Sewing Summit 2013.
It was awesome and I learned so much.
I tried to mix things up with both blog/business classes as well as sewing classes. There were so many amazing choices to pick from, but I wanted to stretch myself in new ways so I actually took two quilting classes. , Half Square Triangles with Amy Smart of Diaryof a Quilter and Equilateral Triangles with Jeni Baker of In Color Order. I felt like a total noob in them; an apparel-sewer in a quilting world. There were times I felt so out of place and I was sure the other people in the room thought I had never even touched uncut fabric, let alone a sewing machine (including the super nice Bernina rep who kept having to correct my quilting mistakes). I was tempted a few times to announce,
“Hey! I made these clothes I’m wearing. I’m legit. I promise. Now, who wants to explain that 60 degree cut thing to me again?”
But both instructors were sweet, patient and amazing, and I pushed through and actually finished one quilt top. I may have gotten further with my second, but seriously? Those 60 degree cuts were confusing as snot! I had to stop and try to figure out that ruler every single time, including having a personal instruction on the thing with Jeni herself. Even then, I never even finished cutting out my pieces for that class (in two hours!) But hopefully soon. ish. My hats off to you, quilters. You’re a tenacious and mathy bunch.
I also took a Hand Printing on Fabric class with Miriam of Mad Mim. That girl is insanely talented. And creative. Her hand-carved stamps blew my mind. Especially so after I tried my hand at carving a rubber block and pretty much hacked the thing to pieces, and then stained my hands a lovely shade of blue. But it was so fun!! And in spite of the debacle that was my first attempt, I’m excited to try again.
I also took a bunch of business and blog related courses. All of them amazing. If you ever get a chance to go to a conference like this, do it! It was a ton of fun, even if I didn’t always know what I was doing. Sewing is just a good time. And hanging out with hundreds of people who also love to sew, including some of your favorite online friends? Well, that’s a really good time.
A few of us had discussed before the Summit that it would be fun to kind of pair up and follow each other around, documenting the others’ Summit experiences. I got to stalk the charming and adorable Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings and I’ll show you were to go to read my report on her in just a minute.
The beautiful and talented Jen from iCandy Handmade got stuck following me around. She is the sweetest. Seriously. Here is her report about me:
Hi! I’m Jen from iCandy handmade and I have taken over for Sabra for today.
Last weekend, Sabra, myself and a whole lot of sewing fans attended Sewing Summit, a fabulous conference held in Salt Lake City. The conference was a mix of sewing bloggers, both quilting and apparel, as well as just lovers of sewing. The classes ranged from hands on quilting and sewing, to fabric printing, to business classes.
I had the honor of
stalking following Sabra around at Sewing Summit. What am I talking about? Well, a group of us that went thought it would be fun to each choose one person to highlight, take pictures of, and post on their blog about the conference. Just to mix things up.
You all know (obviously) how awesome Sabra is. The afternoon of the first day, we had a Personal Branding lecture together. She walked in, and I heard someone whisper- Can you believe she made those jeans??
I did a double take, and I would have NEVER in a million years have guessed that those were not store bought. The topstitching! Insane. Not only were they fabulous, but she is really the only person I have ever met to have made a pair of really cool jeans. SO intimidating! Then I realized that she made her amazing top as well…
Sabra is so pretty. She has glorious long brown hair and such great style. She is also, and I am definitely not the only one to think this- VERY funny. She has a dry sarcastic sense of humor and everyone is drawn to her. Talent, beauty, style, funny… she is the whole package! OK- enough of that- I’m probably preaching to the choir here!
I got to see her working on a quilt top, taking diligent notes in lectures, hand carving a stamp for a fabric printing class – and winning one of the raffle prizes at the ending dinner! She was always working hard and I’m pretty sure she had a blast.
PS- Here is how her quilt top turned out… so fun!
Sabra- it was so fun being your paparazzi last weekend!
Thanks so much, Jen! Really, I think I’ll have to go back and read what she wrote any time I’m feeling low about myself.
And now you get to go read what I wrote about the amazing Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings!
Then go check out all the other fun reports on our little Sewing Summit Stalker Report Tour:
Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings writes about Melissa of Melly Sews Jessica of Running with Scissors writes about Jen of I Candy Handmade Melissa of Melly Sews writes about Justine of Sew Country Chick Caila of Caila Made writes about Veronica of Sew Very Veronica of Sew Very writes about Jessica of Running with Scissors Justine of Sew Country Chick writes about Caila of Caila Made Jen of I Candy Handmade writes about Sabra of Sew a Straight Line Sabra of Sew a Straight Line writes about Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings