When registering for my Sewing Summit classes I never would have thought that Amanda Herring's Creative Journey would be my favorite class, but it was.
It seems her parents and my parents were on the same page when raising kids and I went back to my 12 year old self when I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. I remembered doing fashion shows with my newly made clothes for all our family and friends while listening to Amanda share her story. I teared up a few times and could almost hear my dad's voice speaking to me through Amanda.
Amanda spoke very openly about her struggles to find her passions. She shared her parent's frustration when she changed her focus several times. But, these were all things I could relate to. I have never had a "career" but always strived to find something that I could be really good at. I think I have finally come to peace with myself that I am not a designer. I can't design fabric or patterns, but I can execute someone else's pattern really well and put my spin on it.
The sewing rooms were stocked with these sewing machines provided by Baby Lock. It was great not to have to transport my machine to Salt Lake City, although I missed my Bernina's knee lever!
I really enjoyed the curves class with Christina. We got a really cool template as part of our class fee and it made it so easy to cut the pieces necessary to make perfect curves. I think I'll turn this into a mini quilt or a pillow for a friend who could not attend Sewing Summit.
I think my favorite hands on class was Precision Piecing with Amy Ellis. She was so organized and her class reminded me how important it is to get that 1/4" seam just right. There will be 12 squares in this mini to help me work on the perfect seam and then I will end up with a really cute finished mini quilt. One of the best parts about this class...Amy starched the fabric and pre-cut all the pieces for the project!
The last of the hands on classes that I took was Foundation Paper Piecing with Lee and Elizabeth. This was an excellent class and gave me hope for that pile of scraps that is building in my sewing room. Look at this beautiful quilt that was made by Lee of Freshly Pieced, all foundation paper pieced.
Rachel gave an impromptu embroidery class that I took for a few minutes, but was too excited to sit still. Instead, I was busy talking with so many bloggers that I have come to know and love this passed year. It was so sweet of Rachel to bring all we needed to learn a few basic stitches. I need to get more familiar with some of the more intricate embroidery stitches.
One of the lecture classes that surprised me was Handmade Wardrobe taught by Mena Trott. I have not been a serious garment sewist since high school, but this class was so interesting and Mena was such a funny and interesting personality that the class was a breathe of fresh air. She is really into vintage fabrics and patterns and when I told her my 96 old aunt still sews and lives in a 3 story home where every closet is packed with fabrics, she had a few heart palpitations and told me to make sure I get first dibs on her stash!
So there you have it, my Sewing Summit re-cap. And I know you want to see the swag, so here is a final photo.