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The Queen’s Tea

May 27th, 2012

Mother’s Day weekend, we hosted our very first Queen’s Tea. We invited all of our friends to join us for tea sandwiches, tea cakes, fresh fruit, hot and iced teas and great company. Of course, you had to show up in your finest hat, at least. Most women showed up in their best attire, from lace, to pearls and elbow length gloves. You can see in the pics below and if you are a fan of ours on Facebook then you can see the whole album, just how elegant everyone was dressed.  It was a wonderful time.

There were about 25 ladies in all, dressed to impress. We played, Heads or Tails, gave away teapots and even crowned a Queen. Mrs. Judy Thorn, a local customer who practically lives at our shop, we feel like she’s the closest to family we can get, was a much deserving queen. Well, and she just so happened to sit at the lucky spot. (We placed a “Queen” memo under a random plate for our winner). The Queen got to chose from a list of “specials” that she could share with her “court”. Judy, a gracious Queen, let the ladies vote on what they wanted as their “special”. They chose buy 5 fat quarters get 5 FREE. Not bad….

It was really a great time, those of you who missed it…We missed you! Hoping we get to do this again next  year….I’m thinking, Yes!

Enjoy the pictures and let us know what you thought.

Have you ever attended a High Tea? What was yours like?

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See you soon! :)

3/50 Project

May 25th, 2012

Have you heard of the 3/50 Project? Well, before I tell you, let me ask you something. What 3 local businesses would you miss if they were closed down tomorrow?


I don’t know about you, but I can think of several…including Stitchin’ Heaven. We need to remember that the small businesses are what make up what this country really is. It’s  knowing the owner of your local dry cleaners or going to church with your local Pharmacist or having the grocery store manager know your name and who can actually ask you about things going on in your life…It’s the quilt shop that knows you by name and lets you come in and make the classroom your own little sewing room.They aren’t just places that provide goods or services…They are our friends and family who invest in making us happy and keep us coming back.

Our success, as a small business, depends on you. While we understand, that some people feel they need to save money by purchasing from larger or chain companies, you must also, realize that you sacrifice some things that only the small business can provide. Like personalization, service – getting to speak to a real person who actually handles  you with care and consideration.  We also,  package every box like we are sending you a gift, prepare all of our kits with appealing arrangement, talk to you and share on Facebook, host parties just to show you how much we care (we host several luncheons throughout the year) and many other things. I mean, you are what makes us who we are and who inspires us to want to be even better. Will Wal-Mart do that for you?


Stitchin’ Heaven is a proud supporter of the 3/50 Project and you can be too!  Follow the link through the image to read more about it and to find out how to get the app for your iPhone.

Alice Wilhoit & Judy Neimeyer, Oh My!

May 22nd, 2012

Fireworks Quilt - Alice WilhoitApril sure was a busy month for us!  We had the honor of having Alice Wilhoit in class teaching her pattern Fireworks! Then, for a whole week, we had  Judy Niemeyer in class teaching two 3 days workshops. If you are a fan of Judy’s you already know all about her amazing paper pieced patterns. Her designs are just exquisite!

Through Wednesday, the ladies in class (all 20 of them) will be learning to put together one of 3 quilts, Amazon Star, Prairie Star & Summer Solstice, then the second part of the week, another group of quilters learned how to make one of 3 different quilts, including Tumbleweeds, Topical Rainbow & Golden Harvest. A good time was had by all, for sure and everyone left with a wealth of quilting knowledge.


Here are some pics to prove how fantastic it was with Judy!




So, who is your favorite teacher? Is there anyone who have enjoyed more than any other?

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Party, Party!

December 31st, 2011

In just a couple of hours we’ll be tweeting our hearts out, making new friends, winning some great prizes and soon after, throwing the peace sign up to 2011. We’re going to have a great time.

We have a newly added sponsor, Quilt Doodle Designs, you can check out their prizes on the Facebook, event page, please RSVP while you are there, too!

If you’re new to Twitter Parties – check out our “How To Party” instructions, here.

PLEASE READ:  The converstation is going to roll pretty fast, so you might want to adjust the speed of receipt right below the text box on your tweetchat page.
I will be awarding prizes randomly to those who answer the questions I post. *When you respond please “reply” to my post so that my @StitchinHeaven is in your post and then be sure the question starts with Q1: for question #1 , Q2: for question #2 and so on. This makes it so much easier for me to chose winners.  If you are a winner, please direct message me in twitter with yourTwitter name, real name, mailing address and the question # that you won for.
If you have any questions, just ask. The veteran tweeters are also very helpful and are always eager to help out a new Tweeter.
FACEBOOK: I will be on Facebook event page, as well – I will post the same questions I do on Twitter. Prizes on Facebook will be Original Patterns from Stitchin’ Heaven – I’ll tag each winner under each question and you can let me know what pattern you’d like.

Please comment below with you Twitter name and let me know that you’re here and ready to party!!

2012 – Watch Out!

See you on Twitter @10p CST

 

Meet Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane

December 26th, 2011


I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa at Quilt Market in October and am so glad I did. She is super sweet and definitely talented. She is a mother of 3 and owner/designer behind Lilac Lane.  She is also, one of our sponsors for the New Year’s Eve Twitter Party, (that you do not want to miss) and is recently featured for her Family Tree quilt on Quiltwoman.com, where you can order kits, too!



Anywho, we did a virtual interview and here’s what Melissa had to say.

Quilting History: Although I’m a relatively young quilter, I’ve been quilting for a long time. 4-H was very influential in my life. I’ve always considered quilting an art. During college, I came home and made a Christmas quilt every year. It’s something I enjoy immensely (my husband says I’m kind of nutty about it.) I got really serious about quilting when my children (ages 7, 6 and 4) were born, took some classes, never completely followed the teacher’s instructions as I always went out on my own tangents. The rest is history. I like to think that I follow my own path. You will always be able to pick out my quilts because they are scrappy. I can’t seem to throw any leftover bits of fabric away. I put things together that other people wouldn’t dream of. And then they ask me how I coordinate things so well! I like designs that look complicated while actually being relatively easy.

