Our Education

Zen-Linking Sunflower Art Quilt
Saturday, June 16 & 23, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $50.00 (includes pattern)
Instructor:Jaci Lawson

Zen quilting is one simple line followed by another and if you have done some free motion meandering, you already know all you need to successfully zen quilt. The secret to zen quilting is how relaxing it is! You just relax and move your fabric in one easy line at a time. You choose your first zen pattern – for example checks –do a small test run and then start filling in the open section. Because each section is small, you can fill each one easily with these simple fill patterns. You can also fill sections with your machine’s decorative stitches – even easier! When you are done with that section, congratulations! You have done something many quilters have never done – quilted small, quilted without a stenciled pattern, and quilted in color on a solid background! Once all sections inside the outlining have been filled with zen quilting, you will outline the background with a similar technique and continue filling small sections. Because the background fabric and thread are both white, the background quilting creates a lovely texture for your art quilt. To finish your quilt, you will use a fabric pen in a color that matches your thread and color in the face and the outlines. This not only provides more color for your quilt, it also allows you to quilt from one section to the other “through the outline” without the thread showing because once you color over it, no one will ever see it. This project is a wonderful introduction to quilting small and enjoying it!


Basic Rigid Heddle Weaving
Cost: $20.00
Are you interested in weaving? Do you have a Cricket, Harp or other Rigid Heddle loom and need help? Join us for a two hour basic technique class on weaving. Bring your questions and loom if you own one. If you are simply curious about weaving and don’t even own a loom, that’s OK! Anyone who is a wanna be weaver is welcome!


Drop-in Knitting Group OR “Relax, Chat & Stitch”
Most Tuesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: FREE
This is a social knitting (crochet is welcome!) group that offers no formal instruction other than a willingness to help each other tackle projects of all levels. The ladies in the group are very friendly and always willing to help out if you get “stuck”. If you are just learning how to knit or if you are an experienced knitter, treat yourself to some “me” time to relax, chat and stitch.


Garment Group
Most Wednesdays 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $10.00
Coordinators: Sue Talhouk and Terry Corringham
Our ongoing garment group meets most Thursday evenings. There is minimal instruction but a lot of support and discussion and always an extra pair of hands to help you pin and fit a garment. You are welcome to work on any type of garment. Intermediate level sewing skills required. Please call us at 603-373-0151 to sign up.


Quilting Simply
Most Fridays 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $20.00
Instructor: Suzanne Whiteside
This class is for the very beginner or the quilter with basic skills. If you feel more comfortable having an instructor nearby in case you need help, this is the class for you. If you want to strengthen some of your basic quilting skills, this is the class for you. If you want to challenge yourself a bit, this is the class for you. If you have never quilted before and have a burning desire to give it a try, this class is for you. Not only will you learn from what you are creating, you will certainly learn from those around you too!



Students are responsible for bringing their own basic sewing supplies. Supply lists will be supplied by instructors at the time of sign up.

Classes must be paid for in advance of initial class and there will be no refund for missed classes.

Make-ups will be scheduled only if Seacoast Sewing & Quilting postpones or cancels classes due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Makeups can be scheduled with your instructor at private fee rate.

If you need to use one of our machines during class, please let us know prior to first class.

Please refrain from cell phone use during class. We understand that unexpected life events occur, so you are welcome to step outside to take personal calls.

599 Lafayette Road Unit 5
Portsmouth, NH 03801 - Phone: (603) 373-0151
Email: Jill@SeacoastSewingAndQuilting.com
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