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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!
The list of Presenters at Sew Pro included Pat Sloan, Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Sara Lawson, Kristen 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.
Thanks for the inspiration Pat!
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.
Of course I had to make one!!! And… with a few more supplies
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!
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)