As you can see from the picture above, we met at Mood for some 'light' fabric shopping and then dinner. Now to be truthful I've been badgering Barbara to meet each and every time she announces that she's coming to New York to see her son. So after much pestering (I mean non-stop emailing, leaving messages on her blog repeatedly asking her to meet me in NY) I even thought of offering bribes...she finally relented and set up a date to meet.
I'm sure you're asking why I was so invested in meeting her? Because when I first started my blog, I got about 30-35 visits a day, and at least five of those were mine. Barbara contacted me and told me that she wanted to include my blog on a list of her Top Ten Favorite Sewing Blogs for an article she was writing for Australian Stitches.
Of course I said yes because someone was reading my ramblings besides me. And c'mon if you're really honest you know you want people to oooohhhh and aaaahhhh over your garments and acknowledge your sewing skill or you wouldn't make your blog public! Anyway, I've always wanted to meet Barbara to thank her for not only acknowledging my blog but also for thinking so highly of my sewing.
I learned tonight that Barbara and I share a passion for sewing. Sewing isn't something we do to pass the time. Sewing is essential to our well-being. It allows us to breathe, to take stock, to be our true selves. Honestly, I've only met a handful of sewists who live in that space, who even know it exists. Barbara is one of those people. She gets it and I was thrilled to spend a few hours with her.
So at Mood I introduced her to a few of my favorite fabric people, George and Eric, persuaded her not to buy a couple of "iffy" pieces and to definitely buy more than she intended. Hey, if you want to save money, don't fabric shop with me! *LOL*
After a quick run through SIL Thread and a more leisurely stroll through Pacific Trimmings, we headed off to find food. Dinner was great because of the conversation way more than the food. I was actually sad to say goodbye...hopefully we will be able to get together the next time she's in NY because I now think of her as a friend!
On another note, I will be sewing this weekend and alot next week since I'll only be working 2.5 days. I've pushed picture taking back to the Sunday after Thanksgiving because I want to sew in the zone without interruptions. Expect a lot of progress posts before the fashion shoot posts.
Finally, I know you don't think that I went to Mood and didn't buy any fabric! *LOL* I kept saying that I would only get a piece or two, of course I ended up with a little more than that! Here's what came home with me...
A black/ivory/gray wool knit
(there's still plenty of this on the 3rd floor!)
This is a ponte knit that looks like a laminated
fabric on one side and a brushed on the back
(This just arrived today, if you're in NYC run
don't walk to Mood and buy some of this fabric!)
A silk border print
Another silk border print - this
one is actually down the center of the fabric.
Barbara bought some of this fabric too
because it's so gorgeous!
Don't forget if you see a fabric here on the blog that I've purchased at the Mood NYC store, call the store and ask if they have any left. I'm sure they would be happy to send you some if you live in the Continental USA.
Stay tuned because I'm "back in the Mood" and there will be much sewing going on at Casa de Sewing Fanatic during the next couple of days...
...as always more later!