Lakeland, FL

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

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 Who Doesn't Love a Great Scrap Quilt? | Diane Tomlinson, Associate Editor of Fons & Porter
 1:00 Ten Degree Ruler for Great Projects | Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams  
 1:45 Embroidery, Embellishment and Beyond | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours 
2:30
Sewing for Your Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company 
3:15
Creative Grids: New and Favorites | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House 
4:00
Fit for Hollywood | Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc. 
5:15
Super Prize Drawing  

 

Friday

 

10:30
Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
11:15 Playing with Blocks | Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
12:00 BurdaStyle Fashion Show | Meg Healy of BurdaStyle
1:00 How to Embellish with Taste | Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
1:45 Economy Quilting | Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
2:30 Sewing for Your Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company
3:15
Fit for Hollywood | Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
4:00
Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
5:15
Super Prize Drawing

 

Saturday

 

10:30
How to Embellish with Taste | Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
11:15 Art of the Sweatshirt and T-Shirts Too! | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
12:00 It's Not About Covering Your Body, It's About Flattering Your Figure | Cynthia Guffey
1:00 Playing with Blocks | Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
1:45 Gidgets and Gadgets | Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
2:30 Who Doesn't Love a Great Scrap Quilt? | Diane Tomlinson, Associate Editor of Fons & Porter
3:15
Sewing for Your Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:30
Super Prize Drawing

 


Art of the Sweatshirt and T-Shirts Too!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
See Cindy’s newest ideas for creating with the old standby…the sweatshirt. You’ll see foolproof methods for opening garments and ways to make them your own with applique, embroidery, quilting and much more. Learn about new types of closures and ways to hem that are fun and effective…and some are just downright ingenious! Cindy always has something new up her sleeve…come and see what it is…you’ll be amazed!


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.


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!

 

Gidgets and Gadgets
Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
Learn tips and techniques for using more than a dozen items that make sewing time easier and more enjoyable. You may already have some in your stash, but don’t realize how versatile (and helpful) they can be.

 

How to Embellish with Taste
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
Placement, color and design are just a few considerations when embellishing your projects.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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!

 

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. 

           
Thank you to these fine companies who provide continued support.