PR Weekend in Chicago was cold, wet, rainy and the most FUN I've had in a very long time. The goody bag was just that, full of great practical and useful gifts. I love the bag design.
Believe it or not I didn't buy any fabric. Since I didn't arrive until 7:30 on Friday I missed the shopping day which I was okay with because I really don't need any more fabric but I did go to my very first yarn shop.
I showed great restraint because I really don't need any more yarn but couldn't resist these purchases. The Snuggly baby bamboo was on sale for half price and I've wanted to try cascade yarn for quite awhile so I splurged on the two balls on the right. I've been trying to find the Eucalan no rinse wash forever, I was very happy to find it and PR Weekend attendees received a 20% discount.
I also didn't buy any fabric because I will be back in Chicago this coming weekend for a graduation. I took the MegaBus and got my tickets for PR Weekend for $10.00 each way, couldn't beat that, next week's tickets cost $15.00 each way. If you book far enough in advance you can get some great deals.
I can't remember this lady's name but she had the most amazing quilts, isn't that gorgeous.
I apologize that this picture is so dark but I just had to get a picture of Tina Wong's Halloween costume, she was an ear of corn, I loved it.
The pattern swap, someone said it was like feeding pigeons the women were quite excited. I got a few myself even though I didn't bring any as you can see there was more than enough.
Me and Deepika, she's a sweetheart. I had a lot of cute summer outfits planned for this weekend but the weather changed that, the Barney jacket held it's own against the windy city.
Andrea and Cenetta talking to the speaker-Angela Wolf, she was excellent. Very informative and personable. She answered all questions without any hesitation even when someone asked her how much she charges for her services. A question that I'm sure was on everyone's mine.
Andrea getting all the details. She is such a fun person I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with these ladies and meeting so many new people. Everyone was so nice, it was just an awesome weekend. I really hope to be able to attend next years.
Connie Bontje with Angela. Connie won her ribbon for attending the most PR Weekends.
Karen (Karen6790 on PR) I had to get a picture of her skirt. She's Andrea's co-worker, Andrea wore an Anthropologlie skirt to work, Karen took a picture and recreated the skirt and wore it to work after only 3 days, incredible.
Angela's hand beaded wedding jacket, it was beautiful.
Here are my pics from the pattern swap.
These were free patterns included in the goody bag.
I just want to say thanks to all of the wonderful, creative, talented, kind and funny women I met on Saturday for making PR weekend great. First I have to give a big old shout out to Andrea she really reached out to me and made Saturday a great day, along with Cenetta, Connie, Robin Martin(RobinMCPA on PR), Karen and Kyle. Kyle Burkhardt had the cutest purse the fabric is black and white with different patterns pieces it's from Alexander Henry's fabric collection it was just adorable as was the dress she was wearing I forget the pattern. I also had the chance to speak to Sheila of Sheilaz-CTK, Andrea called her while we were having lunch and we all got to say "Hi, wish you were here". I'm sure I've forgotten some names here but please forgive me I truly enjoyed everyone's company.
And most of all thanks to Deepika for having the wonderful idea to start PatternReview.com an invaluable resource for seamstresses everywhere.
If you ever have a chance to go to PR Weekend all I can say is DO IT.