Hello there quilty friends! I’m SEW excited you’ve stopped by! I’m back today as part of the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop.

 

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Back in September, I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural Sew Pro convention in Chicago, Illinois. Minus some small travel snafus, it was an amazing experience, and I’m so excited to share some of it with y’all!

The purpose of attending Sew Pro was to learn from some of the best in the sewing/quilting industry, mainly in the areas of pattern design, fabric design, getting published, and/or blogging. But it was truly, TRULY so much more.

I can’t even begin to describe what it was like to be in the same place with SO. MUCH. TALENT. I felt wildly inadequate in so many ways. And so much of the talent that was present was there to learn — not teach! The ability to network and become friends with so many people was a once in a lifetime experience.

Not gonna lie. I was totally fan-girling it! Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Pat Sloan, Brenda Ratliff, Sara Lawson, Jenny Fox-Proverbs (of Love Patchwork and Quilting Mag). It was altogether an awe-inspiring experience!

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Me (left) with the one and only, truly exceptional Tula Pink (right).
Sitting in on a podcast with Mickey Kreuger (president of Windham Fabrics) and Abby Glassenberg (While She Naps).
Sitting in on a podcast with Mickey Kreuger (president of Windham Fabrics) and Abby Glassenberg (While She Naps).

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Sharing some of Tula Pink's drop. dead. gorgeous. quilts.
Sharing some of Tula Pink’s drop. dead. gorgeous. quilts.
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Taking this delicious pretzel roll home in my purse made for an awesome conversation starter. LOL!

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Dinner at Hofbraus with other Sew Pro attendees (during Oktoberfest, no less!) was a rowdy good time. I made our server blush with a well timed "THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!"
Dinner at Hofbraus with other Sew Pro attendees (during Oktoberfest, no less!) was a rowdy good time. I made our server blush with a well timed “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!”

So, what did I take away from my experience?

  • am enough. And there is room enough for me in the industry.
  • Running a creative business is a family affair; it’s really hard to do everything alone, and I need to learn to accept help from others when I need it.
  • There is no “magic moment” to launch my business; right now is just as good a time as any!
  • And finally, I learned that I needed to recognize my own talent and worth. That I have something to offer and people want what I have to offer.

So, that last point — it’s a hard one for me to swallow. That people want what I have to offer. But, something that I took away (big time) from Sew Pro, is that I can combine two of my passions, because there is a market for it!

And soooooo…..

We were supposed to share a project as part of the blog hop. And I’m pleased to share with y’all that I am going to begin offering quilt styling and photography. Have a beautiful quilt you want to share with the world, but don’t have the equipment or know-how to get the images you want? Did you recently design a quilt and want jaw-dropping photos to use as the cover image for your pattern (or book)? Well that’s where I come into play!

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Have I caught your intention? If this is something you think you’d be interested in, stay tuned (Or in other words, subscribe to my blog)! I’ll be offering this service (and sharing more details) at the start of the new year. For now, I’ll finish writing the few new patterns I have in the works and do my usual mad rush to get handmade Christmas gifts completed.

Thanks for joining me, and make sure you visit the rest of the Sew Pro blog hoppers and enter our giveaway below!

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14

Lisa Peterson – https://lisaandlorelai.com/

Sherri Noel – Rebeccamaedesigns.com

Andi Stanfield – http://truebluequilts.com/

Brooke Gilbert – http://stitchedprintingcompany.com/p/blog

Tuesday Nov 15

Vanessa Behymer – https://vintagebarngirl.wordpress.com/

Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – http://www.thestitchtvshow.com

Sherry Shish – www.poweredbyquilting.com

Joanne Kerton – www.canuckquilter.com

Lisa Nielsen – http://thequiltjam.blogspot.com/

Wednesday Nov 16

Carmen Ross – seecarmensew.com

Anne Beier – http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/

Jessica Caldwell – www.desertbloomquilting.com

Pamela Morgan – mysweetlittlestitches.com  <— You are here!

Thursday Nov 17

Maryanna Powell – www.marvelousauntiem.com

Cathy Smith – www.aquiltingchick.com

Lissa LaGreca – lovinglylissa.com

Paula Mamuscia – https://creationsbypaulamamuscia.wordpress.com/

Friday Nov 18

Becca Fenstermaker – prettypiney.com

Holly Stockley – www.lighthouselanedesigns.com

Teri Seal – daymoonquilts.blogspot.com

Trinia Braughton – www.penguinfeats.com

Deanna Wall – https://www.stitchesquilting.com/

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