Sewing Summit 2013 – Day 1

I’m having an awesome weekend at Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah! Here’s part 1 of 3 of my quilting retreat adventures.

I drove to Salt Lake on Thursday and stopped by Melissa Corry’s on the way up. We sat and chatted for a solid 2 hours about quilting, kids, life, etc. She gave me a tour of her home all decked out in quilts, and we took turns showing each other sneak peaks of our upcoming quilting projects and ideas. It’s so fun to speak with like-minded souls!

Happy Quilting

Love that room – and those fabric stacks!

I got to see her MIL again (who lives just two doors down) and their brand new long arm machine. Melissa’s MIL then showed her gorgeous version of Melissa’s Star Surround QAL and I was beginning to feel a bit tempted to jump in and make one myself!

Star Surround

Gigantic Star Surround – Isn’t it great?

When I arrived at Sewing Summit, I hooked up with my fabulous friend Denise Clason who’s a prolific quilter, crafter and blogger. She has authored several books on sewing and quilting during our nearly 20 year friendship and is now starting to mentor me on how to write one myself.

Christa and Denise

Christa and Denise – yeah, we both like orange!

I was in heaven when we walked into a room full of Berninas for open sewing! I found my exact model and got to work stitching the night away.

Just when I was about to call it a night, the lovely Heather Bailey popped in for a bit of chat. She will be our keynote speaker on Saturday night, and she gave me a little background into her sewing life and creative journey. She’s a great talker (and a night owl, too) so it made for a fun evening.

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey – yes, she’s tall and has great taste in clothes and jewelry!

Whenever I attend a retreat or quilting event, I call them “go away and come back and be a better Mommy weekends!” I’ll post again on Monday with the second installment of Sewing Summit 2013!

17 thoughts on “Sewing Summit 2013 – Day 1

  1. Lorna McMahon says:

    Thank you for sharing, Christa. Those of us who are not able to attend, sure appreciate the virtual trip we get to take through you. What a great opportunity to get together with sew many other great quilters!

  2. Kay says:

    How wonderful. I know exactly what you mean about returning home a happier, better mummy. Even a day out makes me feel refreshed and better able to manage.

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