Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sew South Recap

Time for a recap on The Sew South Retreat put on by Jennifer Mathis from Ellison Lane! It was simply fantastic. I enjoyed the classes. I had a great time teaching my Improv Piecing class and enjoyed the process of preparing for that. It was especially exciting to see participants try something new. I think that is the aspect of teaching that I love the most-- seeing others learn and try something they've never done before.

Jennifer did such a great job putting on this event. I can't praise her enough for all her work. Everything came off without a hitch. I would go again in a heartbeat if I could.

The classes:

Embroidery with Alison Glass: I really enjoyed this class which surprised me a bit. I don't usually spend time hand stitching, but had a lot of fun learning the new stitches. I also won three additional embroidery books from Lark Publishing in one of the giveaways during the weekend. I'm thinking of ideas to use them on future projects!

I even took my partially finished project to a work conference last week and finished it up. I was the crazy lady in the corner stitching away, but at least I stayed awake in the conference!

Boxy Pouch by Kelly Bowser from kelbysews: Love this one! It came together easily, and the finished project is such a perfect size. Kelly has posted a tutorial on her blog!.

The Scrap Bucket by Heather Valentine at the Sewing Loft: This project is fun and functional. I used it to store Sew South loot until I could put everything away. I made mine a bit stiffer with three total layers of Pellon Home Decor Bond interfacing. I'm considering making one for my girls' room as a laundry bucket.

I taught Improv Piecing. Our finished project was a throw pillow cover. I was so excited to see the finished and in-process projects all together on the last morning! I love how different everyone's project is.

Secret Sisters: 
We swapped secret sister names and gave little gifts throughout the weekend. Lisa had my name and spoiled me all weekend! She even delivered a cold Diet Coke each afternoon which I was very grateful for!

The Swag:
Jennifer lined up many sponsors including: JoAnn, Pellon, Dritz, Michael Miller, Schmetz Needles, Button Lovers, Lark Crafts, Aurifil, StashBooks, Robert Kaufman, Dear Stella, Oliso, Coats and Clark, & Free Spirit Fabric. Our swag bags were stuffed!

 Plus there were many great giveaways throughout the weekend!

Here I am with Jennifer on the last morning. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone.

When I arrived at the airport, I found I was 10lbs over on my bag weight with all the extra loot I was bringing home. I stuffed as much as possible into my carry on (which I think weighed 60lbs itself once I was done). I was so grateful to have arrived early and had plenty of time at the airport. My carry on bag was searched on the way through security. I had so much fabric stuffed around my sewing machine that the fabric alone filled one bin as the guard unloaded my bag to send it through x-ray again. I'll write another post soon on flying with a sewing machine. I had many questions as I was attempting this. Luckily it all worked out.


Overall it was a fantastic weekend and well worth the effort. Coming back to real like was hard, but I have some great memories of all the wonderful people I met. The absolute best part about retreats is the people. I'm grateful for good people who are as crazy about sewing and fabric as I am.

Thanks Jen for a great weekend!

Jennifer is offering a generous giveaway on her blog. Head on over there to win some swag from the Sew South Retreat!

5 comments:

  1. So fun reading your post about Sew South and seeing it through your eyes Kati. I'm so happy you were able to come and I really appreciate your sharing your fabulous talent with all of us. You definitely inspired me!

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  2. Boy, this sounds like a fantastic retreat. Lucky you and so much loot to bring home too. I love the projects you made, especially the Boxy Pouch. Thanks for sharing so much fun.

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  3. I'm so glad we got to chat as much as we did during the retreat! I am hoping to get back to my improv project once spring break is over and all the kids are back at school. You taught an inspiring class!

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  4. Sounds like so much fun! I'm curious about your traveling with a sewing machine story...

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