Thursday, February 25, 2010

Okay, Eileen -- here's where everybody finds out that when it comes to technology --blogging is about ten steps ahead of where I'm actually AT. And a blog post just isn't any fun without a picture. From this hotel computer, I cannot see the picture before I post it...I can only see a long goofy number...if you know the answer to this delimna -- please call me asap.

Here's a non-rotated picture of me and the Hey Rita Tote with a very talented sewing enthusiast...if only I could get the OTHER pictures off my camera...she had an embroidered jacket you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...with a giant guitar on the back. And I'M NOT KIDDING...awesome...

But you're just gonna have to take my word for it, eh? AND this picture shows Rhonda Pierce in the Schmetz booth wearing her brand new fur/feather velvet coat. AMAZING.... Altho, it shed so badly during the sewing phase -- apparently, she has decided NOT to adopt that cat she was jonesing for...

This last photo is a GREAT SHOT of five women -- SISTERS -- who came from Montana, Wyoming, Washington, etc. -- for their FIRST TIME EVER SISTERS TRIP. Believe me -- at some point -- when I can get back to technology that I understand -- I will tell you all about them. WHAT A GREAT SISTERS PICTURE, EH? CAN YOU READ WHAT'S ON THEIR PINK SHIRTS??

It was such a wonderful first day!! I had a chance to visit with Marilyn and her Mom, and Judy & Chris, Luveta, Jan and Bonne did a FABULOUS JOB with their Nooner event. I think I got some great pictures of them...IF ONLY I COULD FIND THE DARN THINGS...

But right now, I've gotta go through the drive-thru to get something to eat. Fischer's Scones made for a great lunch -- but that was hours ago!! Then, I have some Olympic skating to catch up on...

I'll try again...I know this is lame...check back!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Okay, okay...

OKAY, OKAY -- because of my hundreds of clamoring fans (make that -- one email from Eileen Roche) --


Oh, yeah, this will be fun.

Of course, this all depends on whether or not I can find a computer and GET ONLINE...

My skills are kinda marginal, y'know...


So -- I was wrong -- I am NOT taking a break. Maybe. So keep on comin' back...


This is one of the LAST posts I'm going to write....because now I have to GO TO THE ACTUAL SHOW..!!

Yahoo!! All this work, all the planning, the blogging, the sewing -- it is all about to COME TOGETHER for the biggest sewing party in America...Last year's Ellissimo winner -- Lois Carpenter -- will be there with her sewing friends...

As I get ready to run out the door -- I want to make sure you know that even if you didn't get around to ordering your seminar and/or event tickets in advance -- you CAN BUY THEM at the show. There are lots of classes and events available and you can buy tickets THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

The Ticket Booth is in the Showplex building -- over by the Free Stage. They accept cash, check or credit cards. And if you end up being able to go to the show for an extra day -- that should be your FIRST STOP...

And -- this year -- as you come in the gate -- you will be given a very simple one-page "flyer". The PURPOSE OF THE FLYER is to let you know what classes and/or events ARE AVAILABLE ON THAT DAY...

Okay. That's it. I'm packing up my bags and getting on a plane...


Monday, February 22, 2010

Bonash Demo

As I'm working on my Ya Ya projects -- I was struggling with how I could sew two HUGE circles of fabric together....

Then I remembered BONASH 007 powder! I saw it being demonstrated last fall at Quilt Market. It's a powdered "bonding agent" -- and was EXACTLY what I needed to lightly bond my two large circles of fabric together. I want to use knit fabric -- and my 007powder made the whole project easy as pie....magical..

Bonash is a new vendor at EXPO this year. Be sure you stop over to see Beryl's great demos...Booth #1000, 1003.

I AM EXCITED ABOUT SHOWING you the very unique project I made, using Bonash 007 boning powder! IT IS AMAZING...(and I wanted to do the no-sew edge fringe that started such a lively discussion over on my Ritassewfun blog..

