One of the best parts of having a blog is meeting other quilters from all over the world. One of the extra special times is getting to meet quilters in real life. I have been lucky enough to have 2 get togethers over the last few days. Both times there have been bloggers and non bloggers present.
On Saturday Cathy organised a day out at Amitie.
Here we are: Melissa, me, Deb (no blog) and Cathy. Merran left earlier, so unfortunately I missed getting a photo of her.
(Amitie currently has a sale till June 30th.)
This is what I brought home from Amitie...
The print fabric I will use for broderie perse onto the fabric below it on the left. At the moment that fabric is a little light, but if you look at the small fabric swatch below the words "International Quilt Study Centre" , that is what the background will look like after it has been tea dyed. A pretty good match! I also bought some more DMC thread.
These are small pieces of fabric for future use.
The fabric on the left is a viole. It is wonderfully soft and has a lovely sheen. Next is from Simpler Tymes by Jeanne Horton, a Kaffe Fasset shot cotton and the last fabric....hmmm not enough information on my piece of the selvedge to identify it. :(
After Amitie we drove down to Patchwork on Central Park.
I came home with a couple of solids from there.
Next it was lunch time! All the chatting leads to an appetite!
Around the corner from Patchwork on Central Park we found Our Kitchen Table. Great food and great coffee!
Notice the pretty saucer...well look at what they did with the matching cups!!
An amazingly beautiful light fitting!
And more imaginative decor....there was a bowl or two of quinces and a vase of onion flowers to see, as well as the cabbage flowers on Cathy's blog post.
There will definitely be more visits to Our Kitchen Table.
The second get together was the inaugural meeting of the Mornington Stitch Group at Cathy's home. Nine quilters sat and stitched, ate and drank well, laughed and chatted together during a lovely evening. Unfortunately my camera skills were sadly lacking last night, so I don't have any photos to share. Present were Kathy, Julie and Deb (non bloggers) all friends of Cathy's, Kay and her friend Liz (no blog) , Emma and Michelle. It was great to meet the ladies I had never met before. I am really looking forward to our next meeting at Michelle's home. (Michelle has a couple of photos on her blog)
I feel quite lucky to be able to make lots of new friends through blogging, both online and in real life. We all share a love of fabric, stitching and creating! It can't get much better than that!
All photos taken with permission...and no brown paper bags changed hands.