Monday, October 22, 2012

Sewing Summit, Part Two

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. 



Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

21 comments:

Heather D. said...

Wow, it all sounds great.

I use a Babylock Elizabeth and I love it! It does have a knee lift too, too bad they didn't have those on for you to use!

**nicke... said...

such a fun weekend! i am so glad you had such a wonderful time! xo

Katy Cameron said...

A great final round up! I'm not sure I'm up to doing one, too much to process each day right now!

Susan Standen said...

So leased you had such a good variety of classes.

Trudi said...

It's great to,see what made SS for you, it's fascinating to see how everyone gets something different from it. But the swag, that's some serious swag indeed! Lovely post I can so relate to.

Patchwork and Play said...

That swag is more like Christmas! SO glad you had a great time!

Dianne Neale said...

So glad you had a good time. Makes me wish I'd been there!

Deb said...

I am loving hearing about everyone's experiences at SS. It sounds like a fabulous time was had by all. And look at all your goodies!

Cindy said...

Nice to hear about all of your classes as you and I both had different classes.

The Cozy Pumpkin said...

So fun!!! I wanted to go, but it clashed with a family Disney World trip. Luckily, if I had to miss it it was for Disney! lol

Is it sad that I'm REALLY jealous of your Mood tote? One of my dreams is to go to Mood and say, "Thank you, Mood!" lol

-Amanda-

The Cozy Pumpkin said...

So fun!!! I wanted to go, but it clashed with a family Disney World trip. Luckily, if I had to miss it it was for Disney! lol

Is it sad that I'm REALLY jealous of your Mood tote? One of my dreams is to go to Mood and say, "Thank you, Mood!" lol

-Amanda-

Geri said...

I'm so glad you have found your niche. We all have limitations in our creative lives and I guess coming to peace with them is the best thing we can do.

Diane said...

Looks like yo had a great time!

Tamie said...

It sounds like you had a great time. I love classes or lectures that surprise you and turn out to be some of your favorites. Thanks for sharing so those that missed out might know what went on.

Catherine said...

Looks like a fabulous time and what a great lot of swag you came home with!

Annabella said...

The classes sound amazing and a lovely variety too.

Flying Blind... said...

Your classes sound amazing and the swag looks unbelievable!

The Quilted Fish said...

So glad you liked my class! I am flattered. Glad to hear we are kindred spirits!

The Quilted Fish said...

So glad you liked my class! I am flattered. Glad to hear we are kindred spirits!

suemac said...

Sounds like you had a great time and went to some great classes.

kate said...

What is the name of the template, and where are they sold? I have several regular Drunkard's Path templates, but this one in the project you made, looks like the "pie" piece is much larger, thus the wedge piece is smaller, than my REGULAR Drunkard's Path templates. THANKS,
Kate