Thursday, October 13, 2011

{amylouwho} sewing summit - where to begin?

I'm still recovering from my whirlwind trip to Salt Lake City for the Sewing Summit last weekend!  I have been reading everyone's recap posts and reliving every lovely minute.  It's a little daunting trying to write my own, but I'm going to go for it.
I have to say, it was a little surreal. I walked into the opening meet and greet on Friday afternoon and thought, who are all of these people!?
opening reception

I only recognized the handful of them that I already know.  But then, as I went around and introduced myself I found most conversations went like this:

me: Hi! I'm Amy, there's like 20 Amy's here.
person: Hi! I'm so-and-so.
blank stare.
me:  what's your blog name?
me: Oh my gosh! I know YOU!

It was really fun to put real faces with the very real friendships I've made through this wonderful blogging and sewing community.  As Amy and Erin said that night,
the dynamic duo

their vision for this weekend was to bring together everyone's online sewing friends so we could sew and chat and visit and laugh and be together in person!  It was a success!
I loved the classes I took and walked away with new ideas and techniques but mostly INSPIRED to get back on my machine and do things that I have been putting off for fear of messing them up. 

I took Dana 's social media and blogging class - I loved her message.  (another Amy on the left, Dana on the right - how did I miss a picture of the two of us!?)
two long-time blogging friends

Blog what you love, be real and it's not a numbers game.  I totally believe that.
Vanessa shared great tips on getting beautiful photos. (And she made that adorable skirt!)
V. in her adorabale ruffle skirt

And how to lose inches off your thighs in full body poses.  If I could explain it to you here I would.  Trust me, it was hilarious! and worked! And if you don't know V. she is hilarious!
V. stealing Leigh's hexies
We all loved Leigh's hand-pieced hexi quilt.
I had to take a nap after lunch I was so tired from the 2 hour time difference AND staying up late.  It was just long enough to make it back down for my afternoon classes.
Susan had us make some little zipper pouches which came in really handy on the way home.
zipper pouches!

I used the purple one for my phone and iPod (they didn't get lost!) and the blue one housed babylouwho's snacks for the long day on the plane.
Amanda, aka Ms. McPorkchop, was inspiring and charming and funny and made me want to make a gazillion mini quilts!
mini quilts!

At the beginning of the weekend I was telling people that I liked to quilt but had a hard time finishing them. 
me and Amanda
After her class I realized that little quilts are still quilts! And often you can finish them in a couple of hours! How awesome is that?  I have a few ideas brewing already.
Saturday night we spent in the sewing room.
more sewing room

It was full of humming machines, happy chatter and laughter! Just what the doctor ordered.
my lovely view in the sewing room

I finished my bee blocks for Rachel who was there! I didn't have to go to the post office, just walked over and handed them to her. Perfect.
betweet: september block #1

betweet: September block 2

And I really liked how they turned out! 

Amy worked on and finished this gorgeous top.
Amy's awesome HST quilt top
To be honest, I didn't get a lot of sewing done because I was having so much fun just visiting with everyone! I'm telling you, sewing with friends is the best!

I'm afraid of overwhelming you with too many pictures, so we'll stop here for today. I'll be sure to share more.  I took 2 other classes and acquired a lot more fabric!  Sew & Tell is happening tomorrow - See you then!

11 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh my goodness, this sounds like it was a total blast! Hooray!

Go-Go Kim said...

Oh, I wish I were there!!!! Looks like too much fun! Gald you had a good time!!!!

Briana Arlene said...

Great summary! You got some good pics, too. I totally know what you mean about the introductions--I felt stalker-ish when people had no clue who I was, but I read their blogs regularly!

Faith Jones said...

I love all your pictures, it's like being there all over again. Why oh why is it over??? :( It was great meeting you!

Liz Jimenez said...

Hooray! It was great to meet you, and I am SO THERE again next time. What fun!!

Valerie said...

Amy! I had so much fun meeting you and wished we had more time to talk. I see sewing together in our future!

Emily said...

Wooohoo!! What an awesome weekend! I'm glad you've been converted to mini's they're really fabulous to work on! :)

happy zombie said...

I loved reading your recap, Amy! Now I'm even more bummed I couldn't go - now knowing you were there too and missed an opportunity to meet you… ARGH!

Dayna said...

I can't even express how jealous I am! How does an ordinary person like me get into something as fabulous as this??? Tell me! I must know!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Going next year. I swears! It looks like so much fun, and I would love to have some real life sewing friends to hang out with in real life! (Hmm, must call Amy Smart I guess :)

Amanda ~ A Crafty Fox said...

It was so fun to meet you! Love the recap!
Amanda aka 'a crafty fox'

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