Final post of the fun we had in Seattle.
Sewtopia Seattle had two swaps this year, a general blind swap, and a super secret swap with a named attendee. I participated in both. For the blind swap I made a zippered selvage bag and put a bunch of sewing goodies, mini charms and thread, a selvage coaster, and some treats. I was the very lucky recipient of an amazing bag.
Isn't it gorgeous? It is quite large, with leather straps and an inner pocket with a zipper. I love it. My bad memory of names leads me to guess this was by a Kathy...so terrible I can't be sure, but I recognized her from previous events. Many thanks!!
For the secret swap, we left each other little things for the first two days, then the reveal was on the third day. I was again the recipient of a very generous swapper.
There was tea, treats, a teacup, tea towel, quilted tote with handles, ruler, thread, notepad, ruler, and the beautiful pillow with sewing machine. Kathryn from Calgary is a talented maker herself and I appreciate all her time and care in the swap, just awed at the effort!
As I mentioned before, for the blind swap I made a Snap Bag and filled it with sewing goods, a pattern, fabric, and other treats. Somehow, at stupid o'clock when I was packing, I never got a photo of it. My partner, Jill, was very sweet in her appreciation of my gift.
Shop Hop finds were fun too. I bought a bunch of fat quarters for our game night, which were all lost, haha, but I did make it home with plenty of fabric, including the swag bag from Sewtopia.
Missing from this photo is another length of a Christmas print from Quilting Mayhem, and a length of solid fabric from Dry Goods.
Our last day in Seattle, my sister and I were glad to have the afternoon to sightsee before our 7 pm flight. We luckily were able to check out but leave our luggage with another attendee who was staying another night. We took another Uber to the Space Needle area, first exploring the grounds and perusing all the eating places at The Armory.
Kathy posing with another enourmous totem pole. The people watching was great while we enjoyed a stone fired pizza. The Children's Museum is below the Armory and it was fun to see all the kids. We bought our passes and rode up the Space Needle with the crowd.
The sky was gray and dramatic and I liked the contrast with the fall leaves on the trees lining the streets far below the tall buildings.
Lots of folks were posing on the revolving glass floor. It was entertaining to watch :) The Seattle Eye is there in middle at the edge of the water.
I caught a seaplane flying low as the sun hid behind the clouds. Too soon, we took the elevator down, perused the gift shop but did not buy anything, and made our way to the Chihuly exhibit and gardens. Dale Chihuly is a famous Seattle glass artist who works in a team approach to making all his glassworks, which are displayed all over the world. I'll share just a few favorites of the many I photos I took! I really loved the garden the most, with the dramatic plantings chosen to go along with the glass art.
Sort of a forest with all different shapes of glass. The spires were about 8-10 feet tall.
This boat he found washed up on shore was filled with huge glass spheres. The reflective black manganese floor is very unique.
As you exited the gallery, this large spray of glass shapes greeted you.
Different glass shapes among plantings at the base of the Space Needle.
I loved this enormous bouquet of glass shapes wiggling atop the mound of Black Mondo Grass contrasting with the striking bright green tips of the bushes at the base. Very dramatic! Before we headed back to the hotel, we watched a live demo of glass blowing taking place alongside the gallery. Three women were creating a vessel. So many steps are involved, all of which can result in a collapse of the hot glass. We had a terrific time in Seattle and with all the Sewtopia ladies. Next November's Sewtopia will be in Orlando, Florida! I've never been there, either!