You'll get to see it at FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE...!! (it was inspired by a wrap I bought in New York City!!)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Daily FREE Style Shows

Up on the Expo Runway (upstairs in the Pavilion) -- we offer FIVE free style shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I've blogged about them before -- but I can't say enough about how fortunate we are to be able to offer THIS MUCH DESIGN ENTERTAINMENT to you. Here's a picture of Deborah Kreiling, doing the commentary for the 2009 Simplicity Style show -- this year, they kick off the day at 9:30.

Personally, I make it a point to see EVERY SINGLE show. I ALWAYS learn something or get a new idea. And I look on my Style Show attendance as a chance to sit and relax..

Louise Cutting and Linda Lee have worked hard to bring you an all new show for 2010...

To review -- here's the 2010 schedule:
9:30 Simplicity
10:30 Louise Cutting and Linda Lee
11:30 Pati Palmer
1:30 Sandra Betzina and Marcy Tilton
2:30 The Independent Pattern Company Alliance

The next picture is Mary Collen -- Expo's Style Show Manager. As with any worthwhile event, there is ALWAYS a woman behind the scenes, making sure things stay on track. If things go according to plan, you never think about how much work had to happen BEFORE the models take the stage. The companies plan their show, do the sewing, ship the garments, etc. Then, the day before Expo opens, Mary schedules the rehearsals -- and every single garment must be FIT to a model. Mary puts every show on the computer, with the proper order of thing, etc. -- and every model has a "dresser" so they can make those quick changes. They lay out their shoes, accessories, etc. Once again -- OH YEAH -- it TAKES A VILLAGE...

Mary has a very cheerful, capable crew of official "dressers" backstage...and they make sure everything goes smooth a silk...


Friday, February 19, 2010

Expo Baby

Here's an email we recently received:

Just thought I would share this with you as I begin to think of the Expo this year. Last year I was 36 weeks pregnant with my second child. The week of Expo I went into labor. The doctors gave me medicine to stop my labor and put me on modified bed rest. I was determined to get to Expo! I was told I could attend if I went in a wheelchair. So I did. My lovely mom pushed me around. I walked "a little" and was told the Saturday of Expo I was no longer at considered pre-term so I could start walking again. We attended Expo Thursday and Friday. Saturday we headed to the Zoo. I gave birth to my baby girl (who is in the Burda contest!) the last day of the Expo!

We will do ANYTHING to attend expo, even if it means possibly going into labor there!

Tanya Peila
University Place, WA

I was so delighted to hear Tanya's story -- I asked her permission to share it -- and ALSO post a picture of the baby. Here's Ashlee -- who is surely one of the top vote getters in the Pink & Red Fashion Show challenge...THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY, TANYA --

AND -- YES -- IT'S OFFICIAL -- our very own Expo-Baby-Ashlee WILL BE IN THE PINK & RED Fashion Show on Sunday. See yesterday's post for a link to the te WINNERS...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show

WOW!! THIS WAS SOOOO MUCH FUN!!! Thank you all for sewing a great pink and red outfit. Thank you all for going to Burdastyle to VOTE for your favorites...

hEY -- THE BABY IS IN THE SHOW..!! Tomorrow, I'll post a story about the EXPO baby...
and you'll understand what I mean.

I could not be more delighted with the enthusiastic response to this worthwhile challenge!
(and, okay, honestly -- I'm a bit relieved that the panties did NOT get voted into the show)...


REMEMBER -- SUNDAY, February 28, 2010 (YIKES -- only a week away...!)

HERE IS THE LINK to the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show WINNERS..

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Counting the Days!!

I received an email from a blog reader...she was trying to get to the Schmetz website to share a sewing story...AND -- I loved how she is going to "Do Expo" -- with her granddaughter. She gave me permission to share this...

