Sewing & Quilting Expo/Show and Tell

There may have been fewer vendors and the same teachers from years’ past but I’d have to say I had a good time at the Expo.

We did our song and dance up on the runway stage this year. That took a little getting used to! But it was fun once we got started and all of our show and tell participants seemed to enjoy their walk of fame too.

Sewing Workshop Bristol Top

Becka’s Vest

Tilly and the Buttons Cleo skirt

We stayed for the younger sewists’ show on Saturday-some beautiful sewing!

And we still had great show and tell at the Tuesday meeting!

Angela Wolf top

Clever travel pocket

Sewing Workshop Now Shirt lengthened 5″

A happy ending to holes in the fabric

Sewing Workshop Bristol Dress
Jalie pants

100 Acts of Sewing tunic

October Club Photos

If you didn’t make it to Fashion Sewing Club last month-or you need a refresher, the photos and Club sheets have been posted. To see them, click on Club Sheets on the bar above and scroll down to October 2014 or click here.
We had great meetings and some new faces that even brought our average age down a bit! Thanks for coming everyone.

Here are a few highlights-

Beautiful use of vintage buckle
Beautiful use of vintage buckle

Machine embroidery added pizzazz to coat lining
Machine embroidery added pizzazz to coat lining

Love the project board! Note the drawing in lower left hand corner
Love the project board! Note the drawing in lower left hand corner

November Club meetings begin on Saturday at Treadle Yard Goods. We hope you’ve all been sewing up a storm and enjoying the amazing new fabric that has been arriving at Treadle. So hard to choose!

Here’s the November calendar:
November Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, November 11, 10:30 @ Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, November 13, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
Fall Knit Wardrobe-Yoga Jacket, Saturday, November 1, 2:00-5:00
Kid’s After School Sewing, Tuesday, November 4,11,18 and 25, 4:00-5:30
Sew It Fits: The Bodice, Tuesday, November 4,11, 18 and 25, 6:00-8:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
*Please register with Material Girls website or call us at 952-201-3863

Sewing Skill Builder, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 1:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Sewing Studio, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing Club, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 4:30-6:00
Sew It Fits: The Skirt, Thursday, November 13, 2:00-4:00
Sew/Serge Your Fall Wardrobe,-Luxe Sweatshirt, Thursday, November 20, 10:00-12:00
The Luxe Sweatshirt class may also be taken during our November evening sessions at First Sewing – if interested just let us know when registering.

Chanhassen Vacuum Center: 952-938-7838,
Kids’ After School Sewing, Thursday, November 6 and 20, 4:30-6:00
Kids’ Holiday Sewing, Saturday, November 22, 10:00-12:00

And don’t forget the Sewing and Quilting Expo, Nov. 13-15, at Minneapolis Ramada-new location. For more info, go to

Back in Portland after the second day at Puyallup 2014 and still no snow!!!

From Roving Reporter Kay Dole

My second day at the Puyallup Sewing Expo was as busy as the first! Although I didn’t spend as much money at the Marcy Tilton booth today as I did yesterday!

The four classes I attended today included one on monograms to use with my embroidery machine, a bag the jacket class with Connie Crawford, an industry insider class with Louise Cutting and an embellishing class by Barbara Crawford ( no relation to Connie). Lots of good ideas and practical information. I had a personal fitting with Connie Crawford which was a great experience as I have been focusing on fit with the last few things I have made. Very helpful.
But the highlight of the day for me was the fashion show by Linda Lee (right, above) of The Sewing Workshop and Louise Cutting (left, above) of Cutting Line Designs. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Their designs are so beautifully created with the home sewer in mind who wants to look great at any age and of any shape or size. (Patterns are listed at end of post in case you want to see how well you know the pattern lines-or you don’t know them well and would like to).




Louise has several new patterns and I don’t know about you, but I find that I don’t always visualize her designs well from the pattern pictures so seeing them made up is especially helpful. One of the other members of our group said the same thing so I don’t think it is just me. Her clothes were a mix of casual and more professional pieces using the same pattern but with changes in fabrics and colors. I am anxious to try “Snap to It” and “A New Angle“!



Linda’s newest pattern “Helix Tee” looks interesting to sew with only two main pieces. The pants in this pattern had a nice narrow leg which looked very flattering while not being too tight. She revisited several older patterns while updating her approach to them. Especially interesting was the Origami Skirt which I would not have considered until today. Take a look at these pictures and see what you think.



So all in all if you get a chance to come to Puyallup next year, do consider it. I am heading to the airport now to take the red eye flight home, tired and loaded down with 11 new pieces of fabric, 10 new patterns and a lot of sewing to do!!

(If you haven’t seen enough pictures yet-check out Marcy Tilton’s special Expo edition newsletter.)

