Expo 2020 Schedule of Classes and Instructors

Kiki’s Expo 2020 has been reimagined with lots of choices—from dates to projects, instructors and machines. This year, Kiki’s Expo will be held during the entire month of March.

Build your own schedule with the classes listed below.

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The Expandable Travel Tote

Educator: Susan Zellers

March 4 or March 6

This is the perfect expandable tote to take to class, on vacation, or for whatever goodies you need to keep organized. Explore serger techniques such as the easiest gathering you will ever do, pintucks for texture, flatlock seaming, and belt loop trim. This project is all the fun and none of the fussy details. The zipper pocket is a handy, inexpensive zipper pouch that you can find in any office supply store. Want to keep certain project supplies together? No worries! The pouches are simply tied in with belt loops made on the serger. This project is suitable for beginning serger enthusiasts. Serger techniques are made on the Baby Lock Triumph eight-thread serger. Construction is finished on a Baby Lock Crescendo sewing machine.

Learn More About Susan

Susan learned to sew from her mother at the age of three, and she’s never looked back. She had her own business specializing in bridal gowns, special occasion items and custom embroidery, and later managed a sewing machine dealership. Susan’s desire for unique embroidery propelled her into digitizing her own designs. Currently a Baby Lock Educator, Susan has taught at events with sewing celebrities such as Martha Pullen, Nancy Zieman, Eleanor Burns and John Deer. She has taught everything from basic sewing and serging to computer digitizing programs.

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Wavy Bags

Educator: Missy Billingsley

March 4 or March 6

Missy Billingsley brings us her sparkling personality and some amazing in-the-hoop projects again this year! The Wavy Zipper Bag is such a fun project, you will want to make two! Sew, we will make two sizes in class on the Baby Lock Embroidery machine. The large version is a great crossbody bag with a removable strap and the smaller bag is perfect for the little essentials you need. Both bags are suitable for day to evening and any outfit in beautiful, neutral shiny fabrics. This project is great for embroidery beginners and even those completely new to sewing. The fabric kits for this project are made to pair with the Perfect Little Clutch class.

Learn More About Missy

Missy travels the country teaching classes on sewing, serging, embroidery, and software for Baby Lock USA. She specializes in heirloom sewing by machine and serger. Missy has taught at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion and various sewing events across the country. A Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher and a Sulky Certified Instructor, Missy has made multiple appearances on Martha’s Sewing Room and has been featured in Sew Beautiful Magazine, Creative Expressions Magazine and Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilting Magazine.

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Favorite Tote Bag

Educator: Susan Zellers

March 5 or March 7

Who needs a big bag for everything? We do! Susan Zellers brings us an amazingly large tote bag designed by Gailpatrice Designs. It is loaded with serger techniques! Made on the Baby Lock Triumph eight-thread serger, this bag features fabric by Tula Pink, and will bring you a smile every time you carry it. Pam brings years of serger teaching experience from Baby Lock to Expo 2020. The Baby Lock Triumph sergers we are using in class are self-threading (yeah!) and make it a simple process to fly from technique to technique. Gathering, flatlock, wave flatlock, double belt loop handles, decorative chain and cover stitches are just some of the steps used to create this fully lined bag. Construction is finished on a Baby Lock Crescendo sewing machine that handles the multiple layers with ease.

Learn More About Susan

Susan learned to sew from her mother at the age of three, and she’s never looked back. She had her own business specializing in bridal gowns, special occasion items and custom embroidery, and later managed a sewing machine dealership. Susan’s desire for unique embroidery propelled her into digitizing her own designs. Currently a Baby Lock Educator, Susan has taught at events with sewing celebrities such as Martha Pullen, Nancy Zieman, Eleanor Burns and John Deer. She has taught everything from basic sewing and serging to computer digitizing programs.

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Perfect Little Clutch

Educator: Missy Billingsley

March 5 or March 7

Yes, you can make a fully lined bag with zippers, pockets and multiple compartments completely in-the-hoop. The Perfect Little Clutch is just the right size for a day out on the town or flying off to parts unknown. This project is done exclusively in-the-hoop on the Baby Lock Embroidery machine where every step is completed by the machine. It is suitable for every skill level from non-sewers and beginning embroiderers to dedicated sewists. Missy Billingsley has designed this clutch in her Missy B Stitchin pattern line. She makes the process easy to follow step-by-step, even if you have never made this type of project before. This clutch is made with fabrics that match The Wavy Bags class.

