Thursday, October 13, 2011

Back from the Sewing Summit

Sewing Summit was such a great experience. I met so many wonderful bloggers, quilters, sewists and all in all wonderful people. But first I need to show you what I had waiting for me when I arrived at home yesterday. The first thing I always do is look at the mail and there was a little package waiting for me. Whenever I participate in a swap I always forget that I am getting something too, so when I opened it I just assumed it was fabric for a bee block. But no, it was this lovely little pouch from the very talented Megan. This was my swap gift in the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap 3 on Flickr.

And she even made a matching coin and card pouch. The Echino fabrics are just perfect and her sewing and quilting are spot on. This is a secret swap and I had commented on Flickr when Megan posted this that she could just send it now, never dreaming it was for me. I love it. THANK YOU MEGAN!!!

So back to the Summit follow-up. I already showed you the beautiful hotel room and swag bag that was waiting for me when I checked in for the Summit at the Little America Hotel. If you are ever in Salt Lake City, this is a lovely hotel, centrally located and very posh for an insanely reasonable price.  Erin and Amy totally outdid themselves all weekend long. The summit far exceeded my expectations and I will try to give you a brief recap of the weekend. This will be part one, because I have so much to tell you.
After checking in we all attended the meet and greet. It was like walking into a room full of celebrities. I recognised some people from their blog photo, some I knew who they were by the bag they were carrying or their handmade name tag, because I had already seen them on the Flickr site. I was so excited when I met Jennifer from Ellison Lane. I have been following her blog and participated in a few of her swaps and quiltalongs. She is just as sweet as she is talented and I left feeling I made a new friend. The lighting is always so bad in these hotel ballrooms that I didn't bother to take photos.
I had signed up for a group dinner organized by Dana at Bucca de Beppo. It was nice to not have to plan where to go for dinner. Dana even had us pre-pay, so we were all set. I sat with Cindy,  KZ,  Tara and Tara's mom, Wendy. Cindy was my buddy all weekend. We had previously met in July of this year and decided to go to this event together. It was a nice dinner with lots of laughter and sharing about our sewing styles and personal lives. Just getting to know new people. At the end of the meal Dana gave everyone a little gift bag. What, more swag? This was so sweet of her. There was a little pouch made by Dana, a note pad from Kristie,  silly putty and an adorable little necklace with a sewing machine on the charm. This all came in a little animal print sack.

Then it was time to head back to the hotel so we could turn in out charm squares for the Color Wheel Charm Square swap organized by Kati.
I was too tired to participate in the all-night sewing marathon that was going on. I think just being able to relax was what I needed for the night.
More about the summit next time.

Thanks for stopping by,



Annabella said...

Wonderful pouch - love it, and your swag is gorgeous. I`m still green you know! Can`t wait for Part 2!

Kelli Fannin Quilts said...

Gorgeous pouches! Lucky you! ;) Thanks for posting about the sewing summit. Sounds like a wonderful time!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

I am just so jealous of everything, it all looks and sound wonderful and the echino pouches are super-duper!!

Cindy Sharp said...

It all looks fabulous.

Believe I would have gone to bed too. Staying up all night has never been productive for me. I make more mistakes than progress.

Cindy said...

Love your pouch and coin purse you received in the mail.

Katy Cameron said...

Love that pouch, and how funny, we often say 'oh just send it now' but it's not often we get in these swaps lol

Love hearing about all the summit stories, sounds like so much fun!

Susan Snooks said...

Oooh! Glad to see you back in blogland! I was seriously worried that all the 'young' bloggers had kidnapped you! Glad you had a great time! But did you find that mainly only young ones were there? BTW your pouches look fab!

Linda Coleman said...

sounds like you had one great time Diana