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I’m kicking off this weeks blog hop along with a group of Makers from Sew Pro! In September I went to the first Sew Pro Convention held in Chicago. Sew Pro is an event for Designers, Bloggers, Authors and Creatives, giving us the opportunity to meet other creative people in the industry and talk about the business!

I arrived to the event early and I’m so glad I did! I got to meet all these creative women! A group of entrepreneurs, shop owners, and designers (of fabric, bags, quilts and fashion)!!! Makers of all kinds! During the convention, we shared meals, inspiration, stories… and A LoT of notes!

sew pro 2016

The list of Presenters at Sew Pro included Pat Sloan, Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Sara LawsonKristen Link, MiMi G… to name a few!

Quilt Author, Radio/Podcast Host, Author and Fabric Designer Pat Sloan was our keynote speaker. She was the first person I met in Chicago (at the airport)! One of the things she said to me that stuck was “Don’t Wait” and she shared a story about going to her first quilt market.

Some of her presentation points elaborated on this same thought:

  • Don’t wait for things to be perfect.

  • Get your family on board.

  • Do the work!

  • Don’t stop trying the doorknob.

  • Build relationships.

Thanks for the inspiration Pat!

Pat Sloan
Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness introduces Keynote speaker Pat Sloan @ Sew Pro
mimi G @ Sew Pro
Mimi G. talks about starting a creative business and brand loyalty.
Tula Pink talks fabric design

Everyone was learning and sharing!

Alison Glass and Spoonflower gave out these pretties during one of the sessions… including some panels for a needle book.

Alison Glass

Of course I had to make one!!! And… with a few more supplies

photo-nov-11-9-19-27-am I made this adorable Needle Book!

Alison Glass Needle book

I customized my needle book and added a couple pockets to store my scissors and packets of new needles.  I also added some purple and gold wool to make the pages. This book will get TONS of use, I love it!

needle book alison glass fabric

If you want to make a Needle Book, you can find the Full Tutorial HERE.

The Theme of the Sew Pro Stars hop is to share a project inspired by Sew Pro… but I thought about this and realized…

I was inspired by the Attendees AND the Teachers! So much creativity in one place!

Plus, these Teachers have been inspiring me ALL ALONG! I love to listen to their podcasts (Pat and Abby – links below) while I sew, I’ve contributed to some of their sites (sew mama sew!) and magazines (GenQ), I’ve got two Alison Glass projects going on and I’m not going to tell you how many Tula Quilts I’ve already made (if you follow me you probably already know).

I feel an even stronger connection to these projects now that I understand the stories behind their fabric.

I even used Tula’s lazy stripe fabrics in my Scandinavian Tomte Christmas quilt pattern! (included in the givaway below)



Scandinavian Tomte Quilt Pattern in red and white

If you haven’t already, go check out some of these inspiring women who were part of Sew Pro ~ and sharing all kinds of knowledge!

Creative Talk Network with Pat Sloan

While she naps podcast with Abby Glassenburg

Join the Craft Industry Alliance!

Thanks for visiting and be sure to visit the other Sew Pro Stars Participating…

Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson – lisaandlorelai
Sherri Noel – rebeccamaedesigns (here)
Andi Stanfield – truebluequilts
Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer – vintagebarngirl
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – thestitchtvshow
Sherry Shish – poweredbyquilting
Joanne Kerton – canuckquilter
Lisa Nielsen – thequiltjam
Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross – seecarmensew.com
Anne Beier – hudsonvalleyquilts
Jessica Caldwell – desertbloomquilting
Pamela Morgan – mysweetlittlestitches.com
Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell – marvelousauntiem
Cathy Smith – aquiltingchick
Lissa LaGreca – lovinglylissa
Paula Mamuscia – creationsbypaulamamuscia
Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker – prettypiney.com
Holly Stockley – lighthouselanedesigns
Teri Seal – daymoonquilts
Trinia Braughton – www.penguinfeats.com
Deanna Wall – stitchesquilting

Enter below to win a prize from the Sew Pro Stars including fabric bundles and patterns! (you can enter from any participants site)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you want to know more about the convention, Erin from Sie Macht wrote a great post about the takeaways of this event…

5 Sew Pro convention takeaways for every sewist


  • Sew Pro Mixer Chicago 2016
    Sew Pro Mixer Chicago 2016

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15 Comments on “Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop”

  1. LOVE your Scandinavian Tomte quilt! Well, I love everything in your post, but that one stands out! Great article on SewPro! I had such a great time meeting everyone and just being with other makers :)

  2. I truly enjoyed this post. It is so full of positive energy and inspiration. I look forward to taking the time to visit all of the participants. Enjoy your day! ~karen