I've been to this shindig once before (2015 in Austin, TX - here's part three of my recap, which includes links to the other parts) and it was a blast. So, in anticipation of this year's event:
3 Things to Pack for a Quilting Conference
1. Business cards. Or pins or stickers or what have you. It's a fun way to meet people and make connections. In the past, making pins was a huge "thing" - though I never participated, I did collect them from others. Quite honestly, though, they take up more room than cards and they don't really have a purpose after the conference (unless you display them). Anyway, the cards were especially helpful.
2. Good walking shoes. Or put some inserts in your boots. You'll be walking miles and miles without quite realizing it (unless you're in one of the 9 hour classes, bless you). The only other time my feet have hurt so much was when I traipsed around Europe during college. In addition, I've never been to Quilt Market (the quilting industry's trade show), but I've heard many times that good shoes are a must.
3. Hand sewing. Whether you're in the airport, on a plane, or trying to relax in your hotel room, you might want something to keep your hands busy. I am already having a little anxiety about being away from my sewing machine for a week (I know, that seems crazy, but it's true - I sew every day). I didn't bring anything to sew last time and I sorely regretted it. Therefore, I'll be packing a sashiko panel to finish and one to start.
These are my top three picks. I'm curious - what do YOU recommend (besides the obvious clothes, toiletries, etc.)? And will I see you in Savannah this year? If you see me wandering around, please feel free to say hi!