Sewing & Stitchery Expo Wrap-Up

Lazies, I’m home from the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup and let me just say, oh my goodness, it was wild! What a good time! I was there to promote and demo my Clover Press Perfect products with Pacific Fabrics and Quality Sewing & Vacuum. Here’s the display of my items at the Quality booth, happily between Nancy Zieman on one side and more Clover products on the other.

Joan Quality Sew

The four day show was a wild frenzy of fun, finds and friends.

We sold out of the Hot Hemmer in the first hour of the first day. I’ll have more about this gem in an upcoming blog post.


My demos went well, I met tons of fabulous sewists and quilters. By the end of the show, we had sold out of half of my products.

Why Attend a Sewing Show?
This picture is what attending a sewing/quilting show is all about. Inspiration, finding the next great find, and getting all jazzed about going home with the next new thing that makes your creative efforts sing. To me, this beautiful lady captures those feelings. I’ve been to many shows and sometimes you walk away with a big bounty, sometimes a small one. Maybe it’s just one great find that solves a problem, or starts you off in a new creative direction. Shows like this one are a treasure trove waiting for you.


Fun Finds
I only had a small amount of time to take in the show, but here are my highlights. My favorite find at the show was this group of caution signs. I couldn’t choose just one. This was the Heirloom Stitches in Washington.

Sewing Signs

I found Lady Mary of Downton Abbey for sale, wrapped in vintage ribbons and trims. The pieces coordinate nicely, but I suspect Lady Mary was not amused. Seemed more fitting of Sybil or Edith.

 Lady Mary Ribbon

This pincushion by the Pincushion Diva used a small glass jar as its base. Clever!

 Pincushion Diva

Sometimes the finds were in a booth and other times they were walking around. I found this awesome lady wearing a yo-yo scarf made from antique kimono fabrics. She was stylin’ from head to toe – love those glasses!

 Yo Yo Scarf

Friendly Finds
Some of my favorite finds at the show were actually friends! Quite a few. Nancy Zieman taped a couple of segments for her Sewing With Nancy show at the Pacific Fabrics booth. Nancy also had book signings for her ‘Seams Unlikely’ autobiography, taught classes and lectured, too.


Then Miss Eleanor Burns stopped by for a chat. Eleanor had a booth at the show with all of her fabulous Quilt In A Day goodies.


Then Tula Pink showed up for a book signing. She’s an amazing talent.


I caught up with the fabulous Loralie Harris of Loralie Designs. She’s so lovely!


And, while Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts wasn’t there, her designs and products were just about everywhere. These are her new ‘minis’, that use her new keychain-sized mini Hex N More ruler.


I also found Kathleen Starr of Starr Designs hand dyed fabrics. She’s showing two new quilt patterns and many new color fabrics. Kathleen’s fabrics are to dye for. Truly luscious.

Kathleen Starr

At the end of each day as I left the show, I saw these big purple hands calling out to me, in a confusing and playful message of wanting to sooth my feet. Gee, whose feet are that big?

Foot Massager

The show was fun and fabulous…and wore me out. Good stuff all around.


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11 Responses to “Sewing & Stitchery Expo Wrap-Up”

  1. Marla Ellis — March 6, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    The sewing expo was great fun. My minds is still spinning from all the wonderful things I saw, bought, and learned. Loved hearing what Nancy Zieman had to say. This was my first expo, but won’t be my last. Gain 5lbs on those fabulous scones.

    • Joan Hawley replied: — March 6th, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

      Hi Marla! I heard about those scones, but didn’t get one. Next time maybe we can share some.

  2. Judy Klep — March 6, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Fantastic Show 30 years old and growing every year. Glad you could come and see you next year. By the way, the lady with the yoyo necklace is obviously a Seahawk fan!!!
    Judy Klep

  3. Penny MacKinnon — March 6, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    I was just there one day and it wore me out. I saw you, Joan, but there were so many people clustered around that I didn’t get a chance to say Hi and tell you that I have been a Lazy Girl for a long time. Glad your new products were so successful!

  4. mary dittman — March 6, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    I miss this every year… I’ve only gone once and I LOVED it … Please put me on the mailing list… for WA. Thanks, Mary D.

  5. Judy Hall — March 6, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

    Thanks Joan, this was the next best thing to being there, felt so envious as Puyallup is my most favourite show in USA and missed being there this year. Any more pics? Love Judy

  6. QuiltinGram — March 6, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

    Was at show onSat. Afternoon with 43 quilters from the Fraser Valley/BC/Canada . Looked for you in booth but is was crazy crowded and we were running out of time til Bus came back to take us back across the border! Had a great time!

  7. Marilyn — March 6, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. You make me jealous that I missed it. 🙁 Maybe next year.

  8. Lydia — March 6, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

    Hi, Joan. I missed you at your booth. I was there on Thursday and Friday working as one of the Clothing Textile Advisor (CTA) volunteers who help out in the class rooms.
    I purchased two of your products. Prior to Expo I purchased the Hold It Precision Stilleto. I like the rubber end because it really holds your fabric in place as it’s going under the presser foot. Since I liked that product so much, I purchased the Iron Finger. That will come in handy for pressing seams open on small items and keeping pieces in place while pressing. Great products. The Two-Point Turner may be next. I did see you demonstrate that one. Thanks for the great product ideas.

  9. Helen Walsh — March 7, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    I would love to attend one of these shows. Wish they would have one in MA or someplace close by. Do they ever?

  10. Tammy — March 8, 2014 @ 1:32 am

    Where can I get the yellow quilting signs