Original Sewing & Quilt Expo was started in 1995 and grew over time to include about nine events annually along with the Georgia Quilt Show. Operating for the first two months out of the Founder’s home, the original two-person staff quickly moved to an office location and expanded to include seven staff members and an office cat named Clara.
With long hours, a little sweat and much laughter, those seven people produced the first event (then Original Sewing and Craft Expo), which opened on Friday, October 13th, 1995 in Reston, Virginia. Since then the staff has grown to ten with another ten (or more) who join us on-site from around the country.
From the very beginning, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo has been committed to producing high quality events where participants feel welcomed and comfortable, and find inspiration and motivation to enhance the personal fulfillment and self-satisfaction pursuing their sewing interests yields. In response to quilters who wanted more, the name and composition of the show evolved to Original Sewing & Quilt Expo; as machine embroidery entered the arena, Innovations in Embroidery was added to the events, and in October 2008 in Atlanta, the very first Georgia Quilt Show was held to satisfy the insatiable appetite of quilt makers in this market. Original Sewing & Quilt Expo arrives in the Atlanta area each March, and Georgia Quilt Show returns each year in October.
In the Expo's classrooms, seminars and workshops are crafted to provide an atmosphere of exploration and creativity in all areas of sewing, quilt making, machine embroidery, embellishment and related arts. More and more hands-on experiences show up in class programs each year in response to demand by the public. The Exhibit Hall is carefully constructed to offer special exhibits, stage shows and the widest range of supplies, equipment and tools possible, which are sold through retail vendors from the US, Canada and around the world.
At the end of 2011, MS. Productions, Inc. had produced 130 events, starting with just two in 1995 and growing over the years to annual events in eight different cities by 2000. Just under 5,000 enthusiasts attended in 1995; more than 60,000 will attend nine events this year.
The company's staff has evolved over the years, but still remains a small, closely knit and hard-working team. The makeup of its members seems to mirror a significant percentage of those who attend Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – in her sewing, quilt making, embellishment and/or machine embroidery interests, age, lifestyle and personality. In other words, we are you, and you are us. We share your passions, your attitudes, your dreams and your frustrations, and build events that help with your ability to reach maximum satisfaction and creative harmony with your sewing.
On November 21, 2011, MS. Productions, Inc. was acquired by Creative Crafts Group.