Top Things to Do at the Minneapolis Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO

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Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO is heading to the DoubleTree Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 10, 11 and 12, 2016 for three jam-packed days of quilting and sewing fun. There’s an endless number of things at the EXPO to see, create and do — including Martha Pullen Company’s own School of Art Fashion Boutique pre-event retreat. Here’s a list of all the top things you shouldn’t miss:

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Shop ’til you drop.

Experience sewing retail therapy like never before at the EXPO. Inside the Exhibit Hall, you’ll be surrounded by an incredible selection of machines, tools, fabrics, notions and patterns. From international sewing machine companies to treasured local fabric shops, there will be dozens of booths to explore.


Kathy McMakin’s Knit Baby Daygown class

Take classes with top talents.

There’s a whole world of creativity waiting to be discovered inside the EXPO classrooms. Join popular instructors like Sharon Schamber, Diane Tomlinson, Katie Bartz, Cyndi Souder, Kathy Lincoln, Linda Lee, Kathy McMakin, Connie Palmer and more for hands-on workshops. It’s a rare opportunity to have the chance to learn from and work alongside so many talented personalities at once.

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Experience the EXPO Stage.

From new quilting techniques to insider sewing secrets, there’s always something exciting happening on the EXPO Stage. Check out Diane Tomlinson’s “Who Doesn’t Love a Scrap Quilt” trunk show… or be in the front row for the BurdaStyle Runway Fashion Show. All of the 30-minute presentations, demonstrations and trunk shows are all FREE with your general admission EXPO ticket … and are full of inspiration and how-to advice.

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“Black and White Plus One Challenge” exhibit

See awesome quilt exhibits.

The latest exhibits from quilters around the country will be in the EXPO’s Display Gallery, and they are outstanding. Let your mind wander as your feet take you past traditional quilts, modern quilts, art quilts and more. Some highlights include a special exhibit from QuiltCon 2016 and a “Black and White Plus One Challenge” exhibit from the Madison Quilt Expo from Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman. Special Quilt Walks, presented by the designers themselves, will even be available for some exhibits!

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Have fun with other sewing enthusiasts.

The EXPO is the best place to have fun with others who love sewing and quilting as much as you do! Plan a fun trip with your sewing friends or members of your quilt guild. Arriving to the EXPO solo? That’s OK, too. We guarantee you’ll have made a few new sewing buddies by the time you leave!

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Check out what’s new in the industry.

You’ll get the first look all the latest and greatest sewing and quilting products at the EXPO. See new sewing machines and other tools, touch new fabrics and more. You can even enjoy up-close demonstrations in The Spot, plus try new your hand at techniques with Make-It Take-It Projects.

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Win prizes.

Who doesn’t want to win free stuff? Fabulous prize packages, even sewing machines will be awarded daily during the EXPO’s Super Prize Drawing. You could go home with a sewing machine, an EXPO shopping bag full of supplies and tools, or other great prizes provided by EXPO sponsors and exhibitors.

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See Sewing’s Next Generation.

This special fashion and trunk show on the EXPO stage is going to be “sew” much fun. Young enthusiasts, ages 9 – 18 will be sharing an insight into the interests and talents of our newestgeneration, as they show off their latest accomplishments. It’s sure to inspire audiences of all ages.


Quilt from Connie Palmer’s Piece-Fully Yours class

Enjoy a pre-event retreat.

Extend your EXPO experience with a special pre-event retreat: the School of Art Fashion Boutique presented by Martha Pullen Company. This retreat will be held at the same venue as the EXPO, on Nov. 7-9. There are four class options available: learn with Cynthia Guffey, Kathy McMakin, Connie Palmer or the mother-daughter duo of Sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher. How does it work? Simply choose which class you want to take, then spend two and half uninterrupted days learning from these wonderful teachers, sewing with the best kits and materials around. Ahhh, the perfect vacation!

Click here to learn more about the Minneapolis Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO. On the site you can register for classes, preview the stage presentations and exhibits and much more.

Can’t make it to Minneapolis? Check out the Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO calendar to see when the EXPO is coming to a city near you!


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