Reno Sew & Quilt Expo

Free Stage Venues

 

Quilt Show Reno is proud to offer new & exciting free presentations for all show attendees from the Main Stage throughout the show.

Plan now to spend some time at the Main Stage learning the latest in quilting/sewing tips and techniques at the feet of the experts for FREE!
 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

10:15 am Make It Faster! Make it Better!
Connie Spurlock / Sew Wonderful Dreams

This class consists of 15 to 20 quick tips that will make the projects easier. For example, the “stitch -in” shows, when you are sewing two pieces RST that you intend to turn Right side out, how to stitch so that when turned right side out and pressed will be a perfectly straight edge. That opening can easily be closed by hand or by machine.

11:30 am Looking Good! Sewing Fast! Having Fun!
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com

Does your weight go up and down? Would you like to have a wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points?

Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models her wardrobe and teaches you how to make these wonderful clothes. Learn about the secret techniques that really work, are easy to apply and will inspire you to sew.

All the tools and tips you’ll need to make the creative process fun!
12:45 pm Easy Tops That Fit
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com

All you need to know. What Fabric Works Best!

For tops learn how to adjust shoulder angle, add a bust dart when necessary, adjust sleeve to fit your armhole and bicep with no puckers and hem treatments to maximize stomach coverage.

The fastest and easiest way to put pieces together.
2:00 pm Your Fusible Appliqué Can Be DINO – MITE!
Connie Spurlock / Sew Wonderful Dreams

Has your fusible projects in the past fizzled?

You can have great success with appliqué assembly when you choose the right fusible, the right tools and the right process.

We will show you the wonders of an appliqué pressing sheet and how to quickly enlarge and reduce patterns.

You will love the results and the opportunities appliqués present.
3:15 pm Scrappy, Happy Projects
Linda Winner / Martelli Enterprises


You’ve got ‘em; we’ve all got ‘em – lots and lots of scraps! In this presentation, Linda will show projects taken from those quilting and sewing leftovers, those little scraps you can’t bear to throw out, and those fat quarters, charms, layer cakes and jelly rolls that you’ve been collecting.

Come for loads of inspiration and lots of tips and tricks for making scrappy, happy, better projects!

Friday, June 11, 2021

10:15 am Easy Bottoms That Fit
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com

All you need to know.

What Fabric Works Best! For bottoms learn how to adjust pattern to fit your seat, change leg styles and how to prevent twisted legs.

How to adjust ease as you sew and easy waistline elastic techniques.
11:30 am Looking Good! Sewing Fast! Having Fun!
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com

Does your weight go up and down? Would you like to have a wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points?

Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models her wardrobe and teaches you how to make these wonderful clothes. Learn about the secret techniques that really work, are easy to apply and will inspire you to sew.

All the tools and tips you’ll need to make the creative process fun!
12:45  pm Fast, Easy Sewing, Serging, & Embroidery Projects !
Linda McGehee / Ghee's

Where does the time go? Do you want projects that can be completed in a short amount of time that look like you spent hours?

Let’s venture into the world of quick to make some simple items that are useful to any age. Whether using the sewing machine, serger or embroidery machine, you’ll find these projects fun to make.

Many require fat quarters or leftover fabrics from your collection. You will be surprised what you can accomplish in 1 hour.

2:00 pm Don't Think You Can Paper Piece? Yes, You Can!
Connie Spurlock / Sew Wonderful Dreams
 
You can paper piece and it is easy and fun! Let us give you a "hands-on" experience, a few quick tips and all the information that you need to make paper piecing successful for you.

Enlarging and reducing a pattern is a breeze and producing perfect points can happen every time. Let us show you how.

3:15 pm Serger 911
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com

All Serger owners and prospective Serger owners need this information.

Kathy will teach you how the Serger operates from the inside out. Learn about burrs, how width is used to improve stitches, how to create a perfect balanced-tension control strip to use for each new fabric and thread.

Learn a sequential tension formula that works on any Serger model and all thread types and five-minute Serger pocket that can be added to any pattern.

If you have a Serger and barely use it or want to use it with greater proficiency, this is a good class!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

10:30 am Looking Good! Sewing Fast! Having Fun!
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com

Does your weight go up and down? Would you like to have a wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points?

Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models her wardrobe and teaches you how to make these wonderful clothes. Learn about the secret techniques that really work, are easy to apply and will inspire you to sew.

All the tools and tips you’ll need to make the creative process fun!
11:45 am Best Sewing Tips for Professional Results
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com

Necklines that gap, puckered seams, rippled hems, unintended tucks in sleeves, lumpy collars and pockets … suffer no longer!

Learn what causes and, more importantly, how to avoid all of these and other common sewing mishaps. Discover how to decide what size pattern to buy, how to add a favorite neckline on a finished garment to a pattern and so much more.

Whatever you like to sew, the right tools, interfacings, tapes, and techniques makes a big difference. Kathy has solved all of these problems and will set you on the road to success as she shares what works for her.

1:00 pm PROJECT SPEED! - Using the 10 Degree Ruler to its Fullest Potential
Connie Spurlock / Sew Wonderful Dreams
 
And you thought that the 10-degree ruler was just another piece of acrylic!

Think again ~ in addition to table runners, placemats, centerpieces, and Christmas Tree skirts we are piecing 150 pieces of fabric in less than an hour ~ colorful fabric that is ideal for lots of projects from clothing to home dec.

Come join the fun and learn some new options that

2:15 pm Presto! Chango!
Linda Winner / Martelli Enterprises


Are you stuck in a rut or just looking for some new inspiration? In this presentation, Linda will take a simple pattern, shape or, idea and make a few changes to come up with something completely different!

You’ll see loads of examples of this simple ‘Presto-Chango’ concept and learn lots of tips and tricks to get you creating.