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Mariner's Compass Retreat

with Quiltworx Certified Instructors Tina Lueders and Michael Davison

August 28 - September 1, 2024

Dive into a sea of fabric and patterns at our Quiltworx Mariner's Compass Retreat, a quilting adventure that combines expert instruction with the flexibility to work on your personal quilting voyage. Guided by Quiltworx Certified Instructors Michael Davison and Tina Lueders, this retreat is a haven for both new and experienced quilters.

Embark on the Mariner’s Dreamcatcher, a mesmerizing quilt design, showcasing beautiful Riley Blake Batiks woven into a stunning design using Quiltworx's unique mixer elements. Alternatively, navigate the intricate patterns of the Maritime Compass, piecing together a masterpiece that charts a course through creativity and precision. Both quilts feature the quintessential paper-piecing techniques of Judy Niemeyer's acclaimed patterns, ensuring your project is both a journey and a destination.

Whether you're piecing together our featured 68” x 68” kits, complete with quilt top, binding, patterns, and paper foundations, or bringing your own Quiltworx creation, our instructors are ready to steer you towards quilting success. Due to fabric availability, substitutions may be made, but rest assured, they will closely align with the designs showcased in the accompanying images. Join us for a retreat that promises not just a quilt, but a story woven in stitches and fabric, capturing the spirit of the sea.

Register by July 1, 2024

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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:

  • Add–A—Quarter Ruler (12” and a 6” if available)
  • Post card or template plastic (approx. 3”x 12”)
  • Glue pen and glue stick
  • Purple Thang
  • Scotch tape 
  • Flower head pins (0.5 mm or .45 mm)
  • Size 70 Sharp sewing machine needles
  • Stapler 
  • Use to prepare your fabric before retreat: Jumbo paper clips, Gallon zip lock bags

OPTIONAL ITEMS: Light Table, Repositionable Glue Stick, and Acorn pressing products.

Meet The Instructors

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

Tina Lueders

Tina's love of sewing comes from her Grandmother who gave her a needle, thread and scrap fabric at the age of 4. She has been sewing ever since, mostly doing garment sewing. When she started working as a secretary and needed a professional wardrobe, she began making outfits from patterns that were fashioned after “Dynasty”. She's owned her own commercial embroidery business and also made custom western apparel for many clients. "I’m a fairly “young” quilter, taking up the art of quilting about 15 years ago. I walked into a little quilt store with a friend and fell in love with Judy Neimeyer patterns. The next week she was taking a class, and lovin’ every minute of it. Her favorite type of quilts are paper piecing and after helping with Quiltworx University and retreats here at Stitchin’ Heaven, Tina decided she loves teaching and is now on her way to becoming a Quiltworx Certified Instructor.

Michael Davison

Michael Davison is an accomplished quilting expert with more than twenty years of dedicated experience in the textile industry. Renowned for his exceptional skill in creating visually stunning quilts, Michael has earned a prominent reputation among quilting enthusiasts worldwide. His comprehensive expertise spans a wide range of styles, from traditional reproduction fabrics to contemporary eclectic prints and solid colors.

As a Quiltworx Certified Instructor, Michael excels in foundation paper piecing, innovating with unique fabric blends to enhance Judy Niemeyer’s designs with his personal flair. He is also a proficient longarm quilter, offering custom services featuring a blend of hand-guided techniques and his exclusive line of machine quilting rulers. Michael teaches both locally in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and nationally, including online. His educational videos can be accessed on his YouTube channel, and his quilts and services are available at his website, michaelquilts.com.

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

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 Quiltworx Certified Instructors Tina Lueders and Michael Davison

• Tips and tricks to make your quilt making easier

• Stitchin' Heaven support staff

• 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.

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 July 1, 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