Rita -

I just may stop at the Schmetz booth - with my 10 year old granddaughter. She is SO super excited about the show. She lives in Reno and I live in Oregon, and she is coming up to the show with me. She sends me text massages about every other day to ask me something about it or just to tell me how excited she is! Last year was her first time - she LOVED it. I have said this elsewhere, so you may have already heard her quote (I just love it and it's so true). On Friday, our first day there, I asked her if the Expo was what she had thought it would be; her answer - it was way better; it was a sewing PARADISE!!! LOL


I COULD NOT AGREE MORE -- A SEWING PARADISE!! I love it, love it, love it... I'm looking forward to seeing you BOTH at Friday Night LIVE!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Coats & Clark Pink & Red -- GO VOTE

It is a thrill for me to be involved in Expo's charity event. Sunday morning -- at 8:30 -- we are trying to PACK THE ROOM -- because we want to help build an awareness of these two silent killers -- heart disease and cancer. Partnering with the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

As I am working on my own garment -- I was inspired by this t-shirt -- the color pink -- the shape of a heart -- and the flavor of chocolate!!

We are THRILLED with the response of YOU -- our audience -- to this Pink & Red challenge. One talented group of women (six women made eight outfits) -- actually used the challenge as a way to SEW their family history...and the story of the brave women in their family who have SURVIVED cancer and heart disease -- is very inspiring indeed.

I would like to go over -- one more time -- how you can go to BurdaStyle and VOTE for your favorites. Remember -- only the top ten vote-getters will be invited to WALK IN THE SHOW on Sunday morning...

First of all -- go to -- then, at the bottom of the page -- in the area that says "from the blogs" --you must then click on "view all articles" -- AND, altho it keeps moving, you just keep scrolling down until you see the headline: "Vote for your favorite project in the Coats & Clark Pink and Red Fashion show at the Sewing Stitchery Expo". When you click on those words, you will be taken away to TWO albums. They had so many entries, they had to put up Part 1 and Part 2.

I do have some concern that many of you never went to see Part 2 -- so I am posting a direct link to Part 2 of the BurdaStyle SHOW

Many women worked really hard on their outfits...and I do have my favorites! The sewing-historians are in Part 2, and Laura Mendoza (our Yahoo Groups Sew Expo helper) is also in Part 2....Hey -- I'M NOT TRYING TO INFLUENCE THE VOTING -- CUZ THAT WOULD BE WRONG. I'm just saying -- be sure you've SEEN EVERYTHING.

Remember -- you can vote for as many outfits as you like -- but you can only vote ONE TIME for each outfit.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Free NOONER Events

Two of the biggest fans of this blog are Bonne Swett and Jan Potter. If the Sewing & Stitchery Expo had a Fan Club -- they would be elected CO-PRESIDENTS. No doubt about it. They've been coming to Expo for many years, it's their big GIRLFRIEND WEEKEND and to amp up the energy -- they did a "challenge" with each other. The "reveal" would take place the morning they left for the show.

One of their favorite Expo teachers -- Linda McGehee -- loved the idea of their challenge and last year -- she brought it to the Expo Stage. Linda did the narration of their EXPO CHALLENGE event. Were you there? It was see what two very different sewing artists do, given the SAME fabric, or the SAME pattern or technique. It was fascinating.

This year -- their event will be the KICK OFF NOONER EVENT. On Thursday -- THE OPENING DAY -- Jan and Bonne will be on the Expo Runway with their brand new "Inspired 2 Sew -- The Challenge of 2 Friends"...

It's at 12:30 on THURSDAY (as the professional models allegedly eat lunch)...

I'd like to take this opportunity to THANK JAN AND BONNE for helping me to launch this show blog. Their initial enthusiasm kept me going -- on days when it felt like nobody was reading it. They'd send me emails, encouraging notes, and, of course -- it was THEIR IDEA that I start the show blog with a RECYCLED JEANS CHALLENGE...


(Visit Booths #144 and #711 -- win prizes -- have your picture taken!!)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lyla Messinger's Three-Needle Class

Okay -- here's the fun thing about doing a show "blog" -- I get to share stuff with you that I hear about -- no matter HOW MUCH ROOM IT TAKES UP. I have the opportunity to put up pictures, share testimonials, etc. I LOVE IT...

And -- guess what -- the Sewing & Stitchery Expo is not the only show our teachers do. Most of our speakers have a busy year-around travel schedule. I run into them at Quilt Market in Houston -- and many of them recently taught at a consumer show in Denver, Colorado. THEY ARE A WELL TRAVELED GROUP...believe me!!

