Monday, March 22, 2010

Puyallup Sewing Expo

Every year we are blessed with the Puyallup Sewing Expo held the last weekend of February at the Puyallup Fair Grounds. This annual event is sponsored by Washington State University and is said to be one of the largest sewing expos in the country with  over 400 vendors while people attend from all over the United States and other countries. Four days of attending seminars and/or hands-on classes. What can be better than that?

Below are some of my sewing expo highlights:

There were Batiks

 And more gorgeous Batiks... If my last name was Gates, I would have bought several of these prints.

Tons of beautiful yarns and other embellishment materials.
Here is a collection of I Spy quilts. I forgot who had these but I think it was either Marti Michell or Kaye Wood.
 I was intrigued with this wall hanging at A Quilting Roadshow's booth because it had lights that blinked on and off. Unfortunately, my picture doesn't do it justice. If you're interested, you can contact them by clicking here: A Quilting Roadshow

Isn't this baby quilt spectacular? Shelly Smola, owner of My Fair Lady Designs does beautiful work and some some lovely patterns for children available on her site.
There were several well known guests, including:
Mary Mulari who hosted several classes.
Linda MacPhee who hosted a couple of classes and a fashion show.
Marti Michell who hosted classes and had a very nice booth.
On the third day, I demonstrated Brother's Quattro 6000D... I wish I was rich because I'd buy this in a second. But, reality as it is, I am not and I can't justify spending a few thousand dollars to replace a machine that still stitches as nicely as it did when I purchased it. If you're looking for a sewing/embroidery machine, this one is a gem.
 I purchased this fabric to make a new ironing board cover. I had a difficult time locating something without a distracting pattern, but I kind of like this one and I purchased enough to make some accessories for my sewing studio too. Spoiler... I'll be posting a tutorial on the ironing board cover sometime soon.
I found a tutorial for a pincushion on Ivory Blush Roses blog and fell in love with it. While I was browsing one of the booths I found these decorative ribbons, beads, and silk fabrics to use just for this project. I can't wait to try it.

I found this at Lorraine Torrence Designs booth and thought I'd give it a shot. I've never used a kit before so I'm hoping I can successfully assemble this wall hanging without running out of fabric. LOL

One day as I was leaving, I noticed a tent set-up outside of the fairgrounds. I decided to take a look after I saw it was filled with fabric and I came upon these prints. The store doesn't have a website listed on their business card, but their name is Trains, Fabrics, etc. and they are located in Tacoma, WA. This was a particularly nice find since I only paid $10 for the six 1/2 yard cuts.

I love Oriental prints. I purchased these from Shibori Dragon's booth. They have a nice shop in Tacoma, WA specializing in Oriental and Batik fabrics.

I don't remember where I found these charm packets but I thought they'd make a nice Disappearing 9-Patch project.

I'm always looking for flannel prints to use whenever I have a baby shower gift to make and these are perfect to add to my resources.

And finally, I found these at one of the booths and thought these were perfect to share with all my quilty friends. 

I hope you've enjoyed reading my highlights of the sewing expo. Next I need to get back into my sewing studio so I can get back to posting more regularly while catching up on my blog reading. I'd love to hear what you've been working on lately.


luv2quilt2 said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day! I'm afraid I would have spent more money than I have. It's good to see you back!

Connie said...

Nice to see a post from you.

The sewing expo certainly looked like a lot of fun. Such beautiful fabrics and so many choices!

Piecefulafternoon said...

What fun - glad you had such a nice time. I love the button fabric - and the signs.

Sharon T in Lynden said...

Good to see you posting again Dena, I missed you! I did do EXPO one day. I was actually disappointed that there were so many fewer vendors that the last time I had been there.
Are you wanting to do silk ribbon embroidery???? I know I would like to learn that.
Take care....

Karen L R said...

Oh, that was a very dangerous place to spend some time....good thing I just went along in a virtual way!

Sharon said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun at Expo. I need to go one of these times....yes, I've never been to Expo. It looks too dangerous for my wallet!