Sunday, 28 April 2013

Meeting with the Sewing Bee and Visiting the Village Haberdashery

I can really recommend joining up to a Sewing Bee.  For those who aren't sure what one is or how it works, there are many variations but mostly they are comprised of 12 members.  Each member is assigned a month. They then chose a block for the other 11 members to make, and they send the fabric to make that block out of to them.  All the blocks are return at the end of the month, so that they can make a whole quilt from them.

Not only does it get you to sew blocks that you mightn't ordinarily dream of sewing, but there is also a wonderful sense of community and lots of banter in the Flickr Bee group.

Yesterday, myself and a number of {very wonderful} members of the Fat Quarterly Retreat Bee all met up in the Big Smoke.  We were sorry that not everyone could come in the end and those absent members were certainly missed, but we had a glorious gatecrasher.

It was so lovely to finally meet up with everyone and I am missing them already.  We are certainly blessed with some fantastic members.  We laughed and chatted until our faces ached!  I think there must be something about these modern quilting types, you know!

We met at Liberty's.

Fat Quarterly Kinky Bee First-of-Many Meet
Outside Liberty's
Fat Quarterly Kinky Bee First-of-Many Meet
Off to catch the Tube to...

Fat Quarterly Kinky Bee First-of-Many Meet
Hampstead
village hab
Source: Tuppence Ha'penny Quilts
All of us in this fab shop
And then hopped on the Tube to West Hampstead.  Thank goodness that our Mary knew where she was off to.

The Village Haberdashery is just about as perfect as an English quilting shop could be - just about every bolt of fabric is to-die-for gorgeous; there are tantalizing samples dotted around the shop; my favourite battings and thread were all just there begging to be bought.   As if that wasn't enough, the acting *Head of Sales* for the day was none other than Pennie from Tuppence Ha'penny Quilts.   When we arrived, we were welcomed with open arms and even Annie, the shop's magnificent owner, popped along to see us all.  Just look at that little cute chap in her arms there, and we were charmed by her older daughter too.  She is going to work for NASA when she grows up.

Fat Quarterly Kinky Bee First-of-Many Meet
Fabulous Annie - who owns this amazing shop.
She popped in to meet us, despite really being on *maternity leave*.
I can't wait to get back there again soon, hopefully for a Saturday class.  If you are in London at all, it's well worth a visit.  The Melody Miller selection is quite something.

So here is a toast to a wonderful day.  Thank you ladies for making it a truly grand day out.
Liz
xxxx


21 comments:

  1. Wasn't it awesome?? I had the best time and it was so lovely to finally meet you! xxxxxx

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  2. Oh wow, it sounds like the perfect day! Glad you all had such fun.

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  3. Sorry I didn't join you at the VH - my bank balance just couldn't have handled it!!! Nice to meet you !!

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  4. Oh, and Carol is a member of your bee, too! It looks like you had a marvellous day! Happy sewing everyone!

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  5. I had such a lovely day - I was sorry to have to leave so soon. Let's do it again! Hugs x

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  7. oooo this sounds like a just about perfect day (sorry about deleting the above comment - my spellings just not what it used to be!) xxx

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  8. looks like to you a terrific day- and what a genius place to start , at Liberty's. Looks like the Viallage Haberdashy is a bit of a must too.

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  9. Looks like a great day out and its always fun to meet up with Bee buddies

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  10. Friends, fabric, London - what's not to love?

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  11. Fun day!
    (PS. Last thing I knew, Harvey was a boy!!!) xxxx

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  12. I had such a fantastic day and it was lovely to meet everyone . You got the best photos Liz!

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  13. Sounds like the perfect quilty day out! Jxo

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  14. It was lovely to meet up with bee mates, in fact I can't wait to do it again. Thanks for organising it Liz.

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  15. Looks like a fun day all round :o)

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  16. Looks like an amazing day!

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  17. I wish wish wish I could have made it! I am waiting very impatiently for the Retreat now!

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  18. So many of us seemed to be gallivanting this weekend. Glad you had a great day out and are in such a great bee.

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  19. Looks like you had a fab old time, gutted I couldn't join you xx

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  20. Such a nice day! Can't wait to do it again soon. And well done you for suggesting it in the first place :)

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