Sewing Summit 2011

The Sewing Summit!!

I’m back from the Sewing Summit! Honestly, I have a million thoughts racing around my head from the weekend. I’m not really sure where to start. First off, I want to say it was absolutely, unbelievably amazing. Erin and Amy (the event creators/organizers) did such an awesome job, I really think they are my new heros. I think about how much time and work and risk really went into planning such a large event that was the first of it’s kind. And these are ladies like you and me, with families and other responsibilities. Totally blows my mind.

Denver

Ok, let’s start at the beginning. Friday morning I woke up bright and early at 4am to get ready and get to the airport. That was fun. ;) I flew in with a brief stop in Denver (That’s Denver above, I didn’t even get off the airplane!) My sister came with me, but we both had free airfare on different airlines (and different Chicago airports!) so once she landed we headed to the hotel, The Little America. Holy nice hotel batman! Check out our rooms.

Little America Rooms

We were on the top floor (17th) and had an amazing view of the mountains.

Mountain Morning

We decided to walk around town and we found a little mexican restaurant for a cheap lunch. Then we walked a couple more blocks to Temple Square. Even if you are not Mormon (which we aren’t), this is a must see. Beautiful buildings and grounds. Also, people in Salt Lake City were very friendly. People helped us with directions, made conversations. It was great.

Temple Square

After that we went back to the hotel and hung out in the hotel lobby with other people that were there knitting and cross stitching and hexie making and hand quilting.

Handwork Time

There was always a group like this during free time, so fun! Lots of other hotel guests would walk by and wanted to see what we were working. They were seriously excited about it too. This is a town that appreciates craftiness!

We registered and got our swag bags. SUCH generous sponsors!

Swag Bag

Friday night was the Welcome reception.

Welcome Reception

Food, drinks, lots of excitement as we all met the people we had been reading and swapping with for so long. I had a great time meeting and hanging out with so many Flickr friends and bloggers. I know I’m going to leave someone out, but just a few of them…Jessica, Amanda, Angela, Katie, Natalie, another Amanda ;), Lee, Dana, Kate, Jeanette, Meg, Elena, Darci, Jeni, Rachel, Jennifer, Liz…and a ton of others! It was fun to hear everyone saying “You look like your picture! You don’t look like your picture! You’re so tall! (not to me – ha!) You’re so short!”

Settebello Friday Night Dinner

For dinner my sister and I went to a wood oven pizza restaurant called Settebello but honestly by that point I was turning into a zombie because of the 4am wake up call and I crashed hard at the hotel as soon as we were done. Lots of people stayed up and sewed though.

Sewing Evening

Saturday was our first day of classes. I took Improv Piecing with Jess,

Improv Piecing Class

Garment Sewing 101 with Jana,

Garment Making 101

Creative Fabric Selection with Jeni (yep, we all got Kona Color Cards!),

Jeni - Allison - Deedrie

and Marvelous Mini Quilts with Amanda.

Mini Quilt Class 1

What awesome classes. All the teachers were excited about their subjects, friendly, excited to help us. I was joking that Amanda should be a motivational quilting speaker, she was THAT excited about mini quilts and what we can make. Here she is, adorable, right?

Amanda

Saturday night I went to a dinner at Red Rock Brewery, organized by Jennifer and Elena. We had a lot of people!

Red Rock Brewery Dinner

Red Rock Brewery Dinner

Sunday I took Free Motion Quilting with Allison (very fun, we got to try different techniques on premade quilt sandwiches)

Free Motion Quilting with Allison

and then a discussion panel about Home Decor Sewing hosted by Erin.

Oh yeah! Some of us also made a surprise quilt each for Erin and Amy as a thank you for ALL their hard work. This secret quilting bee was organized by Ali and the quilts were then quilted by Chris (who also offers long arm services). They each received one of these…this is the front

SSSS Bee

and back.

SSSS Bee Back

Ok, has anyone made it this far? LOL I hope that wasn’t the most boring post! I could really go on forever about it, it was such a wonderful weekend.

