Sewing Summit 2013

Well, I think I may finally have the energy to reflect back on Sewing Summit, which was not this last weekend but the one before.  Around the home front, life was busy to say the least this past week and I could hardly catch my breath.  But the early part of this week is shaping up to look a bit more normal, so I’m sneaking this in as I have a few moments to myself (ie. my daughter is currently watching Disney Jr)

Sewing Summit 2013

And I know everyone does this, but it really did happen…the ONLY thing I forgot to bring was my real camera.  So you are stuck with phone pictures (and the occasional gifted photo from people more pulled together than I).  lol  And of course hotel lighting is tough regardless of who is taking the photo and with what camera.  So big props to the bloggers out there who got great photos.

Sewing Summit 2013

This was my second year attending Sewing Summit (it’s been running for three years).  The first year I was a regular attendant, but this year I had the privilege of attending as a teacher.  I taught a class on curved piecing and if you have been following along on the blog, then you have seen the project I was teaching.  Awesomeness.    Attending as a teacher put an extra bundle of nerves in my stomach as I contemplated meeting 200-300 talented women as interesting in fabric and sewing.  I flew my little self all the way from South Bend, IN to Salt Lake City, UT…no small flight.  But I was by no means the farthest traveler!

Sewing Summit 2013
Kaye, Deedrie, and Jeni

I arrived on Wednesday night taking full advantage of gaining two hours with travel time.  I was settled in with Elena, my roommate, for a drink at about 10 pm or so.  Or 11pm.  Who can keep track?  We were excited to see each other and catch up in person.  But we had to head to bed to be up early for the Shop Hop.  I had skipped the official shop hop the first year (introvert on bus full of chatting people = exhausted Angela) but I wanted to give it a whirl this time around.  Yes, it was overwhelming, but it was fun! I’m not going to lie though…the lines were long.  lol  I think I should have won a prize for buying the least.  I spent $5 at the first store and about $3 at the second.  I did find some Melody Miller typewriter fabric at the third store though and broke everyone’s heart when I bought it all (there wasn’t much over a yard left).

Sewing Summit 2013

That evening was the official kick off of the Sewing Summit with the mixer/cocktail hour/opening event.  I chatted with a few people here.  I realized that I didn’t know very many people there this year (and as we found out at the final dinner that partially due to about 90% of the attendees being first year attendees!).  It’s always tough for anyone to attend an event where you go up and introduce yourself to people and we all have a bit of a star struck look in our eyes when we catch sight of someone whose work we’ve admired for a long time.  But the room was full of chatter and hugs and lots of photo ops.

Sewing Summit 2013
Elena, Heather, me, Lindsay, Amy

The next day was the first full day of classes.  We all had different personal schedules of classes we had selected to attend.  I chose a mainly hands on learning type of schedule…which I loved, but it also wore me out because you had to WORK in those classes rather than just absorb.  Thankfully my two absorb classes were right off the bat so I didn’t wear myself out too much before I taught my own class.  I took Pat Bravo’s design class and Lindsey’s sewing with Leather lecture.    Then there was a light lunch and I took off running like a maniac to finish preparations for my own class.

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me with one of my class samples

I taught curved piecing to the new and very experienced sewers alike.  The sewing class rooms held about 30 machines I think.  And while that may sound small, it really is quite big when you want to talk about something as small as 1/4″ seams!  lol  We used Sizzix die cutters to help quickly cut our curved shapes and I gave some tips and tricks for sewing these pieces together.  I tried to make my way around the room at least 4 times to each individual helping where someone needed it.  But I actually thought the class went smoothly.  Not too many tears, though a few seam rippers did make their way out.  It’s been a blast to see my students completed projects start showing up on IG as they finish them on their own.

Sewing Summit 2013

Then I ended my day with a fun class on carving stamps.  We used $1 erasers, simple graphite transfers and some carving tools.  I made a really cool feather stamp that I proceeded to use to stamp a tshirt I had brought along with me.  I ended up wearing the shirt the whole next day to show off that cool stamping!

