Sewing Summit, Here I Come!

Happy dance!  I’m on my way to the 2013 Sewing Summit in Salt Lake!  Wooohoooo!  I’m SO excited for this weekend of catching up with friends, sewing, and surely tons of shopping and eating!  This will be my second time attending the Sewing Summit.  I had a blast in 2011, but 2012 didn’t quite work out…the date was 1 week before I was due with twins, so yeah, no getting around that! :)

But Mama Dock’s going this year!  Can I tell you how excited I am to only be packing for myself!?  Whaaaaaat?  I don’t need to fill my carry-on with an endless array of baby accouterments?  What what??  I might be able to READ A BOOK on the plane?  AND no one’s going to crawl into my bed in the middle of the night and pee?  Now we’re getting somewhere.

Traveling Light

Dare I admit that these are the same mittens I started over a year ago?  It’s sad.  My goal is to finish them this weekend!

I’ve got my trusty name tag.  Check.  I actually made this for my last trip to the Sewing Summit, and it’s served me well these past 2 years.  I’ve worn it to every guild mtg, so it’s a bit “lived in”, but alas, I can’t bear to stitch up a replacement yet.

My Name Tag

Hmm, what else?  I should probably take my new duffel bag, who we shall refer to from now on as “Puffy.”  Hehe.  This is the bag that I somehow managed to make at Sew South in March, despite having neglected to quilt my layers before the retreat, and mistakenly purchasing the PUFFIEST batting known to mankind (I told you, I thought we needed upholstery batting!). :)  C’mon Puffy, let’s get you packed.

Puffy the Duffel

What else?  Gotta gather my class supplies!  All of my classes look super duper awesome, but I’m especially psyched about Jeni Baker’s equilateral triangle class!  This is one of those designs that I’ve always wanted to make, but have just never gotten around to.

Equilateral Triangle Class

Jeni’s given us the option to make either a large throw, or a smaller mini quilt-size.  Hmmm.  Tough decision.  I thought about cutting into my precious stack of Liberty quilting cottons to make the throw size…mmmmmmmm

Liberty Quilting Cottons

Buuuut, I have been meaning to stitch up some colorful throw pillows for the couch, so I figured I should probably go the mini route.  Had quite a bit of fun choosing fabrics, and this is finally the combo I went with…

Fabric for Patchwork Pillows

I know, kinda random.  It might end up looking funky, but I’m gonna go with it (especially since I already pre-cut my strips).  Don’t you agree that pairing fabrics can be stressful sometimes???  I always want to venture out of the matchy matchy box, but sometimes my combos turn out…um…a but nutty.  In the end, I went with emotion on these.  Several of these are in my “favorite print ever” category, and they just make me happy!  Happy’s good, especially on a couch.

Fabric Auditions

Well, gotta run!  Laundry to do, bags to pack!  If you’re going, looking forward to seeing you there, and if not, don’t worry, you can live vicariously through me!



  1. Pee in the bed! Too Funny! I remember those days. Put a towel on it and roll over and go back to sleep.

    You are so Lucky to be able to meet and attend Jeni Bakers class. Have a great time…and I will be joining vicariously through the both of you!

  2. Sounds very fun! I am so happy you are able to attend. Kudos to Mr. Dock for taking on the kiddo/house duties for you! Have a fantastic time and I shall live vicariously through you!

  3. Sounds like a great time and glad you are able to ‘get away’ for a bit. Looking forward to you posts from the Summit. Enjoy!

  4. Jo Ann Kennedy says:

    You have a wonderful time on your trip, like you could possibly not. Wish I were going but not this year. Oh well, you have enough fun for the both of us and anyone else who can’t go this year.

  5. Vikki Davina says:

    Lucky girl! I so do not miss the pee in my bed stage of childhood….though I do miss the snuggling that accompanied it ;). Have a great time as I get my vicarious on…through you of course.

  6. Cindy burke says:

    Have an awesome time Amy! Wish I could be there. Looking forward to your IG pictures.

  7. Glad to see you are out from under the water!

  8. Have a great time! And I hope your roommate, if you have one, knows not to pee in the bed ;)

  9. It’s amazing what seems like a luxury once you’re a mommy! Your pillows are random but in the best sense. That’s what’s so charming about a lot of vintage quilts. Have fun!

  10. Love the colors! Jealous of your class with Jeni Baker!

  11. Have fun Cant wait to hear all about it and see all you bring back

  12. Linda Stradley says:

    WAIT! I live in SLC! How come I didn’t know about this. It’s just a 30-minute drive!

  13. Oh, Amy – I love that ‘puffle’ bag! I have been so worried about you with the flooding and your last post! Glad all is well and you are about to go have the time of your life at sewing summit! Have a blast and I can’t imagine ever cutting into that stack of liberty, oh my!

  14. Have a great time! I was holding out for a different sewing event out here on the West Coast, but I won’t be going to that one. Wish I had signed up for Sewing Summit. One of my MQG friends will be there, though, and will hopefully come back with great stories! Can’t wait to see your pics and hear your stories :)

  15. Can’t wait to meet you. Am taking that class too but getting my fabric on the shop hop tomorrow. I like the colors you have gone with.

  16. wow wow a sewing summit and the chance to make another 60^ quilt. wish I were going! cant wait to read your posts from the summit!

  17. I think you deserve a great time by yourself.

  18. I really have to venture out and attend some quilting events. I cry because I don’t have a lot of nearby friends (due to moving around) yet I don’t reach out (except via online). tsk! tsk! Hope your home wasn’t damaged by the flooding and such. Enjoy your trip.

  19. I also try to choose non-matchy fabric stacks… Sometimes it turns out and sometimes it’s a bit nutty :-) although I’m the only one who actually cares!
    Have fun at theSummit! I hope to make it… Someday. Sigh

  20. Fabrics look great to me!!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy

  21. I totally get the joy of packing only for yourself! I spent last weekend away from my 3 boys and it was wonderful! Enjoy.

  22. Pairing fabrics is my least favorite thing to do to because I’m just no good at it, but you are!! And I do live vicariously through you. You are my quilting hero. Or maybe that’s heroine. Anyway, enjoy your trip!!

  23. Amy have a great time !!! I am back into real life this week. I spent 3 days last week at a Love of Sewing Retreat. What a treat!

  24. ellisonlanequilts says:

    oh girl I am so envious! Hope you have a simply fabulous time my friend! I can’t wait to hear all about it! Have fun and enjoy every minute of your ME time. You absolutely deserve it! xo

  25. I will live vicariously through you. I had planned on going this year but using my savings for this to purchase my new-to-me longarm instead in the spring squashed the Sewing Summit plan for this year. Hopefully next year. Enjoy, enjoy.

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