Atlanta, GA

The Spot Demonstrations

 

See your favorite sewing and quilting designers and personalities show what's new and trending. Catch all the excitement as you get up close for how-to demonstrations in The Spot – a more intimate setting. FREE with your General Admission ticket. 

 

Thursday

10:30
Say Goodbye to Uneven Hems | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
 11:15 Ten Degree Ruler – Catch the Magic! | Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
 12:00 Take The Frustration Out of Working with Delicate Threads | Georgene Caulder of Notions You Need
 1:00 Creative Sewing at Future Fashion Designers | Shawnelle Cherry of Future Fashion Designers
 1:45 Pretty Darn Quick 3-Yard Quilts | Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe
2:30 Sew Powerful: Make a Purse (keep girls in school) | Peggy Creighton of Sew Powerful
3:15
Really? I Can Quilt with Templates on MY Home Machine | Donelle McAdams for Sew Steady/Westalee Design
4:00
Marking Your Quilt Easy with Bernie | Bernie Collier for Full Line Stencils by Hancy Creations

 

Friday

 

10:30
Fascinating Wool World | Bob Moosa of The Wool House  
11:15 Really? I Can Quilt with Templates on MY Home Machine | Donelle McAdams for Sew Steady/Westalee Design
12:00
More Gidgets and Gadgets | Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe
1:00 Let's Talk About Fitting Frustrations | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
1:45 Marking Your Quilt Easy with Bernie | Bernie Collier for Full Line Stencils by Hancy Creations
2:30
Successful Paper Piecing Made Easy for All | Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
3:15
See how great Juki Sewing Machines are for Quilting | Shelia Simpson of Sewingmachine.com
4:00
Sew Powerful: Make a Purse (keep girls in school) | Peggy Creighton of Sew Powerful

 

Saturday

 

10:30 Creative Sewing at Future Fashion Designers | Shawnelle Cherry of Future Fashion Designers
11:15 Solutions for Shoulder, Neck and Arm Fitting | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
12:00 Free Caring Quilt Patterns | Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe
1:00
Quilt Smart | Judy Phillips of Sew Deja Vu
1:45
Really? I Can Quilt with Templates on MY Home Machine | Donelle McAdams for Sew Steady/Westalee Design
2:30 Marking Your Quilt Easy with Bernie | Bernie Collier for Full Line Stencils by Hancy Creations
3:15
Successful Paper Piecing Made Easy for All | Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams

 

 

Creative Sewing at Future Fashion Designers
Shawnelle Cherry of Future Fashion Designers
Shawnelle, owner and instructor at Future Fashion Designers and costume designer for the movies, will share some highlights from her classes, sewing retreats, YouTube Channel and online classes. Shawnelle will also share snippets from her fun and whimsical annual Mac and Cheese cook-off & Cheezy fashion show. 

 

Fascinating Wool World
Bob Moosa of The Wool House
Get some insight into the product of wool from fiber to garment. Learn about the unique benefits, performance and fabric attributes of wool. This presentation will answer the question “What is Wool” and outlines the benefits and properties of wool and detailed uses for wool.

 

Free Caring Quilt Patterns
Donna Roberson of Fabric Cafe
Quilting can be a comfort for yourself as well as to those in need. Donna Robertson of Fabric Café has created a new site, freecaringquiltpatterns.com to assist you with creating wonderful quilts that are easy, economical and will be well received.  

 

Let's Talk About Fitting Frustrations
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
We all have different and unique needs when it comes to fitting a garment. After all, no two people are alike. Come and learn from each other as you, the audience, asks Lorraine questions on fitting. She will answer as many questions in detail as time allows. This is a great opportunity to get your fitting questions answered!  

 

Marking your Quilt Easy with Bernie
Bernie Collier of Full Line Stencils by Hancy Creations
Stop by and check out this entertaining demonstration on how to prepare and properly use a pounce pad and Full Line Stencils, or any other type of stencil. This is a great way to quickly and accurately transfer stitching lines onto any project.

 

More Gidgets and Gadgets
Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe
Cool stuff to make your sewing time more pleasurable. Learn tips and techniques for using these gadgets more than a dozen times. These items may even be things you already have in your stash, but didn’t know how versatile they can be. Free Gidget Guide to every attendee.

 

Pretty Darn Quick 3-Yard Quilts
Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe
Save Time, Save Money! Are you looking for ways to enjoy your sewing hobby more and complete quilts faster? Let's take quilting back to the basics. Learn lots of techniques to make quilting go smoothly, with fewer mistakes and faster results. Each attendee will receive a free quilt pattern.

 

Quilt Smart
Judy Phillips of Sew Déjà Vu
Interested in getting quilts done in your lifetime? It can happen using printed interfacing from Quiltsmart. With easy to read instructions, you’ll watch the magic happen with perfect results.

 

Really - I can quilt with templates on MY machine?
Donelle McAdams Donelle McAdams for Sew Steady/Westalee Design
Quilt like a professional on your home machine! Learn the basics of free motion quilting with the aid of templates designed for the home sewing machine. Achieve beautiful quilted effects without the investment of a long arm machine. Watch as Donelle demonstrates how easy and stress free quilting can be with these templates and it's easy as a changing the presser foot. End your love-hate relationship of doing free motion quilting!  

 

Say Goodbye to Uneven Hems
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Let’s rethink how we hem a garment. Instead of measuring from the waist down, Lorraine will show you her favorite hemming tool, one you may have in your closet, to achieve the perfectly balanced hem. She will also share her five “Ah-ha” moments that will want you to make a new garment immediately!  

 

See how great Juki Sewing Machines are for Quilting
Shelia Simpson of Sewingmachine.com
Get inspired by Sewingmachine.com's Shelia Simpson, as she shows you how you can piece, free motion quilt and do ruler work on Juki's portable machines. 

 

Sew Powerful: Make a Purse (keep girls in school)
Peggy Creighton of Sew Powerful
Sew Powerful is a charity organization working to keep girls in school all month long by providing reusable hygiene products. They have seamstresses across the world who make beautiful crossbody purses. These purses are a gift to the girls and hold their hygiene supplies. Sew Powerful also supports a local sewing co-op, a soap making group, a farm, and a school. This provides more than 40 local jobs, giving parents the dignity of work and children a chance of education. The presentation will cover our local in-country activities and the making of the purse. 

 

Solutions for Shoulder, Neck and Arm Fitting
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Why does that shirt fall away from my neck or why is it riding up? This could be a few things since figure variations affect the shoulder and neck area. Lorraine will show you how to identify dowager curve, large or thin neck, high or shallow neck base, narrow, square or sloping shoulders and show you how to alter a pattern for these issues. This fun and informative presentation will have you enjoying the garment sewing process again.  

 

Successful Paper Piecing Made Easy for All
Connie Spurlock for Sew Wonderful Dreams
Never fear, Connie is here to take the mystery out of paper piecing. She will demonstrate how easy it is to achieve perfection during this “hands-on” experience. Even the most skeptic quilter will want try out this technique.  

 

Take The Frustration Out of Working with Delicate Threads
Georgene Caulder of Notions You Need
Learn how to use delicate, decorative and metallic threads without them twisting and /or breaking. Success can be achieved without tearing your hair out. Proper tools, needles and machine settings will be taught so you can create that WOW factor with ease.  

 

Ten Degree Ruler – Catch the Magic!
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
WOW!! How can so many projects be quickly and easily done with just one ruler? Placemats, table runners, jackets, center pieces and Christmas Tree skirts are just the beginning - assemble 150 pieces of fabric in just an hour! You will love the options and the tips to this speedy method.
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