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June 19-23, 2024

Stitchin' Heaven is thrilled to present an exclusive retreat featuring the incredible foundation paper-piecing techniques of Carol Doak. Join us for a unique experience as Carol personally guides you through the process of fabric auditioning, using fat quarters and 2.5" or larger strips, for her mesmerizing star blocks. Discover how to create a cutting list and gain invaluable insights as Carol demonstrates the art of cutting and labeling fabrics, along with the assembly line paper piecing method. Witness her expert techniques for trimming and accurately joining the units, resulting in the creation of exquisite star blocks. With these newfound skills, you'll have the freedom to combine your star blocks and craft a breathtaking quilt project or a personalized quilt top of your choice.

Register by May 15, 2024

60 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars

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Meet The Instructor

Photo of Carol Doak standing next to one of her paper pieced quilts

Carol Doak

Carol Doak's journey into the world of quilting began in 1979 when she embarked on a seven-week basic quilting class in Worthington, Ohio. Little did she know that this experience would ignite a lifelong love for the craft. The following year, Carol found herself teaching the very same class, and it was during this time that she discovered her immense joy in sharing her knowledge and teaching others the art of quilting.

Since those early days, Carol has left an indelible mark on the quilting community, having taught over a million individuals to quilt through her highly acclaimed books, instructional DVDs, and her extensive travels as a sought-after instructor around the globe.

Renowned for her innovative techniques, Carol Doak continually astonishes the quilting world with her imaginative applications of paper piecing. With the release of her first paper piecing book in 1993, she unveiled a whole new dimension to the quilting experience. Over the years, she has passionately designed more than 1,000 captivating paper-pieced patterns, captivating enthusiasts everywhere.

Carol's unwavering passion for design and education shines through, whether you have had the privilege of attending one of her classes or have delved into the pages of her inspiring books and instructional DVDs. Her enduring dedication to the quilting community has cemented her status as a beloved figure, inspiring countless individuals to embark on their own quilting adventures.

Supply List

Rulers & Templates

  • 6" Add-a-Quarter ruler

Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Small scissors or thread snips
  • Flat-headed flower pins

Optional (recommended)

  • Postcard
  • Stick on note pad (2" x 2")
  • Styrofoam Tray or paper plates to organize cut fabric
  • Small Craft Iron
  • Quart and Gallon size baggies
  • Task Light

Specific Tools:

  • 60 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars Second Edition Book by Carol Doak (required)
  • Caorl Doak Foundation Paper (required)
  • Bring your favorite fat quarters for the background area of the stars (required)
  • Bring your favorite 2.5" strips for the design elements in the stars (required)

Please bring your sewing machine equipped with an open-toe presser foot, 90/14 needles and grey thread that will work for most color combinations.

If you are renting a Bernina 475 QE (if available) from Stitch’ Heaven we can provide you with a #20 open-toe presser foot and a neutral beige thread

What's Included:

• 4-nights lodging at our amazing retreat center in Quitman, Texas

• 5 fun-filled days of sewing, laughing, and making memories

• World-class instruction from Carol Doak

• Tips and tricks to make your quilt making easier

• Stitchin' Heaven support staff

• Optional quilt kits with fabrics selected by our Stitchin' Heaven staff are available

• Brunch and Dinner (each night of your stay) are included! And of course chocolate.

• SHAG Bag (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gift) valued at over $100

• Prizes, surprises, and sew much fun

• Want to extend your stay? You have the option to add a day to your stay for only $50.00 per day!

*Food not included on extended stay days. Extended stay days limited to one day prior and one day after the event.

All Pricing is based on double occupancy room. Single rooms will not be available if the event is full. Please call to check single room availability.

A Few More Details:

  1. Please purchase the 60 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars Second Edition Book by Carol Doak and Foundation Paper prior to class.
  2. Select 5 or 6 different Stars from the book.
  3. Use the foundation paper to print the paper piecing templates for your selected Stars.
  4. Bring your templates, fat quarters, and 2.5" strips with you to class

Retreat Center

Pictures are artists renditions and not actual photographs since the building is currently under constructions.

The Rooms

All this for $799* per person!

*Plus applicable taxes and fees. If you are planning to come alone, no problem! We will assign another single quilter to share your room and you make a new friend!

Register by May 15, 2024

Here's what our customers are saying about our Trips, Retreats, and More...

"Please don't hesitate you will have new friends from across the country for a life time. It is fun and regardless if you are an older beginner or an advance quilter you will learn and pass your experience on to others. You will not be disappointed. PS I am a shy person and relaxed and had a great time."

-Land Ahoy Orlando Traveler

"This is the first trip of this kind that I have taken and am already saving to take another! Our "bus moms" Sandra and Nancy were beyond great! The value of the experience, tours, acoomodations, etc. were well worth the price of the trip!."

-Linda A.

"For transitioning from cruising to land for a quilt retreat, Stitchin Heaven did an amazing job. There were lots of little gifts and surprises along the way. Chocolate was handed out when called for. The excursion to the fabric shop was lovely and the lunch they provided top notch. The trip to the Titanic Museum was one that I will not forget for a very long time."

-Land Ahoy Orlando Traveler


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