Monday, October 7, 2013

My Sewing Summit Experience by iPhone

The third annual Sewing Summit has come and gone. I have been home for nearly two weeks and I am just getting around to processing all that happened while I was there. 
It's still all in my head but I thought I would just share the iPhone photos with you that I captured and add a comment to them. That's really all I can do right now. The fun never stopped.

My room at the Little America Hotel was big and beautiful. I loved having a room to myself to unwind and relax in. Sewing Summit is very intense. One class after another and sometimes you just need to chill.

Speaking of chillin'...this new to me beer was really good and served at the hotel bar where we gathered to chat and talk most nights.

These girls are my sweet friends. We had so much fun. They are all so talented and can make me laugh until I cry. L-R: Andrea, Heather, Trina, Amy (@instaamy on IG), Carlie (@csduhon on IG), Melissa. The friends you make at these retreats are really the best part about the entire experience.

I enjoyed Pat Bravo's lecture class on fabric design. She told of her process for inspiration and shared this quote with us.

Angela's curved piecing class was fun. I finished my pillow top when I got home but still need to quilt it and finish making it into a pillow. Bernina was the official sponsor of the Summit this year. They outfitted two rooms full of machines for us to use.

There was an official shop hop that I did not take part in, but instead my friends and I took public transportation, that Salt Lake has recently installed, to Gardner's Village where we visited Pine Needles fabric store and Camille's Yarn shop.

My yarn purchases

Then it was back on the train to Red Iguana, where we had the yummiest Mexican food for dinner.

There was a toast to friendship with our delicious margaritas.

And a little surprise singing of Happy Birthday to Trina. The Tres Leches cake was killer good!

I had room service bring me breakfast one morning.

Heather Bailey was the keynote speaker. 

And then we headed to Gracie's Bar where the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild was hosting a mixer. We met up with our friend, Karen (@savinggrc on IG)

We received some nice swag from some of the sponsors of the guild. Dear Stella, Pat Bravo and Kona Thank you!

No one wanted to say goodbye but several girls had early flights home on Sunday, so we took this fun photo and then said goodbye.

My flight home was not until mid-afternoon, so I was able to attend mass on Sunday morning at the Cathedral of the Madeleine with my new friend, Jodi and her adorable son, Vinny.

Some additional thoughts:
I was enrolled in two garment oriented classes that I did not think I would like but LOVED them. I don't know that I will return to garment sewing (I did plenty of that in my past life) but I learned so much about pattern alterations and I even learned how to draft my own skirt pattern from my measurements.

I learned how to sew with leather from Lindsey and you can read all about my tote I learned to make in her class here.

I had Jeni's HTML class one afternoon but had to leave because I had altitude sickness and it really kicked in on Friday. I live at 270 ft. and Salt Lake City is at 4200 ft. elevation. It affected me by making me super tired, dizzy and I had a horrible headache. Nothing a 90 minute nap couldn't fix.

I saw so many friends that I had either met previously or have been following their blogs for a while. The people are always the best part of these get togethers and this was no exception.

Thank you to all the sponsors. We received some nice swag but I failed to take a photo. Olfa, Pellon, Art Gallery Fabrics, Clover and many more, were very generous.


Susan Snooks said...

That yarn shop looks pretty special too! Another grand time was had- lucky you!

Isisjem said...

Looks like lots of fun and I wish we had more decent Mexican restaurants over here.

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

Loved seeing all the pics. Thanks for sharing Di! Can't wait to see you in March. xo

heart of charnwood said...

Looks like you had an amazing time, on a fantastic trip, i guess we all have to live vicariously through you on the stunning US sewing retreats! :o)

Leanne said...

Looks like the best time!

Valerie said...

So fun! These pics made me miss you girls even more! So glad we have march to look forward to :)

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Looks so amazing!
I am sorry though, everytime you said Salt Lake City, I was thinking "Sal tlay ka siti" from The Book Of Mormon, and laughing!

Geri said...

I am so happy you found your PEOPLE! It's very important to have a creative outlet and you definitely found yours. Love that opening photo of the bed (iPhone?) Also that church looks amazing!

Rhonda the Rambler said...

Looks like so much fun!! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

OPQuilt said...

Looks like you had a great time.

I spent my honeymoon night at Little America, so seeing your room brought back memories. I haven't yet been to Pine Needles quilts, but I love Elaine's, which is also in SLC, but a little farther away.

Your classes look great, and so glad you got to attend mass in that beautiful church.

A good trip, right?

Elizabeth E.
(occasionalpiece on IG)

Carla said...

Small world - I know both Heather and Melissa, from two different DC area MQGs. Are you also in the DC area?

Katy Cameron said...

Glad you had so much fun!

Unknown said...

I am just reading this because I am a total slacker. Miss you and can't wait to see you at Sew South! Eeeeeek! Xo