Monday, 17 June 2013

Birmingham Meet up

Well, I had a busy weekend that was spent north of Oxford in Birmingham and then Sheffield. You'll only want to know about the Birmingham part I'm sure, as I went on my first ever blogger meet up. If you have been thinking about joining one, go - it was so much fun!

New Ironing Board cover

We all gathered at Birmingham New Street Station and were presented with a rosette, hand crafted of course! It was such a nice start to the day. First stop was Barry's Fabric Superstore. It was a little overwhelming at first as there are fabrics everywhere you look. I didn't get any photos but if you pop across to Marie's post you can see what I mean. I was reasonably restrained here, buying fabric for a lining replacement, a new ironing board cover (above) and a top. 

Lunch

Lunch at Cafe Soya was delicious and much needed. As we left Barry's for the short walk to the restaurant the heavens opened and we got completely soaked. It rained so hard that I thought it was hailing at one point! I enjoyed chatting away over lunch about all things sewing and slowly drying out. Before I knew it, the swap was upon us. Wow, there was a lot to choose from! I took a couple of pieces of fabric and a couple of patterns and swapped them for two smaller pieces of fabric. 

Lunch

Swap

Time for more shopping! We had an hour in the rag market and I wasn't so restrained. I found suiting fabric for £2.50-£3 per metre and snaffled them up in a variety of colours. The green will become shorts and the others could be trousers, skirts or jackets. I love having the freedom to choose! 

Suiting fabrics

I also picked up this beautiful eyelet which I'll pair up with a deep purple silk habotai to make a dress, possibly a ceylon. What do you think?

White Eyelet

Nearly all of my new buys have been washed and I'll have to add them to my newly organised stash - which has grown rather a lot more than I anticipated! I also have new blogs to explore and will be adding them to my reader shortly. Thanks again to Kat, Marie and Claire for organising such a fantastic day. I'll definitely be signing up for other meets. 

16 comments:

  1. Ooooh, love your purchases, especially the eyelet!

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    1. Thanks Gail, I can't wait to use it!

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  2. Hi Claire, it was great meeting you on Saturday :D I am still very jealous of your map fabric! Hehe. I look forward to following along with your turtle adventures xxx

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    1. Thanks Hannah. I'm going to find time soon to work with the fabric.

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  3. Oh I wish I could have gone, it looks like you had so much fun :) I love the eyelet!

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    1. Thanks Katy, it was the last thing I saw before I went home!

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  4. Ooh good haul. Lovely meeting you at the weekend. You were great dinner conversation. Happy sewing!

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    1. And you! I can't wait to see what you make with your Liberty golfer lawn,

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  5. Great to see you on Saturday, it was a fabulous day wasn't it. And next time I'm in Birmingham I'm definitely going to go back and get some of that map fabric.

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    1. It was great to meet you. Seems the map fabric is gaining a lage group of admirers! Tanya also got some but for a Cambie which will look great.

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  6. Nice to meet you! You're going to have the coolest ironing board around :)

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    1. And you! I'm beginning to feel pressure for the ironing board!

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  7. Love the eyelet. And gutted I missed the green suiting!

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    1. A good reason to return to the Rag market then!

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  8. Hi Claire it was great to see you in Birmingham - and I love your eyelet fabric!!
    Claire :)

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    1. Thanks for organising it Claire! It was such a good day.

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