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.