Brightening Lives at the Baltimore Expo

What could be better than spending a little time with your sewing friends creating a cheerful pillowcase for a sick child?  ConKerr Cancer is coming to Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Baltimore (Hunt Valley), Maryland!  Together we can stitch fun pillowcases to bring smiles to sick children.

ConKerr Cancer is a non-profit organization with a mission to brighten the lives of children battling cancer and life threatening illnesses by giving them colorful, cheerful handmade pillowcases.

Even if you’ve no time to sit down at a beautiful Bernina sewing machine while you are at the Expo, you can make a monetary contribution or join a local chapter.  Check out their website at www.conkerrcancer.org.

Cindy Kerr, the founder, is an avid quilter who started ConKerr Cancer after her son Ryan passed away from cancer. She made him a cheerful pillowcase each time he was hospitalized. Then Cindy made them for the other children in the oncology department.  It is truly an inspirational story which she has taken her love of sewing and has created an international mission for children.  More information may be found at www.conkerrcancer.org.

 

Giveaway! Free Value Package A for the Schaumburg Expo!

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is excited to see you in Schaumburg, IL at the Schaumburg Convention Center March 27, 28 & 29, 2014!

You can take Classes & Workshops, explore quilts in the Display Gallery, and check out other Features and Events at the Expo!

Value Package A includes 6 class sessions, 2 days of general admission and an Expo shopping bag! Yay!

Comments are now closed. Congrats to Francine M!


Add Some ‘Magic Dust’ to Your Quilt

If you’re an avid ‘The Maker’s Experience’ blog reader, you’d know that Nelly Vileikis and her Almost Whole Cloth class was featured in a post last fall.

 

Well, here’s another (re-vamped) look at Nelly’s new and improved version of the class! She’s offering the class in Lakeland, Florida! Be sure to check it out!

Here’s a step-by-step look at what the class will consist of:

1. Start from a pre-made kit.

2. Press everything and understand where each piece goes.

3. Stitch the pieces together, then press.

4. Throw in some ‘magic dust’, as Nelly calls it.

5. Adding more ‘magic dust helps you decide what to quilt on your piece.

6. Let the magic happen!

We all have the power to produce ‘magic dust’! Sometimes we just need a little help.

Come to Nelly’s class and she will help you release your magic!

Check out all of the classes and workshops, and see more of what Nelly’s teaching in Lakeland at www.sewingexpo.com !

Mitering Like Magic!

Want to see some magic from Expo faculty “wizard” Debby Kratovil?

Special thanks to the special guest blog from Debby this week!
Magical Mitering – Attic Windows with Savannah Fabrics

Lovely garden themed fabrics: Savannah Collection by Benartex

One of my most requested techniques is that which I refer to as “Magical Mitering.” The Savannah Collection is perfect for this in that I will treat groups of 4 small panels as a “window” unit. For example:

 Two sections of 4 small panels
Two groups of panels with “attic window” strips

Each set of 4 panels measures 9-1/2″. I commend Benartex on making sure that the black sections between each panel measures 1/2″ so that I didn’t have to destroy one panel to cut out another. I was able to get the required 1/4″ around the outside.

I cut the two contrasting strips (yellow and black prints) at 2-1/2″ x wof. Because I am mitering, the strips have to be longer that the 9-1/2″ sides by at least 2-1/2″ twice. So, I cut them at 9-1/2″ + 2-1/2″ + 2-1/2″ , which equals 14-1/2″. You can throw in an extra inch for safety. So, what does this look like?

The first strips extend at least 2-1/2″ beyond the two sides as shown

Center the first two strips (yellow) and sew with 1/4″ seam to panel center. Note that my stitching goes BEYOND the end. We do NOT begin and end 1/4″ away as in traditional mitering. This is important, as you will see in the next photos. I used black thread for demonstration only, so you can see the seam.

