Atlanta, GA

Expo Stage Presentations

 

See your favorite sewing and quilting designers and personalities show what's new and trending. Catch all the excitement as you enjoy fashion revues, trunk shows, demonstrations and presentations from the premier experts across the nation. FREE with your General Admission ticket. 

 

Thursday

9:30 Economy Quilting | Donna Robertson of Fabric Café   
10:30 Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com 
 11:15 Ten Degree Ruler for Great Projects | Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams 
 12:00 Your Everyday Capsule Collection | Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop 
 1:00 Dramatically Different Cathedral Windows | Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs  
 1:45 Sewing for Your Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company 
2:30
Knockout Knits | Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns 
3:15
Fit for Hollywood | Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc. 
4:00
Embroidery, Embellishment and Beyond | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours 
5:15
Super Prize Drawing  

 

Friday

 

9:30 Sewing for Your Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company   
10:30
Tsukineko Inks: Transforming Fabric into Art | Joyce Teng of TSC Designs
11:15 Knockout Knits | Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns
12:00 BurdaStyle Fashion Show | Meg Healy of BurdaStyle
1:00 Who Doesn't Love a Great Scrap Quilt? | Diane Tomlinson, Associate Editor for Fons & Porter
1:45 Using Purse Hardware for Professional Results | Judy Phillips of Sew Déjà vu
2:30 Sew Easy! Sew Faster! So Much Fun! | Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
3:15
Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
4:00
Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
5:15
Super Prize Drawing

 

Saturday

 

10:30
Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
11:15 Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
12:00 It's Not About Covering Your Body, It's About Flattering Your Figure | Cynthia Guffey
1:00 Creative Grids: New and Favorites | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
1:45 Economy Quilting | Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
2:30 Playing with Blocks | Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
3:15
The Paper Chase – Embroidery for Cards, Gift Bags, More | Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:30
Super Prize Drawing

 


BurdaStyle Fashion Show
Meg Healy of BurdaStyle

An on-trend, sometimes edgy, always fashionable collection of nearly 50 looks you can sew, direct from the Burda home offices in Germany. BurdaStyle magazine comes to life before your eyes, with models, including a plus-size model, wearing these fashion-forward garments. The best part: you are able to recreate all of the styles showcased, since they are sewn using BurdaStyle patterns. If you are looking for fashion inspiration, don’t miss out! 


Wear Your BurdaStyle!

Friday is Wear Your BurdaSyle Day at the EXPO! Stop by the BurdaStyle booth to meet Meg Healy, BurdaStyle’s online sewing editorial director and instructor, and collect a special gift for ‘wearing your BurdaStyle’. 

 

Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
Learn to use Kathy’s techniques and favorite notions for a creative process that’s fun and successful. She’ll model her wardrobe on stage, sharing how she created garments or the details on them, along with the key notions for easy success.

 

Creative Grids: New and Favorite
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
Learn about the benefits of using Creative Grids Rulers for all your quilting needs. Karen will show all her favorites, including the newest ones on the market. Free handout to all who attend the demo.

 

Dramatically Different Cathedral Windows
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Discover a completely new method for creating stunning, three-dimensional cathedral windows quilt designs -- without stitching. These beautiful quilts can be created by using Paintstiks, curved edge square stamp designs and fusible web. Come and discover this great method for yourself. 

 

Economy Quilting
Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
Save time, save money! Are you looking for ways to enjoy your sewing hobby more, and complete more quilts faster? Let’s take quilting back to the basics. Learn lots of easy techniques for make your quilting go smoothly with fewer mistakes and faster results. Each attendee receives a free quilt pattern.

 

Embroidery, Embellishment and Beyond!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Enjoy learning how to be creative with your machine in this jam packed session. You’ll see how to transform a sweatshirt into wearable art, make quilts on the embroidery machine and add sparkle to everything with crystals and Mylar®. You’ll even see how to make your own crystal appliques. Stretch your creativity and your skills!

 

Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
Joe is a fit specialist for Dancing with the Stars as well as for 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!

 

It’s Not About Covering Your Body, It’s About Flattering Your Figure
Cynthia Guffey
Enjoy a style show of loose-fitting garments showing the dramatic difference between those that are simply large enough to cover, and those that fit well. The ease of wearing clothes cut for a more casual, unconstructed look isn’t about size – it’s about fitting key areas to achieve your most flattering silhouette, which creates the most comfortable wearing, too. See how Cynthia works with color to capitalize on the look, creating lively, fashion-forward looks with patterns that are easy to fit and truly wonderful to wear.

