A Bull in a China Shop, or The Unexpected Journey of an Out of Control
Abomination Climbing His Way Up the Quilting Ladder
From Mark: I think that Julia Roberts said it best when she said, “I’m just a boy, who loves to quilt, from a trailer park.” Well, maybe it was, Hilary Swank, and anyway, I never lived in a trailer park. But I digress. How does a man become a quilter, teacher, designer and lecturer and what has he learned in the process? How does working in the quilting arena differ from working in big business and what words of wisdom do I have for you? If you’ve ever wondered why a successful television producer would give up a hefty six-figure salary for poverty wages to quilt, then this is for you!
Travel with Mark from his boyhood Pittsburgh home, to San Francisco, Miami, New York, Chicago and New Jersey and learn how each of these places led him to becoming the quilt master he is today! From his first quilts to his last, see first-hand how a quilting duckling is trying to make you think he’s transforming himself into a quilting swan (if for no other reason than to feel better about your own quilting projects). Take a look at a small trunk show of his quilts and his multiple UFOs and find out why he lost interest. Hear what inspires him and allow his life experience and outlook on the creative process to inspire you.
Distinctive Styles & Delightful Details
Louise Cutting of Cutting Line Designs
Louise, an industry insider, designs modern, trend-appropriate patterns for her own independent company. Her patterns are young in spirit with realistic fit, making them ageless, sophisticated and very wearable. Using contemporary fabrics from casual to elegant, you will find touches of classic to decidedly chic ensembles, all with a fun fashion edge and sassy attitude.
Do It In The Hoop!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Create with a machine embroidery hoop. It’s so much fun! Nobody does it in the hoop like Cindy. She'll show you how to hoop your stabilizer and start on your way to unlimited creative possibilities. See how to create purses, bags, quilts, borders, blankets and facings – and lots more.
Dye It, Paint It, Sun Print It and More!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Transform plain, everyday fabric into an original masterpiece, right before your eyes! Using the latest dyes and techniques, Cindy shows you how to change plain fabrics into unique art creations. And all without staining your fingers! Capture the rays of the sun in your design to create on-of-a-kind images for quilts and garments and learn to use soft backgrounds for your embellishments.
Fall’s Fashion Sewing Trends: Fabrics, Colors, and Flattering Styles
Denise Wild of BurdaStyle
Denise Wild, Sewing Expert and Content Director of BurdaStyle, breaks down fall’s hottest sewing trends. See the latest fashion fabrics and the season’s top colors, getting tips for working with them and wearing them with style. You’ll also see some of BurdaStyle’s most popular patterns up close and personal while learning insider tricks for flattering your figure.
Fast, Fun and Fabulous Embellishments
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
Use interesting fibers, woven pieces, scraps of fabric, pieces from your stash and buttons to creat quick, easy and amazing embellishments.
From Antique to Chic
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
Carefully select a classic, vintage piece and transform it into today’s chic fashion. Barb shows how to use today’s techniques and trendy embellishments to re-invent and upcycle vintage garments for a whole new look.
I Made It Myself Event
Step into the Expo spotlight and show what you’ve made – you might be wearing it, or you might be carrying it. Just come with something you’re happy about because it turned out so well...or took you in new directions...or because you had so much fun making it. It’s your time to show off your creative pursuits and find new inspiration in what others are doing, too.
Indygo Juction's Magic Fashion Show
Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction
Do you need to inject some fun and fabulousness into your wardrobe? Come visit with Amy Barickman, founder of Indygo Junction, as she shows you a trunk show of fashion-forward (yet functional) garment and accessory styles.
Amy Barickman’s trunk show will feature her 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, Amy’s method for 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. She will show you 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 her new Crossroads pattern line - created especially to take advantage of the amazing qualities of Crossroads Denim!
Make It Again: Mash Up Patterns That Fit for Fun New Looks
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
Tops, jackets and pants start with well-fitting Fit For Art Patterns, then incorporate new details using variations and mash-ups from other patterns. This trunk show will inspire you to make a wardrobe of comfortable, stylish and artful clothing based on just two patterns.
Colleen Casey of Some Art Fabric
I love "Modern Quilts!" Wait! What is a modern quilt? Join Colleen for a trunk show of quick quilts that use simple patterns for dynamic, thoroughly modern results. Learn different theories on what make a quilt modern and how to get the most done on a limited time schedule. You’ll also see innovative ways to work with large print fabrics, semi solids and solids.
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
Sew To Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
The right style and fit can take 10 or more pounds off of the way you look! Sewing can give you a high-end wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points! Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models and shows you clothes that make you look and feel good. Learn about techniques and tools to make your creative process fun and successful.
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.
Take the Short Cut!
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
Save yourself some time and take the short cut on many of your projects. We’ll show you how to cut time, use the right tools, sew miniatures, and SEW much more. You get lots of ideas and even more inspiration as you realize there is a reason they call it “short cut”!
Visual Magic: Clothes Re-make the Woman
Want to see real women in stunning designs from Cynthia Guffey's pattern line? Cynthia will take a variety of body types and figures and flatter them based on variations of her own patterns. Be ready to be stunned and dazzled as Cynthia gives personalization and fit a new twist and flare!