My friend Qui and I talked for weeks about how excited we were for the party and decided to make a day of it. On Saturday morning I drove up to Santa Cruz to go to her house and from there we went to Hart's Fabric for a little shopping. We were probably in the store for about five minutes before I decided that I wanted everything. There is a good selection of garment fabrics, fun quilting cottons, BOOKS, and an impressive amount of sewing patterns from independent designers. It was love at first sight.
Dear Stella. I had never heard of the company, but I am now a fan. I want a quilt out of their fabric soooo bad!
Our next stop was Oakland. Qui was sweet enough to drive (which was probably safer for the both of us haha) and we made it just in time for the pre-party meet up. Between 15 and 20 awesome ladies showed up to hang out at Actual Cafe.
I invited Sarai and Ken to the meet up and I was sooo happy that they came! Based on what I could see on the world wide web, I knew Sarai to be so sweet, intelligent, and encouraging. When I met her in person she did not disappoint, she is truly one of the nicest people I have met. Both she and Ken were friendly and fun to be around.
Sarai and I. Thanks for taking the photo, Qui!
The meet up was a success and I got to talk about sewing with so many other ladies that share the same interest. One of first people I met was Meg, a girl with a bubbly personality in an amazing green dress. Meg is one of those people that you feel like you have known a lot longer than you have, she's great!
I stole this picture from Meg's post
When Michelle walked in the door I got super excited because I just featured her in the Macaron Parade and loved her dress! After chatting for a bit we realized that we were raised in the same town, Paso Robles, and knew some of the same people. Small world!
Amy was another person that I was excited to talk to. I have seen her beautiful garments from time to time on the Sew Weekly and her clothes are just as pretty in person. Her skirt was to die for!
We all walked next door to the party spot, A Verb for Keeping Warm, a cute store with lots of yarn and fabric. I was most interested in the table of patterns from Colette because I wanted to buy the newly released ones :) Oh, I'd like to give a shout out to Romy who found the last Juniper pattern for me. You made me so happy!
Before I left my house I asked my husband if I would be lame if I brought my Colette Sewing Handbook for Sarai to sign. He told me that if he had a basketball that he would have Lebron James sign it. That settled it. When Sarai was signing my book I told her the story and informed her that she was my Lebron James haha.
Qui and I
After I left Qui's and started my long drive home I thought a lot about my past few weeks. The week of the 17th was a bad one, people/customers were so rude to me and I was literally crying almost every day. This past week was the exact opposite and it ended in the best way possible: I spent time with my friend Qui, made new friends, talked about fabric and sewing nonstop, met Sarai and Ken, got motivated/inspired to sew, and scored with some amazing new patterns. I don't know if I can top it! :)
And if anyone is down for more sewing get together and meet ups, let me know!