Monday, October 10, 2011

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo 2011 - Chantilly, VA

I love the word C.h.a.n.t.i.l.l.y..... as it rolls off my tongue.  I know it is silly but sometimes words amuse me.  When I hear Chantilly I think of beautiful fine lace and . . . . Jerry Lee Lewis - Chantilly Lace.   Chantilly, VA is actually named after a Civil War battle - Battle of Chantilly.  The area is rich with history and located only 24 miles from Washington DC and home to Dulles International Airport.  Last weekend I gave two lectures, SCHMETZ Machine Needle Education,  in Chantilly for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo.     

Rita on the right with class participants
My colleague Rita Farro taught two classes - Quick Gifts That Are Faster Than A Speeding Bullet and Life Is Not a Dress Size.  Rita's classes are always full of great doable ideas - plus students leave class feeling good with a few laughs.

I am always scouting for beautiful sewing and embroidery.  Above I found Barbara Jones, Brother National Product Training Specialist, wearing this dynamite and finely detailed embroidered butterfly on the back of her jacket.  The workmanship was really breathtaking - no puckers, every stitch in its place.

Here is a gallery of wearables seen in Chantilly.  I love the variety of ideas, garments and the final design execution.  Rita and I are now off to the next Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Kansas City, MO.  We get quite giddy when we talk to sewists about their sewing projects. . . . and I love to take pictures!  Drop by to say hi! 

PS:  There are even more pictures from the Chantilly Dancing Ladies Challenge that can be seen on the home page of Creative DRAWings.


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