 1:00-4:00 $20
This workshop is a monthly event for people interested in exploring self expression using cant stitching, boro, embroidery and other hand work techniques. Andrea will have lots of examples of ways to use stitching to embellish runners, quilts, bags, clothing etc. Participants should come with a sense of adventure and be willing to experiment with various threads and techniques. Join the world of slow sewing and find the joys in thread work.

August 25 – Beg. Machine Quilting with Betsy Dorr. 1:00-4:00 $30
Betsy will be offering a Beginning Free Motion quilting class. The class includes an overview of the machine quilting process and then lots of practice with various free motion patterns. This is a great class to get you started or to give yourself a little boost of confidence. Free Motion Quilting can help you with the completion of many small projects like pot holders, table runners, placemats, and much more!!

August 31 – Basic Basketry with Betsy Dorr. 1:00-4:00 $35
The cost of this class includes all materials. This class is suitable for people who have never made a basket or for beginner basket weavers. Participants will make a colorful, simple, attractive basket. These baskets make great functional and beautiful gifts. For those who want to make multiple baskets, we will have kits available.

September Classes

Sept. 7 – Tourist Tote with Sue Duval. 1:00-4:00 $30
This great basic bag can be made in one class with a little prep work done initially. This bag is functional, and attractive and can easily accommodate added pockets either inside or out. It is hard to make just one! This tote is made with a linen/cotten blend, and some cotton, but you will have lots of choices as to what you use.

Sept. 14 – Pajama Pants with Christina McGinley. 1:00-4:00 $35
Using either knits or flannel, make a snuggly pair of pajama pants for yourself or a family member. You may chose either child or adult sizes, for a perfect fun gift….for a loved one or for yourself!!

Sept. 16 – “Winging it” with Kitsie Claxton. 9:30-3:00 $45
This day long class led by Kitsie Claxton will show you how to “wing” your way to an adorable bird quilt. Kitsie’s method of piecing is very intuitive, serendipitous and fun. She will encourage you to let go of preconceived notions, and just have “wing it” Bring your sense of adventure! She will also provide some examples of ways you might use the birds for holiday gifts.

Sept. 21 – Kimono with Christina Mc Ginley 1:00-4:00 $35
This class with give direction in sewing a basic Kimono where one size fits most….a great way to prepare for those relaxing parts of the holiday season. You can go with the sophistication of rayon batik or the comfort and warmth of flannel.

Sept. 28 – Stitching Workshop with Andrea Paul. 1:00-4:00 $20
This workshop is a monthly event for people interested in exploring self expression using cant stitching, boro, embroidery and other hand work techniques. Andrea will have lots of examples of ways to use stitching to embellish runners, quilts, bags, clothing etc. Participants should come with a sense of adventure and be willing to experiment with various threads and techniques. Join the world of slow sewing and find the joys in thread work.

October Classes

October 5 – Basic Basketry with Betsy Dorr. 1:00-4:00 $35
The cost of this class includes all materials. This class is suitable for people who have never made a basket or for beginner basket weavers. Participants will make a colorful, simple, attractive basket. These baskets make great functional and beautiful gift. For those who want to make multiple baskets, we will have kits available.

Oct. 12 – Easy Rayon Top with Christina McGinley 1:00-4:00 $35
This class is a great first experience with rayon fabric….very easy yet elegant piece of clothing!

Oct. 19 – Chenille Scarf with Kitsie Claxton 1:00-4:00 $30
The process of making chenille out of layers of rayon is fun and unique….you can make some very colorful and incredibly soft one-of-kind scarves that will dress up any wardrobe!!

Oct. 21 – Penobscot Tote Baskets with Betsy Dorr. 10:00-1:00 $55
The cost of this class includes all materials. This class is suitable for people who have never made a basket or for beginner basket weavers. Participants will make a a wonderfully functional tote. It does require a second session for handles and finish work which is included in the price of the class. For those who want to make multiple baskets, we will have kits available.

