Sunday, October 2, 2011

anticipation

Early, early, early on Thursday morning, I'll be flying to Salt Lake City, Utah all by. my. self.  Never done that before.  I'm heading to The Sewing Summit, which is a sewing convention of sorts for people like me.  You know, those kind of people... who write/read blogs, make friends through Flickr and would rather sew than go on a vacation (usually).  And this is sewing on a vacation, with friends.  Need I say more?

So, I'll have 4 days and 3 nights in Salt Lake City, and you can bet my schedule is packed with exciting stuff.  I'll give you the full rundown of the classes I'll be taking and other good times later this week.  For now, I want to share with you some of the stuff I've prepared in anticipation.

Exhibit A:  Name tag

The thing about going to a convention with bloggers is that you hear about what everyone's doing and bringing in advance.  This creates a bit of a peer-pressure situation, as in "What, she's making her entire wardrobe from scratch and pajamas too? Oh MY gosh, I've got to get to work!"  Well, name tags could have been like this for me, except that I absolutely wanted to make one once the idea came to light.  And maybe handmade name tags are kind of an obvious for a sewing convention, but I don't think I would have ever thought of it if I hadn't seen them popping up around blogdom. 

So, here it is.  Kind of plain.  A little rough around the edges.

humble name tag

When it came down to it, I felt pretty lost and inspiration-less.  All of my ideas were too big for what should be a pretty tiny work.  There are lots of talented ladies who enjoy working in miniature, but I am so, SO not one of them.  My finished tag is 2 3/4" x 4" and will pin on to my top.  That is, unless I opt to wear the computer-generated one instead...

Exhibit B:  Laptop Sleeve

Unlike the name tag, a laptop sleeve has been on my radar for quite some time.  It's not like I travel a lot, but when I do, I always bring my laptop as it's my only connection to you all.  Yes, that's right, I have no smart phone, no iPad, nothing.  Still living in the dark ages, I guess.  Anyhoo, these are super easy to make!

in Summer totem, Loulouthi

On Friday in between other things, I stitched this up following Elizabeth Hartman's pattern for Sew Mama Sew.  This was my first time using fusible fleece interfacing.  Loved it.  If you're going to The Sewing Summit, trust me, you still do have time to make this.  The outer is Loulouthi Summer Totem in Grapefruit by Anna Maria Horner and the lining is an old Joel Dewberry home decorators weight print. 

Laptop sleeve

Exhibit C:  "me" Cards

Confession:  I first heard about The Sewing Summit fall of last year.  So, um, I've been looking forward to this trip for a loooooong time.  I've never spent this kind of money (the airfare isn't cheap!) on something totally, completely for me.  Way back when I reasoned that this was a business trip, after all (wink, wink).  So, to keep that vision alive, I had these "me" cards made to exchange with new friends I meet along the way. 

"me" cards

I didn't spend a lot of time on the design, but here they are.  They're double sided, glossy cards with a nice weight.  I spent about an hour desinging/ordering them and paid only $17 for 500 cards, including shipping, from Vistaprint.  Pretty good deal, I think.  Hopefully, someone will want one!

packing!

My bag is all mostly packed!  I'm so excited that I can cram everything into Jacey's duffel bag so that I don't have to check any baggage.  I was originally thinking I'd bring my sewing machine along, but decided a few weeks back that using the machines they'll have there is good enough for me.  Actually, I'm kind of looking forward to trying a different machine when I practice free motion quilting.  We'll find out if my machine is part of my problem or if it's all on me (because it could be my machine... really, it could).

38 comments:

  1. I think my colour right now is an envious shade of green! Have a super duper trip and enjoy all the summit has to offer.

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  2. Look at you all packed and ready to go! Is there room in that bag for me? I'm jealous lol! Have a great time!

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  3. Love everything you've made for the trip!

    I think you sent me an email that got totally buried in my inbox. I'm going to look for it tonight (probably a week late, eek!)!

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  4. I'm a bit envious of everyone going, but I know I can't afford the time or money for the trip. Maybe in the future.

    Have a great time and I'll be thinking about all the fun activities as I slave away at my machine!

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  5. I absolutely ADORE your nametag, Rachel! I don't think it's too simple at all! It is crisp, bright and fun, well done!

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  6. No doubt about it....envy green is the colour du jour! Have a great time!

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  7. So jealous that you get to go, I'm sure it will be wonderful *sigh*. I have been chuckling at all the things people are making to take though, I would be feeling utterly inadequate and panicky I'm sure! Looks like you're all set though, cute name tag

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  8. The first time I EVER flew, I was alone (and a mere 20yrs old)! You'll be a pro. :)

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  9. You've made a lot more then I have managed but I will get some things done soon. I am excited to meet you and so many other people!!! I can't wait!

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  10. LOVE your name tag AND your laptop sleeve! Vistaprint has great deals on business cards and yours are perfect!

