Monday, October 15, 2012

Sewing Summit Recap

I know you all might get tired of Sewing Summit Recaps, but it was a weekend worth sharing.  For me Sewing Summit 2012 was more fun, more inspiring and more energizing than last year (not suggesting that last year was bad in any way).  I think it was a combination of many things.  I stayed at the hotel this time rather than driving back and forth from home.  Teaching was a wonderful opportunity and very exciting for me.  That definitely added to the fun as well as the stress.  I felt a little less intimidated this year and knew more people.  I'm naturally a fairly reserved person until I get to know people.  I'm so grateful for those who came up to me and said hello.  I loved meeting all sorts of new people, although my stack of business/blog cards I came home with was rather small.  My goal for next year is to collect as many cards as possible because that will push me to meet many more people.

I loved having the chance to teach with Faith.  I've admired her work for a long time, and she is wonderful and sweet in person as well.  Our class time was so short that we had to speed through our sections, but it all worked out.  When life settles down a bit, I will post a tutorial covering my tips for piecing hexagons and likely a new tutorial on piecing diamonds.  You can view a few tutorials cheater diamonds and my Argyle QAL from past posts.   I have a few tips with hexagons that I came up with while preparing for my class that make the sewing process much easier.  

I did just a bit of Instagramming while at the conference.
  1. Lunch
  2. A fabulous notebook cover/card holder I bought from Terri over at Sew Fantastic.  
  3. A rough copy of the Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe book I received from Karen at Martingale Publishing. I'm so excited to have my hands on a copy of this book!  It comes out in December.
  4. My pile of stuff to set up for our class.  I'm sure my suitcase full of supplies and quilts for the class weighed around 70lbs.  Good thing I wasn't flying.
  5. Sample quilt #1--Full post coming.
  6. Sample quilt #2--Modern Grandmother's Flower Garden--Full post coming on this one as well.
  7. Bunting at the bar--SLMQG meetup on Friday night.
  8. My matchy pouch I made in Kelly's class.  
  9. Some of my loot.

It was invigorating to be around so many great and talented people at Sewing Summit.  I hope to register for 2013 the minute registration opens.  It was definitely one of the sewing highlights of the year.  I'm exhausted, and it's time to get back to real life.  The hubs did a fabulous job over the days I was gone which unfortunately included one very sick little girl.  He had the house cleaned and vacuumed and dishes done when I arrived home Saturday night around midnight.  He gets the best husband award, especially since he'll be doing it again in a week and a half when I leave for Quilt Market.

The worst part of the weekend was thinking I was going to die in the elevator with Brooke and Jeni and 12 other random people who piled in on the lobby floor.  The elevator lurched and dropped several times and the doors refused to open.  Finally, after a horrible minute or two the elevator finally came back to the lobby floor and we all piled out.  It was a bit terrifying.  I didn't use the middle elevator for the rest of the weekend.

I'm diving into a new project this week.  This will be my first self-published pattern.  Tammy from Marmalade Fabrics will have kits in her shop for this quilt.  This is a quilt design you've seen before on my blog, but with a very different look.  Tammy sent me the first kit to get going on my sample quilt for the pattern.  More on this project soon.  

Also, recently I picked out some fabrics for a color wheel blogger's bundle over at Pink Castle Fabrics.  Brenda has all bundles on sale this week for 20% off.  Just use the discount code BUNDLE20 through Friday.  I plan to do a post soon on how I choose fabrics for my color wheel projects and swaps.  I'll be switching this bundle up every once in a while over at Brenda's shop so if you're looking to expand the selection of your color wheel stash, this is a great way to do it.

Finally, I promised a little present for someone in the End of the Hallway link-up party last week.  I picked up this little bundle of Riley Blake dots from the Sewing Summit Shop Hop for our winner who was #18.  The amazing Leanne from She Can Quilt is our lucky winner with her Echo Stained Quilt.  I'll send you an email Leanne!

Now it's back to real life and four more loads of laundry to finish.  Have a great Monday!


  1. I enjoyed meeting you, Kati! Looking forward to your info on hexies & diamonds....

  2. Sounded like a wonderful time! I can not wait to have my chance to go to Sewing Summit some day.

    Will say, yep, props to your husband for holding down the fort. I could not chance that with my husband.

  3. Thanks for sharing this fabulous experience with the ones that didn't get to be there! Hope to make it on 2013...

  4. I was trapped in the elevator with you....and couldn't ride it the rest of the night, which put a major damper on hanging with the peeps on the 7th floor.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful weekend (minus the elevator experience!). Will you attend the Quilt Festival after Market as well?

  6. So glad you had a great time, except the lift-malfunction, at least you were with great people!
    Well done too to lovely Leanne x

  7. oh my goodness Kati! Trapped in the elevator and having it drop?! That sounds terrifying!!

  8. Sounds like a great time! I'm glad it was so much fun!!

  9. The lurchy elevator sounds awful but other than that your weekend sounds fab!

  10. I am enjoying reading all about Sewing Summit and maybe I can go next year. And then you caught me worrying about the elevator so I almost missed that last part. How wonderful to win all those polka dots, thank you!

  11. I am so glad I was able to take your class! Sewing Summit was so fun.My husband was in the same boat and will be while I'm at market I hope to see you there. : )

  12. Thanks for taking time to work with me on the shapes and angles in the after hours class. Much appreciated.

  13. Looks like you had a fabulous time!!! Can't wait to see your first pattern, so exciting!!!

  14. That looks like so much fun, and you've been busy!

  15. It was so great meeting you and teaching with you Kati! You are just the nicest person and I had a blast. And thank you for bringing your diamonds quilt for me to see!

  16. What a great recap & a fun weekend! Hope to see you there next year. :)

  17. It was lovely to meet you, thanks for the great class :o)