|Goodie Bag. Who doesn't love swag?|
|More swag! Tiny charm squares from Monica and Violet!|
*A fabulous tote bag swap! I received a beautiful bag from Cathy of Fraser Valley MQG, who didn't attend the meetup but kindly sent her bag from Canada! Thank you so much, Cathy!
|The bag I received in swap. Bag front|
|Bag Inside--pockets, awesome lining, key chain holder + cute FVMQG fob!|
*The fabulous kick-off party opening night at Modern Domestic, one of our kick butt sponsors. I was in charge of food and drinks for the party, but I had such an amazing crew of volunteers that I was also able to still enjoy the party!
*Sewing at Fabric Depot! Well I didn't ever get around to sewing, but shopping, definitely, and I won a FD prize bag while I was there! Sweet!
|My Fabric Depot winner!|
|Madrona Road by Violet Craft|
|Some more pretties...I have plans for the red and aqua (along with the red and aqua FQ below), Faux Bois, and just some florals that struck my fancy.|
|Some tasty FQs...I always scoop up B&W prints that I like to use in our charity blocks|
|"Short Cuts" I haven't noticed these there before. I like 'em!|
|Chrysanthemum and Coriander from Belle by Amy Butler|
|A couple blenders that hopped into my cart, and a ruler that was on sale at the outdoor sale.|
*Shop hopping fun with some of my best PMQG friends--Kim, Amber, and Michelle M., as well as my online-friend-turned-real-life-friend, Amy Dame, who came south to Pdx with her guild, Vancouver MQG. As board officers, I think it was great that Kim (Programs Director), Amber (Secretary), and I (Vice President) were able to get our shopping on amidst putting on this event!
|Some fabulous goodies from Knittn' Kitten, Portland's thrift craft store. Fabric, corduroy scraps, a floss organizing system, and baby ric-rac, dyed by Ethel, the store's owner.|
|Cool yarn bombing we saw when walking into SCRAP|
|10 gorgeous FQs of Essex Linen!|
*Painting nails! It's a big hobby of mine I and was able to paint nails in our Clubhouse/hotel suite two nights.
- Delicious Cartopia food cart dinner and some to-go gourmet pizza for late night snacking
- Champagne Brunch! All I can say is, yum! Ok, I can say more. It was hard to find a brunch spot for a big crowd that could fit different dietary restrictions, especially since I wasn't sure of numbers, but Acapulco Mexican Restaurant outdid themselves as far as how nice they were to work with. Oh, and the food was delicious! The chef worked with one of my participants with food allergies to make her something special, and even went as far as showing her his actual recipes. If you've ever been there for happy hour or dinner, brunch is an entirely different experience, and one you need to have. Get yourself there!
- Meeting new friends and spending time with old ones!
There are also 2 (so far) meetup recaps I wrote on the main blog:
Meetup Recap part 1
Meetup Recap part 2