Quilting Expo in Lakeland

Aargh! I’ve been at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Lakeland all afternoon and I have to admit I’m tired! So much to see and do!

Last year I went on a bus trip sponsored by A1Sewing: we got a great value package, a class, all the shopping and demonstrations you could take in, and best of all, they took care of the driving and parking. I didn’t take a class last year and only caught one demo. Mostly I shopped.

Today I shopped a little between the 3 classes I took. Unfortunately I lost some of the stuff I bought, so if I don’t find it tomorrow, well, grrr.

I took a class on quilt binding from Karen Grof, the proprietress of www.happyapplequilts.com She told us she has an identical twin, who does the left-brain thinking. The class was excellent, with lots of individual attention for each of the 20 pupils.


I loved working on the newest model Designer Diamond by Husqvarna Viking, and seeing them all lined up together was truly inspiring: cha-ching! Wow!

20120223-225157.jpg this pic shows the sample binding, the quilted project, and a package of batting that was included in the materials we paid extra for.

Next, I attended a class called Breaking down the borders by Kim Montagnese. She gave us a power point presentation and showed some real quilts she had made. It was a short class, but she allowed us to take pics of her unbelievably beautiful works of fiber art. A charming storyteller, Kim showed how she (and WE) can take our liking of ordinary, everyday colors and patterns, and incorporate them into meaningful and memorable quilts.



20120223-230827.jpg The first, a broken dishes pattern, was inspired by her nephew’s breaking a piece of her wedding china. She always adds a whimsical visual item with notes to the backs of her finished quilts.
Hope Yoder
My last class of the day was Hope Yoder’s eReader wristlet. It was held In the same salon with the Viking Diamonds. I worked on a little “purse” for an iPad , a pouch with a strap so’s you can dangle it on your wrist–or just wrap up your eReader and put it in your purse. unfortunately, I got my lining a bit crooked, so I stopped everything and opted to rip it out and finish it later at home. Here it is so far:

The kit was $39, wow, but it did have a lot of cool stuff: an embroidered, covered button in matching fabric, Pre-cut strips of Michael Miller desginer fabric that we quilted onto a piece of heavy stabilizer, a charm, hardware for attaching the strap, Velcro closures, and a pattern that can be reused and adapted.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ethel Grogan
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 12:43:26

    You must be having a ball! I am starting to see the appeal of quilting. I pinned a quilt (wall hanging) I saw on Pinterest that I would like to make. It is a Color Wheel! Continue to have fun and Find that lost stuff!


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