Sewing enthusiasts from the Ohio Valley area and other states will gather at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky. for the 8th Annual "It's Sew Fine" Sewing Expo on April 14-16.

This year's keynote presenter is Bonnie Hunter, the person behind Dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting, Hunter enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the world. She also enjoys challenging quilters to break the rules and think outside the box with their projects. Hunter also maintains a daily blog "Quiltville's Quips & Snips" at

Expo classes will be taught by professionals and sewing teachers from Kentucky, New York, Texas, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina.

A variety of classes will be offered Tuesday, including a class in dyeing, painting and printing, a special appliqué class. Tuesday will also feature quilting opportunities, including one with Hunter, a session learning to make a special folded star, another making a unique child's tufted stool, serging and more.

Tuesday ends with a banquet and the keynote presentation by Hunter. There will be an instructor showcase with expo teachers selling their wares and demonstrating a variety of techniques. Participants attending previous years will have the opportunity to showcase items they made at during previous events.

Wednesday will be a full day including "Happy, Scrappy Houses" with Hunter; "Landscape Fabric Collage" made by learning to dye, print and paint fabrics with Pat Sturtzel of Louisville, Ky.; "Full Deck of Cards," a special quilting session taught by Sheila Reinke of Omaha, Neb.; "Are you sure that's a Sweatshirt," a sweatshirt adapted and made into a top; an apparel draping class; and other beginning, intermediate and advanced quilting classes, a speed tailoring class and more. The Sewing Expo concludes at 5 p.m. April 16.

The registration deadline is Monday, March 3. Registration packets with colored photos of the projects and comprehensive descriptions are available at the Carroll County Extension Service, 500 Floyd Drive, Carrollton, Ky., by calling (502)-732-7030 or visiting