Learn More About Missy

Missy travels the country teaching classes on sewing, serging, embroidery, and software for Baby Lock USA. She specializes in heirloom sewing by machine and serger. Missy has taught at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion and various sewing events across the country. A Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher and a Sulky Certified Instructor, Missy has made multiple appearances on Martha’s Sewing Room and has been featured in Sew Beautiful Magazine, Creative Expressions Magazine and Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilting Magazine.

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Essential Purse Accessories

Educator: Diane Aholt

March 11 or March 13

What’s a great purse without “gotta have it” purse accessories? Diane Aholt will guide you through four fun projects. In class, you will make a tissue cover, notebook cover, eyeglass case, and wallet/cosmetic bag with credit card pockets and an outside zipper compartment. Techniques include quilting a diamond grid, putting in a zipper two ways, creating credit card pockets, adding iron-on vinyl appliqué, and iron-on crystals. These accessories are made with beautiful, durable cotton/linen Essex fabric with a touch of silver metallic. The fabric used in this class is made to pair with the Baby Lock and PFAFF Convertible Purse classes. This is a fun sewing-only class on the Baby Lock Crescendo machine.

Learn More About Diane

Diane managed a Baby Lock retail store for 7 years. She then took her passion for sewing and embroidery to the corporate level, spending more than 10 years as Education Manager for Baby Lock. Officially retired, Diane continues teaching classes and has a special place in her heart for the Baby Lock Destiny. She introduced the machine to Baby Lock retailers when it first came out, and has developed IQ Designer classes annually for retailers and consumers ever since. Diane is a self-avowed IQ Designer fanatic who looks forward to sharing some of her knowledge with you.

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Folded Notions Holder

Educator: Karen Charles

March 11 or March 13

Made for travel, this notions holder will keep your sewing essentials organized and handy. The Husqvarna Viking Designer Epic 2 features unique stitch techniques to give you creative ways to add pizzazz to this project. Karen Charles, Viking National Educator, will guide you to success starting with ribbon embroidery (prepare to be amazed) and adding sequin stitches, laser pictogram stitches and pop up stitches. Use the IDF for attaching Velcro and putting the layers together to discover a new way to add stability to a project. This class is suitable for beginning students in sewing and embroidery.

Learn More About Karen

Karen is an SVP Event Specialist, and has 25 years of experience in the arts of quilting, embroidery, couture sewing, heirloom and crafting. She has a wealth of expertise in HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing and embroidery machines and PREMIER+™ Embroidery Software . . . and a unique perspective into what drives success for sewers. Karen is renowned not only for her expansive knowledge of quilting, sewing, embroidery and software, but for her enthusiasm in sharing that knowledge with others. Her teaching methods make even the most complicated task achievable for all students. Whether novice or experienced sewers, Karen’s event participants always learn new and unique methods to achieve beautiful results.

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Kiki’s Convertible Purse (Sewing-Only)

Educator: Diane Aholt

March 12 or March 14

Diane Aholt will guide even a beginning seamstress through this project that really should be called, My Favorite Purse. This version of Kiki’s Convertible Purse will be created on the Baby Lock Crescendo sewing machine. The techniques include serpentine quilting with the Digital Dual feed and exclusive Baby Lock quilt guide, creating the easiest pocket you will ever try, and making an exchangeable flap. Construction through multiple layers is a breeze with the Digital Dual Feed. The flap is the perfect showcase for decorating with a brooch or special pin (not included in class). The exchangeable flap can be changed to suit your mood or style. The pattern for the entire purse and flap is included with class for creating additional variations. Check out the Essential Purse Accessories class for matching purse accessory items.

Learn More About Diane

Diane managed a Baby Lock retail store for 7 years. She then took her passion for sewing and embroidery to the corporate level, spending more than 10 years as Education Manager for Baby Lock. Officially retired, Diane continues teaching classes and has a special place in her heart for the Baby Lock Destiny. She introduced the machine to Baby Lock retailers when it first came out, and has developed IQ Designer classes annually for retailers and consumers ever since. Diane is a self-avowed IQ Designer fanatic who looks forward to sharing some of her knowledge with you.

