Wow. And I mean WOW. Talk about a trip!

Last week as I was packing my bags for this incredible opportunity to attend Sewing Summit, I knew I was lucky. I was anxious, excited, nervous, and just couldn’t wait to see what was in store for me.

I was up for nearly 36 hours straight before I was finally able to go to sleep. Not that the trip took that long, but simply because our kids didn’t let us sleep the night before. But I am not complaining, I met women who had traveled in all the way from Australia! All for the love of sewing.

Everyone talks about the beauty of Utah, and let me be the first to tell you – they are not exaggerating. Salt Lake and its surrounding area were simply stunning.

But what struck me most, as I think most people will attest, were the amazing people in attendance.

I have been blogging long enough to know that we are blessed to have such an incredible community. This was in fact my motivating factor to attend Sewing Summit! I wanted to meet some of the ladies I talk to on a regular basis. I wanted to connect face-to-face with people who shared the same passion for creating. I wanted to be involved.

The line up of speakers and classes absolutely blew me away. It was so exciting to get the chance to hear some of my favorite inspirational bloggers speak – such as Mena Trott of Sew Weekly and Tauni of SNAP! Conference.

I had the honor of sharing a room with Andrea of The Train to Crazy! We shared so many laughs together, it was just incredible. I love her!

Meeting up with friends that I have made in the past couple of years was such a joy. To find out that the ladies you have come to know and love on-line are just as awesome in person – it is the best feeling. I was able to sneak in on Rachel of Family Ever After’s class & Lindsay of Craft Bud’s class at various points – and I was so thankful I did!

You see, I initially went with the thought that I was going to take all of the larger lectures. And although they were great and I learned a lot, I found myself drawn to the smaller classes more. There was a level of camaraderie in them, of sharing, and of truly connecting.

One of the best surprises came in the form of new friends! There were so many incredible ladies in attendance, and almost every one of them had a smile on their face.

(I wish I had known Carol was in that picture – she is an incredible artist and fabric designer and we would have had our arms around her as well!!)

And of course let’s not forget about this opportunity. Seriously though, amazing – right?!

I had the chance to talk and meet with people from Coats & Clark, Bernina, Craftsy, Spoonflower, Riley Blake, Baby Lock, Singer, and Sew it All just to name a few. And was even entertained by Thomas Knauer late Saturday night as he spoke to us about his creative direction.

I would be sitting in a class and suddenly find out that next to me was the head of marketing for one of these companies. Talk about an opportunity to get your brand in front of the right people.

Now certainly this stroke of luck didn’t happen every time – there were times I had to put myself out there. I had to approach people and introduce myself, and that can be scary at times.  But if you don’t put yourself out there, you will never know.

And of course you all know by now about the incredible swag that attendees receive. Let’s just say – what you spend for a ticket is approximately the equivalent of what on average you receive in return. This photo doesn’t even begin to show all that was taken home with me.

But you have to get involved, you have to put yourself out there, you have to be willing to sit with a group of people you have never met before for any of this to be worthwhile. I am not going to say everyone is nice – I was really disappointed during the weekend to find out that someone I had admired was indeed…not nice. But that is the exception, not the rule.

It was one of the most incredible weekends, with an incredible group of ladies – I didn’t take nearly enough pictures for the simple fact that I forgot as I was so wrapped up in the conversations! It was a weekend where dreams came true for so many ladies, myself included.

A special thank you to the incredible ladies behind Sewing Summit for putting on such a fantastic event.

But my absolutely favorite part? The part that trumped everything else…

Was returning home.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!