Sewing Expo draws large crowd from across U.S.

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On April 14 - 16, we held our ninth “It’s Sew Fine!” for Home and Family Sewing Expo at General Butler State Resort Park.


Nine years ago, 10 of us, Extension educators from the Northern Kentucky and Louisville area, interested in clothing and textiles wanted to plan a sewing event that would provide extensive training in sewing and enrichment in home décor, personal sewing and quilting for sewing enthusiasts in this region of the country.

As our planning evolved the planning team included University of Kentucky Extension agents from the Northern Kentucky and Louisville area, a clothing and textiles specialist from UK, a program specialist Kentucky State University and three Extension educators from the states of Ohio and Indiana.

Little did we know that our event would continue for this long – bringing in sewing enthusiasts from this region and across the county. 

This year, 155 people from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia, Texas, Nebraska, New York and other states attended and or taught classes.

We used all accessible locations throughout the park for the 20 classes offered for the two-day event and booked the park’s lodging to capacity plus other local lodging accommodations – what an economic factor to Carroll County.

Our keynote speaker, Bonnie Hunter, of Winston-Salem, N.C., a well-known quilt professional with her own blog,  www.quiltville.com, presents seminars and writes for quilting magazines throughout the U.S. and internationally also taught two classes.

 This year we started something new – a special session the night before to come and “sit and sew with Bonnie” with about 80 people turned out for that!

A big “thank you” to the local Carroll County businesses who supported us with promotional materials and to General Butler State Resort Park for the complementary overnight and “breakfast for two” door prize.  We thank The News-Democrat and Madison Courier newspapers for the photo coverage of our event.

 We also thank Steve Patten, agricultural communications specialist with the University of Kentucky who spent 2 ½ days with us covering the event.

We also thank General Butler State Resort Park for working with us the past nine years to make the Expo a success. We greatly appreciate all their efforts. 

Special interest programs

We have three special heritage skills groups meeting regularly at the Extension office, a basket class, beginning quilting and embroidery.

We welcome everyone interested to attend, but please call the Extension office to register as some fees and supplies are needed.

The basket class is being taught by Kathy Watts with a patriotic basket being taught at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21.

A beginning quilting class, a sampler quilt, is being sponsored jointly with the Carroll County Public Library. Patricia Hersey is teaching this Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. on May 7.

Aggie Searcy has been teaching embroidery at the embroidery group meeting every other week from 4-6 p.m. This group is now gathering to embroider and share.

Dates of interest

May 3: Carroll County 4-H will hold its Project Day, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m., at the Carroll County Extension Office, located on Floyd Drive in Carrollton.  For information, call Joyce Doyle at (502) 732-7030.

May 6: Cooking the Basics in Less Time, 10 a.m.-noon, Extension office.

May 6: Beginning Quilting 2-4 p.m., Extension office.

May 7: Plate it Up  Kentucky Proud. 6 p.m., Extension office.

May 8: Diabetes Support Group, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Extension office.

May 8: 100 Years of Cooperative Extension celebration, noon and 6 p.m., Extension office.

May 8:  Embroidery group, 4 p.m. (tentative; please call), Extension office.

May 21: “The Patriotic Basket” basketmaking class, 6 p.m., Extenion office, registration with fee required.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.