Stage Presentations

Presentations, demonstrations, trunk shows and fashion shows are FREE with your General Admission ticket. You'll get renewed energy, inspiration and lots of how-to's from these lively 30-minute sessions.
 
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Thursday
9:00-10:00
Let the Sewing Party Begin! with Martha Pullen
Special Presentation – ticket required. (Included free with School of Art Fashion Boutique registration, OR click to purchase ticket.)
10:30
The Amazing Economy Quilt
Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe
11:15 Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
12:00
Coloring Book of Style
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
1:00 Tool Time!
Phyllis Vandergriff of Fabric Creations
1:45 Embroidery Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30
The Difference a Dart Makes
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
3:15 Tile Works
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
4:00
Proportional Dressing - A Fashion Show
Cynthia Guffey
5:15 Super Prize Drawing

Friday
10:30 My Favorite Things
Judy Phillips/Cindi Polovick
11:15
Designer Tips –Taking the Shortcuts
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
12:00 Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
1:00 Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
1:45 Dye It, Paint It, Sun Print It and More!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30 The Amazing Economy Quilt
Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
3:15
 
Pressing Tools are Making a Comeback
Carol Steinbrecher of Conselle/Style Solutions
4:00
The Care and Feeding of Quilts
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
5:15 Super Prize Drawing
 
Saturday

10:30
Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
11:15
Cute Clothes for Adorable Kids
Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe
12:00 Indygo Junction's Magic Fashion Show
featuring Amy Barickman designs
1:00 The Care and Feeding of Quilts
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
1:45
Puttin on the Glitz!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30
Creative Grids: New and Favorite Rulers
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
3:15
My Favorite Things
Judy Phillips/Cindi Polovick
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:45
Super Prize Drawing


 
Coloring Book of Style
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
Age is nothing but a number when it comes to looking fabulous. And no one does timeless style better than The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. Featuring beautiful fabrics in stunning color themes, this showcase of chic fashions will challenge you to rethink how you dress and what you sew. See the latest carefree combinations of daring fabrics, textures and patterns in layers that drape and shape. Linda will show how to read the trends and fit today’s concepts into real wearables for you.


Creative Grids: New and Favorite Rulers

Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
Join Karen to see new and favorite Creative Grid rulers and various projects you can make with them. These are the original non-slip rulers with other must have features that are destined to become your new favorite.

Cute Clothes for Adorable Kids
Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
Cute clothes for adorable kids using pre-made garments like sweatshirts. Learn tips for adding ruffles, buttons, bows and trims for fast conversions. Free embellishment pattern for each attendee.

Designer Tips – Taking the Shortcuts
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
As we design patterns we are looking for ways to speed up the process, make things easier and have fun! We’ll introduce you to shortcuts, techniques and tools that will cut your time considerably and produce a better project. Sometimes it is the little things that really make a difference. Come see if you want to take the shortcut.

Dye It, Paint It, Sun Print It and More!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
See the newest methods for creating with plain fabric and turning it into a masterpiece! Watch as Cindy dyes fabric right in front of your eyes with a new type of dye…so easy and they don’t stain your fingers! See just how easy it is to silk screen any type of fabric or garment. She’ll demonstrate Inktense for soft backgrounds to embellish on…so much to see and learn!

Embroidery Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Embroidery is everywhere! It’s in quilts, wallhangings, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, things for the kids and sportswear. In this exciting seminar by Cindy Losekamp, you will see a myriad of quilts, garments, home dec items and landscapes, all with artfully placed embroidery designs to spark your creativity. You'll get tips on hooping, stabilizing and lots of great ideas on how to use your machine to the max! We know you will enjoy learning from this fun and exciting “edutainer” and you'll be itching to get stitching.

Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
Joe is a fit specialist for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as well as many other celebrities from television. Joe will share his experiences of fitting the stars and offer fitting tips that you can use at home so you too can have the fit of the Stars!

Indygo Juction's Magic Fashion Show
featuring Amy Barickman designs
Do you need to inject some fun and fabulousness into your wardrobe? Come see a trunk show of fashion-forward (yet functional) garment and accessory styles.

