10 Sensational Sewing Guests Coming to Sewtopia 2019 – 2020

We Carry
by Sara Snuggerud in Sewing Tips

Your $25 annual Sewtopia Sewing Club membership just got an upgrade!

Many sewing and quilting lectures and workshops cost between $30 – $300 depending on who is teaching and what is being taught.

A $25 Sewtopia Sewing Club Card is now VALUED over $1,000!

We are excited to announce the Guest Speaker list for the 2019 – 2020 Sewtopia Sewing Club. The next 15 months are packed with guest educators from California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington, Colorado, Iowa, and South Dakota!

Mark Your Calendars!

Sewtopia Sewing Club Members also receive year round discounts at the register on presser feet, embroidery CD’s, stabilizer, needles, and threads. Additional specials are often posted for club members in attendance on the day of the club. 

Buy your Sewtopia Sewing Club membership today and save the dates. 

Ila Kool, of Kool Quilts
October 2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

“Some quilters think that computerized quilting means plain, simple, or boring quilting. I beg to differ! Every quilt has a story to tell, and I am compelled to bring that story forward.”

I am excited to share my love of quilting and a ton of quilts, and their stories, with you at Heirloom Creations Sewtopia Sewing Club. See you in class!

Kay Peterson, of kay michelle
November 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Kay Peterson

Remember that goofball that did the dog and pony show for Heirloom Creations’ Thimbleberries Club back in the day? Kay is still stitching and is ready to share some of her quilts and the stories that go along with them! Join her at the November Sewtopia meetings. She has missed you and she’s baaaaccckkk!

Kay Peterson is a paradox. She flies by the seat of her pants yet adores a detailed plan and schedule. She loves Jesus and reads Tarot cards. She is all about fabric. She will cut it, collect it, stitch it, rip it, lick it, quilt it, press it, talk about it, dream about it, and buy it. She is mother to two, nana to four, married to one lucky fella for almost 15,000 days. She has been a longarm quilter for 20+ years and has 99 unquilted tops. I know! Right?!? Check out her brand new website kay michelle.


Sara Snuggerud of Heirloom Creations &
January 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Sara Snuggerud

Our very own Sara Snuggerud is getting excited about new serger techniques. If there is a serger in your sewing room that needs some dusting off or you have no clue what they are used for, we will be starting the new year off with a Serger Bang!

“Edgy Ways” with Lois Klarenbeek
February 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Lois Klarenbeek

Your quilt is almost finished and all that is left is the binding. Lois has a lecture full of fantastic binding options to take your next binding edge up a notch. From adding decorative stitches to piping, most of her bindings can be completed on the sewing machine. No matter the theme of the quilt, she will have a binding that will add the perfect POP to the final edge.

Kay Peterson – Round 2
March 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Kay Peterson

Kay Peterson will be back for round two at Sewtopia. We will get to see all the new things Kay has planned for the new year. Need a little fabric fix? Check out her new website kay michelle.

Cheryl Phillips of Phillips Fiber Arts + Stitching Cosmos Reveal Party
April 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Cheryl Phillips

Cheryl Phillips is the designer of the Cut Around Tool we use to create the curved blocks of the Stitching Cosmos quilts. We have invited Cheryl to witness the annual Stitching Cosmos Reveal Party at Sewtopia. We also invite ALL graduating Stitching Cosmos students to bring their quilts to show Cheryl at any one of the Sewtopia club times.

Cheryl will be staying a few extra days to teach a few hands-on classes at Heirloom Creations. More information coming soon. If you are interested, save April 15-16, 2020 for two separate workshops with Cheryl Phillips.

Katrina Walker
May 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Katrina Walker

Join fashion designer Katrina Walker through an amazing sewing journey. Katrina Walker has one wish: to inspire everyone to sew!  No matter what age, experience level or interest, Katrina loves to reach out to sewing enthusiasts everywhere and encourage them to learn, explore, and above all – create! 

Katrina is a sewing designer, educator, and author known for her expertise in machine embroidery, construction techniques, textiles, and Modern American Pojagi piecework. She enjoys teaching innovative and alternative construction methods to both garment sewing enthusiasts and quilters. Katrina also conducts Palmer/Pletsch fit workshops at shows and for sewing guilds. 

