Category — Life
Ready or not, I’m going to post about my Sewing Summit experience! You’ve probably read a few recaps over the last several days. I think I was hesitant to write anything because I guess that would be accepting that it’s over. I just had so much fun. Last year when I went I was a bit nervous. I was meeting everyone in person for the first time. I wasn’t sure what to expect. This year wasn’t just about meeting more new people, but solidifying those friendships that had grown over the last year.
My awesome roommates Katie and Mary
I arrived late Wednesday night and was lucky enough to stay with Katie and Lee at the home of Katie’s sister-in-law Mary, who I had met a bit last year. Mary is just the nicest, funniest, most genuine person and was one of my roomies for the weekend. Katie isn’t half bad either. Ha, hi Katie – love ya!! Seriously though, I count myself very lucky to have become great friends with both Katie and Lee over the last year and a half.
Lee, Brooke, Terri, Amy, Kelly and Elena
Thursday a few of us went on an informal shop hop to Pine Needles and Material Girls. Both were great shops! And the bonus was the waffles before the shopping and the ice cream at the end of the shopping.
Photo by Amy (Sukie)
Basically, we ate, bought fabric, ate.
Thursday evening was the Welcome Reception and then we went to the new City Creek mall in downtown SLC – I’m not a huge mall person but it was really amazing. Plus I had some really great Mexican food at Red Iguana – I can never say no to Mexican food!
Friday I taught my first class with Kati.
Nerdy photo of me by Amy (Sukie)
We had a lot of information to get through in an hour and 15 minutes, but we just made it!
Kati and I
Everyone in the class was super nice and I heard a lot of people have those “aha” moments, or say “this isn’t as hard as I thought!” I think that is the sign of a successful class.
Me, Lee, Stephanie, Angela, Megan, Amber, Deedee, Jeni, Katie, Mary
Friday night a little group of us went to Caffe Molise, a local Italian restaurant. If you live in SLC, you must go there! Great service, awesome food, live music. I think everyone loved what they ordered.
After dinner we ran through the rain to a party organized by Amy (Sukie!) and the Salt Lake City Modern Quilt Guild. Check out all that bunting! That’s what happens when quilters invade a bar.
Saturday I had ANOTHER waffle from Bruges and then taught again first thing in the morning. Lunch time had a special speaker – Joel Dewberry! Wow, what a humble, nice guy. Makes me want to go buy all his fabric. He had samples of his upcoming line Notting Hill. I’ve already picked out the fabric I want to use on my Weekender!
We also had a banquet dinner with speaker Nancy Soriano, former Editor-in-Chief of Country Living Magazine. She spoke on her Creative Journey, it was really interesting and also inspiring to hear the story of a successful career woman and mom.
Sunday was the day everyone started leaving. I will be honest, when I woke up I was so sad! Of course I missed my family but I didn’t want to say goodbye to everyone. I was lucky enough to find some people in the lobby and have a nice group breakfast.
Photo by Amber
Then I decided to play tourist for awhile and walk around the city.
I visited the Temple and the State Capital building. (My legs were still sore 2 days later from walking up that hill!) Then I headed to the airport for my trip home.
I said this last year and I’ll say it again. I really recommend trying to go the Sewing Summit at least once. Hopefully it’s an annual thing! It’s allowed me to make friends that enjoy doing what I do, friends that now I get to meet up with during the rest of the year (here and here). The classes are great, but really the social experience is why I go. When else will I stay up until 1am sewing and laughing with friends?
Thank you SO much to the amazing Erin and the rest of the Sewing Summit staff for all their hard work. Also huge thanks to Ali who coordinated everything with the teaching staff. They were all wonderful – keep in mind this is no ones full time job. Really amazing.
So I guess that’s it! I have lots more photos on my Flickr photostream that you can check out. It was a great long weekend!
October 18, 2012 19 Comments
Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Michigan’s upper peninsula, sewing and hanging out with Holly, Jeni and Lee (Holly lives up there). I was joking that I was happy they invited me to their Janome Horizon club meeting because they all had matching sewing machines except me!
The drive up from Chicago was about 5-1/2 hours, but having the car to myself, perfect weather, and beautiful scenery made it not so bad.
