Monday, June 20, 2016

Common Threads 2016!

Oh my goodness! What happens when you put half a hundred creatives in one room for two days? MAGIC! That's what! 

The Baby Lock sponsored "Common Threads" event is, for me, THE sewing event of the year and probably the most wildly original event ever invented. Why? Because they invite a wide variety of sewing enthusiasts from all over - authors, teachers, editors, bloggers, fabric designers, the list goes on, and then they just lay out their toys (, I mean Machines...) and stand back and watch what happens! Well, not quite, but that's pretty close. 

You might be sitting next to a fabric company exec and she is making the same project you are. You can't figure out something and she leans over and says, "here, press this button" or the author on the other side of you says "oops, I think I did that wrong" and you lean over and say, "here, I'll help you fix that." THAT'S the magic. And what is so wonderful about it to me is that this kind of magic happens not only there, at this super event, but in our own sewing community, each and every day. We stitchers understand the power and joy of giving, don't we? I am so thankful to be part of the sewing community and for YOU because you are part of it too!

Here's little glimpse of this year's Baby Lock Common Threads fun -

The people, oh my, each and every one so unique, so talented and so special. I wish I had a pic of all of them, but here are a few: Mary Polanc and Christine Hong, top left. Under that on the left, Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft. Next to her, Melissa Mora of Melly Sews, and above in the top right corner is Becky Vandenberg of Becky Marie Designs from Riley Blake Fabrics. She designed the fabric used for the purse class project - super cute science fabric - it was so cool to meet her. (I can't wait to see what marvelous fabric she dreams up next!) Riley Blake Designs sponsored this event by providing all the fabrics for the projects AND extra fabric for us to play with during open-sew. This fabric company has won my heart. Not only do they have an amazing offering of fabrics, they also have an amazing sense of community and are owned by the nicest people ever. 

Catching up with old friends and meeting new! On the right, that's Patty Young of Mod Kid, Vanessa Wilson of Crafty Gemini (goodness, the stuff that girl knows!), Heather and Melissa again. All of these sweeties are so kind and so patient in helping this social media dinosaur (me!) get a bit more up to speed - and that's a challenge let me tell you. I am humbled by their friendship. And I met the most amazingly talented girl - Truly Alvarenga. See that dress? She whipped that up Thursday evening. Yep. AND she is as nice as she is talented! Funny fact we learned, Truly's parents bought the farm that Pam Damour of Pam Damour Designs grew up on, and no, they didn't know each other until they met at Common Threads, how's cool is that! I'm pretty sure a beautiful friendship is in store for those two dears, don't you?

Lindsay Wilkes of The Cottage Mama brought us the a heart warming class, "Little Dresses for Africa" and yes, we were all VERY determined to get our dresses done, even those of us, ahem, who ended up sewing way after class because they spent too much time talking during. (I won't mention names.) Then Sara Gallegos showed us how to make the cutest serger bag on the Ovation. Zippers put in with the cording foot, on the SERGER! With a decorative edge! 

I was honored to teach this year, and what fun that was! Check out these fashionable fabric shopper purses. Appliqued and then stippled on the Destiny. (How do you like that purple hair? Ha! That made my day.) Stefanie Knaus of Girl Inspired made my day too, she really enjoyed her venture into machine embroidery. I know she will be doing beautiful things with that soon on her blog and I can't wait to see :-)

And then there were the photographers, bless them. They followed us around all day and were rather good sports about us tripping over their cords and tripod legs...even got into the spirit of things too - as you can see! Some of the nicest, most patient guys ever. (No, Gym is not table dancing, I don't think, but he sure had our attention, ha!)

Some of my favorite moments - the ice cream parlor (yes we were shortly groaning); the teeny tiny mouse guarding the cord hole in the wall (just hanging out there, discovered when I had to dive under my table to find my seam ripper. Did I say seam ripper? Oops. I mean, un-sewing tool) and getting to show off Sassy Girl to Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. (I can't WAIT to see what Amy does with that dear machine, cause I know it's going to be wonderful!)

And that's a wrap! No event is truly ended until there's a selfie, right? THIS is what a group selfie looks like from the other end :-)

This is a really brief summary of two super days, but guess what!?

Thank you Baby Lock - you ROCK at putting Love into the "Love of Sewing!"


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