Friday, December 28, 2012

Sewing Summit 12 Recap, Part 1

So. Sewing Summit. It was okay. Don't really have much to say about it. 

Did I trick you? It was SO incredibly awesome, amazing, fun and inspiring. I could go on for an annoyingly long time, but you get the point. 

I didn't think I'd get to go this year since we had our house on the market and were accepting offers when the tickets went on sale. But in August a lightbulb went off and I though maybe I'd be able to find a ticket from someone who couldn't use theirs. I did! And everything quickly fell into place...dear, sweet Amber offered up her room (she was already rooming with Megan), and I convinced Angela that she had to make it work, too. It was serendipitous. 

Sewing Summit Prep 

1. I took Christina's curved piecing class and chose some of my prized Flea Market Fancy for the Ornate mini-quilt we made.
2. I decided I needed a drawstring bag made from Jeni's tutorial and have since made 473289 more. That pattern is incredible.
3. Packing for SS! I'm more of a "Throw everything I'm currently into wearing and hope some outfits happen!" kind of packer.
4. Me at the Chicago airport (this is from Instagram) hoping that people will recognize me once I arrive in SLC. (Do you realize how hard it is to photograph yourself in a busy restroom without looking like a self-absorbed idiot?! I applaud those of you who get away with the public self-portraits. Pretty sure that will be my last.)

Blazing Needles 

5. We visited Blazing Needles, a yarn shop in SLC, twice over the weekend. You know when you walk in a shop and it just feels good? That's what this place is like...great atmosphere, incredible products, and the owner is so welcoming and helpful. I especially loved that they provide coffee and tea that you can drink out of pottery mugs made by the owner's son. :) 
6. Angela trying to choose some Malabrigo sock yarn!
7. Angela, Megan & I with the owner, Cynthia.
8. Lovely ladies! 

Shop Hop

Sewing Summit started Thursday evening, but I flew out Wednesday evening so I could participate in the Quilt Shop Hop early Thursday morning. I roomed with Ellie for the night and we hung out during the Shop Hop. We had SO much fun together and it was definitely a highlight of the trip for me. 

9. We stopped in Gardner Village to shop at Pine Needles. I didn't get any pictures because of the mass chaos that was happening in there - we were in quite a frenzy in that awesome little shop. I bought some of Aneela's Cherry Christmas precuts and yardage there, along with some other fat quarters. Oh, and a HUGE can of my favorite 505 Basting Spray
10. This is the shopping center where Material Girls is located - it was a gorgeous, warm day and the mountains looked beautiful. I'm used to the green, rolling hills of WV so these were quite a change of scenery. (The owner of Material Girls, Nadine, was one of the hosts of the Shop Hop and was incredibly sweet!)
11. Ellie and I finished at Material Girls (where I bought some beautiful ribbon and some Amy Butler Cameo FQs) and headed to One Sweet Slice right around the corner.
12. My Samoa brownie which was so, so good and one of the richest things I've ever eaten!

And a couple of me and my beautiful roomies...somehow Amber didn't make it into one of these. :( 

 I realize that was sort of windy, but I wanted to record everything so I can remember all the details! Part 2 will happen sometime...the only thing I'll guarantee is that I'll post it before Sewing Summit 2013. ;)