Patterns shown above:
1-3-Louise Cutting, Dimension Jacket
4-Linda Lee, Alex Top
5-Linda Lee,Eureka Top, Plaza Pant
6-Louise, Anything but Ordinary Jacket, Artist in Motion Top, One seam Pant-Narrow
7-Linda, Sienna Shirt, Mix It Tank, E-dress Skirt
8-Linda,Opal Jacket, Mimosa Top, Plaza Pant
9-Louise, Fun With Fabric Top, One Seam Pant
10-Linda,Balboa Topper, Mix It Tank, Ikina Pants
11-Linda, Helix Tee and Pant
12-Linda, Trio Top Adaptation, Eureka Skirt
13-Linda, Helix Tee and Pant
(How did you do, Cheri and Kathy? :))

The fashions are great at the Puyallup Sewing Expo 2014 and best of all, there isn’t any snow!!

From Roving Reporter Kay Dole-

Joining a “Sew Many Options Tour” with Marsha McClintock for the sewing expo has turned out to be a good decision. Lee, from the Saturday Fashion Sewing Club, did this last year and recommended it. My day started with a two hour bus trip from Portland and a winning ticket for one of the door prizes on the way. Now if only my luck would hold out for one of those new sewing machines being given out at the expo…….
Classes, fashion shows and shopping filled the day. A leather sewing class by Peggy Sagers was filled with new information including that you can wash leather in the washing machine. Who knew?

The first fashion show I attended was narrated by Patti Palmer of Palmer/Pletsch fame and featured patterns from McCalls, Butterick and Vogue. Lots of dresses which seemed to fall into two major categories: form fitting sheaths or twirly full skirted dresses. Most were sleeveless which is not always the most flattering for those of us of a certain age. Trends were described as including either brightly colored solids or water colored or splashy prints. Dresses with interesting details were also featured. Check out these pictures and see what you think.





Also, the fashion show by Marcy and Katherine Tilton was delightful. Their choices are always interesting and include styles we can all wear while still including some edgy items only for the brave. See a few pictures from their show.



I did find a few pieces of fabric while shopping at their booth. Also, if any of you follow the blog “Communing with Fabric”, its author, Shams, was shopping while I was there and we picked two of the same fabrics. She has good taste!

I found some things at Linda Lee’s booth as well as a new pattern from Louise Cutting. Diane Erickson has some beautiful new upcycled items that are fun to see. She is so creative and is using Tee Juice markers to draw and embellish items. I had to buy some to try.
All for now as I have to rest up for tomorrow. They are predicting some snow, just can’t seem to get away from it.

Happy November

We’re busy sewing for Fashion Sewing Club at the Expo. We hope to see many of you Thursday at 9:30 or Saturday at 10:15. Wear your garments so you can model them on the runway. I registered for classes yesterday and some of them were full and the hotel is fully booked so it should be a great Expo.

If you want to see us before then or get a jump on some Christmas sewing, we’ll be at Eagle Creek at 1 pm on Saturday (11/5) for Cute Skirts or serging yoga pants/leggings at Treadle on Tuesday, 11/8 or napkins/scarves at 6 pm. A phone call will get you registered-Eagle Creek-952-233-3774 or Treadle-651-698-9690.

Cute Skirts Class

October Fashion Sewing Club pictures are on the website-our first Saturday morning meeting at Treadle was well attended with 10 people and Dress Your Best was a packed house with 22 people! It was a great day and I’m trying to continue the momentum of managing my stash and sewing wardrobe capsules.
Wedding was great-loved my dress. New display option-don't we look good?

Well, it’s back to my machines. I’m trying to get into a Project Runway frame of mind-they get their garments done quickly, right? and everything goes perfectly? I can always dream…

Dress Your Best event

Fashion Sewing Club at Expo!!

OK, I’m really excited about it and hope many others will be. Two years ago we had a booth at the Expo but this year we get to do our Club presentations-twice-Thursday at 9:30 am (I think I’m going to stay overnight) and Saturday at 10:15. There will be a runway to walk so everyone that brings show and tell should wear it so you can walk the runway too. Come on, you only go around once, right? There will be no Fashion Sewing Club meetings in November at our other locations.

We’ll also have a booth right next to Treadle Yard Goods. We’ll have demos of our favorite techniques/notions/patterns, etc. Some of our garments will be shown by models at the noon runway shows.

Looks like the Expo website is all up and running. There are quite a few garment sewing classes-lots of fit and some serger classes to get you going. Click here to go there.
Club will be free for November because you’ll be paying to get into the Expo and all. Subscription for Sept.-Dec. is on the website for $25. This year the Expo moves out of downtown to the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park.

Classes will be posted this weekend and maybe even a new look to the website as I’ll have some undivided attention from my web consultant.

Hope to see what you’re sewing next week-

Monday, Sept. 12-Make It Sew, Chanhassen at 1:30 and 6:30 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 13-Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul at 10:30 and 6:30 pm
Thursday, Sept. 15-Bernina/Hancock/Southtown at 10:30 and 6:30 pm