I just returned from a Baby Lock retreat with quilters, sewists, embroiderers and fashionistas. Mix in some industry executives and you’ve got quite an interesting group. Common Threads is an invitation-only event with the intention of spreading the love of Baby Lock to its brand ambassadors and creating a community. It’s a time to share new ideas, charitable thoughts and product knowledge. It’s a ‘coming home’ of a sort as it was the third gathering for many or the attendees.
At the end of the action-packed three day event, everyone shares their thoughts of what the three days meant to them. Everyone shared their gratitude to Baby Lock for making the event happen. Some were grateful for the opportunity to ‘play’ without an agenda (translate – deadline). Many found new friends while others cemented long-established friendships. Others were amazed at the willingness of many to share information and welcome newcomers. A few were even moved to tears. As shocking as that might sound in a business environment, I completely understood. The one thing all of us have in common is that much of our work is done in solitude without reassurance or encouragement. We push ourselves believing in our work and hope it flies. The most refreshing comment of the wrap-up was, “There are no mean girls here.”
How true because for three days, we played! It started on the top-of-the-line Destiny.
Evy Hawkins led us in a fun in-the-hoop purse with her signature applique.
Lindsay Wilkes, www.thecottagemama.com walked us through Little Dresses for Africa after a rousing presentation from founder Rachel O’Neil, http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/ Look how charming these dresses are. We made 50 sweet dresses, ready to ship across the ocean.
Of course, you can’t get to know Baby Lock very well unless you take a spin on one of their sergers. Sara Gallegos taught how to quilt, insert a zipper and piece a zipper pouch on the Baby Lock Ovation! What fun!
More to come on June 24!