Sewing Summit 2013 I miss you already! I’m still riding on a high from how wonderful the weekend was, how informative the classes, how delightful the other attendees. I stayed up until 1am sewing on brand new Bernina sewing machines (two nights in a row! I may or may not have had to call my mom and tell her to talk me out of buying a new sewing machine on the spot!), laughing, chatting, and getting to know so many friendly, inspiring, and welcoming sewists. Before going to the summit I was admittedly quite nervous, but the nerves were all for nought. Every. Single. Person. I met was open and welcoming and creative and inspiring.
Not only was it a blast to meet such fun folks, I think attending the summit was also a great career move for me. I don’t talk about it much on my blog since it still feels so far away, but when I’m done with grad school, I’m planning on making sewing a full time business. I’m going to dive into writing patterns for women’s clothing (and maybe quilts and knitting and I have an idea for a craft book and oh golly I’ll probably have to narrow my focus but I’m so full of fun ideas right now!). I attended sessions on how to pitch articles to craft magazines (from Ellen March of Sew News Magazine), how to pitch craft books (from craft book agent Kate McKean, how to pitch to corporate sponsors (from Alice Voss-Kantor and Amy Gutierrez of Bernina USA), building a creative business (from Alicia DiRago of WhimseyBox), social media (from Tauni Everett of Snap Creativity) and photography (from Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You). I’m swimming in great ideas and have a giant list of things I want to follow up on.
While socializing I learned so many fun things about so many inspiring women. Did you know that Sunni of A Fashionable Stitch has a degree in flute performance and Jessica of Running with Scissors is taller than her husband (we totally bonded over that since I’m way taller than Adam!). Alicia, founder of WhimseyBox, was a chemical engineer and Kim of Sew Make Do works in science communication. Katrina of Ugly Quilts Live Here came to the Summit with her mom and Amanda and Kelsey of Everyday Fray are cousins and both came to Sewing Summit. So many bloggers that previously just existed on the internet (to me, at least) are now real people and real friends.
I arrived at the Summit a day early so that I could join other ladies on a shop hop through three great quilt stores in the SLC area – Quilter’s Haven, Pine Needles Quilt Shop, and Material Girls Quilt Shop. I’d recommend all of them if you’re in the area. I designed a quilt top while on my flight to SLC and bought the fabric while on the shop hop and started piecing it while at the Summit! It was a great way to fit in an extra day of meeting people and so much fun to watch so much fabric be bought and so much creative inspiration be thrown around.
If anyone that wasn’t able to go to the conference or is considering it for the future wants any more information, don’t hesitate to ask! I’m able to wax poetic about it indefinitely, but I’ll hold off for now, unless there’s anything more anyone wants to know!