This past weekend I had a fabulous few days in Ottawa and Montreal – and of course, there was fabric!
I drove up to Ottawa on Thursday (7 hours, by myself – thanks to all of you who told me driving stories on IG!). I stayed with my 96 year old Granny in her retirement home, which is always fun. She is amazingly sharp and loves a good debate. I heard lots of funny stories from her – evidently I’m now old enough for the more salacious ones! 😉
On Saturday, I drove a few hours further east to Montreal. I can’t believe I’ve never been there before – especially as I realised that I spent my childhood regularly visiting my Great-Aunt just 30 minutes from the city! I’d been a bit worried about the long hours in the car alone and the city driving in particular… but I’m glad to say that apart from some truly incompetent parallel parking by yours truly, it was fine!
(This angle is our tribute to Oona!)
The goal of the weekend was to meet up with fabulous sewists from all over: Clare from Sew Dixie Lou, who cleverly married and Canadian and so visits often from the UK; Sonja from GingerMakes, with Blake and pugs in tow; fellow Torontonian/teacher Andrea and her *tailor* fiance Ian; and Heather from Closet Case Files, who was our local tour guide! We were hoping that Sara (who left our Toronto circle and moved to Boston last year) could join us too, but her back protested too much!
It was really fun to meet new people, and hang out with old friends. We hashed through lots of sewing talk on Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon we had *for once* moved on to other topics! We had beautiful weather, good food, with cute dogs, cats and a baby to keep everyone happy!
I’m loving the small meet-ups lately – few enough people that you get to hang out with everyone. I”m meeting some “local” sewing “friends” tomorrow (local as in they live at least 2 hours away, friends as in I read their blogs but haven’t met most of them yet!) We’re going bra supply shopping in Hamilton! I don’t make it to many get-together during the school year, so it’s nice to make the most of summer vacation while it lasts.
I’ll be back soon with more about the Montreal fabric shopping scene, and a fabric haul video (or two!) In the mean time: If you could plan a dream trip to meet Sewcialists right now, where would you go and who would you meet?