Monday, 29 May 2017

Lovely Saturday At The Craft & Quilt Fair

What a lovely Saturday I had...
Got myself up early, & hopped on the train to Perth... to the Craft & Quilt Fair!
 
It was great to meet up with my friends Maria & Sandra - the mother & daughter duo who are so fun to chat with, be inspired by & talk with about what they're working on.
Thanks for putting up with me, friends♥

 Leonie & her husband Mark also joined us for a cuppa before we went in... if you've not visited Leonie's blog, you won't have seen her many & various cross stitch projects... Mark is a quilting enthusiast, & does some splendid work too.

We didn't think to take pics of us, & most stands have obvious 'no photography' signs displayed, so the camera stayed firmly in my bag for most of the day, except for some Exhibit pics.

It was a great set-up... so good to see such a good number of WA & Perth businesses... of course, there was temptation everywhere... & what's a day at the Fair without some unplanned purchases too...
BUT I always find that if I have a 'list', I tend to stick to it... however if there's no list, the result is random over-spending. My list was done with after my first 2 stops, so it was nice to just wander & enjoy the rest of it.

On said list... thimbles, wool felt & drunkards path templates... they were in the bag after my first two stops... the templates are to teach myself something new...
 I also ended up buying a couple of Monica Poole bag patterns & another that looks handy too... I love that she has samples of all her bags there for shoppers to see what it's really like, before they commit to buying the pattern.
Can't resist buttons & little scissors... 3 pair for $12 is a good deal & they're so sharp... the smaller ones have the sheath attached, so yay no more lost parts!

The exhibit as always was bursting with incredible talent & stories associated with the pieces...
this is the 1st Prize Winner & I had the good fortune to meet the maker as I was leaving the Exhibit.

The theme for the 'AQC Challenge' for 2017 was "Made In Australia: Flora & Fauna" & boy-oh-boy, every piece was stunning... however, my favourite was this one... if you get the chance to see it in person, look closely & you'll see just how many Aussie animals are depicted, incredible!
 Below is the Winner.

It's always interesting to see how the Stands & displays change from year to year... & it's great to see so many people finding goodies for their favourite craft.

Home life is somewhat demanding right now, so it was a great day out & a wonderful re-charge of my mental batteries!

20 comments:

sunny said...

Sounds like a fun day. You made some very wise purchases. And those quilts are awesome. I'm jealous that you got to spend the day with Maria and Sandra.

Pamela said...

Beautiful quilts and great shopping. All that and meeting up with friends too!

I am said...

Hi Anthea how lovely you got to catch up with Maria and Sandra and wow those quilts are amazing,thankyou for sharing your lovely day xx

Jo said...

Sounds like a wonderful day

Chookyblue...... said...

So nice you got to meet up with the girls.... Wow that quilt I saw 2animals but then looked more and wow so many..... So very well done......

Ondrea said...

Those fairs are always a great way to spend the day and catch up with stitching friends. I have not been to one for about 3 years now as I used to go with one of my quilting groups which is now defunct. Great purchases you have. Looking forward to seeing a Drunkard's Path quilt some time.

Lisa V said...

Nice haul Anthea. So did you see many yarn stalls?

KimM said...

What fun!! Amazing quilts -
xxx

Maria said...

Was lovely to catch up and enjoy the show together. Nice having coffee with Loni and Mark too.

Lin said...

Very restrained purchasing! Lovely buttons and patterns. Stunning quilts too. xx

kiwikid said...

Sounds like a good day out...you have some grea tips ourchases there too. The Aussie quilts were amazing weren't they, I loved looking at them here in Melbourne.

Susan said...

A day away from home is sure to lift your spirits.
looks like you were quite restrained in your purchases...what gorgeous quilts.

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a great day....neat purchases too! Love the quilts and I do love the big red fella that won. Thanks for sharing xx

O'faigh said...

Some great purchases Anthea, always fun for a day out

Anita : Shabby Quilt said...

Sounds like a great day. Lovely quilts.

Brigitte said...

Oh, how I love to go to craft fairs, particularly when there is also an exhibition of quilts. I wish there were more such events in my region.

Justine said...

Those quilts are stunning! Sounds like fantastic day out and just what you needed. I love the bag patterns you purchased.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh gosh this was a wonderful way to spend the day. Such great inspiration too!

Janice said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic day. Your purchases look like some fun will take place back at home.

Kaylee said...

Lots of lovelies from the craft show. The bag patterns are great, the "double zip Gear Bag" looks especially great and handy.

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