The Sewing Summit – a recap

The Sewing Summit has come and gone. Holy cow, it was fun. I think I’m still in a daze and trying to recover from the sewing/people/fabric/fun overload. I loved every minute of it. I don’t get to hang out with sew-y friends very often, so this felt like such a treat. Sadly, I was terrible about remembering to pull out my camera. And the pictures I did take didn’t turn out so hot (inside a hotel is not the best picture-taking environment.) But I have enough (and stolen a few) to give an impression.
The fun began with this group on Friday. After a morning of visiting fabric shops and running into new Sewing Summit friends along the way, I visited Art Market – a collection of handmade goods by local artists – with Amy, Amy, Dana and Leigh, where we ran into Kristie and Samantha fresh from Canada.  Kristie and I have corresponded and she had sent me an adorable Union Jack purse this summer. It was so fun to meet her in person! (Photo thanks to Kristie @OCD Obsessive Crafting Disorder)
Also oven-fired pizza was consumed and we were entertained by Dana in the process.
Here are a few more of the great folks I happened to get  pictures with. There were so many fabulous people I did not get pictures of. (Kicking self.) Including my hilarious roommate. How did that happen?From top left moving clockwise: Lee, me, Amy, Elizabeth, AnnMarie, me, Amy, Allison, Melissa, me, Amanda, Amy, Emily, Leigh, and me again.

And this is only a smidgen of the many fabulous people who were there. 
Too many sewers (sewists?), so little time!!
Can I just say that it is kind of surreal to walk into a room full of people that you “know” but don’t actually recognize in real life.  It’s kind of an intimidating feeling.  I wished that everyone could have walked around with their blog headers tattooed to their foreheads so I would have recognized them instantly. Instead I was trying to nonchalantly look at the name tag hanging on their chest (which is kind of awkward, as you can imagine.) But it is so much fun when you do connect a face with a blog – esp when it’s someone you know well!  I felt like all weekend I was saying “OH! YOU’RE . . . (insert blog name here)!” A HUGE thanks to those who kindly introduced yourselves to me – I loved meeting every single person!

Also awsome and severely under-photographed by me were the many hand-made bags, name tags, clothing, etc. Again, a couple I finally snapped in the final hours of TSS: Jeni, Amanda’s houndstooth bag (made by Colleen), Jessica  rocking the Denyse Schmidt and this AMAZING paper pieced lanyard. Tiny!

I think one of my favorite classes (and the one where I remembered to bring my camera) was Improve Piecing taught by Jess of Urban Patchwork. Jess is an amazing and inspiring quilter. I made an improv-pieced block (see photo at the top of the post) and was reminded how much I enjoy it. I need to do it more often. The gal on the right with this pretty pile of scraps is Jennifer of Ellison Lane. Jennifer was my fabulous TA/Vanna White who was invaluable helping me during the class I taught.

I think that Saturday night was my favorite.  Ate downtown by Temple Square with a bunch of great ladies including the wonderful Melissa, Trish and Amy again. (There were SO many Amy’s there!) 
I also hit the BabyLock sewing room for a late night sewing binge.  That place was humming. It was so much fun to be surrounded by lots of other talented and happy sewers. (Not mention people with fabric addictions and hexagon enthusiasts. Kindred spirits.) I even completed a quilt top that has been in my ‘to-do’ pile for WAY too long. I’m excited to get ‘er finished!
Many thanks again to Amy of Amy’s Creative Side and Erin of Two More Seconds for all of their hard work pulling this conference together. I can’t even fathom how much work they did to pull it off. And they’re going to do it again next year! Check out these fabulous quilts created in secret by some very generous attendees. I was so impressed. 
Also, (are you still with me? Sorry, long post!) There was some fabulous loot! And GUESS WHAT?! As I was carrying my ironing board through the posh lobby again on the way out, Erin offered me another set of swag. And I want to share it with one of you who was not able to be there in person. Yes way. Leave one comment here before Saturday October 15, midnight MST and I’ll pick a winner. 

(If you are a no-reply blogger please be sure to leave an email address so that I can contact you. The last giveaway I picked a winner and had no way to get a hold of her.) Also the winners of the blogiversary giveaway have been posted.  The party continues!

Giveaway CLOSED. The winner is MEREDITH! Congratulations, Meredith!


  1. says

    It's been so fun to read the blogs about the summit. So much talent assembled in one place. I'm so glad everyone had a good time. Thanks for sharing the fun with us.

  2. says

    I'm really enjoying all the recaps around the web. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! Hopefully I'll be able to make it next year!

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing all the fun, its been almost like being there to read all the posts and check out all the photos. A weekend with other fabric freaks and time to sew…bliss!<br />Mary Ann<br />mascanlon49 at

  4. says

    Thanks for sharing the fun with us. I really would have enjoyed coming but work always gets in the way of the fun. Maybe next year! I loved the pictures too!

  5. says

    I&#39;ve been thinking about looking into a sewing retreat near me. They always sound incredible! Until I locate one, a swag bag would be awesome. Thank you for your instructions and tutorials!<br /><br />Michmeehan (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. says

    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful memories of what I&#39;m sure was a fabulous event. It has been fun reading about the summit on all the blogs:) Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for all you share! You are AMAZING!!!

  7. says

    Oh it looks like so much fun. I was tempted to get one of the Saturday passes, but at 38 weeks pregnant my body made the decision for me. Jealous of all the swag, and all of the great people you got to meet.

  8. says

    Oh! How I wanted to go! I have friends who went, and just like you, they can&#39;t stop gushing about it! Kudos to Amy and Erin for putting on such a fabulous 1st time Sewing Summit! It&#39;ll be hard to top this next year! :)

  9. says

    Sounds like you had a great time. I think it would be neat to finally meet so many people you &quot;know&quot; from their blogs.<br /><br />Paige dot dullaghan at Verizon dot net

  10. says

    what a great post on the sewing summit!<br />I sure missed out it sounds like–maybe I&#39;ll make it someday…but i&#39;d sure love to win that swag! :)

  11. says

    The Sewing Summit sounds SEW FUN! I definitely want a chance for some serious SWAG! I&#39;ll have to arrange a flight or road trip down to Utah next October and see if my Blogging friend who lives there will join me…

  12. says

    It&#39;s been fun to enjoy Sewing Summit vicariously. I was only 3 hours away, but it wasn&#39;t possible for me to go this year. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I totally laughed imagining you carrying your ironing board through the Grand America. You rock. :) p.s. I think we have a common friend, me through high school and Jerusalem and you through the mission.

  13. says

    It definitely looks like everyone I have seen had a blast at Sewing Summit. Hopefully it will be an annual thing, and maybe in a few years I can go… after my baby is grown a bit and maybe I can afford it. :) I love all the wonderful inspiration I have seen, thanks for sharing your post, and your extra loot!

  14. says

    I have loved reading all the SS recaps. I am across the country, and kind of a newbie, but maybe someday! Thanks for the giveaway! jenny and sullivan and parker at comcast dot net.

  15. says

    I&#39;ve been reading everyone&#39;s recaps of Sewing Summit, and I&#39;m so jealous! It sounds like it was an amazing weekend. Fingers crossed I can attend next year!

  16. says

    It is great to read your recap of the events and fun that took place at the sewing summit. It would have been great to go, I&#39;m jealous I&#39;ll admit.

  17. says

    I&#39;m so happy everyone had such a great time at the Sewing Summit! It&#39;s been a blast to see how much fun you were really having. Maybe, I can mark my calendar for next years even. It almost sounds like a dream come true… (kinda like Disneyland, when I was a child!)<br /><br />Thanks for sharing you&#39;re lovely swag with us!

  18. says

    What fun! Thanks for sharing the loot…I so hope I can go next year! I wish it could be longer…it looks like sooo much fun packed into such a short time!

  19. says

    I was on at a wedding in NYC during the Summit, but I kept sneaking away to places that had free wi-fi to check up on Twitter and Flickr for picture updates! I was SO miserable that I couldn&#39;t be there! I am going next year no matter who is getting married! :)

  20. says

    What&#39;s fun about this little give-away of yours is that I would have commented anyway. A chance to win would just be a nice little &quot;bonus&quot;. I was truly jealous of your trip to the Sewing Summit :) and would sure love to go someday. Thanks for sharing!<br />Silly, I have no idea if my e-mail addy is available to you or not–

  21. Anonymous says

    Summit looks like fun. Something to consider next time around. Come on lady luck!<br /><br />

  22. says

    I have been reading blog entries about this summit. Looked like a lot of fun, especially having a chance to play with all those GRACE BABY LOCK SEWING machines! <br />Thank you for the opportunity to win some loot 😀

  23. says

    Oh wow!!! Was sooooo coool reading about your trip to Summit!! What grand &quot;MOMENTS&quot; you had….and Fun!!<br />Thank you for sharing….loved getting to share with you…even tho it was like eating crumbs! LOL<br /><br />I would be delighted to win some cool surprises!! :)

  24. says

    Oh I love reading all The SS updates and recaps! But at the same time it just kills me that I couldn&#39;t BE THERE … and I live (as you know) just 45 minutes away!<br />I hope it will always be in SLC — maybe I can go next year (hmmm then again I&#39;ll have a 7 month old baby). <br /><br />I hope hope hope I can win the awesome swag, though!

