I had no idea that there were over 200,000,000 blogs. With that being said, I am absolutely humbled and grateful for each one of you that visit my little blog!
Dana and I
Dana highlighted on what great blogs consist of, which include but are not limited to:
- Clear focus. (Crafts/Tutorials/Business/Stuart)
- Interesting and engaging content. (I may achieve this on a good day)
- Post new content regularly. (Before I get any emails...I'm working on this one!!!)
- Photos. (I try)
- Substance/personal stories.
My second session, Photographing Your Creations: Simple Changes for Maximum Impact, was with Vanessa Christenson of Vand Co. I have to say that Vanessa is so sweet in person, in fact exactly what I had imagined her to be. I saw her in May at Quilt Market, but was too nervous to go up to say hello!
Vanessa and I (Not quite sure why I still look asleep!)
Vanessa's session included helpful tips on discovering your style, lighting dos and don'ts, getting to know your camera, and setting up the shot. Oh, and I should probably mention that I hauled my big ol' DSLR camera to Utah and never used it! I really need to find myself a Photography 101 class- ASAP!
I was very much looking forward to Vanessa's class, as photos are everything on Etsy! I was lucky enough to have talented help with my sewing pattern covers, but when it comes to Etsy I'm flying solo (which is scary!). Here's to hoping that I can implement Vanessa's ideas and come out on top! PS- I also LOVE this graphic that Vanessa shared with the class. I'll ever pass up a cheat sheet! :)
My third session, Creative Fabric Selection: Moving Beyond Fabric Collections, was with Jeni Baker of In Color Order. I was particularly looking forward to this class, as although I think I'm competent when it comes to selecting fabrics, I also know that I rarely take chances. I'm always too afraid of wasting fabric (sad, I know!). Here are a couple examples of Jeni's work.
The class focused on the color wheel (warm & cool colors, analogous color scheme, harmonizing color scheme, complementary color scheme, split complementary color scheme, triadic color scheme), fabric (color, accents, scale, pattern, value/saturation, basics), inspiration (photographs, surroundings, fabric).
Oooh, and have I mentioned that at the end of class, Jeni announced that Robert Kaufman donated Kona color cards for everyone in the class!?! I think I about peed my pants! I've always admired the Kona solids, but my local quilt shops never carried a large variety, and ordering a solid online is a bit scary, as colors tend to be distorted on a computer screen. Now I can reference the Kona color card, and order my fabric online with confidence! :)
The last session of the day, Modern Machine Applique: Skills You Need for a Variety of Projects, was with Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt. In a nutshell, Natalia's applique technique (using easily accessible supplies) is as follows:
- Heavily starch the back of the fabric (background fabric and applique fabric).
- Cut applique shape.
- Glue applique shape to background fabric with glue stick.
Out of curiosity, what do you enjoy sewing most- quilts, crafts, or garments. (The Sewing Summit proved to have a nice mix of quilters, crafters, and seamstresses!)
PS- I'll meet you back here on Thursday for a recap of Sunday!