Dear Sewing Summit attendees:
I have been needing & wanting to blog about Sewing Summit for the past week, but every time I open a new post page I just sit and stare at the empty screen. I mean, where do I start? How do I sum up with just words and pictures how I felt about the whole weekend? I just can't.
In the mean time I've been reading through everyone else's blog posts that they've been linking up on the Sewing Summit blog post here. I love everyone's different perspectives on the weekend & what they did & their views of the classes & places they ate. So that's what I've decided to do here. You don't need a complete run down of the whole weekend, anyways, from start to finish, that's what all the other blog posts are for by the lovely friends that have written such great accounts of the weekend. All I can offer is my perspective, a kind of behind the scenes of Sewing Summit about what I loved and did and saw and felt.
(Warning: it's about to get long & picture heavy! :] )
The whole year prior to Sewing Summit Amy & I had been planning and scheming, but the week before things just got crazy. My whole front room was overtaken with boxes and supplies and swag and finally empty boxes had to start going out on the front porch so we could make it through our hallway.
Everyone in my family got in on helping me with different Sewing Summit tasks. Some were happier to help than others.
The day before I finally forced myself to go out and do a few things for myself.
When I checked into our hotel room on Thursday & saw this thank you card from the hotel staff it got really real. Loved working with Jonathan & Lois at Little America.
I looked out our window into the city that I love so much & just took a deep breath and thought, OK, this is it.
The opening reception was so fun. I kept hearing "oh! I know you!".
This group of crazies is special to me because we're all in a virtual quilting bee together - Bee Tweet. We had 8 of our 11 members there and had SO much fun together.
Every time I rode up to our floor in the elevator I thought how awesome it was that just for one weekend all my favorite sewing & blogging friends were all living just a button's push away.
I loved getting to run & grab some quick take-out Friday night with these two girls. Jen had never been to Cafe Rio before and so Darci & I hooked her up with a big pork salad.
I went and peeked into the fat quarter swap sorting room & loved all this colorfulness going on - but loved even more all the girls lounged around on the hotel beds & couches knitting & chatting & Tweeting & laughing.
On Saturday the class section kicked into high gear & since this was the part of the Summit I was more in charge of, I ran around like a crazy chicken for most of the day. Getting things in place here and making sure a laptop was connected there and making sure all the teachers had what they needed for their classes.
In between classes I tried to take a breath and loved peeking in on the different sessions going on.
I mean, can I admit that I was a little proud? To poke my head in a door and see this:
Gorgeous, amazing, creative women all in one room learning from and inspiring each other? Taking a class at a conference that started as a little dream in my mind over a year ago and now was right there in front of my eyes? It was kind of all sorts of amazing.
Or to sneak in on this room as it was being set up and knowing that in just a few short hours it was going to be buzzing with chatter & laughter from people that had gathered from all over the country, even world, to support a little crazy idea that I had nurtured and grown and worked my ass off to make happen? Blows me away.
I love this group of girls.
And this group of girls.
And all the other groups of girls that I didn't get pictures of / with. Seriously. I have no pictures of myself with anyone. Next year, please bug me to take a picture with you. Really.
And look at all these happy faces. Everyone seemed to be having so much fun! I wish I could have been everywhere & done everything that you all got to do.
I knew that Jeni was going to be giving away a Kona color card to each of her students in her color theory class & I knew I wanted to be there for that. I was in the back of the room when Jeni's presentation ended and she said ... I'd like to thank Robert Kaufman for donating a Kona card for each of you ... and I'm not kidding, I died laughing when grown women jumped up out of their seats cheering & started hugging & high fiving each other. It was so fun!
I loved the sewing room. A place that each night lots of us gathered to chat and snack and laugh, I mean, look at all this awesomeness going on in the sewing room Saturday night. (Click on the picture to see a large version). Huge, huge thanks to Gretchen and Mckenzie from BabyLock and Terry from Cotton Shops for supporting us on that idea.
I loved our office & how crazy & insane it was and how it was a huge dumping ground for all sorts of sewing supplies & fabric & food & computers & ironing boards & make up & boxes. I think that the staff at the Little America was totally confused at our conference & all the odd sewing stuff we had.
I loved my dress I had for the opening reception but wish it wasn't in the same color palate as the hotels somewhat-dated color scheme.
I really, REALLY loved this, but it's special & gets a post all it's own. :]
So what else can I say but thank you? Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for leaving your husbands and kids and families and jobs and other obligations for a weekend to be with us. Thank you for coming together with excitement and support for each other and making the idea of the Sewing Summit a reality.
Amy & I worked hard this past year to get the details & schematics in order for Sewing Summit to take place, but YOU all made it happen. With each excited tweet we saw about Sewing Summit, it made all the late nights worth it. With each notification that another ticket had been sold, it made the sacrifices our families were taking a little easier to swallow. We believe in this online sewing community, and are so humbled and happy to have provided a place to help take it to the next level - to witness the internet come alive - to help the real life connections happen - to see people we love and admire and respect and adore in real life. In the flesh. It. was. amazing.
Gah! I don't want to cheese it up. Can I just say - see you all next year!?