Posted by on January 21, 2011 in The Sewing Summit | 5 comments

Amy and I knew from the beginning that asking people to be speakers & teachers for The Sewing Summit was going to be one of the most important parts of the whole conference – what we didn’t know was how hard it was going to be!  A recurring theme throughout our whole event is going to be “community” … and we’ve started to bring together a group of what we think are some of the best teachers & leaders in our sewing community for you to learn from & be inspired by!

Amy and I are both quilters so it’s sometimes challenging for us both to remember not to lean too much towards the quilting side of the community … we are a sewing conference after all, and will be offering classes on garment making and bag making and other facets of sewing as well.  So I promise it’s purely by coincidence that our first 3 teacher introductions all happen to be quilters — but we’ll be back next Friday to introduce you to some more.

We’re so happy to have joining us:

Amanda Jennings from MrsMcPorkchopQuilts!  Amanda is just about one of the nicest people you’ll run across in blogland.  Her blog is inspiring and honest and pretty to look at.  And her quilts – talk about amazing!  Some of the most fresh & creative quilts out there.  Amanda is always chatting away on twitter (@heyporkchop) and has a great community built around herself – people are addicted to her darling embroidery patterns (found at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery) and her most recent endeavor is a quilting e-course for her gorgeous star-y log cabin quilt.  I’m telling you – Amanda’s fun personality and creative style makes her someone you’re definitely going to want to learn from – that’s why we are so excited to have her at the Summit with us talking about her darling mini-quilts!

Dana Bolyard from Old Red Barn Co!  Dana is a blast!  Reading her blog  is like sitting at the table sharing cookies and milk.  Dana is open and honest, makes beautiful quilts, and takes beautiful photographs!  Dana also makes  and sells scrumptious soaps and scrubs, with natural ingredients – a treat for the senses and skin! Have you made a quilt with Dana?  Her flickr group is a great community of quilters that love sewing together, and have fun chatting it up while they are there!  Dana is on twitter (@oldredbarnco) and facebook too, there’s lots of ways to connect!   We are so excited to have Dana teach about blogging and social media – how you can build a community around your blog too!

Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter!  I (Amy) had the joy to meet Amy last fall, just as in person her blog is real and always inspiring!  As a mom of 4 Amy enjoys the creative outlet that sewing has come to offer. To quote Amy- “Having a creative outlet is the aspect of my life that has kept me sane. Sounds cliché, but it’s true. It’s therapeutic for me to have some short-term creative projects in the midst of the long-term creative process of raising children.“   Her blog is chalk full of tutorials and simple tricks for making quilts, bags and lots fun stuff for the kids!  Amy has fabulous patterns available and often has kits for your to make your own quilt with her careful fabric selections!   Amy is a warm and patient teacher with the ability to slow down and show you the basics – and we are so glad that she will be teaching some essentials of quilting for the Summit!

Stay tuned, there’s more coming soon -

Amy & Erin


  1. I don’t know how you couldn’t have been excited before; but if it was even possible…there is no way that you can’t be excited now.

    This is a great lineup so far.

  2. Yay yay yay!!! What a great intro lineup! I’m super excited for all, esp Amy! Been a blog reader for a while now.

  3. More and more excited about this sewing summit!! Great choices in speakers, can’t wait to hear them in person :)

  4. I am just starting to sew, so I’m really not that great, but I do follow some of those ladies blogs. Would this be something for me or is it aimed at those who aren’t amateurs?

  5. I love Amy! (and you too Amy) And I can’t wait to meet Dana in person. I’m so glad you guys are putting this together!


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