Sew Down Nashville: Part 1

Sew Down Nashville: Part 1

My mom and I embarked on our second sewing adventure last month to SewDown Nashville.  This was an all-inclusive (sounds fancy) weekend sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild. It was hard for me to describe the weekend to some of my non-sewing friends so here’s how I summed it up: “It basically means you are happily quarantined into a hotel with a bunch of amazing women who love to fondle over fabric as much as you do.”

A couple of my co-workers/friends, Jessica and Heidi, joined us as well, which doubled the trouble, as well as the fun.  Jessica’s mom helped take our group to a whole new level and I’m surprised they didn’t kick us out halfway through.  Kidding. We were perfectly well behaved.

So as not to overload you with pictures and text, I will break the weekend up into two parts.  This post is all about our night at Anna Maria Horner’s house.  We were invited there Friday night for drinks and appetizers.  It was a pretty fantastic way to start our weekend.DSC05239Here’s how I felt when I met her:
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Luckily I played it relatively cool.  Anna Maria was delightful and graciously welcomed 80 strangers into her home, which she shares with her 7 kids!  Yes, 7 (and her husband of course)!  and she somehow manages to design patterns and fabrics, teach seminars, write books, embroider, paint, etc.  It’s pretty amazing.  Her home is full of her art, quilts, fabric and drool-worthy studio(s).  It’s homey, lived in, and lovely.DSC05240DSC05241DSC05242It’s amazing how talented she is. Every nook and cranny is evidence of that.  Her quilts, that I would only dream of making, are hung casually on benches and the backs of couches.  Her paintings should be in museums and her embroidery is more jaw dropping in person than you can imagine.  DSC05248DSC05243She allowed us to purchase some of her fabric while we were there.  It was hard to resist the urge not to grab all of the bolts and run.  I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it very far 1. because of the guilt and 2. bolts are super heavy. DSC_0009DSC05257 DSC05256
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I didn’t think it could get any better until I was shown the stairway to my version of heaven: Anna Maria’s Studio. DSC05260Here’s where the magic happens:DSC05261DSC05266DSC05271DSC05265We had such a great night and couldn’t have asked for better weather. photo 3DSC05245
Thank you Anna Maria for allowing us to be guests of your gorgeous home. You were such a gracious host and it was a wonderful start to our weekend!

On our bus ride home, we stopped at a new fabric shop called The Fabric Studio.  It just opened and is definitely worth visiting.  The owner is so sweet and the aesthetic is simple, but stunning.  DSC05288DSC05278 DSC05280 DSC05282

5 Comments
  • Suzie
    Posted at 01:11h, 13 May Reply

    What could be better than a Mother/Daughter sewing weekend?

  • Rae
    Posted at 16:13h, 14 May Reply

    Oooh!!! Looks like SO much fun!!!

    • Shannon Woodruff
      Posted at 00:26h, 15 May Reply

      Thanks Rae! We had a great time.
      I hope you and your adorable family are doing well 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted at 13:39h, 28 June Reply

    Holy smokes. That house looks amazing. My 7 yr old was looking at your post with me and he said “Wow, look at all that sewn stuff!”

    I’ve been really tempted to sign up for one of AMH’s workshops. But, since I met you at Rae’s last Nov my employer was bought out by another company and I was laid off. So, now I’m back in school full time pursuing a whole different field of study. Not sure I can squeeze in much else until I’m done with this degree.

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    Posted at 21:15h, 07 October Reply

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