Schaumburg, IL

Expo Stage Presentations

 

See what's new and trending with presentations on the Expo Stage. FREE with your General Admission ticket.

 

Thursday

 11:15 Fitting Techniques: Costumes from Dancing with the Stars | Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Inc
 12:00 The Best Sewing Notions and Tools | Lisa Furleigh for Quilting in the Valley
 1:00 Adjustable Workstations and Sewing Notions | Stephanie Price for Martelli
 1:45 Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
2:30 Beyond Borders | Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
3:15
Straight & Accurate Strips and Squares | Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
4:00
Fitting Solutions for Shoulder, Neck and Arms | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
5:15
Super Prize Drawing

 

Friday

 

11:15 Fitting Techniques: Costumes from Dancing with the Stars | Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Inc
12:00 Adjustable Workstations and Sewing Notions | Stephanie Price for Martelli
1:00 Strip Pieced Mariner's Compass Blocks with the Skinny Robin | Lisa Furleigh for Quilting in the Valley
1:45 Foot Loose and Fancy Free Motion | Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
2:30
Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
3:15
Learn A New Way to Never Have an Uneven Hem Again! | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
4:00
Cut Straight, Sew Straight, Press Straight | Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt 
5:15 Super Prize Drawing

 

Saturday

 

10:30
Dancing on the Border | Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
11:15 Quick Points to the Rescue | Janet Platt of Quick Points Ruler
12:00 The Best Sewing Notions and Tools | Lisa Furleigh for Quilting in the Valley
1:00
For the Love of Applique | Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
1:45 Adjustable Workstations and Sewing Notions | Stephanie Price for Martelli
2:30 Do You Wonder Why It Doesn't Fit? | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
3:00 Cosplay Runway Show & Contest | Cheryl Sleboda of Sew Much Cosplay
4:15
Quilts of Valor Award Presentation | Rita Pennington Illinois State Coordinator Quilts of Valor Foundation
4:30
Super Prize Drawing

 
Adjustable Workstations and Sewing Notions
Stephanie Price for Martelli
Learn all about Martelli’s adjustable workstation tables and sewing notions that will help make your measuring and cutting a breeze.

 

Beyond Borders
Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
Come, sit back and enjoy while you learn a fun and exciting way to create beautiful quilt borders. Dianne will show you her piecing tricks that will take your quilt piecing to the border and beyond.

Cosplay Runway Show & Contest
Cheryl Sleboda of Sew Much Cosplay
Sit back and enjoy a fashion show of creativity and wonder as Cosplayers, Reenactors and Costumers take the stage to show off their creations and compete for a 3D printer and cash prizes!

Cut Straight, Sew Straight, Press Straight
Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
It should be the easiest part of quilting! Yet keeping it all straight can be a point of frustration and a real challenge at times. It's not a one-size-fits-all solution so we'll explore several options for walking the straight and narrow.

Dancing on the Border
Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
Come look through Julie's collection of quilts that have deceptively easy borders that look complicated! Using the blocks and fabrics already in the quilt, you may be able to astound yourself with what you can create.


Do You Wonder Why It Doesn't Fit?
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Want to know what to do to fix it? Is there such a thing as a perfect figure that a pattern will fit without one or more alterations? As a dressmaker I have not seen one. We are all different and have unique needs. Bring your questions and we will discuss as many as time allows. I will show you how to alter patterns for the figure variations we identify in the group. Learn how to read the wrinkles or folds in the garments we wear that give us clues to the figure variation underneath the garment! We can all learn from each other.

 

Fitting Solutions for Shoulder, Neck and Arms
Lorraine Henry for Conselle

Why does that shirt want to fall away from my neck? Could be one thing or another. Figure variations affecting shoulder/neck area are: the dowager hump large or thin neck, a forward head, high or shallow neck bases, broad or narrow shoulders ,square or sloping shoulders, long or short arm joints (Have you heard of those before?) and how about that forward arm joint! Learn to identify and then correct for these common variations. Then Arms: Large or thin? Short or long? Inward rotation of the elbow. (What is that??) There are a few more that we will discuss in this fun and informative presentation.

Fitting Techniques: Costumes from Dancing with the Stars
Joe Vecchiarelli of French European Inc
Join Joe Vecchiarelli, costume fitter for Dancing with the Stars, as he explains how the garments are constructed and learn how he gets these masterpieces to fit like a glove.

Foot Loose and Fancy Free Motion
Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
Toss the fears and rules of free motion out the window and let Dianne take you on a journey that will elevate your quilting skills. Once you learn her way of free motion, you will never send your quilts to a long armer again.

For the Love of Applique
Dianne Springer of Dianne Springer Designs
Say goodbye to frayed raw edge applique! Dianne will share her best practices for applique that will have your master pieces last a lifetime, even after hundreds of washings.

 

Learn A New Way to Never Have an Uneven Hem Again!

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!


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.

Quilts of Valor Award Presentation
Rita Pennington Illinois State Coordinator Quilts of Valor Foundation
Join us in acknowledging the service and sacrifice of those who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces, as we award comforting and healing Quilts of Valor to those whose lives have been touched by war. 

 

Straight & Accurate Strips and Squares
Julie Luoma of Off the Wall Quilt
Cutting straight strips is a breeze with the incredible AQSR (Adjustable Quilt Strip Ruler) and with one turn you'll get the most accurate squares you've ever cut.

Strip Pieced Mariner's Compass Blocks with the Skinny Robin
Lisa Furleigh for Quilting in the Valley
Learn how to make the Mariner’s Compass block in any size needed with just ONE ruler!

 

Super Prize Drawing
Fabulous prize packages and sewing machines are awarded daily at this drawing. You will receive your Super Prize Drawing Ticket at the Expo. Drawings are held at 5:15pm on Thursday and Friday, and at 4:30pm Saturday on the Expo Stage inside the Exhibit Hall. Winners must be present with a photo ID to claim their prize.

The Best Sewing Notions and Tools
Lisa Furleigh for Quilting in the Valley
A high energy overview of the greatest sewing notions and tools to make your sewing journey more enjoyable.

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