Erin and Amy said they plan to make this an annual thing. I really think everyone should try to go at some point. I know a lot of us/you are stay at home moms, retired, working parents, single parents…the list goes on. But I thought I’d give a few tips on how to spend a bit less on the trip.

Airfare – I used a free ticket my husband had earned. See if there are ways for you to earn miles in the next year for a free or discounted airfare. My sister had earned enough miles for half a free ticket.

Hotel – Share a room! Lots of people shared rooms – people that hadn’t even met until this weekend. They were big rooms! You could put 4 people in a room which would mean you would spend only $50 each (after tax) for your room for the entire weekend.

The price of the conference was such a deal, it covered the 6 classes, a welcome reception Friday night with lots of food, two breakfasts, one lunch and a crazy amount of free stuff in our swag bag (donated by sponsors). The food was amazing. We went out for dinners on our own, but I found Salt Lake City to be *very* affordable. The city is very walkable and there are also restaurants all around the hotel. There is even a free transit system that will take you to certain parts of the city.

So there it is! I hope if you weren’t able to go this year, you feel like you were “virtually there” at least while you read this. And for those that did attend and that I met, I loved meeting you and can’t wait to see you again, hopefully next year!

*** Edited to add ***

Claudia sent me a photo she took of my sister (left) and me (right). I’m so excited, we don’t really have any photos of just us together!

Rachel and Me

Comments

  1. 4

    says

    I love your recap, Faith – it’s the next best thing to being there when one couldn’t be there! What an amazing event and I’m so glad it was so successful (I had no doubt it would be!). I hope this becomes an annual event – and I plan on going to the next one! (yeah, I guess that’s more a warning than a statement)

    • 5

      says

      LOL! I hope to meet you then! I was joking though that I need to wait a little while before I talk to my husband about next year…let him recover from his weekend of being Mr. Mom first. :)

  2. 6

    Rachel says

    I had a blast with you :) And I learned so much! I am very proud to be your sister. So in awe of all you are capable of!! I love you :)

  3. 7

    says

    Thanks for a great recap! It sounds like you all had such fun! I’ve been having fun just seeing the photos, though I’m sure it can’t compare to actually being there! Maybe next year!

  4. 8

    says

    Thank you for this post – I enjoyed reading it and really felt like I was there!
    I hope that some day I could meet blogging friends and that the fact that I live in another part of the world won’t stop me:)

  5. 9

    says

    I’m so jealous of all who went, but in a good way, like Man I bet they had fun kind of way and maybe I should start saving and planning for next year now! Thanks for sharing the photos and recap. I enjoyed it!

  6. 10

    says

    I’m glad to hear that they are planing on doing it again! I’m sad I wasn’t able to go this year, but would love to another time! Especially since I only live 30 min from SLC. :) Glad to hear that you had fun and enjoyed Utah. :) come again. Lol!

  7. 11

    says

    Thank you so much for the recap! I have been eagerly waiting and it was funny watching Flickr all weekend seeing few uploads from my friends and hoping for a Sewing Summit sneak peek ;). I thought of you girls all weekend, really wish I could’ve been there. But [with your tips] maybe, just maybe, I can go next year! My in-laws have some air miles saved up….haha!

  8. 12

    says

    We had tons of fun! Your pics of the temple are amazing! It is so beautiful there. Now if only we lived closer together we could get together more.

  9. 13

    says

    Thank you so much for the recap – I enjoyed every word. I was so thinking, “I would rather be at the Sewing Summit” all weekend as I worked in the yard. I am going to do some serious thinking about how I can swing going next year.

    I am also doing some scheming to see if I can make it to the International Quilt Festival in Columbus, OH (11 hour drive) and Quilt Market in Kansas City (3 hour drive) this spring. A girl has to think ahead. ;)

  10. 17

    Julie says

    thanks for this post. You know there were a lot of us wishing we were also there. Well hopefully there will be next year!. I am going to plan to go to it for sure. It must have been great to meet all those people you talk to on a daily basis through the blogs!. glad you had a great time, and if there is anything else you want to show us go ahead!!.

