Laramie Quilts of Valor Group

Laramie has an official Quilts of Valor group. The Laramie QOV group meets every other month, but the meeting time is dependent on what the group has going on that month.  Please join this group if you are interested in participating.  We would love to welcome you to our group.  Check the Laramie QOV website for more details or email the group at

The group will be having a quilt show July 1-31, 2018 at Quilt Essentials.  All the quilts that are currently made will be on display.  The group members will be in the shop on July 14th to meet with visitors who come in.  The members of this group donate their time, talent and fabric to this important cause.  Quilt Essentials accepts donations for the group to be used in the shop to purchase fabric, batting and other supplies for the quilts that are made.

The official meetings for the calendar year are scheduled for the 1st Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 9:30 during the open sew from 8:00-noon.

Cost: Free

Community Barn Quilt Block Painting

Join us on the July 12-14, 2018 for a Jubilee Days Celebration.  Quilt Essentials will be hosting a space in front of the shop for a community Barn Quilt painting.  What is a Barn Quilt?  It is a large piece of wood that is painted to look like a quilt block.  You don’t have to know any sewing techniques.  Blocks will be prepared and ready for painting.  Stop by to paint a section of one of the blocks.

Information below on Barn Quilts from

The concept of barn quilts began with Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother, Maxine, and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn in Adams County, Ohio.

As is often the case, good ideas fall by the wayside when work and other obligations intervene. Donna Sue mentioned the project from time to time for several years until she was encouraged by her friends to go ahead and paint that quilt square.

Her work with the Ohio Arts Council and other community organizations inspired Donna Sue to alter her plan. Rather than creating a personal tribute, she suggested that a “sampler” of twenty quilt squares could be created along a driving trail that would invite visitors to travel through the countryside. A committee of volunteers worked together to both plan the trail and to formulate guidelines as to how the project would be managed. Several barn owners signed on, and the work began.

So it happened that the first quilt square on the American Quilt Trail does not hang at the Groves farm. The Ohio Star was painted by local artists and installed on a building at a greenhouse nearby-a location that allowed for a public celebration of the inauguration of the quilt trail. A Snail’s Trail quilt square was later painted by an artist and mounted on the barn where Donna Sue and Maxine Groves reside.

That first quilt trail was hardly begun when a group of quilters from neighboring Brown County, Ohio, started their own project. For several years, Donna Sue worked with organizations in Ohio and Tennessee to foster the growth of new trails. She also served as advisor for dozens of individuals who were either creating a painted quilt for their own property or planning a quilt trail in their community.

Donna Sue traveled to Iowa to introduce the concept; each year more and more trails are created in that state. Kentucky was the next to join; the Bluegrass State is home to about 800 painted quilts.

Quilt trails are created by quilt guilds, civic groups, local arts councils, 4-H clubs, school groups, and other organizations. Most are a countywide effort, which allows for a distinct trail in a single area and creates local pride in the project.

This simple idea has spread to 48 states and to Canada, and the trail continues to grow. Over 7000 quilts are part of organized trails; dozens more are scattered through the countryside waiting to be discovered.

Cost: Free

Late Night Quilters

This evening is for you!  Join us on the 4th Wednesday of every month.  Quilter’s can come in from 5:00 pm and stay until 9:00 pm.  Bring your sewing machine or hand work or just come by to chat a while. Finish up a project or start something new. There may even be an occasional free demo.   We are having potluck dinners so please RSVP to if you will be attending.

Cost: Free

Row by Row Experience 2018

Quilt Essentials has joined the Row by Row Experience again this year. Row by Row is a new experience for quilters — A free shop hop without borders.  This year’s theme is Sew Musical.  Collect a free ‘row’ pattern or purchase a kit ($15.99) by visiting participating shops June 21-Sept. 4, 2018.

PLAY! June 21 through Sept. 4, 2018

The rules of the game are simple!

ONE copy of the pattern will be provided for free to ANYONE who enters a participating store and requests it.   NO patterns will be mailed or emailed.

ALL kits include a pattern. Patterns and kits will not not be distributed online, by mail, or by any means outside the store during this time period. If a shop runs out of kits, they may not mail one to you. Multiple kits may be purchased.

WINNERS! June 21 through October 31, 2018

A bundle of 25 fat quarters will be awarded to the first customer who brings in a completed (quilted, bound, labeled) row quilt using patterns from at least 8 different 2018 participating shops.

A bonus prize will be awarded if the finished quilt includes your row.   A completed quilt can only be a winner in ONE shop.

A winner’s certificate will be awarded. A picture of your quilt will be taken to be displayed on the Wyoming Row by Row Facebook page. Smile pretty!

HIBERNATION PERIOD – Sept. 5 through Oct. 31, 2018

NO patterns or kits may be distributed in any way.

Patterns and kits may be sold in any way after Oct. 31, 2018.

