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Spring Newsletter and Class Schedule

Isn’t it fun to feel spring in the air? We know that the sun will come out again eventually!! The bright colors that we have missed all winter are starting to show themselves…..all those amazing shades of green blossoming everywhere. We have some great classes and events blooming here!!

Spring Into Summer

The Spring Into Summer Shop Hop is a wonderful way to kick off your summer. Participants in the hop are Alewives Fabric in Nobleboro, Calico Basket Quilt Shop in Windham, Oxford Mill End Store in Oxford and Quiltessentials in Auburn. On June 9-11, you are invited to visit all 4 shops for great shopping, good food, and sewing inspiration. Each shop will display a sample using the Strippy Stars ruler, along with food, demonstrations, and fun. A drawing will be held at each shop, each day for a $25 gift certificate. There will also be a Grand Prize of a Pfaff sewing machine. Second Prize is $200 gift certificate ($50 from each shop!) and third prize of a $100 gift certificate ($25 from each shop)that will be drawn from those who choose to visit all 4 shops. Mark your calendars and join us for some summer fun!
Our supply of sign up bags is limited so snag your bag early to make sure you get one of these lovely American-Made canvas totes!

Knit-In for Alzheimers

We invite you to come and knit to support our local Alzheimers project. The Alzheimers project has a bake/craft sale on August23rd, and we will be making small items to be sold at their sale. Examples would be pillow cases, lap blankets (knitted or quilted), face clothes for kids or adults, mats, mittens, scarves, hand warmers, mug warmers, mug rugs. If you are not able to come to the Knit-In, but want to contribute, you could drop off any of these items which will earn you a 20% off coupon to be used on any purchase here at Quiltessentials.

Items may be dropped off anytime before August 20th. Please let us know if you plan to come for the Knit In, so we can assure you a comfortable chair and refreshments.

Yarn Cruise

This summer there will be a yarn crawl , called the Yarn Cruise, launched by Mother of Purl in Freeport. Passports will be available at participating shops starting on May 26. The cost of the Yarn Cruise is $9.50 which comes with a lovely canvas tote! Each shop will do a drawing for a monthly prize for a Cruiser visiting for that month, and will also be giving a grand prize at the end of the cruise. There will be nearly 20 shops in Maine participating, and we will post the list as soon as we have it.

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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

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, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th from 9:30 to 3:30. The class is $70 per day or $140 for the two days.

Primer on Working with Knit Fabrics

We are delighted to have Christina McGinley teach this class. Christina is a prolific clothing maker, with lots of experience and enthusiasm for garment sewing. This is the our first class dealing exclusively with knit fabrics. Christina will help you understand various types of knits, how to use pdf patterns, along with the basics of putting together a “one hour top”. She will also talk about embellishments, changing neck lines, etc. A great way to learn the joy of sewing with knits! The class is June 22nd from 1:30 – 4pm

Improvisational Piecing

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. You will see lots of examples to inspire your creativity. This class will be Thursday, June 29th from 1 to 4 pm


So why not use fabric to make a piece of furniture? The sewing part is all foundation pieced, and we have the tools for the “construction” part of the process. We have Tuffet kits that include the tuffet form, the legs, the coverable button and the upholstery batting. The pattern comes with foundation fabric. We also have foundation fabric for purchase separately for those who already have the pattern. The class will be done in two three hour sessions held a week apart to allow adequate sewing time. The fee for the each class is $15. Part I will be focused on the foundation piecing. Part II will be the assembly portion of the class, stapling the batting and cover in place, covering the bottom and putting the legs on. Classes are on June 24, and July 1.

Beginning Free Motion Machine Quilting

Betsy will be offering a Beginning Free Motion quilting class on July 8th for beginners, from 9 to noon. 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.

Winging It

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! This class will be held on July 22nd from 9:30 to 3:30.

Nantucket Basket Class

Donele Monte, an accomplished weaver and fabulous teacher will be returning for a week-end Nantucket Basket Class in late October (exact date will be posted as soon as we get confirmations. The class scheduled for June 3 & 4 has been cancelled. 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!!

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!


We want to offer our sincere thanks to the 734 hoppers who came to Quiltessentials during the month of April. It was so much fun and we appreciate your making the effort to include our shop in your hop travels!! Congratulations to Mary Gilbert of Richmond who won our gift basket!

Some of you basket makers may be familiar with the name Alice Ogden. She is a very talented weaver who works primarily with ash. The workshop is being held on September 9th and 10th from 8:30-4:00. The cost of the workshop for the side handled 5″ basket is $270 and the 7″ basket is $300. The 5″ fine weave basket is $280. This includes all materials, Alice’s instruction, and a delicious lunch and snack on both days. You will leave with a beautiful basket.
Please send a deposit of $145 by June 7th to reserve your spot. Checks should be made out to Alice Ogden and sent to Cheryl Reif, 280 Pemaquid Trail, New Harbor, Maine, 04554. Be sure to indicate what basket you are making. The balance will be paid the day of the class. If you need to stay in the area, please contact me for recommendations for accommodations (207-677-3070).

A reminder that we are now closed on Sunday and Monday again now that the State Shop Hop is over. This means we will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day. We will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th as well.