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
 
Essentials for Your Studio
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
11:15 Needles and Thread; What Your Mother Never Told You
Judy Phillips of Sew déjà vu
12:00
Coloring Book of Style
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
1:00 Sew to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
1:45 Artistic Explosion: Create Fabric Art
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30
Paintstiks®, Stamps and Wow!
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
3:15 Quilting with Fleece
Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
4:00
Behind the Scenes at Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Jean Nolte, Editor, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
5:45 Super Prize Drawing

Friday
10:30 Make It Again: Mash It Up Patterns That Fit for Fun New Looks
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
11:15
Vintage and New: Textile Art Works
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
12:00 No, I'm Not Pregnant, but Thanks for Asking
Mary Fons, Editor, Quilty Magazine
1:00 Scarves and More: Let's Tie It Together
Carol Steinbrecher of Style Solutions
1:45 Wearable Art Garment Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30 Quilting with Fleece
Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
3:15
 
Needles and Thread; What Your Mother Never Told You
Judy Phillips of Sew déjà vu
4:15
I Made It Myself Event
5:45 Super Prize Drawing
 
Saturday
10:30
Make It Again: Mash It Up Patterns That Fit for Fun New Looks
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
11:15
Essentials for Your Studio
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
12:00 Behind the Scenes at Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Jean Nolte, Editor, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
1:00 Sew to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
1:45 Notions: The Latest and Greatest
Phyllis Vandergriff of Fabric Creations
2:30 Creating with Texture Magic
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
3:15
Pressing Details and Tools
Carol Steinbrecher of Style Solutions
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:45 Super Prize Drawing
 

Artistic Explosion: Create Fabric Art

Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Whether you are working with paper or fabric, learn to use exciting new art mediums for quilting, art garments and greeting cards. See how to use the latest resists, paints, screens, marker, glues and more, to create totally new materials. Your creativity will explode!


Behind the Scenes at Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Jean Nolte, Editor, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Get a glimpse of how things really happen at Love of Quilting. Learn what it takes to create Love of Quilting magazine and the "Love of Quilting" show on PBS. There will also be a trunk show of quilts from past, present, and future issues of the much-loved Fons & Porter magazines.

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.

Creating with Texture Magic
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
Everything you want to know about making Texture Magic a regular ingredient in your studio: explore different stitches and results, using it double-sided to make reversible fabric , in quilts after the quilts have been quilted and more.

Essentials for Your Studio
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
Customize your studio to fit your specific needs. Learn about favorite “must haves” and about new, re-purposed and recycled items that can complete your tool set. Enjoy a humorous approach to working within a budget to create an idea sewing space.


I Made It Myself Event
Step into the Expo spotlight and show what you’ve made – you might be wearing it, or you might be carrying it. Just come with something you’re happy about because it turned out so well...or took you in new directions...or because you had so much fun making it. It’s your time to show off your creative pursuits and find new inspiration in what others are doing, too.

Make It Again: Mash Up Patterns That Fit for Fun New Looks
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
Tops, jackets and pants start with well-fitting Fit For Art Patterns, then incorporate new details using variations and mash-ups from other patterns. This trunk show will inspire you to make a wardrobe of comfortable, stylish and artful clothing based on just two patterns.

Needles and Thread: What Your Mother Never Told You
Judy Phillips of Sew Déjà Vu
The right tools make your project go smoothly, easily and look better. Be enlightened with great information your mother never told you to ensure a fabulous finish for every project!


No, I’m Not Pregnant, But Thanks for Asking: 10 True Tales and Life Lessons from an Accidental Quilt Industry Personality
Mary Fons, Editor, Quilty Magazine and host of PBS-TV series Love of Quilting
Mary Fons grew up in a prominent “quilt mafia” family, but never really expected to be bitten by the quilting but or work in the industry. Both things happened anyway, and so far she’s learned a lot. In this behind-the-scenes look at her experiences with Quilty, Love of Quilting PBS-TV series and the mother/daughter relationship between Mary and her super-famous quilting mother, Marianne Fons, you’ll laugh, maybe cry and probably take away a little life advice from someone who still needs it as much as you do.

Notions: The Latest and Greatest
Phyllis Vandergriff of Fabric Creations
Ever asked yourself that age-old question: “Why did I buy this and how do I use it?”. Phyllis shows you the latest sewing and quilting tools and notions, along with some you may already have, and demonstrates how to use them to make all your sewing quicker, easier and more precise.


Paintstiks®, Stamps and Wow!
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Learn to create quilts and garments with richly-colored dazzling stars, kaleidoscopes and seemingly complex quilt blocks using Paintstiks®, fusible shapes and stamps.


Pressing Details and Tools

Carol Steinbrecher of Style Solutions
Pressing and ironing are not the same! When quilting or sewing garments, use the right pressing skills and tools to “amp” up the look of every project.

Quilting with Fleece
Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
If you love quilts, and are looking for something a little different, learn how to create a non-traditional quilt with fleece. Using soft, comfy fleece and some scraps of t-shirt and sweatshirt fabric, and a few special techniques for sewing seams, appliqué and hand-finishing, can create a beautiful and cozy family keepsake.

Scarves and More: Let’s Tie It Together
Carol Steinbrecher of Style Solutions
Calling all scarves! Pull them out of the closets and the drawers and pull your outfits together to create fashion magic in your wardrobe. Then, add accessories and wow! Smashing!

Sew To Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
The right style and fit can take 10 or more pounds off of the way you look! Sewing can give you a high-end wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points! Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models and shows you clothes that make you look and feel good. Learn about techniques and tools to make your creative process fun and successful.
 
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.)

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.

Vintage and New: Textile Art Works
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
A collection of bits and pieces, new leftovers and vintage treasures help create memorable and artful clothing, accessories, quilts and more. Gather ideas and inspiration from one very creative brain.

Wearable Art Garment Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
It’s fast, it’s creative, it’s full of inspiration! This fast-paced showcase of amazing art garments features spectacular techniques for quilting, embroidery, bobbin work, felting and lots more. See how to create your own look with your unique artistic creations.