Suzanne's Quilt Shop Turning Twenty!
Suzanne's Quilt Shop opened in 1988 to provide quilting supplies and classes in Palm Beach County. Owner
Leimer, a home economics teacher, dreamed of one day owning a shop when she made her first quilt in 1983. The first shop was 1,100 square feet in the back corner of a shopping center.
This year Suzanne is celebrating 20 years!!!!
Suzanne was the only employee, and students, family and friends helped make it a reality. Though hard to find, quilters sought her and supported her venture. In 1995 Suzanne's moved to its
location on the main street of Royal Palm Beach. Suzanne wondered how long it would take to fill the 2,100 square feet, but soon the shop expanded fabric inventory and class offerings.
In 1998 Suzanne established a website,
www.suzannesquilts.com More than
6,000 items are available to ship world-wide through her site, which is updated daily. Features include a key word search, design wall, wish list,
shop newsletter and photos of events. Register online
to learn of shop happenings, online specials and for the monthly free fabric drawing. Suzanne's takes part in the
Fab Shop Hop,
and Patchwork Party,
Gallery Shops too.
Due to the
popularity of quilting classes offered, in the summer of
2001 Suzanne's Quilt Shop added an additional 1,100 square feet of store and classroom space.
The store enlarged to 3,300 square feet of space. With
the new space the customers and staff had more
opportunity to participate in group activities. Monthly
clubs were featured for Thimbleberries, Thirties, Hand
Applique and Saturday Sampler. Quilts were made by staff
and customers for many charities, hurricanes and a
summer of 2006 Suzanne decided to move the store to
Moultrie, GA to be near family. Suzanne's supportive husband
through the years wanted to retire from teaching school
and be more involved in the quilt shop. As he as always
done in the past, he is busy helping with the
transformation of the new 5000 square foot store. while the staff sews new quilts for display.
(Click here for a
virtual photo tour of the shop!) The ribbon cutting was
October 20, 2006. "We thank you for your support, and invite
everyone to come up and enjoy our spacious new store," Suzanne said. (Click
here for directions.)
"We just don't sell fabrics and gadgets," Suzanne
says. "We are in the education business. We like to sew and quilt and want people to know correct techniques. We want our customers to have the best fabrics and tools available.
With this knowledge projects will be easier to complete and will last many years. We also want to provide a friendly and fun atmosphere."
(Click here to view class
new staff, looks forward meeting quilters from near
and far and helping select there purchases. Suzanne's Quilt Shop doesn't sell sewing machines, opting to devote space and inventory dollars to fabric and supplies, and she carries only the best. Suzanne hand selects fabrics from top lines and seeks new designers. Batiks, 1930s,
Sisters, children's, plaids, novelties, florals, flannels and Christmas are
popular as well as special designers Verna Mosquera,
Darlene Zimmerman, Karen Snyder, Three Sisters, Dena,
Judie Rothermel & Mary Engelbreit.
Suzanne's participation in Quilt
Gallery Shops and Patchwork
Party a pattern company was launched in 2007
featuring quilt designs by Suzanne Leimer and Shirley
Thomas. These patterns and kits are only sold through
Suzanne's Quilt Shop
Quilter® dealership was added to Suzanne's in the
Fall of 2007. Learn about long arm quilting and turn
your tops in to quilts. Come by for a demo, take a Handi
Quilter class, rent the machine or purchase on of your
own. Now you can add computerized quilting with the HQ
Suzanne's offers a full range of
quilting classes, from traditional hand quilting to the latest machine techniques. Each summer Suzanne's has taught quilting classes for kids 12 and up. The shop overflows with
100 enthusiastic quilters who have signed up for the
Second Saturday Sampler monthly demo. Attend every month, do your homework, and you receive kits for 12 quilt blocks for a total of just
$6. The next series starts in February.
Suzanne's Quilt Shop
looks forward to being involved in many of the
activities that the merchants of Down Town Moultire
Suzanne's is also a member of the
Fabric Shop Network
the Colquitt Chamber of Commerce. Y'all come see us in
|Suzanne's Quilt Shop,
9 First Street S.E., Moultrie, GA 31768 is
located on the square in Down Town Moultrie on
the east side of the historic courthouse
building. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone
(229) 616-1013, or 1-888-798-0934 toll free. (Click
here for map.)