12 May 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.Here’s how I felt when I met her:
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.It’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. She 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.
I didn’t think it could get any better until I was shown the stairway to my version of heaven: Anna Maria’s Studio. Here’s where the magic happens:We had such a great night and couldn’t have asked for better weather.
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.