Yes, it's another WIP-less WIP Wednesday! With Sewing Summit taking up the majority of my week, I've got zip to report today. But you guys ... Sewing Summit was last week! So let's talk about that instead, shall we?Um, yeah, it was completely awesome. Dare I say, even more fun than last year. Last year, I was meeting blogging friends in person for the first time, so I wasn't quite sure what I was walking into. This year, I truly felt like I was getting together with old friends. In fact, for many of them, I don't even use the term "blogging friends" anymore—I think they've graduated to "actual friends" now. : )
My Friday morning class, practicing their paper-pieced star blocks
And my first-ever teaching experience? It was fine! Fine! (Sorry, couldn't resist a little private joke there.) But seriously, my Foundation Piecing class with Elizabeth went very, very well. I don't think I've ever taught anybody anything in my life (well, besides a few curse words here and there). So I had no idea what to expect from myself or this class. And I was ridiculously nervous going into it, especially when I had to stand in front of all those expectant, staring faces, patiently waiting for me to impart valuable information.
Paper-piecing samples galore—some by me and some by Elizabeth—on display in our class
Fortunately, once we got into the block demonstrations, all my nervousness disappeared, and it just felt like a chat with friends about making something pretty. And I do love to chat with friends about making something pretty. : ) So in the end, I really enjoyed teaching—and nobody's more surprised about that than I am.
Okay, so let's run down the rest of the weekend, Instagram-style:
Joel Dewberry's keynote address. I loved the sneak peak at his new collection, Notting Hill, and hearing about his inspiration and process.
Sukie modeling some kick-butt (unfinished) lounge pants. Oh yeah, my own foxy flannel lounge pants turned out super cute!
Katie and her sister-in-law Mary, who was nice enough to put me (a virtual stranger) up at her house on Wednesday night and drive me around all weekend long. Thank you so much, Mary! (Instagram photo by @freshlemonsquilts.)
Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang chicas (Amy and Faith) during open sewing time, in our Fat Quarter Gang t-shirts. Because I'm proud to be an ambassador for this amazing fabric company. : ) (Instagram photo by @freshlemonsquilts.)
Sukie, Kelly, and Faith. (Instagram photo by @sewfantastic). No, I did not have the "Machine Gun Sandwich." Oh well, guess I'll have to go back!
Brooke, Terri, Sukie, Kelly, and Elena. (Instagram photo by @freshlemonsquilts.) Why can't Milwaukee have fabric shops like Salt Lake does?
In general, Sewing Summit weekend was once again inspiring, exhilarating, and a chance to hang out with like-minded people. Every one of you ladies was a joy to spend time with this weekend—I miss you all already! Just like last year, there were some people I wanted to meet but didn't get a chance, and people I wasn't able to spend as much time with as I might have liked. But hopefully next time.
A huge thank-you to Erin Singleton and her staff for doing such a great job with this conference. It's hard to believe this was only its second year, with the way it has taken off. I see nothing but great things ahead for Sewing Summit.
Okay, so now that I've spent an entire post talking about everything except WIPs, how would you like to link up your own WIP post? Here are the rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP). (Yes, I'm breaking my own rules here. Well, it's my linky ... deal with it. LOL.)
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments? : )
Have another wonderful and inspiring week!