Edna Retires … But WAIT! She is the July Sewtopia Guest Speaker!

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by Sara Snuggerud in Sewing Tips

At 85, Edna has announced her retirement from Heirloom Creations. Though we are going to miss her amazing smile around the store and her friendly voice on the phone, we are so thankful for her hanging out with us for over 11 years!

But WAIT!…

Edna will be back for a Grand Finale!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Edna will be delighting our Sewtopia Sewing Club members with a fabulous showing of many of her cherished quilts. Come celebrate quilting with this amazing lady, hear the stories and be inspired by her life-long love of sewing. Edna will be speaking at 10am, 2pm and 6:30pm. Sewtopia Sewing Club membership is $25 per year, or $10 for a one time visit.

Edna moved to Sioux Falls when she was 73 and asked if she could work part-time so she could meet people and be with other quilters. Edna’s daughter, Rochelle, had been a quilting customer and Heirloom Creations’ insurance agent so we knew of Edna. When she arrived we welcomed her with open arms.

Over the years, Edna become known as our resident, expert quilt binder. We would turn around and POOF! a quilt would be bound. If one does enough machine sewn bindings, you are then deemed an expert.

Edna also become famous via one of our YouTube videos where we feature her favorite way to connect binding ends together with no math. We now just refer to it as “Edna’s Way” even though this technique is often used by many people. She was the one who taught us this technique.

Edna does offer her binding services to those who prefer to not do binding. We too will be having her bind projects in the future. She will take projects home now to bind instead of sewing here at the store. If you would like a quilt bound by Edna, you can drop it off anytime at Heirloom Creations. She does both machine sewn binding and hand stitched binding – your choice.

And yes, one day she even got paid to COLOR!

We hope you will save the date to help us celebrate her 11 years with us. We only HOPE to have as much energy at 85 as she does!

Join us July 11, 2017 at the Heirloom Creations Sewtopia Sewing Club for Edna’s last hooray!

Thank you from all of us at Heirloom Creations!

Cleo, Gary, Steve, Sara, Ryan, Judeen & Jill

  1. Darla Loewen says:

    What a great example of living life gracefully and serving others through her talents and giftedness.

  2. shirley marvin says:

    Congratulations to Edna. Keeping active in the quilting world will be a treat and treasure for her. Always keep quilting.
    My Aunt Bertha was doing some quilting into her 100th year. Fond memories.

  3. Helen Willinsky says:

    What a wonderful example you are to us all.

  4. Pat Suedkamp says:

    Congrats Edna, will miss seeing your smile and your helpfulness! You were always so nice to work with and helpful! Enjoy your retirement, hope I am as energetic and look as good as you at 85! Best wishes/Pat Suedkamp, Pierre
    I never make it to Sewtopia due to it being during a week night so sending this note.

  5. Chris Wilhelm says:

    I will miss her voice on the other end of the line. She always called me with good news, “I wanted to let you know your Anita Goodesigns are in!”. Thank you for your pleasant customer service Edna.

    1. Sara says:

      We too are missing her a ton! She did so much around the store to help all of us out.

  6. Jan Daggett says:

    Jan Daggett I loved it when Edna taught a class. She made everybody feel so comfortable in such a kind way. Thank you, Edna, for your customer service.

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