|I spent the last two days enjoying the Sewing and Quilt Expo in Cleveland, OH. The expo is held near the airport in a huge Exposition Center called the IX Center. The building is fairly comfortable, with two floors for the Expo, a coatroom for coats and purchases, and the usual high priced food and beverages. The Expo itself was mostly for quilters, with many booths showing tools, fabrics, and quilting techniques. Since I am an apparel sewist only, this was a bit disappointing. I spent most of my time at the fashion sewing booths. One of my favorites was Gail Patrice Designs, new to the Cleveland show this year. The designer (lovely woman) was there to show and teach. Of particular interest was her embellishment techniques and "recycling" collage jackets made from old sweaters. Gorgeous!
I always enjoy Barb Originals Booth also. Barb Callahan always has some new ideas, simple to make but very trendy patterns and linens and silks of excellent quality. This year she featured small weaving looms to make embellishment strips with fancy yarns.
I did not take any classes. The classrooms are huge and I find it difficult to see details because I am too far away from the instructor. I might consider taking a "day before show" hands on class next year.
Vogue Fabrics was in full swing, selling mostly washable linen type and other fabrics for spring.
There were a couple of interesting "other" booths too, including one which had color coordinated trims, buttons, and embellishment or jewelry making beads. Fun!
All in all I had a great time being surrounded by many others who like to sew and shop.