Quilt Shop of DeLand and Quilting Guild of the Villages combine creative forces with the Stetson Mansion for a 'Christmas Spectacular!'

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DELAND, Fla., Oct. 27, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Quilt Shop of DeLand and the Quilting Guild of the Villages will be partnering with the 1886 Stetson Mansion for a unique holiday quilting event Nov. 15 thru Jan. 15. The combination of quilting with the artistic talents of various Orlando designers at the annual Stetson Mansion "Christmas Spectacular!" will be a must see during the holiday season.

Mrs. Clause has moved her work room to Florida's most historic home where she is busy creating designs on ten antique sewing machines in the Stetson Mansion music room. Her garland, presents, and Stetson hats all made out of fabric will enhance the Christmas themed tour. The display will include a custom-made comforter made with over 14,000 individual pieces of fabric made by Cheryl Sullivan.

Judy Hansen, owner of the Quilt Shop of DeLand is enthusiastically on board with the Christmas Spectacular annual event. Says Hansen, "Quilters will be drawn to the 16 intricate parquet wood floor patterns and over 100 unusual windows. It's a quilters' paradise - full of inspiration for quilting. The Mansion is a warm and welcoming place with a wonderful positive energy that guests happily take away with them. It's hard to describe."

The Quilting Guild of the Villages has a special charity interest in participating in the event. They will also display 13 handmade quilted Christmas tree skirts for a charity drawing in the Quilt Shop of Deland. Proceeds will benefit five charities such as Quilts of Valor and Voices for Children. The Quilt Shop is located 2 miles from the Mansion on Rich Street in downtown DeLand. For more information visit or

The holiday display will include over 20 themed Christmas Trees throughout the home. That is right; this is a private family home. A knowledgeable tour guide or maybe even one of the owners will guide visitors through the first and second floors of the home, as holiday music from the baby grand player piano wafts in the background.

These enchanting tours lead guests through the first two floors, which include the three main bedrooms, seven bathrooms and the secret master closet while learning the history of the mansion, details of the decorations as well as relating the inspiring story of the current owner's extensive restoration.

Magical and awe inspiring are the best words to describe the estate and tour. Christmas tours will start on November 15, 2014 and continue until January 15, 2015. The cost for the tour is $25 plus tax and will last approximately one hour. All tours must be booked in advance, so make sure to check for availability.

It is easy to book your tour, go to and click on "Book a Tour." Click on your choice of times, 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 5:00, 6:00, or 6:30 p.m., and how many people. There is no payment when booking. Cash at the door. That is it. Plan an incredible holiday experience!


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