Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Sparks Personal Satisfaction with Inspiration, Education and ‘Supply Acquisition’ Once Each Year

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After 15 years of steady innovation and growth, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo has become known as the place to go for everything related to sewing, quilting, machine and hand embroidery, fiber and needle arts. The Expo, a public event, returns to Washington DC, Kansas City, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota this autumn, with more for enthusiasts than ever before.

Expo attendees will get a rare pre-auction preview of 117 ‘New from Old’ contest quilts, courtesy of The Alliance for American Quilts.

For annual visitors to Original Sewing & Quilt Expo (http://www.sewingexpo.com) there’s much to do and see that’s new, including:

The “For Rookies” workshop series, sharing the essential basics of quiltmaking, home décor sewing, surface design, sewing for kids and more, while advanced technique classes keep experienced enthusiasts moving ahead creatively.

In the Exhibit Hall, attendees can try the latest products and learn about the projects they inspire in retail booths throughout the Expo.    

As part of an exciting new relationship between Original Sewing & Quilt Expo and The Alliance for American Quilts, Expo attendees will get a rare pre-auction preview of 117 quilts created for the recent “New From Old” contest. “It’s a chance to see much of what’s happening in mainstream quilting today” notes the Alliance’s Executive Director, Amy Milne. “We love the idea these quilts came from otherwise abandoned materials, which now have a new life. As a uniquely American art form, it’s important to note the impact the process of creating of quilts has had on our families and communities over the years,” she continues. Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories, one of the projects at AAQ, continually captures the voices and stories of quiltmakers, and posts the transcribed interviews at http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos. The original recordings are archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

All in all, there’s something at the Expo for everyone, with nearly 200 classes and workshops, designers, suppliers and retailers from across the country sharing the latest tools, supplies, equipment and techniques, runway fashion shows, how-to demos and great displays in the Expo Galleries. For more information, visit: http://www.sewingexpo.com or call 800-699-6309.    

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