My name is Sara Lawson, and my first pattern was released in January of 2013. I love making bags, quilts, and clothing. I feel like it’s been such a wild ride and I’ve met so many fabulous people since. I went from an introverted loner with just about no friends to someone who had interesting things to say about a hobby and a career that she loved.
I think the connections that I have made along the way are one of the most important things to me. In the sewing and quilting industry, I think that things get done when people work together and collaborate, and that creative collaboration is the basis for Sew Pro, an event that is happening this weekend in Chicago, IL.
I co-founded Sew Pro with my partner in this endeavor, Brenda Ratliff. The goal of Sew Pro is to teach people that sew or quilt as a hobby, how to be professionals in the sewing/quilting industry, or for those already established, how to strengthen their business skills in the topics of fabric design, blogging and social media, pattern design, and more.
Tula Pink and Pat Sloan are our keynote speakers, and they are set to inspire. Tula’s 20th fabric line, ‘Slow and Steady‘ has just hit stores, and Pat is close to 40 books published over the lifetime of her amazing career. I’ve known both of these women for several years, and it is just amazing what one can achieve just by putting their head down and getting to work. I think this inspires me in everyday life as well because even if you’re not interested in a sewing career, all of these traits can still apply to your daily life and your crafting.
I think the most important thing that an event like Sew Pro can share with everyone is the willingness to share information and to just be a human being. In an online era where negativity and bullying can sometimes happen, it’s really refreshing that we are teaching classes at Sew Pro to help others succeed. I am so inspired by all of the wonderful creativity that I see every day by other sewists that I follow on social media, and I definitely want that trend of creativity to continue and not be hampered by any kind of negativity. I’d like to ask everyone reading this to think about what inspires you? What can you do this week to be encouraging to another sewist or establish a new connection of your own with another person – perhaps leave a thoughtful comment on a quilt or dress that they’ve just finished.