Some of you out there in blogland may recognise the lovely Karol-Ann from photos on her own blog - I was lucky enough to be able to shoot up to town yesterday afternoon to meet up with her and Vicki, who is over from the US visiting for a little while. I don't have a photo of Vicki at the moment, though there exists on Vicki's camera a shot of all three of us in posed in front of (or behind really) one of the large nude statues at the V&A, which is where we met up (you can tell we are all of similar levels of maturity as we all thought that was quite funny...) Once Vicki gets home, she'll email it to me and I promise to blog it - but in the meantime, you'll have to make do with this one... I mentioned when making my list of baby quilt requirements that one was for a bloggy friend - well, that's this one.
I came away from the afternoon and evening with the pleasure of having had a fantastic time chatting away with friends with mutual interests, and the additional pleasure of some goodies:
This is a new shirt for Alex, from Karol-Ann, who made his previous Alexosaurus shirt - he loved that shirt to death but it's too small now, so she generously made another, larger one.
These fabulous fabrics are from Vicki - one of a kind pieces made during her dyeing process as a means of helping stop the dye run off the table. I'll have to find something special to do with them - each is actually twice as long as in the photo - they are folded in half.
These goodies are also from Karol-Ann - a tea towel made during her screenprinting class, a little purse and a dangle for scissors, etc.
And also from Vicki, some of her handmade soap - anyone who knows me knows how I feel about handmade soaps...
The fabric is a purchase, at the V&A shop - some lovely Japanese linen squares in various sizes. I also bought a book - Jane Austen's Sewing Box - which I will probably read and then pass on as a gift rather than keeping, as it's unlikely I'd make most of the projects in it - but I liked the concept and I do have a fondness for Jane Austen.
A fantastic day out - mainly just enjoying good company and a glass of wine - or two...