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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bloggers Meet at the Craft Fair

Hi all

I have really enjoyed my Thursday & Saturday at the craft fair. Thursday I met up with my Thursday Quilt Group that I have been sadly missing due to work so it was extra special to see those that came to the fair. At the end of each day I spent an hour on the stand for our WAQA group The Applique Junkies and then an hour & a half on the Raffle table chattering away like a happy monkey. Here is a pic Julia took on Saturday of me at the Applique table & Anthea having a giggle at me!

Saturday was our official bloggers meet. My dear friend Tracy from Outback Craftaholics came along to say hi, with her lovely five month old daughter (much cuddles) but was soon off on airport duty for one of the guests as she is the WAQA Workshop Convener. She missed the photos but here is one of all the rest of us before entering the show.

From the left we have Sandra (Maria's daughter) from Playing Tiddleywinks, Anthea from Hibiscus Stitches, Maria from Life on the Block, myself, Julia from Julia's Place and her delightful daughter in law Janete. Thanks to Anthea & Maria for organising our meet up. It was a brilliant day. We all went shopping, with Anthea & I partners in crime shopping together, then we all  met up again for lunch. Now we need to find something fun to do together again soon.

I didn't have too much of a spendathon, mainly small buys this time. Here's my Thursday haul, the biggest purchase being the mini light to take travelling though I have been known to move lamps around in accommodation until I find the right lighting for hand stitching. There were a lot of non quilting stalls, cardmaking, scrapbooking, cross stitch, jewellery, scarves etc & lots that we got here on previous years were missing. I do like a good $5 necklace so brought a couple - quantity rather than quality here. The red (actually more orange) & black is a scarf - no fabric on Thursday & only 1 pattern. I did buy some stiffer bag wadding too & forgot to add it to the photograph but loved being served by sweet Monica Poole.

This is the Saturday haul. I brought a Tumbler template, the only item that was on my list but checked out after Thursday's look around what colours I wanted in bag handles & wide ric rac so got what I needed. I brought the two yellow, red & white fat quarters from Patchwork with Gail B, some bag fittings from Studio Mio & a couple of scarf embellishments. Then because I had been so virtuous I came straight home & ordered the new BirdHouse pattern Sweet Pea Runner from Sarah at Patchwork Plus as I could not resist it. Even the needleturn ápplique didn't put me off.

I have lots of pics of wonderful quilts so will add them to a later post.

Me & Athea, my partner in crime!

Happy stitching
Tracee xx


  1. It looks like you and Anthea had a great time, I'm envious I wasn't there with you both. Your goodies look great, that should keep you busy for awhile.

  2. what great pics trace and now i know what my bloggy friend Anthea looks like,lol,so glad you had such a great time with your new bloggy friends.
    Love your new buys,i will be expecting lots of lovely new projects to pop up now.
    Lucky you going 2 days,Sharon and i are going to the Melb one in July as we will be down there for friends in stitches.
    have a good week away my friend and thankyou for sharing your wonderful bloggy meet.xx

  3. I'm like Shez. It's nice to see Anthea and put a face to a name. Lots of lovely purchases there.

  4. Just look at the smiles on your faces...yep, partners in crime you two!
    lovely to meet you Tracee...hope we do meet again soon.
    Julia ♥

  5. Well hello there Anthea :O) Sounds like you all had a lovely day and some purchases too. Thank you for sharing. hugs

  6. What fun to meet up with friends. You bought some nice things. I love the wooden craft keeper.

  7. What a fabulous looking bunch - oh how I wish I could have come along and joined in the fun. Some great goodies purchased too.

  8. Loved seeing all you lovely friends having fun...looks like you got some great loot too. Nothing nicer and oh that applique quilt is just gorgeous :-)

  9. Was just great to meet you hope we can do it again

  10. It seems like you had a great time together !!

  11. How great to all meet up.... and time for shopping too... lovely days out!

  12. Great photos...great to put faces to names...glad you had fun

  13. Tracee we did have a great time, and you are just as friendly & chatty & lovely as I thought you would be. Lovely purchases there, enjoy x

  14. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

  15. I wish I could have been there! What a terrific picture of you in front of that fabulous applique quilt. I just love Baltimore Beauties, but I doubt I'll ever have the time to make one. I visualize a work in very slow progress, you know? lol

    It looks like you had a lovely time and brought home some really nice finds. I love that red variegated fiber you bought; it looks really yummy.

    Glad you had fun,
    Susan in Texas - with poison ivy :(

  16. Great pictures, looks like you had a wonderful time!!

  17. Hello Tracee,

    Have fun with your new purchases. Is that a pair of green handles in the second lot of goodies. They do look lovely.

    Happy days.

  18. Ooh looks like lots of fun, even when you were doing official duty.
    Nice goodies made it home with you too.


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