Friday, July 29, 2011

Sew & Tell - Live! Utah edition

Did you know that Sew & Tell on this little blog here was born between two blogging friends who needed the motivation and deadline to finish some projects?  The whole idea is that as you all joined up with a link of what you had finished and we all shared and commented and ooh and ahhed over each other's work - it would be like my virtual living room where you all came over to discuss all things sewing.

So, I've often lamented how I wish you could come to my house for real and we could sit and chat.  Luckily for me my mom lives in Utah and so do a lot of the friends I've made here.  When an opportunity for my whole family to be together this summer surfaced we had to make plans to go (much to my dismay at the thought of traveling alone with 3 littles).  I immediately emailed Pink (aka pinksuedeshoe) and told her we were finally going to get to meet and hang out!  Then she offered to throw me a party.  A blogging party! A BLOGGING AND SEW AND TELL PARTY!!! I was so excited!!

It turned out to be as fabulous to meet my people (as Amy S. - Diary of a Quilter put it) and share some projects. And eat some delicious treats.
lime pie cakes
lime pie cakes courtesy of pink  - see recipe here.

and drink some Diet Coke (to stay awake...)
a necessity for late night visiting

and see Pink in her other element:
pink, in her element

It was so fabulous in fact that we got together again a few nights later so some others could come who missed the first night.  Nadine of Material Girl's Quilts was so awesome to let us come to her shop and eat our Cafe Rio (YUUUUUMMMMM) in her back room and shop until past 11.  She's like the fairy fabric godmother!  I think I'll have to share that night in another post...

I've been trying to figure out how to share all the goodness with you, so I've decided to just go the inundate-you-with-pictures route.  Hope you don't mind!

To start out - here we all are at Pink's house:
us #2

From left to right we are Amy, Diary of a Quilter, Amy, Vintage Fern, Erin, Two More Seconds, Leigh, Leedle Deedle, Elizabeth, Such a Sew and Sew, Vicki, Sew Inspired, Pink and me.

We went around the group and shared what we like about blogging, how we met our husbands, and a project.  Entertaining for sure!

Now a disclaimer, most of these pictures were taken while people were talking.  So ignore the talking faces and refer to smiling faces above.  :)

Here is Elizabeth's snowball quilt.  I was amazed at the detail in the quilting.  That she did on her own little machine.
Elizabeth's snowball quilt
Elizabeth's quilt back

And Vicki sells the pattern for this adorable Ruffle Crush quilt. I love the colors!
Vicki's Ruffle Crush

Erin showed us a block for her month of the bee we are in together, Bee Tweet.
Erin's WIP
Erin is the co-coordinator of The Sewing Summit. I'll be there - will you? I can't wait!

I loved and was impressed by the handwork of Leigh's hexagon project.
Leigh's WIP
There are more pictures of this (and the other projects) in my Flickr set.

My cute mom came to join in the fun and she brought this little tessalation quilt that she recently finished.
my mom's tessalation quilt
Ironically enough, the charm pack she used for this was purchased during my last visit at the shop where Amy S. works!

Pink shared her awesomely pink hair and quilt.
Pink's ruffle quilt

Amy R. brought two quilt tops. This cute one from a mystery quilt along she participated in:
2nd quilt
and this one, from the first year of the bee we were in together. It's wonky log cabins out of vintage sheets! so cute! and of course, we love the birds around here.
amy's bird quilt

One of my favorite things about the evening was finally seeing Pink's creative space! I always love the pictures she takes in there. Here are Leigh and Erin enjoying it:
Erin and Leigh enjoying Erika's crafty space
and pilfering it!
pilfering her stash
They may or may not have arranged some fabric swaps while in there.

It really was great to meet all of these ladies and spend the evening talking fabric together.  The best part was the initial meeting where I had to match up real life faces with pictures I've seen!

So I shared the skirt I was wearing that night, and I finished yet another one yesterday.  Aren't you sick of seeing them though?

Okay, I'm wearing it right now, so here's an iPod photo for you:
Skirt #3
I have a great idea to take pictures of all the skirts we've been making around here all together. We'll see if it happens...

What did you finish this month? And of course - if you were able to help someone with a project,  do share!
A few guidelines for sew & tell:
1. Please write the post for sew & tell - or add a blurb mentioning sew & tell to a post written since the last sew & tell.  If you are linking to a post with your own tutorial, please make sure it was a finish from this week and that the completed project is shown first.
2. One linky per person.
3. Link to your specific post.  (See here for permalink instructions - or email me.)
4. Link back here with a link or a button.
5. Be sure to visit and leave comments on other's posts!

11 crafty mcCrafters commented:

p.s.phyllis sews said...

What a fun time! We need our crafty sisters to keep us going! Thanks for sharing the pictures and everyone's lovely work.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Man, we need to do that again... and I need to make some more lime pie cakes, because looking at those pictures again makes me want them desperately! (OK, perhaps that is a tad dramatic... but I really want one right now...)

Sarah McK said...

I have never seen so many stunning quilts all at once in my life!!

amy smart said...

I want those lime cupcakes right now too! Thanks again for being the catalyst for this meetup - and for inviting me to join in the fun!

Meg said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun! Those cupcakes- umm...yum! I love some of those quilts! Very unique!

I am going to The Sewing Summit! I am excited!

Alisa said...

Looks like you had great time! So glad it all worked out for you to do so.

Elizabeth said...

It was so much fun to meet you (and the others) in person! Can't wait for the next one!

Oh, and I love your new skirt!

xo -E

Sarah McK said...

Why aren't there little box pics anymore? I miss those! I liked scanning them so they could give me a sneak peek of the projects and entice me to visit! :)

Val said...

Love all these projects! You may not know this but you always encourage me to do more. I linked up with you to thank you along with others!

Darci said...

I swear you and Erin get to have all the fun! All the meet ups with bloggy friends I am so jealous.

Shay said...

WOW!!!! I'm speechless!!!! How much fun to see pictures because I know how excited you were! You all are seriously talented!!! Those quilts and projects are amazing! I can't believe you wanted to be friends with me and stoop down to my non-creativitness. But I am so glad we were friends and maybe I can join your awesome group after my babies grow up so I can do awesome things like you and your friends too!
I miss you a ton!

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