For more information:


  • Travel & Collect Rows: June 21 – Sept. 4
  • Hibernation Period: Sept. 5 – Oct. 31
  • Bring in Completed Quilt for Prize: June 21 – Oct. 31

Wyoming Shop Hop 2018

Tuesday, May 29 through Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Go to for the most up-to-date information, a map, links to participating shops, description of prizes, and detailed instructions.

1.  Pick up a PASSPORT at the first shop visited or download passport from
One passport per person (minimum 18 years old), passports may not be shared, and individual must be physically present in shop for passport to be  stamped/signed.

2.  Visit every shop on the list you can between May 29 and September 4. At each location have your
PASSPORT stamped, sign up for DOOR PRIZES, and receive a FREE QUILT BLOCK PATTERN. Post pictures of your trip and adventures at each shop at

3.  Enter drawing at each shop for their door prize (minimum value $50). The more shops you visit, the more chances to win!

4.  After having your passport validated by at least 13 shops, send your passport by September 14, 2018, to: Wyoming Quilt Shop Hop, c/o Lickety Stitch Quilts, PO Box 776, Lusk, WY 82225. Earn one entry in the Grand Prize drawing for visiting 13 shops, two entries for visiting all the shops. In addition, if you
visit all 25 shops on the list and submit your passport, you will receive a special gift. The more shops you visit the more chances you have to win! Drawing will be held September 20, 2018. Winners will be contacted individually and posted on the shop hop website and facebook page. Grand Prize is a sewing machine, plus many other valuable prizes.

Participating Shops

Afton – Jenny M’s Quilting Company
Buffalo – ET Quilts
Casper – Cottontales Quilt Shop
Casper – Kalico Kat Quilt Shop
Casper – Prism Quilt & Sew Co.
Cheyenne – AroundThe Block
Cody – Friends and Co. Quilt Shop
Douglas – Prairie Stitcher
Evanston – Common Threads Quilting
Gillette – The Barn & Blanket Lady Quilt Shop
Green River – Kema’s Quilts
Lander – Gettie’s & Lorraine’s Quilt Boutique
Laramie – Quilt Essentials
Laramie – Snowy River Quilts
Lovell – Mayes Fabrics
Lusk – Lickety Stitch Quilts
Lyman/Urie – Valley Fabric Shop
Pinedale – Heritage Quilts & Fabric Shoppe
Riverton – Country Cottage Quilt Shoppe
Rock Springs – Willow Ridge Crafts
Sheridan – Sheridan Ben Franklin
Sheridan – The Quilter’s Fix
Shoshoni/Riverton – Sheep Camp Quilt Supply
Thermopolis – Gooseberry Garden Quilt Shop
Torrington – The Covered Wagon
Worland – Heart-N-Home

Quilt-A-Fair 2018

Mark your calendars now for the Colorado Quilting Council annual Quilt-A-Fair on September 21-22, 2018 from 9:00-5:00 daily.  Check the website for more information.

Higher Ground Quilt Show

The Higher Ground Fair is hosting its debut Higher Ground Quilt Show September 22 and 23, 2018.  The quilt show is a celebration of quilters from across the Rocky Mountain region of Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and New Mexico. The event will be held at the Albany County Fairgrounds in Laramie, WY. Entries will be accepted until September 5th, 2018. The entry fee is $10 per quilt or a flat-rate fee of $25 for three or more quilts. No fee for display-only quilts.

To find out more about the quilt show or the Higher Ground Fair itself, please visit our website

Fall Retreat 2018

Join us for the Fall Quilt Retreat. This is a UFO retreat, because who doesn't have unfinished projects. September 28-30, 2018 we’ll join each other at the shop for fun, friendship and laughter. The retreat begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday.  The registration fee covers dinner Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday.  Space is limited to 16 attendees. We hope you will join us.

Cost:  $125, covers meals referenced

Retreat Schedule:
Friday: Arrival September 28 at 3:00 p.m., dinner provided
Saturday: Sewing all day, lunch and dinner provided
Departure:  Sunday, September 30 at noon

Registration Policy

Student Expectations
Students are expected to show up on time for class and be prepared to learn.  Please be respectful of others and their desire to learn.  Class supplies should be purchased prior to class.

Class & Club Fees/Registration
Register early, as class/club space is limited. Payment must be received prior to class/club to guarantee a spot. Please remember that if payment is not made, you are NOT registered.

You may call with your credit card info or come into the store. Once you pay for your class, you will receive a supply list. If you have required supplies at home, by all means, bring them. If not, we would appreciate it if you would purchase the supplies from us. We'll offer you a 10% discount on the fabric, tools, and other class supplies purchased from Quilt Essentials.  If there is no registration fee then there isn't a 10% discount.

Cancellation Policy
We have a 7 day cancellation policy. If you cancel 7 days in advance, your class/club fee can be transferred to another class/club or be used as store credit. If you cancel in less than 7 days, you forfeit your fee.