I recently received notice that the classes for the Original Sewing & Quilt expo were posted for Worcester, MA 2010 on the www.sewingexpo.com website.

In 2000 I started me, myself & I.  I spend time taking classes around the country trying to update myself in the latest sewing trends and equipment.  It was time well spent.  For many years I was an Ambassador (volunteer) for the expo.  I would spend 4 days helping in the  classroom as needed, and manning help desks and such.  It was a great way to keep apprised of what was new and exciting in the sewing market.  Because of my business and what life throws at you, I haven’t taken the time to check out Worcester in many years.

Yesterday I took the time to check out this year’s schedule.  I will be attending this year, but it will be as a student.  I look forward to filling 4 days from approximately 8:30AM to 8PM with back to sewing basics.  I will be reviewing machine quilting, hand appliqué, home deco, hand embroidery and even be making a jacket.   I have filled every hour with what I love to do best.  Some classes have instructors that I took classes from when I first traveled.  There are also instructors that are new to me.

If you love sewing, as I do, make the time to check out www.sewingexpo.com.  Maybe we will end up in a class together.

Pre day class is Wednesday April 7.  The expo is Thursday April 8-Sat April 10, 2010 with details on their website.

Be sure to sign up early – the classes fill fast!

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For those of you not able to make the trek to Vermont, we have a more local version of the Quilt Shop Hop here in upstate New York. A number of  stores within a two hour radius of Albany have banded together to offer a similar program. You can find our the store names & locations by visiting their website:  Seventh Annual Quilters’ Quest Shop Hop 2009

Check their site or contact the participating stores to find out when their next Hop will be held.

We are offering our most popular classes and programs for this spring:

Children’s Classes
Adult Classes
Teen Classes
Winky Cherry

If you are looking for a different program or would like to take advantage of our individual classes, please give us a call at 518-695-4867.

The 4th Annual Vermont Quilt Shop Hop (Vermont Shop Hop) was a tremendous amount of fun! My husbald and I went on a 3 day / 500+ mile tour of Vermont and visited fourteen (14) quilt shops around the state!

The 14 stores  selected a common Vermont Shop Hop design. Each store’s quilter then created their version or concept based on that common design. The quilts varied in color, positioning of the blocks, size, and shape. Some of the quilters also added their own personal twists to the basic design!

Garden of Stitches - Bethel, VT

Garden of Stitches - Bethel, VT

Participants entered contests, drawings for prizes and get a free pattern for one of the squares and obtain fabric related to the common design.

If you have a group of friends that enjoy quilting or are looking for an “excuse” to visit a number of beautiful locations in Vermont, the Shop Hop may be just the ticket!

Many groups are tiring of the standard kitchen gadget parties, have already collected enough candles from those parties, or already have a jewelry box overflowing with glitz from hosting (although you can never really have enough, can you?).

While those are fun and exciting, perhaps you and your most creative friends are looking for something else to do. Why not have a sewing related gathering?

What could be more fun than entire group of friends gathered together working on their sewing projects, each helping the other, practicing their sewing skills or even learning new ones!

Give us a call at 518-695-4867 and lets work together to see what type of gathering would be most appropriate for you!