I have just returned from five days in Puyallup, WA where I attended the four day Sewing and Stitchery Expo. The show, open to the public, was a full four days of fabric, sewing machines, threads, quilts, bags, and scissors! I was demonstrating a few new Fiskars products (the Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo and the Amplify fabric shears) in the Hancock Fabrics booth.
I had never been to Washington before, so it was a real treat for me to experience such a beautiful state. Can’t say I saw the scenery every day, since the weather became increasingly misty and wet as the week on, but on the first day or two I definitely caught breathtaking glimpses of imposingly beautiful Mount Rainier.
The show itself was packed full of enthusiastic seamstresses: beginners, professionals, teachers and other enthusiasts. I felt right at home.
Most of my time was spent at the demo table, but on my lunch breaks I ran around the show floor to take in as much as I could (who needs to eat when there’s fabric to see!?!?) A highlight for me was the Pendleton Woolen Mill booth, where I may or may not have got a little lightheaded with all those gorgeous designs, fabulously bold geometrics and COLOR!
I also spotted some seriously fabulous laminated cottons (which coincides nicely with a recent blog post I wrote about sewing with laminates) by Tula Pink and Heather Bailey for Free Spirit. The show was participating in the APQ – 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge which is providing pillowcases to children who spend time in hospital. I know from first hand experience, how much it means for a poorly child to receive a special handmade item whilst in hospital and my eyes pricked with tears slightly when I saw the booth festooned with the handmade offerings at the show. According to the show’s FB page, a total of 7984 pillowcases were sewn during the show! You can still sew a pillowcase. Check out the APQ website above for details.Before I finish, I must also mention that I got to meet Eleanor Burnes from Quilt in a Day and she was such a charming and lovely lady. She may have even convinced me to start quilting…one day. I also met a wonderfully sweet lady called Lori Weza from Bear Wear Patterns. She designs patterns for Build a Bear Workshop teddies (and I happen to have a 7 year old who is more than a little obsessed with her Build a Bear, Cuddles). It was serendipitous that the Bear Wear Booth was right next to ours – I bought 3 patterns that a certain someone is hounding me to start.