The weekend started off with swag bags given out at registration in custom Mimi G totes full of goodies from the event's corporate sponsors.
As if this wasn't enough, she also included a coupon for one free current or future Mimi G tutorial. In my humble opinion it's this kind of generosity that makes Mimi such a special person.
After attendee introductions and brief remarks by Mimi, we all headed down to catch a ride on the nice comfortable coach for the short ride to Michael Levine's and the fashion district. When we arrived, we were met by a lovely spread of coffee and pastries from Panera Bread Company and more swag bags!
After hitting Michael Levine's for some initial shopping, my partner in crime Karen and I took to the streets to hit up some of our favorite independent shops. Imagine my surprise when one of the shop owners greeted me with a "welcome back it's good to see you". I guess when you buy a lot of fabric somewhere, you make a lasting impression.
That's the lovely Karen there on the left. She's probably checking her pattern numbers on her phone. We were waiting in front of the hotel for the bus.
Here are pictures of my fabric haul:
This was the first piece I saw when I walked into Michael Levine's. There wasn't much left on the bolt and nothing came to me right away so I put it back and walked around to the next aisle. I kept looking at it and then I saw someone else touching it so I waited until she walked away and grabbed it. I'm still mulling over ideas in my head for it but the most important thing is that she's mine!!!!!!
The top row are silkies, the white at the bottom is cotton eyelet and the rest are knits.
White eyelet only $6.00 a yard!
Check out this sweet sequined knit that the shop owner tried to sell me in silver as well. I didn't get it because I knew I had something similar at home. As it turns out it is the exact fabric that I bought last year that I just pre-treated to make a top -- at least I'm consistent. This is really gorgeous. The photo does not do it justice. This was regularly $10 a yard but he gave it to me for $8 a yard.
Day 2 began with Kenneth D. King as the featured speaker. He was SUPER funny, so knowledgeable and very willing to share information and answer questions.
Since I drove down from Northern California with my family, we decided to get on the road and try to make it home before dark so I didn't get to attend the afternoon session but I'm sure it was just as informative and fun filled as the rest of the weekend. I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend and I can't wait until next year. Hope to see you there!