Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Sewing Summit!

The Sewing Summit

It was AWESOME!!! I am still recovering from a whirlwind few days, but wanted to share a little about this extraordinary weekend. I met so many wonderful people and learned so many fun things...and don't even get me started on the swag! Our bags were FULL of fun treats: fabric, batting, tons of patterns, supplies... so much fun to go through. I haven't taken a picture yet but I'll try to soon. Although I don't know how to use some of the items (batting for microwaving potatos - seriously?!), I am excited to learn some new things and use all these goodies!

I attended the shop hop on Friday morning, and had such fun hanging out with some new friends on the bus they chartered for us. The three shops we went to didn't stand a chance with all 50 of us descending on them at once! I think collectively, we pretty much cleared them out of a TON of fat quarters! So here is my bounty from that day...

To be fair, the left half of the picture was my roommate's stash...I understand my side is bigger, but still! Speaking of roommate, I so enjoyed meeting her! We took a chance to share a room in the name of being frugal, despite having never met before. It worked out perfectly! We had such fun staying up late and I felt so inspired by her creativity. The picture I took of us together didn't turn out so great, so I'm hoping hers did so I can borrow it and post it here! I look forward to staying in touch with this new crafting friend.

I had the opportunity to take some really great classes, one of them being Free Motion Quilting for the Modern Quilter. Here I am with the teacher, quilting rock star Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew. I'll admit many times I was a bit star struck during the weekend, being with all these women whose blogs I read and get inspiration from on a regular basis. Taking Allison's class was certainly one of those times. She is so sweet and helpful! Here is the sampler I made in class, practicing different quilting patterns.

It was fun to try some new things, and I'm definitely planning on using either the square or the triangle quilting on one of my Kona Solids quilts.

There is so much more I want to share about summit, but it's getting late and I don't want to leave out anything important! My absolute favorite part of the whole weekend was meeting new friends and spending time with so many crazy talented people! I'll be back soon with more info!


  1. It was fun wasn't it!? It was great meeting you too, and not enough time to talk to everyone!!

    PS - Lucky me! I'm your first follower!!

  2. I ad so much fun chatting with you! And man, your FMQ looks way better than mine. ;)

  3. Your free-motion quilting looks fabulous!! It was so fun to hang out with you -- looking forward to following your blog!

  4. I'm so glad you started a blog, Valerie! I'm really looking forward to following along with all of your sewing adventures until the next Sewing Summit :)

  5. So glad you enjoyed it!! I want to try free motion quilting, but haven't even taken my new darning foot out of the package yet. Yours looks great!