If you follow me on Instagram you were right there with me as I used my iPhone as my primary camera (too much stuff to tote around, so I left the big Nikon at home). However I saved a few to post new on the blog.
Ok here we go! (Warning! There are so many pictures... these are just a sampling)
I started packing and planning out what to bring. I took the time to make some drawstring project bags for every class and labeled them with a little yellow tag. This made it so much easier to grab what I needed each day and know everything I needed was in there!
My flight was super early since I was going East to West. When I arrived my best friend since high school picked me up from the airport. I miss this girl with a vengeance! It's been years since we just hung out and chatted. It was so good for my soul to spend the afternoon with her.
Then I met up with my aunts, a few cousins, and grandparents for dinner who all live in Utah Valley. Also forever since I've seen them, living 3000 miles away will do that.
I stayed at the beautiful Little America Hotel where the Sewing Summit was hosted since I didn't have a car and it was lovely to just walk to my room when I needed to. FYI I opted for the "Garden Rooms", a little cheaper and quieter! So I didn't mind the distance from the tower rooms.
Shop Hop Day! I met these awesome gals in the lobby and then spent most of the weekend with them. What talented fun ladies!
Token selfie! I was so excited!
This was my words of wisdom on my peppermint tea that morning. Smile I did@
We stopped at the beautiful Pine Needles, Quilters Haven, Material Girls which were all cute shops with different takes on displays and patterns.
I got to know these gals better, Megan of City Stitches, Anna at Hoot and Haller, Kathy at Miss Stitchy along with lots of cross aisle gals not pictured.
I bought this awesome stack of fabrics with I collected from each. I'm so happy with them! Nothing replaces shopping in person, colors, textures, and experience way out weigh online. So True.
Lunch at Cafe Rio, YUM! (and HUGE btw, no one warned me before hand! WOW)
The Secret Swap I helped organize was a blast! I got these adorable yellow and teal bags and goodies from Savingrc were so fun! I gave mine to Erin who just loved it. It was awesome to see everyone so excited to find out who their parters were.
Dinner out at PF Changs after a long day. I didn't go to the open sew that night, I was super toast after a rough nights sleep and getting up on EST that morning.
My class schedule:
9am Fabric Design with Pat Bravo
10:30 Getting Pubished in a Magazine with Ellen March of Sew News
1:15pm Curves Mini Quilt with Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces
3:30pm HTML Basics for Bloggers with Jeni Baker of In Color Order
My class schedule:
9:00am Statsh Mixology with Elisa Albury of Stitch Outside the Ditch
10:30am Metal Frame Pouch with Elena Roscoe of Hot Pink Stitches
1:15pm Building your Creative Business with Alicia DiRago of Whimsey Box
3:30pm Polo Refashion with Merrick White of Merrick's Art
Breakfast with these beauties! Amanda, Kelsey, (me) and Shannon at Little Luvins
A new friend in the JEDI Craft Girl, Amanda from California we bonded over our love of teal and orange.
There were surprising goodies at every meal, like these new Omnigrid Rotary cutters, blades, and needles. I'm sure there will be several posts elsewhere of the sweet swag. Let's just say I was glad I packed an extra duffle!
The ever so honest and humble Heather Bailey was the Keynote speaker of the Summit. It was great to hear her story, and her perspective on the fabric industry. She had incredible tales and was so kind.
Diane at From Blank Pages with her cute boy. She designs paper piecing patterns, which I know can understand her love. They are so precise! I'll be posting about my paper pieced quilt top soon.
In Color Order and I have the same birthday! Who could have guessed! Both of us were born on March 20th on years that were the first day of spring.
After an AMAZING & INCREDIBLE weekend, pure exhaustion set in. I spent my flight home sleeping and absorbing all of the experiences, conversations, and thoughts I'd had while at the Summit.
I know for sure I made friends I will keep in touch with and I hope to go again in 2014
FYI I'll be doing another post just on the cute business card designs.