Normally, when I arrive at a sewing machine store to teach, I introduce myself and browse the samples and products so I can familiarize myself with the store’s area of expertise and the customer’s interests. Then I get busy unpacking and setting up my classroom. Well, I had some trouble focusing on the task at hand when I walked – shall I say, submerged myself, into Quiltique in Henderson, NV.
Wow – I love this quilt shop – I was bowled over when I walked in. Every where I looked I found inspiration. Their samples are amazing – they hang on walls, drape over gorgeous wrought iron furniture, nestle in pretty containers, spill from armoires, upholster regal chairs and more. I can tell you that at every turn in this xx square foot paradise, you will be inspired.
A family-run Bernina dealership and world-class quilt store, Quiltique is just a stone’s throw from the Las Vegas Strip and worth every mile (it’s under 10). For heaven’s sake, I would take a cab here if I was attending a convention on the Strip. So long noisy casinos, hello piece (pun intended) and shelter in the desert!
Of course, the samples and the staff are just the beginning. I really get to know a dealership when I meet my students – their customers. I’ve always felt the attitude of the customers is a reflection on the treatment they are accustomed to receiving from their dealer. And what a happy bunch of embroiderers I had over two days. Many learned new techniques and discovered new tools to make their hobby more pleasant (and professional). But most of all, we (me and 80 students) had a ton of laughs, recovered a disaster or two and finished 160 projects in two days. Of course, none of that would have been possible without the gorgeous Quiltique setting, competent staff (thanks Lynne and Kay!) and Bernina 630 machines. A recipe for success!