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Salt Lake City 2018

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April 5 - April 8

Free – $550

We are proud to announce our 8th event for Spring of 2018. April 5th – 8th, 2018. This event is structured exactly like our past Chicago, Atlanta, and Denver locations. Included in your registration fee, you’ll have the opportunity to take classes taught by extraordinary and influential women from the modern quilting/sewing world at the Hilton Salt Lake Center located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.


Elizabeth (Libs) Elliott is a textile artist and fabric designer exploring the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts.

Libs is a fabric designer with Andover fabrics. Her quilt commissions include work for individuals and corporate clients such as Absolut Vodka. She has spoken at numerous quilt guilds and digital creative events such as PechaKucha and EYEO Festival. She has exhibited her work internationally and been covered by press such as DesignMilk and The Creators Project.

Libs studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University. She lives with her husband, son and daughter in Toronto, Canada. She has a bulldog named Biz Barkie and aspires to have gold teeth someday.


Since discovering quilting seven years ago, Jacquie has become a passionate quilt maker and designer. She is known for her “out of the box” designs and unique style. Her work has been featured in both national and international publications, and she is the co-author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts.

Jacquie is a passionate advocate for modern quilting and brings 30 years of teaching, staff development and leadership experience to the Modern Quilt Guild Board. As co-founder and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, she helped build a dynamic, vital guild and her experience in guild structures, membership and programming is an asset to developing the MQG at the national level. Jacquie blogs and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio and lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and her dog, Sideways.


Registration Opens on July 31, 2017

Regular Registration Price is $525
(Payment plan available with a $25 processing fee, no fee will be applied for full payment.)


Included in the Regular Registration Price:

  • Open Social Thursday, April 5
  • Shop Hop (To Be Announced) Thursday morning, April 5
  • Lunches on Friday and Saturday April 6 and April 7
  • Classes with Libs Elliott and Jacquie Gering
  • Swag-olicious Swag Bag
  • All day access to Sewtopia’s Sewing Lounge (Juki machines will be provided at a first come first serve basis to the first 50 people that register)
  • Swaps and Challenges (participation is optional)


Sewtopia + Juki

Sewtopia is partnering with Juki and will be providing (50) sewing machines for attendees to use (first come, first serve). Juki dealers will be onsite to offer great promotions on sergers and sewing machines. Stay tuned for online promotions with Sewtopia as well.


Throughout the weekend, Sewtopia will offer up sewing challenges to inspire your creativity and there will be prizes. After you register we’ll email more information about the challenges. Participation is not required.


Shop Hop

The best part of getting together for the weekend is letting us take you to the best fabric and quilt stores in the area. A shop hop is like a pub crawl, only you’re shopping instead of drinking. At the time of registration we will ask whether you want to have a spot on the bus. There will be prizes and games on the bus. The shops will offer special giveaways and sale prices to you as well. Shops will be announced after registration.



Sewing Lounge

Sewtopia’s Sewing Lounge will be open Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 5pm to midnight. We’ll open the lounge again in the morning for classes. We will leave it open and it will close that night at midnight. Here’s the general format that an attendee should expect if they’re attending Sewtopia Salt Lake:

For classes we will split the room into 3 sections. Teachers will teach Friday and Saturday. Twenty (20) attendees in the morning session, we’ll break for lunch for one (1) hour. After lunch teachers will swap rooms/sections and teach another 26 attendees. We will open all walls for evening sewing at 5pm to midnight. The larger section will be in Open Sew time free to work on their own projects. The next day the attendees that were in open sew will be taking the lessons from the teachers and the attendees that took classes on Friday will be in Open Sew on Saturday.

If you’re bringing a machine or items don’t worry about carrying them back to your room — we’ll lock up every night for you. This time is yours to finish up class projects and other sewing projects.

General notions will be provided. Irons, cutting mats, rotary cutters, even thread.

Pop Up Shop

We’re excited to have Suppose return as our Pop Up shop! During the weekend, our attendees will be able to shop and sew all in the comforts of the Sewing Lounge.


Suppose is Kathy Thomas & Jo Thomas, the mother and daughter team behind the destination quilt shop in Preston, Idaho. Yup, that’s the home of Napoleon Dynamite, and yup, they’ve got a Napoleon Dynamite quilt. Suppose is all about keeping things fresh and visiting the shop is a bit of an escape. Going there is like entering another world where you can be inspired, have fun, and anything is possible. Kathy is the quilt expert, a champion antiquer, and a secret rebel. She studied drafting in high school when everyone else was taking home economics. Jo is the longarm quilter, a former therapist, and media junkie–once scoring White Stripes tickets by standing up to a mean bouncer in NYC. Suppose Quilt Boutique and Kathy & Jo’s designs have been featured in Quilt Sampler and Make It Modern magazines.



