First off, Alisa at A Stitch In Between is hosting Sunday Stash this week, so head on over there to link up! I'm gonna try and be first, but I promise I won't snatch that awesome prize she's giving away!
Last Sunday, exactly one year to-the-day of my first visit, I once again found myself entering the doors of Intrepid Thread. It was like I had never left, except this time, so many new friends were waiting inside! They were all there to celebrate and embrace group enabling for the Molli Sparkles Intrepid Thread Reunion Partay. And let me tell you, it was Divine, yes, with a capital D.
I, of course, was running fashionably late after my flight was delayed out of Sydney, causing me to miss my connection in Los Angeles to San Jose. My chauffeur for the day, the ever-fabulous Amoreena (IG: amsgettingcrafty), and car-pool buddy, Anne (IG: playcrafts) met me at the hotel, and we hit it off immediately! I said to Am, "Drive faster! I've got fabric to buy!" She didn't disappoint.
The rest of the day is kind of a blur. That's what happens when you combine jet lag, fabric, and bubbles! I know I met a whole lot of people--some were like, "Molli who?"--and took a whole lot of pictures. (While we're on that, I somehow escaped the shop without taking any pictures on my own phone. Can someone remind me next time that it'll work better if it's not in my pants? And, if you have a picture of us can you puh-lease send it this way? I want to add it to my wall of découpage.) So people, pictures, food, oh, and yesssss mama yessssss: the fabric!
I didn't need a damn thing, but it was my party and I will buy if I want to, buy if I want to, buy if I want to, you would buy too if it happened to you! (Earworm alert!) So I scoured those fabric shelves a dozen times over until I had literally pulled enough bolts to fill two entire fabric shelves. I remember someone unknowingly looking at my selection on those shelves and mentioning how odd it was that Julie had grouped those together. "Oh honey, no, those are just mine," I corrected. Now that, was a look of surprise!
Poor Julie. While I was rummaging around looking for some Botanics, she casually mentioned that she had her own stash in the back, and she'd share it with me. So later, when she brought it out and asked which pieces did I want, I kindly replied, "I'll take it all!" Remember everyone, when it comes to fabric: less is not more, it's just less. Thankfully, she obliged (but girl, I'll happily share it back if you're in need!) and I had her wrap it up with the rest of my goodies.
And like that, the partay was over! I skulled the last three bottles of bubbles, and had the hunky shirtless men carry my bags to the car. A few of the girls and I grabbed dinner and drinks afterwards, and Am, Anne and I had a late night coffee / Tula Pink discussion after that. (Which is still raging!) Everything about the day, was absolute perfection.
A big giant sparkly thank you in neon lights to Julie Dueck for opening Intrepid Thread on her day off, so that the glitterati could shop together. Thank you Deanna (IG: DizzyLittleKingdom) for the sea horse, thank you to Am for driving me around, to Anne for that QuiltCon 2017 comment (!), and my love and thanks to everyone who simply came out to say hello. It was my greatest pleasure meeting and shopping with you.
P.s. There are 51 fabrics in these photos, and I couldn't even begin to tell you all of their names. Intrepid Thread sends awesome digital receipts with a transaction list though, so if there are any you need to know, shoot Ms. Molli a line and I'll try to help you out.