I went for the afternoon with my mum, and we both met lots of people we knew there. First up I met Victoria Chin, who I've been friends with on Facebook with for about a year, but hadn't met in person yet. I met Victoria through the Kaffe Fassett Facebook group.
Next up I had agreed to meet Donna Ward, Jackie, Belinda and Ashleigh at 1pm. I met Jackie at the start of the year through the Millefiori / la passacaglia Facebook page, so I was looking forward to meeting her too.
Donna runs a quilting business in Hamilton, Donna's Quilt Studio, and she has been experimenting with English Paper Piecing lately too.
Mum met many people from her own quilting group - Howick Quilting Friends. She was keen to introduce me to Pien, who it turns out used to live in Singapore and is friends with two of my long time online quilting friends:
Vreni of Oops-lah who is now back in Switzerland
and Heather of Heather's Sewing Room who is a New Zealander living in Singapore.
I kept running into Shirley Mooney from Don't Wait to Create through out the day. Shirley is from Wellington too, but she knows quite a few of the Auckland Guild members and wanted me to meet them. We spoke about la passacaglia to quite a few people.
I did squeeze in a bit of retail before we left:
Then on Saturday morning I was just walking through a shopping mall, and Julie from JulieLou approached me and asked if I was Wendy! She recognised me from my blog!! Wow, that was a surprise.
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So that's the social side of my trip to the quilt show. I promise to actually show you some quilts in the next day or two. It was great to connect with all these people in real life. Social media is great, but meeting in real life is important too (where ever possible).