Thursday, October 6, 2011

all about The Sewing Summit

I know I've been throwing around this whole "Sewing Summit" thing without telling you what is actually going on and why I'm so excited. But, I figured it would be more interesting to those not attending if I held off my chatter until closer to the event. So, today is the scoop on my schedule and classes. I hope to follow this post with some action shots from Salt Lake City!

What?

The Sewing Summit is a first-time annual event that's been organized by two bloggers who envisioned a fun meet-up for people passionate about modern sewing and the online community. Most people who are attending are either interested or currently active online through blogs, Flickr or whatnot. The event runs Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, so most folks are arriving mid-day Friday. I decided to come early - arriving this afternoon - to make the airfare a bit more worthwhile.

Classes

There's quite a wide variety of classes offered at The Sewing Summit. For those who want to brush up on online "skills" there are classes on blogging, social media and photography. There's a whole list of classes for garment sewing and others that cater to quilters. Besides formal classes (which are taught by bloggers, by the way) there are also panel discussions. Very cool. Here's my schedule:

Improv Piecing - How to Think Outside the Box
Quilting at Home - Free Motion Quilting for the Modern Quilter
Creative Fabric Selection - Moving Beyond Collections
Refashioning Garments - Breathing New Life into Old Pieces
Aspiring Authors - A Panel Discussion with Published Authors
Home Decor - A Panel Discussion with Ideas & Inspiration

Extracurricular Activities

This is where it gets really, really good!  First off, you need to know that we're all staying in the same hotel.  This is one BIG, grown-up slumber party.  Woot!  And, there's a ton of stuff going on in the evenings, like people teaching casual classes, groups meeting for dinner and fabric swaps.  Here are some extras on my agenda:

Friday Morning Shop Hop - A huge group of us have chartered a bus to tour the fabric shops of Salt Lake City.  Can you imagine the horde of us descending on a single, defensive fabric shop armed with a discount?  I can see it now - they're going to have to drag us kicking and screaming out of each shop. 

Friday Night do. Good Stitches Meetup & Learn to Crochet - At 9 pm I'm hosting a meeting for all members or interested in the quilting bee, do. Good Stitches.  To give us something fun to do, I'll be teaching crochet too!  Plus, we're wearing our pajamas to make sure everyone gets good and comfortable.  Remember these pants I made last year?  Excited to be sporting them at the Summit!

Pajama Pants from Sewn Spaces

Saturday Night Fat Quarter Swap - Kaelin organized a humongous fat quarter swap extradonaire.  And - get this - there's no limit on how many fat quarters you can bring to swap.  I was bringing 3 until I heard someone else had already packed 50.  Egads!  I don't know what I'll find there, but I better bring more ammunition, just in case.  Here's my stash to be swapped.

Giant Fat Quarter Swap!

Other than that, I've got some exciting dinner plans, hair-braiding fantasies and, oh - some gifts to give too!


Excited Much?

Yes!!! But, not primarily about the classes.  I'm sure I'll learn a lot, be stretched and come home with a ton of new ideas.  That's great!  But, I guess we also do that online.  I'm really, very, ridiculously excited about the people.  Getting to meet new people that I haven't connected with yet online and getting to meet in real life bloggers that I have formed real friendships with over the years.  That and a ton of relaxing "me" time.  I'm actually looking forward to the plan ride cause I've prepped this new paper-piecing project inspired by Teaginny!

paper piecing for on the plane

Ok, so that's the scoop.  I hope to take you along as best as I can by snapping lots of action shots and posting scenes and thoughts from the trip after the fact.  Until then, be well!

34 comments:

  1. i really, really, REALLY wish i were going. *sigh*

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  2. You're going to have the best time! I'm SO jealous...I really wanted to go but it just wasn't in the cards (or the budget). Hopefully next year. But I can't wait to hear about everything you ladies get up to!

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  3. Sounds like a lot of fun! Enjoy! And, I'll be looking forward to the pictures when you return.

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  4. Wishing I could go. I only live a few hours away, too! Oh well. I'll enjoy it vicariously. :)

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  5. We have some classes together and I love your FQ can't wait for the swap!!

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  6. Sounds like Heaven on Earth to me!

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  7. Sooo Jealous!! (Yes, that needed two exclamation marks) You are going to have sew much fun. I can't wait to hear all about it!
    Maybe next year, when we're not in the middle of another move... again. *sigh*

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  8. I'm more excited about the people, too. And your paper piecing! I love the fabrics you chose. Beautiful! Safe travels, Rachel. I can't wait to meet you!

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  9. Please take lots of photos and bring back lots of stories for those of us who have to stay home. Oh, and have a blast!

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  10. I'm really hoping to come next year! Especially since it's in my neck of the woods. Sorry about the snow greeting you. Maybe it will be melted before you land. At least it's a real taste of Utah weather. :)
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  11. gaah! I'm so jealous! I was planning to go until we decided to sell our condo and buy a house this spring - thus my master plan was foiled by needing to save all cash for a house downpayment... blah. NEXT YEAR I am so going!!!! Have fun, and I want to see LOTS of photos!!! I can't imagine hitting all the fabric shops in Salt Lake, it'll be awesome choas! :-)

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  12. have a great sewing summit! I wish I could go too! Just let me know if you decide to organize the next one in Europe and I'm in! :D

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  13. CUUUUUTE pj's! Is that Liberty of London fabric?
    I'm a quiet reader of your blog, but I'll get the opportunity to meet you tomorrow at TSS. (I'm Jen, aka piggybaby) :)

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  14. Wow, that's really cool! Can't wait to hear all about it! Have fun!

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  15. gosh that all sounds too wonderful, enjoy Rachel!!

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  16. So, sooo jealous! Sounds like it's going to be an amazing time, have loads of fun, and takes loads of pics for those of us stranded at home :oD

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  17. Ack... you've got a Anthology FQ that I've been looking for F.O.R.E.V.E.R. in your swap pile... Boo hoo hoo... I hope you have fun though!

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  18. Sounds so fun! Enjoy & we'll be anxiously waiting to hear all about it!

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  19. Hope you're having fun already! I am sure you are.
    See you tomorrow!
    xo

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  20. yup, i'm officially jealous and wish i could be there. it just didn't seem like the right time after all, what with having a three-month-old. maybe next year, i suppose! have fun and i can't wait to hear all about it!

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  21. We'll be watching from the sidelines and waiting to read all your inspiring posts from the summit!

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  22. ahh sounds like soo much fun!, but i'll settle for living vicariously through you this year. have a great time Rachel!.

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  23. Thanks for this great post! This is the most comprehensive review I've heard so far. Although it is making me jealous! PlEASE do take lots of photos and dish out lots of details about the whole thing! And have a wonderful time!!

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  24. I'm also officially in the jealous camp. Why is Australia so far away again? Maybe one day! :)
    Have a fantastic time! (as IF you wouldn't...)

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  25. I hope you have a tremendous time, Rachel! I have several friends that will be there, it does sound like it'll be amazing!

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  26. I remember p.j. parties when we had mom and daughter retreats for girl scouts and brownies. It was so much fun.

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  27. I want to go next yeathat sounds like so much fun !!!!!

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  28. Sounds like fun! Living in Germany I can't join, but wishing everybody a great time!

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  29. Sounds fantastic! There's nothing like meeting bloogers in real life. It is the best. Hope you have a fantastic time!!!

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  30. I had an excellent time earlier this year at our Aussie version ... sounds like the same set up! It was in Sydney ... last years was in Melbourne my home town but alas I didn't get there ... 2012 will be in Canberra ... great fun - I'm sure you're having a ball ... I'm looking forward to reading your posts!!

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