This week’s Sewing With Nancy online video leaves the studio and takes the show on the road! During this special program, we visit the Quilt Expo, showing you the newest trends in quilting, techniques, fabrics, and more. Watch online right now—just click here.
Here’s a preview of the TV show!
New machines and products
We head to the Baby Lock booth for a visit with Educator Cathy Brown. Cathy demonstrates a longarm sewing machine with a Stitch Regulator that communicates with the machine. So whether you move the quilt sandwich slow or fast, the machine makes consistent stitches.
Diane Magidson of Sew Batik tells us about hand dyed batik fabrics. She explains the importance of thread count for quilt backings. I didn’t know thread count was important for the back of quilts, did you?
Prize Winning Quilts
Special Quilt Exhibits
Native American Quilter, Viola Colombe, shares techniques featured in her quilts as they hang in one of the Special Exhibits at Quilt Expo. See more of Viola’s quilts in my previous blog posting, Stunning Lone Star Quilts—Learn From a Master.
Kids’ Quilt Contest
The annual Kids’ Quilt Contest is open to all girls and boys ages 15 and under. The creativity of these young participants is amazing! Watch interviews with a few of the talented kids as they talk about the process of making their quilt.
Community Service Project, Quilt to Give
Next, watch my interview with Sharon Raimondo–a repeat volunteer at the Quilt to Give–Quilt Expo’s Community Service Project. During the 3-day event, 13 quilts were stitched and completed by attendees. Plus, an additional 16 bed-size quilts were generously donated to the Quilt to Give Project.
The most unique exhibit at the expo was the quilted yurt! See a glimpse into the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts Quilted Yurt—a portable, circular dwelling on a collapsible framework, traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia. The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts is currently seeking new quilted wall hangings to grace the yurt. Read how to enter their challenge. The winning quilted wall hangings will become part of the yurt for future touring exhibitions.
Bye for now,
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