  25. says

    This looks like such a blast! I love the room with all the machines and people busy sewing. It seems like everyone had a wonderful time and it does look like a lot of work to put on. Thanks for being so generous with the giveaway of the extra &quot;swag&quot;- Kristy

  26. says

    What a fabulous post Amy. I so wish I could have been there! But I will definitely start saving my pennies to come all the way from NZ next year! It looks like a fabulous way to learn some new tricks and meet some very clever kindered spirits! Thanks again for sharing and for the opportunity to get some loot :) THANK YOU!

  27. says

    What a great &#39;picture&#39; of the time you had! I would love to one day go–even if I just had to sit in the corner and watch!<br /><br />Thanks, too, for generously offering some of your treasures.

  28. says

    Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time!<br /><br />Also, thanks for alerting me to the no-reply blogger thing – I never knew there was such a thing or that I was one!

  29. says

    I have loved reading about Sewing Summit…even from the other side of the world. What&#39;s so fantastic about it, is that you don&#39;t have to be &#39;trade&#39; ….just a lover of fabric, quilting and craft. What a tremendous concept. Well done to Amy and Erin!

  30. says

    Oh wow, I&#39;m loving reading about everyone&#39;s trips to Sewing Summit. I think I&#39;d also have been surruptitiously trying to read people&#39;s chests to find out names lol Mind you, as someone that masquerades as a purple and yellow bear, I&#39;ll totally confuddle people if I manage to get there next year ;o)<br /><br />Thank you so much for giving those of us poor people that didn&#39

  31. Anonymous says

    That sounds like a fantastic weekend! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.<br />judithlynes(at)btinternet(dot)com

  32. says

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for all pictures and info about your sewing summit. I would love to attend something like that one day. Currently living in the Middle East and about to move to Italy. Once I get stateside again, I&#39;ll shoot for something like this. Your blog is highly motivating. Thanks again,…just in case it doesn&#39;t go through.

  33. says

    That totally looks like loads of fun!<br /><br />Wondering…did everyone bring their own sewing machine? they all look so similar…or is it my imagination?<br /><br />Thanks for sharing with us! =) So exciting.

  34. says

    Though attending was not in the cards for me, I am happy you did because when those who inspire me are themselves inspired, it&#39;s the next best thing!

  35. says

    Sounds like a fabulous time – I&#39;m so glad you were able to attend. Thanks for sharing a little bit with us here so we can see what it was like.

  36. says

    This event has looked like so much fun in each and every post I&#39;ve seen about it! I am seriously considering starting a blog so that I can justify going next year. akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

  37. says

    I knew you ladies would have a great time! I hope I am able to go next year. And since I didn&#39;t get to go this year, I appreciate the chance to win some of the fun anyway!! Thank you :-)<br /><br />~ meagan<br />

  38. says

    Sounds like such an awesome time! and thank you for posting the pics with links to the people – it&#39;s cool to set faces to names!

  39. says

    Wow! Looks like tons of fun…maybe my friends and I should have a mini sewing summit to crank out all our Christmas kids, no interruption sounds awesome! <br />erin.n(dot)waters(at)gmail(dot)com

  40. says

    I wanted to go so badly but it was the same week-end as Thanksgiving here in Canada and I don&#39;t think my family would forgive me if I skipped Thanksgiving so that I could sew… I have my fingers crossed that it will be on a different week-end next year so that I can go! Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Anonymous says

    That looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing with us.<br /><br />Jennifer<br /><br />

  42. says

    I wanted to go so badly! Of course Mike always seems to be out of town when anything fun is going one. I&#39;d love some sewing loot! Thanks for the pictures so I could feel like I was there. Love ya!

  43. Anonymous says

    Amy – That looks like too much fun! I am so glad that you had a great time! Also, I got my Christmas charm squares and they are perfect! Thanks so much!<br /><br />Ashley<br />

  44. Anonymous says

    What a wonderful time you had! It sounds like a combination of quilt show/retreat on steroids! Fun and exhausting. I&#39;m looking forward to a retreat in a few weeks, right before my birthday – can hardly wait!<br /><br />Lisa<br />Lalexander733 (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. says

    Sounds like a great time was had and some wonderful sewing done! I love getting together with friends to sew, it can be so energizing!<br /><br />Thanks for sharing!<br />Sandy A

  46. says

    It&#39;s always crazy to get in a room of people you know online but not IRL. There is never enough time but I hope you made as many face to face contacts as possible.<br /><br />Also, I&#39;m always up for free swag. :)

  47. says

    I am sooo jealous of you getting to meet face to face all those people we &quot;know&quot; online!! I&#39;d be overjoyed to receive some swag! Thanks for your fabulous generosity!

