Sewing Summit: Where to begin!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Sewing Summit by jenib320
The Sewing Summit, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I have been trying to write this post for three days now. When it comes to summing up Sewing Summit, I have no words. It was an unbelievably incredible experience! The people, the classes, the conversations, the crafting, the talent, the friends. I am still in awe of how nice everyone is, how amazing it is to socialize with crafters in person and how much I love this community. I took so few photos, and absolutely none with people (so lame, right?)! So, this is the first post of many! I'll be sharing more photos taken by others in the coming week or so. If you have photos of the two of us together or of my class, please do let me know the link and/or email them to me! I'd love to have a copy :) Please and thank you!

So, we have to start somewhere, right? The above photo is one of the quilts made by a super secret bee (that I was lucky to participate in!), for Erin and Amy for putting on this weekend. It was organized by the lovely Ali and quilted by Chris! They turned out so pretty!

The Sewing Summit by jenib320
The Sewing Summit, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Wow, Salt Lake City is GORGEOUS! Being from Ohio, I had never seen mountains like this! And even snow covered. I was blown away by them, and took about a zillion blurry photos of them from the car, haha. The city itself was beautiful too. There were lots of great shops and pretty buildings. Would love to explore this city again someday!

The Sewing Summit by jenib320
The Sewing Summit, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
One of the quilt shops we visited was in this little village decked out for Halloween. So cute! Look at all those pumpkins!

The Sewing Summit by jenib320
The Sewing Summit, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I came back with lots of fabric, hehe. I figured as the fabric selection teacher, it was required that I buy a lot of fabric. Right..!? ;) As Aneela kindly pointed out, I was just doing research! Some won, most purchased. Look at all the lovelies! I managed to buy a whole rainbow of colors, and not even on purpose! If you're in SLC anytime soon, be sure to check out Material Girls and Pine Needles!

The Sewing Summit by jenib320
The Sewing Summit, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Got to visit the cutest frozen yogurt shop ever, Menchies! Ridiculously cute!!

The Sewing Summit by jenib320
The Sewing Summit, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I actually bought some yarn! Some of the lovely ladies I shopped with on Friday are knitters so we stopped at a super cute yarn shop called Blazing Needles. I had grand intentions of learning to knit, which didn't quite happen, but I look forward to trying soon! I bought this delicious twinkle yarn. It's so soft. I'm content just snuggling it :)

The Sewing Summit by jenib320
The Sewing Summit, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Friday was also CHECK IN! Woo hoo! The swag bags were amazing, Erin and Amy really found some fab stuff for them! The evening was pretty casual, which was good because I was starting to get really nervous for my class!

There was also swag to be had on Saturday night at a dinner put on by the lovely Elena & Jennifer! Thanks ladies!!

Freedom by jenib320
Freedom, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Then it was time for the classes! This piece is a combination of two classes I took! Improv piecing with Jess of Urban Patchwork and Free Motion Quilting with Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew! I am slowly plugging away on the quilting! Also took great classes with Bari J, Amanda of Mrsmcporkchop, and an author's panel! :)

Kona Cards by jenib320
Kona Cards, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Oh, and there was my class! I think that it went pretty well! I was nervous, but was told it didn't show too much, phew! Katherine gave me a few last minute tips that really helped (thanks again dear!). I was absolutely bursting to spill the big secret, Kona cards for all my students!! Thank you Robert Kaufman! :) I am excited to share more details of my class along with update The Art of Choosing with new content for all of you who couldn't make it to the conference very soon!

I met so many wonderful people, made new friends and caught up with old friends. It was so cool! As Jacey called it, it was like walking into the Internet! How awesome is that?! Thank you so so so much to Erin and Amy for dreaming up and putting on this awesome event! I'm already excited for next year!

More soon! Still trying to recover from all the lack of sleep! And get the apartment back in order, hehe! :)

34 comments :

  1. It was so great meeting you in person Jeni! Can't wait until next time. :)

    I don't even knit and I decided a need a shirt with that Blazing Needle logo on it - so cool!

    Feel free to snag any pics you want from my Flickr photostream (not that they are the best or anything, but I do have some dinner ones. :))

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  2. I LOVE that yellow measuring tape fabric in your yummy stack. Where did you find that and more importantly, are they online where I can order some for myself? :)

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  3. I loved your class and you were a great teacher. I was wishing the Shop Hop was after your class instead of before. I'll have to go shopping again soon, put the info to good use.

