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Karen Overton

April: 19 - 24, 2023

Karen E Overton is known for her humor, gift of gab (quilt related of course) and her style of teaching – giving each student the individual attention, instruction and encouragement needed in a relaxed enjoyable learning atmosphere. From beginners to advanced quilters, it is Karen’s personal goal to inspire & guide her students in their quilting journey.

After making her first “rotary cut” quilt in the late 1990’s, Karen turned around and taught a class of beginner quilters with the joy of sharing her newfound knowledge with others. Always aspiring to learn, that desire quickly translated to her first love of teaching.

Karen’s skill and expertise with a longarm have been recognized by many professionals within the quilting industry, resulting in her work being included in the following publications: Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986 – 2011 by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan & Nancy O’Bryant Puentes; Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts, by RaNae Merrill; and Deb Tucker’s book Hunter’s Star Hidden Treasures. She has also been published in magazines and appeared as an instructor on Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show as well as a guest on Pat Sloan’s Podcast. Karen likes to say that her claim to fame is knowing famous people!

In 2017 Karen became an Island Batik Ambassador and a Certified Instructor with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. Combining her love of batiks and Deb’s tools, Karen designed and published over 20 quilt patterns under The Quilt Rambler branding before “retiring” from pattern design to return to her first love of teaching.

Karen is a returning teacher with Stitchin Heaven, having taught on a May 2019 Quilting Cruise. She is excited to return to a Stitchin Heaven venue.

Register by February 1, 2023

Karen E. Overton

The Class

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Aspiring Stars

Aspiring Stars by Michelle Renee Hiatt of Sew On The Go is a stunning sampler quilt. The fun sashing and border create a beautiful finish for this gorgeous quilt. High-quality quilter’s cotton batiks will be used, fabrics will match as closely to the photo as possible. This quilt kit has been put together specifically for the Stitchin’ Heaven Retreat.

If you choose to select your own fabrics, you will need to purchase the Aspiring Stars Pattern.

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Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Small scissors or thread snips
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Rotary blades
  • Seam ripper
  • Quilting Pins
  • Small cutting mat
  • Marking pens and/or pencils
  • 10-15 Non-coated paper plates

Optional (recommended)

  • Quart & Gallon size Zip-Loc baggies
  • Task Light
  • Small personal craft iron
  • Small ironing surface
  • Small spray bottle
  • Tucker Trimmer III
  • Quilters Magic Wand
  • Pressing Stick

What's Included:

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

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

• World-class instruction from Karen Overton

• Tips and tricks to make your quilt making easier

• Stitchin' Heaven support staff

• Optional fabric 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

• BERNINA Machine rentals available ($50 per event)

• 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.

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 February 1, 2023

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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