What an amazing weekend! Sew South was two weeks ago, and I’m still smiling about the whole event.
When I plan Sew South, organize all the details, put together the swag, plan the schedule, I’m always thinking of ways to make it special. I want everyone that comes to feel included, excited and relaxed. I want them to enjoy the weekend, have a chance to sew and create and to take time for themselves. I want them to feel inspired and to leave happy with new friends. Because my favorite part of Sew South are the people.
For the past three years, Sew South has meant the most to me because of the people.
I love spending time with dear friends and meeting new ones. Connecting with people that share a passion for sewing and creating – that is what inspires me and makes me happy.
I can see it makes them happy too. I can hear it in their laughter and see it in their smiles. I see it in their looks of concentration as they power through a stack of quilt blocks or put the finishing touches on a fab new wallet. They wear their pride and sense of accomplishment on their faces as they hold up their project and share it with the group, delighting in the encouragement from their seat mates and the group at large.
And yes, there is sewing! Lots of sewing and smiling and laughing and oohing and ahhing over fabric, bags and works in progress. Seeing what everyone is working on, their fabric choices and their process just sends sparks of light into my brain and giant smiles to my face. It happens to everyone.
It all comes together to create one happy and super fun weekend.
Sew South Sewing Retreat (Giveaway below!)
Take a look at this video to get an idea of what the weekend was about. And check out the #sewsouth pics on Instagram for a whole lot more!
Sew South Retreat Spring 2015 by Slidely Slideshow
We made beautiful wallets, lovely appliquéd curves and sporty fabric bracelets.
We stitched 15 quilt tops in 15 minutes for the Quilt Lemonade charity.
We played games, ate ice cream and sewed in our pajamas.
We delighted in the fabulous tools, door prizes and swag from the amazingly generous sponsors.
We swapped baskets and blocks and surprised secret sisters with handmade treats and special goodies.
We made friends with people from near and far that understand our shared love of fabric, the need to create and the joy that is being a maker.
We wrapped up our weekend with hugs and promises to stay-in-touch, pictures and a few tears along the way.
It was Sew South and it was special because of the people and I am blessed to know each one.
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Sew South Sponsors are incredibly generous and opening swag bags on Thursday night is always a fantastic treat. As I put away the boxes as they arrive during the months leading up to Sew South, I feel like I’m getting deliveries straight from the North Pole. Actually they’re from Dritz, Pellon, Coats, Free Spirit, Michael Miller, Snuggly Monkey, Fat Quarter Shop, Sew Caroline, Gotcha Covered Quilting, Purple Daisies Quilting, Lark and Schmetz, which to a sewist is just as good as Santa!
Thanks Sew South Sponsors!!!
Dritz also sent large cutting mats and rulers, Free Spirit sent fabric for the Jelly Roll Charity Race and Pellon supplied the interfacing and batting for the workshops and embroidery kit.
Would you like to win all that you see below? I’ve got 2 sets of Sew South Swag to give away!
Simply enter using the Rafflecopter below.
(Sorry, US residents only please. Winner pays for shipping in a medium flat rate box.)
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Best of luck!