Birmingham meet-up, Saturday 15 June!

I've got exciting news today friends! Claire (SEW, Incidentally...), Kat (Krafty Kat) and I are organising another Birmingham meet-up this summer and we thought we'd give you plenty of notice in case you fancy joining us from far and wide.

BIRMINGHAM MEET-UP

DATE: Saturday 15 June 2013
MEETING PLACE: Birmingham New Street train station, just beyond the ticket barriers
MEETING TIME: 10:30am – 11:00am
RAG MARKET: 11:00am – 12:30pm
LUNCH & SWAP: 12:30pm – 2:00/2:30pm
MORE SHOPPING: 2:30pm onwards
HOME TIME: 4:00pm – 4:30pm, but we won't hold you hostage if you want to leave earlier!

Kat and I organised a similar affair last year and it really was a blast! Check out my round-up post if you don't believe me! All these smiley faces can't be wrong...can they?


Much like last time, first we'll visit the rag market stalls for some bargains - Roisin made a beautiful Matroyshka print dress and Winnie made an adorable polka dot blouse, both with fabric scored last year!

Then we'll re-charge over a leisurely lunch (possibly at Cafe Soya again as the food is yummy and the venue accommodating), whilst indulging in a bit of a swap. The swap part is very informal and there are no obligations to contribute. However, if you do want to de-stash then bring your unwanted fabric, notions, patterns, books, etc along and they'll get snapped up in a jiffy!

Finally, there'll be time in the afternoon to re-visit the market or experience the awesome local fabric shops (or should I say an Aladdin cave and warehouse?) – Fancy Silk Store and Barry's Fabrics.

Have I convinced you to come along yet? If so, just leave a comment below with your email address...it's that easy! Once we have a final list of names, we'll send out a confirmation email with maps and contact numbers to boot. For now, you can download a Birmingham Shopping Map PDF, which also locates the Rag Market and Birmingham New Street train station.

We're looking forward to seeing you there! If you can't make it though, Claire is also organising Brighton and London meet-ups too!

55 comments:

  1. Marie, it's gonna be a great day, Claire x

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    1. It sure will be! And Kat and I are lucky to have you (and your excellent organisational skills) on board this time ;o) xx

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  2. Damn I'm in Italy that week! :( Marie, we've been foiled again! I'll be at the London and Brighton ones though! x

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    1. Oh no, not again ;o) I'll finally get to meet you in London though, so never fear ;o)

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    1. Yesssss! Good to know you enjoyed last time ;o)

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  4. I'm in! Kat mentioned it the other week so definitely up for it.

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  5. Ooh, yes, I'd love to join you all there. When my gentleman used to live in Birmingham we would always go to Cafe Soya for weekend lunches, but I didn't sew then, so I never made the most of the amazing fabric shops and the Rag Market. It's rose.pearce at gmail.

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    1. Brilliant, this is your chance to shop for as much fabric as you like ;o)

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  6. I think I might just cry! I'm coming back to the UK on the 18th!!!!!! Birmingham too! I'm seriously considering changing my flights........

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    1. Oh no! Well, let me know if you decide to change your flights!

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  7. Erm... so bizarrely enough I'm going to be in Birmingham that day, teaching the Miette wrap skirt sewing workshop at Lauren (from Sewing Bee)'s shop! Details here. I'm not sure if that necessarily means I'll be able to see you though as I'll be setting up as soon as I get there, then teaching 12 - 6.30pm, after which I guess everyone will have gone home :( But if you decide to make the trip down to Guthrie & Ghani, maybe I can say hello! x

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    1. Oooh, how exciting Tilly...go you! Shame you'll be working all day, but I'll look into popping over afterwards!xx

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  8. I would so love to do this, but the next day I'm doing the London To Brighton bike ride and I think I need to be realistic about how many big events I can fit into a two-day weekend. Have fun without me - SOB!

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    1. We'll miss you sorely, but I definitely think it's wise to stay local and rest up before your big ride, which by the way, is very admirable! I'll catch you in London this Saturday though and maybe in August too?!xx

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  9. I'm gutted that I can't be there, it's just a month too soon! I shall be at the london meet with bells on and looking forward to meeting you though.

