A Bull in a China Shop, or… The Unexpected Journey of an Out of Control Abomination Climbing His Way Up the Quilting Ladder
From Mark: I think that Julia Roberts said it best when she said, “I’m just a boy, who loves to quilt, from a trailer park.” Well, maybe it was, Hilary Swank, and anyway, I never lived in a trailer park. But I digress. How does a man become a quilter, teacher, designer and lecturer and what has he learned in the process? How does working in the quilting arena differ from working in big business and what words of wisdom do I have for you? If you’ve ever wondered why a successful television producer would give up a hefty six-figure salary for poverty wages to quilt, then this is for you!
Travel with Mark from his boyhood Pittsburgh home, to San Francisco, Miami, New York, Chicago and New Jersey and learn how each of these places led him to becoming the quilt master he is today! From his first quilts to his last, see first-hand how a quilting duckling is trying to make you think he’s transforming himself into a quilting swan (if for no other reason than to feel better about your own quilting projects). Take a look at a small trunk show of his quilts and his multiple UFOs and find out why he lost interest. Hear what inspires him and allow his life experience and outlook on the creative process to inspire you.
Coloring Book of Style Fashion Show
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.
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.
Fabrics Make the Garment
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
Barb will show you different fabrics using the same pattern and how they give a totally different look and feel.
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!
Help is on the Way!
Judy Phillips of Sew Déjà vu
We have many new and unknown notions to help us make our projects better than ever. Come to see all the help that is available to you in the form of notions, and have some fun too!
Proportional Dressing – A Fashion Show
Join Cynthia as she presents fashions that focus on how body proportions can be balanced and visually enhanced by clothing style selections.
Puttin' On the Glitz!
Make your projects shimmer and shine by using the new products available…but you’re just not sure how? See how to sparkle up with sparkly painted images using washable glitter. What about Angelina for appliques? And the new Angelina Film...how do you use it? Can you wash it and dry it? What kind of designs work with it and are there other things that you can use for more types of sparkle? You’ll see the latest in T-shirts, jackets, tote bags, quilt in the hoop projects that all sparkle and shine. Join Cindy for great ideas to sparkle up your projects and create with shimmer.
Luveta Nickels of The Junk Jeans People
Let Luveta show you how to revive T-shirts, jeans, jackets, hoodies and more that live in your closets. Transform them into designer garments starting with the basics. Add outside pockets – zippers – plackets – grommets – rivets and lace motifs with no difficulty. Review how to use stabilizers and learn how to install eyelets with ease. Dust off your decorative stitches and remodel your way to a new modern wardrobe with little effort.
Linda Winner of Martelli Enterprises
It’s time for some spring cleaning. Grab those old clothes and linens and ‘up-cycle’ them! Come see lots of great projects made out of those too-tight jeans, T-shirts that should have been tossed, and even those clothes with tags on them that you know you’ll never wear. Let’s breathe new life into those old cast-aways. Learn how to redesign, repurpose and recycle those well-loved and well-used items. Who knew spring cleaning could be so much fun!
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
Spice up Your Kitchen
Linda Winner of Martelli Enterprises
Do you love to cook or know someone that does? Let’s take our sewing, quilting and embroidery skills and put them to use in the kitchen! In this presentation, you’ll see how easy it is to create kitchen-related projects like: aprons, table runners, placemats, napkins, coffee cozies, microwave bowl cozies, coasters, mug rugs, pot holders, towels, trivets, hot pads, organizers and more. These make great gifts as well. Let’s spice up your kitchen and cook up some fun!
Stitchin’ for the Kitchen
Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
Create gourmet-worthy accessories to decorate your kitchen with a little thread and your embroidery machine. Think pretty hand towels, witty musings to embellish aprons, elegant linens to match your dishes or décor and more. These clever kitchen projects also make great gifts for everyone on your list.
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.
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Create Mexican inspired quilt blocks with stamps, paintstiks and fusible web.