Are you heading to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo? I hope to see you there. I’m packing my last suitcase and heading up to the great Northwest today. The Expo is one of my favorite shows and I haven’t been able to attend this show in quite a few years. Last year at this time, I vowed to make time in my schedule for Expo so I’m excited I’m teaching three hands-on classes and one lecture-demo.
I have so many fond memories of Expo. I celebrated the fifth anniversary of Designs there in 2004.
I’ve met countless sewing celebrities in the aisles, in the seats and at the food stands (okay, just at the strawberry scone stand).
I’ve walked in the misty rain, ran in downpours and drudged through a little snow.
I’ve stood in awe at the sight of Mt. Rainier and basked in the green landscape of the region. I have fond memories of Pike Place Market.
I’ve carried boxes, bags, suitcases, trunks and coat racks of embroidered creations through the fairgrounds and into the display areas. I’ve emceed fashion shows, counseled challenged embroiderers and offered a seat to weary shoppers. Expo holds a lot of memories for me. But most of all, it stands for all that sewing means to me. An explosion of creativity shared by the most giving community – embroiderers, quilters, sewing fashionistas and fiber-artists – all under one roof.
So many of us (teachers and vendors) grumble about the preparation involved for a show of this magnitude. And rightly so, it can be exhausting. But it is just that preparation that makes Expo the industry’s best show. Everyone – right down to the volunteers – puts their heart and soul into this show. If you haven’t been in a while, come on back – it’s bigger and better than ever. And they still sell the strawberry scones!
Visit the Sewing & Stitchery Expo website for more information:
|Eileen’s Class Schedule
Quilting With An Embroidery MachineLearn revolutionized quilting techniques that turn traditional quilting upside down. You’ll quilt, then appliqué and finally piece instead of piece, appliqué and quilt. The secret to successful machine embroidered quilting and appliqué lies in four key factors. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche demonstrates how to select the right fabrics, hoop a quilt sandwich, stitch continuous borders and piece with reversible piecing.
Friday: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
In-the-Hoop Posh PincushionsWorse than potato chips – you can’t make just one of these addictive, charming in the hoop pincushions. You’ll learn easy editing right at the machine and then “sew” with an embroidery machine. Finish by adding a trio of one-of-a-kind trims and learn how to ‘tuft’ with two shank buttons. This Posh Pincushion will be your new go-to gift for 2012.
Thursday: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Here’s your assignment this week:
Do you remember the day you bought your first embroidery machine? Tell us about that big event. One comment will be randomly drawn to win a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.
The TWO winners from last week’s assignment answered the following question:
Tell me about an embroidery project you are most proud of accomplishing. TWO lucky individuals will win the Crazy Quilt Series 1 (in 4 sizes!) courtesy of Molly Mine.
This is a series of 20 blocks in 4” x 4”, 5” x 5”, 6” x 6” and 8” x 8” sizes. All blocks and sizes are included and all blocks are completely embellished! Simple applique designs that need no turning or ironing!
The TWO lucky winners are:
“I am most proud of my latest project, I embroidered two baby bibs and a blankie toy for a friends baby. I am new at learning how to do machine embroidery, so I was so happy everything turned out fine! Everything straight and centered!”
“I am most proud of the quilt I embroidered for my new grandson. I am waiting for the right time to make a crazy quilt using material from prom dresses and bridesmaids dresses that my 3 daughters have worn. Molly Mine is where I will be purchasing those designs when I am ready. I love all of her crazy quilt designs.”
Congratulations to both winners!