When did you first begin quilting? I actually made my first quilt at age 10. It is a counted cross-stitch teddy bear quilt. I gave it to my youngest daughter when she was a baby and she still sleeps with it. My first patchwork quilt was finished around age 13. My mom made me rip out over and over again until all the nine-patches lined up.

Who or what inspired you? My next-door-neighbor was very inspiring. She was like a grandma to us, and as one of six children, she would often take us to do special projects and give my mom a break. Sewing, quilting, ceramics and playing a game of Aggravation were some of the things she taught us. Oh and cooking, especially fried bread. Man, I haven’t had that in a long time and it sounds so good right now!

Do you have a funny or unusual quilting story? I tend to take quilts with me when I know I’ll be sitting for awhile — to the beauty shop, baseball games, the carwash. One day I was getting my tire changed and binding a quilt. The mechanic and I had quite a conversation about quilting. You never know who you can promote your art to!

One piece of quilting advice you would give to any quilter or aspiring quilter? Get the quarter inch foot for your sewing machine! I always give one to new quilting friends and they say it makes all the difference in the world. Also, it’s good to be careful but don’t be a perfectionist to the point where your quilts never get finished. It’s okay to have a little mistake here and there. That’s what makes our quilts beautiful and unique!

Goal for 2012? Goodness, that’s a tough question. Of course I have goals but they’re sort of hard to define. I would love to have a fabric line come out. And I have lots of ideas for more patterns. Things around Lilac Lane are always busy, busy, busy, but still I seem to somehow get things done.


Hope you enjoyed getting to know her a little better and you’ll check back with her on Facebook and her blog .

See you at the Twitter Party 10p – 12:30a CST

Get Party Instructions here.

New Year’s Eve 2011 Twitter Party

December 12th, 2011

‘Tis that time once again, my fellow Tweeters and Quilters! Not a Tweeter? That is O.K. ! Create your FREE Twitter account here. Then check out our “how to” party instructions. (You can go ahead and try to sign into the party early to get a feel for what you are doing…You’ll see previous party conversations.)

Are you a returning party-er?? If so, WOO HOO – are you ready for this?!  We’ve got some new and returning sponsors this year with some terrific prizes.  Remember all the fun we had in different time zones wishing one another a Happy New Year, well, aside for our awesome International customers who were partying with us in the middle of the day.  It was so much fun and you all are the best party guests!


Sponsor List:

Pat Sloan – Designer & Teacher
Aurifil – Thread
Valorie Wells – Designer
Michele Foster – Quilting Gallery
Keri Beyer Inc. – Designer
Ellen Medlock – Designer
Melissa Strammel – Lilac Lane
Me & My Sister Designs
Cozy Quilt
Shabby Fabrics
Little Lady Bug’s Creations

Blue Ribbon Quilt Shoppe
Cara Quilts

Leave us a comment and let us know if you plan on being there. Then RSVP on the Facebook Event here.

What you need:

Internet Access
Twitter Account
Facebook Account (optional – if you want to see prize pics)
Beverage of Choice
Favorite Munchies
Comfy Jammies – (if you’re joining us @ night)
Party Shoes (slippers)
Sass (Bring it!)

Am I forgetting anything?

So, will we see you there?

Already?

November 18th, 2011

Wowza!  I can’t hardly believe how long it’s been since we last posted.  Since then, Ricky Tims came by and performed a concert (totally, awesome!) that we had won for a contest he ran last year, I got most of the pictures from Market loaded and resized to share on here just in case you didn’t see them on Facebook, and Turkey Day is next week….Already!?

What are you plans for the Holiday? What are your traditions? I must ask this one too, when do you put your Christmas Tree up?

Deb, Karen & Ricky- at his Meet N Greet at the shop

Melissa Stramel (Lila Lane), Keri Beyer (Keri Beyer, Inc.) & Moi!

These were gorgeous fabrics

Michael Miller’s booth is always set up cute.

Deb was auditioning this fabric for a project next year :)

We had a lot of fun…wait….We always have a lot of fun around here.

Have a great weekend and Holiday!

Piece out!

Monster Mash: Final Clue

October 31st, 2011

The party is almost over – but before I go for the evening, I will leave you with you final clue!

Final Clue

Thanks for participating and hope you had fun. I’d love for you to share your completed Monster Mash Mystery quilt with me through Facebook or email or both – nichole@stitchinheaven.com

Now, leave me a comment and tell me what you thought! When I get in tomorrow morning I will draw from the comments for a ghoulish surprise! I promise you there won’t be any tricks! Just some yummy treats!

Monster Mash: Step 5

October 31st, 2011

Did you go and make the snack mix from the previous clue? If I wasn’t at work right I would have, but without the candy corns, of course. She had a cute blog didn’t she?

Step 5

I couldn’t help myslef – so I went to Pinterest (follow us & me there, too) and grabbed some super cute images for you to enjoy!


Monster Mash: Step 4

October 31st, 2011

I saw you ladies out there on Facebook showing me some comment lovin’ and adding us as your friend!

How are you doing with you mystery so far? Please leave me a comment and share a picture on our facebook page! I wanna see what fabrics you are using.

Step 4

Here’s a yummy Halloween recipe, I thought you might like, too!

Halloweenie Recipe

Click on the image to be taken to the recipe @ Rhinestone Armadillo Blog! Then stay for a bit and check out her other posts! Click on her Halloween link and see all her fun posts!

Enjoy, my little goblins!

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