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Raija Salomaa Retreat

April 24-28, 2024

Get ready to embark on a quilting journey like no other at the Raija Salomaa Retreat! Join us for a captivating experience as we immerse ourselves in the art of quilting and uncover the magic behind creating the mesmerizing Dance with Stars II quilt.

Under the expert guidance of the renowned quilting maestro, Raija Salomaa, you'll discover the joy of quilting as you piece together the Dance with Stars II quilt with ease. Learn the secrets of efficient strip piecing for some of the units, and master the art of using Studio 180 Design's V Block and Tucker Trimmer I tools to effortlessly create the remaining elements. Raija's invaluable tips and tricks will ensure you achieve a level of accuracy that fills you with pride in your quilting craftsmanship.

For those who haven't yet experienced the wonders of the Stripology XL ruler (optional), be prepared to be amazed! Unlock the true potential of your quilting speed as you cut the strip sets into smaller units with unparalleled precision, thanks to this innovative tool.

About Raija Salomaa

Raija was born and raised in Eno, a quaint little town in Eastern Finland. Raija met her soul mate and the love of her life while studying in the US. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters.

Though avidly sewing since elementary school, quilting was something Raija didn’t know anything about prior to moving to the States. The moment she saw her first quilt it was love at first sight.

Raija’s desire to become a quilt pattern designer started almost immediately, and her pattern company, Quilters’ Treasure Chest, was born in 2004. Her designs have been featured in multiple national publications and she designs collection-specific quilt patterns for multiple fabric companies.

Register by February 24, 2024

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Flutterfly Quilt Kit FLUTTERFLY-RQK

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You will need V Block and Tucker Trimmer I tools by Studio 180 Design to make this quilt. Select six different fabrics to make this stunning quilt!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate

Finished size: Twin

You will need 5 yards of backing fabric to complete this project.

If you wish to choose your own colorway, you will need to purchase the Dance With Stars II Quilt Pattern separately.

Pattern instructions will walk you through step-by-step how to make this quilt! Instructions are included in three sizes: Lap, Twin and Queen.


Supply List

Rulers & Templates

  • Basic Rulers: 6" x 12"

Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Small scissors or thread snips
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Rotary blades
  • Seam ripper
  • Quilting Pins
  • Small cutting mat
  • Marking pens and/or pencils

Optional (recommended)

  • Quart & Gallon size Zip-Loc baggies
  • Task Light
  • Small personal craft iron
  • Small ironing surface
  • Small spray bottle

Required Tools:

  • V Block Ruler
  • Tucker Trimmer I

Optional Tools

  • Stripology XL

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 Raija Salomaa

• 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

• BERNINA Sewing Machines will be provided for this retreat!

• 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 February 2, 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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