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Indulge in a day of sewing and quilting at the Stitchin' Heaven Sewing Academy. Whether you attend Day 1, 2, 3, or all 3 days you'll have the opportunity to learn new tips and techniques from industry experts through hands-on Longarm, Serger, and Embroidery classes. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere and take your skills to the next level. Don't miss out on this delightful experience!

All three classes are available each day from 9AM-4PM. Pick your class and pick your day for each class at registration.

 

Save $100 when you attend all 3 days!

We provide everything:

  • Machines
  • Kits
  • Project Supplies
  • Continental Breakfast including; Muffins, Fruit, Scones, Coffee, and Tea
  • Free Lunch at the S&S Grill (on-site)

Kick Off - Meet and Greet!

With Rob Appell

Thursday Evening Panel with Rob Appell - Get insight into the world of Sew Well With Rob Appell!

Friday Evening Panel with Rob, Deb, Anita, Dana, and Erin

About Rob Appell

Rob Appell
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Hi, my name is Rob Appell. I’m a California native, and it shows—surfing, hiking, and playing the guitar are at the top of my list, when I’m not behind a sewing machine. I have an awesome, supportive family. My wife and two kids are the center of my world. I love teaching people to sew and I’m jazzed to share my passion with you! If you’re wondering how I got started quilting, it all began when I was working in my mother’s quilt shop. I caught the quilt pox and there was no cure! I taught myself to quilt and my personal style emerged. Quilted seascapes became my trademark. After a few years, I started designing fabric for Free Spirit. Not much later, I was designing quilts for Michael Miller’s new fabric releases too. After that I spent four years as the host of Missouri Star’s Man Sewing channel. Now I’m on to new adventures with Stitchin’ Heaven in Quitman, TX. I have a new Youtube Channel - Sew Well with Rob Appell. It’s been amazing to reach out to all of you and share my love of sewing and quilting. Thank you for being a part of this wild, creative journey!

About Robin Phippins

Robin Phippins
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Robin Phippins found her passion when she was introduced to free motion quilting in 2007. Before then, she would piece quilts and send them to a longarm quilter. Then, she became the longarm quilter others seek out for her unique style of free motion and custom quilting. After building her longarm business, Robin left her corporate job in 2013 to join a local quilt shop as sales manager for longarm quilting and domestic sewing machines. Being in the shop also allowed her to offer classes focusing on various techniques and styles. Free motion quilting brought her into longarm quilting, but she also enjoys sharing the use of rulers for another style of quilting. Students in her classes learn quilting on a domestic machine using Robin’s guidance in building their confidence and showing what they can accomplish when willing to stretch and try new techniques. Accomplished quilters in class discover new ideas to expand their design library. Robin’s talent has led pattern designers to use her as a pattern tester, and she has quilted their pieces for Quilt Market in Houston, TX. Robin considers herself an always learning curious quilter who loves working with many different techniques. She is always on the lookout for new ideas, designs and visions. When at home in Virginia, Robin enjoys being with her husband, their children and grandchildren, fur babies and chickens.

Clever Quilting

With Robin Phippins

Kit Included

Available Day 1, 2 or 3

$125

About this Class

In this class, you will gain hands-on experience with Longarm Quilting. This class is designed for those who want to take their quilting skills to the next level and learn how to use a longarm quilting machine. Robin will guide you through the process, starting with the basics of free-motion quilting and progressing to more advanced techniques such as rulerwork and Echo Quilting.

You will learn how to use a longarm quilting machine and how to set up your quilt for quilting. You will also learn how to use different types of rulers and templates to create intricate and precise designs, as well as how to use the machine's features to create a variety of different quilting styles.

Throughout the class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and work on your own quilt project under the guidance of our instructor. You will also learn about the different types of thread and needles to use for longarm quilting, and how to maintain your machine.

At the end of the class, you will have a completed quilt that showcases your new skills and techniques. This class is perfect for those who are new to longarm quilting and want to build their skills, as well as those who have some experience and want to learn more advanced techniques. So, sign up now and start exploring the world of longarm quilting!