  11. 18

    says

    Thanks for the trip-log! Wish I had been able to actually join in, starting with that 4am drive to Midway. I can’t wait for everybody to fill us in on the fun!

  12. 20

    says

    It was a pleasure to meet you and Rachel! You are as kind and cheerful as your blog! :)
    You did such a good job with the recap of the weekend. I’m still thinking about it all and trying to let it settle in my mind.
    I hope we can plan a little sewing time together soon. :) Jessica

  13. 21

    says

    Thanks for this recap! I had hoped to attend but wasn’t able to this year. If it happens again next year I am going to move mountains to be able to go!

  14. 24

    says

    I loved reading that post and I read every word! Thank you so much for sharing something that I, in far off Australia, can only dream about!

  15. 27

    says

    I think you covered everything! You took so many great photos! It was SO fun to meet you, can’t wait to see you again (hopefully soon!!) :D

  16. 28

    says

    So not a boring post… It was like being there all over again, but all in about 5 minutes. :) You took a jillion pictures. I’m really bummed that I didn’t take more pictures. Anyway, so great to meet you in person.

  17. 29

    Rita says

    Awesome awesome event, and it sounds so incredibly well organized. So glad you had a blast – wish I could have been there! Thank you for a wonderful post!

  18. 30

    says

    I couldn’t swing it this year; but I’m totally pumped for next year and already saving up.

    Thanks for the recap, photos and commentary…hope to meet you and all the other wonderful peeps soon.

  19. 32

    says

    Awesome re-cap. I’m not quite able to put my experience into words yet. My blog post(s) will be coming in the next week! I do agree though Amanda should be a motivational quilt speaker! :) I’m halfway done with a mini quilt that popped into my head on the plane home!

  20. 38

    says

    I hope I can go next year! I really wanted to go this year (and I only live 45 minutes from Salt Lake City!) but it just didn’t work out.
    I loved reading all about your experience … thanks for all the photos and details!

  21. 39

    says

    Thank you Faith, I almost felt like I was there! I hope you show and tell us more!
    I can see that you had the most wonderful weekend! And with your sister – wow! Must have been amazing to meet people you have ‘met’ through your blog! And all those classes look so exiting and interesting!
    xxx Teje

  22. 44

    says

    It was so great to meet you and your sister this weekend! I am impressed that you had time to blog about it so soon after. Nice re-cap of the events :)

  23. 46

    Kara says

    That sounds like so much fun! So, if you got a Kona card, and I think you already have a Kona card, whatcha gonna do with the old one? Because I have an idea… ;-)

  24. 47

    says

    omg Faith! Best recap!!!!! I’m so overwhelmed and have no idea where to start! I’m *so* glad I got to meet you & your sister! You guys are so positive & sweet! Total highlight of my trip!!!!! I hope we get to meet again & continue our friendship k???? (ps: she’s gotta join twitter now!!!! ;)) (pss: Can I add that to my resume? motivational quilt speaker? how fun of a job would THAT be?!?<3)

  25. 48

    says

    I’m so glad I got to meet you, although briefly. Your recap is wonderful, and so many pictures! I have very few from the weekend, but I’ve got the memories. :)

  26. 51

    lindakl says

    so sad that I could’nt make it this time but I am saving like a mad woman for the next time, a ticket from the Netherlands is expencive:)! Very excited that they know that there will be a next time! Thanks so much for your great post Faith!

  27. 52

    says

    this was not too long at all! I wanted more!
    your post is the best one on sewing summit I’ve read so far!
    I truly wish I could have gone. Maybe someday.
    your tips for getting the airfare free, etc were really good!
    I just need to find 3 friends to room with ;)

  28. 53

    says

    I loved reading your recap. So fun to read what people think of Utah and seeing the mountains. {I have lived in UT the last 10 years} It was an exceptional summit. Wish we would have crossed paths in the classes we took.

  29. 54

    Susan E. says

    I’m glad you got to go and have a fun weekend! And that hotel room–that in itself is a treat because could you see the kids in a room like that?!?

  30. 56

    Dionysia says

    Enjoyed reading it all!! and the tutorials you do online.. they make sense!!! thanks for the inspirrrations…

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