Raleigh, NC

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 Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company  
10:30 Felting Made EasyBarb Callahan of Barb Originals
 11:15 How to Use Your Cutting Board as a Fit Tool | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
 12:00 Create Your Own Landscapes | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
 1:00 All About Creative Grids | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
 1:45 Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
2:30 Quilt Marking Made Easy | Bernie Collier of Hancy Creations
3:15
Necessities for Quilters | Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
4:00
Quilt Any Design with Basic Shapes | RaNae Merrill of RaNae Merrill Quilt Design
5:15
Super Prize Drawing  

 

Friday

 

9:30 Sewing for Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company   
10:30 Felting Made Easy | Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
11:15 All About Creative Grids | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
12:00 Runway Knock Offs: Fashion Show | Jim Suzio of Jim Suzio Sewing Studio
1:00 Necessities for Quilters | Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
1:45 Quick Sewing & Embroidery for the Young at Heart | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30
Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
3:15
Give Your Bag "Purse"onality | Judy Phillips of Sew déjà vu 
4:00
Designer's Secrets for Comfortable Clothes that Camouflage | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
5:15 Super Prize Drawing

 

Saturday

 

9:30 Sewing for Little Ones | Sis Hutchison of Martha Pullen Company    
10:30 Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
11:15 All About Creative Grids | Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
12:00 Give Your Bag "Purse"onality | Judy Phillips of Sew déjà vu
12:45
Secrets To Look Slimmer | Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
1:30 Felting Made Easy | Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
2:15 Make it Sparkle and Shine! | Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
3:00 Cosplay Runway Fashion Show | Cheryl Sleboda of Sew Much Cosplay
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:15
Super Prize Drawing

 

All About Creative Grids
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House 
Learn the how, why, and when you should use Creative Grids ™ rulers. These fabulous rulers will aide you in cutting your quilt blocks with accuracy, and with cutting accuracy come quick and easy assemble.  

 

Cosplay Runway Fashion Show

Cheryl Sleboda of Sew Much Cosplay 

If you’re a maker, wear your own Cosplay design (or period costume) and get FREE General Admission to the Expo on Saturday, August 3rd. Whether you’re a hero, heroine, villain or side-kick, come strut your stuff on the runway in the Cosplay Fashion Show. As a participant, you'll be entered into a drawing to win an Imaginator 3D printer and starter pack of filament from Sew Much Cosplay and RNK! Click here for complete details on how to participate.

 

Create Your Own Landscapes
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours 
Do you love those gorgeous fabric landscapes but you’re nervous about trying them on your own? Would you like a little help learning how to do them? Even though this is a quick stage class, you’ll pick up some great ideas and learn how to use cut and paste applique for the backgrounds and see what types of stitching to use to bring out the details. Take the mystery out of landscapes with this new and quick class…Landscaping a-la-Cindy 

 

Designer's Secrets for Comfortable Clothes that Camouflage
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
Be entertained as you are inspired to sew something beautiful and learn how the successful designers shape their clothes so they are easier to fit and sew. Clothes that allow you to gain or lose 30 pounds and still fit! Kathy Ruddy, the “stripping instructor”, includes information about her favorite sewing notions and interfacings using her body as a human coat hanger to show you clothes that make you look and feel good!  

 

Felting Made Easy
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
Felting techniques come in many forms, needle felting, wet felting, felted knitting and the easiest of all, felting old sweaters. Come and learn from Barb how easy it actually is and pick up some great tips and tricks. It’s amazing how many great projects you can create with this versatile process.  

 

Give Your Bag "Purse"onality
Judy Phillips of Sew déjà vu
Check out the latest products to and tricks to give your bags a professional and unique look.  

 

How to Use Your Cutting Board as a Fit Tool
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
The grid on your cutting board – that folding cardboard grid that has been stored in your closet – will give you insights into fitting your skirts, pants and even bodices that you have not experienced before. Never have an uneven hem again! This mini-class will expand your understanding of where changes need to be made and give you some “Ah-ha” moments that will make you want to make a new garment immediately! 

 

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! 

 

Necessities for Quilters
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
Find out what products and ideas can make a quilter's life fun and efficient.  Learn techniques to reach goals in design elements, product explanation and lots of ideas. 

 

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. 

 

Quick Sewing & Embroidery for the Young At Heart
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours 
Have you got some kiddos you want to sew for? Come and see what Cindy has created to tickle your fancy. See cute little critters, fluffy blankets, squeaky T-Shirts, patchwork quilts, adorable bibs and lots more! Get ideas that will help you create that special something for that special someone. 

 

Quilt Any Design with Basic Shapes
RaNae Merrill of RaNae Merrill Designs
Did you know that all quilting patterns are built from 6 Basic Shapes? Learn how Free-Motion Mastery in a Month can help you set this “quilting alphabet” in your muscle memory quickly and easily, so you can quilt any design with confidence. (For domestic sewing machines and longarms.)  

 

Quilt Marking Made Easy
Bernie Collier of Hancy Creations
Stop by and check out this entertaining demonstration on how to prepare and properly use a pounce pad and a Full Line stencils, or any other type of stencil. This is a great way to quickly and accurately to transfer stitching lines onto any project. 

 

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!"

 

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 camouflages any week 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 for 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 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.) 

 

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.

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