Jeni and Holly did some fabric dying and everything turned out great. Lee and I did mostly sewing and I was VERY excited to finish the twin quilt top for my daughter’s bed, which focuses on Sarah Jane’s Children at Play fabrics.
Holly’s parents own an awesome BBQ restaurant in town called The White House.
I seriously cannot resist pulled pork and baked beans.
Here I am hanging out in the front with some of the presidents that were carved out of a giant log.
I am so thankful to have such great sewing and blogging friends in the midwest. These get togethers are always so fun and really refresh me.
Now that I’m back home, tonight is the first Naperville Modern Quilt Guild meeting. For those in the Chicago western suburbs, I hope you will come! I don’t really know anything about it yet, but I will be there.
Onto the housekeeping. I know many of you have signed up to be notified by email when there is a new post on my blog. I’m running into a technical issue where I have more subscribers than I’m allowed to send out emails. I’m working on tweaking various settings to try to fix the problem, but really I can’t test it except for when I make a blog post. Sooooo, hopefully I will get it resolved soon but I just can’t say when. In the meantime, if you aren’t getting emails, you can still keep up with my latest posts on Facebook and Google Reader by adding the RSS feed.
July 26, 2012 17 Comments
**Update: The Sewing Summit sold out! In 1 day! Wow, totally amazing, I can’t wait to meet all of you that signed up!**
Today is the day I know many people have been eagerly anticipating… Sewing Summit tickets are going on sale! Registration opens at 9:00am MST. (Click here to register.)
The first 50 tickets receive $50 off the registration price with the code FIRST50. Wow! The first 50 tickets sold out in 1 minute!
For those that aren’t familiar with the Sewing Summit, it is a sewing & blogging conference for the modern sewist who wants to connect with others in a fun and inspiring setting. I went last year and had such an amazing time, I knew immediately I would be making the trip again in 2012. It is so much more than a conference or set of amazing sewing classes (which include quilting, bag making, fashion/clothing making). It is a chance to meet the faces behind the blogs you visit each day. A chance to make a new group of friends that have the same passions as you. A chance to be truly encouraged and inspired.
I hope you will sign up. I am teaching this year along with many other extremely talented people, it’s going to be an unforgettable few days!
April 3, 2012 4 Comments
I must say I had a wonderful weekend! I drove 3 1/2 hours Friday evening to the unchartered (for me!) land of Iowa to spend about 24 hours with some fellow sewers and bloggers – Vanessa, Anna, Deedrie, Jeni and Megan. I had met everyone except for Anna at the Sewing Summit last year. We did lots of sewing, talking, eating…ok, mostly talking and eating. I think we went to sleep at 3am on Friday night and woke up at 7:30…I haven’t done that since my kids were newborns. It was so much fun, just reinvigorating to be around people “like me” that love fabric and creating. I drove home Saturday evening and you would have thought I had been gone a month, my kids were SO happy to see me. It’s always nice to feel loved.
Today I have a couple shares for you. First, I am going to be participating in Megan at Canoe Ridge Creation’s Festival of Half Square Triangles!
Starting Monday, April 2, there will be a two weeks blog hop full of half square triangle tutorials and projects. At the end of the blog hop, you are invited to link up a HST sewing project of your own – bags, mini quilts, home decor, anything you can come up with. Then the blog hop group of bloggers will choose 10 finalists, at which point it’s all up to YOU to choose a winner! There will be lots of great prizes that Megan will announce soon.
Here’s the schedule:
Monday, April 2 — Sara from Sew Sweetness
Tuesday, April 3 — Amy from Amy’s Creative Side
Wednesday, April 4 — Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts
Thursday, April 5 — Holly from Bijou Lovely
Friday, April 6 — Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt
Monday, April 9 — Erin from Two More Seconds
Tuesday, April 10 — Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, April 11 — Jeni from In Color Order
Thursday, April 12 — Heather and Megan from Quilt Story
Friday, April 13 — Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
Monday, April 16 to Sunday, April 22 – Linky Party featuring all of YOU over at Canoe Ridge Creations!
Monday, April 23 to Wednesday, April 25 — Viewers Choice Voting
Friday, April 27 — Winners Announced!
I am also the feature today on Quilt Story, so definitely go check that out!
Off to work more on my Liberated Sampler! It’s coming right along!
*Edited to add a little photo of my progress*
March 26, 2012 16 Comments