Rick & Donna are natives of southwestern Pennsylvania and are delighted to be able to share their knowledge and love of this area with their guests. Rick was employed by Westinghouse Corporation for 24 years when his job was unexpectedly terminated due to corporate downsizing. Not wanting to leave this beautiful area and not able to obtain similar employment, Donna began to turn her love of sewing into a temporary livelihood to support their family of four sons by starting Sew Special in their home. She took in alterations, made costumes, gowns, draperies and did all types of sewing related projects. Seeing such a great demand for these services, she and Rick purchased a commercial embroidery machine and added that to their list of services. In 1997, they purchased a commercial building and moved Sew Special to a downtown storefront. In 2000, they became a premiere Husqvarna Viking sewing machine dealer. In 2002, they purchased a second commercial property adjacent to their first building and expanded their sewing classes and fabric inventory. Today they are a full-fledged quilt shop.
They are members of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, The Laurel Highlands Visitor’s Bureau, Fab Shop Network, & Quilt Trade Association. Rick is a certified Husqvarna Viking service technician and Donna is a certified Husqvarna Viking sales, support and software educator. Donna is also a certified Cotton Theory instructor, having attended Camp Cotton in Osseo, Wisconsin, to obtain that certification. Donna has been active in 4-H sewing clubs, judging sewing entries at local county fairs, giving sewing demonstrations, and addressing quilt guilds and sewing groups.
Seams Like Home Quilt Retreat and Bed & Breakfast is the perfect way to combine their love of the area, their love of textile arts, and their love of people! Donna says, “We try to make all of our customers feel “Sew Special” and we would love for you to visit. We think you’ll agree that it “Seams Like Home!”