 

Knockout Knits
Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns
Become inspired to take your knit tops up a notch! Enjoy a trunk show with Carrie Emerson, of Fit for Art Patterns, featuring sewing and style tips, variations and embellishments for knit tops.

 

The Paper Chase – Embroidery for Cards, Gift Bags and More
Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
Explore the joy of creating personalized cards accented with stitching from your sewing or embroidery machine. Whether making cards for a special birthday or anniversary, or stitching an elegant stationary set to give as a gift, creating handmade cards is easy when you know the right techniques. Pattie will share her collection of cards, gift card holders, tags and more and show how to create these beautiful paper pieces.

 

Playing with Blocks
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
Using So Soft fabric paints and hand carved woodblocks, Marty will demonstrate how easy it is to “decorate” your fabric and make it very unique – whether for quilting or sewing.

 

Quick Points to the Rescue
Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
From the creative mind of Janet Platt, inventor of the amazing Quick Points Ruler, comes a collection of fun to make, fun to give projects. See everything from fanciful aprons to sassy towels, from the prettiest pillowcases and bindings to … well, whatever whimsy she’s created lately. There’s an idea for every occasion, and lots of tips for easiest construction techniques so you have more fun making something simple look amazing.

 

Quilting With Your Embroidery Machine
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
We’re just like our grandmothers…we love to make quilt tops, but the quilting…not so much. Many of us have a wonderful embroidery machine, and we love to piece and embroider, but then we have to quilt our projects. Well, Cindy has the answer! Use that embroidery machine to quilt too! Learn about piecing, quilting and embellishing them, too!

 

Sew Easy! Sew Faster! So Much Fun!
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
Finding ways to make each step of your project easier, with ways to complete the project faster makes sewing more fun. Let a pattern designer show you some easy ways to be more accomplished in your sewing. We’ll give you plenty of gift ideas!

 

Sewing for Your Little Ones
Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company
Don’t miss this wonderful, inspirational trunk show of adorable babies’ and children’s clothing. See beautiful garments from Children’s Corner Patterns, Creations by Michie' and also a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher curriculum. Discover how much difference adding a little trim here, a little lace there, a perfect button and a coordinating fabric trim will make to a special outfit. You’ll be stitching up memorable and well-loved clothes for your own ‘littles’ in no time!

 

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.

 

Ten Degree Ruler for Great Projects
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
A ten degree ruler is a great tool allowing you to make all sorts of quick projects. The seam allowance is already figured in so placemats, table runners, tree skirts and much more are finished quickly. Make quick quilt borders with this easy-to-use ruler. You don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy and have great success with this ruler. Come watch the fun!

 

Tsukineko Inks: Transforming Fabric into Art
Joyce Teng of TSC Designs
This techniques oriented presentation will share ways to change plain yardage into one-of-a-kind fabric, which can be used in any project from traditional quilts to the most unique art quilts to wearable art pieces. Using Tsukineko ink and several simple tools, different media and materials, combined with Joyce’s exciting stencils, you will find it easy to achieve results that inspire you to create your own style of fabric art.

 

Using Purse Hardware for Professional Results
Judy Phillips of Sew Déjà vu
Explore some of the tips and tricks bag makers use to make purses, wallets and totes look professionally made. We share information about purse hardware and sewing notions to give your finished project more pizzazz!

 

Who Doesn’t Love a Great Scrap Quilt?

Diane Tomlinson, Associate Editor of Fons & Porter

Still pondering a design for all those fabrics you’ve collected? Have a favorite collection you’re wondering how to use? Or scraps begging to be a quilt? Find inspiration and then some when Diane shares Fons & Porter's ever-changing collection of scrap quilts. Many are her own, others are the work of the editorial and art team, all appearing on the pages of magazines. Throughout the show she’ll share ideas for ways to organize your scraps, a few useful tools and notions for making the quilts she’s showing, and discuss how to effectively raid your own stash to create quilts you’ll cherish as favorites. 

 

Your Everyday Capsule Collection
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
Age is nothing but a number when it comes to looking fabulous. And no one does it better than The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. From beautiful fabrics to stunning colors, this runway fashion showcase of handmade garments will challenge you to rethink how you dress and what you want to sew. The Sewing Workshop is known for its carefree chic combinations of daring fabrics, textures and patterns in layers of drape and shape. Linda will interpret how to read the trends of the moment and fit those concepts into making real clothes for you.

           
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