My only complaint about the Sew Pro Convention was that there were so many excellent classes that it was impossible to get to all of the sessions I wanted to attend! I mean, honestly, when your teachers include the likes of Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Pat Sloan, and Sara Lawson, how do you choose?!?
The list of classes was formidable and comprehensive. Just about any topic I could think of, and several I wouldn’t have thought of in a million years, was available. I marked up my schedule with which classes I thought I’d be most interested in attending, and mostly followed it.
Pat Sloan’s opening keynote was a terrific start on Friday. Pat is genuinely funny, self-deprecating, and supportive, and it showed throughout the weekend. Her story about her first quilt (backed with a sheet!) was an excellent reminder that we all start somewhere.
I admire Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine for its fresh and modern design, so I was delighted to attend two classes led by its senior editor, Jenny Fox-Proverbs. The first, about submitting work to magazines, included a brief overview of the current state of print media and then quickly got down to more specific details of how to get your work published. The second, on Saturday, covered styling your products for photography. Lots of useful information came out of both classes.
Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness (a Sew Pro co-founder) taught a wonderfully useful class on pattern design, then sat on a panel discussion with Deb Hanahan (Checker Distributors), Brooke Gilbert (Win Publishing), and Roseann Kermes (Rosebud’s Cottage). The panel really dug into the nuts and bolts of publishing patterns.
Brie Crawford gave us lots of answers to our questions about intellectual property law, especially copyright and trademark information. She went into overtime to make sure we understood, and she even managed to keep it entertaining! I have ZERO regrets about attending Brie’s lesson, because it’s just not easy to get direct answers without talking to someone face-to-face. Even then, she made it clear that sometimes…it’s just fuzzy.
I think the information from Roseann Kermes in her social media class was the most immediately useful to me. I started working on my Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest presence and moving this blog to WordPress almost immediately upon my return to New Jersey from Chicago.
Finally, there was Tula Pink. I knew she was popular, but I had no idea that she is a rock star with mad charisma. After her Saturday keynote (more on that in my upcoming Friday post), I couldn’t resist sitting in on one of her fabric design classes despite the fact that I’m pretty sure fabric design isn’t ever going to be one of my strengths. I took no notes, but let me tell you that if you ever have a chance to see Tula Pink speak–TAKE IT. She’s funny and fascinating and has a brilliant head for business.
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