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
9:00-10:00
Let the Sewing Party Begin! with Martha Pullen
Special Presentation – ticket required. (Included free with School of Art Fashion Boutique registration, OR click to purchase ticket.)
10:30
Cute Clothes for Adorable Kids
Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe
11:15 Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
12:00
Embellishing Crazypatch Quilts
Gloria McKinnon of Anne's Glory Box, Newcastle, Australia
1:00 Cleopatra's Fan
Sharlene Jorgenson of Quilting From the Heartland
1:45 Embroidery Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30
One Pattern = A Year of Jackets
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
3:15 The Care and Feeding of Quilts
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
4:00
Proportional Dressing - A Fashion Show
Cynthia Guffey
5:15 Super Prize Drawing

Friday
10:30 Creative Grids: New and Favorite Rulers
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
11:15
Scarves and More: Your Neck's Best Friend
Carol Steinbrecher of Conselle/Style Solutions
12:00 Fons & Porter – Quilting with You
Diane Tomlinson, Editor Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
1:00 Dye It, Paint It, Sun Print It and More!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
1:45 The Difference a Dart Makes
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
2:30 Pineapple Log Cabin
Sharlene Jorgenson of Quilting from the Heartland
3:15
 
Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
4:00
Stunning Stars
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
5:15 Super Prize Drawing
 
Saturday
10:30
The Amazing Economy Quilt
Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
11:15
Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
12:00 Indygo Junction's Magic Fashion Show
Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction
1:00 Tool Time!
Phyllis Vandergriff of Fabric Creations
1:45
Tile Works
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
2:30
Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies Inc.
3:15
Crazy Quilt Demo
Sharlene Jorgenson of Quilting from the Heartland
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:45 Super Prize Drawing
 
Cleopatra’s Fan
Sharlene Jorgenson of Quilting from the Heartland
Using Shar’s cutting, sewing, pressing and pinning techniques makes it possible for even a beginner to make Cleopatra’s Fan. Shar covers the importance of fabric texture and placement in the block. This is a great way to use up scraps. Shar can’t wait to show you the block possibilities and different layouts with this pattern.

Crazy Quilt Demo
Sharlene Jorgenson of Quilting from the Heartland
Crazy quilting, sometimes considered an outdated art, has become popular again. It has never been faster and more fun to make a crazy quilt because you don’t have to wrestle with the free-form shapes. Shar will show fast cutting and sewing techniques.

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.

Cute Clothes for Adorable Kids
Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
Cute clothes for adorable kids using pre-made garments like sweatshirts. Learn tips for adding ruffles, buttons, bows and trims for fast conversions. Free embellishment pattern for each attendee.

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!

Embellishing Crazypatch Quilts
Gloria McKinnon of Anne's Glory Box, Newcastle, Australia
A visual extravaganza on stage! Be there to watch romantic and richly embellished quilts ‘walk the runway’ with their designer, Australia’s own Gloria McKinnon. As she generously shares her special techniques and practical tips for creating them, Gloria’s museum quality quilts offer stunning inspiration. Don’t miss this chance to add some romance to your own sewing as she shares her artistry, grand sense of humor and enthusiasm for creating beautiful quilts in this fun-and-fabulous trunk show.

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!

Let the Sewing Party Begin!

Martha Pullen
Martha Pullen will tickle your funny bone with her hysterical stories – things that have really transpired as she’s traveled the world teaching sewing. You probably don’t know the heirloom sewing lady is also a comedy specialist – but she is! You just will not believe her real-life stories – all of which have truly happened while she’s been sharing the beauty of stitching French lace and entredeux! Come one, come all…to the pure pleasure of this memorable event, and Martha will start your day right – with a party! We are going to have fun, fun, fun! Special Presentation – ticket required. (Included free with School of Art Fashion Boutique registration, OR click to purchase ticket.)

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.

Pineapple Log Cabin
Sharlene Jorgenson of Quilting from the Heartland
Turn the traditional Log Cabin block into a 3-dimensional pineapple block. The more scraps you use the better it looks. Shar will demonstrate her fast cutting and sewing techniques and teach you the importance of the scant ¼ ” seam allowance. See samples of table runners as well as miniatures. You can spend a quilter’s life time with the log cabin without repeating yourself.

Proportional Dressing – A Fashion Show
Cynthia Guffey
Join Cynthia as she presents fashions that focus on how body proportions can be balanced and visually enhanced by clothing style selections.

Scarves and More: Your Neck’s Best Friends
Carol Steinbrecher for Conselle / Style Solutions
Scarves, ties, jewelry – they all fit around your neck! These are all great accessories and it’s time to pay them some well needed attention. See this lively demonstration on how to tie scarves, and choose styles and colors that will flatter your face and figure. We’ll even look at some fun tie knots men can use too! Neckware – we got you covered.

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 Amazing Economy Quilt
Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
Whether you are a first-time quilter or an old-pro, you’ll love the ease with which you can put these quilts together. Learn the cutting and piecing tricks for getting a quilt top out of just three yards of fabric. Enjoy a trunk show of beautiful quilts that you’ll want to make for gifts, charity and your own enjoyment. Every attendee gets a free quilt pattern.

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.

Tool Time!
Phyllis Vandergriff of Fabric Creations
You’ve heard the saying “the right tool for the job”. Using the right tools is important to a successful quilting or sewing project. See what’s new on the market and which favorites you can’t live without.