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"It's Sew Fine" Sewing Expo returns for fifth year at park

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More than 100 sewing enthusiasts will convene at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13 to take part in the fifth annual “It’s Sew Fine: for Home and Family” Sewing Expo.

Grace Angotti, Carroll County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences and co-chairman of the expo, said sewing is making a big comeback as women return to quilting, sewing for the home, and even sewing for themselves and their families. 

The Sewing Expo has become an avenue for sewing enthusiasts and even beginners from this region of the country to learn new sewing techniques, expand their skills and be exposed to new sewing products and network with others from Kentucky and surrounding areas. The Expo is planned and coordinated by University of Kentucky and Purdue University Extension educators in Family and Consumer Sciences. Registration information is available by contacting Angotti by email at gangotti@uky.edu or calling (502) 732-7030. Pre-registration is required to ensure class availability.

Sewing professionals from throughout the United States come to the Expo to teach.  This year professionals from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Texas and Nebraska will be teaching. Approximately twenty-three different sessions are being offered.  Some of the class options on Tuesday include: a session called “Old Blocks…New Tricks”, using quilting patterns in different ways, working with wool, mastering miters, making an Othello jacket, making pants with an innovative method, introduction to fiber and fabric dying, using a stabilizing product called Texture Magic® and other sewing and quilting classes. Wednesday will be a full day of classes including classes in basic and advanced serger,, making a special Bortello jacket, making pants that really fit, another fabric dying class experimenting with fiber reactive dyes and soy, colorful thread designing and other quilting projects.

Tuesday ends with an evening banquet and a keynote presentation by Pam Damour of Champlain, New York who calls herself a “Recovering Quilter”.  An interior designer by profession, a scrap fabric quilter by passion, she’s piled up her own small mountain of UFO’s (unfinished projects). Damour will share projects from her new book on how to use up unfinished quilts in unique and creative ways.

Registration fee is $85 which covers hands-on class, showcase by instructors, exhibits, lunch for two days and the special Tuesday evening banquet prepared by the chef Eric Clippert and staff at General Butler State Resort Park.

 A block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate at the state park for lodging. Call the Park at 502-732-4384 for rooms in the lodge or campground cabins. Registration deadline is April 30 but registrations will be taken until April 5 if classes are available

Registration materials are available by calling the Carroll County Extension office at 502-732-7030 or online at http://ces.ca.uky.edu/owen/Family ConsumerSciencesRegistration materials are also available at some local fabric stores including Margie’s Country Store in Madison and Sharyn’s Quilting in North Vernon, Indiana. In addition, interested participants may call the Jefferson county Indiana Extension office at 812-265-8919, or Switzerland county Extension office at  812-427-3152. Some classes are already filled so interested participants might call the Carroll County Extension office at 502-732-7030 to check class availability prior to registering.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.