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Oct 13, 2011

Sewing Summit Part I: Friends

Oct 13, 2011
Pin It Like everyone else returning from the Sewing Summit, I am exhausted and exhilarated from a whirlwind weekend.  There is so much to say and yet, it is impossible to put everything that the Sewing Summit was into words.

The most important part for me was: friends.

My son often asks who I am making things for or who I am writing to.  He then follows with the question if I have ever met so-and-so.  Until now, the answer was almost always No.

Sew Beautiful bee
Friday night dinner with {Sew} Beautiful Bee (all but 2 members!)- pic from freshlypieced
I started this blog almost a year and a half ago out of the sole desire to make friends my age that loved to sew as much as I did.  Now imagine all of those friends gathered in one place, eager and excited.  Chomping at the bit to laugh, chat, sew and most of all FABRIC SHOP together!

Walking into the Sewing Summit reception was like walking into a room filled with 160 of your best friends.  Although we'd never met before, everyone hugged and laughed like we'd known each other forever.  This was the best part for me.  Meeting people that you so instantly and deeply connected with.  It was the. best!

Sat. night dinner - pic from Ellison Lane
Two Amys, AnneMarie, and Elizabeth
Lee (Freshly Pieced), Amy (Diary of a Quilter), Amy (Sukie, Don't you know my name?), Me, Elizabeth (Don't Call Me Betsy) - pic from freshlypieced
Faith (Fresh Lemons), Jennifer (Ellison Lane Quilts), Angie (Starlight Stitcher), Me - pic from EllisonLane

[Until now, I've been hiding behind Cosmo Bags, etc in pictures....  But after the Sewing Summit, I think my little secret is out!  If you haven't noticed a bump in the pictures above, go back and look again.  Baby #3 is coming in March!  The summer was slow and my sewing mojo was lost, but I am back now and totally inspired by the Summit.  I hope you'll understand if you've emailed me anytime since the beginning of July and I haven't responded.  I've had a hard time keeping up with it all.

But!  I've got 2 baby quilts to make and a load of ideas, so be on the lookout for a quilt-along as I quilt-prep for baby.]

Roomies:  Lee (Freshly Pieced) and Elizabeth (Don't Call Me Betsy) are the two people I have bonded with the most since starting this blog.  This weekend was the first time we've ever met...I'd never talked on the phone to either of them either!  But as excitement about the Summit grew, the emails were flying.  What great fun it was to share a room and finally get to meet!  They felt like old friends I just hadn't seen in a while - we picked up exactly where our emails left off.  A million things to share and talk about.  They are SO creative!  So glad to have shared the weekend with you girls!
Elizabeth and AnneMarie
Lee (Freshly Pieced), Elizabeth (Don't Call Me Betsy), Me - pic from freshlypieced
I also enjoyed meeting Amy Smart (Diary of A Quilter).  When I first started this blog, she was very supportive of me and helped answer questions for me while I got my bearings.  She probably doesn't know it, but I think of her as sort of a mentor.  She is the sweetest and kindest person - as if you couldn't already tell from her blog!
Me and Amy
Me and Amy (Diary of A Quilter)
If you've never had the chance to meet sewing friends in person, take that leap the next chance you get.  Be it a guild, retreat or conference, I think you'll be amazed at how instantly you connect with other sewists/quilters.  We're fascinating people after all, right?

Free-motion quilting class
Here we are actually sewing.  To be honest, I didn't do much of that!  Too many fun things going on. - pic from freshly pieced

**Thanks so much to Amy and Erin who organized the Summit!**

Stay tuned for Sewing Summit Part 2: Swaps and Swag Pin It


  1. YAY! congrats on baby #3! Looks like you had a blast.

  2. Congrats on baby 3 !! Have friends is have a treasure.

  3. Congratulations!! I am still very new to the blogging world. I love to see that it is such a great community and that everyone is as excited about fabric and quilting as I am!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. That's so awesome. Everyone seems to have rave reviews...sounds like an amazing time!

  5. That looks like too much FUN!!!! I am hoping for next year and Congrats on the new addition!!!!

  6. Congratulations on the baby! The sewing summit looks like a lot of fun, I'm sooo jealous! There aren't too many quilters in Italy, let alone in Sardinia, sniff. I suppose we need to relocate so I can go to these meetings too!

  7. It was so much fun and awesome to meet you in person AnneMarie. I had a great time chatting with you- it was all just too short! :)
    Best wishes for feeling well and a great pregnancy.

  8. Such fun! I hope I can go next year.
    Congratulations on the baby on the way! How exciting!

  9. What Blessed news! Congratulations! I find it so amazing on how may quilters there are out there our age ... in my guild they are so much older than I am and talk down to me as if I have no clue what I'm doing ... even thought I've been quilting for 24 years. SLT is a long drive, but do-able ... perhaps I can join you all next year, looks like it was a blast!!!

  10. I saw the bump and just assumed I'd forgotten that you mentioned you were pregnant - glad that my memory isn't quite that bad! Congratulations!!

  11. Congratulations!! Looking forward to the baby sewing. :)

  12. Thanks for letting me eat breakfast with you! It was lovely to meet you.

  13. so when's the mini-Sewing Summit going to take place in your basement? ;-) hehe I'm in desperate need of some ME time!
    And your baby belly is adorable, of course!

  14. I know! Within 10 minutes of meeting you, I had basically forgotten that this was the first time we'd actually met in person! Isn't that funny? I had such a great time hanging out with you and E - hope we can see each other again soon!

  15. AnneMarie - you are a sweetheart. You were one of the people I enjoyed meeting the most. I'm so glad we got to meet in real life! And we even got to improv-piece together. Yay! :) Best, best wishes with your new little one. I look forward to keeping in touch!

  16. Oh you were just too cute with that little baby bump! Way too cute! :) It was great to finally meet you!

  17. Congratulations!!! Glad to confirm it wasn't just a beer belly ;)

  18. Congratulations! Welcome to the crazy, mixed up world that comes with three kids. It's hair raising but fabulous! :) the Sewing Summit looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  19. so jealous that you got to go to the SS!
    i live 45 mins from Salt Lake City but it wasn't in the budget -- maybe next time!
    congrats on the baby ... i'm due in march as well! are you finding out what you're having? i am still on the fence :)

  20. Looks like A LOT of fun! I am soooo goin next year :)

    How was the party last night for the CMQG?? I wanted to go but I teach in the evenings so it just didn't work out. Bummer!


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