Press seams TOWARD the center, so you can see the inside edge of the strips
You now see the extended stitching AND the inside edge of the strips
This stitching will be your visual guide when placing the next set of strips.

Now it’s time to add the next set of strips. Using the extended stitching as your guide to place your sewing machine needle EXACTLY, begin sewing at the stitching and end at the stitching on the other side.

Begin stitching as shown; it’s ok to backstitch to lock in place

How do we press the seams of this second set of strips? AWAY from the center. Then we fold the black strips at a 90 degree angle as shown, which amazingly resembles a miter.

WAIT! IT IS A MITER!
This magically forms the miter without having to wrestle an alligator
Remember I told you that pressing the first set of strips TOWARD the center was important? Here’s why: You use the raw edge of that strip as your guide for aligning the second set of strips (in this case, the black floral). That’s how you get a true 90 degree miter:
Notice how the fold begins right at where you dropped your machine needle
This works on ALL corners
All corners can be folded in the same way
Fold back, pin and get ready to stitch.
Yes, this is stitched with a tiny zig zag and monofilament thread.
Wait? Can I see the back?
Look closely; you can see the stitching. Trim away the excess folded under fabrics.
And now for the reveal of the entire block using my Magical Mitering technique:
Magically mitered strips. You can call this Attic Windows, also
Remember: First two strips get pressed TOWARD the center. The last two strips are pressed AWAY from the center.
I made 4 of these panels. Two of the blocks have yellow on the side and two have yellow on the top and bottom. This way the same colors don’t touch. Well, what does it look like?
13″ blocks and YES! I mitered the borders, too!
 For some reason I get carried away when I start sewing. I almost never make something small. Don’t these Savannah panels look like window panes viewing a lovely English garden?
Want to see more from Debby Kratovil? Come see her at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Baltimore, Atlanta, Lakeland and Schaumburg! Debby will teach Vortex Quilt (BYOF) and other piecing and quilting classes.

The Expo in 2014: What do YOU look forward to?

What do you look forward to at the Expo each year?
What is your highlight each time you plan your sewing get-away?
How can Original Sewing & Quilt Expo make 2014 the best year yet?

Three of the Expo’s 16 cities of 2014 are now online! Join the Expo in Baltimore, Atlanta and Lakeland this March! And check out the full calendar of events to see the other Expo locations.

Do you love the Classes and Workshops? What’s your favorite?
In Atlanta, Georgia, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo has over 130 class titles for you to choose from! Register today!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you love the Quilt Display Galleries?
In Baltimore (Hunt Valley), the Expo will be showcasing Mary Kerr‘s curated quilt exhibit, ‘Quilt as Desired’. Click here for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

And shopping? Of course! What’s been your favorite Expo purchase?
In Lakeland, Florida, shop at over 100 vendor booths!

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment with your favorite thing that ever happened to you at the Expo, and be entered in a drawing to win 4 tickets to any 2014 event. What a deal!

Drawing will be held on January 17. 

Looking forward to seeing you this year at the Expo!

Giveaway! Free Value Package A for the Overland Park Expo!

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is excited to see you in Overland Park, KS at the Overland Park Convention Center on November 21, 22 & 23!

You can take Classes & Workshops, explore quilts in the Display Gallery, and check out other Features and Events at the Expo!

Value Package A includes 5 class sessions, 3 day general admission, an Expo shopping bag and a limited edition neck wallet! Yay!

Leave a comment at the bottom of the blog thread for a chance to win! Comments will close on Monday, October 14th at 9:00 a.m. EST.


Giveaway! Free Value Package A for the Tinley Park Expo!

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is excited to see you in Tinley Park, IL at the Tinley Park Convention Center on November 14, 15 & 16!

You can take Classes & Workshops, explore quilts in the Display Gallery, and check out other Features and Events at the Expo!

Value Package A includes 5 class sessions, 3 day general admission, an Expo shopping bag and a limited edition neck wallet! Yay!

