So finally I got around to blogging about my recent trip to this year’s Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City. After last year’s event, I was more than a little excited to be able to attend this year, and even more excited when I found out my lovely friend Fi was getting married the weekend before in Texas, and that I was invited!! She truly was the most beautiful bride, and I was honored to be a part of her and Ryan’s special day.
After their gorgeous wedding at The Red Corral Ranch, I had two spare days in San Antonio, before heading off to Salt Lake City for The Sewing Summit. I spent my time enjoying the beautiful sights, trying out some of their amazing Riverwalk restaurants, learning a bit about San Antonio’s rich and vibrant Mexican History, checking out La Villita, the Market , The Alamo and just generally enjoying spending some quality time alone. With three boisterous children and a very noisy household, it was a joy to have a few days where I literally didn’t have to talk to anybody!
I stayed at the Riverwalk Vista which is a beautifully restored old building, literally across the street from the Riverwalk. The rooms are gorgeous, the breakfast was fantastic, the Innkeepers were really friendly and helpful, and apart from a little noise on the first night, it as a really really lovely stay!
After San Antonio and two flights later, I found myself back in Salt Lake City for this year’s Sewing Summit, and it was really a lovely familiar feeling making my way to the hotel.
This year I decided to be brave and share a room with two gorgeous ladies Jessie and Tracey who I had met last year, and it totally made my stay! They are the best roomies money can buy, they are both hugely talented sewists, and my belly is still aching from all the laughing we did!
I attended some fantastic sessions this year and met some really talented and inspirational women, and came away rested, inspired and yearning to do better, but if I’m completely honest, I was a little disappointed compared to how I felt after last year’s event.
The concept of Sewing Summit is a fantastic one – getting all those amazingly creative minds in one place is no mean feat, and getting to meet icons like Pat Bravo and Heather Bailey (to name but a few) are definitely worth traveling nearly 5,000 miles for! Bernina graciously provided the most wonderful and wizzy machines (along with the most helpful and patient technicians) which were a dream sew on, but I can’t help feeling that this year’s event was lacking some of the organizational elements that were in place last year.
There was no enthusiasm, no warm welcomes, little interaction with the attendees from the organizers, and the communication seemed to be a lot more disjointed than in 2012. I know I certainly missed all the fantastic swag we got last year! Having such a long background in Corporate Hospitality and Event Management probably makes me the hardest person to please at conferences, but I know after speaking with some of the other attendees that I was not alone in my disappointment. I’m still pleased that I went, mostly because of my fantastic roomies, and I am grateful for all the new friends I have made, but sadly I feel this will be my last time at Sewing Summit.