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Monday, April 02, 2012

Sew Weekly Swap Meetup

I apologize for the tardiness of this post - I've been busy since I've left for vacation (more on that later) and didn't get a chance to write about the awesome Sew Weekly meet up from two weekends ago.  I was flipping through my photos and realized I hadn't posted anything yet.  And honestly, my blog feed is overflowing at this point! I haven't had time to catch up on my reader and reply to my favorite bloggers posts.  But don't worry friends, I'll be back out in the blogging world soon enough!

On to the meet up.

So, two weekends ago, I went to Mena's (of Sew Weekly) house in San Francisco where she was hosting a little get-together for local Sew Weekly members/sewing enthusiasts.  People were asked to bring fabric and patterns for a good old fashioned swap.  Well, I've never been to a sewing swap before as I'm still fairly new to this and wasn't able to attend her last gathering.  I arrived in a cold, rainy San Francisco with a cluster of patterns and some chamomile tea and honey cupcakes... because arriving anywhere with cupcakes is always a good thing.  I soon realized that this was going to be a big deal.  People were arriving with bags of fabric and patterns.

Mena provided some delicious fresh-baked treats. My chamomile cupcakes are on the right.
Mena has a lovely place in San Francisco that was shortly filled with said oodles of fabric, vintage patterns and lovely sewing ladies.  Seriously, they came prepared!  Mena's dining room table was overflowing with vintage patterns that only seemed to multiply with time!  The connecting room had fabric covering a sofa and two tables.  We took turns introducing ourselves - I recognized a couple of ladies from the Sew Weekly there - and then drew numbers to venture into the fabric/pattern void.  I was lucky enough to get number 2 which meant I didn't have to wait long to pick out some fun finds.

Views of the different areas to peruse during the swap.

It was great to meet so many like-minded people and to see what fantastic patterns and fabrics they were able to find.  I also loved when the person who contributed the item talked about when/where they got it and what they originally planned to make with it.

I couldn't believe how much stuff everyone left with - and how much was still left behind! In the end we were huddled over Mena's dining room table picking out patterns and notions.  I got some great fabrics and left inspired by the many ladies that I met.  Here are some photos of what I left with:

By the way... I forgot my camera for the event (don't you hate it when you leave it on the table at home next to your pile of stuff to bring?) so everything was taken with my iPhone. Thus the lack of pictures and the low quality.


  1. It looks like you had a ton of fun! All of those patterns and fabric - heaven!! You picked some great pieces

  2. The Swap Meet looks like it was a lot of fun. I'm sorry I had to miss it. Next time!


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