Sew South Spring 2015 Recap!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What a fabulous weekend!  Sew South was two weeks ago, and I'm still smiling about the whole event. It was so much fun! 
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Check out this short video to get a feel for what Sew South is all about!

Sew South Retreat Spring 2015 by Slidely Slideshow

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.
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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.

Take a look at these snapshots of our weekend together. We made wallets, stitched a fun make-and-take bracelet with Dritz and learned appliqué and curves with Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.

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sew south quilting class taught by amy gibson

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We stitched 15 quilt tops in 15 minutes for the Quilt Lemonade charity.
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We played games, ate ice cream and sewed in our pajamas.
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We delighted in the fabulous tools, door prizes and swag from the amazingly generous sponsors.
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Swag Bag Goodies from Sew South 2015!
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Special Embroidery Kit from Dritz and Snuggly Monkey.

We swapped baskets and blocks and surprised secret sisters with handmade treats and special goodies.

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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.
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We wrapped up our weekend with hugs and promises to stay-in-touch, pictures and a few tears along the way.

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It was an amazing weekend with wonderfully kind and creative people! 

A very big thank you to the Sew South Sponsors! 
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We greatly appreciated the fabulous swag, supplies, door prizes and tools! Thank you for being part of Sew South! 

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