Consumer Shows & Conferences Calendar

July 15 - 18, 2004
Grand Opening of the The Quilter's Hall Of Fame
Marion, Indiana (765) 664-9333
Founded in 1979 by Hazel Carter, the Quilter's Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the world of quilting. The Quilter's Hall of Fame is celebrating its permanent home located in Marie Webster's colonial revival house in Marion, Indiana.

August 1 - 6, 2004
National Federation of Doll Clubs Annual Meeting, "Remembering Playtime"
Kansas City, Missouri (816) 891-7040
Members of this organization are doll makers or doll collectors. Thursday, August 5th, the meeting is open to the public.August 4 - 9, 2004
American Sewing Guild National Conference 2004, "Sew Deep in the Heart of Texas"
Dallas, Texas (877) 422-6739
Over 60 lectures, workshops and professional seminars with 35 top sewing teachers. Plus inspiring displays, local tours and exhibits

August 12 - 14, 2004 - Riverside, California
September 9 - 11, 2004 - Des Moines, Iowa
October 21 - 23, 2004 - Hershey, Pennsylvania
2004 Stitching Festival: Cross Stitch, Needlework & More
(616) 447-0009
These three-day events are filled with fun classes, Make/Take Its, Shopping Mart and special get dinners where you can meet the foremost designer and instructors in the needlework industry.

August 18 - 21, 2004
2004 Quilt Exposition
Nashville, Tennessee (270) 898-7903
AQS continues its 20th anniversary celebration at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Come see beautiful quilts, learn the latest quilting techniques and participate in the first ever American Quilter Games.September 15 - 17, 2004
Designs In Machine Embroidery - New York City Trip (PDF, 196 Kb)
DESIGNS in Machine Embroidery Magazine is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the magazine by taking a group of machine embroidery enthusiasts to New York City. Events will include a special presentation at the Fashion Institute, shopping in the garment district, time at the Metropolitan Museum and an Art History Tour of Rockefeller Center plus more! Hurry, space is limited to the first 25 readers.To sign up, send an e-mail to: 24 – 26, 2004
The Great Canadian Craft Expo
Toronto, Canada (866) 286-EXPO
Canada’s only craft supply marketplace showcasing over 200 craft related suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and teachers selling their products and “know how” directly to the public. Learn from the experts through on-going Seminars, Product demonstrations and Hands-on crafting stations.November 1 - 4, 2004
International Quilt Festival Houston
Houston, Texas (512) 407-9185
You'll find a wide selection of classes and workshops, beautiful quilt exhibitions and shopping galore.


March 17 - September 12, 2004
Exploring Quilts: Art, History and Craftsmanship
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois (312)443-3625
This exhibition includes a collection of beautiful 19th and 20th-century American handmade quilts, including the collection of Shelly Zegart. The Zegart Collection includes some of the best examples of American quilts made between 1820 and 1982.Art & Design Graduating Student Exhibition
Presented by Brother International Corporation and The Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, New York (212) 217-5800
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is the repository for one of the world's most important collections of costume and textiles, with particular strength in 20th-century fashion.Note: Even though this exhibition just closed, we wanted to convey the students’ enthusiasm for sewing and share a few photos
Second-semester students were given Brother Sewing Machines, and using those machines, they used their top-notch creativity to bring sewing into the 21st Century.

Teacher and students posing with embroidered T-shirts.
Here teacher and students show off T-shirts they had embroidered.
Two mannequins displaying student-designed apparel. Mannequin climbing stack of oversized thread spools.
Graduating student exhibits at The Musuem


Turquoise colored sewing machine from the 1960s Brother Creating History: 50 Years in America
The second part of the exhibition traced the 50 years of Brothers’ history, beginning in 1954 with sewing machines and typewriters to the latest computers. Images of political and cultural events, and actual garments from each 10-year period are shown next to examples of how Brother’s revolutionary products evolved. It’s seems only fitting that one of the first retail offices for Brother began on 27th Street, just steps away from the exhibit.