  48. says

    Awesome giveaway!!! I came here from etsy – I bought an i-spy charm pack that I made into a little quilt that I absolutely LOVE! Do you make those little charm packs often? I&#39;d love to buy another. (Or more…)<br /><br />Also, thank you to the link for the no-email thing, my little box wasn&#39;t checked!!

  49. Anonymous says

    Thank you for sharing. Reading about the sewing summit makes me wanna go next year.<br />christin<br />

  50. says

    Sure looks like everyone (especially all the Amys) had an awesome time. I&#39;m going to try and fanangle my way into the next one for sure!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  51. says

    Sounds like a lot of fun and a good way to get things done! I really like the colors in the half square triangle quilt. It would be great to win! Thanks for the chance!

  52. says

    I so badly wanted to go to the sewing summit – especially since it was practically in my backyard! It&#39;s fun to see your photos though, and read other bloggers&#39; re-caps! Maybe next year will be my year :)

  53. says

    Sewing Summit was such a blast. I soaked up every minute and can&#39;t wait for next year. It was great to see you and meet some pretty amazing sewist/quilters. Yay!!!

  54. says

    Thank you for sharing about the Summit – I am just eating up all these posts about it! Must make it one of these years! Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. says

    Great post, lady! I can&#39;t imagine walking into a conference room full of humming Baby Locks… is that you, Lord? Is this heaven? The Sewing Summit is such a fabulous idea. Thanks for taking us along with you.

  56. says

    It has been terrific reading the various posts about the Sewing Summit, it sounds like it was an amazing group having lots of fun. Thanks for sharing.

  57. says

    What a blast! I hope to attend next year, and you know what? When I do, I&#39;m going to look for YOU! Only I won&#39;t have to look at your name tag to know who you are. 😉

  58. says

    Wowza, Amy! Lots of comments for this post, but pick me, pick me! LOL.<br /><br />Sounds like you had an amazing time!! It&#39;s tough to find anything like this in the NY area, so I hope that airfare prices aren&#39;t sky-high next year!!

  59. says

    Oh how I would love to go to something like this but alas nothing here in Sinagpore. Perhaps I&#39;ll have to make an excuse and visit the US next year!

  60. says

    Thanks for sharing your Summit events with us. It looked absolutely fabulous! So many like minds in the same building – it must have been jumping with excitement.<br />Thanks again for sharing – looking forward to more works of inspiration.

  61. says

    I think I must come to the summit next year. It seems crazy that I didn&#39;t, since it isn&#39;t far away! Oh well, here&#39;s hoping to win the swag instead!

  62. says

    It looks like so much fun but I would be crazy intimated to actually go! Perhaps I&#39;ll muster up some courage for a future Summit. Thanks for the chance to win.<br /><br />lenahan (at) zoomtown (dot) com

  63. Denny Aleckson says

    Sounded like it was a GRAND time! Thanks for sharing it with all of us! I hope I still will qualify…I don&#39;t have a blog, but really enjoy reading all the quilting blogs out there!<br />Denny Aleckson<br />dratla at tds dot net

  64. says

    oh, I soooooo wanted to go to this conference! It would have been so fun, I&#39;m from just south of SLC and live just three hours from there. It was painful to not be able to get away. Thanks for the chance to win some swag :) love it<br /><br />

  65. says

    It looks like it was so much fun and how great to be with people who have the same interests. Thanks for a chance to win some swag!<br />esterling1923 at gmail dot com

  66. Anonymous says

    I was so sad to miss out on the Sewing Summit this year – I had a baby last month, but everyone has talked about how amazing it was and I&#39;m really looking forward to going next year.

  67. says

    Wow! Looks like you had a wonderful time! Thanks for all the pictures and links….makes me want to attend next year!<br /><br />Thanks for hosting a terrific giveaway!

  68. says

    OH MY WORD! <br />it&#39;s so much fun to read about all the quilting conventions and fabric markets, but to actually get some of the awesome products and goodies they have would be amazing!!! thanks for the opportunity!