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Quilt Therapy Table Runner

Educator: Karen Charles

March 12 or March 14

Join Karen Charles, Viking National Educator, to create a quilted table runner using a creative way to sew piped curves and add ribbon embroidery. Embroidery technology in the Husqvarna Viking Epic 2 gives you limitless creativity. The bold floral print, polka dots, and metallic aqua fabrics in this project will make any table a party table. Techniques on the Epic 2 include new, exclusive ribbon embroidery and appliqué stitches, quilting in-the-hoop, and piping. Finish the project with a quilt binding. The instructions for this project can easily be modified to create placemats or any size project on your own.

Learn More About Karen

Karen is an SVP Event Specialist, and has 25 years of experience in the arts of quilting, embroidery, couture sewing, heirloom and crafting. She has a wealth of expertise in HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing and embroidery machines and PREMIER+™ Embroidery Software . . . and a unique perspective into what drives success for sewers. Karen is renowned not only for her expansive knowledge of quilting, sewing, embroidery and software, but for her enthusiasm in sharing that knowledge with others. Her teaching methods make even the most complicated task achievable for all students. Whether novice or experienced sewers, Karen’s event participants always learn new and unique methods to achieve beautiful results.

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Drawing By A Thread

Educator: Mike Johns

March 18 or March 20

Wouldn’t it be amazing to re-create a photograph in stitches? Have you ever thought that software would be difficult to use? Interested in seeing what is involved with embroidery software? Mike Johns, Baby Lock Ambassador of Education, is presenting this great class to show you just how simple it is to turn a photograph into beautiful embroidery. You will make a PhotoStitch butterfly embroidery design in class on the Baby Lock Valiant 10-needle machine. While the machine is doing all the work, watch how Mike created the butterfly embroidery design with just a few clicks in the software. Yes! It is just that easy. This class is suitable for all levels of embroidery enthusiasts and computer or software is not required to participate in class.

Learn More About Mike

Meet Mike Johns, Baby Lock and Durkee Embroidery Hoops Educator, and owner of Mama’s Boy Design. When it comes to teaching his vast knowledge of all things embroidery, Mike has a very simple approach to being a successful educator.

“It’s really about the people,” he said. “I have been so lucky to meet so many amazing people over the years and it is so heart warming to hear how sewing has impacted their lives.”

Growing up in a family of crafters, Mike said he didn’t become serious about sewing until he studied Costume Design and Technology at Florida State University a little over 20 years ago. He said he enjoys the unique creative process sewing provides.

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Mexican Star Table Runner

Educator: Susan Zellers

March 18 or March 20

Ready for a fun quilt project? Susan Zellers is bringing a great Quilt-in-a-Day project to Expo 2020. Susan taught with Elanor Burns for Baby Lock’s Quilt-in-a-Day events and she brings that expertise to Kiki’s. Using the Baby Lock Crescendo sewing machine to create the Mexican Star block is foolproof with multiple ways to create perfect seams and great finish quilting. You will receive the pattern with all the information to make a large version after class if you wish. Skills taught in class include accurate quarter inch quilt seams and those amazing Quilt-in-a-Day foolproof shortcuts. Can you make a quilt in a day? Well, you can certainly finish this table runner in class!

Learn More About Susan

Susan learned to sew from her mother at the age of three, and she’s never looked back. She had her own business specializing in bridal gowns, special occasion items and custom embroidery, and later managed a sewing machine dealership. Susan’s desire for unique embroidery propelled her into digitizing her own designs. Currently a Baby Lock Educator, Susan has taught at events with sewing celebrities such as Martha Pullen, Nancy Zieman, Eleanor Burns and John Deer. She has taught everything from basic sewing and serging to computer digitizing programs. 

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IQ Zen Table-scape

Educator: Mike Johns

March 19 or March 21

Ah, let the calmness enter your home with a table runner project that includes multiple techniques in embroidery and sewing. Mike Johns will be sharing his knowledge of how to take your embroidery vision to completion with the Baby Lock IQ Designer. This embroidery project includes creating free standing lace, quilting in-the-hoop, and embroidery appliqué. The quilting and appliqué are created in the Baby Lock Embroidery/Sewing machine without additional software. Mike will demonstrate how he created the designs while they are stitching out. To finish the project, use the wave ruler to add interest and flow to the entire project. Embroidered lace flowers created in class are tacked down with machine sewn eyelets and iron on crystals add the final touch.

