Monday, August 6, 2012

Goodbye Pittsburgh.. Hello Cincinnati, Ohio

So yesterday was the last and final day of the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Pittsburgh. It was a great last day.. I had two more hands on classes and last minute shopping to do before the expo closed out.

Day 3 - Last two classes was very light as compared to the first day. I was able to finish both project in each class :-) The first class was to make a Quilted Cosmetic Bag with Chris Dolinar from Husqvarna Viking. The main attraction for this class was a product called Texture Magic. Just like the name of the product, it will add dimension and texture to any fabric. it's a steam-activated shrinking fabric made of polyester. The fabric shrinks 30% in all directions when steam is applied. You first sew your patterned lines on the fabric with the Texture Magic sheet. Then steam the back side of the sheet and watch the magic happens. If you haven't tried it, it's a must try product.. I'm hooked on Texture Magic, I had to buy some right away in one of the vendor booths right after class.. Go to your local quilt or sew shop and ask for Texture Magic.

The second class was making Gifts in Minutes: Pretty, Practical Projects with Hope Yoder. For those who are not familiar with Hope Yoder, you're in for a treat. She sells fabric button machines. She has different size fabric button machines with different accessories for each size. In the class we made two types of buttons. The small one is a 1 inch button which turned into a keychain and the larger one is a 2.5 inch button which turned into a mirror. Who can resist a mirror especially one that says "Mrs Always Right".. LOL
For these two buttons, we first embroidered the designs on 3 inch gross grain ribbon, cut them out and assembled on the button machines. It was pretty cool and very easy to assemble the buttons. Check out her website and how-to videos. Hope also sells very cute embroidery designs that you can put on the buttons. The second project was to make a tissue holder which was super easy to make. I loved this class because Hope combined piercing, embroidery, sewing and button making all in one class to make these cute gifts..

So that concludes the end of the expo for 2012. I found out that this is the first time the expo is being hosted in Pittsburgh. I guess Pittsburgh was a success since they announced that they were coming back next year. hooray :-)
Read more about the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo.
Part 1: Day 1 & 2 of the expo and Make-it booth with Beth Bradley.
Part 3: My favorite vendors from the expo

With the expo complete, I was going to stay another day to sight see and check out the attractions in Pittsburgh but looking at the weather, there was a heavy storm coming all day Sunday. When I looked at the weather map, it was enough to make changes Sunday's plans and got moving to try to beat the storm.
So left Pittsburgh asap and started our drive down to Cincinnati. As you can see, we still hit parts and piece of the storm as we drove on Sunday. Visibility was poor at times as seen in the picture below.

We made a pit stop in Columbus to attend Sunday morning Church service at Calvary Chapel Columbus. The church folks were very friendly and inviting.. Worship was spirit filled.. Thanks for making us feel welcomed.
We arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio safe and sound.

We're going to visit the Creation Museum.  Has anyone been there before? How did you like it? Any suggestions on what else to do in Cincinnati?

Read more about the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo.  
Part 1: Day 1 & 2 workshops and Make-it booth with Beth Bradley
Part 3: My few of my Favorite vendors at the expo

~~Words of Encouragement~~
I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 (NLT)


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