As mentioned previously, I just returned from the second annual Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend. I’m so lucky that it’s a local event for me – makes it so much easier to attend. I was amazed by the people who came from far, far away, like the UK or Australia! And because I’m a local, I was asked to bring my ironing board for use during the summit. This year I was sure to get a picture, because it’s not every day that you get to carry your ironing board through the lobby of a swanky hotel.
Another fun part of being a local is playing chauffeur to folks from out of town and showing them around the local antique or quilting shops. It’s usually one of my favorite parts of the weekend.
The classes this year were really excellent. I learned great things from every one of them – everything from machine-piecing hexagons and inset-seams to blogging and website design advice.
I even made myself an article of clothing that I will actually wear! I took a Maxi Skirt class from Leanne Barlow that was fantastic. We used sergers to construct the skirt and I succeeded in not only completing the skirt, but in not breaking the serger in the process. I’ve been sorely tempted to buy a serger for years, but I live in fear of it coming un-threaded and never being able to use it again. I’m feeling slightly more confident now.
Another aspect of the Sewing Summit that I love is meeting people in real life that I have interacted with online for years, such as Anna and Audrie and a host of many others. Such a treat. (And look at that, I even remembered to pull out my camera occasionally.) A HUGE thank you to the Sewing Summit planners and staff for all of their hard work. I can’t imagine the time and effort that goes into putting something like this together!
I continue to marvel at the talent of so many great people in the sewing community. I came home and told my husband how blessed I feel to have found real-life people who like petting, cutting and sewing fabric as much as I do and who have become real-life friends. (I’ll admit, the swag and listening to cool people like Joel Dewberry [above] are nice aspects as well.)
I have to say, I’m always a little leary of writing posts like this because the last thing I want to do is sound like, “Neener, neener, look where I was…” So let me end by encouraging you to reach out to real-life people, whether online, or better yet, in your local community and find ways to facilitate getting together to sew and visit – sometimes those small groups are the best kind!