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Sewing with Friends

July 24, 2011

A few weeks ago I had a party at my house.  And not just any party, a special one.  My friend Amy was in Utah visiting her family earlier this month, and while she was here I offered to host a party for her so she could meet all her online Utah friends in real life.  For a while now she has had a weekly (now it’s a monthly) feature on her blog called Sew & Tell.  It’s basically a link up party but with friends who will give up advice on the middle of your project, or congratulate you on finally finishing that really old project that has been kicking around your house forever.  And while she was here we decided to have a live version of  Sew & Tell.  It was so much fun, and it made me realize how wonderful the internet is for bringing like minded people together.

From left to right we are Amy, Diary of a Quilter, Amy, Vintage Fern, Erin, Two More Seconds, Leigh, Leedle Deedle, Elizabeth, Such a Sew and Sew, Vicki, Sew Inspired, me and Amy, amylouwho.  Thanks amylouwho for taking pictures!

We all brought a sewing project we had been working on, or just finished and we had plenty of good food and great conversation and had a great night together.  A few of Amy’s friends weren’t able to make it (there was a giant rain storm that day!) and so a few days later we did it again.  But this time we met at The Material Girls quilt shop in South Jordan, which is owned by the wonderful Nadine.

MG meetup groupFrom left to right: Calli, Make it Do,  Amy, Amylouwho, Sara, Sew Sara, Vanessa, V & Co. Amy, Vintage Fern, Nadine, Material Girls, Amy, Diary of a Quilter, Megan, Quilt Story, Erin, Two More Seconds,  Shari (hiding in the back), Doohikey Designs, me and Leigh, Leedle Deedle.

We had dinner together and spent the evening looking at fabric, chatting, laughing and while we sat around the work tables in the back room.  It was another wonderful way to spend the night.  I don’t think I got home until well after midnight!

mg meetup erin and v

Erin (Two More Seconds) and Vanessa (V & Co.) picking out fabric.  Nadine has amazing taste in fabric, not to mention she orders everything.  We all came home with a little something new!

MG meetup

This is just one wall of her not very big, but absolutely packed store.  And thanks to Amylouwho for showing me how to use her flash.  I bought an off camera flash for Scott years ago (he knows WAY more about photography than I do!) and since she showed me how to use hers I haven’t been so afraid to use ours.

MG meetup nadine and calli

[ Nadine, owner of Material Girls and Calli picking out fabric.  So much fun! ]

Thanks Nadine for keeping the shop open late just for us.  I had such a great time listening to stories and laughing with everyone.  It made me realize that I need to get together in real life with people who share my interests a lot more often.  These women felt like old friends.  And I don’t know a single person that doesn’t need more old friends.

amyandme

And thanks Amy for coming to Utah to give the rest of us a good excuse to get together.  I spent a few more nights hanging out with Amy, and I can’t wait for next summer to hang out again.  And as for the rest of the amazingly talented women I had the privelege of hanging out with… lets do it again.  Soon.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2011 7:37 pm

    wonderful write up!! It was a blast and so glad I was the excuse to get everyone together. Some people collect fabric and pyrex and typewriters (wink). I collect fabric and friends. It’s a disease really – but such a gift to spend time together for reals. 🙂 oxox

  2. kirsten elkins permalink
    July 24, 2011 8:02 pm

    ha. as i read this, i am sewing! love you, talented lady. have an awesome week. what day would be good to come over and use the 1 inch round Cricket.
    you rock
    k

  3. July 24, 2011 9:43 pm

    FUN FUN FUN!!! I obviously have to come to Utah to swim in a collapsed crater and shop with you! Oh, and possibly eat strawberry shortcake with Oreos on the side.

  4. July 24, 2011 10:04 pm

    It was so much fun, and I agree, we should do it again soon.

  5. July 25, 2011 2:46 am

    Awesome post. Hmm, the apron in the background of the photo of Nadine and Calli – how can I found out what pattern that is? It’s GORGEOUS (it just needs to be pink, is all!)

  6. July 25, 2011 10:57 am

    So much fun! You’re such a great friend, Erika!

  7. July 26, 2011 12:54 am

    So so sad I had to leave before the party. I’m glad you had such a great time, though, and even got to do it twice! Sewing with friends is seriously the best. Especially if all the kiddos are in bed. Lucky you. 🙂

  8. July 26, 2011 10:47 pm

    Great post! What fun – thanks for all your efforts to host and pull it off. Yes – we should definitely do it again!! I propose a sewing night somewhere – probably after school starts. I will even volunteer my (not fancy) basement if needed. 🙂

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