Lakeland, FL

Expo Stage Presentations

 

See your favorite sewing and quilting designers and personalities show what's new and trending. Catch all the excitement as you enjoy fashion revues, trunk shows, demonstrations and presentations from the premier experts across the nation. FREE with your General Admission ticket. 

 

Thursday

10:30 So Many Creative Pieces | Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
 11:15 Print It, Transfer It, and Embellish It | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
 12:00 Bling Up Your Bag! | Judy Phillips of Sew Deja Vu
 12:45 Heirloom Sewing | Connie Palmer for Classic Sewing Magazine
 1:30 Mixed Media Mania | Joyce Teng of TSC Designs
2:15 Take the Frustration Out of Working with Delicate Threads | Georgene Caulder of Notions You Need
3:00
Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
3:45
Looking Good! Sewing Fast! Having Fun! | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
4:30
Scrap Crazy Quilts | Karen Montgomery
5:15
Super Prize Drawing  

 

Friday

 

10:30 Secrets to Look Slimmer | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
11:15 Quilt Smart | Judy Phillips of Sew Deja Vu
12:00 Quilt Any Design with Six Basic Shapes | RaNae Merrill of Free Motion Mastery in a Month
12:45 Mixed Media Mania | Joyce Teng of TSC Designs
1:30 Jump Off the Surface Embroidery | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:15
Take the Frustration Out of Working with Delicate Threads | Georgene Caulder of Notions You Need
3:00
Marking Your Quilt Easy with Bernie | Bernie Collier of Full Line Stencils by Hancy Creations
3:45
Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
4:30
Small Projects Make Great Gifts | Karen Montgomery
5:15 Super Prize Drawing
5:30
Runway Knock Offs: Fashion Show | Jim Suzio of Jim Suzio Sewing Studio 

 

Saturday

 

10:30 So Many Creative Pieces | Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
11:15 Mixed Media Mania | Joyce Teng of TSC Designs
12:00 Bling Up Your Bag! | Judy Phillips of Sew Deja Vu
12:45
Make it Sparkle and Shine! | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
1:30 Learning Free-Motion Quilting? Fast-Track it with Quilting Yoga! | RaNae Merrill of Free Motion Mastery in a Month
2:15 Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
3:00 Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
3:30
Cosplay Runway Show & Contest | commentated by Mark Ingraham and judged by Brint Fanizza aka "The Scissors Man"
4:30
Super Prize Drawing


Bling Up Your Bag!
Judy Phillips of Sew Déjà Vu
Dress up any bag or purse with sparkle, shine and textures. Judy of Sew Déjà Vu will share her secrets to personalized styled bags just by upgrading the hardware.  

 

Cosplay Runway Show & Contest

commentated by Mark Ingraham and judged by Brint Fanizza aka "The Scissors Man"

Cosplayers, Reenactors and Costumers get FREE General Admission to the Expo on Saturday, March 21st. Whether you’re a hero, heroine, villain or side-kick, come strut your stuff on the runway in the Cosplay Runway Show & Contest, and you could win cash and prizes! The judged contest is comprised of two categories: Novice and Expert. Click here for complete details and the Contest Entry Form.

 

Heirloom Sewing
Connie Palmer for Classic Sewing Magazine
Connie Palmer, author, instructor and designer, is here to share her passion for Heirloom sewing. Learn the ins and outs of working with fine fabrics, french and swiss laces, specialty needles, threads and more to create beautiful keepsakes.  

 

Jump Off the Surface Embroidery
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Push the boundaries and create awe inspiring projects with dimension! Cindy will show you ways to use unique fabrics, 3-D pieces, layered applique, fringed detail and so much more. You will be completely inspired by her truck show of wall hangings, garments and landscapes.

 

Learning Free-Motion Quilting? Fast-Track it with Quilting Yoga!
RaNae Merrill of Free Motion Mastery in a Month
Learn a few simple exercises that will quickly and easily train the body mechanics needed for successful free-motion quilting and help you stay relaxed and refreshed as you quilt. 

 

Looking Good! Sewing Fast! Having Fun!
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
Would you like a wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points? Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models her wardrobe and teaches you how to make these wonderful clothes. 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!  

 

Make It Sparkle and Shine!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
We’re all drawn to things that shine! See how to add a little or a lot of glitz to your world by using Angelina Fibers, Angelina Film/Mylar®, glittered embroidery using the new glitter iron on fabric. Cindy will show how to make and apply crystal iron-ons, brush on glitter to create your own amazing wearables that wash and dry easily. Adding a little sparkle to your garments is fun to do and so EASY! 

 

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. 

 

Mixed Media Mania
Joyce Teng of TSC Designs
Learn fun and colorful ways to create unique mixed media art that will transform your exclusive wearables, art quilts and traditional piecing. Beginning with basic white fabric, Joyce of TSC Designs, will show you how to combine colorful Tsukineko Inks with various mediums, tools and stencils to produce custom pieces that pop.

 

Print It, Transfer It, and Embellish It
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Join Cindy for this quick presentation and see some fast and fun ways to embellish a little or a lot. You’ll learn how to easily transfer family pics on to jeans and t-shirts. You will even see how to add a silk screen or two. Next add a crystal applique for a finishing touch! Fun, Quick and Easy!  

 

Quick Points to the Rescue
Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
From the creative mind of Janet Platt, inventor of the amazing Quick Points Ruler, comes a collection of fun to make, fun to give projects. See everything from fanciful aprons to sassy towels, from the prettiest pillowcases and bindings to … well, whatever whimsy she’s created lately. There’s an idea for every occasion, and lots of tips for easiest construction techniques so you have more fun making something simple look amazing. 

 

Quilt Any Design with Six Basic Shapes
RaNae Merrill of Free Motion Mastery in a Month
Learning to quilt these six simple shapes is like learning to write the alphabet. Once you embed them in your muscle memory you can quilt any pattern with confidence, whether you quilt at a domestic sewing machine or a longarm. 

 

Quilt Smart
Judy Phillips of Sew Deja 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.  

 

Runway Knock Offs: Fashion Show
Jim Suzio
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!" 

 

Scrap Crazy Quilts
Karen Montgomery
Let Karen show you how to move those fabric scraps out of your stash and into unique quilts using Scrap Crazy templates by Creative Grids. 

 

Secrets to Look Slimmer
with 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 camouflages 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 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, please call 800-699-6309 or click here for more information.) 

 

Small Projects Make Great Gifts
Karen Montgomery
You will enjoy this rapid fire presentation of projects that will inspire you to sew as well as solve your gift giving needs 

 

So Many Creative Pieces
Barb Callahan
Barb will show you how you can take your fabric projects from ordinary to extraordinary as she shares her passion for fiber arts. Come and learn how to incorporate pictures on fabric, use vintage and unusual fibers in a new exciting way and embellish your little heart out. 

 

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.

 

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.

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