Minneapolis, MN

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 Who Doesn’t Love a Great Scrap Quilt? | Diane Tomlinson, Associate Editor of Fons & Porter
 11:15 Treadle Yard Goods presents: A Taste of Fashion Sewing Club | Debbie & Kristin of The Material Girls
 12:00 The Best of The Sewing Workshop | Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
 1:00 Fit for Hollywood | Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Dress Forms
 1:45 Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
2:30
Nine Nifty Notions | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House 
3:15
Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler 
4:00
Studio 180 Trunk Show | Beth Sidley for Studio 180
5:15
Super Prize Drawing  

 

Friday

 

10:30 Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com   
11:15 Studio 180 Trunk Show | Beth Sidley for Studio 180
12:00 It's Not About Covering Your Body, It's About Flattering Your Figure | Cynthia Guffey
1:00 Fit for Hollywood | Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Dress Forms
1:45 Creative Grids: New and Favorite | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
2:30 Sewing for Your Little Ones | Connie Palmer Martha Pullen Company
3:15
Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
4:00
Treadle Yard Goods presents: A Taste of Fashion Sewing Club | Debbie & Kristin of The Material Girls
5:15
Super Prize Drawing

 

Saturday

 

10:30 Treadle Yard Goods presents: A Taste of Fashion Sewing Club | Debbie & Kristin of The Material Girls
11:15 Who Doesn’t Love a Great Scrap Quilt? | Diane Tomlinson, Associate Editor of Fons & Porter
12:00 Studio 180 Trunk Show | Beth Sidley for Studio 180
1:00 Nine Nifty Notions | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
1:45 Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
2:30 Comfortable Clothes the Easy Way | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
3:15
Fit for Hollywood | Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Dress Forms
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:15
Super Prize Drawing

 


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.

 

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.

 

Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Dress Forms
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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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
Connie Palmer 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.)

 

Studio 180 Trunk Show
Beth Sidley for Studio 180
Get a handle on why Studio 180 rulers and patterns have taken the world by storm, allowing quiltmakers the chance to make quilts more easily and accurately than ever. Join Beth as she shares a collection of amazing quilts and all her favorite tips for easy-as-pie making.

 

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 Best of The Sewing Workshop
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
Age is nothing but a number when it comes to looking fabulous. And no one does it better than The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. From beautiful fabrics to stunning colors, this showcase of handmade garments will challenge you to rethink how you dress and what you want to sew. The Sewing Workshop is known for its carefree chic combinations of daring fabrics, textures and patterns in layers of drape and shape. Linda will interpret how to read the trends of the moment and fit those concepts into making real clothes for you.


Treadle Yard Goods presents: A Taste of Fashion Sewing Club
Debbie & Kristin of The Material Girls
Garment sewing at its best - by and for real people! See new fall patterns, our go-to patterns and those that rise above every day. Material Girls and Treadle Yard Goods bring you the Expo version of Fashion Sewing Club, a monthly meeting of inspiration and motivation for the garment sewist in the greater Twin Cities metro area. Wear something you have sewn for a chance to win a door prize!

 

Who Doesn’t Love a Great Scrap Quilt?
Diane Tomlinson, Associate Editor of Fons & Porter
Still pondering a design for all those fabrics you’ve collected? Have a favorite collection you’re wondering how to use? Or scraps begging to be a quilt? Find inspiration and then some when Diane shares Fons & Porter's ever-changing collection of scrap quilts. Many are her own, others are the work of the editorial and art team, all appearing on the pages of magazines. Throughout the show she’ll share ideas for ways to organize your scraps, a few useful tools and notions for making the quilts she’s showing, and discuss how to effectively raid your own stash to create quilts you’ll cherish as favorites.

           
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