Lakeland, FL

The Spot Demonstrations

 

See your favorite sewing and quilting designers and personalities show what's new and trending. Catch all the excitement as you get up close for how-to demonstrations in The Spot – a more intimate setting. FREE with your General Admission ticket.

 

Thursday
 

10:30 Successful Paper Piecing Made Easy for All | Connie Spurlock for Sew Wonderful Dreams
11:15 Essential Tools for Fitting Pants | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
12:00 Quilters SOS | Judy Phillips for Sew Deja Vu
1:00 Why Didn't I Think of That! | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
1:45 Less Than Traditional | Julie Luoma for Off the Wall Quilt
2:30 Quilt Any Design With Six Basic Shapes | RaNae Merrill for Free Motion Mastery in a Month/RaNae Merrill Quilt Design
3:15 Fit After Forty (And Sometimes Younger!) | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
4:00 Create a Wearable Art Jacket | Jennifer Amor for The Designers Workshop/Jennifer Amor Designs

 

Friday
 

10:30 Sew Many Projects - So Quick! | Connie Spurlock for Sew Wonderful Dreams
11:15 Striped and Plaid Fabric | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
12:00 Swivel Our Seams: Pattern Alteration SOS | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
1:00 Applique This! | Connie Spurlock for Sew Wonderful Dreams
1:45 Less Than Traditional | Julie Luoma for Off the Wall Quilt
2:30 Essential Tools for Fitting Pants | Lorraine Henry for Conselle
3:15 Bring the Bling | Judy Phillips for Sew Deja Vu


Saturday
 

10:30 Breaking the Rules of Sewing | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
11:15 Quilters SOS | Judy Phillips for Sew Deja Vu
12:00 Create a Wearable Art Jacket | Jennifer Amor for The Designers Workshop/Jennifer Amor Designs
1:00 Comfortable Clothes That Camouflage | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
1:45 Quilt Any Design With Six Basic Shapes | RaNae Merrill for Free Motion Mastery in a Month/RaNae Merrill Quilt Design
2:30 The Pop Top Jacket: A Perfectly Easy Fit | Jennifer Amor for The Designers Workshop/Jennifer Amor Designs
3:15 Fit After Forty (And Sometimes Younger) | Lorraine Henry for Conselle

 

 

Applique This! 

Connie Spurlock for Sew Wonderful Dreams

Discover many easy tips to make your fusible applique fun and successful. Enlarge or reduce the pattern, easiest way to clean your messed up iron, mastering the pressing sheet and much more!

 

Breaking the Rules of Sewing 

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Kathy Ruddy is a maverick who dares to challenge traditional sewing methods, coming up with foolproof techniques of her own to banish the "homemade look" from sewing. She models garments made with these techniques in a lively presentation that will be a memorable experience.

 

Bring the Bling

Judy Phillips for Sew Deja Vu

Make your bags and clutches shine with great interfacing advice and the pretty hardware to give that professional look.

 

Comfortable Clothes That Camouflage 

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Be entertained as you are inspired to sew something beautiful and learn how designers shape their clothes so they are easier to fit and sew. See clothes that allow you to gain or loose 30 pounds and they will still fit. Using garments as examples, Kathy will teach you her newest "Breaking the Rules" sewing skills.

 

Create a Wearable Art Jacket

Jennifer Amor for The Designers Workshop/Jennifer Amor Designs

Use Jennifer's Pop Top Jacket pattern as a blank canvas to create a flattering work of art that you will be thrilled to wear.

 

Essential Tools for Fitting Pants

Lorraine Henry for Conselle

There are tools that will help us greatly in fitting our pants better. Come and see them and learn how to use them. Do you know how to use a flex curve for a better shaped crotch? Do you know what measurements you need and how to take them effectively? A specialized tape measure makes things so much easier! This short class will teach you more than what most of our fitting books contain.

 

Fit After Forty (And Sometimes Younger!)

Lorraine Henry for Conselle

As we age, our bodies have some predictable changes. Bustlines drop, shoulders round forward, tummies enlarge, a dowager hump may appear...and more. A good fit will help camouflage figure imperfections. Listen and learn from an enlighting, sometimes entertaining, and realistic discussion on our ageing figures and how to get our clothes to fit. It happens to everyone!

 

Less Than Traditional 

Julie Luoma for Off the Wall Quilt

It's unbelievably easy to make a tradtional orange peel quilt in this non-traditional way. Best yet, each section is completely complete! No need to go back and quilt & bind. Each section can stand alone as a finished project or be increased as needed.

 

Quilt Any Design with Six Basic Shapes

RaNae Merrill for Free Motion Mastery in a Month/RaNae Merrill Quilt Design

Six Basic Shapes make up the "alphabet" of quilting. Learn three ways to practice these shapes and embed in your muscle memory, before you go to the sewing machine. Then quilt any pattern with confidence! (For domestic and longarm machines)

 

Quilters SOS

Judy Phillips for Sew Deja Vu

New products and tips to achieve the best results for your quilts.

 

Sew Many Projects – So Quick!

Connie Spurlock for Sew Wonderful Dreams

The 10 Degree Ruler is still inspiring lots of projects. Come see our exciting trunk show and discover how quickly we are piecing fabric to make many different gifts. If you like speedy, you will like this!

 

Striped and Plaid Fabric

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Striped and plaid fabric can become your new best design friend. Not only can it be used to extend your creativity and ability to design unique statement pieces, it can also (and this is the best part for most of us) take pounds off your visual appearance. Join Kathy as she shares her techniques to cut, sew and construct.

 

Successful Paper Piecing Made Easy for All

Connie Spurlock for Sew Wonderful Dreams

Never fear, Connie is here to take the mystery out of paper piecing. She will demonstrate how easy it is to achieve perfection during this “hands-on” experience. Even the most skeptic quilter will want try out this technique.

 

Swivel Our Seams: Pattern Alteration SOS

Lorraine Henry for Conselle

Tired of slashing your pattern into puzzle pieces and trying to put it back together to "kind of fit"? Have you ever wanted to just pull out your seam allowances and magically fit your figure? It is almost that easy with the seam method of pattern alteration! Have an "Ah-HA" visual experience as you watch how seams can swivel in and out to accommodate your changing figure!

 

The Pop Top Jacket: A Perfectly Easy Fit

Jennifer Amor for The Designers Workshop/Jennifer Amor Designs

The easiest jacket you will ever make – just three pattern pieces, with no facings, no darts, no button holes! Getting a perfect fit for all sizes XS to XXL is fast and easy with Jennifer's tips for using her pattern as your blank canvas.

 

Why Didn't I Think of That!

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Join Kathy as she shares random techniques to perform sewing skills faster and easier with better results than the traditional approach.

 

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