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Posted on: 9/25/03 12:55 PM
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I was very focused on the embroidery machines and on fashion sewing but more than half of the show was quilting/crafting so I was disappointed in that. But with 4 days devoted to the show I still had a very full schedule from 9 am to 5pm each day.
Dave, my DH, came with me and spent 2 days with his Mom and brother and 2 days at the show checking out sewing furniture and the embroidery machines. He was amazingly interested and there was so much to do and see that he didn't become bored while I was in classes.

On display were beautifully crafted quilts of the exploratory art variety. Also finely constructed garments were displayed and changed out daily.

There were few of us there who seemed to be "dressmaker" types, most were quilters. Fell in love with Peggy Sager's enthusiasm for draping, got to take a draping workshop
with Connie Crawford (boy, is she succinct, maybe even tough) and met a new one, Barb Callahan, who is devoted to cutting Malden Mills fleece so that it drapes and hangs well on the body, instead of making the wearer look like a
pumpkin. She's

Loved meeting and taking a 1 hr workshop with Jan Bones (lovely lady) and Cecelia Podolak (kind and gifted) as well as the great, fun, dynamic Linda MacPhee. Boy, I was totally surprised at the quality of fabrics that she sells. Really incredible stuff. -this was
a very pleasant surprise. Spent too little time with Mary Ellen Flurry, who came with great tailoring supplies and beautifully made garments (the only tailored jacket and pants for men there). Unfortuantely I missed taking any of Louis Cutting workshops or classes. Heather Clause, Christine Johnson, Linda Lee and Lyla Messenger also gave workshops.
Some of the notables who were not there: Clotilde, Sandra Betzina, Nancy Erickson, Nancy's Notions, etc. Some of the more seasoned teachers and vendors seem to have passed this one up. Maybe they are narrowing down to Puyallup and private weekend workshops.

This is a difficult environment in which to teach or learn anything. The time with the teachers was limited to 1 hr unless you lucked into the all day workshop on Thursday or the "make and take" sessions. And most of the workshops were held in tents inside the building but close enough together that interference from one teacher's mike could be heard through the speakers in other workshops. One tent was so hot I just had to leave. However the show personnel tried very hard to fix each problem as it arose.
There were lots of beading, fat-quarter, exotic fabrics, sewing machine, gadgets, crafting, and fabrics vendors. And of course Tajima, Toyota, Brother, Melco and Barudan distributors.
All-in-all here's the kind of expo I would be happy with
but this expo offered so much more variety and vendors that everyone was tempted to spend more money than budgeted and new ideas flowed freely in the crafting and quilting departments. I believe that a good time was had by all.

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Skymom said... (10/7/03 7:18 PM) Reply
I attended this show and liked it. I agree with Mary Beth, that the classroom situation is pretty bad, but I hear that Novi is building a new convention center that should have actual classroom for all classes, and that will improve the situation in future years. And despite the absence of some of the exhibitors I would have enjoyed seeing (Fred Bloebaum, Sandra Betzina, et al.) there was a lot to see and do. It's a pretty big show, actually, though smaller than Puyallup. And I guess it's endemic to these expos that they cater a lot to quilters. I don't do any quilting, but it's OK with me that they're all there--I figure I'd be totally out of control if EVERY vendor was devoted to garment sewing!
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