Katrina is well known in the sewing industry. Her creations and expertise are featured in many magazines, including Threads, Stitch, Sew News, SewStylish, and Creative Machine Embroidery. She is a regular instructor at the Houston International Quilt Festival, the Sewing and Stitchery Expo, the STITCHES show series, and at national sewing guild conferences. She is also a popular instructor online, where her highly rated classes with Craftsy, Taunton Workshops, BurdaStyle, and Craft Daily have enrolled thousands of students worldwide. In addition, Katrina has previously worked as a Family and Consumer Sciences educator, as well as in the apparel industry, for Nordstrom Product Group and Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI).

Katrina represents PFAFF sewing machines as a Brand Ambassador, and produces many of the designer garments featured in advertisements for Singer, Husqvarna Viking, and PFAFF. She is thrilled to be a Sulky Sewcialite. She also loves to work with and promote Clover sewing tools and Schmetz needles. It’s a tremendous honor to work with these great sewing companies!

In her personal sewing, Katrina specializes in natural textiles, particularly silk and wool. Her love of silk has taken her to Japan to study silk production and textile history. She is a former National Adult winner of the Make it With Wool competition, and raises her own flock of naturally colored sheep, whose fleece and yarn she sells under her label Spoiled Sheep. In addition to sewing, Katrina spins, knits, needle felts, and makes jewelry – and has even been known to do shuttle tatting once in a while.

Katrina will be teaching two additional classes at Heirloom Creations on May 13 – 14, 2020. Details coming soon!

Ruler Work with Paula Reid
June 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Paula Reid of Bats in the Attic

Often described as an “artist with a sewing machine”, Paula Reid is a custom heirloom quilting and ruler work specialist. She has vigorously attacked the stacks of tops residing in many quilters’ homes, thus freeing them from accumulated guilt and allowing them to purchase more fabric, books, patterns, etc. to use up all that extra space in the sewing room!

In 1993, Paula opened her machine quilting business, utilizing the skills she had developed working on her own quilts. Since the day that she made her very first quilt, she has quilted over 1,400 quilts, all on her regular home machines.  Of these, 50% have been queen size, 25% king size and the other 25% were various smaller sizes. The largest quilt she has ever “fluffed and stuffed” was 112” x 128”!

 “Fluff & Stuff” is what Paula calls her method for moving large quilts through a home machine. She began teaching workshops on her techniques in the southern California region in 1993, expanding to national teaching a few years later when appearances on “Simply Quilts” brought her to the attention of a larger audience. Now spending weeks at a time on the road, she has decided that nothing is more fun than sharing ideas with the quilters she meets on her travels.

July 2020

Sara Snuggerud – A Special “Hands-On” Sewtopia Event
August 2020 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Sara Snuggerud will announce a special hands-on sewing event for August. This annual tradition has included various projects that will open everyone up to new experiences on the sewing machines. This round-robin set up requires no prep on your part. Just come and enjoy short demonstrations of a handful of techniques. 

Laurie Parker Trunk Show
September 2020

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Laurie Parker

We welcome back Laurie Parker from Georgia, and her amazing trunk show of pieced and embroidered quilts. She is packing her suit cases full and traveling back to Sioux Falls and Heirloom Creations where she originally fell in love of sewing, quilting and embroidery. We look forward to catching up with Laurie and seeing all her creations since moving in Georgia.

AccuQuilt Trunk Show with Terri Vanden Bosch
October 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Terri Vanden Bosch

Terri Vanden Bosch is both an AccuQuilt pattern designer and an Island Batik ambassador. Join Terri along her adventures through the pattern designing process, how she gathers inspiration for her quilts and learn how fun it is to see fabric before it is available to the consumer. Terri is also a long arm quilter and quilts custom quilts through her business Lizard Creek Quilting.

Phil Carlton, Viking/Pfaff Software Educator
November 2020

Tuesday, November 9, 2020 – 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm

Phil will be with us for THREE events – the Sioux Falls SEWING WITH THE STARS event November 6-7, 2020, a 1-Day Software Workshop on Monday, November 8, and as a guest speaker at Sewtopia on Tuesday, November 9, 2020. Phil is specialized in training on Husqvarna Viking and PFAFF’s PREMIER+ 2 Embroidery Software for Windows and Mac. He will be sharing all his latest beautiful sewn and embroidered creations. He is both entertaining and full of inspiration. Phil has a knack of taking something plain and turning it into something remarkable and unexpected.

This is just the beginning of something great…

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