Fredericksburg, VA

Expo Stage Presentations

 

See what's new and trending with presentations on the Expo Stage. FREE with your General Admission ticket.

 

Thursday

 11:15 Do You Wonder Why It Doesn't Fit? | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
 12:00 Just Add Shirts – Non-Stabilized Techniques for DIY T-Shirt Quilt | Heather M. Stocker for Bon Air Quilt Company
 1:00 Comfortable Clothes That Camouflage | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
 1:45 Adjustable Workstations and Sewing Notions | Martelli
2:30
Fitting Techniques: Costumes from Dancing with the Stars | Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Inc.
3:15
Play with Your Patterns | Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns
4:00
Straight & Accurate Strips and Squares | Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
4:45
For the Love of Applique | Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
5:15
Super Prize Drawing

 

Friday

 

10:30
Play with Your Patterns | Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns
11:15
Using the Lost Wax Method to Make a Thimble | Jan Larson of Thimbles for You  
12:00 Runway Knock Offs | Jim Suzio of Jim Suzio Sewing Studio
1:00 Sew to Look Slimmer | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
1:45 Just Add Shirts – Non-Stabilized Techniques for DIY T-Shirt Quilt | Heather M. Stocker for Bon Air Quilt Company
2:30
Beyond Borders | Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
3:15
Fitting Solutions for Shoulder, Neck and Arms | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
4:00
Spectacular Stars | Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
4:45
Cut Straight, Sew Straight, Press Straight | Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt  
5:15 Super Prize Drawing

 

Saturday

 

10:30
Using the Lost Wax Method to Make a Thimble | Jan Larson of Thimbles for You
11:15 Cathedral Windows Reimagined | Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
12:00 Quilt Any Design with Six Basic Shapes | RaNae Merrill of Free Motion Mastery
1:00
Foot Loose and Fancy Free Motion | Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
1:45 Straight & Accurate Strips and Squares | Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
2:30 Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
3:00 Cosplay Runway Show & Contest | Cheryl Sleboda of Sew Much Cosplay
4:00
Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony | Les Wallace & Madonna Rabatin for Quilts of Valor Foundation
4:30
Super Prize Drawing

 
Adjustable Workstations and Sewing Notions
Martelli
Learn all about Martelli’s adjustable workstation tables and sewing notions that will help make your measuring and cutting a breeze.

Beyond Borders
Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
Come, sit back and enjoy while you learn a fun and exciting way to create beautiful quilt borders. Dianne will show you her piecing tricks that will take your quilt piecing to the border and beyond.

Cathedral Windows Reimagined
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Discover a fast and easy innovative technique for creating uncommon cathedral windows quilt designs without piecing by using paintstiks, stamps and fusible web.

 

Comfortable Clothes That Camouflage
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
Be entertained as you are inspired to sew something beautiful and learn how designers shape their clothes so they are easier to fit and sew. See clothes that allow you to gain or loose 30 pounds and they will still fit. Kathy uses her body as a human dress form to model clothes that make you look and feel good. Learn about the right style and fit that can take 10 pounds off of the way you look instantly. Sewing can give you a “couture” wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points. You will also learn about techniques and tools to make the creative process easier and successful 

 

Cosplay Runway Show & Contest

Cheryl Sleboda of Sew Much Cosplay
Sit back and enjoy a fashion show of creativity and wonder as Cosplayers, Reenactors and Costumers take the stage to show off their creations and compete for a 3D printer and cash prizes!

Cut Straight, Sew Straight, Press Straight
Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
It should be the easiest part of quilting! Yet keeping it all straight can be a point of frustration and a real challenge at times. It's not a one-size-fits-all solution so we'll explore several options for walking the straight and narrow.

Do You Wonder Why It Doesn't Fit?
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Want to know what to do to fix it? Is there such a thing as a perfect figure that a pattern will fit without one or more alterations? As a dressmaker I have not seen one. We are all different and have unique needs. Bring your questions and we will discuss as many as time allows. I will show you how to alter patterns for the figure variations we identify in the group. Learn how to read the wrinkles or folds in the garments we wear that give us clues to the figure variation underneath the garment! We can all learn from each other.