    Have lots and lots of fun... you'll meet (in real life) lots of friends and make more friends while there!

    Enjoy!

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  11. Love all the goodies you made! Have a great time and report back!

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  12. Rachel I really love your tag - simple is best and it is beautiful with my favorite AMH fabrics. (You know I heart her so...) I am really excited for you and know you are going to be such a big hit! I wish I could come too...maybe next year? Wow, that would be amazing. Things to aim for right! Have fun and take lots of pics/notes for us!!!

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  13. I like your name tag! And I LOVE your LouLouThi laptop bag. I'm so relieved that I'm not the only one without a smart phone or an iPad!

    Enjoy the summit. Learn lots. Share with us when you come back :-).

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  14. I like all the simple name tags just as much as the fancy ones, plus yours reminds me of your blog which is always a good thing.

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  15. I'll trade cards with you! I'm so excited (and so nervous). Can't wait for Friday!

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  16. It sounds like such a fun trip!
    Good luck trying out different sewing machines - I completely thought that I was hopeless at FMQing until I tried a Juki -- and now it's a piece of cake. Good luck!

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  17. Love the laptop case. I am sure plenty of people will want your card. You are very creative and your blog is great. I always look forward to reading it.

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  18. City House Quilts - @ the Free Motion Quilting... Oh my gosh - your comment gives me such hope!!!

    Everyone else - sorry about the green ;). I'll try to take you with me by sharing lots of the action. And, thank-you SO much for saying that simple is good as per my name tag. Sometimes simple is good, isn't it? Well, it's as good as it gets right now, anyways!

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  19. I want one of those cards! :)

    I need to make a laptop bag- wonder if I can fit that in this week too.

    So wish I were flying out with you but we can chat all about how great the weekend was on the way home!

    Love your nametag- I've changed my mind about mine three times and it is still not finished...

    As for FMQ I've been practicing a bit and the best tip I got a our MQG meeting this week was to put a book (like a phone book) in front of the pedal so you can't put your foot all the way down. It really has made a difference! Looking forward to that class for sure.

    :) See you SOON!

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  20. I'll take one of your cards! You know, I have had the same thought - everybody is making all these beautiful things and I haven't made anything yet! But I am telling myself not to stress about it. This is such a luxury for me and I've decided not to feel any pressure to make anything as this is supposed to be a relaxing getaway! If I can, I will, but if not, I'm OK with that. Love the AMH laptop carrier - that purple interior is fantastic paired with it!

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  21. Your post just made me even more excited for next week :) Love the nametag, laptop case (that print is perfect for it!) and your cards. Can't wait to see you in a few days!!

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  22. I'm so excited to meet you on Friday...its just around the corner!!! :)

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  23. totally jealous of your cards. I didn't get my act together enough to pull that off. I kept changing my mind about what I wanted and never did order any. Hopefully no one will want my info. lol

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  24. I'm so excited for you! Last year my friend and I talked about going, but there's just no way it would have worked out (especially as she's about to have a baby now!). I can't say I'm jealous, but I'm certainly curious to see what people get out of it. Have fun, Rachel!

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  25. I think your name tag is awesome!!! I am hoping to work on mine today. (because like you, I am feeling the pressure to make one up :) Looking forward to meeting you :)

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  26. Rachel, I totally think you should go ahead and make your bigger name-tag ideas. You could be the only one there wearing a sandwich board as a name tag. Be the trendsetter, work it.

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  27. I think your name tag is awesome, and those business cards are great! I'll take one, thank you. ;) I love your laptop case, too. Summer Totem is such a beautiful print. I'm getting so excited!

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  28. have a lovely time, I am totally jealous of you going off and having me time AND sewing time! I love all the things you have made to take with you

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  29. Have a great time Rachel! I'm looking forward to going to a knitting conference someday. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

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  30. Love the name tag and the cards - I'm sure they'll snap your hand off to get one!! Have a wonderful time!

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  31. i hope you have a marvelous time! i am a bit green with envy over here.

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  32. Rachel, for those of us not going. And we know you are taking your laptop and hopefully your camera. We need a taste!, blow by blow. Everything looks wonderful!. relax and enjoy!!. and yes totally green.

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  33. Beautiful cards! woow! I'm so jealous. Unfortunately, that beg shebang lands right on our national holiday weekend so unlikely any canucks will attend. (Thanksgiving is this weekend in our country).

    While we are all eating turkey, I hope you have a ton of fun! I'm sure the rest of us will be reading all about it next week. (pout pout)

    ~Monika
    : )

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  34. Oh have fun! My dream vacation is home by myself for two weeks.

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  35. Hope you have lots of fun! I hope that I can attend next year.

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  36. Everything turned out beautifully!! I also whipped up one of the laptop cases this weekend -- you are right, very easy so people definitely have time to make one if they want. :)

    Looking forward to meeting you there! See you Thursday!

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