Dallas, TX

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. Looking for even more presentations? Click here for the Expo Stage schedule.

 

Thursday
 

10:30 Adding Color and Colored Pencil to Fabric | Tana Mueller for Designs by Tana
11:15 Eat Cookies Clothes | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
1:00 Swivel Our Seams: Pattern Alteration SOS | Lorraine Henry for Lorraine Henry Conselle
1:45 The Best Tool for the Job – Choosing Needles for your Handwork | Richard Kennair for Global Artisans
2:30 Quilts Using Panels | Sandra Hammons for Sandy's Quilt Shop
3:15 Why Didn't I Think of That! | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
4:00 "Practice" the Four-Letter-Word | Dianne Springer for Dianne Springer Designs

 

Friday
 

10:30 Adding Color and Colored Pencil to Fabric | Tana Mueller for Designs by Tana
11:15 Breaking the Rules of Sewing | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
12:00 I See Stars | Dianne Springer for Dianne Springer Designs
1:00 Fit After Forty (And Sometimes Younger!) | Lorraine Henry for Lorraine Henry Conselle
1:45 Quilts Using Panels | Sandra Hammons for Sandy's Quilt Shop
2:30 Quilt Binding Techniques | Carmen Geddes for TenSisters Handicraft
3:15 Enchanting Fabric Creations with Tsukineko Inks | Joyce Teng for TSC Designs


Saturday
 

10:00 The Foundation Paper Piecing Revolution | Michael O'Dell for Legit Kits
10:45 The Art of Sashiko Stitching | Ashley Leon for Urban Spools Sewing Lounge LLC
11:30 I See Stars | Dianne Springer for Dianne Springer Designs
12:15 Essential Tools for Fitting Pants | Lorraine Henry for Lorraine Henry Conselle
1:00 Eat Cookies Clothes | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
1:45 The ABCs of FBAs (Full Bust Adjustments) | Jessica Cramer for Chambray Blues Sewing
2:30 Fussy Finder | Dianne Springer for Dianne Springer Designs
3:15 Enchanting Fabric Creations with Tsukineko Inks | Joyce Teng for TSC Designs

 

 

Adding Color and Colored Pencil to Fabric

Tana Mueller for Designs by Tana

The "Magic is in the Blending!"

 

Breaking the Rules of Sewing 

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Kathy Ruddy is a maverick who dares to challenge traditional sewing methods, coming up with foolproof techniques of her own to banish the "homemade look" from sewing. She models garments made with these techniques in a lively presentation that will be a memorable experience.

 

Eat Cookies Clothes

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Are you heavier than your ideal weight? Has your body morphed from an hour glass into a sausage? Kathy uses her body as a human coat hanger to demonstrate how her garment's shapes and details keep the eye away from your trouble areas and looking at your best features. See how different fabrics can shorten the construction process and affect how you look and feel in your clothes.

 

Enchanting Fabric Creations with Tsukineko Inks

Joyce Teng for TSC Designs

This presentation will cover basic ink processes and different advanced versatile techniques through show and tell.

 

Essential Tools for Fitting Pants

Lorraine Henry for Lorraine Henry for Conselle

There are tools that will help us greatly in fitting our pants better. Come and see them and learn how to use them. Do you know how to use a flex curve for a better shaped crotch? Do you know what measurements you need and how to take them effectively? A specialized tape measure makes things so much easier! This short class will teach you more than what most of our fitting books contain.

 

Fit After Forty (And Sometimes Younger!)

Lorraine Henry for Conselle

As we age, our bodies have some predictable changes. Bustlines drop, shoulders round forward, tummies enlarge, a dowager hump may appear...and more. A good fit will help camouflage figure imperfections. Listen and learn from an enlighting, sometimes entertaining, and realistic discussion on our ageing figures and how to get our clothes to fit. It happens to everyone!

 

Fussy Finder 

Dianne Springer for Dianne Springer Designs

Come see Dianne's fun approach to using Quiltsmart, using a template for fussy cutting the components. The end result is stunning! After seeing her technique, you'll never look at fabric the same way.

 

I See Stars

Dianne Springer for Dianne Springer Designs

Learn to make two different stars without bias cuts or seams. Fair warning….this is addictive!!!

 

"Practice" the Four-Letter-Word

Dianne Springer for Dianne Springer Designs

Toss the fears and rules of free motion out the window and let Dianne take you on a journey that will elevate your quilting skills. Once you learn her way of free motion, you will never send your quilts to a long armer again.

 

Quilt Binding Techniques

Carmen Geddes for TenSisters Handicraft

Come and see some great tips for a fantastic finish to your quilts. Bonus demo on piping for award winning bindings.

 

Quilts Using Panels

Sandra Hammons for Sandy's Quilt Shop

Quilt display of the different ways to use panels in quilts.

 

Swivel Our Seams: Pattern Alteration SOS

Lorraine Henry for Conselle

Tired of slashing your pattern into puzzle pieces and trying to put it back together to "kind of fit"? Have you ever wanted to just pull out your seam allowances and magically fit your figure? It is almost that easy with the seam method of pattern alteration! Have an "Ah-HA" visual experience as you watch how seams can swivel in and out to accommodate your changing figure!

 

The ABCs of FBAs (Full Bust Adjustments)

Jessica Cramer for Chambray Blues Sewing

We will discuss common fitting issues of women with full busts, pattern adjustments, style choices, tips and sewing techniques.

 

The Art of Sashiko Stitching

Ashley Leon for Urban Spools Sewing Lounge LLC

Learn more about the ancient hand art of Sashiko stitching and how you can integrate this stitch type into your works.

 

The Best Tool for the Job - Choosing Needles for your Handwork

Richard Kennair for Global Artisans

Handwork is more and more popular. But how do you choose the most appropriate needle for your task. Richard will go through the process of making needles and what the different types of needles are best for different hand crafts.

 

The Foundation Paper Piecing Revolution

Michael O'Dell for Legit Kits

A brief introduction to the basics of Foundation Paper Piecing followed by our company's novel approach to the art form. Legit Kits uses the full spectrum of colors and our revolutionary block system makes even the most complex designs easy to sew.

 

Why Didn't I Think of That!

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Join Kathy as she shares random techniques to perform sewing skills faster and easier with better results than the traditional approach.

 

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