 

Fitting Solutions for Shoulder, Neck and Arms
Lorraine Henry for Conselle

Why does that shirt want to fall away from my neck? Could be one thing or another. Figure variations affecting shoulder/neck area are: the dowager hump large or thin neck, a forward head, high or shallow neck bases, broad or narrow shoulders ,square or sloping shoulders, long or short arm joints (Have you heard of those before?) and how about that forward arm joint! Learn to identify and then correct for these common variations. Then Arms: Large or thin? Short or long? Inward rotation of the elbow. (What is that??) There are a few more that we will discuss in this fun and informative presentation.

 

Fitting Techniques: Costumes from Dancing with the Stars
Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Inc
Join Joe Vecchiarelli, costume fitter for Dancing with the Stars, as he explains how the garments are constructed and learn how he gets these masterpieces to fit like a glove.

Foot Loose and Fancy Free Motion
Dianne Springer of 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.

For the Love of Applique

Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
Say goodbye to frayed raw edge applique! Dianne will share her best practices for applique that will have your master pieces last a lifetime, even after hundreds of washings.

Just Add Shirts – Non-Stabilized Techniques for DIY T-Shirt Quilts
Heather M. Stocker for Bon Air Quilt Company
Learn how to overcome common mishaps when not using stabilizer on t-shirt quilts, how to cut shirts so that they are appropriately sized, how to prevent edges from rolling, how use your walking foot for best results, and harnessing the power of cotton sashing to help give some extra stabilization.

 

Play with Your Patterns
Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns
Get the most out of your tried and true patterns by playing with different fabrics, embellishments and surface design, adding pockets and linings, and more! Carrie Emerson presents a trunk show based on Fit for Art’s core patterns and variations, inspiring you to sew garments successfully through repetition with a favorite pattern.

Quilt Any Design with Six Basic Shapes

RaNae Merrill of Free Motion Mastery in a Month
Six Basic Shapes make up the “alphabet” of quilting. Learn three ways to practice these shapes and embed in your muscle memory, before you go to the sewing machine. Then quilt any pattern with confidence! (For domestic and longarm machines)

Quilts of Valor Award Presentation
Les Wallace & Madonna Rabatin for Quilts of Valor Foundation
Join us in acknowledging the service and sacrifice of those who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces, as we award comforting and healing Quilts of Valor to those whose lives have been touched by war. 

Runway Knock Offs
Jim Suzio of Jim Suzio Sewing Studio
Films, magazines, newspapers, television, fashion/style trendsetters are everywhere. We gaze in awe at the gowns on the red carpet, knowing an Edith Head, a Givenchy, an Oleg Cassini or a Carolina Herrera original would be far from our reach. Yet, if you sew, the look is just a thread away. From the elegant look of Susan Sarandon in "Feud:Bette and Joan" (as Bette Davis in "All About Eve") to Lily James' "bohemian style" (in "Mamma Mia 2, Here We Go Again"), to classics like Audrey and Jackie, join us as Jim Suzio features his recreations of these and several other iconic looks on the fashion runway. As Jim would say, "Don't just follow fashion, create it!"

 

Sew To Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
The right style and fit can take 10 or more pounds off of the way you look! Sewing can give you a high-end wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points! Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models and shows you clothes that make you look and feel good. Learn about techniques and tools to make your creative process fun and successful. 

 

Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
This fashion and trunk show featuring students ages 18 and under 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, click here for more information.)

Spectacular Stars
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Do you love star designs, such as Mariner’s Compass, but not the challenges of precision piecing? Discover a no-fail, easy fusible applique technique using paintstiks and stamps to create the appearance of complexity without piecing. 

 

Straight & Accurate Strips and Squares
Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
Cutting straight strips is a breeze with the incredible AQSR (Adjustable Quilt Strip Ruler) and with one turn you'll get the most accurate squares you've ever cut.

 

Super Prize Drawing
Fabulous prize packages and sewing machines are awarded daily at this drawing. You will receive your Super Prize Drawing Ticket at the Expo. Drawings are held at 5:15pm on Thursday and Friday, and at 4:30pm Saturday on the Expo Stage inside the Exhibit Hall. Winners must be present with a photo ID to claim their prize.

Using the Lost Wax Method to Make a Thimble
Jan Larson of Thimbles For You
Jan will explain how an ancient casting method is used to make a common sewing tool.
Jan is a silversmith. She lives in the cornfields of Iowa, and does the design work, casting and finishing of her thimbles and chatelaines... all on her farm. As a fashion designer, she has been hand sewing since she was 4. Her insights into fitting and using thimbles is un-matched. "

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