Stage Presentations

Presentations, demonstrations, trunk shows and fashion shows are FREE with your General Admission ticket. You'll get renewed energy, inspiration and lots of how-to's from these lively 30-minute sessions.
 
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Thursday
10:30
Nine Nifty Notions
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
11:15 Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
12:00
Coloring Book of Style
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
1:00 Embroidery Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
1:45 The Care and Feeding of Quilts
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
2:30
Pain-Free Sewing and Quilting
Heather Bowdey of Sew-Ergo Advantage
3:15 The Difference a Dart Makes
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
4:00
Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
4:45
One Pattern = A Year of Jackets
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
5:45 Super Prize Drawing

Friday
10:30 Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
11:15
Dye It, Paint It, Sun Print It and More!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
12:00 Indygo Junction's Magic Fashion Show
Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction
1:00 Fons & Porter – Quilting with You
Diane Tomlinson, Editor Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
1:45 Designer Tips-Taking the Shortcuts
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
2:30 Stunning Stars
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
3:15
 
My Favorite Things
Judy Phillips of Sew déjà vu
4:00
Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
4:45
Creative Grids: New and Favorite Rulers
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
5:45 Super Prize Drawing
 
Saturday
10:30
Tile Works
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
11:15
Binding - Making the Perfect Mitered Corner Every Time
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
12:00 Ursuline College Fashion Show: Paper, Pink & Original Designs
1:00 Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
1:45
Puttin' On the Glitz
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30
The Care and Feeding of Quilts
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
3:15
One Pattern=A Year of Jackets
Rae Cumbie of Fit For Art Patterns
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:45 Super Prize Drawing
 
Binding – Making the Perfect Mitered Corner Every Time
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
You can be a novice and still have great success in binding your projects. A few minutes and a few tips will have you running to finish those UFO’s (unfinished opportunities).

Coloring Book of Style

Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
Age is nothing but a number when it comes to looking fabulous. And no one does timeless style better than The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. Featuring beautiful fabrics in stunning color themes, this showcase of chic fashions will challenge you to rethink how you dress and what you sew. See the latest carefree combinations of daring fabrics, textures and patterns in layers that drape and shape. Linda will show how to read the trends and fit today’s concepts into real wearables for you.

Creative Grids: New and Favorite Rulers

Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
Join Karen to see new and favorite Creative Grid rulers and various projects you can make with them. These are the original non-slip rulers with other must have features that are destined to become your new favorite.

Designer Tips – Taking the Shortcuts
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
As we design patterns we are looking for ways to speed up the process, make things easier and have fun! We’ll introduce you to shortcuts, techniques and tools that will cut your time considerably and produce a better project. Sometimes it is the little things that really make a difference. Come see if you want to take the shortcut.

Dye It, Paint It, Sun Print It and More!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
See the newest methods for creating with plain fabric and turning it into a masterpiece! Watch as Cindy dyes fabric right in front of your eyes with a new type of dye…so easy and they don’t stain your fingers! See just how easy it is to silk screen any type of fabric or garment. She’ll demonstrate Inktense for soft backgrounds to embellish on…so much to see and learn!

Embroidery Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Embroidery is everywhere! It’s in quilts, wallhangings, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, things for the kids and sportswear. In this exciting seminar by Cindy Losekamp, you will see a myriad of quilts, garments, home dec items and landscapes, all with artfully placed embroidery designs to spark your creativity. You'll get tips on hooping, stabilizing and lots of great ideas on how to use your machine to the max! We know you will enjoy learning from this fun and exciting “edutainer” and you'll be itching to get stitching.

Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
Joe is a fit specialist for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as well as many other celebrities from television. Joe will share his experiences of fitting the stars and offer fitting tips that you can use at home so you too can have the fit of the Stars!

Fons & Porter – Quilting with You
Diane Tomlinson, Editor Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Fons and Porter has been a trusted name in quilting for quite some time and is working to bring you the Complete Quilting Experience. Diane will tell you what’s happening at Fons & Porter, with social media, and present a trunk show of featured quilts in past and present magazines!

Indygo Juction's Magic Fashion Show
Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction
Do you need to inject some fun and fabulousness into your wardrobe? Come visit with Amy Barickman, founder of Indygo Junction, as she shows you a trunk show of fashion-forward (yet functional) garment and accessory styles.

Amy Barickman’s trunk show will feature her newest release The Magic Pattern Book, which has 6 fashionable patterns that can magically create 36 different styles! You can build a whole wardrobe with patterns from The Tank, The Skirt, The Dress, The Cardigan, The Coat and The Accessory. Although the patterns are rated for a beginner, the styles will interest any level of seamstress. Learn about construction techniques, Amy’s method for creating garments out of recycled materials (each chapter contains one recycled project!), the newest notions and more!

Amy, the founder of Indygo Junction, has been designing apparel, accessory and home decor patterns for over 20 years. Recently she launched a new fabric line, Crossroads Denim, which brings to the modern seamstress 18 colors of denim perfect for garment sewing. She will show you how this new fabric drapes on the body, lends itself to raw seams, and can be combined with cotton. See designs made up in the newest Indygo Junction patterns, including her new Crossroads pattern line - created especially to take advantage of the amazing qualities of Crossroads Denim!

