It is always an utter treat to meet online sewing buddies in person and on Saturday I did just that. I met Amanda (right in picture) last year at Fat Quarterly Retreat and hit it off, plus she is based in Bath which is only 1 1/2 hours from me. Danielle (left) is on a round the world trip with her husband and three children and Bath is on of the places she has been able to fit in on the UK leg of their journey. We know each other from blogs, flickr, instagram and twitter and online friendships seem to accelerate more quickly so that meeting up in person is never difficult, there is always common ground and a warmth and understanding.
We spent a long time in Country Threads which is a wonderful quilting shop with a great selection, and incredibly helpful staff. Amanda brought a bee quilt to show, considering she is 6 months pregnant and Bath was busy with Christmas shoppers this was a brave decision but so worth it. She met Danielle through this bee and many others and it was a beautiful piece of work from the bee members, topped off by Amanda's hand quilting.
And we did a little gifting, Danielle gave us tea towels screen printed by Cat and Vee, gorgeous!