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First timer to Sewtopia

Last week, was Sewtopia Atlanta and I attended. What can I say, it was so awesome. My best retreat ever!! Will I attend again? Absolutely, if my commitments allow I would like to attend everyone from now on!!

[Personal Project: WiP: Maze & Vale + AGF Denim]

For those that don’t know, Sewtopia is a sewing retreat which happens twice a year. The first event of the year tends to be structured as  partly class, partly open sew. The second event tends to be only open sew.

It was the first time I have every roomed with a stranger. Corrinna was the best room-mate ever, and totally alleviated my concerns of maybe not knowing anyone. She was not the only new friend I made, it was such a great event for making new or building on existing connections.


The weekend kicked-off with me scrambling to finish hand sewing my binding on my Michael Miller Challenge item, before the 3pm Cotton + Studio Tour. I did finish it just in time. The studio tour was amazing. All the ladies from C+S were there and answered our questions, we saw their new line and their studio/work space is just amazing!!

IMG_6065[Denyse Schmidt: My Single Girl Block: Blue Scraps+Lizzie House Print]

The classes were Denyse Schmidt’s Free Wheeling Single Girl and Elizabeth Hartman’s Frances Firefly. Both instructors were amazing and so friendly. I managed to contain my fan-girl moments :-), as they spend a lot of time with each student.  The classes were well structured, and since both were block based you could decide what kind of project you would make. Look, I got to practice curves which I just recently learned in Melanie Tuazon’s curve class.

IMG_6067[Elizabeth Hartman: Frances Firefly: Cotton and Steel + Carolyn Friedlander Carkai + Katarina Roccella Avant Garde + Essex Linen]

Other than the special events, the other things that made this the best retreat I have ever gone to:

  • The wonderful and friendly staff
  • The great balance between activities and open sew
  • The stress-free, friendly environment
  • The optional challenge and swap activities is greatly appreciated
  • I enjoyed the catered lunches

I can’t wait to my next Sewtopia retreat (here’s hoping for a spot at Austin, if not I will see you all at Denver)!!

Have a great weekend, all. I am hoping to get some quilting time in.