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  4. Isn't Salt Lake City wonderful? I was there for Quilt Market in May & just fell in love. I would have absolutely no problem living there.

    Glad you had so much fun. It sounded fabulous. I'll have to look into Sewing Summit next year. Do you now if it is going to be in Salt Lake every year, or if they're planning to have it travel?

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  5. Jeni, it was so great meeting you!!! You're definitely on my short list of faves, so it was actually kinda surreal sitting around and talking to you. You totally made my day when you pointed at me and were like, yeah, you're Wonderwoman on Flickr. Ha!

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  6. like walking into the internet. I LOVE it!! So true. It was surreal!

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  7. ha, ha! my husband and I went to school 1.5 hrs north of slc. he is from indiana. the first couple of years he was there & when we were dating, he was given to saying things like, "I mean, look at these MOUNTAINS! they're like... RIGHT! THERE!" over and over. it was cute. glad you had such a good time - I am super jealous + am looking forward to living through you vicariously....

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  8. Oh, I am jealous of just the whole thing, but those color cards are definitely on the list of things I am really jealous over. I love reading all the recaps. It sounds like an amazing time.

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  9. Aww, look at your happy class with their cards!

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  10. All the sewing summit reviews sound so amazing.
    I wished to be there too.
    But I'm always a bit nervous when I'm around english native speakers. I hardly find the words I need when I have to speak english >___<

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  11. What a great recap for those of us who were dreaming of joining you in SLC, but were eating Thanksgiving turkeys with our Canadian families! I absolutely love the photo of your students with their Kona color cards!

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  12. I've read so many great things about your class! I've seen so many pictures of SLC in SS posts - I had no idea it was such a beautiful city.

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  13. I just love that research excuse and use it lots ;)
    Perhaps I will think of using that as an excuse to go to sewing summit next year...........cos I'm so jealous right now!!!

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  14. I am more than a little envious you got to go to SLC, my hometown! I am now a midwest transplant, and I sure miss my mountains!

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  15. Such lovely things you picked up:) Thanks for the run down;)

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  16. Sounds like such fun! I'm kind of bummed I had already made plans to attend the IQF in Houston this year and take some classes. Can't take off two weekends that close together.

    Next year, I know which I'm choosing!

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  17. your stack of fabric is like sewers porn! it is beautiful and a little obscene... ;)

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  18. looks totally amazing, I'm sure you did an amazing job with your class jeni. I'll be there next year. :)

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  19. I didn't take many pictures either... and certainly none with people. I also had a really hard time writing my summary of the summit. :)

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  20. jeni, your class was so great and it was so nice to spend time with you! i feel the same about sewing summit. it's hard to explain how great it was! just the best! <3 :)

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  21. Had a blast in your fabric selection class!

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  22. It was so fun meeting you, Jeni! Loved your class so much. We'll have to get together again soon! : )

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  23. woo hoo!!! It was great meeting you in real life and your class was awesome! Thanks for the advice/discussion about my solid fabric balance issues!!!

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  24. yay! it was so fun to meet you - even if it was only for a minute. what a great weekend!

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  25. I really wish I had taken your class, but I'm glad we got to chat some. You're so much fun! And wow, nice fabric haul! Woo!! I totally wanted to steal your squishy yarn, btw.

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  26. Nice recap of a great weekend indeed! All the classes were great but I especially loved yours. You are a great speaker. Wish I had been able to say thanks in person!! Love my Kona Sampler Card though!!!!! Thanks again!!

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  27. I loved your class - especially how you made project examples to illustrate each color point you were making - brilliant! Thanks again, and to RK for the color cards!

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  28. It looks like you had an amazing time! I so wish I could have been there with you all - frankly, I'm feeling bit left out now especially with everyone setting up swaps and projects, etc. Oh well, hopefully I can make it next year and get in on all the fun too, hehe!

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  29. I'm with Kaye...it looks like you had a fab time! Perhaps she and I will road-trip it down next year, so that we can get in on the action!

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  30. I didn't take any photos with people in them either. Even without photos though, it was a fabulous weekend!

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  31. It was so wonderful meeting you, Jeni. But I *know* that you didn't need the tips I gave you after sitting in on your class: you're like a professional teacher and didn't even know it!

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  32. You need to do another post with all the people pictures! LOL xoxox

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  33. What kind of yarn is that? I would love to know! Thinking of starting a new knitting project!!

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