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Sewing Spotlight: Upcoming Events for November

Check out these November 2017 sewing-related events—from quilting to fabric painting!
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Nov. 2–5: International Quilt Festival/Houston, Texas.

A view of the 2017 International Quilt Festival in Houston
International Quilt Festival/Houston Photo: courtesy of Quilts, Inc.

This four-day festival celebrates a year’s worth of quilting. Sit through your choice of lectures and classes. Learn about cotton and indigo from Japan, listen to a speech about the art and science of getting things done, or do both.

International Quilt Festival 2017 in Houston
International Quilt Festival/Houston Photo: courtesy of Quilts, Inc.

There will be a surplus of exhibitions for you to peruse in search of the next asset for your quilting project. You can submit a quilt through January 11, 2018 for the Celebration of Color contest. Your work could be included in the next International Quilt Festival.


Nov. 4: Kiki’s Quilt Shack Embroidery Fun Day, Fresno, California.

Kiki’s Quilt Shack is hosting the Embroider Shoppe from South Africa. Embroider Shoppe has been traveling around the world and is stopping by Kiki’s to share some of their expertise. In this hands-on workshop, make 3-D fabric flowers, organza creations, iron-on appliqué, and much more. Embroidery Fun Days also are planned November 10 at The Sew N Sew in Glendora, California, and November 29 at Sierra Sewing in Reno, Nevada.


Nov. 7–8: Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion Boutique, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Meet and learn from the pros during this two-day retreat. Choose from three intensive workshops: make a travel bag collection with Katie Bartz; design and fit a skirt with Cynthia Guffey; or master upholstery how-tos and create a footstool with Pam Damour. Admission includes some surprise supplies, free lunches, and a three-day pass to the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo (see below).


Nov. 9–11: Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A three-day event, it is jam-packed with classes. Attend a serger workshop, a holiday handbag-making course, and a master class in mitering, among many others. There will be lots of opportunities to shop in the vendor-filled exhibit hall, too. Included in admission are free demonstrations by sewing and quilting designers, runway fashion shows by independent pattern designers on the Expo stage, and a quilt gallery. Attendees also can enter drawings daily for a chance to win supplies and tools, including sewing machines.


Nov. 10–12: Moulage Drafting (your body pattern) with Kenneth D. King, Tacoma, Washington.

The Sewing and Design School offers a three-day intensive led by the popular teacher, designer, and author. Students will make a body-double pattern with their own measurements, sew a muslin, and then Kenneth will fit and alter the students’ muslins before the students make several master patterns.


Nov. 13–14: Fabric Painting with Tsukineko Inks with June Jaeger, Sisters, Oregon.

This course will teach you how to use inks as paints. You will create your own fabric picture from an image you choose and bring to class.

June Jaeger shows how to use inks as paints on fabric
Learn to use inks as paints on fabric with June Jaeger. Photo: courtesy of the Stitchin’ Post


Nov. 17–19: River City Quilt Show, Sacramento, California.

Opportunity Quilt helps fund the River City Quilt Show
Ticket sales for the 2017 Opportunity Quilt help fund the River City Quilt Show. The winner of the quilt will be drawn on the last day of the show. Photo: courtesy of River City Quilters’ Guild

Hundreds of quilts will be displayed, and fellow quilters will share favorite techniques in a multitude of demonstrations. Enter to win a raffle, which is drawn three times daily. The Challenge Quilt competition encourages attendees to create a quilted item based on the selected theme. The theme is chosen at the event, and the winner’s work will be displayed at the next show.







Nov. 22, 2017–April 1, 2018: Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip, New York.

Drawing from its permanent collection, the Museum of the City of New York focuses this exhibition on the political, artistic, and social benchmarks of the 1960s that influenced design, the fashion industry, and merchandising.


Nov. 23–26: The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, England.

Held at the Harrogate International Centre, the show includes a wide selection of 60- and 90-minute classes on everything from sewing machine basics to advanced dressmaking techniques and tailoring. The event also has drop-in knitting and crochet classes, artist demonstrations, and informal pattern adjustment demonstrations.

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