Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Sewing Summit Report

So the Sewing Summit was amazing!!!  I already plan on registering for next year just as soon as they announce the dates.  It was so wonderful to get to meet people that I feel like I already knew from online but know I can say I really know them.  It was wonderful to get to meet so many new friends.  (Seriously, this is such an amazing, happy, embracing community of people).    The classes were excellent and so inspiring.  And the general atmosphere was just fun, fun, fun!!!  I can't say how nice it was to get to chat fabric and quilts for hours on end and not feel guilty for boring that person to death!!  Ya for quilting peeps all in one place!!!

So I did remember to take a few pictures.   However, before I go to a little picture montage I wanted to bring up a little something and get everyone's opinion on it.  I think the most important thing I took away from the Sewing Summit that really hit me was to break out and try new things.  I know it is easy to get stuck doing what we are comfortable with but in each class I learned new things and found I loved each of them.  And you never know until you try :)

****  NEED YOUR OPINION**** So  . . . With that in mind . . . I am thinking about starting up a Linky Day for "Trying New Things".  (The name needs some work :)  Anyhow, it would just be a day (probably Thursday) where you can link up your post on what you tried new that week.  It doesn't have to be anything big.  Trying a new pattern, trying a new technique for piecing, trying a new free motion design, trying to add a widget to your blog.  I mean, the sky is the limit.  The idea is just to keep us all focused on moving forward.  And I thought maybe it would be fun to bring in some guest bloggers occasionally to do some tutorials on things they excel at.  So what do you think??  Sounds like something you might be interested in?? If so, just let me know in the comments and thanks in advance :)

Okay, so now onto a few of the photos that turned out from the Sewing Summit.  I took lots more but sadly  my camera continues to struggle after it's little excursion into emerald pool at Zion :)  (Let's just say my camera had some major camera envy at the summit, I so want to upgrade :)

The Sewing Room full of Baby Lock's.  This room made the hand on classes just awesome.  It is so nice to try something right after you have been taught it :)

 My improve piecing end result.  I think this would be adorable to stitch my little girls name on it and then turn it into a little pillow to go in the crib.  And I learned something new in this class, curved seams!!  They were so much fun!!!

So I wish I would have taken more pictures with all of the amazing people I met.  But most of the time I was so busy talking I never stopped to take photos.  I did get these few though on the last morning.

Me and Amy.  This lady is one of the sweetest people ever!!!

Lee, AnneMarie, and Me.  (Isn't that cute how it rhymes :)  

I took pictures in every class I was in by only these 2 classes turned out.  Le Sigh!!  The classes were so amazing.  I learned so many great things and can't wait to apply them in my quilting.

Allison teaching her class on free motion quilting.  I leaned some handy tidbits here for sure :)

Natalia teaching her class on her method of applique.  This was a great technique to have!!

Erin and Amy!!  What can I say!!  You two ladies are amazing for putting this whole thing together!!  Thank you a million times over!!!!

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  1. It was so wonderful to meet you, Melissa! You are just as sweet in person as you are here on your blog! : )

    Love love LOVE the "Trying New Things" linky idea. Breaking out and doing new things was definitely my major takeaway from the Summit as well!

  2. Thanks for sharing, looks like a great time was had by all! Your 'new things I've tried/this week I...' feature sounds like a great idea!

  3. I like your idea for a linky party. I'm always trying to push myself to try new things, rather than stay in my safe zone. This would be good motivation!

  4. I love the idea of "Trying New Things" linky idea! I'm in!

  5. Sounds like you came away with a lot of great ideas. You are a dynamo.

  6. A "Trying New Things" conversation sounds like a great idea. I'm constantly challenging myself to find a better easier way to do things, so your linky party would help. Recently, I figured out how to make a color palette from a photo using MS Paint. Here's how:

    1. Just open a favorite photo using "Paint".
    2. Drag one side of the photo to expand creating white space for the palette.
    3. Using the line or brush, draw a grid for the palette colors. Use the line for a straight line grid and the brush for a more freeform grid.
    4. Pick colors using the color picker and drop the colors into the grid using the color filler.

    Voila! Yes, it's that easy!

  7. What fun! Looks like an awesome time was had by all! I'm green with envy!

  8. I like the idea of "Trying New Things". Might convince me to FINALLY work on some of those craft projects I've pinned on Pinterest.

  9. Thanks NancyinSTL. I am so going to try that out!!!

  10. I like the idea of linking up and sharing what new things we've tried. What about calling it, "All Things New"?

  11. Some great ideas :) Looks like you had a whole heap of fun!

  12. Melissa - YOU are one of the sweetest people ever! I LOVED meeting you in real life and hanging out. IT was so much fun. I'm already excited for next year!

  13. Melissa
    It sounds like it was so fun and interesting. And from the photos you weren't treated too shabby either!
    Your idea for a 'Trying New Things'-it sounds super to me!

  14. I think the linky of trying new things is a great idea. It would really help me to push myself into something new. Great idea!

  15. It looks like you had a fantastic time. I have loved seeing different updates on the summit around the blogworld!

    The trying new things linky party sounds like a great idea. I've got a new blog so am experimenting with a lot of new things as I work out what I'm doing!

  16. I think a weekly feature would be great! I'm thinking of the projects I've pinned in Pinterest. I keep pinning pouches with zippers instead of making them...

  17. So nice to meet you at Summit! I still think you should have gotten a big prize for "most recently had a baby" - that has got to be worth some yardage of fabric, right?!

  18. It was nice meeting you at the Sewing Summit. {We met in Vanessa class with Amy S. and a few others.} I had camera envy the whole weekend too. Are you from Utah?


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