Oct. 26 – Apron with Sue Duval 1:00-4:00 $30
This class will give you the basics on a very simple apron that is suitable to be made in both child and adult sizes, which would make great mother/daughter or father/son gifts. The class will also cover ways to personalize these great gifts.

Oct. 26. – Embroidery Workshop with Andrea Paul. 1:00-4:00 $20
This workshop is a monthly event for people interested in exploring self expression using cant stitching, boro, embroidery and other hand work techniques. Andrea will have lots of examples of ways to use stitching to embellish runners, quilts, bags, clothing etc. Participants should come with a sense of adventure and be willing to experiment with various threads and techniques. Join the world of slow sewing and find the joys in thread work.

November Classes

Nov. 2 – Pillow Making with Andrea Paul 1:00-4:00 $30
You will have the chance to make an easy pillow, learning the envelope method which allows easy change and wash pillow covers. You will have a couple of patterns to choose from.

Nov. 9 – Improvisational Piecing with Sue Duval 1:00-4:00 $30
Are you curious about the “modern quilt” movement? Sue has put a class together on improvisation piecing that will give you a great introduction to modern quilting, and some experience working without a pattern. We will also share gift ideas that you can use with your improv piecing like mug rugs, table runners, placemats, etc.

Nov. 16 – Basic Skirt with Christina McGinley 1:00-4:00 $35
You will have the chance to make an easy skirt from either ponte knit or stretch denim with Christina’s capable guidance.

Nov. 28 – Embroidery Workshop with Andrea Paul. 1:00-4:00 $20
This workshop is a monthly event for people interested in exploring self expression using cant stitching, boro, embroidery and other hand work techniques. Andrea will have lots of examples of ways to use stitching to embellish runners, quilts, bags, clothing etc. Participants should come with a sense of adventure and be willing to experiment with various threads and techniques. Join the world of slow sewing and find the joys in thread work.

Alzheimers Fund Raiser

First of all a big thank you to all who have donate to items for the August Alzheimers fund raising sale of hand made items that will be held at Shaws on Center St. in Auburn on Saturday, August 26th. We have collected some great lap quilts, hats etc. If you have things you would like to drop off, we can take them up until August 20th. These funds will support programs here in our community.

Other Upcoming Classes

We have some new classes coming up over the next few months, for a full and detailed listing, click here to go to the classes section of our website

Garment Workshop

Christina McGinley will be available to provide assistance with garment construction issue….this is a time to get help with things that are holding you back from getting your garment to the finish line.
This class will be Thursday, August 10th from 1-3 pm.

Tunic Class

We are so thrilled by the response we have had to Mary McFarland’s clothing classes. The favorite is definitely the Tunic Class. In this class, you will make a basic shirt/tunic, with a choice of neck line and arm construction, and make a pattern to fit YOU. You will then construct a garment based on the pattern you create. At the end of this class, you will have a new tunic and a pattern that is custom fitted to you. Mary has a long history of making elegant one of a kind garments and we are so happy that she will teach this class! This is a two day class held on two consecutive days from 9:30 to 3:30. Because of the need to individualize each garment, class size will be limited to 4-5 people.
This class is Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 from 9:30 to 3:30. The class is $85 per day or $170 for the two days.

Nantucket Basket Class

Donele Monte, an accomplished weaver and fabulous teacher will be returning for a week-end Nantucket Basket Class on October 28 & 29. Donele has literally hundreds of basket molds to choose from, and supplies the finest basketry materials….its a great way to spend a week-end!! This class is nearly full so call soon if you are interested.

Schedule of Events for 2017

We have added many of our regular events for 2017 and we are updating regularly so please check back often, click here to see our schedule!

Announcements

A reminder that we are now closed on Sunday and Monday. This means we will be closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day. We will be also be closed on Monday, October 9th, Columbus Day.