Welcome to the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop! Here you will find a variety of sewing projects inspired by the information and interactions from Sew Pro 2016.
What is Sew Pro?
In September, I took a bold step in building my quilting business. I traveled from Phoenix to Chicago to attend the Sew Pro convention. It was a gathering of sewing professionals to meet, mingle, and learn some business-building strategies. The organizers, Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics, and Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, planned four tracks of lectures. Attendees could choose from pattern designers, fabric designers, authors, and bloggers. Lecture topics ranged from publishing tips and intellectual property rights, to technology tools and the travelling teacher life. When I returned home, I knew I wanted to continue the collaboration with the wonderful people I met. I reached out to my fellow sewists on Facebook, and we agreed to share during this blog hop. Please visit everyone and prepare to be dazzled by the amazing creativity and talent!
At Sew Pro, our keynote speakers were Pat Sloan and Tula Pink. I came home with pages and pages of notes just from those two speakers. The conference was jam-packed with great information about the opportunities for quilters and sewists in the larger fabric industry.
As I pondered how to express the lessons from Sew Pro within a fabric-based project, I explored Pat Sloan’s website. She is a powerhouse in the quilting world, hosting a weekly podcast as well as designing quilt and writing books! You may have heard of one of her little projects…the Splendid Sampler, a 100-block quilt along that has thousands of participants. From the Splendid Sampler patterns, I found the perfect block to represent Pat and the Sew Pro conference: #61 Traveler, coincidentally published on the weekend we were all in Chicago!
Tula Pink is an amazing artist. I love her color sense and the whimsical animals she designs. The Traveler blocks were made with fabrics from her Eden line. Also, I am featuring two prints from her new line, “Slow and Steady.” The hare is a tribute to my mom, a collector of porcelain rabbits, who inspired me to quilt when she opened a fabric store. The snails remind me that building my business is not a sprint. The Traveler blocks signify life’s journey…my trip to Sew Pro and all the places quilting has taken me. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
But Wait…there’s more!
To make the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop extra-special, let’s have a giveaway (or TWO!)!
First, for subscribers to my newsletter, Loose Threads from True Blue Quilts, I am offering the scrap pile from the above project. It includes 5 fat-eighth size pieces of Tula Pink fabric and a copy of any of my single patterns (shown here). I will conduct a random drawing from the list of subscribers on Saturday, Nov 19 at 12 noon Arizona time.
Secondly, enter for the grand prize package by following this Rafflecopter link.
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Visit the other quilters and sewists on the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop:
Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson – Lisa and Lorelai
Sherri Noel – Rebecca Mae Designs
(you are here) Andi Stanfield – True Blue Quilts
Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer – Vintage Barngirl
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – The Stitch TV Show
Sherry Shish – Powered by Quilting
Joanne Kerton – Canuck Quilter
Lisa Nielsen – Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross – See Carmen Sew
Anne Beier – Hudson Valley Quilts
Jessica Caldwell – Desert Bloom Quilting
Pamela Morgan – Sweet Little Stitches
Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell – Marvelous Auntie M
Cathy Smith – A Quilting Chick
Lissa LaGreca – LovinglyLissa
Paula Mamuscia – Creations by Paula
Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker – Pretty Piney
Holly Stockley – Lighthouse Lane Designs
Teri Seal – Day Moon Quilts
Trinia Braughton – Penguin Feats
Deanna Wall – Stitches Quilting