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Fabric love in London

by Clare Mansell
Fabric love in London
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I should have been painting our cabin in the garden today (yes, still!) but instead I escaped to London for a day with some fellow quilters. They are all names and faces who I have only known through Flickr and blogs until today, but who still feel like old friends.

We walked round Islington in the spring sunshine, admired the fabrics in Ray Stitch, discussed blogs, quilt blocks, patterns and the Great British Sewing Bee, drunk coffee and ate lunch.

As if that wasn’t enough treats for one day, the train journey there and back meant I had 4 wonderful uninterrupted hours on the train to read my book (Past The Shallows by Favel Parrett) I can’t remember the last time that happened!

It would have been so easy not to bother to go, so easy to make excuses and stay home (we have no roof, no one would have argued!) but I went and I’m so glad I bothered. It was wonderful to meet the people I’m making bee blocks for (and I’m relieved to discover that none of them are perfectionists or ogres!) to talk about blogging with other people face to face and to discuss fabrics and patterns in a language we all understand.

I always worry that I sound a little crazy when I talk to the wider world about my friends in the blogging community, so it’s lovely to bring them a step closer to being real friends and not just virtual ones. 

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14 comments

Jeanette March 16, 2014 - 12:34 am

I’m glad you had a fun day! I can’t wait to go to London this summer, I may have to do a bit of research first so we can “happen” upon some fabric shops.

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Clare Mansell March 16, 2014 - 2:50 pm

I think you might be horrified at the prices compared to Canada, but it’s always nice to look!

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Jo Jo March 16, 2014 - 7:41 am

It was lovely to meet you finally, Claire! Dying to hear how Theo’s hair looks 😉

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Sue Wild March 16, 2014 - 8:27 am

Yesterday was Worldwide Quilting Day, so it was the perfect excuse take the day off to go sewing. Here in Dorset I spent some time with friends sewing, chatting and eating some lovely food.

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HillyFilly March 16, 2014 - 9:45 am

It was a super day…. & your pictures capture it beautifully…. It is so nice to chat about those things without seeing eyes glaze over..!!! Enjoy your rebuild & look forward to seeing the studio evolve..

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the running hare March 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm

It was a great day and lovely to meet you in ‘real life’. Your photos as ever are perfect! Look forward to seeing your building work progress

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Mums do travel March 16, 2014 - 7:52 pm

It looks like you had a lovely day – your photos are gorgeous. It’s lovely to meet blogger friends in real life!

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Clare Mansell March 16, 2014 - 7:59 pm

I’m just starting to appreciate this and SO looking forward to my first bloggers conference in May!

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moira March 17, 2014 - 1:53 pm

I’m sorry I missed the meet up. Looks fab! Hope to meet one day x

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Mary March 17, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Great photos of the day Clare. It was so nice to meet you in person and put a face to the name. Glad to meet someone who appreciates a natter about the intricacies of blogging as well!

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Mary March 17, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Great photos of the day Clare. It was so nice to meet you in person and put a face to the name. Good to meet someone else who appreciates a natter on the intricacies of blogging as well!

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La Famille Brown March 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

I’m so jealous of you going to Ray Stitch it’s one of my favourite fabric shops in London and I miss it sooo much! Meeting your online friends must be great. It’s something I wasn’t expecting when I started blogging but it’s been lovely making connections with people from all over. I haven’t visited your blog properly for a while as I follow it on Bloglovin’ and this may have happened a while ago but I love the new look! Now all those lovely pictures of gorgeous fabric is tempting me to do some online shopping! Becky x

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cat | Studio Hunting Bears March 19, 2014 - 10:27 am

Sounds amazing and fun! I think I may have to pop in to the fabric shop when I visit London in just over a week. x

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Joanne March 19, 2014 - 3:09 pm

You was in my neck of the woods, I used to live just around the corner from there! Ray Stitch is one of my favourite fabric shops!
How lovely to meet up with blogger and bee friends!

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