On November 5th – 8th, 2015 the Embassy Suites Portland Downtown in Oregon will open its doors and welcome 80 sewists.  Each attendee will have a weekend of uninterrupted time to cultivate their creative side.  They will have ample time to work on their projects, and throughout the weekend we’ll offer them other means to inspire them through sponsored challenges.

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REGISTRATION

Registration is closed! – Regular Registration $375

(payment plan available with $25 processing fee, no fee will be applied for full payments)

  • Open Social, Thursday Night, November 5th
  • Shop Hop, Friday, November 6th
  • Breakfasts and Lunches on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th
  • Cocktail Hours for Thursday through Sunday
  • Swag-olicious Swag Bag
  • All Day Access to Sewtopia’s Sewing Lounge (Bernina sewing machines will be provided)
  • Swaps and Challenges (if you want to participate)
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 if 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.

VIRTUAL SHOP HOP

Enjoy the virtual shop hop for the week of the event.  Each shop will offer special giveaways and sale prices to you as well.  Shop in your jammies!  After check-in you’ll receive the list of virtual stores offering special discounts and prizes.  You’ll have a whole week to take advantage.

CHALLENGES

Throughout the weekend, Sewtopia will offer up sewing challenges to inspire your creativity and there will be prizes.  After you register, we’ll email your more information on what the challenges will be.  Participation is not required.  Sewtopia has teamed up with Michael Miller Fabrics to do a fabric challenge {more information}.

SEWING LOUNGE

Sewtopia’s Sewing Lounge will be open Thursday November 5, 2015 at 5pm and will close that night at midnight.  It will reopen on Friday and Saturday at 8:00am to midnight.  Sunday’s schedule will be 8am to noon.

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 WIPs or start items for the holiday.

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

POP UP SHOP

We’re excited to have Suppose as our Pop Up shop again!  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 ec. 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.

SUPER SECRET SWAP

This unofficial swap is another small swap that is being run by 3 attendees and not by Sewtopia but 100% approved!!  {More information}

#SEWTOPIASWAP

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

Rules:

  • If you’re on Instagram please use this hashtag so others can cheer you on and your creative process
  • $money limit is $15 dollars, don’t break the bank!
  • Bring your swap item wrapped to Sewtopia Portland
  • 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 only hand out swap gifts to those that participated.
  • Questions – email me and I’ll collect them all in a FAQs email to everyone.
HOTEL & TRAVEL
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Sewtopia | Portland takes place at the Embassy Suites Portland Downtown.  This historic hotel was built in 1912 and places attendees at the heart of the city, next to shops, restaurants, and more!

$184.00 ( taxes & fees are not included) | (2) Queen Beds Suite

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

Closest Airport

If you’re flying in, the airport you want is the Portland International with the airport code PDX.

Driving from the airport

Airport way to I-205 S. Go 3 miles to I-84 West. Go 6 miles and take the Portland exit. Follow City Center signs, stay in right lane and go over the Morrison Bridge. Turn right at the first light onto 2nd Avenue. Go 4 blocks to Ash Street and turn left. Go 1 block to 3rd and turn left. Go 1 block to Pine and turn right. The hotel entrance will be on the right-hand side.

Driving Directions

Parking Information

Trimet Red Line | Stop First and Oak

Hotel Reservations

TRAVEL FAQ

Where do I park?

FREE self-parking at the hotel for the folks that are driving.

What hotels are available for booking?/How do I get the Sewtopia discount on my hotel room?

We’ve set up discounted room rates with the hotel hosting the retreat. Please check back for more information.

What airport should I fly into?

If you’re flying in, the airport you want is the Portland International Airport with the airport code PDX.

You’re not helping me at all! I have different questions!

Shoot us an email at info@gosewtopia.com.

VENUE FAQ

Where is Sewtopia|Portland being held?

Embassy Suites Portland Downtown
319 SW Pine Street
Portland Oregon 97204

Will food be provided? Are there restaurants in the area?

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided in your full registration fee for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You will be on your own dinner. When we chose the location for Sewtopia | Portland 2015 we put it smack in the middle of downtown, you won’t have a hard time finding a good place to eat. If you need suggestions, please email info@gosewtopia.com and we’ll be happy to provide you with a list.

Is there free wifi?

Yes!

You’re not helping me at all! I have different questions!

Shoot us an email at info@gosewtopia.com.