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PR Day Cleveland, Ohio - Update By DianeSev on 2/21/12 4:45 PM

by sewpatty

New year, new start, new challenge!

On January 3, Deepika posted that she would be coming to Cleveland to tape a segment for It's Sew Easy TV. (Thank you to PR member K_sew for noticing the post and sending out a mayday to local sewists.) K_sew and sewpatty contacted Janie Chambers, owner of Janie’s Sewing Corner, to see what could be done on such short notice. Janie offered to hold a meet-n-greet with Deepika on the evening of her arrival at the store. Unlike New York or Chicago, Cleveland doesn’t have a large fashion/fabric shopping district. Most of us in the area realized how much we just enjoy getting together to work on projects and mingle with sewing friends, so that is what we decided to do. We set the date for February 16, 2012.

The 5S day group

PR members in attendance for this part of the day were K_sew, leanmeansewingmachine, barbarahf, Lynnek, heidijs, gogozu!, cleverkitty, clr56, Nancy Rhodes and sewpatty. From 10 AM to 5 PM on that day, we had a "5S Day" – Sit-n-Sew, Share, Show-Off, and Shop. Janie offered a special PR Day sale on fabric and notions. PR and non-PR sewists shared in the 5S day. Everyone brought a different project and perspective. Sewing and sharing wouldn’t be complete without some munchies. We indulged in bakery, pizza, salad, and chocolate fondue bar with lots of yummies for dipping.

Later in the day, we enjoyed sharing something we made and gave verbal reviews of patterns, fabric, and fitting!

barbarahf holding custom gold corset

heidijs in Vogue pattern red jacket

Nancy Rhodes in lavender floral jacket,
Cutting Line Designs' A Cute Angle

clr56 with Cotton Theory quilting tote bag

K_sew in black floral jacket,
Cutting Line Designs' Anything But Ordinary

Janie Chambers in One-Seam Pants and
Kwik Sew 3915 top and Kwik Sew 3916 jacket

sewpatty talking and waving her hands
in black floral Kwik Sew 3658 blouse

Joined by additional PR members, we headed out to dinner at Mavis Winkle's, an Irish Pub-style restaurant. Back at Janie’s, approximately 24 people were in attendance for the meet-n-greet with Deepika. Janie had books available for Deepika to autograph.

Unfortunately, due to a mechanical problem, Deepika’s flight was delayed, causing her to miss her connecting flight into Cleveland. While we felt bad that we missed the opportunity to meet Deepika, we were even more frustrated for her plight. She wouldn’t arrive in Cleveland until after 11:00 PM and had to film early in the morning.

Despite Deepika’s absence, we enjoyed meeting new sewists in the area and had fun talking about our trials, tribulations and ideas. We added to our stashes of raw materials with new fabric, patterns, and notions. Most of all, we enjoyed meeting new locals who share in our passions. We all had so much fun being able to talk "sewing" with others who get it. We agreed that we have to find a reason for Deepika to come back to autograph her book.

Those in attendance at evening meet-n-greet we were able to corner for
All those we were able to corner for a picture
at the evening meet-n-greet

We have tentative plans to meet for another 5S day on a more convenient Saturday or Sunday later in the year with a challenge to have made something from the fabric purchased on PR Day.

A bit of chatter already ensued about possible ideas for next year. Cleveland has some fabulous educational fashion/art institutions including, – Kent State University Fashion Museum, Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Museum of Art, Vera Wang Bridal House in Akron, Carnegie Textile in Solon, & Tandy Leather. We hope to come up with ideas that are educational, interesting, and fun.

If there are other PR members who couldn’t attend or didn’t get the follow-up group e-mail, please send a PM to heidijs so she can add you to the list. (Thank you, heidijs, for organizing the e-mail group.)

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K_sew said... (2/23/12 8:07 AM) Reply
Thanks so much to SewPatti for the terrific summary of our day. We missed you, Deepika! We did all have a wonderful time at Janie's and added to the sewing stash. And, all that wonderful chocolate dipped fruit and cake were just too good.
Deepika said... (2/22/12 4:12 PM) Reply
I am so bummed that I couldn't get to meet you guys but hopefully we will meet again soon. So glad that you all had a great time. Save a slice for me will you for the next time :)
M.S. said... (2/22/12 2:07 PM) Reply
JPForster: The one on the east side? Or, Sawmill Rd??
JPForster said... (2/22/12 11:24 AM) Reply
Nancy Zieman is coming to Quilt Beginnings in Columbus on June 7!
JPForster said... (2/22/12 11:23 AM) Reply
Nancy Zieman is coming to Quilt Beginnings in Columbus on June 7!
BMoyer said... (2/22/12 8:42 AM) Reply
How exciting for everyone. Too bad about Deepika, but it's great that everyone got to meet up. I am down here in Columbus... why don't any sewing events happen here lol. Betty

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