Sewing Summit 2013 - Not Just a Sewing Retreat!10/08/2013 01:17:00 PM
|Pat Bravo and I|
Salt Lake City, Utah
Let me start by saying: I like fabric, people, buildings, food, flowers, colours, and shopping, but more than all of those, I like to take PICTURES! I've narrowed my pictures from my weekend down to a select few to share here. They are not fantastic pictures, they are just pictures that bring back some great memories for me. I want to show you my weekend in a nutshell... so there will be less text here... and more pictures.
First let me set the scene so you get a "vibe" for the whole thing:
Upon arriving in the lobby of the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, I was instantly welcomed by greetings and hugs from sewing/blogging friends that had already arrived. There was friendliness, laughter, and sharing from that moment on and that set the pace for the whole time I was there. After checking in, drinks in the lounge were arranged and I found myself sitting with a group of about 10 ladies, within 20 mins of my arrival. The shop hop was the next day, Thursday, and during the shopping and bus trip, 50 (of the 250 or so total) got to know each other while shopping and winning PRIZES, so when classes and lectures started on Friday, there was always a friendly, familiar face to sit by. Everyone had so much in common, and it was just so fantastic being around ladies that could talk fabric, bags, quilts, etc. for hours on end. Dinners out were arranged just by showing up in the lobby and joining a welcoming group heading out the door. I always felt welcome, it was never awkward. Someone in the facebook group would post, "I'm down in the lobby if someone is ready for breakfast," and just like that a breakfast date was made. No one ever needed to sit alone. Sunday my roommate, Natalie (Carry Hers by Natalie) messaged me and said, "get down to the lobby, someone has a car and is going to Joann's!" Score!
We had mixers, lunches, and dinners and lots of swag. We took classes, made new connections, and met friends in person that we had only known on the internet. My roommate, Natalie, and I had a lot in common because we both loved the idea of walking through downtown to see the buildings, gardens and flowers. I can't get enough of old buildings and history, and we both LOVE flowers - so we made sure we did a lot of that instead of a lot of eating. So you won't see any pictures of my plate here (I really missed out on the waffle place though...) but plenty of pictures of buildings.
So much for less text. What a lie.
Thursday was our bus trip shop hop. We went to 3 large quilt shops and I found it so overwhelming at first at what I should buy, but luckily after my plastic card warmed up, it got easier. I did wish that I could go back to the first shop, Pine Needles after though. Who knew it would be the best?
|I love this quilt done with Zen Chic's Comma CLICK TO ENLARGE|
|Have a look at that quilting!|
|Only part of the Pine Needles shop. It had everything!|
|Had to buy this quilt kit.|
|SCORE! One of the girls won this 1930's bundle, and I traded for it.|
After, I had a great dinner out at the Red Rock Brewery with about 11 other ladies. I walked back to the hotel full and happy, excited about all my great purchases, and really looking forward to starting the classes the next day.
My classes started off with a bang, as my first was with thee Pat Bravo, a famous fabric designer from Art Gallery Fabrics. I always liked her work, but after hearing about her journey and learning how to get started on fabric design from her, I got a real sense of what a lovely lady she is and now I LOVE her work! She's just genuine and remarkable, what a great class.
Combined with several lectures ranging from social media to html basics, there were also some hands on classes. I did a hand sewn hoop with Amanda Woodruff from A Crafty Fox and also used the Sissix die cutter to make a pillow top with Angela Pingel from Cut to Pieces. Both classes were excellent.
|I need to finish this!!!|
|SLC Temple, our view from the restaurant.|
|The ceiling inside the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.|
|Natalie and I, and yes, I am still sporting my name tag. I was attached to it. Ha, Ha.|
|On the way back to the hotel I spotted this big guy in the Scottish Store. Interesting?|
Saturday was filled with more classes, and another great lunch in the ballroom. We got some nice thread packs from Coats and Clark at our place settings!
|Stash Mixology Class with Elisa Albury from Stitch Outside the Ditch|
|Veronica from sewVery, showing offer her tote from |
the class Lindsey (from LR Stitched) taught.
Saturday we had our closing dinner, with the keynote speech by Heather Bailey! I was kind of surprised that we were sitting at the same table as her. When she sat down, I nearly dropped my fork and forgot to chew. She really seemed like such nice person and it was great learning more about her and how she got where she is today. She's pretty funny too. I really loved her speech and felt really inspired after. I was feeling pretty sober though... because they only served white grape juice at dinner. Salt Lake City has different liquor laws or views than I'm used to. I have to say, sobriety is pretty refreshing. I remember everything! ;) I really remember the nice big rotary cutter, extra blades, and sewing needles given to us at our place settings, thank you Omnigrid!
|Heather Bailey delivering her keynote speech.|
|Kathy Banks and I.|
|Natalie, Heather Bailey, and I|
Luckily the Salt Lake City Modern Quilting Guild held a mixer for us at a local place called Gracies, so sobriety didn't need to last long. Kidding.. sorta. They gave us a generous gift of fat quarters, mini charm packs, etc. Thank you SLCMQG?!
|Lindsey from LR Stitched and I at the mixer.|
|Lindsay Connor from Lindsay Sews, signing her new book "Modern Bee" for me.|
A lot of ladies were saying their good-byes in the halls and open sewing rooms as most were leaving Sunday. Natalie had planned to stay on Sunday and shop or sight-see.
It looked like sight-seeing was the only thing available as everything downtown and the fabric stores are closed Sunday, but as mentioned previously, we were invited to Joann's. More shopping! We managed Joann's (I got some lovely new scissors at 40% off, among other things), Walmart, and some other stores. I had a halloween costume for my son, candy for my girls, magazines, a Halo mega blocks set, you name it! It was such a fun day with two very fun ladies, Monica from Button Counter and Katy from LethargicLass.
|Natalie consider a buy.... not.|
|This is what it looked like around 1890.|
These pictures are taken in the gardens at Temple Square.
|There are bronze statues EVERYWHERE.|
|CLICK TO ENLARGE.|
|At the Beehive Garden.|
Later that night, after packing (jamming) our bags, Monica and Katy asked Natalie and I out to dinner. We drove up to the University area, and enjoyed some pizza and a beer at The Pie. Great company!
|Back at the hotel, in a hallway... I found this. Now you don't see these everyday!|
Time to go home. I got it all in the bag... but it was a bit heavy!