Expo comes to
Carrollton's Butler Park in April
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (April 2006) Nationally known
sewing expert Cindy Casciato finds the nostalgia of quilts appealing.
Handed down from generation to generation, quilts often times outlive
Quilts appeal to the heart, said Casciato. While fabric
is a key part of the process, once you make a quilt, youve
made a keepsake. There is so much history in a quilt.
Casciato has been quilting and sewing for the last 28 years. A
garment is more temporary, but a quilt lasts longer.
Sewing enthusiasts like Casciato are encouraged to get out their needle
and thread and attend an insightful weekend event focusing on their
favorite topic. District III of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
is sponsoring a Sewing Expo, which will be held April 18-19 at the Conference
Center at Gen. Butler State Resort Park.
The two-day expo will feature national, state and local sewing experts
who will conduct classes, present seminars and conduct hands-on workshops.
Sessions will present new sewing techniques and provide fresh ideas
on ways to save money and time through home sewing.
Grace Angotti, Carroll County extension agent for family and consumer
sciences, is a member of the planning team for this sewing expo. She
had spoken to other extension agents about providing a program on sewing
techniques, one that would provide information on sewing skills and
The agents wanted more training than a quilting class could provide,
said Angotti. And that is exactly what registrants can expect to gain
from this sewing expo. Casciato is the keynote speaker for Tuesday,
April 18, following a 6 p.m. dinner.
Participants who pay the $80 registration fee will have access to Casciatos
hands-on lecture entitled, Color First. Casciato will lecture
on the fundamentals of color planning, such as choosing fabrics and
making the best color selection for a particular project.
Casciato said the entire expo would be a fun, interactive experience.
In addition to the lecture, Casciato will provide a trunk show of 25
quilts. Each quilt represents a different color story, she
said. The quilts will be passed around so everyone can get a close-up
All participants will get a hexagon fabric color wheel. While there
may not be time for sewing, participants can lie out the color wheel
and have it ready to use at home for a project.
Terms and techniques will be discussed. The expo will consist of a
lot of information in a short period of time, she said. To make
things easy, Casciato will provide a three-page handout containing reference
material. I like to keep things simple, and break down the instructions,
for those who wish to go home and tackle a project.
Originally from Ravenna, Ohio, Casciato said her mother sewed and her
grandmother quilted. When she was young, her maternal grandmother, Madge
May Plunk, presented a quilt to each of her 16 grandchildren. The pattern
was a Dutch girl with a parasol, a pattern she never forgot. Her love
of stitching fabric stemmed from there.
She owns the treadle sewing machine that her grandmother purchased in
1914 for $21. All of her patterns were hand-drawn on brown paper, and
she used only scraps left over from making clothes for her four children.
Her grandmother made more than 250 quilts in her lifetime.
Casciato travels the country, lecturing about her favorite topic. I
enjoy speaking with groups and meeting new people, she said. She
also offers a special retreat once a year at Shawnee State Park in Ohio,
with quite a few quilters form Kentucky attending. For the last 12 years,
she has held Quilt Escape the first week of November.
Block Explosion is a quilting book Casciato has written
which simplifies the process of quilting. It was released by Leisure
Arts in the fall of 2004. She details how to enlarge a 12-inch block
into a larger format, with a bigger print and motif.
Casciato enjoys the entire process of quilting. Its what
I like to do, she said. She delights in finding up-to-date ways
of quilting, to eliminate the frustrations of traditional quilting.
She will have a second book out in May, One Stitch Quilting.
This is a completely new technique for beginners, which eliminates
a lot of the basic steps in the normal process, she said. She
has partnered with folk artist Donna Dewberry to bring this technique
Her husband, Drew, has become involved with helping her conduct her
plan and register quilters. Casciato founded the Calico Hearts Quilting
Guild of Ravenna, served as chairperson of the North East Ohio Quilt
Council, is a member of the National Quilting Association, The American
Quilters Society, and Sewing Guild.
For more information or to register, contact
Grace Angotti at (502) 732-7030. Casciatos website is www.cindycasciato.com.
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