Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SewDown Nashville Recap

Wow - so much to say, so much to catch up on! I went to Nashville for The Modern Quilt Guild's SewDown the weekend of the 11th - 13th and it was amazing. Nashville is about a 4 hour drive from Atlanta, which made it an easy choice to drive and seriously over-pack the car with my machine and way too much fabric ;-)
The even was held at the Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel, literally across the street from Vanderbilt University (which was gorgeous all abloom). The rooms were lovely and the conference space was ideal for classes and meals.
 All four teachers were A-list and did not disappoint. I felt like I learned something in every class and came home recharged and inspired. Anna Maria Horner's class was based on broderie perse applique (which I was completely unfamiliar with).
Now to get my applique sewn down - seems like a great hand sewing project when we vacation this summer. I went a little off topic with mine but I was quite happy with it anyway.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe taught her "made fabric" techniques and this was class was such a joy - possibly my favorite (although I"m not actually sure I could choose). Three hours passed in the blink of an eye and I could have staying and played in her room ALL day :-)
Victoria's book in case you'd like to try this technique at home, my mini dresden template from E-Z quilting (who gave us great goodie bags with mini templates and pins and thread cutter - came in very handy). Here's my mini dresden composed of my made fabric - I couldn't love it more! So excited to get this finished and turned into a great mini or pillow!
One of he other two teachers was Carolyn Friedlander, who taught us foundation paper piecing using her Aerial Quilt pattern - my block is above. I went ahead and used a Botanics jelly roll - I figured it was a good fit and I love how my block turned out. This was the first paper piecing I've ever done and it makes so much more sense now after seeing someone do it.

Finally the amazing Angela Walters taught free motion quilting and this was the class I was nervous about - I am not a free motion quilter. Like not at all. BUT she is a wonderful teacher and so amazing at what she does that I thoroughly enjoyed the class and really came away feeling like if I practice I'll actually be able to do it. I'd call that success.
There were open sews on Friday and Saturday night and I used fabrics I'd ironed and cut to size at home to make a giant AMH quilt - so happy that I came home with a finished top! These are all 10" squares - many cut from F8's I got from Westwood Acres - she cuts a generous F8 at 10"x22", if you're not shopping with her you should be :-)
Finally check out all these goodies! So many lovely sponsors contributed and I think everyone really appreciated their generosity - I know I did. I could go on and on but I'm trying not to bore you to tears - there are MANY more excellent photos on IG under the #sewdown.

It was an experience that completely exceeded my expectations, and I'm old enough to realize how rare and special that is. My roommate was wonderful, I got to meet bloggy and IG "friends" that I feel like I can now just call friends which is wonderful. It was a talented group participating and organizing and I can't thank The Modern Quilt Guild and in particular Elizabeth Dackson and Jen Carlton-Bailey for their hard work and friendliness - they made it such a special weekend.

It makes me get VERY excited to see what these amazing people put together for QuiltCon next year! And now I'm trying to get back into the swing of regular life - an update on my triangle QAL later this week and maybe, maybe even a finish on Friday ;-) Hope your week is of to a good start - thanks for stopping by.


  1. It is so cool to see what every one made and the different impressions. I had a blast too :-) I love your dresden!!

  2. It looks like a blast! Yay for retreats that are reachable by car!

  3. Oooh, I love that dresden plate you're making with the scrappy scraps! So lovely. Looks like you had a great time, and came out with a good haul; both skill-wise and stash-wise!

  4. I can't wait to see that dresden finished! I really enjoyed that class, too. And connecting with you in person was icing on the cake. ;)


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