The trunk show will feature Amy Barickman's newest release The Magic Pattern Book, which has 6 fashionable patterns that can magically create 36 different styles! You can build a whole wardrobe with patterns from The Tank, The Skirt, The Dress, The Cardigan, The Coat and The Accessory. Although the patterns are rated for a beginner, the styles will interest any level of seamstress. Learn about construction techniques, creating garments out of recycled materials (each chapter contains one recycled project!), the newest notions and more!

Amy, the founder of Indygo Junction, has been designing apparel, accessory and home decor patterns for over 20 years. Recently she launched a new fabric line, Crossroads Denim, which brings to the modern seamstress 18 colors of denim perfect for garment sewing. See how this new fabric drapes on the body, lends itself to raw seams, and can be combined with cotton. See designs made up in the newest Indygo Junction patterns, including the new Crossroads pattern line - created especially to take advantage of the amazing qualities of Crossroads Denim!

Let the Sewing Party Begin!

Martha Pullen
Martha Pullen will tickle your funny bone with her hysterical stories – things that have really transpired as she’s traveled the world teaching sewing. You probably don’t know the heirloom sewing lady is also a comedy specialist – but she is! You just will not believe her real-life stories – all of which have truly happened while she’s been sharing the beauty of stitching French lace and entredeux! Come one, come all…to the pure pleasure of this memorable event, and Martha will start your day right – with a party! We are going to have fun, fun, fun! Special Presentation – ticket required. (Included free with School of Art Fashion Boutique registration, OR click to purchase ticket.)

Pressing Tools are Making a Come Back
Carol Steinbrecher of Conselle / Style Solutions
Do you quilt, sew, embroider, craft or all of the above? Make your projects look sharper and double the overall look value to all that hard work you’ve put into creating them. See how pressing differs from ironing. Learn the difference between soft and hard pressing and the choices you have available. Your projects and garments will look professional – it’s all in the tools.

Proportional Dressing – A Fashion Show
Cynthia Guffey
Join Cynthia as she presents fashions that focus on how body proportions can be balanced and visually enhanced by clothing style selections.

Puttin On the Glitz!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Make your projects shimmer by using the new products available…but you’re just not sure how? What about Angelina for appliqué fabric? Mylar® for embroidery? What about the new Angelina Film? How do you use it? Can you wash it and dry it? What kind of embroidery designs work with it and are there other things that you can use for more types of sparkle? You’ll see the latest in new jackets, tote bags, quilt in the hoop projects and pillows that all sparkle and shine. Join Cindy for great ideas to sparkle up your embroideries and create projects that shimmer.

Secrets to Look Slimmer
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 will camouflage 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 9 – 18 years of age 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.)

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.

The Amazing Economy Quilt
Donna Robertson of Fabric Café
Whether you are a first-time quilter or an old-pro, you’ll love the ease with which you can put these quilts together. Learn the cutting and piecing tricks for getting a quilt top out of just three yards of fabric. Enjoy a trunk show of beautiful quilts that you’ll want to make for gifts, charity and your own enjoyment. Every attendee gets a free quilt pattern.

The Care and Feeding of Quilts
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
Often owners of quilts do not appreciate what they have and have no idea how best to care for them. This presentation will cover laundering, displaying, folding, storing, and more to best preserve these valuable textiles.

The Difference a Dart Makes
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Not happy with your fit? It may be the lack of or the wrong shape of a dart. Learn some of the mistakes that were unintentionally created by old pattern alteration techniques and how to correct them. See how to add a dart for a better fit. Flat fabric on rounded bodies creates dart equivalent folds somewhere! Let’s turn those folds into form fitting clothes!

Tile Works
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Create Mexican inspired quilt blocks with stamps, paintstiks and fusible web.

Tool Time!
Phyllis Vandergriff of Fabric Creations
You’ve heard the saying “the right tool for the job”. Using the right tools is important to a successful quilting or sewing project. See what’s new on the market and which favorites you can’t live without.