It was an absolute pleasure attending the first annual Sew Pro, in Chicago on Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17. Again my thanks to Sara Lawson @Sew Sweetness, and Brenda Ratliff from Pink Castle Fabrics, and A Little Bit Frayed.
Below are the contents from my welcome bag, which were amazing.
There was so much, I had to photograph the contents into two photos!!
The origins of this conference began with the lovely and talented Sara Lawson, and the lovely and talented Brenda Ratliff, (click here to read Brenda’s post about Sew Pro’s origins). To sum it up, they planned and coordinated this to;
1. Help quilters and sewists, (both beginners and and seasoned), to network, network, and network.
2. And, hear from outstanding, industry professionals who have learned how to make a living at this, and what it really takes.
Before I share with you a recap of the conference, this post will not give readers, all the information the attendees received. It wouldn’t be fair to those who paid a fee to attend, plus travel, hotel and food expenses.
There were speakers from all areas, including, publishing, marketing,fabric designers, pattern designers, brick and mortar store owners, online fabric shop owners, and smart and experienced business woman.
One of the great things that was a theme throughout the conference is that collaboration is key between pattern designers and fabric designers. Those designers, of course could use the support of those who excel in photography.
All those people working behind the scenes of creating great magazines, books, patterns, fabric, blogs, photos and marketing strategies are important. HOWEVER, the last two end users in the pyramid – the retailer and the consumer – are the ones that will make us or break all the others in that pyramid. (I paraphrased here. Credit for this concept goes to Tula Pink, who is lovely and talented too).
There were many awesome speakers, presenters and panelists at this conference. Pat Sloan, (also lovely and talented), gave and gave and gave to us. And then gave even more!! (Love them for their sincerity and authenticity).
And Alison Glass.……
with Tula Pink on day 1 at a Q & A.
I can say, these two days has opened up a whole new world for me. And, I am so happy I attended this. I am more focused about my goals, and the speakers were so encouraging and inspiring. Not to mention, I met some awesome new bloggers and designers.