Highlights of the Texas Sew-Down!

by Kim on April 7, 2009

When a friend of mine found out that I was flying out for a “Texas Sew-Down”, she questioned why that might be so fun for me. Are you kidding me?!  To be in a room full of women who love to sew, craft, create, quilt, embroider, you name it…well, that sounds pretty good to me! :) And it was!

I just returned from a trip to Grapevine, Texas! Oh, I love Texas! The people there are some of the friendliest and most welcoming I’ve ever met. Kris and I attended the first annual “Texas Sew-Down” sponsored by the magazine, “Designs in Machine Embroidery“.  I couldn’t wait to learn more about sewing, quilting, and embroidery. (Yep, that is right up my alley!) 

So when I heard that I’d also get to learn from such gurus in the industry as  Eileen Roche, Nancy Zieman (Sewing with Nancy!),  Mary Mulari, Marie Zinno, and Deborah Jones, I knew I had to be there. Plus, meeting with Denise Holguin was also a treat!

And if that wasn’t enough, another bonus was that I met many of you who I have only gotten to know through this website!  It was so fun to meet ladies who aren’t just customers…but who are now friends — Courtney, Melissa, and Erin. 

It was awesome to have met many at the conference that said, “Hey! I love your websites!”  What a thrill! A “shout-out” to my newest friends: Barbara, Adrienne, Carla, and Sue who we sat at a table with. These ladies kept me laughing — and learning. (Hello to “Debbie”, too!  That’s an inside joke that Barbara and Adrienne  will understand!) :)

I soaked up as many new things about these creative worlds as I could.  There was inspiration everywhere — from the clothing that people had made and were wearing, to the beautiful displays set up around the room.  Here’s a look at a gorgeous quilt that is featured in this month’s issue of Designs Magazine.

Perhaps one of my favorite sessions was one that came from Nancy Zieman. You will know her from “Sewing with Nancy.”  She had the greatest sense of humor and taught us some neat tips and tricks to use in our sewing.  One of the things she does for fun is create landscape quilts. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I’d be interested in landscape quilting. Of course, I think it is stunning, but I never thought I’d take the time to create such a masterpiece. Plus, it looked so overwhelming!  But after Nancy’s class, I couldn’t wait to get home and go through my photos!  I am definitely going to give this a try. It may not be perfect, but it will definitely be a fun process.  Maybe we can do a “landscape quilting” challenge of some sort in the future. I’ll talk to Lorie about that. ;)

Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. If you ever have a chance to attend in the future, I’d definitely recommend it. What could be more fun than hanging out with friends (even “new” ones you just met!) and sharing a love of creativity. Sounds good to me. :)


1 Natalie 04.08.09 at 2:16 am

That looks soo fun. I am totally jealous! I would love to go on a sewing retreat – it would be heaven.

2 Tina 04.08.09 at 4:49 am

Wow! Nancy Zieman! Before my daughter was born the perfect Saturday morning was one spent watching (and taping, of course!) Sewing with Nancy from our local public broadcasting channel and drinking a cup of coffee. Then it would be off to the sewing machine to try the latest tip. I’ve always loved that woman!

The statement that touched me this morning is your excitement at trying the landscape quilt. “It may not be perfect, but it will definitely be a fun process. ” It has taken me so long to come to the point where I can try something without fear of failure — just taking joy from the journey and taking notes along the way so I can do things a little differently next time if they don’t turn out to suit me. Thanks for sharing your trip and for the awesome site! It’s drawn me back to sewing after an 11 year absence and with a new attitude.

3 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 04.08.09 at 6:55 am

So excited to hear more about the “landscape quilting”, I have never heard of it!

I LOVED meeting you as well, my friend! The day was just perfect! Thank you for your kind words!

4 Lorie Fuller 04.08.09 at 11:09 am

Hi Boss…

I feel a Reader’s Challenge coming on….hmmmmm???

I was just at a quilt shop here in Boulder that had the most exquisite raw edge applique landscape quilt. I got closer and closer–and saw the details that were pieced and stitched into the quilt–it was fascinating! Landscape quilts are also related closely to water color quilts, which I also love. Let’s do it!

I’m glad you had such a wonderful trip! Welcome home!

You Can Quilt This

5 Tom 04.08.09 at 5:47 pm

What? Where are the pictures of the men at this Texas Sew Down? :)
I can’t be the only guy who would be very interested in attending this event.

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!

6 redtosew 04.09.09 at 8:53 am

Where can I sign up to enter the “reasons I love to quilt” giveaway? tia

7 admin 04.09.09 at 10:30 am

RedtoSew: Here is a link to that blog post where you can sign up:

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