My Favorite Things
Judy Phillips/Cindi Polovick of Sew Déjà vu
There are many notions that we have today that will help us to achieve better success with our finished project. Let me share some of my favorite and give you a better understanding of why your needles, thread, and tools you use are so very important to give your project a polished finish and give you great satisfaction.

Nine Nifty Notions
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
Join Karen for nine nifty ways to jazz up your quilting projects. Hand out includes all the ideas and instructions!

One Pattern = A Year of Jackets
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
Rae will share a trunk show featuring four seasons of beautiful and unique jackets for all occasions based on one pattern – The Tabula Rasa Jacket.

Pain-Free Sewing and Quilting
Heather Bowdey of Sew-Ergo Advantage
Sewing and quilting is often quite painful unless the equipment is set up to give the user comfortable posture and ease of vision. Tips given on what features to look for in a chair or stool and use with tables or cabinets plus how to benefit from using various tilt-able products manufactured by Sew-Ergo Advantage.

Puttin On the Glitz
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Make your projects shimmer by using the new products available…but you’re just not sure how? What about Angelina for appliqué fabric? Mylar® for embroidery? What about the new Angelina Film? How do you use it? Can you wash it and dry it? What kind of embroidery designs work with it and are there other things that you can use for more types of sparkle? You’ll see the latest in new jackets, tote bags, quilt in the hoop projects and pillows that all sparkle and shine. Join Cindy for great ideas to sparkle up your embroideries and create projects that shimmer.

Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
Lose ten pounds simply by choosing the right style and fit. Sew a high-end wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and will camouflage any weak points. Watch Kathy model a variety of clothes in styles that will “work” for you too, making you look good and feel great. Learn about the secret techniques that really work, are easy to apply and will inspire you to sew. All the tools and tips you’ll need to make the creative process fun.


Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show

This fashion and trunk show featuring students ages 9 – 18 years of age will be SEW much fun! Get an insight into the interests and talents of our newest sewing enthusiasts as they show off their latest accomplishments. Whether it hangs in the closet, hangs on a wall or hangs out on beds and sofas, the creativity involved will inspire audiences of all ages. Don’t miss it! (If you know a young person who might like to participate, please call 800-699-6309 or click here for more information.)

Stunning Stars
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Easily create the appearance of complex kaleidoscope type stars without sewing, using paintstiks, rubbing plates and stamps.

Super Prize Drawing
Win fabulous prize packages worth hundreds of dollars! You could win a sewing machine, plus patterns, books, videos, fabric, embroidery designs, notions, tools, and more from the exhibitors you'll meet at the Expo! Click here for more Super Prize Drawing information.

The Care and Feeding of Quilts
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
Often owners of quilts do not appreciate what they have and have no idea how best to care for them. This presentation will cover laundering, displaying, folding, storing, and more to best preserve these valuable textiles.

The Difference a Dart Makes
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Not happy with your fit? It may be the lack of or the wrong shape of a dart. Learn some of the mistakes that were unintentionally created by old pattern alteration techniques and how to correct them. See how to add a dart for a better fit. Flat fabric on rounded bodies creates dart equivalent folds somewhere! Let’s turn those folds into form fitting clothes!

Tile Works
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Create Mexican inspired quilt blocks with stamps, paintstiks and fusible web.

Ursuline College Fashion Show:
Paper, Pink & Original Designs

White Paper Dresses: Ursuline College fashion program students were inspired by the rich history of fashion represented in 20th Century American designs to create wearable white paper dresses. Under the direction of Dr. Constance Korosec, professor and chair, white paper was cut, crumpled, pleated, and rolled using their imagination and exceptional mastery to create the sumptuous white paper dresses. Students used a glue gun to secure each piece in the design and hand stitch in zippers. “A one-of-kind collection or wearable white paper dresses offers a fresh look at American fashion history”.

Ursuline College Historic Costume Study Collection – Pink Dresses: Ursuline Historic Costume Study Collection contains over 3,500 21st century pieces including designs from Bob Mackie, Adele Simpson, Bill Blass, Pauline Trigere, Adolfo, Escada, Christian Dior, Pamela Dennis and Emilio Pucci to name a few. It has been said, apparel is a vehicle for personal expression and has long reflected the political, economic, and social reflection of society during a particular period. The apparel that we have worn throughout history provided insight into our lives and activities. Ursuline College proudly presents the Pink Dresses in celebration of Original Sewing and Quilt Expo.

Original Designs: Ursuline College fashion program students utilized the skills they learned from coursework in apparel construction, draping, and flat pattern classes to create their outfits seen on the runway. Both merchandising and fashion design students start their studies with two courses in Susan Power’s apparel construction courses. Design majors continue with Jennifer Knaus’s bridge course of patternmaking fundamentals and then onto draping and flat pattern. All while learning to design, fit, and construct garments to a customer. In this section you will see work from the beginner sewer who has altered commercial patterns to the more advanced students who have draped their original design on a dress form.