With the Sewing Summit around the corner, I’m pondering what entices people to attend sewing retreats and conferences. What is it that makes you pack your bags and say “Let’s go!”
I went to the Sewing Summit last year and had a grand time. I enjoyed the classes but mostly I had a ball hanging out with my blogging buddies and meeting them in real life for the first time.
|To see all the pictures and read about the trip, click here.|
In a world where we’re so connected and up to date on what our friends are doing the minute they are working on it, meeting in person, face-to-face, and voice-to-voice is special. It gives those fabulous creations, personal stories, and creative and funny musings on their blogs a whole new meaning.
For me, going to the Sewing Summit last year was also a chance to connect with all the friends I had made online that shared my passion for sewing. Plus it was FUN! I’m not going to lie- being on a weekend away, without kids and mommy duties was pretty great too.
I’ll be sitting the SS out this year. They sold out of all 250 tickets in one day which is SUPER awesome for Erin. I’m so excited for her and the success and buzz that the Sewing Summit is generating. I am sure it will be tons of fun again this year. Y’all blog about it and let me know, OK? I have several friends that will be there, some as teachers, some as students, and I know they will have a great time. I’ll be there in spirit!
Actually, I’ll be at my 20th high school reunion- woah! At the time of SS sign ups I had no idea when the reunion would be, so perhaps it is meant to be. The reunion will be fun- I promise to blog about that and take pictures too. 20 years already!
I had hoped to get to QuiltCon this year as well. I really wanted to go but the price just wasn’t in the budget. It’s not a cheap trip! I hope to get there next year. The classes and lectures offered seem amazing and the amount of talent that will be there kinda blows my mind.
Then I saw that Faith, Jeni, Heather and Brenda were hosting Quilt Camp in Michigan in December. FUN! Too bad Michigan is no where near NC. Seems that quilt retreats/conferences are popping up all over.
So, what I want to know is what draws you to sewing conferences and retreats?
The cost is a factor for everyone I imagine, but what makes you want to go? And if you can afford it, what makes you sign up?
Is it the people?
The classes offered?
If you go, do you want to learn something new? Do you want to be challenged or do you want to relax, chat and have time to sew together? Or both?
Would you be interested even if there weren’t BIG name designers in attendance?
Do you go because it is a small setting where you get to really know the people and bond with new friends or do you want it to be a big group setting where you have larger classes where you learn something with a more academic, lecture approach?
Is it more enticing to have a retreat or a conference and can it be both?
What would make you say “YES, I want to go to that!” and plunk down your hard-earned money?
I’ve been kicking around some ideas and would love hear to hear your thoughts on the questions above. Really, I’m all ears. Spill it.
Then go pop on over to see Nicke at Kiss Kiss Quilt to check out her scrappy stash! 4 more days until the Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along gets under way!