Nobody works harder than a "Sewing Star". They work to develop new patterns, write books, create lines of fabric. AND every year, they create a new class.

What's really cool about this is that most of them LAUNCH THEIR NEW CLASSES at our show. We are honored that Puyallup is the perfect time and place people in the sewing industry come to see the NEXT BIG THING...

Which brings me to Lyla Messinger. One of Expo's most popular speakers -- Lyla does business 365 days a year. She manages a very busy website, The Sewing Place , travels extensively, and comes out with new patterns and products every year. Here's a picture of the hands-on projecct Lyla is teaching at the show:

The class description says:

Create a unique necklace in class, using a beautiful Riri zipper from Switzerland. Completely transform the zipper's look, so some might say "where's the zipper?" Leave class wearing your creation and ready to try your hand at another. your kit includes everything you need to complete your necklace.

The class is on thursday & Saturday, from 8:00 - 10:30 AM in the Restaurant Building. the cost is $25 for the class, and a $25 kit fee.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Gotta Sewing Story?

My friend Rhonda works for Schmetz Sewing Machine Needles and she invited me to participate in a marketing focus group. We got to use some specialty needles..

Then, we were to share a "sewing story" -- and I talked about the year I was 12. Mom made five gingham dresses for me and my sisters for Easter that year. For a visual -- I brought some vintage aprons -- all gingham, with "chicken scratch" embroidery..

Young Connie said she NEVER HAD AN APRON. Really? And the girl BAKED CUPCAKES FOR US!! I was thrilled to give Connie her first apron...

AND -- to see our "sewing stories" -- you can visit the SCHMETZ website

If you share your OWN STORY -- you will be eligible for a monthly prize of sewing machine needles. Somebody will win the grand prize of $500 worth of Schmetz sewing machine needles.


Also -- Remember -- Schmetz (booth #144) wants you to come to their booth AT THE SHOW -- to share your won story. AND they're working with Luveta Nickels (booth #711) for the Recycled DENIM DAY -- on FRIDAY -- they re encouraging all of you to wear your recycled DENIM projects....

YOU WOULD WIN PRIZES...more tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Coats & Clark Pink & Red

YES -- THE SLIDESHOW IS UP. Remember, there are TWO albums -- so it's important tht you look through BOTH of them...

If you go to Burdastyle just scroll down to the bottom of the page -- and click on the Coats & Clark Pink and Red Fashion Show Challenge.

YOU CAN VOTE FOR AS MANY AS YOU LIKE...but only one at a time. I think that's the way it works. Obviously, they want you to come back often and keep voting for your favorites!!

And, yes, you do have to be registered on in order to 'vote". But it's free...and it's a great sewing website.

FREE STAGE Presentations

The Coats & Clark Pink & Red Style Show is now LIVE on

The free style shows start at 8:30 in the morning, and go every hour on the hour until 4:30.

So, as you schedule your day around classes you are taking -- don't forget to stop check out the FREE STAGE offerings and sit in on as many sessions possible. Some topics you can learn about:
(Thur/Sat times are different than Fri/Sun -- check the big sign -- posted near the Free Stage)

Two Fabrics, Two Styles, Too Much Fun -- Nancy Chong

Accessories Even A Child Can Make -- Janeal Grosinger

MacPhee Workshop Fashion Show -- Linda MacPhee

That's a Sweatshirt?? -- Londa Rohlfing

Comfortable Clothes that Camouflage: Kathy Ruddy

Gifts From The Heart for Little Ones and Their dolls -- Joan Hinds

Fleece 1101: Outerwear Fleece Techniques -- Patti Otto

The Momo-Dini elegant Embroidery Trunk Show -- Dini Yan

4:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Clothes That Click -- Valley 4-H

Please make a mental note -- at 4:30 every day -- you should walk over to the FREE STAGE area, sit down, relax, and take in what these kids have done....



Hey -- whenever we try to do something new, glitches are to be expected. Coats & Clark is working with BurdaStyle -- and as soon as I have a proper procedure and/or good LINK -- I'll post it on the right sidebar of this blog.

