A few weeks ago, liZ and I had the opportunity to attend Fabric Fest, a sewing conference that was put on by Riley Blake Designs in Las Vegas. It was a wonderful mid-week conference of sewing, food, and new friends and we really had the best time. We met people from all over the world (hello new Aussie friends!) and we laughed more than we have laughed in a long time.
As part of Fabric Fest we taught a pattern-drafting class for drafting a children's bodice and then did a panel discussion with Melissa from Polka Dot Chair and Lindsay from The Cottage Mama about "Creating a Signature Style." Those girls are amazing I tell you....I felt like I learned more from them than anything I ever said in the panel (Those poor people that had to listen to me. On the other hand...liZ was awesome, as usual, though. She even dressed up for everyone....but that a story for another day.)
This picture is Melissa's. She did an awesome presentation on how to find inspiration for your signature style and the rack of clothes that Lindsay brought with her to show how to find your signature style.
We got to take classes as well and it was such fun atmosphere to sit in classes and sew together with women from all over. Amy from Diary of a Quilter, Eleanor Burns, and The Missouri Star Quilt Company were all there teaching awesome quilting classes. (It gave me the quilting bug all over again...they taught so many great tips and tricks for a super-beginner quilter like me. Like better corners and piecing techniques---those women know their stuff!)
Also, during Fabric Fest there was a fashion show that Riley Blake Designs put on with a lot of their fabric lines. They had fashions mixed in with some of the most gorgeous quilts that I have ever seen. I really wish I had taken some pictures of them. They were so intricate and so detailed that the audience was oohing and ahhing over so many of them.
liZ and I were asked to sew a few things for the fashion show and our lucky little girls got to go down with us and walk the catwalk and spend the rest of the two days lounging at the pool (with Nana).
Both liZ and I wondered how they would do with all the people....butwe should have know that they would be "all about it" (they are so different from their mommas). They are still talking and giggling every time they see each other about how they were in a "real fashion show."
We were back stage most of the time so I didn't get any pictures as they were walking, but we did get a few shots after the show.
These were actually our favorite dresses that we made for the show with Riley Blake's basic polka dots, solids, stripes and neon lines. liZ made their accessories and they looked so cute together. I am still loving how the stripes and polka dots looked on stage together.
And because we know that not all of you could go to Fabric Fest, we decided to bring home a little Fabric Fest to you!
We brought back a Fat Quarter Bundle of Riley Blake's Shuffle Line especially for one of you. (liZ made the most amazing dress out the black shuffle line---but you are going to have to wait a couple weeks to see it) and it is one of our favorites of their basics lines.
To enter all you have to do is leave us a comment.
Let's see, what shall we talk about today?
Why don't we discuss your biggest sewing injury?
(How's that for a Monday morning discussion ;)
Leave us your biggest sewing injury in the comments and you will be entered. We will choose a winner on Friday.
Good luck everyone!
*The winner has been chosen and this contest is closed...but more will be coming soon :)*