Do you love to sew and wish you could connect with the happy, inspiring feel of the online crafty world in person? Go + Sew is our series featuring modern sewing conferences and retreats, a trend we just love. We share information about events so you can plan and, quite possibly, attend. We want you to hear about the fun well in advance and not just after the fact! Today Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane Quilts tells us all about Sew South, a modern sewing retreat in North Carolina.

The Event: Sew South, A Modern Sewing Retreat
Sew South is a boutique modern sewing retreat, limited to 50 attendees. Our small size creates a fun, engaging, intimate atmosphere that allows people to get to know each other, be inspired by each other and really connect with each other. It’s a great place to make new friends or catch up with ones you’ve known online.

Where + When?
Sew South will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 20-23, 2014.

How much does it cost, and what’s included?
Tickets are $340 and go on sale October 1 at

Tickets include:

  • Four hands-on sewing workshops and some supplies
  • Plenty of open sewing time
  • Cocktail reception
  • Three breakfasts
  • Two lunches
  • A fabulous swag bag
  • Special swaps (optional but fun!)

Lodging options?
Sew South 2014 is in a new location! Sew South will be at the beautiful Marriott South Park hotel. Located steps away from fabulous shopping and restaurants in the heart of the South Park neighborhood, the Marriott South Park hotel is a modern boutique hotel and the perfect setting for our retreat! You can receive a group rate for lodging; find more information here.

Classes + Events:
There are five workshops at Sew South this year and we’ll be covering a variety of topics including embroidery, improv quilting, bag making and skirts. There’s also a blogging and social media class to the mix this year!

Whether you are a seasoned sewist or a confident beginner, you are certain to enjoy the workshops at Sew South. The instructors are super excited about teaching and are already designing their classes and projects.

Instructors include Alison Glass from Alison Glass Design, Christen Barber from Love By Hand, Heather Valentine from The Sewing Loft, Kelly Bowser from Kelby Sews and Kati Spencer of From the Blue Chair. See bios and learn more on the Sew South website.

Sew South is a weekend to take time for you, to sew for the fun of it and to learn something new. Come join Sew South 2014! For more information and event details, check out the website