Despite fighting off a horrible cold, I dosed myself up to the max yesterday and headed to Birmingham for the meet-up Kat and Claire and I had organised. I definitely started flagging by the afternoon and I'm paying for it today - I've been totally bedridden with a head that's threatening to explode and a lost voice. But what can I say...it was worth it!
There were 32 of us altogether, so many of whom were new faces! Interestingly, we only had 3 repeat 'customers' from last year's Birmingham meet-up, but I'm not going to over analyse what that means!
Co-hosting such a relatively large meet-up left little time for taking photos, so I'm hoping that some good ones will start appearing on other blogs soon. In the meantime, I'm sure you'll be fascinated to know the following:
Barry's Fabric Superstore delivered the goods once again. Not only is it the perfect size for large groups (read BIG), it's got a great range of fabrics and the manageress, Marilyn, kindly offered is 10% off all of our purchases!
We pretty much took over Cafe Soya - look, it's stitching friends as far as the eye can see in this photo! The restaurant was as accommodating as last time and the staff didn't even bat an eyelid when we embarked on our chaotic swap.
Meet-up swaps are getting bigger and bigger nowadays and yesterday's was no exception. This was just the fabric pile and a second table hosted the patterns and notions. Just like at Rachel's recent epic meet-up in London, I readily handed over my goods and opted not to even try routing around for something to take from the swap. I find it all a bit too overwhelming if I'm honest, but I'm always grateful for the chance to de-stash.
Don't worry though, once we got to the rag market after lunch I treated myself to a few bits and bobs...
1 metre of 'Liberty' lawn for £8 - my most expensive purchase of the day and that includes my lunch which consisted of a main, a pudding and a drink...hehe! This gorgeous fabric is destined for a summery Mathilde a la Tilly - I've already checked and with clever pattern piece placement I can totally squeeze it out of the 1 metre. Woohoo!
1 metre of tribal print viscose for £2 - I can see this as a funky Simone top, which I've had my eye on ever since it was launched by Victory Patterns last year!
2 metres of polka dot viscose for £4 - I might have to crack one of my vintage patterns out for this beauty.
I feel like I've not done the best job at documenting the day, but I look forward to seeing more detailed accounts of it elsewhere.
My medication and some food is calling to me now, so I'll leave you with the full list of attendees, excluding my partners in crime who I've linked to at the start. If I've missed any one or a blog link off, please do let me know!
Alana - Lazy Stitching
Amy - Almond Rock
Anna - Get Crafty
Caroline Bones - Cotton Hairess
Caroline Booth & daughter Phoebe
Claire - I want to be a turtle
Charlotte - English Girl At Home
Charlie - Charlie Says Sew
Deborah - DFabrication
Emma - My Oh Sew Vintage Life
Hannah - Hugs and Kisses
Helen - Helen Made
Julia - The secret life of seams
Lara - Dreaming of Avonlea
Louise - Thread Carefully
Rose - Strange Notions
Sabs - Tybalt: king of cats
Sarah - Not Found
Zora - Read all about it
A big thanks to Kat and Claire for their co-hosting, general organising, mapping, crafting and baking skills. And an even bigger thanks to everyone who came along and made it a fabulous and friendly day!