The 12th annual It’s Sew Fine Sewing and Quilting Expo returns to General Butler State Resort Park from April 10-12.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Burns, who learned to quilt after losing her vision as the result of a near-fatal car accident in 1988.

The award-winning quilter will tell her story, “Through Tragedy, Challenge, Perseverance and Triumph: A Quilter is Born,” during the event’s banquet on April 11.

The expo provides sewing enthusiasts a chance to enrich their skills in quilting, home décor and personal sewing and is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service programs of the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University and Purdue University.

Locally and nationally known sewing professionals attend the expo to teach classes. This year’s lineup includes Pam Damour, “the Decorating Diva,” from Champlain, N.Y., and quilting professionals, Sheila Reinke from Omaha, Neb., and Gretchen Hudock, from Big Canoe, Ga.

Reinke is a former director of Hancock Fabrics and Hudock teaches with Nancy Zeiman of PBS’s “Sewing with Nancy.”

More than 25 classes are offered, with topics ranging from making bed quilts, wall quilts, quilt runners and a Christmas-tree skirt, to making window treatments, pillows, fabric totes, clothing and accessories.

Registration is $95 and covers, lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday and dinner on Tuesday. The deadline to register is March 1

To register, visit and click on the “Family and Consumer Sciences.” Individuals may also register by contacting Purdue or UK extension offices, or Grace Angotti at or at (502) 732-8009 or (502) 649-4672.