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2024 Chris Hoover Quilting Retreat

August 21 - 25, 2024

Join us for an enchanting quilting retreat led by the renowned quilting instructor, Chris Hoover! Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing world of crystal formations brought to life through quilting. This retreat promises a delightful blend of creativity, skill-building, and a chance to connect with fellow quilting enthusiasts.

Event Details:

  • Date: August 21 - 25, 2024
  • First Day Start Time: 12:00PM
  • Location: Stitchin' Heaven Retreat Center

About the Workshop: Chris Hoover, a distinguished quilting expert, will guide you through the creation of a visually stunning quilt that captures the essence of crystal formations, highlighting the interplay of space and light. With her expertise, you will learn the techniques and secrets behind crafting intricate quilt blocks with foundation paper, ensuring your points are crisp and accurate.

What to Expect:

  • Inspiration: Immerse yourself in the world of crystal formations, drawing inspiration from their dazzling beauty, intricate patterns, and delicate details.
  • Guided Instruction: Chris Hoover will provide step-by-step guidance, sharing her expertise in precision quilting techniques, ensuring you leave with a masterpiece.
  • Community: Connect with fellow quilting enthusiasts, share your passion, and exchange ideas in a warm and welcoming environment.
  • Materials: See the Supply List attached below

Who Should Attend: This retreat is open to quilters of all skill levels, from beginners looking to expand their knowledge to experienced quilters seeking to refine their techniques. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned pro, this event offers a unique opportunity to learn, create, and connect.

Reserve Your Spot: Don't miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary quilting retreat with Chris Hoover. Space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot early. Join us for a memorable weekend of artistic exploration and the joy of quilting!

Registration Information:

  • Registration Fee: $699
  • Registration Deadline: May 15, 2024
  • Contact: For inquiries and registration, please contact Stitchin' Heaven Travel at 903-760-7397.

Embark on a creative journey like no other, where quilting and crystal formations merge into a harmonious masterpiece. Join us at the Crystal Formations Quilting Retreat and let your artistic spirit shine under the expert guidance of Chris Hoover. Get ready to quilt, connect, and create beautiful memories!


Register by May 15, 2024

Meet The Instructor

Chris Hoover

Chris Hoover embarked on her quilting journey back in 1989, with the creation of her very first sampler quilt. What initially started as sewing a block a week soon evolved into a daily pursuit, fueling her unwavering passion for sampler and scrappy quilts. Chris has found solace in quilting throughout the years, often describing it as a source of comfort and sanity.

Her creative style draws inspiration from a wide array of sources, ranging from the interplay of colors and textures to the elegance of architecture and the beauty of nature. Since 1999, Chris has been dedicated to sharing her quilting expertise, both as a speaker and as a teacher, with quilt shops and guilds.

Chris's innovative designs have graced the pages of renowned publications such as Quiltmania, Best Fat Quarter Quilts, Best Weekend Quilts, and Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. While her designs may appear intricate at first glance, Chris has a talent for breaking them down into manageable elements, encouraging fellow quilters to envision the limitless possibilities of each design, making it uniquely their own.

Operating under the moniker "Whirligig Designs," Chris Hoover invites you to explore more of her captivating work on her website at www.whirligigdesigns.com. Delve into a world of quilting creativity, where each piece is a testament to her dedication and artistic flair.

Supply List

Rulers & Templates

  • 12" 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:

  • 144 sheets of Foundation Paper
  • Add-A-Quarter Ruler 2 ½” x 12’ or 1 ½” x 12”

If you prefer to select your own fabrics, you will need to purchase the Crystal Palace Pattern.

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 Chris Hoover

• 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 $699* 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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