Sewing Summit 2013
Amanda and I, Megan and I, Shannon and I

Oh I’m looking distinctly more tired that next day… Saturday was VERY full for me.  I knew that I would be pretty wiped out by this point, so I planned on sleeping in that day.  I signed up for a big lecture class that I wasn’t interested in (Bernina and bloggers – I don’t have a bernina and I’m happy with the two other machines I do! lol) just so that I would be able to guilt free miss a class.  My next two classes were taxing my tired brain because they turned out to both involve pattern drafting…a new skill for me.  😉  I swear I’m a smart person, but by this point in the game, I was WORN OUT.  I worked on drafting a pencil skirt and then on drafting and sewing knit leggings.  The last class was Lindsey’s class where we were supposed to construct our leather bag.  But there were some missing needles and things, so I opted to take that class to calmly finish prepping the bag for sewing and adding an extra interior pocket to the lining.  And then hung out with these two, my roommate Elena and Sylvain (one of the Bernina guys). I was completely fine with trying for a slower paced class rather than trying to rush through another project that day.

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The day ended with our final dinner and a keynote speech by Heather Bailey.  To say she was inspiring would  be putting it mildly.  To me, her words were epic.  I continue to think about them.  She has a great deal of insight into the sewing/quilting industry and just the business world in general.  She had delightful stories to tell about her journey to where she currently is.  I was tearing up at moments, both because I was exhausted and because I could FEEL what she was saying.  She was delightful and if you ever get a chance to hear her speak or hang out with her or anything, I’d be the first to tell you to do so.  She was hanging around all weekend taking some classes and listening to lectures and patiently having her photo taken with probably every single person there! lol

Sewing Summit 2013

There were fun things left like the Salt Lake City Modern Quilt Guild Mixer and open sew time.  But then it was time to pack up for my EARLY flight that left at 7 am.  I cannot describe how brutal a flight time that was for me.  But my travels home went peacefully though I was beyond exhausted at this point.  The highlight of my weekend might well have been seeing my three year old throw open her arms, huge smile on her face, and dash to me when I got off the last plane.

176 thoughts on “Sewing Summit 2013”

  1. I've been wanting to go to sewing summit. I'm glad you had a good time but I also appreciate your honesty of how tired you were because I think it would wear me out too.

  2. Sew (bad pun, I know) the question is… Would you do it again as a teacher, participant, or both? I give major props to people who can pull off the planning & executing. It's all I can do to be organized enough for our monthly guild meetings. Thanks for the giveaway!! PS. My husband still has yet to get us to South Bend for a game. He's only been saying he'd/we'd do it for the last 22 years.

    1. haha! Did my exhaustion come through too much? I would definitely do it again as a teacher. I would probably limit my classes to more lecture just knowing the stress that trying to finish up a project can take on me. And I would REALLY try to find a later flight. It would have cost me $250 more to fly later in the day, so that's the tough part. It's just expensive to do the weekend for me.

  3. I watched my friend Shannon posting pics as things were in progress and was wishing soooo badly that I could go! Hopefully next year! I'm in awe of how little you spent. ..amazing!

  4. Thanks so much for a recap of Sewing summit. I would just LOVE to go one day. I so enjoy reading others recaps, so I get a bit of it vicariously. Glad you had such a great time, and thanks for the great giveaway.

  5. Looks Like a lot of fun. One day I would love to be able to go to one of these. I would have Loved to see and hear Heather Bailey. How wonderful that must have been.

  6. Thanks for the great recap. I'm glad you said you were tired, because those type of weekends sound exhausting. Now I know that I'm not the only wimp. I'm sure that you perked up a lot when you saw your 3-year-old. I miss that lovey-dovey age! Thanks for sharing your swag.

  7. That looks "sew" fun! *giggle* *snort* Ahem, anyway I showed my 11 yr old (who is home sick w/a chronic illness) your class sample. I said, "It looks like applique, right?" meaning to tell her it was not. She replied, "It looks amazing!" 🙂 I'd love to win this, thanks for the chance & your generosity.