Please don't get impatient....we'll extend the "voting window" to make up for this bad start. The most important thing is we have over 100 entries, and we are DE-lighted with this huge response. So -- BE PREPARED TO VOTE...

Monday, February 8, 2010


Okay -- TODAY IS THE DAY you can go to Burdastyle and VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES.

We received 100 be prepred to take your time. Don't vote before you look at every single entry...

To review -- we asked the AUDIENCE to make a pink & red outfit for this year's charity event. Coats & Clark is sponsoring the Pink & Red Fashion Show -- and the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. We are trying to raise awareness of the two biggest killers of women in America -- heart disease and breast cancer.

Your $10 donation can go to either charity...YOU pick the cause you care about...
Come to the Pink & Red to honor the women in your life who have died, or will be stricken, by these two terrible killers...

HERE IS A PICTURE I RECEIVED FROM A BLOG FAN...and the story behind these garments is absolutely amazing. Carol has been sharing some of the work behind the scenes -- and she is working with Coats & Clark to tell the story behind their historical garments and the beloved women who inspired them...

JOIN US at the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show. Sunday morning at 8:30. If you don't have your ticket yet -- when you GET TO THE SHOW -- go visit the AHA or ACS booth (in the Showplex -- near the free stage). Give your $10 donation to either charity and they'll GET YOU A TICKET...

THIS WEEK -- VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES. YOU get to create THE FASHION SHOW you'll see on Sunday, February 28. 8:30 AM. On the Expo Runway. Be there or be square...

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE....go to

Being aware of these two silent killers could save the life of a woman you love... maybe even your own....

Do it for your family. Do it for the women you love. DO IT FOR YOURSELF!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pink & Red Remarkable

If you're doing it right -- every now and then -- you get to be a witness to something REMARKBLE. Well -- here's your chance....

On Sunday, February 28, 2010, Coats & Clark is sponsoring the first ever Pink & Red Fashion Show. We've partnered with the two organizations that are fighting the two biggest killers of women in America -- heart disease and breast cancer...and this is NOT going to be just another style show...

As you know, we issued a challenge to the audience -- and asked YOU to make a pink and red garment. Then, upload it to Burda, where the audience would be encouraged to vote for their favorites.....

Coats & Clark had no idea what a chord this would strike for one family....they got together, and six women made eight different outfits...all to honor the women in their lives who were stricken with breast cancer or heart disease. Carol wrote this about their project:

Through the history of historical dress, I would like to introduce you to my friend, Dawn, and her grandmothers, along with my family, and the women who have been stricken with breast cancer and heart disease. We have chosen to represent these women in costumes from the year of their birth. Please note, these costumes are historically inspired, not historically accurate.

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Like the women before us who knew how precious thread was to producing their needed garments and wears, let us not waste our lives. Let us re-purpose to live our lives fully. Intentionally. Deliberately. Let us not stuff our dreams and hopes into cupboards and plastic bins, but rather, enjoy the beauty of life around us and be grateful for what we do have.


To view the slideshow and vote for your favorites (they'll actually get to BE in the Pink & Red Fashion Show) -- go to and look for the "Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show". Or -- go to or to

Voting is open from February 8 - 12.

And, of course, you still have time to make YOUR OWN pink and red outfit to wear to the show -- to honor the survivors in your own life.

Tickets are still available for this good cause...your $10 donation can be given to either charity. At the show -- go to the AHA or ACS booth -- they'll accept your donation and GIVE YOU A TICKET TO THE SHOW.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sandra Betzina's Assistant

Dear Karla,

THANKS for writing to me -- and thanks for reading the blog!! Tell Sandra I'm looking forward to seeing her at the show. I hope I've fixed the link to Power Sewing -- let me know if it's working.


P.S. -- AND the reason I'm posting this (instead of sending you an email) -- is because you said you'd be blogging about wht Sandra is bringing to Expo -- and I want the readers of this blog to connect to the Speaker websites and read those blogs, too!!

Quilt Market Lorilie video

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sunday Style Shows

ANOTHER NEW THING IS HAPPENING IN 2010! After the 8:30 Sunday morning Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show -- we've decided to put the Expo Runway to some good use.