Learn More About Mike

Meet Mike Johns, Baby Lock and Durkee Embroidery Hoops Educator, and owner of Mama’s Boy Design. When it comes to teaching his vast knowledge of all things embroidery, Mike has a very simple approach to being a successful educator.

“It’s really about the people,” he said. “I have been so lucky to meet so many amazing people over the years and it is so heartwarming to hear how sewing has impacted their lives.”

Growing up in a family of crafters, Mike said he didn’t become serious about sewing until he studied Costume Design and Technology at Florida State University a little over 20 years ago. He said he enjoys the unique creative process sewing provides.

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Blended Braid Table Runner

Educator: Susan Zellers

March 19 or March 21

Let the amazing Susan Zellers teach you a new way to make this braided table runner. Kiki’s version of this addictive quilt classic is made modern and accented with beautiful twin needle serpentine stitches. The kit is made with the fresh Wild Acres fabric collection and complemented with Artisan cotton. The Baby Lock Crescendos that we are using in class make creating a quilt easy by using an LED guide-light and quarter-inch foot. Use the Stitch-in-the-Ditch foot and LED guide-light to make aligning the finish quilting perfect. You will receive the pattern in class just in case you want to make the larger or mini version of this quilt after class. This class is suitable for beginners as well as confident quilters.

Learn More About Susan

Susan learned to sew from her mother at the age of three, and she’s never looked back. She had her own business specializing in bridal gowns, special occasion items and custom embroidery, and later managed a sewing machine dealership. Susan’s desire for unique embroidery propelled her into digitizing her own designs. Currently a Baby Lock Educator, Susan has taught at events with sewing celebrities such as Martha Pullen, Nancy Zieman, Eleanor Burns and John Deer. She has taught everything from basic sewing and serging to computer digitizing programs. 

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Go Wild With Stitches Pillow

Educator: Gina Hodges

March 25 or March 27

Join Gina Hodges, Pfaff Educator, for the most fun and colorful pillow ever. This project will add a colorful touch to any décor. Ribbon stitches and the vast selection of decorative stitches in the Pfaff Creative Icon give this pillow personality. The piped, curved seam technique uses a creative way to sew piped curves that match every time! The big finish is the edge piping that will give the pillow the professional look. This pillow is a sewing-only project and is suitable for all levels of students.

Learn More About Gina

Gina’s main creative focus is her love of quilting and inspiring that love in others. That passion takes the form of teaching consumers to explore their own creativity through the world of sewing. And, what better form of creativity than the special world of dolls where her unending imagination can take flight! Gina has been designing and constructing dolls since she was in high school, and she now owns hundreds of doll patterns. She also loves machine embroidery to dress-up clothing or as part of her quilts. Other specialties include linens and household items.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Accredited Jenny Haskins Tutor and Educator
  • Certified in Home Interior Design, Business Management and Upholstery
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T-Shirt Transformations

Educator: Tina Bartlemay

March 25 or March 27

Bring an ordinary T-shirt and change it over to something extraordinary with Tina Bartlemay’s guidance. Tina is a DIME Educational Consultant and she brings her expertise in everything embroidery to Expo 2020. Not only will you learn about embroidery on knits, but you will add the beautiful Wendy swirl design to a shirt you bring to class. With your new knowledge of t-shirt transformation, take home the 34 total additional designs included in the Necklines-to-Hemlines T-shirt Remakes 2 design pack that you will receive in class. Use these designs to make any run-of-the-mill bargain shirt to a boutique-quality creation. Choose to bring your own adult or children’s t-shirt to stitch on in class.

*Make sure your t-shirt of choice has a narrow 1 inch (or less) neckband at the top. If you are bringing a children’s t-shirt be sure it is size 6T or larger.

Learn More About Tina

Tina began her sewing-crafting-embroidery journey as a young child, watching and then helping her grandmother. She learned to make patterns from existing clothes, to make clothing for herself and family, and finally to master a myriad of home decor projects. Machine embroidery was added to her tool kit in the late 1990s to enhance her creative options, but also because the marriage between technology and creativity was irresistible for her. Now, pretty much everything that isn’t moving is fair game for some sort of embellishment.

After recently retiring from a career in healthcare, Tina is thrilled to focus her energy and creativity on machine embroidery. She is committed to sharing her experience and lessons learned with the sewing-embroidering-crafting community.