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    1. No problem Rachel, I figured we can keep the date of this one the same as you're going to be around in London in August ;o)

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  10. Oh yes, count me in! Really enjoyed the last one.

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    1. Brilliant, so glad to hear it Catherine!

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  11. How about Australian meet ups? Hehe! Sounds like so much fun and I wish I lived a little closer :)

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    1. Aaaw, Jen! I wish we all lived closer too ;o)

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  12. Drat! I'ma actually already busy then- going to a wedding. I was so hoping to come as well. Fingers crossed for next time.
    Freya May

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    1. That's such a shame, but there will be a next time for sure ;o)

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  13. So tempting! I'd really love to go but I'll be 7 and a half months pregnant by then so I think it would be a bit ambitious for me to do the trip in a day. Meet ups are so much fun though, one day I'll make it to Birmingham :)

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    1. I know Kerry...I thought of you the minute we picked a date because I remember you showed an interest last year! Such a shame you can't come, although you have bigger and better priorities now ;o) Rest assured that we will be organising more down the line, so I'm sure you'll get to one soon!

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  14. Im want to come to Birmingham as my first sewers/sewists meetup. is it only for bloggers cos i dont have a blog?

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    1. Of course you can come along Karen. The more the merrier and it's open to anyone interested in stitching, regardless of whether they blog or not ;o)

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  15. I would love to come! Can't wait.
    tabathatweedie@gmail.com

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  16. Hi Marie,
    I'd love to come along to my first sewists' meet-up (as would my 8 year old daughter - hope that's ok!). carobooth(at)hotmail.com
    Caroline x

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    1. Yay, that's great news and it's really cool that your daughter wants to come along too!

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    2. Fab - train tickets are booked! We're looking forward to it.

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  17. Ack...I can't make it to Birmingham OR Brighton. Boo...it was lovely meeting you guys in London. I may be able to make it to the London date...I'll know nearer the time. Fingers crossed. And have a great time.

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    1. Oh no, what a shame! It really was lovely meeting you in London and hopefully we'll meet up again in August ;o)

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  18. Hi

    I'm a bit of a newbie but I'd love to come along and the trains are looking pretty reasonable at the moment!
    My email is charlotteupton@me.com

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  19. I haven't been to the Rag Market since I went with Minnado and Scruffy more than a year ago!

    I'd love to go again and meet you all! My email is elfinthegarden@yahoo.co.uk

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    1. Excellent, I'll add you to the list ;o)

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  20. any thoughts on whether babies are welcome? my son is 6 months... if not I can definitely come to the next one without him!

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    1. Oooh, yeah! Do come along! I can't imagine anyone objecting to a cute baby ;o) Best to get him into fabric shopping and sewing as early as possible! Hehe! Let me know if you'd like me to add you (and baby boy) to the list!

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  21. I'll be coming along with a friend, looking forward to it! I will ask my friend to pass on the details as I don't like putting my email address on websites and such. But looking forward to the day itself!

    Carys.

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    1. Excellent to hear it Carys! By all means do get your friend to let me know, but you can drop me a line yourself too if you like - astitchingodyssey[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  22. Hi Mary, I would love to come and meet you in Birmingham. Do I need to sign up somehow? Please could you add me to the list? I hope it is not too late to sign up :)

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    1. Excellent, of course you can come! Let me know your email address and I'll send you all the details ;o)

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  23. Hi Marie,
    it looks like a lot of fun! If it's not too late, may I add my name to the list?

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  24. Hi, this sounds great and I am hoping to join you if it's not too late?? Thanks! Erica

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    1. Hi Erica, you're welcome to join us! Because there's a large number of us though, we need to pre-order our lunch by tomorrow - if you send me your email address asap then I can send yo links to the menu and all other info you need ;o)

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    2. Hi Marie,

      Great news:) My email is erixmitchell@hotmail.com. Look forward to hearing from you!

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