Monday, August 9, 2010

SewFest West Update

Greetings to all our followers from the people who brought you SewFest West 2010 - Joanne's Creative Notions, Sew Fancy and Distinctive Sewing Supplies.

Many of you, including exhibitors, teachers and sponsors have asked about the next SewFest. After careful consideration, we have decided that we will not be hosting this event in 2011.

With the return of the Creativ Festival next spring, and Quilt Canada in London, Ontario, we feel that another event of this kind would not be as successful.

We wish you all the best, and keep on stitching!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Thank you!

Thank you to all our exhibitors for having faith in our ability to do this show and do it well!

Thank you to everyone who showed up to see the exhibits, the shows and take classes. We were so pleased to have such a great turnout.

It was undeniably a truly successful event based on the turnout and the feedback we have received.

Door prizes will be delivered to all our winners over the next couple of weeks. Congratulation to our winners and thank you again to our sponsors and exhibitors who generously provided these items.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Only a Couple of Days to Go!

It's almost here! Online classroom registration has been disabled but there's still room in many of the classes. You can register onsite but be prepared by bringing your well maintained sew machine (with all attchments) manual and favourite sewing tools with you!

Classes begin on Friday at 9:00 a.m. and the show floor opens at noon. Classes begin on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and the show floor opens at 10:00 a.m.

There are great activities going on on the show floor at the presentation stage and at the booths. Demonstrations, fashion shows, make and takes and presentations are all part of the excitement.

And the Door Prizes are amazing! See you there!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ten Reasons to Attend SewFest West 2010!

1. It's a sewing, fibre arts and needlework show. No shammies, no garlic crushers, no cheap watches, no tooth whiteners, no weight-loss machines and no pots & pans.

2. It's inexpensive. Only $5 admission gets you into the exhibit hall. Admission is included with class registration.

3. Snack bar in the show area gives you easy access to reasonably priced beverages, lunch or snacks, and you don't miss the action.

4. ATM is on site. So if you forget to drop by the bank, you still have access to cash if you need it.

5. Parking is free. While it may be a bit of a drive for some of you, at least you don't have a parking fee to pay when you arrive.

6. Bingeman's Funworx is open if your spouse wants something to do with the kids while you take a class or attend a seminar. Visit for information.

7. Clean, bright and roomy washrooms. Yes, there may be line-ups at the busiest times but they won't last long.

8. Bingeman's has wheelchair accessibility: An important consideration for those who use mobility devices.

9. A wide selection of classes to take throughout the day. Click on the classes links to the left or visit to register online.

10. Kayla Kennington, our feature celebrity is literally the Creme de la Creme of fibre artists, educators and garment designers. Visit for a sneak preview. Quilters, embroiderers, beaders, seamstresses and designers will all be amazed at her showpieces. Be sure to register for a class or see her fabulous slide show and presentation.

Door Prizes Aplenty! Wow!

While you still may be waiting to win the Super 7 or 649 lotteries, you have much better odds of winning a door prize at SewFest West 2010. So many companies have generously donated prizes.

Each attendee with admission ($5) will receive a ballot to complete and drop off at the Sewers Forum Booth No. 1 for a chance to win. Some nice things about this are:
1. you don't have to be present to win.
2. you don't have to wander everywhere trying to find the ballot box; it's printed right on the ballot, Booth No 1.
3. the draws take place at the free seminar area (theatre) on the show floor after every presentation.
4. the major door prizes (2 each day) will be drawn after the last presentation on the show floor.
5. if you win a door prize during the day, your ballot will be placed back into the draw for the major prizes.
6. a list of door prize draw winners will be posted at the Sewers Forum Booth No. 1 throughout the show.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Quilt Place of Shakespeare Ontario to exhibit!

The Quilt Place carries "quilts to warm your heart and home, plus quilting supplies and gifts". Whether you're looking for a timeless and elegant quilt for your home, or need the supplies to make your own family heirloom, this is your place.

The Quilt Place carries over 2000 bolts of first quality cotton fabrics, including batiks, 1930's designs, and Japanese prints. They also stock a large variety of books and patterns, plus all the tools and supplies needed to complete your quilted project.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Material Girls will be selling The Sewing Workshop Collection and Shapes Patterns at SewFest West 2010

These patterns are fashion favourites for those who like to make timeless and smart-looking garments. The designs make the wearer look stylish and have unique details that stand out from the crowd. The Material Girls of Nanaimo BC will be exhibiting at SewFest West 2010 with a daily fashion show of fashion garments made from these two great pattern lines. It is a real treat to see them worn by models as the pattern illustrations never entitrely do them justice. The Material Girls also have some great garment notions and buttons that will add the perfect touch to your outfits.