About Suzanne's quilt shop
Suzanne’s Quilt Shop opened in 1988 to provide quilting supplies and classes in Palm Beach County. Owner Suzanne 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 30 years!
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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 worldwide 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 for our eNewsletter to learn of shop happenings, online specials and for the monthly free fabric drawing. Recently a blog, Suzy Sayz has been added. Suzanne’s takes part in the Fab Shop Hop, and Patchwork Party, and Quilt Gallery Shops too.
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“We just don’t sell fabrics and gadgets, 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.”
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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 presidential election.
In the 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.
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, Thimbleberries, children’s, plaids, novelties, florals, flannels and Christmas are popular as well as special designers Verna Mosquera, Jo Morton, Karen Montgomery, Darlene Zimmerman, Karen Snyder, Three Sisters, Dena, Judie Rothermel, Holly Holderman & Heather Bailey.
With 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
A Handi 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 Pro-Stitcher™. The Handi Quilter machines the Sweet 16. Avante and Fusion are available for a test drive. Handi Quilter national educators teach at Suzanne’s every year.
Suzanne’s offers a full range of quilting classes, from traditional hand quilting to the latest machine techniques. Can’t make it to a weekly class? Then come spend a weekend at one of Suzanne’s Sewing Escapes in Norman Park, GA.where you will make lots of new friends and partake in Suzanne’s mystery quilt project. Retreats are held 3 times a year (November, March and May) and fill up fast. Each month 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 $7. The next series starts in February 2016.
The summer of 2013 brought more changes to Suzanne’s Quilt Shop. To better service our customers the shop was moved to a more modern free standing building out the the down town Moultrie area. The store celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a Grand Reopening Celebrations.
You continue to have the BEST email presentation, always inviting and attractive. It always pulls me in. I may delete others without looking but NEVER yours. Keep up the good work."
Thank you so much for your personal note regarding the T-shirt Bag Pattern I ordered. Wow, I didn’t know anyone gave customer service like this — I’m impressed. I think you’ve just found a new customer. Keep up the good work."
Thank you so much for your sacrificial giving to the ladies of First Baptist, Vidalia. My friends came home so inspired and they are still talking about what a great time they had. Your teaching and sharing heart was and is an honor to be around. May God bless and prosper your life and business."
I got my order today and it’s perfect! Thank you so much for your quick shipping and excellent customer service! I’ll be ordering from you again!"
I recently received my order for the Ovarian Cancer quilt kit. I love it, and as an ovarian cancer survivor, it has a very special meaning to me. I appreciate how quickly my order was sent to me. Your site has been added to my list of favorite on-line quilt stores and I look forward to visiting you shop some day.Thanks again!"
Hi Suzanne, I just wanted to say how pleased I am with my purchases. I receive them quickly and the material is great. I normally don’t order fabric on-line but you have changed my mind about that. Thanks again for great service."