About Kathy Shalda

Robin Phippins

Kathy Shalda

Kathy Shalda's grandmother taught her to sew at an early age and she has enjoyed the creativity sewing inspires ever since. Kathy has a degree in dental hygiene and practiced in the field for 25 years. After making an out-of-state-move Kathy retired from dental hygiene and began a new career at a local quilt shop. She spent 13 years working at the shop teaching quilt classes, selling on the floor and creating quilt patterns. About that time, the store that serviced her machines was looking for help and Kathy went to work for them. She taught classes, worked the floor and helped plan and execute special events, eventually becoming the assistant store manager. Kathy moved to Texas in 2013. Later that year she was invited to join a new team. She has enjoyed being part of the Event Team ever since and is starting the 9th year on the team. Kathy resides in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas with her husband Jim. Together they have 3 sons and 8 grandchildren.

Savvy Stitching

With Kathy Shalda

Kit Included

Available Day 1, 2 or 3

$125

About this Class

In this class, you will explore the world of computerized quilting on a Domestic Machine. Kathy will guide you through the process of creating a cheerful pillow project while teaching you the ins and outs of computerized quilting.

You will learn various techniques such as decorative couching, multi-directional stitching, and quilting with a Stitch Regulator. These techniques will help you to create intricate and precise designs on your pillow that would be difficult to achieve by hand. You will also learn how to use the computerized features of your domestic machine to create beautiful and unique quilted designs.

Throughout the class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and work on your own pillow project under the guidance of our instructor.

At the end of the class, you will take home a completed pillow that showcases your new skills and techniques. This class is perfect for those who are new to computerized quilting and want to build their skills, as well as those who have some experience and want to learn more. So, sign up now and start exploring the world of computerized quilting on a Domestic Machine!

About Shelly Fitzgerald

Shelly Fitzgerald

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Shelly Fitzgerald comes into your event or classroom with a mixture of enthusiasm and knowledge that quickly attracts and holds the interest of the participants. From overlocking to software, garment sewing to machine embroidery, quilting to home dec, Shelly has a love and understanding of the topics and machines, software, feet and accessories that accomplish each task. Sewing and crafting all of her life allows years of experience to be passed on in a lively and informative way. She freely admits to reading all the manuals for pleasure and then loves teaching what she has learned to her classes. Bringing the out of the ordinary to front and center by encouraging everyone to change their settings (gasp!), use a punch tool (eek!) ruffle, ruffle, ruffle (wow!) and sew with their left foot (no way!) she shows how easy it is to kick it up a notch or two. She makes it fun, not hard and leaves everyone excited about their new tools and skills. Through her company, Sew Shelly Quilts, LLC, Shelly creates and presents original patterns and classes to bring the extended capabilities of sewing machines to life. Her classes are rich with techniques and software is her passion. Since 2014 Shelly has been a member of the Event Team. YouTube is another favorite way of Shelly’s to engage stitch enthusiasts world wide. Her channel can be found at WWW.YOUTUBE. COM/SEWSHELLYQUILTS where she has many up close videos on techniques that can be used with various materials, machine feet.

Smart Serging

With Shelly Fitzgerald

Kit Included

Available Day 1, 2 or 3

$125

About this Class

In this class, you will learn how to create a beautiful bolster pillow entirely on the serger. This class is perfect for those who want to take their overlocker skills to the next level and learn new techniques. Shelly will guide you through the process, starting with the basics of decorative cover/chainstitching, and progressing to more advanced techniques such as inserting piping, flatlocking, and rolled hemming.

You will learn how to use your serger to create a professional-looking bolster pillow that is both functional and stylish. This class is perfect for those who are new to serging, as well as those who have some experience but want to learn more.

Throughout the class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and work on your own project under the guidance of our instructor. At the end of the class, you will take home a completed bolster pillow that you can be proud of.

So, whether you are looking to improve your serging skills or just want to create a beautiful and unique piece for your home, this class is perfect for you. Sign up now and give your overlocker skills a boost while enjoying stitching this fun project!

The Rockin' S&S Grill

The Rockin S&S Grill food truck will be on-site all three days of the Sewing Academy.

Each Attendee will get a Lunch voucher valued up to $10 for each day they are attending.

Rockin S&S Grill

Need Lodging? Contact us to rent a room at our Retreat Center or one of our Cottages.

Phone: 903 760-7397

The Retreat Center


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