  8. Thanks SO much for blogging & posting about Sewing Summit. I really want to go one of these days, but right now finances & my little monsters prevent me from doing so. For now though, I love reading about those that have gone. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome giveaway loot, too! Woo-hoo!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your Sewing Summit experiences. I totally love the idea of getting together with a whole lots of like minded people but as a fellow introvert the idea of spending that much time with SO MANY new people is a bit scary. Glad to hear it's still fun 🙂

  10. Thanks for such a great post on Sewing Summit! And I'm so glad your class went well! I loved your class sample and was sad I couldn't go and take it myself! But curves scare the pants off me, so that might have been awkward? Kidding, kidding.

  11. How sweet of you! It is really fun to attend Sewing Summit vicariously through you. Thanks for sharing your experience. I was worn out just reading about it – can't imagine your exhaustion!

  12. I know you were exhausted……but it was so much fun to read what you got to experience at Sewing Summit 10 days ago. I am positive I will never be able to attend anything like that……so it is nice that your readers can somewhat understand what is like to be there. I can't imagine being with that many other people who totally have the same passion, love, obsession, addiction to sewing and fabric. You don't have to explain…..they totally GET it !! Hope you life has gotten back to its normal and you can blog soon with your next project. Thanks for sharing your goodie bag from S.S. You are way more generous than the Actors who never share their "swag bags" from the awards shows. haha.

  13. Looks like you had a reallly good time! I hope to go someday. My problem is these retreats are always during the school year and Im a teacher. Hard to get away.

  14. It looks like you had a blast!! I loved Salt Lake City when I went to spring market there. Beautiful facility to have the summit at. I went to that very same quilt shop!!!

  15. What a fun time! New to your blog following by email.
    Love the look of your curved piecing project!
    Thanks for the chance at all those goodies.

  16. I don't know how you young moms do it but between your recap and Amy's on her blog I am seriously going to look into attending this next year. I am inspired! THANK YOU!!!

  17. Wow. I would have been exhausted too. I was able to attend QuiltCon (my first big event) and learned very quickly that there is a method to scheduling. You are very generous to share your swag. Thank you.

  18. Conferences are so difficult for an introvert! But also so much fun. It's all in the pacing and planning to miss things guilt free. What a lovely prize! Thanks for sharing your photos/conference and your swag!

  19. Haven't been to Sewing Summit yet (East Coast next time??) but I will be at Quilt Market this month (my first!) See you there, and thanks for the chance!

  20. Haven't been to Sewing Summit yet (East Coast next time??) but I will be at Quilt Market this month (my first!) See you there, and thanks for the chance!

  21. So glad you had a fabulous time. Maybe someday. Thanks for sharing and for sharing what you learned. Thanks for a chance to win such wonderful goodies.

  22. Wow, that is so generous of you! I always love hearing about everyone's experience at the quilt shows and market, sorry you forgot your camera 🙂

  23. Wow – this sounds like so much fun! It has to be so neat to meet all of those other like-minded people and to actually meet people who's blogs you follow online. I'd love to go to a sewing conference at some point. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway!

  24. I, too, would love to attend. But I'm sure it won't happen. Not with airline prices as they are and 8 children at home. Thank you for sharing with us!!

  25. I discovered your blog today through instagram! After seeing all the sewing summit photos, I'm trying to figure out how to attend. It's super sweet of you to giveaway swag – I'm not sure I could part with so many goodies.

  26. Sounds like you had such a great time. Maybe I will go one day. Thanks for sharing the experience and the goodies, you're a sweetheart!

  27. I would absolutely love to attend one year. Maybe one day finances will allow it. It looks like so much fun but I can also relate to how exhausting it all can be too. I attend a scrapbooking crop in the mountains of Pa that goes from thurs until Sunday. By the time I get home I feel like I need a week to recover. Though it never deters me because I go twice maybe three times a year. Thanks for sharing the summit and offering this give away. I am in dire need of new supplies.

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