Sunday, October 28, 2012

Reaching the Summit

I spent the last two weeks recovering from Sewing Summit.  If you went this year, then you know...  If you didn't get a chance to go, you should clear your 2013 calendar and start saving your pennies for next year! It was absolutely amazing!  There's only a 2 hour difference between CT and UT, and I didn't even stay up late...but I was wiped out by the time I got home. 

I will not possibly be able to convey the awesomeness of Sewing Summit in this post.  And just like any bad blogger, I took almost no pictures.  But here is my random collection of comments in bullet point format.
  • Fantastic classes.  I am of the opinion that there's always something to learn.  You might learn a new trick or might learn a fun-fact from talking to the person next to might learn that you don't like something and you would like to spend the rest of your days trying to avoid said thing..but there's always something to learn.  I got pretty lucky and got into all of the classes that I wanted, including many of the coveted hands-on classes - and I loved them all!  That said, there's so much more to Sewing Summit and you don't have to be in an official class to learn something, yo!
  • The people made the weekend.  Everyone was so amazing; the staff, the instructors, the other attendees...even the Starbucks employees were extra nice.  It was fun meeting blog friends in real life.  Like Lisa! (Hey, girlfriend!!)
It was so great hanging out and getting to know each other!  And I made a lot of new blog friends while I was there!  I'm pretty sure that even if I didn't take a single class, I would have had an equally amazing experience.  In fact, next year I'll probably leave a few sessions open just to have more time to hang out and chat with people. 
  • Make a name tag with your blog name/logo on it.  I didn't because it seemed silly to wear two name tags.  But really, that's how we all recognize each other in the blog/Flickr/Instagram world.  If you don't have time to make something super-duper crafty, just print out a sticker that you can slap on your official badge...just be sure to make it big enough so people will be able to read it from a comfortable distance.  (Unless you like people putting their faces in your boobs...then by all means, use 8pt font.)
  • If you're thinking of going to SS next year, start working on your Weekender Bag now.  There were 250 people there and about 249 of them had Weekenders.  I was already dreaming of making one before the Summit - I mean, it's just an awesome bag and the perfect carry-on size - but I couldn't decide on a style.  I spent the conference stalking other bags for inspiration.  Here are 4 of them.  4 out of 249.  (And if one of these is yours, well my undying love for your bag will have to suffice in lieu of credit because with my memory, I didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of remembering who these belonged to!...)
I really didn't know where to start.  Until I saw this one that Marci made...
Game over!  That's my bag!  So much awesomeness!  Polka dots...with deer....wearing glasses!  Here's a close-up for ya:
I managed to find some for myself so I'm planning to be a giant copycat and make one just like it! (Also, I'm dying over those stripes she was working on when I took the pic...coordinates for Chicopee...yum!) Anyway, I considered grabbing the bag and running as fast as my legs would carry me, but she was really's hard to steal from a nice person, you know? I guess I'm going to have to make one for myself.
  • Don't pack any clothes.  Just wear the same thing every day.  Because you are going to need every square inch of your luggage for fabric and swag.  At check-in, we got swag bags.  Giant, delicious, swag bags that came loaded with tins and batting and scissors and other amazing bits of goodness (free Craftsy class!  WHAT?!?)...and then, into this bag, we dumped even more swag over the course of the weekend.  By the time I was packing to leave, it was filled with magazines, books, fabric, thread, fabric glue, more fabric, more batting, even more fabric...  Plus, the day before classes started, there was a shop hop during which I purchased copious amounts of fabric.  See?...
Plus I found some Chicopee corduroy! 
Hey, check out my new awesome photography skills that I picked up at the Summit! (FYI, this is my only trick. I will be using it non-stop.)
I'm going to make myself a skirt...just as soon as I learn how to make a skirt. 

It might not look like a TON of stuff, but it would not all fit into a large flat rate box.  Luckily for me, the Sewing Summit staff is awesome and they set up a shipping station so I didn't have to carry it all on my person...(just some of it.)  I love them.
  • My secret celebrity boyfriend, Joel Dewberry spoke during lunch on Saturday.  It was awesome.  Ella offered to take a picture of me doing something wildly inappropriate while the distinguished Mr. Dewberry carried on a respectable conversation with someone else.  But as a woman who is completely chicken mature and grown up, I decided against it.  He played it really cool too...see how he's pretending he doesn't know where I'm sitting?  
He seriously gave a great talk and answered a bunch of questions and just seemed like an all-around great guy.  Plus we got to take a peek at Notting Hill and he said we could pet it. Ok, he didn't use that word, but obviously that's what he meant.
(and this is why you can't trust pictures on the interwebs...this picture sucks! But the fabric is awesome!)
So that was the super-extra long version.  Here's the short version:  Sewing Summit was awesome. You should go.  See you there next year!


  1. I soooo want to go. Even more so now that you've provided the tips and tricks! I'll have to see what I can do… Our gov up here has scrapped the penny. I might have better luck saving nickels! :-)

  2. Hey lady! I'm very impressed by your photography skills. You were obviously paying attention during Vanessa's class. Missing you. xoxo

  3. Hi Shannon, your post was so funny it made me slightly less jealous that I wasn't there.

  4. I love everything about this recap! I'm so glad you got some quality time with your celebrity BF :)

  5. I've been following the SS2012 recaps and this one is so funny. I laughed about not packing any clothes to give room to goodies. Just reading all the recaps makes me want to go, too.....and the weekenders, Wow! So inspiring! Thanks for the funny write-up, Shannon!


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