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Kiki’s Convertible Purse (Embroidery)

Educator: Gina Hodges

March 26 or March 28

Imagine the surprise when they ask you where you purchased the designer purse and you say, “I made it!” Join Gina Hodges, Pfaff Educator, for a project that you will want to make over and over. This stunning version of Kiki’s Convertible Purse is made on the Pfaff Creative Icon and the techniques include embroidery on vinyl, quilting with IDT, piping, and the exclusive ribbon stitches on the handle. This purse is made with durable and beautiful cotton/linen Essex fabric with a touch of metallic sparkle. The purse pattern is included with the class. The smaller outside pocket can accommodate an optional flap that you will not make in class but will receive a pattern for. Check out the Essential Purse Accessories class for matching purse accessory items.

Learn More About Gina

Gina’s main creative focus is her love of quilting and inspiring that love in others. That passion takes the form of teaching consumers to explore their own creativity through the world of sewing. And, what better form of creativity than the special world of dolls where her unending imagination can take flight! Gina has been designing and constructing dolls since she was in high school, and she now owns hundreds of doll patterns. She also loves machine embroidery to dress-up clothing or as part of her quilts. Other specialties include linens and household items.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Accredited Jenny Haskins Tutor and Educator
  • Certified in Home Interior Design, Business Management and Upholstery
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Denim and Lace

Educator: Tina Bartlemay

March 26 or March 28

Fashionista alert! Pick any denim from your closet and transform it with lace to create your own look! Tina Bartlemay, DIME Educational Consultant, will walk you through lace-making on the Baby Lock Embroidery machine. Imagine the ability to transform any garment or accessory with your creativity and embroidery machine. Tina will show Lace Maker software during class and dazzle you with a variety of choices. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary for this class! Please bring a denim garment or two of your choice, such as jeans or jacket to class for transformation. You will take home the lace design you used in class for future embellishing adventures.

Learn More About Tina

Tina began her sewing-crafting-embroidery journey as a young child, watching and then helping her grandmother. She learned to make patterns from existing clothes, to make clothing for herself and family, and finally to master a myriad of home decor projects. Machine embroidery was added to her tool kit in the late 1990s to enhance her creative options, but also because the marriage between technology and creativity was irresistible for her. Now, pretty much everything that isn’t moving is fair game for some sort of embellishment.

After recently retiring from a career in healthcare, Tina is thrilled to focus her energy and creativity on machine embroidery. She is committed to sharing her experience and lessons learned with the sewing-embroidering-crafting community.

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2-Day Art Quilt Experience

Educator: Debbie Martinez

March 20, 21 or March 25, 26 or March 27, 28

Debbie Martinez is back by popular demand with another amazing art quilt experience. This is a two-day class to discover your inner artist with the guidance of a multi-media master of art quilting. Debbie has made three inspirational quilts to show options for the quilt you will be creating in class from the materials provided. Debbie is bringing a hand-selected collection of embellishments for adding a special touch to your creation. We are providing Baby Lock Crescendo machines for stitching up your masterpiece. Some of the techniques you will learn in this class include precise applique cutting, the use of multiple mediums to alter and enhance a quilt, a new way to bind a quilt for hanging, using a double needle and Rubics Cube placement.

Learn More About Debbie

Debbie layers textiles, inks, beads, and thread to convey impressions of nature. Her works tell stories and have been called fiber art, or art quilting. Debbie’s designs have been exhibited internationally, as well as throughout the United States in dozens of solo and featured artist exhibitions. A Jenny Haskins Certified Instructor, specialized Baby Lock Instructor, and promoted instructor for rulers and new techniques, Debbie is versed in a variety of machines and is a longarm master. She regularly provided instruction to dealers on Baby Lock Tech, and has taught at the International Pacific Quilt Festival in California.

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Conditions and Restrictions

Machines are provided and will be set up for your use during class. All supplies are included in all Expo 2020 event classes. Lunch is provided.

Cost for Expo 2020 event classes is $79.99 per day. Classes are on a first-come, first filled basis. Sign up early for the best selection of specific dates. Payment is required upon sign up.

Register on the website or at the store. Transfer to another class section after event is ticketed is not available. Unattended classes are not subject to refund without exception.

Take care of your ticket, as it can’t be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. This ticket is valid only for the event and date printed on the ticket. Please bring your ticket to class. Classes begin at 9:00 AM and doors open for seat selection at 8:30 AM.

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