Sew-in action at Island Quilter
We ate, drank, stitched, sweat, SHOPPED, laughed, instagrammed, tweeted and then laughed some more (did you notice I said sweat? It was super sunny and hot at the sew-in, like gals were stripping down, me included!). I wish there would have been time to get to know more people but when fabric is only $10/yd a (Canadian) girl's gotta spend some quality time making choices. Of course I went with the intent of looking and maybe touching, but not buying. Yeah, that lasted about 10 minutes.
The Westminster Fibres rainbow at Island Quilter on Vachon Island, WA
Members of the executive boards from all three guilds made arrangements for a hotel block in Seattle, a social on Friday night (with goodie bags), a charity sew-in all day Saturday with door prizes, then shop-hopping after the sew-in that continued on Sunday morning. All of the shop owners were lovely and offered us snacks, drinks and discounts.
Modern Cross blocks for charity quilts. Susan Beal, author of Modern Log Cabin and Katie Pederson, author of Quilting Modern were both on hand to take us through making blocks from their respective books
Our sew-in took place in the gallery at Island Quilter surrounded by a beautiful exhibit of modern quilts from Portland and Seattle MQG's. This is Katie Pederson's stunning Seeing Value quilt.
A great deal of shopping took place. I wasn't the only one, I swear. Just look:
Here's Berene holding a spot in the cutting line at Drygoods Design
Here's Violet Craft throwing all logic aside and doing what every amazing quilter mama does: they make a quilt out of whatever fabric their cat and purple-lovin' daughter wants.
Coming clean: here's my haul. At least what I'm willing to show you. I'm so BAD!!!!
Friendships fostered online were cemented in person. I was super happy to finally meet Kelli, the owner of Drygoods Design. If you are ever in the Ballard neighbourhood of Seattle, do check out her small, but mighty, beautifully curated fabric collections. Every bolt's a winner!
And of course the weekend in Seattle meant some quality time with my BQF namesake, the adorable K2 (on the left) and I got to meet Katie Pederson (R) who is absolutely charming, kind and so talented.
I also got to be a cookie in this delicious Poppyprint/Happy Zombie/Violet Craft sandwich!
Big hugs to Heather, Petra, Season, Katie and Holly who secured venues, fabric donations, machines, prizes, discounts, made nametags and info sheets and most impressively, smiled the entire weekend.