Sewtopia will do one official secret swap that attendees can participate in. This is a blind swap, meaning we will not assign you a partner. We ask that that you bring your swap item WRAPPED to the event at check-in and Sewtopia will distribute swap gifts Friday night to open Saturday morning. If you bring an item to swap you get one back.

Smalls Swap | #sewtopiaswap


  • If you’re on Instagram, please use this hashtag so others can cheer you on and support your creative process.
  • Money limit is $15, don’t break the bank!
  • Bring your swap item wrapped to Sewtopia New Orleans.
  • Make sure there’s something saying who it’s from like a label or a slip of paper.
  • Smalls category would be anything smaller than a 24×24 pillow or mini, mug rug, pin cushion, something for a sewing area, or a pouch.
  • Make something that you love, out of fabrics you adore.
  • The folks of Sewtopia will do the secret swap Friday night after the sewing lounge closes. The swap items will be at your sewing station for Saturday morning for you to open.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t do the swap. We will hand out swap gifts only to those who participated.
  • If you have any questions, email me and I’ll collect them all in a FAQs email to everyone.

Hotel & Travel

Sewtopia | Salt Lake takes place at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The hotel is located downtown in the entertainment district of Salt Lake City.

$179.00 ( taxes & fees are not included) | (2) Queen Beds Suite
$179.00 (taxes & fees are not included) | (1) King Bedroom Suite


If you’re flying in, the airport you want is the Salt Lake International Airport code SLC.

Follow signs to I-80 Eastbound. Take I-80 East to the 600 South exit. Exit and follow 600 South to West Temple. Turn left on West Temple. Hotel will be 3 blocks on the right side of street.

Distance from Hotel: 7 miles
Drive Time: 10 minutes

Recommended shuttle service is Haroon Transportation — please call 855-316-6888 ($12/per person each way)

UTA Trax | TRAX Light Rail from the Airport and exit at Gallivan Plaza and hotel is located 1 block west of the station

Travel FAQ

The Hilton Salt Lake City Center offer overnight parking at $18/night.

We’ve setup a discounted room block for the group with the hosting hotel for the event. Please check back for more information on a reservation link. Book your hotel room as soon as you can, we’ve sold out on our room block since our Chicago event in 2014.

If you’re flying in, the airport you want is the Salt Lake International Airport (SLC), it’s 10 minutes to the hosting hotel.

Venue FAQ

The Hilton Salt Lake City Center 255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City Utah 84101.

Lunches will be provided in your full registration fee for Friday and Saturday. You will be on your own for dinner. When we chose the location for Sewtopia | Salt Lake, we put it smack in the middle of downtown Salt Lake, so you won’t have a hard time finding a good place to eat. If you need a suggestion of places to eat, let us know and we’ll get you a list.

Other FAQ

We will contact you via email 3 months before the event with important details via email. If you haven’t heard from us, check your spam (and mark us NOT SPAM). You will also be invited to our Facebook group to discuss details. Also keep tabs on our Instagram account for updates.

Kit fees are determined by the instructor and separate from the registration fee. Sewtopia will collect kit fees for the instructors and go directly to them after the event. If you choose to pay the instructor directly, they will collect at the beginning of each class.

One of the things we manage with each event is sewing machines. Making sure everyone has a sewing machine is extremely important.

Sewtopia provides fifty (50) sewing machines for our events. Sewing machines are first come first serve. We will contact one month after registration to confirm that you have a sewing machine reserved in your name. We will also ask whether you can bring your personal sewing machine instead of using one of the Juki sewing machines, especially if you’re local or traveling to the event via car. If you are on the waitlist and purchase a ticket, then you will likely not get a machine since it’s first come, first served.

Sewtopia Registration tickets are non-refundable, except in the event that we can find another person to purchase the ticket. Refunds are given in the original form of payment. Refunds are also contingent on amount of time until the event occurs.

  • 11 months to 5 months from the event – refund in full minus the $50 administration fee
  • 4 months to 3 months from the event – refund 50% of the total ticket cost
  • 2 months to 1 month from the event – refund 0% but you have the right to sell your ticket on your own. The transfer fee of $50 still applies.

Please make sure you have received the funds before transferring your ticket. Once you’ve received your funds please email us at [email protected] and we’ll arrange the details with you and the new attendee.


April 5
April 8
Free – $550


Hilton Salt Lake City Center

255 South West Temple

Salt Lake City,



United States

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