Fredericksburg, VA

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

9:30 Sewing for Your Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company  
10:30 Free-Motion for Today's Quilter | Adele Scott of Ask Adele (Adele Scott Design Studio)
 11:15 Fit for Hollywood | Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc 
 12:00 Knockout Knits | Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns
 1:00 Ten Degree Ruler for Great Projects | Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams 
 1:45 Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
2:30
Wow! Wearable Art Jackets | Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns 
3:15
Nine Nifty Notions | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House 
4:00
Easy Thread Lace and Yarn | Michelle Umlauf, National Educator for Sulky of America
5:15
Super Prize Drawing  

 

Friday

 

10:30 Fast Fleece Accessories | Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns   
11:15 Fashionable and Functional Zippers | Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
12:00 It's Not About Covering Your Body, It's About Flattering Your Figure | Cynthia Guffey
1:00 Knockout Knits | Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns
1:45 Creative Grids: New and Favorite | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
2:30 Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
3:15
Playing with Blocks | Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
4:00
Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
5:15
Super Prize Drawing

 

Saturday

 

10:30 Knockout Knits | Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns      
11:15 Free-Motion for Today's Quilter | Adele Scott of Ask Adele (Adele Scott Design Studio)
12:00 Creating Unique Artwork with Your Decorative Stitches | Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
1:00 Color Your Fabric with Paintstiks | Laura Murray with Laura Murray Designs
1:45 Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
2:30 Fit for Hollywood | Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc
3:15
Fast Fleece Accessories | Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:15
Super Prize Drawing

 


Color Your Fabric with Paintstiks
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Transform your fabric into exactly what your project needs by discovering how to easily transfer color and pattern using paintstik techniques suitable for any skill level.


Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
Learn to use Kathy’s techniques and favorite notions for a creative process that’s fun and successful. She’ll model her wardrobe on stage, sharing how she created garments or the details on them, along with the key notions for easy success.

 

Creating Unique Artwork with Your Decorative Stitches
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
Create artwork on your garments, bags, and quilts using your beautiful decorative stitches combined with many other techniques such as applique.

 

Creative Grids: New and Favorite

Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
Learn about the benefits of using Creative Grids Rulers for all your quilting needs. Karen will show all her favorites, including the newest ones on the market. Free handout to all who attend the demo.

 

Easy Thread Lace and Yarn
Michelle Umlauf, National Educator for Sulky of America
If you thought Sulky’s threads were made just for machine embroidery, hand sewing or decorative stitches, then you will want to attend this stage presentation. Sulky of America national educator, Michelle Umlauf, is going to inspire you with thread lace techniques using a sewing machine as a serger. Plus, she will explain how you can make your own custom cotton thread yarn.

 

Fashionable and Functional Zippers
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
Zippers are one of our favorite fashion elements, and should be included in the clothes you design and sew. Get definitive with your process, as you see Rae insert (install?) lapped, invisible, exposed and fly front zippers in a sampler-style class. Explore what supports them and which machine accessory feet are needed to execute the easiest zipper applications. Learn to size and purchase the correct zippers, and find inspiration as you see garments featuring each type of application.

 

Fast Fleece Accessories
Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
Cold winds will soon be blowing. Be prepared to battle elements with some Fabulous Fleece Accessories! From cozy hats and mittens to embellished wraps and pullovers, Pattie from Great Copy Patterns will share her collection of weather-busting fleece garments and accessories. Sewing on fleece, as well as some fun embellishments will also be shown.

 

Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
Joe is a fit specialist for Dancing with the Stars as well as for 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!

 

Free-Motion for Today’s Quilter
Adele Scott of Ask Adele (Adele Scott Design Studio)
Yes! You all can do easy, successful free-motion quilting! Come see what’s available from new needles, threads, Westalee free-motion rulers for all of our machines and many other great useful products to get the best results. Plus, receive trouble shooting advice, marking options and many tips for handling three larger quilts.

 

It’s Not About Covering Your Body, It’s About Flattering Your Figure
Cynthia Guffey
Enjoy a style show of loose-fitting garments showing the dramatic difference between those that are simply large enough to cover, and those that fit well. The ease of wearing clothes cut for a more casual, unconstructed look isn’t about size – it’s about fitting key areas to achieve your most flattering silhouette, which creates the most comfortable wearing, too. See how Cynthia works with color to capitalize on the look, creating lively, fashion-forward looks with patterns that are easy to fit and truly wonderful to wear.

 

Knockout Knits
Carrie Emerson of Fit for Art Patterns
Become inspired to take your knit tops up a notch! Enjoy a trunk show with Carrie Emerson, of Fit for Art Patterns, featuring sewing and style tips, variations and embellishments for knit tops.

 

Nine Nifty Notions
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
Please join Karen for all of her latest quilting “notions”. Notions – in this case a play on words – means Karen wants to share nine nifty ideas with you to make your quilting area more organized, even as you take your quilting to the next level.

 

Playing with Blocks
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
Using So Soft fabric paints and hand carved woodblocks, Marty will demonstrate how easy it is to “decorate” your fabric and make it very unique – whether for quilting or sewing.

 

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.

 

Sewing for Your Little Ones
Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company
Don’t miss this wonderful, inspirational trunk show of adorable babies’ and children’s clothing. See beautiful garments from Children’s Corner Patterns, Creations by Michie' and also a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher curriculum. Discover how much difference adding a little trim here, a little lace there, a perfect button and a coordinating fabric trim will make to a special outfit. You’ll be stitching up memorable and well-loved clothes for your own ‘littles’ in no time!

 

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.

 

Ten Degree Ruler for Great Projects
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
A ten degree ruler is a great tool allowing you to make all sorts of quick projects. The seam allowance is already figured in so placemats, table runners, tree skirts and much more are finished quickly. Make quick quilt borders with this easy-to-use ruler. You don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy and have great success with this ruler. Come watch the fun!


Wow! Wearable Art Jackets
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
Artful clothing goes everywhere, so why not stitch up your own original masterpieces? Explore ideas for surface design techniques that will help you envision and create your own unique wearable art style. Fabric collage, painting, stenciling and quilting will all be considered during this trunk show of possibilities. Gather artistic and practical tips, and take a look at the structure and fit of wearable art creations so they are built for years of enjoyment.

           
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