Leave a comment at the bottom of the blog thread for a chance to win! Comments will close on Monday, October 7th at 9:00 a.m. EST.


Giveaway! Free Value Package A for the Birmingham Expo!

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is excited to see you in Birmingham at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on October 10, 11 & 12th!

You can take Classes & Workshops, explore quilts in the Display Gallery, and check out other Features and Events at the Expo!

Value Package A includes 5 class sessions, 3 day general admission, an Expo shopping bag and a limited edition neck wallet! Yay!

Comments are now closed. Congratulations to Marva Goodman on being the Value Package winner! 

 

Tuesday Tip Q & A from New Expo Teacher Rachel Griffith!

What a pleasure it is to have a little  Q & A time from the lovely Rachel Griffith for our Tuesday Tip! segment, today. Owner and designer of P.S. I Quilt, check out www.psiquilt.com for more from this creative lady! She will be joining us for her first show in Pittsburgh, so let’s give her a hand!

And please don’t mind the lower-case letter style of Ms. Griffith. It’s totally her thing :)

What/ who first introduced you to sewing? Was it love at first sight?
it was my home ec teacher. in class, i made a simple baby “quilt” that used 1 yard of fabric for the front and 1 yard of fabric for the back. it was more of a blanket, honestly. and i still have it.

Tell us a bit about your blog and how it all got started.
ps i quilt was started because i wanted a place to share my thoughts, inspirations and projects. i also wanted to be able to talk with other people.

What was your first project ever made?
the blanket from question number 1. 

What have you always wanted to make but haven’t had the chance to yet?
i’d like to make a quilt like my great grandmothers did. something vintage, but with a lot of heart. i think about them a lot while i design. whether it comes out or not in the end result, who knows. so, maybe the correct answer would be a dresden quilt of some sort. 

Your favorite color combination? 
oooh. grey, aqua & coral.

Your favorite sewing/quilt pattern?
 hmmm. this is a tough one. i’m a sucker for simplistic designs. and i love pinwheel blocks. i know that’s not a specific pattern, but it’s the truth. 

Your design inspiration?
i like to think of myself as a nowadays quilter. i like to mix traditional with modern. it depends on the design itself. it could be a shape within an old door or window frame or even the way 

Why you do what you do—what motivates you to be in this industry?
 i do this because i love it. and because it helps provide for my family, i can devote myself to it completely. 

What you’re most excited about in teaching with us?
i love teaching. i wanted to be a home ec teacher. i love the interaction. and i love the satisfaction of helping people. 

Favorite food?
 i’m a pasta/bread/potato kind of girl with a sweet tooth. my favorite meal is beef stew with white rice. and my favorite desert would be cheesecake or peach pie. mmm.

 Favorite hobby apart from sewing?
 the correct answer would be reading. or baking. or maybe photography. 

Favorite holiday/day of the year?
 i’m a fall/winter girl. my most favorite day of the year would be the day after thanksgiving. it’s the perfect mix of fall and christmas. we eat leftovers, shop and decorate the christmas tree.

 

Rachel will be teaching three classes in Pittsburgh, Georgia Quilt Show, Fredericksburg, Fort Worth, Minneapolis and Overland Park!

Next week’s Pittsburgh Schedule:

Thursday, August 22: Impromptu Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 23: Pinwheel Sampler Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 23: Facade Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Rachel. See you at the Expo next week, everyone!

Giveaway! Free Value Package A for Georgia Quilt Show!

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo and Georgia Quilt Show is excited to see you at the Georgia Quilt Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre on September 19, 20 & 21!

Explore dozens of wonderfully made contest quilts and additional quilt displays! You can take workshops, , and see tons of other Features and Events at Georgia Quilt Show!

Value Package A includes 5 class sessions, 3 day general admission, and an Expo shopping bag! Yippee…

Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Cindi C, the winner of a Value Package A!