So -- this year -- we will have THREE MORE STYLE SHOWS on the Expo Runway. We like to think of them as a "community effort".

10:30 -- Project Kids fashion Show. A FIRST TIME EVENT. Come see what Connie and her talented group of elementary age sew-ists have created for your viewing pleasure. Because Baby Lock has been so supportive of her program -- rumor has it that Steve Jeffery will be joining them on the stage (he's a big honcho at Baby Lock). AND maybe they've made a gift for him?

11:30 -- Morning, Noon & Night Fashion Show. ANOTHER FIRST TIME EVENT. This is going to be very special. A challenge was put out to local area design schools -- and this style show will be their chance to strut their stuff. Our very own version of "Project Runway" -- right here on the EXPO, eh?

12:30 -- For the Love of Sewing. ANOTHER FIRST TIME EVENT. And this is one I would not think of missing. The local ASG guild members, many of them CTA's as well -- are joining forces to create this special showcase of their creations. Clothes, quilts, who knows?? These are people with a deep love of sewing who are bringing you their best...

PLEASE JOIN US....Plan to come to the show on SUNDAY -- you can kick it off with the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show (8:30) -- your $10 donation can go to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society...

You'll get a valuable coupon book -- good for THAT DAY ONLY -- full of one-time offers and last-day show bargains...

AND you can see these three fabulous FREE Style Shows -- created for your inspiration and enjoyment!!

Yahoo Groups

Laura Lee Mendoza sent me a message:

Re: Sew Expo Yahoo groups

"Below is the address for the Sew Expo Yahoo Groups. This is a great
networking site for Sew Expo enthusiasts. Last year, many Expo attendees used
it to find places to stay, compare seminars, meet up for meals, etc. Many,
including myself, made new friends (some very long distance). Several members
post all year to keep in touch. Photos of members projects are also on the
site. We have a moderator to make sure no ads or inappropriate content appear
on the site. Come join us!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Exciting email!!

We received this note in the ticket office:

I received my tickets today -- haven't even had a chance to check to see if I got all that I requested. Barely care, just glad I have them (and spouse's admission tickets).

So, short of making sure I'm not doing laundry the night before, so we can pack, we are set.

Just need to concentrate on work and not think about SewExpo until I'm home (otherwise just go into giggles and the happy dance).

Anna in Albuquerque

THANKS SO MUCH for taking the time to send the note, Anna from Albuquerque. WE ARE HAPPY YOU'RE COMING TO THE SHOW...

See you really soon...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


One of the BEST things about the Sewing & Stitchery Expo are the FREE style shows -- upstairs in the Pavillion -- we used to call it "Room A" -- but this year, we have renamed the area the "Expo Runway". Here's an audience shot from last year...

Marcy Tilton and Sandra Betzina are putting together a show called "Inspired Closets Marcy and Sandra Take Vogue Outside The Box (And Into their own hands)

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- here's the Expo Runway schedule:

9:30 AM -- "Making it work! Simplicity presents inspired by Project Runway plus Must Haves Spring"

10:30 AM -- Louise Cutting & Linda Lee present "Your Personal Style Puzzle...Putting All the Pieces Together!"

11:30 AM -- McCall's, Vogue, Butterick Fashions with Palmer/Pletsch tips

1:30 PM -- Sandra Betzina & Marcy Tilton

2:30 PM -- The Independent Pattern Company Alliance presents their Fashion Extravaganza

These companies work hard to put together these wonderful fast-paced style shows. We hire professional models for them, Mary Collen is the Style show Manager. Which, believe me -- IS a full time job during the show. She is the woman BEHIND the scenes. She has the complete roster for every style show. Every show has a rehearsal, there is a dresser for every model for every show...every single garment is put into the computer schedule...

For you to show your appreciation for all the BEHIND THE SCENES time and work involved in putting on these FREE STYLE SHOWS -- not to mention ALL THAT SEWING -- please attend every single show during your time at Expo.

If you don't do that -- you will definitely be missing something!!

And -- soon -- I'll post the SUNDAY SCHEDULE -- it's all new this year!!