  69. says

    WoW.. Sounds like a good time was had by all. I can only imagine how great it was to be surrounded by people who love fabric and were inspiring as well. I&#39;ll have to put this on my wish list.<br /><br />Thanks for sharing, doing the giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  70. says

    Your happy snaps and descriptions have given me the essence of the experience and it was great to share it with you. How very special to get together and just be with so many like-minded and talented gals, let alone share. That amazing show bag is yet another opportunity to share in this special time too, thanks for making it available and I&#39;m thrilled for the recipient.

  71. says

    woo hoo! What a great weekend!! It was great to meet you! Don&#39;t include me in your giveaway though, I&#39;ve got my swag still. :) Send it on to someone else! You&#39;re on my google reader now so I&#39;ll be stopping back in often!

  72. says

    It&#39;s so nice that many bloggers shared their thougths and pics from the sewing summit. It gives the others who did not have the chance to be there (and probably will never have the chance to be there) a nice chance of being there virtually 😉

  73. says

    It looks like you had a fab time! I am just getting into quilting and have so much to learn. I wish I had lived closer to my grandma so she could have shared some of her expertise with me. Thankfully there are fantastic bloggers like you willing to share your knowledge with us! Thank you!

  74. says

    The sewing summitt looks like so much fun. I wish we had something like that in my area. Thanks for the opportunity to win these great items!

  75. Anonymous says

    I&#39;m new to your blog and am enjoying it. Glad you had such a fabulous time. Would love to win the swag bag.<br />Have a great weekend.

  76. says

    How fun! I had a modern quilt guild meeting last night and one of the ladies was talking about how fun sewing summit was. I think they are going to need to get a larger space next year from all of the buzz from this year! Sounds fun and educational!

  77. Anonymous says

    I am pretty new to this…I just found your blog. I love it. The summit looked like a great time! Thanks for the opportunity to win all that terrific stuff!<br />

  78. says

    One of these days I WILL go…No questions! I always look forward to the blog posts following quilt market or the sewing summit. Thanks for sharing with us. Looks like sew much fun.

  79. says

    It looks like you had a blast. I know I would. How incredibly generous of you to share your loot! Thanks for the chance.<br /><br />momik97(at)aol(dot)com

  80. says

    It sounds like it would have been so fun! I&#39;m just a newbie at quilting and your tutorial helped me make my first quilt! Now I&#39;m making 3 for Christmas!

  81. Samantha M says

    That looked like so much fun! As a someone who just started sewing a few months ago, this post inspired me to do it more often :) <br /><br />

  82. says

    THat sounds like a dream event. I just said to my husband the other day that I just want to lock myself in a room with my sewing machine sometimes.<br /><br />I recently took up sewing as my mental break from work and three kids, one of whom is severely developmentally disabled. I found you blog a little while ago and I love it!<br /><br />sanitystitches at gmail dot com

  83. says

    Wow – I can so sense the fun you all had in the photo of the room all set up for rows of quileters making projects… jealous! Would love to win a little giveaway!

  84. says

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful time at the Sewing Summit. Sounds like a great time was had by all. Isn&#39;t it great to &quot;play&quot; with quilters at a retreat. Such Fun!

  85. says

    Looks like the sewing summit was quite fun, I&#39;m jealous!! I&#39;d love to have a bag of swag, thanks for sharing :)<br /><br />Jessica jjd05c (at) gmail (dot) com

  86. says

    Looks like LOADS of fun! Its always nice to have some girl time, sew, eat and giggle! :) Thanks for the generous give away….Happy Stitching. :)

  87. says

    Ohh I like the rainbow triangle quilt. And your loot looks pretty fantastic, too!<br /><br />My email&#39;s st*epha*nie*es*87@* (without all the *)

  88. says

    Thanks for the update on the Summit as it is interesting, especially since I once lived in SLC. It would be nice to win some of the swag so can attend vicariously. Please enter me into the draw (I follow your blog). alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

  89. says

    I am sorry I missed it. It&#39;s funny that I am drooling over the batting samples. I would definitely get some use out of this!! Would love to meet you next year! :)

  90. says

    ugh, missed my chance to sign up. Looks like a blast. Do you know if there is a pattern for that paper pieced lanyard or who had it? I need to make one of those for a Christmas gift!!!

  91. says

    Is it too late to comment? I actually LIVE in Utah but I am WAY too poor to have gone. Oh well, next year is my goal! I would ADORE some SWAG 😀 So glad you had fun. Thanks for the lovely giveaway 😀

  92. Anonymous says

    i&#39;ve so enjoyed reading everyone&#39;s recaps of this amazing weekend – wish i could have been there!<br /><br />jesshea(at)gmail(.)com

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